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In the season finale of Meet the Maddons, Jaye finds Joe sawing logs on the roomy sofa sleeper after enjoying some TV and the electric fireplace. Hilarity ensues when she takes matters into her own hands (cue pre-recorded laugh track)!

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On this week’s episode of Meet the Maddons, Joe enjoys the luxurious and spacious Grand Tour interior — complete with a king-size bed, one-and-a-half bathrooms, kitchen, washer/dryer and three BIG TVs — and there’s only one word to describe it: SCHWEEET!

On the next episode of Meet the Maddons, Joe gets cookin’ on the Grand Tour’s outdoor, induction range top to put the finishing touches on his special goat stew — a delicacy 108 years in the making!

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As part of our new “Meet the Maddons” campaign, Joe and Jaye Maddon—with the help of Winnebago—created a fun, sitcom-style series of videos that show off aspects of their RV lifestyle while also highlighting all that the Grand Tour has to offer!

The videos were filmed on location at the historic Essanay Studios sound stage in Chicago and each star – including the Grand Tour – was given the Hollywood treatment. The veteran film crew dressed the stage with trees, a campfire, lawn chairs and a sky to set the outdoor scene ala a classic ‘90s sitcom, and the rEvolution creative team topped it off with campy music and a pre-recorded audience laugh track to really bring the Meet the Maddons “TV show” to life.

Joe and Jaye flexed their acting muscles in and out of their 2017 Grand Tour, telling four different stories while highlighting the living space, kitchen, outdoor cooking station and the cockpit. The humorous and tongue-in-cheek clips feature the comfortability and fun of RVing, while also capturing Joe, and Jaye’s, unique personality and Maddon-isms.

You can enjoy the videos right here on WinnebagoLife.com and on the official Winnebago YouTube channel. Be sure to check out all the other Meet the Maddons content here, and order your official Korked Baseball Meet the Maddons tee!

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Kid’s eyes are sure to light up when they see the bunkhouse in your new RV. It’s almost guaranteed that someone will be first to the top bunk. And after the inevitable sparring over who gets dibs, you will most definitely be either the coolest parents or grandparents in all of RVdom — well, at least until they want their iPads back… but hey small victories, right?

Winnebago designers are parents too and they know that kids and grandkids love a special space of their own in an RV and you want somewhere to send them when you need your space.  That makes a bunkhouse a perfect solution. In fact, Winnebago has put bunkhouses in several RVs at various price points, so you’re sure to find a floorplan that meets your wants and doesn’t blow your budget. Check out the 5 Must-See Bunkhouse Floorplans below:

Forza 38W

Top of the list is the Forza 38W floorplan, an entry-level Class A diesel. This coach starts at $217,692 and features three sliderooms, two full bathrooms (important when you have a big crew), and a pretty nice list of high-end features. But the real centerpiece is the bunkhouse with upper and lower single slide windows. Kids will remember peering out those windows at the beautiful places they explored with you long after they can fit into the bunk beds.

And as an added bonus, the 38W floorplan is eligible for no-cost extended warranty for three years during Winnebago’s Carefree Diesel Days Promotion.

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Vista 31BE

Next on the list, the Vista 31BE floorplan, a modestly priced class A gas coach (starts at $97,525). When the full wall slideroom opens, your dinette and galley appear along with bunk beds. For some, RVing is all about “unplugging” from the distractions, plopping down near a campfire and eating all the s’mores a person can handle. While that may be the plan, mother nature has been known to throw a few curves during RV trips. When the rain might wash out your outdoor plans, the optional DVD players with flip down monitors for both bunks in 31BE floorplan will save the day.

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Minnie Winnie 31G

The Minnie Winnie name has been around almost as long as the company and it’s a fun a product as it was nearly fifty years ago. This is the perfect coach to jump into the RV lifestyle with, and you can bring the whole family in the 31G floorplan! The 31G’s full wall slideout expands to reveal a booth dinette and bunk beds. Not only can you sleep the whole family, but you can entertain them with the optional Exterior Tailgate Package featuring a 32″ HDTV with DVD player, stereo with exterior speakers, refrigerator, and 24″x48″ folding table perfect for hosting outdoor gatherings. Your “coolitude” score will increase, even on a budget!

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But what about towable options?  We’re glad you asked and we’re here to deliver.  Winnebago Towables has two lightweight and affordable options:

Minnie Plus 27BHSS


Storage, living and sleeping space, features… it’s very easy to count the all the pluses of the Minnie Plus 27BHSS floorplan! The 27BHSS rear double bunk beds are the perfect hideout for the kids.

