Kayaking the Splendid Santa Fe River in High Springs, FL –

Kayaking the Splendid Santa Fe River in High Springs, FL –

One wonders if Floridians will ever get tired of the vast amount of lakes, rivers, springs and miles of Atlantic and Gulf coastline the state has to offer. Are you kidding? There are far more watery getaways here than amusement park enthusiasts think. Get ready for an adventure in northern Florida.

Thirty minutes northwest of Gainesville, yes, fans of UF Gator Gainesville, lies the town of High Springs, population 6,000. While it doesn’t have the university atmosphere of Gator, residents are content to keep the landscape quiet and unpretentious.

O’Leno State Park.

An opportunity presented itself to spend 4 nights at O’Leno State Park in High Springs, built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and one of the first state parks in Florida.

The 6,000-acre site includes a campground with 60 sites with electricity and water and two core group sites. Part of the park offers an interpretive audio tour (via cell phone) of the remaining historic buildings of the former Town of Keno, a historic 52-foot foot suspension bridge over the Santa Fe River, a CCC museum, a nature center and miles of biking and hiking trails.

The Santa Fe River disappears at some point in O’Leno National Park, a fascinating feature of this river. The river flows underground in limestone caves called the Bellamy Cave System and surfaces 3 miles downstream at the River Rise Reserve. The Santa Fe begins near Gainesville and extends 75 miles west before emptying into the Suwannee River.

The main goal of our trip was to explore a small but sensational part of these 75 miles.

The ridge guide

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection offers many good paddling guides. Figure 2 below shows High Springs Boating Boulevard northwest of 210 Ln and our drop-off point at Rum Island. See pages 5-6 for a good explanation of the 26-mile paddling route from Santa Fe and all access points. https://floridadep.gov/sites/default/files/Santa%20Fe%20Guide_0.pdf.

Iron Cats

The seven of us were going to Santa Fe on this cold and slightly rainy morning. We decided to plan our own shuttle from start to finish. As most people know, keeping cats is not easy, so we often turned to our group. What appears to be the best intention to start early usually ends up being a dysfunctional hour because one or two “cats” can’t stick to the herd mentality. Today is no different, but such is life.

My husband, Dave, and another friend would be the shuttles. We loaded up the kayaks and headed to High Springs, 6 miles south of the national park. I left the kayaks here and held them while Dave and a friend went to the end point, Rum Island County Park, 7 miles south, to drop off one of the trucks.

The shuttle locations worked well and our herd magically joined all those who were now at the High Springs boat launch. We were ready for a 7 mile paddle down the beautiful Santa Fe River.

The adventure begins

The Santa Fe, like many rivers in North Florida, is known for its occasional floods. The national park has a wooden moat next to the river that shows the years and levels of flooding since 1964. The historic peak was recorded in 1948 at 67 feet. The winter months are generally not a time to worry about flooding.

Kayaking the Splendid Santa Fe River in High Springs, FL –

The park staff warned us to keep to the right while paddling. Mostly we did, but we also found large boulders to avoid what was at the bottom of the river.

The river was calm today. The only people we saw along the way were the seven of us, which was fine with us. With today’s overcast skies, the river was getting darker and browner, but if you looked right outside the kayak, you could see the clarity, the growth of water lettuce and longleaf grasses below you, or a turtle passing by.

We ventured less than 2 miles away when we had the honor of seeing two happy otters on the shore. We sat and watched them jump, swim back and forth, and one of them even entertained us by crawling into a fallen tree to stare at us for a moment. I tried my best to get a picture, but otters are shy and fast, preferring to play “catch me if you can” the closer we got to them.

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At mile 3 we passed under another access to the river, the highway bridge. 27 Although the flow of the river is sometimes stronger due to the higher water level, today it proved to be more of a “lazy river.” This allowed us to navigate the river with ease and had time to enjoy its beauty, look for wildlife, and seek out the many springs we crossed along the way.

During this 7-mile paddle, we passed 11 Santa Fe Springs that are marked on the river map at the High Springs boat launch. The number of freshwater springs in Florida is a natural occurrence. To truly appreciate the “real Florida,” you need to go on Google and understand why the protection of aquifers is invaluable to the ecosystem.

Some springs were barely noticeable, while others caused a jolt or spinning current. We shouted when our kayaks went a little faster, or gave a little jolt when we passed one of those unknown springs bubbling beneath us.

Poe Resources

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We came across the largest spring on our trip to Mile 6, Poe Springs. Poe Springs is a county park for a day for those who want to cool off in the crystal clear water. From Poe Springs, 45 million gallons of 72 degree water flows daily into the Santa Fe River. Our plan was to hike to Poe and visit this 25 foot high spring. There didn’t seem to be anyone in the park on this cool, drizzly day, so it seemed like a good time to explore.

Some of us paddled as hard as we could against the gurgling spring water that flowed into the river, but we didn’t get very far. Despite all our efforts, we could not get past the limestone gushing out from under our feet. We were convinced that with a water rise of only 15 cm, we could take advantage of this beautiful spring for bathing.

Unfortunately, this was not planned and we would not have had a sufficiently reliable base to transfer our kayaks in the spring. Next time, next time.

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Wild Rivers

However, we don’t know if it was because of the weather or one of those days when the animals don’t come out. Of the two paddlewaters, we happened to see a couple of yellow-bellied turtles, jumping fish that would make any fisherman wince, and a few waterfowl-type birds. We heard owls, so we counted them.

On a river this big, you would think alligators would be a constant presence. For some reason, Santa Fe is not known for its large alligator population. That’s not to say they aren’t there, but we didn’t see them.

Naked Ed.

I think most people reading this article have never heard of John Edward Watts, a.k.a. Naked Ed. A legend in his own mind? No, Ed was actually a nice character if you read the stories of those who met him, and he is a legend to anyone who loves Santa Fe River Springs.

Ed, originally from nearby Lake City, encountered Lily Springs over 20 years ago while canoeing on the river. He fell in love with Lily Springs, a private property, but found it full of trash and litter. He asked the owner if he could clean up and take care of the mess.

Surprisingly, the landlord agreed and gave Ed a non-binding payment for 20 years. Born with a “brittle bone disease,” Ed could no longer work and became disabled. It became not only the place he loved to call home, but also the work he loved. He built a cabin of grass (perhaps one on stilts) and said he preferred spring life and his own company.

Finally, Ed installed the electricity and the telephone. He kept in touch with the canoe outpost to find out how many paddlers were out each day. Ed liked to greet the paddlers from Lily Springs and wore a loincloth out of respect for those he waited on, but the name stuck because some still thought of Ed as Naked Ed.

In 2017, Ed, in his mid-sixties, “retired.” He kept Lily Springs stomach and alcohol free and insisted that everyone he came in contact with have a pack mentality. So naked Ed wasn’t such a bad guy after all.

Battle in the nest

For the past 15 years, the North Florida Volunteer Council (OurSantaFeRiver.org) has been at the forefront of the fight against the Seven Springs Water Company to obtain a low-cost permit to withdraw one million gallons of water per day from the Santa Fe River for free.

Seven Springs Water will in turn sell it to Nestlé, which will bottle the Florida spring water at 6,000 bottles per minute and sell it to the rest of the world. That’s a lot of water and a lot of plastic! Florida continues to be swamped by other water companies who regularly get permits or are asked to do the same.

The fight to save Florida’s springs and aquifers continues. Supporters of the same goal can help get rid of plastic and reduce the need for well water by buying less bottled water. For more information on next steps, see www.floridaspringsinstitute.org.

Rum Island and beyond.

Rum Island, an alcohol-free county park in White, gets its name from the smuggling and contraband of alcohol that took place there in the early 20th century. For us, it served as a fallback point to Santa Fe at Mile 7.

Just beyond this exit there were several springs we hoped to explore, but the seven kayaks were wet and cold, and we still had to go back.

Gilchrist Blue Springs, Ginny Spring, and Rum Island Spring were close, but will be saved for our next trip to Santa Fe. Dave and I visited Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park once, and the waters of the Blue Springs Glacier were fascinating and well worth a kayaking expedition.

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Conclusion

After a smooth transfer to our camp, we all felt that the day had been a great success. You never know what Mother Nature will throw at you, but with the cool temperatures and raindrops here and there, we were all glad we did it and we will do it again.

Tips: When planning your paddling trip on the Santa Fe, pay attention to the level of the river, which varies with storms and rain, especially during the summer months. There are several canoe stations along the river if you want to arrange a transfer or rent a canoe. If two vehicles are available, an easy transfer can be arranged with a little research and a good map.

Thank you for doing your part to respect and protect Florida’s resources and waters.

“In every walk with nature, man receives far more than he seeks.” ~ Ansel Adams.

The 13 Best Hikes in Southern California –

When I was asked to write about the 13 best hikes in Southern California, I had a problem: how can I choose only 13? With an abundance of hiking trails, a variety of scenery, and hikes that can last from an hour to a day, Cal is a hiker’s paradise.

My editor warned me to stick to the 13 best hikes plan, but he didn’t differentiate between the 13 best hikes in Southern California and the 13 best hikes in California. Here are the 13 best hikes in Southern California, and feel free to submit your nominations in the comments section.

Lower Malibu Creek Loop, Malibu Creek State Park

The distance: 8 miles

Average time: 4 hours

The lower loop of Malibu Creek takes you on gentle, winding trails, wetlands with ecosystems and beautiful shaded trails along creeks. There is also a beautiful rock pool, a number of fishing spots and a number of side hikes if you want to extend your day.

About a quarter of the way you can stop at a picnic bench at the site where M*A*S*H was recorded. If you don’t want to see rusty old-timers, there is an offshoot of Goat Buttes in the opposite direction.

Find out before you go:

  • The park opens at 8am, but if the rangers come earlier, they’ll let you in.
  • Migratory birds fill the park in the spring.
  • The area near the first bridge is often used for weekend baptisms.

Woodson Mountain Road, Poway

The distance: 6.4 miles

Average duration: 3 to 4 hours

The drive from Lake Poway takes you through granite rock outcroppings to a chapel and to the base of a remote dead oak tree where you can rest and enjoy the beautiful view. On a clear day, you can even see downtown San Diego on the horizon.

At the top of Mount Woodson, you’ll not only find breathtaking views, but also the famous Potato Rock, where you can pose for photos – if you dare.

Find out before you go:

  • You will not find shade on this hike, so be prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat.
  • The trail is demanding and only suitable for experienced hikers.
  • Start at 6am to avoid the crowds.

Nature trailSalt Creek, Death Valley National Park

The distance: 1 mile loop

Average time : Thirty minutes.

Gentle walking, not hiking, is a wheelchair accessible walk through a salt marsh 150 feet below sea level.

The water only flows to shore from November to May or so, and the best time to visit is between February and April, when Salt Creek’s young spawn.

Find out before you go:

  • Do not come from June to October, then it is dangerously hot.
  • Information boards along the route describe the flora and fauna.
  • It is a fragile ecosystem, so dogs are not allowed.

San Jacinto Peak, San Jacinto Mountain National Park

Sanctuary at the top of San Jacinto Mountain, San Bernardino National Forest, California.

The distance: 10.5 miles

Average time: 9 hours

There are several long and difficult walks to the San Jacinto summit, but the most popular way is to take the cable car to the tram stop. The floor of the tram makes two complete turns during the ascent, so you can see in all directions.

Between November and March, snow and ice can be expected, so make sure to bring microscopes. In summer you need at least 3 liters of water, because there are no facilities and little shade.

Find out before you go:

  • Please reserve a seat on the tram in advance, otherwise you will have to wait for a free seat.
  • Registration at the ranger station before the start of the walk is required.
  • Snow and ice are to be expected, so be prepared.

Smuggler’s Cove Trail, Channel Islands National Park

The distance: 8 miles

Average duration: 4 to 5 hours

Head to Santa Cruz Island for an exciting trip to Smugglers Cove. As soon as you leave the boat, you will see the windmill, and this is where the trail begins. You will see beautiful views and on a clear day you can go directly to the mainland.

If you are not a fast and experienced hiker, you will not be able to do the boat trip and the whole hike in one day. In that case, take the Oil Well Trail, which is shorter and allows you to explore an abandoned oil well that has been held in reserve.

Find out before you go:

  • There is a toilet on the beach.
  • There are many loose rocks on the way to the bay.
  • An ideal place for a beach walk.

Solstice Canyon Trail, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Distance: 2.6 miles there and back

Average time: 1 ½ hours

Along this predominantly flat path you will walk between shady oaks, alders and plane trees, which are dotted with colourful flowers in the spring. You will see the ruins of the Keller House, a former hunting lodge that was destroyed by fire, and if you are lucky, you will see birds and wildlife.

At the end of the trail you will find Tropical Terrace, the ruins of Roberts House Ranch. Partially destroyed by forest fires in 1982, you can explore the ruins and learn more about the history of the house on information panels.

Find out before you go:

  • Carefully climb the steep path by the waterfall and discover the beautiful pools.
  • Walk clockwise for the best views of the ocean.
  • No cell phone reception.

Yucca Point Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve

The distance: 4 miles there and back

Average time: 2 hours

The Yucca Point Trail is a gentle, well-marked hike that offers a beautiful beach at its farthest point. If you have a little more time, you can set aside a few hours to explore the ocean coast.

Not that the rest of the hike is uninteresting, on the contrary, the amazing rock formations and fragile ecosystems you’ll discover are so delicate that it’s severely punishing to think about the marked trails.

