Introducing the New Cricket Camper

cricket pop up camper

Cricket is a base camp for outdoor fun. lightweight and athletic, cricket is towable by many four-cylinder engines. with sleeping room for two adults and up to two children, cricket’s nasa-inspired design and integrated plumbing and electrical systems enable days off the grid.

cricket-camperBuilt from sensible materials, cricket is affordable, aerodynamic, and rugged enough for dirt roads and gravel tracks.

easy to park and haul

  • towable by many 4-cylinder engines and all 6-cylinder engines; new tow vehicles not necessary
  • easy to drive; normal rear-view mirrors can see around cricket
  • simple tow hookup
  • less drag than typical box-style trailers thanks to unique profile
  • fits in most standard garages
  • Learn more about the Cricket here.

Travel Channel did a great walk-through of the Cricket with its inventor. You can view it here.

Westland Camping Center is the local dealer for Cricket. We have them in stock for immediate delivery!

 

Will I Pay Sales Tax On My Trade-In RV?

Tax-On-The-Difference-Bill-Signing

Tax-On-The-Difference-Bill-Signing

Tax break for Michigan recreation vehicle buyers

Starting in 2014, Michigan recreation vehicle (RV) buyers will see a tax break when trading in an older vehicle to purchase a new recreation vehicle from a licensed Michigan RV dealer.

The House and Senate passed a bill on Tuesday, November 4, 2013 that would end the charging of sales tax on trade-in recreation vehicles. The “Sales Tax on the Difference” bill will provide a customer who buys an RV beginning December 15, 2013, as much as a $120 savings with a trade-in.

Dave Rochette, owner of Westland Camping Center commented, “It’s a big step as virtually anything that gets traded in is going to benefit our customers. We’ve already had a couple customers that have heard about it, and it’s great that people are thinking about it.”

For the first year of the bill, the first $2,000 of a recreation vehicle’s trade-in value would be considered, providing $120 in savings. Over 25 years (roughly) the trade-in amount considered for tax exemption will grow by $500 each year. This will provide an extra $30 per year in savings, until reaching $14,000, at which the cap would be reached and no longer grow.

How Can I get The Most Out Of My Trade-In?

2003 Keystone Laredo 284 BH

Trading in your old trailer towards a new one is as expected as the Sun Coming up in the morning.  Basically, you are using your old trailer as currency towards the purchase of a new one.  The question we have to ask ourselves is how to maximize the currency of that trade-in. Continue reading

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.

Winter Cover For Your RV

RV COVER

RV COVER

One of the most common questions we get asked by customers this time of year has to do with whether or not to cover their trailer during winter or long term storage (a few months or more).  The answer is yes, you should.  Also, what kind of cover would be the best?  Well, I’ll give you some pointers of what to look for in a cover as well. Continue reading

Westland Camping Service Tip Video- Checking Your Trailer for Water Damage

This time of year, it is important to do a thorough checkout of your RV for loose or damages seals, as well as the rest of the things you need to do to fully winterize your trailer.  No matter if it is a 5th wheel, travel trailer of a pop up camper.  These items are probably the number 1 on the list of important seasonal checks.

 

Here is a video from the folks at RV Education 101, quickly explaining what to do to check out your trailer.

 

If you want a practiced eye looking at this stuff, feel free to call us and we will check it out for you.