Getting Your RV Ready For Your First Christmas

There’s nothing quite like spending the holidays on the road in your RV, especially when it’s your first! There’s something to be said when you can spend your holidays away from home in “your Home Away From Home“. If you are a seasoned RVer, you understand that the holiday season can be some of the best times to travel. When you RV, you are never really away from home. Sure, you may live on an acre of land and own a 2,400 sq. ft. home, but for many RVers across the country, spending the holidays visiting family, or just traveling in their RV is just as nice (if not better) than staying at home for the season.

That being said, if this is your first RV and you are considering spending the holidays in it, you may feel a little apprehensive that the holidays won’t feel the same…don’t! You can decorate and jazz up your RV according to the holiday season with a small tree and decorations galore. Even just a little bit of decoration can really bring the spirit of the season into your RV. Take a look at this simple set up and tell me it doesn’t look just like home.

See just a little bit of decoration and you are ready for an RV Christmas.

Of course, that’s not all you can do! If you plan on spending time at the RV park, there’s even more way to bring in the holiday cheer. Why not decorate the outside of your RV just like you would your home? Not only will you feel more at home, but all of the other RVers you are sharing the park with will too. Trust me, you won’t be the only one with outside decorations up.

Your consignment RV store, PPL Motorhomes loves this time of year and we stock lights for all types of occasions and times of year, Check out some of the decorations we have to offer. Of course, if you are like us, you probably already have strings and strings of holiday lighting and decorations. Of course, space is limited in your RV or camper, so plan accordingly, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing your first Christmas in your first RV…you’ll never forget it.

RVing Is Great For Traveling And Shopping

Everyone loves to travel and shop and there’s no place like Texas for great travel adventures in your consignment RV.  From small towns to the big city, there’s something for everyone! Take Canton, Texas for example. About 4 and a half hours from Houston, Canton, is a small East Texas Town with one BIG Monday every month.

Every first Monday, traders and craftsmen from all over the state come to sell their crafts, antiques, and other goods. You’ll find everything from pottery, to textiles, to antiques, to livestock. Canton pretty much has everything you’d ever thought you need or want. It really is a great place to take a weekend RV adventure and stay for the First Monday Trade Day.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect:

If there’s one great thing about being able to travel, it’s being able to shop the local stores and contribute to a small town economy. I can say without a doubt that every small town welcomes the business of RVers. In fact, they count on it. So the next time you are taking your Texas RV out for a weekend spin, make sure you stop at the local shops and restaurants and bypass the big chains. You’ll be glad you did, and so will they.

I think I’m going to start doing a regular “Texas Small Town” feature here on RV Nana. If you have any suggestions on what town I should cover next, let me know! Remember to travel safe and travel often!

Bees Can Turn A Fun Trip Into A RV Nightmare

Do you know what can turn a fun trip into a RV nightmare? Bees. That’s right, RV Nana says to watch out for those crazy bees when you’re at a campsite.  Bees, mosquitoes and ants can all be a part of our camping experiences. We’ve all seen them, dealt with them and the fun of the RVing experience far outweighs these pesky creatures.  Last weekend we were enjoying a fun weekend with the family at the lake when my husband bit down into his sandwich and, much to his surprise, a bee had already started chowing down on his meal.  He did not see the bee and the next thing he knew, it was in his mouth and actually stung the roof of his mouth.  Bees are a painful, but tolerable problem unless you’re allergic to them.  Fortunately, he was not allergic, but he was extremely uncomfortable with a swollen mouth, nose and aching teeth.
The moral of this story is “watch what you’re eating and drinking.  The park ranger told us this happens often when people take a sip out of a coke can and end up with a mouth full of bees.  In fact, you know those German beer steins that have the flip lids on them? They were actually attached to the beer mugs to keep the bees out of their beer!

Now, we all know that Benadryl is great for helping us control the body’s reaction to a bee sting, but I have heard all sorts of home remedies to take the fire out of the sting… and none can be used internally!  One person told me to spray a bite with WD 40, another suggested meat tenderizer and another suggested using deodorant.  Now that we have had this experience, I decided to do some homework and research on what to do to prevent bee stings and I found these great suggestions at http://tipnut.com/quick-tip-bee-sting-relief/.

Whatever your remedy, just make sure you have something on hand to help with the reaction from a bee sting. As RVers, we have to be a little creative to deal with some of the elements we encounter.  There is still nothing better than the RV lifestyle.

Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive

It’s that time of year again at your consignment RV and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes is collecting Teddy Bears for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive for the Missouri City and Houston Police Department Clergy Teams. For years, police officers have collected and distributed teddy bears to children to comfort them at a crime or accident scene and these bears often become the child’s best friend. We will be accepting teddy bear donations for their worthy cause.

Last year PPL Motorhomes donated over 800 bears and strives to increase their donation this year to 1,000 bears with your help. To kick off this year’s drive, PPL will again donate one teddy bear for every RV sold in November and December. So, if you are looking for the perfect consignment RV, now is the best time to get it!

Plus, come to PPL Motorhomes on December 15th from 1pm-3pm for pictures with Santa. Don’t forget to bring teddy bears to stuff the RV for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive.

The Two Most Important Things For Your RV

What are the two most important things on this planet? Food and water? No, it’s not food and water, it’s Duct Tape and WD40 lubricant. That’s right, Duct Tape!  As an adhesive it is absolutely, the single most reliable, “I’m totally out of options and I’m gonna’ MacGuyver it, problem solver. Seriously, if I had a dollar for every time my husband’s suggestion for fixin’ stuff is, “Just duct tape it.”, we wouldn’t be in a fifth-wheel, we’d be in a Prevost Motorhome!

This lady feels the same as we do about duct tape: It apparently keeps the chickens out of the kitchen and makes great playpens too.

