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Your First RVing Adventure!

Hooking Up For The First Time

RVers are some of the friendliest, most helpful people you will ever meet. Don’t be surprised if you pull into your site and your neighbor, whom you never met, is right there to assist you with hooking up, leveling and offering advice. Never be afraid to ask for help – everyone was a first-timer at one time. RVers often ask to tour your RV if it’s a model they are unfamiliar with and likewise will invite you in to see theirs.

A Basic Campground Setup Checklist: 

RVs vary, so this checklist is not meant to be all-inclusive. It is just a list of the high points to be sure you have it covered when you first take to a campground in your RV.

  • If you’re new to RV camping, at check-in, ask if the campground provides an escort service for first-timers. A seasoned staffer will guide you to your site and assist you in getting parked and leveled.
  • Determine if you need to back in or if it is a pull-through site. Know where your water, electrical and sewer hookups are on your RV. Position the RV so you have easy access to the hookups on the site.
  • Survey your assigned site. Be sure there are no low-hanging branches or other obstacles that will interfere with the RV. If you have a slideout or awning, be sure there is room on either side for those to fully extend.
  • Once you are positioned properly on your site, apply the parking brake if you have a motorhome (as a safety precaution, slideouts will not operate if the parking brake is not engaged).
  • The ground is not always flat, so level your RV as necessary, using blocks or stabilizing jacks if your RV is equipped with them.
  • Chock the wheels securely to keep the RV stable on the site.
  • If you are in a towable RV, disconnect the unit from the tow vehicle and stabilize the trailer hitch.
  • Manually pull the entry steps out or if yours are electronic, turn the switch off so the steps stay out when the door is closed. (Don’t forget to turn the switch back on before leaving or to pull up your steps before driving away.)
  • If you have slideouts, remove the travel locks or brace bars. Whenever you are operating slideouts, keep all windows closed for safety and have someone on the outside watch for people, clearance and obstacles in its path.
  • Make a connection. Plug the electrical shore power cord into the campsite receptacle that matches the amperage requirements of your RV. Electrical adapters may be needed, but keep extension cord use to a minimum.
  • Switch your refrigerator to the AC setting to draw on the electricity rather than your propane.
  • Always use a white potable RV drinking water hose. Attach it to the tank on the side of your unit and run the other end to the campground water supply. Turn on the water and check for any leaks.
  • When you are hooked up to a water supply, you don’t need the 12-volt water pump, only the pump to draw water from the fresh water tank when an external source is not available.
  • If you have sewer service at your site, wear latex gloves to remove the cap from the sewer hose valve and attach the sewer hose to the sewer drain outlet. Be sure to turn it so the locking tabs securely lock in place. Place the sewer hose seal in the campground sewer connection. Attach the other end of the sewer hose in the seal and securely connect.
  • Prop a rock or sewer hose support under the hose to create a slight slope from the RV down to the sewer connection so everything drains smoothly.
  • If you are hooked to a sewer connection, you can open the gray water tank valve to allow sink and shower water to drain directly into the sewer. It is the smaller of the two valves. Never leave the black water tank valve open.
  • Turn the main LP gas supply valve on at the tank or bottles.
  • Now it’s time to set up the exterior of your home away from home. Put an outdoor carpet mat down if you have one.
  • Set up the lawn chairs.
  • Put the awning out per the manufacturer’s instructions – be sure to close and secure your awning if storms or winds are expected.
  • Now relax and enjoy your getaway.


Water Regulator – Very Important
Don’t leave home without it ….. very important to add to your RV Camping Checklist! Most campgrounds and RV parks don’t tell you, but their water pressure can go up to very high pressures at different times of the day and night. This high pressure can severely damage the plumbing and even burst the water lines in your RV causing a flooded RV. You can pick up a water regulator at most RV stores and at some RV park stores. They attach to the water faucet on the outside of your RV screws on to your water hose. Make sure to get the high volume one so your water pressure will still be good for taking showers. They are rated at 40 lbs.

RV Holding Tanks
Understand your RV holding tank and how to dump it properly before going on your trip. The RV park or campground is usually not a good place to practice the first time you hook up your hose. Try to find a dump station in your area to practice. You can often use a clean-out hole on your home’s sewer connection if you know where it’s located. When we arrive at an RV park we usually leave the black tank closed and only let the grey water pass straight through to the outside sewer. If you let the black tank fill up you will avoid toilet paper from building up a pyramid in the tank and you will be able to flush it out well with a full tank. If you don’t do this your tank could possibly build up with toilet paper and eventually plug it up. It’s not a fun job getting it unplugged. We always close off the grey water the night before we leave the park so we’ll have some shower water to flush the hose out when emptying the RV holding tanks the next morning.

