Video: Troubleshooting Your Schwintek Slide out

Schwintek Slide Out

Schwintek Slide Out

Sometimes problems can happen.  I know, it’s a shocker.  We want to help you be prepared in the unlikely event that you have a slide out problem while using the Schwintek slide out.  Unlike the traditional slide, there is no crank handle for overriding the controls, so here is a video on some troubleshooting tips by the manufacturer of the slide out, Lippert Components.

Part Of The Week: Progressive Microwave Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Lets face it, breakfast sandwiches are totally awesome.  We all know that the only reason McDonald’s is still around has to do with breakfast sandwiches.  We have here a wonderful product that makes these delights fast, easy and awesome.  When on  the road, most trailers are equipped with microwaves, (some even have two now… ) and starting the day can be troublesome.  When kids are involved, cooking anything more complicated than cereal, while also getting packed up for a day on the road to the next campground or monument, is both time consuming and requires a lot of dishes to clean up.

This breakfast sandwich maker makes short work of breakfast, and includes the 4 basic food groups, bacon, eggs, cheese, and muffins.  Check out this Youtube video about the sandwich maker:

This week we are offering 10% off Progressive Microwave Breakfast Sandwich Maker.  Bring in this coupon or mention you liked us on face book to receive your discount.  Can’t make it to the store this week?  Order online at:

http://www.bellrpg.net/westlandcamping/RV/grouppart.asp?MAJ=001&PRI=087&SEC=334&GRP=311

Selling fun since 1969

The History of Forest River

In July 2013, Forest River became the largest RV manufacturing company in the US, and therefore the whole wide world.  This is not a small accomplishment, and congratulations to them.  It takes a lot of help from the individual brands like Flagstaff and Sabre; as well as help from their dealers, such as Westland Camping Center; and of course you guys, the consumer, the real reason they do this in the first place.

To commemorate the occasion, I thought I would post this history of the Forest River Company.  Not earth shattering information, but still very interesting stuff.

 

http://westlandcamping.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/FRHistory.pdf

Westland Camping Campground Spotlight: Tee Pee Campground

Westland Camping Spotlights The Tee Pee Campground's Gorgeous View

Westland Camping Spotlights The Tee Pee Campground’s Gorgeous View

Westland Camping Center isn’t just an RV dealership, we are campers ourselves and want to make sure that you know all of the options available to you when you are planning your family time this year.  The Tee Pee campground is a great place not too far away, but with so much to do around it, I think you would be well served to spend a long weekend (or longer) exploring the campground, and the surrounding areas.  Here is a little bit of a preview from their website: Continue reading

Family Camping Memories Should Be Recorded And Shared

Westland Camping Family Vacation to the Platte River
Westland Camping Family Vacation to the Platte River

Westland Camping Family Vacation to the Platte River

Westland Camping Center is not just any RV dealership.  We are a family that has camped together forever, and continue to do so today.  We don’t just sell Travel trailers, 5th Wheels and Pop-up Campers, we take them out and use them.  We got into this industry because it gets us closer to the things we enjoy doing, and, OK, get paid to think about camping every day.

With that in mind, I want to share an insight into one of my favorite camping keepsakes: The Family Camping Journal.

I love looking at pictures from camping trips past, and seeing the camper equipment and games changing as my Brother and I got older, as well as the great views and vistas from our sites and the places we went to.  However, pictures only show you so much.  Sometimes you remember the people, but can’t remember what was happening, or why this trip was special.  Yes, sometimes a picture isn’t worth a thousand words.

My mother, as the dedicated family historian, would take an hour or so every night or every other night, and describe where we were, what we did, and any funny anecdotes or stories pertaining to the day’s activities.  She noted the name of the campground, and site numbers.  She noted the general weather conditions, who was with us, and of course, how much trouble the dog got into…

The Journal itself wasn’t fancy, just a wire-bound notebook with a plastic cover to help make it last.  Over the years we had several of them.  But the collection of memories that were in it made it so much more than a mere notebook.  It was “The Journal”.  Sitting around the campfire at night is a natural “story-telling” atmosphere, and often we relived past camping trips.

It was also a great resource for planning trips later on, because we had a record of places we went, and what we thought of the place.  Some entries were more clinical about site conditions and campground descriptions, some were more story oriented, but it was overall a clear record of our camping history as a family.  I want to share some of those camping tales with you, starting with this one from 1980″

Mom Writes:

We have always kept a log book of our camping trips, and although they are often nearly illegible – I usually wrote the entries while we were driving – they provide a very good snapshot of our trips. This entry is from a trip we took to the Upper Peninsula in July of 1980; Kevin was four and a half, and Steve was fifteen months.

