Tips for RV Winter Storage

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Now that the warm summer months have come to a close you might not be using your RV as much over the next few months. If this is the case we at Imperial Trailer Village RV Park in Los Angeles want to encourage you in making sure your RV is properly prepped and stored. Below are some steps you should take in preparing your RV for its stay in storage.

 

Drain the Water System

Any water left in the plumbing system can freeze and break fittings and lines — damage that may be costly to repair. You will need to make sure that you are draining the fresh water and waste tanks, draining all water out of the pipes and pumping nontoxic RV antifreeze through the entire water system. Nontoxic RV antifreeze pushes water out of your plumbing system.

 

Prepare the Outside of your RV

It is always a good idea to take your RV to a service center to do an inspection of the roof, sidewalls, seams, windows, exterior doors and access panels — and reseal or re-caulk any holes or cracks. This is necessary when it comes to keeping water from the exterior from getting into your RV.

 

Find Safe Storage

It is ideal if you are able to store you RV under a roof or in a garage. If this isn’t possible try and have it parked in your own yard or driveway. Try to find a location that’s sheltered from the wind, and park the RV out of the way of any trees that may come down in a wind or ice storm. If you have to park it on the street make sure you check with your city’s parking regulations.

 

Use a Cover

You will want to purchase a cover that is specifically made for an RV. The cover will protect against extended exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage the paint finish. It will also protect your vehicle from wind damage, tree sap and bird droppings. It will also make for easy clean up once you are ready to hit the road again. 

How to RV with Kids

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A family vacation wouldn’t be complete without the kids in tow. Imperial Trailer Village is an RV Park in Los Angeles that would love to have you stay in comfort during your RV Family Vacation. To help you in making the traveling process a little easier for everyone involved we have gathered some tips for you to try below.

 

Choose the Right RV

The first step to any memorable family vacation is to choose the RV in which you will be spending the majority of your time. You will need one big enough to accommodate everyone’s needs. If at all possible, consider renting an RV that has extra sleeping options. Pay special attention to the RV Parks and campgrounds you plan to stay at along the way, some have size restrictions in regards to your RV.

 

Hook up When Possible

The RV options that are available to you make it seem like you are traveling on a house with wheels. To help you in getting the most out of your RV you will want to have the option to hook up at the RV Parks you stop at. If you are hesitant about hooking up or are unexperienced in doing so, just ask a neighbor for help.

 

Strategically Stock your Fridge

Each RV comes with its own set of amenities. This includes the size of the fridge. Once you have determined how much food storage space you have you can then begin the meal planning process. Make sure you keep extra snacks on hand for those hungry kids in between meals.

 

Pack Smart

With multiple people living in an RV you are going to need to pack smart. This means leaving behind the unnecessary clothing and items that just take up too much space. Labeled storage bins can help to keep everyone’s items in one place and prevent them from moving around too much while traveling. Don’t forget to pack something to keep the kids occupied as well. 

 

Traveling with kids can be a fun adventure if you are prepared. Using the tips above is a great way to get you started. Make sure you stop by Imperial Trailer Village RV Park in Los Angeles to get the rest you deserve. 

Pros and Cons of Full Time RV Living

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Have you been thinking about making a lifestyle change and try full-time RV Living instead? To help you in your choice we at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles have gathered some pros and cons for you to consider before you begin living your life on the road or in RV Parks. 

 

Cons

·       Smells seem amplified in such a small space.  The “off gassing” of two humans and one or two cats or dogs in a tiny space is a regular assortment of interesting and usually undesirable odors.

·       Campfires – For recreational campers, building a fire at the campsite is a part of the experience. For full-time RVers, campfire smoke is like dense pollution that quickly fills every square inch of the RV with little escape, minus a strong breeze in the other direction.

·       Things break a lot since RVs are houses that are subjected to the abuse of highways and roadways at 60+ mph.  Many of the systems in RVs are of questionable quality to begin with, and after a decade and 50,000 miles things fail with some regularity.

·       Maintaining a budget – With fluctuating costs it is very difficult to maintain a regular budget.

·       Unfamiliarity with local service providers is difficult.  Finding a good mechanic, haircut, notary public, medical and dental care and just about everything else can be a challenge.  Luckily with online reviews the troubles are lessened.

