Wineguard Mobile App For Carryout Anser Antenna

Of the myriad of great and wonderful things that RVing brings to my life, pointing and setting the reception of our Wineguard Carryout Anser antenna isn’t necessarily one of them. It isn’t that it’s terribly difficult to use, on  the contrary, the Carryout Anser is an amazing antenna. The fact remains that finding the right elevation for any dish, or antenna can be a moderate pain. For many RVers, myself included, trying to use elevation maps, or searching for the right elevation by trial and error can be frustrating at times.

Well, the days of what I lovingly refer to as “point and pray” are over thanks to the new Wineguard Mobile App for the Carryout Anser antenna. Finding your satellite zenith is now easier than ever. This free app takes ALL of the guesswork out of finding the right elevation to set your Carryout Anser to. It uses the GPS in your smart phone to calculate the exact elevation, which means you can start enjoying a clean and clear satellite reception in a matter of minutes.

The app allows you to choose the satellite service you use and start watching your favorite programs in just 3 easy steps.

1. Choose the Elevation Guide.

2. Choose your provider. You can choose from DIRECTV, dish or Bell.

3. Choose the satellite you are trying to receive.

You’re done! It really is that easy. There’s nothing to it! This great new app will tell you the correct elevation to set on your Carryout Anser and then all you have to do is rotate it to the correct elevation and lock it. There you go, enjoy your shows!

There is no doubt that this app is big time-saver and will keep you from pulling your hair out when trying to search for your satellite signal. It’s super-easy to use, but if you have questions there is a help number you can call which will put you in direct contact with Wineguard. It also has a Wineguard dealer finder if ever needed while you are out on the road.

If you already have, or are considering getting a Wineguard Carryout Asner antenna, I highly recommend adding this app to your smart phone. For further questions concerning the satellite itself, or for any other RV parts or accessories, feel free to call us here at PPL Motorhomes, or visit our PPL Motorhomes locations in Houston and New Braunfels.

Spring Is The Best Time To Sell And To Buy An RV

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.

Mardi Gras Is The Perfect Event For RVers

It’s true, Mardi Gras is the perfect event for RVers. Today is Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras and that means it’s the one time of year you can get out there, enjoy the festivities, and dance like no one is watching! It’s events like Mardi Gras that people who own RV can really enjoy without having to scramble for accommodations. We all know that the event is one of the World’s largest celebrations, but do you know the reason behind the celebration itself?

The Mardi Gras Carnival dates back thousands of years to pagan spring and fertility rites.  Roman festivals of this time had merrymakers binging on all the meat, eggs, milk and cheese that remained in their homes, until the season of Lent began, a time of eating only fish and fasting. In France, the day before Ash Wednesday came to be known as Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday.” The word “carnival,” another common name, may also derive from this vegetarian-unfriendly custom: in Medieval Latin, carnelevarium means to take away or remove meat.  Lots of cities have Mardi Gras celebrations highlighting music, dance, costumes, King cake, and yes, of course, the coveted beads! [Source: Leisure Resort Newsletter]

Mardi Gras is fun for all ages, as you can see in the amazingly cute video below. Carter isn’t 3 just yet and this was her first Mardi Gras…Sometimes it take the innocence of a child to help us remember all of the really fun and amazing things life has to offer. In this case, it’s her first Mardi Gras celebration.

If you’ve already been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, then you understand the joy that little Carter in the video above was experiencing and how her happiness can be experienced by everyone attending any Mardi Gras festivities. If you haven’t been to a Mardi Gras celebration, make plans to attend one next year in your RV. There are some really fantastic parks in the area. Just do a little research, or even give us a call and we may be able to suggest a good R park to stay in during the festivities. Don’t own an RV yet or want to upgrade? We;; we can do that too. We have hundreds of RV on consignment for you to tour. Just swing by PPL Motorhomes any time and take a look, we’d love to show you around.

50 Reasons Why Texas Is a Bonafide Utopia

I normally don’t really re-direct my readers to other pages away from mine. I’ll admit it, I want people to read my posts, but I ran across a gem of an article that fits in perfectly with the RV lifestyle. It helped that it gives 50 reasons as to why Texas is a honest to goodness Utopia.I’ll reprint some of the article here because I think that it really brings to light how lucky we are to live in Texas.

I’ve never made it a secret about how much I love our Great State. It’s simply because there are so many things to see and do while RVing, it’s literally an RVer’s paradise! I’ve written  and discussed it before, but I’ll say it again. In an RV you can literally visit the oceans, plains, desert hills, lakes and mountains without ever leaving the state! I’m still incredibly amazed by how lucky we are as Texans.

Follow this link and take a look at some of the 50 reason Texas is a Bonafide Utopia.

If you have any suggestions that you think PPL Motorhomes customers should visit, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. As you see in the video above about Waco Tanks, there are simply thousands of things to do and see, and thousands of places to bring your family. What are you waiting for? Get that RV ready and go and see your share of this great State.