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Minnie 2455BHS

Don’t let the name fool you; the Winnebago Minnie packs maximum features including rear bunk beds with a large window into a lightweight and easy to pull camper!

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If you could use the extra sleeping spaces — especially with kids, you should consider one of these versatile bunkhouse floorplans, They’re family-friendly, convenient, kids love them, and you’ll be the hero of the world!

More and more young couples and new families are considering alternate work and living styles. Many of them are choosing Winnebago products as the method of travel and home of choice that enables them to live untethered.

Jameson and Sarah Redding have set out on that path. In 2016 they tested the waters in a Winnebago Aspect as a mobile base of operations while Jameson pursued his work for Jackson Kayak.  Ultimately, they found that full-time RV living gave them both the freedom and flexibility to combine career, family, and the excitement of discovery that can happen just around the next curve in the road.

As a photographer and videographer, Jameson is a true digital storyteller.  We welcome him, Sarah and their little guy, Wyatt, to the growing family of GoLife explorers.

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When was the last time you checked the tire pressure on your rig?  Before your trip? During?  Or when it was too late? Let’s face it, some of us aren’t as diligent as we could be when it comes to maintaining your RV’s tires. But proper tire inflation during a long trip could save you the cost of a dinner out if your tires are under-inflated and even more if you have blow out.  And with proper inflation and care you can usually get a longer useable life out of your tires.

You can count on one hand the 5 easy steps to tire happiness!

Inflation: Maintaining proper air pressure in RV tires is the way to enhance tread life and tire performance. Under inflated tires can reduce traction, fuel economy, load-carrying capability, tread life and can cause permanent structural damage to your tires. Remember, not all RVs are built the same and either are their tires. Make sure to check for the recommended inflation pressures for your tires in your owner’s manual.

Cleaning: Similar to the rest of your RV, routinely cleaning your tires will greatly benefit your RV in the long run. Road oil, a product used to seal and protect roadways, is known to cause rubber deterioration. Tires that are layered with dirt and dust buildup will hold the contaminant next to the tire causing further degradation. A soft brush and normal mild soap that you would use to clean your RV may be used.

Note: tire dressings that contain petroleum products, alcohol or silicones will cause deterioration or cracking and accelerate the aging process. In many cases, it is not the dressing itself that can be a problem, but rather the chemical reaction that the product can have with the antioxidant in the tire.

Load Balance: Storage and carrying capacity are often large factors when comparing RV models and floorplans. Knowing your gross combination weight rating (GCWR) and not over packing your RV or overloading one side of your RV will benefit your tire’s lifespan. A balanced load in an RV can enhance fuel economy and handling, improve tread wear and reduce excessive wear of RV components.

Inspection: It is important to inspect your tires regularly and they should have a thorough inspection at least once a year and after any time you drive through a rough or rocky terrain. The inspection should include both sidewalls, the tread area, valves, valve caps and any valve extensions. Inspect for for nails, cuts, bulges, aging or fatigue cracks and weather or ozone checking. Also, check between the duals for objects lodged between them.

Storage: Unless you’re a full time RVer, your vehicle most likely spends some time in long-term storage. If you’re seeking a long term storage solution for your RV in the off season, look for a cool, dry sealed storage facility. Stay away from places that experience frequent and extreme temperature changes, do not keep tires next to radiators or other sources of heat. Keep in mind while you’re storing your RV or RV tires, some storage surfaces can cause tires to age faster. So, keep your tires protected from sunlight and ultraviolet rays, try placing a barrier (cardboard, plastic or plywood) between your tire and the storage surface and make sure your tires are properly inflated to your RV’s recommended pressures.

 

What tips do you have for caring for your RV tires? Comment below!

 

With the “dog days of summer” behind us, RVers thinking about extending their trips into the fall will harvest the many benefits of the cooler season. Fewer bugs, discounted RV parking and observing the breath-taking scenery of the changing foliage are only a few of the advantages of extending your RV travels. However, with the new season different challenges in RV maintenance will arise.

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For those of you who need a reminder of what condensation is, let’s revisit your middle school earth science class. The water cycle is the process in which water circulates between the earth’s oceans, land and atmosphere involving precipitation, evaporation and condensation. Condensation is the process in which water vapor (water in its gaseous form) changes back into its liquid form. Although condensation is crucial to the formation of clouds, it can prove to be problematic when it occurs inside your RV!

