Make Jacking Up Your Trailer Easier With A BAL Scissor Jack Motor Kit

Everyone who loves hand cranking their scissor jacks on their trailers, raise your hand.

Oh, wait, you probably are still sore from the last time you had to hand crank your jack.

Well, our consignment RV dealership is going to come to your rescue with a great product from BAL Scissor Jacks. This power leveling jack is an optional 12 volt motor kit. It’s easy to use and easy to install. Add one of these to your trailer’s scissor jacks and you’ll get nearly automatic stabilizing at the push of a button. No more getting down in the dirt, no more sore muscle and no more thrown backs. As I said, this lightweight, high RPM motor kit is easily installed, this sealed motor has easy access to manual override. This product is to be used with BAL Deluxe Scissor Jacks (94-1211, BAL model 24002D) or Standard Scissor Jacks (94-1361, BAL model 24002C). Includes motor control. 2 per box.

This scissor jack motor kit is designed to quickly lower the jack to the ground, or raise it back to the closed position. Using the motor to lift a vehicle may damage the motor. Jacks not included.

Here’s how to install your BAL Scissor Jack Power Pack Motor Kit

If you would like to make jacking up your trailer easier, you really do need to look into getting a scissor jack motor kit. Trust me, you will really be glad that your did. If you have any questions about this product, or any other product we may carry, don’t hesitate to contact your consignment RV center and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes. We’ll gladly help you find exactly what you are looking for.

Keep Your RV Organized

A few days ago, I wrote about cleaning out your RV and removing all of the stuff you really don’t need. As we all know, when we let our RVs go, it’s very easy to start packing on top of old trip junk. If you haven’t totally cleared out your RV and decided on everything you do need, organizing isn’t going to do you any good. The idea is to get rid of useless stuff that is just taking up space and adding weight. Remember, every extra pound you have in your RV that you don’t need is just a waste of gas.

OK, let’s say you went through your entire RV and cleaned out everything you don’t need; now you just need to organize the stuff that “lives” in your RV. This is where a little ingenuity will come in handy. When we first bought our RVs, of course storage space was on out mind, but maybe we saw large open spaces and thought, “Wow, that’s a lot of storage,” only to find that stacking and balancing your items in your cabinets is just asking for trouble. What do you do now? Harness that space somehow. I’ve heard of RVers going as far as making brilliant use of space like in the video below.

If there ever was a time to visit a container store/organization store, it’s now. You can use glass dividers, plate holders, a lazy Susan for loose spices and condiments. You can pick up a few water tight tubs for large items and small items alike. The bottom line is, to simplify your RVing experience, try organizing your RV lifestyle.

Coach-net Roadside Assistance

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.

…and don’t run with scissors!

Less Is More In Your RV

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?

RVs On Film, Actor Comedian Jeff Daniels Loves RVing

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!

Two Things You Must Know About Your RV

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.

What’s The Best Car To Tow Behind Your Motorhome

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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!

The Memory Of September 11th Is No Less Vivid

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.


Why You Should Buy, Or Put Your RV On Consignment

consignment rv, consignment rvs, ppl motorhomes, selling your rv, buying a consignment rvNow, 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.

Time To Make Your Fall Bucket List For RV Travel

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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.