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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 You Tube 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.

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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.

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

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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2015 Bay Hill Fifth Wheel Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

September 18th, 2014 by josh | Posted in Bay Hill, Evergreen, Fifth Wheels, Pete's RV Video pReView, Product News, RV Buyer Tips | No Comments »

Created for the discerning RV owner who enjoys style, luxury, and innovative design, Bay Hill fifth-wheels meet and exceed all of the expectations for design and quality in its class.

Fifth-wheel owners asked for a well-built and attractive RV with attention to detail and “industry-first” touches. EverGreen delivered. Anyone seeking a spacious and elegantly appointed coach without the high-ticket price you might expect in a variety of similar high-profile fifth-wheels can now own the Bay Hill fifth-wheel from EverGreen.

RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Sales Assistant Laura Chartrand meet up with Bay Hill rep, Brian Walczak to mesmerize you as they walk through the high-end interior features found in the Bay Hill Fifth Wheels (using a 295RL for the demo) including:

  • Brand-Name Appliances & Furniture
  • Constructed & Equipped for Full-Time Living
  • Stainless Steel Appliances including Dishwasher (on most floorplans)
  • Amish-Crafted Hardwood Cabinetry & Self-Shutting Drawers
  • Atwood Unlimited Hot Water Heater
  • Arched Ceilings
  • Hardwood Dinette with Leaflet & Hidden Storage
  • Flush-Floor, Insulated Slideouts

Some additional features to make you fall in love with Bay Hill fifth wheels:

  • Optional Trail Air Pin Box System
  • Lippert Hydraulic Leveling System
  • Gel Coat Integrated with Body Paint for No-Fade Shine
  • Monster Belly Storage with Outdoor Entertainment Connections & Central Vac Canister
  • Outside Speakers (not often found on 5Ws)
  • Frameless, Tinted Windows with Unexposed Moldings
  • Walk-In Glass Door Shower
  • King Bed with Upgraded Pillow Top Mattress

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Bay Hill fifth wheel floorplans at!

Video Transcript for “2015 Evergreen Bay Hill Fifth Wheel Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Laura: Hey, guys. You’re watching Pete’s RV TV. I’m Laura and this is Chad, and today we have a special treat. We’re taking you through the Bay Hill 295RL.

Chad: I guarantee you’re going to learn something today you’ve never learned before. We have factory backed help here to take us through this Bay Hill, top to bottom, inside and out. We’re going to go through it from one end to the other. First thing we noticed, the Bay Hill, beautiful. Painted front caps. We’ve got wide body construction. Things you’re not going to see in any of the other RVs. We’re excited to offer this Bay Hill product.

Laura: That’s true, Chad. Let’s head inside and meet up with Bryan Walczak. He’s our Bay Hill rep, and he’s going to explain to us all the really great features of the Bay Hill.

Hey, guys. Welcome inside. We’re here with our Bay Hill rep, Bryan Walczak, , and he’s here to explain some of the great features in here. The first thing you’ll notice when you step inside, how beautiful it is. They really go all out in this unit. He’s here to explain all the great things that they do.

Bryan, why don’t you start off by telling us some of the nice features in the kitchen, like with the cabinets?

Bryan: Absolutely. I mean, as you already know, Evergreen is getting more popular by the day in the industry for being more focused on our buying segment. Some of those things are evidenced here in our cabinets. When you look around any of the Bay Hill, as evidenced here in our 295RL, you’re going to see beautiful cabinets all lined up here. All of our hardwood cabinets feature the hidden hinges inside, all spring loaded, so they close automatically. Let me do that again real quick. Close automatically. Very, very unique features. Plus, all of our drawers feature the soft close feature, so once they’re open, then they close automatically. Very neat.

All of our countertops feature the Martha Stewart Collection countertop, which is one of the high end pieces. Plus, our dishwashers. Bay Hill is the only major manufactured fifth wheel that currently offers a dishwasher. Much easier to use.

Laura: That’s right. It’s a great feature.

Chad: So real quickly, Bryan. Bay Hill, it kicks butt in the market. Its been really a big seller for us. Its been [00:02:00] a huge step up for people who have Montana’s, or people who have a Big Horn, or someone who’s looking to upgrade their current fifth wheel, brand new. My favorite thing about it, it’s a wide body coach. Tell us a little about it. We got 100 inches wide.

