RV Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

RV Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

Whether you’re an RV novice or professional, every RVer needs to know the basics of rig maintenance. We all make mistakes, but we want to tell you some that we’ve made over the years, and why we’ll never make them again!

Not checking tires before each trip

This is a simple step that should be performed every single time you pack up and move campsites. There are several little steps like this that really need to be done, so a great idea is to make a quick checklist for each time you relocate. Especially if the weather changes along your trip, checking the tire pressure is critical in ensuring a smooth and safe journey.

Not slowing down for curves

You may think you’ve found the right speed right before taking a curve, but you’re probably going a bit faster than you need to be to handle it safely. Taking turns too quickly can not only put you and others in danger, but it can absolutely total your RV or travel trailer if it flips over. For this type of accident to happen, one of three things probably took place: the person was driving too fast, the trailer fishtailed, or the wind was blowing too hard. In other words, those road signs that caution you to slow down because of a sharp turn? Though most of us ignore them in our car, it’s a different story when driving your motorhome. Pay attention to these signs and you’ll be golden!

Skimping out on a backup camera

We know purchasing an RV is a big decision, and we know it can be expensive. But, backup cameras are essential to safety these days. They can save so much money down the road by being able to see yourself backing up. Who knows what you could possibly back into without them! If they’re available for added safety and security, why not use them?

Leaving your RV uncovered

This could be considered more of an opinion, and it also depends on what kind of rig you have. For the most part, if you decide to cover your RV during the off season, you aren’t running as much of a risk as leaving it out in the elements. All it takes is one busted pipe or hole in the roof in the dead of winter for it to start draining your pockets.

You have a few options if you want to cover your RV (and your savings account). You can rent a storage facility, or you can purchase a cheap awning or garage for storage at your own house. If you choose to buy your own, you might want to consider buying a large tarp for extra coverage!

Neglecting to winterize

Let’s say you do find a place to store your RV for the winter, and you even by a cover for it. You still need to winterize your rig to make sure the pipes don’t bust. Walking into that after a long offseason is not the best way to start the RVing season off right! You’ll need to take care of this before the temperatures begin to drop before freezing.

Leaving without necessities

This is especially true if you’re boondocking or traveling to a place with little to no civilization. It’s so crucial to bring a few mandatory items with you so you aren’t stranded in case something happens. Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • First aid kit.
  • A set of basic RV tools.
  • Air compressor that is powered by a cigarette lighter.
  • Dump hose.
  • Water pressure regulator.
  • A paper (yes, paper) map.

Loading you RV down with too much weight

Your RV is there to hold all your things, but we tend to forget how quickly all our items add up, and before we know it, we’ve loaded down the rig with too much weight. Remember that less really is more when RVing and to keep the weight evenly distributed inside. Only pack what you need, and leave the rest up to nature.

Buying thick toilet paper

Sure, this is a luxury in your stationary house, but packing the wrong toilet paper in your RV could mean a backup in the pipes. We most certainly aren’t suggesting you bring along the thinnest, cheapest you can find (this is 2020, after all), but we’re saying to maybe leave the luxurious toilet paper at home, and bring a brand your RV can handle. There is a special kind of RVing toilet paper that is biodegradable and dissolves quicker.

Not routinely checking for water damage

Water damage can ruin everything from the inside out. And at a rapid pace! No reason to check for leaks before and after each trip, but get into the routine of checking before and after each season. Water can easily get anywhere, and it’s usually a massive headache for most RVers.

What are your best tips for RV maintenance and upkeep? Let us know in the comments below.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Courvelle RV for any and all of your RV questions and concerns!

 

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Best Time of the Year to Buy an RV

Best Time of the Year to Buy an RV

At Courvelle’s RV, we think there isn’t one answer for the best time to buy an RV. Most people will say fall and winter are usually the times where you’ll get treated like a celebrity if you walk into an RV dealership ready to buy an RV – not with us.

We always have great deals on our RVs and motorhomes on our lot, so it can be difficult for us to tell you exactly when to buy an RV! We are aware of the important factors that play into buying one, such as price. But, when what’s most important is different for everyone, there’s no certain answer.