When you’re ready to dump you might want to first practice with the grey water holding tank. Let just a little water out at first to make sure there are no leaks. Do not empty the grey tank yet. Go now to the black tank and dump it next. Open the valve all the way when the tank is empty and then switch back to the grey tank and finish flushing the hose with the grey water. That way your hose will be a lot cleaner. Make sure your dump hose is in good shape. They don’t last very long and develop holes and cracks quite often. Handling this hose a minimal amount of times is a good thing. I use the Flex Products. I like them the best because the hose collapses into its own holder to carry around with caps on each end. No fumbling around trying to dig it out of a bag somewhere or trying to cram it back into a storage bin.

Have a great Adventure!  And don’t forget the bug repellant.

Barbara Andrews


Lifestyle of the Not So Rich And Famous

Where Strangers Become Friends & Friends Become Family

RVers and Family campers are known as the “Friendliest People in the World”.  Strengthening family bonds through shared activities in the out-doors!  For some, home is where they park their RV. I love to see the joy in people when delivery day has come. The tedious RV research and search is over finding that perfect unit or close to perfect unit to meet the family needs and wants. The vacation or outing has been carefully planed schedules have been shuffled to get away from it all. Picking up the RV is truly a happy occasion especially for the first time buyer trekking into new territory.

I would like to feature the Pime Time LaCrosse bunk house since it is one of our biggest sellers at General RV.

LaCrosse Features

LaCrosse Luxury Lite is built with Prime Time’s Eternabond Construction Technology. Every wall, floor and slide-out roof is made up of welded aluminum framework that is then laminated together in order to build a stronger, longer lasting Recreational Vehicle.

LaCrosse has a fully walkable roof system with 5″ crowned trusses. A one-piece insulated air conditioning duct system is blanketed with a generous layer of R-14 fiberglass insulation.

LaCrosse’s enclosed underbelly is heated with a 2″ heat duct vented from your furnace to protect your enclosed holding tanks, water lines, and dump valves from the elements during colder weather.

You don’t have to buy a Diesel Motor Home to get the security and convenience of Bus Style Slam Baggage Doors.  These 1″ thick doors also have a uniquely keyed lock that won’t be the same as your neighbors.

You will love the push-button convenience of Prime Time’s electric awning.  Complete with adjustable arms to allow for water drainage, you will find this feature standard on LaCrosse models.

Prime Time takes the work out of leveling your trailer with the convenience of Electric Stabilizer Jacks.  Luxury and value are combined with this LaCrosse standard feature.

LaCrosse offers one of the widest entry doors on any Lite Weight travel trailer. This 30″ wide model makes it easy to carry large items like coolers without banging and scraping your hands.

No sacrifices are required with LaCrosse.  Incorporating over 13 feet of floor space, the MAX Slide Room offers a full size Air Mattress Hide-A-Bed and the industry’s largest U-Shaped Dinette.  Live (and sleep) like a king with MAX Slide.

LaCrosse provides Best In Class convenience of having all your water connections, cable connections and outside shower in a lockable, all-in-one, easy to use compartment.

LaCrosse offers EZ Tow – another Prime Time innovation designed to minimize the vertical “bouncing” effect that is transferred to the tow vehicle when traveling over rough road surfaces, potholes, or railroad crossings.

We think you will agree, LaCrosse Luxury Lite will look awesome pulling into the campground with it’s automotive styled aluminum wheels!

Outside entertainment and dining is easy and convenient with Prime Time’s innovative Outside Camp Kitchen.  You’ll find a sink with running hot and cold water, a large refrigerator, a slide-out stove, and tons of storage for all your essentials.

The Atwood 6 Gallon Gas/Electric water heater is designed to provide a maximum amount of hot water. This remarkably efficient model recovers water at the rate of 18 gallons/hour!

No more crawling under your trailer and trying to unscrew awkward cap fittings. With a simple ¼ turn, these easy to reach drain valves allow you to quickly and easily drain your water lines and fresh water tank.

Hooking up an LP gas grill or other LP burning appliance is convenient with the LP Quick Connect fitting that runs to the back of every LaCrosse.

Your entertainment options are multiplied with LaCrosse’s exterior television hook-ups and stereo speakers.

LaCrosse’s E-Stone countertops are a uniquely engineered product that combines an amazing residential look with lightweight durability specifically designed for use in a Recreation Vehicle. E-Stone is certified to meet strict UL flame spread and impact requirements.

