If you’ve ever been on the road for any duration of time, you already know how important it is to have the ability to wash your clothes. Without a quality washer/dryer unit, you will be forced to either carry more clothes, which means taking up more space, or, you can use the local laundromat, or laundry room at the park you are staying at…if they have one.
At PPL Motorhomes, we carry a variety of washer and dryer units, including Pinnacle Appliances.
The stackable Pinnacle by Majestic washer, which coordinates with the compact dryer, provides superior cleaning. I love this washer/dryer combination. It has an automatic dispenser for detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners and 10 wash cycles for any type of load, including dedicates and knits. The best part is that it is built “road-tough and is designed for years of service.
The best feature of this washer/dryer combo is that they are designed for maximum energy and space efficiency, so much so that this Pinnacle washer is ideal for RVs. Quiet operation adds even more to its advantage in space-limited residences. Temperature, water level and fabric selection options allow you to choose the best setting to protect your clothes from wear and damage while providing a perfect wash every time. Of course, when RVing with grandchildren you are going to want a washer/dryer that is not only tough on stains, but gentle on clothes, throw in the fact that this stackable unit takes us a small amount of space and you have a first-rate washer all around.
If you are looking for the best way to keep your clothes spotless while out on the road, PPL Motorhomes highly recommends you looking into the Pinnacle stackable washer/dryer.
So, do you have to balance the tires on your trailer? PPL Motorhomes‘ short answer is, “Yes”. Just like the tires on your car, the tires on your trailer should also be balanced. Why? It’s simple and the exact same reason you balance the tires on your tow vehicle or family car. An unbalanced tire leads to excessive wear. Excessive wear can cause an unforeseen catastrophic blowout.The really scary part is that if you ask most trailer owners if they’ve done this, their answer will more than likely, be “NO”. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk. You are playing with fire by not doing this.
If you’ve ever experienced a blowout in your trailer, you know how difficult recover can be. Even with a great sway-bar, you are still going to have to fight extreme forces that are pulling your trailer in an very dangerous fashion. Blown tires cause rollovers and increase danger to those you are sharing the road with.
I found a video from rollinontv.com that explains the effects of an unbalanced trailer tire. Take a look.
Diagnosing an unbalanced trailer tire can be difficult. Sometimes the vibration is so subtle its hard to notice, but that doesn’t mean damage isn’t being done to your tires. In fact chances are, if you don’t keep your trailer tires maintained regularly, you probably won’t notice an issue until you are stranded on the side of the road, scratching your head and deciding what your next course of action is going to be.
If you haven’t had your tires balanced, this spring season you should consider having them looked at. Nothing can ruin a trip more than NOT getting to your destination because of a malfunction that can easily be attended to with the proper preparation.
On thing you might want to pick up is a basic maintenance manual from PPL Motorhomes, because your tires aren’t the only components you should consider checking. The first step in solving any maintenance issue is diagnosing it. A reference manual from PPL Motorhomes can significantly help with keeping your Texas RV in top shape.
Cold Showers? Not for me! At PPL Motorhomes, we love our Suburban RV water heaters. They are without a doubt one of the most appreciated and necessary comforts of owning an RV.
Here’s a little information from the PPL Motorhomes Website about the Suburban RV Water Heater, and even further down, you can watch a detailed video with our parts guru, Boyd McMakin…He knows everything about them!
This Suburban water heater gives you plenty of hot water. Suburban Water Heaters are known for their porcelain-lined steel tank and foam insulation that provides for long life. The high-recovery 12,000 BTU/hour units have a large diameter drain and replaceable anode rod. Heated water corrodes most metals, but the porcelain-lined steel tank features a replaceable anode rod that absorbs the destructive, corrosive action of heated water, ensuring that the entire system lasts longer. The anode rod is attached to the drain plug for easy replacement. This water heater features Direct Spark ignition and an electric element to recover an additional 6 gallons/hour at the campsite.
All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance.
Cut-out dimensions are: 16-3/8″ high, 16-3/8″ wide, 20-1/4″ deep.
Units come with a manufacturers three year limited warranty on tank, two year limited warranty on components.
For additional information on all these water heaters, please visit the Suburban website. Clicking on the the above link will open a new browser window. Close the new browser window to return here and call 1-800-755-4775 for ordering.
Here is some added information about Suburban RV Water Heaters for your research.
The Suburban RV water heater comes in different gallon sizes, (6, 10, 12 and 16 gallon versions) so make sure you know exactly what your needs are before you decide. All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance. Choose flush- or surface-mount door for 6 gallon models. All 10-gallon models require flush mount door, as you heard in the video above.
If you aren’t sure about exactly what you need for your Texas Consignment RV, please don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes, we know these things inside and out and can easily hook you up with the right one for your rig.
