Remodel Your RV For Consignment

Before putting your RV on consignment with PPL Motorhomes, maybe you should consider a re-model first? A little facelift will help your RV sell much quicker. Take for example the video below. It’s a 1978 Winnebago, I believe, and it went from Brady Bunch to Posh pad with what appears to be some significant changes which required very little effort. You’d be surprised what a fresh splash of paint would can do to completely change the mood of your RV’s interior space. Check out the video for a really nice before and after tour.

Installing a new toilet, cabinets,  a new stove, new flooring, all of which will raise the value of an RV that you maybe considering putting on consignment. Approach your RV remodel as you would if you were doing a remodel to a home you were prepping for sale. Change out obviously worn interior appointments that aren’t visually appealing. Obviously, you don’t want to sink too much money into it, but it has to look nice and be up to date with modern appliances. As luck would have it, PPL Motorhomes has a huge selection of products to enhance the interior and exterior of your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel. Plus, we have the knowledgeable staff to help you through your remolding venture. They will be quick to answer any questions you may have.

If you’ve done a bathroom remodel, or an entire RV interior overhaul, share you experiences with us. Our readers can always use always use the real-life experiences from their RVer community, especially when it involves a major undertaking like a remodel.

Exploring Texas Campgrounds

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I know that I always feature a park that I believe is worth visiting, but this time I’m taking a little different direction.  We travel a lot, we certainly can’t go everywhere, but I love the feeling that we can try. When we travel, we never leave home without our RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas.  This is a free, four-color glossy magazine that lists more than 350 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and surrounding states. I can tell you right now, that this publication is worth its weight in gold.

The 2013 directory provides detailed descriptions on roughly two thirds of the private parks in Texas. It’s broken up into seven regions of Texas with locator maps, complete services and amenities, as well as driving directions, a miniature locator map, and even panoramic photos showing off what campers can experience. The directory also features a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10% to 15% discounts; needless to say, I have used this card many times.

If you don’t want to carry around the guide, you can easily view this 150 page guide online by visiting  Ah, the power of the internet. Looking for that next perfect spot?  Click here and you can easily search new destinations. Really, go ahead and check it out. You may discover, as we have, that this is a great way to find new adventures.

If you have any Texas destination suggestions of your own, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments section. Likewise, if you are looking for first hand suggestions, feel free to call PPL Motorhomes and ask for me, RV Nana.

Delicious RV Grilled Chicken

When going RVing, we all know the thing that you are most looking forward to is FOOD! We love to eat while on the road. It makes you feel even more relaxed and comfortable, and it seems that a lot of family events are planned around food. We’re no exception! Our family seems to eat more chicken than you could ever imagine and this is my easy twist on grilled chicken. Try it for yourself!


1 package boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use breast, but thighs are juicier)

1 package peppered bacon

1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and cut into strips)

1 sweet onion (cut into wedges)

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder or your favorite Grilling seasoning


Wash and pat dry the chicken.  Sprinkle with your favorite seasoning. Place a sliver of jalapeno and as much onion as you like on the chicken and fold it over like a tortilla.  Wrap the pepper bacon around the chicken and secure with a toothpick.  Grill for about 30 minutes turning as needed.  My family loves this served with seasoned rice and a salad. I have also cooked this in the oven at 375 and it turns out great, too!

Everyone here at PPL Motorhomes loves to cook, and sharing recipes with each other is always fun. If you have any recipes you’d like to share, leave them in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page.

PPL Motorhomes Cures “Couch Potato Syndrome”

It’s kids favorite time of year, Summer.  But, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t keep learning, nor should it mean that “couch potato syndrome” should set in. Those of us here at PPL Motorhomes who have children, or grandchildren will be taking them on road trips almost immediately after school ends. Of course, they’ll get ample time at home to play and decompress from the school year, but we won’t be letting them turn into a couch potato this summer either.  That’s why RVing is so great! It’s more affordable than your think, just take a look at all of the consignment RVs we have to offer. Plus, owning an RV is not just a home away from home for our kids and grand-kids is also a great teaching tool. It gets them outdoors so they can take a discovery hike, paddle a canoe, swim in a lake or go to the beach.  In fact, owing an RV, in my opinion, is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family. The ability to make memories with family and grow in the RV lifestyle is, in my experience, invaluable.

Now while the family in video below doesn’t have an RV, it certainly shows how much fun kids can have in the great outdoors.

The earlier kids start appreciating the outdoors, the better stewards of our State Parks they will grow to be. A child that grows up outside, rather than in front of  a TV, or a gaming console is going to be more well rounded in their appreciation of the things that are around them. Science, Math, History and Poetry can be found right outside the city limits. They’ll be amazed what they find outside.

If you are interested in starting your own RV lifestyle and getting those kids off of the couch, see PPL Motorhomes. We carry a bunch of different motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels to choose and consignment RV might be the perfect first RV for you and your family to get out and see what you’ve been missing.

