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All About NuCamp Trailers

At Juniata Valley RV, we have multiple brands of RVs on our lot at any moment. Why? Because our customers come first, and nothing is more important than the satisfaction of everyone that walks through our doors. We like to know all about the camper brands and styles we sell. This includes knowing everything there is to know about NuCamp.

One thing we make sure of before we put a brand of RVs on our lot is the quality and commitment of that brand – and we trust NuCamp RVs to follow through. Below, we’ll tell you why the manufacturer has our trust and a few things you should know about them.

One of the reasons we love having NuCamp RVs on our lot is their dedicated craftspeople. NuCamp has a high standard when it comes to the quality of their RVs, and the people they choose to craft these RVs abide by and deeply honor these standards. They treat their customers like family, and we do too. When we have similar standards to an RV manufacturer, we know it’s a relationship for life.

All About NuCamp’s Names

about nucamp - nucamp trailer photo in the woods from below

Though the name might be new to you, the company itself has been around for many years. Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers adopted the name in 2016, and in early 2017, they rolled out the TAB 400, a step above the original TAB 320.

They Build Some of the Best

NuCamp uses only the highest-grade materials – from the aluminum framing to their birch interiors, they take pride in their hard work and strive for perfection. However, perfection can’t always be achieved, and they make it right anytime a customer isn’t satisfied.

When they craft their trailers and RVs, they keep everyone in mind. From the weekend warriors to full-time RVers, they want everyone to be happy with a NuCamp in every way: functionally, practically and aesthetically.

If this has piqued your interest, here are a few other products they have: TAG Teardrop Trailers, TAB Teardrop Campers, TAB Clamshell Campers, TAB 400 Teardrop Campers, Circus Truck Campers, AVIA Luxury Trailer and the Barefoot Caravan.

about NuCamp - NuCamp truck camper

We know a NuCamp RV won’t suit everyone, and that’s why we sell many other RV brands, types, and models at our dealership. Here are just a few:

We keep a full line of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and campers in stock for you, and if your RV needs repairs, we have a full-service RV repair facility and our own RV parts store to have you and your family back on the road in no time!

NuCamp RVs sell lightning fast at Juniata Valley RV, and we can barely keep them on our lot!

But we love our NuCamp teardrop trailers, and we hope you come by to check them out. Or, stop by our website or give us a call!

Best Places for Free Overnight RV Parking

Every veteran RVer has woken up to beautiful, picturesque views and the sweet sounds of nature. Nothing beats opening your eyes to shining asphalt and the passionate cursing of a convenience store couple in the morning. Sure, it’s not mountain views and birds chirping, but nothing beats free overnight RV parking. Right?

If you’ve got a long road trip planned, you might need to spend the night off-grid in a different sense of the word: in an empty parking lot. To help you get started on routing your trip around the states, we compiled this list of the best places for free overnight RV parking.


This one is obvious! Walmart is probably one of the most well-known places for free overnight parking – RV and otherwise. Walmart camping is a rite of passage for American nomads. Although, not all Walmarts will be welcoming. Check the AllStays app for reviews of different Walmart parking lots, and if they allow free RV parking.

Free overnight RV parking - Night scene caravan parked at parking lot, san Juan province, Argentina

BassPro Shops

BassPro and other chain outdoor-focused stores like Cabela’s Sporting Goods will often let you park overnight. This isn’t a complete guarantee, so we recommend asking staff before you stay overnight. Luckily, many cities have at least one camping store that will welcome overnight guests in need of free RV parking.

Cracker Barrel

After a long day of driving, what’s better than being a short walk from a delicious, hot Cracker Barrel meal? You can stay the night in the parking lot and wake to another scrumptious breakfast in the morning! All Cracker Barrels have maps of all their locations inside, so you can plan which highway-side location you’ll stay at next. This makes Cracker Barrel a great place for free RV parking during your travels.

Movie Theaters

Movies play late and often run into the early morning hours. After closing, staff members will stick around a while longer to clean and lock up. As a result of these all-hours businesses, movie theaters are usually a great place to park overnight. Although you should ask if you’re unsure, most movie theaters welcome free overnight RV parking.

