If you’re driving your RV on the way to Cypress Trail RV Resort and your night view doesn’t seem quite what it used to be, your headlight bulbs may not be the problem. It might be that your headlight lenses have clouded over.
Philips, which manufactures headlight bulbs, says clouding can block as much as 40 percent of your headlight illumination. Don’t be alarmed. Fogging of headlight covers, which are made of plastic, is not unusual. Some headlight covers yellow more than others. The sun’s ultra violet rays are the biggest culprit, and clouding may intensify in sunny places, including Florida.
A headlight assembly includes not only the plastic headlight lens, but also the reflector. It’s the reflector, which has an opening for the headlight bulb, that forms the shape of your headlight beam and determines how far ahead your headlights illuminate the road. The lens just keeps everything dry and dirt-free.
To eliminate cloudy lenses, you can replace each headlight assembly, but that can be expensive. The most expensive replacements would be those on Class A RVs that have custom-made headlight assemblies. Replacements for Class B and Class C RVs with standard truck or van cabs would cost less but still could run into the hundreds of dollars.
A far less expensive solution is to clean the headlight covers yourself. Headlight cleaning kits typically cost less than $25. They usually provide multiple grits of sandpaper, emery paper or abrasives loaded onto pads. You must rub the lens, starting with the coarsest grit and ending with the finest. Some kits may require you to place the sandpaper on an electric drill and use the drill to clean the lens. The kits also probably have a cleaning/sealing solution to use when you’re done.
After about an hour of work, your headlights will be brighter. The treatment is likely to last a year or longer, after which you’ll have to do it again.
Here are two other do-it-yourself solutions:
There is one other way to clean headlight lenses. It’s easy, and the cost falls somewhere between replacement and DIY methods. Just have your mechanic defog your headlights. He’ll probably charge $80 to $100. Because he’ll use a professional-grade sealant, the treatment should last for years.
Would you get behind the wheel of your RV if you were legally drunk?
Not likely. Very dangerous. Extremely irresponsible.
Would you get behind the wheel of your RV if you were sleep deprived?
Maybe, and sometimes when you don’t even know it.
But is tired driving dangerous? Is it irresponsible? Maybe as much as driving drunk, according to studies by the Transport Accident Commission, a government-sponsored agency in Alberta, Canada. Research by TAC finds that fatigue plays a roll in as many as 20 percent of all traffic accidents — even more in rural areas.
Sleep-related fatigue may come even if you’ve had a full night’s sleep. Being awake for a long time before hitting the road — so you can leave after your shift ends, after soccer practice, or after traffic thins out, such as at night — can impair your alertness and reactions. Being awake for 17 hours has the same effect on a driver’s capabilities as having a blood alcohol content of 0.05 percent, or about three or four drinks, TAC found. And a driver who hasn’t slept for 24 hours suffers impairment similar to those with a blood alcohol content of 0.1 percent —more than enough to make a driver legally drunk.
You may or may not recognize the symptoms of fatigue. You’re likely to have difficulty maintaining speed — risky in heavy traffic. Faster, slower, faster again. That’s not good, and you know it. You may be irritable and less patient. You may find yourself slamming the brakes because you didn’t react in time, or because you over reacted. Maybe you just yawn a lot. You may cramp up or generally feel stiff. Do you remember the last mile maker or passing a familiar landmark? Did you wander partially into another lane?
OK, you figure, “Speed control will maintain my speed.” It will, even after something happens that requires you to hit the brakes. If you’re too fatigued to have noticed, you keep barreling toward disaster, just as if your foot is still on the accelertor. And chances are, if you were too fatigued to recognize that, you won’t pick up on other dangers, either.
To fight fatigue, observe these practices:
But most importantly, get a good night’s sleep before you travel. The human body can’t fight sleep forever. A buildup of chemicals in the brain will eventually win out, causing you to fall asleep. You want that to happen at a rest stop or while someone else is driving — not in the left lane at 65 miles per hour.
If your pet is part of your family and you want to make sure your RV has everything your little friend may need, you may find our top 3 tips useful.
If your RV is not a newer late-model, you may have a ventilation and excess heating problem. In order to properly ventilate the RV, you may have to think about adding a powerful exhaust vent fan to make sure your pet will not suffer too much from the heat.
Also, to make sure the temperature is always safe, you should consider a vent fan with a built in thermostat so that you don’t have to stress out if you forget to turn on the fan manually.
