Lots of RVers like to head south for the winter, but that isn’t an option for some of us. While there are still a few good weekends left for camping this year, if you are one of those late season campers. However most of our customers probably already have winterized their campers by now. If you are able to store your RV in a covered garage or storage center, then there is not a lot that you have to do to protect your RV from the elements. Those of us who use an RV cover to keep our RV safe while not in use know there is more that goes into getting your cover on properly than simply throwing it over your rig.
A good cover can make a difference.
The first thing that you should do before putting your cover on is wash your RV. Dirt, grease, and any bugs left on your RV’s exterior can set in and ruin your rig’s paint and body. Give it a good wash and dry it completely before you put your cover on. If you have anything with sharp corners on your roof, such as antennas or solar panels, remove them. If not, cover them with towels or blankets so the sharp edges won’t rip your cover.
The biggest challenge of getting your RV covered is getting over the top. Instead of using a ladder and your hands, tie a rope to one side of your cover and pull it over on the other side. If you do choose to use a ladder, be very careful. Falls and accidents are quite common. And if you get onto the roof to center everything, watch your step. You may not be able to see air vents or other oft spots on the roof.
Letting your RV hibernate for the winter may be a necessity, but be sure to use a quality cover to make sure that it is safe when not in use. If you are looking for a good quality cover, just ask us for help in finding the right one. If you are looking for a new RV in Pennsylvania, then just stop by Lerch RV!
If you are one of many families across the country who go camping often and enjoy the outdoors, the next step is for you to invest in a RV. Unfortunately for many families, it ends there.
The average family of today cannot afford to purchase their own RV. Families have too many other stresses on the family budget that come first.
Lerch RV has the capability to assist you when it comes to purchasing a fifth wheel or travel trailer for the family.
Your new RV may qualify for some of the same tax benefits as a second home mortgage. Of course, check with your tax advisor, but to qualify for these benefits, such as the deductible of interest on the loan, the RV must be used as security for the loan along with providing basic living accommodations such as a sleeping area, bathroom and cooking facilities. The RV is considered a qualified second residence as long as you designate it as that for each tax year.
Your RV might actually cost you less in the end if you finance your purchase. The bottom line is that if you are thinking of buying an RV, you should check financing options to maximize your purchase enjoyment. What are the advantages of Financing through a RV Lending Specialist? Down payments are lower although final terms are determined based on your credit profile and the age, type and cost of the RV being purchased. And financing through RV lenders usually requires down payments in the 10% range.
Finance terms are longer / Monthly payments are lower, because RV finance specialists know that RVs maintain their value and resale appeal, they tend to offer more attractive terms. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find 15-20 year repayment schedules to help you afford the RV of your dreams. Consider allowing Lerch RV to help you in financing that new camper. And you’ll be on the road enjoying your new RV before you know it!
Ed Lerch accepts an award from the PA State Senate.
Lerch RV owner Ed Lerch and his family recently won the city portion of the 2011 Mifflin County Farm-City Award. Mr. Lerch has grown his travel trailer and fifth wheel business from very humble origins. Over thirty-four years ago, he opened Seven Mountain Truck Caps and Lerch’s Arco gas station. Then in 1978 Ed changed the name of his business to the now well-known Lerch RV. Then in 1980 Lerch RV moved to a bigger dealership location, west of Lewistown near the entrance to the Mifflin County Industrial Park, along Route 522/22. With this move, the business became a full service RV dealership selling travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motor-homes, discontinuing the sales of truck caps and gasoline. Ed continued the growth of his RV business through the 1980′s and 90′s. In the early part of the 90’s Lerch RVeven developed and built a small handful of customized travel trailers.
PA Senate Citation recognizing Lerch RV.
After 20 years of doing business at the location west of Lewistown and after the successful completion of the existing four lanes of Route 322, Lerch RV moved to the present location it now occupies in Milroy, PA. The new location offered the business room to grow. With larger service bays and a larger parts store, the new building has enabled the business to become one of the largest RV dealerships in Pennsylvania. The inventory the dealership now has to offer at the current location is built by the largest, most reputable manufacturers in the RV industry; the Keystone RV Company and the Open Range Company. Along with offering a large selection of pre-owned pop ups, fifth wheels, travel trailers and the occasional used motor home.
