As an RVer, you know that there are sometimes when we need to either make and unscheduled stop and spend the night in a business’ parking lot. Wal-Mart is a good example. If you plan on doing this, whether the stop is planned, or not there are certain thing that you are responsible for as a guest of that business. And yes, you are a guest and should behave as one. We call it our “Good Traveling Neighbor Policy“.
If you are planning on touring and area and thing it’s a good idea to skip out on a traditional camp site so you can essential sat “free” at a local business’ park lot, think again. First of all, you should get permission from the business owners, or manager before you start setting up shop. Many cities actually have ordinances against boondocking at local businesses. So check if you are even allowed to stay there first.
Next, and only if it is “OK”, don’t stay longer than one night. This is not only rude, but it can affect that business’ traffic, which is something you certainly don’t want to do. Being a nuisance will only make those business’ less receptive towards other RVers who are looking for a place to layover in the future. Most complaints by business’ are have to do with both having a giant RV disrupting the aesthetics of their business as well as the abuse of their good nature for even letting you stay the night.
Here’s a good list to keep in mind when you need to boondock at a place other than a designated camping site. It’s a little blurry, but I think you can still read it and, honestly, it’s all common sense.
The bottom line is that if a place of business and the city ordinance allows you to stay a night in a parking lot, use your better judgement. Don’t start blazing your BBQ. Don’t throw a party. Keep you presence as unnoticed as possible. You will not only be doing yourself a favor and earning the trust of those business, but you are also an ambassador for RVers everywhere. If you decide to abuse the kindness of local business, be prepared to be asked to leave.
Here’s a reminder, it’s always a good idea to call ahead instead of just assuming you can stay the night. Laying over in a local lot can either be a Godsend or a nightmare, it’s hat’ entirely up to you…and mare sure you, at the very least, thank them for their generosity. If you have any questions about travel and boondocking at local lot’s, give PPL Motorhomes a call and we can give you more tips and hints. In fact, we probably can help with a few RV friendly places for future layover.
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.
As an RVer, or even a homeowner for that matter, I know you have a pet peeve about something related to your RV or house. Mine is a kinked water hose! Ahhhhhh!!! I can’t stand it when the hose kinks! It’s always when you need it most and it’s always far away. You may try the “flip and twist” technique, but that hardly ever works. It either tangles the hose more, or you can never get it untwisted. You have to walk all the way over and physically flip the hose. I know I’m complaining, but have you ever experienced the Houston Summer? You need to expend as little energy as possible.
Of course you can get one of those nice garden caddies. They usually do the job well, but the hose can sometime still twist on the line, and where do you have room in your RV for hauling a giant, cumbersome garden hose holder, or caddy? Never fear, Apex never kink hose is here! The Apex Neverkink RV and Marine hose is guaranteed to never kink, or tangle. Well, that solves my problem right there!
I highly recommend an Apex Neverkink hose. Especially if you are like me and can’t stand to have a messed up garden hose! PPL Motor homes carries them and they are very reasonable. Check them out… you’ll be glad you did.
Why does PPL Motorhomes, your consignment RV center recommend that you sell or put your RV on consignment during Spring? Well, the answer really is quite simple. It all boils down to Spring Fever! As soon as the weather breaks and we see our first signs of spring, people are already tired of being cooped up for the Winter. (Especially up North where they had some very serious weather and snowfall this Winter season.) When Spring finally does roll around, RVers want nothing more than to be outdoors.
Likewise, people who don’t own an RV yet may see their RVing friends leaving and going off for weekend and spring break adventures and they want to be part of the fun. Of course, calling the RV lifestyle “fun” is an understatement! We’ve had customers who have been waiting almost their whole lives to get their first RV, and in Spring buyers come out of the woodwork.
Everyone imagines that every day in an RV will be like that wonderful Spring adventure day. The weather is comfortable, the camps are open and you will make friendships that can last a lifetime. Who doesn’t want to sit around a campfire on a comfortable Spring evening talking about the past and what’s in store for the future? I’ll tell you, every conversation is better over roasted hot dogs, marshmallows and S’Mores. Who doesn’t want to be part of that picture? If you are ready for you first, or fifth RV, check out our consignment RV inventory at PPL Motorhomes in Houston and PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.
If you are planning a RV trip around the state any time soon, one great place to check for thing that you may find interesting is the Texas Parks And Wildlife Calendar. For example, ever wanted to learn how to Fly Fish? Expert fly-fisher Bob Cappallo will teach fly-fishing for beginners from 9am – 1pm at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center on February 9th. Want to attend a Survival Fair? There’s one February 23 at the McKinney Falls State Park.
The point is, if you are looking for something to do, other than just sitting around and relaxing (nothing wrong with that either), check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Calendar for special events being held every month. Take the video below as another great example. Since the fire that virtually wiped out Bastrop last year, there has been a concerted effort to replant many of the trees that were lost. This would have been a perfect activity for the whole family. It teaches adults the importance of showing kids how they can become stewards of our great State, even after a devastating disaster.
The calendar is updated regularly so you can plan your trips according to what may interest you and your family. I highly recommend that you check out all of the wonderful activities that Texas State Parks have to offer. I think that you will find that your RVing lifestyle will really be broadened by going to a few of the events listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
If you have any questions about RVing, purchasing a consignment RV, RV parts and accessories or simply living the RV lifestyle to it’s fullest, give PPL Motorhomes a call.
