FLAGSTAFF A-FRAME CAMPER VIDEO DEMO

One of the most common questions we get at the RV shows is whether or not the Hard-side trailers are hard to set up, so we decided to make a video showing you how easy it really is.

For more about the Flagstaff Hard-side trailer line, click here!

Check out a full list of standard features here!

 

Flagstaff Hardside Campers Standard Features

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

The Flagstaff Hardside trailer is unique in it’s design in that it is pretty much fully loaded straight from the factory. When people come into the Dealership and start looking at these, they always ask what is optional on it, and are pretty shocked to find out that there really aren’t too many add-ons, this is pretty much stock. Things like the standard electric heat pump, stereo, microwave… well, if you want to read the whole list, then here you go:

Standard Features of the Flagstaff Hardside Trailer:

  • Cherry Interior With “Tile-Look” Linoleum
  • Two Tone Fabric Seating
  • Residential Style Kitchen Faucet
  • Stainless Steel Look Appliances and Sink
  • Double Pan Sink With High Rise Faucet ( T19SCHW and T21QBHW Only)
  • Electric Water Pump
  • Hot Water Package (Incl. Water Filter, Outside Shower, Six Gallon DSI Water Heater
  • Anti-Freeze Inlet to Bypass Fresh Water Tanks When Winterizing
  • Glass Stove Top Cover
  • Microwave
  • 3-Way Fridge
  • Residential Style Raised Panel Doors
  • Wood Drawers with Full Extension Drawer Glides
  • Large Clothes Bar
  • USB Charging Ports
  • AM/FM Stereo with CD Player
  • TV Outlet with Cable and Satellite Hookup
  • 30 amp Detachable power cord with Storage Bag
  • 35 Amp Converter with Battery Charger
  • 12v Safety Breaker
  • 10k Cool Cat Heat Pump
  • Floor Lights
  • Ceiling LED lights
  • LP Leak/Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • Privacy Curtains
  • Independent Torsion Axle
  • Easy Lube Axles
  • Spare Tire, Cover and Mount
  • 13” or Higher Radial Tire Size
  • Electric Brakes
  • Sliding Storage Tray on Front Storage Models
  • Equal-I-Zer Hitch Mounting Provision
  • Battery Box and Wiring Kit
  • Solar Panel Prep
  • Dual 20# LP tanks with Automatic Changeover Regulator
  • Diamond Plated Lower Front Cap
  • O/S Grill
  • O/S Speakers for Stereo
  • Door Step
  • Vented Entrance Door with Screen
  • Folding Grab Handle
  • Vacuum Bonded Fiberglass Sidewalls
  • Vacuum Bonded Roof with Metal Interior Panel
  • Large Roof Skylight
  • Two Front Windows
  • Large Opening Picture Window
  • One-Piece Undercoated Structure Wood Floors
  • Powder Coated Tubular Steel Frame
  • Stabilizer Jacks
  • 20 Gallon Fresh Water Tank
  • 2000# Tongue Jack
  • 7-Way Pigtail Plug

Flagstaff Hardside Trailers at Westland Camping Center

 Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Flagstaff Hardside is one of the most versatile campers on the market today

Ok, so you are looking for something small, and easily towed. But storage is important, and if you can fit it in your garage, then so much the better right? But the thought of taking a tent camper out into the woods for deer camp makes you cold to your bones, and having to set it up doesn’t appeal to you. A Travel Trailer has the right equipment, but its too big, and quite frankly out of your price range.

I think I have a solution. Quite possibly, the best of both worlds. When you combine the solid exterior of a travel trailer with a Classic tent camper, you get the Flagstaff Hard Side Series, giving your camping experience the best of both. Bringing a smooth, fiberglass vacuum bonded exterior with a quick, easy set up, while retaining the towing and storage advantages of a tent camper, the Hard Side camper is the perfect blend.

Super easy to set up

With that distinct and nostalgic looking shape, Flagstaff Hardside campers are loaded with standard features. And since Flagstaff is already one of the most innovative and highest volume divisions in the industry, they can get you the best product for the best price anywhere. Compare the Flagstaff Hardside campers to the Chalet or the A-liner, and I am sure you will agree that you are getting so much more bang for your buck. Compared “Apples to apples”, the Flagstaff will save you thousands.

Flagstaff offers 8 different floor plans in the Hardside line, all of which are loaded with standard features you wont find in most campers. The vacuum bonded sidewalls offer a secure and well insulated living space outside of the weather. And with the A/C and both an electric heat pump, as well as a 20k BTU forced air furnace, this unit is built to handle all weather conditions.

hardside-pageFor more information and pictures of the Hardside line, check out the Flagstaff web page here and look at the gallery and 360 degree virtual tour.  And check back here regularly for more information about our in stock units, as well as some great insights on what hardside campers can offer you.  And of course, check out our inventory to see pictures of the units we have in stock ready for sale!

