How to get the previous owner’s smell out of your new camper

clean camper interior

When purchasing a used vehicle, especially an RV camper, most likely you will come across unpleasant odors and unsightly stains in the cabin. Probably you are wondering, why so. The answer is rather simple though: a large percentage of camper owners smoke tobacco, despite the fact that it burns holes not only in their lungs, but also wallets. Nevertheless, there is one more issue you should oversee… It’s dogs! They love ruining interior parts, uh they love doing it!

Summer is coming and heat will only reinforce the smells in cabin. You don’t want to spend your holidays in your castle on wheels smelling the crap 24/7, right? If you are ready to do everything it takes, take a look at these 7 advices from seasoned campers.

What to do?

Get good (not just ok) cleaning products – they cost more, but will pay off. Price for these ranges from $30-35 per liter, in most cases one 1.5 bottle will do the trick quite well. Once you have got the cleaning products, prepare the tool kit – vacuum cleaner, brush, rags, paper towels and a couple of old plastic cards you are not using anymore. Be mentally prepared that the cleaning process can take a lot of time, so take a day off from other works, you’ll be exhausted at the end of the day. Think of the most appropriate place to do the cleaning – professionals suggest going out of the city and finding some decent countryside place where you won’t be disturbed. Turn off the cell phone as well.

Step 1: Ceiling and upholstery cleaning

Take out everything you can from your RV camper before starting the cleaning works. We bet the smartest first move would be to remove seats (hope you have a screwdriver with you). This will facilitate further cleaning process. If you find this part too difficult, don’t panic and simply adjust all seats as low as you possibly can. Now you can start sweeping the dust out, apply the cleaning product you have bought, for instance, “SIMONIZ” upholstery cleaner. Don’t try to clean all of the ceiling at once. Divide the space in imaginary squares and clean them one by one. Spray the cleaning agent on stains, allow it to soak in and wash it off after a couple of minutes. Generally, all of stains you will be fighting in this step are a result of smoking.

Step 2: Seat cleaning

Cleaning product depends on the seat upholstery material. Fabric and velour seats are cleaned with the same approach as the ceilings, just before you start vacuum them thoroughly to remove rubbish and hair if any. Spray the cleaning agent, for example, CarPlan Interior Valet and squeeze the dirt of with a plastic card. Process for leather seats, on contrary, is much easier and quicker. Apply leather cleaning product you have purchased, for instance, SIMONZ Ultra Leather Cleaner. Follow the instructions and clean stains off with a light move of your arm.

Step 3: Floor and rug cleaning

The easiest way to do this is with the seats out, of course. If for some reason you have not managed to get them out, it will take a bit more time and effort. First of all, it must be carefully vacuumed. To access all surfaces and slits pinched cleaner nozzle does some pure magic. Apply CarPlan Interior Valet by spraying it out. Wait until it foams and clean off with a brush. Dust and sand free floor mats can be sprayed with an odor neutralizer you can buy at any gas station and costs around $15.

Step 4: Dashboard cleaning

Wipe the dashboard with a cloth to remove dust sitting on it. If

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Camper bulb is out. What should I do now?

bosch light bulbs

Vehicle, including RV camper top picks, makers are increasingly restraining owner desire to take care of their own vehicle. Luckily, light bulb change can still be performed without a necessity to make an appointment at the dealership and pay a ton of money for a simple 5 minute job. You can do the job right at your driveway: either it is a dim light bulb that has went out in the most inappropriate moment, especially in winter time, or the brake lights cause of which you might find yourself in a collision or some other sort of traffic accident. Burned out dashboard lightning will not allow you to notice any engine defects timely. Fortunately, Bosch is here to solve our issues: they have a wide range of automotive bulbs that will fit almost any type of camper.

Front lights

Bosch lights are one of the most popular in our country due to their quality and assortment. Let’s take a closer look at a single category: low and high bean lamps. Bosch offers products with and without halogen, energy saving bulbs, bulbs that have a different shade beams. Even the fog bulbs are available with several types of glazing.