The Torrey pine, for example, is the rarest pine in the United States, occurring only here and in the Channel Islands.

Find out before you go:

  • Closing times vary and are posted daily on the park barrier.
  • Rock formations are fragile and can collapse – don’t go over the railing.
  • The reception centre, toilets and car park can be very busy.

Bridge to Nowhere, Angeles National Forest

Distance: 9.7 miles round trip

Average time: 6 hours

In 1938, a road was built to connect Azusa to Wrightwood. A severe flood washed the road away and construction never resumed, so the bridge was nowhere to be found.

With an elevation gain of only 900 feet, there are no long climbs, but there are many rough spots and unstable rocks, so it’s not a hike for unstable people.

You have to walk from the parking lot to the bridge and back, crossing several streams and rivers, so a pair of spare shoes is a good idea. The opportunity to spend time in the water is ideal on a hot summer day, but flooding is a concern. So check the forecast before you leave and avoid the area if thunderstorms are approaching.

Hikespeak.com offers an excellent guide to the entire hike, as well as some valuable route-specific tips.

Find out before you go:

  • Bungee jumping from the bridge can be booked in advance.
  • The trail can be confusing in some places, so make sure you have a map.
  • The parking lot fills up quickly.

Brush Canyon Trail, Griffith Park

Distance: 6.5 miles there and back

Average time: 3 ½ hours + more for visits

The Brush Canyon Trail takes you to the iconic HOLLYWOOD sign on a constantly ascending but passable trail that allows you to stay in the sun the entire way.

There are many places to stay and explore, such as. B. the Bronson Caverns, made famous by its use in the 1960s television series Batman and in many other television shows and films.

Find out before you go:

  • You’re gonna need a lot of water.
  • It is likely that you will not have cell phone reception on the route.
  • When the sun goes down, the gate of the park is closed.

Skull Rock, Joshua Tree National Park

Rocky landscape in Joshua Tree National Park, California

The distance: 1.8 miles loop

Average time: 1 ½ hours

The Skull Rock Nature Trail is an easy trail for beginning hikers and fun for experienced hikers. It winds through a field of rocks and boulders, in front of the Jumbo Rocks campground and next to the amphitheater. There are slight climbs and descents, and a few splits if you want to spend a little more time exploring.

Find out before you go:

  • The path is close to the road and is constantly noisy.
  • Popular place, the track is very busy.
  • If you want to see Skull Rock without hiking, take the path in the opposite direction and you’ll be there in no time.

El Moro Canyon Loop Trail, Crystal Cove State Park

The distance: 5 miles loop

Average time: 3 ½ hours

This beautiful walk in light snow rewards you with stunning ocean views with a minimum of effort.  A small increase is enough to get your heart pumping, but not enough power.

Although the trail is dry and a bit dusty, it is wide and easily traversable. No need to worry about uneven surfaces or loose floors. However, it is better not to do this in the summer, as the road can be very hot and dusty then.

Find out before you go:

  • Parking costs $15 per car.
  • Dogs are not allowed.
  • It contains interpretive markers with QR codes.

Laurel Canyon Trail, Laguna Coast Wildlife Park

Distance: 3.8 miles there and back

Average time: 2 hours

At its highest point, the Laurel Canyon Trail rewards you with stunning views of the Santa Ana Mountains, and at its lowest point, you can cross the creek bed under the shady branches of century-old oaks. If you arrive in winter, after a heavy rain, you may be lucky enough to see a seasonal waterfall.

Poles along the trail are marked with phone numbers. If you call it, you will hear pre-recorded information about that part of the route.

Find out before you go:

  • Parking costs $3.
  • Very popular, so it can be crowded.
  • The park is open until sunset, but closes at 5pm.

Bald Loop, Angeles National Forest

The distance: 10.3 miles

Average time: 7 hours

It is considered one of the most challenging, if not the most challenging, hikes in Southern California and includes two routes – Devil’s Backbone and the Baldy Bowl Ski Hut route. Most people take one path up and one path down, and if you want to gain height, there’s an elevator on Devil’s Ridge to help you do that.

In winter, the slopes can be snowy and icy and crampons, ice axes, sturdy winter footwear and appropriate clothing are needed to navigate safely. Many people have died on Mount Baldy, so it should not be underestimated.

Find out before you go:

  • It can be cold there, so make sure you have plenty of layers, even in summer.
  • The topography causes microweather systems, so sudden thunderstorms are not uncommon.
  • The map is a must.

Safe walking

These are 13 of the best hikes in Southern California, with something for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, hiking experience, or interests.

But never underestimate the potential dangers of camping. Anytime:

  • Take the time to research the trail before hiking, and if the hike requires knowledge or skills you don’t have, choose another location.
  • Check the time before you leave.
  • Wear suitable footwear and clothing.
  • Leave no trace for the investigation.
  • Bring more water and snacks than you think you’ll need.

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Saltwater vs Freshwater Fly Fishing – What is the Difference? –

By far the most popular form of fly fishing is fishing in fresh water. However, as an experienced fly fisherman and guide, I can tell you that fly fishing on salt water is becoming increasingly popular. The most common questions I get are about the differences between fly fishing in saltwater and freshwater.

The main differences between saltwater and freshwater fly fishing are the equipment used, the fishing conditions and the methods used to catch fish. Sometimes there is some overlap between the two, but overall it is a completely different sport.

If you are considering switching from one to another, understanding these differences will save you time, money and frustration. In this article, I will discuss each of these differences and provide tips to avoid common mistakes.

Freshwater or saltwater – Do I need new equipment?

The two main differences between a freshwater flywheel and a saltwater flywheel are the size of the gear and its ability to resist corrosion in saltwater. Because of these factors, separate gearboxes are generally required, except in a few rare cases.

Difference between spindle and bobbin

Most freshwater fly fishermen fish for species from 1 to 15 pounds. These species include brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout and salmon. The size of the rods used to catch these species ranges from 4 to 7 watts.

The coils used are adapted to the weight of the rod and are often equipped with an anti-leakage system. Freshwater coils are generally cheaper because the components are of lower quality and the strength requirements are lower. This is due to inadequate use in the control of freshwater species.

In comparison, salted game fish are usually much larger. This requires a more muscular outfit.

Common marine species are tarpon, permit, striped bass, bonefish and redfish. These fish range in size from 3 to 200 pounds. Given the size and fighting characteristics of these fish, fly rod sizes range from 8 to 12 watts.

In addition, the coils will be in operation most of the time and require heavy-duty, leak-proof resistance systems. When fishing saltwater, the emphasis is much more on the quality of the reel. If you plan to switch from freshwater to saltwater, make sure you use a salt-tolerant reel.

If gears overlap

Sometimes the transmissions used overlap. If you are a freshwater angler fishing for larger species such as rainbow trout or salmon, your gear will be similar to that used for small and medium-sized ocean species such as redfish and bonefish.

Even if you are a saltwater angler hunting smaller species with a 6W or 7W, you are fishing for medium to large freshwater species.

What about the line and the leader?

As you can probably guess, saltwater generally requires larger fly lines and greater guiding power. This is due to the size of the target species, the weight of your rod and the need to get rid of larger flies.

Saltwater pipeline and conductor

Fly lines for saltwater must be adapted to the weight of the core to be kneaded and to the ambient temperature.

Most saltwater destinations are tropical or have a warmer climate. Using a tropical fly line and an ideal line designed for the target species will help you avoid confusion and linear recall.

The floating line is most commonly used, but if you are fishing in deep channels or at depths greater than 6 feet, a diving intermediate line may be needed.

Lead material for use in salt water must undergo a 10 psi to 80 psi test. The average length of a leader in saltwater is 9 feet, but it is not uncommon for scary fish to grow up to 12 feet long.

Saltwater dumpsters have stronger articulated sections, usually in the 40 to 50 pound range, and taper to different dump sizes. For smaller varieties, a point can represent up to 10 pounds of dough, usually between 15 and 20 pounds.

Larger species, such as tarpon, are included in the class scale. These bite segments range from a 30-pound test to an 80-pound test. The size of the spikes and the bites are adjusted to the clarity of the water and the shyness of the target fisherman.

For a more in-depth discussion on the different uses of saltwater leaders, read my article Which leader is the right one for saltwater fishing?

Freshwater line and leader

Just like in saltwater, freshwater fly lines should match the weight of the fly rod being cast. These lines will be smaller in nature as the dimensions of the rod, fly and reins will be smaller.

Freshwater fly fishing generally takes place in colder conditions. Like mountain streams, Alaskan rivers and the Great Lakes. In such situations it makes sense to use cold water pipes.

Cold water fly lines are generally softer, so they don’t stress at lower temperatures and retain their memory.

Like fishing lines for saltwater fish, fishing lines for freshwater fish can also be purchased for specific species of fish. The vast majority of freshwater fisheries require a floating line. Situations where you need an intermediate or underwater line occur when you are launching large streamers that fly into deeper layers of fish.

The trout, especially the wild ones, have incredible views. This requires a significant reduction in the size of the leader. It is not uncommon to use tips in sizes 3x (8 lbs), 4x (6 lbs) and even up to 8x (1.75 lbs).

In addition, the precursors in freshwater are usually longer. The average length of a freshwater guide is 10 feet and can go up to 15 feet. If you are fishing for more aggressive freshwater species, such as bass, you can use a 7.5′ shorter leader.

The diameter of the leader also depends on the size of the fly being cast.

Freshwater flies are generally smaller because they mimic insects and are therefore easier to cast with a thinner head. Freshwater fishing methods are very varied and therefore require different types of bait for different applications.

For example, in some cases you may want parts of your chef to be visible so you can see when a fish has struck. It’s typical when you catch nymphs on a narrow line….

At other times you can cast very large flies or streamers. For that, leaders must be like salt water. Freshwater anglers are advised to have a 1 to 50 pound leader on hand.

in flight

Because of the large number of types and styles of flies, we will take this topic to the next level. You could write a whole novel about flies themselves, but ultimately the main differences between freshwater flies and saltwater flies are the types of bait found in different environments.

In freshwater habitats, insects and small bait are the main food source. A number of predator species are used to roaming the surface in search of land insects to eat. These insects include mosquitoes, mayflies, caddisflies, fleas and even grasshoppers and ants.

The flies used to catch fish such as trout mimic these insects and are released during their relative breeding season. These insects are small and the flies used are therefore also small.

As freshwater fish grow, they incorporate larger and larger prey items into their diet. Small fish like dabbling tongues or leeches are now on the menu. In such situations, large freshwater flies, such as. B. Snapping flies, cast to catch fish.

By moving to saline habitats, food sources will change. Common marine prey includes crustaceans such as crabs and shrimp, and baitfish. This prey is much larger than that of insects, so sea squirrels in the wild are usually larger. Depending on the size of the fish you choose, you can cast a crayfish the size of a quarter inch or 8 inch bait pattern.

As with all fishing, it’s always best to go to the hatch. The flies you cast should imitate the bait in the local area.

What are the differences between fresh and salt?

When people think of fly fishing, they often think of hiking in the mountains and casting along small streams. Although still widely practiced, sport fly fishing has evolved and now targets fish on the fly in a variety of waters. Knowing the differences between fresh and salt water can help you prepare for what may come your way.

Freshwater environments

Most anglers will have access to fresh water. These bodies of water include streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Fly fishing in these areas has two common themes:

  1. Fish are naturally restricted in these small bodies of water.
  2. The ability to cast a fly doesn’t always have to be perfect.

Compared to the ocean or sea, these areas are limited in size. As a result, these fish tend to stay in the same places and follow the same feeding schedule throughout their lives.

While this makes it much easier to find freshwater species, it also increases the vulnerability of wild fish to overfishing. As fish are harassed and caught, they cannot spawn and reproduce quickly enough because their habitat is limited. Therefore, freshwater lakes and rivers should be stocked by wildlife agencies.

Monitoring native and wild trout species requires more effort and discretion on your part. Wild fish is the holy grail of freshwater fishing. Some of this effort has led fishermen to travel longer distances, climb steeper mountains, or go deep into the woods in search of virgin fish.

As you can imagine, getting to these hidden streams, rivers or lakes can be quite dangerous. A good pair of hiking boots and a well-stocked equipment bag will help you find this terrain.

As you explore these areas, you will find that Pisces finds itself in some difficult situations. It is not uncommon to have to hang a fly from a ledge to present a fly.

You will also find that in most of these places, you cannot throw away enough trash because of the trees and other obstacles behind you. This scenario is one of the major problems in the freshwater fishery. If you know how to make different types of parts and how to use water to charge the core, you will be successful in these situations.

Freshwater fishing is not always a breeze. The boats are used on large lakes and rivers. On many rivers, guided tours are offered, taking you to the shore.

Fishing from a boat makes casting much easier and provides faster coverage. If this is your first time fly fishing or you are not familiar with the area, I highly recommend taking a guide.

Saltwater environment

The main difference between saltwater and freshwater environments is the amount of open space. These areas are generally large and require a lot of effort and knowledge to find fish.  While these open areas allow for less restricted pitching, they present other problems that are often overlooked in freshwater areas.

Farms, flats and creeks are generally difficult to fish on foot. If you have access to a boat, you can cover more ground. The height of the boat is also beneficial for tracking fish over long distances.

When you fish in such large, open areas, you are more exposed to weather conditions, such as wind. If you plan on fishing in saltwater, you need to learn how to cast directly into a strong wind. When I think of places like the Bahamas or the Florida Keys, there is rarely a day when there is no wind. In fact, to better catch certain species, you have to have the wind to get close to the scary fish. If it’s too quiet, you can’t achieve a presentable distance.

