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Another Successful Year for Big Change Roundup Fundraiser Supporting Vermont Children’s Hospital

March 15th, 2015 by Phil | Posted in General RVs, Pete's News, Vermont | No Comments »

RV Info Blog Editor’s Note:  For those of our Pete’s RVing community outside of Vermont, you may not be aware that for the past several years we provided a motorhome for the “Big Change Roundup for Kids”.  The following note is from coordinator Steve Pelkey with wonderful news on this year’s efforts to raise money for University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.  Way to go Steve and everybody involved with the event!  We’re pleased to hear “Bandit 1: The Pete’s RV Coach for Kids” once again made it through the frequently sloppy winter weather, allowing staff to arrive safely at their many scheduled stops over the last couple of months.

Hi Terry and Phil…

Another year of WOKO’S Big Change Roundup for Kids has come and gone…but not without making a BIG statement…$292,755.96 raised for the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital!!!

Last year we ended at $227,000…and trickled to $268,000 in the month that followed.  This years number will likely advance beyond the 300K mark!!!

The Pete’s RV Coach for Kids visited more schools, events, business’s, and individuals than ever…and indeed is the icon that cheers on Change Bandits in their events across the region.  In fact as more individual fundraising events are added to the calendar for “Big Change”…organizers almost always request an appearance from the RV…It makes a statement of big goals, and BIG success, helping sick local kids and their families.  Let’s see…a dart tournament, billiards tournament, a Big Change carnival, a Polar Bear Plunge, an Arctic Challenge, 2 Gymkhana’s, a couple spaghetti dinners, pancake breakfast, a Giant bottle drive…throw in a Zumbathon, etc….and you get a feel for some of the events the RV visits and lends support to.  Quite simply it’s “Publishers Clearing House”…make people feel part of something huge…and it will be!

We’ve even taken to RV-Bombing individual Change Bandits at home on the weekends…When we knock on their doors often they’re eating breakfast around the kitchen table…kids see the RV out front, Dr. First wishing them good morning and thanks for helping in the Big Change Roundup…blows em’ away every time!

Pete’s RV’s support has helped this event fund cutting edge, acute pediatric care…providing research, support, and services for children and families facing big challenges.  It wouldn’t be “Big Change” without Pete’s RV!!!

Thank you for your continued investment and support in helping local kids…and for being a great partner in The Big Change Roundup for Kids !!!

Thank you again!

Steve Pelkey

Operations Manager
Hall Communications Inc.

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Intern Scott Kliczewski Gives Thoughts on Time Spent at Pete’s RV

December 22nd, 2014 by intern | Posted in Pete's News, Vermont | No Comments »

pRV Blog Editor’s Note:  With all of the hip marketing agencies and technology companies nestled in Burlington, Vermont, it can be challenging to get college students to consider Pete’s RV for their senior internship.  But our program’s reputation continues to gain exposure since it’s inception in 2011, resulting in a terrific run of interns from UVM and Champlain College. The following summary was shared with Pete’s RV by Scott Kliczewski. He came to us from Champlain’s business program.

The time I spent at Pete’s RV Center this semester was invaluable to furthering both my professional skills in a business setting and overall knowledge of marketing. Coming into this internship I had very little experience of digital marketing and none with the RV industry. This internship allowed me to dive deeper into the marketing strategy of a successful business and gain valuable experience not available inside a classroom.   Since the internet has become such a large part of today’s world it is essential for businesses to build a strong online presence and maintain it with a well-designed digital marketing strategy.

In addition to marketing, it was extremely beneficial working closely with all of the departments within Pete’s RV.  I spent time with members of the sales team, service department and parts and accessories store gaining knowledge on how a properly run business operates. Interacting with customers during my internship at Pete’s RV was equally beneficial in understanding the importance of maintaining a high level of customer service.  I observed this first hand between Pete’s RV employees and their customers.  Either by phone or at the dealership, Pete’s RV does a really good job working out issues with customers and putting in the extra effort to send them away happy.

Internship bonus:  With confidence, I can now identify the differences between a fifth wheel and travel trailer (and many other RV-related facts)!

I would not trade my time at Pete’s RV Center for anything. I am very thankful to Marketing Manager Phil LeClair and the entire Pete’s RV family for giving me such an incredible opportunity to learn and grow. I look forward to going back to Pete’s RV this summer as a part-timer!

Students interested in an internship with Pete’s RV can apply via the Employment Opportunities page.

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2015 Cougar XLite Fifth Wheel Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

December 12th, 2014 by josh | Posted in Fifth Wheels, General RVs, Keystone, Pete's RV Video pReView, Product News, RV Buyer Tips, X-Lite | No Comments »

Expect more…Sacrifice nothing. With the all new X-lite by Cougar you no longer have to sacrifice good taste when buying a lightweight travel trailer or fifth wheel. X-lite shares your vision of beauty, elegance and towability with kitchens that really cook, magnificent master suites, full-sized slide outs, and bunkhouse models that can sleep up to nine people.

RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Sales Assistant Laura Chartrand meet up with Cougar rep, Kevin Horoky to indulge and stun you as they walk through the interior features found in Cougar XLite Fifth Wheels (using a 29RET for the demo) including:

  • Brand-Name Appliances & Furniture
  • Gas/Electric Water Heater with Quick Recovery
  • Residential Shower/Tub Surround
  • Hand Glazed Hardwood Cabinetry
  • Porcelain Toilet w/ Foot Flush
  • Cougar Camp Remote for Wireless Slide and Awning Operation
  • Optional Free Standing Dinette
  • Standard 8 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

Some additional features to make you swoon over Cougar XLite fifth wheels:

  • Polar Package for Year Round Camping
  • Fiberglass Front Cap w/ Docking Lights and Backup Mirror
  • Heated Underbelly Storage
  • Optional Frameless Windows
  • Electric LED Awning
  • Slam Latch Baggage Doors
  • Mor/Ryde Suspension
  • Electric 4 Point Leveling System

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cougar XLite fifth wheel floorplans at!

Video Transcript for “2015 Keystone Cougar XLite Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Laura: Hey guys! You’re watching Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Laura and this is Chad. We have a special treat for you. Keven Horokey is here from Cougar.

Chad: As you know Cougar, the number one selling brand in the world. We’ve got the factory rep here at our dealership today to tell you all about it. We’re going to go through the Cougar Xlite. This has all the new wood, all the new upgrades to it. We’re gonna go inside and outside, take you around, and tell you why this might be the best unit for your family.

Laura: Hey guys, welcome inside. I’d like to introduce you to Kevin Horokey, he’s our Cougar rep from Keystone.

Kevin: Hey, thanks guys. Appreciate you guys having me out here.

Chad: Yeah, Kevin’s all the way from Indiana. He’s made a commitment to come to Pete’s RV Center today to shoot our videos, train our staff. We’re very lucky to have him here. Kevin, we’re in a brand new 2015 Cougar Xlite 29RET. What is a Cougar Xlite?

Kevin: Well, a Cougar Xlite is a shorter floor plan than your regular regular Cougars, but it’s designed about 1/2 ton towability. So, what we do with our construction on this, it’s aluminum frame construction and then what we do with the roof is we make it a stamp steel roof, which will lighten it up a little bit for ya.

Chad: Yea, it definitely can, I mean this is 1/2 ton tow-able with plenty of space in here Laura. I think, I think we definitely have plenty of room in here.

