PPL Motorhomes Cures “Couch Potato Syndrome”

It’s kids favorite time of year, Summer.  But, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t keep learning, nor should it mean that “couch potato syndrome” should set in. Those of us here at PPL Motorhomes who have children, or grandchildren will be taking them on road trips almost immediately after school ends. Of course, they’ll get ample time at home to play and decompress from the school year, but we won’t be letting them turn into a couch potato this summer either.  That’s why RVing is so great! It’s more affordable than your think, just take a look at all of the consignment RVs we have to offer. Plus, owning an RV is not just a home away from home for our kids and grand-kids is also a great teaching tool. It gets them outdoors so they can take a discovery hike, paddle a canoe, swim in a lake or go to the beach.  In fact, owing an RV, in my opinion, is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family. The ability to make memories with family and grow in the RV lifestyle is, in my experience, invaluable.

Now while the family in video below doesn’t have an RV, it certainly shows how much fun kids can have in the great outdoors.

The earlier kids start appreciating the outdoors, the better stewards of our State Parks they will grow to be. A child that grows up outside, rather than in front of  a TV, or a gaming console is going to be more well rounded in their appreciation of the things that are around them. Science, Math, History and Poetry can be found right outside the city limits. They’ll be amazed what they find outside.

If you are interested in starting your own RV lifestyle and getting those kids off of the couch, see PPL Motorhomes. We carry a bunch of different motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels to choose and consignment RV might be the perfect first RV for you and your family to get out and see what you’ve been missing.

My First RV Trip

This was sent to me by a reader and fan of this blog. Apparently he’s been around the RV lifestyle for a while with friends, some family and even as an element of his job; however, he never had the opportunity to actually take a trip for himself. Here is his open letter to me.

Dear RV Nana,

Let me first say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You might find my story interesting, or at the very least moderately entertaining. I’m 40 years old and have worked on the marketing side of the RV Industry for 14 years. That’s not the interesting part, up until now I have never taken a single trip in an RV of any kind. It’s hard to believe, and I know what some of your readers may be thinking; “How could you sell an RV if you’ve never spent time in one? Well, the only thing I can say to that is, through my clients direction, manufacturer education and RVer’s stories, I consider myself as knowledgeable as the next RVer, at least in theory, but not in practicum.

However, I’m excited to report that I have now joined the ranks of the RVing public. My family and myself decided to take the opportunity, on a recent trip to Colorado, to rent a consignment RV and have our hand at RVing. I can say with utmost certainty that I THOUGHT I knew what RVing was like, but it wasn’t until we spent just a little time in our rented unit did we realize how an RVing was such an incredible way of traveling. I’ve written about the basics of RVing for years, such as actual savings when compared to other forms of travel and lodging. The comfort level was extraordinary and it truly felt like a “home away from home”.

One of the main reasons we decided to rent a RV as opposed to a large SUV or van really was because of your blogs. You make RVing sound like such a great adventure and suitable for everyone! So far, you’ve been right. That just reinforced everything I already knew, but never thought to put into practice. There is no doubt that we will be looking into getting our own RV very, very soon.

Thanks for all of your effort and championing the RV lifestyle! If you see fit, feel free to share my story with others so they know that there are different options out there when it comes to travel. RV rental really is one of them.

Sincerely,

Dave

Well, there you have it, a long time reader, but first time RVer…or something like that. You are certainly welcome, Dave! I’m glad to have played a minor role in your decision to try out RV travel. I’m even more happy that you are now considering an RV of your own!

If you are like, Dave and think it’s time for an RV, don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. I’m sure we have the right RV for you and your budget.

Daytrippin’ Texas App and Website Is A Great Resource

One of the great things about being in the RV industry and lifestyle is all of the really great opportunities to meet really creative people. My friend, Kiki Neumann, is one of those people. If you’ve ever been to PPL Motorhomes and looked inside my office, you may have notices the wonderful license plate art I have in there. Those came from her great imagination and artistic ability to turn your everyday license plate into unique art. So when she wrote me about a great web site and app created by friends of hers I had to listen. Below you will find excerpts from the letter she sent me urging me to check out a really unique and helpful idea. Let me tell you…I LOVE THIS IDEA!

Diana,

I wanted to share this because you are so good at networking to RVers. I have some friends doing a wonderful website and app for the iPhone/smartphone for folks who do “day trips”  across Texas.

