I have heard more helpful hints and ideas and I’m always amazed at the creativity of RVers. At the same time I realized that some of the creativity is out of necessity or the knowledge and hint is because of a horrible experience. One such story came form a customer who was in my shop recently having to replace her holding tank because it was too clogged up. That’s right, remove and replace the holding tank. This is not a cheap fix, folks.
Well, we all know that you need to use RV toilet paper and not the extra soft stuff. Wait. No one said anything about not using the Kleenex, or Cottonelle wipes or make-up removers and flushing them. After all, they do say, “flushable”, right? Wrong. That one little word, “flushable”, that my customer thought put them in the clear, in fact, did not. It likely contributed significantly to the mess of clogging they had. It cost them over $1,000 to replace their holding tank. What might be OK for the city sewer system is not necessarily OK for your RV’s septic system.
This was their first RV and, like the rest of us, wanted to have all of the conveniences of home. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include “flushable” products. They learned a tough lesson the expensive way. Don’t make the same mistake. You are much better erring on the side of safety and only using RV categorized toilet tissue. Trust us on this…it’s a messy and expensive lesson to learn.
Have you ever heard that ear splitting, screeching and grinding noise when you’re backing up, or maybe you’ve heard it every single time you’ve pulled into a fairly steep driveway, or even bottoming out going over road humps. That screech sounds expensive doesn’t it? Your poor undercarriage is getting beat up, the road or driveway is getting beat up too…there has to be a solution… right?
Well, you never need to worry about grinding grooves in the pavement or dinging up your drag bars, hitch, or rear end of your RV again. Simply install some of our Skid Wheels to the rear to protect your undercarriage from damage. We offer different sizes and diameter wheels to cover the full range of ground clearance and weight limits. These wheels are sturdy and can be easily bolted or welded in place, and they’ll begin protecting your rear stabilizing jacks, tow hitch, drag bars, and any other items that can strike the pavement on bumpy roads or steep inclines. These also work great on 5th wheels. Maintenance is simple as well, each wheel is supplied with grease fittings to help keep the rubber spinning. All mounting hardware is also included.
Remember these wheels are an aid in preventing damage, but they will not solve angle problems. Treating the RV gently is still the key because any metal will bend if it’s hit hard enough. With these wheels installed, you should still drive with the same caution you used prior to installation and that metal in the back will last longer and require less maintenance. So drive smart, drive safe, take precautions and enjoy your RV for years to come without having to add unnecessary, time consuming, costly repairs.
That’s all for today y’all, hope you’re enjoying the fall weather and hitting the road RV style! Please visit us at www.pplmotorhomes.com for all your parts and accessories!
At some point in your driving career, you’ve probably been heading down the road and noticed somebody that was pulling a trailer of some kind and it was wiggling. That wiggling is called sway, and it can become very very dangerous. In extreme cases the fishtailing motion of the trailer can become so great that the trailer will move out of line far enough to be side on to the direction of travel and cause the trailer and tow vehicle to flip.
So I thought I’d pass along some pointers, tips, and items that will help prevent this from occurring. The primary cause of trailer sway is poor weight distribution, either from weight being concentrated forward or aft of the axles, an off balance load where weight is concentrated on one side or another, or even the wheel base of the tow vehicle comes into play. Sway can be exacerbated by speed, tire inflation on the trailer, or something as seemingly insignificant as the distance between the trailer hitch and the axles.
To help prevent sway the following must be part of your checklist:
Make sure the weight on the trailer is evenly distributed
Ensure the tow hitch is adjusted properly
Install anti-sway equipment, and make sure it’s working properly
Drive defensively, and that means other traffic AND weather
Be extra vigilant if your trailer is not equipped with brakes
Here‘s a video demonstrating how anti-sway hitches work.
So we’ve done all we can to ensure that the chances of sway are minimized, but what do you do if sway starts? Gradually slow down, add a little trailer brake (if installed), and don’t accelerate are all good options, but the EASIEST way to eliminate trailer sway is to eliminate the trailer and buy a motorhome from PPL Motorhomes!
Traveling by RV is a way of life for a lot of us. We enjoy getting out in nature, exploring new parts of the country and spending time with our families. When we’re out for an extended period of time, we can tend to encounter some ‘smells’ that we’d rather not deal with, namely the ‘rotten egg’ smell of our holding tanks. Lucky for RVers, there’s a great product that removes that odor and let’s you continue enjoying your vacation.
Odorlos is a safe, non-toxic holding tank additive that neutralizes the odor coming from it. How does it work, you ask? It introduces a nitrogen-based additive into the tank which then attacks the odor causing agents and processes them. That means no holding tank odor! Odorlos also breaks down all waste and tissue as well as lubricating the inlet and outlet valves for your tank. All of this while being 100% biodegradable and accepted by all campgrounds across the nation.
