Keeping Pests Out of Your RV

Whether you’re a snowbird traveler or will be storing your RV for the winter, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter some pests attempting to invade your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. However, keeping these pests at bay is easier than it may seem. Follow these simple tricks to keep your RV pest-free this winter season.

Keep Food Contained

Pests often invade RVs in search of food. If you’ll be parking your RV for the winter, be sure to remove any food items from your RV until you’re ready to use it again. If you’re currently on the road, always check to make sure your foods are properly stored and that you don’t leave any food on the counter or throughout your RV to lure small creatures inside.

Seal Your RV

In addition to keeping your food sealed, your RV also needs to be sealed. Rodents and other pests can squeeze through the smallest cracks in your RV, which means it’s time to seal and repair. Use spray insulation to seal areas of your firewalls, where rodents typically like to slip inside. If spray insulation doesn’t work, use scrap metal to create barriers over any gaps.

Water line holes are also common places for rodents to sneak inside. Check the areas where your water lines connect to the inside of your RV and use spray insulation or a piece of wood (or both) to cover those holes.

Keep Moth Balls On Hand

There’s no 100-percent fool-proof way to ensure pests don’t get inside your RV. However, once they are inside, you can do your best to get them out. Keep mothballs on hand to deter rodents and insects. Place handfuls of mothballs in disposable bowls and place them in your RV’s trouble areas.

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Our Pan Pacific RV technicians are here to help you keep pests out of your home on wheels. Stop in and see us to find out how we can seal your RV and provide other solutions today.

Creative Uses for Pool Noodles on Your RV

Creative uses for pool noodles around your RV? Sounds a bit crazy. You’d probably be hard-pressed, off the top of your head, to come up with even one use of pool noodles around your RV.

Well, get ready, because we’ve got four creative ways to use your basic pool noodle during your RV travels.

Cover Your Handles

Whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, you can use a small section of a pool noodle to create, essentially, an oven mitt (or in cold weather, a bit of insulation).

As anyone who RVs can attest, metal RV door handles can get very hot or very cold depending on the ambient temperature. Protect your hands with a bit of easy insulation.

Make Bumpers to Protect Your RV (and Yourself)

You can use sections of pool noodles to wrap the edges, corners, and protruding bits of your RV when you’re setup at the campground or RV park.

Used strategically, this accomplishes two things: (1) your RV is cushioned to protect its paint job and to avoid dents and (2) you and any kids (especially kids) are protected from nasty bumps and bruises caused by walking into slideouts and such.

Make Your Windshield Wipers Last Longer

RV windshield wipers are more expensive than standard wipers and harder to find outside of specialty retailers. When not in use, slice a pool noodle in half and cover the wipers up. This protects them against the elements and can slow down wear and tear, making your wipers last just a bit longer than they would have.

Insulate Pipes and Hoses

Insulation can benefit your RV’s hoses and pipes in any weather. When it’s hot outside, insulation can help keep water at a cooler temperature and protect hoses that are stretched out across hot concrete. When it’s cold, they help to keep water from freezing.

Just slice a pool noodle open and wrap it around the hose or pipe, securing it in place with some quality tape.

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If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your season of RVing easier.

Check Out This Must-Visit Northern California Town in Your RV

When you’re planning an RV trip, you may notice that it’s difficult to find the smaller attractions, the hidden gems of an area. If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter or spring, don’t pass up a chance to visit Downievile.

It’s not a big place and you’ve likely not heard of it, but it’s definitely worth a visit. While not being near anything else and boasting under 300 full time residents, Downieville nonetheless has a lot to offer visitors who make their way out to visit.

Enveloped in the Yuba River District and Tahoe National Forest, Downieville is a perfect base of operations for a variety of outdoor activities and sports. Fishing in the Yuba River is popular among fishing enthusiasts who go there for the painted rainbow trout and German brown trout. Mountain biking is also a popular activity in the area. The best trail in Downieville is the “Downieville Downhill,” a trail that drops 4,400 feet over 17 miles of trail.

Those interested in learning more about Downieville can visit the visitor center and memorial park, which hosts exhibits on the gold rush past of the town.

There are also a number of local businesses for tourists to enjoy, including dining and shopping options.

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If you’re traveling through Northern California this winter, be sure to stop by Pan Pacific RV for any of your RV needs. From service to parts and accessories, Pan Pacific RV can help make your season of RVing easier.

Simple Hot Chocolate Fudge

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t call for many ingredients and can be made without problems in your RV’s kitchen. It’s great for a special holiday treat: make it in batches and give them to your family, friends, or neighbors or save them for your big meal as a dessert.

