Gaining Even More Storage With A Trailer Tongue Cargo System

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We all know that one of the most precious commodities in your RV is actually SPACE! Packing efficiently is virtually the only way to make the most of your available space and save lots of headaches in the process. You almost have to be a geometry wiz to really pack cargo well. What if you could add a few extra feet of storage space to a place you never really thought could be used for storage, whereby opening up more room in your rig for storage.

Enter the Stromberg Trailer Tray! It’s the first storage system of it’s kind and is an ingenuous way to take advantage of space that was virtually unusable before Stromberg came up with the Trailer Tray.

Adjustable to fit most “A” frame trailers on the road today. Up to 300 lbs. can be supported and your tow vehicles suspension guarantees this is the softest riding area on your trailer.

  • Use it for generators
  • Coolers
  • Compressors
  • Welders
  • Wood boxes
  • And more

All hardware is included and it isn’t too hard to install. I can tell you, not having your generator, or a cooler taking up space in your RV just meant that there is that much more space for you to bring something else…or, just cleaning up your cargo space. I can tell you from experience and customer testimonials that this really is a great addition to any “A” frame trailer. Plus the fact that it can support a fairly hefty weight in an area of your trailer that is physically the softest riding, just makes it that more safe and usable.

If you have any questions about this unique new storage system. Don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. We’d be happy to explain in greater detail about this Stromgberg product and any other products you may have questions about. Happy RVing!

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:]

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!

Does your RV need to lose some weight?

Did you know that driving or towing an overloaded rig is a leading cause of RV accidents? Even a slight overload or unequal weight distribution can seriously restrict braking and steering, dramatically increase fuel consumption, and cause sudden blowouts or breakdowns. An overweight RV also creates the danger of early failure in your rig’s tires, brakes, wheels, drive train, and other components.This might be something you may not think about all of the time. Really, for many new and some seasoned RVer’s out there the “Gas and Go” approach to RVing can cause some problems down the road (pun intended).

So, how do you know if your RV needs to go on a diet? That’s actually an easy question. Your RV is overloaded if it exceeds any of the manufacturer’s established limitations for total load, axle load, or tire loading. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the maximum amount your RV can safely carry. It includes both the wet weight and the cargo weight. You can find the appropriate weight limits by checking your owner’s manual for weight limitations.

So how do you lighten the load? Well, that’s another easy question to answer. If your RV turns out to be a heavyweight, go through it with a fine toothed comb and really think about what’s necessary and what’s not. Just because your rig has a lot of shelves, drawers and other storage space doesn’t mean you have to fill them all up. A really good idea is to simply remove all your belongings, then put back only the items you really need. If you can’t do it, maybe you should call that “Hoarders” TV show.

Here is something that is also often overlooked: tire pressure. Always remember to check your tire pressure before each trip. Poorly maintained tires can become a very real and dangerous issue, especially when combined with an overweight rig. Maintaining control of an RV with improperly inflated tires is a recipe for disaster.

The bottom line is a properly balanced RV, well maintained equipment, properly inflated tires and good driving can tame almost any road.

How Treat Minor Burns While RVing

As a Mother and Grandmother, believe me when I tell you, I’ve seen almost every injury out there while camping. It’s easy to twist an ankle, get a cut, break a bone, and of course, get a burn. Let me tell you, burns are the worst, whether it’s from grease, electricity, fire, or chemical, a severe burn is not only painful, but it is debilitating and can be disfiguring. So, what do you know about burns? Do you know what to do if you have to treat a burn?

As many of you are well aware of, there are 3 types of burns:

1st degree burns which burn the first layer of skin. An example of this is a sunburn, or possible burn from scalding water. These burns are mild.

2nd degree burns are deeper and affect the second layer of skin. This can result in discomfort, pain and blistering. Grease burns usually result in this type of burn. These burns can be severe and may require medical attention.

3rd degree burns penetrate through the layers of skin and into the tissues under. Having a 3rd degree burn will most certainly result in a emergency room visit and possible hospital confinement.

4th degree burns are the worst on the burn scale. The burn penetrates the skin, the tissues under the skin and into the muscle material nerves, ligaments, tendons. blood vessels and bones. These burns are serious, dangerous, easily infected and always require medical treatment.

