The All New Flagstaff Fifth Wheel

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BEAUTIFUL SPACIOUS INTERIORS COME STANDARD. The Classic series has many outstanding features to enhance your camping experience. The open floorplans and generous storage space allows extra room for those extra things you want to bring along. Sleeping in a comfortable bedroom, you’ll forget you were in the great outdoors. The spacious interior and picturesque view through the many windows enable you to experience your surroundings in the comfort of your Classic travel trailer.

PROVIDING THE COMFORTS OF HOME WHILE ON THE ROAD. Flagstaff takes pride in ensuring that each floor plan is able to suit the needs of your active family. Quality craftsmanship and attention to detail have been put into our Classic fifth wheels which gives you the flexibility you won’t find in comparable products. Our fully equipped kitchens with modern conveniences and spacious bedrooms featuring residential king bed slideouts will make you feel like you never left home.

Video: The All New Flagstaff Fifth Wheels! – YouTube

Website: https://www.colmansrv.com/product/fifth-wheel

Interior Features:

  • Slatewood Interior
  • Screwed & Glued Cabinetry
  • Solid Wood Cabinet Doors & Drawers With Hidden Hinges & Upgraded Hardware
  • 35,000 BTU Floor Ducted Furnace
  • 50 Amp Service with 2nd A/C prep
  • Fireplace (Select Floor Plans)
  • Carbon Monoxide Detector
  • 12 Volt Power Plug With USB Charging Port
  • Battery Disconnect Switch
  • 55 Amp Converter With Charger
  • Flush Mount Ceiling LED 12 Volt Interior Lighting w/ Multiple Switches
  • Deluxe Tri-Fold Sofa (Select Floor Plans)
  • Theatre Seating w/ Adjustable Lumbar Support & USB Ports (select floor plans)
  • Night Roller Shades
  • Gas / Electric Refrigerator (Select Floor Plans)
  • 12 Cubic Foot Auto Gas/Electric Refrigerator w/ Stainless Steel Panels (8529IKSB Only)
  • Three Burner High Output Gas Range with Flush Mount Glass Top Cover
  • Water-Pur Filtration System
  • Trash Can in Kitchen (Select floor plans)
  • Bathroom Skylight
  • Water Heater By-Pass Kit
  • Residential Style Porcelain Bowl Foot Flush Toilet
  • Maxxair® Ventilation Fan and Vent Cover
  • Washer/Dryer Prep (Select Floor Plans)
  • Larger 76” Entry Doors
  • Ceiling fan
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Tips for Towing a Travel Trailer

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We will cover the basics you need to know and help you be ready for your first towing experience. It can be scary at first. But before long, you will feel comfortable and confident behind the wheel.

Hitch Your Vehicle Correctly

To drive safely, you need to be hitched safely. The basics are to make sure your hitch is on, locked in, and your cables are connected and working properly.

You also want to pay attention to the weight distribution. Looking at your tow vehicle and trailer, you want to observe a nice flat plane between the two. If there is tipping towards the hitch, or tipping away from it, they are not well balanced.

An imbalance can cause your trailer to be more vulnerable to sway, which we will talk about more in the driving section of this guide. The most accurate way to check weight distribution is to go to a truck scale and have them measure the weight on all your tires. Still, if you are parked on a flat surface, then you can generally get a good feel for it just by eyeballing it.

 

Check Your Visibility

Unless you have a rearview camera for your trailer, your rearview will be limited to the side mirrors on your tow vehicle. Make sure you can see the rear end of your trailer through both side mirrors.

If your visibility feels too limited, you can buy side mirror extensions meant for towing that will give you a wide-angle view as well as your normal mirror view.

Check Your Brakes and Brake Controller

Before you get out on the road, you want to make sure your brake controller is properly configured. The brake controller is what turns on the trailer brakes when you activate the tow vehicle brakes. It has a setting that controls how hard it applies the trailer brakes. To test it, get up to about 10 mph and then apply the brakes as you would for a normal stop.

You should feel like the trailer is tugging back on the vehicle just a tiny bit, especially as you come to a full stop. If you don’t feel the trailer tug, or worse, you feel it pushing you, then you need to turn the brake controller setting higher. If your stop is super jerky, then you need to turn it down.

What you are shooting for is to have the trailer braking just a tiny bit more than the tow vehicle. This keeps the trailer from pushing forward on the tow vehicle during braking, which could cause you to jackknife. It also ensures the fastest and smoothest stopping.

Know Your Height

It is crucial to know how tall your trailer is. The last thing you want to do is destroy it by trying to drive under a bridge that is too low. Find out your height, add a foot just to be sure, and avoid any passage marked with a lower clearance than that value.