HOT CHOCOLATE FUDGE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups mallow bits mini hot chocolate marshmallows

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine white chocolate chips with 5 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dark chocolate chips with remaining sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Line a square 9×9 pan with foil and generously grease with butter or shortening.
  4. Microwave dark chocolate 30 seconds, then stir. Microwave 15 seconds then stir vigorously until chocolate is smooth. Transfer mixture into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  5. Microwave white chocolate 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spread mixture on top of dark chocolate layer. (This will take some finesse to spread into a thin layer.)
  6. Top with mini marshmallows then gently press down.
  7. Refrigerate at least 6 hours to set.
  8. Remove fudge and foil from pan. Carefully peel all foil from fudge.
  9. Cut fudge into bite sized pieces and serve.

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Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.

Snowy Destinations for This Winter

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If you are planning on a road trip in the winter, where you go depends on what kind of weather you want to visit. Want to see snow this winter? While snow’s not difficult to come across, especially the further north you go, here are some places to visit that really give that wintry landscape that little bit extra.

Norman Rockwell Country

If you prefer to stay in the colder climates, take a road trip to Ellicottville off I-80 in New York. Ellicottville is home of HoliMont, a private ski resort – the largest one in North America. From there, ride south on U.S. 219 along the Allegany State Park to go ice skating, sledding or cross-country skiing at Relais & Chateau Lodge at Glendorn. You can also go ice fishing for walleye then warm up in front of one of 43 fireplaces in the Lodge.

Vermont and New Hampshire

Visit Jackson, New Hampshire, in the White Mountains for some great pictures of red covered bridges and over 154,000 cross-country ski trails. Stop in Burlington, Vermont, for some great coffee at the Maglianero Cafe, then head up to Montpelier through the White Mountain National Forest. Visit Bretton Woods for some downhill skiing and be sure to stop at the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa for some great relaxation and more cross-country skiing.

Minnesota and Wisconsin

If you have a ton of time or don’t mind flying to take a road trip, head out to Duluth to start a 240-mile loop. Start out on state route 13, making sure you stop at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore to see the ice caves, spend the night at the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, and then head out on U.S. 63 for some Nordic skiing in Hayward at the American Birkebeiner trail system. Head back to Duluth to catch your flight home – or drive that long distance back to Virginia.

Stop by Pan Pacific RV

Before you head out, whether you are heading north, south, or east, be sure to have your RV serviced at Pan Pacific RV – especially if you’re set to head somewhere snowy.

Celebrating the Holidays in Your RV

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There’s no need to feel homesick when you’re traveling in your RV for the holidays. In fact, your RV can be one of the best places to enjoy this season’s festivities. These simple but effective tips will help you make the most of your small space this holiday season.

Decorate It Like Home

Decorations play a big part about making you and your family feel more festive during the holidays. Consider parking at one campground for a week or two over the holidays, so you can decorate the interior and exterior of your RV without having to pack it all away before moving locations. Use holiday lights and natural decorations (like wreaths or garlands) on the exterior of your RV and a small table-top tree on the interior.

If you enjoy natural trees, consider purchasing a potted natural tree, so you can plant it somewhere and leave a positive impact on the environment when the holidays are over.

Shop for RV-Related Gifts

Traveling in your RV probably means you don’t want bulky presents that will take up a lot of space. Consider shopping for supplies and accessories that will make the RV lifestyle more comfortable for you and your fellow campers. Card games, books, and camping supplies are great for kids, while adults may be more interested in some of the latest and greatest RV electronics and space-saving devices.

Think Outside

If you’re traveling in your RV this time of year, it may mean you’re someplace warm. Consider throwing your holiday festivities outside at the campsite to keep the interior of your RV clutter free. Invite fellow campers over for a potluck or cook Christmas dinner over the open fire.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us here at Pan Pacific RV Center for all of your holiday RV travel needs.

Make Your RV More Cozy by Redecorating

Winter is coming, which means that you’ll want to make your RV a cozier place. But redecorating your recreational vehicle doesn’t mean you have to spend hours laboring on the construction of your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. In fact, just a few simple steps can change the entire look and feel of a drab RV interior.

Update Your RV’s Accents

You probably just step on those old RV rugs without even noticing them anymore, but changing a few of your RV’s soft goods can make a big change in the way your RV looks and feels. Ditch those towels, blankets, throw pillows and rugs you’ve been using year after year, and renew your RV’s look with a new color scheme. Washable cloth covers can even be used to change the look of your old dinette chairs without having to purchase all new furniture.

Add House Plants

House plants are the perfect addition to any RV’s interior. They add moisture to the air, give a fresh feeling to your decor, and they grow very well in the bright RV environment. The only trick to helping your house plants survive in your RV is to store them in the bathtub or a container when you drive, so they don’t tip over when you’re stopping or turning.