The best time to buy an RV is whenever you decide you’re ready. We think there’s really no answer to when the best time to buy one is because we have the best deals all year round for you.

In the long run, buying an RV in the fall or winter will definitely save you some cash. This is because the seasons for RVing are usually spring and summer. Because RVs are cheaper in the winter doesn’t mean there aren’t other factors to think about. When you buy an RV in the winter, chances are you won’t be using it till it gets warmer. The first thing you should think about before purchasing an RV during this time is where you’ll store it. If you have space at your house, you can store it in the driveway. But, it won’t be shielded from the weather.

Another option is to purchase a place to store it. This is probably the best idea, but it will run the whole cost of the RV up, which is not why you bought the RV in the winter, right? Here are a few other costs you might not think about if you choose to buy in the winter:

• Insurance costs – why begin to pay for insurance when you don’t plan to use the RV?
• Maintenance costs – the same idea here. Why pay for maintenance when the RV is simply sitting in storage?

If you don’t buy a storage unit, this means you’ll have to store it out in the elements. Have you considered whether or not you live in a harsh climate? Does it snow in your area? If so, you’ll consistently be wiping loads of snow off your motorhome, and you’ll have to check the roof in the spring to make sure there aren’t any new leaks.

While some states allow for you to not have your RV insured during the offseason, others require insurance year-round. Insurance for RVs usually isn’t expensive, but it is something to think about.

If the price of the RV is one of your main concerns, then buying an RV in the winter is definitely your best bet! Here are a few of the perks.

More options
Simply put, you’re going to have more variety when you buy in the winter. Dealerships will have older models as well as brand new models out. And, not as many people are out shopping for RVs during this time, so lots will be fuller.
More time to learn about your new RV
Buying an RV at this time gives you a few months to learn the ins and outs of your RV. You can test it out in your backyard by having a few overnight test runs to make sure you have what you need for your upcoming trips. You’ll even have time to practice parking before trying to park in a crowded campground.

Campground rates are much cheaper
Ever camped during the winter months? If you have, you know it’s one of the best times to go if you can stand the harsh weather. Campgrounds and parks are nowhere near as busy, and rates are usually much lower during the offseason. If you’re new to camping, this might be the best time to start due to the small amount of people camping.

Trade-in value is higher
This is true because your RV becomes less valuable as each day passes. So, the quicker you can trade your RV in right after the season is over, the better. You’ll get more money for it. Trade it in a few months earlier and you won’t have to worry about as much depreciation.

We know it can be overwhelming when it’s time to buy or trade-in your RV. But, the best time to buy an RV is really up to you and whenever you’re ready. Decide what matters most – price, depreciation, etc., and then make a choice. And remember – we’re always here for you!

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Is it worth it to buy an RV out of state?

Is it worth it to buy an RV out of state?

Buying an RV is a massive decision to make, and there are so many factors to consider. Choices like the size, brand, model, the price and even the state in which you’re shopping all must be thought through before pulling the trigger.

In this blog, we’ll talk about buying an RV out of your own state and whether it will be a smart choice in the long run. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it can seem a hassle just to get an RV – especially if it’s states away! The main reason most people don’t mind to travel states away for the RV of their dreams is the excellent customer service they’ve received from the RV dealership they’re buying from.

Keep reading to learn more about why we think it’s absolutely worth buying an RV out of state!

Initially, we know we’re an honest dealership and will give you the best price we can on our premium RVs. Here at Courvelle’s, we also offer trade-in and consignment on your current RV, so you’ll get the most for your trade when you choose us. And, you’ll be able to drive off in your brand new RV right away!

Once you started your research on finding your dream RV and finally purchase it, you might start to realize you pay more attention to other RVs on the road. If you take a look at the license plates, you might also notice many of them say, Montana or South Dakota. This is simply because the states do not charge sales tax, and many RVers choose to register their rig in these locations to avoid paying it.

When you choose Courvelle’s, no matter where you come from or have far you’ve driven to come to us, we’ll make you feel like family right away. Because we’re family-owned, we understand the importance of customer service, and that’s what sets us apart from the rest. We encourage you to come to see what all of our customers around the world travel to see us for, as you won’t be disappointed. We’re the most honest RV dealership you’ll ever come by, and our online testimonials show that.