Know Your Route

You don’t want to be confused over where you are going while driving a trailer. Your ability to maneuver in traffic or make course correction is considerably more limited, especially on narrow roads or in urban areas.

We highly recommend having a navigation system that includes a trailer or RV setting. This will do a few things for you. It will steer you clear of low bridges and the like. It will also keep you off of narrow one-way roads. Finally, it will let you know the proper speed for a vehicle of your type. Of course, it also helps you plot a good course to your destination.

Turning

This is easier than you might think. The trailer will naturally follow the path of your tow vehicle when moving forward. The only rule of thumb is that the longer your trailer is, the wider you want to turn. A long trailer can end up cutting a corner that was close to the vehicle. Just keep your turn as wide as the roadway reasonably permits, and you should be fine with nearly any right-angle turns. Curves and round-a-bouts are generally no sweat in a trailer. Trailers have a higher center of gravity than most vehicles. That means a turn that might be safe for a car, could tip a trailer over. Take it slow and steady and obey the recommended speed limits.

Backing Up

This is actually pretty challenging. And the bigger the trailer, the more tricky it becomes. You should practice when there is nothing to run into before you try it for real. The way a trailer backs up is not intuitive and simply takes getting used to before it feels natural. Take it slow and steady, and you should be fine. Our biggest tip for you here is to avoid situations where you need to back up under any kind of pressure. Thus, avoid doing it on the roadways, if at all possible. Stress and pressure will only make it harder and increase the chance of making a costly error.

Watch Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3ThGeYn09w

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Trailer Sway

Trailer sway is one of the special dangers of towing a travel trailer. The best thing you can do to deal with sway is to avoid it happening in the first place. Step one is to make sure you have good weight distribution on your trailer. Bad weight distribution lowers traction and amplifies the swaying. The second is not to drive in high winds. The bigger your trailer, the more sensitive it is to the wind.

Stopping Sway

The best thing to do is to use the manual trailer brake on your brake controller. This causes the trailer to engage its brakes, pulling back on the tow vehicle, forcing them into a straight line. You should practice this kind of braking in a parking lot or the like, so you can execute it calmly and know what it feels like. It can be a bit jarring if you have your brake controller such that it applies the trailer brakes a bit stronger than the tow vehicle brakes.

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First Time with an RV Checklist

Sitting behind the wheel of your new RV comes with a lot of elation and anticipation. The open road is in front of you, and with all of the national parks and wild spaces available to explore in the U.S., there is nearly endless adventure ahead.

But of course, you’ll have to make sure you are prepared before any big trip. Having the right gear ensures safety, and will save you money and time in the long run. You don’t want to have to go out hunting for niche pieces of gear or be worried about getting lost during your journey. This first-time RV checklist is for you to read and use while packing up your RV for the first time. This list isn’t exhaustive, but should provide you with the basic items, and a few extras, for your trip.

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RV Essentials

You’ll need some essential, mechanical gear that will help you stay safe on the road. Depending on the type of RV, you may need to add a few items or ignore others on this RV-first-time checklist.

  • Drinking Hose Water
  • Sewer Kit
  • Surge Protector
  • Generator
  • Electrical Adapters
  • Water Pressure Regulator
  • Tire Pressure Gauge
  • Duct Tape
  • Flashlight
  • Emergency Road Kit
  • Extra Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Closed bag for documents like registration, insurance, reservations, etc.

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Clothing Items

You’ll know which clothing items are best for you, but when on the road, it’s best to keep it simple and not overpack.  We’ve put together a list of clothing items that work well in the RV as well as on adventures like hiking or backpacking. Make sure to choose clothing items that are comfortable, made of high quality materials to keep you warm or cool, and are suitable for both adventure and relaxation.

  • Sun protective hat
  • Rain Gear
  • Shoes: Chacos or Tevas, hiking boots, running shoes, etc.
  • Bathing suit
  • Down Jacket
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Short and long sleeve shirts
  • Base layers (if backpacking)

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Bedroom Items

These bedroom items will be obvious to bring along, but it’s easy to get wrapped up in all the things you’ll need to fill your RV. These are some must-haves for your bedroom that you wont want to forget.

  • Bed and sheets
  • Clothes hangers
  • Sewing kit
  • Towels
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Storage Organizer

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Kitchen & Cooking Supplies

You’ll probably be spending a lot of time in the kitchen between hiking, biking or even surfing. Cooking is a great way to bring the people in your RV together. You’ll want to make sure you have the right supplies to cook and bake the things you love.