After all, there are tides in salt water. Although water levels in rivers and lakes fluctuate, this usually occurs over a period of several months or as a result of precipitation, whereas salt water fluctuates in less than an hour. The tides not only cause problems for shipping, but also determine where to find the fish. A group of fish that was in a certain area of the flax will tend to move when the tides change. This is another success variable for salt capture.

Change your techniques – Fees vs. Salt

Because of the environmental differences between the two, you will need to change your approach if you are moving from one to the other. The biggest difference between fresh and salt water is the way you cast and present the fly.

Freshwater methods

Most freshwater fisheries will be conducted in flowing water. Freshwater species tend to seek out eddies of water behind rocks and other structures.

By sitting in a whirlpool in the water, fish have less energy to waste waiting for their prey to come down the river or stream. While the fish sit and wait, they often look for swimming insects.

When you introduce the fly, it should look as natural as possible. This means that anything that changes the drift of the fly downstream tells the fish that something is wrong.

Pulling the fly line into the water creates a natural resistance that causes the fly to drift at an unnatural speed or angle. In these situations, corrections are necessary.

What is a correction in fly fishing?

The correction is to throw the bow into the line, usually upstream, reducing the drag on the flight line. This allows the fly to drift naturally downstream. When a fly floats naturally, it’s called deadpan drift.

Dead drift is very common and is used to catch dry flies or nymphs. In this way of fishing, you don’t move the fly. For beginners, this is a great way to learn fly fishing because the drift will do most of the work for you.

When catching baitfish, for example. B. with streamers, the fly is fished more actively. This means that you manually pull the fly to create movement.

Banners are thrown like flies in salt water, with a double throw. Banner flies are designed for deep sea fishing. So when your fly lands, let it run for a few seconds by throwing it into a line to reduce drag.

Once the fly has settled, begin to remove it slowly. When you fish with streamers, the fly has to turn with the current. It’s the opposite of Dead Drift.

Hungry fish often feed on bait that mimics a swinging lure. Bannies are some of the most aggressive eaters in freshwater and are my favorite for freshwater fishing. If the fish are not actively feeding on the dries, you can usually get them to bite by switching to streamers.

Freshwater flow

Freshwater casting is more of an art form than the brute force of saltwater casting. As mentioned above, the mobility of actors is often limited, requiring some creative manoeuvring. If you know how to make a simple casting reel, you can present the fly in places where there is no room for a throwback.

What is coil moulding?

Reel casting involves running the line behind your feet and then using the rod and line to make a D across the water. The straight line D represents your staff, and the curved part represents the formation of the line.

Once you’re in position, make a forward throw. When you pull the line into the water, the rod is loaded in such a way that the line comes out in front of you. That’s how he got the name Roll Cast.

If you know how to drive, you can get out of a lot of traffic jams by pitching. Fortunately, in freshwater it is not necessary to make long casts, so any way of getting a fly into the water is generally effective.

Arrow casting

The other usual arrangement is that of Castle Spitz. Although this patch is also used in salt water on windy days, it is more common in fresh water.

The tip consists of throwing the back into a horizontal position and then raising the arm in the air. From this position, then perform the forward throw as usual.

This throw is designed to bring the line into the air on the backward throw to avoid trees or other obstacles that may be behind it. This shot is effective, but I must admit it takes a lot of practice to master.

When the fish strikes in either direction, the hook is set by lifting the rod in the air. It’s called a trout set. When fishing in freshwater, the line is often slack and by lifting the tip of the rod, you can quickly remove the slack when setting the hook.

The best way to take immediate advantage of freshwater fishing is to learn how to use and handle a reel.

Salt water technology

If you’re in salt water, don’t forget to remove it. Most freshwater anglers have trouble with saltwater because the casting distance is too short.

Unlike freshwater fish, where the fish remain motionless, saltwater fish are in constant motion. Not only are they constantly on the move, but they have natural shark-like predators that look a lot like a boat. So they’re pretty nervous and run off quickly. That means your ability to approach them is unusual.

What is double fly fishing?

The most important requirement for saltwater valves is the ability to double the socket.

The double pull technique consists of pulling the line with the hand without throwing to create more load on the forward and backward throws. This additional load allows more parts to be produced and castings to be drilled into the wind.

By imagining a fly in salt water, you are responsible for bringing it back to life. Sea predators have a habit of running away from bait, not from anything dead floating above them. Different types of flies require different techniques for skinning.

If you catch crustaceans, such as shrimp or crabs, the strip is usually short. This makes it look like a shrimp is coming out of the water or a crab is crawling on the bottom.

When you introduce these flies to the fish, the angler will be very important. Prey animals in the wild are unlikely to swim towards a predator. For example, if you do a shot that allows you to cross a fish or take a fly away from a fish, you will often ask for food.

Removing the fly in the direction of the fish is called a negative angle and should be avoided if possible.

The bait patterns consist of a permanent band that imitates the swimming of fish. This track contains long, regular strips that should be accelerated as the fish settle in.

To make the fly float more naturally, many anglers place a rod under their hand and use both hands, one at a time, to make the fly float better. This is called a two-handed drag and is most common when catching tarpon.

When you get hit in the salt, your natural inclination is to grab the rod and set the hook. This should be avoided, and a count should be done instead.

Continue peeling until the fish is completely closed. That’s called group formation. If you lift the top of the rod, you will lose fish in most cases.

Common errors in transition from freshwater to seawater

Anglers make three common mistakes when trying to make the transition from freshwater to saltwater.

  1. Adjust your gear when you fish.

Nothing will annoy your guide or fishing partner more than seeing you blowing on a fish when you should really have a bunch of stripes instead of a trout, or vice versa. By making a conscious effort once you have overcome this habit, you can avoid repeating the same mistake. Don’t blame yourself, because it happens to all of us, but if you constantly remind yourself and think about the process, these things will inevitably become less frequent.

  1. Move the fly too much or too little….

This fisherman is more of a saltwater fisherman than a freshwater fisherman. I’m very guilty of that myself. When transitioning from salt to fresh water, there is a tendency to want to open the fly instead of letting the drift do the work. Before you start fishing, take a good look at your surroundings and pay special attention to how the lure moves through the water. If you exhibit this behavior, you increase your chances of being bitten.

  1. Not knowing what to expect when fishing in new areas.

The internet is a wonderful thing. It’s full of information on all the topics you could want. Use it to learn more about the area or type of fishing before you arrive. Even if you are fishing with a guide, you should be familiar with the fishery and the techniques you will be using. Don’t expect management to lead you to success if you don’t have an idea. If you don’t know what to look for, contact your guide or local flight shop and ask questions. Every bit of local knowledge will improve your business.

Completion

The sport of fly fishing continues to develop. More and more people are taking up the challenge of finding new species, fishing in new places and experiencing new things.

If you are considering the transition from freshwater to saltwater fly fishing, knowing what equipment to use, the difference in the environment and changing your technique is a winning combination that will help you succeed.

If you currently fish exclusively in fresh or salt water, I invite you to explore the other side. What makes fly fishing great can be found in both worlds, in their own way.

If you are in St. John’s, Newfoundland Augustine, FL, visit me at allwaterexpeditions.com for a fishing trip like no other!

frequently asked questions

What is the difference between marine and freshwater fish?

What is the main difference between saltwater and freshwater fish? Saltwater fishing in Steinhatchee generally means fishing in the bay from a boat or dock. … On the other hand, freshwater is more soothing and relaxing for the fisherman.

Can a freshwater fishing rod be used in saltwater?

Technically, you can fish in any body of water with a freshwater rod. However, you should not use a freshwater trout in saltwater unless it has the same characteristics as a saltwater trout, for example. B. Sealed bearings and corrosion resistant materials.

What is the best fly rod?

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10 Campers with RV Office Space

10 Conveyor belt with space for mobile office

For purposes of this discussion, we define an office in a mobile home as any ancillary space that is not a separate dining room or dining table. A seat or chair must be available. Modern vans have outlets all over the van, so you can assume there will be a 110V or USB outlet nearby.

The offices of the carriers also have storage facilities. The use of a nearby locker, a top compartment or a notebook case is possible under certain circumstances. For those using audio/video or graphics devices, memory requirements are more complex than for others. When choosing a van, the first priority should be to find a vehicle that fits the available space.

Office pop-up camper van: Forest River High Flag Wall 29SC

Forest River Flagpole HW29SC – Photo : Forest River

  • Length: Open – 27.9 feet / 21.6 feet
  • GVWR: £5000
  • Sleeping capacity: 6-7 persons
  • Tanks! F- 20 gallons / Gr- 11 gallons / B- 11 gallons

You leave Friday at 4:45pm for a week away with your family, and your boss comes to see you with one of these favors. Since you are the only one with the knowledge and access to do this favor, it seems you are taking the work home with you. Half the time you get home from the office, you’re thinking up new words to insult your boss. In the second part, think about how you are going to tell your family that you are taking your work with you on a trip.

If you have a high 29SC flag wall, you have at least one built-in workspace. The bench under the front pull-out bed has a large rectangular table that can accommodate a laptop and other work supplies. When you purchase one of these adjustable workstations, the space becomes comfortable while you work on your favorite project.

It makes you feel better to know that the kids didn’t do all their homework. After burning up their energy at the campsite, work on their math problems on the U-shaped slide at the dining room table while your husband arranges dinner together. If going to an amusement park doesn’t motivate them to finish the job, they might prefer to eat unhealthy at the park because of the interpretation of the tuna surprise.

When it’s time to take a break or go on vacation with the family, there’s plenty of room in the adjoining closet to store your computer, work gear and the kids’ stuff. The trip may have become a working holiday, but you won’t miss the vacation part.

Motorhome with office space: Lance 1172

 

  • Length: 20.4 Legs
  • GVWR: 4,628 pounds
  • Sleeping capacity: 6 persons
  • Tanks! F- 42 gallons/Gr- 35 gallons/B- 35 gallons

You wouldn’t think such a compact camper wouldn’t have a separate office for the van, but it’s true. Lance 1172 is an example of this. To transport this camper, you will need a long berth on your 350/3500 series pickup, due to its length and load capacity.

As you enter the passenger compartment, you’ll find a two-seat sofa with a swivel table integrated into the rear drawer. If you are using a desktop laptop stand, you can easily complete these reports, coding subsections or presentations.

For those times when you’re not in the presence of men, the Lance 1172 offers an optional 100-watt solar panel or 2500-watt Onan propane generator. Satellite preparation is standard, so no one can hear you scream on TV when the referee makes a wrong decision or one of your teammates makes a mistake.

If you need to perform in the office, you’ll find plenty of room to prepare in the dry bath. The wardrobe next to the queen-size bed offers plenty of room to hang the two matching desk clothes.

Full office trailer KZ Junction 292RDK

2020 KZ Connect – Photo : DEAD CAMP

  • Length: 32.3 Legs
  • GVWR: 9,175 pounds.
  • Sleeping capacity: 6 persons
  • Tanks! F- 45 gallons / Gr- 64 gallons / B- 32 gallons

When you think of travel trailers with a computer desk, what brands do you immediately think of? Have you ever wondered about CP? Since 1972, the KZ has earned a reputation for quality. Many people prefer their brand because their products benefit outdoor enthusiasts. Many of their interior components resemble a cabin and are waterproofed to prevent moisture and other contaminants from affecting the RV.

Kidnappers who need to stay on site for a longer period of time may want to consider the KZ Connect 292RDK. While it doesn’t have an all-terrain package, it offers a full desk in the back of the unit, a large kitchen cabinet, a queen-size bed, and a full kitchen with an island. Photojournalists, writers and other outdoor workers will find the Connect Caravan the perfect place to work and relax at the end of the day.

If you have to leave early for work, you can prepare your morning meal in the camper’s outdoor kitchen. You need a camera to work, but going without a thermos of coffee is ridiculous. Who can work without the sweet nectar of life?

When you get back to the van, the front door leads directly to the large dry bathroom. You can take off your dirty clothes and clean everything you have on you that day. Then go to the back lounge to download the photos you took that day. Once you’ve found your best photos and cleaned them up, you can send them to the editor. Maybe you’ll make one of those wooden wolves look at you with so many insults.

Travel Kitchen Caravan Table: Mesa Ridge Mountain Range 314RLS

 

  • Length: 35.3 Legs
  • GVWR: £13,250
  • Sleeping capacity: 6 persons
  • Tanks! F- 85 gallons/ Gr- 97 gallons/ B- 40 gallons

If you’re looking for a pet fifth wheel with office space, the Mesa Ridge 314RLS offers a buffet table large enough for your laptop in the middle of the vehicle. Bloggers who don’t need much space can write about the amazing adventures they have with their pets while traveling the highways of America.

The office shares its space with the kitchen and is located next to the front door. There is a wall cupboard above the table and a pantry next to it. While office workers have to run down the hallway for their favorite drink or snack, the break room is right there (although you may have four-legged subordinates looking for bacon snacks).

If the theme of your blog was inspired by your dog’s mess, the fifth wheel of the wagon is equipped with a separate stackable closet for the washer and dryer. Even if you are a nerd: The 97-gallon graywater tank has plenty of room to catch the washing machine’s waste water and run a clean dog out of the shower.