We don’t sell anything but premium RVs on our lot, so you can rest assured you’re getting the highest quality rig for your budget. The minute we get them in, we detail them so they’re ready to go to the lot so you can have the biggest selection possible.

We understand we’re making some big claims, here. But, talk to Mr. Courvelle himself and you’ll see why we’re so confident! Give us a call today to make an appointment, and if you aren’t absolutely satisfied with your experience with us, we’ll buy your ticket back home. We’re here for you, so we want your trip to see your RV to be well worth it. You won’t find this offer anywhere else!

New or Used?

When debating whether or not to buy out of state, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is if you’re buying new or used. Shopping out of state could save you a significant amount of money if you plan to purchase a new RV.

Find a trusted dealer

This is critical early on in the RV shopping process because you want to find someone you can trust to give you honest feedback about the rig you’re looking to purchase. We have so many great deals our lot that you might not even need to look outside the state of Louisiana. Because we have lots of options, this means we’re able to keep our prices affordable to you.

So, is buying an RV in another state worth it? The answer is absolute “yes!” If you’re considering buying a new, luxury RV, it might be worth it to save the money you’d pay on sales tax. But, if you’re wanting something used, affordable or vintage, it might not give you the biggest bang for your buck. What matters is that you find the RV dealership you trust with the friendliest and most knowledgeable staff out there.

It doesn’t matter what kind of RV you’re searching for – travel trailer, class C, toy hauler, pop up expandable, etc. We have what you’re looking for. If you aren’t in the state of Louisiana, we know coming to visit us is a long trek. But, because of our extensive inventory and knowledgeable staff, your trip will be well worth it.

If you have more questions about whether or not it’s worth it to buy your dream RV in another state, contact our friendly staff so they can advise you on the right decision. Click here for more information on why we think it’s worth it to travel for the RV of your dreams!

As always, give us a call here at Courvelle’s RV in Louisiana, or stop in and say hello.

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Should I Buy a New or Used RV?

Should I Buy a New or Used RV?

The question of whether to buy a used or new RV is one that’s been around for ages. There are pros and cons to each, but it’s up to you to decide what features matter most. There are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin your search, and Courvelle RV is here to help you each step of the way.

Either way, RVs aren’t cheap. The most frugal of travelers can still end up spending tens of thousands of dollars on an RV, and if you want something more luxurious, you can easily spend hundreds of thousands. Never fear, though. There is an endless number of RVs that are perfect for every budget and need. You’ll first need to decide on what style, model and make you want. Then we can decide – new or used?

There are a lot of great things about both sides that will help you in choosing the best RV for you. In this blog, we’ll give you all the information you need to make the most informed choice.

New or used RV – Help!

Should I buy a new or used RV?

Let’s start with new RVs. The main attraction here is that no one has ever lived in a new RV before. The odometer is fresh and everything is (ideally) in perfect condition. No maintenance issues, all the features are shiny and new. This can be very convincing and enticing, especially if you don’t want to follow through with many upgrades on a used model. And, the RV should still have that new RV smell we all know and love!

A new RV will be exactly what you want, too. You’ll spend the time searching for the exact make, model, year, and even color before signing papers. You won’t have to mess with remodels, painting, reflooring, reupholstering, etc. It will all be the way you want it. There’s something to be said about this if it fits in your budget.

As mentioned earlier, a new rig means no one has lived in it. You won’t find stains that you missed in the initial walk through months down the road, and you won’t have any odd smells or any other surprises that pop up over time.

Choosing the new RV side also means your RV will be under warranty for some time, which guards your investment and makes repairs as easy as possible. They’re also the most updated on technology – USB charging ports, massive TVs, and pre-installed solar systems.

Lastly, if you walk into a potential rig and it feels like home, it’s a good indication that you’ve found your home on wheels. This doesn’t happen to everyone, so that’s why many people act on that feeling right away. As long as you choose to take extreme care for your rig if you want to buy new, do it! The decision is yours, and don’t let anyone stop you from attaining your dream RV.