  • Cutting Board
  • Utensils and Cutting Knives
  • Dish Soap
  • Cooler
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Skillets
  • Dish Towels
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Can Opener
  • Camping griddle
  • Pot Holders
  • Napkins
  • Reusable storage bags
  • Tupperware
  • Sponge and other cleaning utensils
  • Disinfecting wipes

Happy Camping :)

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Forest River RV Roadside Assistance

Does Forest River RV offer a Roadside Assistance Program?

 

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Forest River RV brands come with one year of Roadside Assistance included for the first year on most new motorized and towable Forest River RVs*. This service provides you with 24/7 coverage for the following services:

  • Towing
  • Jump Starts
  • Tire Assistance
  • Delivery of Fuel and Emergency Fluids
  • Locksmith/Lockout Service
  • Winch Out
  • Technical Support
  • RV Mobile Mechanic

If you purchased your vehicle prior to 1/1/2019, please call the following number for emergency roadside assistance: 877-801-0333

If you purchased your vehicle on or after 1/1/2019, please call the following number for emergency roadside assistance: 866-209-2895

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Forest River Vibe Standard Features

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Standard Features:

  • Hyper Lyte Construction – Amazingly Light!!!
  • Vacuum Bonded “Aluma Frame” Sidewalls and 2″ Laminated Floor
  • 15K BTU Ducted A/C
  • High Efficiency A/C Cooling System (Larger duct work)
  • Outside Kitchen with induction cooktop (25RK, 26BH, 26RK, 28BH, 29BH, 31BH, 32BH, 33BH)
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • 6 Gal. G/E DSI Water Heater
  • 2- 20# LP Bottles
  • Cable & Satellite Prep
  • Digital TV Antenna w/Booster
  • Extra Large, Aluminum Framed, Pass Thru Storage
  • Spare Tire & Carrier
  • Outside Shower
  • Spread Axle System
  • Back-Up Camera Prep
  • 12 Volt Everchill Residential Refer
  • Tri Fold Sofa (N/A 22RB, 24RL)
  • Extra Large Pots & Pans Drawer
  • Dometic Pedal Flush Toilet
  • STD 26″ Crystal Fireplace (select models)
  • Upgraded Residential Style Carpet
  • Extra Large Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
  • Decorative Glass inserts in Kitchen Cabinets
  • Hard Doors to Bedrooms for Privacy NOT Curtains
  • Skylight over tub/shower and kitchen area
  • Large Trash Can w/ Designated Out of the Way Area

Learn more: https://www.colmansrv.com/new-rvs-for-sale?s=true&brand=vibe

 

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Ways To Contact Us

As you are all aware, Illinois is currently under a stay at home order until April 7th. We are taking this matter seriously and following guidelines to ensure our employees and customers are safe in every way. We understand many people rely on us to provide services for their campers which is why we want you to know that we have our sales team available to meet by a private appointment, text, video calls, and of course email. As we continue to practice and maintain guidelines set from health professionals, we are determined to ensure that our customers receive the high level of service you have come to expect from Colman’s RV.

For any service or sales needs, please feel free to call or text us at our normal business number (217) 793-7300 as we are manning the phones to answer your questions.You can also text your questions to Kevin (217) 306-1796 and email questions to the following:
kevin@theboatdock.com—sales
dave@theboatdock.com—service

Again, we are here for you and your family, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us because we look forward to getting you out into the great outdoors as soon as possible.

 

                                Warmest Regards,

                                                                   Colman’s RV

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COVID-19 Company Action

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Don’t let social distancing keep you from getting your social distance!

We understand that most purchases of recreational vehicles are to adventure the great outdoors, away from crowds, and spend time with those we are closest to.  We want the buying process to be enjoyable and safe to our customers.

In these unprecedented times,  Colman’s RV is committed to providing you with your RV needs while keeping you and our staff as safe as possible.  We have implemented plans and processes that will minimize exposure and responsibly respect social distancing guidelines.

  • If you are interested in a product that you see online, feel free to communicate via email, text, or phone.  Our sales staff is eager to help you through this process remotely.
  • We will take videos to answer your questions, or live video chat from the unit that you have an interest in.
  • We will accept video walkthroughs of your trade to get trade in numbers as close as possible.
  • We may be able to pick up your trade-in to bring it in to the dealership.
  • If you’d prefer, we can schedule a single visit purchase.  We will prep the  RV and have it ready before you ever see it in person.  If you love it then you can take it home with you!
  • We may be able to deliver your unit to your home and sign paperwork on site, having only one social contact.

Please let us know if there is anything that we could possibly do to assist you!

