Camping Safety With PPL Motorhomes

At your consignment used RV center, PPL Motorhomes. we know (for the most part) that camping is all fun and games, but there is still a modicum of safety that needs to be adhered to while out in the wild. Almost everything around you, can become a hazard, or cause an infection. Have you read my poison ivy blog? That stuff can ruin a fun trip!

So, what can you do to keep everyone as safe as possible,? Well, if you are at a campground, it is easier to keep an eye on the kids, but if you are camping on private property or boon-docking, you may have a bigger chore, especially with younger kids who love to run around.

Safety Tip #1: Define boundaries for your children, even if you are in a campground. If you are in a campground, younger children could get lost, get into trouble in a lake or stream or be abducted. Furthermore, most campgrounds have rules about keeping children with an adult.

If you are camping on private property in the woods, it’s easy for adults and children to get lost or get into trouble in a stream or river. Plus, depending on how far away from civilization you are, there is the threat of wild animals.

Safety Tip #2: Observe campfire safety. If you are in a campground, the staff will alert you whether fires are safe during dry seasons. If you are camping on private property, you’ll have to use your own judgment. If it’s in the middle of summer and the grass is burnt dry, you will need to be sure sparks do not ignite nearby vegetation. If it’s windy, save the campfire for another day. Make sure you keep young children away from the campfire and teach them the dangers of fire, including flying sparks.

Safety Tip #3: One of the best reasons to go camping is fishing, hunting and “playing with toys.” If you have an ATV, be sure you take all safety precautions, including wearing a helmet. Don’t let younger children drive the ATV or ride on it, especially over rough terrain. If you are hunting or fishing, be sure to bring a first aid kit and that your children know the rules of using guns and how to handle fish hooks.

There is a whole lot of common sense that goes into safety and RVing. If you think it might be dangers or not a wise idea to do something, you are probably right. I read somewhere that human beings are the only animals that actually ignore instincts. Don’t do that. If you think it’s dangerous, it probably is. Oh, and make sure you always have a first aid on hand…that’s just a no-brainer. All of us at PPL Motorhomes just want you to enjoy your trip without any mishaps.

RV Snowbirds, take your motorhome to the desert, really!

Whenever fellow RVers come into PPL Motorhomes to talk about their winter trips, Florida is always a topic of conversation. While Florida is a fabulous destination (we still have our favorite spots)we hear things like: “It’s too crowded. It’s loud. Florida? Isn’t it getting dangerous?” Of course, we get many more positive comments, but that got me to thinking…Why not travel to the southwest? Specifically a Southwestern desert destination!

Basically, if you can’t take the humidity, don’t like the crowds flocking to Disney World, are not a fan of lush foliage and winter rain storms that are common to Florida, try the Mojave and Sonora Deserts in Southeastern California and Southwestern Arizona. No I’m not kidding! I did a little research and came across a good article on Southwestern Desert RVing on It sums up the experience much better than this tired old brain could : )

Here’s the rub, RVers head south to the deserts mainly to leave behind the frigid and wet northern winters. Days in most of the low desert destinations will warm to the mid-50s even on the coolest days, while most of the winter rising into the middle and upper 60s and even warmer on both ends of winter. You will experience a few cold days with a cold wind and blowing dust, and snow sometimes will appear on the highest ridges.

But winter rains are generally light, soaking into the soil rather than running off, and don’t last long. Otherwise the deserts might have some of that lush foliage common to Central Florida. Those dangerous desert flash floods that you may have heard about happen mostly during summer thunder storms in areas with steep canyons. This is not usually a winter threat.

But another reason for heading to the deserts is that you can find just about any type of desert camping that you want on hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands. You can choose locations with lots of friendly human neighbors, or with only coyotes, jack rabbits, and turkey vultures as your neighbors.

Your boondocking options include:

• Primitive, no hookup campgrounds. Sometimes a water fill station and trash dumpsters. Dump station nearby. No other amenities, other than possibly hiking and birdwatching and enjoyment of the desert landscape.

• Designated campground, un-designated campsites. Usually a large area of  land that has been allocated for boondock camping, sometimes called a Short Term Visitor Area (STVA), with no defined campsites or other amenities. Seldom a trash dumpster. Free but usually limited to two weeks camping, then requiring changing to a location at least 25 miles away.

So there you have it, Snowbirds: options. If you are looking for another destination this year besides Florida, be adventurous and check out destinations in the Southwest. Plus, if you happen to be swinging through Houstonand check out PPL Motorhomes and , maybe even have them give your RV a good “once over” before you continue heading west!