How to Order On Tough Top Awning's Website June 01 2017, 1 Comment

Tyler put together a quick video to make ordering an awning through our website quick and easy!

Casino Camping in Oregon and California February 16 2017, 0 Comments

I’ve been traveling up and down California and Oregon a lot over the last few months. Both states are over the top beautiful to say the least, but they are also expensive! Camping can be expensive too, RV Parks can run anywhere from $45 to close to $100 depending where you are at, and most state and national parks $35 a night. If someone on a budget, that can be a lot per month….thats where casino camping comes in! It’s cheap to free and many times very well located.


Here are the top 5 casinos I’ve camped at in California and Oregon. I am not a gambler so this top 5 has nothing to do with gambling aspect of the casinos.

View from Cher-Ae Heights Casino, Trinidad CA


  1. Cher-Ae Heights Casino - Just a couple miles from Trinidad CA, a cool city and must stop. I rated this my #1 casino stop because of the view! The RV parking is up the hill from the casino, with large trees for shade, take the 25 yard walk to the edge of a hill overlooking the ocean into Trinidad…just beautiful!! The stay costs $20 for 3 nights…its very quite…and an added bonus, there is a small hiking trail 1/2 further down the road to a beautiful beach…enjoy!

Sand Dunes near Florence, OR


2. Three Rivers Casino - Just a couple miles outside Florence, OR. Florence is on the 101, and is the beginning (going south) of the coastal sand dunes. The casino is just off the 101 and a short drive to Historic Florence, I actually rode my bike down there one day. The lot is large and flat, plus I feel very safe as security does make the rounds (be sure to check-in). They allow you to stay 3 days free, more if you gamble. I like this stop because its close to the town to get a bite to eat, if you spend a few days in the area there are many day trips to take to the many state parks for hiking and site seeing.


Shore Acres State Park near North Bend, OR


3. The Mill Casino - Located in North Bend, OR, The Mill offers both an RV Park (not sure the price) and a non-hookup lot for $15/night. You can take advantage of the restrooms/showers, laundry and wi-fi (does not work well, but you can walk up to the casino toward the back and get good coverage there). I have this #2 for a few reasons, it is right off the busy 101, but the bay is right there and very pretty, I like the use of the showers, and when its not busy they will allow you to use the dump station. They also have pretty good, reasonably priced food (I took advantage of the Sunday Morning buffet). The main reason is the closeness to State Parks (Sunset Bay, Cape Arago State Park and Shore Acres State Park)  Some of the most beauty coastline in Oregon, be sure to stop at the viewing area of the off-shore colonies of seals and sea lions at Shell Island (take your binoculars)


4. Blue Lake Casino - Located about 8 miles off the 101 in Blue Lake, CA….near Arcata. To be honest there is not much special about this location, nice small lot….very nice staff when I checked in and I remember the food was pretty good and inexpensive. The 2 main reasons I liked this place was 1. its inland and in the mountains, after being along the coast for a while and missing CO I just felt at home waking up and seeing mountains all around me 2. while the town is really small, Im a beer lover and there is a great brewery with outside patio I walked to called: Mad River Brewing Co.


5. Agua Caliente Casino - Located in Rancho Mirage, CA….Short drive from Palm Springs. They make my list for the huge parking lot, and flat as well….When I went to check in they were very relaxed and felt I could have stayed there a few days in needed. Its located in near Palm Springs and is about an hour or so from Joshua Tree….and FREE

TOUGH TOP COMMUNITY January 23 2017, 0 Comments

We love the RV industry!!

Last year we celebrated our 10th year in business manufacturing and selling RV awnings. Looking back on all the success, some failures, all the wonderful people and businesses we have met we all know how lucky we are, and this is where we belong. 

We started kicking around an idea to further connect our community of RV businesses and all the people who support us all. We fully believe in community and even more so from our travels and being is business for 10 years, believe in the RV community.

So, we decided to launch the Tough Top Community! It's simple in nature, we want a place were RV businesses and organizations can promote themselves and introduce themselves to the RV world, and we want a place all of YOU can meet these businesses, connect with them and receive consistent information as well.....under one roof.

We are new and need all the help we can get....We are very forntute to have a few well established businesses believe in our idea and join us. Please take a look at the Community, let us know what you think....But more importantly share with others, connect with the Community businesses and help us make this a powerful tool in the RV industry.

We at Tough Top Awnings thanks you in advance for your help and look forward to grow the community.

RV Tips May 09 2016, 0 Comments


Some RV tips to help you if you are a RV newbie or have been a RVer for awhile.

  • Place a carpet sample at the base and one at the top of your entry steps, which will help keep dirt and moisture out of your rig.
  • Have a list to remind yourself of what you need to do for setting up and leaving.
  • Have disposable rubber gloves to use during sewer hookups and dumping.
  • Use a portable space heater at night instead of using all that propane.
  • Travel in the morning or late afternoon when hot – it is easier on your RV.
  • Use biodegradable toilet paper.
  • Always check your headlights, turn signals and brake light before starting out.
  • Place a spring-loaded shower bar inside your shower to hang wet towels.
  • Re-package boxed foods in zip lock bags to save space on your pantry shelves.
  • Put a pizza stone (inexpensive kind) under rack of propane oven to help distribute heat more evenly.
  • Use an insurance company that deals with RV’s, not houses.
  • Install an under-cabinet coffee maker to give you more counter space.
  • How about an under-the-counter spice rack? Get one with adjustable shelves to hold different sizes of spices.
  • Try mothballs for ants, spiders and other insects.
  • Use surge protectors for power spikes.
  • Check carbon monoxide detectors regularly.
  • Remember to lower your TV antenna or satellite dish before taking off.
  • Save money by buying things out of season, like antifreeze.
  • Use something between dishes to prevent chipping or breaking. Try plastic foam sleeves, rubber matting or bubble wrap.
  • Use bottled water on the road. You don’t know what the water is like where you stay.
  • Check vents for cracking.
  • Check brakes and tires regularly.
  • Do a basic safely check of your LP system regularly.
  • For drain cleaner try: ½-cup baking soda to ½-cup white vinegar. After a few minutes put a kettle of hot water down drain.
  • For general surfaces and glass cleaner try: ¼-cup vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and 2 cups distilled water. Put in spray bottle.