Laura: Absolutely. Kevin you were mentioning we have upgraded cabinetry in here?

Kevin: Yeah. We redesigned our cabinetry, it’s now called cityscape cabinetry. You can see the design in it. What we did is we took the crown molding, you have crown molding up top and up bottom, so he dropped it from the ceiling, which is the new residential way to build camper.

Chad: You’ve got brand new lino in this as well. This isn’t, is this linoleum? I mean this is different than most campers have.

Kevin: Yeah. This is Beauflor linoleum. It’s laid throughout the coach and then, what the nice thing about Beauflor linoleum is it provides you 2 years against cold cracking.

Chad: And that’s warrantee-able. What’s these vents here on the floor we’ve got?

Kevin: Those are residential heat ducts.

Chad: OK, as opposed to having the drier hose hooked up to miscellaneous vents in the system, you guys ducted it right through the floor. That’s really nice, we don’t lose our cabinet space.

Kevin: Don’t lose cabinet space and then it also provides we have ducting underneath the coach, so it’s a heat enclosed underbelly.

Chad: OK, [00:02:00] so with that heated enclosed we get the extended use camping then?

Kevin: Earlier in the spring, late fall.

Chad: No doubt about that.

Laura: Looking throughout, you’ll also notice that we have upgraded furniture um in the Cougar. Cougar doesn’t doesn’t miss out on anything. They’re using brand name furniture. Couch is very comfortable. This is Ashley furniture underneath me there’s a tri-fold sofa. Chad, do you want to help me?

Chad: I sure can.

Laura: Open this up.

Chad: Kevin and I think that’s one of the catches that we have in the Keystone, the Cougar line specifically. We talk about that residential feel.

Kevin: Sure.

Chad: That residential quality.

Kevin: It’s the most residential unit out there on the marketplace. and we eliminated the customer complaints. We listened to our customers our drives our product. We got rid of all air mattresses or the standard (squeak) pull-out hide-a-bed.

Chad: Check this out I don’t think you can catch it in the video here, but we got storage, complete storage underneath here. You can put your blankets, you can put your stuff, sweatshirts, extra storage in there and these things are very, very comfortable. There’s no, none of them have that hard, that hard bar that goes across over yours.

Kevin: No, that’s why we use a name brand Ashley furniture in this, because it has the upgraded foam and cushion in it for ya.

Chad: Full size, Laura we could easily sleep two adults here and not a problem at all.

Laura: Mmmhm (affirmative) absolutely.

Chad: So, we’ve got a couple’s coach, but yet we have that extended stay, someone wants to come over for a couple nights, even a week.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Can get around here no problem at all. No problem at all. Tell us a little bit, Kevin, we talked earlier about the roof on these. Tell us, well you said truss roof, tell, go into a little bit, ’cause not everybody’s using the same system you are.

Kevin: Yeah there’s a couple ways to build it, Brand X builds their’s with a wood roof. But, we wanted to lighten up our coach and it’s designed around a 1/2 ton tow-ability, that’s why we used an integrated a stamped steel roof system (metal click). And the nice thing about that is it’s a full walk-able roof and what else we did, Chad, is we incorporated our slides and their full walk-able slides as well.

Chad: So that’s something that seems to be new then, a full walk-able slide. That’s very important when we’re doing our roof maintenance every year, washing the roof, treating it.

Kevin: Absolutely. The way you know you’re not standing on the side of your roof, you know, with the broom. You can walk right on it and maintain it.

Chad: Nice. Nice.

Laura: There’s upgraded cloth lines in here as well.

Chad: You can see ‘em right here.

Laura: Easily pull down. Yep. [00:04:00]

Kevin: Those are your night shades only. They’re upgraded with the wood lambrequin’s up top, with the curtains on the side, so it prevent anybody from looking in your camper.

Chad: Yep, tinted safety glass on this too on the outside. We’ll get a better shot of that once we get to the outside …

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: … Where we can point out those frame-less windows on some of this.

Kevin: Frame-less windows and it’s 80% tint, so it only allows 90% or 20% natural light to come in.

Chad: You got it. So, let’s talk a little bit about features. Pete’s RV Center’s a major buyer or Cougars. I like to brag and say we buy a ton of Cougars and we sell a ton of ‘em.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Tell us, option wise. This unit is equipped right now with a fireplace in it.

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: That’s not standard, that’s something that Pete’s RV Center options in.

Kevin: Right, you have the optional fireplace. The standard features, though, is your entertainment package as far as the large 32 inch LED TV, versus just a standard TV and then, also too, (pops) you have a blue tooth stereo for your entertainment center. You’re already hooked up with the outside speakers, so it’ll allow you to link your phone and control the, control your music that you want to enjoy. (Clicks).

Chad: Air conditioning - central AC in this Kevin?

Kevin: Yeah, it’s a central AC. It’s a 15000 BTU air conditioner.

Chad: That’s this vent right here, correct?

Kevin: Ducted all the way throughout through the bedroom.

Chad: OK. So, we get that family over, we want to have that privacy up front, we shut the door. It’s got a wood door that pulls across on the Xlite and yet we still have air conditioning and heat back here.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Air conditioning and heat in the sleeping area as well, will let it out.

Laura, you were mentioning earlier, the the drawer glides is different on this than what you’ve seen in the past, maybe you can point that out.

Laura: Absolutely. you’ll see on these drawers, not only are they gonna have drawer glides in the kitchen, it’s throughout the entire coach. that’s something that you’re not gonna see in all those brands. You’re gonna see them obviously in the main living area, but Cougar does a great thing and they carry them throughout the entire coach.

Kevin: The nice thing about those, too, is they’re full extension ball bearing drawer guides, so they’re rated and tested or 50 pounds. So, per drawer, versus the competition which uses a single glide drawer.

Laura: Mmhmm (Affirmative). Absolutely. All that all your camping gear, you’re not gonna have to worry if your drawer’s gonna hold it. with Cougar there’s gonna be no issue with that.

Chad: [00:06:00] Tell us a little bit Kevin, brand new counter tops. I really like these.

Kevin: Yeah. The counter tops, this is part of the Executive package, where you get solid surface counter tops and frame-less windows. The best thing about this, though, is the solid surface counter top with your standard sink cover, then you have a high rise faucet with metal stainless steel under mount sink. Along with the stainless steel package as far as your oven and your microwave.

Chad: Those are, those are nice sinks. I mean, they’re not shallow sinks. These are deep sinks for heavy wash.

Kevin: It’s a deep bowl sink, 50/50 on each, so.

Chad: I mean this is just really cool, I look at that. I mean just the doors (slam).

Kevin: Another thing that we do too, Chad, is we offer you the 8 cubic foot refr standard in all Cougars.

Chad: Yep.

Kevin: So, you’re competition’s using the 6 cubic foot refr.

Chad: Laura can you open that up for us. It, what’s the difference between an 8 and a 6, I get this all the time. I had never been to an RV show and not have everybody open the fridge. Everybody opens the fridge every time. We’ve got 4 shelves and 4 door caddies on an 8, right?

Kevin: Yes.

Chad: And it’s 25% increase over a 6 cubic foot. I mean, it’s an incredible amount of extra storage. (Double click). Amount of space there.