 

            “We found the Tee Pee Private Campground about one mile east of the Mackinac Bridge, with an excellent view of the bridge and Mackinac Island. The lake has a rocky bottom, but a nice beach with a play structure of the Mackinac Bridge.

            We took the 10:00 boat to the Island and rented bikes. Steve fell asleep in the bike seat, so we switched him to the backpack and rode all the way around the Island. It was a beautiful day, sunny and clear, and we got great views of the Bridge. We hiked up to the Governor’s Mansion, then returned to town and went to sit on the porch of the Grand Hotel. Got fudge and took the 5:00 boat back.

            The boys were very tired and went to sleep fast, but we had such a good view of the Bridge from our campsite, all lit up, that we woke Kevin up so he could see it.”

           

            This campground still exists; it is now partner with Good Sam’s.

 

In those days, I also kept track of what we spent; here are some examples:

                        Campsite (two nights)                                     $11.00

                        Ferry to Mackinac (for two adults)                     9.00

                        Bike rental (two w/child seats)                          12.00

                        Lunch on the Island (two adults, two kids)          8.00

Things have changed a lot.

 

I have referred to the log books many times, to find a favorite campsite or restaurant. Sometimes, we would refer back to an earlier trip, and read about it at the campfire. It always brings back great memories! 

How Do I Buy A Trailer At An RV Show?

Click here for your discount coupon for the MARVAC February RV Show 2014

Click here for your discount coupon for the MARVAC February RV Show 2014

With the big February RV show right around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to give some advice to anyone who is planning to shop for or purchase their next trailer at the show.  Instead of me giving advice, I decided to ask some folks on the inter-webs who have bought trailers at RV shows before, “What Advice would you give to someone about shopping or buying at an RV show?” Continue reading

Part Of The Week: The Collapsible Salad Spinner by Progressive

Collapsible Salad Spinner

Collapsible Salad Spinner

Last week we talked about the Progressive Collapsible Measuring Cups, this week we thought we would follow it up with another great space-saving product, the Progressive Collapsible Salad Spinner.  As I mentioned before, My home kitchen is fairly small, and has limited storage, so I have been switching things over to these products for the last two years.  The Salad Spinner is great, since I just don’t have a ton on room to store these handy kitchen gadgets.  RV galleys tend to be small, and storage is key, and Progressive wants to make sure you have enough room for all the things you will need for a complete RV kitchen.

We are also always excited when these products have Youtube Videos, since there is nothing better than to watch the products in action before we buy them.  No cute kitties in this video, sorry.

This week we are offering 10% off Progressive Collapsible Salad Spinner.  Bring in this coupon or mention you liked us on face book to receive your discount.  Can’t make it to the store this week?  Order online at:

http://www.bellrpg.net/westlandcamping/RV/grouppart.asp?MAJ=001&PRI=087&SEC=334&GRP=306

Selling fun since 1969 

Westland Camping Campground Spotlight: Pinckney Recreation Area

Westland Camping Center Campground Spotlight: Pinckney Recreation Area

Westland Camping Center Campground Spotlight: Pinckney Recreation Area

Pinckney State Recreation Area is a Michigan state recreation area in Dexter, Sylvan and Lyndon Townships, Washtenaw County and Putnam and Unadilla Townships, Livingston County in the U.S. state of Michigan.

Pinckney Recreation Area is a paradise for backpackers, mountain bikers, anglers and other recreation enthusiasts. Pinckney is known for its extensive trail system and chain of excellent fishing lakes. Over forty miles of multi-use trail with remote campsites afford a backcountry experience. Pinckney is also a short drive from the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center in Waterloo Recreation Area.

Please be aware that Pinckney has over 11,000 acres and it is easy to go to the wrong location. The address for Bruin Lake Campground is 21237 Kaiser Road, Gregory, MI 48137 and the address for Pinckney Headquarters is 8555 Silver Hill Rd. Pinckney MI 48169. Pinckney Recreation Area provides a wide variety of activities for the park visitor in its three major use areas: Silver Lake Day Use area, Bruin Lake Modern Campground and the Halfmoon Day Use facility. The landscape, a terminal moraine area, was formed during the last glaciation period.