While you blog, your spouse can continue working in the living room. A folding coffee table or a free-standing computer workstation find their place in the double pull-out drawer. When it’s time to walk the dogs, a few laps of Roshambo will help you determine who’s taking an unexpected break.

Double room: Jayco J. Flight 33RBTS

Jayco Jay Flight 33RBTS – Photo : Jayco

  • Length: 37.10 Foot
  • GVWR: 10,950 pounds
  • Sleeping capacity: 10 persons
  • Tanks! F- 80 gallons / Gr- 39 gallons / B- 39 gallons

The creation of double-deck platforms has taken the RV family to a new level. It used to be that parents could get up and get ready for the day, while children had to convert their sleeping area into a dining area or sofa during the day. The banking institutions have solved two problems: They gave the boys their own space and kept the noise down on the other side of the bus.

As with this Jayco, recreational vehicle manufacturers have gone a step further and asked : Why can’t bunk beds have furniture other than beds? Preparing a lunch for two has become an essential duty for homeschooled children living life to the fullest.

A sleeping cabin allows you to isolate yourself from the rest of the caravan or the fifth wheel. There is plenty of room for all your peripherals and room to install a TV or monitor. If you have one or two kids, they can use the upper bunk beds at night without disturbing your office (if all goes well). The bunk bed above the table can be folded down for more headroom.
Creative campers have found other uses for bunkers in terms of RV table ideas. If you don’t need all the sleeping space, remove the side sleepers and install the DIY camping table in a configuration that perfectly suits your needs. If you want to pay attention, read Do It Yourself RV about RV construction ideas and topics you need to know beforehand.

Office number middle trailer: Forest Cedar Creek 3770F

 

  • Length: 40,8 feet
  • GVWR: 16,170 pounds.
  • Sleeping capacity: 4 persons
  • Tanks! F- 57 gallons/Gr- 82 gallons/B- 41 gallons

Call it your man cave, your shed, or even your executive office with a view. The stacking rooms in the middle of the bus can be your ideal office space, equipped with everything you need (including a 45 LED TV… I mean a computer monitor). Most have sofa beds and adjustable bunk beds for extra sleeping space, but the closet system has a flat surface that can be folded down for a workstation.

If you need a fifth wheel with offices, Forest River’s Cedar Creek 3770F should be on your list. The life-size table covers the entire length of the room’s slide. On the opposite inner wall there is a closet and a coat rack to store your equipment.

In addition, the desk serves as a double bed, equipped with a foam mattress for all hotel guests. To make an engraving of Gandolph Grey, there is a lazy sofa against the back wall in the living room. During a video conference with your boss or others, you may get lost. The large panoramic window above your desk gives you the best view, wherever you are. Sometimes the hardest part of working in an RV is focusing on when it’s time to work.

Air flow with camping car office: Interstate 24GT

 

  • Chassis : Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 extended
  • Engine: Mercedes 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel 188 hp. at 325 lb/ft.
  • Length: 24.6 Legs
  • THE GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT : £11.030
  • Sleeping accommodation: 2 persons
  • Tanks! F- 27 gallons / Gr- 21 gallons / B- 13 gallons

The highway gives you a lot of time to think. By focusing your attention on the road, your mind can find the solutions you were about to find, or give you those aha moments you didn’t know you wanted. These are the times when you want to find a safe place to stop and write them down before you lose them.

Airstream’s Interstate 24GT Class B solves this problem. Once you’ve parked safely, you can flip the driver’s seat and pull your laptop out of the overhead compartment to quickly set up the motorhome’s computer workstation behind you. You can set up a table for the best level and use the trainer’s LED TV as a computer screen. With a few quick changes, you can get your idea in before it fades.

When everything is ready, put everything back into travel mode and leave. Later you can take the time to stock up on provisions and prepare dinner in the kitchenette in the middle of the bus. If your partner wants to retire to the double bed in the back, you can open your workstation again and get to work.

You can recline the backrest to a more comfortable angle while you work because the seat is away from the steering wheel. Set an alarm, otherwise you might fall asleep in the chair again.

Recreational vehicle working space with combined pilot: Newmar Bay Star Sports 2702

Interior of the Newmar Bay Star Sport 2021 – Photo : Newmar

  • Chassis : Chassis of the Ford F-53
  • Engine: Ford 7.3L V8 Godzilla Gas – 350 hp. at 468 lb/ft.
  • Length: 27.11 Legs
  • THE GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT : £20.500
  • Sleeping capacity: 8 persons (with an extra folding bed in the front)
  • Tanks! F- 75 gallons / Gr- 60 gallons / B- 40 gallons

Many Class A motorhomes have been equipped with a computer-controlled passenger seat for many years. It can be a variant of a sliding top or a folding side table like the Newmar Bay Star 2702. Today’s Class A desktop models are equipped with 110-volt cords and USB ports, eliminating the need for computer batteries. Once you are parked, the bar tables between the pilot seats create extra space.

Class A motorhomes of the neoclassical era (1990-2007), with their large dashboards and luggage lockers, provided plenty of room for service area workers to get involved. A do-it-yourselfer moved his co-pilot’s desk into an upstairs mobile home with a TV stand and an aluminum mesh shelf above a sliding shelf.

With a dinette or portable desks in front of the sofa, it is possible to create a second office space within 30 feet in Class A motorhomes. If you want to be practical, use swivel brackets that attach to the cabinet around the bed. Of course, there’s always the risk of falling asleep.

Dinetta with computer workstation Tiffin Allegro Red 37PA

 

  • Chassis : Freightliner XC chassis
  • Engine: Cummins 6.7L Inline 6 ISB Turbo Diesel – 360 hp. at 800 lb/ft.
  • Length: 39 Thighs
  • GVWR: £33,400
  • Sleeping capacity: 6 persons (with an extra pull-out bunk bed in the front)
  • Tanks! F- 90 gallons / Gr- 70 gallons / B- 50 gallons

If you are looking for a luxury mobile home with office space, please refer to Red Bay, Alabama. Tiffin has been a family business for decades. Now that they have joined the Thor Industries family, you will find the same superior quality that family offers, with Thor’s innovation and resources behind it.

Tiffin offers three different dining room options. On the 37PA floor plan, the dinette is on the door side, behind the first officer’s seat. Tiffin’s dining table workstation is unique to their brand. If you turn the independent chairs to the side wall, you will see a drawer and two cabinet doors on one side. On the other side of the table are three cabinets of the same size.

When you open the cabinet doors, there is a drawer that slides into the computer tower. Above the doors is a hinged panel with a drawer for the keyboard and mouse. The shelf above the cabinet provides ample space for a computer monitor. A dining table gives you enough space to put down work documents or other equipment. It’s a great place for a van repair shop.

The Tiffin Dinette is ideal for an office in a motorhome because of its size and proximity to the television.

A sofa or L-shaped sofa rests against the opposite wall. The L-shaped version comes with a coffee table. Since the coffee table is independent, it should not be a problem to replace it with a coffee table with a lift table. One of you has his side of the van and your partner has his. In double-sledding, neither of you may distract the other.

Full desktop function: Winnebago Forza 38D

Winnebago Forza – Photo : Winnebago

  • Chassis : Cargo Liner XCS chassis
  • Engine: Cummins 6.7L Inline 6 ISB Turbo Diesel – 340 hp. at 800 lb/ft.
  • Length: 39.10 Legs
  • GVWR: 29,410 pounds

Motorhomes have created many new opportunities for Class A motorhomes. When bunk beds first appeared, RV manufacturers made the space convertible. If you don’t need a place to sleep, you can convert it into an extra closet, shared storage, or a luxurious dog bed for a four-legged child who doesn’t want to grow up and move to the other side of the country (we’re not bitter).

Winnebago was the first to transform the space, turning a mobile home bunker into an office in the Forza 38D. The full-size desk for two has three drawers with common pedestals and a foam mattress, so the desk area can be converted into a double berth.

The Class A diesel motorhome is also equipped with a front fold down bunk bed so that guests can spend the night with you without having to leave the table. A sofa for two or additional theater seats are provided with laptop tables in case your travel companion needs more time to work.

The Forza 38D is a motorhome with two full bathrooms. So if two of you need to prepare for a presentation or sales day, neither should wait for the other. A 10-gallon water heater should provide you both with plenty of hot water.

Trying out your new office space

The study predicts that by 2028, more than 90 million people will be self-employed. This does not include homeworkers. We are convinced that the motorhome industry will adapt to the new floor plans with special offices for motorhomes.

In the meantime, if you plan to take a full-time road trip and bring your career with you, explore these and other recreational vehicles first by renting them. Buying a bus is a big investment, and you want everything to go right the first time. Be smart and take the RVezy test.  Whether you rent or buy, use RV LIFE Pro to plan these great adventures and navigate them safely.

About the author

Although originally from Motown, Brian is an RV veteran who grew up on I-75. Since 2017, he, his wife and three furry working class darlings have been living full-time in an RV. Like John Madden, he hasn’t worked in years because he needs to write about his passion. When not working, he supports his daughter’s efforts to save dogs and causes of disability. Learn more with him on Camper Smarts.com

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The Secrets Behind RV Interior Design: Past, Present, & Future

The Secrets Behind RV Interior Design: Past, Present, & Future

Have you ever entered the classical era (1971-1989) or the neoclassical era (1990-2007) and said: Good God, it’s green! The other caravans and motorhomes of the time were brown, blue, beige and tan. The classic interior design of the leisure vehicles of the time made as much sense as the modern monochrome and post-modern color palettes. Our conversation takes you behind the scenes of interior services in the RV industry. We show you the evolution of how design teams make decisions about the look and feel of their products. You will learn about the challenges they are currently facing, how they are doing it and the influence consumers have on their decisions. Finally, we give you inside information about future trends that prepare the experts for the coming years.

Motor Home Interior Design Process

Before going any further, let us show you who they are, the challenges they face and how the interior design team does its job. You will work with various other departments and external suppliers to develop new products using specific materials.

Who are the people who work in the RV design department?

In the leisure vehicle sector, interior design can be more complex than in the residential sector. When planning a single-family home, issues such as weight restrictions, safety measures and other concerns are not at the forefront of your mind. Individuals with degrees and experience in interior design are an important asset to any recreational vehicle manufacturer.

RV designers work with vendors all the time. Finding the right material, matching it to the correct specifications and adjusting the quantities ordered are just a few of the many tasks that take up his day.

Gorgeous caravan interior by Marc & Julie Bennett of RV LOVE. Photo by GabrielaPhoto.com

How the process works

To explain the process, we use a guided example. Suppose the RV manufacturer you work for wants to launch a new light family vehicle. It will rival the best-selling Forest River R-Pod. It will have a length of 25 feet, an extension on the outside and many features normally seen in large trailers, such as B. a central vacuum cleaner.

The project manager has given you, the interior designer, a modest budget, an interior design and a tight deadline to present your prototype concept. Although you don’t have much time, there are still many ideas going through your head. Once you’re in your department, fill out the team and get to work.

Many interior designers of recreational vehicles believe that it is advisable to start with the choice of wood for frames, cabinets and other components. They saw the new Jakeo Micro J Perot and loved the idea of two colors of wood. They used a lighter shade of wood for the kitchen cabinet to separate the space from the rest of the car.

If you use the same type of countertop, but with a different shade, it may work. If you consult your main supplier’s catalogue, the darkest colour is more expensive. Your secondary supplier offers both trimmings at the same price, but the primary supplier can negotiate because they offer different models. The main supplier also has the necessary wood stain for cabinet doors and drawer fronts.

Once you have created your wood plan, you discuss it with your team and they agree. They send one of them to the phone to start the process with the main supplier. They all match fabric patterns, wallpaper, cabinet hardware and other things to wood.

I have bought and repaired about 15 houses, but mobile home problems are the most fun for me.

Trina Sholin – Interior Designer

RV Zenkertops

During the planning phase you will receive a note from the project leader. The CEO would like to see granite countertops in this model. So far, not all of your materials have reached the weight limit set by the engineers. Granite is a heavy material that is only suitable for large vans. Most RV manufacturers don’t use it anymore because of the weight. If that’s what the CEO wants, find him.

You take a granite catalogue off a shelf, remove the dust and open it. Once you have found the brightest stone that matches the color palette of your design, call the vendor. You explain the situation and what you need to do. Organize a video conference with the company representative next week and find a solution.

The stone company grinds granite to a quarter of an inch. Underneath is composite plastic, which is lightweight and maintains the integrity of the stone. The best part is that it’s not expensive. You can make three worksheets from their standard raw block. Moreover, you always stay within your weight and budget.

Tiffin Zephyr offers luxury countertops in its beautiful modern kitchen – photo : Motorhome Tiffin

A Finished van interior

When the interior construction is complete, please bring a project guide for approval. With his signature, your team orders all the materials and the production team builds the prototype. Management and senior staff came to see the new lightweight, family-friendly travel trailer that will surpass Forest River in weight. Once everyone agrees, each department contacts its material suppliers to start production.

You and your team will enjoy the show for half an hour. He then set to work updating the current materials for the existing models and proposing three variants for the new prototype.

In this example, we have presented an idealistic elaboration of the interior design of a mobile home. The reality is this: If it works half as well as in this example, most leaders are generally satisfied. It is a complex process in which many internal and external factors are balanced simultaneously. Changes occur at every stage of the planning process. In the worst case, the team has to start all over again.

 

Problems faced by interior decorators

We have already mentioned a number of points above, but there are many more. Apart from domestic policy, the main domestic issues are the budget and weight restrictions. Even multi-million dollar RVs have a design budget that can’t be exceeded. In some cases, it can be difficult to design interiors at this level.

