Keep An RV Travel Journal

If there is one thing I can guarantee you, it’s that you will make a memory or two while RVing. Actually, you’ll make hundreds of memories, and take thousands of pictures…or, is it make thousands of memories and take hundreds of pictures? Either way, it’s a really good idea to document them. It might be easy to just say to yourself, “Oh, I’ll remember everything we did”.  You may, but that’s not really the point. The point is to be able to not just remember those moments, but to relive them as well.

How many of you keep a journal of your RVing experiences? I love sitting and writing about my days while I’m out on the road. It helps me remember the places I visit in greater detail. When I meet new people, I can easily remember their names and hometowns because I take the time to write them down and describe my experiences with them. I even write down the names of their pets. It’s not for any other reason other than, one day, I may want to go back and revisit that long trip to Yellowstone. Or, relive the last time we visited the river when we had the time of our lives.

I could write up my trips here in my blog, and sometimes I do. However, there is something really special in taking pen to paper. Watching the ink forever bleed into the fibers of my notebook, know that I took the time to personalize my travel journal. Not that starting a blog of your experiences isn’t a good idea. There is no right, or wrong way to document your RVing memories. The point is to never be struggling to remember, “where were we when we saw those Monarch butterflies”? Or, ” was it in Big Bend that we met that couple from Houston?” For some travelers these types of memories may be not that important, for others, like myself, they are paramount in my RV experience.

You never can tell, say 15 years from now, when you want to open up your journal and relive those wonderful days in your RV with just you and your significant other. It certainly is easier to keep it in a journal than extract from memory sometimes…then other times, you’ll have make memories that you’d never be able to capture on paper.

Maybe those are the memories I’m really challenging myself to have…the ones that reside in not just on paper, or your mind, but in your heart.

What Can You Get From A Consignment RV

The Songs of Nature.  When I RV, that’s what I hear. All of her beautiful compositions from Nature’s instruments flowing through the moonlit nights far from city lights. The winds whistling through the tress in chorus, while the chipping of the frogs filled the air with lonely yips as they patiently waited for a response from across the pond. That’s what I hear when I sit quietly outside of my RV on these cooler evenings.

RVing allows me to slow down: to put on the brakes and start using my senses to listen to nature more, rather than some of the unnatural chaos of daily life. I can picture it even now. I pull down the awning, turn on my patio lights, unfold my lawn chair, sit back and relax with the beverage of my choice and just listen. It’s quiet. The noises I hear aren’t telephones and zooming cars, it’s the soft chirp of a cricket of in the distance and hey, that might have been the hoot of an owl…then it’s  silent.

I could stare at the stars without the light from the city drowning them out. Go out far and dark enough until you’re amazed at the amount of stars that actually fill the night sky. This is what RVing gives me. The ability to recall that memory anytime I want, yes even amid that chaos I was previously referring to above.

All of that weekly stress can melt away with just one great weekend RVing. If you’ve never been, you should try. Talk to any RVer and ask them about their uncertainties, and they’ll quickly dismiss any of your fears as well. Swing by PPL Motorhome and take a look at a few of Houston’s consignment RVs. Plus we can answer any questions you may have about joining the RV lifestyle.

PPL Has A Great March Selling The RV Lifestyle

What a great March we’ve had! I was fortunate to have worked both at our Houston and New Braunfels locations during Spring Break this past week and was overjoyed to meet so many of our PPL and RV Nana friends! Like all of us, I spend more time than I’d like to each week doing paperwork, but this past week was truly exciting. I absolutely love it when I have the opportunity to chat with customers. I truly enjoy listening to their plans and experiences and talking about the RV lifestyle.

I been seeing a really interesting in the upturn of families making their first RV purchases. It’s really nice to see more people than ever visiting PPL, doing their research, comparing floorplans and features, shopping and preparing to be a part of this growing lifestyle. From young families, to retired couples and everything in between, they are planning to make RVing a part of their life. There’s nothing that makes me more happy than seeing that. So, whether you’re an experienced RVer, or a first time shopper, please stop by, say hello and enjoy our hassle-free shopping experience.

If you are already an RV owner and you are looking to trade in and trade up, you’ll be happy to know that RV sales have been great at PPL Motorhomes. We currently have over 450 motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels between our two locations to choose from. Those terrific sales mean we need YOUR RV to sell! So, if you are in the market for a new rig, bring us what you have and let us put it on consignment for you. Right now is absolutely the beast time to sell! Come in and see what we can do for you!

 

Spring Is The Best Time To Sell And To Buy An RV

Why does PPL Motorhomes, your consignment RV center recommend that you sell or put your RV on consignment during Spring? Well, the answer really is quite simple. It all boils down to Spring Fever!  As soon as the weather breaks and we see our first signs of spring, people are already tired of being cooped up for the Winter. (Especially up North where they had some very serious weather and snowfall this Winter season.)  When Spring finally does roll around, RVers want nothing more than to be outdoors.

Likewise, people who don’t own an RV yet may see their RVing friends leaving and going off for weekend and spring break adventures and they want to be part of the fun.  Of course, calling the RV lifestyle “fun” is an understatement! We’ve had customers who have been waiting almost their whole lives to get their first RV, and in Spring buyers come out of the woodwork.

