No one likes getting caught in storms, especially when you’re in your RV. Storms can make you feel like your being tossed around like a rag doll. But there’s more danger during a storm than just the wind, you’ve got to be careful and protect yourself from lightning surges, too. A surge in electricity can short out everything in your RV, your TV, computer, lights, and appliances. No one wants to replace a refrigerator unless absolutely needed. The bill for a new refrigerator can run you up in the thousands!
But that’s not all you have to worry about, you’ve got to protect yourself from poorly wired electrical connections at your RV campsites. Some that are poorly maintained can surge without warning and have you RVing in the dark in no time. Luckily enough, we carry a line of surge protectors that save you from losing your electronics. Surge Guard protectors are made for 30 amp and 50 amp connectors, so you can carry one with you wherever you go!
Beware of the pedestal! Inconsistent power at RV campsites can cause significant damage to your expensive electronic components. Check out the quality of shoreline power with the Surge Guard Surge Protectors, minimizing potential conditions that can damage equipment.
- Identifies faulty park power plus offers the indicated Joules of surge protection.
- Analyzes circuits to verify pedestal power.
- Indicators illuminate to show power status.
- Tests for and indicates:
- Open ground
- Open neutral
- Correct polarity
Model 44750 is a 30 amp portable surge protector with Ground Fault interrupt.
- Automatically shuts off the power when ground faults are present
- Requires manual reset after a ground fault.
- Weather resistant.
- Convenient plug disconnect handles.
- Most economically priced protection.
- 510 Joules of power surge protection
Photo Courtesy of Wunderground.com
I know it’s hot out there, but don’t worry, relief is coming! Autumn will be here before you know it and we’ll all be able to go outside without sweating to the point of dripping off of our heads and arms. Once fall gets here we get to experience one of the most wonderful things to happen for nature-lovers: the changing of the colors. Fall is a great time to get your RV out of the driveway and take it to somewhere you’ve never been and admire the yellows, golds and reds that come out after it’s cooled off a little bit. Here are some of the best places in Texas to visit once we get out of Summer.
I’ve written about Tyler State Park in the past, and that’s always a good start, but there’s so much more to explore in the wooded East Texas lands. Start looking for smaller cities that are surrounded by forestry. Cities like Lumberton, Grapeland, Marshall, Pittsburg and Rusk all have a lot to offer when it comes to seeing the colors change. There are plenty of lakes and you’re never too far away from a great BBQ joint to get a good rack of ribs.
Any area that has vineyards is a great Fall vacation spot, not only because of the wine, but because of the sights! To make quality wines, you have to have nutrient-rich soil that is also a perfect location for some colorful changes in the trees. Maples, sumacs, chinaberries and cottonwoods are everywhere you look, so you you can enjoy a glass of wine AND take in the sights of Fall. Sounds like a winner to me!
One of the best places to visit in huge expanse of West Texas is McKittrick Canyon, about 100 miles east of El Paso. If you’re looking to get out of civilization and enjoy some peace and quiet, this is the place to do it. Being surrounded by bigtooth maple, walnut, ash, oak, and the Texas madrone trees while they are changing colors will only make it even more worthwhile.
Where are your favorite Fall spots?
Labor Day is just around the corner and you don’t want to be caught without the best accessories that makes your life a heck of a lot easier. There’s nothing like spending a 3-day weekend out on the lake, with some friends, with a cooler of your favorite drinks. We’ve got a nifty new product from Dometic that would be perfect for your Labor Day weekend, or any other weekend, for that matter! They manufacturer a portable electric cooler/warmer that keeps food and drinks at the temperature you set. Can you think of a time when you’ve needed to keep your food warm? I can! We cook hamburgers and hot dogs often and instead of letting them sit out and get cold, forcing us reheat them by turning the grill back on, we keep them in one of these cooler/heaters so the kids can come and go as they please and enjoy a hot lunch whenever they can pull themselves away from the lake. It uses no ice and operates on a 12 or 24 volt DC. If you want to use it in the house or on the go, it also comes with a 120-volt AC adapter. It keeps cold food between 32ºF to 60ºF and hot foods 118ºF to 150ºF. These coolers/heaters are ideal for RVing, camping, tailgating, picnics, potlucks, office, dorm rooms or commercial trucks. Check out some of these great features!
- Seven-stage temperature regulation for cooling and heating.
- Memory function saves most recent setting.
- Power-Save circuitry switches on when desired temperature is reached for energy efficiency.
