8 Steps to Winterization

Winterizing Your RV Done in 8 Simple Steps

With summer coming to an end and fall approaching fast it’s never 8 Steps to Winterization too early to start thinking about winterizing your RV for these cold months to come.

Winterizing your RV simply means you have taken the necessary steps to protect your campers plumbing and water system from the potential damage caused by freezing water.

Winterization only costs a small amount, but pays off big time in the long run!

Step 1
Disconnect your outside water source. Do not drain the water heater until after you have filled your pipes with antifreeze.

Step 2
Bypass your water heater and any under-sick water systems.

Step 3
Open the petcock to drain as much water from your pipes as possible. Open water taps and flush the toilet to drain any and all water remaining in the system.

Step 4
After draining as much water as possible, we recommended a blow out plug be attached to the water intake fitting. Apply air pressure from an air compressor to drain the remaining water. Blowing out the remaining water is not required, but the remaining water will dilute your antifreeze. Close all faucets and petcock when complete.

Step 5
8 Steps to WinterizationYou can add antifreeze either from the inside using the water pump conversion kit or from the outside using a hand pump. Check your progress by opening up one faucet at a time, starting from the highest and working to the lowest point in the fresh water system. Begin with the kitchen faucet. Open the HOT side of the faucet only. Pump antifreeze until flow from the faucet becomes pink. This will indicate that all the water has been flushed from your system. Close the faucet. Repeat step on cold side. Continue to the next lower fixture. Usually the bathroom sink, then the shower and finally the toilet.

Step 6
We recommend at least 2 pints of antifreeze into all sink & shower drains. The icemaker, washing machine and external shower will also need to be winterized. Look for this information in your appliance manuals.

Step 7
Open the drain plug on the water heater and leave open.

Step 8
Last, leave antifreeze in lines until spring. Do not drain.

More of a visual learner? Check out our 2 ½ minute YouTube video.

8 Steps to Winterization

Other Winterization Tips

• Turn off completely, clean and dry inside and prop open door slightly
• Check condition of screening material underneath the refrigerator roof vent
• Turn off completely and clean and dry
Electrical systems
• Disconnect all batteries
• Fully charge if to be left in RV
• If batteries are to be left in RV disconnect negative cables for all batteries
120-Volt System
• Turn off breakers at distribution box
• Unplug any 120-volt devices

Miscellaneous Areas

• Clean and cover including air conditioner
• Check sealant around each
• Inspect rubber seals and keep slide-outs in retracted position and disarm system
• Place on jack or levelers to take weight off tires
• Clean and dry before retracting
• Inspect for any openings and cover if needed

Printable copy available here 8 Steps to Winterization
If you have any questions or concerns about winterizing your trailer feel free to call Lakeshore RV at (877) 743-8010.

Welcome to the New Lakeshore RV Website

Welcome to the New Lakeshore RV Website
Lakeshore RV has become the highest standard in purchasing RV’s! It was only fitting that we upgraded our website
to reflect that to our customers. Our main priorities are quality and customer satisfaction.

At Lakeshore RV we only offer the highest quality selection. Carrying 3 of the world’s top RV manufacturers, Keystone,
Heartland and Forest River. From there we have over 35 different brands including Big Country, Cougar, Cherokee and
many more. This wide variety of makes and models has created Lakeshore RV an ideal RV shopping hotspot for all RV lovers.

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to know when exclusive offers are going on. We offer customization and upgrade packages for just about every model that
we carry. Need special financing? We work with some of the nations largest banks to help get you into your dream RV.
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No Longer the RV Your Grandparents Once Knew . . .

We thought you might be interested in this upbeat post we came across for its attention-grabbing style that’s informative and entertaining. It is amazing what RV benefits exist that many people aren’t aware of. Enjoy this brief article and Share it if you like it!


New RV Benefits: Your RV Has That In it, too?
by RV Counselor

Re-printed from http://rvcounselor.com/rv-benefits/

The days of old-fashioned fabrics and dingy interiors have long since faded into glory days, in the world of RV’s.  No offense to Grandma and her flowery taste and budget but today’s recreational vehicles, both big and small, come equipped with the latest gadgetry and modern interior design choices including pendant lighting and stainless steel appliances — creating a wide range of RV benefits — not to mention insulation and construction options for every style and budget.

