Did you know that RVing is one of the most frugal ways to vacation? Hey, we all need a vacation, are you willing to fork over they type of cash it takes to fly to your destination, rent lodging and eat out every night? You may be, but with the economy being what it is today, many more people are turning to an RV vacation and kicking themselves for not doing it sooner. You have your home away from home right there with you, filled with all of the things that you recognize and enjoy. There’s nothing more relaxing than sleeping in your own bed. Plus, think of all of the places you can go at the drop of a hat. RVing is the very definition of freedom and the best part is that it is extraordinarily affordable. Even for the most frugal of people, RVing just makes sense. In fact, the low cost of RVing no only draws people to the lifestyle for vacations, but also as Full Time RVers!
I found some different methods to slash your RVing costs from RV Life & Travel…and yes some of them include learning a little about your RV itself (It’s OK to get your hands dirty every now and again). Some of these tips are really geared towards the Full-Time RVer, but you can certainly put them to use on your RV vacations.
1. Frugal RVers spend their money for the gift, not on the packaging and shipping. Consider presents that can be sent in a regular envelope. Or, order from a catalog and have the present sent directly to the recipient
2. Learn to pack your RV’s wheel bearings. It is a job seldom done until it is too late, resulting in expensive repair bills. Do it every year or when you inspect your brakes. It’s also a good idea to make note of wheel bearing numbers and seal numbers while you have the hubs off the spindles. Thrifty RVers do that and additional RV maintenance jobs.
3. Take advantage of your mobile position in looking for unconventional places to make purchases. Leasing stores often contain appliances, equipment, plus a large assortment of various products for sale. Shop warehouse or discount outlets in areas where those stores are present. Prescriptions and health care items may be considerably less expensive in some states than others. Check prices on items closest to their point of origin, whether it is produce, other foods, or manufactured goods.
4. Begin RVing in an inexpensive, second-hand rig. This is possibly the number one tip used for frugal RVing. (Check out our consignment RVs in Houston)
5. Frugal RVers travel the shoulder seasons for pre-season discounts. Campgrounds, theme parks, and various other points of interest routinely have lower costs before the main tourist season hits. And, at the end of the season.
6. Well trimmed and boneless meat can be cheaper per portion than untrimmed, bone-in meat. Having the butcher to remove bones and fat (and with poultry, also the skin) can result in having to pay a smaller amount for the edible meat inside the package, even though the cost per pound will be significantly higher. The identical is true with fish. As an extra bonus, you have neither the labor nor the mess of doing the job at home.
7. A large part of frugal RVing is being conscious of prices. Evaluate costs of goods and services around the area you are now in with prices in the area you plan to go to next. Costs differ considerably from one part of the country to the other. Community size, place, competition, local values, popularity of the items, plus time of year can altogether have an effect on prices.
8. Shop at non-conventional places for groceries — discount stores, dollar stores, flea markets, roadside veggie stands, canning facilities, u-pick orchards, and so on.
9. Supplement your frugal RVing by discovering a activity that pays. Make and sell crafts. Take extra photographs and sell them. Use your love of fishing and your knack at catching fish to become a fishing guide. Instruct someone your hobby skills, either individually or in an adult education class.
10. Eateries often charge a smaller amount for diners eating at an earlier time in the day. Lunch menu rates might be less than dinner menu rates, even for the identical food selections served in the same quantity. Early bird dinner selections, with reduced rates, often include feature dishes not available on the normal menu. Restaurants sometimes give a flat percent reduction on any meals ordered by a certain time, to help smooth out out the dinner hour rush. [Source: RV Life & Travel]
Ask any RVer and they’ll have nothing but good things to say about the lifestyle. No waiting in crowded airports, no lost luggage, no mystery hotel rooms. When you become a RVer, you are an RVer for life. Even when you aren’t in your RV, you are thinking about your next trip. If you are interested in spending your vacation dollars more wisely, come to PPL Motorhomes and check out our great selection of consignment RVs…which is actually tip #4 above.
Now, right at this moment, Hurricane Issac is battering the eastern side of the Gulf Coast, not as severe at Katrina, but certainly severely enough that when all is said an done there will be millions of dollars worth of damage. All of us at your used RV center, PPL Motorhomes are hoping the damage is kept to a minimum and the those affected can get back on their feet again. I hope the read my “Hurricane Preparedness” blogs recently.
