Let me be the first say, if you are a RVer without roadside assistance… well, congratulations on being an expert RV mechanic too. You must have gone though years of training to be so confident in your roadside mechanic skills.
In all seriousness, if you don’t have some type of roadside assistance on call for your RV, then you are potentially gambling with your trip. I use Coach-net Roadside assistance, and no, I never leave home without it, much like I should my American Express card on some trips.
Anyway, PPL Motorhomes offers this great product designed with the RVer in mind. Complete with everything you need from roadside assistance to concierge service, 24 hour tech support, all-inclusive for entire family coverage, coverage in any vehicle you are in, in-campground service, pays to tow to nearest qualified repair facility, Assist America coverage included, PPL offers coverage for towable and motorized for just $119.50: that’s a bargain people. Buying through PPL Motorhomes will save you as much as $39.50 off retail.
The bottom line is that this is an outstanding service, one which we highly recommend! I’d never travel without the protection of road-side assistance. That’s not to mention all of the other amenities. Just having the comfort knowing that I have an emergency resource able to provide assistance 24/7 is worth the cost alone.
Listen to RVNana and get Coach-Net Roadside assistance before you actually need it.
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?
A few years ago, Actor/Comedian/Songster, Jeff Daniels decide to champion the RV lifestyle and produce short webisodes on his experiences behind the wheel of his Class A Motorhome. The really interesting this is that he did it up north… in winter. Needless to say, this alone provides for some interesting situations and quips.
At one point Daniels says something to the effect of, “I don’t think you can call yourself a real American until you’ve been behind the wheel of a recreational vehicle.” Funny, but it does have truth in it.
Check out Jeff’s first episode as he realizes that his choice of time and place to RV isn’t the norm and what to expect from his further installments.
It was nice to see a high profile figure in Entertainment really throw their weight behind the RV industry and the RV Lifestyle itself. I think this just goes to show you that RVing’s popularity is at an all time high. So, when you get well know names expounding on the virtues of RVing, it only makes the industry more popular.
Up until recently, I though that Mr. Daniels was the only one in entertainment really into RVing and doing something to promote the lifestyle until I watched an episode of “Rock My RV With Bret Michaels” on The Travel Chanel. Now, while it’s not really RV Nana’s style of music, I can get into rocking some RVs. I enjoyed the show.
Of course there have been movice like “RV’ with Robin Williams whose center stage was a rented Class A Motorhome, even Lucy and Desi called “The Long, Long Trailer”.
Have any other good RV movie or video choices? Let PPL Motorhomes know and leave us a comment below!
There are two things that every RVer should know: the weight of your RV and your current tire pressure. I’d say that these two things aren’t mutually exclusive either. First, the weight of your RV is of critical importance because it is very easy to overload your rig to an unsafe weight. It goes without saying that an overloaded RV is a dangerous RV.
Check out the video below for important data on your RV.
Now, tire pressure. This is an area of extreme importance that some RVers sometimes take a flippant attitude towards. You know, just looking at your tires and eyeballing your tire pressure. What’s the problem of this? Well, you very well could have created a dangerous combination of The Overweighted vs. The Under-Inflated. This imbalance can put unnecessary stress on your tires, thus increasing the potential for catastrophic failure. The video below explains both the importance of maintaining proper weight distribution and tire pressure.
So you see, just because you have space available, it doesn’t mean you should use it. Every trip should be well thought out in regards to what your are loading your RV with. If you have any questions about weight distribution, or maintaining the appropriate tire pressure in your RV you can call PPL Motorhomes and ask us any questions you may have.
Now before we even start talking about what’s better (or what’s best), just remember that this is all subjective people. I want you to know that there are a variety of options out there, some more appropriate than others, but all the options for a good RV tow vehicle could be a simple Mini Cooper, to a full sized sedan, to trucks and SUVs. Two things matter: do you have the right tow vehicle for your RV lifestyle, and do you have enough horsepower to tow it?
These are two of the most important things to consider. The towing limits of your RV may automatically rule out certain makes and models. However, if you are pulling a full sized SUV on an excursion that you’d only need a Fiat for, then maybe it’s time to rethink your tow vehicle.
Let me first say that those of you in motorhomes really understand the value of having a reliable tow vehicle. It goes without saying that having the added mobility that comes with a tow vehicle is extremely valuable. So, that got me thinking, “What Is The Best Tow Vehicle?” After doing research and hitting up forums, I started to get the picture that the best vehicle is the easiest to tow and can still meet your needs.
