Is Black Friday Really Worth It?

Online shopping has come a long way. You can get just about anything ordered online and delivered to your house within a few days. With the upcoming Black Friday, this fact is especially good to know considering there will be hundreds of thousands of people, all across the nation, camping out in front of Best Buy, Wal-Mart and many other big box stores just to get their hands on deeply discounted merchandise. Avoid the long lines on Black Friday this year.

There’s no need to camp out all night and freeze your tails off. Our online store is open 24/7 and we’ve got the perfect gifts for the RVer in your life. Everything you could possibly think of! Games, grilling accessories, bike carriers, and more! We’re closed starting Thursday the 28th through Dec 1. We’ll be back open on Monday the 2nd. In the meantime, browse through our specials this year and see who you can cross off your gift list before you even step into a retail store. Most of the time, you’ll find better deals and wider selection online. Take it from the shoppers in this video, it’s just not worth it. Save time, save money, shop online this year!

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Thanksgiving in an RV

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m sure the question has popped into your head: “How am I gonna cook Thanksgiving dinner in my RV?”. Knowing that your RV has smaller appliances and counter space than your kitchen probably scares you a little bit, too. But not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to make your turkey day go off without a hitch.

I’ve heard of many RVers who have cooked a turkey in their crock-pot! This will free up your stove and allow you to cook side dishes while your turkey is being cooked. One that I recommend is the Roasted Yams and Apples recipe. Since you’re not using your stove-top just yet, there are a couple of great recipes out there for green beans and a curried butternut squash and apple soup that would be a cinch to make in your RV. Minimal ingredients and a small amount of space taken up.

Some people like to deep fry their turkeys, which is great, because you can do that outside! That just leaves more space inside for you to cook side dishes and desserts. Be sure to bring enough fryer oil to cook with!

If baked turkey is your thing, then I recommend buying turkey breasts at the supermarket. They are more compact than a whole turkey and you can buy a few packages worth and stick them in your freezer.

If you carry a grill with you when you go traveling, you can always grill a turkey on it! You may have to take the top warmer shelf out to get the whole turkey in there, but a 4-burner grill should accommodate a smaller turkey.

Always think ahead when preparing a big meal in your RV, take all the ingredients you can, then stop by the grocery store for the additional items.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy RVing!

How to Make A Family Fun Night a Success While RVing

When you take a family camping, it can be hard to get everyone together for a few hours and spend time with them. Kids will bring their iPads or play on their phones, if there’s a TV in the RV, sometimes we’ll lose a few hours flipping channels. We encourage putting down the electronic devices and spending some quality time with everyone, that’s what RVing is all about. Here’s a few things that crossed my mind on how to make a Family Fun Night a success!

1. Bring board games!

Starting a rousing game of Monopoly or dominoes is a sure fire way to spend some quality time with your family. Be sure to bring a few different games, you want as many people as possible taking part in it. Playing cards are great to keep in the RV, simply because of their versatility. You can play “Go Fish” if your group is younger, or “Spades” if you’re with an older crowd. The possibilities are endless. Here are just some that you can order from PPL Motorhomes!

Travel Board Games                  $14.95
Road Trip Game                        $19.95
Texas Trivia                               $19.95
Rally Ho RV Travel Game           $19.95
Mexican Train Domino Game     $25.95
Dominos to Go                         $9.95

2. Pick a family friendly movie for Movie Night!

You might even consider projecting your movie onto the side of your RV and getting everyone outside to enjoy nature! You can even go as far as implementing a “No Cell Phone” rule during the movie to keep everyone from multitasking (checking Facebook or texting with friends) and into the movie.

3. Explore walking trails!

Most campground and RV sites have walking trails and nature walks within the site. Make it a point to get everyone out for a walk and explore the grounds around you. Give the kids a list of 5 different flowers to find, or see who can spot the most different insects while out for a walk.

What do you guys and gals do for family time on your trips? Find us on Facebook and let us know!

Honoring Veterans on Veteran’s Day 2013

Having a son who will one day be a veteran himself, I have never been more proud of his choices, accomplishments and how he has grown from that little guy tracking mud into the house, into the man he is today who is literally a protector of our country. Our values and way of life rest firmly in his hands, as it did for thousands, upon thousands of soldiers before him. Many gave their lives defending an ideal and way of life that must never be overshadowed. Those who serve make the ultimate sacrifice because they believe in their country. The young men and women of our Armed Services stand at the ready, never losing sight of why they volunteered in the first place. Life, liberty and the protection of happiness.