Now that being said, hurricanes aside, the Texas’ Gulf Coast region alone is an amazing place for an RV adventure. Texas offers over 600 miles of coastline on the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, with many beautiful beaches and beach camping parks to choose from. Some of the most popular beaches include Corpus Christi Beach, McGee Beach, Padre Balli County Park, J.P. Luby Surf Park, East Beach Park, Seawall Beaches, Stewart Beach, Galveston Island State Park, Padre Island National Seashore, Beaches of Mustang Island (Port Aransas) and the South Padre Island Beaches. So much to choose from!
As summer is winding down and the cooler weather is coming in off of the Gulf, it might be a good time to take a little weekend trip to your favorite Texas beach and do a little relaxing, fishing or whatever might float your boat…pun intended. Now this is hurricane season, so be sure to keep an eye on any storms that may be developing further out in the Gulf. The last thing you’d want is to be caught on the beach in a RV!
If you have any questions about what beaches are good places to visit, don’t hesitate to call yourconsignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes. We’ve all spent some good times camping on the coastline. Plus the crowds should be clearing out now that school is back in session. It really will make for a fun weekend trip.
If there’s one thing that your consignment RV center of Houston, PPL motorhomes, knows it’s having a list of “don’t leave home without them items.” This includes, food, soap, propane, TP and all sorts of other things. Another “never leave home without it” item is Quick Roof Extreme, of course, we all hope to never have anything happen to the roof of our RV, but this sis a handy item to keep on hand “just in case.” Unfortunately, some of our favorite RV parks have big beautiful trees and a one little branch that jumps out while you are parking your RV could become big trouble if you don’t have this repair kit on hand.
Quick Roof Extreme w/Steel-Loc adhesive. Permanently and instantly repairs: EPDM, TPO, Metal, Fiberglass, Aged & Rigid PVC, Vinyl, Wood, OSB and most building materials. It can be applied to most materials even when damp or wet!
Quick Roof Extreme is guaranteed not to crack, harden, or shrink. It instantly stops leaks and permanently repairs: all roof materials, vents, skylights, slide-outs, windows, awnings, holding tanks, tents, and more! (15 year limited warranty.)
Available in 4″ x 25′, or 6″ x 25′ rolls.
We were in Kerrville parked under a beautiful tree for several days and during that time we had a little storm blow through the area. There were no branches in the way when we parked our 5th wheel, but the storm had broken one branch and it tore a small rip in our roof. No need to fear. We simply followed the instructions on the Quick Roof package and had no problems at all. Left unattended, this could have been a costly tree branch. Well worth keeping this little package with you on the road!
For a huge selection of other “Must Have” RV parts and accessories, be sure to visit your consignment RV store, PPL Motorhomes. We have thousands of RV Parts on hand that will make your RV experience even better!
At your consignment used RV center, PPL Motorhomes. we know (for the most part) that camping is all fun and games, but there is still a modicum of safety that needs to be adhered to while out in the wild. Almost everything around you, can become a hazard, or cause an infection. Have you read my poison ivy blog? That stuff can ruin a fun trip!
So, what can you do to keep everyone as safe as possible,? Well, if you are at a campground, it is easier to keep an eye on the kids, but if you are camping on private property or boon-docking, you may have a bigger chore, especially with younger kids who love to run around.
Safety Tip #1: Define boundaries for your children, even if you are in a campground. If you are in a campground, younger children could get lost, get into trouble in a lake or stream or be abducted. Furthermore, most campgrounds have rules about keeping children with an adult.
If you are camping on private property in the woods, it’s easy for adults and children to get lost or get into trouble in a stream or river. Plus, depending on how far away from civilization you are, there is the threat of wild animals.
Safety Tip #2: Observe campfire safety. If you are in a campground, the staff will alert you whether fires are safe during dry seasons. If you are camping on private property, you’ll have to use your own judgment. If it’s in the middle of summer and the grass is burnt dry, you will need to be sure sparks do not ignite nearby vegetation. If it’s windy, save the campfire for another day. Make sure you keep young children away from the campfire and teach them the dangers of fire, including flying sparks.
