Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive

It’s that time of year again at your consignment RV and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes is collecting Teddy Bears for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive for the Missouri City and Houston Police Department Clergy Teams. For years, police officers have collected and distributed teddy bears to children to comfort them at a crime or accident scene and these bears often become the child’s best friend. We will be accepting teddy bear donations for their worthy cause.

Last year PPL Motorhomes donated over 800 bears and strives to increase their donation this year to 1,000 bears with your help. To kick off this year’s drive, PPL will again donate one teddy bear for every RV sold in November and December. So, if you are looking for the perfect consignment RV, now is the best time to get it!

Plus, come to PPL Motorhomes on December 15th from 1pm-3pm for pictures with Santa. Don’t forget to bring teddy bears to stuff the RV for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive.

Veteran’s Day Is More Than Just One Of Remembrance

“War is Hell”. There’s no other way to describe being in an armed conflict. It’s not pretty, it’s not clean and it scars not just people, but entire nations. Though this year’s Veteran’s Day fell on a Sunday, and today being Monday, I thought to myself, “Is our gratitude as a country for service rendered relegated to just one day”? “Do we go another year before we are, for lack of a better word, “forced” to recognize both our combatants and non-combatants that serve, or have served?” “Shouldn’t EVERY day be Veteran’s Day?”

For hundreds of thousands of families across America it is. Children wake up every morning knowing that their Mom, or Dad isn’t going to be there to make them breakfast.  Those same children go to bed every every night knowing that they still have to wait to be tucked in by their soldier Mom, or Dad who is away from their family in order to protect ours. Husbands and wives have to carry on with their daily routine as if their lives were actually normal. Their Veteran’s Day is every day.

Now imagine when combat veterans come back from one of their many duty assignments. When Vietnam vets came back, they were spit on and called names all because they served their country. Whether they agreed with the politics behind the war efforts or not, they were all treated the same, as pariahs. That is unforgivable. Returning Vets today certainly get a better homecoming than they did in Vietnam, maybe it’s because of the shame, maybe it’s because we understand what today’s soldier has to face, but it certainly still isn’t the type of homecoming and respect they deserve. As I said before, EVERY day should be Veteran’s Day.

War changes people, there’s no mincing words here. Watch these videos and maybe you’ll get a glimpse of what it’s like to try to return to civilian life after being in combat.

If you know a veteran, thank them everyday for their service. Honoring our soldiers both past and present shouldn’t just be relegated to one day of barbecues, it should reside somewhere in your mind at all times. Never forget that those that came before you, the ones that are there right now and and future combatants are fighting because they love this Country. They fight so your children won’t have to. They deserve a “Thank You”. So, PPL Motorhomes wants to send the warmest and most genuine “THANK YOU”  we can to all of those who have volunteered to defend America and others around the world without thinking about themselves first…THANK YOU…THANK YOU…THANK YOU!

Consignment RV Center Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

There is no doubt that all of us know someone who has been touched by the effects of breast cancer. Not just by moments of sadness and despair, but also with hope, joy and strength. That’s what we want to celebrate, the unbridled strength of women all over the world who can overcome a seemingly impossible battle, as well as those who fought until the very end.

The one thing a human being can never be fulfilled without is another human being to love and support them. Patients need to know that all of us are pulling for them, not just their friends, not just their family, but all of us. Every woman, young and old, we all look up to your spirit and your bravery as we know you’d do the same if it were us.

Now keep in mind that breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease, about 1% of men can get breast cancer. Watch below.

Breast cancer is a treatable issue, but it is certainly easier when it is caught early.

It’s breast cancer awareness month people. Show some support, take part in a fun run, donate your time to volunteer for an event, pat a survivor on the back. Congratulations to every cancer survivor out there from your consignment RV center in Houston and New Braunfels, PPL Motorhomes and RV Nana.

Consignment RV, Guaranteed Cure For Stress, Go RVing

I can already feel it. My favorite time of year…Fall. The shift in temperature and colors between seasons is noticeably fast. In fact, it’s a lot like Rving in Houston! You can go from 104 with 100% humidity on Monday, then Tuesday it’s 79 degrees with 50% humidity. Well, right now is RV Nana’s favorite time of year. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right in a row and I’ll guarantee you that I’ll be in my RV right around those holidays enjoying the season festivities.

