PPL Motorhomes: Leveling and balancing your new RV with scissor jacks

I don’t know about you, but when we first started RVing we didn’t really know too much. We had to learn on the road for the most part. One of those things was learn how to level and stabilize our RV. I swear there have been a couple of times that it felt like I was walking at a tilt. Why? Because, we weren’t as level as we thought and we’re sort of guessing about how our jacks worked on our pre-owned 5th wheel.

It really wasn’t that hard to figure out, and once we really found out the right way to use our scissor jacks, we never had a problem again. What are scissor jacks you ask? Scissor Jacks for RVs are an economical way of leveling and stabilizing your Travel trailer, or other RV. The model in the video below is of heavy-duty all steel construction with a universal design that fits most RV’s regardless of the ground clearance. The jack can be extended from 4″ to 24″ and the tooth gear designed scissor arms engage to ensure straight-line vertical extension and retraction. Easy operating crank handle turns a double lead acme threaded drive screw for quick raising. Plus on this particular jack there is black rust inhibitor coating on the jack and shiny zinc-plated handle that will ensure long life. Scissor jacks may be mounted in front or rear. Best of all, all mounting hardware is included. You can even welded the unit to trailer frame making it even easier to use.

Check out the video below with Boyd from PPL Motorhomes, demonstrating the Scissor Jack:

PPL Motorhomes Asks: What’s The Condition Of Your RV Sewer Hoses?

And now for a topic from PPL Motorhomes that everyone needs to know about, but very few talk about: Sewer hoses. For all intents and purposes, your sewer hoses are extremely important in regards to their care and condition. Improperly sealed or deteriorated hoses are an environmental hazard. The good news is that PPL Motorhomes has all in one replacement hoses for your consignment or new RV. Have a look at Boyd and Tommy Doyle explain the RhinoFlex Sewer system.

RhinoFLEX Sewer Hoses are made of HTS (a high tensile strength formula) that is tough, flexible, and stays in place when you set it up. When compressed, the 10′ hose is only a 32″ long rigid pipe – easy to handle and store. When pulling it apart, it may be shaped to fit your situation, and it stays that way.

There are three wraps of vinyl over steel-wire core minimizes pinholes and other leaks caused by rough scrapes and abrasions. Comes in 10′ and 15′ lengths, plus a 5′ extension with coupler. These hoses fit all standard 3″ fittings.

A RhinoFLEX RV Sewer Kit  is available at PPL Motorhomes which includes a 15′ RhinoFLEX hose with pre-attached fittings. Check it out if you are looking for a new sewer kit.

PPL Motorhomes: The RVing Dog Vs. Mustelidae

I was talking to a friend of PPL Motorhomes, who told me a story about one of their most memorable RVing ADVENTURES. I capitalized “adventures” because apparently that’s exactly what it was.

No it didn’t involve a fire, or an explosion, but one of the most feared creatures any RVer. The mighty, skunk, the Polecat; Mustelidae. Apparently, one night as they were nestled cozily in their trailer, their dog, Whiskey Steve pawed at the d0or indicating he needed to go outside. Of course there was no way of knowing his clandestine purpose, he’s a border collie and smarter than most 2 year-olds, or so they thought. Apparently he wanted out, not to be a good dog and relieve himself, but to nab that polecat he smelled from RVs away and was now just outside of the door.

One whimper, door swings wide and 15 seconds later Whiskey Steve slams back into the door, head first. Polecat=3, Whiskey Steve=0. Yes. It was his third time. Luckily an immediate wash took care of most of the smell. Which was a relief. Given any time to dry and you’ll be in for 3 to 6 weeks of residual odor. Which, according to wiki, is summarized thusly,

These glands produce a mixture of sulfur-containing chemicals such as methyl and butylthiols traditionally called mercaptans, which have a highly offensive smell that can be described as a combination of the odors of rotten eggs, garlic, and burnt rubber. The odor of the fluid is strong enough to ward off bears and other potential attackers and can be difficult to remove from clothing. Muscles located next to the scent glands allow them to spray with a high degree of accuracy, as far as 3 metres (10 ft).[10] The smell aside, the spray can cause irritation and even temporary blindness and is sufficiently powerful to be detected by a human nose up to a mile downwind. Their chemical defense, though unusual, is effective, as illustrated by this extract from Charles Darwin‘s Voyage of the Beagle:

Dirty defense. I’ve smelled it and “burning rubber” is that’s pretty accurate. So what’s the lesson here people? Dogs at parks should be on leashes, always. Even an animal with the pedigree of a border collie, who has been proven to know over 335 individual words, isn’t smart enough to outwit instinct. Keeping them leashed keeps them safe and the rest of your RVing neighbors form smelling Skunk for the next 3 days.

Are there any good “skunk-out” methods or products out there for pets? I’ve tried the tomato juice bath and it doesn’t work as well as we’ve been lead to believe. I’ve even tried apple cider vinegar and that just smelled like rotten apples.

So, here’s the call, if you know how to help out your fellow RVers with their skunk encounters, leave a comment or call RV Nana at PPL motorhomes. I’d really like to hear your opinions.

Consignment Trailers: Take A Look At Your Hookup

For those of you new to the RV lifestyle, in particular owners of new trailers, backing your vehicle to hook up to your trailer can be challenging at times. Even for us seasoned vets at PPL Motorhomes, a misjudged hook up means the occasional “do-over”.

Here’s the good news. There are some great new camera products out on the market that are not only cutting edge, but affordable and make backing up your vehicle to your trailer a snap.

This Portable Wireless camera is the simplest and most time effective method for lining up your RV. The VisionStat camera system features a useful night vision option, which  really comes in especially handy when mirrors just can’t help in the dark. This wireless camera is also great for safety as well, allowing you to see potential hazards, such as an animal or child, which normally would not be seen. The VisionStat camera has a removable 2.4″ LCD screen that allows you to either have the VisionStat in hand or in its holder, whichever is easier, and the best part is that it’s wireless and ready to go straight from the box.

If you have any questions about the VisionStat, or any other PPL Motorhomes product, leave us a comment or give us a call.

PPL Motorhomes: Control The Sway Of Your Trailer With Ease

I’ve recently posted a few videos we’ve made right here at PPL Motorhomes about some of the products that we not only carry, but actually use in our own RVs. It’s important for us to not only provide you with the latest most advanced RV products, accessories and services, but also to tell you exactly how we feel about that product. We are very proud and receive lots of compliments in  regards to our extensive parts department.

I figured I show you another one of the great RV products that we offer: The Pro Series Sway Control Bar.

If you want a smoother tow with less sway, then you should considering adding sway control bars. Trailer towing with sway control bars is easier on the driver. They use friction to resist trailer sway once it has begun. It installs and removes easily. Friction brake keeps trailer and tow vehicle stable. Quick attachment to trailer frame and ball mount. Removes with two spring locking pins. Weight distributing hitch is not included. Use with surge brakes is not recommended. Plus, it fits either side.

If you have this and would like to leave me a comment below, please do. We really enjoy the feedback we get from all of our customers and readers. Of course, if you have any questions about this product, or any of the other we carry at PPL Motorhomes, don’t hesitate to call us!