2011 Mifflin County Farm City Award Winners
Lerch RV attracts customers from all over the state of Pennsylvania, and many from even further away. The Lerch Family is the perfect example of what an award-winning family business is all about. With the inclusion of Mr. Lerch’s daughters and son in-laws working at the dealership along side of the owner. Our congratulations to the family…
I am still amazed when I recall what I witnessed the day when our first 2012 Open Range Light LF297 was picked up by its new owner. When it was time for the customer to leave we put the truck, which happened to be a Ford F150 Super Crew with a 5.5′ bed, and the trailer through a series of turning radius tests. The distance from the front cap of the fifth wheel and the rear cap of the pick up is substantial enough to allow true 90 degree turning. Take a look at Lerch RV’s YouTube video depicting that radius testing. Keep in mind that the Open Range Light is truly a half ton tow-able fifth wheel. And with the innovative front camp design and hitch pin placement, you can tow this beauty with just a standard fifth wheel hitch installed in your tow vehicle. No need for a sliding fifth wheel hitch (slider) or any other special modifications need to be made.
The Light is another great innovative idea from the Open Range RV company. The Light product line includes the above pictured LF297RLS, LF289RES and the LF305BHS (bunk model with outside kitchen). There is also a travel trailer in the mix as well, the LT252FLR. So if you are driving a half ton tow vehicle and are looking for a truly unique fifth wheel to camp in, look no further than the Open Range Light. And if you happen to have a 5.5′ short bed truck and want a fifth wheel camper, the Light is especially for you! You can have full size fifth wheel fun in a half ton tow-able package, without missing anything. All the features that you require in an exciting package.
The Open Range Light fifth wheel campers and travel trailers are available at Pennsylvania’s largest Open Range RV Dealer, Lerch RV. Located in Milroy, which is one hour west of Harrisburg and thirty minutes southeast of State College, the home of Penn State University. For more information on the Open Range Light, please contact us.
I recently came across this post on a blog called “Why RV?” I found the article to be interesting and wanted to share it with my readers. I think it really describes the join and kindness that goes hand in hand with the RVing lifestyle. Where else can you throw a huge group of people from all walks of life into boxes and put them side by side, and everyone still has a great weekend. If you have any experiences to share please comment below. And as usual Safe Travels and Happy RVing!
Although we are only 6 years into our camping life, we have met some wonderful people and had some great times. And also have spent lots of money we didn’t have, too. We are on our 3rd RV already, and looking for our 4th. We see older ones that are being used that shows the love people have for their Rv’s. Some of these RV’s look better than brand new high-end diesel pushers. There are a lot of people out there that are perfectly fine with what they have. There are those that live full-time in their RV’s.
Those that have seasonal sites.
Those that just use theirs on weekends.
Those that use it weekends and a family vacation here and there. (This is the group we fall into.)
I respect all and every RVer, or do we call them/us campers. Is there a difference? Some people will say the only camping is tent camping. Well, my back can’t take tent camping anymore. So, I prefer to do my “camping”in an RV.
The people Along The Way
RVers, or campers, are just about the friendliest group of people you will meet. If there is a newbie in the campground, rest assured, help is only a fire ring away.
Even if your dog lifts his leg on a fellow camper, there’s a good chance even the victim will get a good laugh over it. Yes, Our Bull Mastiff did this to our neighbor 1 weekend..
But I think the most interesting, and friendliest couple we ever met while camping, was a couple we met during our first year of camping. the husband was retired, and his wife was a school teacher who was retiring either that year or the next. That would make it 05 or 06. I think they were from St Louis. Missouri.
It went down something like this. We pulled in to Sun Valley campground near Morgantown, Pa on Friday. There was a Bounder Motor home already next to us. Later I noticed a small grill on the picnic table. The grill was smoking for hours. I told Kim that maybe they went away and forgot about it. No worries, if they weren’t planning on eating, then I would have handled that. Boy did that smell great. Found out later it was 2 HUGE steaks, he was cooking slow.
Anyway, eventually, a tall thin man with dirty gray hair and beard emerged. Grabbed his food, said hello, and went back in to enjoy their meal.
Later, him and his wife, a shorter woman, with long dark hair, came out and introduced themselves. Now, here’s a coupe in their mid 60′s, and we are in our mid 30′s at the time. We talked for hours. They told us about their travels, about Silver Dollar City, about their kids, and that they were on their way to their daughter’s house in Philly.
The man, I’m terrible with names, sorry, And I talked for hours while Kim and his wife also conversed.
This couple touched our lives, and they have no clue. They made us realize just what RVing is all about. Here’s a retired couple, from halfway across the country, and for a weekend, they are our neighbors. Our closest friends. Then, all of a sudden, that is the last you ever know of them. The memory remains. And what is RVing and camping all about. Making memories.
So, if anyone runs into an African-American couple, now around 70, from Missouri, he was tall with greyish hair and beard, she was short, with long dark hair, and a retired school teacher, driving a 1996 Bounder in great shape. PLEASE tell them, their weekend friends from Sun Valley Campground in PA in 2005 said hello!