The company’s assortment has also a range of xenon bulbs, there are a lot of bulb samples with custom and specific mounts to suit almost every vehicle driving on the soil of USA. It’s a superb feature that many halogen bulb models are sold in a transparent packaging. This helps any buyer to make sure that he has chosen the right replacement that will match his camper’s model. You don’t have to remove the packaging to do this, but if you had – this might negatively affect the bulbs performance in the future. Don’t ever touch a vehicle bulb with a naked finger or hand. Even if the hands or finger is freshly washed, there are still residues of various substances that might react with a heat that oozes when the electrical currant is going through the filament. Due to an interfered heat exchange the filament burns and the bulb can be tossed away.

Tail lights

In contrast to headlights, where there is still no mass-produced car having LED’s to illuminate the road, it’s a popular technology available on more and more model tail lights each year. Indeed, in the vehicle’s front part LED’s are only available in turning and parking lights, but in the rear part LED’s are used in all lamps – from brake signal lights to number plate lights.

Bosch has sets for any LED block, but remember there might be a chance of saving a couple of dimes by replacing one at a time. You can also find a way to upgrade your RV camper rear lights, if you wish. There are DYI manuals for any vehicle you can possibly imagine. It won’t cost as much as you expected in the first moment, but it won’t be a cheap makeover, either. But remember, LED lights have a longer life cycle and a higher possible output.

Across the US. Part 3

Death Valley Cover Photo

Death Valley

Why we wanted to travel through the Death Valley? First of all, to show off that we’ve been in the place currently holdings the hottest spot record: air temperature in 10 July 1913 here had reached 56.7 °C. Some might argue that the record belongs to Libyan Aziziya with 57.8 °C, but they probably don’t know that it has been declared invalid due to measurement errors. In the Death Valley air temperature is above 30 °C on average 192 days per year. Hence, it’s not a surprise that the weather is extremely dry. Nonetheless, we went straight into a snowstorm when exiting the valley. There was a huge traffic jam caused by a heavy traffic accident on the opposite highway lane. It was so enormous that probably all of the people waiting in it spent their nights in their vehicles. Death Valley is also a sort of playground for NASA to test their new stuff. We heard a rumor that their initial equipment that had been taken to Mars and did not find any forms of life was so inaccurate that couldn’t find any in the Death Valley which is actually rich in flora and fauna.

It was sunset when we reached arguably the most beautiful place in the Death Valley – Zabriskie Point. There we were met by a bunch of photographers with tripods ready to capture every second of not too colorful sunset. We passed them by to see as much as possible before it got completely dark. Zabriskie Point that is only the beginning of the park is so breathtaking that we spent too much time shooting it, later we had no time left for the rest of the park. With the last rays of light we captured last views across the valley and unanimously decide we shall visit this place once more. Our next pit stop is going to be Mount Whitney, the highest point in the United States, which is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. There is no way we can cross these mountains directly, so there isn’t any other way as to go around. It took us whole day and approximately 900km. We finally have reached the Three Rivers. To be continued…

If you haven’t read the first two parts of our roadtrip, click here to read the first part and click here for the second part. Cheers!

5 Abominable Reasons to Finally Clean Up Your Camper

get rid of odors in the interior

The vehicle may look amazing and be in super mint technical condition, but you can’t expect to get a decent price for it if there are any unpleasant odors in the interior (this is important for every vehicle, but an rv camper in particular). Don’t even hope or beg for it.

Is this feeling familiar to you: you open a vehicle doors and suddenly your nostrils are hit by a strong smell that your stomach almost extends to the other side? Driver hygiene habits are as diverse as they are themselves, but in case the worst habits are practiced regularly, it may have a significant impact on the car’s residual value. Are you aware of the smells that carry the most of damage to your vehicle?

Small baby is probably the most precious thing to you in the whole world, but trust what you will hear. It’s also the most expensive thing for your vehicle. Ever. Dirty diapers, spilled milk and vomit are the source of odor cocktail even a person with a runny nose will not be able to resist. If any of these incidents happen in your vehicle, get rid of the smell as fast as possible. The sooner you’ll decide to dispose of them, the easier the task will be.

