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At Guaranty, we love RVing! We know we’re lucky—we get to spend all day every day thinking about RVs, researching the best makes and models, learning about great road trips and campgrounds, and generally keeping up on the latest RV-related trends, news and lifestyle tips. Best yet, our team of RV-enthusiast bloggers get to share all of that with you! If you’re curious about the latest and greatest in RVs and RVing, we invite you to visit the Guaranty Blog. Be sure to check back with us regularly for updates.

A Safe Place

Guaranty is Proud to Offer a Safe Place for Anyone in Need

As an expecting father I was told that once you’re a parent to one child you’re a parent to all children. While that phrase is a bit of an awkward explanation, what it means is that somehow having a child opens your heart to the joys and sorrows of the experiences of all children. Heart wrenching stories in the media leave me wishing I could open my doors to every child in need, but sadly there are a large number of our youth that need some sort of assistance, or simply a Safe Place.

How it Started

While I wasn’t present thirty five years ago when the Safe Place program was born, the feeling of being a parent to all children and having only so much to give as an individual had to have a big role in its inception. Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. As a collaborative community prevention initiative, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country.”

A History of Community Support

Guaranty has a long history of supporting organizations that serve the less fortunate in our local communities, like our annual St Vincent De Paul sock drive and our proud association with Bags Of Love. Becoming a Safe Place location is just a natural extension of that commitment to the community, and being able to help at risk youth in the community bears a special significance for our ownership. “As a family business Guaranty is proud to offer a Safe Place for anyone in need of special assistance or shelter from any turmoil.” Shannon Nill, Guaranty Dealer Principle.

Safe Place

Where does a young person look for guidance or comfort when they find themselves in crisis? This question is exactly why an organization like Safe Place’s existence is so important. Safe Place locations include: libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities and display the yellow and black Safe Place sign.

Here’s how Safe Place works:

Step One – A young person enters a Safe Place and asks for help.
Step Two – The site employee finds a comfortable place for the youth to wait while they call the licensed Safe Place agency.
Step Three – Within 30 minutes, a qualified Safe Place volunteer or agency staff member will arrive to talk with the youth and, if necessary, provide transportation to the agency.
Step Four – Once at the agency, counselors meet with the youth and provide support. Agency staff makes sure the youth and their families receive the help and professional services they need.
Along with accessing Safe Place in person, youth may also TXT 4 HELP to receive information about the closest Safe Place location and chat with a professional for more help. TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide, 24-hour text-for-support service for youth in crisis. When a young person uses TXT 4 HELP, they will text SAFE and their current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help.
Within seconds, a message including the closest Safe Place location and contact number for the local youth shelter will be delivered. Youth will then have the option to reply with “2chat” to immediately text with a professional for more help. TXT 4 HELP is *free, quick, easy, safe, and confidential. *Message/data rates apply. *If there is not a Safe Place in your community, TXT 4 HELP will connect you to the closest youth service organization.

A Strong Community

“Communities are made of individuals and families, and the stability of communities is dependent upon strong and stable families. Community problems, including crime, addiction, and discord arise from issues that go deeper than what appears on the surface. Some of the issues communities face begin with youth and family discord and strife. Providing Safe Place as a resource for youth provides a safety net for them, thereby strengthening families and communities.” Through charitable contributions, community involvement, and employing 400 of your friends and neighbors, Guaranty continues to help strengthen our community both economically and socially. We pride our selves on being a family business and on our country hospitality, and while these may be antiquated ideals to some they are what keep us rooted in the community. It may be that a return to these values would go a long way in strengthening all communities. Organizations such as Safe Place are where positive intervention comes from. So the next time you see the yellow and black Safe Place sign; thank that business or library or fire station etc. for their commitment to improving your life through an improved community.

Used RV for Sale

What To Look for When Shopping for a Used RV

The best new RV makes the best used RV! If there was time for only one, short, piece of advice for anyone looking at used RVs for sale that would be it. In the current RV market the initial quality of the offerings found in a similar price point are roughly equal, however the rate of deterioration is not. The best RV manufacturers will use materials and manufacturing processes that produce a higher quality, longer lasting vehicle. An inferior manufacturer will cut corners in both production and quality of materials in order to maximize profits, a shortsighted approach. The superior manufacturer hopes that the quality of your current RV will have a large impact on what you purchase as your next RV, leading to repeat customers and allowing for more profit over a longer interval.

