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As our other newsletter article makes clear, safely caring for your motorhome in the winter is vital to the vehicle’s well-being. This winterization process addresses the damages that might occur when temperatures dip below freezing. For those who plan on winterizing, Advanced RV has prepared a winterization checklist to help you with the endeavor. For the motorhome owners desiring a more convenient solution, this article will discuss storing vehicles with ARV in Cleveland. At our facility, RVs are safely shielded from the cold and can be upfit with new technologies as they await the spring.

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The new Advanced RV facility has plenty of room for winter motorhome storage

The most practical benefit to storing a motorhome at our Cleveland facility is the opportunity for upfit improvements. For instance, many owners choose to upgrade to one of our Quiet AC Units. Instead of seeing winter as a hinderance to their travels, they use the downtime to make enhancements to their vehicles’ comfort and usability. Similarly, other owners service their battery systems or swap their tires for new ones. Motorhomes not built by Advanced RV can find significant improvements through E&P Leveling Systems and VB Air Suspension – components we endorse and implement into the majority of our designs. With these upfits, the motorhome is not idly waiting for winter to pass. Instead, the vehicle rests and reloads – poised to reignite its adventures in the spring.

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A shipment of Quiet AC Units awaits installation. AC upgrades are one of our most popular upfits because they help make winter motorhome storage productive towards spring travel.

Regardless of the winterization strategy, it is imperative that a motorhome’s waste systems, water pumps, tires, and batteries are prepared for the cold. If these procedures are ignored, the motorhome will undergo serious damage as the fluids inside freeze, expand, and rupture piping. Do-it-yourself winterization will reliably prevent these issues, but the advantages of storing the RV in a heated environment must be considered. At a facility like ours, the motorhome’s exterior won’t have to endure the harsh winter elements. We wash the vehicle, top off its fluids, and ensure the battery is warm and plugged in. The motorhome returns in the spring looking fresh and operating at its best.

While ARV has offered winter storage for many years, this the company’s first winter in our new building. The 85,000 square foot facility is warm, secure, and offers plenty of space for your beloved motorhome. Plus, due to Cleveland’s geographic position, delivery to our location is a flexible process. Shipping an RV here is simple, but since almost 60% of the US population lives within a day’s drive of Ohio, driving here yourself is viable as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about motorhome storage, call us at 440-283-0405 and we’d be happy to talk.

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An abundance of warm weather has made for a great year of travel. Nonetheless, it is time to begin preparing your RV for the harmful freezing temperatures that loom ahead. In this article we’ll discuss why winterizing your motorhome is important. Plus, we’ll provide you with a downloadable checklist that details how you can ensure your vehicle successfully survives the cold.

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“Eowyn” strikes a pose in the snow.

Winterizing an RV prevents the damage that occurs when temperatures dip below freezing. These low temperatures cause liquids to freeze and expand with enough force to rupture crucial systems within your RV. Indoor faucets, toilet valves, water pumps, and the macerator are all areas of concern. Advanced RV’s recent interior plumbing developments help to mitigate the problem, but extended storage leaves every motorhome susceptible to freeze damage.

“This type of damage is hard to reverse,” says Frank Kolasinski, a service specialist at Advanced RV, “Once it’s done, it’s done. You’ll have to spend a considerable amount of money to get you back where you were yesterday.”

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“Liberty” enjoys the winter scenery.

We’ve created an RV winterization checklist to help account for each step of the process. The checklist includes instructions for winterizing your water pumps, sewage systems, batteries, and tires. We suggest you print the list out or bookmark this page to return to later. “If in doubt, I would always err on the side of caution,” Frank adds, “We’ve worked hard to make the process as easy as possible. We’ve placed winterization valves in convenient locations, and reversing the procedure is as simple as running water through the system.”

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“Escape” couldn’t escape an ice storm, but the motorhome continued to run smoothly in the cold.

Some RV owners circumvent the winterization process by storing their motorhomes in tropical climates or in heated garages. Many Advanced RV partners store their motorhomes at our Cleveland facility. Here, their RVs are kept in a temperature-controlled building and can undergo maintenance or be fitted with upgrades. “People like this option because it’s hassle free,” says Frank, “As an added bonus, their RV returns in the spring with some features it didn’t have beforehand.” Typically, people who select this option want to avoid making winterization precautions and foresee upgrading, for example, to a quiet air conditioning unit. That way, when warm temperatures return, their motorhome can hit the road without missing a step.

To learn more about systems installed in an Advanced RV, click here.

Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

Last week, Marcia and I had a business meeting at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua is a wonderful community that organizes themed weeks throughout the summer with daily speakers and entertainment. We enjoyed performances by Alison Krauss and Black Violin during our time in Chautauqua.

Following the Alison Krauss concert, I hung around the venue listening to one of her band mates describe life on the road to me and a few others. It turns out, I learned, that the rock star lifestyle isn’t always glamorous. Talking about a tough schedule and a lack of comfort, he pointed to the buses and said, “Those air conditioners have two settings–loud and louder.” I turned to see five major-brand air conditioners mounted to the roof of each of their Prevost coaches.

Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

I wanted to share with him the great news about our new Quiet Air Conditioner–9 decibels (3x) quieter inside a coach than the other two major-brand air conditioners we tested. I wanted to tell him that our Quiet AC for tour buses and motor homes has the same cooling performance as the two higher rated low-profile, roof-mounted air conditioners like the ones on their tour buses. However, I bit my tongue and continued to simply enjoy his company and his stories. I can only hope that there will be another opportunity to share our Quiet AC for tour buses, motor homes, and trailers with this musician and others living life on the road. We can’t do much about their strenuous schedules, but I hope we can help make their lifestyle a bit more comfortable when they’re not in the spotlight.

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To learn more about our Quiet Air Conditioner for Motor Homes–or to order yours–head to Upfitters’ Resource, our vehicle for providing well-designed, high-quality products and systems for your life on the road!

High-Quality Quiet AC Inside Coach

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