It’s football season once again and nothing goes hand in hand with football quite like RVing. Tailgating in your RV at the game is the ultimate adventure and the ultimate in comfort. How great is it that you can have all of the luxuries of home right there in the parking lot of the stadium? Pretty fantastic. It’s the ONLY way to tailgate, if you ask me. I mean think about it for a second. You can cook inside or out. You have access to air conditioning and privacy if you need it. You can pull the awning out, set up a table, fire up the grill, pull the TV outside, hike you heels back and relax. Of course the absolute best part about tailgating in your RV? You won’t have to wait in line for the port-a-potty…if you even have access to one.
Tailgating in your RV also means you can get to the stadium extra early and won’t have to run out immediately after the game. You have some time to let the rowdy crowds and reckless drivers exit the stadium parking lot before you start to disembark.
Check out the video below for a quick little taste of tailgating and RVing
Plus, if you are a college football fan, PPL Motorhomes has everything to fly your colors, from camping lights, to logo awning covers, to folding chairs and coolers. We have tons of great stuff to make your tailgating time and your RV both unique and memorable.
One more thing before you decide to head out to your next tailgating adventure: make sure you are properly prepared with a full fresh water tank, enough propane, and a nice generator like a Yamaha. Trust me. The more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to think about all of the things you didn’t do and the more time you’ll have to enjoy nice and relaxing pre and post-game activities.
Do you have any tips, or hints on better RV tailgating? What are your rituals when you are out in that parking lot getting ready to cheer on your favorite team?
RVers know a thing or two about getting back to nature, and whether they know it or not, many RVers are also excellent conservationists! Let’s think about it for just a moment. First of all, there is already a predisposition for most RVers to leave as small of a foot print as possible in regards to where they travel.
For example, did you know that about 95% of American water usage ends up going don the drain? Water for your average RVer is both a valuable resource and can be a liability of sorts. First off, even though you are hooked up to a fresh water source, chances are that much of that water is going to just end up in your grey or black water tanks. This just means that you need to empty them more often. You’ll see RVers not leaving the water running while doing dishes, brushing their teeth, or even when taking showers. The desire to reduce water collected by their sewage system translates into using less water over all.
Did you know that only one in four Americans recycle their plastic water bottles? They don’t decompose, and that means that they are certainly not biodegradable. In fact, all of those cases of fresh water more often than not just end up in landfills. RVers can take a different approach. Space is valuable to an RVer and having even just once case of water lying around the RV is a space waster. That’s while you’ll see many campers and RVers use refillable receptacles. If everyone in the RV has a large bottle of water and just refill that container, well you aren’t just going to save space, you save the environment.
Here’s an interesting fact: two-thirds of Americans cannot see the night sky due to “light pollution” in their respective areas. RVers tend to turn off their lights more when not in use. Even if they have a constant energy source, often times the lights go off when they don’t need them. This might be because RVers may be more accustomed to saving propane being used by their generators when an AC current isn’t available. Trust me, propane can get expensive and you’ll want to save on refills. By turning off excessive light usage, you’ll not only save propane, but it sure will make viewing that night sky much easier.
Trash can be an issue for everyone, not just RVers. When you go to the store you can actually cut down on the amount of garbage that is being sent to the landfills by buying some foods in bulk. Cereal for example. Why do you need a box when the product also comes in a bag? I know it’s for shipping purposes, but that last time I checked, crushed cereal tastes the same as uncrushed cereal. You know what? Buying rice, pasta, cereal, crackers, and other snacks in bulk bins will also save you cash!
You probably do this at home, and you should do it while you are camping too. That is, provide separate waste containers in your RV for garbage and recyclables. Most, if not all campgrounds, have recycling bins. All you have to do is ask where they are. If for some reason your park or campground doesn’t have a recycling bin, simply suggest that that look into adding one. It’s not hard for our parks and campgrounds to get in on the act of helping out the environment. Especially their environment.
If you have any other suggestions, tips or hints about how to go green while you go RVing, leave them in the comments section below. Also check out PPL Motorhomes online for a multitude of Green RVing products.
The short answer is, “YES”! It’s talked about all of the time around here with our own PPL Motorhomes customers. RVing can actually save you big bucks on your next family vacation. If you are working with a reasonable budget, not an extreme budget mind you, you can vacation for longer, see more sights, spend more family time, have a bigger adventure, and cut some extreme costs.
