This Summer is already turning out a hot one. Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, wants to remind all of you campers and RVers out there to be extremely careful with any open flame you may be working with. In fact, you probably want to check with your RV park administrator, or Park Ranger if you are even allowed to have an open flame. Many parts of Texas may have burn bans enacted prohibiting any open flame.
Of course today is the 4th of July and that means fireworks. Use your head if you plan on shooting off fireworks either today, or any left overs you may have. Fireworks, although fun, are not only dangerous when handled improperly, but they can also spark a fire very quickly if you aren’t careful. Considering 4 out of 5 wildfires are started by human error, using fireworks during the driest part of the year is probably ill advised.
On more thing to be careful of is your vehicle, or Motorhome causing a fire. That’s right, if you pull over off of the road, the heat from your engine can catch tall grasses on fire fairly quickly. If you can, try to stay on the shoulder if you need to pull over. It doesn’t take much to start a fire that can spread rapidly. The last thing you would want is to create another fire like the one that consumed much of Bastrop, TX last year. That fire even jumped a river…twice if I remember correctly.
The bottom line in regards to pretty much anything you do while RVing is to use your head. Also, have a plan just in case there is a fire. Staying in a National Park? Know how to get out and listen to everything any Rangers may tell you. If you are staying in an RV Park, stay in contact with the Park Office for any evacuation procedures. Fire can be unpredictable, so keeping up to date with any wildfires that may be in your area is probably a pretty good idea.
If you have any questions, or comments for PPL Motorhomes, or RV Nana, leave them below.
If you’ve ever been to your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, or if you’ve read any of my blogs concerning Memorial Day, or July 4th, you already know that I’m fiercely patriotic. Being an American and proud of that fact isn’t just something I say or do, it’s who I am. It’s who we all should be.
The Celebration of our Independence from British rule should be marked with reverence and respect. Of course most of us will do so by hanging our flags, inviting friends and family over, and firing up the grill. Just remember “why” you are allowed to do that. Remember all of the soldiers who gave their lives so you wouldn’t have to. It goes all the way back to 1776 when our original 13 colonies had enough of British rule and sought to break away from the Crown.
This July 4th, do something different, check out this link and reeducate yourself on why we have a July 4th celebration to begin with. Happy Independence Day from RV Nana and all of us here at your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes.
“You don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone.” Truer words, I challenge you to find more of. Translated into RV terms it’s freedom to go anywhere we want, anytime we want. RVing will be a timeless form of travel because to wander is in the blood of every American. The curiosity. The whole notion of, “what is out there?”, while never leaving terra firma has intrigued Americans from our most humbled beginnings. Independence from the British Colonies, then the urge to roam west. The American Spirit can be seen from coast to coast, it’s in the things we do, lie RVing. It’s that unnamed urge to roam.It seems to be human nature to demand Independence and break away to follow the base desire of: More. American’s want more, as RVers do. Our urge to travel and explore has never been stronger, nor has our American Spirit.
RVers, this is your chance to hit the road and see all of those places you’ve been promising yourself you’d see. Jump in your motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels and thank your good fortune you were born in one of the greatest countries on Earth. And don’t consider this bragging either, it’s pride. A perpetual and un-fettered Pride for this country and our founding principles. The freedom to “get up and go”, the freedom be ourselves, the freedom to just be…American.
If you have been in the RV lifestyle you know what I mean. If you’re new to the lifestyle, then you’ll son learn what I mean. If you’re thinking about joining the lifestyle well, come and see me, I have the perfect consignment RV for you right here at PPL Motorhomes.
Take your time to familiarize yourself with some of the insects contained on the page. You will certainly see them at almost every RV Park and campground in Texas. For the most part, most of these insects will pretty much leave you alone if you don’t mess around with them. However there are a few species out there that can be fairly aggressive. Especially if you get too close to a new nest that is being constructed. If you have the misfortune of disturbing one, you will be pounced upon as a threat and most likely stung. If you are lucky it will only be once or twice. As if that isn’t painful enough, let’s hope that you aren’t allergic to the venom released into your system. A serious attack will all but shut down the great relaxing weekend you had planned.