Daytrippin’ Texas

I thought I would tell you about them so you might consider mentioning them on your blog (RV Nana or PPL Motorhomes)  for folks who are traveling  throughout Texas. They are uncovering unique stores, events and specialty  places like farms or nature centers. It would be value added to when an RVer visits a place to see what is nearby currently and not from a guide or magazine published a year ago. They keep it fresh and it is helpful in real time to find out what’s going on while traveling.

Here is the website and they have a Facebook page also….

http://daytrippintexas.com

Kind regards…..Onwards,

Kiki

Thank you Kiki for the suggestion. I know that I’ll be visiting the Daytrippin’ Texas website often! Plus, folk, I highly suggest you go ahead and check out Kiki’s really cool art at Kiki Neumann Creations. Her stuff looks great in home, office and RV!

www.kikineumann.com

Staying The Night In Wal-Mart Parking Lots

One of the nice things about RVing is the ability to take a break from driving for the evening and spend the night in many of the nation’s Wal-Mart store parking lots. In fact, there are many Wal-Mart lots across the United States that are actually destinations for many RVers. The good news is that most Wal-Marts openly welcome RVers for an evening’s stay. That’s good news for the weary traveler. However it’s a very good idea to check with the store management before you just assume that it’s OK to camp.

Generally there are specified area’s specifically for RVers who are staying the evening. Keep in mind that you don’t want to stay more than one night. You have to remember, that the Wal-Mart stores that allow you to stay are doing so as a courtesy and not as a substitute for staying at a legitimate RV park, or campsite.

There are even publications available that can tell you whether or not a Wal-Mart Parking lot is RV friendly.

Another good reason to check with store management before you just assume it is OK to part your RV in a parking lot for a night is that there may actually be city ordinances against camping in parking lots. It doesn’t take much to call ahead and check first. It could certainly save you an embarrassing conversation with either the store management or even the police department.

That being said, Wal-Mart parking lots, among others, can be a great lay over station as you progress to your intended destination. Just make sure you check before you assume that it is permissible to stay the night.

Keep An RV Travel Journal

If there is one thing I can guarantee you, it’s that you will make a memory or two while RVing. Actually, you’ll make hundreds of memories, and take thousands of pictures…or, is it make thousands of memories and take hundreds of pictures? Either way, it’s a really good idea to document them. It might be easy to just say to yourself, “Oh, I’ll remember everything we did”.  You may, but that’s not really the point. The point is to be able to not just remember those moments, but to relive them as well.

How many of you keep a journal of your RVing experiences? I love sitting and writing about my days while I’m out on the road. It helps me remember the places I visit in greater detail. When I meet new people, I can easily remember their names and hometowns because I take the time to write them down and describe my experiences with them. I even write down the names of their pets. It’s not for any other reason other than, one day, I may want to go back and revisit that long trip to Yellowstone. Or, relive the last time we visited the river when we had the time of our lives.

I could write up my trips here in my blog, and sometimes I do. However, there is something really special in taking pen to paper. Watching the ink forever bleed into the fibers of my notebook, know that I took the time to personalize my travel journal. Not that starting a blog of your experiences isn’t a good idea. There is no right, or wrong way to document your RVing memories. The point is to never be struggling to remember, “where were we when we saw those Monarch butterflies”? Or, ” was it in Big Bend that we met that couple from Houston?” For some travelers these types of memories may be not that important, for others, like myself, they are paramount in my RV experience.

You never can tell, say 15 years from now, when you want to open up your journal and relive those wonderful days in your RV with just you and your significant other. It certainly is easier to keep it in a journal than extract from memory sometimes…then other times, you’ll have make memories that you’d never be able to capture on paper.

Maybe those are the memories I’m really challenging myself to have…the ones that reside in not just on paper, or your mind, but in your heart.

RVing And A Greater Appreciation Of The Outdoors

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Being an RVer is like being a modern explorer, although we generally follow the beaten paths, we still experience new and exciting things on every trip. For me, I find that when I travel, my new experiences are necessarily in finding a new place to eat on the road, or a place to shop, or museum to visit. It’s outside. It’s walking around and exploring the parks we stay at and the forests we visit. I can spend hours outside just sitting in a chair enjoy the breeze, even on hot summer days.

When it rains, every part of me just wants to go and play in the puddles like I used to as a kid. Maybe I should do just that? Maybe it’s time to appreciate the outdoors even more? When was the last time you went for a walk in the rain? For me, it’s been too long. When was the last time you studied a flower or butterfly, not just looked at one, but really studied it? When was the last time YOU appreciated the outdoors?

