The Memory Of September 11th Is No Less Vivid

After 12 years, my memory of September 11th, 2001 is no less vivid what it was moments after the attack. It doesn’t matter what I was doing, or where I might have been going: those moments froze time for me. Nothing in my life, or business seemed important. We all watched helplessly. Many of us like myself were almost completely unable to grasp what we were witnessing and how it would affect our nation and our people for the rest of our lives.

I do my best to take the time to reflect on everything that happened that day, and how it has changed us in the years that followed. In my mind, my anger is still fresh. I still find myself reliving some of the shock I felt even when I look at pictures today. To me, it’s still senseless. I sometimes catch myself thinking about the “what ifs.” Like what if I was in one of the towers? What if someone I loved was? What if I was a first responder? What if I wasn’t near ground zero, but the dust from the collapse came to rest on my tables and counter tops in my downtown apartment. Every New Yorker was affected as every American was affected, with the deepest sadness, monumental confusion and unbridled anger.

Here we are 12 years later. Can you say you feel better? Do you feel vindicated with the certain key players now out of the picture? If your answer is “no,” join the countless number of Americans who still feel the heartache from that day. I was going to get up on my soap box and rant and rave about how we, the people of this country, must never forget what happened and why it may have happened, but then I realize that it is impossible to forget. No matter how hard we try, we will never forget the day we lost a lot of our innocence. Violence came to our soil. The most evil, despicable and vile violence was brought to us. How can you forget that?

I’m writing this on the 12th Anniversary of September 11th. If you read it, it may be next year, it may be in the middle of the year, it might not be necessarily today, but it shouldn’t matter. You should never get over the shock and the sadness of that day. It might get a little easier as time passes, sure, but with the way things are in Syria and Iran at this very moment, it’s not that easy to forget.

For me, my memory is of the common folk and first responders who lost their lives, or were injured. The legacy of their memory that their family has to carry on is forever linked with an atrocity that no one should have to experience. Pray for the families of those who fell. Pray that that day is never repeated anywhere on Earth.

 

Tailgating In An RV Is The Ultimate Adventure

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It’s football season once again and nothing goes hand in hand with football quite like RVing. Tailgating in your RV at the game is the ultimate adventure and the ultimate in comfort. How great is it that you can have all of the luxuries of home right there in the parking lot of the stadium? Pretty fantastic. It’s the ONLY way to tailgate, if you ask me. I mean think about it for a second. You can cook inside or out. You have access to air conditioning and privacy if you need it. You can pull the awning out, set up a table, fire up the grill, pull the TV outside, hike you heels back and relax. Of course the absolute best part about tailgating in your RV? You won’t have to wait in line for the port-a-potty…if you even have access to one.

Tailgating in your RV also means you can get to the stadium extra early and won’t have to run out immediately after the game. You have some time to let the rowdy crowds and reckless drivers exit the stadium parking lot before you start to disembark.

Check out the video below for a quick little taste of tailgating and RVing

Plus, if you are a college football fan, PPL Motorhomes has  everything to fly your colors, from camping lights, to logo awning covers, to folding chairs and coolers. We have tons of great stuff to make your tailgating time and your RV both unique and memorable.

One more thing before you decide to head out to your next tailgating adventure: make sure you are properly prepared with a full fresh water tank, enough propane, and a nice generator like a Yamaha. Trust me. The more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to think about all of the things you didn’t do and the more time you’ll have to enjoy nice and relaxing pre and post-game activities.

Do you have any tips, or hints on better RV tailgating? What are your rituals when you are out in that parking lot getting ready to cheer on your favorite team?

Dryer Sheets Do More Than Just Smell Good

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There’s something I found out today, and that thing is that dryer sheets can do almost anything! Like placing sheets around your foundation or around an RV that is being stored will keep out mice. Are your picnics plagued by ants? Dryer sheets will repel them away from your smorgasbord. They even clean soap scum off of shower doors! Really, there are a LOT of amazing things that they can help with around the house and the RV!

Check out the video below, it has some really unlikely uses for dryer sheets:

But what is one of the best thing I have found dryer sheets to do? Keep away mosquitoes, the RVer’s nemesis! Like we all know by now, dryer sheets work great to keep bugs away. Try placing sheets in every drawer of your RV to keep bugs out. But did you know that mosquitoes also HATE dryer sheets? All you need to do is  take one sheet and rub it on your skin and the mosquitoes stay away.  For added protection, tie a sheet to a belt loop and really enjoy the evening. I did this recently at a backyard BBQ and the mosquitoes ate my neighbor and not me.  Give it a try, all of us here at PPL Motorhomes do!

Buying A Consignment RV Is A Wise Choice

It’s inevitable. There will come a day when either you’ve physically, or mentally outgrown your RV. Even though you may have been through think and thin together and shared good times and bad, the day will come that you are going to want to get a new RV. Or, maybe this is your very first RV and you know next to nothing about the RV lifestyle other than what you may have read about, or learn from family or friends.