Many of our daily activities naturally generate water vapor causing the moisture to occur. One source suggests that breathing and perspiration alone can generate as much as three pounds of vapor per person per day! Add cooking, bathing, washing dishes and laundry, and it is easy to see that a lot of water vapor or humidity can be introduced into a coach in a relatively short amount of time. Imagine the effects of this moisture accumulation over several days if not monitored. Controlling and monitoring relative humidity in your RV is on the most important steps in minimizing moisture related damage. Ideally, the relative humidity in your coach should be at 60% or less. Hygrometers are a great tool to measure temperature and relative humidity and are available at electronics or building supply stores for around $30.

Proper ventilation of your coach is the most effective way of condensation prevention. Modern construction methods, with improved insulation and weather stripping, create a living space that can be virtually airtight when closed up, allowing little or no moisture laden air to escape. At the same time, metal structure within the sidewalls and around openings conducts the cold into the vehicle where it condenses the moisture in the air. Removing this moist air is the best way to prevent this condensation from forming. Effects of condensation within a motorhome can range from foggy windows to water literally running down the walls. Items stored in enclosed spaces such as cabinets and drawers can actually become damp and musty.

If left unattended, mold and mildew can form. Small amounts of mold should be cleaned as soon as it appears with a detergent/soapy solution or household cleaner.  Ensure the cleaned area is thoroughly dry and dispose of any sponges or rags used to clean mold. In more severe cases, you may develop dry rot or structural damage to the wooden components in the coach if the moisture is not contained. This type of damage often goes unattended, as it may not be readily visible and is usually quite expensive to repair. In order to help guard against the effects of condensation in your motorhome we have complied the following list of “do’s” and “don’ts.”

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In addition to the suggestions listed, many people will utilize a small fan to increase circulation within the living quarters. There are also small mechanical dehumidifiers that do an excellent job of deterring the buildup of condensation. Whatever steps you take to minimize condensation and its effects in your motorhome, it will help to prevent costly damage and make your time spent camping during colder conditions more enjoyable!

How do you keep condensation in your RV at bay? Comment below with your suggestions!

Heath Padgett, a Winnebago Brave owner, has started his own podcast called “The RV Entrepreneur.” It is a weekly show designed to be a resource for people who are considering a more nomadic lifestyle, but are struggling to figure out how to build a remote income.

The podcast is sponsored by WinnebaGoLife, a lifestyle blog that offers original stories, photos and video of lifestyle, travel, gear and Winnebago products. Padgett, and his wife Alyssa are also contributors for GoLife.

“At 23 years old, I had no idea it was possible to travel full-time while also building a career and business from anywhere in the country,” Padgett said. “It sounds like crazy talk, yet for the past 19 months, my wife and I have done exactly that.”

The Padgetts began their RV entrepreneurial journey as newlyweds when they traveled to all 50 states to film a feature-length documentary. While making their way across the country, they were able to connect with other travelers and creative professionals who had found different ways to earn an income while traveling.

“We’ve met a lot of other people who have skipped out on the conventional “40 hour per week job and mortgage” lifestyle for something more adventurous,” Padgett said. “These people aren’t being reckless and throwing caution to the wind, but are actually being diligent: paying off debt, building online businesses, practicing minimalism and intentionally creating a nomadic lifestyle.”

The podcast’s first seven episodes feature a variety of guests who are location independent entrepreneurs. Content has been recognized by iTunes and has appeared in the new and noteworthy section. Interested listeners can access the podcast by visiting here.

The Scrubba wash bag is an interesting take on a dry bag for doing laundry.  It looks like a dry bag on the outside, but the interesting parts are on the inside.  There are lots of little silicone knobs in the bag that perform the same function as a traditional washboard.  In addition to that, there is a silicone gripper on the outside of the bag to keep it stationary while you do your laundry.

To use the Scrubba, you simply add your clothes, some water, some soap, squeeze out the air, and rub the bag.  And I feel like I need to say something about rubbing the bag here.  Once you let the extra air out of the bag, rubbing your clothes around becomes this giant stress-relief-ball type experience.  It’s hard to explain, but it’s very soothing and therapeutic massaging the clothes around in the bag.  I don’t think I’d have any problem keeping it up for 3 minutes.

And 3 minutes, by the way, is how long they want you to do it for.  Apparently, they’ve had the Scrubba tested by an independent laboratory, and that 3 minutes will get you the equivalent of a machine-quality wash. I’m sure I’ve got 3 minutes to spare somewhere… lol.

We left with a Scrubba, and I can’t wait to use it in our RV.  James has already installed a retractable clothesline in Lance in anticipation of using one. You can bet that he’ll be posting up some interesting (meaning: bizarre) test of the Scrubba in the near future.

You can buy one on Amazon today, but want to be clear, we aren’t getting paid a thing  for this video or for writing this post. We just spotted this handy product, liked it ourselves, and thought you might, too. Anything to make our RV experiences more pleasant is worth sharing, right?!?!