Check out the RV parks review forum here.
Now, we aren’t the world’s experts on tow vehicles, so make sure you consult other resources also. Specifically, start with your RV’s owner/operator manual. You will find appropriate tow weights in there.
What do you think makes up a good tow vehicle? What make and model has been your tow vehicle and why? PPL Motorhomes wants to know!
After 12 years, my memory of September 11th, 2001 is no less vivid what it was moments after the attack. It doesn’t matter what I was doing, or where I might have been going: those moments froze time for me. Nothing in my life, or business seemed important. We all watched helplessly. Many of us like myself were almost completely unable to grasp what we were witnessing and how it would affect our nation and our people for the rest of our lives.
I do my best to take the time to reflect on everything that happened that day, and how it has changed us in the years that followed. In my mind, my anger is still fresh. I still find myself reliving some of the shock I felt even when I look at pictures today. To me, it’s still senseless. I sometimes catch myself thinking about the “what ifs.” Like what if I was in one of the towers? What if someone I loved was? What if I was a first responder? What if I wasn’t near ground zero, but the dust from the collapse came to rest on my tables and counter tops in my downtown apartment. Every New Yorker was affected as every American was affected, with the deepest sadness, monumental confusion and unbridled anger.
Here we are 12 years later. Can you say you feel better? Do you feel vindicated with the certain key players now out of the picture? If your answer is “no,” join the countless number of Americans who still feel the heartache from that day. I was going to get up on my soap box and rant and rave about how we, the people of this country, must never forget what happened and why it may have happened, but then I realize that it is impossible to forget. No matter how hard we try, we will never forget the day we lost a lot of our innocence. Violence came to our soil. The most evil, despicable and vile violence was brought to us. How can you forget that?
I’m writing this on the 12th Anniversary of September 11th. If you read it, it may be next year, it may be in the middle of the year, it might not be necessarily today, but it shouldn’t matter. You should never get over the shock and the sadness of that day. It might get a little easier as time passes, sure, but with the way things are in Syria and Iran at this very moment, it’s not that easy to forget.
For me, my memory is of the common folk and first responders who lost their lives, or were injured. The legacy of their memory that their family has to carry on is forever linked with an atrocity that no one should have to experience. Pray for the families of those who fell. Pray that that day is never repeated anywhere on Earth.
Now, I know I write a few times a year about why putting your RV on consignment is a wise thing to do for quite a few reasons, actually. First, I’m not talking to those RVers who rarely use their RVs either. I’m talking to the Hypothetical RVer who puts decent mileage on their rig every year. These are the they that like to use it almost every weekend, or plan multiple long term trips a year. It’s been a pretty reliable vehicle and shelter, but you are considering making a change. Put your RV on consignment.
Now, for as much as we love our current rig, there’s always that little part in every RVer that thinks, “this (insert feature here) was great for a while, but I think it’s time to upgrade”, or “I want to get a different model”. That’s OK, the fact of the mater is that you are helping the RV industry grow. Here’s how I look at it, here’s nothing wrong with letting your current rig go in favor of a different make, model or floor plan. There is a market for the RV you are looking to unload. Think of it this way, even though you’ve think you’ve outgrown your RV, there are plenty of people how still have room to grow into your RV. It might not be right for you any more, but it could be right for someone else right now.
The other great thing about consignment is avoiding all of the hassle of having to sell it yourself. Now, I know some people may like meeting strangers in parking lot and letting them climb all through their RVs, asking questions that, quite frankly, probably don’t make a whole lotta’ sense anyway. Or, even worse, it makes total sense you just don’t know the answer, whereby you blow the sale. I don’t know about you, but that is just too much for your average person to have to deal with, especially in regards to something that brought them so much relaxation over the years. It may put a bad taste in your mouth.
If you are buying an RV on consignment, then you have the good fortune to get more RV for less money. The amount that you save when you buy a consigned RV, really does out weigh any miles, or over all use. Think of it this way, you can get a larger RV with more amenities when buying one on consignment when compared to buying new.
Of course, you are still going to want to do a little research about the consignment RV dealer you are deciding to purchase from. If you’d like to know a little bit more on the benefits of both buying, or selling an RV on consignment, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at PPL Motorhomes. We’ll walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have.