Kevin, one other thing I want to point out, saw, we have real wood kitchen table on this.

Kevin: We have a real wood kitchen table and it’s a smart slide table, so it’ll slide back and forth to allow customers to get in enjoy their meal, and then also too we talked about storage and the residential feel of it, you also have storage here underneath all your dinette chairs.

Chad: Yeah. Plenty of storage here, and I noticed all the pocket screws. Let’s talk about how we build cabinetry. Keystone does it right, the Cougar does it right. We’ve got all pre-drilled cabinetry instead of staples.

Kevin: Pre-drilled and screwed cabinetry and then when it goes through lamination process, we use EGS backers throughout, so we’re not just trying to guess where we’re screwing into. It’s going to be secured all the way through.

Chad: OK, that’s a great point and a lot of people don’t realize it, why is that trailer … Cougar is not the cheapest trailer in the RV industry, without a doubt. I can tell you that. ‘Cause I buy a ton of ‘em.

Kevin: Sure.

Chad: We get a great deal on ‘em from Keystone, but we’re comparing stuff. We look at cabinetry. We look at things like construction, using the better flooring as well.

Kevin: Better flooring, residential duct work, all the way through, residential heat ducts versus plastic. The biggest thing, when we’re talking about the cabinetry [00:08:00] are the 5 inch door pulls. If you look at the cabinetry, it’s cityscape cabinetry, no one is doing that in the marketplace. We give you the residential door pulls versus the 3 1/2″ or just the knob and the we took it one step further and added in the stainless steel package for you guys.

Chad: Perfect. It is really a nice touch.

Laura: Kevin, as soon as you walk in this trailer, you notice how bright it is. LED lights throughout?

Kevin: LED lights throughout, it’s a new feature for us on 2015, but it’s standard. The nice thing about the LED lights too is they’re controllable. You can turn them off or you can just have one come one, versus the traditional pancake lights where it’s just on and off.

Chad: Yep. For a short guy like me, that’s probably maybe even on our remote wall switch as well?

Kevin: Correct. You have your, your central docking station up up front, your command center and you have a light that will control all your ceiling lights for you.

Chad: So, just real quickly, what is the Executive Package, Kevin? You mentioned it earlier.

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: Just so that no one’s confused about what this is.

Kevin: The Executive Package gives you the feature of solid surface counter tops and the outside of your coach is frame-less windows.

Chad: And that’s on any camper that any Cougar travel trailer or fifth wheel?

Kevin: Correct.

Chad: OK. So the dealer, if you want to know … Otherwise it would come with a laminate counter top?

Kevin: It would come with just a standard laminate counter top and then regular windows, not frame-less.

Chad: OK. And it - I mean it’s, for me it seems like it’s good value for those few extra features.

Kevin: Yeah. The nice thing too is you get a undermount sink versus a top mount sink that’s stainless steel.

Chad: You got it. So just on more thing here, before Laura shows us the bedroom up front. This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in the industry in a long time. It is a Cougar remote. I think you guys invented this feature. What’s nice about it is you can back your truck up to this camper and not have to get out of your truck and you can life the landing gear up and down on the front.

Kevin: True.

Chad: So, there’s, Kevin tell us what features does this offer?

Kevin: The features this offers is here, basically, the remote will control your electric four point level up system, which is standard on our Cougar Xlite fifth wheels.

Chad: OK.

Kevin: Will also control your slide mechanisms, all three of them. This is a triple slide unit. It will control your lighted LED, power awning, and will control your scare light. So virtually, you could set up your camper without ever walking into it.

Chad: Check this out. I’ve got this set on slide [00:10:00] number 2 right now and what we can do is we can do something as simple as put the (Click/Creaking). Oh, I’m putting it out. You can (whirring hum) put the slide in by just pushing a button. What the benefit to that? I mean we got outside, we’re not sure how close we are to that campground post. We’ve all been there. You know, campsites … Trailers are getting bigger, campsites are getting smaller, so it gives us that added feature. Plus, we can go up on the roof, clean it off on our last night.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Run it in and out (Whirring hum). How cool is that? (Click/Creaking). Really nice. Tell me, you’d mentioned earlier in our training today this right here, this molding or what we call special.

Kevin: Yeah. That’s your slide out fascia. What we do is we use a true hardwood slide out fascia, versus just a faux wrap fascia or fabric. So, we want to tie it in, we talked about the word “residential” 10, 15 times through our shoot, but this is the most residential unit on there. That’s why we keep this a true hardwood fascia, so it ties right into your cabinetry.

Chad: Yeah. Looks really nice. Upgraded chairs as well here.

Kevin: Upgraded chairs, those are Ashley brand furniture as well.

Chad: Cool. Well, let’s do this. Laura’s gonna take us … I got a ton of stuff I want to go look at on the outside. Laura’s gonna take us up to the front bedroom. She’s gonna show us all the space, remember guys this is 1/2 ton tow-able with all this room in here. She’s gonna show us, take us through the bathroom, take us through the front bedroom area and we’ve got a slide out in that bedroom area, which we don’t find on a lot of 1/2 ton tow-able stuff. So, Laura, why don’t you take ‘em up there if in a minute and me and Kevin’ll meet you outside.

Laura: Absolutely. Sounds good.

Hey guys, I’m gonna show you the bathroom and the bedroom in this Cougar Xlite. First thing I want to point out, the first thing you’re gonna notice when you walk in the door is the command station right here. Everything that you need is gonna be right on this one panel. Your slide outs in and out and all your light switches are gonna be right here. You’re not gonna find the bedroom slide in the bedroom. It’s all right here. It makes it easy for you. mmmK. I’m gonna take you in the bathroom. Plenty of room in here. You can get two people in here, no problem which I like. I like a lot of room in the in the bathroom when I’m getting ready in the morning. you’re gonna see the oversized sink, which is great. You’re not gonna see that in a lot of trailers, but again [00:12:00] Cougar does things awesome, they make it very residential for you. . Oversized medicine cabinet as well. There’s gonna be a shelf in the middle as well, so you can put all your stuff you can organize it, which is nice something that I like a lot. There’s gonna be an outlet right here, blow-drying your hair, women I I know you need as many outlets as possible. Also, one thing you’re gonna see in the bathroom that Cougar does is they have towel hooks. There’s one right here. There’s one right on the other side of the door. A lot of people have to put that in after the fact, but Cougar does it for you. You’re also gonna have a nice big oversized glass shower. there’s going to be a skylight above the shower as well that’s gonna let in some extra light. You do have the LED lights in here also, but the skylight adds some extra light. also there’s gonna be a power vent fan in here and going along. As I mentioned over and over again, Cougar is very residential. They’re gonna have a upgraded porcelain toilet just like the one you have in your house. Josh if you want to follow me around in the bedroom. Plenty of room in here also. The first thing you’re gonna notice there is a slide out in here. But it is the wardrobe slide, so it’s not gonna take away any of the room on the on the any side of the bed. You can get on either side, which is really nice. You’re gonna get that extra storage in here. there’s a clothes hanger in here, you can hang all your clothes. It’s nice. You’re gonna get also storage over there and then coming up over here. I didn’t lie to you guys when I said before that Cougar carries the ball bearing drawer slides over here as well. It’s not only in the living area, it’s gonna be in the bedroom as well. these are gonna hold up to 50 pounds of weight. You’re gonna get an outlet up here. You can charge everything and my favorite part about this Cougar bedroom is Cougar has their own brand of mattress. It’s the Cougar orthopedic series. It’s very comfortable. You’re not gonna have to drop another $500 on upgrading the mattress in your trailer. it’s very comfortable. You’re [00:14:00] gonna get a great night’s sleep on here. I know I love to sit on it. It’s very comfortable. You’re gonna see there’s a lot of room in this bedroom. you can see why Cougar is the number one selling trailer. Pete’s RV sells tons of them. People come from all over the country to come look at our trailers and we stock a ton of Cougars and we sell a ton of Cougars. Let’s head outside and catch up with Chad and Kevin and we’ll go through the outside of the trailer.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at:

Video Transcript for “2015 Keystone Cougar XLite Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2)”

Laura: As you can see, the outside is just as pretty as the inside. You’ll see first thing, a big, solid front fiberglass cap. This thing is solid. it’s a full, one piece fiberglass cap. It’s going to wrap around. There are no seams, on this cap whatsoever. It’s also going to come with the Cougar patented in-, Hitch Vision. Is that right, Kevin?

Kevin: That’s right. Yeah. W-, we have a patent on it. And the nice thing about this is you can use your rear-view mirror, [back 00:00:30] right up into your camper, and then you have the LED light backing center here for you.

Chad: So this is where we jump right in with our remote. When we’re backing up our truck, you know, we can look in the mirror, we can raise and lower our hitch height here so we don’t have to get out of our truck and come outside and push buttons anymore.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Great use of unhooking and hooking up. Makes it very, very easy to use.

Laura: You also notice on the front, you’re going to see this big storage compartment. Again, we talked about it inside, Cougar, wins the DSI award nine years in a row. One of the reasons that they do this is, the seal on this. Is that right?

Kevin: That’s right. What you have here is you have an automotive [bump 00:01:05] seal here. That’s going to protect anything from coming inside your compartment door.

Laura: And nice big storage, compartment up here as well.

Kevin: Laura, as we’re talking about the front cap, would it, I wanted to point out to you guys is that the front cap, it’s one piece and it’s seamless, and it bends around five inches to the side so nothing can get inside of it. In addition to that, we walk right into the colored sidewalls, all right, so colored [inaudible 00:01:28] sidewall. And then we have the exterior windows which are frameless. That’s part of the executive package that we discussed earlier.

Laura: Exactly, yeah. You also noticed the, electric awning right here. That’s going to be something else that’s controlled by the Cougar remote as Chad was demonstrating inside with the [slideout 00:01:43]. the nice thing also is there’s going to be an LED lightstrip right underneath the awning. It’s not actually attached to the awning, so when you slide it out, you’re not going to have to worry about it. It’s going to be on no matter what, even if the awning’s not out.

Kevin: Yeah. The nice thing about it is even in the end position, you can use that as a back lit [00:02:00] …

Laura: Mmhmm.

Kevin: … so when you’re walking up to the camper at night, you have your exterior scare light. You have your lighted LED awning. You have your porch light. And then what we added for the customers is the light at the entry step. And the nice thing about that is when you walk into the coach, and you have the large folding assist grab handle.

Laura: Yeah, absolutely. I know. It’s nice to have, the lighted steps, for sure.

Kevin: One more thing we want to talk about, Laura, is the slam latch baggage doors. You have a magnetic catch up here, so no reason for a clip that can break.

Laura: Right, exactly.

Kevin: And then you can see the large pass-through storage. And we also give you guys an outlet out here with a, with a cable jack.

Laura: Mmhmm. So plug in any outside TV, any string lights, anything that, that you want to put on the outside.

Kevin: Absolutely. We talked again about the automotive [ball 00:02:45] seal …

Laura: Mmhmm.

Kevin: … here. And then when this latches …

Laura: Slam latch.

Kevin: … it’s that easy.

Laura: Beautiful. Love it.

Kevin: Hey, let’s walk around to the other side so we can show you that.

Laura: Perfect.

Chad: One thing that separates Cougar from the competition is its upgraded suspension system and the level up system. I think guys, we can agree that … Kevin, go down, show us what that’s all about. Tell us why Cougar’s leading the industry on these items.

Kevin: Yeah. What we added was an electric four point level up system on your X-Lite fifth wheels and your regular Cougar fifth wheels. As you can see back there, it’s going to be a four step process where it’s going to be a automatic leveler, so no more need to crank down the jacks anymore. Talking about towability as well, Chad, is what we have is fifteen inch aluminum wheels. And then we added the Mor/Ryde suspension which is the CRE 3000 which is going to allow you for three inches of vertical travel which will eliminate a lot of the [trucking 00:03:32] that you’re going to have going up and down the road.

Chad: You got aluminum wheels on this as well, so the advantage of the aluminum wheels, lighter, then they keep the bearing and breaks cooler as they’re traveling, and plus they look really nice as well too.

Kevin: Yeah, versus a steel wheel.

Chad: You got it.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: And Cougar does it right. The level up system, the extra suspension, and that’s what set you guys apart from the competition every day.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: So let’s move up here a little bit. There’s a couple of nice features up here Laura can show us in this front storage compartment as well.

Laura: Absolutely. Kevin was talking about, the stabilizer system, [00:04:00] the electric stabilizer system. That, again, can be controlled with your Cougar remote. If you don’t have your remote and you’re outside, the control system for that is right in there on the driver’s side.

Chad: Yeah. And it’s important that it’s on the driver’s side, right Kevin?

Kevin: Absolutely. It saves the convenience for the driver to get out and just come to the side of the coach instead of walking around the whole unit.

Chad: Once again, we have these slam latches with the magnetic holders. They just do it right. We look at other brands out there, and they’re going to be rusted. They’re going to be worn out after a couple of years. Cougars, we talked about that, thirteen, fourteen years of people buying Cougars every year. It’s the name brand in the industry.

Well guys, Kevin, thanks for coming …

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: … out to our dealership.

Kevin: Hey, thanks for having me out. Thank you Laura.

Laura: Thanks Kevin.

Chad: And just remember, Pete’s RV Center we want to earn your business. We have a location in Vermont and Indiana. We specialize in the Cougar fifth wheels and travel trailers. We’d love to earn your business today. Come by. If you don’t price us, if you don’t price your unit from us, you’re going to pay too much for your next Cougar.

Laura: Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV today. We hope to see you in one of our dealerships soon.

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How to Clean Your RVs Holding Tanks Sensors | Pete’s RV Service Tips

November 26th, 2014 by josh | Posted in RV Buyer Tips, RV Maintenance, RV Parts & Accessories, RV Service, RV Service Tips | No Comments »

Resident RV Expert Randy Murray discusses a multitude of ways to clean your gray/black water holding tank sensors, clearing all inaccurate monitor panel readings from your camper on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel.

Sometimes you may get a full tank reading on the monitor panel inside your camper even after you’ve dumped your gray and black tanks. Randy notes that this is generally caused by a build up of waste materials or anything that might have made its way down the toilet. These items can block the sensors preventing the correct read out.

Randy provides a few preemptive approaches to make sure you won’t have to deal with that faulty reading. The first is making sure before you flush that you add extra water so the toilet paper (making sure you use RV toilet paper) won’t clump up or dry out to the inside of the tank walls, the next is making sure the tanks are as full as possible (making sure not to overfill) before they are dumped. Randy suggests the use of a tank flush chock to assist in filling your holding tank before it’s dumped.

