Trail Runner Video Walkthrough

Here is a video tour of the Trail Runner Trailer, so you can learn more about the features and options in this price competitive travel trailer line. Note the storage rack on the back, not something you see in very many trailers…

This video is from the 2012 model, but the features and thought put into everything is still the same, but with different colors in the current models.

We currently have 10 different Trail runner floor plans in stock and ready to roll, and we are very excited to have them.  They look great, they are built sturdy, and will help you create a stress-free platform in which to spend quality time with your family… or away from your family if that’s your thing…

Either way, a Trail Runner is a great choice.  Come on over and see them, you wont regret it.

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

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.

 

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

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.

 

 

Top 10 Reasons To Buy an Equalizer Hitch Video

Equal-i-zer Hitch by Progress Mfg.

Equal-i-zer Hitch by Progress Mfg.

This is a silly little video highlighting how awesome the Equal-i-zer hitch is for towing travel trailers, and even larger pop up campers.  American made, lifetime warranty, and at least 8 other reasons.  BTW, I found this video while playing on youtube, I cannot claim ownership of this.  For more on the functions of this hitch and its benefits in towing, check out this educational video.

Equal-i-zer 4 Point Sway Control Hitch Video

Equal-i-zer 4 point sway control weight distribution

Equal-i-zer 4 point sway control weight distribution

When you are towing a travel trailer, one of the main concerns people have is about swaying.  There are several ways to control sway, but the best way in our opinion is with the Equal-i-zer hitch. This unique hitch combines weight distribution and sway control into one unit, and makes add-on sway control devices unnecessary.  Here is a video that explains the hitch in a way that is easy to see the bebefits immediately.  I will be posting more helpful videos about the Equal-i-zer hitch to give everyone a better feel for it.

 

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.

RV DUMPING; NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK: PART 3

bad ideaRV DUMPING; NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK: PART 3 (Back home safely)

Hello fellow campers.

I have been taking time to help keep you guys from having problems with your sewer system, and one of the most important things you can do at home, is a good cleaning.  Get yourself a toilet wand, preferably one with a flexible end to it, so the water can spray all directions, not just from a single point.  Another thing that works here is a rotary tank-rinser that is permanently installed on your black water tank.  Hook up your hose, and spray it out good.  But whatever you use, actually USE it.

This one simple task, which isn’t really all that difficult if you do it regularly, and use the Tissue Digester and probe cleaner chemicals at least once or twice a season, then you will prevent about 90% of your basic problems with your sewer system.

After all of the cleaning and rinsing, if you are going to be storing the camper for any length of time, think about getting a vented waste cap.  This allows you to store the camper with the black and grey water tank valves open slightly, so that whatever gasses or smells are left in the tank, have somewhere else to escape rather than into the trailer.  This helps prevent that toilet chemical smell inside the unit that I think everyone who has used or owned a camper knows what I’m talking about.

Ok campers, this concludes this portion of the lesson plan.  Feel free to contact me with any questions about procedures, or products, or anything else that crossed your mind.  See you next time, I’m going to go wash my hands.

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.

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.