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George Novosel

 Twin peaks Insurance 8/14/2018

Summer Time's not over yet!

August is Family Fun Month and with plenty of days until September, there is still lot's of summer fun to be had. With school fast approaching you may think that summer has passed you by. There are still plenty of things you can do to enjoy what's left of summer. We have compiled a short list of things to do that can take away your summertime blues. Take a look.

1.) Take a Motorcycle Ride. Whether you take a scenic ride or a scoot around town, taking "the Bike out" can be a relaxing adventure.

2.) Visit an Amusement Park. Most Parks stay open at least until Labor day and sometimes after. What a fun way to spend some time with the family.

3) Go Camping. A weekend of making s'mores, telling scary stories around the campfire and throwing the frisbee might be just what the family needs to relax before school begins.

4.) Star Gazing. Even if you don't have a telescope, laying on your back and watching the stars can be a fun time for you and the family. There are also plenty of apps on Android and  iTunes that you can point at the sky and know what stars you are looking at.

5.) Go on a treasure hunt. Make a list of items to find and split the family up in to teams. Come up with an idea of what the team that gets the most on the list wins.

6.) Take a Ferry Ride. Whether you are going to the Statue of Liberty, rolling to the intercoastal in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere in between, a Ferry ride could be just what the family needs to enjoy a relaxing day out.

7.) Miniature Golf. You may not be ready for the PGA, but a fun game of Putt Putt could be just what the family needs.

8.) Zoo or Aquarium. There are plenty of things to see at the Zoo or the Aquarium. A day of family fun mixed in with a little education is never a bad idea.

9.) Horseback Riding. Most of us live within an hour of a place that provides horseback riding either through trails or on a track.

10.) Go to the Beach. There are still plenty of warm days left to take that trip to the beach. Whether you are going for the day or the weekend you can find lots of things to do. Build a sandcastle or make picnic lunch.

These are just a few suggestions from the crew at Twin Peaks. You may have a couple of your own ideas. We would love to hear them. Regardless, get out there and enjoy the rest of summer before its time to pack lunches and get the little ones on the bus.



 

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RV Insurance Specialty Coverage: Diminishing Deductibles aka Disappearing Deductibles

Save big on RV Insurance with Diminishing Deductibles. The concept of your deductible decreasing each year you are claim free is not new to the RV Insurance specialty product lines but it is definitely one of the most used. This coverage varies slightly depending on which carrier you are insured with but in general here is how it works.  

Let's say you select a deductible limit of $1,000 to start.  Every year you don't have a claim your comprehensive and collision deductible will decrease by 25% as demonstrated in the chart below.  Notice with this rate of decline at your 5th year your deductible would be $0.

 Year Deductible % of Decrease
 1  $ 1,000  25%
 2 $ 750  25%
 3 $ 500   25% 
 4 $ 250   25%
 5 $ 0   


Keep in mind the program you select will have an impact on the type of diminishing schedule available to select.  For instance, most programs use a 25% per year diminishing rate.  There are some though that diminish $50 every 6 months or $100 per year.


Would you pay $400 to save $1,000

RV Diminishing Deductible coverage often costs less than $100 per year. It's easy to see in the event of a claim how the savings add up.  Factor in the separation available from some carriers allowing Comprehensive claims to work independent of Collision claims and you double your savings in the event of a loss.

Top 5 things to ask your agent:

  1. Do you offer diminishing deductibles?

  2. What are the rates of decrease available?

  3. Do glass claims count against my comprehensive diminishing rate?

  4. Do my Comprehensive and Collision deductibles work independently of each other?

  5. If I am towing my car, will I pay one or two deductibles if they are both damaged?


While we hope for the best we are here to make sure you are prepared for the worst.  From theft to blowouts to wind storms and "Ooops, I forgot to unhook" we have you covered.  Our partnerships with the industry's leading specialty RV underwriters allow us to offer these and many more exclusive programs to ensure you have the coverage you need when it counts.  For more information or to add RV Diminishing Deductible Coverage to your policy call us today toll free 800-507-8467.