The good news is that there are other tools for when all else fails. The first one Randy recommends is what’s called an RV swivel stick, which he explains attaches to a hose and sprays around water at a high velocity to break down any tank buildup.  Depending on whether you own a travel trailer or fifth wheel, a longer flexible version is available for the harder to reach holding tanks. Lastly, filling up a 5 gallon bucket with hot water and pouring it down the toilet should help alleviate the issue by steaming away the blockage from the sensors.

Pete’s RV Center is an extraordinary recreational vehicle dealer with locations in South Burlington, VT and Schererville, IN. An RV sales and service provider since 1952, Pete’s RV Center carries an extensive inventory of Keystone, Crossroads, Coachman, Heartland, Evergreen and Forest River RV-branded campers.

Video Transcript for “How to Clean Your RVs Holding Tank Sensors | Pete’s RV Service Tips”

“Hey guys, Randy with Pete’s RV TV again with you today. Another quick tip segment for you. Have you ever gone out on a camping weekend, and you’ve dumped your tanks after the weekend, and you come back into your camper, and you get a false reading on your black or your gray tank kind of like that.

Looks full and you know it’s not. You just dumped it. Well, I’m going to take you into the bathroom here in just a few minutes, and I’m going to show you a couple of tricks to alleviate that problem for you. So let’s go take a look into a bathroom.

Alright, so here we are in a bathroom at one of the RVs we have here at the shop at Pete’s RV Center. Kind of an awkward place to have a conversation or shoot a video, but here we are anyway. Good information. So as I was mentioning earlier at the monitor panel, you know you’ve dumped the tank but it’s still reading full on you monitor panel.

How this happens is we have black ABS plastic tanks underneath our RV which are our holding tanks, our waste water holding tanks. And we actually spin weld metal sensors into the side of those tanks and hook wires to them that go back to that monitor panel. So we use continuity of what’s in the tank. We especially see this happen on the black tanks because some slime, and some sludge, and whatever else we throw down the toilet gets caught up on those sidewalls and will actually give us that false reading.

So a couple important things I want you to do while you’re camping that will help alleviate this, or make it easier for you to clean it if the problem does arise. when you have solids or paper present in the toilet bowl, I need you to fill up that toilet bowl before you dump.

Obviously if you’re dry camping, this is going to be a little harder for you to do because you want to get as much longevity out of that tank if possible. But if we’re at a campground where we can dump whenever we like, this is a great way to do it. So if there’s solids or toilet present in there, I want to see you fill that bowl up with water. I want to get as much water as I can in that bowl before I dump.

What that’s going to do, is it’s going to do things for us. It’s going to put more water into the tank, and it’s also going to help solidify anything that we put in the tank in conjunction with our toilet chemical. Make sure you’re using the appropriate RV toilet paper. [00:02:00]

Any toilet paper that is built for a chemical toilet will work on this. It breaks down a lot quicker than some of the household toilet papers we use for septic systems, so important to do that. So we just fill that guy up and dump it, as much water as we can. Most of your today’s toilets out there will have a way where you can step on it halfway and get some water to it, and that way we’re going to get as much into that tank as possible. If you do that that will help out.

The next thing you need to do, if it does arise, especially when you’re at the campground where you can dump where you want, we’ve got these couple of little options here that work really good. And a lot of today’s new units are coming with sewer sprays on them or some kind of tank wash spray that is hooked up to the side of the unit that actually sprays inside that tank.

Here’s a couple of options that we sell in our store. We call them swizzle sticks in the shop. Heh. You hook the garden hose to this end. It’s got a little on and off valve, and it’s actually got a sprayer that spins around at a very high rate of speed down here and will actually wash the side wall of your tank.

Here’s one that’s a little bit longer. If you own a fifth wheel, this is going to be tough to do because usually the tanks are very far away from the toilet, which are not in a travel trailer situation. So fifth wheels are a little bit tougher to do. So you can use those methods.

Another method that I use when I’m at the campground is before I leave, if my tanks are getting full, I’m going to fill that tank up with water. Now, be careful when you’re doing this because you don’t want to overfill the tank and have a mess or have it come up the toilet, but I want to fill that tank up. A lot of people I see at the dump station here at the dealership, they’ll bring a garden hose in or dump it.

You can also purchase one of these guys here. This is what my prep techs use when they are prepping a camper out to make sure everything’s working properly. They’ll drop that right in and it will keep the water on while it’s filling that tank. Again, make sure you keep an eye on that tank, because if this comes up through the toilet it’s not going to be a fun thing to clean up.

Once you’ve got that tank filled, let it sit for an hour or so. Maybe do it in the morning on the last day there, while you guys are picking up. Then go ahead and pull that valve. Now that water that’s in that tank is probably going to clean those sensors off. Sometimes I’ll even put a little chemical in there. That should clean it off, get everything taken care of for you [00:04:00] in conjunction with one of those swizzle sticks there, and the extra water we put in. That should keep those tanks reading clean.

Now, if you have one that’s not … again, typically it’s the black but sometimes I do see it on the gray. You can fill up the gray the same way. Even put a little toilet chemical down the gray and it will help out with odors. Gray odors are just as bad as black odors. I’ve had tanks apart and they really stink. So pour a little toilet chemical down in that gray water you’re using before you dump as well. It’s not going to hurt anything, plus it will keep the sensors clean.

On the really hard to clean sensors, or if you have one now that’s been dirty for a long time and are reading full for a long time and you want to get that one done, warm water. I’ll take and fill up a five gallon bucket, and I’ll dump it down the toilet of an empty tank with, of course, the valve closed on the outside. And the steam from that warm water will actually help loosen up any solids that we might have stuck to one of those sensors inside the tank. I’ve done that on numerous occasions and had very well, great, success with that as well.

There is also product that you can purchase at an RV store that you can put. It’s called a tank sensor cleaner. I put that down in there, or toilet chemical cleaner, or toilet chemical works pretty well as well. And if it, again, it’s one of those tough ones, let it sit in there for 24 hours before you dump. Even if you’ve got to take it home and bring it to the RV dealer a day or two later after letting it sit in there. What that liquid is going to do is, it’s clean liquid, it’s going to just soften up all the material on the side of the tanks that may be giving us that false reading.

Now, on the rare occasion that doesn’t clean it out, you may need to add a new well nut or something on there. We do do that occasionally at the dealership. But those tricks that I’ve just shared with you, that gets it about 95% of the time. Hopefully, if you’ve got one of your tanks and you try my tricks, it’ll help you get that [inaudible 00:05:32] reading at empty so you can have an accurate, you know, know what’s going on in your tanks and know how full they are before you dump them. Really important with the black tank.

Once again, let it fill up as much as you can while you’re using the RV before you dump. This is going to help us evacuate the tank properly and can keep those tank sensors reading clean. And it’s also going to give the chemical enough time to break down the solids and break down the paper.

So use a lot of water if you can, if you’re not in a dry camping situation. If that doesn’t work for you and you still get a false reading [00:06:00], fill the tank up with water, let it sit for as long as you can before you dump. That should clear out. If it’s a real toughy, get yourself five gallons of hot water and dump it down that toilet. Let that sit around for a little while, and that’ll actually steam the sensors. And then you can go ahead and flush the tank really well. And you can try the products that I showed you earlier, the swizzle sticks and things like that.