Another suspect we all love so much – pets. Some dogs with wet coat are worse than most exotic cheese, so if your pet is from those who are in contact with water and start to negatively impact the micro climate in the vehicle, don’t hesitate for a second and show him his new premises – the trunk. Of course, our small friends can do a little bit of harm in other ways as well, for instance, longer journey won’t be too fun if you have stepped in a dog shit beforehand.

The third group of wreckers is the people with doubtful personal hygiene habits. Sweating legs and adolescents who don’t know for what purposes the shower is designed for can make the vehicle’s interior so odor saturated that a regular air fresheners won’t be a much of a help. Don’t allow such passengers to stay in your vehicle for longer periods of time.

In addition, nothing good can be expected from those who tend to keep long ago expired products in their fridge or “doesn’t remember” that their old socks are dropped behind the couch. Amazingly nasty smells arise from the rotten fruits and fast-food residuals.

You also shouldn’t ignore those who suffer from the habit of smoking. A second hand vehicle which was driven by a smoking driver can be cleaned to perfection, but it’s impossible to eliminate the smell of cigarettes. This smell will journey with the car till the very end in a junkyard.

Modern camper interior cleaning methods and tools can be very effective, but it’s always better to remove the source of the odor right away – you’ll save yourself discomfort and money.

Know yet another horrible odor from your experience? Have you found ways to effectively get rid of them? Share your experience in the comment section!

You have found ways to fight against them? Share your experiences!

Across the US. Part 2

joshua tree national park

Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Reserve

Before leaving Los Angeles (read Across the US. Part 1 here) we make sure that we have enough supplies to reach our next destination. Dried fruits, snack bars, 24 small bottles of water, 12 small cherry cola cans, extra clothing and blankets are only a part of what we ended up buying. Before the departure we quickly visited the office of national park administration to get a park map. Now we’re ready to go!

By coincidence, the largest portion of road we traveled in the dark. It’s actually the most sensible approach considering that it’s already dark at 5-6PM and that there is enough sunshine to enjoy the beautiful views at around 6-7AM. This way we left the relatively flat Los Angeles with the last chance to see the mountains and reached Twentyninepalms at night. Twentyninepalms is a populated area close to Joshua Tree Park.

When waking up in the morning the first thing you notice is the desert all around. There’s no sand dunes, no camels, nothing. The view recalls shots from a sci-fi movie that takes place on some mysterious unknown planet. The landscape is broken up by cactuses, small shrubs and later-on yucca brevifolia also known as Joshua Trees. This plant got its name when Mormons crossed the Mojave desert in 19th century. Seeing the plant for the first time, Mormons decided it looks something like how their biblical character Isaiah, holding his hands raised, praying for God. This name remained despite several attempts to replace it with options like cabbage, Spanish bayonet tree and yucca palm tree. The day is filled with views of piles of stones, carved by the wind, desert with flowering shrubs and bees, huge cactus gardens and fantastic views from the mountains. With a strong thirst to explore the unknown, we stopped at almost all marked locations on our map. And many unmarked as well. Not only the park itself is supreme, but the staff as well. Park rangers recommended us additional places that we must visit and advised the best route to our next destination – Mojave National Reserve. They were so nice that were ready to share it with anyone who was ready to listen and ask questions. Our initial trip plan allowed 2 hours for Joshua Tree. Now it seems funny haha.

Everyone should just drive out to the Mojave Desert and just experience it, and it’s a fun place to live /Bill Burr/

Departing six hours later, it seemed that there was so much more to explore. But ok, there’s still Mojave Reserve that must be visited. In the same day! Crazy, right? Got there just an hour before the sunset, on the way stopping at Salt Lake and driving few miles on the old Route 66. In Mojave Reserve we visited many notable spots, one of which was the great Kelso sand dunes. Before it was completely dark, we navigated through some really terrifying places full of dirt roads, dead trees and abandoned camping places. It was like being in a horror movie. 500 more kilometers and we’ll reach our next stop. What’s it gonna be? Be patient, you’ll find it soon…

Extreme Motorhome Racing

It doesn’t really matter whether you have been a hardcore fan of TOP GEAR tv series or if you are hearing this name for the first time in your life. But you have to check out this magnificent scene from the 10th season. We proudly present Extreme Motorhome Racing!