Why do I like it so much? That’s a good question. It’s festive. It’s family oriented. It’s cooler. There are lots of great RV decorations this time of year. In fact, I’ve seen campsites during the holiday seasons totally decked out in holiday cheer as if the scene had been plucked our of a Hobby Lobby diorama. It’s the perfect excuse for us to decorate our campsite and take in some much needed relaxation.

…And that leads me to what I want to touch on today: Stress. We all know it. We all know ALL levels of it. You have your good days, and you have your bad days. Mixing work life with real life is virtually impossible these days. They are all mashed together. Longer hours, more trips, more phone calls. When was the last time you had a sleepless night thinking about what lay in wait for your the next morning? That recently, huh?

You need stress relief. You need too relax. You need to get out of town! That’s right, pack your bags, jump in your RV and recharge. You need to realize that you have but a brief moment in time to make a few good memories to combat all of those not so pretty ones during the weekdays.

If I were a M.D. I have one prescription…Go RVing. What are you waiting for? The moment in time when you actually regret not RVing? Get out there! It’s cheaper than you think. In fact, why buy new when you can get some lightly loved consignment RVs right here at PPL Motorhomes.

The time is right! The weather is cooling off and you’re start to get a serious case of the “I WANNA’ TAKE A VACA-tions”. Trust me…just go RVing.  Pack up the wife and kids, or husbands and kids, or just forget the husbands all together and grab the dog, whatever you do…just go RVing.  Ask RV Nana how.

PPL Motorhomes: 39th Annual TRVA Convention A Huge Success

We’ve just returned from a most successful 39th Annual TRVA convention in Austin.  It was a grand finale of a very exciting year for me as I have served as TRVA president.  When a person takes on an endeavor like this it is a “family” affair and my PPL Motorhomes family has been there for me all year, and I want to thank each and every one of you.  Our work is not over yet as I was elected to a second and final term.  This is an important year for the RV industry in Texas because our legislature is back in session and I’m sure the RV industry will be on the radar as they attempt to correct the budget deficits.  The good side of this year is that we had last year to put many things in place, procedures, ideas and committees  so we can hit the road running without all of that preliminary work.

We are all so fortunate to live in Texas.  The RV industry in Texas is the strongest in the nation and Houston leads the pack, followed closely by San Antonio and Austin, so PPL Motorhomes is in the right place at the right time.  None of us know what the future will bring, None of us know what our economy will do, or what may come of this election year.  What we do know is that we have to continue to work on ways to be exactly what RVers nationwide are looking for and expect in a consignment RV dealership and parts service center.  We have to be prepared for whatever may come our way and we will be the strongest in the Nation.

The following was published today by RV Pro Magazine and I want to share it with all of you. I’m proud to be the President and General Manager of the greatest RV dealership in the country, PPL Motorhomes.

 

LeBlanc has had a “a very successful” first term as president, according to Carol Baker, chair of the TRVA Convention and public relations director for Capitol City Insurance. Other Association members, including RV dealers, reflect the sentiments of TRVA Executive Director Clark McEwen, who said LeBlanc “has really been an asset and her enthusiasm is contagious.

“Everyone (at TRVA) is dynamo but she’s the biggest dynamo we have,” he said. “We’ve had a very good year, but a second year with her, oh – 2013 will be one of our best years ever.”

TRVA raised more money than ever before, while expanding its member base by more than 14 percent during LeBlanc’s first year as president, McEwen added.

Click Image to EnlargeDiana LeBlancDiana LeBlanc, president of TRVA, visits with fellow RV dealer Doug O’Banion, owner of Alvarado, Texas-based Motor Home Specialist, during the Associaition’s 38th annual Convention in Austin, Texas. The Convention was held Aug. 10-13 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.  

“Financially it was a good year and cooperation between parks and dealers has never been better,” he said.

LeBlanc joined RV PRO on Sunday (Aug. 12) during this year’s TRVA Convention, which was held Aug. 10-13 in Austin, Texas, to discuss her first year as president of the Association and what lies ahead going into her second term.

RV PRO (RVP): What were TRVA’s greatest accomplishments during your first term as president?

Diana LeBlanc (DL): The growth in membership and the growth in participation from all levels of membership. It’s an exciting time for all of us.

I call it my farming. We’ve been planting seeds out there about the industry, and they’re starting to grow, and that’s what it’s all about. We have to grow the lifestyle.

RVP: What are your top priorities heading into your second term as TRVA president?

