Buying an RV

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In just a couple short months, it will be time to start thinking about going RVing for those who don’t like winter camping. This year, you may want to buy a brand new RV or trade in your used RV. Before you buy an RV or trade yours in, decide what type of RV you want. You can visit RV Connections Super Center to get some ideas, but there are several things to take into consideration.

Length/Towing Capacity

Before you buy a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you have to determine the towing capacity of your truck. You are limited by this, unless you buy a bigger truck. Check the towing capacity in the owner’s manual. Don’t forget, you need to figure the gross weight of the RV plus extra weight for the stuff inside and full holding tanks.

Number of People

Next, determine the most use for the RV. If you are taking only your family, then you need an RV that will sleep the number of people in your family. If you plan on going hunting or fishing with friends, take into consideration the number of people that will travel with you.

Use

If you have “toys” you like to bring with you, such as snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, you may want to consider getting a toy hauler. These are great if you want to bring a slew of friends with you, as the garage part usually has extra bunks.

Length of Trips

If you plan on taking longer trips, especially trips where you may not be hooking up to utilities, you may want to consider an RV with larger holding tanks. Typically, these sleep more people and require a heavy-duty truck.

Retiring?

If you plan on retiring in the RV and traveling the country, you definitely need something that you can live in for an extended time. You may want something that sleeps six for two people so you won’t feel so cramped after being in the RV for a couple of months.

Visit RV Connections

If you are not sure what would be best for your situation, stop by RV Connections in Panama City and discuss your needs with us. We can help determine whether you need a bigger truck for what you want or need, or help you choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but something your truck can tow.

Summer Safety Tips for Your RV Lifestyle

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The weather is heating up here in Panama City, and that means its time for some much-needed fun in the sun. But before you pack your RV and hit the road to your summer vacation destination, be sure you’re prepared for your warm-weather travels with these summer safety tips.

Pack Plenty of Sun Protection

It seems obvious to pack sunscreen for your summer vacation, but other items like sun shades, UV-protective clothing and sunglasses are more easily forgotten. Try to avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and if you’ll be outside during those hours, be sure to reapply sunscreen after sweating, swimming and every couple of hours.

Avoid Heat Illness

The hot summer temperatures in Florida can catch you buy surprise. Make sure you’re accustomed to the high temperatures before you start spending any time outside, and always keep plenty of liquids on hand when you do. And of course, never leave a passenger or pet in a parked vehicle for any amount of time.

Swim Safely

Whether you’re choosing to swim in the ocean, lake, river or swimming pool, the danger of drowning is always there. Make sure you’re always swimming with a partner and keeping a constant eye on your kids while they swim. Choose to swim at beaches and pools with lifeguards on duty whenever possible.

Keep Bugs at Bay

Pesky bugs are one of the downsides of summer time, but itchy, annoying and dangerous bites and stings can easily be prevented. Always use bug sprays including up to 30-percent DEET on kids and adults older than 2 months to prevent against disease-carrying insects. Avoid wearing (or dressing your kids in) brightly-colored clothing or scented perfumes, which can attract bees and other pesky bugs.

Start Your Summer Vacation at RV Connections

RV Connections in Panama City, Fla., is your home for new and used RVs, service, parts and accessories. So whether you’re in need of a new motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel to start your summer travels off right, or simply a few camping supplies to improve your travel experience, we’ve got you covered here at RV Connections.

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