Tiffanie Novosel
220 Licensed
Nationwide RV Specialist



 


 

Whether or not you’re a seasoned camper or just starting out, these campsite tips for RV beginners will help you get off on the right foot with your campsite neighbors and mother nature.

Be Aware of your Volume

It’s a good idea to make sure your TV, radio, and pets can’t be heard beyond the confines of your campsite. Other campers are there to enjoy nature too and you want to make sure you’re not contributing to noise pollution. Enjoy that ball game, let the kids run around wild- just be mindful of how close your fellow campers are camping and estimate how much of their noises you’d like to hear if the situations were reversed.

Pick up after your Pet

Did you bring Fido along? Great! Family pets can make wonderful traveling companions, but it’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of setting up and maintaining camp, and letting them roam to do their own business. However, if you think your pet might have actually done some “business” in the surrounding communal areas, do your neighbors a favor and go pick it up. They’ll appreciate the courtesy. This is especially important at night, when others might be foraging in the darkness for a restroom.

Lights and Decor

Decorating your campsite can be really fun- lights and other personal touches can make the Great Outdoors even greater- just remember to be considerate of those around you. You never know who came to party and who simply came to stargaze, so at the end of the day, when the sun is going down, unplug and let the natural beauty of the night sky be the focus.

Say Hello to the RV Community

Most folks within the RV community are just like you- they love getting outdoors, communing with nature, and having fun with their friends. They’re often friendly and approachable- there’s no Elitist Classism here- if you show up in an RV, you’re already part of the family. You’ve bought your ticket into a wonderful world of camaraderie and solidarity. So don’t worry about going over and introducing yourself to any neighbors you may have- odds are they’ll be glad you came by, and if you’re lucky, there’ll be an extra s’more waiting for you. For your end of the deal, consider packing a few extra goodies for your new friends. Sharing a meal or some badminton racquets can earn you major brownie points in your new “neighborhood.”

Common Sense

Basically, it’s easy to make connections out there with all the fun people who camp in RV’s, but if you really want to be a good neighbor, it’s as easy as that! Just be a good neighbor in a more condensed version of how you already are when you’re at home. Common sense and The Golden Rule go a long way out there on the open road. And having extra s’mores never hurts, either.

 
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What’s Available?

If you’re not familiar with the various types of RVs available out there, GoRVing.com is a great  place to start. Here’s a quick overview of the main categories:

Pop Up Trailers

These little guys are lightweight, easy to tow and maneuver.  They are quite affordable, uncomplicated and provide camping enthusiasts who are taking their first steps up from camping in tents a further glimpse in to comfort campling. These units range from 8 to 24 feet in length, and a new one tends to cost $6,000 to $22,000.

Travel Trailers

Travel trailers are conventional tow-behind trailers, and smaller models can be easily towed behind the family vehicle. Some versions feature pop-out or slide-out sections to maximize living spaces. Just be sure to match the RV’s loaded weight to the tow capacity of your vehicle.  If you are not sure or need help with towing requirements companies like American RV and Marine can guide you. These campers from 19 to 30 feet in length, and a new one will cost from $10,000 to $30,000.

Truck Campers

truck camper sits in the bed or on the chassis of a pickup truck, and believe it or not, they are available in many sizes, with a variety of floorplans, and sometimes even with slide-outs. This option allows you to access rougher areas into which you could not tow a trailer; plus, as with towable trailers, you can detach the camper and use your vehicle independently. Truck campers range from 8 to 20 feet in length, and a new camper will cost from $6,000 to $55,000.

Fifth-Wheel Travel Trailers

Fifth-wheels” have essentially the same amenities as a conventional trailer, but their tow vehicle must be a pickup truck with a fifth-wheel hitch on its bed. This design gives them a bi-level floor plan, which is more spacious than that of a conventional tow-behind. According toRV-Dreams.com, fifth-wheels are less susceptible to jack-knifing or fish-tailing than conventional trailers; the drawbacks involve more heavy-duty tow vehicles and greater expense. These campers range from 21 to 40 feet, and a new one will cost from $18,000 to $160,000.

