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LED Light Bulbs

Friday, August 26, 2011 8:19:42 AM America/Phoenix

Greetings, Roadies & Campers!

This week I am highlighting a growing trend in RV improvement - LED light bulbs.  LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs have long been popular for their energy efficiency and long life, but the brightness of LEDs has always failed to compete with traditional incandescent bulbs . . . until now.  RV owners can now have the best of both worlds – bright lights that use 1/10 of the power of a standard bulb and burn up to 100,000 hours.

The industry standard for RVs is still traditional light bulbs, so if you want to use LEDs, you will need to purchase and replace them yourself.  Dyers RV is ready to supply you with LEDs for every part of your RV, from dome lights to reading lamps, but before you make a purchase, here’s what you will need to know.

LED bulbs are categorized by their lumens, which is the measurement of visible light output.  Essentially, lumens measure how bright a light appears to the human eye, though they are not indicative of the power behind a light...

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LED Light Bulbs - Part Two

Monday, September 19, 2011 10:34:08 AM America/Phoenix

So last time I discussed how LED bulbs can benefit your RVing experience. Now I’d like to revisit that discussion and quickly address how easy it is to replace your old bulbs. We will look at two common ways of identifying the bulbs you have, the ones you need, and how to find them.

 

First, let’s talk about identifying the bulb you have. When you remove your current bulb, examine its base. This will be the part normally consumed by the socket.

 

 

In the picture above, you can see from the base that this is a #1141 bulb type. Once you have this number it becomes very simple to search for the product. To find this bulb on Dyers Online go to the replacement bulbs section (Electrical > Lighting > Replacement Bulbs). Once there, you can narrow your search by using the “SHOP BY” tool and selecting “#1141”.

 

Shop by location and where to click to filter out all non led light bulbs.

 

This search will bring up all available #1141 bulbs, and you can then make your selection. But what about when you cannot find the bulb number? Not to worry, there are certain characteristic...

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Fifth Wheel Hitches

Monday, October 10, 2011 2:48:32 PM America/Phoenix

Hey, Campers!

Fifth wheels and trucks are a match made in heaven, and you own both.  You’re ready for the road, right?  Not so fast.  If you’re a rookie camper like me, there are a few things you need to know before you head out on the next holiday weekend. Fifth wheels provide a great way to experience camping, but if you can’t tow yours, you’ll be camping in the backyard.  So for this installment, I’m going to spend some time talking about the ins and outs of hitches.

Keep in mind, when considering a hitch you should also consider the towing capacity of your vehicle. While a few of the less sportier vehicles on the market, e.g. mini vans, can be outfitted to tow a fifth wheel, you might want to think twice if you drive a Smart Car.

Along with vehicle tow capacity, it’s important to match the weight you’ll be pulling with the hitch you’ll use to tow.  Hitches are rated in pulling pounds, so it’s important to pick the hitch that is rated for the amount of weight you will be pulling....

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RV Covers

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1:34:27 PM America/Phoenix

Howdy, fellow RVers!

So you just drove off the lot with a brand new RV, and the last thing you want is for it to get dirty or damaged by the elements.  It’s time to look into getting an RV cover.  There are only a few options to choose from, so this is one of the easier decisions you can make when it comes to buying RV parts.  I know, because I’ve been looking for one myself.  Here’s what I’ve found.

Understandably, the first factor to consider is the climate where you will be storing your RV.  If you live in an area with more rain than sun, e.g. the Northwest, you will want to consider buying a SFS AquaShed cover. These covers are recommended if you live in an area where more moister is present and the risk of mold is higher. By providing major breathability, these covers nearly eliminate mold and mildew.  The SFS AquaShed panel on top of the cover causes water to bead on contact, creating a resistance to moisture.  If AquaShed sounds like it would suit your needs, Dyer’s RV carries...

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RV Surge Guard's

Monday, November 7, 2011 1:19:19 PM America/Phoenix

Well, I continue to discover new accessories for my RV.  This week it’s surge guards.  I know, it’s so simple it’s obvious. Right? We use surge protectors all the time.  Your computer is probably plugged into one right now.  And a surge protector for electronics makes sense to me.  Turns out, however, RV’s can be plugged in, too.  Hence, I needed an RV surge guard. Here’s what I found out.

It’s a common misconception that surge protectors are merely fancy extension cords; however, as the name indicates, surge protectors protect from unwanted “surges” of electricity, keeping electronics and appliances from being fried.  A surge in electricity originates from the source of the electrical current.  Electricity is constantly running through power lines, much like water through a hose, and a sudden surge causes unwanted damage.  Unless you use a generator, your RV will likely be hooked up to an unpredictable power source that is vulnerable to surges, and because RVs are more high tech thes...