All these features do sound rather great, but let’s not forget one of the most important aspects of committing to such a large investment – money. If your budget is a major factor in your decision, buying used can save you loads of cash. Buying used can save you more than that – it can save you mountains of money. But, you must be sure you’re ready to take on any problems or characteristics of a used RV.

Things to consider when looking at used RVs

Used RVs and trailers still won’t exactly be cheap, but they’ll easily be less expensive than their new counterparts. New RVs depreciate around 10 percent the minute they’ve driven off the lot, so buying used automatically saves you money.

There are other ways you can benefit from buying a used RV, besides saving lots of money. The previous owners may have already repaired any problems or issues they’ve had, and they may have even conducted a bit of premeditated maintenance in case something was about to happen. It’s also normal for them to have added any homey touches, like more storage, spice racks, or an extra mirror in the bathroom.

When shopping used RVs, be sure the rig isn’t too old. Some parks and campgrounds have restrictions on age. If you plan to visit luxurious resorts, be sure your RV isn’t too vintage. And, the older an RV gets, the more wear and tear it accumulates, which can mean multiple and/or expensive repairs down the road. If you don’t want to waste the money you saved from buying used immediately on repairs, do a thorough walkthrough and look for any water damage or mold along any walls and inside cabinets.

If you decide to buy a used RV, be sure you go to a trusted RV dealership in your area (or even out of your area) that you know will be honest with you. The most important thing is yours do your research before settling on anything at all. If you don’t, you might end up with a rig that doesn’t fit your needs or a payment that simply isn’t worth it.

Don’t forget – you can always contact us should you have any questions or concerns when shopping for a new or used RV. We have a large inventory, and we might have the RV of your dreams sitting with us now!

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New Product Line – Braxton Creek BX Series & Bushwacker

New Product Line – Braxton Creek BX Series & Bushwacker

Courvelle’s is proud to welcome our newest line of travel trailers. We will be carrying Braxton Creek RVs right here in Louisiana.

Braxton Creek

Braxton Creek RVs are built to handle every adventure. They are made to go the distance and backed by an industry-leading 2-year limited warranty. As a company, their goal is to help you connect with your family and friends through the love of the great outdoors.

All of the Braxton Creek RVs are crafter with the highest quality materials and premium features to deliver maximum value for every mile you move! Every one of their campers is road ready and just waiting to take a new family on an epic adventure. With a variety of floor-plans ranging from travel trailer bunkhouses to the perfect Overlanding camper, there is something for everyone with Braxton Creek.

Braxton Creek Travel Trailers

If you are looking for a travel trailer that is perfect for the whole family, the Braxton Creek Travel Trailers may just have everything you are wanting and more.

Comfort comes standard in the road-ready BX series. You will enjoy a spacious interior featuring tall ceilings, hidden under bed storage, and an industry-best deep wardrobe; making long stays at the campsite that much more comfortable. The Braxton Creek BX Travel Trailers are so comfortable that you may even forget you are camping.

What makes the BX a true family RV is the enhanced features, designed specifically for the needs of families. One of the most impressive family-friendly features is a large amount of storage so you won’t have to leave anything behind!

Have you ever noticed that many travel trailers aren’t made with tall people in mind? The BX features an impressive 81” ceiling height! Thanks to the extra headroom, even the tallest in your group will be able to stretch out and fully enjoy everything this camper has to offer.

Braxton Creek wants to make sure your travels are as fun and hassle-free as possible, and that is why they have included an easily accessible roof ladder and MORyde deluxe entry steps standard with their BX model.

So if you are looking for the perfect family friendly travel trailer for sale in Louisiana, check out the Braxton Creek BX Series and get started on your next adventure today.

Bushwacker Teardrop Trailers

These small but mighty Bushwacker teardrop trailers were created for adventure.  The Bushwacker Teardrop is the ideal for boondockers, overlanders, and adrenaline junkies who want to go further off-grid and forge their own path.

The compact design allows this teardrop to not only be efficient but lightweight so that it can be easily towed by small trucks, SUVs, and even Jeeps.

While these may be compact, they are far from light on features. The Bushwacker Teardrop Trailers come equipped with an outdoor kitchen tucked under the exterior hatch, complete with a gas cooktop, sink, and Coleman cooler.

