Let’s not pretend that we are fooling anyone, if you are an RVer, you probably have, at minimum, adequate cooking pits, bbqs, stoves and ovens. However, I just thought that this was such a neat idea, I just had to share. This is how you do a little RV cooking with just one log. Mind you, this has to be a substantial log. I’d say you should use one that’s at least 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Your cooking surface is actually going to be wider after you make the cuts to your wood.
Before you do anything, prep your area for a fire. Remove loose brush and debris. If you have a concrete pad available like in the picture above, use it. Basically, (you’ll need a chainsaw for this, so be careful) stand the log on it’s end and cut it like a pizza. You are going to make triangular wedges like you see above. Stand your pieces of wood back up and spread them apart about an inch. This not only widens your cooking surface as I said above, but it also creates wind tunnels for the oxygen to blow through. Slide sheets of newspaper between each space and light ‘er up! The air will supply oxygen via the spaces between your slices of wood, which in turn, fuels the fire.
There you have it…a camp fire you can cook with using just one log.
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I was recently chatting with a PPL Motorhomesconsignment RV customer who has been enjoying the RV lifestyle for a while as well. We started thinking about all the “stuff” we store in our RVs. From canned goods to paper products to first aid supplies and everything in between, we have our RVs loaded for our adventures. Later that evening it dawned on me that we leave many items in the medicine cabinet of our RV all the time, even when the unit is being stored. This encouraged me to talk to my friend at the pharmacy who informed me that many of the basic over the counter medications should not be exposed to prolonged heat or cold and that lead me to creating this little check list.
I recommend you make a “carry out” bag that should include the following items:
Over the counter medications in pill form (check the expiration dates)
All prescription medications
Simply make this carry out bag a part of your checklist when you get ready to leave for your trip and then take it out of the vehicle when you get home. This gives you an opportunity to check the expiration dates, keep the items fresh and update all prescriptions you may be currently taking.
It is also very important to keep a list of all your prescription medications, including the name, address and phone number of your doctor and pharmacy with you in this “carry out” bag. Keeping it all in this one bag may help a spouse or emergency medical technician in the event of an emergency. (A friend of mine read this and also suggested a spare pair of reading or prescription glasses, too). Before you go on your RV trip, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you that the easiest thing to do before you leave is to really think about your lifestyle and needs and make a detailed RV checklist. It will come in very handy.
At PPL Motorhomes, we carry hundreds, if not thousands of items that are invaluable to RVers. From lights, to generators, to grills, to parts, PPL Motorhomes has pretty much everything you’d need to make your RVing adventure more enjoyable. That being said, every RVer has 1 item that is totally indispensable. It would be something that you never hit the road without taking it with you. So, what’s RV Nana’s favorite item to bring on every camping trip?
The Electric Skillet! With an electric skillet, there is no guess work involved with getting the cooking surface to the right temperature. Plus, using an electric skillet will free up your stove top burners for other items for your wonderful meal.
There are literally hundreds of recipes you can make using your electric skillet. It is, in fact, one of the most versatile pieces of cooking equipment your RV can have. It will take the place of a number of pots and pans, which will free up some valuable space in your RV. Here is a link to a bunch of great meals you can cook with your electric skillet.
Check out PPL Motorhome’s good friend Terry Cooper, who routinely does seminars at our Texas Consignment RV Dealerships. Terry offers a really great video that can turn any RVer into a “Do-It Yourself-er” with his 60 minute DVD covering such topics as:
This Take Home Technician Series DVD is over 60 minutes of ‘RV how – to’ instruction.
Covering such topics as:
* Installing a roof mounted Air Conditioner
* 15 Minute Air Conditioner tune-up
* Installing 3M Water Filters (3 different models)
* Fixing a Weeping or Burping Water Heater
* Propane Systems for RVs * Propane Safety I and II
* Operating your Awning
* Electricity – Before you Blow Your Breaker!
* 120VAC Power Converter * Eternabond – Roof Repair
* General Maintenance Tips
* 5 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy your RV…And Much More….
Stay tuned to RV Nana and PPL Motorhomes for the next time we have The RV Professor, Terry Cooper do another educational seminar.