For a map of the Pinckney Recreation Area, click here.

For information about special events and schedules, click here.

Here is a list of Campgrounds in the Pinckney Rec. Area:

Pinckney-Blind Lake Rustic
(800) 447-2757
10 site(s), $12
Rustic Site, Vault Toilet, Walk-in Sites
Pinckney-Bruin Lake Camper Cabin
(800) 447-2757
1 site(s), $60-$80/night
Boat Launch, Fishing, Modern Restrooms, Swimming
Pinckney-Bruin Lake Modern
(800) 447-2757
186 site(s), $24/$16
Boat Launch, Boat Rental, Electrical Service, Fishing, Modern Restrooms, Playground, Swimming
Pinckney-Crooked Lake Rustic
(800) 447-2757
25 site(s), $12
Boat Launch, Fishing, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Pinckney-Glenbrook Yurt
(800) 447-2757
1 site(s), $60

How Do I Manually Operate My Slide Out?

manual slide out crank

manual slide out crank

Though we don’t see very many problems with today’s slide outs, occasionally problems can occur.  Situations where you have no power, or your battery is dead for example.

One of the most common questions we are asked is how to manually operate slide outs.  Here is a helpful video I found that covers this question.  Though this happens to be a Lippert slide out, most slide outs operate in approximately the same way.  Make sure you read your owners manual, or talk to your dealer or manufacturer for specifics on your RV.

Westland Camping Visits The Forest River PDI Facility

Forest River PDI Facility

Forest River PDI Facility

Recently, I had the Opportunity to tour the Forest River PDI Facility in Goshen Indiana.  And I came away impressed, and more confident than ever that Forest River is committed to the highest quality in the RV industry.

What is PDI?

PDI stands for Pre-Delivery Inspection.  PDI can stand for several different things: When the Trailer factory does its final inspection before sending the unit to the dealership, when the dealership checks it in from the manufacturer, and when the customer comes in and does a “walk-through” of the unit are all examples of PDI.

Forest River’s PDI facility is charged to inspect units right off the assembly line from around 50 different Forest River manufacturing facilities in northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.  They are independent of any particular FR company, reporting directly to FR’s corporate office.  They inspect and test all types of RV’s, from the smallest pop up campers, to the largest motor homes.  They are all subjected to the same rigorous testing procedures, to make sure each plant and each product is right by the time it reaches the RV customer.

 

What do they do?

The Rain Room

The Rain Room

Each unit that comes into the Facility first gets put into the Rain Room.  There, an inspector sits inside the unit while the trailer is sprayed with water from all directions for 15-20 minutes while the inspector checks all of the windows, doors, roof seals, skylights, and vents to make sure there is no visible water leakage, because everyone knows, water is the enemy.

Then the trailer is pulled out and put in the line where another inspector starts checking everything functional about the trailer, such as drawers, cabinets, appliances, electrical systems, LP systems, etc.  Everything on the unit is checked to make sure that it is both working, and looks good, noting any scratches and nicks in walls, curtains that may have stains on them, wall borders that aren’t straight, everything.

From there, it moves up the line and enters the plumbing section, where everything is tested from the freshwater system to the gray and black water tanks (with water… not… ewww).

Bubble Testing

Bubble Testing

Then the outside of the unit is inspected, and after all seals and exterior surfaces are checked, they spray the exterior with a soapy water solution while a machine creates positive pressure inside the unit.  The soapy water creates bubbles anywhere that air is escaping.  If air can get out, theoretically water can get in, and well, water is the enemy.

 

 

What Happens Next?

Problems Are Marked Clearly

Problems Are Marked Clearly

As the inspectors find problems or issues, they mark the issue with colored tape, and then write the problem on the tape.  After the inspection is complete, the inspectors write a detailed report about problems, and observations about the functionality of any design.  These reports go back to the factory and to FR’s corporate office, and the factory is graded on these scores.  The factory managers seem to be quite competitive with each other about their scores, so they take these reports very seriously.  These reports can uncover design problems, personnel problems on the line, and issues with products they buy to install in their units (water heaters, stoves, lights, whatever).

How do they pick the units from the factories?

The units sent to the PDI facility can come from a couple of different avenues.  Every day, each factory picks out a random unit off the line to send, or sometimes the PDI facility notices that they have seen none of a certain model in a while, so they request one.   Factories are always coming out with new models, and after they design it, they send the prototypes over to be inspected to try to find any issues they can iron out before moving on to full production.  Also, when a Factory does any major remodels of their plants, or build a new plant, they send all of the units that come out of the factory until they are assured that production is coming out high quality.