One of the thing that I don’t touch is the electrical system of our rig. At PPL Motorhomes, we are around electrical systems everyday, and electrical shock can still be a dangerous issue if we aren’t careful. If you think you have an electrical issue, you’ll certainly want to have it checked out immediately. The thought of inadvertently electrocuting yourself, or someone else really would take all of the fun out of your next trip. Now I just say that in jest, but in all seriousness, if any of you think that you may have some exposed wiring or have a connection that you know is faulty, the repair should be handled by an expert. In fact, I always call a professional if think I might be having an electrical problem. Below is a short story about why you should have an expert help you out:
If you have any questions about electrical issue, call PPL Motorhomes and we can help diagnose your issue. If need be, we will refer you to a qualified electrician. Electricity is very dangerous and can cause very serious injury. In fact, the entire shell of your RV can be lit up like a Christmas tree and you not even know it, so be careful and call a pro.
Even in these tight economic times a road trip is still the way to go! We did a little research here at PPL Motorhomes and found that RVing is typically 27-61% less expensive than other vacations, according to a study comparing vacation costs. That’s a very large sum of money that, I’m sure, you can find a better use for.
With an increase in fuel prices, food and other necessities it is more important than ever to watch spending and cut back on unnecessary luxuries. Vacation doesn’t need to be one of them! With these tips for saving money and cutting costs you’ll be on the road and headed for a fabulous vacation in no time.
First, it is important to make the RV as efficient as possible. The following tips can assure safe and speedy travels, as well as save some money along the way:
Planning trips ahead of time and using a GPS device while on the road can save unnecessary and unwanted time spent driving in search of an unknown or elusive destination. While driving, be sure to keep windows rolled up on highways and cut down on aggressive driving to preserve fuel economy. Also, be sure to research gas prices before the trip to know the best places to fill up to save time and money.
Before you go: Get the engine a tune-up to make sure everything is in proper, working order. A change of spark plugs, oil and replacement of the air filters can assure maximum motor efficiency.
Lighten your load. Empty holding tanks of any unneeded items and pack only the essentials.
Check tire pressure and wheel alignment. One of the most overlooked opportunities to save money is properly inflating tires. Adequately inflated tires help save gas mileage, prevent accidents and increase the life of tires.
When shopping on the road, stop and shop at local discount stores. The best way to save money is to stock up on essential items in bulk before you go. Have meal fixings on the road with you, to save from stopping for fast food and other restaurant meals while on the go.
While On The Road –
Don’t Go So Far:
Some of the best RV destinations may be closer to home than you’d think. Aim to visit a destination on one tank of gas or in your home state. Visit our list of the Top 10 RV Destinations to find a locale near you!
Take your own games on the trip to save money on entertainment. Pack board games, play cards and classic road trip games like the “license plate game” for a free way to entertain the entire family.
To save on propane costs, consider using Resort and Campground facilities for hot water and during cold weather camping or cold summer nights use an extra blanket instead of extra heat.
Leave the Extra Vehicle At Home:
I know this might not apply to everyone, (mostly Class A RVers), but you can save money on extra transportation costs by leaving a spare vehicle at home. Not only will this save fuel economy by not having a heavy item to tow behind the RV, it will save extra transportation gas money.
The bottom line is that RV vacations continue to be affordable based on savings in the areas of hotel, airfare and restaurant costs. These savings together, offset the cost of fuel. Shorter RV vacations were also found to be more economical.
If you are looking to get into the RV lifestyle, or are already a seasoned vet, PPL Motorhomes has everything you need to make every single road-trip and experience to remember. Plus, we can help you keep the costs of RVing way down with the right accessories and additions to your consignment RV. Give us a call anytime and let us help you plan than next great RV trip.
If there’s one place (geographically) similar to Texas, it’s California. (Notice how I snuck those parentheses in there?) It’s true though. Mountains, deserts, plains and sea, we share a lot of similarities with our West Coast friends. Here’s a perfect example: they love to eat in California…say, all of us here at PPL Motorhomes love to eat too. Hey, who doesn’t?
Well what about some food fresh out of the galley of your RV? Did someone say seafood pasta, steak on the grill and a burrata arugula salad? Don’t mind if I do!
I’ve posted a delicious recipe, or two, from the RV Cooking show before, but this one sounded so good, I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t wait for our next trip, ’cause you can be sure RV Nana will be firing this one out of her kitchen. Try the recipe out for yourself too and let me know how yours comes out.
If you are interested in checking out some other great recipes that are fantastic for the RV lifestyle, be sure to pick up a copy of Woodall’s Campsite Cookbook. It’s full of absolutely fabulous dishes that we know you are going to want to make at home.