Free overnight RV parking - "Trailer in campground on top of mountain overlooking valley, with tow vehicle and copy space"


It might be a tight fit on a Saturday or Sunday night, but most churches will accept overnight RV parking. On weekdays, the parking lots are mostly empty and, by nature, a church or other place of worship is likely to be a little more welcoming to those in need of a place to stay. Again, places of worship are an ask before you level the RV and lower the jack situation.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness is another guaranteed spot for free overnight RV parking. This is an especially great place to stay for members, you can get in a workout and a shower before getting back on the road! We’ve even seen a few of our favorite camping bloggers purchase memberships simply for a place to stay and shower when traveling.

Boondocking Dry Camping in the Forest. Small Travel Trailer with Solar Panels on Roof.

What about public land?

There are acres upon acres of public land and national forests owned by the United States government. These places were set up to protect and preserve the natural beauty of our nation. The best part about public land? Everything there is completely free! You can hike, bike, kayak, explore and even camp on public land for exactly zero dollars.

Sure, national parks sometimes offer actual campgrounds with showers, electricity, water hookups and more. But we’re talking strictly free overnight RV parking here. The US Forest Service refers to this old-fashioned just-you-and-the-woods camping as “dispersed camping.” If you’re able to take your truck, trailer or camper van off-road then camping on public land might be the solution for you. It may not be a tent, but it’s a perfectly legal form of dispersed camping. Most National Forests will have a parking lot as well that you can get away with parking in overnight.

You should note that some National Forests will have exceptions, like ones that are only open from dawn to dusk. Additionally, some parks will have “no overnight camping” signs. These, of course, mean you can’t park there for the night.

Essentially, unless otherwise stated, it’s legal to sleep in your RV on any federally designated public lands.

Boondocking overnighter camper.Terminology of boondocking is common in RV nomenclature. It means camping on public land or in parking areas of some of the major retailers here in the U.S.

What about rest stops?

Most rest areas allow parking at all hours, but prohibit camping. This results in a pretty big gray area for RVers. Usually, this means you aren’t allowed to set up a tent and a campfire but are allowed to rest in your car.

In Pennsylvania, where Juniata Valley RV is located, you’re limited to two hour stays at rest stops in a 24-hour period. On the other hand, there are no overnight rules at Pennsylvania service plazas, simply stating that you can’t stay longer than 24 hours.

Although the rules aren’t extremely clear, most states prohibit people from spending the night in public rest stops and service plazas. You’ll often be allowed to sleep in your car, or RV, for two to three hours before being required to move on. Vehicles parked at rest stops for more than a few hours may be considered abandoned and towed.

Overall, rest stops are best for a quick nap rather than overnight RV parking.

The BoonDocker’s Bible has a lot of great resources on overnight parking.

If you’re in need of a new travel trailer or motorhome to take you on your boondocking journey, Juniata Valley RV is here to help. We carry new and used RVs and RV parts. We also have an expert service department ready to repair or upgrade your RV. Call us at 1 (877) 714-0415 or contact us here when you’re ready to get started.

RV WiFi – Internet Connection in Your RV

From vacationers trying to stream this weekend’s football game to full-timers roadschooling the kids, RV WiFi is essential for families on the go. In a constantly connected world, as much as we would like to use RVing as a way to unplug and recharge, having an RV internet connection often isn’t optional. It’s necessary for safety, from Googling the closest doctor to messaging a friend, and using RV WiFi to stream our favorite Netflix shows doesn’t hurt either.

At Juniata Valley RV, we want to make sure you’re well-connected in the best way possible. We’ll go over all the basics of RV WiFi and how you can get online ASAP.

Campground RV WiFi

Slow Connections

Most campgrounds, especially private ones, offer WiFi. It’s often free to use, but consider yourself extremely lucky if the connection is good! You’ll usually spend more time waiting for pages to load and videos to buffer than you will actually enjoying your RV internet.