Decision-makers and customers expect the best, but suppliers can only negotiate up to a certain point because of their costs. If the manufacturer of a motorhome wants a certain quality of European wood, but the supplier has to increase his prices due to higher operating or transport costs. RV can adjust the budget or find a replacement.

In terms of weight, every gram counts per carrier. In this era of fuel economy, consumers are choosing SUVs with lower towing capacity because the vehicle has a higher COGS. Truck manufacturers have had to adapt to the needs of their customers. If there is a way to make countertops, cabinets and even fabrics lighter, RV manufacturers will explore the benefits of using it.

How cable television and the Internet have changed the interior of recreational vehicles

The video killed the radio star on the first. August 1981, date of the first MTV broadcast. Cable television and the Internet changed the entire dynamic of RV interiors in 1984 and 2010, respectively. For classic and neoclassical era models, recreational vehicle manufacturers have taken the wait-and-see approach. Classic cottage-style interiors with a beige or beige color scheme that complemented the RVers’ personal decor was the norm.

Recreational vehicle builders are three to five years behind the housing market and will be watching the evolution of housing projects closely.  If a particular idea outperforms the short-term trend, they will consider including this concept in the RV.

1. December 1984. HGTV first aired on cable. It was a chain devoted entirely to home furnishings and outdoor gardening. The station’s interior design programs were so popular that it wasn’t long before stations were creating their own versions of the interior design programs. Although these programs were primarily aimed at the residential sector, RV enthusiasts have also begun to show interest in this issue. The RV community is starting to wonder why an RV can’t have a modern, post-modern or contemporary interior design.

Today’s motorhome awaits multiple flat screen TVs and space for a mobile office – photo : Motorhome Tiffin

Shared use of van interior space Ideas

When Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook opened up the world of social networking, the RV community found a new way to communicate with each other. Motorhome enthusiasts will share their ideas and photos of modifications and conversions. When Pinterest launched in January 2010, the community of car enthusiasts found a place to post their ideas for refurbishing the interior of an RV.

When it all fell into place, van manufacturers began to see interior designs from individuals online that appealed to the general public. Although they already knew their customers were asking for country style alternatives, social media showed them how popular these modern, post-modern and contemporary design styles were with their customers. Consumer feedback has always had an impact on the industry, but thanks to social media, RV manufacturers can now provide real-time feedback.

Did interiors for motorhomes save the industry from the 2008 financial crisis?

During the 2008 recession, the road transport sector was one of the hardest hit. Some companies closed their doors for good, others merged, and new brands saw an opportunity to hang their shingles. Each of the surviving companies had to make a strong comeback.

The financial crisis of 2008 ushered in the modern era for the automotive industry. Changes in construction techniques, materials, and other innovations have not been as great since the end of World War II. One of the most significant changes is the shift from a rustic to a modern interior style in most brands of recreational vehicles.

Consumers first saw the monochromatic gray and white interiors at the RV show. Airstream introduced European style vans with curved doors and light interiors. A common concept among all RV brands is the use of white or light colors to create the illusion of more space. Even when designers have used dark wood or furniture, light walls and cabinets offset the dark colors of claustrophobia.

A leap forward in recreational vehicle interiors has reinvigorated the industry. As a result, recreational vehicle sales have continued to increase each year between 2010 and 2017. According to RVIA, the strongest growth in 2010 was over 46%.

The recovery of the RV industry after the financial crisis was not only due to the promotion of interior design. Other outdoor innovations, simple claims, many different systems were not comparable. It was a Gestalt effect, with each of these individual innovations leading to an overall improvement in the new vans.

New era for motorhome interiors

We have seen that the RV industry considers brown and beige to be neutral colors. It has also been found that they take a wait-and-see attitude before incorporating new ideas into their projects. We also showed you the challenges the design teams faced and what led them to adopt modern style methods.

Thanks to the technological advances of the last decade, recreational vehicle interiors have continued to evolve. Motorhomes have stylistic features that are practical and aesthetically pleasing, something that was not possible a decade ago. We’ll also show you what’s on the list soon.

New technologies that have contributed to the design of van interiors

One of the greatest inventions for the recreational vehicle industry is LED lighting. While many RV enthusiasts are looking for alternative energy sources like solar, LED lights are the most energy efficient you can get. They are brighter, available in all colors, and are the same size as a standard RV light.

Interior lighting for recreational vehicles

The use of light to create a certain atmosphere was unknown in the past in the automotive industry. When mood lighting first made its appearance in the RV industry, it was visible in high-end, multi-million dollar, Class A diesel motorhomes. Many consumers felt that this technology would not be available in cheaper buses. Today it can be seen in artificial chimneys, behind glass panels in cabinet doors, and elsewhere in some travel trailers less than 25 feet long.

Coloured LED lights can create an atmosphere in your motorhome

Vinyl is another important material that occupies a prominent place in the interior of recreational vehicles. In 1930, metal discs were replaced by vinyl, allowing better sound reproduction (Google turntables). Vinyl entered the flooring industry in the early 1970s. You’ll see him in the vans soon after.

In recent years, RV interior designers have begun phasing out carpeting and replacing it with vinyl flooring. Vinyl slates have many advantages:

  • Available in all colours and designs
  • Suitable for all temperatures
  • Easy to clean
  • Textured to prevent slippage
  • Easy Installation

The list of new or updated innovations that make up the style of modern recreational vehicles could go on endlessly. It can be said that the clean lines and solid colors of the furniture in a modern design style fit well with caravans and recreational vehicles. The style likes flat furniture that creates the illusion of an open space.

What is the future of motorhome interiors?

In an article in RV-Pro, the author poses this question to several RV providers. The author received many different responses. Some themes currently in use will be retained, new concepts will be derived from variations of existing ideas, and others will take their place in the RV Hall of Fame.

Regardless of the color palette or specific style, mobile home interiors will continue to imitate living spaces. As with many mods, if it’s old, it can become new again. Brass hardware can recur in warmer tones, offering consumers an alternative to travel trailers with white interiors.

You will find that non-traditional woods, such as teak, are replacing the more common oak or cherry. Brown, natural and lacquered wood could be there as early as model year 2023. Gray is always a solid color for floors and cabinets, so expect interior designers to keep this color as a base for their future interiors.

The industry is moving away from the floral and leafy fabrics found in traditional and rustic styles. The fabric of the RV will be influenced by solid colors from the roots of modernism and certain modern subgroups. Textured fabrics and wood color are being experimented with as new ways to develop modern styling for recreational vehicles.

In ancient times (1910-1945), the original name of a mobile home was a camper. As the interiors of recreational vehicles increasingly resemble those of homes, the term recreational vehicle may need to be replaced with a home use vehicle, as it will look more like a home than a mobile recreational vehicle.

Where do RV interior designers get their inspiration?

Many people think there is some sort of insider magazine or special access that designers don’t have to the public. The truth is, RV decorators get inspiration from everywhere: on television, on the internet, from other RV brands, in homes, apartments and other places.

They also get feedback on how their projects are selling. If a particular interior model sells better than another, the manufacturer can offer that model for other models. Those that are not for sale can be quickly eliminated and replaced with something else. Ultimately, the consumer is the final decision-maker.

Keep sharing these RV decorating ideas on Pinterest and other social media sites. Fill out these comment cards or the comment sections on the RV manufacturers’ websites. Your thoughts and comments really do make a difference.

RVezy Review – The “EZY” Way To Rent An RV?

In recent years, peer-to-peer leasing of recreational vehicles has become increasingly popular in the United States. We can’t say we’re surprised, because the concept just makes sense. On the one hand, motorhome owners can earn extra income when their motorhome is not in use and, on the other hand, outdoor enthusiasts have access to a more authentic motorhome service at competitive prices. It’s like Airbnb for vans. In this RVezy magazine, we take a look at RVezy, one of the leading RV rental markets, to see if this really is the EZY way to rent a recreational vehicle.

About RVezy

RVezy was founded in 2016 by two Canadian entrepreneurs who were looking for an easier and safer way to lease their recreational vehicle. With what they call the first owner, RVezy quickly became the largest x-ray rental market in Canada. RVezy president and co-founder Michael McNaught attributes his success to understanding the needs of RV owners.

As owners, we know what is involved in renting out your recreational vehicle. From insurance to tenant inspections to customer service, everything we do is designed to make the experience as easy and safe as possible.

Michael McNaught is the co-founder of RVezy.

After more than 150,000 successful bookings in Canada, the company decided in June 2020 that it was time to enter the U.S. market. In this RVezy magazine, we look at what the rental process looks like.

Van rental Process

The rental process with RVezy is very simple. You can view available RVs on their website RVezy.com or download their mobile app (iOS and Android) to manage reservations and communicate with owners while on the go.

available view RV

You start by entering the place and date of your trip. The location is where the van is to be picked up or where it is to be delivered. Once you click the Search button, you will see all available listings and their locations on a scrolling map. You can refine your search by using one of the available filters, including Motorhome Type, Suitable for Pets, Price and Delivery Options. For this RVezy magazine, we will be looking at recreational vehicle rentals in Phoenix, Arizona.

Choosing a recreational vehicle with RVezy is a simple point-and-click process.

RVezy Review – New kid in town, similar to

RWezi is new in town. After years of success in Canada, RVezy is now experiencing rapid growth in the United States. However, because the RVezy is new in the United States, we found that most of the RVs we reviewed had not yet been evaluated. We have confirmed that they have received many positive responses to the Canadian list.

Booking procedure

Once you have found the ideal caravan or motorhome, it is time to book. On the right side of the screen is a date and some fields for guests, so the owner knows how many people want to use the camper. Prices are automatically adjusted according to the duration of your trip according to the discounts offered by the owner. Generally 10% for weekday movements and 20% for monthly movements. The reservation request also includes mileage limitations (if applicable) and additional fees such as insurance, 24-hour roadside assistance and taxes.

RVezy reservation request

After clicking on Booking Request, you will be directed to two more screens that will ask you to tell the owner the details of your trip and choose the protection plan you want. You can also choose the options offered by the owner of the camper for example. B. Delivery, barbecue, generator or even airport transfers. All assemblies are clearly visible on the right. After submitting your reservation request, the owner can either accept or decline it. As with any peer-to-peer service, the responsiveness of the owners varies.  According to RWESI, most owners respond within 24-48 hours.  In addition, some owners offer an instant booking feature that speeds up the booking process by allowing you to pay and confirm your reservation within 24 hours. It can save your life if you want to leave at the last minute.

RVezy offers two levels of protection

Communication with the owner

If you want to use your credit card, you can use mail so you can chat with your customer. You can ask questions and arrange the logistics of your rental. Most owners are relatively flexible with regard to pick-up and drop-off times and are willing to accommodate special requests. Since the recreational vehicle is privately owned, each owner offers different equipment and packages.

In most cases, landlords respond quickly and are happy to answer tenants’ questions.  RVezy customer service is always available, but specific questions about the functionality of the vehicle or what is included in the rental price are best handled by the owner. Like the owners of Airbnb, RV owners also like to give renters travel tips and tricks to enhance their vacation.

That’s the way rent works:

If you book more than 37 days in advance, a 25% deposit is required. Then, 37 days before the start date, your credit card will be charged for the remaining 75%.  If you book 37 days or less before the start date of your stay, the total amount shown on your reservation will be charged immediately. 72 hours prior to departure, you will be charged the amount of the guarantee shown on your reservation details. This amount will be retained for the duration of your trip and refunded to you at the end of your trip on the website or in the application.

Recreational vehicle rental companies also charge owners and renters fees for customer service, advertising recreational vehicles, managing insurance products, and conducting business. On the owner’s side, RVezy gets a 20% discount. For example, if the owner rents his van for $1,000 a week, he gets $800. Renters pay 10%, which means $100 is added to the $1,000 reservation fee.

Message: We found that most peer-to-peer rental services have a similar pricing structure.

Addition of a driver

After paying for your reservation, you will receive an email inviting you to add a driver. You can also do this from the toolbar by clicking on My Profile and then Add Driver. Any RVezy rental, including RV deliveries, requires a certified driver. The main driver is responsible for the motorhome for the entire duration of the rental. To be approved, a driver must have held an unrestricted license for at least 8 years, have a clean insurance profile and pass an identity verification program.

Collection by carrier

This is one of the most important parts of the leasing process. Owners must complete an out and back checklist with each rental, just like renting a car. With the RVezy application, you can easily open and fill in checklists. The owner will go over a checklist with you and show you how to operate everything in your RV. If you want to drive or tow the vehicle yourself, the owner will test it with you to make sure you are comfortable driving it. Remember that shipping is always an option if you don’t want to drive yourself.

The RVezy application makes tracking vans very easy.

It is imperative that you and the owner take photographs of the motorhome at the time of transfer so that there is an agreement as to the condition of the motorhome. Again, the checklist can be completed by the owner using the RVezy application. Adequate documentation and photographs protect both parties in case of damage or accidents. It is important that you confirm the details of the return of the motorhome with the owner.

During rental

During your rental, the owner of the recreational vehicle is usually your first contact. Since they know their unit better than anyone, they should be able to answer any questions about the RV and help resolve any situations.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact RVezy Customer Service. They are available 7 days a week and respond very quickly. You can contact them by phone, email or live chat. In the event of a breakdown, you can also benefit from RVezy Roadside Assistance (if purchased prior to travel). Roadside assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States and Canada.