 What does this mean?

The Forest River PDI facility is something they are very proud of.  And they should.  It is a great way to keep all of their brands performing at the peak of their abilities, and identifying both the trailers, and personnel that aren’t doing their jobs.  The end result is a higher standard of quality and accountability to those making decisions in their respective brands.  This makes for a very high quality RV for the customer.  For more information about the Forest River products that we carry, call us, or email us, or comment here, and we will be happy to talk quality with you!

Meet Our Friends at Case Plastics!

Case Plastic Baits are Available at Westland Camping Center

Case Plastic Baits are Available at Westland Camping Center

Westland Camping is proud to offer Case Plastics baits as part of our fishing and tackle department.  Though not the biggest name in the industry, they show innovation, creativity, and a sense of humor that we find refreshing. Through our close relationship with Case, we have access to their entire calalog of products which include the original “Wacky-o Tool”, Zipper Worms and a ridiculous assortment of shads, worms, creatures and more.

Here is a little introduction to the company from their webpage:

For almost twenty years now, Fishing Complete Inc., owner of Case Plastics, Zipper Worm Company and The O-Wacky Tool, has worked hard to have all of your fishing needs in one place and truly be “Fishing Complete”.

We offer two very distinct but equally high performing lines of soft plastic baits. Whether you are casting for the smallie along the riverbank or trolling the lake looking for the big one, we have the bait for you. Both the Case Plastics and Zipper Worm Company lines complement each other by offering a wide array of color and bait selection to meet any fisherman’s needs. Whether you are wacky fishing, drop shotting or flipping, we have something guaranteed to lure in your money fish!

We are well recognized as the “Home of the O-Wacky Tool” and no tackle box should be without it. This tool allows you to use the same bait over and over, saving you time and money.

We are proud to manufacture, package and sell from the USA. We use the finest quality plastic formula and the most attractive color selection to ensure your satisfaction and success.

We have built our reputation on our tournament winning products, outstanding customer service (which includes lightning fast order processing) and our customer satisfaction guarantee.

Happy fishing………..we guarantee it.

Last week, at the Ultimate Fishing and Outdoor Show in Novi we shared a booth with the fine folks from Case Plastics, and they were great to work with.  Their knowledge and selection were a big hit with customers and vendors alike.  They were more interested in helping people than with just selling their product, and were often found in other parts of our booth showing customers lures and products that would help them, whether it was one of theirs or not.

Thank you to Jim, and to all the guys (and Girls) from Case Plastics for all of their help, and we look forward to carrying your products for a long time.

Waterloo Recreational Area

Waterloo Recreation AreaLocated between Ann Arbor and Jackson, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the Lower Peninsula. At more than 20,000 acres, the park boasts two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, eight boat launches, 12 miles of interpretive nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, three rustic cabins, numerous equestrian trails and the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center.

The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center features year-round exhibits and nature programs on Michigan’s geologic history.  The Discovery center also offers 15 miles of hiking trails, and seven miles of un-groomed cross-country ski trails for the intermediate to advanced skier.

There are multiple campgrounds within Waterloo that offer modern, rustic, equestrian and group camping.  There are also cabins and even a Yurt with occupancy ratings of 5 to 20 people.  Seriously, a Yurt!

The park abuts the Phyllis Haehnle Audubon Sanctuary where visitors can enjoy gazing at numerous Sand Hill Cranes from late August to early November, and a Crane festival at the Discovery Center in the fall.  They even offer Fall color tours and wine tours.  Information about programs can be obtained by calling them at (734) 475-3170.

For a full map of the park, click here.

For more information about the Waterloo Recreation Area, visit their website here.

