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Why You Should Redline

If you’re on this site, chances are you know about Redline and all the magical properties of being a member. However, it never hurts to get a refresher, and we wanted to take a moment to go over why being a Redline member can be more beneficial than owning. Of course, every situation is different and every person’s needs vary, but that’s what makes a Redline membership so great: it’s totally customizable and flexible depending on your needs.

 

  1. Owning is expensive

A lot of people don’t always take into consideration the true costs of ownership. There’s a lot to think about that sometimes fall to the wayside when the excitement of new toys come into play. For one, just storing the new equipment can get pricey. Not everyone has the space to store all the equipment they want to utilize. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll use average Boise prices for financial guesstimates. Depending on size, storage space for recreational equipment can cost anywhere from $90- $200 per month. That’s about $1080-$2400 per year. On top of an already expensive piece of equipment, that’s an expense that can be a drain. Keeping the equipment maintained and working (depending on how hard you are on your stuff) can also be a huge expense and can sometimes out-cost the actual piece of equipment. Another expense that is sometimes overlooked but very important is insurance. It depends on the piece of equipment, but for most full-time, large equipment averages anywhere from $900-$2000 per year. Not to mention the actual value of the equipment. The yearly depreciation of a $95,000 wake boat, plus the expenses of maintenance, storage, insurance, and other equally pricey factors can take a huge chunk out of your wallet.A Redline membership alleviates almost the entire expense. You don’t have to worry about any of those factors, just enjoy the equipment.

 

  1. All the equipment you get access to

The thing about owning your own equipment, is that you usually have to compromise on the actual equipment. Owning a boat, and an RV, and a UTV, and jet ski can get very expensive, and it usually isn’t feasible for the average outdoorsman. With a Redline membership, you get access to ALL of the toys in our fleet. That includes the watercraft, off road vehicles, campers/RV’s, and snowmobiles; all at your disposal. You don’t have to choose which equipment you get, because you can get all of it.

  1. Updated fleet

A lot of people end up buying equipment, only to have the next year’s model be the one they are really pining for. Unfortunately, it’s not always financially feasible to buy a brand new camper trailer every single year, and we understand that. Redline endeavors to update most of its’ big equipment at least every three to four years- think boats, RV’s, campers; and it’s smaller equipment (jet ski’s, snowmobiles, UTV’s, etc) every two to three years. 2019 alone saw new snowmobiles, jet skis, UTV’s, and a few new wake boats. That probably wouldn’t happen with owning.

 

All in all, owning your own recreation equipment can be fun and worthwhile, but more often than not, the financial burden outweighs the pros. That's where Redline comes in. Having access to all the toys you want, at a fraction of the price, is the top reason Redline boasts more than 500 members currently. Our members get to enjoy all the fun of having recreational equipment, with none of the hassle. 

Camper Camping 101

Camping is known to have a whole host of health benefits for everyone that partakes, and we definitely know why. Between sleeping better, increased vitamin D intake (probably), and just plain happiness, we recommend camping for everyone! Camping is said to be rising in popularity, especially among younger generations. This is due to affordability, stress reduction, and of course, authentic smores. In 2018, 77 million households in the US have someone who camps at least occasionally, with a majority camping at least three times a year. The best part is, you don’t usually have to travel that far to get to a good camping spot. 59% of campers stay within 100 miles of home.

While a lot of people do camp, there are always rookies looking to make camping their new hobby. We’ve compiled a list of things to remember while camping- specifically in a camper trailer- for newbies, but old pros might also like having their memory refreshed.

