5 Romantic RV Destinations for Valentine’s Day

340641February is almost here, which means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Instead of spending your Valentine’s Day at a crowded restaurant or hotel, try visiting one of these romantic RV destinations instead. You”re Valentine’s Day will be extra memorable when you spend it with your special someone at one of these beautiful destinations across the United States. Continue reading

Featured RV: Forest River R-Pods

1_862_1929737_41947214.jpg;maxwidth=1024;maxheight=1024;mode=cropThe Forest River R-Pod is the perfect vehicle for anyone who wants to camp in style, but doesn’t want to invest in a heavy-duty towing vehicle. Built with the Forest River commitment to quality, the R-pod is loaded with luxury but weighs in at less than 3,000 lbs.

With its unique teardrop shape and quality aluminum frame construction, it’s easy to see why the Forest River R-pod is the top seller in light-weight, under 23-foot travel trailers. Continue reading

Horse Trailer Types – Which One is Right For You?

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There are more than 350 breeds of horses in the world today – and almost as many choices when it comes to choosing a horse trailer to tow.

From how your horse enters the trailer, to how you tow the trailer behind your vehicle, configuration, and design, there are many options to consider when looking for a horse trailer. One of the first things to consider is the size and style of horse trailer. Continue reading

Featured Trailer: Exiss Gooseneck 3H Slant Load

exiss1When it comes to horse trailers, Exiss understands the unique needs and features that are needed to keep your horses safe and make your life easier. Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, NJ is proud to carry several models and styles of Exiss Gooseneck Trailers. This week’s featured trailer is the Exiss Gooseneck 3H Slant Load. Continue reading

RV Travel Tips: 5 Camping Spots in the Southeast

Traveling in your camper is great fun, but when the weather gets cooler and the snow starts to fall, you may want to consider a new destination. As fellow NJ residents, we understand that camping in winter can be rough. If your RV or trailer isn’t equipped to keep you comfortable this December, you may want to visit our Crossroads service department. If palm trees and beaches are more your thing, check out these top camping spots in the Southeast. Continue reading

6 Winter RV Essentials

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Short winter days can still be long on RV fun with the proper preparation and planning.

Winter can be a great time to enjoy RVing, minus the big crowds, bugs, and peak season prices.  While wintery weather may close some campsites, others remain open and welcoming to hearty souls eager to enjoy some quiet time on a winter camping trip.

Many RVs are built with four-season camping in mind and come equipped with enclosed, heated holding tanks, extra insulation and dual pane windows. But, even without a winter-ready RV, dedicated campers can enjoy a cold winter’s stay with a liberal application of some winter essentials.

Winter Check-Up

If the end of summer was too hectic to get your RV in the service center for a check-up, take advantage of the slower fall season to get your RV ready for winter camping. If your holding tanks aren’t insulated, the pre-winter checkout is the perfect time to have water and black water tank heating units installed and have seals around the windows and doors checked and re-caulked. Check weather stripping and around doors and have the unit’s heating system thoroughly vetted.

Getting Ready

Take extra precautions for trips into areas where a deep freeze is in the forecast.  Drain the black and grey water tanks before heading out. Adding specially formulated RV antifreeze to the tanks can help keep plumbing running even on the coldest of camping trips. Add the manufacturer’s suggested amount of special RV antifreeze to the tanks; never use antifreeze designed for an automobile. Wrap the sewer hose with insulated tape.

Park Smart

Choose a camping location with plenty of sunlight, where windows and doors can be positioned to maximum sunlight, while receiving protection from harsh winter winds.

With the summer chairs and grills packed away, consider using that storage space for skirting to surround the underbelly of your RV.  Unlike slab-built winter getaways, an RV’s lofty position allows winds and air to circulate under the living space so cold to seeps up and into the unit.  Protect storage tanks underneath and toes above them with skirting to keep the winds at bay and the storage tanks and the floor beneath your feet a few degrees warmer.  While hay bales may seem like a disposable and cheaper alternative, resist the temptation.  Straw or hay won’t heat as well, is flammable and will attract heat-seeking rodents according to the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Agriculture Extension office.

Keep the Heat In

Windows, skylights and vents are great for bringing heat-generating sunshine to your RV, but are also places where the cold can seep in, thwarting your best efforts to stay warm, according to NDSU. Consider replacing your summer window coverings with insulated curtains or blinds – that can open to let the sunshine in for a few hours but provide a bulwark against cooling breezes after sundown.

Make curtains of insulated, quilted or Polar Fleece fabrics and add Velcro to the sides and bottoms to seal the curtains tightly against the windows.  If you have windows that aren’t critical for light and circulation, use rigid insulation to seal them off and block the cold.

Fire and Ice

All outside water lines that won’t be in use – such as that outside shower or faucet for an outside kitchen, should be drained before heading out. Wrap any water lines and hoses that will be exposed to the elements in insulating tape and plan to keep your water hook up line off the ground and out of the snow when you set up.

Despite the temptation, make no alterations to a factory installed heating system and be don’t use any unvented portable heating system inside an RV. Because the RV’s heating systems will be getting workout, it’s especially important to check fire alarm systems and make sure extinguishers are up to date.

Take extra care with slide outs during a cold winter freeze, according to the NDSU extension. Remove snow daily so heat from the inside doesn’t create a layer of ice.  Consider using rigid insulation around the slide out, making sure to drain snow and ice away from the main body of the RV.

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Be Prepared

Be prepared for cold weather emergency by developing an emergency packing list. Consider adding extra propane tanks, blankets, rolls of insulating wrap and emergency lights to your usual camping supply list.

Before heading out for any winter camping trip, travel with confidence in a well-maintained unit.  Schedule a service appointment for a head-to-tails check up to avoid a cold weather crisis. The weather-wise service professionals at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J., can help make your cold weather travels safe and comfortable.

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How to Keep Your Horse Warm in Winter

Girl feeding a horse, sitting on a cart in the winter.

As the cold of winter settles in, prepare to take care of your horses – but not too much care.  Coddling can be almost as dangerous as not taking enough precautions. When it’s cold outside, resist the temptation to keep your horse heavily blanketed and locked in a toasty barn without adequate exercise. With the proper feed, water, exercise, shelter, and blanket, your horse will stay warm enough to spend most days in the great outdoors. Continue reading