Friday, September 21, 2018

Saving Money while RVing

We love the RV lifestyle at Nohr’s RV Center. We also understand that getting the most enjoyment out of your trip often means stretching your travel dollars as far as they will go. We have selected some RV travel topics with the most savings potential, along with tips on how to maximize the savings.

Trip Planning Saves Money

Planning the route you take can prevent backtracking or out of the way driving. You can save even more by researching your destinations and local options before you hit the road. Look for free RV campsites, areas with ample free entertainment and adventure, and aim for spending more time in places with a lower cost of living. You will often save money by avoiding major population centers, but we have some tips on saving money in those as well.

Save Money with Off-Season Travels

Some locations are going to be more expensive than others. But if you plan your visits to the more expensive places for that area’s “off-season”, you can trim anywhere from 10 to 40 percent off the cost of going there. The downside is that the weather may not be ideal, but the upside is the potential for a lot of savings. It may not be feasible to hit Glacier National Park during the winter, but it is well within reason to enjoy subtropical locations during their less-crowded seasons.

Dining Options and Money Savings

A large portion of your RV expenses goes towards the meals you eat. If your RV has a kitchen, preparing your own meals can reduce the cost of eating by about 50 percent. It is tempting to dine out while on vacation, but every restaurant meal is money that could have been better spent on other things. Since most home-cooked meals have leftovers, your lunches may not always have a price tag at all.

Fuel Price Shopping for Savings

A well-tuned RV will get better fuel mileage than one with dirty filters and misfiring spark plugs. But even the most efficient RV is going to be expensive to fuel up, and some larger RVs have tanks which hold up to 150 gallons while only getting 6 to 8 miles to the gallon. To reduce your fuel costs, use your smartphone to shop around before you pull up to the pumps. Easy to use apps like Gas Buddy have the potential to reduce your fuel costs by hundreds of dollars over the course of a single vacation.

Keeping your RV in excellent operating condition is the best way to save money while RVing. Those repairs will cost a lot more if they begin with your RV being towed to a service center. We recommend bringing your RV to Nohr’s RV Center and having everything checked out by our qualified technicians before you hit the road.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Top Toys for your New Toy Hauler

Toy haulers are ideal for getting your favorite toys to the places where you play. They provide a secure place to store your things while traveling or camping and prevent accident damage related to the roadway, vandalism, and more. Nohr’s RV Center wants you to get the most enjoyment out of your RV, and few tips for how your toy hauler can be used is a good step in that direction.

Motor Toys

For most of us, hauling our ATVs and motorcycles are the first thing that comes to mind when talking about a toy hauler. Whether you are going to Bike Week in Daytona or a mud track in rural Oklahoma, having a place to keep your motor toys enclosed and away from prying eyes and hands is an excellent reason for having a toy hauler.

Water Play

Our nation is dotted with lakes and divided by rivers and streams. Toy haulers are often used to transport canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, and water sports equipment. You don’t have to be a professional sportsman to enjoy being in or on the water, and some toy haulers even have compartments, shelving, and drawers to make storing smaller gear more convenient while reducing the potential clutter of having broad interests while traveling.

Taking Flight

Often times, ultra-light fliers are seen circling high above the California coastline. If you are one of the thousands of people who enjoy hang gliding or riding the air currents on these wings with (or without!) motors, a toy hauler is the perfect way to go. Leo Carillo State Park is a local option to check out since it offers low-cost RV camping and easy access to area beaches and mountains.

Bicycle Adventures

You could attach a bike rack on any vehicle, but a growing number of cyclists invest in cycling equipment that deserves better accommodations. On long-distance biking excursions, toy haulers make excellent support vehicles. These RVs have room for the team to sleep, cook, and escape inclement weather, using the cargo area for storing spare equipment in case of breakdowns or accidents.

Toy Haulers for Entrepreneurs

Not everyone who has a toy hauler is strictly out to play. Small business owners use toy haulers to carry merchandise for everything from rock concerts to Native American pow-wows. Digital Nomads appreciate having room to store their belongings while traveling, and performers can safely tuck away any props or other equipment used in their traveling trades.

Nohr’s RV Center is passionate about RVing. Whether you do it for fun or profit, we encourage you to experience the nation in a motorhome. Whether you are buying a new or used RV, or need to get your existing motorhome serviced before hitting the road, we would love for you to stop by and share some of your goals and adventures with us.

Monday, August 13, 2018

RV Kitchens

Nohr’s RV Center recommends paying close attention to the kitchen area when deciding whether a particular motorhome is right for your needs. Recreational vehicles have evolved a lot over the years, and RV kitchens make a perfect example of that. Where early travel trailers and RV had tiny kitchens that were sparsely designed, RVs over the last 20 years or so have developed into areas which more closely mimic the cooking area you would have in a brick and mortar home. However, RV kitchens vary widely in usefulness and functionality.

Propane or Electric

RV stoves have two typical power sources - electric and gas, with gas being the most common. Electric stoves and microwaves can be operated using portable generators or hookups at RV campsites, and gas stoves are fueled using either portable LP tanks or larger tanks such as those used by fixed homes. Which one is right for your RV experience depends on personal preference, how and where you plan to overnight, and incidental things such as conforming to noise regulations where a generator may be considered a nuisance.

