If you haven’t camped in a National Park, you are certainly missing out on some of the most majestic and most protected natural environments in America. Billions of dollars go into the maintenance and beautification of our National Parks, so why not make them destinations on your trips? Take a road less traveled and plan a night or two in a National Park. Take a look at the NPS website below and really take a look at everything National Parks have to offer the RVers.
It’s pretty comprehensive, huh? How can you not want to visit a National Park soon? After all, your taxes are helping maintain the the parks themselves. There are 58 National Parks to choose from, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one to visit during your RV Adventures.
If you have any question and bout camping National Parks, don’t hesitate to contact PPL Motorhomes. We know a thing or two about visiting the National Park System and can probably recommend a great place to bring your RV.
There’s nothing like tubing down the Comal, or Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels, Texas. If you are a Texan, you either know about floating the rivers, or have done it yourself. You’ll see all walks of life out there, from the very old to the young all enjoying the sun and uniquely relaxing experience of sprawling out on a tube or raft. We just got back from out river adventure and had a wonderful time!
There are multiple different areas to access the rivers, especially the Guadalupe. There are also tons of tubing facilities offering everything from “toob” rentals, to river necessities, to free shuttles which take you to designated put-in areas on the rivers.
Of course, the area offers numerous RV facilities, as well as quite a few places to rent cabins directly on the rivers themselves. There are great restaurants, as well as places to catch live music at places like the Whitewater Amphitheater. There are some really great times to be had in New Braunfels and around the area.
If you’ve never been on a river trip, I can highly recommend it. Of course, I suggest that you spend a day on the rivers, but honestly, it isn’t necessary, there really are a ton of activities to do and things to see. Of course, one of those things is swinging by PPL Motorhomes to say. “Hi”!
The Songs of Nature. When I RV, that’s what I hear. All of her beautiful compositions from Nature’s instruments flowing through the moonlit nights far from city lights. The winds whistling through the tress in chorus, while the chipping of the frogs filled the air with lonely yips as they patiently waited for a response from across the pond. That’s what I hear when I sit quietly outside of my RV on these cooler evenings.
RVing allows me to slow down: to put on the brakes and start using my senses to listen to nature more, rather than some of the unnatural chaos of daily life. I can picture it even now. I pull down the awning, turn on my patio lights, unfold my lawn chair, sit back and relax with the beverage of my choice and just listen. It’s quiet. The noises I hear aren’t telephones and zooming cars, it’s the soft chirp of a cricket of in the distance and hey, that might have been the hoot of an owl…then it’s silent.
I could stare at the stars without the light from the city drowning them out. Go out far and dark enough until you’re amazed at the amount of stars that actually fill the night sky. This is what RVing gives me. The ability to recall that memory anytime I want, yes even amid that chaos I was previously referring to above.
All of that weekly stress can melt away with just one great weekend RVing. If you’ve never been, you should try. Talk to any RVer and ask them about their uncertainties, and they’ll quickly dismiss any of your fears as well. Swing by PPL Motorhome and take a look at a few of Houston’s consignment RVs. Plus we can answer any questions you may have about joining the RV lifestyle.
Every year, all across America families plan reunions in hopes of staying in touch with those who can sometimes be on the other side of the US. Summer is prime season for reunions too. The weather is generally nice, kids are out of school and people have been saving up their vacation time. I know all of us here at PPL Motorhomes look forward to reuniting with our family members ever summer.
What better place to hold a family reunion that at an RV Park? Generally the amenities that are provided will more than suffice for even larger reunions. Many parks across the United States have pools, activities, eating halls, picnic areas, covered pavilions and more. Not only do you have all of this at your disposal, but many RV Parks also offer packages to help you organize your family reunion. Even if you have family members who don’t own an RV, some RV Parks also have permanent lodging facilities for rent.
However, PPL Motorhomes recommends looking into renting an RV and experiencing how comfortable the lifestyle can be first hand. Who knows, maybe one of your family member will love it so much they will want to get an RV for themselves! Not to do any shameless self-promotion here, but I know a great little consignment RV center in Houston that you can recommend.
OH, BOY, Poison Ivy is back! That 3 leafed terror of nature and destroyer of vacation fun is starting to rear it’s ugly head once again. What should you look for in order to avoid coming in contact with this pesky foliage and what do you do if you do happen to brush up against some while exploring your outdoor wonderland?