Now, I’ll bet that you are scratching your head. Noodles? Pasta? No. Swimming noodles. If there is one person that both RV Nana and PPL Motorhomes salutes, it’s the ingenuity of RVers. This past weekend while camping in central Texas, we saw an Alfa See Ya motorhome with their windshield wipers protected by noodles. What a great idea for the full timer to protect the rubber of the windshield wipers from the sun and weather with a simple swimming pool noodle. We all know how quickly the sun can destroy rubber and just about everything else on your RV, for that matter.
When I saw such a smart use of this inexpensive way to prolong the life of your wiper blades, I just had to share it with you. I’ll tell you one thing, I sure am having fun finding great ideas of things to do with an ordinary swimming noodle. Incidentally, I know a family in North Texas who uses pool noodles to protect their exposed outdoor pipes during winter.
Looks like RV Nana and PPL Motorhomes have found another new park to add to the list of the ones we will return to. Let me tell you, it is a GEM! For Easter weekend, my husband and I looked after my daughter and her family at Pecan Park RV Park on the San Marcos river in San Marcos, Texas. We had met the owners at several RV shows, and were looking forward to a new river adventure. The water level on the river was much higher than last year, so the normal 3 hour tube ride takes about an hour. At first we were concerned that the current was a little too fast for my 9 and 11 year old grandsons, but the older one joined his father and grandfather for a fun filled two hours. They were like little kids telling us about the great time they had when we went to pick them up.
There is a great indoor pool and spa for those who do not feel like the river is their thing, but still want to have a great water escape. I really think the best thing about this park was the friendly people. From staff to fellow campers, it was a great feeling of being surrounded by friends. We were excited to see so many young families venturing out into the RV lifestyle. I don’t think I have ever seen so many SUVs pulling trailers in one location. We met so many new friends and PPL customers, one couple came all the way from Canada, so that should tell you how much fun this Pecan Park is.
The Texas river season is just beginning, we’ve been having a decent amount of rain, so the rivers are full, and full of fun, so make plans to have fun at Pecan Park this season. Oh, and be sure and tell the Rowley family we said “Hi”.
I wasn’t really sure about what to write about for this entry. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of PPL Motorhome videos, and “How To’s'”.. I think I even did a recipe recently. So, as I sat down to write this particular entry, I thought to myself, “I should be more reflective, really think about why I RV.” I was then hoping to try to paint a picture of the RVing lifestyle, rather than disseminate information or education about RVing in general.
At first I didn’t know where to start. I mean, there are so many aspects to RVing that make it special, I had a hard time narrowing it down to one topic, or question. So, I asked myself a very simple question, “Why do I RV?”
Why do I RV? I think we all have our own reasons. I know I have mine, and I know you have yours. I think that many of those reasons are the same. Freedom. Adventure. Experience. I believe that at the heart of every RVer is part Adventurer, part Gypsy and part Naturist.
Now, don’t go crackin’ your whip there, Indiana Jones. When I say Adventurer, I mean we all seem to have the urge to take the long route, even through it will take us miles out of our way. To just “Go.” I’d rather take that business route through a town, buy an ice cream cone from the local soda shop, and get on the road again. Seeing the town and its shops.
What have you gained if you just pass right by? What have you experienced? What have you learned? Where was the adventure? Next time, take the long way around and see the folks in town.
The Gypsy in us allows us to take up residence for a period of time and then move on. We make significant contacts with out fellow campers, but not ones that tie us to them indefinitely. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve met some good friends at campsites and RV parks, whom I’m proud to call friends to this day. But that Gypsy in all us RVers wants us to move before we plant roots. So, we say our “goodbyes” and hope that our paths cross again next year.
The naturist in us draws us closer to understanding and living in commune with nature. There is no better place on earth than a National or State Park for you to realize that it is you who is a part of the Earth, and not the other way around. RVers understand the importance of conservation and preservation.We all do our best to leave the smallest footprint possible.
I hope that you are inspired to take a few trips in your consignment RVsoon. It’s still more economical than air travel, and just think of all of the amazing things your are going to see and do as a family. The bottom line is that Spring is here and I can’t wait to Get On The Road Again!