- Easy to read LED temperature display.
- Membrane keypad protects electronics from dust and moisture.
- Easy-access detachable lid with magnetic lock and sturdy fold-away handle.
- Polyurethane foam insulation and durable, lightweight injection molded body.
- 33 liter capacity.(1.17 cuft)
- Dimensions: 18 1/2″H x 21 5/8″W x 14 7/8″D
- Weight: 22.5 lbs.
Check out the Dometic Portable Electric Cooler/Heater!
Photo Courtesy of tpwd.state.tx.us.
There’s something very calming about East Texas. Maybe it’s the trees, or the slower pace of living that happens out there. If you are looking to get away from it all for a few days, maybe even a week, then you really can’t go wrong with East Texas. Plenty of pine trees, lakes to take your jet skis out on, open land to take your ATV for a spin, open roads to take your motorcycle for a Sunday drive to nowhere in particular. One of the most popular parks in East Texas is Tyler State Park.
If you’re an outdoor nut, then you’ll be glad to know that there are over 13 miles of hiking trails to get your exercise in and explore the Piney Woods. If you’re so inclined, you can take your mountain bike out for a spin and see some great views of the lake and surrounding wooded areas.
For the fisherman in your family, they’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of crappie, perch, catfish and bass in the lake, just waiting for you to catch out of the 64 acre, spring-fed lake. You can fish off of one of the 3 piers or set your boat adrift and head to the middle of the lake for less competition.
For all of us RVers, there are plenty of spaces available for our rigs that include electricity, sewer and water, but you should probably call ahead in advance, this time of year is usually the busiest and if you don’t make reservations, you may end up searching for a boondocking spot or one of the RV parks a couple of miles away.
Next time you’re considering where you want to take your next vacation, consider Tyler State Park. You won’t regret it!
Cabin in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. photo from: http://www.afltriptalks.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/DSCN0569-Palo-Duro-Canyon-TX.jpg
A lot of people drive through the Panhandle section of Texas on I-40, see only empty, flat land and they can’t wait to get to New Mexico or those first hills in Oklahoma. One of the old jokes is that this part of Texas is so flat, you could stand on a beer can and see the North Pole from there. Town names like Levelland and Plainview don’t help dispel that myth either, but I’m here to tell you that one of Texas’ most beautiful natural areas is right there, smack dab in the middle of the flat!
Palo Duro Canyon State Park. photo from: http://www.palodurocanyon.com/
Palo Duro Canyon State Park is what I’m referring to. It features topography, scenery, and out of this world beauty like you would not expect to see in Texas! It’s almost reminiscent of all those movies the late great John Ford shot in Monument Valley, Arizona. The canyon is reached from I-40 in Amarillo by turning south on I-27 until you reach Canyon, TX then heading east on 217 until you reach the park.
Palo Duro Canyon Cabin. photo from: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon/fees-facilities/cabins
Cabins are available for rent, although demand is high and supply is low, but they offer one of the best, most natural ways to visit this beautiful landmark. The cabins were built by the CCC in the 1930’s out of native materials and truly blend into the landscape and are very unobtrusive. All come with electricity and water, but 4 are fairly primitive and have restrooms nearby as well as no A/C. From these awesome cabins you can venture out into the park to hike, bike, photo, and climb to your heart’s content. A small deviation south of track is all you need to break the monotony of the Interstate and add some natural adventure to your travels! If you prefer to stay in your RV, hookups and campgrounds are available in Canyon, TX at the turnoff for the park.
What is your favorite Texas State Park? Leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear from you. As always, before youhit the road..hit PPLmotorhomes.com for all your RV’ing needs!
Arches National Park, UT. photo from: http://www.shedexpedition.com/southern-utah-usa-nature/
Today we’re going to explore southern Utah, home of some of the most amazing rock formations on Earth. If you’ve never been to this portion of Utah, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear that when you arrive, you’ll think you’re in a Roadrunner/Wile E Coyote cartoon! The only thing missing is your trusty ACME catalogue full of bank safes, anvils, giant rubber bands, and rocket shoes!
Zion National Park, UT. photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States
Today let’s pretend we’re headed up I-15 from Las Vegas, and we left Las Vegas with savings intact so there’s no need to have a temporary address in Mesquite, NV or St George, UT while we work for some gas money. Haaa! Anyhow the drive from Vegas to Cedar City, UT goes through some beautiful desert, past Lake Mead, up into the first of the Red Cliffs. To the west of the interstate is the aptly named Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, to the east of the interstate is Zion National Park (reached by heading east on Hwy 9).