The amount of galley drawers in a LaCrosse is “second to none”. You will find in every floorplan a 12″ Deep X 19″ Wide pot and pan drawer underneath the gas oven. In the case of the 318BHS model a second pot and pan drawer is located underneath the refrigerator!

LaCrosse’s abundant kitchen storage is complimented with extra convenience by making the kitchen pantry shelves removable so you can decide what goes where when “loading up” for your next trip.

Without a doubt, the style, comfort, and convenience of LaCrosse’s air mattress Hide-A-Bed is tops in the industry. Customer’s love the huge, additional storage drawer built in under the sofa seat.

Your comfort and convenience is ensured with this Air Mattress Hide-A-Bed.  Plus, the engineers at Prime Time have incorporated a highly convenient storage drawer and worked closely with our suppliers to create a folding mechanism that eliminates pinch points.

No sacrifices are required with LaCrosse.  Incorporating over 13 feet of floor space, the MAX Slide Room offers a full size Air Mattress Hide-A-Bed and the industry’s largest U-Shaped Dinette.  Live (and sleep) like a king with MAX Slide.

Because of the additional room that MAX slide provides LaCrosse is equipped with a GIGANTIC 87″ booth dinette. There is plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy meal time or game time!

With LaCrosse’s MAX Slide, the free standing dinette and chairs are a popular option. LaCrosse offers so much more room to maneuver the chairs and dine in comfort verses the competitor’s free standing dinettes!

LaCrosse’s dinette table drops down to the perfect height to serve as a coffee table or it can easily fit through the entry door for use underneath the awning!

Upright it’s a comfortable lounge area complete with drink holders.  Laid down, it’s an extra large sleeping area.  There’s no need to accept a simple bunk room when you can have the industry’s most versatile accommodations – Sleep & Play – found in select LaCrosse models.

Here are some videos from Prime Time I believe you will enjoy if you are looking for that perfect travel trailer bunk house. Barbara Andrews.

The LaCrosse 296 BH

2012 Prime Time RV Tracer 2900BHS

On The Road Again

Motorhome Versus Trailer

Lots of customers have asked, either explicitly or implicitly, which “way to go” when selecting an RV. Most Rvers who have had both trailers and motorhomes will recognize the answer is not a simple one — if indeed there is any “answer” at all. Yet it’s important for first time RV buyers to know what the pros and cons of each are, so that they can get into a unit which will be best for their particular RV lifestyle.

Before getting to the Great Debate over Motorhome versus Trailer, let’s give the credit that’s due the relatively smaller types — the tent trailer and the slide-in camper. Actually, both of these RV types can come in quite fancy packages too. But typically there is some sacrifice in space and amenities.

The Pop Up offers quite a bit of inside space, given the relatively small size of the typical unit. Not only is it an economical choice in terms of purchase price, it’s lighter weight assures much better fuel economy over the road. Equally important, most units are light enough to pull behind almost any car equipped with an adequate trailer hitch. No need to buy one of those expensive, full size pickup trucks as part of the price for getting into Rving.

A motorhome is particularly user friendly going down the road
. While underway, the and of course using due care not to move about on winding roadways or in traffic, the passenger has access to the full range of motorhome amenities. A snack is as far as the refrigerator; a quick nap is but a few steps to the coach or bed; and of course the onboard lavatory is fully accessible.

Backing into an RV site is easier than maneuvering a trailer in what often appears to be an unnatural direction. There seemed to be something inherently “superior” about a motorhome (at least the Class A types — I’ll leave the “Class A versus Class C discussion for another time). No doubt many view the “motor coach” with a certain sense of elitism.

But there are drawbacks. Perhaps the most significant — for fulltime Rving lifestyle there is not a go and stay there mode. Most stay two or three nights at any destination More typically a night or two and then off again in search of new places — or one of the many, many “old places” cataloged in years of RV travels.

Another, and unrelated factor is the first weekend outing in the new motorhome, you concluded that your travel style would require that you take along a tow car. Once a motorhome is parked, leveled, and hooked up to utilities, one hardly wants to undo all that loving work just to drive to the grocery store for a carton of milk. So now a tow vehicle is opted for light enough to tow without adding any sense of added weight, and it could be towed without the use of a car dolly — still another chassis to worry about. But of course the tow vehicle will began to log some big mileage too unless you get a tow dolly, so its resale value will be less as well. Moreover, providing maintenance on two separate vehicles, neither of which could accomplish the purpose of a “family car” — so there is of course a third vehicle to maintain.

