Some of us in this RV lifestyle do not travel in Recreational Vehicles…we are truly mobile homes. As such the RV is our permanent address, our bed every night, and our table for most meals. With that idea in mind, those folks tend to have a slimmed down list of possessions with all the essentials plus a few luxuries, keepsakes, and heirlooms. Even those of us who are part-timers in the RV have had to park, at one point or another, in an area we would politely call “Sketchy”. Now imagine doing that with your home which is filled with all your treasures…whether they be your insurance and tax papers, wills, firearms, jewelry, laptops, etc etc etc. How secure would you feel about those items while you were parked in a less than ideal spot for the night?
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To help ease that feeling of…well…unease, I’d like to suggest you install a small safe to store those valuable in. We offer an electronic safe by Dometic called the MD 390 RH. It’s small enough to be unobtrusive, yet large enough to store a 17″ laptop. They’re fairly light as well, weighing in at thirty one pounds. With as light a weight as that, they can be floor mounted or even wall mounted. The cool thing about them is that they are fully programmable and you can use from 4-6 numbers in your access code. Needless to say, you can change this code as often as you like. If I remember correctly the interior size is just over a cubic foot which is perfect for all your important documents, spare cash, jewelry, even a handgun if you don’t have a gun safe in your RV. It’s powder coated to prevent corrosion, and felt lined to prevent damage do your valuables. We have them up at the website and if you’re interested in learning more, click HERE.
How cool would it be to have a real chandelier in your RV? Granted they tend to take up a fair bit of room and you’d probably bump your head on it, or knock it down and cuss it from one end of the RV to the other….but…wouldn’t it be cool to have one just for the added ambiance during a nice sit-down dinner with the hubby?
Well the folks at Heng’s have come up with a light ring called the “RV Chandelier” that mounts around the base of your air vents. You have your choice of either cool white light or warm white light and the option of using a clear bezel or a diffuser. Just imagine you’re sitting down to a romantic dinner…the kids and grandkids are hundreds and hundreds of miles away, you two are at your favorite campsite, you’ve cooked up a special dinner…now wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those vent ring chandeliers with the warm white light and the diffuser to help set the mood?
Another awesome thing about this light rig is that it uses LEDs, so you’re getting good bright light (when you want it) and the fixtures aren’t adding heat to the inside of the RV. The rings are easy to install also, and they operate off of 12V. If it were me I’d buy one for each vent and hook them up to their own independent dimmer switches, that way I’d have full control over how much “ambiance” my RV is soaked in. Wouldn’t be good to have everything so dang ambient that I stubbed my toe or tripped over something you know!
Anyhow, swing by the website and check out these fixtures, they’re super cool. Oh, and we’ve got them on sale until July. You can learn all about them right here. And don’t forget to come by the websote before you hit the road, we’re happy to get you all fixed up!
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Sorry if this blog is old news for you long-time RV’rs but there are so many new owners of RV’s out there I thought maybe they would find these tips useful. It’s Full Summer out there people, so today we’re going to discuss different common sense ways to help keep the RV cool during this hot weather.
I once saw an old man holding hands with what I assumed was his granddaughter in a Randall’s parking lot here in Houston, Texas. the little girl was asking him why he parked so far from the store when there were empty spots closer, and the grandfather said, “Because our spot is in the shade.” If you folks are new to Texas, or new to summer RV’ing, you should do your absolute best to park that sucker in the shade every time. Just that slight reduction in direct sunlight can make a huge difference, ESPECIALLY if your RV is painted in darker colors.
This may seem too simple to be true, but if you’re in an exposed parking spot try to park the RV with the awning on the west side. Then run it out and it will block a large chunk of afternoon sun from shining in the windows. While you’re at it, keep the rest of the window shades drawn to keep the sun from being as effective at warming the ambient air inside the RV.
Remember your grandmother’s house before they put in the window unit air conditioners? Or maybe your great-grandmother’s house? Or if you’re too young, perhaps you’ve been to the state capitol up in Austin? You might have noticed lot of the doors in those pre-AC days were built with transoms above them to help the house have good airflow through it. You can do the same in your RV using the vents to prevent a lot of heat from building up inside the RV while you’re out running errands or having that summer fun.
Swing by our website and have a look through our climate control, AC gear, vents, and awnings and we’d be glad to help you get that RV cooler!
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One of my favorite memes these days is a photo of a group of 20 Somethings walking down the street all of them doing something on their smartphones and the caption reads, “Where are you gonna stare at your phone this weekend?” I have a smartphone, and I use it when I need to but I guess I’m old enough not to stare at it like the gateway to some magical dimension…BUT…devices are here to stay and nobody can put that genie back in the bottle I’m afraid. So now that we’re all ready to live in modern times, the fact of the matter is this: our lives are electric.
iPods, iPads, smartphones, portable DVD players, laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, etc etc etc…everything needs charging when you’re traveling right? Used to be tensions would rise over who got to use the cigarette lighter socket to charge their flip phones, but we’ve come a long way since then baby. Now it’s not just the cigarette lighter socket chargers everyone needs…it’s USB plugs.