I guess a good question to ask yourself is do you actually have to buy “new”? Absolutely not! In fact, when you purchase an RV on consignment, you can, quite literally, get more RV for your money. Buying a pre-owned RV really makes quite a bit of sense. We see growing families (and couples) trading in their first RVs, which are generally pop-ups and small travel trailers, for Class Cs and in many cases larger Class A motorhomes. We see first time RVers thinking about their RVing future and opting to buy larger rigs knowing that they will have them for a long period of time.

One of the true benefits about hopping consignment RVs is that it has put once previously out of reach RVs into the budgets of both new RVers and seasoned vets as well. Further, an RV that has been put on consignment, like the ones at PPL Motorhomes, are in pristine shape both inside and out. We only stock the finest RV on our lot for consignment. That’s simply because your RVing lifestyle, whether you are new to it or not, it extraordinarily important to us. We are all RVers ourselves, so we understand the concerns for RVers of all levels.

The bottom line is that if you are considering your first RV, or your fifth RV, I really recommend that you check out your consignment options first. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the options available to you and how you can, quite literally, get more RV for less money.

If you have any questions about how to consign your RV, or how to purchase a consignment RV, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’d be happy to explain the further benefits of owning a consignment RV.

Celebrating Independence Day In Your RV

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On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution that declared the United States independent from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776 the Committee of Five, headed by Thomas Jefferson drafted and proposed what we know as our Declaration of Independence. This great document was our first step in exploring our rights as an independent people with our own ideals, values, and dreams. This, in my opinion, is the birth of the American spirit. The same Spirit that cannot be contained, or told how we should live in any other way other than the way we choose. That is the freedom of life, liberty, religion and the pursuit of happiness.

It never escapes me though how the RV lifestyle embodies this same spirit. The ability to go anywhere you want, anytime you want, without leaving the comforts of home. Owing an RV, isn’t uniquely American. There are many other countries around the world where RVing, or Caravanning is very popular. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has sold and delivered many consignment RVs to overseas customers. It’s always wonderful to see that the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure transcends oceans and cultures. We all do it for the same reasons: Freedom and Happiness.

So, this year, instead of piling the kids, or grand kids in the car, put them in the RV and take them to see fireworks and Independence day celebrations…in Washington D.C.! Now, you know I’ve just being funny, but isn’t it nice to know that just by owning an RV, you could actually do it? Hmmm, sounds like a good idea for next year, doesn’t it?

Incidentally, I found a couple of interesting facts about July 4th that I thought I’d share with you. I found this on Wikipedia:

n a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day. [source: wikipedia.com]

I just thought this was just an interesting fact you could share while you celebrate the holiday. Remember, it’s not just about beer and BBQ, it’s about being an American and bleeding red, white and blue. Everyone have a safe and happy Independence day!

The Importance of Sleep On The Road

I guess, being RVNana and all, I feel obligated to give you youngins’ a good talking to from time to time. This is one of those times. The lesson for today is: How To Prevent Driving Your RV Sleep Deprived.

People, I’ll tell you right now. If you are tired, stop and rest. You are creating a hazardous situation for you and those you share the road with. You may not even know you are tired until you start feeling the effects of road-hypnosis. That’s when you know you’ve driven for a while, but can’t remember the last landmark you passed. That’s tired, people. You need sleep.

You can really avoid sleep-related problems while RVing by setting a comfortable schedule of driving and resting. Take the time and pace yourselves. Set aside enough time to make the trip there and back easily, otherwise save that trip for another occasion. As much as the seasoned RVers understand this, there are times when our experience can become dangerous by instilling a false sense of control. At the end of the day there aren’t any magic tricks that will keep you awake while driving. Sure, go ahead and open a window, drink a cup of coffee, or try blasting the music, but the experts will tell you that  the only thing that will help a sleepy driver is sleep. Go figure.

I’ll make this simple. Plan your trip with the goal of covering 250 miles per day at the most. 100 to 150 miles per day is better. If you must drive farther to reach your destination, plan on having at least two qualified drivers taking turns. If both drivers are exhausted, it’s time to stop and sleep. You are bringing your bed with you! What kind of fool falls asleep at the wheel with a bed in the same vehicle?

So, there you go. You’ve been scolded by RVNana. If you need to pull over, just pull over. RVing is a lot more fun when you are actually traveling and not towing your rig out of a ditch, or worse, because you fell asleep at the wheel.

PPL Motorhomes and Memorial Day 2013

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If you know me at all, you know that I am intensely patriotic. I simply love my country and those who serve to protect it, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m writing another Memorial Day post. In fact, you can expect one next year and the year after that. I think I align myself with days such as Memorial Day because I really just don’t think that one day is enough. The way I view days such as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day is that the celebration of those who protect our values and freedoms, and often sacrifice themselves in the line of duty, shouldn’t just be relegated to just one day…it should be EVERY day! They don’t get a break, they don’t get a choice. They have signed up to do a job and they’ll do that job to the best of their ability for as long as they can. The thing is, if you ask any Veteran, or active military service member, they probably tell you that they appreciate the acknowledgement, but will never demand that you put their service on a pedestal. They’ll tell you that is their job.

