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?

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.

Spring Is The Time To Sell Your RV

There comes a time in every RVer’s life when they  decide that it’s time for a change. Time to start shopping for a new RV. Spring is usually the time many RVers choose to start the process of looking for a new rig. They could be looking for something that is bigger, with more luxury. Or, they could be downsizing for a myriad of reasons as well. They look for new, but will certainly exhaust the used market as well looking for the RV deal of the year. If you are considering selling your RV, Spring is usually the best time to do it. That being said, it always make me wonder why many RVers choose to trade their RV in at a dealership as opposed to putting it on consignment. Not that trading in your RV is bad, but you could lose massive amounts of money, as opposed to putting that RV on consignment.

Think of it this way. Sure you can trade in your current RV and, in many cases, get less than half of what your RV is currently worth to put towards a new RV. But, wouldn’t you want to get the most money you can for your used RV? Of course you do! Well, consider putting your RV on consignment. Let me put it to you this way, PPL Motorhomes has sold 247 RVs in the last 45 days. You read that right: 247 in 45 days. Why couldn’t that be your RV? Oh, that’s right, because you were going to put it towards your trade. Maybe our video below will convince you to put your RV on consignment with PPL Motorhomes.

The bottom line is that we generally have more RV buyers than we have RVs to sell and that means your RV will sell faster and you will get more money for it! Anyway you cut it, you simply can’t beat 2,500 to 3,500 potential buyers per month. It’s really hard to get that kind of exposure if you are attempting to sell your RV on your own.

We have over 45 years in the consignment RV market which easily places PPL Motorhomes at the top of the list for both potential customers as well as those looking to put their RV on consignment. If you have any questions on either putting your RV on consignment, or purchasing a consignment RV, don’t hesitate to call either of our two locations: PPL Motorhomes in Houston & PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.