3 Must-Do Scenic Train Rides in Colorado

The Cumbres & Toltec steam engine pulls into Sublette Station.

We often say that our plans are set in jello as full-time RVers. Plans sometimes change with little notice, and that’s been our story for most of 2017. Coming to Colorado at all was a major change of plans, with that idea not even considered until the end of July. Two industry events in Denver were the catalyst for this trip, but the excitement for it was sparked by a little research. And just like that, we absolutely had to take a train ride through the Rockies!

Our first event in Denver was the 37th National Narrow Gauge Convention, where we represented our manufacturing customers to model railroad enthusiasts. You can’t be around that many steam train fanatics for long without getting excited about experiencing riding aboard a real train for yourself.

This Inexpensive Tool Could Save Your Life

An RV tire pressure tip: An inexpensive, readily available tool keeps your valve stems tight.

Maintaining proper RV tire pressure is crucial to avoiding costly tire repairs/failures and potentially lethal accidents. While many add a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to their RV, this little tool is just as important, whether you have a TPMS or not.

As part of my pre-departure inspection, I check the tire pressure in all twelve tires (six on the coach, two on the dolly and four on the car) before we pull out. The other morning set out to go do some grocery shopping. Right after we left, our Honda’s internal TPMS flagged me as to having a tire with low pressure. Sure enough, after pulling over, it was obviously low. So, I turned around and pulled back into the RV park to air up the tire.

RVing with the Changing Seasons

A child delights in the changing seasons.

Autumn has always been my favorite season. I love the way it smells, all spicy and woodsy. The motion of it: Leaves gently falling, golden, colorful, whispers on the wind. And what about those colors – golds, yellow, reds, browns – set against a brilliant, blue sky? What’s not to love about this time of year?

Seeping Water Heater

A daily walk around of your RV is important so you can spot any trouble or potential problems. For example: the other day I was draining the gray tank, which I do every couple of days, and after I finished I continued around the coach looking for any abnormalities. On the opposite side of the rig I noticed that there was some water dripping out of the RV water heater access panel.

Upon opening the water heater panel I discovered that the drain plug was seeping. Maybe I didn’t tighten it enough the last time I did my purge of the tank.

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

As you're going down the road, your life depends on your RV tires.

Among the most important items found on any RV, whether it’s a Pop-Up, Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Towing Unit (used to pull RV) or Motorhome, are the tires which it rides on.

Given their importance to you and your rig's safety, your RV tires are often not given the priority of attention they require. Your life depends on them!

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