As I watched the news media showing the New Jersey coast and upper east coast being hammered by Hurricane Sandy, my thoughts and prayers went out to all of the residents of that area, especially those living or traveling in motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels. It’s beyond anything most people have ever seen. Although people can easily drive out of harm’s way in a motorhome, those who may be living in a used travel trailer or fifth wheel may have been forced to leave their RV before the storm hit.
Having lived in Houston all my life, hurricanes have become a part of life for us. We start seeing checklists and tracking charts in late Spring and all of us have a stock of beanie weenies, tuna, bottled water and flashlight batteries. For our friends in the Northeast, a storm like Sandy is very unusual. In fact, the mix of snow, hurricane winds and floods seems hard to imagine, even for a native of hurricane country.
For those RVers who have been effected by Hurricane Sandy, as you start to put your lives back together and make needed repairs to your RV, we are here for you. PPL has one of the largest selections of RV parts and accessories in the country and we will help you locate what you need.
What was the first RV? Well, the earliest RVs were converted from Ford Model T’s. As families moved west, they customized their vehicles to make the journey more comfortable. But what was the one that really started a love of the RV lifestyle? It was the Redwood Tree Mobile Home, also known as Kellogg’s Travel Log. Charles Kellogg was a naturist that created this Redwood RV to drive around the country in hopes of creating awareness for the depletion of California’s forests.
Pat Foster of Hemmings Classic Car magazine wrote “the vehicle itself was incredible, a monument to man and nature. It consisted of a huge chunk of giant redwood-said to be the single largest piece of hewn timber in the world-hollowed out and mounted on what was then the toughest, most rugged chassis on earth: the Nash Quad.
It’s a far cry of the RVs we see on the at the parks and campgrounds across the United States. Take a look for yourself.
There were storage drawers, a table, and room for living quarters. I seriously doubt it had a stove of any kind. I can tell you that we don’t have Kellogg’s Travel Log as a consignment RV here at PPL Motorhomes, but how interesting would it be if we did? I could only imagine. We’d be as much a museum as we are Houston’s consignment RV center.
My mom used to call me a “Doubting Thomas” because I was a bit skeptical about some things. Needless to say, I was really skeptical about the claims made about the YETI coolers until I got one. A Doubting Thomas no more, I am now a believer. I’m not gonna’ lie, I was actually upset when my husband bought the 50 quart cooler here at PPL’s RV Parts Superstore because we already have more coolers in the garage than we could ever use. Then we took this one camping and I am the first to admit that it works like a charm. As most of you know, unless it is the dead of winter, camping in Texas is a little warmer than the rest of the country and ice simply melts quickly. In fact, we went through 14 bags of ice in 3 days at a recent river camping trip using one of our older coolers. That certainly wasn’t the case wit the YETI cooler.
We took the YETI to Galveston and we used only 3 bags of ice in three days. 3 bags in 3 days! That has saved us about $20 (or more) that we could use on other things. Just so you know while camping in Galveston, the temperature that weekend was in the upper 90’s! The YETI held about 2 cases of cans and bottles and they all stayed COLD! If you have not seen these coolers, you need to stop by and visit us at our Houston RV Parts Superstore. These are great for tailgating, camping, and boating. I even bought a couple to use as gifts. The YETI cooler is so new to PPL that we don’t even have them on our website yet, so call today for order information. Check out the YETI soon!
Keeping with the fire prevention theme this week, I wanted to talk about how to properly put out a campfire. Let me first start by saying that most (if not nearly all RV Parks) have regulations against open flames, however, National and State Parks may not, and building a campfire is almost mandatory. S’mores, campfire stories, roasted marshmallows, the crackling of the embers and the soft orange glow of a campfire…there’s nothing quite like it.
However, if you build a campfire in an area that allows it, you are also responsible for properly extinguishing that fire. It takes more that just pouring water on it. Even applying a liberal amount of water may not be enough to put out all of the embers.
Watch the video below for a quick lesson for campfire management.
If you are planning on constructing a campfire during your camp out, just be really careful and be 100% sure that it is out before you pack up and leave the site. One live ember can spare a fire that can destroys thousands of acres of plant and animal life. Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants you to just remember that you are responsible for the footprints you leave in nature.
There’s no doubt that RVing can result in a few backbreaking activities. One of which is actually hooking up your trailer to your towing vehicle. The cranking, the cranking, and the cranking. Oh, did I mention the cranking? The Stromberg Carlson electric tongue jack takes the back breaking work out of cranking. You know…the constant repositioning of the tongue of your travel trailer up and down, hoping to get it in line with your tow vehicle. We also use it to level our trailer after towing. With the electric tongue jack, all you have to do is simply push a button to raise and lower into position with complete control. The electric jack features a large, long lasting, three bulb LED night light, just in case you have to hitch up in the dark.
There’s a reason why this tongue jack is the most popular original equipment jack in the industry, it’s installed by many manufacturer on their towable trailers. They’ve even put enough engineering forethought into designing and including a removable foot pad to help prevent the tongue from sinking into loose soil, gravel or hot asphalt. If you want to take a look at installing an electric tongue jack on your rig, just give your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes a call.