As stated above, infection is a serious consideration when it comes to the treatment of burns. Deep burns and open blisters are the most likely to become infected. Do your best to keep the would as clean as possible and protect the area with fresh gauze. A minor burn is less likely to become infected as the skin is rarely broken, thus allowing bacteria to enter in the wound.

You should call 911 if:

  • the burned area is charred, or white
  • electric shock, or chemicals caused the burn
  • the burn is on the face, hands, feet, genitals or a joint
  • the burn covers 10% or more of the body

What do you do if you have to care for yourself or someone else who is burned:

  1. Soak the burn. put the burned area in cool, not cold water. Keep it there for 5 to 15 minutes. Don’t use ice, or butter to cool the spot down.
  2. Removed burned clothing. If it is stuck to the skin, don’t pull it away, rather cut around the spot that is stuck. IF you have a burn this bad, you will need to seek medical attention immediately.
  3. Cover the burn. Use non stick gauze, or a clean cloth. If it is a mild burn, you can use antibiotic ointment. Also, don’t pop the blisters. That is a sure fire way to get an infection.

One of the most common types of burns while RVing are grease burns. It doesn’t take but a little splash of bacon grease to ruin your trip. I can guarantee that you will get at least a 2nd degree burn if that grease hits exposed skin. Follow the steps above for treating a grease burn, but be smart about it. There is a chance that you may want to visit an emergency room. Men get burned more and they are also the most stubborn about seeking proper medical attention. So, ladies, make sure your boys do the right thing.

I want you guys to be safe out there, especially around fire and grease. If you have any questions, comments or advice about how to treat burns, I know that all of us at PPL Motorhomes would love to hear from you. Just leave a comment in the section below.

Be safe out there, folks.


RV Parks Are Great For Family Reunions

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.

A Smart Dryer Is Something Every RVer Needs

One of the things that always seemed to be a hassle when we went on our summer RV trips was dealing with wet bathing suits and towels. I don’t know how many times, after a pleasant day on the beach, river or at the park pool, that I had to shout at the grandkids (and my husband) to NOT throw their wet towels and bathing suits on the floor in our RV. But sometimes, finding an appropriate place to hang them to dry isn’t that easy and I’d rather they not use the dryer all of the time for conservation reasons.

Then I found: Smart Dryer. It was the answer to all of my water soaked prayers. The Smart Dryer is perfect for drying towels, swimsuits and more.  It’s practicable, function, lightweight and easy to install on your ladder. Equipping your RV with a Smart Dryer means you will no longer have your towels and swim gear hanging form lawn chairs, truck tailgates or ladders. The Smart Dryer is made of stainless steel, so that means it’s both strong and rust resistant. I also folds into itself, so it won’t take much space in your RV, which we all know is extremely valuable.

I was looking online and found this great video.

I wish I had known about this years ago.  It will come in handy for our annual Fathers Day river outing on the San Marcos river. You can get your own Smart Dryer online at PPL Motorhomes. Trust me, if you send any amount of time in the water this summer, this drying rack is goring to help stop a lot of headaches and keep a lot of carpets in your RV dry.

Moms Of Soldiers And Soldier Moms…We Love You!

When was the last time you called your mother?

With Mother’s Day just around the corner  it reminded me of the old  “MOTHER” acronym, you remember the one:

“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means obstacles she overcame with me,

“T” is for the tears she shed for me,

“H” is for her heart of gold;

“E” is for her everlasting spirit,

“R” is for remembers me at all times and occasions.

Put them all together, they spell


a word that means the world to me.’

Then I began to think, as I often do, about those who serve this country and how Mother’s Day takes on a VERY special meaning for them during their deployment, as it does for the mother’s of our warriors as well. I wondered…as a Mother, how does it feel to have a son, or daughter constantly in harm’s way? What does it feel like to watch your child willingly go off to war and fight for their country? I can imagine it is equal parts Pride and Fear. At some point, as mothers, we have to loosen up our grasp on our children regardless of how much we may not want to. Although our children grow and start families of their own, we never really let them go. We may loosen the grasp, but we never truly release it. I can certainly see how supporting your child as they volunteer to go off to war can give a whole new meaning to Mother’s Day..almost redefine it. For most children, both young and old, Mother’s Day may mean little more than calling mom, or making her breakfast in bed, or simply doing something out of the norm. However, Mother’s Day for a military family can be one of the most important days of the year for both mother and child. It’s the time to say, “Thank you. Mom. Thank you for bringing me up to love my country and love my family.” For as much as fathers are looked up to, mother’s share equally in the molding of their children’s ideals, personalities and allegiances. They are as responsible for instilling love of family, God, liberty and country as much as the fathers in this Nation.