Well let me introduce you to a very nifty gadget. It’s called the Powercube and it speaks every language of charging. 5 devices can be charged at the same time, and it’s able to detect what voltage is required automatically! With three USB ports and two conventional wall outlet style sockets, all you’ll have to worry about is getting all the charging wires tangled up. Now this is the perfect thing to bring on a trip when you’re traveling with teenagers! If they’re still using devices with an actual keyboard, all you’ll hear is the dull clack of the keys. If that’s too noisy, buy ’em a touchscreen!
If you’re interested in one of these chargers, we have them on sale. And all the information you need is right HERE. Happy charging!
Guess what? When the newness and fun of license plate bingo, or the alphabet game has worn off, or if reading in the car makes the grandkids feel a little queasy…sometimes you have to turn to technology. Do you know what will make a fairly quiet roadtrip with a car full of kids? In-Motion satellite TV. Stream the Cartoon Network for a little bit and the ones that don’t fall asleep will be paying rapt attention. Those in-motion antennas used to be fairly bulky and kind of loud when they were tracking satellites, but the newer generation are smaller, lighter and quieter as well.
We’ve got some of Wingard’s T4 in-motion satellite antennas on sale here at PPL for almost $300 off if you’re interested in keeping the kiddos happy, or if you’re one of those folks who reaches their destination and doesn’t want to waste all that time getting the antenna set up and aligned properly. These things are great. They really are as easy as pushing a button. Not only that, but if it’s not your turn to drive it’s awful nice to take a break every now and then and catch a show.
These antennas are compatible with DIRECTV, or Dish HD, or Bell TV depending on which network you’re subscribed to. And they’re actually pretty sleek looking…almost streamlined, which will save some wear and tear. They also are smaller than the old ones, taking up a smaller portion of the roof with their reduced footprint. Since the newer motors are smaller and more efficient, and the tracking algorithms have been updated to match the new technology, locking onto a satellite and maintaining uplinks is so much simpler. If you’re interested in learning more, or want to know details on the sale, click right HERE. And don’t forget to hit us up before you hit the trail, we’ll be glad to help in any way we can!
I suppose in the past there were phrases that would strike dread into the hearts of everyone who heard them. Phrases like: “Honey, the Smiths next door have The Plague” or “Darling, I just heard the Mongols are headed this way or “Snoogums, we just got a letter from the IRS”. Well I have one you can add to that list that is worse: “SUGAR, THE A/C IS OUT!”
Texas summers are world renowned for being just a little bit special when it comes to heat. Heck, summer takes up four seasons here in Texas! The rest of the country has regular old Summer, but we here in Texas have “Almost Summer”, “Summer”, “Still Summer”, and when all that is over we have our fourth season “August”. So hearing the news that the A/C is out is almost enough to make you pack your bags and mosey on north to find out where I-35 ends. But before you get to packing, and sweating while you do it, I have an alternative solution.
Replace that old, no-account, nappin’ on the job air conditioner with a new Coleman Mach Air Conditioner. They’re pretty inexpensive and brother they pump out the cold. Depending on what size RV or travel trailer you have, Coleman has an A/C to match. They easily install into a standard 14″ roof hatch, run on 115V, and come in either ducted or non-ducted models. If it were me, I’d buy the highest rated BTU unit, then get another one, crank ’em both on high and just revel in the cool. That way I wouldn’t need any ice in my tea, Ha!
If you’re interested in learning more about these units, click right here and you’ll be whisked away to our website where you’ll even find them on sale. There’s nothing worse than trying to fall asleep on a Texas Summer night when the A/C is out, so let’s get the RV coooooooooooooool!
Have you ever watched the endless minute adjustments being made by folks who may not use their fifth wheel hitch very often? Forward, reverse, forward, reverse, forward, reverse, pull out, readjust, start over. It’s even worse when they’re driving a long bed truck and the adjustments have to be amplified to counteract the longer pivot. Sometimes I just want to go knock on the window and ask if I can hitch ’em up real quick so these folks can get down the road, but I can never decide whether or not that would be rude or helpful. As they get more and more frustrated, you can just imagine them cursing the hitch, the truck, and the trailer.
Well I’m here to ease that frustration in a not-rude, very helpful sort of way today! For you long-bed truck having, fifth wheel trailer dragging folks who are tired of feeling like you’re wasting your time getting hitched up, Pullrite has an awesome light weight, high mounted fifth wheel hitch that will be the answer to your prayers! First of all the hitch is touted as the easiest fifth wheel hitch in the entire industry to couple. Secondly, it IS light, weighing in at only 52 lbs which means the UPS guy won’t even break a sweat lugging it to your door. And thirdly, what Pullrite has done in the engineering of this hitch is incredible.