Here’s something to think about the next time you take your RV for a weekend outing. Your Houston Consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you that you can get a DUI even if your prescription drugs are to blame. If you get pulled over for driving your RV erratically, you will likely be questioned for a DUI. If the officer believes that the prescriptions you are taking have caused him to intervene, then you could be facing an arrest for DUI. Regardless if they are legal prescriptions, you are responsible for your driving. It is not a guarantee that a judge will dismiss your case.
I know we’re all getting older and need various medications, or we have severe allergies, or pain medication for that sprained ankle that just doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Regardless, remember to read all of the information that comes with your medication. It’s easy to ignore and throw away without looking at it. Don’t rely on the bottle containing the warnings about operating motorized vehicles. If it causes you to get a little drowsy, then you shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel.
This was just a small reminder to be safe and if you have any questions about Houston Consignment RVs, or just want to share a few of your RVing tips, don’t hesitate to let PPL Motorhomes know.
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 likeRving 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.
The Rodent. Dirty and destructive. You do not want to have an infestation, or incur rodent damage if you are thinking of consigning your RV. Mice can be very destructive – chewing through wires, cables, wood, fiberglass, plastic. Anything they can get their mouths on, they’ll eat and that includes your food supply.
Suspect you have mice in your Consignment RV? Lay some traps and call an exterminator. You may need to service any damage that has been done, as this can affect the value of your Houston consignment RV.
If you notice any signs that you have unwanted guests, don’t wait for the problem to multiply. I mean that literally,. Mouse gestation period is very short and the pups can become actively destructive in just a couple of months. Once you have the beginnings of a colony….you can only guess where it goes from here. Once they exhaust their meager food supply, they’ll start coming after yours. Cereal and mac n’ cheese boxes are prime targets. You need to act fast. Call an exterminator.
If you have any questions of comments about how to get rid of rodents, or want to check any of the great RV products and supplies we carry, just swing on into PPL Motorhomes.
Going Green. We’ve been hearing this phrase for quite a while now, and we are slowly acclimating to the idea of energy conservation and stewardship of our lands. Even further, the idea of “Going Green” is really starting to show up at campgrounds and National Parks across the US. As RVers, we all have a certain connection with the Earth and the outdoors. That’s why when I found this totally Green RV, I had to share it with you!
In addition, “going green RVing” falls right in line with my last post about frugal ways to RV. I found an article from a full-time RVer that I wanted to share just because it’s so interesting. Do you think you could live this way in your RV?
I am completely off-grid. I have 190 watts of solar panels and a pair of golf cart batteries that meet all my meager electrical needs.
I live in a 6×10 foot converted cargo trailer with the minimal comforts. It’s carbon
footprint is tiny. More importantly, it is so small I can’t own much “stuff.” It’s full with
just the essentials of living, leaving no room for frivolous luxuries. So by necessity I am free of the consumer culture.
I use less than 15 gallons of water a week. I bathe and do dishes with a solar shower,
spray bottle and wash cloths.
While my pick-up gets poor fuel mileage, (10-13 mpg), I drive very little. That’s possible because I work as a campground host in the Sierra National Forest in the summer.
I park the truck and only drive on my weekends when I need supplies.
In the winter I live in the desert on BLM land. Because it is 14 day stay land, I have to move every 14 days. So I find a beautiful spot to camp on, set up camp, and stay there for 14 days until I have tomove again.
I generally go into town once a week for supplies and I have a small motorcycle(75 mpg) I use on most of those trips.
The only other fossil fuel I use is a very small (less than 10 gallons a year) amount of
propane to cook with. Because I am a “snowbird”, moving with the seasons, I rarely am in extreme heat or cold, so I very seldom need any heat and never use air conditioning.
Now, not all of us RVers can be as “Green” as Brian Bawdy’s RV, or the individual above, but there are certain things that we can do to be better stewards of our National Parks and Camp Grounds. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has numerous products that you can use on your RV adventures We have as solar “just about everything” from solar panels, to battery chargers, to patio lights.
You know, PPL Motorhomes knows there’s nothing more enjoyable than going camping with the whole family, and by whole family, I mean Fido and Fifi, those lovable little guys that are there at a moments notice to make your long days at work a little more relaxing. There’s nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. Why not bring them with you on your next RVing adventure. You’ll find that almost every RV park not only allows pets, but has pet friendly areas for your happy little fellas to romp, play, run, jump and explore.
Now while most parks are pet friendly, there are rules that go along with bringing them along with you, so make sure you check with the rules of the park before you decide to bring them along. Like I said, most, if not all RV parks are animal friendly. You’ll just have to abide by the rules like , picking up after them and keeping them leashed unless otherwise noted.
All of us here at your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, bring our extended family member on our trips whenever we can. There’s something about having all of the comforts of home that makes RVing so enjoyable, and that means saving a little room to bring the pets on occasion.
We love camping stories, and REALLY love camping stories that involve our furry friends. Share a few of your camping stories with RV Nana.
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I am married to a wonderful Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana and we've been able to mix the two worlds and build a fun life together. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, so it is obvious that I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I also happen too be the 2011-2012 President of the Texas RV Association, so you know the RV lifestyle...is my style.