What Exactly is Glamping?

There’s a certain appeal to camping and RVing. The escape from everyday responsibilities, exploring someplace new, getting out of your element, and enjoying a night by the campfire. With that being said, there’s a new craze taking hold in the adventure seekers world. It’s called “glamping”, quite literally “glamorous camping”. Gone are the drab tents, dirty campsites, and your “average” RV. With RVing, you’re traveling in, and living in something that is yours. Glamping aims to get you out of that familiarity and into a lavish and unique environment with comfortable amenities.

The good news is that when you travel with an RV, you’re afforded all of the luxuries of some of the highest-end glampers out there. After all, you’re hauling around a living space full of all of the creature comforts of home. All you really need now is few additional items and you can glamp in style!

Outdoor furniture is an integral part of the glamping lifestyle. Comfortable, plush, well-made outdoor furniture that you can sink into and spend some quality time in. No cheap plastic chairs here! Only the best will do!  Another addition to consider is a hammock. What better way to watch the sunset than in a comfy hammock with pillows? Maybe even a blanket if it’s chilly? Spare no expense if you’re serious about living the high life out on the road. Eliminate plasticware, paper cups and plates. Take the time to find the freshest ingredients for your gourmet dinners instead of frozen pre-made entrees. Pamper yourself with the finest linens and bedding for tthe utmost in comfort. Glamping is all about taking you out of your element and into a higher standard of living. All the things that you wish you could have in your house, can all be taken with you for your travels. The options are limitless!

Oh, and decorate, decorate, decorate! It’s your RV, so make it truly YOUR RV! Let the inner interior and exterior designer loose and you’ll quickly be the talk and the envy of the park. Nothing excites me more than seeing a decked out RV that is a true reflection of the RVers personality and style. Need some ideas? Call PPL Motorhomes!

There are so many ways to transform your normal RV experience into  I realize that there’s a big difference between RVing and glamping, but I think it sounds like a great vacation and it’d definitely be something different and unique. What do you think about the idea of glamping in your RV?

Thanksgiving in an RV

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m sure the question has popped into your head: “How am I gonna cook Thanksgiving dinner in my RV?”. Knowing that your RV has smaller appliances and counter space than your kitchen probably scares you a little bit, too. But not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to make your turkey day go off without a hitch.

I’ve heard of many RVers who have cooked a turkey in their crock-pot! This will free up your stove and allow you to cook side dishes while your turkey is being cooked. One that I recommend is the Roasted Yams and Apples recipe. Since you’re not using your stove-top just yet, there are a couple of great recipes out there for green beans and a curried butternut squash and apple soup that would be a cinch to make in your RV. Minimal ingredients and a small amount of space taken up.

Some people like to deep fry their turkeys, which is great, because you can do that outside! That just leaves more space inside for you to cook side dishes and desserts. Be sure to bring enough fryer oil to cook with!

If baked turkey is your thing, then I recommend buying turkey breasts at the supermarket. They are more compact than a whole turkey and you can buy a few packages worth and stick them in your freezer.

If you carry a grill with you when you go traveling, you can always grill a turkey on it! You may have to take the top warmer shelf out to get the whole turkey in there, but a 4-burner grill should accommodate a smaller turkey.

Always think ahead when preparing a big meal in your RV, take all the ingredients you can, then stop by the grocery store for the additional items.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy RVing!

PPL Motorhomes: Thetford RV Toilets

I guess there would come a time where your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes would have a a big sale on on parts and accessories that I never thought I’d ever really write about. In this case, I’m going to give you a little introduction to your RV’s toilet facilities. The more that I got to thinking about it, the more I realized that this might be the most piece of equipment in your RV and would make for some light bathroom reading material. Pun intended.

This may sound funny, but at PPL Motorhomes, we are big fans of Thetford’s Toilets. They look great, are well constructed and, well, they’re comfortable. Our customers who have purchase them for their RVs have told us the same. Take a look at the video from Thetford below.

If you want to really get down to brass tacks and be a little serious here, the Thetford Aqua Magic V (in the link above) is the most popular RV toilet product in North America. RVers like it because the Aqua Magic V is an economical choice and a solid, day-after-day performer. This RV toilet is available with dual-hand or convenient dual-foot pedal operations. It is also available in high (17-2/5″) or low (12-9/10″) profiles to fit your specific space requirements.

Thetford RV toilets offers a taller, more comfortable seat and single-control fill and flush for full-bowl wash-down every time you activate the hand lever or foot pedal. Its contemporary design is lightweight, easy to install and service. Textured lid sheds water and resists scuffs. So, if you are thinking about putting your rv on consignment, or just looking to replace your toilet, consider Thetford RV Toilets. You can check out the entire Thetford line up at PPL Motorhomes.

Make Jacking Up Your Trailer Easier With A BAL Scissor Jack Motor Kit

Everyone who loves hand cranking their scissor jacks on their trailers, raise your hand.

