If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…and I’ll say it a thousand more times to boot: I LOVE TEXAS! As an RVer, I truly believe there is no greater state in the Union that has more to see, more to do and more to explore. Texas is overflowing with mountains, hill country, plains, farmlands, amazing forests, lakes, rivers, tributaries and coastal regions. If a RVer ever says they’ve seen everything they can see in Texas, I’d challenge them to reevaluate their previous destinations and dig a little deeper. Texas is ripe with must-visit small towns like Shiner, Gruene and New Braunfels all of which have an amazing amount of sites to see, things to do and stuff to buy. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has a location in New Braunfels, so you can even shop for RVs and RV Parts and Accessories while you visit.
Today, I’d like to clue you in on a great RV adventure area in the Gulfport cities of Rockport and Fulton, TX. If you’ve ever had the joy of traveling down the Texas Coastal bend, you will be able to visit some of the most scenic, friendly and adventurous towns and places in Texas. Rockport and Fulton aren’t necessarily considered twin cities, but their communities overlap, which makes for one amazing RV destination. There are multiple RV parks in the area, so you won’t have a problem finding a hook up.
Here’s a great little historical video I found done by a Texas A&M student who lived in Rockport since the age of 6. Check it out, it has some really great information.
If you aren’t inspired to visit the Coastal Bend, specifically Rockport and Fulton after seeing that, well, maybe you should watch it again. There are so many things to do, they are too numerous to list here, but here’s a few “Don’t Miss” stops: Blue Wave Beach, The Fulton Museum, The Texas Maritime Museum, The Salt Flats, The Fulton Fishing Pier and more! Check out this site for additional sights as well as RV Parks and Campgrounds: Betterrving.com.
Sun, sand, water and fun. As soon as summer rolls around, we are going back down for another visit. It might even become a yearly destination for RV Nana and family. Of course the best part of visiting the Gulf Coast is that, if you are coming from North Texas, or the Hill country, you can stop by PPL Motorhomes in Houston and PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels for any supplies, parts or accessories you might need. We can even suggest other places to visit on your way to the Texas Gulf Coast!
If you are planning a RV trip around the state any time soon, one great place to check for thing that you may find interesting is the Texas Parks And Wildlife Calendar. For example, ever wanted to learn how to Fly Fish? Expert fly-fisher Bob Cappallo will teach fly-fishing for beginners from 9am – 1pm at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center on February 9th. Want to attend a Survival Fair? There’s one February 23 at the McKinney Falls State Park.
The point is, if you are looking for something to do, other than just sitting around and relaxing (nothing wrong with that either), check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Calendar for special events being held every month. Take the video below as another great example. Since the fire that virtually wiped out Bastrop last year, there has been a concerted effort to replant many of the trees that were lost. This would have been a perfect activity for the whole family. It teaches adults the importance of showing kids how they can become stewards of our great State, even after a devastating disaster.
The calendar is updated regularly so you can plan your trips according to what may interest you and your family. I highly recommend that you check out all of the wonderful activities that Texas State Parks have to offer. I think that you will find that your RVing lifestyle will really be broadened by going to a few of the events listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
If you have any questions about RVing, purchasing a consignment RV, RV parts and accessories or simply living the RV lifestyle to it’s fullest, give PPL Motorhomes a call.
Every time I pull into a campsite or RV Park, I’m delighted to see the amount of kids running around and being…well..kids. Those are our future RVers out there! There was always something magical and adventurous when I was a kid about being out in the wild. If you have been thinking about getting a used RV in South Texas, or trading in your RV, do it while the kids, or grandkids, are still young. They really will appreciate it in the future and will possibly make some of the most amazing memories of their lives. Now, with the amount of amenities that are available at today’s parks, you should never hear the phrase “I’m bored.”
…but just in case you do, here is a fantastic site that designed specifically for the RV Kids!
Packed with all sorts of information and education, I can virtually guarantee you that your kids or grandkids will not only remember their trips in the RV, but they will be more inclined to stay involved with RVing in the futures and hopefully, bring their kids to the same parks they grew up with!