First, know what to look for:
Here’s another picture: Note the 3 leaves
What does a poison ivy rash look like and how does it feel? Well, it feels like a constant burning and desire to scratch. Avoid scratching, you can actually spread the oils over other parts of your skin and infect other areas. Also, if you think you’ve come in contact with poison ivy, you should wash the infected area with oil cutting soap, like a dish washing liquid within 10 minutes of contact. Obviously you need to wash your clothes immediately. Animals can carry the oils on their fur too, so if you and your pooch went for a walk out in the woods, just know that they could have picked up some oil on their fur that can be transferred to you as well.
This is what a poison ivy rash looks like:
Looks pretty nasty, huh? You can actually see where the vine made contact. This looks extremely painful. If you are allergic and have had bouts with poison ivy, than you already know this to be true. That actually leads me to an interesting side note, not everyone will feel the effects of poison ivy, you actually have to be allergic to it to respond with blistering. Now keep in mind, if you aren’t allergic now, you can actually develop the allergy in the future, so your best bet is to just avoid the plant altogether.
Here’s a great video on what to look for and how you can help relieve some of the discomfort. Any local pharmacy will have any number of creams you can apply to help with the itching.
Sometimes we are having so much fun out doors in our RVs and camping that we forget that Mother Nature isn’t always nice. There are a variety of plants and animals out there whose defensive mechanisms can be very painful, if not down right dangerous when encountered. A very sever reaction to poison ivy can actually land you in the hospital, so be careful out there.
However, don’t let that keep you from going RVing and enjoying the outdoors. You know as well as I do that there isn’t anything like having the freedom to go anywhere you want, anytime you want in your new, or RV. Give PPL Motorhomes a call when you are ready to tackle the RV lifestyle and come and take a look at some of the fantastic consignment RVs we have to help you hit the road this Spring and Summer.
As an RVer, you know that there are sometimes when we need to either make and unscheduled stop and spend the night in a business’ parking lot. Wal-Mart is a good example. If you plan on doing this, whether the stop is planned, or not there are certain thing that you are responsible for as a guest of that business. And yes, you are a guest and should behave as one. We call it our “Good Traveling Neighbor Policy“.
If you are planning on touring and area and thing it’s a good idea to skip out on a traditional camp site so you can essential sat “free” at a local business’ park lot, think again. First of all, you should get permission from the business owners, or manager before you start setting up shop. Many cities actually have ordinances against boondocking at local businesses. So check if you are even allowed to stay there first.
Next, and only if it is “OK”, don’t stay longer than one night. This is not only rude, but it can affect that business’ traffic, which is something you certainly don’t want to do. Being a nuisance will only make those business’ less receptive towards other RVers who are looking for a place to layover in the future. Most complaints by business’ are have to do with both having a giant RV disrupting the aesthetics of their business as well as the abuse of their good nature for even letting you stay the night.
Here’s a good list to keep in mind when you need to boondock at a place other than a designated camping site. It’s a little blurry, but I think you can still read it and, honestly, it’s all common sense.
The bottom line is that if a place of business and the city ordinance allows you to stay a night in a parking lot, use your better judgement. Don’t start blazing your BBQ. Don’t throw a party. Keep you presence as unnoticed as possible. You will not only be doing yourself a favor and earning the trust of those business, but you are also an ambassador for RVers everywhere. If you decide to abuse the kindness of local business, be prepared to be asked to leave.
Here’s a reminder, it’s always a good idea to call ahead instead of just assuming you can stay the night. Laying over in a local lot can either be a Godsend or a nightmare, it’s hat’ entirely up to you…and mare sure you, at the very least, thank them for their generosity. If you have any questions about travel and boondocking at local lot’s, give PPL Motorhomes a call and we can give you more tips and hints. In fact, we probably can help with a few RV friendly places for future layover.
What a great March we’ve had! I was fortunate to have worked both at our Houston and New Braunfels locations during Spring Break this past week and was overjoyed to meet so many of our PPL and RV Nana friends! Like all of us, I spend more time than I’d like to each week doing paperwork, but this past week was truly exciting. I absolutely love it when I have the opportunity to chat with customers. I truly enjoy listening to their plans and experiences and talking about the RV lifestyle.
I been seeing a really interesting in the upturn of families making their first RV purchases. It’s really nice to see more people than ever visiting PPL, doing their research, comparing floorplans and features, shopping and preparing to be a part of this growing lifestyle. From young families, to retired couples and everything in between, they are planning to make RVing a part of their life. There’s nothing that makes me more happy than seeing that. So, whether you’re an experienced RVer, or a first time shopper, please stop by, say hello and enjoy our hassle-free shopping experience.