Here is a list of the Campgrounds located inside the Waterloo Recreation Area:

Waterloo Green Lake-Rustic
(800) 447-2757
25 site(s), $12
Boat Launch, Fishing, Hiking, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Waterloo Portage Lake-Modern
(800) 447-2757
136 site(s), $24/$22/($16 semi modern-off season rate)
Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Some Campsites with 50 amp Service, Swimming
Waterloo Sugarloaf-Modern
(800) 447-2757
164 site(s), $24/$22
Boat Launch, Electrical Service, Modern Restrooms, Playground, Some Campsites with 50 amp Service, Swimming
Waterloo-Equestrian
(734) 475-8307
25 site(s), $17
Campers with horses, Equestrian, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet
Waterloo-Green Lake Yurt
(800) 447-2757
1 site(s), $60
Hiking, Hunting
Waterloo-Group Use Area
(734) 475-8307
5 site(s), $2 Per person, per night
Playground, Rustic Site, Swimming, Vault Toilet
Waterloo-Portage Lake Camper Cabin
(800) 447-2757
1 site(s), $60-$80/Night
Cabins & Lodges, Electrical Service
Waterloo-Rustic Cabins
(800) 447-2757
3 site(s), $60/$80
Cabins & Lodges, Vault Toilet

Should I check My Trailer During the Winter?

roof leakIn the camping off season it is easy to forget your about your trailer.  With the holidays, winter break from schools and everything else that seems to crash at the end of the year, your trailer sits silently under the snow and ice, waiting for the chance to get out camping the next season.

You should probably make some time, however.  Here in Michigan this last two weeks, we have seen major snow falls, super-cold temperatures (thank you Polar Vortex), major thawing, and even rain.  These conditions can add up to major issues in your trailer, and checking the trailer out now, can help avoid major repair bills three months from now.

The super-cold temperatures followed by the thaw and rain can wreak havoc on your trailer’s caulking and seals around windows, doors and storage compartments.  With expansion and severe contraction happening, caulking can break loose, and invite water in to visit.  Never good.

Checking for the first sign of any water intrusion will ensure that by the time camping season rolls around, you will be able to use it when you want to, and not have your RV sitting in the service department.  When the weather breaks near the spring, RV dealer service departments get very busy, and repair times can last weeks before being repaired or even looked at extensively.  The off-season is the time to handle a lot of the service issues, considering you aren’t actually using it right now.

For more information about checking your trailer for water damage, watch this video.  Another thing you can do to help protect yourself from the elements between checks, is to cover it.  For more information on my personal opinion on covers, read this article on the subject.

Remember, this time of year can breed problems for months, and a little time now can save you a lot of time, money and aggravation later on.

Westland Camping Holiday Gift Ideas For 2013

Westland Camping Gift Ideas

Westland Camping Gift Ideas

Here is a list of some things that we RV’ers would love to see under the tree this year:

Camp Fire Items

1)      Pie Iron Storage Bag

2)      Pie Iron Recipes

3)      Double Pie Iron

4)      Dog’n Brat Cooker

5)      Pie Iron

6)      Campfire Fork Set

7)      Hot Dog Fork Support

8) Campfire Tongs

9) 12” Cast Iron Skillet

10) Campfire Grill Original

11) Campfire Grill Pioneer

12) Campfire Grill Rebel

13) Tri-Pod Grill

14) Rainbow Flame Stick

 

Trailer Gadgets

15) 7-Way RV Socket Circuit Tester

16) Universal Trailer Coupler Lock

17) Camperlight Adapter

18) Battery Master Switch

19) Lynx Levelers

20) X-Chock

21) Flip Automatic Jack Foot

22) Trailer Aid

Campsite Games

23) Top Toss

24) Westland Camping Frisbee

25) Dominoes

26) Bag Ball

27) Bulls-Eye Washers

Awning Accessories

28) Awning Lights

29) Fish Wind Chime

30) Awning Light Clips

31) Awning Mat

Other Gift Ideas

32) Collapsible Cooler

33) E-Z Foldz Folding Step Stool

34) Insta Hanger

35) Laundry Staytion

36) Garbage Bag Holder

37) Drink-N-Plate

38) Therma Cell Lantern

39) Table Cloth Weights

40) Fishing Tackle

41) LED Lantern

42) LED Flash Light

43) Fishing Poles

44) Roll Top Table

Kayak Accessories

45) Sea Light

46) Visi Pole

47) HydroStar Multi Strobe

48) HydroStar SUB 4 Function Light

49) Water Bottle Leash

50) Deck Bag

51) Camelbak Pack

52) Deluxe Safety Kit

53) Water Proof Stowaway

54) Paddle Leash

Progressive Kitchen Items

55) Collapsible Salad Spinner

56) Breakfast Sandwich Maker

57) Microwave S’mores Maker

58) Flexible Ice Trays

59) Drip-Less Tongs

60) Collapsible Measuring Cups

How The Walking Dead Got It Wrong.