Since the
third vehicle is already a full size diesel pickup, the move to a fifth wheel becomes irresistible, and quite easy to tow. In all fairness, it is a bit more of a chore to tow the fifth wheel than to simply drive the motorhome; but it is not at all difficult. Parking at RV parks is a bit more tedious when backing into a small space. But soon you get the hang of it and that problem gets minimized. You will miss the over-the-road convenience of the motorhome, but the fuel economy goes way up, and your maintenance costs goes way down. And of course you no longer need the tow vehicle. Another difference you will notice is the superb on-road stability of a 5th wheel and generally more stable in windy conditions. Some RVers prefer the 5th wheel combo over motorhomes in windy conditions. Carefully note that we are talking about a 5th Wheel trailer — not a travel trailer. Keep in mind both 5th wheels and motorhomes come in all different sizes, shapes, weights, and design. Not all 5th wheels would be more stable in windy conditions than all motorhomes. But in my experience as a general rule,  5th wheels do better than motorhomes when the wind really decides to blow.

Now that brings us to Diesel Pusher and a class of it own.  The Diesel is built for longevity, power, and luxury that will not be pushed around by the elements and will still hold its value with high mileage. So the bottom line to the Motorhome versus Fifth Wheel seems to have everything to do with one’s current RVing lifestyle. For low or high mileage travels, or for extended RV travels, a Diesel Motorhome may offer many advantages. The Fifth Wheel combo has more overall advantages for weekend and full timers alike.  Barbara Andrews 904 458-3000

Explore Life! Enjoy Life!

It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had. One of the best Family activities is RVing and camping. The Family bonding time is priceless and educational. It is a fact that Rvers and campers are happier and healthier people. Life is an adventure waiting to be enjoyed….so what are you waiting for?  Don’t put it off any longer find the Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, or Motorhome that’s right for you and your Family. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get started. Find a good used unit that will serve your purpose. Make sure it has been taken care of and that no roof leaks have occurred or buy a new unit if you can afford it. You can always start out tent camping to get the family involved. Life can be an adventure and a awesome journey. There are many local and state parks to Google in your area, life is to short. Treasure your family Enjoy Life! Explore Life!  If you live in the North Florida area stop by and see me @ General RV Center Orange Park, Florida 904 458-3000  Barbara Andrews. Your Vacation Starts Here!

Prime Time Fifth Wheels

Sanibel – a luxury fifth wheel built with a level of Intelligence that far exceeds the status quo. Whether you are examining construction, design, features, or eye appeal, Sanibel has been carefully crafted to provide the highest level of owner satisfaction. Sanibel also has a two year bumper to bumper warranty. The Sanibel is equipped with 12-volt DC heating pads wrapped around fully insulated holding tanks for additional protection from freezing. Prime Time also uses radiant technology in the roof and floor to achieve R-52 insulation values and R-38 in the slideout floors where it is needed most.

A fifth wheel trailer is especially popular with fulltimers because most of these RVers want to go as big as the towing vehicle will allow. The fifth wheel is easy to connect and disconnect from the truck. It’s relatively easy to back up. Its tendency to sway is much less than that of a trailer coach. Because it can easily carry more height, it allows for more storage space – something every fulltimer wants.

That brings us to the most serious issue with fifth wheels — size and weight. The towing and carrying capacities of pickups have increased greatly over the years, enabling them to pull larger and heavier fifth wheels than ever before. The question is now, “Should they?” Loss of control may become a serious problem for ordinary pickups, with their relatively short wheelbases and low curb weights. In other words, we may begin to see more of the dangerous “tail-wagging-the-dog” behavior that is already common with trailer coaches.

Perhaps the answer is to use a larger tow vehicle. For example, if you buy a 40-foot trailer with four slideouts and all the luxuries of home, a medium-duty truck (MDT) should pull it safely and reliably. But do you really want to drive and park a nearly 60-foot long, 8′ 6? wide, 30,000-pound truck-and-trailer combination?

An obvious common-sense solution for most RVers is to simply choose a smaller, well-built trailer that can be towed safely and reliably by any large pickup. For pointers on selecting the proper truck to tow your trailer, see the Fifth Wheel Weight Calculator.

This introduction to fifth wheel travel trailers should be just the beginning of your research into techniques for choosing and using. We encourage you to begin your studies with the Tow rating Search.

We hope that you, as a member of RV Consumer Group, will contribute by sharing your experiences and observations. Making RVing safer and better always begins with you.Barbara Andrews 904 458-3000

So You Want To Go RVing

We often get asked for advice on how to get started RVing.
Here is a list of top ten “to dos” for those thinking about the RV lifestyle or just starting out.