If you are already an RV owner and you are looking to trade in and trade up, you’ll be happy to know that RV sales have been great at PPL Motorhomes. We currently have over 450 motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels between our two locations to choose from. Those terrific sales mean we need YOUR RV to sell! So, if you are in the market for a new rig, bring us what you have and let us put it on consignment for you. Right now is absolutely the beast time to sell! Come in and see what we can do for you!
One of my greatest RVing joys is the arrival of Spring in Texas and the blooming of wildflowers; specifically, the Texas Bluebonnets. As I type this, there are Bluebonnets springing (no pun intended) up all across the state. On any given day during the Bluebonnet season, you will see families stopping by roadsides to take pictures that will undoubtedly grace mantles, entryway tables and nightstands in homes across the state for years.
As an RV owner, you have a unique opportunity to travel the state to hunt for your own perfect bluebonnet, or wildflower patch. In between destinations, take a few moments to, quite literally, go and smell the flowers. In fact there is a city in North Texas called Flower Mound that was named after a large mound within the city limits that is covered in Bluebonnets this time of year. It’s an awe-inspiring sight and a testament to the majesty of the flora you’ll find in Texas.
Here’s a warning though, while picking bluebonnets isn’t illegal (as a lot of people may think) trespassing is, so beware where you are going to take pictures, or look at the flowers. Don’t cross any fence lines regardless of how pretty the pasture on the other side may look. Also be mindful of Fire Ant mounds and snakes which are becoming more active as the weather warms.
Our State flower truly is one of the most beautiful in the world. In fact, I think it’s proof that Mother Nature loves Texas just a little bit more the anywhere else.
So, if you need just one good reason to buy a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes, as crazy as it may sound, I can’t think of a better one than having the chance to go anywhere you want, anytime you want and see the beauty that surrounds us in our great state. If you have any questions about any particular RV destinations, call us anytime. I can almost guarantee you one of us here at PPL Motorhomes in Houston, or at our sister store, PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels will have some really good travel recommendations.
Oh, also RVers, Please read this before you do stop. It’s just a few tips and guidelines from the Texas Department of Public Safety in regards to stopping along roadways.
Let’s not pretend that we are fooling anyone, if you are an RVer, you probably have, at minimum, adequate cooking pits, bbqs, stoves and ovens. However, I just thought that this was such a neat idea, I just had to share. This is how you do a little RV cooking with just one log. Mind you, this has to be a substantial log. I’d say you should use one that’s at least 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Your cooking surface is actually going to be wider after you make the cuts to your wood.
Before you do anything, prep your area for a fire. Remove loose brush and debris. If you have a concrete pad available like in the picture above, use it. Basically, (you’ll need a chainsaw for this, so be careful) stand the log on it’s end and cut it like a pizza. You are going to make triangular wedges like you see above. Stand your pieces of wood back up and spread them apart about an inch. This not only widens your cooking surface as I said above, but it also creates wind tunnels for the oxygen to blow through. Slide sheets of newspaper between each space and light ‘er up! The air will supply oxygen via the spaces between your slices of wood, which in turn, fuels the fire.
There you have it…a camp fire you can cook with using just one log.
If you liked this and have any more times, or hints for RVers feel free to share them here or on our Facebook page.
Why does PPL Motorhomes, your consignment RV center recommend that you sell or put your RV on consignment during Spring? Well, the answer really is quite simple. It all boils down to Spring Fever! As soon as the weather breaks and we see our first signs of spring, people are already tired of being cooped up for the Winter. (Especially up North where they had some very serious weather and snowfall this Winter season.) When Spring finally does roll around, RVers want nothing more than to be outdoors.
Likewise, people who don’t own an RV yet may see their RVing friends leaving and going off for weekend and spring break adventures and they want to be part of the fun. Of course, calling the RV lifestyle “fun” is an understatement! We’ve had customers who have been waiting almost their whole lives to get their first RV, and in Spring buyers come out of the woodwork.
Everyone imagines that every day in an RV will be like that wonderful Spring adventure day. The weather is comfortable, the camps are open and you will make friendships that can last a lifetime. Who doesn’t want to sit around a campfire on a comfortable Spring evening talking about the past and what’s in store for the future? I’ll tell you, every conversation is better over roasted hot dogs, marshmallows and S’Mores. Who doesn’t want to be part of that picture? If you are ready for you first, or fifth RV, check out our consignment RV inventory at PPL Motorhomes in Houston and PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.
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!