Daytrippin’ Texas App and Website Is A Great Resource

One of the great things about being in the RV industry and lifestyle is all of the really great opportunities to meet really creative people. My friend, Kiki Neumann, is one of those people. If you’ve ever been to PPL Motorhomes and looked inside my office, you may have notices the wonderful license plate art I have in there. Those came from her great imagination and artistic ability to turn your everyday license plate into unique art. So when she wrote me about a great web site and app created by friends of hers I had to listen. Below you will find excerpts from the letter she sent me urging me to check out a really unique and helpful idea. Let me tell you…I LOVE THIS IDEA!


I wanted to share this because you are so good at networking to RVers. I have some friends doing a wonderful website and app for the iPhone/smartphone for folks who do “day trips”  across Texas.

Daytrippin’ Texas

I thought I would tell you about them so you might consider mentioning them on your blog (RV Nana or PPL Motorhomes)  for folks who are traveling  throughout Texas. They are uncovering unique stores, events and specialty  places like farms or nature centers. It would be value added to when an RVer visits a place to see what is nearby currently and not from a guide or magazine published a year ago. They keep it fresh and it is helpful in real time to find out what’s going on while traveling.

Here is the website and they have a Facebook page also….

Kind regards…..Onwards,


Thank you Kiki for the suggestion. I know that I’ll be visiting the Daytrippin’ Texas website often! Plus, folk, I highly suggest you go ahead and check out Kiki’s really cool art at Kiki Neumann Creations. Her stuff looks great in home, office and RV!

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.

RV Parks Are Great For Family Reunions

Every year, all across America families plan reunions in hopes of staying in touch with those who can sometimes be on the other side of the US. Summer is prime season for reunions too. The weather is generally nice, kids are out of school and people have been saving up their vacation time. I know all of us here at PPL Motorhomes look forward to reuniting with our family members ever summer.

What better place to hold a family reunion that at an RV Park? Generally the amenities that are provided will more than suffice for even larger reunions. Many parks across the United States have pools, activities, eating halls, picnic areas, covered pavilions and more. Not only do you have all of this at your disposal, but many RV Parks also offer packages to help you organize your family reunion. Even if you have family members who don’t own an RV, some RV Parks also have permanent lodging facilities for rent.

However, PPL Motorhomes recommends looking into renting an RV and experiencing how comfortable the lifestyle can be first hand. Who knows, maybe one of your family member will love it so much they will want to get an RV for themselves! Not to do any shameless self-promotion here, but I know a great little consignment RV center in Houston that you can recommend.

The Importance of Sleep On The Road

I guess, being RVNana and all, I feel obligated to give you youngins’ a good talking to from time to time. This is one of those times. The lesson for today is: How To Prevent Driving Your RV Sleep Deprived.

People, I’ll tell you right now. If you are tired, stop and rest. You are creating a hazardous situation for you and those you share the road with. You may not even know you are tired until you start feeling the effects of road-hypnosis. That’s when you know you’ve driven for a while, but can’t remember the last landmark you passed. That’s tired, people. You need sleep.

You can really avoid sleep-related problems while RVing by setting a comfortable schedule of driving and resting. Take the time and pace yourselves. Set aside enough time to make the trip there and back easily, otherwise save that trip for another occasion. As much as the seasoned RVers understand this, there are times when our experience can become dangerous by instilling a false sense of control. At the end of the day there aren’t any magic tricks that will keep you awake while driving. Sure, go ahead and open a window, drink a cup of coffee, or try blasting the music, but the experts will tell you that  the only thing that will help a sleepy driver is sleep. Go figure.

I’ll make this simple. Plan your trip with the goal of covering 250 miles per day at the most. 100 to 150 miles per day is better. If you must drive farther to reach your destination, plan on having at least two qualified drivers taking turns. If both drivers are exhausted, it’s time to stop and sleep. You are bringing your bed with you! What kind of fool falls asleep at the wheel with a bed in the same vehicle?

So, there you go. You’ve been scolded by RVNana. If you need to pull over, just pull over. RVing is a lot more fun when you are actually traveling and not towing your rig out of a ditch, or worse, because you fell asleep at the wheel.

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.

Houston RVers, Do You Have A Disembarkation Checklist

All of us here at your Houston consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes has heard that old saying “an ounce of prevention” hundreds of times, but I saw something today that really hit home. I have a disembarkation checklist of things we need to do before we hit the road, whether we’re heading off to our favorite campsite or on our way home. I met an RV owner today who was wishing he had made a checklist like that and had taken the time to use it. He closed up his slides, disconnected his water and electric and hit the road. When he got here he was unpleasantly surprised by the mess in his RV. Apparently, he had not secured the refrigerator door and everything, including the milk, was all over the floor. In addition, two or three of his cabinet doors had come open and canned goods were every-where. This was a horrible way to realize he needed a checklist. The following is the list of things we do for our fifth wheel and we actually have this list laminated on the inside of a cabinet.

• Turn off Ceiling fan (before closing the slides)
• Check all cabinet doors
• Make sure coffee pot is secure
• Check refrigerator (door closed – operating on gas)
• Make sure TV is strapped in place
• Close Shower door
• Chairs strapped in place
• Turn off water pump
• Turn off water heater

Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants your to keep in mind that every vehicle is a little different and your list may be longer or shorter than mine. The important thing is that you have a list and read it. TVs, coffee pots and open refrigerator doors can make a huge mess. Remember, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.