Incredible 3D virtual Tour of Flagstaff 8529 IKBS 5th wheel

Check out this interactive 3D virtual tour through our 8529 IKBS, Flagstaff’s newest and most luxurious 5th wheel yet.  Using Exclusive RVVUE technology you can “walk through” the whole unit, seeing every feature, and getting a real sense of the unit, and the space available.  This is a tour of the actual unit in stock, not just a demo program from stock photos.  All of the colors, features and elegance is waiting for you to come in and walk through it for real.

This 3D Virtual walkthrough is exclusive to Westland Camping, so you won’t find this level of detail in any other virtual tour.  let us know what you think!!

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Download the spec-sheet for this unit to see exactly what options this unit was built with, and match it up with the tags in the walk-through for more information.

8529 IKBS MSRP sheet

We have this trailer marked at the amazing price of $40,350, so it will be going quick!

 

If You Don’t Have A Flagstaff Travel Trailer, The Zombies Will Eat You.

Flagstaff Trailers

Flagstaff Trailers

As you know, Westland Camping Center is the official RV Dealership of the Zombie Apocalypse.  For years, we have been working tirelessly to keep you and your family safe from the Zombies.  We have been studying the various brands and options available in great detail, and although any travel trailer is better than nothing, our conclusion is that a Flagstaff Travel Trailer is the best equipped to handle the hordes of zombies, and keep you and your companions from being eaten.  Not all of these things are standard features, but they are on most every unit we order for stock.

This is no rash judgement on our part.  This is science.  We have broken-down the top 10 features of a Flagstaff Travel Trailer that will keep you safe in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  Here we will delve further into these 10 features to show you how to keep your brains right where you want them.

Electric Tongue Jack:

The need to hook up and get away quickly is paramount.  And with Flagstaff’s newly designed electric tongue jacks you will be ready to roll in a flash.  Manual Jacks are tedious and strenuous, especially considering with a weight distribution hitch you have to up and down repeatedly for either hooking up or unhooking.  And now that Flagstaff tongue jacks have a quick-foot on them, you don’t need to run it as far up or down.  Just pull the pin and slide it up as soon as the weight is off.  This can save you time, and of course save your life if you gotta get out of Dodge fast…

Day/Night Shades:

These shades are far more than just window treatments.  When employed properly in the daytime, the day function allows light into the coach so you don’t need to use precious electricity.  They are also transparent enough to be able to see clearly out to make sure the coast is clear before going outside.  But they also block the view from outside, you can move freely inside the trailer without the risk of those pesky flesh-eating zombies being alerted to your presence.  And at night, you pull down the nighttime shade and now it blocks the light outside, and again allows for freedom of movement without being seen.

Slam Latches on Exterior Storage Compartments:

If you have ever used a travel trailer, you know that you almost never get the cam locks and thumb locks closed on your first try, wasting valuable time that could be better served fleeing.  Slam latches are just like door latches, and latch when you close the compartment door.   They are also faster and easier to open, for easy access to the bludgeoning weapon of your choice.   Also, for those who worry about other people as well as zombies, the key is different than most RV storage compartments, for better security.

Wicked Awesome Insulation Package, Due to Vacuum Bonded Sidewalls and Roof:

Flagstaff’s insulation allows for much cooler temperatures, boasting an impressive R-7 in the sidewalls, R-12 in the floor, and R-14 in the roof.  This is very important for three reasons.  First, the less energy you require to heat or cool your coach, the longer that energy will last.  Conservation of resources is paramount in a post zombie existence.  Secondly, you have to be flexible about where you have to be and when, so being able to go into colder climates can be a major advantage.  Some zombie related studies have shown that zombies freeze solid in cold weather, or at least slow down, so you may find that as an advantage.  Third, and possible most important for survival, good insulation muffles sound.  Playing around in your trailer is much less likely to attract the attention of wandering herds of zombies.

All LED Lights Inside The Trailer:

Energy conservation is a major theme in this article, because when the zombies come, resources will probably get scarce.  Led lights use significantly less electricity than their incandescent counterparts, making sure you can conserve your battery’s power much longer that before.  You can survive on battery power alone much longer, and make sure there is plenty of power to run all of the other appliances like the fridge, furnace and water pump between charges.  In the likely scenario that running a generator would attract a lot of (very hungry) attention, how long your battery lasts will be a key to your long-term survival.

Factory Installed Battery Shut-Off:

When you aren’t using your trailer, it will be vital to conserve energy, and one important way to do that is to use a battery shut-off switch.  This will prevent your trailer from using any of your precious battery power to run the carbon monoxide/LP leak detectors, fridge circuit boards, and any other 12 volt  items you may have forgotten to turn off while you are away for any extended period of time.

Fully Walk-able Roof and Rear Mounted Ladder:

The seamless Vacuum Bonded Roof is fully walk-able, so no matter where you step, you are sure to have great support.  Combined with the rear mounted ladder, you have a great way to get up top for a better vantage-point for your lookout.  Also good for doing some routine maintenance, to ensure your home away from home stays in tip-top shape.

Heated Holding Tanks:

This feature is the best way to keep your holding tanks from freezing in cold weather in a post-zombie world.  Not only does it run on your 12v system, it doesn’t use your furnace at all, which saves energy and your LP supply.  It is also makes no sound, and as you know, noise attracts zombies.

