FEMA Trailer: How To Buy One

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has turned loose of all their old inventory of Disaster Relief Trailers to the point that they are flooding the market with cheap dirty trailers. There are many RV Dealers who have bought many but a lot are still being sold at auction by individuals. I write this article to help you navigate through the differences.

First of all a FEM Spec trailer is one without holding tanks, usually without a slide and has been setting up for at least 3-4 years in an abandoned lot somewhere just waiting for any lonely animal seeking to get out of the rain to climb into and set up housekeeping. It is dirty and in great need of repair. Repair will include the LP system and water system to holes in the roof or floor. These need plenty of work. But many feel they can fix them up make them work and have a good RV as the end result.

To all you Bob Villa wanna-bes out there, here is a dose of reality. You may be able to fix a floor or a hole but if you have a LP leak or a water leak or a electrical system short, be prepared to spend all you  vacation time  tearing your RV down just to put it back together where it will be safe for you to use. Just because you have watched a few home improvement episodes doesn’t mean you can make the needed repairs on the unit you bought so cheap not to mention the time and labor it is going to take. You need to know what you are doing.

However, if you are bent on buying a cheap trailer, then here is how to do it. For what you pay at your local auction for an “AS IS WHERE IS” FEMA trailer, you are able to find the exact same unit at a certified RV dealer, and get this one you bargain hunter, you can get it for the same price. The difference is, the LP system has already been serviced and certified to be leak free. Along with the water system, electrical system, the appliances and every mechanical aspect of the trailer has been certified to the state to be in working order and fully repaired.

Buying a FEMA trailer from a certified dealer protects you, your family and friends and you know what you are getting rather than buying a pig in a polk. You can save some serious money and have a unit that you can actually use rather then spending all your time working on.

But, if you are still intent on buying some pork, good luck. You might want to call your local RV dealer and get them to give you an estimate on making the repairs you cannot make yourself at the going labor rate of $160 an hour.

To paraphrase and old TV commercial, you can spend the money now or spend the money later. The choice is yours. Listen, my friend. Do yourself a favor and reduce your level of stress. Life is hard enough today as it is.

If you want to buy a Disaster Relief Trailer, then you can get some great bargains out there. However, don’t try to do it yourself. Find a reputable RV Dealer that has been in business a long time. Beware of the guy who rented a dirt lot by the side of the road. Buy your travel trailer from a reputable dealer and enjoy your RV rather than work on fixing it. RVs are fun and extremely useful and affordable for everyone. Now is the time to find the right RV for you and your family Go Rving, and live life to the fullest. You will love RVing it as much as my family and I do.

RV Camping Is Fun

Camping for most people means a tent and sleeping on a mat on the ground. If this doesn’t sound good to you, then camping in a RV is what you need to try. This is the ultimate outdoor adventure. 

RV’s come in many sizes and shapes. RVs start with campers that fit in the bed of a pickup truck. Most will have a toilet, shower, beds and even a full kitchen included. 

Next there are van conversions called Class B motor homes that are basically a cargo van converted into a camping vehicle. Many even have a raised roof for more head room. These units, like the truck camper, will have the same amenities. 

Next up is the Class C motor home. Although it looks like a pickup or van from the front, the similarity ends there. There is a sleeper extension over the cab and the back-end looks like any motor home you are probably familiar with. The Class C has all the amenities of home including a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. You could live in a Class C. 

The next step us is the Class A motor home. This has the most room of all motorized RVs. RVs and motor homes are like little one bedroom apartments. They are fully self-contained. You will find luxury from the four person dinette to the queen size bed. You even have a microwave oven in addition to a refrigerator and a stove. They can even come with ice makers that can make over 20 pounds of ice each day. Now you are ready to party! 

If that weren’t enough choices, there are still the trailers. First of all, a travel trailer is one you can pull behind a truck or a large SUV. A trailer that attaches to a hitch in the bed of a truck is called a 5th wheel. Both of these trailers are equally as luxuriant as the best motor home. They cost a lot less and that is the biggest advantage. 

You can buy new or used. No matter which way you go, you should do a lot of research on the Internet first. Find out as much as you can about RVing. You can find our a lot by searching in your favorite search engine for an RV forum. 

When you decide that an RV might be for you, attend an RV show or two. Several dealers and vendors will get together at stadiums or fairgrounds and do an RV show to sell every type of RV there is. You can always find and RV show where several dealers come together to display and sell their inventory. 

If you really are not sure you would like to spend $40,000 or $250,000 on a hobby you are not sure you would like, buy a used RV. There are even some pre-owned RVs you can get into for under $10,000. 

Camping in an RV is a fun adventure awaiting you and your entire family.

Keystone RV, The Best Vacation Value

Keystone RV is the largest manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the world. With an RV to fit every budget, Keystone provides the easiest and most economical way to truly enjoy retirement or just take a fun family vacation.

As the baby boomers retire, Keystone RV’s has seen an upsurge in sales. There is nothing that measures up to the flexibility and independence for most people than enjoying the open road in a Keystone Recreational Vehicle (RV). What you save on hotel costs alone will often pay for the cost of your RV and there is a lot to be said for being able to take your hotel room with you wherever you go.