  • -Check how much your vehicle can tow- if you’re towing a camper trailer, this is going to be hugely important! How much your vehicle can tow will determine the size of camper you can get.
  • -Pre-check the size of your hitch- also important: most campers use a 2” ball on their hitch, but always be sure to triple check before you pick it up
  • -Have a list of essentials & check them off one by one- there are a billion pre-made lists online of things to bring while camping (food, supplies, medical supplies, etc.) so make sure you do your research.
  • -You can pre-pack & no suitcases- if you choose, you can pre-load the camper in the closet space for all your clothes- which seriously eliminates a lot of space-taking luggage. This brings us to our next tip:
  • -Don’t overload the camper- while it’s great to have the option of pre-packing the camper, don’t overload or make it too heavy and crowded. You want to be able to move around your camper, not have to pick your way through the maze of stuff you brought.
  • -Fresh water + black/grey water- it’s a gross topic, but necessary. Fill your tank with your fresh drinking water and don’t forget to empty your black/grey water tank when you’re done. TRUST ME.
  • -Set- up on flat ground- self explanatory enough; you don’t want to be sleeping on uneven ground- make sure your final set up spot is flat.
  • -Power- if you’re going to a campground that supplies power, make sure to have the correct power adaptor for all kinds of outlets. If you’re not going to a campground like that…
  • -Don’t forget a generator- you will most likely need power of some sort, so bringing a backup generator is always a good idea. (Psst- if you’re renting a camper from Redline, you can get one included in your reservation)
  • -Bring coolers/food inside when you leave your vehicle- bears, raccoons, other humans, oh my! Make sure to bring in all your food when you leave your campsite. Animals and other people are notorious for taking food that might not belong to them and potentially tearing up your campground. Be smart and avoid Brenda the bear’s visit.

7 Top Water Spots in Idaho

Idaho is growing quickly, and while we’re always happy to make new friends and spread the love of our amazing state, it can cause crowding- issues in our favorite spots. Idahoans are known for our love of the outdoors and most of us try to be outside as much as possible, especially during the summer. We’ve put together a list of our favorite bodies of water in Idaho, both well-known and not.

 

Spring Shores: We’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention our second home- Spring Shores Marina at Lucky Peak Reservoir. If you’re in Boise, it’s one of the closest bodies of water to get to, and an amazing example of the state parks in Idaho. It’s also worth mentioning that Redline runs the marina at Spring Shores, complete with watercraft rentals, a full menu, and other necessities for a day on the lake.

 

McCall & Cascade: McCall and Payette Lake are probably one of the most well- known places for Idahoans to spend their free time, and it’s easy to see why. McCall has outdoor recreational options for all year-round. Summer is definitely a fan favorite, as the lake offers so many fun options for the whole family. If Payette Lake is too crowded for your liking, Lake Cascade offers an alternative that’s close by.

 

Black Canyon: Black Canyon Park is a great choice for a family day in some water. On the shore, there’s plenty of trees and picnic tables for your off-water activities. This is a great option for days you don’t want to travel too far, but still want to be in the water. There’s also a campground not too far away for anyone interested in camping out for a night or two.

 

Anderson Ranch Reservoir: Anderson Ranch is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts who want all the options of recreation in one spot. Located roughly 20 miles from Mountain Home, Anderson Ranch offers space for hiking, boating, waterskiing, fishing, and camping, all within the confines of the reservoir. It’s an amazing space to take the family for a fun-filled outdoor adventure.

 

Warm Lake: Another option not too far from Boise is Warm Lake. It’s a popular destination, but doesn’t get the same notoriety as Cascade or Payette Lake. This 640 acre lake is the largest natural lake in Boise National Forest and is very popular for camping, fishing, and hunting, with two lodges close by and campgrounds available for camping options.

 

Deadwood Reservoir: One more option close to Cascade is Deadwood reservoir. Only about 25 miles southeast of Cascade, the 3,000 acre reservoir is created by the Deadwood Dam. It’s used for camping, water skiing, fishing, canoeing, and other outdoor recreational activities.

 

Coeur d'Alene: Last but certainly not least, we have Hayden Lake and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Both options are amazingly beautiful and perfect for a fun trip. If you’re already in the northern part of Idaho, CDA isn’t a too-far option; but from Boise, it’s quite the trek. The surrounding areas sport amazing camping areas for long term trips, with other phenomenal outdoor activities.