Reset RV

At the end of the trip you give the camper back to the owner (or he picks it up) and say goodbye. Just like at the beginning of the trip, the owner fills out a checklist for the return trip and takes a picture using the RVezy app. After checking the condition of the RV, both parties sign a checklist and hit the road.

After reservation

Once the reservation is made, RVezy has a closing procedure for the owner and the landlord. This completion provides an opportunity for both parties to discuss any questions or concerns and to consider the potential costs. The landlord may charge a fee for the tenant’s inspection and acceptance. If the tenant disagrees with any of the charges, they can open a dispute with the RVezy Resolutions team. In the rare event of an accident or major damage, the owner can file an insurance claim. RWESI claims that its loss rate is well below 1%. Once both parties have completed the closing, the tenant’s deposit will be refunded and the landlord will receive the second installment.

The Rwesi team mentions that withholding money from both parties helps to close deals faster and most deals are closed within 24-48 hours.

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  • The conveyors are delivered fully equipped and ready to use
  • RV owners and renters are fully protected by RVezy’s insurance (at an insurance rate of less than 1%).
  • Easy-to-use application for landlords and tenants (iOS and Android).
  • Renters can deliver the van to a location of their choice, so they don’t have to drive themselves if they don’t feel comfortable or if they don’t have access to a suitable tow vehicle.
  • The booking procedure is very simple and there are no hidden costs or surprises.
  • Membership is free for owners and tenants.
  • First class customer and breakdown assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Disputes and Claims Team

Other

  • In some parts of the United States, there aren’t many RV matches.
  • Few exams verified in the United States
  • RWESI does not require owners to provide a mechanical certificate for their vehicles.
  • The application does not have all the functionality of the website, so there are some functions that you can only do on a computer.
  • Multiple reservation requests may be accepted before they are accepted by the owner.

Information for van owners

RV owners can register their vehicle for free on RVezy.

The following is a breakdown of the average revenue per night for the various types of recreational vehicles available on the site:

  • Class A – $250 per night
  • Class B – $200/night
  • Class C – $175 per night
  • Caravan – $150 per night
  • Primal is $125 a night.
  • Fifth wheel – $110 to $150 per night
  • Travellers – $100 to $120/night
  • Tent trailer – $50/night
  • Hybrid – $90 per night
  • Toy carriers – $100 – $150/night
  • Micro trailer 50 to 90 dollars per night
  • Motorhome Cottages – $100 to $200/night

As the owner, you also have complete control over everything on your list:

  • Availability and minimum travel time
  • Long-term prices and discounts
  • Description and photos
  • Additional costs
  • Immediate booking and delivery
  • Ability to accept or decline reservation requests

If you want to make money from car rentals, it’s important to consider the seasonal nature of rentals. The northern states will be much more affected in the winter than the southern states. Matching prices to demand is the best way to maximize sales.

RVezyEvaluation Summary

Rezy rentals are a great alternative to traditional RV rentals like Cruise America or RV rentals through your local dealership.  As a renter, you have access to a much wider selection of authentic recreational vehicles at a slightly lower price and without having to bring your own gear.

While RWESI does not yet have as many lists and evaluations as some of its competitors, it is clear that it is on the right path to success. Their team is passionate, knowledgeable and puts their clients first. We are confident that RVezy will do the same in the United States as it did in Canada.

frequently asked questions

Can you rent a van in one state and drive it in another?

It is often possible to rent motorhomes on a one way basis, but at an additional cost. This is related to the logistical challenge of dropping off a vehicle at a different location, so the number of vehicles at each location changes every day. The surcharge, referred to as a one-way fee in your application, ranges from $200 to $750.

What is the best way to rent an RV?

Top 5 motorhome rentals from 2021 – TripSavvy

How much does it cost to rent a van for a week?

Average rent. It seems that RV rental rates are relatively stable between different RV rental companies. In our scenario, the cost is between $1,700 and $2,000 per week for a 22 to 25 foot Class C RV.

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How To Work From Your RV In 2021

Work 9 to 5, go 65

Like millions of other Americans, you plunged into work at home. Instead of a brick office, you want a home office with wheels. In your video conferences, you want to be the one with the picturesque background, or the one whose career doesn’t look like a job. You want to know how to work on your van.

To learn how to operate your RV, consider all possible scenarios. While we all imagine ourselves in our North Face gear on a lake with 100MB of internet, that’s not always the case. You must be able to deal with problems such as weak or broken connections, background noise, poor lighting and temperature fluctuations.

You can also learn about the many accessories available to expand your computer or desktop. We can help you prepare by discussing the most important questions you will ask yourself when learning to operate your RV.

Preparing the conveyor for operation

As you prepare to work from your van, think about the big picture. Which items are necessary, which would be good to have, and which are not at all appropriate for your situation. Use different colors to make the list more readable. So red can be essential, green can be for the things you love, and Burnt Sienna is somewhere in between.

 

What type of computer do you need?

Graphic designers have different computer needs than editors. But maybe you need a computer powerful enough to cool down and take on hordes of ogres in your favorite video game. Do you usually need something portable or stationary? Do you need extra space to connect your monitor, keyboard, mouse or other devices? To decide how you want to work from your RV, you should first look at the following equipment:

  • 2-in-1 Hybrids for Tablets/Laptops
  • Laptop Computers
  • Minicomputer
  • Offices
  • Guided tours

How do you connect to the Internet?

If you are staying in your RV primarily at campgrounds, most campgrounds have a Wi-Fi network that you can use. The problem is that most campsites have a connection point in the office. If your pitch is at the back of the property, you will find it difficult to access it. If many guests use the network, the speed will also decrease.

The best way to access the internet for a recreational vehicle is via satellite or a data access point on a 4 or 5G mobile phone for your use. In combination with a wireless router and data accelerator, connection problems are rare. The accelerator is a one-time fee that must be paid at the time of purchase. It amplifies weak signals. Satellite and mobile data plans have low monthly rates. Assuming your mobile phone also has hotspots, purchasing a second stand-alone hotspot on an alternative mobile network is a smart idea for those who absolutely cannot live without connectivity.

You can ask your RV Service Centre to install a data network in your coach. Your online needs are different from those of a family vacation. You need a stronger and more reliable network. An internet connection is vital for businesses (check with your tax advisor about the impact of this expense on your income tax at the end of the year).

How will you keep your computer safe?

If you want to know how to work on your recreational vehicle, you also need to know how to protect yourself. You will want to subscribe to security software. There is a lot of conflicting information on how to secure your computer, coming from Nigerian princes and computer scientists who know how to penetrate your computer. Remember, even if you are employed by a company, you are responsible for your own computer.

Choose a software package that is up to date with the latest piracy trends, has numerous protection mechanisms and offers good customer support in case the worst happens. There are free services available, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, let the experts take care of your computer security so you can concentrate on your work. This is why your company has an IT department. Call the company’s IT department for recommendations.

How will you work with your entourage?

If you’re not a lone camper, you might have a partner, kids or even a furry toddler running around while you try to concentrate. The headphones work fine. If you like background music, it can help block out outside noise. Many TV sets can also be connected via Bluetooth headsets.

I’m sure you all agree that this time is spent working and studying. There are training techniques that will prevent your cat from jumping on your table. Your dog will get used to your work schedule, but walking him after an hour or two is a great way to get some rest, stretching and exercise.

 

How do you balance your work on travel days?

Homeworkers, contractors or people with schedules sometimes find themselves in situations where deadlines change, but they still need to get to their next destination. Managing your time is part of learning how to use your recreational vehicle. We recommend the 2-2-2 or 2-3-2 movement method.

Many experienced RVers use this method of travel to avoid road exhaustion. You’ll drive two hours there and two back, or 200 (or 300) miles in a day, and spend two nights at a campsite at the end of the day. As you drive into the campground, you have a day off to recover from the driving. You can catch up on work or anything else that needs your attention.

If someone will be with you for a while, bring your laptop (if you can) and get some work done. If you are in a mobile home, sit in the dining room. Recreational vehicle manufacturers equip their benches with seat belts so you can buckle them up.

Accessories for adding a workstation

If you and your partner work on the road, it can be difficult to find a job for both of you. Titles and freestanding tables are not ergonomic because the table is not at the right height. After some time, back, shoulder and arm pain may occur. There are accessories you can take to make almost any RV workspace.

Adjustable tables

Using an adjustable work table on a dining table or other surface makes up for the lack of ergonomics. The best adjustable tables allow you to sit or stand and adjust them higher or lower depending on your health condition (or your current caffeine level). Whether you’re using a laptop or all the components of an entire computer, the drawers support your electronic devices as you move the height-adjustable table up or down.

Other versions are independent. Pair it with your favorite office chair or put it next to your RV sofa and it will always be at the ideal height. The luxury models are equipped with an integrated electronic system that can be adjusted at the push of a button. Prices range from $50 to $250.

Convertible furniture

Another way to increase workspace is to add convertible furniture. Folding coffee tables complete the decor of any RV lounge. Whether it’s the inside of your RV: Whether modern, contemporary or classic, there is a coffee table that will fit perfectly into the interior of your RV. In addition to a coffee table, many also have storage inside.

The table top tilts up and forward, giving you more space on the table. The surface can support the weight, so you don’t have to worry about the weight of the computer components and other necessary parts. The tables are square or rectangular in shape. As for space, most motorhomes and travel trailers will accommodate one.

Pendulum hooks

It is even possible to use a motorhome as a home office with a small caravan, camper or pop-up. If you don’t have room for something on the floor, try wall sconces with swivel arms. Whether you use one arm to rest your laptop on or several to rest different objects on, you can adjust the arms to the right height, regardless of your position.

When you’re done with your day, simply swing it against the side panels to move your computer equipment. The prices of the pendulum and wall brackets are about the same as those of the adjustable tables. Once you have chosen your own RV office, you can combine all of these accessories and tailor them to your needs.

Author’s personal workstation for camping vehicles

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Once you’ve connected all the devices, tested their functionality, and verified that all devices and formats are connected, it’s time to hit the road. Provide a safe way to store or secure your travel gear. For example, don’t forget to give extra batteries for devices that need them. B. Wireless mice and keyboards, headphones, laser pointers…. anything that isn’t rechargeable.

Go to CampgroundReviews.com to find campgrounds with excellent WiFi and other amenities.

frequently asked questions

What kind of work do campers do full time?

The first part is more than wheels.

How do you make money as a full-time RV driver?

What is the average cost of a full-time RV overnight stay?

The total cost of a full-time recreational vehicle is between $2,500 and $2,800 per month, depending on our initial estimate. We are very happy that we have been able to implement this lifestyle at a much lower cost, about $2,000 per month (not counting health care, operating costs and taxes).

 

Best Off Road Travel Trailer

Best Off Road Travel Trailer

Finding the right off-road trailer can be a difficult task. Here we present two of the best candidates to brighten up your weekend. Flexibility on the beaten track means you need the best all-terrain trailer to take you to the water, deep into the woods or up into the mountains. We compare the Forest River Geo Pro (sold under the Rockwood brand name) and the Jayco Jay Feather Micro.

Best candidate for off-road vehicle #1 – Rockwood Geo Pro

Forest River has developed an all-terrain trailer with an aluminum chassis that weighs less than 5,000 pounds. The car has average off-road capabilities. With your Toyota Highlander or Chevrolet Traverse, you’ll have no problem towing. The Geo Pro travel trailer costs less than $15,000, while the stand-alone travel trailers of the new models cost between $25,000 and $30,000.

The company has targeted Coach to millennials who enjoy exploring the outdoors and engaging in a variety of outdoor activities. The caravan range is equipped with technological features to align its online presence with its offline lifecycle. In the storage compartments and inside the bus itself, you will find many possibilities to store everything you need through the side doors and the rear service doors.

By offering recreational vehicles under the Rockwood and Flagstaff E Pro brand names, consumers could choose from a variety of interior themes. Both versions have a modern white interior. White wood, flooring and other basic surfaces give the interior a sense of space. Beige or gray accents, such as furniture covers, bedspreads, moldings and other elements, give a clean, modern look that many homeowners appreciate.

 

Best Off Road Candidate #2 – Jayco Jay Feather Micro

In 2020, Jayco introduced the Hummingbird series of small travel and tearaway trailers for its customers. With sales declining, they knew they needed a competitor that could match Forest River’s Geo Pro. In early 2020, a select group of RV dealers got a sneak peek of the Jay Feather Micro 2021 prototype. Even without the official release of specifications, dealers were excited about Jayco’s new line.

You may have already seen that this new line of travel trailers has everything to please. Standard or optional, the Jay Feather Micro is a brand new model for small off-road trailers. An exterior compartment with a dorm-sized refrigerator and a ramp on either side for access to rooftop equipment add to the utility of the RV.

The interior designers took a completely different path to give the series a spacious look. You will see warm tones to match vintage grey or modern country style. Most of the wood used is dark, almost mahogany. Kitchen cabinets use a medium to light color to separate sections.

Why compare Geo Pro and Jay Feather Micro?

If you compare the Geo Pro to the Jay Feather Micro, to an untrained eye they are about the same. You will see that the price of the Jayco Jay Feather Micro is identical to that of the Geo Pro. The competition between Forest River and Jayco is so fierce that both companies are winning the market based on small differences in equipment. It’s like a contest between McDonald’s and Burger King. Both offer burgers, but it’s the decor, preparation, and small price difference that will help you decide which Drive you fit into.