 

Pros

·       The ability to travel and seeing and experiencing new places is exciting!

·       Easy clean up – It takes only 10-15 minutes to entirely clean the inside of the RV.

·       Simplicity – the lifestyle demands simplicity which leads to less stress and a lack of want. A nice change to what we seem to experience every day.

·       Nature – regularly being connected with nature develops an appreciation for the natural world and nourishes the spirit.

·       Lack of routine – we find that by breaking out of routine and the comfort of familiarity, it opens us up to growth and by regularly having new experiences, life tends to slow down. We then learn to appreciate what we have around us in the present.

 

Taking into consideration the pros and cons listed above you can now make an informed decision on if full time RV living is right for you. We at Imperial Trailer Village hope you can make it to our beautiful RV Park here in Los Angeles. Check out our website for more information. 

 

Imperial Trailer Village is an RV Park in Los Angeles, California that supports your urge for adventure. To help you in packing for your future road trips we have gathered some tips when it comes to properly packing your clothing.

 

Stuff your Shoes

Shoes often take up more room than anything else in a plastic or suitcase but they have lots of empty space inside. Stuff smaller items such as underwear and socks inside your shoes. This especially comes in handy when traveling. You can also put small accessories such as jewelry inside of your shoes.

 

Roll Your Clothing

Clothing takes up much less space when it’s tightly rolled rather than being folded. Tightly roll all of the clothes that are small enough to roll such as t-shirts and other non-stiff clothing items. Then lay them out in rows squeezed against each other. This also helps your clothing stay wrinkle-free. Stiffer items such as blazers and dress pants will need to be folded instead and placed above your rolled clothing.

 

Pack in Layers

Think of your suitcase as a layered cake by packing different items on different layers. Put your heaviest items such as shoes or winter coats on the very bottom layer. Layer two can be all of your rolled clothing. Layer three can be all of the remaining folded clothing stacked by alternating waists and hems. All of your other personal items can go on the very top layer. You can even use an empty garbage bag to put between your clean and dirty clothes during your travels.

 

Put Fragile Items in Center

Anything that can easily be broken shouldn’t be just thrown into a suitcase without any thought. We suggest putting fragile items in the very center and on the very top of rolled clothing. Other folded clothing can be placed on top of your fragile items (as long as they aren’t too heavy) for that extra layer of protection. Make sure everything is packed in tight so the fragile items don’t roll around while traveling.

RV Fire Safety Tips

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An RV is your home away from home. It is important to follow any recommended safety tips when it comes to living in and caring for your RV. That is why we at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles, CA have gathered some RV fire safety tips for you to remember while on the road or staying at our RV Park.

 

Maintain your Smoke Detector Batteries

Just as you would at home, you need to make sure your smoke detector in your RV is working properly and has its batteries replaced as recommended.  A good rule to follow is to have the batteries changed at least every six months.

 

Certify the Propane System

Before leaving on your next adventure it is always a good idea to have a certified LP technician have your propane system checked. It’s a good idea to have it re-certified every few years. In many jurisdictions, there are mandatory inspection periods. They will inspect and test the propane system and check for any leaks. If you ever smell propane vacate the RV immediately, call the fire department and if possible turn off the external propane tanks.

 

Don’t Overload the Electrical Circuits

You need to keep in mind that the electrical circuits in your RV aren’t like the ones in your home. You always need to be aware of how much strain you are putting on one particular outlet. Try to spread the loads out between different outlets. Pick up a wattage meter and test how much current/power you may be drawing. If you are consistently maxing out an individual outlet, consider installing a heavy duty electrical box for it.

 

Maintain your Appliances

Fires can easily start if your appliances aren’t maintained. Number one item on that list is the refrigerator, one of the most common causes of RV fires. You even need to go as far as opening the access panels of the RV appliances a couple of times a year and make sure there is no dirt or debris buildup taking place. Also visually inspect the wiring and circuitry for any signs of overheating or loose connections. If you spot anything suspicious call in an RV technician to take a look at it. 

Keeping your Small Closet Space Organized

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RVs and Trailers aren’t known for their grand walk-in closets. That is why it is so important to work with the available space you have and keep it in an organized and functional state at all times. We at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles can make you feel at home in our RV Park. So we want you to feel comfortable and organized in your own living space. By using the tips below you can keep your small closet space organized and functional.