Safety Tip #3: One of the best reasons to go camping is fishing, hunting and “playing with toys.” If you have an ATV, be sure you take all safety precautions, including wearing a helmet. Don’t let younger children drive the ATV or ride on it, especially over rough terrain. If you are hunting or fishing, be sure to bring a first aid kit and that your children know the rules of using guns and how to handle fish hooks.
There is a whole lot of common sense that goes into safety and RVing. If you think it might be dangers or not a wise idea to do something, you are probably right. I read somewhere that human beings are the only animals that actually ignore instincts. Don’t do that. If you think it’s dangerous, it probably is. Oh, and make sure you always have a first aid on hand…that’s just a no-brainer. All of us at PPL Motorhomes just want you to enjoy your trip without any mishaps.
We are now carrying a neat new item our consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, that is great for every RVer who simply does not want the expense or hassle of a satellite. It’s a new antenna from Winegard that is perfect for those who just want a few local channels when they are camping (instead of 350 channels). It’s great for checking on the news, or catching a show or two and still have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors and your own RV lifestyle! Our friends at Winegard have introduced a cool new product – The Rayzar. Weighing only .34 lbs, this lightweight digital indoor HD Antenna is REALLY BIG in performance! This antenna is used to receive all the best local broadcast programming in crisp, clear HD, with no monthly programming fees. Simply take it out of the box, hang it to a window (suction cups are provided), or lay it on a table and you are watching HD TV in minutes. The translucent design allows light to pass through when placed in a window. A 15′ mini coax cable is provided to give customers the best mounting position. Great for RV’s, camping or tailgating.
The Rayzar is a great fit for the mobile lifestyle, the quick release suction cup clips make it easy to reposition the antenna at each location for maximum reception,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard Company. “Consumers will be amazed at the almost Blu-ray quality picture and quantity of channels it pulls in for free wherever they are parked.
Come and check out the complete line of Winegard antennas at your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes.
We’ve just returned from a most successful 39th Annual TRVA convention in Austin. It was a grand finale of a very exciting year for me as I have served as TRVA president. When a person takes on an endeavor like this it is a “family” affair and my PPL Motorhomes family has been there for me all year, and I want to thank each and every one of you. Our work is not over yet as I was elected to a second and final term. This is an important year for the RV industry in Texas because our legislature is back in session and I’m sure the RV industry will be on the radar as they attempt to correct the budget deficits. The good side of this year is that we had last year to put many things in place, procedures, ideas and committees so we can hit the road running without all of that preliminary work.
We are all so fortunate to live in Texas. The RV industry in Texas is the strongest in the nation and Houston leads the pack, followed closely by San Antonio and Austin, so PPL Motorhomes is in the right place at the right time. None of us know what the future will bring, None of us know what our economy will do, or what may come of this election year. What we do know is that we have to continue to work on ways to be exactly what RVers nationwide are looking for and expect in a consignment RV dealership and parts service center. We have to be prepared for whatever may come our way and we will be the strongest in the Nation.
The following was published today by RV Pro Magazine and I want to share it with all of you. I’m proud to be the President and General Manager of the greatest RV dealership in the country, PPL Motorhomes.
LeBlanc has had a “a very successful” first term as president, according to Carol Baker, chair of the TRVA Convention and public relations director for Capitol City Insurance. Other Association members, including RV dealers, reflect the sentiments of TRVA Executive Director Clark McEwen, who said LeBlanc “has really been an asset and her enthusiasm is contagious.
“Everyone (at TRVA) is dynamo but she’s the biggest dynamo we have,” he said. “We’ve had a very good year, but a second year with her, oh – 2013 will be one of our best years ever.”
TRVA raised more money than ever before, while expanding its member base by more than 14 percent during LeBlanc’s first year as president, McEwen added.
Click Image to EnlargeDiana LeBlanc, president of TRVA, visits with fellow RV dealer Doug O’Banion, owner of Alvarado, Texas-based Motor Home Specialist, during the Associaition’s 38th annual Convention in Austin, Texas. The Convention was held Aug. 10-13 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.