Don't Get Stuck on the Sticker

How much an RV costs is an important factor in the buying decision, but it can carry too much weight. If an RV is overpriced we tend to move on, but if an RV is at an unbelievably low price we are drawn like a moth to flame. Problem is we often forget that there must be a reason it is so cheap when we are caught up in the thrill of the hunt. The low priced RV either has some issues or it started out less expensive than other brands, sometimes both. A lower retail price brings a lower sale price. So the low priced RV started out inferior and has issues in need of repair. I think this moth is beginning to realize that flame is a bug zapper. There are many ways to get a rough market value of an RV you are interested in, but RV Trader is probably the most reliable source for current RV values. It may take a little math, to find the average add up all the prices of the RV make and model you are interested in and then divide by the number of RVs. For example I searched for a Jayco Jay Flight 28BHS on RV Trader and found five listings within my search range priced from $29,000 to $39,000. I added all the sale prices and divided by five to find the average cost of a Jayco Jay Flight 28BHS in my search area is $36,000. I know better but I am attracted to the $29,000 price, I am also curious why it is priced so low. It’s worth investigating, but ask a lot of questions and look it over thoroughly. I include a short list below of common issues to look for in used RVs.

Less Stress

Buying an RV, new or used, is like buying a house and a car at the same time. Even if you prefer a towable style RV, it doesn’t have a motor but it has all the running gear a car would. Buying a house and buying a car are important decisions and can be tremendously stressful. Part of the stress is that when you purchase one or the other there is generally a pressing need for shelter or transportation. When you buy an RV it is usually because you want to enjoy all the RV lifestyle has to offer, not out of necessity, reducing the stress level some. Doing your homework by researching the makes and models that interest you and knowing what a fair price is helps to reduce the stress further, and knowing what your camping habits are will help you identify the “right” RV for you.

The Right One

The right RV for you is a topic that requires a blog of its own but here is a brief overview of the normal consumer type and the RV Class designed to meet their needs. Obviously there is an exception to every rule but the breakdown is as follows;
• Folding Campers (Tent Trailer), Smaller Towables, Class C Motorhomes – Traditionally the price point and design of these types of RV are great for families with school age or younger children, and are the most common choice for first time RV owners.
• Truck Campers, Toy Haulers – Traditionally outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen find these RVs to be the ideal RV type. They can still be very functional for families but allow the transport of toys.
• Class A Motorhomes (Gas & Diesel), Larger Towables, Class B motorhomes – Traditionally this group of RV is owned by the experienced RVer and not normally the first RV a newcomer to the lifestyle will purchase. They are often some of the more expensive offerings but much of that is because they are designed with the full time RVer in mind in terms of amenities and overall size.

If you take the whole motley crew of neighborhood kids, or your hunting buddies out a couple times a year a Trailer that sleeps six or a Class C with the overhead bunk should fit the bill nicely. Quiet fishing trips or rowdy weekends spent trail riding or spraying sand on the dunes? A Truck Camper or Toy Hauler is practically the only option. Long trips, extended stays in warmer climates, having the occasional visitor or additional passenger is more comfortable in the larger, more long term livable RVs.

Where To Buy It

You know what you want and how much you are willing to pay, do you buy from a private party or from a dealership? Both have their advantages, and both have their disadvantages. A private party will often have a lower price than a dealership, but you roll the dice on that person’s honesty. A dealer has the same opportunity to be dishonest, but thanks to the myriad of consumer review websites it’s quite easy to get a feel for their reputation. Plus there are laws regulating vehicle sales businesses in every state and a dealer that does not abide by them is not a dealer very long. In the eyes of a lender an RV loan is more of a gamble than an auto loan because, in theory, an RV could be driven off into the wilds and never be seen again, all while you enjoy your new ill-gotten cabin in the woods without making any more payments. You could do this in a car, but a restroom and sleeping quarters make the RV more susceptible to outlaw behavior. Buying from a dealer does not guarantee you will be approved for a loan, but the number of lenders and the added reassurance of a trusted dealer can help soften some of the loan requirements. Buying from a dealer also doesn’t guarantee you get a quality used RV.