What about being a Mother IN the military? We must not forget the thousands of mothers who are on active duty right now, away from their family…away from their husbands and children. What does Mother’s Day mean to them? Imagine willingly leaving your family behind to follow a call to duty. That is something that most of us could never fathom. As a mother, I certainly can’t truly imagine what it would feel like to board a plane, knowing that there is a chance that my family may never see me again. Being away from your children for a few days can be painful enough, but for a better part of a year? That is an unbelievable sacrifice for country. Remember that this Mother’s Day there are thousands of mothers in the services who are eagerly waiting to hear from their family and are counting the days until the get to hold their children again.

So, for the thousands, upon thousands of Mothers either in service, have a child in service, PPL Motorhomes thanks you. I thank you. We should all thank you for showing the true strength of mothers here in the United States of America. We will never forget, or understate your sacrifice and wish all of you a truly Happy Mother’s Day!


Can You Spot The Warning Signs Of A Stroke

I know this is a little bit of a departure from writing blogs about consignment RVs and RV parts and accessories, but I received an email recently that got me thinking. Would I know the signs of a stroke if someone I was camping with was having one? I know what I’ve heard, but at that moment I realized that I didn’t know all of the signs.

The fact is that the symptoms of a stroke can be variable. Meaning, they aren’t universally the same in every instance. You may have a variety of symptoms, or you may only have one. The biggest thing to remember is that time is essential. Check out the video below for a few things to look for when it comes to recognizing symptoms of a stroke.

There are a number of different ways to identify when a person is having a stroke. It doesn’t have to be that they just have a headache, or that they lose coordination, it could be a number of things. Remember this acronym: S. T. R.

S: *Ask the individual to SMILE.

T: *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. Chicken Soup)

R: *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he, or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

The one symptom that I just found out and didn’t really know about was the tongue test. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out his tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. That was something that I wasn’t aware of.

So, as you are traveling from park to park this year, always be prepared to recognize and react when it comes to emergency care. Lot’s of times I don’t think we really think about our health while on vacation. You never can tell when something as serious a stroke may occur. It doesn’t matter if you are at home, work or out RVing, a mini, or major stroke can happen without much warning.

Just another friendly reminder and lesson from RV Nana and PPL Motorhomes.

Earth Day Is April 22nd, But Every Day Should Be Earth Day


April 22, 2013 is Earth Day . What does Earth Day mean to you? Do you even know what Earth Day is? Do you know what it is about? Have you really thought about the impact that you make on this planet? I mean, have you REALLY thought about it? It’s not enough for just some of us to take responsibility for recycling, not littering, using less fossil fuels and caring for all of our flora and fauna.

I know that being and RVer can be a double edged sword sometimes. Here we are, with the urge to travel and explore, but that takes, in many cases, a lot of fuel. As a consequence we are not only using fossil fuels, but we are also emitting toxins into the air. Even further, when we visit our favorite parks and forests, I know that we do our best to leave as small of a footprint as we can, but we still have trash, refuse and black and grey water residuals to take care of.

Now this doesn’t me that as RVers we are hypocrites. I think that, in fact, we are quite the opposite. More than most we are very cognizant of the type of carbon foot prints we leave in the areas we visit. We are also some of the first people to make donations or contribute to the conservation of wildlife and forestry! I know many RVers who are members of conservations groups. I also know that they are leaders in their neighborhoods when it comes to recycling and spreading the word of how and why we should keep Texas beautiful.

Check out the official Earth Day web site. It’s pretty neat.

I think that the bottom line is that when it really comes down to it, everyday is Earth Day. When we go RVing, I for one really am really grateful for everything that we get to see and do outdoors. It’s always a shame to see the slow deterioration of our planet and the places we like to visit. We all should be hypersensitive to the condition of our environment. Not just when we are are RVing, but all of the time.

All of us here at PPL Motorhomes are proud and happy to have the ability to anywhere we want, anytime we want…for now. It’s up to all of us to keep it that way. Remember, April 22nd, 2013 may be Earth Day…but so should every day be for that matter.

Oh Boy, The Poison Ivy Is Back

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.