DL: We’re going into a legislative year (the Texas legislature meets once every two years). It’s going to be a bit tighter for us because Texas, like all states – while it’s very strong economically – is going in with a deficit. So, they’re going to be looking for ways to get that money wherever they can. We’re going to have to be attentive to everything that’s going on and communicate that to our membership.

We also want to continue to grow the lifestyle, and grow our membership – I have a goal of 500 members by this time next year. (Membership currently totals 431).

Also, I’d like to see more working together across the industry. That’s the dealer, the park, the vendor, the manufacturer. We’re all in here together.

RVP: Are there specific legislative challenges that lie ahead for the Texas RV industry?

DL: You never know what is going to come down the pike during the session. There are issues with taxation on RVs in parks and that’s one of the things we’re going to look at.

I don’t think we’ll have tax increases but we will find little fees. Fees and surcharges can add up to as much as taxes. We just have to be attentive.

RVP: What are the biggest issues facing RV dealers in Texas?

DL: The biggest issue is going to be continuing to stay strong, and stay lean and mean like we had to get in 2008-2009. It’s real easy when things start getting a little better to start loosening up a little. But, you never know if the recovery will continue.


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LeBlanc walks on the front steps of the Texas Capitol with TRVA members on Saturday (Aug. 11) before the Association’s legislative banquent event held in the lieutenant’s governor’s suite.


RVP: What do you think contributed to the rise in membership TRVA experienced during the past year?

DL: The absolute enthusiasm among the businesses in Texas. It’s contagious.

We’re trying to show and present the benefits of being a member. For corporations and large companies, they can’t afford to just instantly join an association and start paying dues immediately – it has to go through the proper channels. We need to show them that joining TRVA is more than just sending dues in once per year. This convention is a good example of that. Everyone here is very happy we do this.

RVP: How do you balance your responsibilities as president and general manager of PPL Motor Homes with your duties as TRVA president?

DL: With an awesome team. Oh my gosh, it is amazing. From the TRVA executive committee – Clark McEwen and Mary Clair Campos (TRVA director of special events) – to my team at PPL, everybody helps so much. It’s like family. And then the greatest thing is to have the support of my husband (Michael LeBlanc).

When you take on a project like this, and it is a project to be an officer of the Association, this family takes on the project too. You sacrifice some time here and some time there for this. You have to make the decision that it’s the right thing to do.

RVP: Why did you decide to go for another term as TRVA president?

DL: Because I’m not finished yet. The term starts in August and it’s two or three months in before you even get your committees all assigned. And then before you know it, the term is up.

Click Image to EnlargeLeBlanc and husband Michael LeBlanc (middle) sit with Carol Baker (far left), chairwoman of the TRVA Convention for the past four years, and the PPL Motor Home team during the President’s Banquet.

We have a lot of ideas and some things we’d like to try and accomplish and we have to move forward. We want to make a stronger presence throughout Texas, whether that’s through benefits that we do to help our state parks, or some type of charity event. We’re going to do whatever we can to show that the RV association is out there.

RVP: What has been your favorite part of this year’s TRVA Convention, the 38th annual?

DL: Having the legislative event at the Capitol. I’m 100 percent Texan and the Capitol, to me, is just one of the most beautiful places.

I have the greatest respect for our Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples, and to have him there was a real surprise for me – it was like having Elvis show up at your deal. He was invited by Clark (McEwen), but I wasn’t sure he was actually going to show up. Clark has been full of little surprises and they’ve all been good ones for me.

RVP: What details can you share about next year’s TRVA Convention?  

DL: It’s going to be right back here in Austin at the Sheraton at the Capitol. We do two-year commitments with host hotels because it works out better financially.

Clark and I both have some ideas for next year’s Convention. We need to get started pretty soon because planning takes some time.

RVP: Thanks for the interview. Any parting messages you’d like deliver?

DL: Just a big thank you to the wonderful team here, including my family, who contributed to making this show so great. One of the greatest things about this Association is that we’re there for each other. We can fight like cats and dogs, or brothers and sisters, but when the chips are down and things get tough, we’re here for each other. That’s important.

PPL Motorhomes: The Very Real Dangers Of Dehydration

Your consignment RV center and RV Nana love RVing! Even in the heat of summer, you’ll find most of us packing up our rigs and heading out to our favorite camping grounds. Of course, once we are there our kids and grandkids want to jump out of the RV and go stretch their legs around the RV park or campsite….but wait, don’t let them disappear so fast.