11 Great reasons to choose naturally effective Odorlos
Safe and effective in all RV and marine holding tank and septic tank systems
Approved by all campgrounds
Accelerates breakdown of paper and solid matters, helping to prevent clogs that can lead to costly repairs
Lubricates valves with every treatment
Scent-free – eliminates odors without harmful masking perfumes
Formaldehyde-free, non-toxic and non-corrosive
Stores easily regardless of conditions
Unlimited shelf life
Effective even in a high heat environment
What you won’t find in Odorlos
Formaldehyde, a poisonous chemical that kills bacteria – including the good kind – and stops the break-down process
Deodorants and fragrances, chemicals that just mask smell instead of eliminating it
Enzymes, an ingredient that takes too long to work and may actually increase the production of odors
Bacteria, which have limited shelf lives (especially in high heat). (Plus, you already have plenty of bacteria in waste, why pay for more?)
Looking for an easy way to carry that spare tire conveniently on your RV? We have a great solution. BAL now offers the Hide-A-Spare Tire Storage System that allows you to mount the bulky tire beneath your trailer and out of the way. This system is very easy to mount and if you ever require access to the spare tire, simple to remove. This sturdy bracket attaches to the undercarriage of the RV or trailer allowing easy access to your spare tire.
We all know that I like to carry lots of ‘stuff’ when we travel. With that being said, storage space is always an issue. A cargo basket makes it easier for us to carry more necessities. If you carry a bike rack or a cargo tray, a bulky spare tire can make that a challenge, sometimes even force you to remove the spare tire completely. We all know that’s a bad idea, getting stuck on the road with no spare tire is an RVers nightmare. Instead of taking your spare tire off, or hiding it inside your RV, just mount it underneath!
The Hide-A-Spare also prevents dry rot and sun damage to your spare tire, by keeping it out of the sun and away from the elements, your spare tire will last longer! Plus, no need to worry about losing a spare tire cover having it blown off or getting ripped in transit.
Installing the Hide-A-Spare is quick and painless. It comes with self-tapping screws and 2 mounting plates that need to be attached to the undercarriage. Once they are attached, there’s a hand-tightened screw that holds the spare tire up off of the ground. If you need access to the spare tire, undo the hand-tightened screw and it telescopes out so you can get to it quickly and get back on the road. I have even had some customers tell me this is the perfect place to store their car dolly spare tire, too.
Fresh, clean drinking water is more important than ever for the RVer. Water in RV parks comes from several sources. From well water, to city water, no two parks have the same taste or water quality just like no two households do.
Changing your water filter is as critical in the RV as changing your air filters on your AC unit. If you do not have a water filter built into your RV, then make sure you are using one on the outside for all water coming into the unit.
Culligan makes a pair of inline filters to attach to the outside that are very cost effective and good for up to 2,000 gallons or one RV season.
Camco makes the Evo water filter which is also an outdoor use water filter. It will make a difference in the quality of your water and greatly reduce your chlorine intake. The Hydro-Life HL-170 Under Sink filter is designed for cold water lines under your bathroom or kitchen sink.
If you’re looking for bottled water quality in your RV, the Everpure Purification Kit is the way to go. It removes harmful cysts, bad tastes and odors, plus chlorinates/de-chlorinates and kills bacteria and viruses.
After a long day of being outside, swimming in the lake, or hiking through some tough trails, there’s not a lot of things better than a nice relaxing shower to take all the dirt and stink off. Sometimes, there’s a new stink after we shower, and it’s the water from the shower. That smell of chlorine is hard to get rid of and pretty soon it’s everywhere. Not only does it smell, but it also leaves your skin and hair dry. That’s why I’ve put Culligan’s shower head filter on our shower head. The ISH-200 attaches easily to the existing standard ½-inch shower arm at one end and then to the existing shower head at the other, without affecting the height or positioning of the shower head. The Culligan ISH-200 allows any standard chrome shower head to be converted to a filtered shower head.
With Spring coming just around the corner, it’s time to make sure your RV is in working order and ready to head out for a long weekend. Checking and replacing your water filters is a big step in the right direction.
Right now as I type this, North Texas is bracing themselves for one heck of a cold snap. It got me thinking about gear that gets me through my Winter RVing. I was introduced to a product a couple of years ago and have been promoting it, knowing it was a good product if you need it. This product is the Camco Cold Weather Water Hose. I live in Houston, Texas and it just doesn’t get that cold here. In the past 30 years, there has only been one winter where we had to worry about wrapping pipes and pipes freezing. We sell so many of these hoses for RVers and for agricultural use, but I never really thought about it until last week.