Bryan: That’s right.

Chad: I mean, that’s, that’s revolutionary in the industry.

Bryan: That’s right.

Chad: Tell us what, what does that give you?

Bryan: Well, everybody’s looking for more space. Now with bigger highways, bigger trucks, we now have the ability to offer larger coaches also. And our coach is 100 inches wide, which is one of the largest on the market, bigger than any major manufactured coach. What’s that going to do is give you wider hallways, over 30 inches of passage room space, larger bathrooms, and of course, larger living areas. When you own a Bay Hill, you’ve got more space.

Chad: Without a doubt. Without a doubt. Now it also gives us taller slide heights.

Bryan: Absolutely.

Chad: I see a lot of, lot of cool stuff that this offers, without a doubt.

Bryan: Absolutely.

Laura: Bryan, you mentioned that we have Martha Stewart countertops here. Can you also tell us some of the other great brands that you guys use?

Bryan: Absolutely. Everything that we use in a Bay Hill’s going to be recognized. First you’re going to find Sharp microwaves. Of course, you’re going to find Norcold refrigerators. You’re going to find flooring that’s Armstrong flooring. You’re going to find Lauren Ashley furniture, and a plethora of other well-known brands throughout the coach.

Chad: Talk a little bit, too. When we talk about the Bay Hill, that’s one thing that strikes me. We have Shaw carpeting, Armstrong flooring, Martha Stewart Collection, Coreon. Just goes the extra mile. We talk about those steps up. It’s home style furniture in this RV.

Bryan: It, it is unique. And one of the things that I was told is the Bay Hill’s are 100% better, because we’re 1% better at 100 different things.

Chad: And people don’t realize, Bay Hill is a fairly small company. I mean, you guys aren’t running 20 or 30 of these down the line a day.

Bryan: No.

Chad: So the quality, attention to detail, and I’m assuming this is built in Elkart, Indiana.

Bryan: Actually, no. We’re built in Middlebury.

Chad: Middlebury.

Bryan: Right in the Amish capitol there. Our average production worker at Evergreen RV, they’ve been working in their teams, in their groups, for well over 20 years. They were building products even before Evergreen came together. So these guys are happy. And if you can have happy people, working at building better product, it’s going to make our customers and our dealers happy.

Chad: Without a doubt. Without a doubt. Couple [00:04:00] things I want to touch upon before we go to the outside. There are a lot of cool features. We’re going to go up and check out the bedroom, too. Laura was in here. We came and checked this out before the video. One thing she pointed out was, check the depth of the sinks, and it sounds kind of, you know, nit picking. But when we get into this level, we are nit picking.

Bryan: Mm hmm (positive).

Chad: Stainless steel sinks.

Bryan: All under mounted. All the sinks are under mounted. And you notice there’s a lot of extra sill. All the sill is neatly all around there. We don’t want to have any leaks in around our, around our sinks. Plus, all of our high rise faucets. Everything is nickel plated or stainless steel. It’s got the pull-out style. It’s got the spray end here also, very easy, very easy to use, and hot and cold feature here on the outside.

Chad: Laura, then when you were mentioning earlier too, the sleeping capacity. So this is the smallest unit. We’re at 34 feet is it?

Bryan: This is actually 34 foot 6 inches long, and it’s got all the features of our larger models packed into this 34 footer.

Chad: So over here we have the lounge recliners?

Bryan: Yeah. This is our Lauren Ashley furniture. Each of these are a theater-style seat. Right here, what we have are three independent components. So if in the future, if your customer wanted to combine them, hook them, attach them together. It’s got storage here inside, in the middle, again on the hidden hinges. Plus, there’s levers here, which allow it to recline. You’re going to find all of our furniture in the Bay Hill has a top stitch, and in some cases, depending on the décor fabric, double top stitch, to double accent exactly what’s going on with the furniture.

Chad: You got it. Without a doubt. And it gives it a great look.

Laura: Bryan, one of my favorite things about the Bay Hill is the fireplace. Could you tell us a little bit about that?