Motohome broken down at the wrong time

Motohome broken down at the wrong time

If pop culture and television have taught me anything, it’s taught me that the zombies are coming, and we should be prepared.  That’s why Westland Camping  is dedicated to keeping you safe during the Zombie Apocalypse.  Westland camping is the official RV dealership of the zombie apocalypse. Continue reading

Flagstaff Classic Superlight Features and Options

2014 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 831 BHDS

2014 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 831 BHDS

Travel Trailer Features

These awsesome features are part of what makes Flagstaff an industry leader in Travel Trailers.  A lot of these are part of what Westland Camping orders for our Stock units!

INTERIORS

  • Solid Wood and Raised Panel Doors and Drawers
  • Screwed and Glued Cabinetry
  • Residential Full Extension Metal Drawer Guides in Kitchen
  • Flooring: Carpet and an Engineered Mold
    and Mildew Resistant Floor Covering
  • Floor Ducted Furnace
  • Monitor Panel
  • Battery Disconnect Switch
  • 55 Amp Converter w/ Charger
  • Directional Reading Lights on Sofa Slides
  • MP3 Player Hookup
  • 22” LCD TV Mounted in Bedroom (Select Floorplans)
  • End Table w/ Attached Lamp (Select Floorplans)
  • Designer Valances w/ Lambrequin Arms
  • Aluminum Bed and Dinette Frames
  • 44” Family Style Dinette (Select Floorplans)
  • Free-Standing High Pressure Laminated Table
    w/ Swing Level Leg
  • Free-Standing Table and Chairs (Select Floorplans)
  • Auto Gas/Electric Refrigerator
  • Three Burner High Output Gas Range
  • Tub Surround
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Water Heater Bypass Kit
  • Decorative Slide-Out Fascia
  • Interior Floor Light by Entrance Door
  • Residential Dome Style Lights Over Sofa and Table
  • Upgraded Recessed Lighting Around Medicine Cabinet
  • LCD TV w/ 5.1 Digital Dolby
    Surround Sound Speaker System
  • Digital AM/FM/DVD w/ “Bluetooth” Technology
  • Drop Down 22″ LCD TV in O/S Kitchen (Select Floorplans)
  • Air Hide-A-Bed Sofa w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
  • Swivel Chair(s) (Select Floorplans)
  • Day/Night Shades
  • Upgraded 22″ Gas Oven
  • Flush Mount Stone Cast Sinks w/ Lift-Off Kitchen Faucets
  • Residential One-Piece Sink Cover/ Cutting Board
  • Trash Can in Kitchen (Most Floorplans)
  • Six Gallon “Quick Recovery” 110 DSI
    Gas/Electric Water Heater
  • 13,500 BTU Ducted Roof Air
  • Fireplace (Select Floorplans)
  • 12 Volt Power Plug w/ USB Charging Port
  • LED 12 Volt Interior Lighting
  • Microwave
  • Residential Serta Mattress Upgrade
  • Residential Style Porcelain Bowl Foot Flush Toilet

EXTERIORS

  • Fully Laminated Aluminum Frame (Floor, Sidewall, & Roof)
  • Insulation Factors R-7 Sidewall, R-12 Floor and R-14 Roof
  • Electric Slide-Out
  • Decorative Frame Skirting
  • Outside Shower
  • Outside Antifreeze Station for Convenient Winterizing
  • Molded Bottle Cover
  • Surface Coated Steel I-Beam Frame
  • Stabilizer Jacks
  • Torsion Axle, Rubber-Ryde Suspension
  • Easy Lube Axles
  • Enclosed Holding Tanks
  • Black Water Flush
  • TV Antenna w/ Cable & Satellite Hookup
  • 30” Entrance Door (Most Floorplans)
  • Lighted Entry Step
  • Large Grab Handles
  • Outside Grill Prep w/ LP Hookup and Backer
  • Slam Latch Pass-Thru Storage Doors (Select Floorplans)
  • Two (2) 30 lb. Gas Bottles
  • 15” Tires w/ Triple Step
  • Radius Roof w/ Vaulted Interior Ceilings
  • One-Piece Seamless Roofing Membrane
  • Laminated Fiberglass Sidewalls w/ High Gloss Finish
  • Deluxe TPO High Gloss Front Cap
  • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump
  • Windows w/ Tinted Safety Glass
  • Atrium Slide Windows (Select Models)
  • Outside Speakers
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Spare Tire Carrier & Cover
  • Electronically Controlled Heated Holding Tanks
OPTIONS