What also makes the two series unique are the differences between the models. The Big Four (REV Group, Forest River, Thor Industries, Winnebago Industries) rarely worry about the crack category. For them, the cost of production (COP) is not worth it relative to the return on investment (ROI). In other words: They don’t earn enough from the tears to invest in their production.

However, the Geo Pro and the Jay Feather Micro do not have the classic teardrop shape. Both series are considered entry-level and mid-range trailers. Ideally, beginning campers, weekend campers, or part-time campers usually use both units. In the next 3 to 5 years, a significant percentage of these RV owners could switch to a toy hauler or another RV, depending on market trends.

Camping car enthusiasts are often loyal to certain brands. We don’t get the company logo tattooed like Harley-Davidson fans do (although I’m sure RV executives would love that). However, it is rare for a Forest River customer to switch from Forest River to Jayco and vice versa. After a while, carriers become family members. When we camp, we depend on them and become accustomed to their many options. It’s like being loyal to a car brand.

Jayco Jay Feather Micro – Photo : Jayco

Comparison between Geo Pro and Jay Feather Micro

Here are some similarities and differences between the Geo Pro and the Jay Feather Micro. We have listed a few above, but we want to give you a comparison based on real concerns. The problems we highlight come from consumers and experts who have reported them on forums like iRV2, social media and blog comments.

Dude: Geo Pro has had four years to correct all design flaws and adapt to consumer feedback. When the Jay Feather Micro hit the market in 2021, Jayco went out of its way to ask van dealers and consumer groups to review the prototype barrel by barrel before it was released. Forest River has done something similar, but in the world of recreational vehicles, a lot changes between the first and second year of new models.

Ash: Both Geo Pro and Jay Feather Micro have Dexter® torsion axles. You’ll see it in the van industry. Many recreational vehicle manufacturers use the same suppliers for different parts.

Both cars are high drive cars designed for off-road driving. Torsion axles ride better and smoother because the rubber tube inside absorbs the load instead of metal leaf springs. Airstream was one of the first to use torsion axles starting in the 1940s.

Bathroom: Small touring caravans can be called the evils of big men, especially in the area of the heart. Taller women and men will feel more comfortable in the Jayco, as the shower door is slightly higher than that of the Geo Pro. LeBron James will have to sit down anyway, but he’ll have plenty of room if he buys Anderson’s multi-million dollar RV.

Bedroom: Jayco offers double bunk beds and Geo Pro bunk beds and bunks. Jacob has a double bed and a Murphy bed. Forest River distinguishes between full, queen and Murphy queen travel trailers according to plan. The smallest stand-alone Geo Pro is equipped with a dinette that converts into a queen-size double bed or a full-width double bed. The Teardrop versions have sofas (or gauchos) that turn into a double bed in either brand.

Jayco donates curtains to all three models to provide privacy in the master bed. The tear bed and the Murphy model don’t have that for obvious reasons. The Geo Pro models are not equipped with a curtain or door. If you want to use this feature, contact your recreational vehicle dealer; they may be able to install a replacement curtain.

The floors: If you’re looking for a variation, the Geo Pro comes out on top. Forest River offers two toy haulers, two tear-off cars and nine travel trailers. Jaco has one crack and four trailers.

Holding tanks: As off-road trailers, both models are excellent choices. Many newcomers to dry storage neglect their water restrictions until they turn on the tap and nothing comes out. The Jay Feather Micro has a 55-gallon fresh water tank, and the Geo Pro tank increased from 27 to 31 gallons in 2021. Both canisters have 30-gallon tanks for gray and black.

Geo Pro is equipped with a water saving device that adjusts the amount of water flowing through the shower to help save water. You will feel like you are taking a full shower as it reduces the amount of water and increases the pressure.

Always bring a few jugs of water and portable storage tanks if you live off-grid. If you need to transfer your tanks to your bike, you can safely take your wastewater to a nearby landfill and use jerry cans to bring back clean water. Illegal dumping leads to high fines or worse.

Kitchen: Bakers, roasters and chefs have lent me their ears. Small motorhome kitchens don’t compare to gourmets, but you can make delicious meals with what you have. Some floors of Geo Pro are equipped with propane stoves and ovens. Others have a convection microwave to replace your oven. The Jay Feather Micro is only equipped with a hot plate and a convection microwave.

Geo Pro 5-6 cubic meter three-way radiator. The Jay Feather Micro comes standard with a 6-cubic-foot three-way refrigerator that can be optionally expanded to an 8-cubic-foot model with a 12-volt compressor.

Both cars are equipped with an outdoor screen that connects to a propane quick disconnect at the front door. Jayco has two models (166FBS and 199MBS), one from Forest River (16BH) with an outdoor dorm-sized refrigerator.

 

 

Measures: The Jay Feather Micro is 13 to 22 feet long and has a dry weight of 1,500 to 4,500 pounds. The Geo Pro ranges in length from 11.3 to 21.2 feet and in dry weight from 1,250 to 3,500 pounds. The Geo Pro is generally lighter than the equivalent Jayco version.

Be sure to request the off-road option

Off-Road Capabilities : Both the Geo Pro and Jay Feather Micro are standard equipped with road suspension. Off-road suspension, tires and other related parts are available as options. The popularity of this package has led RV dealers to order units with this package directly from the factory.

The roof: Both caravans have a vaulted roof. The Geo Pro has a slightly steeper slope, so keep your head down and go slow when you get to the top to secure the load. Both vans have a solid roof, but the Jayco brand has more weight. If you have heavier adventure toys, your harness may be on top, so you may see an advantage.

Storage: The 166FBS Jay Feather Micro has an all-terrain coach with no storage space. To make maximum use of the space, the bench covers the wheel arch. For most people, it’s not a problem. Furthermore, both vans make excellent use of the storage space. You’ll find plenty of strategic storage under the main bed and dining room.

The Geo Pro 19BH has an extra door on the side opposite the rear door. The door is not only the emergency exit (or the escape route for your teen – see our RV Safety Position for catching them), but is also the primary function of the business. You can leave your bikes or other large items through the door. The lower bed can be folded down to make room.

Technological characteristics : Both van manufacturers have released these vehicles to appeal to the techno-modern generation of the millennium. Many primary and secondary characteristics are assumed for this generation. Secondary functions are the three sockets : DC, 110V and USB circular charging ports.

In the Jayco you will find a basic LED TV with an integrated soundbar, Bluetooth multimedia system and JAYSmart application control system. Pre-wiring for data and solar systems is also available.

The Geo Pro comes standard with a Wifi Ranger data router, a 100 watt solar panel and a 1000 watt inverter. Some of these features are options at Jayco. Those who prefer their favorite brand of technology may choose not to include these features in their travel trailer.

Drag: The average width of a mid-size SUV is 7 to 7 ½ feet. The Geo Pro is 7.4 feet tall and the Jay Feather Micro is two inches wider. In any case, you don’t need extended side mirrors to see around trailers. Both trainers have a pre-installed rearview camera, which is always a good idea.

The Geo Pro’s wheels are under the trailer, while those of the Jay Feather Micro are on the outside of the bus chassis. The movement in favour of wheels outside the frame believes that this method increases stability under changing conditions. Jayco reinforces the wing to serve as a step when attaching items to the roof.

The technology under the wheel of the trailer keeps everything level, so you don’t have to worry about the extra inches sticking out of the car itself. The modern slip control system ensures that your caravan stays behind the towing vehicle. We always recommend taking an online recreational vehicle training course, regardless of the vehicle you purchase, to learn expert towing tips from the masters of the road.

Used: If you want to save thousands of dollars buying a used off-road vehicle in the U.S., you’re more likely to find a Geo Pro or E Pro than a Jay Feather Micro. Since the Geo Pro/E Pro is four years ahead of the Jayco lineup, you can find great deals on the 2017 and newer firsts at RVT.

If you have your sights set on a Jayco Jay Feather Micro for sale on the used market, you may have to wait a few more years, as the recreational vehicle manufacturer has introduced it for the 2021 model year. If you are buying a used RV, make sure you have an inspection list with you so there are no unexpected surprises.

Weight: If you put the two equivalent models side by side, you will notice that the Jay Feather Micro is heavier than the Geo Pro. If you have a towing vehicle with maximum towing capacity and a long GVWR distance, this is not a pressing issue. If you have less than 1 000 pounds in your car, you should think wisely now.

Take into account the weight of your equipment, personal belongings, passengers and the power required for the road. If you have a Geo Pro or a Jay Feather Micro (who can blame you), you may want to move to a lighter floor. It also helps to pack wisely and leave some items behind to ease the burden.  If possible, never drive with a full tank of fresh water. Half or one third is enough for safety and toilets. The water weighs 8.34 pounds per gallon. You can shave.

What is the best off-road vehicle? Jaco River Forest U.S.A.

Both brands have appeared on the price lists of leading trade publications. Both lines of RVs are among the best all-terrain trailers of 2021. When it comes to balancing indoor comfort, durability and off-road capability, they perform at the highest level.

Whether you’re buying Jayco or Forest River, join the popular RV forums for both brands to learn more and improve your experience as an RV owner. Visit the Forest River Forums or the Jayco Owners’ Forums.

Before you invest in your own RVezy, try renting one. Renting allows you to try out the equipment. This way you avoid buyer’s remorse and know if the pendant fits your lifestyle. When you are ready to buy, you have the experience and intelligence of an RV to buy with confidence.

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ROCK SPRINGS RUN AT KELLY PARK – Apopka, FL –

Just 25 miles north of Orlando is Kelly Park and the beautiful Rock Springs.  To save this natural treasure, Dr. Howard Kelly purchased 200 acres of land in the 1920s and bequeathed it to Orange County in 1927.  Orange County has since expanded the park to 325 acres.

Kelly Park has a beautiful tree-lined campground and several hiking trails worth exploring.  Snorkeling is allowed in the park.  Rock Spring Run flows from its eponymous spring into the Wekiva River, and 26,000 gallons of pure 68-degree spring water come out every minute.

There are no magic kayaks in Florida.  The Rock Spring Run may be a mystery to many, but we’ll leave the paddle out of the bag.

Startup

There are two excellent starting places to enter the Rock Springs Run.  Orange County’s Camp Joy, located next to Kelly Park, does not rent kayaks or canoes and does not offer shuttle service, but you can launch your own raft from here.  Note that you can hit the water a few hundred yards away.  Call Kelly Park for your arrival date and time at Camp Joy so a ranger can meet you there.  The entry fee is $5.  Camp Joy will remain open until 5:30pm, so you can park your car there as well.

King’s Landing, at the end of the road from Camp Joy, is a private facility.  They rent out kayaks and canoes and offer transfers. There is no need to book in advance, but on weekends it can get very busy, so it is advisable to arrive early.  Launching your own kayak or canoe is also available for a $10 launch fee.

There is a shuttle service if you hire one. However, if you cannot arrange a shuttle yourself, Royal Landing will pick you and your boat up at the end of the cruise for an additional fee.

If you’re paddling with friends, drop your boats off at King’s Landing and take a car to Wekiva State Park or Wekiva Island, which marks the end of your trip.

If you do not rent a car at King’s Harbour, you will need to park it at the barrier on either side of the road.  It is a dead end street and parking is usually always safe.

Loading and unloading options

The Rock Springs Race offers several options for your fun-filled adventure.  You may want to go 8.5 miles directly downstream, but if you’re not from the area, you can add another 2 miles that will take you through a stretch of emerald that you can’t miss.

Emerald Cut is a mile and a half of paddling upstream in the crystal clear water that comes from nearby Rock Springs.  Some prefer to do just this part and take all the time they need to enjoy their two mile up and down adventure and explore.  If Rock Springs is easily accessible, you can paddle the 8.5 miles downstream on another day.

Others may choose to leave, paddle and return to their parked spot within an hour or two, eliminating the need for a shuttle.

Whatever you decide, you will certainly receive recognition for this particular spring contest and the need to continue it.

Emerald cut

Nominated for its lush subtropical foliage and clear emerald waters, it is an experience not to be missed.  Emerald Cut on your right (upstream) at the Port-Real launch exit.  Exciting fun in crystal clear water awaits you at Rock Springs Spring in Kelly Park.  This mile and a half of upstream paddling (with a current of 3 to 5 mph) takes you through a tranquility and beauty unmatched by many other springtime spots Florida has to offer.

When you reach the impassable low bridge that marks the actual Kelly Park, venture as far as you can.  At this point, you can pull the boat to shore, jump, stretch your legs, splash in the water a bit and enjoy the scenery.  Once back downstream, you will have time to fully enjoy the allure of the emerald head.

Keep this gem in a kayak – Rock Springs Rains Run

Prepare to live in wonder.  From one of the starting points, King’s Landing or Camp Joy, paddle those 8.5 miles downstream and feel like repeating the trip.

Of course, if you can only entertain yourself on the weekends, you will find that others may feel the same way.  Plan to arrive early.  Personally, I prefer the period from mid-October to early May, when the sun is milder and the insects are less predatory.  If you can escape the 9 to 5 rhythm and go paddling on a weekday, playing hooky is worth it.

The naturally slow-flowing Central Florida River has a pleasant current, giving you plenty of time to navigate the bends and flooded logs you may encounter along the way.

In the first few miles, you may encounter fallen trees left behind by torrential rains or hurricanes in Florida.  The park aims to cut down obviously unsuitable trees, but only up to the crossing, so that Mother Nature can make the decisions here.  As soon as the barrel is opened, the water takes on a tea-colored tannin hue and deep pockets of water can be seen.