Since you will be spending most of your time off the grid with these trailers, they come equipped with gear rack on top for your bikes and kayaks, as well as specialized stabilizing jacks perfect for any kind of uneven terrain.

Braxton Creek RVs in Louisiana

If you want to take a look at our lineup of Braxton Creek RVs for yourself, give us a call, come by our lot, or drop us an email so one of our RV experts can help you get started on your next great adventure today!

 

 

 

 

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RV Classes Explained

RV Classes Explained

The decision to purchase an RV is no small task, and there’s so much to learn in the process. Whether you’re a RV novice or a RV connoisseur, there’s always something new to discover about motor homes.

There are many different ways to categorize RVs, but we’ll be dividing them into six in this article. It’s sort of a bird’s eye view of RV classes.

The main difference in all RVs is that you’re either towing something, or you aren’t. It sounds simple, but that’s the first step in understanding the differences in RVs. If you aren’t towing anything, that means you have access to the full RV and the engine and interior are on the same chassis. If you are towing, you’re pulling a trailer that has the living space behind you. It’s the size and features of each rig that differentiate them all, and that’s what we talk about here.

Class A

The biggest RVs on the road, Class As are huge homes on wheels. They can be simple or come with luxury kitchens, garages, pools and even helicopters. You get lots of space with Class As, and you can normally tow your vehicle behind it. But, they tend to be incredibly expensive, have low fuel efficiency, and have limitations on where they can travel due to their size and hookup needs. Here are our Class As we have available right now!

Class B

Class Bs are much smaller than the giant Class As and are sometimes called camper or sleeper vans. They are the smallest class of RVs, which means they’re more nimble than other classes. Their biggest drawback is that you don’t get the space you would with Class As and even Class Cs, but there are still quite a few on the road because they get great gas mileage for their size, are easy to drive, can fit in most parking spots and come with a four-wheel drive option. They don’t normally come with a lot of space. But these vans are strong and mighty. They can come with room to sleep up to six, bathrooms and dining areas.

Class C

An option between the two above, Class Cs are a midsize option for those that want the space of a Class A but the size and price of a Class B. Sleeping areas are often above the cab and in the back, and their slide outs are similar to those in a Class A. Class Cs often have a separate bathroom area, but many Class Bs do not. Class Cs also aren’t normally big enough to tow a vehicle, so keep this in mind while shopping. So, if you want a motor home that easy to drive, a big bigger than a Class B but still comes with many of the features, a Class C might be for you!

RV Towable Trailers

Now that we’ve discussed the different types of motor homes, let’s talk about your towable options.

The first thing to know about trailers is that you’ll need a separate and rather powerful vehicle to tow them with. For smaller trailers, a half-ton truck will probably work, but you’ll need closer to a ton truck if you choose a larger trailer. This is something to keep in mind if you don’t plan on having to purchase a new vehicle along with your rig.

Here are your options for towable RVs

Fifth Wheels – These are among the largest trailers, which means they’re some of the heaviest and even require a special hitch. Fifth wheels are also some of the most luxurious trailers.

Toy Haulers – Toy haulers, you guessed it, come with space for your larger “toy” like an ATV.

Travel Trailers – A wide variety of travel trailers are made in different sizes, shapes, measurements and floor plans.

Pop ups – Possibly one of the niftiest options, pop ups fold down to almost taking up no space at all, but still come with small kitchens and even bathrooms and showers. They must be unfolded before use, so if you don’t mind a bit of manual labor for set up and tear down, look into pop ups.

Remember to not rush into buying an RV. It is such an exciting time, but doing your research will serve you well. Don’t be afraid to try out a few RVs by renting or taking for a test drive before you buy. This way, you’ll have a truer sense of what traveling will feel like.

If you’re looking for a vessel to travel alone or with just one other person, a small camper van or travel trailer will do the trick. But, if you’re needing to transport a family of five across the country comfortably, a Class A is probably a better fit for you. It’s all about you and your personal needs. The different kinds of RVs to look at can be overwhelming, but the fact that there are so many to choose from is a good thing! It means there’s a rig out there that’s perfectly suits you. We hope this guide helps, and as always, contact us for any questions you have. Happy RV shopping!

RV Classes Explained

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