Make Hitching a Cinch With A Backup Sensor

We dread it every time we have to go out on a trip. Getting hooked up to your trailer or RV by backing up, hoping you get close enough to be able to just lower it onto your hitch ball. How many times have you dinged your bumper? Or your tailgate? PPL Motorhomes is all about making your life on the road simpler and more efficient.

The Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor System makes hitching your trailer a cinch! Never again do you have to put unsightly dents and dings in your bumper, or depend on someone to navigate you closer and closer to the coupler.

The camera mounts behind the license plate so you’ll get a firsthand look at exactly where you are in relation to where to need to go. There’s even a guide on the screen and audible alerts giving you an estimation of the distance between you and your trailer’s coupler.

The Smart Hitch camera comes with SmartZone™ sensors that allow you to use the camera even when you aren’t towing. Just switch to everyday mode and be sure you never hit a light pole, shopping cart or parked car again!

The crystal clear monitor provides 3.5″ of static-free rear-facing visibility. Just imagine the relief you would feel having seen a small child in your camera and stopping the vehicle and preventing a minor (or major) injury! Hopkins’ Plug-In Simple attachments make hooking up your Smart Hitch Camera and Sensor a no-hassle job. Just plug in the connector behind the existing tow package wiring, no splicing necessary! If you have trouble hitching up or are a lone traveler, this is a great way to make your towing life easier.

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Deep Frying Your Christmas Turkey

Turkey. It’s a staple of millions of homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. It’s something I look forward to making every year. When you’re on the road in your RV, cooking a turkey can be somewhat of an undertaking. Luckily enough, deep frying your birds are becoming more and more popular, and it’s quickly becoming the choice of RVers everywhere. With Christmas happening in a few days, I decided to write about how to make your Christmas turkey something to remember, with a deep fryer!

1. Be sure you have a flat surface outdoors to deep fry your turkey

A flat surface is very important to be sure you don’t spill cooking oil all over the ground. Make sure you are far away from wooden decks, homes, plants and anything that may catch fire.

2. Determine how much oil is needed for the turkey.

There should be about 3-5 inches from the fill line to protect it from boiling over and spilling.

3. Preheat the oil to 375 degrees.

While this is going on, prepare your turkey with marinade, seasonings and injectable flavor. You will also need to insert a metal wire and hook to lower and raise the turkey from the cooking oil.

4. Once the cooking oil is the desired temperature, turn the burner off.

5. Lower the turkey into the cooking oil slowly, to avoid spilling and bubbling over.

6. Once the turkey is immersed, turn the burner back on.

7. Cook the turkey for 3-4 minutes per pound of turkey.

Remember, the turkey is not done until the dark meat is 175-180 degrees and the white meat is 165-170 degrees.

8. Once the turkey is done, turn the burners off and slowly lift the turkey out of the deep fryer.

Set the cooked bird on a rack or a bed of paper towels and wait at least 20 minutes before you move it.

9. Enjoy your deep fried turkey!

On thing to remember during this process is that, for all of its deliciousness, deep frying a turkey is extremely hazardous and is responsible for incredible amount of house fires and fire related injury every year. Please, please, please be very careful when frying your turkey. In fact, when you are lowering your turkey into the oil, just go ahead and turn the flame off until your turkey is completely in the pot. This will help prevent fire in case of spillover.

Good luck, be safe and enjoy! Everyone of us here at PPL Motorhomes hope you enjoy your holidays with your family and be sure to let us know how your turkey turns out!

 

 

Happy Holidays From PPL Motorhomes

The holidays are special. There’s nothing like getting together with your loved ones and spending time together. Gathering for board games on Christmas Eve, or watching the kids open presents on Christmas morning are memories that you should cherish and strive to re-create at every chance you get. There are families out there, however, who don’t have the opportunity to celebrate as a whole family due to a member being active military overseas. Even more tragic are family and friends who’ve lost their lives in service of their Country. For those, who do not have family, or friends in the military, you don’t have to use your imagination hard to understand that the holidays are especially difficult. We also have to remember that it’s equally as difficult for our sons and daughters who serve to be away their families as well.