The size and scope of a dealership has both positive and negative effects on the buying process. The larger the dealership the more overhead, which can lead to higher prices, but the hope is that the dealership has inspected and repaired the RV before you purchase it, offsetting the higher initial price. The negative to buying from a larger dealer is you may not find much in the way of a “hunter’s special” or any other flowery term for rough but functional. While they exist on the smaller Mom and Pop lots it is often because a larger dealer has sent the RV to auction or sold it directly to the smaller lot because the RVs condition does not meet their standards. This is definitely true here at Guaranty RV Super Centers. We are proud that we take anything on trade, but that doesn’t mean that trade makes it back to our lot for sale. Llamas and Beanie Babies aside, a trade in on an RV is an RV 99% of the time. Less than 50% of those trades make their way through our service department and onto the various sales lots. That means over 50% of the RVs we take on trade are of an age or quality that do not meet our standards. Not all dealerships are this stringent, but at Guaranty we have the benefit of being able to be picky thanks to volume at which we are able to help the RV shopper become an RV owner.

The Best Used RVs Started As The Best New RVS

To recap the best used RVs started as the best new RVs. The reputation for each RV manufacturer is easily found online and gives you a reasonably clear idea of their overall quality and owner satisfaction. We happily recommend any of the brands we carry with Newmar, Winnebago, Jayco, Heartland, and Northwood being some of the best of the best in our inventory and in the industry. If your camping plans or your disposable income mean the right RV for you is on the lesser expensive side you can still buy a good used RV. You may even find that, at a dealership, an RV that is out of your price range on the sticker may have manageable payments. No matter where or how you buy a used RV here are some things to be mindful of.

• Water is the sworn enemy of every RV ever built! Ever! Look at any entry point in the roof like vents and skylights, look for tears or patches in the exterior roofing material. Inspect the interior ceiling panels for water stains and gently push at the corners and the perimeter of the vents and skylights. The ceiling should give slightly but if it crunches that could mean hidden dry rot. Open all the exterior compartments and look for signs of water damage to floors and structure. Locate the water heater’s interior access and inspect there for water damage. Water heaters are notorious for leaky fittings on the rear thanks to the changing temperatures the fittings encounter making them swell and shrink repeatedly. Check the four exterior corners using the same gentle pushing technique. Aluminum or fiberglass siding will again give slightly but if it crunches it’s probably not good. Take a look at the vehicle as a whole for any signs of it settling on the frame. Aluminum sided trailers will often have a lower panel that is protruding and with fiberglass siding look for stress cracks and delamination (bubbles under the paneling).

• Use your nose, it always knows. A warm musty smell can indicate water damage, and an ammonia smell can mean the fridge is bad. Bathroom odors can indicate the previous owner may have not taken as thorough care of the RV as they should have. In a motorized coach engine smells like oil and gas fumes can indicate the same. A strong perfume smell may be thoughtful or it may be hiding something.

• Tires have a roughly seven-year lifespan no matter if they have gone 1 mile or 1 million. RV tires are almost never changed based on wear, but rather based on age and condition of the sidewall (common area for dry rot – small cracks in the tires rubber above the rim and below the tire tread). The last four digits of the DOT code indicate the manufacture date of that tire, with the first two indicating the week and the second two the year. A DOT code of 0409 means that tire was made the fourth week of 2009. No matter what the tire looks like if it seven years or more past this date they should be replaced.

• Fuel lines need to have fuel run through them at least occasionally to keep them from drying out. So a low mileage motorhome has a sweet spot between under and over use. Mileage that is unusually low can indicate an RV sat more than they normally do and it will have been extra important to run the vehicle on a regular basis to keep everything supple. This applies to generators as well, whether the RV is motorized or not.