  • Minimum Carpet available
  • 15,000 BTU Ducted Roof Air
  • CSA
  • Air Hide-A-Bed Sofa w/ Storage (Select Models)
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Raised Refrigerator Panels
  • Countertop Extension (Select Floorplans)
  • Extra Create-a-Breeze fan
  • Rear Ladder (Select Floorplans)
  • Awning Slide Topper
  • Outside Gas Grill and Worktable
  • Power Stabilizer Jacks
  • Hickory and Cherry Interiors (w/ Solid Cherry
    Hand-Rubbed Cabinet Doors)
  • Fireplace (Select Floorplans)
  • LCD Bedroom TV w/ Outside Mounting Bracket
  • La-Z-Boy Leather Recliner Option:
    Available ILO All Units w/ Barrel Chairs
  • 48″ X 84″ Spacious King-U-Style Dinette
  • Free-Standing Table and Chairs
  • Heated Mattress
  • Thermo Pane Window Upgrade
  • Atrium Slide Windows (Super Slides)
  • Power Front Jack
  • Diamond Package
    • Upgraded Decorative Wood Slide-Out Fascia
    • Upgraded Cabinetry Hardware
    • Upgraded Air Hide-A-Bed “Tufted” Sofa
      w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
    • Deluxe Interior Window Treatment
    • Solid Surface Countertops
      in Kitchen and Living Room
    • Laminated Taupe Color Fiberglass Sidewalls
      w/ High Gloss Finish and Color Keyed Roof
    • Shielded Awning Covers
    • Tinted Bonded Frameless Windows
    • Slam Latches on Most Exterior Storage Doors
  • Platinum Package
    • Upgraded Decorative Wood Slide-Out Fascia
    • Upgraded Cabinetry Hardware
    • Upgraded Air Hide-A-Bed “Tufted” Sofa
      w/ Storage (Select Floorplans)
    • Deluxe Interior Window Treatment
    • Solid Surface Countertops
      in Kitchen and Living Room
    • Tinted Bonded Frameless Windows

STANDARD OPTIONS

  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Water-Pur Filtration System
  • Create-a-Breeze Three Speed
    Fantastic Fan w/ Vent Cover
  • Heated Mattress
  • Convenience Package E
    • 13,500 BTU Ducted Air
    • Microwave
    • Residential Serta Mattress Upgrade
    • Fiberglass Exterior w/ High Gloss Finish
    • Deluxe TPO High Gloss Front Cap
    • Power Awning w/ Adjustable Rain Dump
    • Windows w/ Tinted Safety Glass
    • Outside Speakers
    • Aluminum Wheels
    • Spare Tire Carrier & Cover

How Do I Winterize My Flagstaff Travel Trailer?

This is a basic chart, not specific to Flagstaff, but pretty good.

This is a basic chart, not specific to Flagstaff, but pretty good.

Flagstaff Travel Trailers are designed for maximum ease of use for their owners.  They include all sorts of features that make life a little easier, and add more every year.

 

Some of the most useful features have to do with winterizing.  Since it is getting to be time, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to highlight how to use these features to winterize your Flagstaff Travel Trailer.

Step One: Drain The Water

Walk around the trailer, and make sure your fresh water, black water and gray water tanks are empty.  Drain your water heater if it isn’t already drained.  Look under the trailer for the Low Point Drains, which are two tubes coming out from the floor.  There will be one blue one and one red one.  Remove the caps from these low point drains, and that will drain the water from the water lines themselves. HINT: when you open the low point drains, crack open one of the faucets to release the vacuum and the lines will drain faster.

Near your water pump is your water filtration system, remove the jar and dispose of the filter.  Reinstall the filter canister.

When everything is empty, cap off all the lines and close all the faucets.  Please proceed to step two…

Step Two: Change The Flow

There are two sets of valves that you need to be aware of, the hot water bypass valves, and the winterizing valve.

The water heater bypass valves are designed to close off the water heater from the water system, and save you a lot of money in anti-freeze.  They are located behind the water heater (although sometimes they are off to the side of it a little).

There are three of them, one each on the blue and red water lines, and one for the shorter crossing hose.  Turn the two main line valves so that the valve handle runs across the hose, like it is shut off.  Then open the valve on the cross hose.  This will keep anti-freeze out of your water heater, and force the anti freeze up and around to the rest of the water system.

