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At North Trail RV Center, we take pride in being able to answer your RVing questions, no matter what they may be! From answers to general questions to recommendations on vehicles, parts, tools, camping spots, etc., we are always ready to help out!
Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive. We know every one of our customers has unique needs and preferences — so feel free to
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What is an RV and what does RV stand for?
RV stands for “recreational vehicle” and refers to any vehicle that combines transportation and living quarters. RVs are meant for camping and recreation and can come in the form of motorhomes or towables. Motorhomes offer a front driving compartment and a living space within a single vehicle, while towables are a boxed in living space pulled behind another vehicle such as a truck.
Do I need a special license to drive an RV?
Most RV’s can be driven by anyone with a regular driver’s license. The main deciding factor is which state you are in because some require a special license for large RV’s. While very rare, a Commercial Driver’s License is sometimes required. Each state has different requirements so be sure to check your state’s regulations.
How much maintenance does an RV require?
Maintenance needs differ from RV to RV and depend on many factors including the type of vehicle, model year, and features. Motorhomes will require regular maintenance such as oil and oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, hydraulic system, coolant replacement and generator service specifically. Other RV maintenance items include exterior maintenance — repairing seals and seams to prevent water damage, treating/sealing rubber roofs, axle lube/seals, brake maintenance, cycling/maintenance of batteries and other misc. exterior and interior upkeep.
What kind of gas mileage can I expect?
Gas mileage will vary depending on factors such as the motorhome length and weight, the outside temperature, the terrain, etc. Of course, the larger the rig, the less fuel efficient it will be. For larger Class A RVs, you can typically expect 6-10 miles per gallon, while smaller Class A/B/C’s will get closer to 9-15 miles per gallon. If you are towing a trailer or fifth wheel, the same logic applies: the lighter it is, the less gas you will use. Generally diesel motorhomes (or diesel tow vehicles) will get better gas mileage than their gasoline powered alternatives.
What are fresh, grey and black water tanks?
The fresh water tank is the tank that holds all of the fresh water that comes from the taps in the vehicle.
The grey water tank holds the dirty water that comes from your shower and kitchen sink.
The black water tank holds all of the waste water from your toilets. if your RV doesn’t have a grey tank, then all of the used and dirty water goes here.
What is GVW, GVWR, and GCWR?
These are abbreviations of the three weights most commonly given by dealerships.
GVW--Gross Vehicle Weight—the complete weight of a fully loaded RV including cargo, fluids, people, and some equipment.
GVWR--Gross Vehicle Weight Rating— total allowed weight or max weight of the RV.
GCWR-- Gross Combination Weight Rating—total allowed weight of any towing vehicles plus towed ones.
Do RVs require special insurance?
In most cases, yes. RV insurance is required by banks when financing, and all states require at least minimum liability coverage. Insurance features and costs vary widely based on your specific RV year, type and usage, the state you live in, your driving history as well as other factors. Additional coverages are available for custom equipment, vacation liability and roadside assistance.
What are some additional costs I should keep in mind?
Insurance: Cost varies per provider.
Sales tax, delivery, etc.: Depends on where you are purchasing from.
Parts and accessories: Including special packages, break systems, waste dumping parts, sanitation chemicals, etc.
Maintenance: This may include routine care and emergency repairs.
What are the benefits of RV travel?
The freedom of the RV lifestyle – you can pick up and go almost anywhere on your own time as long as there’s a road to get you there! RV spaces also tend to be much more affordable than hotels or motels, but with comforts of home (and the savings offset any fuel expenses). The bottom line is that RV travel is flexible, affordable and convenient.
How does RVing compare to camping?
We may be biased, but RVing is basically upgraded camping. You can still sit around the campfire, explore the great outdoors and get in touch with nature, but you’ll also be able to prepare delicious meals, take showers, use the restroom, sleep in a comfortable bed, etc.
What is Boondocking?
Also known as dry camping, wild camping or dispersed camping, boondocking refers to RV camping without hookups. This type of camping typically takes place outside of a developed campground and requires a bit more forethought, since you will be without water, electricity and sewer hookups.
Where can I have my RV serviced?
We service everything we sell plus offer regular routine maintenance, warranty work, body work, and major repairs through our master certified technicians. We also accept most RV insurance claims and we’ll work with your insurance company to make the process as hassle-free as possible. To schedule a service appointment, please call
fill out our online service form.
Should I buy a new or used RV?
While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, we have found that it really depends on your needs and budget. Our team of experts will work with you one-on-one to figure out which RV might be right for you; we have between 200-300 RVs in stock at any given time, and will never pressure you into a sale. We want you to be 100% satisfied no matter what RV you choose.
What size of RV is best for me?
This really depends on your needs and comfort level since there’s a good chance you will spend a lot of time inside your new RV. We always recommend taking a motorhome for a test drive before making a purchase commitment. It’s also important to consider how comfortable you will be with the space inside your RV. We invite you to sit inside each RV you consider for at least a few minutes to make sure you are happy with the floor plan and you feel at home.
Do you accept trade-ins?
Yes! North Trail RV Center takes trade-ins when you are purchasing a new or used RV. We also buy and consign RVs if you aren’t ready to make a new purchase.
Should I buy a gas or diesel RV?
Just like most major purchases, gas and diesel RVs each have their own pros and cons, and the ultimate choice will depend on your travel goals, budget and specific needs. For example, diesel motorhomes tend to have more space for longer trips, but often come with a higher price tag and steeper refueling costs. They are also slightly more expensive to maintain. But diesel motorhomes tend to be the more durable choice for cross-country excursions and full-time motorhome living. Rear diesel engines also offer a quieter drive than front gas engines, and have significantly more power. However, luxuries and comfort features are available in both gas and diesel models, so your options are plentiful.
Do you sell RV parts?
Absolutely! We have a Parts Megastore that stocks over $2,000,000 in inventory on-site at any time! Looking for something special? Our 30+ years in business mean we’ve built strong relationships with trusted vendors and manufacturers, so you can be sure to get you what you need at a great price! Not sure what parts you need? Our Parts Specialists come with decades of experience and can make personalized recommendations based on your needs and budget, plus show you how everything works. Visit us today or
send an RV parts request
and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.
Do you offer financing?
Yes. Thanks to long-term relationships with trusted lenders to get you incredible rates with terms of up to 20 years. As a large RV dealer we are able to negotiate very competitive RV loan rates and flexible, easy RV financing terms for our RV buyers.
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