Storage Do's and Don'ts
DO … put your sticker with your space number on the unit you are storing. This helps you remember where your space is located and lets us make sure everyone is in their assigned space.
DO…lock your unit and make sure there are no items on the ground outside. All items must be in or on your unit. Lock your unit and make sure all vents and windows are closed.
DO…Turn off all Propane tanks when parking. This prevents accidental leaks which could be dangerous.
DO…park in the center of your space with the hitch or bumper of your unit at the brick with your space number on it.
DO…Be courteous and thoughtful when using the dump station. Clean up any spills and throw any towels and gloves into the trash…NEVER down the dump drain. Put the cap back on the drain.
DON’T… leave anything loose on the ground around your unit. Don’t leave items in your space when your unit is out of it’s space. Anything found loose on the ground in your space will be removed.
DON’T… park your unit with it out into the roadway in front of your space number brick. Also don’t park more than 1’ behind the space number brick to avoid encroaching into the space behind you. Your space measures back from the space number brick and the posts on the sides are not the back of your space. Additionally, be sure you are not sticking into either space beside you.
DON’T… allow any towels, gloves or hoses to fall down the dump station drain. These items can damage the sewer lift station and could result in our dump station being closed.
DON’T… exceed the 5 mph speed limit. This is for safety and also helps keep the dust down.
Storage and Parking Tips
This section contains a few helpful tips to help you when parking and storing your unit.
Backing Into an Angle Space.
Step1: As you approach your space, drive as close to the side of the road that your space is on as is possible without hitting another camper. As the tow vehicle passes your space and the trailer is just at the start of the space, turn the tow vehicle across the road towards the opposite side. This should align you with the space making the amount of turn into the space much smaller than if you start from the center of the road. As you gain experience with your trailer, you can determine how far past the space to go before turning to get the best alignment.
Step 2: Practice using your side mirrors to back up. This allows you to see what is happening on both sides and keeps you oriented in front of the tow vehicle steering wheel. Don’t hesitate to get out and look at the space and orientation of your trailer. Remember, the trailer is a fixed width and once you know where the rear corner that you can see is located in the space, the other corner that you can’t see has to follow the same arc as the side you can see. Again, if you are not sure where the blind side is, get out and look to make sure you are aligned alright.
Step 3: Turn from the Bottom of the steering wheel. This tip helps you remember which way to turn the wheel to get the trailer to go where you want it. If you want the back of the trailer to go to the right, turn the bottomof the steering wheel to the right. To make the rear of the trailer move to the left, turn the bottomof the steering wheel to the left. Take your time and think about where you want the rear trailer of the trailer to go and move the bottom of the steering wheel the same way.
Step 4: Take your time and practice. Back in small increments and go slow. Practice in a vacant area of a parking lot. Use some small orange cones or red disposable cups filled with water (to keep them from blowing away). Put the cones or cups 10’ or 11’ apart and pretend this is the opening of your space. Put 2 more at an angle to be the back of your space. Now you can practice your approach and backing.
How To Keep Mice Out Of Your Camper or RV
There are several things you can do to help minimize mice in your RV or camper. The best thing you can do is eliminate any entry points that mice can use to get inside. You can park out in the sunlight and darken the inside of the camper and look inside all cabinets and storage areas to see if you see any light. Check anywhere pipes or wires pass through the walls or floors. Use spray foam to seal up any openings. Foam all areas around pipes under sinks whether you can see light or not. If you see a hole or crack….fill it! Dryer sheets left in various places inside the unit as well as cloth or cotton balls soaked in peppermint and spearmint oils have been reported to keep mice out as well as keep the inside of your unit smelling nice when it is closed up.
Minimize food that you leave in the camper. If you do leave food inside, seal it in plastic bags.
You can also put Glue Traps around the inside of the interior as well as under cupboards. The glue traps can catch mice as well as many kinds of bugs and spiders.
If you find mouse droppings ,urine or nest materials , they should be cleaned up very carefully. Deer mice carry hantavirus in their droppings and urine and any contact should be avoided. The virus is transmitted by breathing in the airborne particles from the droppings so extreme care should be taken when cleaning up droppings or nest materials. Face masks and Nitrile gloves should be used when cleaning up these items and the areas should be sprayed with a disinfectant and allowed to dry thoroughly.
Winterizing your RV, Camper or Boat
You must winterize your RV or Camping trailer each fall before the first hard freeze occurs. To winterize your unit, all water must be drained from the water system and hot water heater and the holding tanks drained. Often a potable water antifreeze is pumper through all pipes and fixtures to be sure that no water remains to freeze and break pipes or fixtures.
The RV antifreeze should be flushed out of the system in the spring after all chances of freezing are past.
Boats should have any water drained from the engine and lower drive unit. Antifreeze should be circulated through the engine and a fogging oil sprayed into each cylinder. If the boat has a potable water system or holding tank, it must be winterized just like a camper or RV.
It is usually best to have a certified professional or dealer perform winterizations to insure that the job is done properly since significant damage can be done to your RV, Camper or Boat due to freezing.
How to Use The Dump Station
Our dump station is available to empty the waste holding tanks on your Camper or RV. Simply pull up to the dump station and stop when the waste valve is next to the dump drain. Remove the drain cap from the drain.
Next, connect your drain hose to your waste valve and put the end of the hose down into the drain hole.
Now you open the waste valve. If your camper has 2 waste valve handles, pull the one for the “Black” water first as this is the sewage tank. After it has drained, you can then pull the “Gray” water valve which holds the sink water. You can now close the valves and flush rinse water into the tanks and then drain them again.
When you have drained the tank or tanks, close all waste valves and then carefully remove the drain hose. Rinse out the drain hose using the rinse hose at the station .
DO NOT SEND ANY TOWELS, TRASH, GLOVES OR ANY CLEANING MATERIALS DOWN THE DUMP STATION DRAIN. Do Not place any towels, trash or gloves in the Porta-Pot tank.
Never wash ATVs, Boats or Vehicles at the dump station. Leave the station clean for the next person.