Please remember at Guaranty RV Super Centers we are always here to help. While we would love an opportunity to help you own your Dream RV, we are also here to help to make the most out of the RV you already have. Our RV service team can perform a full pre-delivery inspection before or after you buy an RV elsewhere and they can fix whatever needs fixing. The Guaranty Travel Center and RV Park has 10,000 square feet of parts and accessories, a delicious café, and is staffed with helpful and knowledgeable folks who can get you the right part, the right beer or wine pairing for your meal, or get you the perfect site in our beautiful park for a few days to a few weeks. So call, click, or come by for a cup of coffee and let Guaranty help you enjoy the RV lifestyle. Remember We Don’t Just Sell Fun, We Guaranty It!

What Do RV Model Numbers Mean?

To those who know how to decipher them, RV model numbers tell you the floor plan – vehicle length (many times this is the box length, not the overall length) – and option packages of the vehicle in question. The problem is that like much of the RV industry there is no universal way to do things, so there is no universal language for model numbers. Luckily, like the romance languages, if you can speak one model number language you can be generally literate in them all.

Those of you who are not into delayed gratification you can scroll down to the list of the 20 most common model number elements and their definitions below. For the rest of us, let’s start with why there are soooo many models of RV, sometimes from the same manufacturer. The simple answer to why there are so many models is public demand. Most manufacturers look at industry sales trends and build according to what is popular at the time. Some even try to foresee what the demand will be and design future units to stay just ahead of demand trends. Either way the factories build what sells, or what the consumer wants, same thing. The RV industry continues to attract a large and varied customer base from singles and couples who are outdoor enthusiasts, to families young and old, to the traditional retired and loving it folks who have been the lifeblood of the industry. With varied groups adopting the RV lifestyle in unique ways, the manufacturers have had to broaden their offerings. While still important in some respects the old days of how long is it and how many does it sleep, have given way to where does my kayak go or how do I make sure Fido is comfortable when we leave him in the RV all day.

Some manufacturers prefer to broaden their offering with multiple model numbers and some prefer to offer limited model numbers with a multitude of option packages, and some do both. Jayco, for example, offers a Jay Flight – Jay Flight SLX 8 – and a Jay Flight SLX 7. These three trailer lines combine to offer 27 floor plans, a Customer Value Package – Elite Package - Baja Edition - and a Rocky Mountain Edition giving us by my math roughly eighty-five bazillion different configurations. My math may be a bit fuzzy but you understand what I mean. The Jay Flight SLX is a lighter weight version of the Jay Flight and the 7 or 8 tell us the vehicles width in feet. So if we see a Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 212QBW, you have a 21-foot living quarter light weight Jay Flight that is 8-feet wide and has a queen bed (the W stands for Western edition and means the unit was built in Idaho. Not very important but I am sure some of you were wondering). Newmar on the other hand offers one model number for each floor plan, but the ability to customize each motorhome built, to the extent that two identical model numbers may bear little resemblance to each other with the exception of the layout. A Newmar Ventana 4002 will always be a 40-foot 10-inch long diesel motorhome with a bath and a half and king bed. After that the ability to customize a Newmar built motorhome can create one of a kind vehicles.