Canyonlands National Park, UT. photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States
As we near Cedar City, UT you can turn right on Hwy 99 to reach Dixie National Forest, or continue north on I-15 until you reach I-70 north of Beaver, UT. When you head east on I-70 you’ll pass through Fish Lake National Forest and Manti-La Sal National Forest on your way to Hwy 191, which heads south into Moab, Arches National Park, and down to either Canyonlands National Park or on to Monument Valley and the Four Corners area. From this portion of the drive you can head down to Arizona, or over to New Mexico and Colorado.
What are your favorites spots in Utah? Please let us know in the comment section below, and we’ll check them out on our next trek through the Beehive State! And as always, before you hit the road, don’t forget to visit PPL Motorhomes for all your RV needs!
Don’t avoid it, you know you need a new one, you just don’t want to admit it. Your RV toilet needs to be replaced. The one you’ve got is leaky and cracked, causing spills and messes that you don’t want to clean up. Luckily enough, we’ve got a rebate coupon that’s good for our Thetford RV Toilets. So you can finally get your RV a new one! Take your pic of one of the 7 models we have and fill out a form and you’ll save $25!
Aqua Magic Residence
Aqua Magic Residence is Thetford’s premium lightweight toilet – and the type of innovation that you’ve come to expect from the RV industry’s only maker of lightweight RV toilets for nearly 50 years! These toilets are made of lightweight composite materials and the high quality constuction uses polymer welding technology that increases strength and durability.
All the luxury of Aria DeLuxe II in a pedal-flush model that needs no electrical hookup. Elongated full residential-size seat and china bowl.
Aria DeLuxe II
The permanent RV toilet, Aria Deluxe II, is a new classic in sculptured China! The aria deluxe II is a permanent RV toilet that has a One-touch Walk-Away electric flush! Fingertip convenience — just press to flush and walk away! Pulsating flush provides superior wash down and quiet performance. Uses about half as much water per flush as other brands.
Aqua Magic V
The Thetford Aqua Magic V is the most popular RV toilet product in North America. 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. This model is also available in high (17-2/5″) or low (12-9/10″) profiles to fit your specific space requirements.
The Bravura RV Toilet by Thetford is a stylish unit that can be used to replace most motor home, travel trailer, or 5th wheel toilets. The Bravura Toilet has a new sleek design that will give your RV added style that many RVers will appreciate.
Aqua Magic Style Plus
A truly beautiful china-bowl home-style replacement for almost any RV toilet on the road. Powerful full bowl flush coverage. Anti-microbial seat inhibits growth of odor-causing bacteria and mold. Taller seat height for greater convenience. Optional water saver. High-profile seat height is 17-1/8″, low is 13-1/4″.
Aqua Magic Style II
Combines luxury and economy with a homelike china bowl for a stylish upgrade. Thetford’s lightest china-bowl toilet ever! Features a single-pedal flush. High profile seat height is 17-1/8″. Low profile seat height is 13-1/4″. Available in White or Bone.
Photo courtesy of grillgrrrl.com
If there’s one thing that I can cook and please just about anyone, it’s hamburgers. Some people put cheese on them, some put mayo. Regardless of what you put on the burger, the centerpiece of a good burger is the meat. Here are a few burger recipes that you should try next time you’re out on a campsite.
1.5 – lbs of ground sirloin or ground round
1/2 – cup of chopped water chestnuts
1/2 – cup of teriyaki sauce
Combine meat and water chestnuts. Shape into 6 burgers and place into a glass baking dish. Pour teriyaki sauce over burgers. Marinate covered in refrigerator overnight. When ready to cook, cook on grill until your level of doneness.
Nana’s Perfect Burger
1 – lb of ground chuck
1 – egg
1/2 – teaspoon of salt
1/2 – teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 – cup of dry bread crumbs
Whisk egg, salt and pepper together. Pour into a mixing bowl with ground beef and bread crumbs. Use your hands to mix all ingredients together. Form 4 hamburger patties and cook over grill to your desired doneness. Enjoy!
Onion and Garlic Burgers
1 – lb ground chuck
1 – teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1 – garlic clove, minced
3 – tablespoons minced onions
1/2 – teaspoon of salt
1/4 – teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 – teaspoon Italian seasoning
Mix ingredients very well and form 4 hamburger patties. Cook over high heat for 6-7 minutes.