Everyone imagines that every day in an RV will be like that wonderful Spring adventure day.  The weather is comfortable, the camps are open and you will make friendships that can last a lifetime. Who doesn’t want to sit around a campfire on a comfortable Spring evening talking about the past and what’s in store for the future? I’ll tell you, every conversation is better over roasted hot dogs, marshmallows and S’Mores. Who doesn’t want to be part of that picture?  If you are ready for you first, or fifth RV, check out our consignment RV inventory at PPL Motorhomes in Houston and PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.

An Inspiring Way To Stay In Shape While RVing

It’s not everyday that I find a really good video that benefits RVers and non-Rvers alike. This is one of those video. It is an inspiring and amazing story of a Gulf War Veteran who defied all odds by overcoming the effects of debilitating injuries and declining health. I wanted to share this video with you for three reasons:

  1. It is extraordinarily inspiring. I mean, if you don’t have a lump in your throat after watching it, then you probably weren’t paying attention. Anything is possible if you believe in it and work hard enough for it.
  2. This man is a Veteran who was injured in service of his Country. Everyone who reads my blogs knows that I am fiercely patriotic and supportive of those who put themselves in harm’s way for others.
  3. This is a wonderful way to stay fit while RVing. Now don’t roll your eyes, I see you in the corner! You don’t have to claim to be a practitioner of Yoga to benefit from it. As we get older, the more we are going to have to exercise so we can RV longer!

So there you go. You can apply it to your life how you see fit. It just re-affirmed what I already knew:

  1. If you don’t think you can do something, you probably can but aren’t trying hard enough.
  2. The American soldier has a will power that is stronger than many Americans and worthy of everyone’s total respect.
  3. I have no excuse not to stay healthy and in shape.

What are your thoughts? Can you apply this type of dedication to your RV lifestyle?

Where Did The Name “RV Nana” Come From?

The RV lifestyle is so much fun and I love the opportunity I have to meet so many people from all over the country and the world. I got the title RV Nana during a brainstorming session here at PPL Motor Homes when we were trying to come up with a name for the blog I was writing. I’ve been with PPL for over 30 years and my husband and I love RVing. I guess you could say it’s in our blood. We also have 7 wonderful grandchildren and they all call me Nana, so we put the best of my worlds together. Thus, the RV Nana blog, license plate and helpful hints began.

On a recent visit to the All Valley RV show in Mercedes, Texas we had an opportunity to talk to so many “Winter Texans” who shared their travel experiences with men, telling me all about their annual trek down south. I talked to one couple who have been coming down there for over 25 years and, at age 92, he is still making that drive down from Wisconsin. That’s amazing.

It seems everyone comes down to South Texas in November and ventures back up north before Easter or income tax day, whichever date comes first. What a wonderful way to spend retirement and stay warm and, from what I’ve seen, the RV parks and resorts in the Rio Grande Valley offer everything a retired couple could dream of.

Living in an RV for five or six months at a time presents a different set of needs and challenges than what we have experienced in our shorter RV adventures. From how to pack for all possible weather to how not to accumulate too much stuff, these Winter Texans have shared so many ideas with me. In our seminars and on my blog I spend time writing about helpful hints, product reviews and travel ideas, but I feel like I am preaching to the choir when I try to share these ideas with such seasoned travelers.

I’d like to thank all of you who visit my blog, and if you’re traveling back up north, stop by and see me at PPL Motor Homes in Houston or you can catch me some days at our newest location in New Braunfels. Who knows, you may decide to sell or trade your RV before returning home. The coffee pot is always on and I would love to chat with you about your Texas adventures.

Bees Can Turn A Fun Trip Into A RV Nightmare

Do you know what can turn a fun trip into a RV nightmare? Bees. That’s right, RV Nana says to watch out for those crazy bees when you’re at a campsite.  Bees, mosquitoes and ants can all be a part of our camping experiences. We’ve all seen them, dealt with them and the fun of the RVing experience far outweighs these pesky creatures.  Last weekend we were enjoying a fun weekend with the family at the lake when my husband bit down into his sandwich and, much to his surprise, a bee had already started chowing down on his meal.  He did not see the bee and the next thing he knew, it was in his mouth and actually stung the roof of his mouth.  Bees are a painful, but tolerable problem unless you’re allergic to them.  Fortunately, he was not allergic, but he was extremely uncomfortable with a swollen mouth, nose and aching teeth.
The moral of this story is “watch what you’re eating and drinking.  The park ranger told us this happens often when people take a sip out of a coke can and end up with a mouth full of bees.  In fact, you know those German beer steins that have the flip lids on them? They were actually attached to the beer mugs to keep the bees out of their beer!

Now, we all know that Benadryl is great for helping us control the body’s reaction to a bee sting, but I have heard all sorts of home remedies to take the fire out of the sting… and none can be used internally!  One person told me to spray a bite with WD 40, another suggested meat tenderizer and another suggested using deodorant.  Now that we have had this experience, I decided to do some homework and research on what to do to prevent bee stings and I found these great suggestions at http://tipnut.com/quick-tip-bee-sting-relief/.

Whatever your remedy, just make sure you have something on hand to help with the reaction from a bee sting. As RVers, we have to be a little creative to deal with some of the elements we encounter.  There is still nothing better than the RV lifestyle.