Trick Or Treating At the RV Park Is Fun For the Whole Family

Trick-or-treating isn’t just for neighborhoods and the suburbs. RV parks all across the US routinely host some really great trick-or-treating opportunities. RVers are passionate about their RVs and decorate them with as much detail as they would decorate their own homes. Remember though, the same trick-or-treating rules apply.

  • Make sure your kids are wearing costumes that are visible at night. Add reflectors or glowsticks if need be. RV parks can be busy this time of year.
  • Be sure to inspect all of the candy you collect before eating any. Check for tampering, such as holes in the packaging or candy resealed with tape. Even the expiration date is important; you never know when someone will pass out candy that was originally purchased a couple of decades ago.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Look other ways before you cross the road. There will probably be lots of vehicles on the road within the park.
  • Make sure an adult accompanies all children.
  • HAVE FUN!

Ever seen what trick-or-treating looks like at an RV park in Texas? This video was shot at the RV Ranch in Burleson, Texas.

This year do something different. Take your kids and grandkids RVing and let them trick-or-treat. There are lots of great RV parks in and around the Houston area. I’m going to go as far to say that it’s even better than doing it at home. Everyone is very friendly and really enjoying the Halloween season. If you have any questions, or are looking for some decorations for your RV, just give PPL Motorhomes a call.

Never Get Lost Again with The Rand McNally Tripmaker

 

I’m going to go on record and say that a good navigation system is a surefire way to curb any and all comments like, “I think we’re lost” and “Why don’t you just stop and ask for directions.”

In short, the Tripmaker 7720 GPS not only gets you to where you need to go, but it just might be the best tool a marriage could ever have.

In doing my research on the Tripmaker, I decided to go straight to the source and talked with a National Account Manager for Rand McNally. The information he sent me on this particular GPS should answer all of your questions and leave you without a doubt that the Rand McNally Tripmaker 7720 Navigation System for RVs is exactly what your RV life has been missing.

RV-specific navigation is necessary to route large vehicles and towables around road restrictions, low bridges, and other physical hazards. However, like all Rand McNally RV GPS devices, the RVND™ 7720 can be used as a car GPS as well – merely by changing a simple setting.

One of the key new features of the RVND™ 7720 is Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables the transmission and display of weather as well as other real-time information. With updated weather information, RVers will be able to anticipate delays and make plans by viewing current and predicted conditions displayed on the map and along the route. Besides weather, other RV-specific connected services will be coming soon and will be available for this device.

The RVND™ 7720 has an all-new hardware platform as well featuring a new rugged design with ridged casing for added protection, a brighter screen that adjusts for low and strong light, and video input compatible with a range of back-up and rear-view cameras.

The base maps and overlaying content, such as campgrounds, parks, RV service and other RV points of interest, also have been updated for the RVND™ 7720.

The new device ships with Lifetime Maps so owners will be able to update their devices at no additional cost.

The RVND™ 7720 GPS includes the following additional new features:

  • Fully updated road data, including RV-specific information such as speed limits, legal and physical restrictions, and all Rand McNally proprietary RV data
  • Fully updated points of interest necessary for safe and convenient routing, including travel centers and RV parking information at rest stops, exits, and other locations
  • Fuel logs, which are accessible from the Virtual Dashboard or via RV Tools; the feature enables drivers to record fuel purchases for a trip
  • Additional routing options such as “Avoid State or Province” and “Avoid Smaller Roads”
  • Address book icon enhancement, which enables unique icons to be created by group and shown on the map for imported locations; address book items can be sorted by name, distance from current location or date added
  • Text-to-speech alert details for user-imported custom points of interest, such as red light cameras, to reduce driver distraction

The new RVND™ 7720 has all of the features and functionality drivers have come to expect from Rand McNally, including: Virtual Dashboard; junction view with lane assist; free downloads of Rand McNally’s proprietary construction information and software updates; Exits Quick View which shows RV parking and amenities at exits; RV Tools, RV amenities and locations such as campgrounds, RV services, and dumps; Woodall’s Campground information with searchable amenities; Rand McNally exclusive pre-planned trips with photos and video; and routing for 11 types of RVs as well as for cars.

There you go! Everything you wanted to know about one of the best GPS systems on the market for your RV. If you have any additional questions about this, or any other navigation system that PPL Motorhomes carries, just give us a shout! And husbands, you don’t have to be scared to call us and ask for some directions.

Heading South For The Winter in Texas

You don’t have to live in the far North East to want to head south for the Winter. There are thousands of RVers in North Texas who do just that every year and still stay in Texas! With destination cities located in central and south central Texas, such as Austin and San Antonio, on over to Houston and down along the coast, Texans headed south for the winter every year and have a multitude of places to visit so they can bask in the warm sun of a Southern Texas winter.

The ultimate Texas winter RV vacation is without question a Gulf Coast trip. Even thought the water may be a little cooler, the weather is wonderful and the fishing is amazing.

I love a good trip along the Gulf Coast.