Ranch Onion Burgers
1 – pound ground beef
1/4 – cup of water
1/2 – package (1oz) of ranch dressing mix
1/2 – package (1oz) of dry onion soup mix
Mix all ingredients and form into 4 hamburger patties. Cook on medium-high heat for around 10 minutes. Using a meat thermometer, verify that meat is 160 degrees in the center.
These are just a couple of the ways that you can make a great burger for a group of people. Be sure and find us on Facebook and let us know of your favorite burger recipes.
Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park. photo from: http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/d/story/cedar-falls-at-petit-jean-state-park/41456/04JtOthtkUmCwE8Aqh09Kg
Fall is on the way, and a lot of folks like to hit the road and watch the leaves turn. Some of us can’t make it all the way to upstate New York in time, but central Arkansas will be a blaze of colors in the next few weeks, and that is a lot closer to Texas!
Hot Springs, AR in the fall. photo from: http://gardenandgun.com/article/hot-springs-arkansas
We’ll start today’s day trip in Hot Springs, AR. Hot Springs has been known as a spa town since the mid 1800’s due to the perceived medicinal qualities of the water coming out of several hot springs located in the vicinity. During the Prohibition Era, Hot springs became known as a vacation spot for Hollywood personalities and the underworld with the Arlington Hotel being a particular favorite of Al Capone. Hot Springs National Park borders the northern edge of town, but today we’re going to take the scenic route from Hot Springs out through the Ouachita National Forest, and up to Petit Jean State Park.
Lake Ouachita, AR. photo from: http://www.435mag.com/May-2013/A-Weekend-on-the-Water/
Lake Ouachita is a 40,000+ acre lakes surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. Fishing, boating, hiking, and camping are available as well as some of central Arkansas’s most stunning scenery, and is easily accessed on Hwy 270, west of Hot Springs. If water activities are not your thing, then continue west on 270 until you reach Hwy 27 at the western edge of the lake. Turn north on 27 and enjoy your drive up through the Ouachita National Forest. Turn east on Hwy 154 just north of Danville, and that will take you straight to Petit Jean State Park.
Inside the cave at Petit Jean. photo from: http://hennacornoelidays.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/within-the-cave.jpg
Petit Jean State Park is one of the prettiest parks in AR, in my opinion. There is hiking galore, caves, cliffs, canyons, water, all the things that make time spent outdoors worthwhile.
Where is your favorite getaway in Arkansas? Leave a comment below and tell us about it, we love exploring! Also, don’t forget to visit PPL MOTORHOMES before you hit the trail, and stock up on all those RV travel items.
BIGFOOT! photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson–Gimlin_film
Bigfoot might be real. It also might be a guy in a monkey suit pranking campers. But whatever your feelings on the myth/legend/fact of Bigfoot, a drive through Bigfoot Country in northern California is breathtaking. Why northern California? Because the most famous photo of “Bigfoot” was taken near Bluff Creek in Humboldt County, California. Before we depart, let me give you a little history behind Bigfoot in the Bluff Creek/Klamath River area. In 1958 a bulldozer operator made a cast of an enormous footprint he found near Bluff Creek and took the cast to the newspapers. Nine years later in 1967, the above image was taken as part of a film purporting to be the real Bigfoot walking through the woods…again near Bluff Creek.
Six Rivers National Forest, CA. photo from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Rivers_National_Forest
Bluff Creek is a day use area in the Six Rivers National Forest near California’s Redwood Coast. Possibly the most direct route off of I-5 is to take Hwy 299 west out of Redding through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, until it meets Hwy 96 and you turn north for Six Rivers. Or if you’d prefer a slower more scenic route, then head north up the coast on Hwy 101 north of San Francisco until you hit Hwy 299 between Eureka and Fieldbrook. Head east on 299 until you turn north on 96. Here in the National Forest hiking, fishing, camping, and all the wonderful outdoor activities are available. If you’re more adventurous, white water rafting is available on the Salmon River. If back country camping is your thing, head for the Siskiyou Wilderness. If you’re more of a take it easy and soak up nature type, then there are six distinct botanical areas available for your wandering…from Horse Mountain and Broken Rib, to Myrtle Creek or Bear Basin Butte, all the flora and fauna are represented for you to enjoy.
What’s your favorite natural part of the Golden State? Let us know in the comment section below! And for all your Bigfoot Repellent needs (tee hee) don’t forget to ask us over at: PPL Motorhomes!