Everyone who lives with a pet knows the importance of having a pet first aid kit. For who of you who isn’t sure about how to create a pet kit we have you covered.
The first thing to do is to purchase a first aid kit for humans and add the following specific items from a pet store:
We also suggest talking with your vet before leaving for every trip so that he can suggest what to bring with you depending on the location.
Unfortunately, our best friends can "smell like a dog" and this may cause a problem if you're all living together in the same motor home for more than few days. One piece of advice is have only a small amount of fabric inside the RV. You can replace the pieces you can with leather or vinyl. This will help a lot since these materials don't allow scents to penetrate and stay in the material. If you really don’t want to change your RV, there are many portable steam cleaners that you can bring with you every time you go out for a trip.
If you’ve owned your RV for more than five years, you may need to start thinking about changing your set of tires. They may be looking perfectly fine from an external view but they may be damaged inside. If this is the case, this would cause major damages to your RV and be costing you a lot of money.
They may look perfectly fine from an external point of view, but they may be damaged inside. If this is the case, this could cause major damages to your RV and potentially put your and your family at risk. This oversight can cost you your health and your money.
So how do you select your new set of tires?
When selecting your new or slightly used set of tires, you should start thinking about what you expect in terms of long-term performance: Are you looking for a set that lasts longer? Are you looking for a set of tires made for really heavy loads? Quiet rides?
The answer to these questions come from some of the markings on the sidewall of the tire. That series of letters and numbers is called the "Uniform Tire Quality Grading" (UTQG) and measures the tire's treadwear, traction, and temperature.
So what do these letters and numbers tell you about the tire?
The first number in the sequence measures the treadwear and it allows you to understand how long your set of tires will last. A greater number will mean a longer lifespan of the tires.
The traction capability is ranked by the two letters following the first numbers and it gives you an idea of how good are your tires to stop on a wet road. If your tire has the best traction will be rated AA. Instead, a not performing tire will be rated C.
The final letter gives you the rating of the temperature and indicated the ability of your tire to dissipate the heat. The rating goes from A to C with A that stands for better heat dispersion when at high speed (Over 115 miles per hour).
If you find yourself dealing with bugs and insects inside of your RV, you’re not going to be a happy camper. Those middle of the night buzzing sounds of mosquitos or bugs annoying you during the drive can drive you crazy.
Here at Cypress Trail we made a list of the best ways to keep insects out of your motorized sanctuary.
Check for any open space in contact with the outside. Any vent, window or the smallest gap can cause you troubles. Think about how bugs could enter your specific vehicle and, if you find any possible spot, try to seal it.
The best way would be a sealant from a trusted brand. If you don’t have time to find a suitable sealant, the second best option would be to use any kind of robust tape.
Once this first step is completed you can consider some additional precautions to keep your RV safe from mosquitoes, spiders ants, and any other unwanted guest.
These may be used inside and outside the vehicle. They can be an electronic device or a fire lamp. You can choose from different scents depending on the brand you prefer but all are safe and contain natural ingredients. Also, depending on your selection, you may get the side benefit of the scent creating a beautiful warm atmosphere inside your RV.
If you don’t want to use electrical devices or just don’t want to spend time setting them up throughout the RV, a spray is a good option. Just don’t depend too much on sprays, as insects will be deterred from biting you; but they’ll still be inside your RV waiting for you to take a shower.
This may be the best option to be used near your RV and in the outside areas. It’s an effective repellent usually used for the outdoors. Most of these products are natural, biodegradable and very safe. The main ingredients are just scented oils such as lemon grass oil and mint oil. But check to make sure they are safe for pets.
The main ingredient in this wristband is called Geraniol and it has been proven effective repelling a variety of insects. We did not have the pleasure to test it so we cannot suggest it with confidence. We would consider it together with some other repellent such as the diffuser or the granular repellent, just to cover your bases.
We hope you found these tips helpful for your next trip. Check our blog posts for more tips and suggestions on how to enjoy better your RV lifestyle!
If you are considering investing your hard earned money, but you don’t want to risk it in the residential real estate market or volatility of the stock market, owning an RV park lot may be an excellent option.
More and more regular people are making the decision to buy this niche type of investment, for many different reasons. Mainly they just want to enjoy their vacation without having to cover long distances and pay too much for storage or expensive vacation rentals.
You may be surprised to know that RV campgrounds are one of the real estate investments with the highest return (around 15% to 20%). Considering an ROI of around 10% for a residential real estate investment and 7% for a stock market investment, owning an RV park lot looks like an intelligent solution.