I can’t think of a worse combination. PPL Motorhomes has heard many stories of near misses and direct hits. Yesterday was a pretty harrowing day up in North Texas, they had multiple tornadoes rip through the area leaving massive amounts of damage in their wake. Check out the video below:
Those were 50 foot trailers that were being hurled in the air like paper. Imagine if you would have been in your RV at that moment, at that spot. It’s sad to say, but even your giant RV has no chance when combating such a violent storm. I haven’t even mentioned the giant hail these things can produce. Hail so large that it will tear through the skin of your RV with ease.
Living in Texas, we all know that storms can pop-up without warning. Severe atmospheric disturbances happen suddenly and seemingly, from no where. What would you do if you saw one of these coming your way? Out run it? Park under a bridge? Get out of your RV and take shelter under the girders of a bridge? “No” to all of the above. Unfortunately there are just a few things you can do.
Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
The bottom line is that you are at the mercy of the storm. The only precautions you can take are the one’s mentioned above, but your best bet is to get indoors immediately. If you know that there is a potential for violent storms, delay your trip or departure. Seek shelter and wait until the weather has cleared.
Let me warn you again, that your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel is no match for the awesome power generated by a thunderstorm that is producing funnel clouds.
After watching that video and hearing all of the past stories for local customers, family and friends, this storm could have been much more deadly. PPL Motorhomes is thankful that, as of now, no one was killed. Remember, storms like these can pop up without warning in Texas. It’s storm season. Drive safely and err on the side of caution, always.
This blog entry really is for those with light trailers, like some of the ones we have on consignment here at PPL Motorhomes. Keep in mind that the video contained in this blog contains products specifically designed for light trailers and pop-ups. If you have a larger Texas trailer or Fifth-Wheel, we have alternated tire chocks for you to consider.
Tire Chocks are designed to balance, level and stabilize your trailer. If you are new to RVing, you’ll quickly find out that an unbalanced trailer is uncomfortable and can be dangerous. Take a look at the video below with Boyd McMakin as he explains what tire chocks are and what they do.
The bottom line is that tire chocks prevent single axle trailers from rolling and greatly improves stability. The center square bar can be turned by hand or wrench, moving chocks closer together for locking around tire or further apart for removal. The particular ones in the video are lightweight, easy to store and have a rust-inhibiting coating for long life.
If you have any questions about the importance of leveling and balancing your trailer, don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. I have no doubt that we will have the appropriate product to make your RVing adventure, easier.
If you’ve ever been on the road for any duration of time, you already know how important it is to have the ability to wash your clothes. Without a quality washer/dryer unit, you will be forced to either carry more clothes, which means taking up more space, or, you can use the local laundromat, or laundry room at the park you are staying at…if they have one.
At PPL Motorhomes, we carry a variety of washer and dryer units, including Pinnacle Appliances.
The stackable Pinnacle by Majestic washer, which coordinates with the compact dryer, provides superior cleaning. I love this washer/dryer combination. It has an automatic dispenser for detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners and 10 wash cycles for any type of load, including dedicates and knits. The best part is that it is built “road-tough and is designed for years of service.
The best feature of this washer/dryer combo is that they are designed for maximum energy and space efficiency, so much so that this Pinnacle washer is ideal for RVs. Quiet operation adds even more to its advantage in space-limited residences. Temperature, water level and fabric selection options allow you to choose the best setting to protect your clothes from wear and damage while providing a perfect wash every time. Of course, when RVing with grandchildren you are going to want a washer/dryer that is not only tough on stains, but gentle on clothes, throw in the fact that this stackable unit takes us a small amount of space and you have a first-rate washer all around.
If you are looking for the best way to keep your clothes spotless while out on the road, PPL Motorhomes highly recommends you looking into the Pinnacle stackable washer/dryer.
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I am married to a wonderful Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana and we've been able to mix the two worlds and build a fun life together. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, so it is obvious that I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I also happen too be the 2011-2012 President of the Texas RV Association, so you know the RV lifestyle...is my style.