Campground WiFi is usually slower than other public WiFi networks, like a local coffee shop, because it’s often relying on slower sources. In rural areas like a campground, the WiFi is probably from a satellite internet, DSL or fixed wireless internet. With these sub-par sources, the metal of your RV blocking the signal, and the number of people connecting, it’s a perfect recipe for slow RV internet.

RV wifi - Two young women sitting on a vintage motor home bed. They are using technology: a laptop and a digital tablet

Security Risks

Additionally, connecting to any public WiFi can be risky without proper privacy precautions. When using free public WiFi, you risk your information being intercepted by a hacker. Hackers can abuse your personal information or distribute malware that can ruin your computer.

To protect yourself from hackers, consider using a VPN (virtual private network) to encrypt your data. You can also use SSL connections to encrypt your data, as well as turn off sharing on your devices.

If all this internet security talk sounds like a foreign language, check out this YouTube video. Cybersecurity brand Kaspersky uses clear visuals and language to cover the dangers of public WiFi.

RV WiFi Options

Campground WiFi may not be the best solution for your RV internet connection. Thankfully, there are plenty of other options for connecting to the internet on the road or at a rural campground.

Alpine lake in distance

Cellular Data

One of the easiest ways to connect to the internet in your RV is using cellular data. Cell phone companies allow you to use data, like 5G connection, to create a WiFi hotspot. Once you hotspot from your phone, you can connect your devices and use it as a source of RV WiFi.

Cellular data and phone hotspots often aren’t very fast, and they’re not good for those spending a lot of time on the internet. Additionally, streaming movies and shows or gaming using cellular data will lead to a lot of buffering and lags. While it’s a good option for messaging or a quick Google search, cellular data often isn’t the best source of RV WiFi. Especially without an unlimited data plan with your cellphone company.


Outside of using your cell phone as a hotspot, most phone companies offer devices that can create a hotspot from cellular data. It’s the same concept, minus your cellphone. These devices cost upward of $100 and only work when cellular data is available. They’re a good option and work faster than tethering to your cell phone as a hotspot.

WiFi Extender

Also called a repeater or ranger, these devices extend existing WiFi signals. These can work to improve or speed up WiFi signals, like the campground WiFi. With the use of cybersecurity precautions, these can make campground connections a reasonable option for your RV WiFi.

Some RV manufacturers have begun installing their own extenders. High-end brands, like Winnebago, install them in some of their newest units.

Satellite Internet

Our last RV WiFi option is satellite. You can have a satellite dish installed on the roof of your RV. With an unobstructed view of the sky, these can be a great option to connect to the internet. It works beyond the range of cellular data. This makes satellite internet a great option for boondocking. Additionally, having your own satellite will be faster and safer than sharing with the campground’s public satellite network.

Once your RV WiFi is connected, you’re ready for any trip! If you need a new RV, or new RV parts and supplies, stop by Juniata Valley RV! Our sales professionals can help you get started with a brand new or new to you unit.

All About RV Awning Care

Your RV awning is the first layer of protection against the elements when you’re relaxing at the campground. Stormy afternoons and late summer heat are blocked by the shade of your awning.

With all it’s importance to your trip, awning care and maintenance should be at the forefront of the RV community. However, they’re often not talked about – despite the hefty price tag that comes with replacing them.

At Juniata Valley RV, we understand the important part your RV awning plays in every camping trip. We gathered some basic care and management tips to help your awning last!

RV Awning Extending by Caucasian Camper in His 30s. Travel Industry.

RV Awning Care

Know your awning

RV awnings come in two different materials: vinyl and acrylic. Proper cleaning of your awning depends on the material it’s made of. Often, with either material, hosing off your awning with water is enough to keep it clean. Scrubbing your awning too frequently can wear down the material, making it more prone to holes and ripping. In addition, scrubbing can wear away any water-repellant coating applied by the manufacturer.

Vinyl awning

Vinyl awnings can be scrubbed gently with a soft brush, water and soap. They’re often coated with a substance that prevents mildew growth. If you scrub too hard, you might scrub the coating off.