So hopefully this helps you clean those tank sensors. Thanks again for stopping in, checking out our quick tips with Randy. And always check us out on our Facebook page, and we’d love to see you on the YouTube channel as well. Thanks for thinking of Pete’s RV and happy camping.”

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Pete’s RV Center Receives 2014 Evergreen Top Ten Club Award

November 4th, 2014 by Phil | Posted in Bay Hill, Evergreen, Indiana, Pete's News, Sun Valley, Vermont | No Comments »

Sales Managers (l to r) Rick Campbell & Paul Marci with Evergreen RVs Top Ten Club Award

Pete’s RV Center was recently named to the 2014 Top Ten Club by Evergreen Recreation Vehicles.  The honor goes to Pete’s RV for the combined sales of Evergreen RVs at their locations in South Burlington, Vermont and Schererville, Indiana.

“Cracking the top ten in our first year with Evergreen is a tremendous achievement for Pete’s RV,” said Vice President of Sales Chad Shepard. “Bay Hill fifth wheels showed exceptionally well right from the start last fall when introducing the line to our customers.”

Motivated by their success with Bay Hill fifth wheels, late summer additions to both Pete’s RV dealership locations included Evergreen’s Sun Valley and I-Go lightweight travel trailers.

Shepard added, “Along with strong sales, the year has given us time to get well-acquainted with the product and build a solid relationship with the manufacturer.  We expect even greater results with Evergreen RVs in 2015.”

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles is located in Middlebury, Indiana.  They manufacture eco-friendly camping with composite, lightweight travel trailers and fifth wheels. EverGreen builds its campers from composite materials that are virtually wood-free, creating a longer-lasting, lighter-weight trailer that is easier to tow and more fuel-efficient.

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2015 Sun Valley Travel Trailer Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

October 7th, 2014 by josh | Posted in Evergreen, Pete's RV Video pReView, Product News, RV Buyer Tips, Sun Valley, Travel Trailers | No Comments »

Sun Valley may be one of Evergreen’s most affordable travel trailers, but it’s still built with “The EverGreen Difference.” It’s legendary lightweight, easy-to-tow construction makes Sun Valley ready for the full sized family or today’s full-sized SUV or half-ton pickup.

RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Sales Assistant Laura Chartrand WOW you as they walk through the ample interior features found in the Sun Valley Travel Trailers (using a S29DB for the demo) including:

  • Brand-Name Appliances & Furniture
  • Vinyl Crack Free Flooring
  • Solid Wood Cabinetry
  • Fireplace w/Remote (Optional on Select Models)
  • Solid Surface Countertops
  • Arched Ceilings
  • Booth Dinette With Storage
  • Block Foam Insulation

Some additional features to make you swoon over the Sun Valley travel trailers:

  • Optional Power Tongue Jack
  • Welded Aluminum Studded Walls and Floor
  • Molded Fiberglass Front Cap
  • Slam Latch Baggage Doors
  • Frameless Windows
  • Tankless Water Heater
  • Full Tub Surround
  • Queen Bed with Under-bed Storage

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Sun Valley travel trailer floorplans at!

Video Transcript for “2015 Evergreen Sun Valley Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Laura: You’re watching Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Laura, and this is Chad, and we have exciting news.

Chad: We’re going to present to you the Sun Valley travel trailer by Evergreen today. This is a lightweight travel trailer with aluminum construction, and with our buying power we can get it to you at an entry level price, even with these high-end quality features.

Laura: Chad, let’s head inside and show everyone all the great features that the Sun Valley has to offer.

Welcome inside. As you can see, as beautiful on the inside as on the outside. Chad, let’s talk a little bit about the construction.

Chad: Yep. Evergreen’s a very popular name on the market right now. They make things like the Bayhill. A lot of high-end quality. The Sun Valley travel trailer was built with the same construction as far as aluminum studded welding that runs horizontal and vertical to this trailer. And it uses block foam on the interior wall. So what they do is they run the studding. They weld it instead of staple or screw it. Normally, a trailer like this may have wood studding in the walls that they staple or screw to. This is high end. The aluminum studding, block foam in the wall, that provides better insulation than the batten strip, like the Pink Panther insulation.

And the reason for that is over time, Laura, the Pink Panther insulation eventually just slides down the wall every time you hit a bump, and then you don’t have any insulation in the top quarter of your wall anymore. We hear a lot of people talk about, “Hey, my air conditioner’s not working as it used to.” It works exactly the same way. It’s just you don’t have insulation left in the top of your wall anymore. So we’ve got aluminum studding all the way around.

Arched interior ceiling in here. Same thing, stamped aluminum, welded on the corners, holds it tight. The flooring on this is nice as well. We’ve got flooring, vinyl flooring, aluminum studding going across, provides the floor support. A wood barrier on top of that. Then we’ve put a nice vinyl flooring on top of that.

Laura: That’s right, Chad. It certainly is great construction. It makes it a great trailer.

While we’re over here, I just want to point out a few nice key features in the kitchen. This has an upgraded 8 cubic foot fridge, compared to the 6 foot, the 6 cubic foot fridge. You’re going to have 4 shelves in the fridge, and 4 door caddies. Lots of storage if you have an extra large family, or if you’re going to be gone for more than a couple days.

Point out over here, we have a range [00:02:00] cook stove over here. We have an oven with a broiler, which is awesome. And one of my favorite parts of the kitchen is the pendant lighting. This adds adds a lot. What Chad was saying, it has the nice high-end features. It really makes it a great entertaining space.

We also have a skylight right above me. This is an added feature just for this model. It’s adding extra light into the kitchen. Also makes it a great place for entertaining.

Chad: Solid surface countertops. Laura, it’s just a really nice, classy look. We have solid surface countertops. And this is true solid surface. It’s not the hollow core brands that you see out there. Deep sinks, metal faucet spout. Makes for something you’d have in your home. If you look right behind you, Laura, you can see not only solid surface here on the main countertop, but we’ve got it back here as well. Solid surface here. It’s not the laminate that we find in a lot of models as well.

So we talk over here about cabinetry. This is really what sells a trailer. And you can’t see it from the video, so it’s really hard to tell, but if you reach your hand back inside this cabinet, all the cabinets are pre-drilled and screwed. They’re pocket screws in here. We’re not have the stapled brands like the Forest River product has, or any of those brands. They’re pre-drilled, screwed. It’s going to hold out and last for a really long time. And they do put, on this pantry right here, they even have a little edge on it so your stuff doesn’t fall over the side.

Cool little feature, too. This is a dinette seat in this one. As you can see, there’s plenty of ceiling height in this slide here. So it makes it nice, if you don’t have to worry about bumping your head all the time as you’re getting in and out. Cloth blinds, instead of the metal Venetian blinds that you see in a lot of units that are price point pieces. This has the upgraded.

Check this out Laura, we’ve got room here to put all your stuff in here. You don’t have to pull the tops off. You still can go down from the top if you like. But you can go in this way as well.

Laura: Over here, I want to point out the be the bunks in the back. Top, these are oversize bunks, lots of room, which is excellent. You’re going to have the top bunk has a 250-pound weight limit, and the bottom bunk has an even higher weight limit than that. We have a privacy curtain to shut off to shut off the bunks if you’re sleeping.