I would respectfully disagree with that. I think we should put them on a pedestal. Who else among us brave enough to willingly put themselves in harm’s way for the love of country? It takes someone special. It takes someone who deserves to be held in societies highest regard. What many people fail to realize is that without a strong military we are putting our country in harm’s way. The fact of the matter is that, given the opportunity, there are a slew of people on this planet that wouldn’t think twice to bring war and conflict to our soil. It’s already happened. What stops them from continuing to assault not just our people and lands, but our sensibilities and freedoms? A strong military. Not chitchat, not idle talk, but action. Strong and definitive action. Who among us is brave enough to stand in the path of attack? Them men and women of our Armed Forces. If they have to bring war, they’ll bring it. If they have to spring into defense, they’ll spring. And for that, they deserve our gratitude everyday…not just on Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day.

This is just how I feel. It’s me being honest, if you feel different about it than I do, well, that’s OK. That’s your right as an American. Just don’t forget who protects those rights.

 

It’s American Hero Week

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Did you know that this week is American Hero week.  This is the time to thank our police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, soldiers and more for all they do to protect all of us.  Especially in light of some recent event’s such as tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma, as  well as the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX that actually claimed the lives of many first responders.

This subject is especially close to my heart because my son-in-law is a police officer. I can’t help but say a little silent prayer for him every time he leaves for work.  My last words to him are always..Be Safe!  It isn’t just him that he needs to be safe for, but also for all of us. His family. I don’t know what we’d do if anything ever happened to him. It’s too tough to even thing about. Knowing the danger, he still risks life and limb on a daily basis to keep others safe and protected.

One thing that really gets my dander up is how often the news media sensationalizes the “bad” things done by American heroes and fails to thank them for the day to day dedication they display.  What are those “bad” things anyway? You’d be hard pressed to find the proverbial rotten apple that spoils the bunch. None of these heroes started their careers planning to make a million.  They chose their professions because they wanted to help others, because they wanted to make a difference each day.

All I ask is that when you are traveling in your RV around Texas, or any other part of the country, and you see either a soldier, fireman or policeman just tell them, “Thank You”. Most people have no clue about the sacrifices these men and women make on a daily basis. That’s not even talking about the sacrifices their family members also make. A simple, “Thank You” is enough to make any professional service man or woman feel good. I know I thank every one of them I run into. You’ll be amazed at how it makes you feel too!

Tornadoes And Your RV

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Recently, Granbury, TX, in the Northern part of the state, was hit with an unexpected tornado that cause severe damage and loss of life. In fact, it was more than just one tornado which ended up being a tragedy of epic proportions for that small town. Much of the damage was to homes and subdivisions. In particular, mobile homes were hit especially hard. Eye witnesses describe the wreckage as if “someone scooped all of the trailers and balled them up together”.

Homes of this type (homes of most types really) are especially susceptible to extreme damage, or total destruction when caught in the path of a tornado. The same holds true for your RV. We are all smart enough to know that being in an RV is no place to ride out a tornado producing thunderstorms. However, sometimes I don’t think we know we are in eminent danger until we are face to face with it.

Finding shelter is imperative! If your home is no match for a strong tornado, then it’s obvious that your RV won’t stand a chance. Be smart. Seek shelter, there’s no other way to say it. You have to find a strong structure, move to an inner space and hunker down.

Also, if you haven’t already ad you have a iPhone, or comparable smartphone, find and download The American Red Cross’ Tornado App. It will alert you of impending tornadoes, or thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and tornadic activity…even if your phone is set to silent. I highly recommend it. I’ve already added it to my phone.

 

Take Your RV On A Unique Fishing Trip

It can be both relaxing and instantaneously exciting. Goin’ fishin’. I remember the first time I first dropped a line in the water, patiently waiting for that nibble. I took my time baiting my hook, made the best cast I could and fixed my eyes on the red an white bobber silently hoping to catch my first fish. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but when I got that first mite and I saw the bobber dip below the water line I jumped up and yelled, “FISH”! I was 6 at the time and it made such an impression on me that I remember it to this day. It was a tiny sunfish. I was so proud.

Of course, tens of thousands of kids experience this every year with Dads, Moms, Nanas and Papas by their side to enjoy their excitement with them and RVing can be a great way to enjoy a wonder first fishing trip with your kids, or grand children. You’ll have all of the comforts of home, but also be able to enjoy the lake, river or fishery.

In fact many young anglers catch their first fish at places like the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens Texas. Young anglers can learn how to bait a hook at the 1.2 acre stocked fishing pond. They can catch sunfish and catfish all year. Plus rainbow trout are stocked from December through March. The best part about this fishery is that you don’t need a fishing license for adults or kids, and all bait and tackle are furnished.

Visitors to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries center can also explore the 300,000 gallons of aquariums with native Texas fish, watch daily dive shows, take a tram tour of the hatchery and walk the wetland trail for bird watching and turtle spotting.

Owing an RV is a great way to not just travel, but also take memorable trips places like the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Give PPL Motorhomes a call and we can help you have a great reason to hang a “Gone Fishin'” sign on your RV door.