Acrylic awning

Acrylic awnings can be scrubbed with a stiff brush, water and soap. They usually don’t have a mildew-proof coating, so scrubbing them sparingly is okay.

Never use an abrasive or oil-based cleaner on either type of RV awning.

Montañita Montanita, Santa Elena, Ecuador - February 4, 2012: Family camping in a motor home at the Montañita Montanita Beach. They enjoying the day beach in front of the Pacific Ocean.

Let your awning dry out

Wet from rain or a routine cleaning, its essential to give your awning time to completely air dry. Rolling up your awning while it’s still wet or, even worse, placing it in storage while wet, creates the perfect environment for mildew and dry rot.

Air dry your awning before leaving the campground. If necessary, you can extend the awning back out when you return home to allow it to continue drying.

Routine cleaning

Routinely cleaning your awning to remove dirt and mold will help extend its life. Brands like Camco, Thetford and B.E.S.T. make highly-rated commercial RV awning cleaners.

Mild dish detergent can also work to clean your awning, although dedicated awning cleaners will work much better. While a car wash brush can be used, make sure not to apply too much pressure or scrub too much in one area. This can quickly lead to worn awning fabric or, even worse, a hole in your awning.

Protect from UV Damage

Sun damage can take a toll on your RV awning. Hours in the hot sun can bleach and break down the fabric. There are several commercial fabric protectors and sealants available that you can use to apply a protective coating on your awning.

If you plan to be away most of the day, it’s smart to roll up your awning. This way it will not undergo any unnecessary sun damage.

Caucasian Retired Woman in Her 60s Extending RV Awning at RV Park Campsite. Summer Vacation Time with Recreational Vehicle.

Steady in the wind

On windy days, your RV awning can end up flapping noisily and dangerously. The best way to stop this and protect your awning from wind damage is de-flapper clamps. These will help hold your awning in place and protect it from ripping in the harsh winds.

You can also purchase an RV awning stabilizer kit. These kits often include screws and spring-loaded tension straps. They reinforce your awning by allowing you to secure it to the ground by the arms.

Don’t catch water

When you extend your awning on a rainy day, the water often collects in the center of your awning. With the arms holding the sides up, the center will dip as it fills with water. This can cause the awning to bend out of shape, or even rip.

To prevent your awning from catching gallons of water every time it rains, set your awning so one corner is dipped lower than the others. This allows water to safely run off the awning to an area you’ve predetermined.

Although RVs are mostly used in summer months, this applies to winter too. Never let snow or ice build up on your awning.

"Hybrid travel trailer with pop outs in campground during autumn, horizontal."

Lock the rewind mechanism

Once your awning is rolled up, make sure to lock it in place. If it’s not properly locked in the rolled-up position, outside forces like strong winds can cause it to unroll. This is especially dangerous if it happens while driving, when winds blowing on your RV awning are the strongest.

Make a habit of locking your awning when it’s fully rewound. This will help ensure you don’t forget to secure it in place when hitting the road or storing your RV outside.

RV Awning Repairs and Replacement

If your RV awning needs repairs, our service team at Juniata Valley RV might be able to help. Visit us in person or call us at 1-877-714-0415 to find out what we can do to help.

Over years of protecting you and your family from sun and rain, it’s expected that your RV awning will be worn and damaged. RV awnings can even be replaced, if necessary.

At Juniata Valley RV, our staff can help you replace your awning. If you’d rather replace your entire unit, we can help with that too! We’ll buy your used RV and help you find a brand new one to fit your needs. View our full inventory online and fill out this form if you’re interested in a new or new to you unit

RV Security Tips

Camping trips should be all carefree fun and adventure. No one wants to worry about thieves and RV security during a campground vacation. Although it’s not fun to think about, it’s important to consider your RV’s security.

This includes RV door security, making sure that no one can get into your camper when you’re not around. It also includes exterior safety features, like surveillance systems and RV security cameras. At Juniata Valley RV, we want to make sure your camping trip is fun and safe. We put together this list of RV security tips, from the basics to the high-tech methods.