“Financially it was a good year and cooperation between parks and dealers has never been better,” he said.
LeBlanc joined RV PRO on Sunday (Aug. 12) during this year’s TRVA Convention, which was held Aug. 10-13 in Austin, Texas, to discuss her first year as president of the Association and what lies ahead going into her second term.
RV PRO (RVP): What were TRVA’s greatest accomplishments during your first term as president?
Diana LeBlanc (DL): The growth in membership and the growth in participation from all levels of membership. It’s an exciting time for all of us.
I call it my farming. We’ve been planting seeds out there about the industry, and they’re starting to grow, and that’s what it’s all about. We have to grow the lifestyle.
RVP: What are your top priorities heading into your second term as TRVA president?
DL: We’re going into a legislative year (the Texas legislature meets once every two years). It’s going to be a bit tighter for us because Texas, like all states – while it’s very strong economically – is going in with a deficit. So, they’re going to be looking for ways to get that money wherever they can. We’re going to have to be attentive to everything that’s going on and communicate that to our membership.
We also want to continue to grow the lifestyle, and grow our membership – I have a goal of 500 members by this time next year. (Membership currently totals 431).
Also, I’d like to see more working together across the industry. That’s the dealer, the park, the vendor, the manufacturer. We’re all in here together.
RVP: Are there specific legislative challenges that lie ahead for the Texas RV industry?
DL: You never know what is going to come down the pike during the session. There are issues with taxation on RVs in parks and that’s one of the things we’re going to look at.
I don’t think we’ll have tax increases but we will find little fees. Fees and surcharges can add up to as much as taxes. We just have to be attentive.
RVP: What are the biggest issues facing RV dealers in Texas?
DL: The biggest issue is going to be continuing to stay strong, and stay lean and mean like we had to get in 2008-2009. It’s real easy when things start getting a little better to start loosening up a little. But, you never know if the recovery will continue.
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LeBlanc walks on the front steps of the Texas Capitol with TRVA members on Saturday (Aug. 11) before the Association’s legislative banquent event held in the lieutenant’s governor’s suite.
RVP: What do you think contributed to the rise in membership TRVA experienced during the past year?
DL: The absolute enthusiasm among the businesses in Texas. It’s contagious.
We’re trying to show and present the benefits of being a member. For corporations and large companies, they can’t afford to just instantly join an association and start paying dues immediately – it has to go through the proper channels. We need to show them that joining TRVA is more than just sending dues in once per year. This convention is a good example of that. Everyone here is very happy we do this.
RVP: How do you balance your responsibilities as president and general manager of PPL Motor Homes with your duties as TRVA president?
DL: With an awesome team. Oh my gosh, it is amazing. From the TRVA executive committee – Clark McEwen and Mary Clair Campos (TRVA director of special events) – to my team at PPL, everybody helps so much. It’s like family. And then the greatest thing is to have the support of my husband (Michael LeBlanc).
When you take on a project like this, and it is a project to be an officer of the Association, this family takes on the project too. You sacrifice some time here and some time there for this. You have to make the decision that it’s the right thing to do.
RVP: Why did you decide to go for another term as TRVA president?
DL: Because I’m not finished yet. The term starts in August and it’s two or three months in before you even get your committees all assigned. And then before you know it, the term is up.
Click Image to EnlargeLeBlanc and husband Michael LeBlanc (middle) sit with Carol Baker (far left), chairwoman of the TRVA Convention for the past four years, and the PPL Motor Home team during the President’s Banquet.
We have a lot of ideas and some things we’d like to try and accomplish and we have to move forward. We want to make a stronger presence throughout Texas, whether that’s through benefits that we do to help our state parks, or some type of charity event. We’re going to do whatever we can to show that the RV association is out there.
RVP: What has been your favorite part of this year’s TRVA Convention, the 38th annual?
DL: Having the legislative event at the Capitol. I’m 100 percent Texan and the Capitol, to me, is just one of the most beautiful places.
I have the greatest respect for our Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples, and to have him there was a real surprise for me – it was like having Elvis show up at your deal. He was invited by Clark (McEwen), but I wasn’t sure he was actually going to show up. Clark has been full of little surprises and they’ve all been good ones for me.
RVP: What details can you share about next year’s TRVA Convention?