Chad: But check out the size of those. I mean those are huge.

Laura: They are, mm-hmm (positive).

Chad: You can put adults on those. Those are not only kids’ bunks. Those are adults. [00:04:00] Nice quilted count, nice quilted fabric on the top. Comfortable sleeping. It’s not an entry-level product at all.

Laura: You’re absolutely right, Chad. Stepping into the bathroom, it’s hard to see with the camera over over here, but I’m just going to jump in and demonstrate. Lots of great features in the bathroom. I’m going to jump in the shower over here. There’s a nice deep tub, tub surround that’s going to protect against that water damage that everyone’s so worried about. We have a nice skylight above here that’s going to add an extra light. And my favorite part about it is the door in the bathroom. This adds an outside entry so you don’t have to have your guests tromping through your, through your trailer and getting dirt and grass all over the place. They can just hop right into the bathroom and hop right out. We have a nice foot flush toilet, and extra storage space in the sink as well.

Chad: Thanks, Laura. This is the 29DB. So they call this the double bunk. We’ve got the bunks, bunk over bunk on the top here. What we’re going to do is we’re going to turn this around. We’ve got a great hide-a-bed sofa I want to show you guys, fireplace, TV. We’ve got a lot of cool stuff that we haven’t gotten to yet. So we’re going to have Nate our camera man position himself so we can show you some more great features on this unit.

Laura: Check out the flat screen TV in here. It rotates all around into the bedroom, which we’ll demonstrate in just a few minutes. Right, Chad?

Chad: Even better, DVD player built into our stereo system, surround sound through the inside. We’ve got speakers in the ceiling that plays your movies, your stereo. It’s going to have a CD player. Plus, we have outside speakers, which we’ll show you when we get to the outside.

Laura: Right below it you have a fireplace. This is going to put off some extra heat if you need it, or just adds a great look to the unit.

Chad: Cool. Check this out. It’s about 100 degrees in here. You can see it from the video. But central air conditioning that says ducted AC. So you can even shut these off for more air conditioning, if needed in this room. We have them in the front room as well, which we’ll demonstrate in just a minute. But one thing I really want to point out is the high-end sofa this has in it. Maybe you can help me set this up, Laura.

Laura: Absolutely.

Chad: So this is called a hide-a-bed sofa. It’s with memory foam. And better than that, it even has a little bit of storage underneath, which we’ll demonstrate for you. So open it up. Legs kick out. So Nate, can you catch it on the video? We’ve got plenty of storage in here. So this where you’re going to put your sheets and your blankets, even sweatshirts if you don’t have extra family [00:06:00] going with you. And what this does, this folds down at night. And it’s a huge bed. I mean, it’s a full 74 inches long, so you can sleep adults on it without a problem as well. One last thing. Check out those slide out windows. They open, too, as well.

So it’s easy to fold up, just the reverse order of how we got it there to start with. All aluminum welded studding in here as well. It’s not the metal that’s screwed. This is welded aluminum. Very simple to do. All right.

Laura: Walking over here, another great feature is we’re going to have solid doors on this unit. It closes off the bedroom and gives you some extra privacy. Chad’s going to sneak back there, and I’m going to show you how easy it is for the TV, right, to rotate around. I’m only going to do it about halfway so you can see back into the bedroom.

Chad: Yeah. It’s hard to catch all the shots from this RV, but we’ll do our best here. Once in the bedroom, you can see me through here, we’ve got our cabinets up top. Once again, these are all pre-drilled, screwed from the inside. This has a glass insert over it to make it look very modern. We have our air conditioning vents in here as well. And the bed lifts up for additional storage in here.

I do like those hardwood doors. I mean, we talk a lot of trailers. This trailer’s only 6,400 pounds, this one here. And usually what you find is some soft curtain or an accordion-style curtain. This is true hardwood doors. This is what people are looking for.

Laura: Chad, there is a lot of great features on the inside of this trailer. Let’s go outside and check out some of the great features out there.

Chad: Real quickly before we do that, Laura, as you know, Pete’s RV Center is the internet dealer. We stock a ton of units, a thousand units. We sell deep. The Sun Valley brand is a big unit at, we sell a lot of them at our dealership here. If you don’t call us for a price, you’re going to pay too much for your next RV, whether you buy it from us or not.  But let’s go outside. We’ll show them some of the cool features, and we’ll go from there.

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Video Transcript for “2015 Evergreen Sun Valley Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)”

Chad: On the outside features here we have a one piece cap on the front. You can see how it comes down, Laura. It’s very aerodynamic. It’s solid so we don’t have to worry about getting any water damage or delamination or anything. It’s a one piece cap. Diamond plate. They run it real high on the front so if you’re ever kicking up any rocks on those back roads, we don’t have to worry about puncturing the fiberglass.

It’s a nice unit right up front here, propane tanks and don’t forget the power tongue jack on this. This is option with a power tongue jack.

And that kind of goes, Laura, to how Pete’s RV Center orders their units. They load them up with options, but yet when people see our pricing they think they’re stripped down. It’s actually just the opposite. We stock a ton of units. That’s how we get the pricing nice and low.

Laura: You’re exactly right Chad. Earlier Chad was actually talking about the aluminum framing in this trailer. On top of that they put a colored fiberglass with a high gloss finish on top of that. It’s going to make it real easy to clean your unit.

Another great thing, slam latch doors. Lots of storage space under here. There’s a slam latch door on the other side so the storage goes all the way through. Lots of room.

Chad: No carpet inside. Vinyl flooring. Easy to clean. It’s a great, great spot to put your stuff.

Laura: Now that’s what I call a slam latch door.

Chad: No doubt about it.

Laura: I also want to point out the electric awning over here. And the tinted safety glass windows. This is going to keep the sun from beating in your unit and it’s going to keep your fabrics looking newer longer.

Chad: Yeah, when these are going down the road, there’s a lot of flexing in the frame. The safety glass windows are just another high end feature that a lot of brands don’t offer. As we make our way back here, we’ve got the 3 steps on the inside. We’ve all seen those trailers that try to cheap it out and do it with the 2 steps or with the low rise steps.

We’ve got spots for the water, the dirt, the drain through. And yet we get a skid pad here on the front to help keep the trailer clean on the inside. Big grab handle on the way in. As we talked about Pete’s RV starting optioning those. Better option. Big grab handle here. Makes getting in and out of the trailer real easy.

Laura: Over here you can see there are outside speakers. Perfect for annoying your neighbors, bumping mus, music or your TV. Over here we also have a TV hookup [00:02:00] and a cable hookup. My favorite thing that it actually comes with is an easy TV mount.

Chad: That’s really nice. You put the TV out here. You get the camping outside. If you guys want to hang out outside, it’s perfect for that. You can kind of catch it just from the video name, this trailer has been upgraded with the aluminum rims. Not only do they keep the wheels cooler, the brakes, the axles, the bearings cooler. It’s lighter weight and it looks really nice as well. Well Laura, this is kind of been, we can’t go too much further, this does also have an outside grill on the back. As we talked about getting the camping outside again.

But guys, before we go, Pete’s RV Center, we have thousands of units in stock, or a thousand units in stock, new, used. If you guys are looking for a great deal, we have a location in Vermont. One in Indiana. We’d love to price a trailer for you. Give us a call, 1-888-PETES RV. You won’t be disappointed. I promise you that.