Oh, wait, you probably are still sore from the last time you had to hand crank your jack.

Well, our consignment RV dealership is going to come to your rescue with a great product from BAL Scissor Jacks. This power leveling jack is an optional 12 volt motor kit. It’s easy to use and easy to install. Add one of these to your trailer’s scissor jacks and you’ll get nearly automatic stabilizing at the push of a button. No more getting down in the dirt, no more sore muscle and no more thrown backs. As I said, this lightweight, high RPM motor kit is easily installed, this sealed motor has easy access to manual override. This product is to be used with BAL Deluxe Scissor Jacks (94-1211, BAL model 24002D) or Standard Scissor Jacks (94-1361, BAL model 24002C). Includes motor control. 2 per box.

This scissor jack motor kit is designed to quickly lower the jack to the ground, or raise it back to the closed position. Using the motor to lift a vehicle may damage the motor. Jacks not included.

Here’s how to install your BAL Scissor Jack Power Pack Motor Kit

If you would like to make jacking up your trailer easier, you really do need to look into getting a scissor jack motor kit. Trust me, you will really be glad that your did. If you have any questions about this product, or any other product we may carry, don’t hesitate to contact your consignment RV center and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes. We’ll gladly help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Less Is More In Your RV

When it comes to your RV, less is more. The RV is an easy place to get overloaded very quickly. I’ll bet if you were to look in your RV right now, you probably need half of the stuff you have packed away in there. Just think about the stuff that are packed continuously and go on every trip. Do you really need to fill every available space in you RV? Of course not! You just have to make the effort to clean out all of the stuff that, for the most part, is just along for the ride.

I finally made the decision to go through my RV  and I realized I had tons of stuff I never needed to take with us.  There were even items that I had never used the entire time I owned RVs.  Ever do that before? If so, it’s time to scale back considerably.  I mean, really, I did not need 2 sets of silverware, 14 serving bowls or 48 red solo cups.  Nor did I need to have 4 water filters, 2 hoses, 6 packages of toilet chemical drop ins and 6 cans of bug spray.  Enough was enough. Even when I started through the clothing, there was no way I needed all of those swimsuits, shoes and 16 pairs of socks. No wonder our gas mileage was low.  I had been carrying my entire house with me.

I had to stop the madness and took the action I had been saying I’d take four trips ago. I got water tight storage containers and went to town. When all was said and done, I took 3 expedition sized loads out of the RV and have everything I really need packed in 6 tubs. I improved my living space, I improved my gas mileage and I took a lot of stress out of packing for my next trip. Try scaling back a little and you’ll find a lot of the same benefits that I did.

When was the last time you really cleaned out your RV?

PPL Prides Itself On Customer Service

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While I never think it is a bad thing to brag about the quality of customer service you give as a company, I have to admit, it’s nothing really. In fact, it’s really easy. That is just how we operate. Our entire crew here at PPL Motorhomes is naturally focused on helping others. You see this isn’t really a job for us. We are all RVers and this is our lifestyle. Our customer service attitude comes from being RVers ourselves and knowing what we demand for our personal motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and tent campers.

It’s important that we run our business the way we know other RVers want it to be run. Not just with great prices, but a real understanding of everything RV related including parts and accessories. That’s why it makes me swoon with pride every time someone sends us some nice correspondence. Like below. It tells me one thing; there’s a great chance that if a customer is happy, then I would have been happy. PPL Motorhomes is a Consignment RV Sales & Parts And Accessories Center owned by RVers, for RVers.

Hello Parts department.

I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service and leadership that came with my two recent orders.
Speaking with a parts person that has some particle knowledge of how to install the parts they are selling is fantastic.  Who would have thought a toilet can be in and out in 15 minutes or a hot water heater changed out in less than 30 minutes.  When I shared my story about trying to fix my old hot water heater and it kicking my butt the salesman and I had a good laugh.  I caught him just before closing Labor Day Saturday and there was no rush to get me off the phone.  Now I have hot water, more importantly Momma has hot water.

I assure you that PPL Motor Homes will be my vendor of choice in future purchases and I will recommend them to all my friends.

Michael Smith

Thank you, Michael, for taking your time to share your experience with us. I’m proud that you have trusted us with your business. If there is anything you need in the future, you already know we are entirely at your service.

Two Things You Must Know About Your RV

There are two things that every RVer should know: the weight of your RV and your current tire pressure. I’d say that these two things aren’t mutually exclusive either. First, the weight of your RV is of critical importance because it is very easy to overload your rig to an unsafe weight. It goes without saying that an overloaded RV is a dangerous RV.

Check out the video below for important data on your RV.

Now, tire pressure. This is an area of extreme importance that some RVers sometimes take a flippant attitude towards. You know, just looking at your tires and eyeballing your tire pressure. What’s the problem of this? Well, you very well could have created a dangerous combination of The Overweighted vs. The Under-Inflated. This imbalance can put unnecessary stress on your tires, thus increasing the potential for catastrophic failure. The video below explains both the importance of maintaining proper weight distribution and tire pressure.