The Colman’s RV Family

 

CDC Resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Protect Your RV with NanoCure

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Protect your home away from home, from life’s surprises on the road

Utilizing superior formulations, our NanoCure with Nanoxide provides recreational vehicles a protective barrier for all interior and exterior surfaces. Even the most common roadway incidents can cause lifelong damage to an RV. Our RV protection coverage is tailored to the needs of the recreational vehicle owner, covering components such as vinyl awnings and end caps.

Life on the road can take a toll on your RV’s appearance

NanoCure Protective Coatings cover just about any surface an RV has, but the depth of protection our innovative coatings provide is anything but surface level. Applied by certified technicians, NanoCure® protectants will keep one of your largest investments looking brand new, no matter how many trips you and your family take.

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Cutting Edge Technology For the Win

Having your vehicle protected by nanotechnology-powered NanoCure Protective Coatings will result in a greatly reduced amount of time spent maintaining your vehicle’s appearance. Our  protectants helps make your vehicle safer, also, thanks to reduced glare and improved windshield visibility. More than topical retail waxes and water-based protectants, NanoCure with Nanoxide becomes one with both glass surfaces and a vehicle’s painted metal panels to ensure the greatest, strongest protection. Come see us today and have your RV protected!

Call us to learn more 217-793-7300

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Fall Camping Tips

How to stay warm and dry while camping in cold weather

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Layer up on clothing for fall camping

And, layer down. The unpredictability of fall weather means packing heavier clothing, as well as lighter clothing. Be prepared to dress for comfort rather than for style while camping in cold weather.

Let’s briefly go through the various recommended layers starting with the base layer, which is an article of clothing, such as a thin long sleeve, that is in direct contact with your skin. Make sure it’s snug and allows for easy movement.

Then, your mid layer insulation, such as a sweater, keeps your body heat in. Lastly, your outer lawyer protects you from the elements in cold weather and can include a windbreaker jacket.

Pack the right supplies to stay dry  

Other than the fluctuation in temperatures, fall is the start of rain season in some parts of Canada, so pack your dry gear, too. Rainproof pants, rainproof jacket, proper headwear, and waterproof boots are a great start to enjoying a fall camping trip. Extra pairs of warm socks, and back-up shoes or boots are perfect for ensuring you are prepared for anything.

Other than clothing, you’ll want enough firewood and tarps to keep you warm and dry. Tarps are key to keeping your campsite dry, so find a campsite within trees where you can easily hang several tarps to cover your tenting and eating areas. Staying dry means staying warm in cold weather.

Stay warm in your tent while fall camping

Within your tent, carpets and rugs not only give a cozy feeling, but they also provide that extra insulation from cold weather. And, once you are tucked in for the night, a mummy sleeping bag is ideal as it comes with a hood to cover your head and keep your body heat within. A sleeping bag may not be as effective unless you have a sleeping pad underneath, so make sure you pack a sleeping pad to keep your body one step away from the cold of the earth.

Some extra warmth can come from a hot water bottle, so pack one of those to snuggle with, along with something to heat your water. Including heat  packs on your packing list will give you opportunities to throw them in your sleeping bag or under clothing for extra warm comfort in cold weather.

Eat foods that are best for cold days

It may seem obvious that packing warm meals are best for cold weather, but what is an easy-to-pack warm meal to eat while fall camping? Hot chocolate is a given as a drink, and also recommended is a Campertunity favourite: shish kababs. With an easy to make recipe, just add pieces of beef and / or vegetables to a skewer and let it cook.

Other easy, warm meals include baked brown beans served in hot dog buns, campfire pizza, and hearty stews and chilis. For stew ingredients, we recommend fresh local vegetables for an added healthy touch. Keeping your food recipes simple is the best plan, considering you’ll be packing more gear for fall camping weather.
Getting outdoors in any season is possible, especially when following the various tips for camping in cold weather. Packing the right gear, eating the right foods, and enjoying the beauty of nature will make anyone fall in love with fall camping.

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Puma Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels

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Our Selection Of Puma RV’s Are The Best-In-Town

When you’re looking for adventure, nothing is better suited for family fun than a Puma. These rugged built, easy-to-tow, travel trailers make your next adventure fun & carefree. Puma offers you many floorplan choices including the largest selection of bunk models in the industry. The majority being 1/2 ton towable. So hook onto a Puma and go adventuring.

The best pull in town! Puma offers multiple Fifth Wheel floorplans that include options for every lifestyle, from couples coaches and bunk models, to the Side Paw outside kitchen. You can tailor your Puma Fifth Wheel to your lifestyle and enjoy your camping experience even more. More than half of our Fifth Wheels are 1/2 ton towable. So pull your Puma to the wilderness and enjoy the peace and quiet of the great outdoors.

Learn More: https://www.colmansrv.com/new-rvs-for-sale?s=true&brand=puma%2Cpuma+xle+lite

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