Power Awning, LED Awning Lights, and Exterior Flood Lights:

These A&E powered awnings are extremely convenient to use and operate.  Lets say for example there is a storm coming, and you need to close your awning before it gets ripped off (you know how that goes…).  But there is a problem, there are a couple of zombies checking out the campsite next to yours, and there is no way you can go outside to get to the awning arms… What do you do?  Easy, just walk over to the switch, and roll it up.  No exposure, and you stay comfy and cozy inside.  These Awnings also feature LED lights underneath then, so you can light the entire area under the awning, while still being energy efficient, and not having to remove anything from the awning before retracting it.  And the exterior Flood lights are great to make sure your perimeter is secure before going outside at night, or to check on that spooky noise without having to put yourself at risk like some idiot in a horror movie.  Don’t be that idiot.  Get a Flagstaff.

Built-In Water Filtration System:

You never know where your water will be coming from, but with the on-board water filtration system, you can be sure that by the time it reaches the tap, it has gone through a tested and certified water filtration system.  Rusty well water and fine sediments are a thing of the past.  Let everyone else worry about that, as you wash your dishes and take your shower knowing that you don’t have to worry.

These features are the top 10 reasons you need a Flagstaff trailer, but they are not NEARLY the only ones.  I haven’t even gotten started on the easy to clean high gloss fiberglass (to wash all the gore off, of course), or the fact that they are all Half Ton Truck Tow-able.  Maybe I should do a top 15…

Please, read this article and consider this your warning.  If you don’t have a Flagstaff, rest assured, zombies will totally eat you.

 

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

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…

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.

Video: Disconnecting Your Battery During Storage


Here is a video I made, hopefully the first of many, spotlighting a cool feature about the trailers I carry, or little facts or tidbits I find interested while I am working.  This one has to do with disconnecting your battery during storage.  Any time you leave your trailer, there is a draw on the battery from different things inside the trailer that threaten to kill your battery.  Leaving a dead battery to sit can destroy it, and that can become pricey.

As it happens, Westland Camping sells and installs battery switches, and the switches cost around $30 dollars.  However, Flagstaff Trailers and 5th wheels come equipped from the factory with switches, so that makes life easier right from the box.

 

 

RV Slide Out Maintenance Video

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

Most travel trailers and fifth wheels being produced today have some sort of slide out.  Some are small wardrobe-only slide, and some are the “Super Slides” that run a significant length of the side of the trailer.  In all of these cases, some sort of maintenance will be involved.  Here is a short little video about how to maintain and lubricate your slide system.

How To Set Up a Flagstaff Pop Up Camper

I love camping.  I love tent camping, I love camping in 5th wheels, travel trailers, and I can sort of understand camping in a motorhome.  But my absolute favorite way to camp is in a pop-up.  Call it a pup, tent camper, folding trailer or just a suped-up tent on wheels, pop ups are (in my humble opinion) the perfect blend of tent camping with just enough creature comfort to make things practical and easy. I call it “Roughing it in style”.

A lot of people tell me it’s too much work, so I found this video to help dispel that rumor.  It is easier than you might think, and more affordable than most.  So check it out, and if you want to try it, I’ll let you see for yourself in person.

Taking Care of your RV Rubber Roof

Bad Caulking

Bad Caulking.  Bad, bad Caulking.

One of the most common questions I get almost every day, is “how often do I need to re-caulk my roof?”  My answer is almost always the same: If you need to ask, it’s probably time.

Most manufacturers recommend at least checking your roof every three months.  It helps to use a good Rubber Roof Cleaner before doing any good inspection, preferably using a cleaner designed for use on a rubber roof that will add some extra UV protection.  As an added benefit, regular washing of your roof will cut down on black streaks on the sides of the unit saving you time and energy.

When you look at your caulk, you are looking for small cracks, edges that are lifting up a little or areas that have gotten very thin over time.

 

If you see any of this, then it’s time to peel up the old stuff and run a new bead.  People ask at this point, “Can I just go over the top with new caulk?”, and to that I say, I don’t suggest it.  Old caulk doesn’t adhere to the roof as well as it used to, and if you apply new caulk over it, then the bottom layer is still not sticking well.  Besides, you will use much less caulk if you aren’t trying to cover all the old stuff as well as the seam.  So clean it up the best you can, and start fresh.

 

Next is choosing the right caulk for the right job.  On the flat surface of your roof, use a self leveling caulk or “Lap Sealant” for this job.  It is liquid enough to actually fill in air gaps and seams in your bead.  It settles to create a uniform thickness.  DO NOT BE AFRAID TO USE A LARGE BEAD!  The trick is to cover the seam, and any screws, and the edge of whatever you are caulking around (TV antenna, refrigerator vent, etc…).  The point is to cover any place water can get in.

 

No other single maintenance job is quite as important for long-term health of your trailer.  One bad caulk job can cost thousands of dollars to repair, and is many times not covered under insurance.  If you are worried or aren’t sure what you are looking for, call us and we can inspect it for you and give you some suggestions.