One of the things I think is the last thing on our mind before we take a road trip is getting sick or injured while traveling. At PPL Motorhomes, we’ve heard a few stories involving everything from cuts and bruises to hospital visits. Of course, you can prepare for most injuries or health care issues, so why don’t you?
As far as the cuts and bruises go, carrying along a decent First Aid Kit will be a Godsend when you loose your footing on that pine cone and twist your ankle, or your grandson decided to take the “shortcut” back to our RV through the thorny bushes (to his credit, he didn’t know they were there). You can get a fairly decent First Aid Kit at grocery stores, mega stores and pharmacies. They don’t take up much space, and when you are in an environment that has many hidden dangers, you’ll be glad you have one on hand. They are worth their weight in gold. Also, consider getting a dehydration pack. In the event of a stomach bug, this can come in really handy. Trust me, staying hydrated will really help you feel better and aid on your road to a quicker recovery time.
In regards to health issues, it’s wise to map out any emergency/non-life threatening care facilities along your route. You never can tell when you pick up a serious cold or virus that will all but shut down your vacation. There is nothing worse than being stuck inside your RV because you have not taken the extra precautions in mapping out places you can go for some health assistance. The bottom line is that you will be in contact with a bunch of different people and disease can be easy spread among us all quite easily. Make sure you carry anti-septic handy wipes with you for use in community restrooms, or campground facilities. As much as I hate to admit it, most of the time, they aren’t the most germ free environments.
Staying healthy on the road isn’t that difficult. You can take the proper precautions to handle many illness and injuries with a trip to Wal-Mart and a Google search for emergency facilities along your route. Of course, you can’t prevent all accidents, injuries or illnesses, but you can protect yourself a little more proactively when vacationing.
If you have any other tips on staying in good health while RVing, drop PPL Motorhomes a line and tell us how you stay healthy on the road.
One of the necessities you’ll need when out on the road is having a reliable generator. PPL Motorhomes proudly offers you a great selection of Yamaha generators. These portable Yamaha Generators use inverter technology because it translates into a compact, lightweight design that makes them easy to transport whether you are camping, fishing, using them around the house, during a power outage, or on the job site. Plus, because they are so quiet, they are less obtrusive and more suitable for a wider range of applications.
These portable generators also have Yamaha’s ‘Noise Block’, incorporating various sound absorbing materials, molded cases, an intake silencer, fiberglass insulation, plus newly designed mufflers and fans, to provide virtually silent running while offering quality performance.
So, when it’s time to get a new generator, consider a Yamaha generator.
If there is one thing that every RVer who tows their RV is afraid of, is hitch problems. Being able to rely on your hitching system will take a lot of stress off and make the travel that much more enjoyable.One major issue is the shifting of weight while attached to the tow.
Now there are a few different choices out there, but PPL Motorhomes recommends that you check out the Eaz-Lift line of products. In fact, you can save installation time and money with Eaz-Lift´s Ready-to-Tow Weight Distribution Kit. This complete kit provides everything needed to improve towing safety and performance right out of the box. It comes equipped with a 2 5/16 hitch ball, sway control ball, u-bolts and chain package all pre-installed on a 1,000 lb. Elite Round Bar hitch. This automatically saves you a ton of set-up time. The hitch ball and sway control ball are torqued to specification on the hitch head , as well. The sway control and mounting hardware are also included.
Here’s our very own, Boyd McMakin doing a great job of thoroughly explaining the Eaz-Lift´s Ready-to-Tow Weight Distribution Kit.
If you ever need to know ANYTHING about RV Parts and Service, call PPL Motorhomes and ask for Boyd, he is one of the most technically knowledgeable RV-men that I know
If you are an RVer who relies heavily on their tow vehicle, I have something that you might be interested in looking into: Demco Dominator Tow Bars. Demco Dominator Tow Bars are lightweight but strong. Weighing only 30 lbs., the DOMINATOR is built primarily of marine and aircraft grade aluminum alloy, but steel is used in critical areas to minimize wear. It features independent arms for easy hookup and ergonomically friendly adjustable mounting clips. The Demco Dominator Tow Bar has an easy trigger release and stores in multiple positions. It has a 7500 lb. weight capacity and includes coiled safety cables and a ‘silent hitch pin’ for added security.
Towing another vehicle always seems to be a little tough.You always have to remember that you are much longer than you think you are. Also, you know how you have to wrestle with your current towing hitch constantly? Well, that’s now a thing of the past. This tow bar is really easy to use and is extremely durable. If you are in the area, stop by PPL Motorhomes and check out these really unique tow bars in person. I think you’ll really be impressed with their craftsmanship and thoughtful approach in regards to the materials the used.