Now, why WD40? Apart from being the industry standard lubricant (as well as having over 2,000 other uses) one of the most interesting uses that I heard may be that it’s a great way to keep wasps away from your hitch and save your hands, too! That’s right, it can keep them away and if you happen to get stung, I’ve even heard that a little spray of WD40 takes the fire out of a wasp sting. Hope I never have to find out if this really works.

Check all of these uses of wd40 in the video below. I’m sure you’ll find a few in there you can apply to your consignment RV as well.

Houston RVers, Do You Have A Disembarkation Checklist

All of us here at your Houston consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes has heard that old saying “an ounce of prevention” hundreds of times, but I saw something today that really hit home. I have a disembarkation checklist of things we need to do before we hit the road, whether we’re heading off to our favorite campsite or on our way home. I met an RV owner today who was wishing he had made a checklist like that and had taken the time to use it. He closed up his slides, disconnected his water and electric and hit the road. When he got here he was unpleasantly surprised by the mess in his RV. Apparently, he had not secured the refrigerator door and everything, including the milk, was all over the floor. In addition, two or three of his cabinet doors had come open and canned goods were every-where. This was a horrible way to realize he needed a checklist. The following is the list of things we do for our fifth wheel and we actually have this list laminated on the inside of a cabinet.

• Turn off Ceiling fan (before closing the slides)
• Check all cabinet doors
• Make sure coffee pot is secure
• Check refrigerator (door closed – operating on gas)
• Make sure TV is strapped in place
• Close Shower door
• Chairs strapped in place
• Turn off water pump
• Turn off water heater

Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants your to keep in mind that every vehicle is a little different and your list may be longer or shorter than mine. The important thing is that you have a list and read it. TVs, coffee pots and open refrigerator doors can make a huge mess. Remember, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.

RV Fever, When Is The Right Time To Start RVing, Houston

When is the right time to start RVing? Your consignment RV center in Houston, PPL Motorhomes gets asked this question a lot. “RV Nana, when is the right time to start RVing?” Ah, I love this question. The answer is, that there is no answer. You don’t choose RVing, it chooses you. You’ll know it when you get that urge to “go”. Travelers, you understand. I’m talking to your family of 4 who like to go on road trips whenever possible. I’m looking at you, retirees. I’m looking at you, new young family. I’m looking at everyone! The point is that you’ll never know when, where or who RV fever hits.

I guess the next time you see an RV and think to yourself, “I think I’d like to do that one day.” I guess that’s the moment in time when it hits you. That’s the moment you realize that, beyond being one of the most economical forms of travel, it’s a lifestyle.  Whether you are a weekend warrior, a Snowbird or a Full-Time RVer, we all share one ideal: It’s you, the road beneath your tires and your next destination.

So you see, you never really know when you are going to catch RV fever, for which there is no cure. You can only hold it off with a steady stream of highway. So, what’s the first step? How about I show you a nice consignment RV at PPL Motorhomes. Why buy new, when it’s all new to you?

…and one more thing…I promise that you’ll never forget your first RV trip…ever.

What Was The First RV

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.

Suburban RV Water Heaters For Your Consignment RV

Those who are fans of cold showers in your RV, raise your hand. PPL Motorhomes has a really great selection of Suburban RV Water Heaters. The three main water heaters you see in the RV industry are 6 gal, 10 gal and 12 gal. models. There are differences between them, so you are going to know exactly what you are looking for if you are looking to replace your water heater.

According to PPL Motorhomes:

Suburban RV water heaters are known for their porcelain lined steel tank and foam insulation that provides for long life. The high-recovery 12,000 BTU/hour units have a large diameter drain and replaceable anode rod. Heated water corrodes most metals, but the porcelain-lined steel tank features a replaceable anode rod that absorbs the destructive, corrosive action of heated water, ensuring that the entire system lasts longer. The anode rod is attached to the drain plug for easy replacement. Both 6- and 10-gallon LP gas units have 12,000 btu/hr input and an efficient recovery rate
of 10.2 gallons/hour. Direct Spark or pilot ignition models offer an optional electric element to recover an additional 6 gallons/hour at the campsite.

All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance. Choose flush- or surface-mount door for 6 gallon models. All 10-gallon models require flush mount door.

The model SW6DEM a motor aided spark ignition. This unit is a LP gas or 110 volt electric system without the hassle of a pilot that can go out. The model SW6DE is a 6 gal. Direct Spark and Electric unit.

 

There is no doubt that you are going to have some questions if you are looking to replace the water heater in your consignment RV Houston, feel free to contact PPL Motorhomes and ask for Boyd McMakin, he knows almost everything you’d need to know about the subject.

Nothing Beats Tailgating In An RV

Football season is here and there’s already been a heap of controversy. You aren’t going to want to miss any more excitement from your city’s NFL or college team. So, what is the second best thing (besides going to the game itself)? Going to the game and taking your consignment RV for a little pre-game tailgating! There are a few things that you might not think about when you set out on your Ultimate Tailgating Adventure. Dictionary.com defines tailgating as:

-adjective

pertaining to or set up on a tailgate: a tailgate picnic before the football game.
That’s such a mild definition for such a great time! You’re certain to save money on food and drinks when you tailgate as opposed to getting food in the stadium. So, is there an ultimate tailgating RV? Not particularly, some may have more conveniences than others, but for the most part, any consignment travel trailer, fifth-wheel or motorhome will be extremely fun.  Almost as a much fun as you can have in the custom Newmar All-Star motorhome in the video below, specifically designed for tailgating.

Now I can’t guarantee that PPL Motorhomes would have this RV on consignment, but we do have a great selection of consignment RVs that are perfect for enjoying the pre-game festivities.