Across the US: Part 1. Los Angeles

los angeles panorama in night

We have been waiting and preparing for this (by the way this is a really useful list to do that) for a really long time. And now we are ready to go! Our camper road trip starts in Los Angeles, the second largest US city (according to legend, historically known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula) will be remembered, above all, with its flatness as only rare building exceeds two stories. It is a city that stretches in width, not height. Traffic on the highway is pretty intense: 6 lines in each direction full of cars rushing at more than 100mph, but the distance between cars is not larger than in a smaller town where everyone is driving at a much slower pace. Despite the relatively large experience behind the rv camper’s wheel, driving on highway did cause some stress. Another problem was the chaotic parking. With almost 6 meters tall vehicle it’s not that simple to find appropriate spots, even in mall parking lots thanks to drivers with little or no politeness. But everything was not that bad, so now on to a more positive stuff…

Anyone who visits Los Angeles should also spend couple of hours at Long Beach aquarium, make a short stroll at the Hollywood Walk of Fame where not only Darth Vader and Captain America wants to have a small talk with every visitor but also rising music stars wants to douse their newest singles in your hands. Just next to it, PETA supporters bathe in an improvised shower and invite you to become vegetarians. Coincidentally we find ourselves in the most criminogenic part of the city, where everyone is hiding behind tinted car windows or hoods. Ordering a meal in the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise fast food chain restaurant allows for a taste of prison like environment. Next we took some pics at the famous Beverly Hills zip code 90210. And, yes, couldn’t resist going to Burabank – probably the best BuyMore store in the world.

To get the most of our Los Angeles experience, we also decided to visit the Cheesecake Factory in which Penny works, but unfortunately he didn’t work that evening. After the thorough dinner we had a walk through the nightly city and observed European architecture that shouldn’t be typical to an American city according to our opinion. Almost forgot to recommend anyone who comes here to visit the California Science Center that is home for the world famous spacecraft Endeavour, the world’s fastest man piloted the plane Blackbird and many other extremely interesting exhibitions.

We spent our last day in Los Angeles by taking a tour at Griffith Observatory and exploring the Santa Monica pier where the fans of Private Practice will certainly recognize the Ferris wheel. Those who are absolutely crazy about seafood must definitely visit Santa Monica Enterprise Fish Co. Santa Monica pier is also the place where the famous historic road Route 66 ends. Route 66 is extremely popular path for everyone willing to have an amazing road trip, especially rv camper and Harley Davidson fanatics. The city of Los Angeles was the first pit stop in our trip, sort of a warm up before going jumping in the wild. Next stop? Haha, wait for it… It will be LEGENDARY!

Paintless Dent Repair: Exactly What Your Camper Needs

paintless dent repair in action

DPR: a superb repair technique

In today’s world when every single thing is fighting for an individual’s attention, when the work and private life is seriously disrupted by social media like twitter, facebook, pinterest etc people become more and more careless about what is happening in the boring reality. It’s not only about relationship and interaction with other people, but also about the attitude towards own and other people belongings. So, how is a car dent repair related to this? In the most direct way, to be honest. According to Allstate, the number of insurance claims to repair small car damages like door dings, scratches, hail damage and other dent types is soaring.

Traditionally, to avert visual defects as these, you would take your car to a regular auto body shop, where they would spend days if not even weeks of your valuable time and hundreds if not thousands of your so hard earned dollars. What’s the alternative? To leave it as it is. Ok, just kidding. You should try the only reasonable solution – paintless dent removal. It’s a quick, environmentally friendly way to eliminate various car body dents such as door dings, scratched bumpers, from hail damage and so. In Phoenix AZ it can be easily done at one place – dentremovalphoenix.com – probably the best mobile paintless dent repair in Phoenix. If you live somewhere in Phoenix AZ, Scottsdale AZ and area, don’t hesitate to contact them for a free quote. If you live outside Arizona, don’t panic and search for a local car dent repair provider on, for instance, yelp.com. Before making the final decision, reading some of the reviews is a must. You can never be sure that company can deliver what they say they can.