 

Completely Empty your Closet

The best way to start any organization project is by emptying out all of the items you have in your closet. Designate a space in your home or RV to place all of your items. Once you have everything removed you can go through your belongings and decide what you will keep, donate, or place in storage. To help you with the sorting process you can use bins and/or a hanging rack to help you to get a better idea of exactly what you will be keeping.

 

Get Rid of Unnecessary Items

If you are using your closet as an in home storage unit you will want to find them a new home. Every item should go in the room it coincides with. If you are still unable to find the space you need, you need to consider how useful that item is and if you can manage to donate a few more things around your home or RV to free up some storage space.

 

Clean the Surfaces of your Closet

When we say clean, we mean it. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your closet a good scrub before placing all of your clothing back on its shelves. Wipe down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or wet wash cloth. You will be surprised at how much dust has accumulated throughout the use of your closet. If you have carpet on the floor of your closet you will want to give that a good vacuuming as well.

 

Put Away and Enjoy

Now you can begin placing the items and clothing you decided to keep back in your closet. You will begin to notice how much room you have. Stay organized by using bins to contain your smaller wardrobe accessories. Purchasing a shoe rack or organizer will help in keeping your closet organized.

 

Staying organized is vital when you are living in a smaller space such as a mobile home or an RV. We recommend checking out Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles to give you the best RV Park living experience. For more information make sure you check out our website or give us a call. 

Benefits of Full-Time RV Living

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Have you been pondering whether or not you should make the transition to full-time RV living? We at Imperial Trailer Village, an RV Park in Los Angeles, California, want you to know of the various benefits that come along with living in a RV full time. Below are just a few of the perks we thought were most beneficial.

 

Freedom

The greatest thing about full-time RV living is the freedom you have to pack up, explore, and travel whenever you want. You always have everything you need to live comfortably no matter where you end up parking and staying for a night or even a few days. You will never have such an excited sense of freedom as you do when you are living in a RV full-time.

 

Affordable

Motorhomes, especially large and well-equipped motorhomes, can be costly. Yet, if you plan on trading in your home for your new RV full-time you will drastically reduce your cost of living. You will find yourself paying for the cost of maintaining the RV and the occasional campsite or RV Park fee instead of a mortgage or rent.

 

The Best for Beach Lovers

If you have a dream of living on or as close to the beach as possible then full-time RV living is for you. You can easily take everything you need in your RV and explore the many beaches along the coast. Another plus is the amazing ocean view you can have most nights.

 

Breaks Away from the Mold

Full-time RV living will give you the opportunity to break out of the common mold of society. We are expected to buy and live in a home, a permanent place of residence. By living in your RV you can break that mold and do what you want to do when it comes to how you want to live.

 

There are a lot of benefits when it comes to RV living. If the benefits listed above sound intriguing you may want to consider living in an RV full time. You can always have a comfortable and gated RV Park to stay at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles, California in between your travels. For more information regarding our RV Park, check out our website or give us a call. 

Habits for a Clean Living Space

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RV’s aren’t known for their large living spaces. While staying with us at Imperial Trailer Village RV Park in Los Angeles, CA you will need to become accustom to living in a smaller living space. With the tips listed below you can easily get into the routine of keeping a clean and organized living space so you get the most of the space you have available.

 

 

·       Make your bed. Even just pulling your comforter up to your pillows to give your bed the illusion of being made can help you to give you a cleaner feeling room and motivate you to start your other household chores that need to be done.

·       Do a load of laundry. Doing at least one load of laundry a day to completion will help you to keep your laundry duties under control. Rather than having a huge pile of laundry to wash, dry, and fold all at once, you can easily do one small load a day.

·       Unload your dishwasher first thing in the morning. This will give you the opportunity to load your dishes directly into the dishwasher as you go through the day. Nothing is worse than ending your day with a sink full of dirty dishes to do.

·       Tidy as you go. As you go about your day make it a goal to pick up things as you go. Try to clean up every area you are in and make sure you put back all of the items you use when you are done. Constantly picking up after yourself can help you to avoid large messes to clean up later. 

·       Set aside one hour each week for chores. This can be the time you spend cleaning up the areas of your home that you don’t get to each day. The bathrooms, kitchen, and living areas will need some maintenance each week to keep them clean and functional.