Next to the water filter, you should find the water pump.  There is another valve on one of the hoses that lead from the wall to the pump.  This will divert the suction of the water pump from the fresh water tank to the valve on the outside of the trailer.

Now you are in the right position to finish the job….

Step 3: The Pink Stuff…

You will need about 2 gallons of RV anti-freeze, but having a third as a spare is never a bad idea.  You will also need a 4 or 5 foot length of hose with a male hose connection on it.

Ok, on the outside of your trailer, locate the Anti-freeze siphon valve, it usually is clearly marked.  It looks like a city water connector.  When you find it, hook up the hose to it, and put the other end in a gallon of anti-freeze.  Now go into the trailer and turn on your water pump, it will suck out of the antifreeze gallon directly and build pressure in the water system.

Start at the farthest away faucet from the pump, and open the hot and cold one at a time, and run them until pink is coming out of each.

Do this to each faucet as you work closer to the pump area, don’t forget to flush the toilet until you see pink as well.  Another thing that a lot of people forget is the outside shower.

Once the anti-freeze through everything, go back to the water filter and drain the access anti-freeze out of it and reinstall.

If you have any anti-freeze left over from your second gallon, pour it down the drains to fill the p-traps, and you are done till spring.

 

Of course, another option is to just call us, and we’ll do it for you…

Old Town Kayaks at Westland Camping Center

Old Town Vapor

Old Town Vapor

Old Town Kayaks

User-friendly, extremely stable, and easy to maneuver, Old Town Kayaks are designed for those who would rather spend time enjoying themselves than learning to paddle through whitewater. These kayaks are perfect for all the lakes (Great and small), ponds and rivers that are so plentiful Michigan. Continue reading

Which Kayak is Right for You?

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13

Ocean Kayak Prowler 13

Which Kayak is Right for You?

Recreational Kayaking is the FASTEST GROWING SPORT in America, and Westland Camping can set you up with everything you need to get started with this exciting sport – from Kayaks by Old Town and Ocean to PFD’s and dry bags.

Why buy a kayak? In a word, VERSATILITY! It offers opportunity for the MOST and LEAST adventurous, the MOST and LEAST experienced, and the MOST and LEAST skilled. AND it can be done anywhere there’s water, by children to seniors, with only a one-time investment. Continue reading

Simple Service Tips For Your RV

cracked tires

cracked tires

Refrigerator Guidelines

1. Plug in and pre-cool your refrigerator for at least 24 hours for a travel trailer and 12 hours for a pop-up.

2. Pre-chill everything you put in it.

3. If using the refrigerator on propane, light the stove first; if there’s air in the line, the stove will purge it out. When you see a flame, everything else should light just fine.

4. If you are using the refrigerator on electric, and it’s not working, check the ground fault outlets.

Trailer Tires

INFLATION: You should maintain maximum air pressure even if you are towing below the load range of the tires. There is no advantage to taking air out of the tires. With the tires at maximum pressure, the tire will perform and wear better, and you will get better gas mileage. Based on updated thinking, there are ultimately three keys to avoid tire trouble while towing:

1. Make sure your rig is equipped with the proper tires
2. Maintain the tires meticulously
3. Replace trailer tires every three to five years, weather they look like they’re worn out or not. Click here for more on tires.

 

Fresh Water Tips

1. Always use a high pressure white hose designated for fresh water. They are non-toxic and are “tasteless” so your water always tastes fresh. Keep the hose clean and NEVER use it for anything else.

2. Always add a pressure regulator to your hose; pressure can vary widely from one campground to another. If you attach it to the water spigot end of the hose, you protect your hose as well.

3. Always turn your water pump off before pressurizing from an outside source.

4. Carry two 25′ hoses rather than a 50′ hose; it gives you flexibility and convenience.

5. When you get home, thoroughly drain your hoses, coil them up, and screw the ends together to keep out dirt and bugs.

 

Protect Vinyl from the Sun

If you search the message boards for ideas to protect sun-exposed vinyl from cracking, the one top product that is consistently recommended by RV users on line is called “303”. Originally developed for aviation applications, it protects vinyl, rubber, plastic, fiberglass and leather surfaces from exposure to the sun. Note that this is not a cleaner – it is a UV protectant only. It isn’t cheap, but the consensus among users is that it offers better UV protection than any other product, and does not leave a slippery residue. You find “303” in our online catalog here, or you can purchase it from our parts department.