This type of travel gives RV owners significant cost savings. You can save an enormous amount of money by dining in your RV compared to eating in restaurants every day and there are no hotel rooms to book. When you are parked, you can unhook your truck or SUV from your fifth wheel or travel trailer which saves you from having to find a car to rent. For those in motor homes, many travelers will tow a vehicle behind them.

When considering the purchase of a Keystone RV, you will be faced with three choices;

  1. a fifth wheel which is pulled by a pick up truck and attaches to a hitch inside the truck box,
  2. a travel trailer which is usually pulled by a truck with a rear hitch,
  3. or a toy hauler which allows you to take extra toys along such as ATV’s or even motorcycles.

All three types of RV’s have their pros and cons and each point will need to be considered based upon your needs and your budget. One of the considerations you must take into account in the RV lifestyle is the price of gas. It is still more economical, however, than eating in restaurants or staying in hotels every night.

Keystone RV Cougar Interior

Luxurious interior of Keystone RV’s Cougar Travel Trailer

Traveling in a Keystone RV is often a good choice for those who want to travel to different locations; however, it may be less suited to those who visit the same location year after year.

The easy care lifestyle and the freedom of the open road is what many RV owners love the most. It is a great adventure stopping at various parks along the way as you travel across the country. You can stay day or as long as you want at a particular location.

The fact that Walmart provides free camping on their parking lots is well known in the RV community. In most states, you are allowed to camp in a Walmart’s parking lot for as long as you like. I am sure you have seen Keystone RV’s lined up in Walmart’s parking lot at least on one occasion. Both Walmart and the traveler wins in this situation. The traveler has a well-lit place to camp for the night, at no cost, and Walmart receives income from those RV owners who frequent the store. Recently however, there has been an uproar by some campground owners against Walmart’s free camping policy. However, before you decide to stay a week or more at Walmart, you might want to check with the local Chamber of Commerce first.

What Has Changed In the RV Industry?

There was a time in the RV business when travel trailers were made with 1×2 wood studs and covered in tin with a little bit of paint slapped on the outside. They were heavy, ugly and were not much more than a metal sided camper. How things have changed!

New technologies have brought RVs to an entirely new level of quality and comfort unheard of before. Aluminum framing, laminated fiberglass side walls and one piece roofs have made RV much lighter and more durable than they have even been. Advances in sealers and construction techniques have virtually eliminated the typical problems camper trailers have had with leaking and inefficient use of space.

Lighter weight construction coupled with advancements in suspension systems and hitches make towing so much easier than ever before. RV enthusiasts have so much more control over their trailers when towing than they have ever had. This makes for a much safer and more enjoyable trip with the family.

There was a time when RV manufacturers used the lightest and cheapest furniture and interior appointments they could get. The result was even expensive trailers looked cheap. Couches were extremely uncomfortable to sit on much less sleep on and dinettes tables were so bad no one wanted to even eat there. Mattresses were so thin you could almost read the paper through one and you felt every spring in the middle of your back all night. After using one during a vacation you could not wait to get back home.

Now manufacturers have begun using quality furniture and appliances. Many have gourmet kitchens, pillow top mattresses and air beds sleeper sofas. You can even get a recliner to sit in while you watch you 50″ LCD TV in the comfort of ducted air-conditioning. RVs have definitely changed a lot.

The biggest change however, has come with the advent of the Internet. Gone are the days of trudging to one RV lot after another, listening to one sales pitch after another just to see different floor plans and prices. You can now do it all in your underwear sitting at your computer. You can compare prices, see floor plans and options and then go buy the one that trips your trigger.

For proof of this, all you have to do is look in the mirror. You are reading this article about RVs on your computer rather than going to your local RV dealership and looking at RVs for yourself. A-HA!! I do know what I am talking about after all.

No matter how you shop for the RV you want, just remember they are not your grandparents camper trailer any more. Get an RV and see our great country the way it was meant to be seen. Go RVing today. You will be glad you did.

Why You Should Own An RV

Do you know of someone who owns a RV? Then you have seen how much fun and excitement RV owners have right? There are so many different reasons why RVs are increasing in popularity these days. One of the many reasons why RVs are so popular is because they of everything that they can do for you.

One of the many things that a RV can do for you is save you money when you travel. Not only do you have your own mode of transportation when you travel in an RV but you also have you own overnight accommodations. You do not have to worry about finding a hotel or paying for one when you travel in an RV.

Keystone Passport

Keystone Passport

In keeping with the traveling that you can do with a RV, there are many RV owners who choose to use their RVs when they go to visit long distance relatives. There are also RV owners who use their RVs for cross-country adventures. Families really enjoy adventures like these during the summer and retirees enjoy them as well. As mentioned above, traveling in your RV is nice because you don’t have to worry about finding or paying for a place to stay overnight.

Owning a RV can also gives you a fun and exciting adventure, namely when camping. You will like what owning an RV can do for you if you like camping but hate sleeping in a tent on the ground. RVs give you many of the comforts of home while still allowing you to go camping in the wilderness.