Microwave ovens are now a common sight in an RV and are operated almost exclusively on electric power. And if you are looking for a larger RV, you may be surprised to find out that you can even select a model with a small convection oven.


As with the stove, RV refrigerators can be either electric or propane, with electricity being the most common method. How well the refrigerator and its freezer work is dependent on the power source and usage. In a majority of cases, your refrigerator will be minimally powered while you are driving, so you lose valuable cooling every time the door is opened. However, it is important to note that this aspect of your RV kitchen is evolving quickly, and newer motorhomes may operate efficiently even while driving.

Size Matters

Class A motorhomes and fifth-wheel trailers provide the largest kitchens with the best appliances, and smaller RV or travel trailer may only include minimal appliances, such as a 2 burner stove and a mini-refrigerator. Mobile power provisions also vary by RV size and type, with motorhomes offering better electrical supply than a fifth wheel or travel trailer, neither of which will typically have power during travel. A large travel trailer can be equivalent to a fifth wheel, for example, but a pop-up will almost always include smaller versions.

The best way to get a feel for RV kitchens is to compare them yourself. Come by Nohr’s RV, and take a look at the options we have available. Our knowledgeable staff can also help by providing you with more in-depth information about the usage of various appliances. We have new and used models available, and a robust selection of makes and models which will fit the needs of any RV enthusiast.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

RV Consignment

One way to save money on your RV purchase is to buy it through consignment. This allows you to take advantage of owner pricing but still have the peace of mind that your RV purchase is in the condition you are buying it as. Additionally, you will find a better, more dependable selection at an RV consignment shop like Nohr’s RV Center than you will by searching through the classifieds.

Consignment Basics

RV consignment is when an individual sells their motorhome through a company such as Nohr's RV Center. The owner and consignment agree on a price, and the consignment center handles everything from advertising to closing out the sale with the owner. For purchasers, a consignment vehicle may give you more flexible financing options. Consignment RVs are sold as-is, but we will do our best to give you a fair evaluation before the sale. If you need to do some work after the sale, we have a complete parts & accessories center, along with complete service and repair technicians on-site.

Top Reasons for Consignment Selling

Perhaps the biggest attraction for selling an RV through consignment is simply avoiding the stress. Handing over your motorhome to a professional like Nohr's RV Center takes the worry out of the process and includes things like 24-hour security, more interested traffic, financing the sale, and more. Nohr’s even handles advertising your RV and considers trade-in options, which means more potential buyers for your motorhome.

More Buying Options

As an RV buyer, a dealer which handles consignment sales means more choices for you to look at. From travel trailers to full-size motorhomes, we have previously-owned vehicles on hand to fit any budget you had in mind. Since you are buying from a licensed dealership, we can even offer a variety of financing options to help you get behind the wheel even sooner.

Buying and Selling With Confidence

Whether you have a motorhome to sell, or you’re looking for the best deal you can find on a used one, having confidence in the dealer is important. When you do business with Nohr’s RV Center, we bring more than 50 years of RV and travel trailer experience to the table. That helps the seller move their RV quicker, and gives the buyer a friendly source for information and equipment.

RV consignment may be the most appealing option for buyers and sellers. It’s easier for the seller to drop off their vehicle and let someone else sell it, and the buyer has more options to work with. If you have an RV you would like to sell, please contact us today.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Enhance your RV Experience: Optional Outdoor Features

Summer fun is always a road trip away for RV owners. Whether it is off to the mountains or out to the beaches, having the right optional features can make every excursion a trip to remember. Nohr’s RV Center has done the research and put together a list of must-have optional outdoor features every RV owner should have.

Roll-Out Awning

Go ahead and put roll-out awning at the top of the list because it will serve you in a multitude of ways. From sunsets looking out over lush valleys to holiday cookouts with friends and family, having a little outdoor protection from the sun and rain is always a good idea. And when the weather prohibits your scheduled activities, having a bit more room for the group to move around will be especially useful.

Screen Rooms

Blocking the sun and rain will make lounging a lot more comfortable, but keeping flying pests away can be even more important. Screened enclosures for RV owners range from tent-like, standalone affairs to engineered structures which fully attach to the RV for a better protection. Selecting the right complementary enclosure can double the amount of camper space available, effectively turning your RV into a group’s command unit so that there is plenty of room for the group to meet up while working out the day’s itinerary.

Outdoor Cooking

It is nice to have a kitchen in your motorhome, but the ability to prepare meals outside serves the dual purpose of reducing heat inside and allowing you to be a little closer to the nature you came to see. Sure, you could bring along an ordinary portable grill, but there are convenient and appealing options available as well. From instant-kitchen slideouts to fold-away grilling stations, sinks, or counter space, everything from propane tank racks to the kitchen sink are available as add-ons or special features.