On that cool Florida evening when you think you’d never want for a fireplace – you might be surprised to learn you’d enjoy a warm fire inside of your RV more than you ever imagined you would. RV Recliner Chairs Fireplaces?  You bet; and many that are part of a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center.  And entertain, it does.  Surround sound stereo systems that even the most scrupulous of teenagers would be impressed by, with MP3/iPod ports, DVD players and Wi-Fi connection. Bluetooth built into the trailer?  You bet.

Gone are the days of clunky, box televisions so large they took up the space for Grandma’s favorite chair.  Today’s RV choices offer the latest HD, flat-screen TV’s, some boasting as big as 50 and 60 inches in the main living areas – and they occupy less room than the once amazing, Sony Trinitron.

Speaking of chairs, comfort recliners from proven brands like La-Z-Boy and FlexSteel?  Absolutely.  RV STAINLESS FULL REFRIG. So if your honey has to have his favorite chair he can wear out through the years, he can have his pick!  (Fortunately in most models there’s room for 2 recliners, designed  to save spousal arguments while traveling in your home on wheels)!

One of my personal favorite RV benefits is the choice of having a bathtub, in place of the pea-sized shower stall of folklore.  But who can fit in a tub the size of a bobbing apple tin can?  No – we’re talking bathtubs that fit in a home and one can actually lie down in while enjoying the overhead skylight and beautiful vanity.

So ladies – pack your favorite bath salts & yummy luxurious scrubs & lotions to soak in your RV tub or regenerate in a full size shower, after a long day outdoors.  And guys – prepare to relax in that cozy chair you can call all your own while sipping your favorite libation and watching the game on your crystal clear TV with surround sound speakers.

All the comforts of home?  Well almost.  The RV industry has come a long way in the past 15 years, working hard to bring you the latest RV benefits and advancements that meet your budget.   So what’s next?  To quote the words of an interior designer I know, she said, “It’s crazy!  How are we going to fit the swimming pool in one of these babies!”

Stay tuned … and never say never.

Don’t Overlook A Pre-Owned RV From Lakeshore RV

Don't Overlook A Pre-Owned RV From Lakeshore RV MontanaIf you are looking to purchase an RV then you might want to look at a used recreational vehicle from Lakeshore RV.

The biggest advantage you will find in buying a pre-owned RV is the price. You may be able to get more for your money. New RVs start depreciating once they leave the lot.

In fact, price creates the biggest difference between a used and a new RV. The price of a new recreational vehicle drops as soon as you drive it home and there is an additional fall in the next couple of years.

2012 Sunseeker 2250 Class C MotorhomeBy purchasing a used RV, you don’t have to worry about taking that financial hit, as someone has already taken it for you.

With pre-owned RV’s, maintenance concerns are not an issue either.

At Lakeshore RV our service techs carefully inspect each vehicle before they are put on the lot to ensure the very best in quality, performance, dependability and value.

Lakeshore RV is the dealership you can trust for high-quality used RVs from the nation’s leading manufacturers.

Choose a pre-owned RV from leading manufacturers like Forest River, Keystone and Heartland.

Lakeshore RV carries used toy haulers, fifth wheels, travel trailers, Motorhomes and tent trailers.

Montana, Bighorn and Passport are just three of the pre-owned brands Lakeshore RV carries.

2006 Mountaineer 326FKBS Front Kitchen Travel TrailerOne of the Montana pre-owned models is the 2010 3150RL.

This is a triple slide fifth wheel that comes with a rear living floor plan and is perfect for entertaining several guests.

The 2008 Bighorn 3600RE is another used fifth wheel that Lakeshore RV has in stock.

This particular Bighorn model comes with four slides and a large rear entertainment area.

If you are looking for a travel trailer that can sleep several people then the pre-owned 2011 Passport 2590BH is the model for you.

This bunkhouse travel trailer comes with a single slide and double bunks in the rear.

Take a look at these three pre-owned RV’s and many others we have in stock at Lakeshore RV and let is put you into a well-equipped pre-owned RV at a great price.

Call Mike at 231-730-3723 Today for more information on any of our pre-owned RV’s. Browse all the Used RV’s Today! at Lakeshore RV.

2013 Montana High Country 338DB Bunk House Fifth Wheel

2013 Montana High Country 338DB Bunk House Fifth WheelIf you are looking for more luxury with less weight in a recreation fifth wheel then check out the 2013 Montana High Country 338DB. This luxury fifth by Keystone RV uses Helium Technology which saves you 1300-2500 pounds compared to typically equipped fifth wheels, you not only reduce wear and tear on your vehicle. The 338DB is a bunkhouse fifth wheel that can easily sleep ten individuals.