Texas Is A RVer’s Wonderland; Rockport & Fulton TX

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times…and I’ll say it a thousand more times to boot: I LOVE TEXAS! As an RVer, I truly believe there is no greater state in the Union that has more to see, more to do and more to explore. Texas is overflowing with mountains, hill country, plains, farmlands, amazing forests, lakes, rivers, tributaries and coastal regions. If a RVer ever says they’ve seen everything they can see in Texas, I’d challenge them to reevaluate their previous destinations and dig a little deeper. Texas is ripe with must-visit small towns like Shiner, Gruene and New Braunfels all of which have an amazing amount of sites to see, things to do and stuff to buy. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has a location in New Braunfels, so you can even shop for RVs and RV Parts and Accessories while you visit.

Today, I’d like to clue you in on a great RV adventure area in the Gulfport cities of Rockport and Fulton, TX. If you’ve ever had the joy of traveling down the Texas Coastal bend, you will be able to visit some of the most scenic, friendly and adventurous towns and places in Texas. Rockport and Fulton aren’t necessarily considered twin cities, but their communities overlap, which makes for one amazing RV destination. There are multiple RV parks in the area, so you won’t have a problem finding a hook up.

Here’s a great little historical video I found done by a Texas A&M student who lived in Rockport since the age of 6. Check it out, it has some really great information.

If you aren’t inspired to visit the Coastal Bend, specifically Rockport and Fulton after seeing that, well, maybe you should watch it again. There are so many things to do, they are too numerous to list here, but here’s a few “Don’t Miss” stops: Blue Wave Beach, The Fulton Museum, The Texas Maritime Museum, The Salt Flats, The Fulton Fishing Pier and more! Check out this site for additional sights as well as RV Parks and Campgrounds: Betterrving.com.

Sun, sand, water and fun. As soon as summer rolls around, we are going back down for another visit. It might even become a yearly destination for RV Nana and family. Of course the best part of visiting the Gulf Coast is that, if you are coming from North Texas, or the Hill country, you can stop by PPL Motorhomes in Houston and PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels for any supplies, parts or accessories you might need. We can even suggest other places to visit on your way to the Texas Gulf Coast!

Texas Travel For The Holidays And After

I’m constantly amazed at how much the great state of Texas has to offer travelers of all types. You can literally find nearly every type of land formation and climate from the Gulf Coast the the tip of the Panhandle. That’s why I’m shocked when I hear people sometimes saying things like, “I wish Texas wasn’t soooo big”, or “There’s not much to do in Texas”. Are you kidding me? There are thousands of miles of things to do in Texas. If you are having trouble making a trip plan for this holiday season, or after, one of the best sites you can visit is http://www.traveltex.com/.

This site literally has every event that is happening across the state. If you are thinking about planning a statewide trip, take a look at Traveltex first. It is chock full of things to do and to see. In fact, if you plan right, you can tour Texas in it’s entirety and see everything from mountains to coastal plains. You can take part in small town events and big city activities.

If you plan on traveling during the holidays, there are drive though forest Christmas light displays in East Texas that will know your socks off. There are flea markets, antique showcases and craft shows galore. Here are a few videos to show you what you are missing.

A trip across Texas this holiday season might be exactly what you need to decompress after a long year of hard work. It’s time to take a look around you, around your city and around your state, jump into your Houston RV and see what you’ve been missing. There is so much to see and do, I don’t expect to ever hear, “What is there really to do in Texas, anyway”?

PPL Motorhomes: 39th Annual TRVA Convention A Huge Success

We’ve just returned from a most successful 39th Annual TRVA convention in Austin.  It was a grand finale of a very exciting year for me as I have served as TRVA president.  When a person takes on an endeavor like this it is a “family” affair and my PPL Motorhomes family has been there for me all year, and I want to thank each and every one of you.  Our work is not over yet as I was elected to a second and final term.  This is an important year for the RV industry in Texas because our legislature is back in session and I’m sure the RV industry will be on the radar as they attempt to correct the budget deficits.  The good side of this year is that we had last year to put many things in place, procedures, ideas and committees  so we can hit the road running without all of that preliminary work.

We are all so fortunate to live in Texas.  The RV industry in Texas is the strongest in the nation and Houston leads the pack, followed closely by San Antonio and Austin, so PPL Motorhomes is in the right place at the right time.  None of us know what the future will bring, None of us know what our economy will do, or what may come of this election year.  What we do know is that we have to continue to work on ways to be exactly what RVers nationwide are looking for and expect in a consignment RV dealership and parts service center.  We have to be prepared for whatever may come our way and we will be the strongest in the Nation.

The following was published today by RV Pro Magazine and I want to share it with all of you. I’m proud to be the President and General Manager of the greatest RV dealership in the country, PPL Motorhomes.

 

LeBlanc has had a “a very successful” first term as president, according to Carol Baker, chair of the TRVA Convention and public relations director for Capitol City Insurance. Other Association members, including RV dealers, reflect the sentiments of TRVA Executive Director Clark McEwen, who said LeBlanc “has really been an asset and her enthusiasm is contagious.

“Everyone (at TRVA) is dynamo but she’s the biggest dynamo we have,” he said. “We’ve had a very good year, but a second year with her, oh – 2013 will be one of our best years ever.”

TRVA raised more money than ever before, while expanding its member base by more than 14 percent during LeBlanc’s first year as president, McEwen added.