Happy Camping Everyone
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The 273FWRET and 292FWBHS just got a whole lot better. These models will now feature a wardrobe slide in the bedroom. Camping Made Easy has never included so much storage! Built upon the foundation of Keystone’s first product line, Copper Canyon by Sprinter “Makes Camping Easy” by combining luxury and value in one beautiful fifth wheel. And with a variety of floor plans ranging from rear living room models, side aisle models, and bunk house models, you can select the Copper Canyon that is just right for the way you live.
Copper Canyon 292 FW BHS by Keystone RV Company at Lerch RV
Copper Canyon 273 FWRET by Keystone RV available at Lerch RV
Each of these exciting fifth wheel campers are equipped with these great standard features:
Copper Canyon Standard Features
One touch electric awning
Lockable, radius baggage doors
Rear bumper storage
Easy opening triple entry step
E-Z Lube™ axles
Exterior grab handle for entry assistance
Tough guard painted skirt metal
Patio light with switch
Rain gutters and spouts
Two 30 LBS LP bottles with automatic change-over
Roto-cast seamless holding tanks
Keystone Original space maker 50 gallon fresh water system.
30′ 30 Amp power cord
Spray port with hot and cold water
Exterior BBQ hook-up
Electric front jacks
Light at termination points
13,500 BTU ducted air conditioner with “Quick Cool”
30 amp electrical distribution panel
12 Volt, 55 amp converter
30,000 BTU auto-ignition furnace with thermostat
Water heater bypass for easy winterization
Residential cabinet hardware
Large picture window at the dinette
6′ 3″ interior slide room height
12 volt slide room lights for dry camping
Home Theater Surround Sound® system
In floor ducted heat
Central monitoring system for all tanks and battery
Full extension ball bearing drawer guides
Residential slide out pantry
Living Room Features
Cable TV hook-up with antenna and signal booster
High grade carpeting with pad
Residential fabric-covered valances
Angled overhead storage in the slide room
Home theater DVD / CD /AM /FM / MP3
Air bed sofa
32″ LCD HDTV
Large vanity sink
Porcelain foot flush toilet
Residential medicine cabinet with mirror
ABS one piece tub surround
Skylight over tub
Retractable clothes line in the shower/tub
Reinforced tub support
GFI receipts in the bathroom
6 gallon gas and electric DSI auto ignition water heater
3 burner high output gas range
Deep 60/40 residential sink
Full extension ball bearing drawer guides
Metal high arched faucet
Lighted range hood with exhaust fan
Microwave with carousel
Reversible dinette seat cushions
Double door refrigerator
Overhead cabinets above the sink
Two oversized pots and pan drawers
Cable TV hook-up
High grade carpeting with pad
Under bed storage with gas struts
Color matched bedspread
Bedroom reading lights
Electrical Outlets near the bed
Dream Collection Mattress
Headboard niche with puck lighting
“Customer First” Safety Package
Tinted safety glass windows
Dual hitch safety chains
Manual override for the slide rooms
Carbon monoxide detector
LP gas leak detector
Break away safety brake
4 wheel electric brakes
Door side and off door side clearance lights
“Camping Made Easy” Package
Laminated aluminum framed sidewalls
E-Z Lube® axles
Overhead slide room cabinets
Skylight in the shower
Six gallon gas / electric DSI water heater
Easy find light switches
13.5 ducted air conditioner
DVD home theater system with Surround Sound®
10 gallon water heater (Some models)
Upgraded 15,000 BTU air conditioner
Free standing dinette with four chairs
Extra large refrigerator
Six panel refrigerator front
Ceiling fan with light (High profile FW)
Wire and frame for second A/C
50 Amp service (Some Models)
If you are looking for a great fifth wheel, that is dependable and built by an RV industry leading manufacturer. Look no further than the Copper Canyon by Keystone RV. Available at Pennsylvania’s largest RV dealer, Lerch RV. Give us a call at 800-722-1236. Remember just as Copper Canyon makes Camping Easy, Lerch RV makes Buying Easy!
Internet connections, flat screen televisions, pillow top mattresses, and porcelain toilets may seem like a must to you now. That’s what makes it so much fun to see where RVing came from. I am still amazed every year when the latest and greatest designs come out from the leading RV manufactures. It is easy to forget that there was a time when having a trailer with electricity was a big deal and some thought border-line insane. Well, allow us take a look way back to the year 1937. The country was in the middle of the Great Depression, and that meant that more and more people were taking to a life on the road to find the American Dream.
The YouTube clip below is a great way at appreciating all the hard work and ingenuity that has gone into designing and making everything that goes into RVs today.
So next time you are out driving and you get mad that you have no cell phone signal, just be thankful that you have a cell phone in the first place. If you want to see what new technology is packed into the RVs of today or see what is going to be the RV of the future, then be sure to come to Lerch RV. We have been selling the latest and greatest campers for over 34 years.