PPL Motorhomes: Have You Ever Balanced Your Trailer Tires?

So, do you have to balance the tires on your trailer? PPL Motorhomes‘ short answer is, “Yes”. Just like the tires on your car, the tires on your trailer should also be balanced. Why? It’s simple and the exact same reason you balance the tires on your tow vehicle or family car. An unbalanced tire leads to excessive wear. Excessive wear can cause an unforeseen catastrophic blowout.The really scary part is that if you ask most trailer owners if they’ve done this, their answer will more than likely, be “NO”. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk. You are playing with fire by not doing this.

If you’ve ever experienced a blowout in your trailer, you know how difficult recover can be. Even with a great sway-bar, you are still going to have to fight extreme forces that are pulling your trailer in an very dangerous fashion. Blown tires cause rollovers and increase danger to those you are sharing the road with.

I found a video from rollinontv.com that explains the effects of an unbalanced trailer tire. Take a look.

Diagnosing an unbalanced trailer tire can be difficult. Sometimes the vibration is so subtle its hard to notice, but that doesn’t mean damage isn’t being done to your tires. In fact chances are, if you don’t keep your trailer tires maintained regularly, you probably won’t notice an issue until you are stranded on the side of the road, scratching your head and deciding what your next course of action is going to be.

If you haven’t had your tires balanced, this spring season you should consider having them looked at. Nothing can ruin a trip more than NOT getting to your destination because of a malfunction that can easily be attended to with the proper preparation.

On thing you might want to pick up is a basic maintenance manual from PPL Motorhomes, because your tires aren’t the only components you should consider checking. The first step in solving any maintenance issue is diagnosing it. A reference manual from PPL Motorhomes can significantly help with keeping your Texas RV in top shape.

What Do You Know About Your Consignment RV’s Water Heater

Cold Showers? Not for me! At PPL Motorhomes, we love our Suburban RV water heaters. They are without a doubt one of the most appreciated and necessary comforts of owning an RV.

Here’s a little information from the PPL Motorhomes Website about the Suburban RV Water Heater, and even further down, you can watch a detailed video with our parts guru, Boyd McMakin…He knows everything about them!

 

This Suburban water heater gives you plenty of hot water. Suburban Water Heaters are known for their porcelain-lined steel tank and foam insulation that provides for long life. The high-recovery 12,000 BTU/hour units have a large diameter drain and replaceable anode rod. Heated water corrodes most metals, but the porcelain-lined steel tank features a replaceable anode rod that absorbs the destructive, corrosive action of heated water, ensuring that the entire system lasts longer. The anode rod is attached to the drain plug for easy replacement. This water heater features Direct Spark ignition and an electric element to recover an additional 6 gallons/hour at the campsite.

All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance.

Cut-out dimensions are: 16-3/8″ high, 16-3/8″ wide, 20-1/4″ deep.

Units come with a manufacturers three year limited warranty on tank, two year limited warranty on components.

For additional information on all these water heaters, please visit the Suburban website. Clicking on the the above link will open a new browser window. Close the new browser window to return here and call 1-800-755-4775 for ordering.

Here is some added information about Suburban RV Water Heaters for your research.

The Suburban RV water heater comes in different gallon sizes, (6, 10, 12 and 16 gallon versions) so make sure you know exactly what your needs are before you decide. All models offer a regulated safety thermostat and are designed with controls up front, for simple installation, operation and maintenance. Choose flush- or surface-mount door for 6 gallon models. All 10-gallon models require flush mount door, as you heard in the video above.

If you aren’t sure about exactly what you need for your Texas Consignment RV, please don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes, we know these things inside and out and can easily hook you up with the right one for your rig.

PPL Motorhomes: Are You At Risk Of Electric Shock In your RV

One of the thing that I don’t touch is the electrical system of our rig. At PPL Motorhomes, we are around electrical systems everyday, and electrical shock can still be a dangerous issue if we aren’t careful.  If you think you have an electrical issue, you’ll certainly want to have it checked out immediately. The thought of inadvertently electrocuting yourself, or someone else really would take all of the fun out of your next trip. Now I just say that in jest, but in all seriousness, if any of you think that you may have some exposed wiring or have a connection that you know is faulty, the repair should be handled by an expert. In fact, I always call a professional if  think I might be having an electrical problem. Below is a short story about why you should have an expert help you out:

If you have any questions about electrical issue, call PPL Motorhomes and we can help diagnose your issue. If need be, we will refer you to a qualified electrician. Electricity is very dangerous and can cause very serious injury. In fact, the entire shell of your RV can be lit up like a Christmas tree and you not even know it, so be careful and call a pro.

