If you’re looking for your first new or used Motorhome or trailer, or wanting to upgrade from the one you have now, picking between a trailer and motorhome can be a big decision.
The first thing you need to figure out is how the RV will be used, and whether you need to accommodate a lot of people and belongings. The next thing to consider is the budget, because a trailer will usually cost less than the most comparable motorhome. So, if you happen to be new to the world of recreational vehicles and cost is an issue, then a trailer would be a great place to start. Regardless which you choose, they can be stored at an indoor storing facility when not in use.
One of the biggest benefits of a trailer over a motorhome is the ability to unhitch it once you arrive at a campsite. If you hooked it up to a truck, you can maneuver on and around the campsite a lot easier than if you had a bigger motorhome (the motorhome does give you a lot of amenities inside that big package, though!). If you’re torn between the two — and have a specially outfitted truck — take a look at a fifth-wheel trailer for the ability to tow and to get some of the extras that a motorhome provide.
With a motorhome, you can tow a smaller vehicle behind to use on the campground, so you aren’t necessarily grounded at the site with one of the big boys. Also, once you set a motorhome up, it can be quite comfortable when you level it up and attach all of the hookups.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with a motorhome or a trailer, it just boils down to personal preference, camping lolcations you plan on choosing and your budget.
So, are you a Motorhome person or a Trailer person, either way we have quite a few used RVs at PPL Motorhomes, so I’m sure we can find the right one for you.
Hi-Definition to be exact. If you are looking to zazz up your outside excitement, consider a new hi-def entertainment console. If you are handy and understand a combination of carpentry, electronics and audiophile gibberish, then by all means, have a crack at upgrading your RV.
Check out the PPL Motorhomes web site for all the gadgets and stuff you need to turn your RV into a rolling entertainment center…well, I guess technically it already is.
PPL Motorhomes is one of the nation’s largest used and consignment RV Dealerships, so we see our fair share of diesels come through PPL Motorhomes to be sold. The Diesel RV has been around for quite some time. Still, they have an unusual mystique about them. People seem a little leery of diesel engines, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning what they are. Once you figure out what a diesel motorhome can do and how much more pleasant they are to drive than the typical gas motorhome, you might make room in your budget to try it for yourself.
1. Smoothest Way to Drive
You should never think just because it is a diesel you will be bumping up and down the road like some trucker. On the contrary, diesel pushers are made for smooth sailing. The way they are made allows them to ride smoother than the gas counterparts. They also have an adjustable air compression unit, meaning that you can make it fit the height of your RV. It serves to stabilize the RV when gushing winds or over sized diesels come swooshing by, allowing for greater control of the RV.
2. Did Someone Say Power?
Going up a steep grade will be no problem in a diesel pusher. The diesel engine has a lower RPM which gives you more power for pulling. So not only will it drag the motorhome up-hill, it can easily do it while dragging the family car as well.
3. More Room Means More Living Space
Since diesels are built on a bus frame, they are bigger than your average RV. In some cases, when you start adding slide outs to your already large trailer, you have got a motor home that is pretty darn close to the size of a doublewide mobile home. I have actually rented apartments smaller than these things.
4. Smooth Braking
Since the RV is built on the chassis of a bus, you can get some nice bus features as well. The air brakes make driving these bad boys down the road so much easier.
5. Better Mileage
It’s not possible to talk about vehicles without talking about fuel efficiency. In most cases, the miles per gallon on a diesel is much higher than on a regular Class A. Higher MPG means more money for your all important trips.
Now that you know the basics of the Diesel RV, you can find Used and Consignment RVs right here at PPL Motorhomes. Once you step inside one, you just might find that your retirement dream really did include a diesel. You just didn’t know about it until now.
Who has a Diesel Pusher the love and why should RV Nana readers shop them?