Smoky the Bear Wants You to be Safe

As we’re coming towards the hottest part of the year, it’s fitting that we address one of the deadliest man-made disasters we face in the US.

 

Wildfires.

 

In 2018, there were 58,083 reported wildfires, with a total of 8.8 million acres burned. In a 2017 risk analysis, 4.5 million US homes were identified at high or extreme risk of wildfires. Over the past 10 years, losses from wildfires added up to $5.1 billion.

 

What’s worse? As many as 90% of wildland fires in the US are caused by humans. (The remaining 10% is said to be caused by naturally occurring lightning or lava.)

 

Statistics from 2019 already state that there have been 16,361 wildfires from January 1 to June 10, with about 355,014 acres burned. That’s just six months of data.

 

There is good news though. So far, numbers have decreased from 2018 to 2019. In the same six month period (January-June), 2018 saw 1.8 million acres burned vs the 355,014 acres stated above. And 2017 to 2018 saw a similar decreasing trend with 71,499 reported wildfires in 2017 vs 58,083 in 2018. These are still high numbers, but with proper education and care of the land, the National Interagency Fire Center is hopeful they can continue decreasing.

 

It seems simple: don’t start fires in the summer. Watch your burns. Don’t negligently discard cigarettes. But we’ve compiled a basic list of ways to prevent wildfires from starting, to keep you, your family, and your land safe.

 

  1. Never leave a fire unattended.
  2. Completely extinguish a fire before sleeping or leaving a campsite.
  3. Avoid spilling flammable liquid and store fuel away from appliances.
  4. Completely extinguish cigarettes before disposing of them.
  5. Do not discard cigarettes, matches, or smoking materials from moving vehicles or anywhere on park grounds.
  6. Follow local ordinances when burning yard waste.
  7. Avoid backyard burns in windy conditions.
  8. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  9. Avoid parking a hot car or other machinery in dry grass.
  10. When towing vehicles, make sure all chains are suspended and not dragging while driving.

These tips seem simple, but these above, including purposefully committing arson, account for 90% of wildfires. And they’re easily preventable. So make sure you’re being smart and taking care of our forests and wildlands.

Summer Equipment: Water Edition

Summer is finally here and you know what that means! Summer equipment roundup: water edition!

 

Water sports season is our busiest season, and for good reason! With the warm weather, outdoor activities are easy, fun, and enough for the whole family to enjoy. We’ve piled the best summer equipment Redline utilizes over the summer.

 

Machines:

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Wake Boats: Wake boats are by far the most popular piece of water equipment Redline has. The ability to tow boards and tubes, along with their high capacity make them ideal watercraft for the family. Redline runs three different types of wake boats in our fleet, typically. At the moment, we have Axis T22 and A22, which hold 15 people; a line of MB’s, which hold 14 people; and a Mastercraft, which seats 11 people.  

 

 

 

Pontoon Boats: Pontoons are amazing because they’re a relaxational boat, while also creating a wake big enough to pull a towable. Redline’s pontoon boats hold anywhere from 10-14 people- depending on the size of the human- with brands like Sunchaser, Sweetwater, and Veranda.

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Jet Ski’s: Redline currently carries two types of jet ski’s: Sea- Doo and Kawasaki Ultra’s. Both brands are 1-3 person, sit down- type jet ski’s that offer a fun time for everyone!

 

 

 

 

Equipment:

Redline uses a number of brands for our towables and other equipment. We carry wake boards, wakesurf boards, knee boards, water skis, tubes, life- jackets, and paddle boards. For boards, Redline carries Hyperlite, an amazing board company with more than 27 years of wake experience. Hyperlite is also a Redline vendor, so if our members see something online that we don’t have in store, our team can order it to be delivered.