Click on the picture below for a link to Texas Parks & Wildlife’s list of things to see and do along the Gulf Coast. It has some really good suggestions on the place that are “must stop” type locations.

 

Do you live in North Texas and have a favorite South Texas destination you like to visit during the winter? Share it with us! Are you an RVer in another state and never considered the Texas Southern Coast as a vacation spot? I highly recommend that you just take a few minutes and click on the link above to find out a little more about why I think why Texas has some really unique and interesting winter vacation destination locations.

Make Jacking Up Your Trailer Easier With A BAL Scissor Jack Motor Kit

Everyone who loves hand cranking their scissor jacks on their trailers, raise your hand.

Oh, wait, you probably are still sore from the last time you had to hand crank your jack.

Well, our consignment RV dealership is going to come to your rescue with a great product from BAL Scissor Jacks. This power leveling jack is an optional 12 volt motor kit. It’s easy to use and easy to install. Add one of these to your trailer’s scissor jacks and you’ll get nearly automatic stabilizing at the push of a button. No more getting down in the dirt, no more sore muscle and no more thrown backs. As I said, this lightweight, high RPM motor kit is easily installed, this sealed motor has easy access to manual override. This product is to be used with BAL Deluxe Scissor Jacks (94-1211, BAL model 24002D) or Standard Scissor Jacks (94-1361, BAL model 24002C). Includes motor control. 2 per box.

This scissor jack motor kit is designed to quickly lower the jack to the ground, or raise it back to the closed position. Using the motor to lift a vehicle may damage the motor. Jacks not included.

Here’s how to install your BAL Scissor Jack Power Pack Motor Kit

If you would like to make jacking up your trailer easier, you really do need to look into getting a scissor jack motor kit. Trust me, you will really be glad that your did. If you have any questions about this product, or any other product we may carry, don’t hesitate to contact your consignment RV center and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes. We’ll gladly help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Turn on your stove burner after filling your LP tanks

 

Oh no, we left our RV at the campground for the week and returned to find our refrigerator had stopped working and I filled a trash can with rotten food. This could happen to any of us. We had our LP tanks filled before taking the fifth wheel down to the bay where we were planning to leave it for a month. We had it all set up and the refrigerator was running fine on electric when we left. The problem apparently started with a power failure at the RV Park when we lost 110 power.

That seems like a minor issue since the RV refrigerator is supposed to switch over to electric. Little did we know that we had to pressurize the LP to get any air out of the lines, or it will try three times to start and then give up. Simply starting the burner on our range would have saved us at least $100 on food and the time it took to clean it all out. It would have been a real mess if we had been gone longer than a few days.

The video below gives some great education regarding your LP system!

So, take time after you fill your tanks to simply turn on your stove and, this simple little step, may save you a big mess. If you ever have any questions regarding your RV feel free to contact PPL Motor Homes Houston, I know we’ll have an answer.

National Fire Prevention Week

We are nearing the end of National Fire Prevention Week, but that certainly doesn’t mean in any way, shape or form that the dangers of wildfire is gone. If fact, there is no time to be more vigilant about stopping the cause and spread of wildfires. Nothing makes me more upset to see people being careless with either an open flame, cigarette butts tossed out of moving cars or campfires that aren’t properly extinguished.

As the weather changes and becomes more arid, the already dry leaves and grasses are perfectly primed for fires. It doesn’t take much to start a fire and have it burn uncontrollably in mere minutes. Remember Bastrop? Of course you do! That fire was a careless mistake and jumped a 100 yard wide river and continued it’s devastating burn on the other side. It burned millions of dollars worth of property, hundreds of livestock were consumed and it quickly became the source unbearable anguish for many people it left in its fiery wake.

There’s not much more I can really say in regards to preventing wildfires that I haven’t already said in the past. It is clearly your responsibility to make sure that you are careful with any flame you are using at your campsite. One stray spark can literally destroy thousands of lives, acres and wildlife. Fire prevention is everyone’s responsibility. That means making sure that you have fire extinguishers on your RV and you obey all open flame laws. If there is a burn ban in effect, use your head, don’t fire up the grill. I for one, never want to see anything like the destruction in Bastrop, TX again. The really sad part is that I know I will.

Keep Your RV Organized

A few days ago, I wrote about cleaning out your RV and removing all of the stuff you really don’t need. As we all know, when we let our RVs go, it’s very easy to start packing on top of old trip junk. If you haven’t totally cleared out your RV and decided on everything you do need, organizing isn’t going to do you any good. The idea is to get rid of useless stuff that is just taking up space and adding weight. Remember, every extra pound you have in your RV that you don’t need is just a waste of gas.

OK, let’s say you went through your entire RV and cleaned out everything you don’t need; now you just need to organize the stuff that “lives” in your RV. This is where a little ingenuity will come in handy. When we first bought our RVs, of course storage space was on out mind, but maybe we saw large open spaces and thought, “Wow, that’s a lot of storage,” only to find that stacking and balancing your items in your cabinets is just asking for trouble. What do you do now? Harness that space somehow. I’ve heard of RVers going as far as making brilliant use of space like in the video below.