DL: It’s going to be right back here in Austin at the Sheraton at the Capitol. We do two-year commitments with host hotels because it works out better financially.
Clark and I both have some ideas for next year’s Convention. We need to get started pretty soon because planning takes some time.
RVP: Thanks for the interview. Any parting messages you’d like deliver?
DL: Just a big thank you to the wonderful team here, including my family, who contributed to making this show so great. One of the greatest things about this Association is that we’re there for each other. We can fight like cats and dogs, or brothers and sisters, but when the chips are down and things get tough, we’re here for each other. That’s important.
RV Nana and your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes want to wish you a “Happy National Relaxation Day“! That’s right , there is actually a National Relaxation Day! What better way to relax than in a a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes?
With all of the hustle and bustle of our daily lives from work, to kids, to even hobbies, sometimes we can get caught up in so many different activities we actually forget to RELAX. You know that knot between your shoulder blades? Yeah, the one that has been there for the past 6 months because you’ve been working day and night with little to no down time. Or, how about that lethargic feeling you get every day because you’ve run yourself so ragged, you barely have enough mental stamina to keep you awake? Yeah…those are all signs that the stress levels in your life are disproportionately larger than your proverbial moments of “ZEN”, which I assume for most Americans is almost non-existent.
Today do yourself a favor…RELAX! Make plans to get a massage, sit by the pool when you get home, go out for dinner and have some wine. Here’s a novel idea, make a plans to visit a National Park this weekend. you don’t have to spend the whole weekend, but take the day to have a picnic out in the vast expanses of what Mother Nature has to offer. She’s already done all of the work for you, so enjoy what she has to offer. If you own an new or used RV, then you are already off to a good start. Gas that thing up, throw some food and clothes in it and hit the road. Go somewhere you’ve never been before, even if that means camping out in your driveway for the weekend. Really!
I have no doubt in my mind that it’s probably about time for you to turn the afterburners off and slow the pace of your life down a bit. Today, August 15, 2012 is National Relaxation Day and your reminder to kick back, or do things that you always think about, but never actually commit to. Remember, we’re talking about improving your quality of life here. Really. Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t take a step back from time to time to appreciate it, you could miss it.
Just another friendly life message from RV Nana and your friends at your consignment RV store, PPL Motorhomes.
If there’s one thing all of us here at your Consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes love almost as much as RVing, it’s cooking out and enjoying a great meal while we’re out on the road. Of course, before you can enjoy that fine meal, you are going to need to properly store and prep you meals. Improper storage and preparation of food is the first cause of food borne illness.
The containers you use to store your meals in should be both microwave- and freezer-safe. Both glass and plastic may work well, if they meet these standards (all glass and plastic containers are different). Another option is large freezer bags. Certain foods will freeze well in a bag, and can then be defrosted in the refrigerator, placed in a microwave-safe container, and then reheated.
Before portioning out cooked food into containers, allow it to cool completely first and always leave extra room at the top of to allow for expansion of the food during freezing.
Make sure food is wrapped well and/or covered with air-tight lids to prevent air from getting in.
Foods with high moisture content (such as soups) tend to freeze better than drier foods.
Don’t turn your food into a mystery science project. Use a permanent marker to label each dish with a name and a date. For maximum quality and flavor, use each meal within a couple of weeks. Just like in a store, rotate your stock so that the newest meals are in the back and the oldest are in the front for easy access.
Vegetables should be slightly undercooked to prevent them from becoming mushy when you reheat them.
Be careful about bacterial contamination. Completely cool hot food before freezing it to prevent the growth of bacteria. Bacteria can grow when the outside of food freezes while the inside remains warm.
If you’re not sure a meal will freeze well, cook and freeze only a small portion the first time. If the quality is okay, then go ahead and freeze more in the future.
Read your owner’s manual to find the fill level that will keep your freezer running at peak energy efficiency. Certain freezers run best when completely full, while others shouldn’t be filled more than half-way.
Consider posting a freezer inventory list nearby to track the meals (and dates) of everything in the freezer. Check off each item as you remove it and you will know exactly what foods are available at all times. This also prevents forgotten foods from going to waste.