 

As always, Western Power Sports comes in at an amazing price for Redline members as well, offering an array of equipment, from Fly branded life vests to boards and tubes. WPS is a brand we know and trust very much, so we always recommend checking out their apparel, accessories, and even parts for your watercraft.

PNW Road Trip Masterlist

One of the best things about living in Idaho is the easy access to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, the PNW is known for our amazing forests, high mountains, and the phenomenal coastline; and it’s all available within driving distance. Road trips are awesome because they’re so customizable- if you don’t want to hit a certain spot, you can just drive on past it. But sometimes people don’t know where to start, so we’ve compiled a beginners list of places to hit in the PNW, starting in Boise. Tallying at about 36 hours driving time, you get a taste of each fantastic aspect of the PNW.Screen_Shot_2019-07-10_at_10.54.52_AM.png

Start In Boise 

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This is assuming you start in Boise- the home base and where you’ll end up at the end of your trip. The cool part about road trips is that you can start at any one of the spots, but since it’s a semi- circular design, you’ll still hit any of the destinations you choose. If this isn’t your starting point, but a destination along the way, we highly encourage you to explore our amazing city.

 

Mt Hood National Forest

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Only about 60 miles from Portland, Mt Hood is a must see. Whether you just go to sight see, or take the opportunity to hike, Mt Hood National Forest extends south from the phenomenal Columbia River Gorge. It’s honestly two attractions in one. The national attractions is one of the most visited National Forest in the US, and it’s easy to see why! There are over 150 developed recreation sites to choose from, so make sure this is a part of your trip.

 

Portland

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Portland is a must see in the PNW. The beauty, culture, and stunning imagery of the city guarantees an amazing leg of your trip. There’s so much to see and do in Portland that it’s definitely too much to write here, so visit www.travelportland.com to plan our your trip.

 

Oregon Coast- Seaside Oregon

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The Oregon coast is a must see part of your leg in Oregon. There are amazing towns up and down the coast, but for the purpose of this itinerary, we chose Seaside, Oregon. However, we highly recommend any of the Oregon coastal towns. Seaside is amazing because it’s so varied in activities. And everything is walkable. Go to www.seasideor.com to plan out your visit.

 

Greater Seattle Area

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Seattle is like Portland in that there is so much to do there, that we couldn’t possibly write it all here. Suffice to say, Seattle and the surrounding areas hold some of the most amazing sightseeing opportunities, arts & culture events, food, all while being encircled by unmatched natural beauty. Go to www.visitseattle.org to learn more about the city.

 

Mt Rainier National Forest

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Mt. Rainier is an icon in the Washington landscape. The park boasts amazing camping, hiking, and climbing for all levels and ages. An active volcano, Mt Rainier is the most glaciated peak  in the contiguous US, spawning five major rivers.

 

Ceour d’Alene

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A stopover in Idaho, Coeur d’Alene is a fan- favorite of most Idahoans. The weather makes most outdoor sports feasible at some point through the year. From the lake, to the amusement park, to the stunning outdoor beauty around the city, CDA is a must see on any trip through the panhandle of Idaho.

 

Yellowstone

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Yellowstone National Park is arguably the most well known National Park in the US, and we all know why. There are 12 park campgrounds to choose from, so an overnight stay (or two) wouldn’t be remiss. You can explore the thermal basins, hike nearly 1000 miles of trails, fish and boat, or ski and snowshoe in the winter.

 

Sawtooth National Forest

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At the heart of Idaho is the Sawtooth National Forest, and is considered a working/producing forest. There are a number of places to visit from the heart of the forest, including Sun Valley, Twin Falls and Redfish Lake. There’s a whopping 81 campgrounds in the forest that houses trails, fishing, ski areas, and space for whitewater boating.

 

Back home to Boise

You could always continue your road trip and head west to McCall, or back north to explore Montana. But if you choose to head back to your starting point, it’s back to Boise you go!

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