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RVing-into the wide open

RVing – into the wide open

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has been present, travel is evolving from air travel to hitting the open road in RV’s.  While any travel can be a risk, many people are turning to traveling in RV’s.  With stay at home orders in place, staying at home is key, but when the stir craziness happens -is it still safe to travel in a RV?  If you must travel, here are some tips to staying safe while RVing:  1.  Check to make sure and reserve parking at an RV park ahead of time.  During these times there has been a lot of RV parks closed, so make sure your check in date is available and have a backup in mind. 2.  Join Facebook groups, this is a great way to get answers and can have many helpful resources.   3.  Try and request your parking spot further away from the crowd, some parks have prime spots with more room in between pull throughs. These cost more, but worth the upgrade.  4.  Try and bathe only in your RV and avoid park showers.  5.  Pack plenty of disposable gloves for dumping and wear a mask while dumping to avoid inhaling any fumes or bacteria.  6.  Try and avoid common laundry facilities.  Some motorhomes have the luxury of washer and dryers, but if not, there are many alternatives that can be purchased online such as portable washing machines (Amazon) or even a good old-fashioned washboard and clothesline to get your laundry cleaned away from the public.  7.  Though it might be tempting, try and not gather with fellow RVers and social distance. 

As we all hope this pandemic will soon be gone, travel and gatherings have changed drastically.  No matter where you go or how you get there, hopefully these tips will help you enjoy and stay safe during your travels.


Should I buy a brand new boat or RV?

Lately, let’s face it, everyone is exhausted from sitting around the in house and doing nothing. COVID has drastically transformed everyone’s lives in the past 6 months. Nothing seems normal anymore. No more going to restaurants with your family, going to movies with friends, and going on fun dates with your significant other. It seems like the virus has stripped away every ounce of fun that existed in today’s world. That is, until you see a catchy advertisement on TV of a family happily camping in their brand new luxury 5th wheel or cruising around the lake in their sporty blue boat. You quickly imagine yourself in this position- being able to travel the world in one of these recreational vehicles and decide that its time for you to invest. But let’s put the brake on this impulse decision and think – is it really a good time to purchase an RV or a boat without doing proper research? Here are some factors to consider if you are going to jump on the COVID purchase bandwagon.

  1. Have you ever owned a boat or an RV? – Although fun and exciting, owning one of these can become a heavy burden if you aren’t ready. In order to take care of your boat or RV properly, you must use it often. It is often said that the 2 happiest days of being a boat or RV owner is the day you buy it and the day that you sell it.
  2. Have you considered the expenses that come along with ownership? – sure, the initial purchase is probably very expensive, but you will incur other expenses down the line. If your motor dies or a part needs replacing, you will need to spend money on these.
  3. Do you know how to operate a boat or RV? – if you have watched the news lately, there is no doubt that you have heard about all the people getting in accidents who are new to driving RVs or boats. This is why it’s important to learn how to operate these before you get on the highway with a bunch of others. This isn’t your average smart car that you are learning to drive.
  4. What about the HOA? – have you considered where you are going to park your boat or RV? The HOA is usually not thrilled about homeowners having a boat or monstrous RV in their driveway that’s blocking other traffic. Storage facilities will be happy to take you but make sure that you have arrangements before purchasing the boat or RV because many of these places fill up during the summer months (especially during COVID). Make sure the place you are storing your vehicle is secure too. The last thing you would want is someone else taking your boat or RV out for a joy ride.

These are some things to think about when you are deciding if a boat or RV purchase is the right thing for you. Please take into account these factors and be careful during the entire process. Good luck with researching and have fun during the new era of COVID!

Moving Tips

Can you believe that the holiday season has already come and gone?? Before we know it, it will be over 90 degrees here in Houston, Texas. That means spring and summer are right around the corner. It is officially moving season. Summer is a point to start over and start fresh. Whether it’s coming home from college, moving apartments or homes, or taking a long European excursion, we all seem to be on the go and moving things. As an individual who just finished moving back from college, I have compiled a simple list to help someone who needed some moving tips.

  1. Buy items in advance so you aren’t wasting time and money hunting them down at the last minute
    1. Amazon and some second-hand retailers can often be cheaper than most stores
  2. Organize items by how you are going to pack them
    1. Clothes, glass items, kitchen supplies, bedroom, décor, large pictures, large furniture
  3. Be sure to pack your items properly
    1. Some furniture might require extra care and attention when packing, such as valuable antiques
  4. Research what moving company you are going to use beforehand
    1. There are so many moving companies out there. Make sure you research each company and look at their online reviews. Some might be more expensive than others but it is crucial that the company will pack your items carefully and efficiently
  5. If you need storage, research the storage facility and their amenities
    1. If you aren’t able to move everything immediately, be sure to check all the storage facilities in the area and pick the one that will accommodate most of your needs. Some of these can include access hours, stable pricing (no monthly price increases), accommodating staff, and cleanliness of the facility
  6. Don’t wait until the last minute!
    1. This is so important. Be PROACTIVE. If things are not packed appropriately and you are rushed, you might forget things or break your expensive furniture

Keepsake Storage

We all have a need to keep children’s keepsake items and school artwork for sentimental reasons. When there is no room in closets many people resort to storing in attics which most times ruin precious items. The heat and poor circulation can damage, so climate-controlled storage is a great solution. Storage is a great solution to keep items safe and in good condition to pass on for generations to come.  Children’s keepsakes and artwork are usually the hardest to sift through, we all want keep artwork through the years and don’t want to let it go.

The first step is to take the initiative to start clearing and categorizing. A great solution is to purchase plastic tub containers and label with a marker. Clear containers work best so you can actually see what items are where. If you have multiple children boxing each child’s separate is key, so in years to come when you pass it down boxes are already labeled with whose items are whose. Labeling : Toys, Pictures, School work and child name can easily alleviate stress now then going through in the future. A great cost efficient solution for keeping children school work are large unused pizza boxes. The boxes are normally wide enough to hold construction paper drawings you just can’t part with but can be organized. All you need to do is label the boxes by age or year and then stack them up neatly. Make sure any items that were made with food items (ex: macaroni necklaces) are not stored. This can attract unwanted pest and rodents.
Once you have your containers organized and labeled it is now time to rent a storage unit. Choosing a size should be stress free with the help of office staff here at Challenger Storage. Another great tool is our size estimator that can be found on our website.
Good luck and be clutter free.

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