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Cold Weather Camping: Tips for an Enjoyable Winter RV Trip

Cold Weather Camping: Tips for an Enjoyable Winter RV Trip

Photo by Jack Bodine On Unsplash Cold Weather Camping: Tips for an Enjoyable Winter RV Trip Winter doesn't have to be the end of your RV adventures; in fact, it can be the beginning of a whole new and exciting chapter in your RV journey. Cold-weather camping may require a bit more preparation, but the experience of exploring winter landscapes and enjoying the tranquility of the snowy outdoors can be enriching. In this blog post, we'll provide essential tips for a safe and enjoyable winter RV trip. Tips For Taking Your RV Out In The Winter Your RV was a big investment, and it’s only right that you take it for a spin whenever possible. If you live in a warmer state, such as California or Florida, the possibilities are truly endless. But for our Olympia locals, don’t count yourselves out! There are tons of fun things to do in Febr ... read more

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How To Safely Store Your RV For Winter

How To Safely Store Your RV For Winter

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo On Unsplash How To Safely Store Your RV For Winter As the temperatures drop and winter approaches, taking active steps to maintain the integrity of your RV becomes paramount. At Ernie's Inc., we understand that proper maintenance is the linchpin of vehicle longevity, and it's no different for your recreational vehicle.    Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge to safeguard your RV during the winter months, ensuring it emerges from hibernation ready for your next adventure.   Hence, in this blog, we'll delve into the crucial aspects of safely storing your RV for the winter, emphasizing the importance of maintenance to keep your investment running smoothly. Inspect and Prepare: Your RV's Winter Shield Begin your winterization journey with a comprehensive inspection of your RV ... read more

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What You Should Know Before Buying A 5th Wheel

What You Should Know Before Buying A 5th Wheel

As the holiday spirit wraps us in its cozy embrace, have you found yourself daydreaming about hitting the open road in your very own RV? Picture this: a festive 5th wheel adorned with twinkling lights, ready to carry you through a season of joy and exploration. A 5th wheel is a huge commitment though (literally) and we want you to feel educated about your purchase. Whether you're a seasoned road warrior or someone eyeing an RV as the perfect holiday gift, let's dive into the wonders that await on the road less traveled. Pros of Getting A Fifth-Wheel Vehicle Embarking on the journey of 5th wheel living opens doors to a world where freedom, comfort, and community converge. The allure of spacious interiors, efficient towing, and a home on wheels teeming with amenities beckons adventure enthusiasts. In this exploration of the pros, we'll delve into the luxuries and advantages that come with embracing the 5th wheel lifestyle. From the joy of versatile travel choices to the cam ... read more

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Our Top Five Holiday RVing Adventure Recommendations

Our Top Five Holiday RVing Adventure Recommendations

Photo By Ravi Pinisetti On Unsplash Our Top Five Holiday RVing Adventure Recommendations At Ernie's Inc., your trusted RV repair service provider in Olympia, Washington, we understand the joy and excitement of RVing adventures during the holiday season. So, we made a list of our favorite places to visit in November near Olympia! And, while you're out exploring, remember that we offer a wide range of RV repair and maintenance services to keep your RV in top shape for your next adventure. 1. Hunter's Paradise: Olympic National Forest Olympic National Forest is a hunter's paradise, offering ample opportunities for big game hunting (psst…we’ve added a link here for your convenience to the Washington Department of Fishing & Wildlife). You can camp amidst the beautif ... read more

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Get Ready to Embrace the Magic of RVing this Fall and Winter!

Get Ready to Embrace the Magic of RVing this Fall and Winter!

Get Ready to Embrace the Magic of RVing this Fall and Winter!   Unsplash+ In collaboration with Daiga Ellaby To our Valued Customers, As the leaves start to change and a crispness fills the air, there's something undeniably magical about Fall in the Pacific Northwest. At Ernie's Inc., we believe this season is the perfect time to keep the adventure alive and make unforgettable memories in your RV. The open road beckons, and we're here to help you make the most of it!   You don't have to say goodbye to RVing this season. We know that many RV enthusiasts tend to stow away their vehicles as the temperature drops, but we're here to tell you that Fall and Winter RVing can be an extraordinary experience. Whether you're seeking serene solitude or cozy campfires with loved ones, there's something truly special about the great outdo ... read more