The RV lifestyle is so much fun and I love the opportunity I have to meet so many people from all over the country and the world. I got the title RV Nana during a brainstorming session here at PPL Motor Homes when we were trying to come up with a name for the blog I was writing. I’ve been with PPL for over 30 years and my husband and I love RVing. I guess you could say it’s in our blood. We also have 7 wonderful grandchildren and they all call me Nana, so we put the best of my worlds together. Thus, the RV Nana blog, license plate and helpful hints began.
On a recent visit to the All Valley RV show in Mercedes, Texas we had an opportunity to talk to so many “Winter Texans” who shared their travel experiences with men, telling me all about their annual trek down south. I talked to one couple who have been coming down there for over 25 years and, at age 92, he is still making that drive down from Wisconsin. That’s amazing.
It seems everyone comes down to South Texas in November and ventures back up north before Easter or income tax day, whichever date comes first. What a wonderful way to spend retirement and stay warm and, from what I’ve seen, the RV parks and resorts in the Rio Grande Valley offer everything a retired couple could dream of.
Living in an RV for five or six months at a time presents a different set of needs and challenges than what we have experienced in our shorter RV adventures. From how to pack for all possible weather to how not to accumulate too much stuff, these Winter Texans have shared so many ideas with me. In our seminars and on my blog I spend time writing about helpful hints, product reviews and travel ideas, but I feel like I am preaching to the choir when I try to share these ideas with such seasoned travelers.
I’d like to thank all of you who visit my blog, and if you’re traveling back up north, stop by and see me at PPL Motor Homes in Houston or you can catch me some days at our newest location in New Braunfels. Who knows, you may decide to sell or trade your RV before returning home. The coffee pot is always on and I would love to chat with you about your Texas adventures.
This is certainly the most interesting RV you will see today. This is is a pretty cool little RV. It gave the small vehicle owner a means to go RVing. I guess this makes this RV a fifth-wheel, or is it still a towable? I’m really not sure. In fact, I have to watch this video again to really grasp the concept of having the ability to turn 360*.
I think I remember seeing these back in the 70’s and always though that they were on the right track. That everyone wants to RV. It just goes to show you that you don’t have to be country-folk, or Johnny Outdoorsman to appreciate the simple pleasures of RVing. Own a SmartCar? Why not be able to own an RV too? Hey, I think I might be on to something.
Let’s face it, nobody likes a stinky, loud inefficient generator. We all like our campgrounds free from pollutants and noise. Lot’s of times, our generators can be more of a liability than anything else. If it’s time for you to replace that old generator with one that you can trust, we recommend Yamaha generators. In fact, there are a myriad of reasons why Yamaha makes a superior generator in comparison to the rest on the market. It’s their reliability, durability and value. You simply can’t find a generator that does more, for less money.
Check out the EPA’s guide that show Yamaha generators being a much better value than other generators on the market. In fact, a Yamaha generator will last twice as long as Honda for about the same price, their nearest competitor.
If you’ve ever had a question about which generator to get, the choice is clear. If it’s time to get a new generator, PPL Motorhomes, recommends that you take a look at Yamaha generators. They have a long illustrious history of durability and value and we have received so many positive comments about the Yamaha line.
Swing by PPL Motorhomes anytime, or check them out online.
Why should you consign your RV, and why should you buy a consigned RV?
If you own a RV and are looking to unload it, you have a couple of options, you can trade it in on a newer model, you can sell it yourself or you can have someone sell it for you. Trust us, the paperwork alone is enough to drive any ole’ RVer insane. That’s something that PPL Motorhomes can do for you. Plus, finding a potential buyer can either be a hassle or a nightmare. You could find a lot of potential buyers, but which one’s are legit buyers or not? At worst, you won’t find any buyers. Trust us, we’ve had countless customers who have consigned their RV with us after trying to sell it themselves with considerable relief. When you consign with PPL Motorhomes, we have people perusing our inventory for RVs like yours.