How about this for a strange story? Last weekend we were camping and my husband noticed a small wet spot on the carpet near our bedroom cabinet. This cabinet happens to have washer/dryer connections, however, I am not one of those people who wants to do laundry while we’re out RVing, so they aren’t even hooked up. Besides, there is usually a Laundromat close in case I have to do an emergency load of wash. After we cleaned out this closet, we realized the water was actually coming from the water line to the washer. Having never used this connection, this was all a very interesting mystery to me. My husband found that the seat in the faucet had become loose and a small leak had started when we hooked up to water the night before. A few minor repairs (and several hours of using the fan on the carpet) got everything back to normal again. Apparently, the motion of the trailer on the road had loosened this connection slightly, and the pressure of the city water connection forced it to spring a leak. I am now adding one more thing to my checklist when setting up the trailer…check the closet water faucet for leaks!! So, glad we found it early or we would have had a big mess.
Okay, at PPL Motorhomes, we’ve all heard about credit card fraud, identity theft and all of those other horror stories that seem to happen to others, but never really expect it to happen to us. I hate to admit it, but I learned a lesson the hard way. I was checking out at one of our favorite discount stores and fell victim to a credit card fraud tactic. Most people know that I never meet a stranger and always chat with the cashiers and others in line. As I was completing my transaction, the cashier asked me for my credit card as I was about to swipe it in the machine.
I reluctantly handed it to him and asked why I could not swipe it myself. He explained the credit card machine had been acting up all morning. Moments later he asked me to sign my name on the same machine that was supposedly on the fritz. I was a bit alarmed and immediately asked for my card back only to see my card laying next to his register next to his cell phone. I asked what he had his phone there for and was given a story about texting his friend and other nonsense. At that moment I had the strangest feeling that something seemed a little strange about the entire transaction. Not wanting to cause a scene or become targeted in some way, I took my purchases and went directly to my car where I called the credit card company.
At first, the very nice lady at Discover acted as if I was a bit crazy when I tried to explain that I thought my card might have been compromised in some way, but she assured me that she would put an alert on the card. Within minutes the charges started appearing on my account. Apparently the cashier had taken a picture of my card and sent it out to all of his friends who went crazy placing orders that I was apparently paying for. Fortunately for me, Discover contacted me and the account was closed within a couple of hours. The best thing of all was that the call I made to the credit card company, along with the fact that I knew exactly when and who had done this has since lead to the arrest of that same cashier.
Apparently the store actually had video surveillance of his actions, and when they put it all together…Bingo! Now the moral of this story is…Pay attention to your surroundings, protect your credit cards, even from employees of the shops you visit. Especially when you are RVing. Furthermore, never be embarrassed to call and report suspicious actions. I can’t help but think that if this happened to me, it certainly can happen to someone else. In fact, I may have saved someone else from a horrible experience!
Bastrop, Texas is still a great place to get away and enjoy the RV lifestyle. I know all of us at PPL Motorhomes have heard so much about the fires and devastation that it seems that most people assume that there is no place in the area to go RVing. We spent Thanksgiving weekend at the LCRA Park and it was beautiful. This is our second Thanksgiving weekend to spend here because it is only a few hours from home and close to family. It is also far enough away from the city life to enjoy the outdoors and close enough for the girls to to run into town to catch a few Black Friday sales.
Our fifth wheel was set up in a site was probably one of the best in the park with lake access and lots of room. We took the Kayaks out and just had a great time hiking, biking and enjoying the family. Our daughter and her family were in the site across from us so we had the grand kids to keep us busy and entertained. The guys fried turkeys and we had all of the traditional Thanksgiving food out at the picnic table, complete with the homemade centerpiece the kids made from items they found on their hikes.
It was a wonderful weekend with great weather. We certainly had plenty to be thankful for this holiday season.
Bastrop is in the process of rebuilding and will come back stronger than ever. As you can see from the few pictures we took, you’d never know how much devastation the fires caused, which is all the more reason to visit the LCRA Park in Bastrop. Trust me, you will be surprised at the beauty you will find here.
Swing by PPL Motorhomes, be sure to tell us about your camping experiences.