In addition to allowing you to have fun, a RV can help you with living arrangements. If you would like to sell your home and just travel around the country, a RV can allow you to do so. Also, if you are planning on remodeling your home or building a new home, you may want to think about using your RV, if you buy one, to give you a temporary living space. In this aspect, owning a RV can save you money. If you didn’t have a home to live in, even for a short period of time, there is a good chance that you and your family would need to stay at and pay for a hotel. You won’t have to do that with an RV.

In short, owning a RV gives you freedom. When you own a RV, you can literally do just about whatever you want, like go traveling or go camping, often at the drop of a hat. If you regularly keep your RV, should you buy one, stocked with supplies, like clothes, bedding, and some non-perishable foods, you can, literally, take off and go, whenever you have free time. No other means of transportation allows you to do this.

If you would like to buy a RV, you will need to find a place to make your purchase from. Your local RV dealership will have a large selection of new and used RVs so you might want to stop by and look at a few.

The Freedom of Traveling In a Keystone RV

One of the great joys of my childhood was camping with my family. We would go all over the country and have so much fun and build so many great family memories that my brothers and I still talk about today.

The hardest part of camping however was the set up and teardown. We camped in tents and cooked over open fires. It was hard work at times, especially during bad weather. But it was always fun.

Then one day my dad bought a tent trailer and we were in hog heaven. It was so much easier to go on a trip, but it was still a lot of work setting up and tearing down. After two or three years, we then got a travel trailer and it changed our camping lives.

We kept the RV loaded with supplies and all our gear and we were able to go camping over a weekend at a moments notice. Pulling into the campground all we had to do was put the stabilizer jacks down and we were set up. We had a real stove to cook with, a refrigerator to keep our food cold and an air conditioner. Growing up in the Texas, having A/C was the greatest thing about our travel trailer.

We would travel from Big Bend to Yellowstone, from Corpus Christi to Orlando, stop when we wanted and go where we pleased. Eventually after my parents retired, they sold their house bought a Class A Motor Home and went full-time. I envied the freedom they had so much.

I don’t have that type of freedom as of yet, but I have owned several RVs; from a pop-up to a Keystone 5th wheel. My family and I now have the freedom to travel wherever we want and do whatever we please as well. Now that we have grandkids to take along, it is even more fun.

Not everyone will retire to full-time RVing, but it couldn’t hurt. The freedom that owning a Keystone RV provides is like nothing else I can think of. We go on great vacations, are able to see the sights of this great country and take all the comforts of home with us. Even with the price of fuel today, we still spend less money than if we were to fly or stay in hotels. All while sleeping in our own beds. It doesn’t get any better than that.

If you want to create some great family memories, bring you family together like nothing else is able to do and do it on a budget, then you need to experience the freedom of owning your own Keystone RV. Find a good Keystone RV Dealer in your area, look at the amenities they offer and buy one. I promise you will love it.

Keystone has an RV for every budget – from simple travel trailers you can pull with a mini-van to luxury fifth wheels. They will save you money both now and later. You and your family will love the freedom of traveling and camping and you will build family memories your kids will still be talking about 30 years from now.

What is a Toy Hauler?

The last several years have brought about a revolution in the RV industry. Many RV owners in the past have always wanted to take motorcycles, scooters or ATVs with them on their camping trips. However, they had to add an additional hitch on the back of their camper to pull a trailer for their “toys” along with gas and tools and everything else that goes with that. Pulling a third trailer is dangerous to say the least.

Several years ago, many RV manufacturers began making travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers with a built-in garage area in the back of RVs just to enable RV owners to take along their motorized toys when they hit the outdoors. These are called “toy haulers“.

Fleetwood Gearbox 5th Wheel Toy Hauler

Fleetwood Gearbox 5th Wheel Toy Hauler

Toy haulers come in almost every size; from a small 23-ft camper, to a 40-ft, totally decked-out 5th wheel that has all the comforts of home. Some include king size beds, full bathrooms with garden tubs, a full kitchen with solid surface countertops, microwave ovens and big flat screen satellite TVs.

Toy haulers have a fold down ramp for loading and unloading your toys and equipment. Being lined with diamond plate and tie downs, they are extremely sturdy and well-built. These RVs are designed to haul a lot of stuff and to get you where you want to go. Most will have a place for a built-in optional generator so you won’t even need any hook-ups as they are completely self-contained.

When you are finished your outdoor activities, you will be able to relax on the inside in air-conditioned comfort as you watch for favorite show, cook a great meal and sleep in total comfort. You have all the comforts of home while living all the excitement of your outdoor adventures.

Toy haulers are comparably priced with other types of RVs. When buying a toy hauler it all depends on what toys you want to take long and where you want to go and how much you want to spend. There are new and used toy haulers that will fit every budget.  You will need at least a ¾ ton truck to pull most toy haulers safely as they are heavier than most RVs because of the extra construction needed for sturdiness.

Toy haulers provide RV owners with many more options for fun and adventure exploring the great outdoors as they travel this great land of ours. Find a local RV dealer in your area, ask them questions, look at some of the models available. You will be impressed.