Get Stung and having an allergic reaction? Check out this video:
Being stung and being allergic to that insect can cause a lot of problems, so if you know you are allergic, it’s better to avoid areas that you know you will encounter wasps, bees or any number of various of stinging insects in Texas. It’s always a good idea to keep some hornet spray in your RV…all of us here at PPL Motorhomes do.
Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you about the silent killer that could be present in your RV and not even know it. Carbon monoxide, for the most part, is a colorless, odorless gas which can go virtually undetected without the proper warning system. Every year there are deaths attributed to even small leaks of carbon monoxide seeping into the cabin of your RV.
The best and easiest thing you can do is to be prepared and take a preemptive stance by putting the appropriate monitoring devices in your rig. The Safe T AlertCarbon Monoxide Detector also alerts you to LP gas/Propane and Natural Gas leaks to Protect your loved ones in your motorhome, trailer or 5th wheel camper.
It includes all the same great features as our Classic LP Gas and CO Alarms, but all in one, space-saving package! Dual alarm detects both carbon monoxide and propane gas inside your RV, as well as Natural Gas. These units are flush mounted and directly wired into your RV’s 12V system. They have “No-false-alarm” sensor technology.
Interconnect up to 2 alarms. When one unit sounds an alarm all connected units sound the alarm.
Test/Reset Button – Tests all detector functions with one touch.
Resets and Mutes alarm while safety and corrective actions are taken.
Alarm is fully operational during mute cycle and will re-alarm if hazardous conditions reoccur.
RV 12 Volt Hard Wired Model. Prevents accidental disconnection during alarm.
Built for the extreme RV environment. One Year Limited Warranty.
The Manufacturer actually recommends that CO and LP detectors be replaced every 5 years. This way you know you have a fresh sensor that is always ready to detect and warn you and your family of the presence of dangerous gases in the cabin of your RV.
If you have any questions or comments about the Safe-T-Alert carbon monoxide, please don’t hesitate to contact your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes.
Your Consignment RV Center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you of the importance of having functional and responsive smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your rig. The very scary fact is that, in regards to fire, it can spread though your RV in minutes. There really is no “fire-retardant” materials used in the build of your RV. It’s mostly wood, fiberglass and steel. It doesn’t take much for fire to spread as there is more than enough fuel sources through out your RV.
Here, watch the video below and see how quickly a fire can spread through your RV.
This is actual footage of a motorhome diesel pusher that I was driving, The fire started less than 5 minutes before I started shooting this video.
Don’t mess with fire people. If you have a fire in your RV, GET OUT! Stuff is just stuff, there is nothing worth being injured over. I guarantee you that 99% of the things you brought with you can be replaced, so don’t stay in harm’s way by trying to save your belongings.
Make sure you check your smoke alarm before every trip. Don’t just assume that it is working. You may only have just a few seconds to get out of your burning RV, without a functional smoke alarm, you may not get out at all. If you think it’s time to change out your smoke alarm, PPL Motorhomes has a selection for your to choose from, You can check them out on line, or swing by your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes and pick one up.
Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes was wondering if you have a checklist for checking out of your RV park? We all know that RVers are consummate list makers. There’s checklists for everything. From pre-trip and bathroom inventory checklists, to cockpit supplies, gadgets, food and basic travel checklists, you can bet an RVer has made one.
Collect and store all items from outside the RV (chairs, mats, satellite dishes on tripods, grills, etc.)
Secure items inside cabinets and storage compartments
Secure items on kitchen sink and counter
Secure items on bathroom sink
Secure items in shower
Secure all other loose items
Latch shower and closet doors
Latch all cabinet doors (use heavy Velcro strips, rope, or elastic cords for doors likely to open during adverse driving conditions)
Latch refrigerator doors
Close and latch stove top and oven door
Lock tabs on external range hood vent
Secure TV’s and sliding TV trays
Secure other entertainment electronics (stereo, DVD, VCR, etc.)
Secure computer and accessories (laptop, monitor, printer)
Secure all other items in and near driving compartment which may fall on or otherwise injure passengers during an emergency
Close roof vents and windows (except those left open for ventilation)
Remove decorative and other items from awnings and store (lights, bird feeders, etc.)