With Fall just around the corner, this is the time of year RVers start dreaming about. The weather is getting cooler and that RV bucket list isn’t empty itself. The time to start your planning should have been last month, but I’ll cut you a little slack. So, where do you start? For me, if I’ve ever said, “I’ve always wanted to…” that was a pretty good indication that it’s probably going to be a good bucket list item. Now things like going to the Grand Canyon or camping in Yellowstone or finding the World’s Largest Ball of Aluminum Foil are all perfectly good bucket list items. However, did you know that the amount of things to see and do right here in Texas you quickly fill your bucket 100 times over? From festivals, fairs, football and more, Texas has destination locations perfect for the Fall camping season.
Here’s a nice video I found done by an RVer in regards to how he feels about how to empty your RV bucket list.
So, where exactly can you go in Texas? You can head up to Dallas. Fall is the time of year when things really start picking up in North Texas. For one thing, the Texas State Fair kicks off complete with carnival, games, rides, fried foods, a car expo, football games, live music. Just about any type of entertainment you want can be found in the DFW area in Fall: SMU & TCU football games, the Dallas Cowboys, The Red River Rivalry… and that’s just football! Trust me, you can’t do it all in one trip.
Of course, there are other great places to visit and things to do as well. Austin is a Texas hub of entertainment and seat of our State Government. The festivals like Austin City Limits Music fest and The Austin Film Fest are just two of a multitude of fests in the area. Of course, the Texas hill country is at it’s most beautiful this time of year with a myriad of colors on display.
What about Marfa, Salado, Caddo Lake? There really are so many wonderful things to do and see, It’s a wonder why I ever leave this great state to vacation.
If you have places that you think should be on every RVer’s bucket list, let us know in the comments section below. And of course, when you are getting ready to plan those trips, remember PPL Motorhomes has everything you need to make it a memorable experience.
Now, it might seem a little early to start talking about Fall/Winter travel, but in fact right now is the perfect time to start planning a trip for the changing seasons. It won’t be long now and Texans will soon be heading towards some warmer climates like San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, and many other destinations. I’d say that most of them venture all the way down to the valley, but as I said before, many are finding warmer weather and a great time in the Houston and San Antonio areas.
Regardless of where you plan to go, there are a whole host of amazing apps out there that can help you plan all aspects of your trip easily. For example, take a look at the video below. The RV Trip Wizard is a very useful tool when planning your next trip.
Now is the time to start planning your Fall/Winter trip. One thing to keep in mind is planning trips in Texas, there are plenty of places to visit that are right here in the state. Of course, taking a nice winter trip along the Gulf Coast is a wonderful vacation. There are plenty of places that are prime spots in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida that are worth looking at planning a visit too as well.
Of course, there are multiple things you are going to want to plan for and get ready for your trip. For any of your parts, accessory and camping need this Fall and Winter, I recommend that you start at PPL Motorhomes. We have thousands of parts and accessories that will come in handy during your Snowbirding adventures.
It’s football season once again and nothing goes hand in hand with football quite like RVing. Tailgating in your RV at the game is the ultimate adventure and the ultimate in comfort. How great is it that you can have all of the luxuries of home right there in the parking lot of the stadium? Pretty fantastic. It’s the ONLY way to tailgate, if you ask me. I mean think about it for a second. You can cook inside or out. You have access to air conditioning and privacy if you need it. You can pull the awning out, set up a table, fire up the grill, pull the TV outside, hike you heels back and relax. Of course the absolute best part about tailgating in your RV? You won’t have to wait in line for the port-a-potty…if you even have access to one.
Tailgating in your RV also means you can get to the stadium extra early and won’t have to run out immediately after the game. You have some time to let the rowdy crowds and reckless drivers exit the stadium parking lot before you start to disembark.
Check out the video below for a quick little taste of tailgating and RVing
Plus, if you are a college football fan, PPL Motorhomes has everything to fly your colors, from camping lights, to logo awning covers, to folding chairs and coolers. We have tons of great stuff to make your tailgating time and your RV both unique and memorable.
One more thing before you decide to head out to your next tailgating adventure: make sure you are properly prepared with a full fresh water tank, enough propane, and a nice generator like a Yamaha. Trust me. The more prepared you are, the less you’ll have to think about all of the things you didn’t do and the more time you’ll have to enjoy nice and relaxing pre and post-game activities.
Do you have any tips, or hints on better RV tailgating? What are your rituals when you are out in that parking lot getting ready to cheer on your favorite team?
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!