PPL Motorhomes: Stretch Your Dollars When RVing

Even in these tight economic times a road trip is still the way to go! We did a little research here at PPL Motorhomes and found that RVing is typically 27-61% less expensive than other vacations, according to a study comparing vacation costs. That’s a  very large sum of money that, I’m sure, you can find a better use for.

With an increase in fuel prices, food and other necessities it is more important than ever to watch spending and cut back on unnecessary luxuries. Vacation doesn’t need to be one of them! With these tips for saving money and cutting costs you’ll be on the road and headed for a fabulous vacation in no time.

First, it is important to make the RV as efficient as possible. The following tips can assure safe and speedy travels, as well as save some money along the way:

The Driver:

Planning trips ahead of time and using a GPS device while on the road can save unnecessary and unwanted time spent driving in search of an unknown or elusive destination. While driving, be sure to keep windows rolled up on highways and cut down on aggressive driving to preserve fuel economy. Also, be sure to research gas prices before the trip to know the best places to fill up to save time and money.

The Engine:

Before you go: Get the engine a tune-up to make sure everything is in proper, working order. A change of spark plugs, oil and replacement of the air filters can assure maximum motor efficiency.

Weight:

Lighten your load. Empty holding tanks of any unneeded items and pack only the essentials.

Tires:

Check tire pressure and wheel alignment. One of the most overlooked opportunities to save money is properly inflating tires. Adequately inflated tires help save gas mileage, prevent accidents and increase the life of tires.

Shopping:

When shopping on the road, stop and shop at local discount stores. The best way to save money is to stock up on essential items in bulk before you go. Have meal fixings on the road with you, to save from stopping for fast food and other restaurant meals while on the go.

While On The Road –

Don’t Go So Far:

Some of the best RV destinations may be closer to home than you’d think. Aim to visit a destination on one tank of gas or in your home state. Visit our list of the Top 10 RV Destinations to find a locale near you!

Take Games:

Take your own games on the trip to save money on entertainment. Pack board games, play cards and classic road trip games like the “license plate game” for a free way to entertain the entire family.

Camp Smart:

To save on propane costs, consider using Resort and Campground facilities for hot water and during cold weather camping or cold summer nights use an extra blanket instead of extra heat.

Leave the Extra Vehicle At Home:

I know this might not apply to everyone, (mostly Class A RVers), but you can save money on extra transportation costs by leaving a spare vehicle at home. Not only will this save fuel economy by not having a heavy item to tow behind the RV, it will save extra transportation gas money.

The bottom line is that RV vacations continue to be affordable based on savings in the areas of hotel, airfare and restaurant costs. These savings together, offset the cost of fuel. Shorter RV vacations were also found to be more economical.

If you are looking to get into the RV lifestyle, or are already a seasoned vet, PPL Motorhomes has everything you need to make every single road-trip and experience to remember. Plus, we can help you keep the costs of RVing way down with the right accessories and additions to your consignment RV. Give us a call anytime and let us help you plan than next great RV trip.

PPL Motorhomes: Just One Amazing Meal To Cook In Your RV

If there’s one place (geographically) similar to Texas, it’s California. (Notice how I snuck those parentheses in there?) It’s true though. Mountains, deserts, plains and sea, we share a lot of similarities with our West Coast friends. Here’s a perfect example: they love to eat in California…say, all of us here at PPL Motorhomes love to eat too. Hey, who doesn’t?

Well what about some food fresh out of the galley of your RV? Did someone say seafood pasta, steak on the grill and a burrata arugula salad? Don’t mind if I do!

I’ve posted a delicious recipe, or two, from the RV Cooking show before, but this one sounded so good, I couldn’t pass it up. I can’t wait for our next trip, ’cause you can be sure RV Nana will be firing this one out of her kitchen. Try the recipe out for yourself too and let me know how yours comes out.

 

If you are interested in checking out some other great recipes that are fantastic for the RV lifestyle, be sure to pick up a copy of  Woodall’s Campsite Cookbook. It’s full of absolutely fabulous dishes that we know you are going to want to make at home.