Why would two of the biggest names in the industry choose such widely different approaches to model numbers? Once again it is based on consumer behavior. The Jayco Jay Flight has been the number one selling travel trailer for a decade and Newmar is at the top of the gas and diesel motorhome class year after year. They both sell an incredible volume of units, but the definition of an “incredible volume” differs for each manufacturer. Jayco’s definition dwarfs Newmar’s and the disparity is due solely to the percentage of RVer’s who camp in towables versus the percentage of RVer’s who camp in motorized units. Far more trailers are sold per year than motorhomes, not that one is inherently better than the other there are just more customers that can afford and justify the cost of a towable in comparison to a more expensive motorized RV. These trends drive not only factory production, but dealer inventory. If a dealership offers both motorized and towable RVs for sale, the vast majority of these dealers will have a significantly higher number of towable RVs in stock than motorized. Why? Because they sell more towables than motorized and just like any retail business you stock what sells. So for simple math let’s say a dealership sells towables ten to one compared to motorized. They should have ten trailers for every motorhome. (We really are about to answer the question as to why model numbers are not built the same, hang in there.) Another interesting observation is that most motorhome customers are upgrading from a current RV and a large number of consumers who purchase towables are making their first RV purchase. Customers who are making their initial purchase are eager to get the first trip under their belt. I can’t tell you how often a towable customer takes delivery and immediately embarks on their maiden voyage. A motorhome customer has a little more of a “been there done that” attitude, and while their love for camping hasn’t changed their eagerness to go right now is tempered. In summary a towable customer wants to take delivery of the RV they have purchased a.s.a.p., while a motorized customer may be more inclined to wait for a unit that has been specially ordered to meet their exact wants and needs. (Here we go with the long awaited answer.) This means that a dealership needs to have a large and varied towable inventory, but can have limited motorized inventory thanks to consumer behavior. So taking this information into context it makes sense for towable manufacturers to offer far more models than a motorized manufacturer would. The more models, the more likely to have in stock what the consumer wants. Since more consumers want towables it is good business practice to have more models of more towables, so to keep them straight a manufacturer creates more model numbers. It’s a bad analogy, but the more fish in the barrel the easier they are to shoot.

Hopefully that helps us understand why there are so many model numbers in the RV world. Now let’s take a look at what is and isn’t consistent across the various model number structures used by the myriad RV manufacturers. Most of the time when we encounter a model number it is during an Internet search. You search for Winnebago RV for sale and the Google results include the model numbers of the current motorhomes for sale in your area. If we think about online research as an onion the initial search for Winnebago RV for sale removes that weird brown papery layer, then identifying the model or models we are interested in removes another layer, and as we narrow the focus of the search more and more layers of the onion are removed. Come to think of it the model number could also be visualized as an onion, and reading right to left we remove layers of said onion. Most times we will see a model number as our Jayco example from above, Jayco Jay Flight SLX 8 212QBW. Jayco is the brown outer layer, Jay Flight is the next layer, SLX another layer, 8 a layer, 212 yet another layer, QB a layer, and W is the final layer. The majority of manufacturers follow this sequence, Manufacturer – Model Name – Option – Floor plan. Most floor plan identifiers are three or four character numeric sequence with the first two numbers being a rough estimation of the RVs length. Again this is usually the “box” or living portion when dealing with towables, not the overall length. That is your basic RV model number decoder ring, now we need some entries for the English to model number dictionary.

1. SLX, XLT, Xlite – A light weight offering of an existing floor plan or a light weight RV
2. BH- Bunk House
3. DB – Double Bunk
4. TB – Triple Bunks
5. WS – With Slide
6. S, SL – Single Slide
7. SS – Single Slide or Super Slide
8. DS – Dinette Slide
9. RS – Rear Slide
10. MB- Murphy Bed
11. QB – Queen Bed
12. CK - Central Kitchen
13. RK – Rear Kitchen
14. FK – Front Kitchen
15. IK – Island Kitchen
16. RL – Rear Lounge or Rear Living
17. FL – Front Lounge or Front Living
18. RB – Rear Bath
19. FB – Front Bath
20. FE _ Front Entertainment

These are some of the most common abbreviations but it might take two lifetimes to list and define all of the floor plan codes used by RV manufacturers today, luckily we have an abundance of folks here in all departments that are fluent in RV. So if you need some help determining what a model number stands for either on your current RV or your next RV call 1-800-283-9163, click or come by Guaranty RV Super Centers and ask for someone who speaks RV.

If you want to learn more about RVs and the RV lifestyle join us for one of our informative monthly RV Seminars the second Saturday of every month through October, at 10 am in the Guaranty RV Travel Center and RV Park 93668 Oregon 99, Junction City, OR. View the schedule and topics here. Please register by calling Tharon Wilson at 1-541-998-4285 or by clicking here. Seating is limited, so make sure you sign up early.

This information is current as of the day it was posted. Being the RV Industry it may not be current tomorrow. The only constant in our glorious industry is that nothing stays the same. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding model numbers or even just RVs in general please contact me via a simple web form.

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