All too often, as RVers, we tend to revel too much in the comfort of our RVs. Of course that’s exactly why we buy them, we get all of the comforts of home while we’re on the road, I certainly understand and appreciate that. However, don’t let those comforts keep you from going outside more and actively explore. Take a walk. Watch the sunset…watch it rise. My point is, going RVing isn’t just pulling your rig into a stall and sitting under your awning for your entire trip.

You are an RVer, and being an RVer, that means you are a born explorer, a vagabond by nature with souls of gypsies. Remember, when you show a greater appreciation for the outdoors, so will your children and grandchildren. After all, who wouldn’t want to pass on an appreciation of the outdoors to the next generations of RVers? I certainly do.

Planning A Trip To National Park

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If you haven’t camped in a National Park, you are certainly missing out on some of the most majestic and most protected natural environments in America. Billions of dollars go into the maintenance and beautification of our National Parks, so why not make them destinations on your trips? Take a road less traveled and plan a night or two in a National Park. Take a look at the NPS website below and really take a look at everything National Parks have to offer the RVers.

http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

It’s pretty comprehensive, huh? How can you not want to visit a National Park soon? After all, your taxes are helping maintain the the parks themselves. There are 58 National Parks to choose from, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one to visit during your RV Adventures.

http://www.youtube.com/user/58NationalParks

If you have any question and bout camping National Parks, don’t hesitate to contact PPL Motorhomes. We know a thing or two about visiting the National Park System and can probably recommend a great place to bring your RV.

Gaining Even More Storage With A Trailer Tongue Cargo System

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We all know that one of the most precious commodities in your RV is actually SPACE! Packing efficiently is virtually the only way to make the most of your available space and save lots of headaches in the process. You almost have to be a geometry wiz to really pack cargo well. What if you could add a few extra feet of storage space to a place you never really thought could be used for storage, whereby opening up more room in your rig for storage.

Enter the Stromberg Trailer Tray! It’s the first storage system of it’s kind and is an ingenuous way to take advantage of space that was virtually unusable before Stromberg came up with the Trailer Tray.

Adjustable to fit most “A” frame trailers on the road today. Up to 300 lbs. can be supported and your tow vehicles suspension guarantees this is the softest riding area on your trailer.

  • Use it for generators
  • Coolers
  • Compressors
  • Welders
  • Wood boxes
  • And more

All hardware is included and it isn’t too hard to install. I can tell you, not having your generator, or a cooler taking up space in your RV just meant that there is that much more space for you to bring something else…or, just cleaning up your cargo space. I can tell you from experience and customer testimonials that this really is a great addition to any “A” frame trailer. Plus the fact that it can support a fairly hefty weight in an area of your trailer that is physically the softest riding, just makes it that more safe and usable.

If you have any questions about this unique new storage system. Don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. We’d be happy to explain in greater detail about this Stromgberg product and any other products you may have questions about. Happy RVing!

Celebrating Independence Day In Your RV

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On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution that declared the United States independent from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776 the Committee of Five, headed by Thomas Jefferson drafted and proposed what we know as our Declaration of Independence. This great document was our first step in exploring our rights as an independent people with our own ideals, values, and dreams. This, in my opinion, is the birth of the American spirit. The same Spirit that cannot be contained, or told how we should live in any other way other than the way we choose. That is the freedom of life, liberty, religion and the pursuit of happiness.

It never escapes me though how the RV lifestyle embodies this same spirit. The ability to go anywhere you want, anytime you want, without leaving the comforts of home. Owing an RV, isn’t uniquely American. There are many other countries around the world where RVing, or Caravanning is very popular. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has sold and delivered many consignment RVs to overseas customers. It’s always wonderful to see that the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure transcends oceans and cultures. We all do it for the same reasons: Freedom and Happiness.

So, this year, instead of piling the kids, or grand kids in the car, put them in the RV and take them to see fireworks and Independence day celebrations…in Washington D.C.! Now, you know I’ve just being funny, but isn’t it nice to know that just by owning an RV, you could actually do it? Hmmm, sounds like a good idea for next year, doesn’t it?

Incidentally, I found a couple of interesting facts about July 4th that I thought I’d share with you. I found this on Wikipedia:

n a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day. [source: wikipedia.com]

I just thought this was just an interesting fact you could share while you celebrate the holiday. Remember, it’s not just about beer and BBQ, it’s about being an American and bleeding red, white and blue. Everyone have a safe and happy Independence day!