This holiday season, I’d like to ask you to consider making a donation to a charity that benefits Military families of all kinds. Your donation will go towards helping  provide some type of normalcy this holiday season for families who sacrifice themselves, so your family will not have to.  I’ve put together a few of my favorites Military Family Charities for your convenience. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated, not just by me and PPL Motorhomes, but also by those families who have already sacrificed so much.

Operation 300

Operation 300 is a non-profit organization created to provide a week-long camp for children with fathers who were killed as a result of service to our country. This camp promotes the character of their fathers through activities, such as, fishing and hunting, while instilling a sense of pride, courage and honor.

Wounded Warrior Project

One of the largest veteran support organizations in the U.S. The Wounded Warrior Project aims to help veterans who were injured or disabled, in service to our country. They do a number of different services to help these vets find jobs, help them become independent, and much more.

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers.

Wounded Warriors Family Support

Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.

 

Thank you for your time, and please don’t forget about what the Holidays are about. Merry Christmas to all of you from myself and all of us here at PPL Motorhomes, and a very special Merry Christmas to the brave members of our Military and their families. God Bless you.

Sell Us Your RV For Christmas Cash!

With Christmas around the corner, we are all aware of the stresses that it can put on our wallets. We have a solution for your money woes and we can help you sell that RV that’s been taking up space in your driveway:

Sell your RV to us here at PPL Motorhomes!

Since 1972 we’ve sold more than 26,000 consigned RVs. We average about 1500 sold per year. That’s an average of 3-4 per day! If we can’t sell it, no one can!

When you consign your RV with us, you’re accessing a worldwide network that is actively looking for quality RV purchases. Our email list has over 30,000 potential buyers on it and over 15,000 receive inventory updates in the mail.  PPL does not sell new RVs, simply because we do not want our clients to feel pressured into purchasing a new RV when a perfectly capable consigned one is available.

We offer free appraisals to give you an idea of what your RV is worth. There are plenty of sources online that give you inaccurate information based off of a bogus database, so beware. We will utilize our extensive database of previously sold units, experienced appraisers and blue books to determine a fair and accurate selling price for your RV.

PPL Motorhomes provides an extended warranty on many of the later models. These warranties provide peace of mind as many customers are hesitant to purchase an RV without a warranty.

If you live outside of Texas and wish to sell your RV with us, we can arrange delivery to one of our consignment centers. Contact us for more information regarding out Out-Of-Town program.

There are no listing or monthly fees when you list with PPL. Once your RV is sold, our commission is 10% of the selling price.  The minimum commission is $1475 for motor homes and $975 for travel trailers and fifth wheels.

If you are considering selling your RV, please take a moment to request our booklet titled “9 Steps To Selling Your RV” and get you on your way to some extra cash in your pockets for Christmas or maybe even put it towards a new RV!

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Christmas Gifts for the RVers In Your Life

Christmas is just around the corner! For all of you late shoppers, we’ve got some ideas for you to help alleviate the stress of buying gifts for the RVer in your life. As you know, family time is abundant during most family trips, so, what better gifts to give than ones that entertain everyone AND keep everyone together? We always recommend taking board games on trips, simply because they are fun and they don’t take up a whole lot of space. After a day of hiking or swimming, there’s nothing like sitting around a table with your loved ones and attempting to double your score over theirs. There’s nothing wrong with a little competition, right?

One of my favorites is Texas Trivia! Prove to everyone that you know what you’re talking about when it comes to the Lone Star State! After all, you really had to grow up here to know that there’s only 1 natural lake in Texas (Caddo Lake). Classic games such as Checkers and Chinese Checkers are great for getting the young ones involved, too! Dominoes are a staple in my family outings. Mexican Train dominoes to be exact. How many other games do you know of that can accommodate 8+ people?   Playing cards are always a great stocking stuffer. They’re just so versatile.

Don’t wait until the last minute, go ahead and browse over to our games pages and take a look and see what the RVer in your life would enjoy! But do it quickly, these sales are only good until December 23rd. After that we can’t be held responsible for the gift you picked up at CVS in a hurry!