Ditch the Plastic

Plastic cups and plates may seem convenient for the RV lifestyle (and necessary if you have kids), but using real glass and china can be an inexpensive and easy way to add a more sophisticated look to your home on wheels. Store your glasses in a cardboard wine box when you hit the road, and use sticky shelf liners to keep your plates, bowls and other dishes from sliding.

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Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.

Tips for RV Brake Safety

As any veteran RVer will tell you, driving an RV isn’t as hard as it might look. Despite their larger size, they’re not difficult to operate. That said, they are larger, so driving and braking an RV is different than what you’re used to in a car, truck, or SUV. Keep these tips in mind for safer driving in your RV on your next road trip.

Know Your Weight Limits

While you probably internalized the height of your RV at purchase, you may not have done the same with its weight or the towing limits of your towing vehicle. For the purposes of safe driving and braking, it’s critical that your towing vehicle is up for the task of towing your specific trailer. If you have doubts about your current setup, visit an expert, like one at Pan Pacific RV, to have your setup inspected and evaluated.

Don’t Speed

While it’s tempting to push yourself on the road in order to reach your destination faster, for the purposes of safety it’s best if you stay at or under the posted speed limit. The slower you go the better your brakes will perform if suddenly called upon. The simple fact of the matter is that your RV, regardless of size, weighs much more than nearly any car, truck, or SUV, and that means that time to stop is significantly increased.

Get Your Brakes Checked Before a Long Drive

Before you embark on any long trip, it pays to stop by your local Oklahoma RV dealership and get your brakes checked out. By keeping a close eye on the wear and tear of your brakes, you can catch potential problems before they develop into an emergency during the upcoming drive.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for you and your full-time aspirations. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at Pan Pacific RV to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Easy side dishes to prepare for Thanksgiving are on the menu if you are celebrating the holiday in your RV. If you run out of room on the stove and the oven, you can also use your covered grill to cook, even if it’s chilly outside.

Cornbread

If you have a cast iron pan, you can save the space in your oven for something else. Turn on one or two burners on an enclosed grill. Set the temperature to what your cornbread recipe calls for. You’ll need room enough on the unlit side of the grill for the cast iron pan.

Prepare your favorite cornbread recipe and pour the batter into a cast iron pan. Place the pan with the cornbread batter in it on the unlit side of the grill and close the lid. Check the cornbread to see if it’s done about 10 minutes prior to the recommended cooking time; and check again every 5 minutes until it’s done. While the thermometer on the grill is probably close to accurate, if not, you don’t want to burn the cornbread!

Colorful Garlic Red Mashed ‘Taters

Wash one to two potatoes per person, depending on the size of the potatoes. If you have baby reds, you might want five to six per person. Cut the potatoes into 2- to 3-inch chunks and boil them with the peels on until they are fork tender. Drain them and set them aside.

Melt ¼ stick of butter for each pound of potatoes you are cooking. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the potatoes and a splash of heavy cream for each pound of potatoes. Add ½ teaspoon garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste for each pound of potatoes. Mash all together thoroughly. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Succotash

Back in the day, you could find canned succotash in stores. If you miss that favorite dish and can’t find it, you can make your own. Combine one can of creamed corn and one can of drained green Lima beans and heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Visit Pan Pacific RV Center

Stop by Pan Pacific RV Center before you leave for your holiday trip to pick up any accessories you may need to help you cook Thanksgiving Dinner in your RV.

Keeping Your RV Kitchen Organized

Staying organized and maximizing space are two important aspects of life on the road in your RV. Just like at your house or apartment, your RV’s kitchen area is bound to be overturned on a daily basis as you cook and clean. By using some simple products and methods, you can help to keep your RV’s kitchen neat and organized.

Use Lazy Susans in the Cabinets and the Fridge

Lazy Susan turntables can be extremely handy when you’re living on the road. A variety of Lazy Susan turntables are available with gripping surfaces and lips, so your items won’t move when you’re cruising down the highway or even on less desirable terrain. Keep the turntables in your larger cabinets and even in the refrigerator to make accessing items in tight spaces much easier.

Add Shelves to Kitchen Cabinets

Much of your RV cabinet space is being wasted right now. Without shelves, the upper half of each cabinet is probably left empty. Add an additional shelve or two to each of your cabinets using a large metal shelf from the home improvement store. Placing your food, dishes and other items in plastic bins on the shelves will also help prevent spillage.

Opt for Stacking Dishes When Possible

As many people turn toward minimizing with smaller living spaces, more RV-friendly products are created. Travelers can now buy stackable plates, cups, and mixing bowls that take up minimal space inside RV cabinets. Opt for stackable items whenever possible to create more room for the other things you wish to bring on your travels.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.