Planning correctly and early means you won’t have to spend money on a hotel, or additional costs for extra food (we all know eating in is much more economical). Plus, rest stops are much more comfortable and you’ll have plenty of room for all of the kid’s stuff. Now, I know what you are thinking though, “…but fuel prices are high.” That may be true, but when compared to airline tickets, you’ll pay much less per person.
Take a look at the video below and you’ll see how a large family can take a longer trip and spend less money by going RVing.
If you need more proof, or need some extra help planning your first RV trip, or better yet, if you are looking to purchase a RV of your own so you take trips more readily, then come and see us.
This is a bittersweet time for RV Nana today. As most of you know, I have served as President of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) for the past two years and the grand finale was last weekend at our annual convention in Austin. Surrounded by friends and family, I passed the gavel on to my dear friend and associate, J. T. Bowyer of Lone Star RV in Harker Heights. TRVA has been and will continue to be an important part of my life and, thanks to my association with TRVA, I have been blessed to have developed some wonderful relationships that will last a lifetime.
All of us share one common bond, a love for the RV lifestyle. It takes all of us in this industry, working together, to pave the way for future RV enthusiasts.
The energy at this convention was by far the best we have ever seen and it is all because of our wonderful members who have shown a real commitment to “Make it Happen.” From donating auction items, wildly bidding on an item, playing golf, and selling and buying tickets to sharing ideas and brainstorming about the future of this industry, our members did it all. It’s an exciting time and I know that all who attended this convention headed home ready to embark on the wonderful year we have ahead of us.
A very special event for me was the Legislative reception at the Texas Capitol. This was a great opportunity to have a close up look at the Senate Chambers and the beautiful architecture and history this grand building represents. I was really excited to have our Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Todd Staples, stop by to visit with us and take a few pictures. He has long been a strong supporter of the RV Industry and tourism in Texas and a great friend.
A special thanks goes out to all of you who have supported me the past few years, have been there for me through good times and bad, and who have shared stories, laughter, tears, and hugs and helped make this a very special chapter in my life. As many of you may know, I lost my biggest fan and strongest supporter in June when my husband, Mike, passed away. I could have resigned my position at that time, but I chose to follow the dream he had for me, for us. My TRVA family was there for me and is always there for me and I want to thank all of them for the support and for the honor of allowing me to serve as TRVA President the past two years.
Day in and day out, most of us are still caught up in the rat race on a daily basis. Not all of us are retired and our work lives are usually at the center of a majority of our stress. Stress can affect us both physiologically and psychologically, leading to issues such as an abundance of anxiety. Stress can also affect your overall thinking processes. I’m sure we all know that stress manifests itself as physical pain as well. As much as we’d all like to get deep tissue massages every day, that’s just not practical or affordable.
So, what can you do to alleviate and deter your daily stress? Having a healthy, well-balanced diet and getting some exercise is a great start. Further, taking time periodically for yourself is a prime way to lift some of the burdens of both work and family which cause unnecessary stress. It’s no surprise that one of the most important stress relievers for me is simply going camping.
There is a natural calming effect that nature can bring if you let her. For me, going to one of our Texas State Parks is one of the best things I can think of to easily wipe away the chaos of previous weeks. I can imagine the breeze blowing away my troubles or the sound of the chirping birds taking the place of office bickering, or non-stop talking with manufacturer reps, sales and service employees, and customers. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the latter (office bickering I can do without), but there are just times that simply filling your ears with the sounds of nature can bring a calming peace over me. It’s as if I can feel my mind, body, and soul rejuvenating.
When I go RVing, it’s as if I can breathe again, and when I return, I’m ready to pick-up where I left off, with more energy, more focus, and, most of the time, a new perspective of the complicated tasks that I partake in on a daily basis. Somehow RVing and camping remind me of the things that are important: God’s presence in nature and my family’s love and company. The stresses of work and life at that point just seem trivial.
Want to experience the greatest stress relief? Go RVing.
There’s something I found out today, and that thing is that dryer sheets can do almost anything! Like placing sheets around your foundation or around an RV that is being stored will keep out mice. Are your picnics plagued by ants? Dryer sheets will repel them away from your smorgasbord. They even clean soap scum off of shower doors! Really, there are a LOT of amazing things that they can help with around the house and the RV!