If there ever was a time to visit a container store/organization store, it’s now. You can use glass dividers, plate holders, a lazy Susan for loose spices and condiments. You can pick up a few water tight tubs for large items and small items alike. The bottom line is, to simplify your RVing experience, try organizing your RV lifestyle.

Coach-net Roadside Assistance

Let me be the first say, if you are a RVer without roadside assistance… well, congratulations on being an expert RV mechanic too. You must have gone though years of training to be so confident in your roadside mechanic skills.

In all seriousness, if you don’t have some type of roadside assistance on call for your RV, then you are potentially gambling with your trip. I use Coach-net Roadside assistance, and no, I never leave home without it, much like I should my American Express card on some trips.

Anyway, PPL Motorhomes offers this great product designed with the RVer in mind.  Complete with everything you need from roadside assistance to concierge service,  24 hour tech support, all-inclusive for entire family coverage, coverage in any vehicle you are in, in-campground service, pays to tow to nearest qualified repair facility, Assist America coverage included,  PPL offers coverage for towable and motorized for just $119.50: that’s a bargain people. Buying through PPL Motorhomes will save you as much as $39.50 off retail.

The bottom line is that this is an outstanding service, one which we highly recommend! I’d never travel without the protection of road-side assistance. That’s not to mention all of the other amenities. Just having the comfort knowing that I have an emergency resource able to provide assistance 24/7 is worth the cost alone.

Listen to RVNana and get Coach-Net Roadside assistance before you actually need it.

…and don’t run with scissors!

Less Is More In Your RV

When it comes to your RV, less is more. The RV is an easy place to get overloaded very quickly. I’ll bet if you were to look in your RV right now, you probably need half of the stuff you have packed away in there. Just think about the stuff that are packed continuously and go on every trip. Do you really need to fill every available space in you RV? Of course not! You just have to make the effort to clean out all of the stuff that, for the most part, is just along for the ride.

I finally made the decision to go through my RV  and I realized I had tons of stuff I never needed to take with us.  There were even items that I had never used the entire time I owned RVs.  Ever do that before? If so, it’s time to scale back considerably.  I mean, really, I did not need 2 sets of silverware, 14 serving bowls or 48 red solo cups.  Nor did I need to have 4 water filters, 2 hoses, 6 packages of toilet chemical drop ins and 6 cans of bug spray.  Enough was enough. Even when I started through the clothing, there was no way I needed all of those swimsuits, shoes and 16 pairs of socks. No wonder our gas mileage was low.  I had been carrying my entire house with me.

I had to stop the madness and took the action I had been saying I’d take four trips ago. I got water tight storage containers and went to town. When all was said and done, I took 3 expedition sized loads out of the RV and have everything I really need packed in 6 tubs. I improved my living space, I improved my gas mileage and I took a lot of stress out of packing for my next trip. Try scaling back a little and you’ll find a lot of the same benefits that I did.

When was the last time you really cleaned out your RV?

Learn to Set Your RV’s Mirrors

If there is one thing that you should learn first, above all other functions of your Texas RV’s, gears, gadgets, and do-hickeys, it’s how to adjust and set your mirrors. That’s right, for all of the amazing things you can do in your RV, you can’t even really start to enjoy them until you learn the basics. One of those basics is mirror adjustment.

Now I know what you are thinking, “I know how to do that. I drive my car daily. Adjusting mirrors is simple.” I know, I know you are a pro RVer, but you might be surprised to learn that there is a system and a skill to adjusting your mirrors the right way. After all, you don’t want to learn about that blind spot for the first time after you side swipe someone, right?

Here’s how you get started.

If you have not adjusted your mirrors before, then the first thing you’ll need to do is look for and loosen the lock-down bolts on the mirror frames and pre-set the frame. Then pre-set the adjustable and fixed mirrors to the middle of their range. Don’t strain against the mirror frames. If you can’t get them to move just loosen the bolts a little more.

Jump up and sit in the drivers seat. You are going to need some assistance, so have someone adjust the mirror frame to where it is close to the setting shown in RV-Figure-1. You’ll have to tell them when it looks good to you.

Once you  think you have them set to your proper field of view, lock the mirror frame bolts down. Now you are ready to position the mirrors themselves.

The Top, larger, mirrors are not magnifiers, and give you a larger field of view down the road behind you. So you set these to allow a comfortably seated driver to see the edge of the RV, as well as down the road starting at a point. This is about halfway down the RV’s body.

The lower, smaller mirrors are magnifiers, and give a smaller field of view, so set the edge further in so the driver can see the Bottom of the RV body about 8-10 feet behind the driver.

Check out the video below for and in depth lesson on how to adjust your RV’s mirrors.

Remember, as always, if you have any questions or comments, you can leave them here, or stop by PPL Motorhomes and we can help you adjust them.