·       Purge unnecessary items. It is hard to keep a clean living space when it is too full of items and it is causing a cluttered mess. Purge what items you can and only keep what you need every day with you in your RV.

 

You will soon find that keeping your living space clean will help you to enjoy the space you do have available to you. For more tips on RV living at Imperial Trailer Village RV Park in Los Angeles, CA you can browse our website and stay up to date on our blogs. 

How to Maintain an Organized RV

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RV’s are known to be small when it comes to living and storage space. You can easily get overwhelmed if you don’t remain organized. We at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles, CA love the RV Park style of living and want you to as well. That is why we have come up with some tips to help you in keeping your RV clean and organized.

 

Storing Toiletries 

Keep all toiletries such as, deodorants, shampoos, and lotions in plastic containers. This will help keep all your bathroom essentials together while protecting your RV from spills. Make sure to keep your plastic container of toiletries close to the bathroom in your RV so it is easier to find. 

 

Save on Kitchen space 

By eating with paper plates, napkins and plastic cutlery you can increase the amount of cabinet space available in your RV. Many standard plates and bowls take up too much space and have the risk of breaking while on the road. Bring only what is necessary when it comes to kitchen utensils. 

 

Cleaning Supplies Storage 

For large cleaning items, such as brooms and mops, it may be difficult to find a place to store them safely. Many RVs offer storage space in the places you would least expect. Check to see if your RV has storage under the couch. This is the perfect place to store items such as a broom or mop.  

 

Dusting

Being on the road or in storage for a long period of time can often cause your RV to get dusty. In order to protect your valuables and electronics that are in your RV, regular dusting is recommended. 

 

Clothing 

Because RV space is so limited, it is important to think about clothing storage. Make sure to bring additional plastic bins to store dirty and clean clothes in. Often time you won’t want to use public laundry facilities so having a place to store dirty clothes is a must. It is also important to remember to not pack your whole wardrobe. Only bring clothes that are necessary and practical for your trip. 

 

Pets 

If pets are coming along for the ride make sure they have clean and ready pet cages for them to use if necessary. Some pets have a hard time tolerating road trips. Make sure you have all the tools and accessories needed to help them on their journey. Storing their supplies in or near the kitchen is always best. 

 

Tidy up often

In order to enjoy your RV, maintaining cleanliness is a must. Making sure the bathrooms are clean and well ventilated will keep your RV feeling fresh. This is also true with the bedroom and kitchen as well.

 

Having a clean and organized RV will allow you to enjoy your travels without any worries. For your pit stop make sure you keep Imperial Trailer Village, an RV Park in Los Angeles, CA in mind. We look forward to seeing you.   

How to be the Master at Moving

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We at Imperial Trailer Village in Los Angeles can provide you with a RV Park living experience that is better than all the rest. Our facility has spaces in which you can rent for as little or as long as you need. Getting there can be the only difficult part, so we provided you with some tips to help you be the master at moving.

 

Have a Plan

The best way to make the moving process less hectic and tiring is to make a game plan. You should start planning your move at least a few months in advance. Take this time to research moving companies and purchase boxes and moving supplies. Call up your friends and family to see if they can help you in moving the majority of your boxes and furniture on moving day. Packing up the items you don’t use on a day to day basis ahead of time can also ease the moving process. Once you have a plan in place you will find that the majority of your stress is gone.

 

Sort

Packing up your home provides you with the perfect opportunity to sort through all of your belongings. Sort your items into separate piles of what to store, keep, toss or donate. The goal is to move with less than you started with so you can have a clean and organized home to move into.

 

Packing Supplies

In order to protect all of your items during your move you will want to invest in the proper packing supplies. Such packing items include small and medium sized boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing blankets, and markers for labeling. It is always wise to take the time to properly pack all of your valuables to make sure nothing is damaged during transit.

 

Pack Smart

To make the moving process even easier you will want to pack smart. Pack one room at a time and label everything. Make sure you don’t overfill the boxes. Making the boxes too full and heavy can cause damage to your items and your back if you aren’t careful. Take the time to properly wrap all of your fragile items in bubble wrap to reduce the risk of breaking.

 

Now that you have the tips you need to become the master at moving, you can be well on your way to enjoying your stay at Imperial Trailer Village, an RV Park in Los Angeles. Call or visit our website for more information today.