 

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Great Destinations: Corpus Christi

Winter is here and unless you live in a moderate climate, there’s not a whole lot of RVing going on right now. That’s why I love Texas. We have moderate winters which allows myself and my family to travel a few hours and enjoy our time together without having to stay inside the whole time. During our Texas winters, Corpus Christi is one of my favorite destinations. It hovers around 60 degrees during this time of year. Lucky for us RVers, there are a few really great RV parks to take advantage of! Some of them right on the beach.

Colonia del Rey
1717 Waldron Rd
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Padre Palms RV Park
131 Skipper Lane
Corpus Christi, Texas, 78418

Greyhound RV Park
5402 Leopard St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78408

Laguna Shore Village
3828 Laguna Shore Rd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78418

Corpus Christi, for us Texans, isn’t too far of a drive, wherever you’re coming from. About 7 hours from D/FW, 4 from Austin, 2 from San Antonio, and about 4 hours from Houston. Typically, the area is a spring break destination (South Padre Island, anyone?), but it actually is home to some great year-round attractions and will keep your RV family occupied and entertained the entire trip! Not only are there magnificent beaches for miles, but you can also make a day trip to see the USS Lexington, a World War II-vintage aircraft carrier. This larger-than-life carrier really must be seen to be appreciated. Navigating the inner workings of this massive ship makes you wonder how our men at sea don’t get lost everyday! There’s also the Texas State Aquarium, with their dolphin shows and your chance to feed a stingray! If you really feel like venturing out, about 45 minutes away is the famed King Ranch. Over 825,000 acres (larger than the state of Delaware) of wildlife and some of the best nature tours in the state, maybe even the U.S. During this winter, don’t be afraid to head a little further south and enjoy Corpus Christi.

What Exactly is Glamping?

There’s a certain appeal to camping and RVing. The escape from everyday responsibilities, exploring someplace new, getting out of your element, and enjoying a night by the campfire. With that being said, there’s a new craze taking hold in the adventure seekers world. It’s called “glamping”, quite literally “glamorous camping”. Gone are the drab tents, dirty campsites, and your “average” RV. With RVing, you’re traveling in, and living in something that is yours. Glamping aims to get you out of that familiarity and into a lavish and unique environment with comfortable amenities.

The good news is that when you travel with an RV, you’re afforded all of the luxuries of some of the highest-end glampers out there. After all, you’re hauling around a living space full of all of the creature comforts of home. All you really need now is few additional items and you can glamp in style!

Outdoor furniture is an integral part of the glamping lifestyle. Comfortable, plush, well-made outdoor furniture that you can sink into and spend some quality time in. No cheap plastic chairs here! Only the best will do!  Another addition to consider is a hammock. What better way to watch the sunset than in a comfy hammock with pillows? Maybe even a blanket if it’s chilly? Spare no expense if you’re serious about living the high life out on the road. Eliminate plasticware, paper cups and plates. Take the time to find the freshest ingredients for your gourmet dinners instead of frozen pre-made entrees. Pamper yourself with the finest linens and bedding for tthe utmost in comfort. Glamping is all about taking you out of your element and into a higher standard of living. All the things that you wish you could have in your house, can all be taken with you for your travels. The options are limitless!

Oh, and decorate, decorate, decorate! It’s your RV, so make it truly YOUR RV! Let the inner interior and exterior designer loose and you’ll quickly be the talk and the envy of the park. Nothing excites me more than seeing a decked out RV that is a true reflection of the RVers personality and style. Need some ideas? Call PPL Motorhomes!

There are so many ways to transform your normal RV experience into  I realize that there’s a big difference between RVing and glamping, but I think it sounds like a great vacation and it’d definitely be something different and unique. What do you think about the idea of glamping in your RV?

Extra Power When You Need It!

I’ve been RVing for many years now and since I’m in the industry, I hear a lot of stories about being out on a camp site and losing power. Either the sites are primitive and lack electrical hookups or you depend on a battery for power. Of course, there’s always a chance that you get caught in a storm and your power goes out. What do you do then? You can rely on your battery for a little while, but once you start using your microwave or any other power-hogging appliances, that battery will start to lose juice and give up the ghost within a number of hours. That’s when you keep a generator handy. A well-maintained generator will outlast the life of the RV and provide power for all of your gadgets and appliances. We stock a couple of Yamaha generators that we always get compliments on. The EF1000is is a compact and lightweight (27 pounds) generator that can easily handle small appliances, tools and lights. The best thing about it, though? It’s super quiet.