One of the things I’ve been seeing a lot at PPL Motorhomes is that the age of new RVers is getting younger, specifically with the “Baby Boomer” generation who are approaching retirement. This isn’t news to anyone, especially the “boomers” themselves, but since we sell Used and Consignment RVs, we see a lot of first timers. Owning an RV falls right in line with the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 who have a love affair with anything on wheels.
The following are excerpts from a piece from an occasional series published by the Miami Herald I think you may find interesting.
For the parents of Boomers, most of whom who had suffered through the Great Depression and World War II, a car was something of a luxury. By the time the oldest Boomers posed for their driver license pictures, however, teenagers thought of a vehicle as a necessity. Desire varied a bit by geography. Miami, for instance, has always had more of a car culture than New York, with its mass transit.
As they age, experts say Boomers’ transportation choices will force them to balance image with comfort, desire with reality. Those who once zoomed down the highway on fast bikes will want something easier on their backs.
We hear about perfect examples everyday. Parents who camped with her sons throughout their Boy Scout career Now purchasing Class A motorhomes for those grown children and their families in hopes of continuing the tradition of travel and the outdoors.
Trust me, there’s nothing like retiring in style! Do you already have an RV? Are you planning on getting one? Did you stumble on this post and want to know more information about RVing? Leave me a comment or call PPL Motorhomes…we should have all of the answers!
This is not something that RV Nana, or PPL Motorhomes takes lightly.
I recently read of a 55 year old Oklahoma man who died when his travel trailer caught fire while he was asleep. By the time emergency services got to the campsite, the flames were reported to be 20 to 30 feet high and the RV was totally consumed in flame. The RV next to the unfortunate camper was also destroyed. At the time of writing this, the fire is still under investigation to determine the cause.
This isn’t always the most uplifting stuff to talk about, but all RVers need to be aware of the very real fire hazards we could face on a daily basis either through neglect or accident. The problem is that there’s not much to our rigs and, in fact, can burn alarmingly fast. They are filled with fuel of all types: textiles, flammable liquids, wood, paper products…you name it, it can probably be found in our rigs.
There are multiple ways of protecting your family and property, but you must always keep in mind that a fire in an RV can turn into a catastrophic event amazingly fast. The chances of you putting out a rapidly spreading fire in your rig are slim to none. Don’t believe me? Watch the speed at which fire can spread below…be sure to read the comments on the video:
See, all it took was a spark and a little wind to fan the flames. If your RV is burning, GET OUT! That’s all I can say, don’t try to put it out yourself.
Have your RV checked and inspected on a regular basis by PPL Motorhomes…they may find something that you aren’t aware of. Besides, It’s better to be safe than sorry right?
Having an RV is a great way to travel around the country with family and love ones. It is basically a home on wheels, minus some of the electrical appliances you use every day…but not many.
An RV uses only a small amount of power, hence it has a limited on board power source. Therefore, you cannot run multiple electronic gadgets at the same time using the existing power source or supply or it will drain the battery very fast. You would not want to be stranded by the side of the road just because your battery went dead.
To increase the power supply on an RV, many people are opting to installing a solar power kit on their vehicle. Trust me, this is money that will be well spent.
To save cost, you can actually make the RV solar system via a Do it Yourself (DIY) approach. The setup is quite simple with only 4 major components which are the solar panels, charge controller, battery units and power inverter.
The function of the solar panel is to collect the energy from the sun and converts it to electric current. This is done by using a semi-conductor material known as Photovoltaic (PV) cells.
You can purchase good quality solar panel from PPL motorhomes. For a RV, you may have to bolt the panels on the roof of the vehicle making sure it is secure. Panels to flying off your RV when traveling at high speed is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.
The solar array on the roof of the RV will be connected to the charge controller. The charge controller will take the electric current generated to charge a series of batteries. The type of battery most suitable for solar system is marine type or deep cycle battery. This kind of battery is more durable and can be discharged to a very low level without damaging the internal components. For a RV, 4 – 6 units of battery will be more than enough to fulfill the power needs.