The Montana High Country 338DB also comes with the following:

Three-burner range
Private toilet
Outdoor kitchen
Ceiling fan
Washer and dryer prep
Electric fireplace
Side-by-side refrigerator

2013 Montana High Country 338DB Bunk House Fifth Wheel Floor PlanThe Montana High Country 338DB utilizes advanced materials and manufacturing technology to reduce the weight while maintaining all the features, comforts, and luxury you expect in a Montana fifth wheel. The rear is home to a convenient exterior kitchen, and a large bunk house which features an entertainment center with bunk above, and a slide out housing an air mattress sofa with flip-up bunk above. The central area consists of a spacious residential style kitchen, coat closet, TV entertainment center, and a slide out housing a booth dinette and air-mattress hide-a-bed sofa. Up front you will find a pass through bathroom, dresser, washer/dryer ready closet, full height wardrobe, and a queen-sized bed slide out.

This popular fifth wheel can be purchased at Lakeshore RV, which offers financing, shipping and the lowest prices in the U.S. and Canada. Call 888-743-8278 Today!

2014 Outback 298RE Diamond Edition Travel Trailer

2014 Outback 298RE Diamond Edition Travel TrailerThe 2014 Keystone Outback 298RE takes comfort and style to a whole new level. This travel trailer comes with three slideouts and a rear entertainment floor plan. You will also find vaulted ceilings and upgraded furniture provide a roominess and sophistication unseen in other light weight trailers. The combination of solid ash interior doors with walnut and hazelnut cabinetry delivers the styling that campers have come to expect.

This Outback travel trailer also comes with the following standard things:

Enclosed water tank
Power roof vent
Outside camp kitchen
Glass enclosed shower
LED hitch lights
Rear bike receiver hitch
Radial tires
Blank tank flush

2014 Outback 298RE Diamond Edition Travel Trailer Floor PlanWhy go camping in an ordinary travel trailer when you can purchase an Outback 298RE travel trailer by Keystone RV? This particular model comes with a giant rear entertainment center with a pop-up 32″ LCD TV and overhead cabinets. The curb slide features two reclining chairs and the road slide features an air sofa sleeper and an 82-inch king dinette. The kitchen is everything you’d want and more in a travel trailer and comes complete with a full suite of appliances and cabinet storage. Up front there is a spacious side aisle bath with a neo-angled shower not typically seen in a travel trailer. There is also a spacious front master suite with queen bed, wardrobe slide, overhead cabinets and pass-through storage below.

As you can see this Outback travel comes with everything you need and more. Look no further then Lakeshore RV when looking to purchase an Outback brand travel trailer as we offer the lowest prices in the U.S. and Canada. Call 888-743-8278 Today To Buy Your New RV.

Cougar X-Lite 32SAB Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $22,999

Cougar X-Lite 32SAB Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $22,999With a stylish platinum interior, luxury is always close at hand when you travel in the new Cougar X-Lite 32SAB manufactured by Keystone RV. Featuring three slides, the 32SAB travel trailer provides a spacious interior with plenty of room for amenities. This travel trailer comes with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $36,721, and a sale price of only $22,999 you can only get at Lakeshore RV. No one offers larger discounts than Lakeshore RV so take a look at this Cougar X-Lite and see what it has to offer.

Here are just a few things that come standard with the 32SAB:

Raised cabinet doors
Residential porcelain toilet
Outside shower
Deep two bowl sink
EZ Lube hubs
30,000 BTU furnace
One-piece seamless rubber roof
Cable/satellite prep
32-inch LCD TV

Cougar X-Lite 32SAB Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $22,999 Floor PlanThis Cougar X-Lite 32SAB model is the ultimate in a lightweight entertainment travel trailer. Manufactured by Keystone, this double slide model comes with a giant rear living area. A pair of chairs separated by overhead storage line the rear of this travel trailer. One slide is found in the back and that holds a sofa and a U-shaped dinette. Another rear slide houses a desk and an LCD television. The kitchen in this model includes a refrigerator, pantry, stove, microwave, double sink and a countertop extension. The bathroom with a neo-angle shower, sink and toilet lead into the front of this trailer. A queen bed, laundry chute, two wardrobe storage areas, headboard storage and pass-thru storage complete the front of this model.