Bryan: Well, again, Bay Hill comes with more standard features than any other fifth wheel. So fireplaces do come standard, along with the leveling system also. The fireplaces are great, because they do put out heat, over 5,000 BTUs worth of heat. There should be a remote that, that’s included with it. Plus you have the larger TVs. So when you look at the entertainment center on a Bay Hill, you’re going to find largest in class, bigger TVs, bigger fireplace.

Chad: Tell us a little bit about shades. I mean, we, we talk about upgraded features. Shades. This has roller shades in ‘em.

Bryan: Yeah.

Chad: But it’s not the standard roller shade that you found, [00:06:00] like, at your home in the spare room.

Bryan: No. No, no. This is actually an upgrade. And what we’re offering is the MCD natural upgrade. This is a complete blackout shade. Okay? This is referred to as a solo shade. The idea is it can keep the heat down. Really, definitely keep the light out. But, , with the 80% tinted windows that are frameless on the outside, it keeps a lot of the heat out, but this is just an added measure.

Laura: This unit also comes with a free-standing dinette. Only the two chairs are shown now, but it comes with four chairs. Is that right?

Bryan: Yeah. Every coach should come with two chairs. There’s two additional folding chairs. Because it’s a couple’s model, we want to focus on having two people put together. Okay? But if you have guests, we understand that, and the folding chairs pack away neatly.

Chad: And Bay Hill does make a bunk model. And we talk about high ends, even the Montana doesn’t make a bunk model, and then our high end fifth wheel Bighorn the same way. This, they make a true bunk model, with the high end features, with the extra sleeping capacity.

Bryan: Absolutely. And that’s called our 385BH. Our 385BH is quickly becoming one of the top performers on the market. For years, people have bought entry level or mid level fifth wheels, and have a natural upgrade into the Bay Hill 385.

Chad: Okay. So this video’s not too, too long, we’re just going to do some rapid R factors on this. Bryan, tell us a little bit.

Bryan: Okay.

Chad: This is high end coach, full, full-time living. I mean, this has got some nice stuff in it.

Bryan: This is an all-weather coach. It’s made for full-time living. R-38 on the roof and floor. Side walls, floor, even the end walls, rear and the slide-in walls, all vacuum laminated. That makes it the best-insulated, best-constructed coach on the market. Triple insulated roof, double batten fiberglass, plus all the extra R-40 flex foil.

Chad: Tell me a little bit. Heated enclosed underbelly.

Bryan: Heated. It’s a basically infrared radiant-type system throughout the underbelly that allows it to heat evenly, not a ducted heat, which just blows air and doesn’t have a return.

Chad: Two options for hot water.

Bryan: That is correct. Our standard is a 10-gallon Atwood water heater, but now we feature the all new Atwood on-demand tankless system. It’s a completely new system on the market. It’s unlimited hot water. I have it in, in my rigs, and I, and I wouldn’t be without it.

Chad: Lighting? [00:08:00] Tell us a little bit about the lighting.

Bryan: Everything is LED. Okay?

Chad: Lights above your head over there.

Bryan: Absolutely. These, these are all LED throughout. Okay? All the LEDs are recessed into the ceiling, and even into the, , the slide rooms here. LED lights use next to no amps. They’re very, very little. And they put out no heat. So on a hot day, of course, like today, it’s not going to make it too hot inside.

Chad: You got it. So, from, we’ll have Laura show us the front bedroom in here. They can do a new position with the camera, and then we’re going to go around the outside real quick.

Bryan: Okay.

Chad: And touch up on any, when people see the Bay Hill on the outside it’s beautiful, something that people don’t forget. So we want to make sure we do a good job on that as well. So, let’s take a minute and we’ll jump outside. Laura can finish up the bedroom and the bathroom here in the front.

Laura: Hey, guys. Laura here again. I’m going to show you the bathroom and the bedroom in this Bay Hill. Okay. We’re in the 295RL. Bathroom, over here, it’s nice, a big nice size. The shower, this is one of my favorite things. It’s huge, lots of room. This thing is seamless. It’s so big that they put this in the unit before they’re even finished building it. There’s a nice three-door shower, so it gives you lots of room to get in. Look at all this wide space that you can to get in. You have a porcelain foot flush toilet, which is nice, and then right behind the door, which you can’t really see, is the vanity. We have a power vent fan in here, as well as a skylight for that extra light in here. There are no windows, so that skylight is great. Adds a lot of light.