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Water Pressure Regulators

Friday, November 18, 2011 10:48:42 AM America/Phoenix

For this go around, I think it’s time we discussed water pressure regulators.  The quick and dirty is that a regulator is a simple attachment that goes between your water line and the water source.  Although, they aren’t as fancy as they sound, water pressure regulators are an absolute must have when it comes to RVing equipment.

Pressure Regulator

If you’re wondering why a regulator can be so important, the following story illustrates perfectly just how critical they are. One weekend, John Dyer, owner of Dyer’s RV, and his friend Sam went camping with their wives at Dead Horse State Park, near Cottonwood, Arizona.  Sam was new to RVing at the time and had rented a class C motor home for the occasion. Upon arrival, John offered to help Sam with the electricity and water hook ups, but Sam was gung-ho about it and tackled the job himself.

 

The following afternoon, Sam noticed the water hose was bulging abnormally.  Before anything could be done to fix it, the hose burst, shooting an impressive geyser of water...

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RV Sewage System Part 1: Toilets

Thursday, December 1, 2011 3:10:13 PM America/Phoenix

Let’s take a look at the components that make up your RV’s sewage system. This is going to be the beginning of a multiple post adventure, so stay tuned.  We are going to start at the top and work down; this puts us on the topic of toilets.

 

Here at Dyer’s we exclusively and proudly carry Thetford toilets. “Every Thetford toilet - from the finest china to the most economical - has thoughtful ergonomic features so you're assured of a comfortable, elegant and trouble-free toilet. Add water-saving features and ease of use, and you see why Thetford is the industry leader.”

RV Toilets

There are many factors to consider when looking at RV toilets. We will start by looking at the basics which we will call styling. You will usually notice that RV toilets have two main color choices. You can select the one that fits you RV décor the best. Most toilets have the option of white or parchment. These are not the only choices though. There are a number of toilets that are also available in “bone”.  Even though bon...

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RV Sewage System Part 2: Tanks

Friday, December 9, 2011 9:47:27 AM America/Phoenix

The next stage in you RV sewage system is the holding tank. This is the tank where the sewage will be stored until it is time to dump it at the appropriate waste station. There are two different types of tanks that are used in RV’ing: portable and permanent.

RV Holding Tanks

Portable tanks are normally used for pop-ups and other smaller RV’s that do not have the room or capability of carrying a permanently installed tank. The portable tank is a mobile storage tank that is normally has built in wheels and a handle or some way to tote it around. This tank is used when the RV did not come with a permanently installed tank. Because of their mobility, they are also used in other scenarios. Say you are camping in an area that does not have a direct hook up for dumping right at your site. There may be a dump station in the campground but it is not within hose reach, or you may be boon-docking it out in your favorite spot. What do you do when your tank becomes full but you may not be ready to leave? Well, you W...

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RV Sewage System Part 3: Valves

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 11:23:36 AM America/Phoenix

Lastly, and an important part of the RV waste system that we are going to look at today, is the waste valve. It is important that you have a properly sealed and working valve on your waste tank to prevent leaks/drips while you are on the road.

Sewer System Valves and Hoses

 

There are a few sizes of RV valves but the most common is 3”. This is usually what your RV will come with from the factory. Your valve will either be, handle operated or remote cable operated. A cable operated valve will protect your valves from damage due to placement in low and exposed areas. The flexible cable lets you mount in a direct push-pull position instead of the more difficult side pull. Valterra’s patented Cable Valve System converts hard to access valve handles to a simple push/pull placement. Cable handles can be positioned at the bottom of an RV sidewall, or within a control access compartment with bulkhead installation.

 

Sewer Valves

 

It is important to check the seals on your valves a few times a year to ensure that they are not dried or crack...

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Low cost Camping trailer parts

Thursday, January 24, 2013 3:01:27 PM America/Phoenix

Camping Trailer Parts In Every Shape and Size: Can You Handle Them All?

There's no way to go camping in a recreational vehicle without needing some basic parts from time to time. Camping trailer parts is a huge umbrella term that covers so many parts that it's almost silly to try to list them all. After all, a camper is essentially a miniature house on wheels, and you're expected to be able to do almost everything in a camper that you do in a home and still be able to drive it down the highway at common speed.

That means that an RV supply store needs to carry:

  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Refrigerators
  • Water holding tanks
  • Microwaves
  • Ovens
  • Coffee Makers
  • Televisions
  • Satellites
  • Receivers
  • Air Conditioners
  • Furnaces
  • Fireplaces
  • Doors
  • Skylights
  • Fans
  • Windows
  • Tail Lights and Tail Light Lenses
  • Marker Lights and Marker Light Lenses
  • Tongue Jacks
  • Stabilizing Jacks
  • Hitches and other Towing Equipment, to bring along the family car
  • Power Converters and Inverters
  • Generators
  • Solar Panels
  • ...and a whole bunch more stuff.

What does this mean to you?...

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