PPL Motorhomes: Do You Know How To Use The Jacks On Your RV Properly

OK, it’s time for RV Nana, to be just that. Recently we were on a trip on the San Marcos river. As I was walking around some of the camping areas I, noticed a Class A motorhome that looked a little peculiar. I really wasn’t sure why at first. Then I noticed that,  in what I can only assume was an attempt to level out the motorhome, the jacks had the front tires off of the ground at least 5 inches. This is a “No-No”! Leveling jacks are not meant to function in such an extreme manor.

Take a look at this. You can really see how high the tires are off of the ground in this picture. I’m sure these good folks didn’t have an issue this day, but there really is no telling when something will happen that can cause a catastrophic disaster to your rig and possibly injure family or friends. Use your heads folks. If you think it is even remotely unstable, it probably is.

This is the perfect time to use Lynx Levelers. Lynx Levelers are interlocking blocks you can arrange in a variety of configurations to meet any need. Stack into a pyramid shape, place in front of the tires that need to be lifted and drive on. If not level the first time, add or subtract height as needed and drive on again.

If you have any questions on how you can keep your Houston RV level without jeopardizing the stability of your rig, Just give PPL Motohomes a call and we can give you some tips and hints on ways to make your RVing adventures both fun and safe.



PPL Motorhomes: Buying a Consignment RV

Buying a consignment RV is a lot like buying a car; there are some features and options that you’re going to want, and there will be some others that you don’t have a need for. But, buying an RV on consignment gives you a whole new list of options to choose from, and if this is your first recreational vehicle, take a look at the list I put together below before you start shopping. I think it will put you on the right track when it comes time to pick your first RV.

How many people will I likely be traveling with?
RVs come in all different shapes and sizes, so you want to be sure that you have adequate space and seating room for everyone who will be traveling with you. Plus, if you don’t take in account for sleeping room, you might end up sleeping outside!

How much stuff am I planning on traveling with?
This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above. The more people who travel with you, the more stuff that is coming along for the ride. But, with all of the extra people and belongings, you’re adding more weight to the RV, and that could be a problem. You don’t want to overload your new RV with too much weight bearing down on the chassis and wheels.

What climate will I be using the RV in?
Most modern RVs are well equipped with insulation, but if you’re planning on vacationing to colder climates, you want to know that you’re getting enough insulation to keep you warm when the temperatures drop at night. Also, make sure that the heater and air conditioner are equipped to cover the entire inside of the RV. When it comes to vent placement, notice where they are located throughout the RV’s floor plan — especially in the bathroom when it comes to a heater vent!

How many items will I need to plug into an outlet?
Different RVs have different numbers of outlets depending on the floor plan, and the locations of the outlets can vary, too. If you plan on bringing a lot of electronics along with you, remember that when you’re shopping and take note of the quantity and locations of the outlets. Also remember, you only have 30or 50 AMP service and you cannot plug in and turn on everything you have at your home.  Forget using the toaster, electric skillet, hair dryer, both AC units and outside lights all at the same time.  It just won’t work!

The bottom line is that if you are looking to join the RV lifestyle, you’ve already made a step in the right direction. The world is a pretty big place and the best and most affordable way to see it is in an RV! Come and check out all of the great consignment RVs we have here at PPL Motorhomes, I know we’ll have one perfect for you and your family.

PPL Motorhomes: Thoughts On Mother’s Day

As  I sat down to write about celebrating Mother’s Day, I wanted to approach it from a lighthearted perspective. You know, maybe recounting a story or two about going RVing with my family on Mother’s Day. Maybe a funny story about how my husband and kids virtually destroyed our pre-owned 5th wheel’s galley all in attempt to make me one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. Which they did, might I add. I thought maybe I’d spin a yarn about being surrounded about the majesty and beauty of the great outdoors as I watched the kids bounce and frolic in the woods collecting pine cones, sticks and creepy crawlies. Then I thought, maybe I’d write about spending my first Mother’s Day with my grandchildren on the road and how, even though things were different, they were actually quite similar to when my kids were their age.