Since all deep cycle battery can only store Direct Current (DC), the power inverter will be used to convert the DC to Alternate Current (AC). Most modern electrical equipment are designed to run on AC.
How much would it cost to make the solar system for your RV on your own? All of the parts can be purchased from major hardware stores. If you do your shopping during bargain or discount period, the whole setup can be built with a budget of less than $1,300.
Check into PPL Motorhomes, you save a more money than you previously had thought. Plus we have the people who can help you with your project.
Whether own a Texas RV, or not, there’s never been a better time to take up the RV life. Whether you’re a weekend wanderer, a snowbird or a full-timer, there’s a used RV to suit any travel budget and any taste. With baby boomers starting to hit retirement age, more and more people are taking to the road with their motor home, fifth-wheel or travel trailer. In fact, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association recently reported that nearly 8 million American households have and RV, motorhome or travel trailer and that there are as many as 30 million RV enthusiasts in the US.
Looking for a few helpful tips? Here you go:
Map it Out
A large part of the RV appeal is the exhilarating freedom of the open road to go wherever you want, whenever you still should have a solid travel plan in place. Look in travel guides, contact tourism boards in states you’ll be passing through and search on the Internet. A GPS system is a good idea, especially if you’re new to this kind of travel. If you’ve carefully designed the route you’ll be taking, it makes it easier to do spur-of-the moment things like checking out that oddball museum you just spotted on a roadside billboard!
Have A Checklist? Just Checking
As a part of your “pre-trip preparation” (in addition to the essentials) put together a thorough checklist of things to do when setting up at a campground. There are the basics, like finding out where all the campground connections are, making sure your RV is level and properly hooking up your water, gas and electric systems. Equally important, you should have a second checklist of what has to be done when you break camp, both in terms of setting up your RV for departure (quick hint: when you think the job is done and everything is ready, check again).
Be Prepared – Have A ‘Just-For-The-RV’ First Aid Kit
Always make sure you have a fully stocked, up-to-date, just-for-the-RV First Aid kit, and keep it in an outside storage compartment. It should include basic medical supplies (bandages, ointment, OTC pain reliever, insect repellant, scissors, etc.) and items like a flashlight, paper and writing implements, and a disposable camera in case you have to take photos of an accident site. If you don’t feel up to the task of putting one together yourself, an extensive range of ready-made First Aid kits are available for purchase. Also include an emergency supply of must-have medications and a list of important contact names (family members, doctors, insurance agents etc).
Camping with Kids
If you’re traveling with children, make sure to set aside time during the day for outdoor activities, as even the roomiest RV can be confining for kids. And give each child his or her own space in the RV, no matter how small, for personal stuff and toys and games. RV traveling is a unique opportunity for your children to see new and different places and faces. There are often plenty of other kids at campgrounds – but be sure to walk around a new campground with your children when you first get settled.
A Little Help From Your Friends
When in doubt, ask your fellow RVer. However well-traveled you might be, odds are there’s someone you’ll meet along the way who has been somewhere you haven’t, solved a problem you haven’t yet encountered, or spotted an out-of-the-way delight you’ve never heard of. No matter how much research you’ve done, there’s bound to be a campsite you haven’t read about, a storage system that has escaped your notice – or a funny anecdote that you’ll laugh about for years to come. The new folks you meet may or may not become close friends for life, but they’re an important part of the journey.
Storing Your RV
When your trip has come to an end, and you’ve seen all you can see, you may need a place to store your RV. Finding the right RV storage solution for your recreational vehicle isn’t always easy, but it might be a necessity, as many neighborhoods have deed restrictions and home owner associations that don’t allow for storage in your driveway. Besides a RV represents a major investment in terms of cost, time and long term maintenance, so it’s important to make sure the storage facility meets your needs for safety, access and amenities.
I can guarantee that all of us here at PPL Motorhomes look forward to one of two things: helping you get the RV of your dreams…or, dreaming about going RVing ourselves! Can you think of anything to add to this? If so, leave me a comment…(ex. A Little Help From Your Friends).