Laura: Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV today. We hope to see you in one of our dealerships soon.

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Installing RV Water Pump Converter in Your Camper for Easy Winterization | Pete’s RV Quick Tips

October 2nd, 2014 by josh | Posted in RV Buyer Tips, RV Maintenance, RV Parts & Accessories, RV Service | No Comments »

Resident RV Expert Randy Murray demonstrates RV water pump converter installation in your camper for quick and easy winterization on the Pete’s RV You Tube Channel.

With the use of a pump converter winterizing kit, Randy provides a break down of the steps necessary for proper setup. The first step is locating the water pump in the camper and determining both the incoming and outgoing water pump lines. Randy notes that the installation will take place on the incoming commonly used noise dampening flex line.

The next step is making sure you correctly assess the openings on the 3-way valve as Randy shows us. Making sure that the constant flow side of the valve is securely fastened to the opening of the water pump line, you can continue to connect the other valve ends to the water pump.

Once installed, you’re ready to start pumping antifreeze throughout the camper to begin the winterization process. To see the next steps, check out Randy’s Winterization video here.

Pete’s RV Center is an extraordinary recreational vehicle dealer with locations in South Burlington, VT and Schererville, IN. An RV sales and service provider since 1952, Pete’s RV Center carries an extensive inventory of Keystone, Crossroads, Coachman, Heartland, Evergreen and Forest River RV-branded campers.

Video Transcript for “Installing RV Water Pump Converter in Your Camper for Easy Winterization | Pete’s RV Quick Tips”

Randy: Hey guys, Randy with Pete’s RV TV here again today. Another quick tip of something for you. Today, I’m going to show to install a pump converter. It’s getting a little bit cold up here in the North East. You probably see the goosebumps under my tattoos.  ha, it’s that time of year to get winterizing. Now, winterizing is uh pretty basic, but if we can make it easier, I’m good with that. And, once you install one of these in your trailer, it’s going to make it easier for every time you have to winterize. So, pump converters can come a couple of different ways.  and, what a pump converter is, is something that we attach very near to our water pump so either the trailer can draw out of the freshwater holding tank, when we are using it in the summer, or dry camping, or traveling or what have you.  or it will draw out of our antifreeze jug and we just install a quick valve and a little hose on there and that way we can turn the valve, put the hose on the jug, and we can winterize without having to unhook our pump, so it just makes it easier for us and it can be done very inexpensively.

This is one of the kits that we sell in the store.  again, pretty easy to hook up. This is a brass that comes with a coupling here so you can go right to the head of the water pump and everything that you need to do.  my preferred method is with a three-way valve, a plumbing valve that we had used for PEX plumbing. This is,  what I’ve got in my camper and this is,  what I’ve got in my camper and this is the way I’d like to install them if I do it for our customers. And, so, I’m going to show you how to put in the three-way valve for the PEX plumbing. Now, we’re not going to be hooking this to PEX plumbing so the first thing we can do is get rid of these PEX plumbing nuts. And what I’ve supplied myself with was three hose clamps because that’s going to work in conjunction with these tits here on this guy. Now, this can be purchased at any RV store. Again, it’s called a three-way valve. And, what we want to do when we look at the three-way valve is, it’s going to allow water to pass through one of them all of the time and then one or the other depending on which way we select the valve.

So, first thing we got to do is determine which one is the constant flow. So, the only way to do that is kind of look down the hole. And, if you turn the valve like so, and I can still see, and well Josh won’t be able to see it with a camera, but I can see it open on both ways and I look [00:02:00] at the other two and it’s open one way and closed the other way. So, I’ve just determined that this one right here is the one that gets the constant flow. So, that’s the one that we want to hook to the plumbing side of the camper. And, I just usually make a little mark on it so I can retrieve it quickly while I’m putting this together.  so next thing we are going to want to do is, we are going to want to locate the pipe that we want to cut into. Now, in this spring right here, we got a pretty good location. I can see what’s going on. So, this flex line right here on our pump goes down below the floor as a flex line. That’s going to go to our freshwater holding tank. On the other side, I can see some plumbing coming off and I got two pipes coming off. I got the city water fill coming in on this guy here.

I know that side of the pump is the output side of the pump and this is the incoming side of the pump. And, you can usually tell, again, one’s flex line. It’s got one hose going to it. And, the reason they use flex line on this is to keep the noise down while the pump is running. And, I’ve got two hoses in my city fills coming on the other side so I know that’s the plumbing side of the coach, which is where we are going to push the antifreeze through the pump or draw it into the pump and push that way. So, now that we have determined that. Also, with the Shurflo pump and the jet pumps, both of the biggies out there that you’re going to see in the RV world, if you look at the head of the pump, there is directional arrows if you’re not 100% sure but sometimes it’s hard to get your head in there and see which way that’s going. So, if you use my method, you should be all right. So, what I’m going to do here, is I’m going to take my fancy pipe cutters. No, you don’t need fancy pipe cutters like this. You can use a razor blade or something like that, but you want something to be able to cut through the pipe fairly  straight so when we put our hose clamps on we get a good connection.

So, I’m just going to cut this guy right here and that’s where I’m going to install my valve. So, again, now that I know that this is the full time plumbing side where I put my little red mark there, that’s the side I want to go into the pump. The other side is going to draw off the water tank and then we will put our hose on this side. And, I’m going to put my hose on it just to save doing it underneath that cabinet. So, the first thing I’m going to do is put my hose clamp on, put that guy on there, and we can go ahead and tighten up our hose clamp. [00:04:00] If I was smart, I would have brung a tip from my screw gun to do this with, but I wasn’t so I’ll just do it with a screwdriver. Bear with me here. Perfect. And, that’s good and tight. Now I’m going to take my hose clamps and slide them on my other two pipes so they’re there. We’ll go ahead and install this guy here. We’ll get a water tank and then head of the pump right there.

And, again, it’s pretty important you find out which is the constant flow because if you hook us up the wrong way, it’s not going to work for us. And, if you find you’ve installed it and it’s not drawing antifreeze the proper way or getting it to the right location, you may want to just take it apart and make sure that you’ve got it hooked up correctly. So, I’m going to get in the way of the camera here for just a minute so I can tighten these up. And, you don’t have to kill them. It’s not crazy high pressure water, but we want to make sure they’re good and snug so we,  don’t have any leaks down the road and we don’t get antifreeze all over our carpet. One more to tighten up here. And, after you’ve installed this, you can watch the video that Josh and I made about winterizing the campers, doing the basic winterization and that should help ya getting down that road if you have any questions on that as well. All right, with both of those tight, we have successfully installed the pump converter.

So, with the valve turned this way, we’re going to be drawing out of our freshwater holding tank into that water pump and pushing water from the holding tank throughout the coach when we don’t have city water present. And, with the valve turned this way, we can now put this right into our antifreeze jug, turn the water pump on, and start pumping antifreeze through all of our faucets and devices throughout the coach. Simple as that. So, we have just successfully installed the pump converter and that’s going to make your winterizing a lot easier for ya every year rather than unhooking and hooking that pump. Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV with Randy today. [00:06:00] Thanks for checking our quick tips and happy camping, and thanks for stopping in.

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