These are easy to accomplish items that will help avoid costly mistakes or lousy RV experiences. Enjoy this great lifestyle by starting with adequate (and fun!) preparation.

The tips here are important for every new or wannabe RVer…and are especially important for those considering living fulltime in an RV.

  1. Read a few books about RVing. If you are pondering a fulltime RV lifestyle, there are some great books about fulltiming. These are typically written by fulltime RVers, and it is worth it to get a few different perspectives. Reading an assortment of these books was one of my first activities when I started dreaming about the lifestyle, and it has proven to be an invaluable activity.If you are in an RV-buying mode, there are a number of relevant books, such as the RV Comparison Guide and books that cover what to look out for when buying a used RV.
  2. Attend RV shows and dealers…spend the time needed to check out an assortment of RV types and brands. I did this for years, sitting in the rigs, mentally going through the motions of doing everyday activities, talking to people, listening to comments of others as they did their own looking around, and then I became an RV sales Consultant. It is actually a lot of fun, and helps you become an informed consumer.
  3. Go RVing – try it out.

    Before making a major RV purchase or a decision to go fulltime, have at least some experience RVing. Many people who upgrade their RV, or go fulltiming, already have had years of RVing experience. But if, like me, this is not the case, then rent an RV or buy a used RV… for vacations, weekend getaways and/or on a long trip where you can envision how it would be to live on a fulltime or “most-of-the-time” basis.

  4. Join a few RV clubs(such as Good Sam, FMCA and Escapees) and read their magazines.Even if you aren’t currently RVing, these clubs and their publications provide a lot of good information, services, and food for thought. We continue to learn from the magazines, and the various clubs hold rallies and local chapter events, which are also great learning opportunities.
  5. Be diligent and informed when you buy an RV. Quality, storage space, carrying capacity, towing limits, operating systems (plumbing, electrical, cooling/heating) and floor plan are all important. Think about how you will spend time in the RV day-to-day and make a list of things that are important to you.
  6. Evaluate your expectations and motives. Take a few minutes to jot down what you hope to get out of RVing. This is a good first step, but it is also a good exercise after you have done some of the above items. Once you start learning about the RV lifestyle via books, videos, shows and experiences, it is worth it to revisit what you hope to get out of RVing. You may validate your initial thoughts. Or you may discover that the RV experience you desire is a bit different than what you initially envisioned.
  7. Share the dream. If you are planning to RV with others (spouse, family, whoever), make sure they are part of the planning and learning process. Discuss expectations. Consider compromises. If you are going to spend time in close quarters with others, things will go much better if everyone is on the same team.
  8. Prepare a written budget – estimate your expenses, think about how you will spend your time, get it down on paper. Plan for recreation, insurance, emergency and maintenance costs.If you are considering the fulltime lifestyle, working on the road may be an important consideration.
  9. Consider connections. Depending on your circumstances, this might include keeping in contact with family and friends while RVing, having internet access, cell phone connectivity in different geographic areas and use of email. For a short vacation, this may be a minor subject. For fulltimers or those traveling for extended periods, it is a big consideration.
  10. Enjoy the journey. And we don’t just mean the RV journey once you are on the road. Also enjoy the “getting ready”, the learning phase. Have fun and take your time as you get to “know your stuff” about the RV lifestyleBarbara Andrews 904 458-3000.

Your Vacation Starts Here

Find a RV that’s just right. The reasons you go RVing are the same reasons you take any vacation. To get a break from the daily routine. To be with family and friends. To rest. To relax. To see new places. To try new things. But the difference between RVing and other types of vacations is that RVing allows you to truly achieve all those goals – and more. My name is Barbara Andrews.  I have been a RV Sales Consultant for 12 years. I would like to share my knowledge with you to make the best decision in your future recreational vehicle purchase. General RV Center Jacksonville Florida. Stop by or call 888 904-0104 or 904 458-3000.

Diesel Pushers

Class A

Class C

Travel Trailers

Fifth Wheels

Toy Haulers

Pop Ups

I suggest, as you look over the many types of recreational vehicles available on the present market, that you, thoroughly, inspect not only the recreational vehicle itself, but, also the service department, the parts department and the facility the dealer offers. In short, look for a dealer who will make absolutely certain that you receive your best investment for the dollar spent.

Regardless of the price category of the unit you are considering, I am sure we both feel that this is a very important investment on your part. General RV Center feels that you are entitled to all the help and experience we have to offer through our many years of experience in the recreational vehicle business.  Barbara Andrews 904 458-3000.

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