Let’s face it, nobody likes a stinky, loud inefficient generator. We all like our campgrounds free from pollutants and noise. Lot’s of times, our generators can be more of a liability than anything else. If it’s time for you to replace that old generator with one that you can trust, we recommend Yamaha generators. In fact, there are a myriad of reasons why Yamaha makes a superior generator in comparison to the rest on the market. It’s their reliability, durability and value. You simply can’t find a generator that does more, for less money.
Check out the EPA’s guide that show Yamaha generators being a much better value than other generators on the market. In fact, a Yamaha generator will last twice as long as Honda for about the same price, their nearest competitor.
If you’ve ever had a question about which generator to get, the choice is clear. If it’s time to get a new generator, PPL Motorhomes, recommends that you take a look at Yamaha generators. They have a long illustrious history of durability and value and we have received so many positive comments about the Yamaha line.
Swing by PPL Motorhomes anytime, or check them out online.
Why should you consign your RV, and why should you buy a consigned RV?
If you own a RV and are looking to unload it, you have a couple of options, you can trade it in on a newer model, you can sell it yourself or you can have someone sell it for you. Trust us, the paperwork alone is enough to drive any ole’ RVer insane. That’s something that PPL Motorhomes can do for you. Plus, finding a potential buyer can either be a hassle or a nightmare. You could find a lot of potential buyers, but which one’s are legit buyers or not? At worst, you won’t find any buyers. Trust us, we’ve had countless customers who have consigned their RV with us after trying to sell it themselves with considerable relief. When you consign with PPL Motorhomes, we have people perusing our inventory for RVs like yours.
Likewise, if you are looking for your first, of fifth RV, buying a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes would be a very frugal decision. You can get more RV for more money. You’ll also have the comfort of knowing that we’ll take a look through the RV an make sure every RV we have on our lot meets our standards.
Don’t you hate it when you pull a soda, or beer out of the fridge and realized that it just hasn’t been in there long enough? How do you expect to relax at your campground without a cold beverage to enjoy. Well, here comes the science. This is a useful trick for parents and grandparents, and a great science activity for kids and grand-kids. We are talking about the 2nd law of thermodynamics here. The salt will lower the freezing point of your ice water in your bucket. Take a look at the video below and see how to super-chill your drink in two minutes.
No more room temperature cokes and beers. You can now virtually pull your can of refreshment out of your shopping bag and super-chill it in two minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time to stow a little gear and then relax with a frosty cold beverage at your campsite.
This was just one little trick you can do while RVing. Know any others you can share? Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, is curious to know your secrets for having a nice relaxing time while RVing.
You may think that having a case of frostbite is relegated for those in extreme cold, or those climbing mountains. That is not necessarily the case. Anyone who’s skin is exposed to freezing temperatures, or temperatures below freezing can get frostbite. Frostbite is a pretty dangerous situation to the human condition where skin tissues freeze and ultimately die. Extremities, like fingers, toes, ears and your nose are the most susceptible to frostbite.
Winter’s in the Houston area aren’t especially harsh, but we do have that very rare snowfall that is very exciting for kids and adults alike. Making a few slushy snowballs can result in the potential for frostbitten fingers. Even further, if you plan on RVing this winter and plan on visiting colder climates, remember that your chances for frostbite while RVing will increase. Keep in mind that it doesn’t take very long for the skin to react to cold weather.
So what does frostbite look like and how do you treat it? Check out the video below for an example of what frostbite looks like and how you should go about treating it.
Again, it doesn’t take much for your skin to start to react to freezing temperatures. If you are starting to feel any numbness or tingling in any of your extremities, it’s time to get out of the cold and warm up. We all know how hard it is when you are having fun in the snow while RVing. In fact, that’s one of the best things about RVing, is being able to go places that aren’t anything like where you live. In our case, PPL Motorhomes being in Houston and New Braunfels, we mostly get rain during our winter season, but keep in mind, should we get any snow or sleet this year, be extra careful out in the cold. Frostbite can sneak up on you very quickly, so know what you need to do if you think you may have it.
Nobody likes having a stuffy RV. You know what I’m talking about, that stale air you smell when you haven’t used your rig in a while? Or, maybe you use your rig all of the time and you just can’t get that musty smell out. Well now you don’t have to worry about that any longer with Maxxair’s fantastic MaxxFan Deluxe. This is by far one of the best RV vents on the market. Why? Well, it operates rain or shine because it has a rain shroud that keeps water from entering your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel. It really is a great piece of equipment and fits in your standard 14″ vent opening. The unit can operate with the RV in motion, or stationary. That’s a big plus, since there is no doubt that your rig will be stationary for long periods of time. It is the only all-in-one unit that includes a fan, vent and rain cover.
To make circulating the air in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel even more convenient, the Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxe has a hand-held remote control that is optional. If you are looking to remove the stale, musty air, rain or shine, then the only fan you should look at is the Maxxair Maxxfan Deluxeand your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes not only has them, but we can show you how easy it is to install them!
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate enough to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I have been blessed with years of wonderful experiences and memories of RVing with family and friends. With 3 children, 8 grandchildren and a ton of friends who I refer to as my adopted family, I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I was blessed to have shared this lifestyle with my late husband, a Cajun from Lafayette, and his spirit will live on in all of us as we continue down the road of life.
My life with PPL has given me so many wonderful chapters, from sharing my RV experiences as RV Nana to working with the Texas Campground Owners Association and holding the position of President of the Texas RV Association from 2011-2013, so it’s easy to see that the RV lifestyle is my style. Watch for me on the road …I’m the one with the RV Nana license plates on my car and RV, and share your RV experiences with me. See you soon!