Toy Hauler Conversions

The extra space provided in a toy hauler can be used in a variety of ways, from creating an instant wet bar for entertaining to simply providing you with storage for your favorite items from home. Volleyball nets, fishing gear, or a set of mountain bikes for the whole family will allow you to spend less of your time away from home inside your RV and more time getting closer to the outdoors.

Optional outdoor features for your RV can greatly enhance your recreational experience, plus giving you the satisfaction of having a unique camper setup. Keep in mind that there are dozens of installable options and hundreds of DIY hacks available, so choose the options which work best for your family. If you would like to talk about availability and feasibility for your desired add-ons, the staff at Nohr’s RV Center would be happy to talk to you.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Towing an RV: Preparing your Vehicle

At Nohr’s RV Center, we think that everyone should experience the fun and freedom of RV camping. We want you to have a safe and trouble-free time, and this list of vehicle preparation tips is a great place to get started on that.

Vehicle Inspection

Perform a complete vehicle inspection. Check the tread and inflation of all tires, and verify that you have good condition spare tires for both. Have your brakes checked and repaired if necessary. Remember that your tow vehicle is going to be working harder while towing, so the brakes need to be in excellent condition before setting off a road trip. Stop by Nohr’s RV Center a couple of days before you set out, and we will be happy to perform a complete RV and towing inspection for you.

Check Your Weight Ratings

Your tow vehicle and RV will have two weight ratings. One is for the total weight of the vehicle plus the object being towed, and the other is the maximum weight of towable vehicles and trailers. Both numbers are available in your vehicle owner’s manual or located on the label inside the driver's side door of the vehicle.

Hitch Inspection and Capacity

Unless you have a fifth wheel, your trailer hitch is the next area of concern. If the hitch is not rated for the weight of your RV, you will need to replace it with a larger hitch. While you are inspecting your trailer hitch, take a few moments to verify that the safety chains are in good condition, and connect the lighting connectors so you can verify that the brake and turn signals are working.

Anti-Sway and Weight Distribution

A heavy trailer or RV is capable of causing you to lose control of your tow vehicle with dangerous consequences. Some of this problem can be eliminated by installing an anti-sway system. You can also eliminate some of the problems with trailer sway by making sure that your supplies and gear inside the RV have been properly distributed. Load the RV with an imaginary line down the center of the chassis as the main location for all added weight.

Trailer Braking

An optional aid for vehicle towing is to have a trailer braking system installed. This would allow you to do a significant portion of your slowing and stopping using the brakes on the RV instead of those on your tow vehicle. Since the braking would take place closer to the rear of your vehicle train, there will be less drag on your tow vehicle, and it will not bump or jerk around in a dangerous fashion.

We care about the safety of your family and your vehicles. To that end, we are happy spend a little time extra checking your tow system or discussing ways to reduce your risks on the road. Stop by Nohr’s RV Center today and let us help you have a safe and confident summer adventure.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Top Summer RV Destinations

Summer is almost here, and now is the time to start preparing for your RV travel experiences. Whether your existing recreational vehicle needs an annual checkup or you are looking to purchase a new or used RV, Nohr’s RV Center can help you put your summer travel plans into practice.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is probably the most popular vacation destination for summer travelers. Geysers which erupt like clockwork, enormous quantities of wildlife and natural formations, and located in a geographic area which is largely immune to summer heatwaves, this park is a must-see for anyone touring the country via recreational vehicle.

Blue Ridge Mountains

The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains have a lot to offer. Crisp mountain streams, breathtaking vistas, and a plethora of human and geologic activity are only a few of the sights to see. RV camping is available throughout the region, including such iconic places as the southern gateway to the Smokies, Cherokee, NC, and in Tennessee, Pigeon Forge on the northern side, and Gatlinburg’s world-class dining and recreation.

Key West & the Florida Keys

Key West is located approximately 150 miles south of the Florida mainland, at the end of the longest north-south highway in the nation, U.S. Hwy 1. Known as the Overseas Highway, this road connects a multitude of islands and provides amazing views of Florida Bay to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East. The Keys are a place for singles, couples or entire families, offering everything from Disney-themed water play to houseboat rentals and cruises aboard 19th-century style sailing vessels.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Summer is the best time to visit our nation’s northernmost state. Experience mind-boggling snow-capped mountains, arctic wildlife such as polar bears and wild moose, or a leisurely stroll through the wilderness. Whether you want to pan for gold or enjoy a cruise on a paddle boat or dine on exquisite native cuisine, Fairbanks has something to thrill the entire family.

Redwood Forests

If you are looking for something a little closer to home, California’s redwood forests are a short drive away. These giant trees only live in a narrow band along the California coast and can be found north of the Bay area in Redwood National Forest, or south of San Francisco in California’s Big Sur, which is also home to nation’s largest permanent colony of elephant seals. You will find ample RV camping in either direction, and both are close enough for weekend excursions.

These are only a few of the treasures our nation has to offer to the RV enthusiast. As you travel to and from the destinations listed here, check your maps often and watch for the many other possible stops along the way. But before you set out on your summer adventures, make a point of getting your RV professionally serviced. Nohr’s RV Center is your Bay Area go-to location for RV service and maintenance, so give us a call to schedule your RV today.