Lakeshore RV has this Cougar travel trailer in stock and at the best prices in the U.S. and Canada. Lakeshore RV also offers financing and shipping so contact Steve Schuitema at 231-736-9162 for the lowest price on this Cougar X-Lite travel trailer. Call Today!

Cougar X-Lite 28RLS Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $20,999

Cougar X-Lite 28RLS Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $20,999Looking for a lightweight travel trailer that can be easily towed, but at the same time not sacrificing living space then the Cougar X-Lite 28RLS is that perfect travel trailer. Manufactured by Keystone RV, this Cougar X-Lite 28RLS with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $33,385 is a great bargain. A spacious living area allows for relaxing after a long day or entertaining guests. With a price of $20,999 you can’t find a better deal anywhere then Lakeshore RV. Check out the floor plan for the 28RLS and see why it is the perfect lightweight travel trailer to fulfill all your camping needs.

Here are just a few things that come standard on the Cougar X-Lite 28RLS:

Comfort fan
Auxiliary battery
DVD player
Alloy wheels
Exterior speakers
External shower
Power awning
Stabilizer jacks

Cougar X-Lite 28RLS Rear Living Travel Trailer Only $20,999 Floor PlanEnjoy ample living space with this Cougar X-Lite 28RLS lightweight travel trailer manufactured by Keystone. This particular trailer comes with a single slide and a rear living floor plan. Two chairs line the rear of this model along with a slide that holds a sofa and U-shaped dinette. That slide sits opposite a full kitchen with a pantry, refrigerator, stove, double sink and a countertop extension. Leading to the front of this model is an entertainment center. The bathroom in this travel trailer camper has a shower, sink and toilet. A queen bed with wardrobe storage on both sides completes the layout of this travel trailer.

Lakeshore RV in the only place to find the best price on this Cougar X-Lite 28RLS as they offer large discounts, financing, shipping and the lowest prices in the U.S. and Canada. So, call Steve Schuitema at 231-736-9162 or 231-788-2040 for the best price available on this travel trailer.

Enjoy A Michigan Fall Color Tour In Your RV

With fall colors are nearing their peak in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula and there is not a better time to take an RV fall color tour.

There are many places in Lower Michigan that make for great fall color viewing.

Peak fall color may vary from year to year due to weather conditions.

But on average here are the peak times for fall color in Lower Michigan.

Inland Lower Michigan usually hits peak color between October 7 and October 14.

The shoreline areas like Traverse City, Charlevoix, Petoskey, and Manistee usually reach peak between October 14 and October 21.

For southern Lower Michigan the last week of October usually mean top viewing.

A good thing about planning an RV color tour this time of the season is the ample openings at RV parks where you can spend a night or weekend.

With that in mind, here are three RV parks spanning the Lower Peninsula that would be perfect spots overnight in your RV, while enjoying the fall colors Michigan’s Lower Peninsula has to offer in the fall.

Timber Ridge RV Resort

This 207-site RV park is located in Traverse City and is a great place to take in all the fall color of northern Lower Michigan.

The Traverse City area encompasses more than 250 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, certainly providing some spectacular fall color viewing.

Pull through sites that can accommodate toy hauler, fifth wheel, motorhomes and travel trailers are offered along with the following things:

30 and 50 amp campsites
Concrete pads
Wireless internet
Cable TV

Rates run from $27-$40 for RV campers this time of the season.

For more information www.timberridgeresort.net

Pere Marquette Oaks

Has 92 sites for RV campers and is centrally located and easily reached from Traverse City, Ludington, Muskegon, Grand Haven, Holland, Big Rapids, Reed City or anywhere in Western Michigan.

This RV park sits in the Huron-Manistee National Forest amongst rolling hills that make for great fall color viewing.

This park offers the following things for toy hauler, fifth wheel, motorhomes and travel trailers:

50 amp electric
Wireless internet
Cable television
Bath house with showers

Sites begin at $20 per night for RV campers.

For more information www.peremarquettepark.com

Klines Resort

This RV resort has nearly 50 sites and is located on Portage Lake in Three Rivers.

Located in southwest Michigan this area offers miles of beauty and fall color this time of the year.

This park offers the following things for toy hauler, fifth wheel, motorhomes and travel trailers:

Back-in or pull through sites
50-30-20 amp sites
Cement pads
Picnic table and fire ring

Daily rates are $35 for RV campers.

For more information www.klinesresort.com

Visit Lakeshore-RV.com for all you RV needs or Call 888-743-8278 to speak with one of our RV Sales Representatives.