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Preparing your Burner Friendly RV Rental

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Whether you are looking to rent a Burner friendly RV or you have your own, the last thing that you want to do after an amazing festival experience is spend hours and hours cleaning your RV. The Playa dust gets absolutely everywhere! So we’ve put together some tips to keep your RV clean. Okay, maybe not clean but cleaner.

Become one with the dirt
The playa dust leaves a film behind that is difficult to break. A vinegar solution helps but no matter how many precautions you take the dust gets everywhere! So do plan to do a big deep clean afterwards. The hardest places to clean – plastic and rubber surfaces.

Cover all vent openings
Either cut up some cheap AC filters, use bandanas or anything to cover over the internal and external vents. Pay close attention to behind the fridge and any openings to circuitry.

Tape over switches and seams
Tape up your external switches and seams (windows, poor sealings, etc). This helps keep electronics from locking up. Just imagine not being able to retract your awning during a dust storm! Any switches that you won’t be using regularly near doors and windows, tape them up too.

Protect upholstery
Cover up any soft surfaces with extra sheets or scrap fabric. This not only protects the upholstery, but when the dust becomes too much you can shake them out.

Wax on
Give your RV (inside and out) a good solid wax before heading out to Black Rock City. It does help the dust blow over instead of sticking right away.

Close it up
If you’re leaving your camp, close everything up – windows, vent fans, doors and retract your awning. Wind and dust storms kick up out of no where and the last thing you want is to arrive back at your camp with your awning blown away.

Minimize openings
This may go without saying but don’t leave your door open and try to limit the amount of times you enter and exit your RV. Some people construct a ‘dust room’ at the entrance to help block the dust and allow for a space to take of dusty clothing and shoes before entering. Baby wipes are great near the door for a little clean up before entering.

Give your flooring some help
Help with the post-playa cleanup by buying sheets of painters plastic and tape them to the floor of the RV.

Tape tips
Make sure to keep tape only on the plastic trim or vinyl floor of the RV. Tape can sometimes remove the finishing from the veneer. Painters tape is great but can sometimes fall off half way through.

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What to know before going to the Burner Festival

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

You’ve bought your ticket to Burning Man, you’ve rented a Burner Friendly RV rental or are bringing your own motorhome, you’ve stocked your food, water, costumes and gifts and are ready to head out on the road. Heading out into the desert to this amazing event is an experience not to be missed. However, on the way home, there are a few tips and tricks to make the clean up process far less painful.

Black Rock Desert RV

What to know before you head out:

If you’ve never been to a Burner event, a good first times guide can be found on burningman.org. Living for a week in the desert has its challenges, go prepared and life at your first burn will be that much more fun.

Power
Solar power is the way to go. It’s hot and sunny in the desert, with the exception of those sand storms. Running a generator burns fuel and is a noisy neighbor. Plus power makes a few things a bit easier to navigate around.

Lights
It’s unbelievably dark in BRC. Lighting up your RV so that you can see it on your way back to your home base is priceless.

Keeping Cool
The desert temperatures often reach above 100 degrees and there is no offer of any shade aside from what you make yourself. Here are a few great tips to keeping cool in extreme heat.

Fuel
Make sure you have enough fuel to get into and out of the Burner Festival. Also take into consideration fuel for the generator (just in case). There have been reports of people waiting in the line-up to get in for upwards of 9 hours! So go prepared. Also, fill your tank on your way out of Reno. The closer you get to BRC the longer the line is for gas. And the wait becomes insane.

Seal the Dust Out
The alkaline dust found at the Playa can damage everything it touches. It has a talcum powder consistency and gets EVERYWHERE. Using painters tape to tape up all seams in your RV is key. It won’t keep all of the dust out, but it’s far better then using nothing at all. Sealing up a fresh set of clothes for the drive home is glorious.

Cleanup
The festival recommends a vinegar based cleaning solution to clean everything right away. From your clothes to your vehicle. Here are a few of their tips to cleaning out the dust. Make sure to use an air compressor to blow the dust from the engine (as the dust will lead to corrosion), wash the entire outside and vacuum up on the inside as soon as you possibly can. If you opt to visit a self service bay, make sure to find one that your RV can fit into. In Reno, this one is great. On the flip side, you can always pay a professional to clean your motorhome as well. They may charge a bit extra for the extra deep clean, but it’s well worth it.

In the end, remember to have fun, enjoy the experience and open yourself up to new adventures.

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Why Music Festivals? Why RV?

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Music Festival Atmosphere

I love music festivals. Discovering new artists, being in a crowd of people thoroughly enjoying the pumping tunes coming out of the speakers, and singing along to my favorite songs being sung by the artists themselves, is a feeling of freedom. From Coachella, to Lollapalooza, to Shambhala, to Osheaga, each offers a slightly different feel and experience. While Lolla happens in the fabulous Grant Park in the Windy City, Chicago, they offer the ultimate line up of artists right on the water, right downtown. Fun! Shambhala Music Festival brings the electronic groove to Southern British Columbia, Canada. You’ll be dancing the night away in a beautiful slice of forest and farm for the best outdoors experience. Osheaga is the mini, if you can call it that, sister to Lollapalooza and Coachella. Offering epic music in downtown Montreal in Jean-Drapeau Park. And then there is Coachella, with its two-weekend, three-day music and arts festival. Located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. No where else can you find the perfect variety of music, in a hot sunny desert with so many options for fun!

When getting around to all of these fun and fab music festivals there are many ways to live in comfort while not having to slog around in the mud and use public toilets. You can actually have that long desired shower before the end of the festival.

Enter the RV. Recreational Vehicle. Motor Home. Whatever name you choose the luxury it offers while camping out at a music festival is great. Here are a few great benefits to going to a music festival with an RV:

Man Standing on RV in the mountains

1. Setup. Everything is already set up and ready to go when you arrive, and take down is super easy.
2. Privacy. You have your own private toilet, toilet paper and best of all SHOWER!
3. Location. You can stay right on the festival grounds, or nearby, which saves on taxi rides or additional car rental and parking costs.
4. Cleanliness. Your sleeping area is much easier to keep clean.
5. Food. You can easily cook your own food with nearly full size appliances.
6. Safety. All of your belongings are safely locked away.
7. Comfort. There’s nothing like sleeping in a comfy bed instead of on an air mattress.
8. Weather. If it rains, or snows, or is extremely hot or cold, you have a safe haven.
9. Sound. If the show goes all night and you’re ready to crash, an RV provides some sound protection.
10. Convenience. It’s like a hotel room where ever, whenever you want.

Camping in the Mud at Music Festivals