What they’ve done is combine the functions of the hitch plate, rocker arm, and crossmember into the king pin adapter, which clamps to the trailer’s king pin and mounts an upside down ball hitch. Then, a gooseneck coupler is mounted upside down onto a base which attaches to most industry rails (unless it has the bole mounted in the middle, call for details). A funnel is mounted to the gooseneck coupler so instead of fine-tuning your long bed truck, all you have to do is contact the ball with any portion of the funnel and you’re all hitched up! Plus, the funnel and ball are completely visible from the cab! How easy is that? They are available right HERE. You’re welcome!
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I can’t remember if we’ve ever talked about hail. Of so, it’s been a long, long, long time and we might as well hit it again. So here we are mid-spring, the weather has been mostly wonderful. Central Texas, and North Texas too, have had some pretty powerful weather over the course of the spring and that belt of the state from north of Austin to the Red River gets strong storms pretty regularly. I still remember when Jarrell got wiped out by a tornado back in the 90’s. So what do you do when those storms are coming and they’re bringing hail and damaging winds with them?
Now it’s almost a cliche about RVs and travel trailers being beaten up by bad weather, but there is nothing more important than the well being of yourself and your loved ones. If weather is headed your way, and you don’t have time to get moving out of it’s path, your absolute best option is to seek shelter. That applies whether it’s straight-line winds, severe lightning, floods, hail, etc etc etc. Find yourself a sturdy, permanent structure if possible and get inside. Then keep away from windows and wait it out.
So you’ve made it through the storm and you’re looking your RV over immediately afterwards and it has taken a beating. We here at PPL can help you get it back to looking it’s best with replacement for all that damaged stuff up on top. I’m talking about replacements for refrigerator vent covers, vent lids, A/C shrouds, plumbing vent caps, and if you have punctures we even have self-adhesive rubber roof repair kits. Chances are if you have antennas mounted up top, they’ve taken a beating too. It’s amazing the amount of stuff we have up there that kind of gets forgotten about. So if you’ve gone through some severe weather, survey your RV or trailer, than call us and let us know how we can help you get back on the road!
Let’s admit it, sometimes we all procrastinate. For example, let’s say you’ve got a trip coming up where you’re going to take your beloved RV all the way across the country to some far-off destination where you get to go-see-do all kinds of neat stuff. The destination is wonderful and you’ve told all your friends what you’re going to do. You have the whole thing mapped out right? Well…maybe just the first night or so. You haven’t quite found a campsite out there in the middle because it doesn’t seem like many of the campgrounds out there have a website and you’ve been too busy to call.
When you finally do get around to calling, the person on the other end of the phone reserves you a spot but doesn’t inspire much confidence in you that they understand what you want or need or what you’re even doing there. Once you finally arrive at the campground a little while later, you could swear you can hear banjo music and you start thinking about running away as fast as you can like Ned Beatty should have done in the movie “Deliverance”. But you’re tired after a long day’s travel and now you’re stuck for the night. Thank goodness your RV is equipped with a permanently mounted surge protector because it looks like these folks have only recently even heard of electricity, much less know how to wire up the pedestal.
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Which brings me to the point. Mount a surge protector, or bring a portable one with you, so you know that your RV or travel trailer’s electrical circuits will be protected. Over voltage, under voltage, power surges, open neutrals, etc etc etc can all wreak havoc with your electrical system. Protect your investment, and prevent that awful burning smell by just installing that surge protector between your RV and the campground owner’s cousin’s wiring job on that pedestal, we’ve got them in stock right HERE!
OK, this could quite possibly be one of the most boring topics I could possibly write about, yet is a topic I hear the most grumbling about: leveling your trailer.
Now, while getting your trailer level certainly isn’t rocket science, it can cause some headaches and probably a few less than family friendly words to exit your mouth as you try AGAIN to level your jacks.
Enter the ReVo Trailer Leveler. This handy device for your RV is not only simple to use, but it’s also a fantastic time-saver and headache remedy.
- Easy set-up. No need for the trailer to be level to install.
- Works regardless of the terrain.
- Mounting bracket (nest) installed with outdoor permanent tape.
- No drilling required.
- Protective pouch included for storage of unit when not in use.
- 12 vdc charger and cable is included, stored inside Revo Leveler
The ReVo Leveler takes the guesswork out of leveling travel trailers and fifth wheels. The leveler itself is mounted on either side of your RV using a simple adhesive mounting bracket. When operating, the leveler will indicate the amount of blocking under the wheels in tenths of inches to level the trailer side to side. That’s right, I said “in tenths of inches”. As we all know, even being off a half an inch from level can cause things to roll off of counters and table tops. So, you can see how the ReVo Leveler’s range of measurement really takes out the usual guessing that goes into leveling your RV.
Did I mention how easy it is to use? Really easy. The indication arrows are large and can be seen in the rear view mirror of your tow vehicle. Just drive up on the blocks and it will show when level is reached. Even better, when you disconnect , the height is stored before unhooking and will restore height when it’s time to hook up again. Once unhooked, the ReVo Leveler will indicate when front to back level is reached.
That’s serious stress-free leveling every time. Check out the ReVo Leveling Device here.