The soldier has a thankless job. All to often, combat vets are coming home to new lives with no job availability, lack of adequate medical support and a world that seems indifferent to their sacrifice. Veteran’s Day should be celebrated and acknowledged every day we have a soldier in a combat zone. And for those of you who, “think that the military is too big”, or “why are we spending so much money on defense”, ask a veteran what they’ve seen, what they lived through, or about those they knew who couldn’t make it home. I’m sure you will get an answer similar to, “so our children wouldn’t have to”.

Now, I know that trying to understand what military service is like for a true civilian can be next to impossible. It’s hard enough for the family of a serviceman sometimes. There is no way to empathize because most people have never experienced armed conflict. There’s simply nothing to compare it to. But you can sympathize with them, and their families as to how difficult being a soldier is in both war and time of peace times.

You know that I am fiercely patriotic and proud to celebrate our Veterans every opportunity I get, so I wanted to share an email I got from a reader who’s father, 1st Lt. Joseph N. O’Hearn, served in the Army in Vietnam from 1967-1969 with the 1st Infantry Division. Below is a portion of his letter and pictures he included that Lt. O’Hearn had taken in February of 1967.

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Copyright 1st Lt. Joseph O’Hearn

Dear RV Nana,

I’ve been reading your blog from time to time and saw that you always take the time to write a few entries filled with patriotic appreciation for our country and, specifically, those who served our country. I want to “Thank You” for that!

My father served in the US Army from 1965-1969. He volunteered in 1965 so he would be eligible for Officer Candidate School.

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Copyright 1st Lt. Joseph O’Hearn

He won a Silver Star for gallantry in action during the Tet Offensive, which was, arguably one of the most brutal and violent encounters of the Vietnam War and he volunteered to do it. While others evaded service, he walked into an Army office and signed his name on the dotted line, because he felt that was his duty. Just a few months later, the city streets of his beloved Bronx, New York were replaced with thick jungle, leech filled rice paddies and an enemy that was just waiting for you to step out into the open. Again, he volunteered to go.

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Copyright 1st Lt. Joseph O’Hearn

 

All too often, we allow men like my Father to endure the horrors of war and then forget about that service. The men and women of honor are those who put others lives before their own and demand no recognition for it. Though they don’t ask for accolades, we should always remember to celebrate and recognize the hard, dangerous work that our Veterans have contributed.

I’m proud of my father. He will always be a Hero who did more than what was needed of him not just for his country, but for his fellow soldiers.

God Bless All Veterans, They have done more heroic things in a single day than I’ve done in an entire lifetime.

So, thanks Dad; thanks for offering a piece of yourself in hopes that others would not have to do the same.

David O’Hearn

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” –JFK
“For those that will fight for it….Freedom…has a flavor the protected shall never know”. – L/Cpl Edwin L. Craft, B Co. 3rd AT’s, Khe Sahn Combat Base, February 1968

Happy Veteran’s Day from everyone here at PPL Motorhomes! Your contributions haven’t gone unnoticed and we are all forever grateful for your sacrifice. For those who are still serving, we pray for your safe return and for a job well done, there are very few people who share your passion and professionalism. Happy Veteran’s Day!!!

 

PPL Motorhomes: Thetford RV Toilets

I guess there would come a time where your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes would have a a big sale on on parts and accessories that I never thought I’d ever really write about. In this case, I’m going to give you a little introduction to your RV’s toilet facilities. The more that I got to thinking about it, the more I realized that this might be the most piece of equipment in your RV and would make for some light bathroom reading material. Pun intended.

This may sound funny, but at PPL Motorhomes, we are big fans of Thetford’s Toilets. They look great, are well constructed and, well, they’re comfortable. Our customers who have purchase them for their RVs have told us the same. Take a look at the video from Thetford below.

If you want to really get down to brass tacks and be a little serious here, the Thetford Aqua Magic V (in the link above) is the most popular RV toilet product in North America. RVers like it because the Aqua Magic V is an economical choice and a solid, day-after-day performer. This RV toilet is available with dual-hand or convenient dual-foot pedal operations. It is also available in high (17-2/5″) or low (12-9/10″) profiles to fit your specific space requirements.

Thetford RV toilets offers a taller, more comfortable seat and single-control fill and flush for full-bowl wash-down every time you activate the hand lever or foot pedal. Its contemporary design is lightweight, easy to install and service. Textured lid sheds water and resists scuffs. So, if you are thinking about putting your rv on consignment, or just looking to replace your toilet, consider Thetford RV Toilets. You can check out the entire Thetford line up at PPL Motorhomes.