Location, location, location… It’s the most important factor.
Since location is tied to demand, It determines the initial cost of the investment and the profit when you may want to sell it or rent it.
Selecting a lot in a resort in Fort Myers, FL may be a different price and rate of return compared to a summer-only location like Montana.
When choosing an RV Park, a property with luxury amenities brings more RV patrons and higher demand. Top amenities include:
Assorted racquet sports like tennis and bocce ball
Electrical power for parked campers
The people running the property is another important factor when selecting an RV parking lot. You want to be sure that the property offers a top-notch customer service and that the management takes care of the facilities and amenities. More desirable RV parks have management that treats each lot owner as a family.
Do a little bit of homework up front then reap the rewards of not only owning and investment that should increase in value over time but serves as a wonderful vacation spot to unwind from the day to day grind.
Here are some tips to help with your selection:
Spend enough time to research and investigate. Don’t rush and take your time.
When visiting the properties, ask the owner to show you the amenities and make sure that all work properly.
Make sure that the demand for the chosen location is high enough to be able to sell it at a higher price later after few years.
Look for reviews online
Contact the current management to see if all is running properly at the location
The last step is just to decide if you like the Florida sunny weather, mountain views in Wyoming or somewhere in between!
You've planned your trip and vacation spots but not sure if you forgot something? Is your head full of questions like "Am I missing anything in my RV before I hit the road?”
Well, at Cypress Trail RV Resort we’ve got you covered. We have created a list of the top 3 must-haves for you RV:
Let's admit it. These days we can’t go anywhere without being "online". It's a real addiction. Just thinking of missing your favorite Netflix show or checking your Facebook status makes you anxious. So before leaving, consider a WIFI option so that you can enjoy your tablet, phone and PC while traveling.
Here are three ways to have a solid internet connection while on the road with your RV:
Before leaving make sure to select a luxury RV resort so that you can find a hard wired connection and wifi in the public areas. This would solve the problem without spending unnecessary money on other carrier plans or devices.
This is a good option if you are willing to spend some cash on a permanent solution that travels everywhere you go. It does add some heavy equipment to your RV and comes with a monthly subscription cost.. It’s not an easy choice. Also, internet speed will vary depending on wind, rain, and mountainous terrain.
This may be an option for travelers that find themselves without the time to look for the right location or to find another solution. Just using your mobile phone, you can use its internet connection and it’s the phone’s data plan that works as a wireless tower. The quality of connection will rely on the quality of network and coverage of your preferred operator company. But clearly it will be slower than a more permanent solution mentioned above.
For all of you that don’t like to rely on maps anymore when traveling long distances, GPS is something you need to consider. Even if you could easily use your smartphone, having an RV GPS device mounted to your command center would enhance your driving experience and make it safer for sure. That’s because these GPSs are built just for RVs and pre-select the best route for your RV considering your vehicle size and weight restrictions.
This last solution offers the freedom to use every electronically device in your RV just with the power of the sun! Just imagine increasing the autonomy of your RV for long journeys.
If you think that the cost would be too high, think again. Considering the many options in the market and the benefits, you should view this as an investment that will pay for itself over time. This is especially true if you’re used to taking many trips a year.
We hope you found our choices useful. Leave a comment with your top 3 Must-haves for your RV!
Cypress Trail RV Resort is perfectly situated near many fine, world-class beaches. Here’s our guide to getting out and exploring the best beaches in Southwest Florida.
RVing is one of the best ways to see the world. Unfortunately, the price of fuel can make RVing cost prohibitive. But fuel prices don’t need to make a huge dent in your wallet. The next time you RV, use these tips to save money and gas.
Spring training has arrived for all baseball fans. According to a recent Gallup Poll, nearly half of all Americans love this pastime with a passion. Luckily if you are vacationing at Cypress Trail RV Resort in Fort Myers, FL you are going to be near a few exceptional training facilities and stadiums for Major League baseball. You can also plan a special trip to Cypress Trail because it’s the perfect place to stay with access to all the action. Get tickets now to some pre-season games to satisfy your baseball fever before the regular season begins in April. The two training facilities that are closest to Cypress Trail in Fort Myers are for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. Both of these American League teams have passionate fan bases, therefore these are spring training games you won’t want to miss. Get out there to enjoy the sun, fun, and friendly confines of these two modern baseball facilities, which are just a short drive away from Cypress Trail.