Likewise, if you are looking for your first, of fifth RV, buying a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes would be a very frugal decision. You can get more RV for more money. You’ll also have the comfort of knowing that we’ll take a look through the RV an make sure every RV we have on our lot meets our standards.
Don’t you hate it when you pull a soda, or beer out of the fridge and realized that it just hasn’t been in there long enough? How do you expect to relax at your campground without a cold beverage to enjoy. Well, here comes the science. This is a useful trick for parents and grandparents, and a great science activity for kids and grand-kids. We are talking about the 2nd law of thermodynamics here. The salt will lower the freezing point of your ice water in your bucket. Take a look at the video below and see how to super-chill your drink in two minutes.
No more room temperature cokes and beers. You can now virtually pull your can of refreshment out of your shopping bag and super-chill it in two minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time to stow a little gear and then relax with a frosty cold beverage at your campsite.
This was just one little trick you can do while RVing. Know any others you can share? Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, is curious to know your secrets for having a nice relaxing time while RVing.
Overused and overneglected…what is the condition of the extension cord that you use while RVing? No doubt you have one, maybe two or more. Are they properly stowed, or has it become a rat’s nest of perpetually twisted knots that occupy a corner? How many cables are damaged, missing poles, splayed, shredded, exposing wire? A lot of you have probably gone through your fair share of cables. You don’t necessarily have to throw them out. You can fix them yourself. Here’s a word of caution, if you aren’t comfortable with electricity then you’re better off just replacing them, if you’re handy, you might be able to save yourself a few bucks when you accidentally damage one. Here’s a video on how you can fix your own extension cord.
Now, get those cables under control. If you learn how properly organize and roll your extension cords you will save time, effort and space. If you decide not to watch this video, then we are not responsible for any subsequent hair loss. : )
Trust us, you will really be happy if you can figure out a way to keep your cables and extension cords organized. I’ve seen people literally kicking a coiled mess of an extension cord through a RV park in a final and desperate attempt to untangle the much needed cable. Sadly, this spectacle continued for hours until they were able to get the exact amount of length they needed. Talk about time you’ll never be able to get back. PPL Motorhomes’ advice is to keep those cables neat and in good working order and save yourself a future headache.
There’s no reason to tip toe around this subject. Nature is just that, she calls when she wants and there is pretty much nothing you can do about it, but heed that call. While camping can be fun, at times, it proves to be difficult if you don’t have the right facilities (not every one has their own personal bathrooms). You need an original Porta Potti by Thetford North America.
The porta potti is sanitary, leak proof and odorless. In fact, Porta Potti is the World’s leading brand of portable toilet and is perfect for on the road, out on your boat or even at home. There are a few different styles and all are comfortable when comfort counts the most.
Here’s a nice little video to show you how the Thetford Porta Potti works.
PPL stocks for immediate delivery a wide selection of Thetford Aqua Magic, Aria, Bravura, Style Lite and Style Plus RV replacement toilets and parts. We also stock all of Thetford’s popular porta potti portable toilets. This includes the Porta Potty Electric 585 toilet. PPL’s also provides replace water values and flush valves for Thetford toilets.
When Nature calls, call PPL Motorhomes. we have a great selection of the thing you need the most. In this case, the Thetford Porta Potti is something as a camper and RVer that we don’t think you can live without.
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate enough to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I have been blessed with years of wonderful experiences and memories of RVing with family and friends. With 3 children, 8 grandchildren and a ton of friends who I refer to as my adopted family, I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I was blessed to have shared this lifestyle with my late husband, a Cajun from Lafayette, and his spirit will live on in all of us as we continue down the road of life.
My life with PPL has given me so many wonderful chapters, from sharing my RV experiences as RV Nana to working with the Texas Campground Owners Association and holding the position of President of the Texas RV Association from 2011-2013, so it’s easy to see that the RV lifestyle is my style. Watch for me on the road …I’m the one with the RV Nana license plates on my car and RV, and share your RV experiences with me. See you soon!