Stowe and secure awnings
Check slide tops for debris and water
Move items out of the slides’ way inside the RV
Move in slides and lock slide mechanism, if available
Lay down and pad large items which may fall or shift (chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.)
Confirm that all sliding trays are latched and secure (external storage compartment trays, propane bottle trays, battery trays)
Empty black tanks (do this first so sewer hose gets flushed with contents of gray tanks)
Close black tank valves
Empty gray tanks
Close gray tank valves
Add treatment chemicals and a small amount of water to black tanks
If traveling with pets, make arrangements for their needs (put food, water, bed, leash, etc. into accessible area of motor home)
Disconnect cable TV and telephone line, and store cables
Disconnect electricity, and store cable and adapters
Disconnect sewer hose, and store hose and relating accessories
Disconnect water hose, and store hose and relating accessories
Confirm that refrigerator is running on 12 volt DC or is turned off (if 120 volt AC is available in the motor home, then it may stay on AC)
Turn off all other propane appliances (water heater, furnace)
Shut off all propane bottle valves (unless propane is necessary for the operation of motor home)
Discard all trash
Stowe all remaining external RV features such as hand rails, steps, decks, etc.
Secure all items carried on outside or roof of RV (chairs, bicycles, coolers, etc.)
Raise or remove all stabilizing jacks
Raise leveling jacks
Collect and store leveling blocks from under jacks
Remove wheel chocks
Confirm that all is clear under the RV (all jacks are raised or removed)
Confirm that all slides are moved in completely and check overall exterior of RV for protruding items
If RV wheels are resting on leveling blocks, move RV off blocks, collect and store blocks
If carrying items on hitch platform, load and secure (bicycles, motorcycles, etc.)
If towing, hitch trailer or toad to motor home
Close all internal doors (bathroom, bedroom, living room)
Lock all external RV doors and panels
Check motor home lights (including signal and brake lights)
If towing, check trailer or toad brakes
If towing, double check that trailer or toad is hitched securely to motor home. Confirm that all safety devices have been correctly applied.
Perform a final walk around. Look under and around RV. Confirm all jacks are up and nothing is protruding from sides or roof.
Check motor home mirrors, and adjust if necessary
Leave marker in RV slot, if returning (common markers are tables, chairs, or a vehicle)
Fuel up the motor home
If you are not certain how much your RV weighs, drive to a truck scale and confirm that all weights are within motor home ratings
Now that’s a pretty detailed list! For the most part is should look just like your pre-trip list. Keep in mind that there are lots of things you can forget before you hit the road again, so go over them twice and preferably with your travel companion. Two sets of eyes will really help you see that you left your black water lines dropped, or something equally as bad. A misstep in your packing and departure really can ruin a trip.
Have any other lists you’d like to share? Feel free to leave some of your tips in the comments section below! Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes and all of our customers may find them useful!
It was Dad who picked us up when we fell. It was Dad who taught us how to ride a bike and bait a hook. It was Dad who taught us how swim in the deep end, paddle a canoe and shoot a bow and arrow. He’s the same guy that would take you either to a ball game or a dance recital, it didn’t matter to him, as long as he could see you succeed at the stuff you liked to do. When you didn’t, it didn’t matter, he was always quick with a “Good Job”, or “You’ll get ’em next time, sport”.
I found a great little video that I wanted to share. I think it captures the essence of Father’s Day pretty well.
Remember how much Dad used to like to go camping? Well not much has changed, he may be a little older, but I’m sure his love for the outdoors hasn’t changed. If you are here, reading this now, was it Dad who got you into your first tent? Was it Dad who took you on your first RV trip? Probably. Return the favor, plan a RV trip with dear old Dad, I’m sure he’d love it. Be sure to bring him by PPL Motorhomes first and take a look at some great RVs…just like you did when you were a kid.
It’s that time of year again, folks: Hurricane Season. Your RV consignment center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you that the hurricane season began on June 1st and runs through November 30th. Living on the Gulf Coast this time of year can wreak havoc on the area in regards to storm damage and evacuation processes. If you haven’t already, you and your family should not only develop an emergency hurricane plan, but also put together an emergency preparedness kit.