Sport Utility RV 

Affectionately known as “toy haulers,” sport utility RVs feature all the live-on-board amenities you need — plus space to carry motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs and any other toys you’d like to have along for the trip. These can be towable trailers or motorhomes; in either case, the RV’s rear end drops down to form a ramp, providing access to the storage garage. These campers range from 19 to 39 feet, and a new one will cost from $10,300 to $170,000.

Motorhomes 

Motorized RVs, or motorhomes, are RVs with living accommodations built on motorized chassis. In other words, you don’t tow or carry them — you drive them. Type A, or conventional, motorhomes are built entirely on specially designed chassis, range from 21 to 40 feet and cost from $60,000 to more than $500,000. Type Bs are “camper vans”; these range from 16 to 22 feet and cost from $60,000 to $130,000. And Type Cs are built on a van frame, with a wide body attached to the cab. These range from 21 to 35 feet and cost from $43,000 to more than $200,000. One important aspect to remember with a motorhome: this is your transportation as well as your home. Unless you want to move your home every time you need to go to the grocery store, you’ll want to consider towing a small car for tootling around town and sightseeing.  For help with the best towing selection you can schedule a consultation with companies like American RV and Marine.

What Are My Lifestyle Considerations?

To determine which RV type will suit you, consider your needs:

  • What is your overall budget?
  • If you prefer a towable trailer or a truck camper, do you have a vehicle that can do the job? If not, you’ll be looking at a new vehicle and a new RV.
  • Do you want to tow any toys, like a boat or a set of ATVs? If so, you can’t use a travel trailer, and a fifth-wheel may not be practical. You’ll want to consider truck campers or motorhomes.
  • Is this going to be for a couple, or for a family with children? How many people, realistically, will be using the RV on a regular basis? And how many pets? Your love for your RV may wane after too many nights of feeling piled on top of each other; conversely, you don’t want more space than you need if the teenagers don’t want to spend every weekend with their parents.
  • How will you use the RV? If you’re planning for extended live-aboard trips, you’ll want more space, more storage and more amenities. If you’re going to use the RV for day trips, weekends and camping vacations, you can go smaller and more specialized.
  • Is your RV intended for summer or year-round use? For example, if most of your camping will be done at high altitude, or if you plan to use the camper during the shoulder seasons or even the winter, eliminate folding camping trailers and even travel trailers with pop-outs. They’ll be too cold. You’ll want a fully hard-sided RV with a reliable heater.
  • Where will you be doing most of your camping? If you like campgrounds, think about the size of RV your favorite spots can accommodate. If you prefer the backcountry, a truck camper will give you access to the hard-to-reach places; in addition, many travel trailers are available with off-road packages that offer features such as a raised axle and larger, all-terrain tires.
  • The RV Buyers Guide has a helpful worksheet to walk you through the process of identifying your specific needs. Additional advice can be found at RVs.com. If you’re thinking of full-time RV living, check out RV-Dreams.com — which has some great budget and financial tracking resources — andTheFunTimesGuide.com. The latter site also offers a good discussion regarding the choice between a trailer and a motorhome.

Going to RV shows is another great idea. You can climb aboard as many different models as you like, and dealer and manufacturer representatives will be on hand to answer questions. Check out show listings through the RV Buyers Guide, the RV Industry Association and GoRVing.com.

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Cut your costs!

While prices continue to rise, the folks over at Winnie Views have posted a helpful guide to help cut your gas costs.  

Here are the highlights:

  1. Gas Buddy
  2. Walmart
  3. Good Sam/Flying J
  4. Credit and Cash back rebates
  5. Grocery Store Gas
  6. Shell Fuel Rewards
  7. Increase your MPG

Want to learn more?  Visit the full article here.



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