Soon the water levels and the look of this race will change again.  As you approach the 7-mile line, the race takes on a twisty, flat and clear character, taking you through tall grass, hyacinths and aquatic plants.  This area is often shallow enough to get out and stretch your legs again.

Before you know it, you’ll reach the point where the Rock Springs Runs meet the Wekiva River.  That would be obvious, almost like a dead end.  You are faced with the choice of paddling left or right.  The answer to this decision depends on where you park your car or where your shuttle comes to pick it up.

To the right is Wekiwa Springs State Park, a beautiful and well-known national park with a campground and a large spring where people used to frolic in the cool water in the heat of summer.  The park rents canoes and kayaks at the launch site, which can also be used as a drop-off point.

Paddle to the left and your starting point is the island of Wekiva.  This is the place Royal Landing uses for the shuttle.  If you manage to develop your own shuttle, you can use either Wekiva Island or a state park.  Both locations are a short boat ride away when you reach the point where Rock Springs Run merges with the Wekiva River.

Wild animals

As with any body of water in Florida, you are sure to see one, two or three alligators. There are no monsters hiding in the Rock Springs Run, but they look healthy.  Don’t worry, keep your distance and they’ll keep their distance.

Turtles, otters, raccoons and white-tailed deer can be seen paddling in the emerald linden or running in the rocky springs.

This is black bear habitat in Florida, but having camped and/or paddled in this race many times, I think the bear is smart enough to stay in the woods.  If you are camping, be smart and never leave food outside or in the tent.

Florida has a wide variety of birds.  Owls, falcons, ospreys, eagles and vultures are common. Waterfowl will follow you on your migration, calling out if they notice you disturbing them.

Camping facilities

Four primitive camping sites are available for paddlers, and it’s a real treat to camp here and make a two-day trip out of it.  Big Buck Camp, Otter Camp, Indian Mound or Buffalo Tram can only be reached by canoe or kayak. The tramway is accessible through Wekiva Springs State Park or Rock Springs Rangs Preserve.  Respect nature and the privacy it provides, wrap it up, wrap it up.

It makes you feel light and peaceful.

The descent of the Rock Springs Run offers not only a spectacle for the eyes, but also peace, appreciation and gratitude for a busy day.  Relax, take it easy and enjoy this wonderful self-catering cruise.

The Rock Springs Run may not be a secret tip, but I’ve been paddling it for 40 years.  He lives up to his success and, fortunately for all of us, hasn’t changed much.  When you visit Central Florida year-round, enjoy the charm and incredible beauty that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

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Why Do You Need an Inverter In an RV

The units in the motorhome operate on either direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC). With direct current, the current flows in one direction, resulting in a constant supply voltage, whereas with alternating current it changes direction periodically.

Direct current for the RV is provided by the batteries in the house, while alternating current is provided by an electrical outlet or generator. Another AC power source may be an inverter that converts a DC power source from a battery to a 120 V AC power source.

Batteries in a motorhome can be connected in parallel or in series, and depending on the voltage and number of batteries connected, you will have either 6V, 12V or 24V. The alternating current is 120 volts, which is needed for large aircraft.

So what is the role of the inverter in the RV when you have other power options as well?

Why you need an inverter in a motorhome

The RV inverter takes 12 VDC from the house battery and converts it to 120 VAC. If shore power or a generator is not available, it can be used to power camping gear that runs on 120V AC.

A recreational vehicle, like your home, is equipped with many appliances that require 120 volts to operate, except for appliances that require 12 volts DC.

Large appliances such as television, microwave, hair dryer, air conditioning require 120 volts. Smaller devices such as a roof fan, carbon monoxide detectors operate on 12 V direct current.

Some equipment is supplied with 120 V AC, for example. B. a laptop, are sensitive and require a pure sine wave to operate, otherwise they may be damaged.

Depending on the power generated by the inverter, they can be classified as pure sinusoids or modified sinusoids. We’ll talk about that later in this article.

An inverter can power just about anything that a shore power system or generator can power. The only plug, of course, is the size of the inverter.

As you know, appliances make noise with watts. Actual assets may be greater than business assets. For example, an air conditioner may require 1,200 watts to operate and 1,800 watts to start.

The camper’s inverter can power any of the following devices, provided it is rated for the required power.

  • Air conditioner
  • Television
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Notebook
  • Water pump

These are just a few examples. It can power almost any device that uses AC power.

The total power required by the devices operating simultaneously must not exceed the power of the inverter. It can be z. For example, you may be using both AC and microwave power and the total power exceeds the capacity of the inverter, in which case the system will blow the fuse.

This whole power thing can be confusing. This will be discussed in more detail later in this article.

But before we do that, let’s look at the schematic, configuration and location of the converter. We’ve seen the basics, now let’s focus on installation in your RV’s electrical system.

Work

Simply put: An inverter generates a voltage similar to shore power by using the energy stored in your home battery. Consider the configuration in the diagram below.

You can see here that the battery in the motorhome produces 12 volts, which is not suitable for the operation of large appliances such as a TV or microwave. The inverter takes 12 VDC and processes this to produce 120 VDC at the output.

The power of 120 volts can be used in larger devices such as. for example, a TV set or a hair dryer. The output of the inverter can be a pure sine wave or a square wave, also called a modified wave.

The inverter can power just about anything you need in an RV, even a 120-volt air conditioner. Starting and operating the air conditioner requires the most power compared to other appliances in the RV.

A hair dryer or microwave also require high power, but they only work for short periods of time. AC power consumption can last for 5 to 8 hours at a time, so AC power consumption is an important factor.

For the motorhome, the inverter is available in different sizes, from 400W to 300W and more. The size you need depends on the power consumption of all the appliances running in parallel in the motorhome.

Here is a detailed wiring diagram that shows how the inverter fits into the picture of an electrical system for an RV.

Recreational Vehicle Electrical Wiring Diagram

The DC battery can be charged by the engine alternator to provide 12 V DC. The battery can also be charged with a solar panel kit or a generator. The inverter can also be used to charge the battery when not in use.

This chart is always at a high level, as are many other elements that come into play. Here, the switch is the z. B. not available. It is an important part of an inverter.

The TS (switch) essentially acts as a switch between the inverter and the shore power system/generator. If we have shore power, no inverter is needed, and this switch does the same. It connects one of them, depending on the availability of coastal energy. If there is no shore power, an inverter is connected to provide 120 VAC power.

The switch can be automatic or manual. With the manual setting you have to set it to the correct power source, and with the automatic setting it automatically switches from shore power to the inverter if it is not available.

The installation of the inverter is very easy and only takes a moment. Once the inverter is plugged in, you have an automatic switch or a manual switch that powers the inverter when shore power is not available.

Compared to a generator

The difference between a generator and an inverter is the source used to provide AC power. While the inverter operates on DC power, the generator requires fuel (gasoline, diesel or propane) to produce 120 VAC.

Because the generator burns fuel, which causes noise during operation. This also requires a special commissioning procedure. With most generators, this will not happen by simply flipping a switch. You have to pull the winding cord and sometimes you have to try several times before it starts.

The inverter does not generate any sound other than alarm signals which may be caused by malfunctions or problems. Switching the power supply to the inverter is also facilitated by a switch, which may be manual or automatic.

Do you really need it?

If you frequently visit recreational vehicle campgrounds without a power outlet or large generator, but still want the luxury of 120-volt power for large appliances, you may want to invest in an inverter. An inverter can also be useful in an emergency if you are stuck in a place where only a DC battery is used as a power source.

It is always better to have an inverter if you are not sure if you can get shore power or not. Especially when you’re on the go, an inverter can provide the power you need for your major appliances.

There are many other applications where the inverter can help you avoid unforeseen situations. Let’s look at some of these scenarios.

No shore power and no generator

The inverter can only use the battery to provide 120VAC. Without connection to a land power cable or generator, an inverter may be more economical for you.

Some campgrounds don’t have shore power, and if you’re in one of these locations, an inverter can be a great eco-friendly way to power your devices.

Restrictions for generators

Having a generator is really great. Before using an inverter, make sure you have a generator. However, there are certain limitations with respect to generators.

Sound

First, the generator is noisy, and you don’t want to use it all the time. If you z. B. you need to charge your computer or work with your TV for a while, you may not want to run the noise generator. The inverter is easy to use and also less tiring.

Fuel

Second, your generator may run out of fuel. The built-in generators use the fuel from the motorhome and once it reaches 1/4 of the level, the power to the generator is cut off.

Moreover, the generators consume a lot of fuel. In any case, an inverter only makes sense in combination with a battery as a power source.

Transport problems

Transporting the generator can also be a problem. If you have a folding trailer, you will need to mount the generator securely, probably above the propane tanks. They are heavier, need more space and require special fasteners. The inverter, on the other hand, is small and compact, like a little box. This makes them very easy to use and transport.

Camping hours

Some campgrounds have restrictions on how long generators can run. This is done for several reasons, including B. to reduce noise levels, reduce emissions, and also to cause less nuisance to your neighbors.

However, this may not be good for you if the campsite does not have access to the shoreline. You have to return from the tourist site to the campsite to use the generator. Only if you don’t have an inverter.

If you have no other choice.

It can happen to anyone. Unexpected things happen when things don’t go as planned.

Bad weather, unplanned visits or problems with certain places can leave you stranded in a place where you have no other source of power. At such times, an inverter can be very useful.

Dry camping or bungalows in a remote location are not always what you expect. A night without generator fuel or other generator problems can leave you without power if you don’t have an inverter with you.

The inverter is already installed in the camper.

Some motorhomes are already equipped with an inverter, so you don’t need to install another one. Many vans are equipped with it as an option.

If you have bought a used motorhome and want to know whether it is equipped with an inverter or not, just consult the manual. See the RV manual for more details on the inverter. You can also ask the previous owner to confirm this to you at any time.

If you want to try it out yourself, turn off the engine and shore power and try to operate devices such as radio or television; they should work when the inverter is installed, otherwise they won’t start.

Decide on the amount

So you are convinced that an inverter can be a good investment, and you are now ready to purchase one for your recreational vehicle. But before you make a decision, you should pay attention to the size, i.e. the power.

The inverter is designed for the energy it can produce. So let’s see what the ideal size inverter is for your RV.

The size of the inverter you should buy for your RV depends on the number of watts needed to run the appliances at the same time. In practice, you should go at least 10 to 20% higher than the total power you need.

If you want to use an inverter as an emergency power source, choose an inverter that can accommodate all the devices you will need in an emergency. You can get an inverter from 400W to over 3000W.

How many watts do you need for the devices in your van? This is simply the total power required for all devices that will work in parallel. There may be air conditioning that works in conjunction with the refrigerator and other appliances.

Each of these devices has a capacity for operation and exploitation. The starting power is usually higher than the operating power. Here are some examples of average wattage consumption to give you an idea.

  • Microwave: 600-700 W
  • Refrigerator: 500 W
  • TV: 50-80 W
  • Light: Based on watts (20-100 watts)
  • Mobile Charging : 20W
  • Laptop computer: 100-120 W
  • DVD: 30W

The wattage depends on several factors, so the total consumption may also vary. So you need to do a test to find out how many watts can be total. Based on this, you need to decide how much power the inverter will have.

For example, their consumption may be 1200 watts. In this case, don’t calculate with 1200 watts, but with 1500 watts or more to be sure.

Battery size

Using the converter alone is not enough to accomplish the task. The key point here is the power source, which is a DC battery. If you need to run devices for long periods of time, or if you want to run large devices that consume a lot of power, your batteries need to be big enough too.

If you want to use a larger inverter, you need to increase the size of the battery bank. The inverter can discharge the batteries if the devices consume a lot of power. Check how long the battery lasts in inverter mode here.

Inverter type

Before buying an inverter, it is very important to know the different types. Otherwise, you may end up buying a completely useless device for your RV.

There are two types of inverters: the first is a pure sine wave inverter and the second is a modified wave inverter.

The main difference between the two is that they produce an output wave. The pure sine wave tries to replicate what you get from the coastal energy. The smooth sine wave is particularly suitable for sensitive equipment such as laptops or televisions.

Since they produce a pure sine wave, they are also expensive. If you want to use LED or CFL lamps, make sure you only use a sine wave inverter.

The output of the modified waveform converter is not a pure sine wave, but is generated by a multi-stage which is not suitable for sensitive equipment.

Inverters of this type are inexpensive, so caution should be taken when choosing an inverter. Don’t buy an inverter with a custom shaft just because it’s cheap. If you do, expensive equipment can be damaged. These converters can be used to operate devices that work without problems with this modified power supply.

Pure sine wave inverters are becoming more affordable as technology advances.

Costs

The cost of RV inverter depends on the power consumption. You can buy a 1000 to 2000 watt inverter for $200 to $450. The higher the power, the higher the price.

Other issues

Should I leave the inverter on all the time?

If you leave the inverter on all the time, the power supply will be maintained even if the shore power fails. The batteries in your motorhome discharge to a certain level and then recharge.

Does the inverter consume energy even when the devices are not working?

Like most devices, the inverter consumes some power even when no device is connected to a power source. However, this consumption is low and should not bother you too much. In addition, the batteries recharge when they fall below a certain level.

Conclusion

An inverter is definitely a good investment for your recreational vehicle, especially if you travel a lot or work full time. It is the perfect complement to your other energy sources, such as the generator, battery and solar sets.

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