With the summer being so hot this year, dehydration while RVing is a very real and very dangerous issue that your MUST address prior to letting the little ones run off exploring.

According to the MayoClinic:

Mild to moderate dehydration is likely to cause:

  • Dry, sticky mouth
  • Sleepiness or tiredness — children are likely to be less active than usual
  • Thirst
  • Decreased urine output — no wet diapers for three hours for infants and eight hours or more without urination for older children and teens
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Dry skin
  • Headache
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

Severe dehydration, a medical emergency, can cause:

  • Extreme thirst
  • Extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • Very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • Lack of sweating
  • Little or no urination — any urine that is produced will be dark yellow or amber
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn’t “bounce back” when pinched into a fold
  • In infants, sunken fontanels — the soft spots on the top of a baby’s head
  • Low blood pressure
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Fever
  • In the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness

Remember, don’t rely on your kids to tell you that they are thirsty as a precursor to dehydration. In fact, if they are telling you they need something to drink, they are already dehydrated. Make them rest in a cool area while consuming water and other drinks that have electrolytes in them to replenish the salts and minerals they have been sweating out.

Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes and RV Nana want to make sure that your are keeping a watchful eye on your little whippersnappers while enjoying the Summer Sun. In this case, make sure they drink fluids constantly. As stated in the video, dehydration can set in very quickly and may even be overlooked until it is to late.

 

PPL Motorhomes: Do You Know State Gun Transportation Laws

There is no doubt that RVers are outdoors type people. We bask in all of the glory that Nature can bestow upon us. In doing so, there are those of us who hike, fish, bird watch, explore and, of course, hunt.

Now this is an odd, but important post for RV Nana and your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes. It is certainly a far cry from a RV cooking tips, that’s for sure.

Transporting firearms. One of the things that I have been realized, in idle conversation with my fellow RVers, is that there are quite a few RVers out their who transport firearms in their RV for either either hunting, or personal safety reasons. While this information might not apply to my family as much, it does apply to many, including full time RVers. Transporting a firearm across state lines in the U.S. is normally not a problem as long as you follow the gun transport laws laid out by the Gun Control Act which is enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Federal gun transport laws provide that any individual (except convicted felons, persons under indictment for felonies, mental defectives or incompetents, illegal users of controlled drugs, illegal aliens, veterans dishonorably discharged, those who have renounced their U.S. citizenship, fugitives from justice, persons convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders) may transport a firearm from one location where the individual is lawfully allowed to posses and carry a firearm to another location the individual is lawfully allowed the firearm, as long as it is unloaded and not in the passenger compartment of your car, which normally means in the trunk.

But, what about in your RV, where you have no trunk? Use a little common sense. Gun transporting in your RV across states lines is basically the same; the gun should be unloaded and stored in the back of the RV in a locked compartment. It should never be in the glove box or console. The rule of thumb for transporting a firearm is that it should never be where you or anyone else can get to it easily and it must be unloaded.

Know the State you are in and their laws.

State and local gun transport laws vary from place to place and it is your responsibility as the gun owner to research the laws of the area you are visiting or passing through. A good case in point is Chicago. The City of Chicago, Illinois requires every firearm possessed in the city to be registered. Chicago does not register handguns that were not previously registered there. There are places that do not allow possession of any handgun. California has strict regulations that may require a California permit and registration for specific semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns and any other firearm that is considered an “assault weapon” before you enter the state.

If you just use a little commonsense, transporting a firearm in your RV shouldn’t be a problem. Cooperate with local authorities, police, DPS Park Rangers (you shouldn’t bringing a firearm to state campgrounds) and Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

This is a very informative article.

Can anyone else offer a little more insight into this issue? Who has any additional recommendations to suggest to PPL Motorhome customers?

PPL Motorhomes Opens New Location in New Braunfels

If there’s one thing that PPL Motorhomes loves, it’s being able to offer the best products and best values on consignment RVs . What better way to do that than to open up a new location in Central Texas? That’s right, PPL Motorhomes has added a new location to better serve our Texas customers! Our newest location in New Braunfels, TX is a welcome addition to the PPL dealership family and will feature a great selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels.