Your plan should include:
Understanding your home’s vulnerability to flooding and wind damage.
Agreeing on the safest room in the house for your family to seek shelter if there is no mandatory evacuation.
Develop an escape route and designate a place for your family to meet in case you are separated. (not everyone may be in the same structure at the time the full force of the storm hits).
Have an out of state contact. It might be another family member, or friend you can stay with ahead of the storm making landfall.
Post emergency telephone numbers in your house and teach your children how to use the 911 emergency phone system.
Better check your insurance to understand your coverage. Flood insurance is usually an add on to most insurance policies. It might be a good time to look into getting it. Oh, and keep your insurance policy in a waterproof container, or bag. You may need it.
Stock up on non-perishable food items and water. If there is a severe storm, you may not be able to just jump in your car and go to the grocery store. Prepare as if you are going to be holed up for a few days without electricity, or running water.
Your Emergency Kit should include:
Flashlights, extra batteries, candles, lanterns, matches and kerosene. Light is going to be the one thing you wish you had more of in case of a loss of power.
Portable radios and extra batteries that fit them.
A well stocked first aid kit. You can buy a complete kit almost anywhere these days.
If you have a baby, they are going to need a ton of supplies: a surplus of diapers and formula, especially.
If you have any family members with special needs, you’ll need to prepare for them as well. This includes medications, or supplies them may need to keep them comfortable.
Non-perishable food items and water in non-glass containers. Next to an abundance of light, you are going to need food and water. Prepare for disaster conditions.
Fresh changes of clothes.
Important documents in water tight containers: birth and wedding certificates, insurance documents, home ownership documentation etc.
Any prescription medication
A fully charged cell phone
Don’t forget about Fido and Fifi…your pets are going to need extra food and water as well.
Living where we do, we can’t be too prepared for a devastating hurricane. We’ve seen them in the past and we’ll certainly see them again. Make sure you are ready when the time comes and know what to do in the event of a evacuation. PPL Motorhomes takes this stuff seriously, so should you.
Your Consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes know that when it comes to RVing and camping, that firing up the grill is going to be one of the first things you do after getting settled. Now while most grills are designed with your safety in mind, accidents can still happen due to human error. Those accidents, more often than not, are fully preventable. So while you are preparing the food you are going to do a quick assessment of your grill, checking for any leaking fuel lines if you are using a propane grill. In fact a leaking gas line is the leading cause of a majority of grilling related injuries.
Leaking or cracked gas lines if using propane, or natural gas
Misaligned or poorly connected gas lines
Follow ALL of the manufacturers instructions…no shortcuts here
Be sure to maintain your grill through out the year.
If you Have an out of control fire on the grill top, simply close the lid and turn all burners off. If it is under the grill and you can reach the propane tank valve, shut that down. If it isn’t accessible, call your local Fire Department as even a small fire can escalate into an inferno. Also always know where your fire extinguisher is. Every RV should be equipped with 2 if you can afford the space.
If you are using a charcoal grill, make sure you set the grill up in a well ventilated area, as charcoal can emit Carbon Monoxide which is generally undetectable and can cause serious injury and death if continuously inhaled. In fact, both grills should be set up in well ventilated areas away from structures that can ignite. I don’t know if any of you have see how fast fire can travel through your RV, but it is a incredible speed, you will not have time to save anything from inside as your rig will be consumed in minutes by flame.
Of course, with an out of control grill, the chances to sustain a sever burn is a serious one. In fact, never pour lighter fluid on to hot coals, as the heat will cause the fluid to vaporize and linger which can cause an explosion. Further, after grilling with charcoal, let the coals cool down and extinguish the fuel over night before you discard them. Remember, grilling season and fire season go hand in had. Let’s not have another Bastrop, TX incident this year.
If you’d like more information on fire prevention, visit www.nfpa.com.
Grilling is mandatory when RVing, but don’t let your haste to cook up that BBQ cause a lapse in judgement. A burn injury will undoubtedly ruin your trip.
Does anyone else have any tips or hints you can share with PPL Motorhomes about grill safety this Summer RV season? be sure to check out all of the built-in and portable grills PPL Motorhomes has to offer.
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!