If you need more that what the EF1000is can handle, then we’ve got a powerhouse that can even be used to for your house in case of a power outage! The EF2800i is a workhorse and can even power the air conditioners that come on most fifth wheels, travel trailers and motor homes. At 64 pounds, it’s one of the lightest in its class! If you want to deliver power to the entire campsite, this is the one you need.

Keeping a generator with you when you go camping and rely on electricity is a smart idea. You never know when you might get caught in a storm and need to rely on it to keep you and your family comfortable and continue with your vacation without missing a beat. We’ve used ours on a number of occasions and we will always carry ours with us. We’ve even used it on the house a couple of times.

Check out the EF1000is and EF2800i on our site and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about them!

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Stabilizers To Keep You Comfortable

 

After you park your trailer or fifth-wheel at a camp site and get it leveled, what’s the one thing you notice when you’re moving around inside of it? Weight shifts and it feels like you’re bouncing around on a trampoline. You’ll notice things start shifting around in your cabinets and on flat surfaces. One way to combat that is to get a pair of BAL X-Chocks! These rust inhibitive coated chocks utilize the force of the weight shift to keep your family comfortable and stable. The way they work is very simple. Place them between the tandem tires and tighten the lever until it’s a snug fit. When weight is applied to the axles by normal use (moving around inside, windy conditions), it prevents the tires from moving, which removes a good amount of the sway. They even made them theft-proof, by adding the ability to put a padlock on it! The X-Chock (92-9142) fits even the tightest of applications retracting down to 1 3/8″ and extends to 10″. The X-Chock Extended (92-9192) fits tire spacing up to 17 inches! No other chock works this well for larger tire spacings. The X-Chock can be ordered individually and as a pair. We recommend getting the pair simply because stabilizing one side of your travel trailer or fifth wheel is less effective than both sides. The X-Chock Extended can be ordered individually. Each item comes with a ratchet used to tighten and loosen the stabilizers. Best of all, they’re made in the USA!

  • As opposed to other chocks, the X-Chock works with the tires’ natural movement instead of against them.
  • Plated ratchet wrench with comfort bumper included.
  • Lightweight, easy to store.
  • Lockable for added security with optional 92-9047 Pad Lock.


PPL Motorhomes Cuddles for Kids Teddy Bear Drive

It’s that time of year again, and it’s one of my favorites. It’s our Annual Cuddles for Kids Teddy Bear Drive and I feel it is one of our most important events of the year. With the holidays coming up, we always like to donate to less-fortunate kids all across Texas. Again this year, we’re doing our Cuddles for Kids Teddy Bear Drive. For years, police officers have collected and distributed teddy bears to give to children to comfort them at a crime or accident scene. These bears often become the child’s best friend. We will be accepting teddy bear donations for this worthy cause. Last year, we donated over 1,000 bears and we hope to increase the donation to 1,200 bears with your help. To kick off this year’s drive, we will donate 1 teddy bear for every RV sold in November and December. You can also participate by donating a bear (or several). Rather than purchasing bears and sending them to us, you may simply visit our donation page and enter the number of bears you want to contribute. We will collect the bears for the Missouri City Police Department and the Houston Police and Clergy Team. We will also be collecting donations at both of our locations:

  • 10777 South Freeway, Houston, TX,
  • 5270 IH-35 North, New Braunfels, TX

I can’t tell you how important a simple stuffed animal can be for a child who is caught up in a violent, or abusive home life. An officer who is able to gain the trust of a child with a simple teddy bear gives that child more than just a toy. It not only gives them a moment of happiness, it gives them hope while at the same time letting them know that they are loved and will be taken care of. That simple token of trust can mean the world to that child at that moment.

No child should have to endure adult problem. They deserve to have their childhood uninterrupted with the selfishness that is a by product of domestic problem. Please donate a bear using the link above. There is a child and a police officer who can use your help.