I’m going to just squeeze by you into the bedroom. Nice big room up here. We have the option of a king or a queen bed. This is a king size bed. But you do have the options for a queen. They were talking before about the great brands that we have in the Bay Hill, and you’ll see this is a Black Label mattress. It’s a pillow top, very comfy. When you buy the RV, you’re not going to immediately think, “Oh, I have to change the mattress.” This comes, you’re going to love it. It’s very comfortable, just like all of the Bay Hill you’ll see. The slide is going to have windows on both sides for that cross ventilation, which is great up here. It’s going to keep you extra cool. We have the AC. These turn as well as shut, which is nice.

And the best thing about the Bay Hill is the two [00:10:00] closets. I don’t know if you can see back here, but we have washer dryer hookups back here, and then over here is the sliding closet, which we have even more room back here. We’re going to have a TV up here, and we’re going to have the close, glide close doors. Watch that neat. Closes all by itself. You don’t even need to worry about it. We have extra drawer space all down here. Lots of space. So you have the two closets, and then you have the drawers up here. TV, like I said. Lie down in here. You’re going to have lots of room. And then you have the option of the king mattress or the queen mattress.

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Video Transcript for “2015 Evergreen Bay Hill Fifth Wheel Features (Part 2 of 2)”

Chad: The outside is just as beautiful as the inside. As you can tell right away, the Bay Hill, beautiful on the outside. Bryan, tell us a little bit. Let’s talk about the exterior of the coach.

Bryan: Well, when we designed the Bay Hill, the idea was to go with a full body paint look without the cost. Now, there’s still paint. This is painted. The front is painted, but all the sidewalls are injected. Okay? And what’s most important is how it’s constructed. This isn’t your standard fiberglass. This is real gelcoat. The same kind of stuff you’re gonna find in a boat haul. It’s hard core. Okay? Gelcoat is what everybody wishes they could have on their coach.

Chad: And I mean, we’re going up against products like, I mean, this is a still a step over Cedar Creek and stuff like that but they’re using hung fiberglass.

Bryan: That’s correct.

Chad: I mean, we’re taking it to another level, better quality. And I think you had mentioned to me, you know, we do a few hundred things 1 percent better.

Bryan: That’s right. Absolutely.

Chad: And this is part of that.

Bryan: This is part of that. And we want to have confidence and our customers to have confidence that when they buy at Bay Hill, they’re buying a better product. And we can’t just say that, we have to show it in the product on how it’s constructed and better quality materials.

Chad: I agree with that.

Laura: Uh, you were mentioning a little bit about the construction. Can you tell us about the sidewalls and, and how …

Bryan: Absolutely.

Laura: … they make those.

Bryan: Absolutely. Well, the industry standard with all fiberglass is just to what they call pinch rolling. Here at Evergreen, what we do is, is we take the time with our vacuum forming process. Every one of our sidewalls, floors, even our end walls are all vacuum laminated. [knocks] Very, very, strong. So, if we use better quality products and a better process to keep them together, it’s a better, better all together package.

Chad: I agree to that, as well. Talk a little bit, too. Frameless windows, what’s the advantage of a frameless window besides just being really good looking?

Bryan: Well, it is. They’re sexy. Frameless windows are sexy. There’s even some studies being done right now on frameless windows. With less metal exposed around the edges, less thermal transfer is going to happen whether it’s hot or cold on the outside into the inside of your coach. Plus, you get the jalousie feature that tips the window out so you can keep your windows open even in the rain.

Chad: Less maintenance, too, right? Laura, we talked earlier in one of our videos that there’s no seams on the outside [00:02:00], less maintenance on a yearly basis, saves people money down the road in maintaining and keeping their coach.

Laura: That’s true.

Bryan: Black, black seals will always make, look, they’ll fade over time and with these you don’t see the seals. It’s all tucked away neatly.

Laura: That’s true. And can you tell us a little bit about the slam latch doors. I…

Bryan: Absolutely.

Laura: …I love the compartments and, and how Bay Hill does this.