Freezing your meals is a great way to keep foods longer, but frozen doesn’t mean forever. As a general rule, fruit and vegetables will stay freezer-fresh for around eight months, fish and shellfish for up to six months, and meat and poultry for three. Trust your instincts and throw out anything from the freezer that smells or tastes “off.”
Don’t re-freeze defrosted foods because the taste and texture will decline and you could be risking bacterial contamination.
We are always looking for new tips and hints to give our customers and readers, and since so many activities revolve around food and meals on the road, the more tips and hints you leave below on RV food storage the better. If you have yet to experience the RV lifestyle and all of the joys and relaxing times, you should check out our huge selection of consignment RVs at PPL Motorhomes.
You know, PPL Motorhomes knows there’s nothing more enjoyable than going camping with the whole family, and by whole family, I mean Fido and Fifi, those lovable little guys that are there at a moments notice to make your long days at work a little more relaxing. There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. Why not bring them with you on your next RVing adventure. You’ll find that almost every RV park not only allows pets, but has pet friendly areas for your happy little fellas to romp, play, run, jump and explore.
Now while most parks are pet friendly, there are rules that go along with bringing them along with you, so make sure you check with the rules of the park before you decide to bring them along. Like I said, most, if not all RV parks are animal friendly. You’ll just have to abide by the rules like , picking up after them and keeping them leashed unless otherwise noted.
All of us here at your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, bring our extended family member on our trips whenever we can. There’s something about having all of the comforts of home that makes RVing so enjoyable, and that means saving a little room to bring the pets on occasion.
We love camping stories, and REALLY love camping stories that involve our furry friends. Share a few of your camping stories with RV Nana.
Albuquerque has so many great places to visit and fun things to do. Of course, the International Balloon Fiesta in October is a magnificent experience. Plus, there are Casinos surrounding the area and Santa Fe is just an hour away. But, if that is not enough, here are 5 more things to experience while you are in the area.
#1. Take the Sandia Peak Tramway (the longest tramway in North America).
The Sandia Mountians and beautiful New Mexico sky!
It will take you all the way to the top where you can have lunch or dinner. You will enjoy majestic views of the mountains and the city. For a real experience you can take your bikes up the tram and ride the trails down, or hike down to the bottom.
#2. Visit the Petroglyph National Monument, where you can see over 700 Petroglyphys created by Native Americans and Spanish settlers dating back 400-700 years. There are several hiking trails where you can see, touch and marvel over the Petroglyphs, great places to picnic and plenty of RV parking.
#3. Visit the Village of Corrales New Mexico. You can’t really call it a suburb of Albuquerque, as prehistoric sites indicate the Corrales Valley has been occupied since as early as 500 A.D, but it is very close snuggled in between Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. Every Sunday morning in the Summer the Corrales Growers Market offers fruits, vegetables, herbs and much more from farmers in the area. Be sure to get a Breakfast Burrito with authentic New Mexico red or green chile!
#4. Take a trip through the Jemez Mountains – about an hours drive from Albuquerque. A combination of red rock formations and beautiful mountain vistas provide some of the most spectacular scenery in the Southwest. Spots along the way provide a cultural and educational experience as well! Be sure to stop at one of the stands where Native American Indians serve up a variety of New Mexico specialties. (The Indian Fry Bread is awesome!)
And while in that area be sure to visit the Ponderosa Valley Winery, where you will find a wide selection of wines all made with 100% New Mexico grapes.
Take a tour and of course partake in a wine tasting.
They will really make you feel at home!
#5. Visit the Albuquerque Zoo, the Botanical Gardens and the Aquarium. They are all located close together in the downtown area. Walk from one location to another, or there is a train that can transport you. After a full day, have dinner at one of the many restaurants located close by on Central Avenue – part of the original Route 66!
You will find a abundance of RV campgrounds in the Albuquerque area as well as the Sandia and Jemez Mountians.
From all of us at PPL Motorhomes , we hope you have a safe trip and enjoy all that the Albuquerque area has to offer!
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I am married to a wonderful Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana and we've been able to mix the two worlds and build a fun life together. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, so it is obvious that I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I also happen too be the 2011-2012 President of the Texas RV Association, so you know the RV lifestyle...is my style.