Click Image to EnlargeDiana LeBlancDiana LeBlanc, president of TRVA, visits with fellow RV dealer Doug O’Banion, owner of Alvarado, Texas-based Motor Home Specialist, during the Associaition’s 38th annual Convention in Austin, Texas. The Convention was held Aug. 10-13 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.  

“Financially it was a good year and cooperation between parks and dealers has never been better,” he said.

LeBlanc joined RV PRO on Sunday (Aug. 12) during this year’s TRVA Convention, which was held Aug. 10-13 in Austin, Texas, to discuss her first year as president of the Association and what lies ahead going into her second term.

RV PRO (RVP): What were TRVA’s greatest accomplishments during your first term as president?

Diana LeBlanc (DL): The growth in membership and the growth in participation from all levels of membership. It’s an exciting time for all of us.

I call it my farming. We’ve been planting seeds out there about the industry, and they’re starting to grow, and that’s what it’s all about. We have to grow the lifestyle.

RVP: What are your top priorities heading into your second term as TRVA president?

DL: We’re going into a legislative year (the Texas legislature meets once every two years). It’s going to be a bit tighter for us because Texas, like all states – while it’s very strong economically – is going in with a deficit. So, they’re going to be looking for ways to get that money wherever they can. We’re going to have to be attentive to everything that’s going on and communicate that to our membership.

We also want to continue to grow the lifestyle, and grow our membership – I have a goal of 500 members by this time next year. (Membership currently totals 431).

Also, I’d like to see more working together across the industry. That’s the dealer, the park, the vendor, the manufacturer. We’re all in here together.

RVP: Are there specific legislative challenges that lie ahead for the Texas RV industry?

DL: You never know what is going to come down the pike during the session. There are issues with taxation on RVs in parks and that’s one of the things we’re going to look at.

I don’t think we’ll have tax increases but we will find little fees. Fees and surcharges can add up to as much as taxes. We just have to be attentive.

RVP: What are the biggest issues facing RV dealers in Texas?

DL: The biggest issue is going to be continuing to stay strong, and stay lean and mean like we had to get in 2008-2009. It’s real easy when things start getting a little better to start loosening up a little. But, you never know if the recovery will continue.


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LeBlanc walks on the front steps of the Texas Capitol with TRVA members on Saturday (Aug. 11) before the Association’s legislative banquent event held in the lieutenant’s governor’s suite.


RVP: What do you think contributed to the rise in membership TRVA experienced during the past year?

DL: The absolute enthusiasm among the businesses in Texas. It’s contagious.

We’re trying to show and present the benefits of being a member. For corporations and large companies, they can’t afford to just instantly join an association and start paying dues immediately – it has to go through the proper channels. We need to show them that joining TRVA is more than just sending dues in once per year. This convention is a good example of that. Everyone here is very happy we do this.

RVP: How do you balance your responsibilities as president and general manager of PPL Motor Homes with your duties as TRVA president?

DL: With an awesome team. Oh my gosh, it is amazing. From the TRVA executive committee – Clark McEwen and Mary Clair Campos (TRVA director of special events) – to my team at PPL, everybody helps so much. It’s like family. And then the greatest thing is to have the support of my husband (Michael LeBlanc).

When you take on a project like this, and it is a project to be an officer of the Association, this family takes on the project too. You sacrifice some time here and some time there for this. You have to make the decision that it’s the right thing to do.

RVP: Why did you decide to go for another term as TRVA president?

DL: Because I’m not finished yet. The term starts in August and it’s two or three months in before you even get your committees all assigned. And then before you know it, the term is up.

Click Image to EnlargeLeBlanc and husband Michael LeBlanc (middle) sit with Carol Baker (far left), chairwoman of the TRVA Convention for the past four years, and the PPL Motor Home team during the President’s Banquet.

We have a lot of ideas and some things we’d like to try and accomplish and we have to move forward. We want to make a stronger presence throughout Texas, whether that’s through benefits that we do to help our state parks, or some type of charity event. We’re going to do whatever we can to show that the RV association is out there.

RVP: What has been your favorite part of this year’s TRVA Convention, the 38th annual?

DL: Having the legislative event at the Capitol. I’m 100 percent Texan and the Capitol, to me, is just one of the most beautiful places.

I have the greatest respect for our Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples, and to have him there was a real surprise for me – it was like having Elvis show up at your deal. He was invited by Clark (McEwen), but I wasn’t sure he was actually going to show up. Clark has been full of little surprises and they’ve all been good ones for me.

RVP: What details can you share about next year’s TRVA Convention?  

DL: It’s going to be right back here in Austin at the Sheraton at the Capitol. We do two-year commitments with host hotels because it works out better financially.

Clark and I both have some ideas for next year’s Convention. We need to get started pretty soon because planning takes some time.

RVP: Thanks for the interview. Any parting messages you’d like deliver?

DL: Just a big thank you to the wonderful team here, including my family, who contributed to making this show so great. One of the greatest things about this Association is that we’re there for each other. We can fight like cats and dogs, or brothers and sisters, but when the chips are down and things get tough, we’re here for each other. That’s important.