Check out the video below, it has some really unlikely uses for dryer sheets:
But what is one of the best thing I have found dryer sheets to do? Keep away mosquitoes, the RVer’s nemesis! Like we all know by now, dryer sheets work great to keep bugs away. Try placing sheets in every drawer of your RV to keep bugs out. But did you know that mosquitoes also HATE dryer sheets? All you need to do is take one sheet and rub it on your skin and the mosquitoes stay away. For added protection, tie a sheet to a belt loop and really enjoy the evening. I did this recently at a backyard BBQ and the mosquitoes ate my neighbor and not me. Give it a try, all of us here at PPL Motorhomes do!
I know that I always feature a park that I believe is worth visiting, but this time I’m taking a little different direction. We travel a lot, we certainly can’t go everywhere, but I love the feeling that we can try. When we travel, we never leave home without our RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas. This is a free, four-color glossy magazine that lists more than 350 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and surrounding states. I can tell you right now, that this publication is worth its weight in gold.
The 2013 directory provides detailed descriptions on roughly two thirds of the private parks in Texas. It’s broken up into seven regions of Texas with locator maps, complete services and amenities, as well as driving directions, a miniature locator map, and even panoramic photos showing off what campers can experience. The directory also features a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10% to 15% discounts; needless to say, I have used this card many times.
If you don’t want to carry around the guide, you can easily view this 150 page guide online by visiting www.texascampgrounds.com. Ah, the power of the internet. Looking for that next perfect spot? Click here and you can easily search new destinations. Really, go ahead and check it out. You may discover, as we have, that this is a great way to find new adventures.
If you have any Texas destination suggestions of your own, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments section. Likewise, if you are looking for first hand suggestions, feel free to call PPL Motorhomes and ask for me, RV Nana.
When going RVing, we all know the thing that you are most looking forward to is FOOD! We love to eat while on the road. It makes you feel even more relaxed and comfortable, and it seems that a lot of family events are planned around food. We’re no exception! Our family seems to eat more chicken than you could ever imagine and this is my easy twist on grilled chicken. Try it for yourself!
1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use breast, but thighs are juicier)
1 package peppered bacon
1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and cut into strips)
1 sweet onion (cut into wedges)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder or your favorite Grilling seasoning
Wash and pat dry the chicken. Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning. Place a sliver of jalapeno and as much onion as you like on the chicken and fold it over like a tortilla. Wrap the pepper bacon around the chicken and secure with a toothpick. Grill for about 30 minutes turning as needed. My family loves this served with seasoned rice and a salad. I have also cooked this in the oven at 375 and it turns out great, too!
Everyone here at PPL Motorhomes loves to cook, and sharing recipes with each other is always fun. If you have any recipes you’d like to share, leave them in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.
It’s inevitable. There will come a day when either you’ve physically, or mentally outgrown your RV. Even though you may have been through think and thin together and shared good times and bad, the day will come that you are going to want to get a new RV. Or, maybe this is your very first RV and you know next to nothing about the RV lifestyle other than what you may have read about, or learn from family or friends.
I guess a good question to ask yourself is do you actually have to buy “new”? Absolutely not! In fact, when you purchase an RV on consignment, you can, quite literally, get more RV for your money. Buying a pre-owned RV really makes quite a bit of sense. We see growing families (and couples) trading in their first RVs, which are generally pop-ups and small travel trailers, for Class Cs and in many cases larger Class A motorhomes. We see first time RVers thinking about their RVing future and opting to buy larger rigs knowing that they will have them for a long period of time.
One of the true benefits about hopping consignment RVs is that it has put once previously out of reach RVs into the budgets of both new RVers and seasoned vets as well. Further, an RV that has been put on consignment, like the ones at PPL Motorhomes, are in pristine shape both inside and out. We only stock the finest RV on our lot for consignment. That’s simply because your RVing lifestyle, whether you are new to it or not, it extraordinarily important to us. We are all RVers ourselves, so we understand the concerns for RVers of all levels.
The bottom line is that if you are considering your first RV, or your fifth RV, I really recommend that you check out your consignment options first. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the options available to you and how you can, quite literally, get more RV for less money.
If you have any questions about how to consign your RV, or how to purchase a consignment RV, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to explain the further benefits of owning a consignment RV.
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!