Bryan: Well, at Bay Hill, what we do is, we use a combination of slam latch doors and some regular hinges, also. You cannot beat the convenience of slam latch doors. The first thing you might notice is, all of the doors in A Bay Hill are what we call split doors. So, even the side doors open the side, the front doors are also split. The idea is, if you had to open this big door and stand out of the way, or worse yet, what if it came down on your head, whether it’s a magnetic clip, or a little clip itself, I’ve heard people get hurt that way.

Our doors are nice and simple. So, what we’ve done with Bay Hill is designed larger openings with easier to use doors.

Chad: You able to get that good there on the video? It’s a really a sharp look on it. One quick thing I want to point out too is, we talked about quality and stuff you don’t see all the time. These are metal hinges, latches here, okay? Not the plastic latch. So, when we’re talking about those 1 percent of things you do better.

Bryan: Absolutely.

Chad: I appreciate you guys doing that.

Bryan: Absolutely. Metal, metal’s the way to go. Many of our competitors are starting to use plastic just to save costs.

Laura: You were talking about LED lights on the inside, too. And uh, I, you can see over here that the LED lights are all on the outside, as well.

Bryan: Absolutely. I mean, we’ve really tricked out the Bay Hill. Okay? So, underneath you’ve got LED lights right here in your camping area, plus under the awning. These each come standard on the Bay Hill.

Chad: As you can hear, Pete’s RV, we are right by the airport. Actually, it’s kind of funny. We sell, you know we stock a thousand units and it’s never mind how many people come here to view units. So, I apologize for the plane flying over at the moment here.

Bryan: They’re flying in for deals, aren’t they?

Chad: Without a doubt. Without a doubt.

Laura: [Laughs]

Chad: Jack system. Tell us a little bit. There’s different types of levelers. There’s electric levelers. There’s hydraulic levelers.

Bryan: Yep.

Chad: What do we have here?

Bryan: What we have on the Bay Hill is the top end. This is the high end, hydraulic leveling in the front. Now, we space all the jacks out at the ends, so you have better stability in the front. Okay?

Chad: Yep.

Bryan: As standard [00:04:00] in every Bay Hill, we offer a full automatic leveling kit. On most of our models, on almost all, we have the 6 point leveling system. On the 295 we have a 4 point leveling system only on this one. But it’s easy. Single touch button and you’re level.

Chad: Guys, there is a ton more about the Bay Hill product that you can find out at or Pete’s RV Center. Give us a ring and we’ll be glad to help you. We stock thousands of units. We stock the full Bay Hill line up.

Bryan: That’s right.

Chad: And I can tell you, no one knows more about it than Bryan. So, we gladly will reach out to him, or us, me and Laura with any questions. We buy at the best price. We sell at the best price and we’ll take your trade, whether you’re buying Indiana or Vermont, we’d love to earn your business sometime.

Bryan: Thank you [crosstalk 00:04:35].

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

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Words for the ‘Why?’ When Washing Your RV

September 5th, 2014 by Phil | Posted in Camping Lifestyle | No Comments »

Never cut corners when washing your RV!  Do it right and it will help your RV look better and last longer.

Use the proper products for cleaning RV’s. Why ? because I said so!

As a 24 year car wash industry professional, the one thing I do know is not every soap is the same.  Just like we do not recommend using dish soap on your car, we do not recommend using dish soap to clean your RV or travel trailer.  Use only the recommended amount of the correct soap.  Adding more soap does not make it stronger.  And don’t mix different cleaning solutions.  Not following the instructions on the package, mixing the correct amount of detergent ratio, or combining cleaners is asking for harm to your RV rather than good.

Hose down the entire RV first with water THEN dunk the brush or mitt into the bucket and apply the soap to the RV.  Focus on cleaning small areas at a time and rinse after you wash them.  Do not let the soap dry on the surface. Do so and you may be finding it harder to remove the dried soap film than the dirt off the surface of the RV.