So you see, just because you have space available, it doesn’t mean you should use it. Every trip should be well thought out in regards to what your are loading your RV with. If you have any questions about weight distribution, or maintaining the appropriate tire pressure in your RV you can call PPL Motorhomes and ask us any questions you may have.

Can You Afford To Go RVing

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The short answer is, “YES”! It’s talked about all of the time around here with our own PPL Motorhomes customers. RVing can actually save you big bucks on your next family vacation. If you are working with a reasonable budget, not an extreme budget mind you, you can vacation for longer, see more sights, spend more family time, have a bigger adventure, and cut some extreme costs.

Planning correctly and early means you won’t have to spend money on a hotel, or additional costs for extra food (we all know eating in is much more economical). Plus, rest stops are much more comfortable and you’ll have plenty of room for all of the kid’s stuff. Now, I know what you are thinking though, “…but fuel prices are high.” That may be true, but when compared to airline tickets, you’ll pay much less per person.

Take a look at the video below and you’ll see how a large family can take a longer trip and spend less money by going RVing.

If you need more proof, or need some extra help planning your first RV trip, or better yet, if you are looking to purchase a RV of your own so you take trips more readily, then come and see us.

PPL Motorhomes Cures “Couch Potato Syndrome”

It’s kids favorite time of year, Summer.  But, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t keep learning, nor should it mean that “couch potato syndrome” should set in. Those of us here at PPL Motorhomes who have children, or grandchildren will be taking them on road trips almost immediately after school ends. Of course, they’ll get ample time at home to play and decompress from the school year, but we won’t be letting them turn into a couch potato this summer either.  That’s why RVing is so great! It’s more affordable than your think, just take a look at all of the consignment RVs we have to offer. Plus, owning an RV is not just a home away from home for our kids and grand-kids is also a great teaching tool. It gets them outdoors so they can take a discovery hike, paddle a canoe, swim in a lake or go to the beach.  In fact, owing an RV, in my opinion, is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family. The ability to make memories with family and grow in the RV lifestyle is, in my experience, invaluable.

Now while the family in video below doesn’t have an RV, it certainly shows how much fun kids can have in the great outdoors.

The earlier kids start appreciating the outdoors, the better stewards of our State Parks they will grow to be. A child that grows up outside, rather than in front of  a TV, or a gaming console is going to be more well rounded in their appreciation of the things that are around them. Science, Math, History and Poetry can be found right outside the city limits. They’ll be amazed what they find outside.

If you are interested in starting your own RV lifestyle and getting those kids off of the couch, see PPL Motorhomes. We carry a bunch of different motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels to choose and consignment RV might be the perfect first RV for you and your family to get out and see what you’ve been missing.

My First RV Trip

This was sent to me by a reader and fan of this blog. Apparently he’s been around the RV lifestyle for a while with friends, some family and even as an element of his job; however, he never had the opportunity to actually take a trip for himself. Here is his open letter to me.

Dear RV Nana,

Let me first say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You might find my story interesting, or at the very least moderately entertaining. I’m 40 years old and have worked on the marketing side of the RV Industry for 14 years. That’s not the interesting part, up until now I have never taken a single trip in an RV of any kind. It’s hard to believe, and I know what some of your readers may be thinking; “How could you sell an RV if you’ve never spent time in one? Well, the only thing I can say to that is, through my clients direction, manufacturer education and RVer’s stories, I consider myself as knowledgeable as the next RVer, at least in theory, but not in practicum.

However, I’m excited to report that I have now joined the ranks of the RVing public. My family and myself decided to take the opportunity, on a recent trip to Colorado, to rent a consignment RV and have our hand at RVing. I can say with utmost certainty that I THOUGHT I knew what RVing was like, but it wasn’t until we spent just a little time in our rented unit did we realize how an RVing was such an incredible way of traveling. I’ve written about the basics of RVing for years, such as actual savings when compared to other forms of travel and lodging. The comfort level was extraordinary and it truly felt like a “home away from home”.

One of the main reasons we decided to rent a RV as opposed to a large SUV or van really was because of your blogs. You make RVing sound like such a great adventure and suitable for everyone! So far, you’ve been right. That just reinforced everything I already knew, but never thought to put into practice. There is no doubt that we will be looking into getting our own RV very, very soon.

Thanks for all of your effort and championing the RV lifestyle! If you see fit, feel free to share my story with others so they know that there are different options out there when it comes to travel. RV rental really is one of them.

Sincerely,

Dave

Well, there you have it, a long time reader, but first time RVer…or something like that. You are certainly welcome, Dave! I’m glad to have played a minor role in your decision to try out RV travel. I’m even more happy that you are now considering an RV of your own!

If you are like, Dave and think it’s time for an RV, don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. I’m sure we have the right RV for you and your budget.