Lock your doors

Sure, this one seems obvious. But sometimes there’s so much going on at the campsite it’s easy to forget. The best way to be sure you lock your RV doors is to make a habit of it. Lock your RV door as well as any exterior storage compartments when you leave the campsite. Even if the RV park you’re at seems safe and low-key, there’s no reason to risk it. Make a habit of locking your RV’s doors every time you leave, even if you only plan to be gone for a minute.

RV Security - Travel Trailer Caravaning. RV Park Camping at Night.

Close your blinds

Closing your blinds is another easy step you can take to improve your RV security. When you leave the campsite, be sure your RV’s windows, blinds and curtains are closed. Aside from security concerns, closing your blinds will block sunlight from shining into your RV and fading your furniture.

In addition to closing your blinds, it’s a good idea to hide expensive items. Anything valuable, like jewelry, tablets or cameras, should be tucked away before you leave. You can always invest in a safe, preferably one that can be bolted down, if you’re still worried about the safety of your irreplaceable items.

Leave the lights on

Another easy security precaution you can take in your RV or at home is leaving lights on – interior and exterior. Keeping your interior lights on while you’re gone, especially at night, makes it more difficult for potential thieves to determine whether or not you’re home. In addition, bright exterior lights can help deter thieves. Particularly motion-sensor RV security lights that will shine directly on anyone trying to break in.

Be neighborly

When you arrive at your campsite, whether you’re staying a few days or for the whole season, take the time to introduce yourself to your neighbors. Talk to those camping nearby and introduce them to your crew. This way you’ll have another set of eyes on your RV when you’re gone, and they’re more likely to notice if someone unfamiliar is at your campsite, trying your RV door, or messing with your camping supplies.

RV Security - Camper Travel Trailer. Travel Trailer Pop Up Style Camping in Colorado.

Put things away

Although it might seem tedious, putting your things away before leaving or going to sleep is an easy way to protect yourself from campground thieves. Clear your campsite of chairs, cooking equipment, firewood and anything else someone could steal. If you have items that won’t be easy to put away, like bikes, invest in a bike lock, for example, as an added layer of protection.

New locks

New RVs will come with standard factory locks and keys. These base-level RV locks are not very secure, only adding a minimum level of protection. We recommend investing in a new, sturdier or high-tech RV lock. You can easily install a keypad lock, requiring a code to enter your RV rather than a traditional key-entry lock that can be easily picked. Keyless entry for your RV is often safer, and you won’t have to worry about losing a key and being locked out.

RV security system

It’s a good idea to invest in an RV security system as well. This is more common with full-time RVers, but it’s a good idea for anyone wanting to ensure their camper is safe. Basic RV security systems are easy to install, using sensors that simply attach to doors and windows. These sensors will alert you when someone opens your door or window. You can also invest in RV security cameras. Security cameras are cheaper than ever, you can find them for as little as $20 on Amazon! They can live-stream to your phone or save video to a memory card. You can find RV security cameras that record constantly or activate with motion. Whatever you choose, an RV security system and camera is cheaper than ever before and an easy way to secure your camper.

RV Security - Camper camping at RV park in autumn in North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville.

Get a hitch guard

It’s not very common, but RV theft isn’t unheard of. The downside of having a towable home is knowing that anyone can hitch their truck up and tow it away. While no one wants to think about this nightmare situation, there are steps you can take to prevent it. We recommend purchasing a hitch guard. You can lock a hitch guard onto your trailer hitch, making it impossible for anyone to tow your RV away without unlocking and removing the guard.

No one wants to think about the potential for theft when trying to enjoy a campground vacation, but it’s always possible. Give yourself peace of mind with our RV security tips. Whether you implement new habits of locking your RV or purchase a new RV security camera, there are plenty of ways to deter thieves.

If you’re looking for a new RV, Juniata Valley RV is here for you! We have new and used travel trailers, tiny campers and motorhomes in stock at our Pennsylvania RV dealership. Stop by to purchase a new RV or shop our inventory online. If your RV needs security installations or service, our service department might be able to help you. We even have a parts store with RV locks and other security features. Call us or contact us online to find out how we can help you protect your RV from theft.

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