Press Release for Our New Shop

Press Release for Our New Shop

Contact Information: Ernie’s, Inc. Ernie Skillingstad Office:  360-456-6100 Email:  [email protected]     Monday, October 26, 2020   ERNIE'S INC. OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW RV REPAIR FACILITY IN OLYMPIA Completing the final touches during COVID, we have finally moved to our new location. Olympia, Washington -- Since 2013, Ernie Skillingstad and his family-owned business have provided high-quality recreational vehicle repair for motor homes and trailers that come from all over the West. Our company has grown in seven short years, and we started constructing our new building 2.5 years ago. As of today, we have officially moved into our new facility at 2600 21st Avenue SW in Olympia, and we cannot wait to share it with you! The entire team here at Ernie's Inc. is excited for what's to come. Even our work family is everything to us, and we can't wait to share what we have worked so hard for with ... read more

Season's of Change

Season's of Change

Fall. It’s the beginning; or end of the changing of the seasons. For us, Fall is just the beginning of the season's changes. Leaves begin to change to vibrant color and fall, the weather goes from warm nights to cold brisk mornings, and the holiday season starts. This Fall we are so blessed and thankful for all of the changes that are happening at Ernie’s, and we can't wait to share and take the journey with you. This Fall as the seasons change and the holiday’s begin, here are some ways to embrace, celebrate, and enjoy them. Halloween: October 31st This Halloween try trunk or treat… RV style. Dress up your RV, use props and transform your Motorhome or Trailer into Freinkenstien, a giant bat, or even a spaceship. You can get items to help you transform your RV like sheets, loose fabric, paper streamers, strobe lights, and fall items like straw, cornstalks, skeletons and so much more. What a way to make this year fun while staying safe. ThanksGiving: No ... read more

Pre-Trip Checklist

It's the beginning of the season, you have all your trips planned to the T. The days you have off, where you want to go, the route you want to take, the meals, and all the activities. The day of every trip is always the most stressful, last minute packing and all the little loose ends to tie up. You go to leave and Bam! You forgot something.   Pre Trip Checklists are always a good thing to have when you're just starting out and even for a seasoned professional. Forgetting to hook up your lights, the safety pin, if your RV was plugged into an outlet, it has all happened before and hopefully never again. Sometimes you catch it, and other times it is a costly repair bill. Here is a generalized pre trip checklist that is a good guideline to follow.    Safety items: Start with whatever you're hooking up to, for example a SUV to a trailer or an Rv to a tow car. Look at all your safety items and make sure they are connected and secure. Safety chains. These sho ... read more

What RV is right for me?

What RV is right for me?

  Is that not the million dollar question, what RV is right for me? You have done all your research, explored RV shows, Travel and RV Magazines, looked at reviews online, looked at every avenue available to you and you're ready to pull the plug and buy a new RV. But is the RV that you did all that research on right for you? For this month, we have compiled some questions you should ask yourself while doing your research and exploring your RV options. First things first, have you decided if you want a motorized or non-motorized RV? What I mean by this is do you want the convenience of just jumping in, turning on the key and going; or is a Travel Trailer or 5th wheel more your cup of tea? Delving deeper into this topic would be asking yourself what equipment do you have already? If you want to drive an RV, do you want to tow a vehicle behind it so you can go places, do you have a vehicle that is capable of being towed? Or if you prefer towing Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels do ... read more

Best Spring Break Adventures

Best Spring Break Adventures

Spring is a time we all look forward to fun and adventure. A road trip in your RV is just what the family needs! Here is a list of amazing experiences awaiting you on your spring break journey:   Olympic National Park As one of the most popular national parks in the USA, Olympic National Park is a hot spot for outdoor lovers, and for a good reason. There are glaciers in the mountains, a coastline that is lush and rugged with a temperate rainforest. The sights are incredible.   Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast Just a little south of us is a fantastic sight in spring. Pods of grey whales are on their migration trek north up to Alaska. Plan your late March trip to the Oregon coast and be prepared to hang onto your bootstraps, because the sights of these majestic creatures are sure to blow you away!     Washington State Parks for free in March? Yes! Washington State Parks offers two free days in their parks between Ma ... read more

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