…and then it hit me. The real reason for celebrating Mother’s Day is to not just to remember, but celebrate all of the wonderful things our mother’s did and continue to do for us. What would the world be without our mother’s love and guidance? What would the world be without her there to take you to your first Little League game, or make that skinned knee feel better, or teach you how to spell. I can literally sit here for hours on end and not run out of stories, or things to say about the the strongest woman I’ve ever known. I can only hope that my children see the same things in me.

There is no doubt that we’ve all taken advantage of knowing that we’d always have someone there for us who is always at their best, even when we are at our worst. Have you thought to yourself, “What would the world be like with out Moms”? Watch the video.

So, what do you plan on doing with Mom this Mother’s Day? Let me recommend that you continue making memories with a nice trip to one of our amazing State Parks. Don’t just get Mom out of the house, get her out of the city. Take her some place where she can bask in the silence of her surroundings. Pack up that RV and take her to a place where she can rest, relax and enjoy her family. You have to give of yourself just one day a year, while she gives all 365 days. Take her RVing.

Don’t have an RV yet? What a great opportunity to give her the gift of travel. You can find great consignment RVs here at PPL Motorhomes which would make a perfect first “home away from home”. Owning a new, or used RV will open up doors for Mom that she never even knew existed.

PPL Motorhomes: Thank You Park Volunteers

PPL Motorhomes wants to say, “Thank You” on behalf of our staff and all of those who buy parts, or leave their consignment RVs with us. We all have one thing in common, we all love our State parks. However, I think that most of us forget that before we ever visit one of our beautiful State Parks there are volunteers already there cleaning up, beating paths, painting facilities and running tours. There are there day in and day out making sure that our experiences are nothing but memorable. They also stay long after we’ve left the park to ensure that the experience is the same for other RVers, campers and hikers time and time again.

The bottom line is that without State Park volunteers, we would not have the parks.  They meet, greet and curtail the visitors making sure to take care of the park and the visitors.  In fact, the park hosts can be some of the greatest assets to the parks.  Many are out there to make sure your camping, or RVing experience is terrific.

Here’s a little insight as to what they do.

Remember, the next time you are out at a State Park, take the time to thank a volunteer for their commitment to making Texas Parks beautiful through what amounts to nothing less than 8 hours of backbreaking work daily. State Park Volunteers are the backbone of our Parks System and without them, well, I’d hate to imagine what sate our parks would be in.

If you are retired and looking for something to do on your RV vacation, consider volunteering at the State Parks you are visiting. Visit this link for more information: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/involved/volunteer/spdest/ There is little more rewarding than knowing your made a significant difference by being a steward of the great State of Texas.

PPL Motorhomes: Clearance Height…Know It

Here’s something that you don’t see every day. RV vs. Bridge, who do you think will win? The bridge will, of course. If there is one thing that all of us here at PPL Motorhomes know, it’s the height of our RVs in relation to the bridges and low hanging tree limbs and powerlines along our routes. You should always know the clearance height of your RV before attempting to navigate under anything. A good idea is to write it on an index card and tape it directly to your dashboard.

Low bridges like in the picture above are rare, but can be found across the state – usually off of the beaten path. I’m really not sure how such an extreme miscalculation could have happened other than to speculate that the driver either forgot he was towing his rig (which seems unlikely), or he wasn’t paying attention to signage that usually precedes a low overpass. When venturing into rural areas, there is a possibility that you will encounter a low bridge, so watch for warning signs.

Keep in mind too though, that’s it’s not just bridges that you have to think about while in tow.

The bottom line is that you always need to be extra aware while towing your rig. It’s very easy to get lazy and start assuming that you will fit under every bridge, overhang or protruding tree. When you stop paying attention is when these things creep up on you and chances are you are going to do irreparable damage to your beloved Texas RV.

We all know someone who has either had an accident of this nature, or has come really close to having one. It can easily be our rig that is the next victim of us not paying attention to our surroundings and knowing our RV’s height. They put measurements on over passes for a reason folks, don’t ignore them. PPL motorhomes wants you to enjoy that RV for many more years to come, so go and put the height of your RV somewhere obvious on your dashboard for future reference.