Being a “Why?” guy (not to be confused with “wiseguy”), meaning  I have a tendency to invent my own way to do things with results not always going my way, here are a several tried and true suggestions and explanations for the other “Why?” guys out there:

  • Make sure you close all your windows and roof vents and DO NOT spray directly into ANY outside openings on your RV.  Doing so could cause damage or disruption to your furnace and refrigerator units or electrical systems.
  • Clean out your gutters AND THEN spray them out with the hose BEFORE washing the RV.  Otherwise, the dirty over spray and debris are going to splatter on the sides of the RV.
  • Hosing down the RV first with water knocks off the heavy stuff, sand, mud, bird droppings, pine needles, stuff that will scratch your RV surface if you scrub them off with your wash mitt or brush. The main reason why you need to wet the area you are about to wash is this:  Have you ever taken a handful of shampoo and put it on your head and tried washing your hair with it dry? Not good, right?  Same with an RV.  Pre-rinsing prepares the surface for the cleaning solution.  Putting it directly on a dry exterior will cause you to go through more soap than necessary to get the job done.
  • Keep in mind that the amount of lather and bubbles does not mean the soap is stronger. The cleaning power is not in the bubbles.  Bubbles function as a lubricant for the brush, wash mitt or sponge to work better. Even though the surface of your RV is not a car, I do not recommend using a sponge or wash mitt.  My personal choice is a soft fiber brush. Rinse the brush with the hose frequently between dunks into the soap and water bucket.  Wash from bottom to top, but always rinse from top down.
  • RVs have different types of surfaces, paint material, and all seams contain specialized caulking or sealant making it a smart choice to use RV-specific cleaning solutions.  Otherwise, exteriors may streak or haze and sealants can dry out and crack.
  • If encrusted bugs do not come off easily with the RV wash soap then use bug remover. For stubborn black streaks, spot treat with them with heavy duty cleaner made for RVs.
  • When washing the roof, use rubber roof cleaner and consult your RV dealer about the proper way to clean your brand of RV.  Many new RVs are fine to walk on as you wash it, but some manufacturers suggest standing on a ladder beside the unit using a long handled brush.
  • You don’t need to be a rocket scientist when it comes to cleaning the windows. Is it okay to use home or auto glass cleaner on your RV?  You’d think so. Whenever in doubt, use glass cleaner specifically sold for RV glass.  Just about everybody has their own theory on how to get a streak free window.  In the car wash industry, we use an ammonia free glass cleaner and two soft towels. One towel to wash the glass, and the other to buff it to a streak free shine. As the wash towel becomes more wet progressing from window to window, keep the buffing towel as dry as possible.  This and using less window cleaner as you go along will further help prevent streaking.
  • Complete the job by cleaning tires and wheels.  Not only do they look sharp when done, but using a tire protectant can help prevent premature cracking due to sun and weather exposure.


Finally, I try to wash my RV at least twice a year along with a spring and fall waxing. Since the latter has its own set of “Why?” explanations, I will save proper RV waxing techniques for a future article.

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Hampton Park Model Extra | Five Standard Must-Have Features

September 4th, 2014 by intern | Posted in Park Models, Product News, RV Buyer Tips | No Comments »

Hampton comes with most of the requested standard features found in other park model brands.  These include a fireplace, HD LED TV, patio door, deep stainless steel sink, lighted medicine cabinet, a living room tri-fold hide-a-bed sofa, and exterior speakers just to name a few.  Now look at some must-have features that make Hampton a standout in its class:

  • There is a large wardrobe in the master bedroom of Hampton park models.  Inside, you’ll find shelves from the floor to the roof and hangers on both sides of the shelves.  It also comes with two drawers at the bottom and is closed off by two sliding doors.  This wardrobe is great for keeping your clothes organized and out of the way.
  • Hampton park models come with a 15,000 BTU ducted air conditioner (AC) that is also wired and prepped for a second AC in the master bedroom.  A high-performance AC is a true life saver in the summer for wherever you happen to be residing.

  • If you want to listen to music in the bedroom, don’t worry about separate speakers.  Hampton bedrooms have built in speakers that are tied into the living area’s AM/FM/CD/DVD player so you can listen in one or both rooms.
  • Need to cool off quickly on a hot day?  Maybe you have a muddy dog that you want to clean up before it can go inside.  Well Hampton has just what you need with an outdoor shower.  It’s very simple and consists of hot and cold knobs and an extendable shower head.  Plus, it’s located in betweentwo slideouts so it creates a little extra privacy.

  • The frameless tinted glass windows come standard with Hampton and not only look terrific, but add a welcome layer of privacy without always needing to draw blinds or shades.   Allowing significantly less sun and heat into the coach, the windows also help to save on electricity used by the air conditioner to keep the interior cool and comfortable.

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