A dear friend of mine just moved from the warmth of the Rio Grande Valley to Blue Eye, Missouri. She purchased a great Montana 5th wheel with a Canadian artic package so she thought she was prepared for all weather. As a Christmas/House warming gift, I gave her a 12’ heated water hose and jokingly told her this might come in handy. She arrived last week in Missouri and her trailer was delivered the next day. Within 24 hours of her arrival, the big arctic blast hit that area of the country and hit it hard. She emailed me to say she was the only person in the RV park with running water. Everyone else had to disconnect their hoses and prepare for the hard freeze. She told me it was the greatest gift she could have ever received.
After hearing her story, I decided to share it with all of you. We have had an unusually cold December and winter is just beginning. Check out this awesome product. It may be the “hottest” RV item you have!! Stay warm and make memories in your RV!
Oh, if I could avoid writing about this subject I would, however, being an RVer, maintaining your sewer hoses and septic system is of paramount importance. Luckily at PPL Motorhomes we offer some of the best hoses in the business, like the ones manufactured by RhinoFLEX.
RhinoFLEX Sewer Hoses are made of HTS (a high tensile strength formula) that is tough, flexible, and stays in place when you set it up. The 10′ hose compresses to just a 32″ long rigid pipe that iseasy to handle and store. Pull it apart, and it can be shaped to fit your situation. Best of all, it stays that way! No need to worry about stabilizing it with sticks or rocks. Comprised of three wraps of vinyl over steel-wire core pinholes and other leaks caused by rough scrapes and abrasions are minimized. RhinoFLEX hoses come in 10′ and 15′ lengths, plus a 5′ extension with adapter. These hoses fit all standard 3″ fittings.
Now, here comes the dirty talk. Maintaining your septic system and hoses is a dirty, disgusting and dangerous job…so let Dad do it! Kidding!!! Really if you take the proper precautions, you should be fine. Still, I am amazed at the health risks that people will take when handling their sewer hose and black water connections. Remember to use disposable latex gloves for this job. These are the kind of gloves that are used by paramedics, doctors and nurses. You see them used on TV all the time by crime scene investigators. These gloves are inexpensive and disposable. I keep a box of them in our RV at all times.
If you have any questions or comments about septic systems, or the parts contained there-in, don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes.We’re not shy, or embarrassed to have this conversation with you and answer any question you may have. Remember, having a properly functioning system is not only good for the environment, it’s good for your health!
OK, let’s say that you went ahead and did it; you finally took the plunge and bought the family a consignment RV (hopefully it was from PPL Motorhomes). Let me tell you, you are going to love it! But, before you hit the road, there may be a few things that might need a little attention first, hoses being one of them. Specifically your drinking water hose.
Think about it. If you just bought a used RV, would you really want to keep the water hose that came with the RV? Who knows what that may have been used for? You are much better off just replacing it. So, what would you use? Would you use the green garden hose from your house? No way, the garden hoses are not manufactured to be used for drinking water. The white hoses from brands like Apex are made of a safe material to be used for drinking.
While you’re at it, take a look at how to sanitize your fresh water tank too. These are just a few of the things that you’ll need to do to make your RV adventures more memorable…in a good way.
So, what’s one of the very first things you should do when you purchase a used RV? Right! Simply change the drinking water hose and replace it with a quality Apex hose from PPL Motorhomes. Hoses are available at both out Houston RV Parts Supercenter and New Braunfels…and, of course, on the website!!
We all wish we could take our RVs out more than we do. If I could get away every weekend, I would. Heck, I might even spend more time in my RV than in my house. But unfortunately, we have jobs, kids, and responsibilities that force us to keep our RV locked up in storage or sitting in our driveways for what feels like forever. It happens, life can affect your RV schedule at any time, after all, RVing is a time-consuming process and it can be hard to make time once or twice a month to head out to a campsite. We understand and we’re guilty ourselves. But, there’s no excuse for letting your tires rot in front of your eyes while your RV sits there and waits for you.
Your RV’s tires are sitting there absorbing the sun’s rays and getting weaker and weaker as we speak. Unless they are covered! Good quality wheel covers will help your tires last longer and eliminate the damage done by UV rays from sitting there in the blistering hot sun. Driving on sun-damaged and dry-rotted tires is a very dangerous proposition and could even cause a blowout! I’ve heard way too many stories of RVers being stranded on the highway because they thought their tires were OK, when in fact, they were damaged and unsafe.
Anytime your RV will be sitting for any period of time, I suggest covering up those tires and keeping the UV rays from the sun off of them. It’ll keep your tires ready to roll next time you gather everyone and head out for a weekend. Always double check your tires to see if they’ve been damaged, you’ll notice cracks on the sidewall if they are too dangerous to drive on. Don’t put your RV at risk, cover those tires!
Do you use wheel covers when you aren’t using your 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!