Learn more about The Scrubba by clicking here.

 

(Article originally posted on TheFitRV.com)

 

 

So you’ve been daydreaming about hitting the open road in your brand new RV for months now. You’ve attended a couple RV shows, diligently studied specs and floorplans, and watched dozens of hours of YouTube videos about RVs.  You’ve picked out your RV and you’re ready to purchase. All that’s left is to figure out what insurance coverage you need for your new home-on-wheels.

GoLife sat down with an expert from a nationally leading RV insurance agency to answer a few frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about specialized RV insurance. With over 10 years of experience in RV insurance sales, Monica Solberg, the RV/Personal Lines Manager at FCIS Insurance can answer your questions when it comes to RV insurance and here’s five of the ones we were curious about:

#1: Can’t I just insure my RV with my auto insurance?

Auto insurance will not fully cover you in the event of a claim, motorhomes require specific coverage that auto insurers can not provide.

#2: What are the benefits of RV insurance?

Owners need specific coverages for their motorhomes like, total loss replacement and agreed value coverage. In the case of a total loss, these plans will either replace the RV with a new one in the first five model years or will pay the purchase price or rating base of the RV. Insurance protects your investment so deprecation will not be an issue, unlike an auto policy. Specialized insurance can also offer personal effects coverage. So in the event of a claim, your personal items that are used in conjunction with an RV are also covered.

 #3 I want to full-time in my new motorhome, is there special RV insurance for that?

Yes. Full-timers liability is a personal liability coverage to owners that do not own a home and reside primarily in the RV. It is required for RVers who reside in their coach for more than 150 days. Auto policies typically do not provide this important coverage.

#4 Is my tow vehicle covered on my motorhome policy?

A towed vehicle is covered for liability only while being towed. No physical damage coverage extends from a motorhome policy, it will need to come from the auto policy of your towed vehicle.

#5 I want to travel to Mexico, am I covered?

It is Mexican law that RVers carry proof of liability from a Mexican-based insurance company. Some insurance companies will extend their comprehensive and collision risks within a certain distance of the border, but that does not satisfy Mexican requirements. If you are involved in an accident while in Mexico and fail to show proof of liability, you can be detained and your vehicle will be impounded.

At FCIS, Mexican physical damage coverage is available to be added to your policy if an owner has the Mexican Liability Insurance before entering Mexico and remains in force the entire duration of your time in Mexico.

Choosing to purchase and RV can be one of the most satisfying decisions a person can make. The freedom and sense of adventure that come with the RV lifestyle are unparalleled. We understand and embrace this lifestyle and understand the specialized needs that RVers have – which is why we’ve launched Winnebago RV Insurance.  We’ve made sure it’s not only a good value, but backed by the leader in RV insurance for over 35 years, Winnebago RV insurance can provide you all of the coverage and services you need to feel at home while on the road.  To get a free no obligation quote click here and get on the road!

 

The fabrics we use inside our motorhome products must withstand the heat of Death Valley and the cold outside storage of a Minnesota winter.  They need to be colorfast, durable and easy to clean. That’s a lot to ask of a fabric and it’s the reason that we use Ultraleather™ in many of our coaches.

Ultraleather ™ is a synthetic leather fabric that, in many important ways, outperforms the real thing.  It was developed by Ultrafabrics who supplies Winnebago and leading commercial office furniture companies like Haworth and Steelcase along with automotive manufacturers like GM and Ford.

To the touch, Ultraleather™ has a soft, buttery hand for luxurious comfort.  It breathes well so that during long days of driving the fabric doesn’t get wet or sticky, like inferior vinyl products.  Unlike most leathers, it won’t crack or dry out over time. Ultraleather™ is resistant to sun fading and, most importantly, resists stains and is very easy to clean.

takumiDiagramWe see a lot of coachwork from competitors that use less expensive fabrics.  When a motorhome is new, all the fabrics will look good.  However, over time, many of these materials just don’t hold up.

BrandX_r1           Here’s the impact of heat and humidity on less-durable fabrics used by our competitors.

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   Winnebago’s plush Ultraleather™ covers are higher quality and more durable.

Winnebago’s Stitchcraft department has been upholstering RV furniture for over fifty years.  With that track record, we have made more RV furniture than any other RV manufacturer.  And while you may think a fabric is just a fabric, to our designers and production experts, fabric technology is both an art and a science.  Using premium products like Ultraleather™ offers superior value, both for the years that you’ll use and enjoy your motorhome and for its resale value at trade-in time.