Paintless car dent removal professionals from dentremovalphoenix.com describe some of the benefits of choosing car paintless dent repair over other repair means:

  • PDR is way less time consuming than competing techniques
  • PDR is 2-10x cheaper than a fix at a regular auto body shop
  • PDR is environmentally friendly, requires very little of chemicals if any
  • PDR is recommended by most of vehicle producers and insurance companies
  • PDR preserves original paint work that is especially important for classic cars; if anything is done to the original paintwork, car’s value will drop significantly
  • PDR is a widespread service you can access at any state
  • PDR can be used to fix severe hail damage caused by both lighter or heavier hail grains
  • PDR can be applied to mend door dings and other body part dings

It’s really not important how you got the damage on your car, it’s all about a proper treatment. Remember, an auto paintless dent repair in Phoenix and anywhere else in the US can save you a ton of time and money and other problems if you choose to let it solve your problems for you!

Dentremovalphoenix.com offers services such as dent, door ding, hail damage repair in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Avondale, Sun City and other areas in Arizona. Contact them at office@dentremovalphoenix.com

Prepare your camper for winter season

handy rv camper items_all in one place

The winter can be really snowy with low temperatures or, in contrary, quite warm and resembling spring. There could even be an idea of choosing a set of summer tires instead of winter one in back of someones mind, but be careful cause you might find yourself in the middle of unexpected situations on the road. In order to maintain at least some control over the circumstances, a cool head and comfort in the camper, we recommend storing following ‘gentleman set’ in your vehicle.

Ten things that must be in your rv camper even in a warm winter (already got all of them? check out other extremely handy rv camper items):

Rescue rope. We all hope that there will be no need for it, however, you can never know what might happen, so better be prepared earlier than sorry later. In fact, rope should be stored in your vehicle not only in winter season, but all year round. When choosing a material, carefully inspect the lifting capacity for each alternative, the capacity is typically shown in tons. Five tons for a passenger is enough, there is not point of overpaying for extra strength. Another feature you should pay attention to is the quality of mounting hooks. If a rescue rope is suspiciously cheap, there’s a great chance it won’t handle the task. For off-road vehicles and rv campers choose something from a specialized shop supply rather than ones anyone can get at a local gas station.

Flashlight. Irreplaceable item in the dark hours. If it’s possible to mount it on your head, you won’t need an assistant to hold it for you.

A warm blanket or a thick jacket. Particularly useful in unpleasant situations when the car is broken down far from any civilization and help.

Battery power wires. Jacking up a battery that is low can be the only option in some occasions. In order to do the job correctly the wires must have a sufficient power transmission abilities. It’s worth to remember that diesel powered cars have larger capacity batteries than vehicles equipped with petrol engine.

Warm gloves. With ice cold fingers it will be extremely hard to use most of the tools mentioned on this list. Gloves should not be too thick otherwise they will have to be taken of when working with smaller details.

Candles, matches or lighters. A regular candle is an old but very effective way to keep the air inside the vehicle’s cabin warm in case the engine isn’t working.

Lock defroster and / or WD-40. Even in the age of central locks and keyless go systems, any of those items may come handy when an intense cold suddenly replaces a heavy rain or snowfall. If you have such a luxury – keep one package at your home and the other one in the vehicle.

Windshield de-icing liquid. This supposedly expensive chemical product perfectly saves precious minutes others spend on ice scraping every mornings. It’s particularly useful in the black frost mornings that occasionally happens in the warm winter.

Snow-cleaning brush and ice scraper. Sooner or later you will need both of them. Of course you can use your hands to remove the snow and apply a credit card to get rid of the ice. But doing this every morning will get the best out of you. To prevent this from occurring, get yourself a new brush to clean the snow more conveniently and much faster, and don’t be a cheapskate – get a fresh ice scraper instead of saving a penny and using the old one with crumbled edges.

Snow shovel. Plastic snow shovel with a sliding handle allows to

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