Since 1972, PPL has helped over 25,000 people sell their RVs quickly and at a fair price. We believe that this makes PPL the largest RV Consignment Dealer in the USA, and with the addition of our new location in New Braunfels, TX, we’re even bigger! Plus, our “no hassle” sales philosophy allows you to browse the RVs for sale without being pressured by a salesman. That’s the way it should be, and I don’t see our philosophy changing. We build relationships with the people who shop with us. They aren’t just customers, they are our friends.

So, whether you’re shopping for the RV of your dreams, or even thinking about exiting the RV lifestyle and want to sell your RV, the new PPL Motorhomes location in New Braunfels will offer the same great customer service and hassle free shopping that thousands have grown to expect at PPL Motorhomes. The hours of operation will be Monday thru Saturday, 9 to 5 for your convenience.

If you have any question about our new location, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We  are all very proud of being able to offer even more RV Consignment choices for our fellow Texans. If you live in the area, swing by and say “Hi!” we’d love to meet out new neighbors.

PPL Motorhomes,RV Nana and the Texas State Parks ask for your help

This past year, Texas State Parks have experienced some of our worst luck ever: Blistering heat, drought and the worst wild fires in history. The damages we’re just monetary, although that number is absurdly substantial, it’s the lives that we’re affected the most, the lost of home, property and livestock. I won’t even mention the ecological toll it took.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel and RV Nana and PPL Motorhomes have seen a little of that light in an email that came across my “desk”. Please read below, I’ve reprinted it here in full and included links so you can help Central Texas get back on their feet. It’s one of the most beautiful places to RV and we want to do everything we can to help:

Dear Jennifer Vogt,

I am reaching out to you because you have been a supporter of Texas State Parks. As you may know, record drought and heat, devastating wildfires, and a drop in visitation have led to a critical situation for state parks.

As a result, we need $4.6 million to offset this shortfall and help keep these state parks open. Thankfully there are three simple ways to help:

First, make a tax-deductible donation online <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjg1MTc4NSZlbWFpbGlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY> or by mail. <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjg1MTc4NSZlbWFpbGlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY>

Second, write in a donation of $5 or more to state parks on your vehicle registration form when you register your motor vehicle by mail, at your local county tax office, or online in counties which offer online payment.

Third, and most importantly, visit a state park <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjg1MTc4NSZlbWFpbGlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY> with your family or friends because visitor fees pay for about half of all state park operating costs.

Thank you for this opportunity to communicate with you. Please be assured that we will not abuse the privilege. I hope you will act now <http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&amp;enid=ZWFzPTEmbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTIwMTI0LjUxNzcxNzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNjg1MTc4NSZlbWFpbGlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY29tY2FzdC5uZXQmdXNlcmlkPWplbnZvZ3RAY>  to help keep your state parks open for all Texans to enjoy. Because Texas State Parks won’t be the same without you.

Sincerely,
Carter Smith
Executive Director

P.S.
If you would like to keep up with what is happening in our state parks, I invite you to subscribe <www.tpwd.state.tx.us/email>  to free email updates of your choice, including the State Parks Getaways e-newsletter and much more.

For more information on how you can help get our Texas State Parks back on their feet, just contact PPL Motorhomes, we can direct you to organizations that truly need your help.

What if Santa’s Sled was an RV instead?

He would definitely have enough room for himself, Mrs. Clause, and the reindeer.  If he got a bunkhouse he could even bring a few elves with him. He could take all of the comforts of the North Pole with him too! You know, milk and cookies…it’s for the road.  Hey! It would be a good opportunity to give that poor old sleigh and those 8 tiny reindeer a much deserved “night off”. OH! If he got a toy hauler, he could bring them with him too. Is there anything an RV can’t do? Hey Santa, I know where you can pick up a great RV on consignment…*wink*.

So, if you can’t tell, RV Nana LOVES Christmas and the Holiday Season. The lights, the decorations, the changing weather, the food and the smell of hot apple cider. It’s the one time of year that people seem to be more openly friendly to strangers and more giving to family, friends and charities like our Cuddles for Kids program. I like that feeling. In fact, I wish it was Christmas every day of the year.

This year, whether you’re at home, with family or even on the road in your RV, don’t forget the true meaning of the season. It’s a time to give. It’s a time to reflect on the past year. It’s a time to plan for the future.

Goodness, joy, love and togetherness, may these gifts be bestowed upon you this Holiday Season…Happy Holidays from RV Nana and everyone at PPL Motorhomes.