There is no doubt that the health of your RV’s tires is often over looked. In fact, your consignment RV canter, PPL Motorhomes suggests that you should inspect your tires at least monthly and before each trip for proper inflation pressure and treadwear and you shouldn’t forget to rotate, balance and align them.
Really, the first aspect of having a healthy set of RV tires is to keep them properly inflated at all times. This is really a no-brainer. An RV sitting on under-inflated tires is putting an enormous amount of pressure on the sidewalls of the tire. This can cause a structural weakness that can lead to sidewall pinches, tread separation, or a catastrophic failure. Maintaining proper tire pressure all year long will really prolong the life of your tires. Be careful not to over-inflate them. Follow the suggestions in your owner’s manual for the right PSI you should be holding.
Also, don’t over burden your tires by stressing them with too much weight. Having a large RV, it’s easy to start cramming tons of stuff in the open spaces. Weigh adds up, even from relatively small pieces you can quickly add hundreds of pounds to your overall weight with thinking about it. Putting too much of a weight burden on your tires will lead to failure. Make sure you check your owner’s manual for the proper towing/driving weight of your consignment motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel.
When you aren’t using your RV, you should invest in a set of RV tire covers. Nothing eats away at a tire’s life more than the elements. UV will break down the rubber over time, so your best way to avoid this is to simple cover your tires with one of the many types of RV tire covers that are on the market right now. Every little bit of effort will be rewarded in the extended lifespan of your RV tires.
Remember, you have a lot riding on those tires, they are the only things separating you from the road and should always be on the top of your mind whether you are using your RV, or not. If you have any questions, comments or other tips, or hints on keeping your RV Tires in good condition, don’t hesitate to let PPL Motorhomes and the readers of RV Nana know.
What’s the one thing that might be keeping you from jumping into a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes? Well it might be that you don’t think you can afford a RV right now in leaner economic times. However, did you know that 1 in 12 vehicle owning households own an RV. In fact, RVing is more popular than ever, so obviously families see the value and find ways to follow their RVing dreams. Check out the video below and you’ll see what thousands of new RVers now know about the affordability of RVing.
If you live in Texas and are looking for RV financing, make sure you call Terry Woodard at Associated Credit Unions of Texas (ACUTX). They offer great rates and terms for PPL Motorhomes customers and Terry makes the entire RV finance process enjoyable. The finance rates and terms vary depending on the customer, but these are the “old school” bankers who look at the customer as a relationship, not a credit score. Contact Terry today –
Terry Woodard | ACU of Texas | Loan Consultant/Certified Trainer | 409.942.1534 | TWoodard@acutx.org
This Summer is already turning out a hot one. Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, wants to remind all of you campers and RVers out there to be extremely careful with any open flame you may be working with. In fact, you probably want to check with your RV park administrator, or Park Ranger if you are even allowed to have an open flame. Many parts of Texas may have burn bans enacted prohibiting any open flame.
Of course today is the 4th of July and that means fireworks. Use your head if you plan on shooting off fireworks either today, or any left overs you may have. Fireworks, although fun, are not only dangerous when handled improperly, but they can also spark a fire very quickly if you aren’t careful. Considering 4 out of 5 wildfires are started by human error, using fireworks during the driest part of the year is probably ill advised.
On more thing to be careful of is your vehicle, or Motorhome causing a fire. That’s right, if you pull over off of the road, the heat from your engine can catch tall grasses on fire fairly quickly. If you can, try to stay on the shoulder if you need to pull over. It doesn’t take much to start a fire that can spread rapidly. The last thing you would want is to create another fire like the one that consumed much of Bastrop, TX last year. That fire even jumped a river…twice if I remember correctly.
The bottom line in regards to pretty much anything you do while RVing is to use your head. Also, have a plan just in case there is a fire. Staying in a National Park? Know how to get out and listen to everything any Rangers may tell you. If you are staying in an RV Park, stay in contact with the Park Office for any evacuation procedures. Fire can be unpredictable, so keeping up to date with any wildfires that may be in your area is probably a pretty good idea.
If you have any questions, or comments for PPL Motorhomes, or RV Nana, leave them below.
If you’ve ever been to your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes, or if you’ve read any of my blogs concerning Memorial Day, or July 4th, you already know that I’m fiercely patriotic. Being an American and proud of that fact isn’t just something I say or do, it’s who I am. It’s who we all should be.
The Celebration of our Independence from British rule should be marked with reverence and respect. Of course most of us will do so by hanging our flags, inviting friends and family over, and firing up the grill. Just remember “why” you are allowed to do that. Remember all of the soldiers who gave their lives so you wouldn’t have to. It goes all the way back to 1776 when our original 13 colonies had enough of British rule and sought to break away from the Crown.
This July 4th, do something different, check out this link and reeducate yourself on why we have a July 4th celebration to begin with. Happy Independence Day from RV Nana and all of us here at your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes.
“You don’t know what you’ve got, ’til it’s gone.” Truer words, I challenge you to find more of. Translated into RV terms it’s freedom to go anywhere we want, anytime we want. RVing will be a timeless form of travel because to wander is in the blood of every American. The curiosity. The whole notion of, “what is out there?”, while never leaving terra firma has intrigued Americans from our most humbled beginnings. Independence from the British Colonies, then the urge to roam west. The American Spirit can be seen from coast to coast, it’s in the things we do, lie RVing. It’s that unnamed urge to roam.It seems to be human nature to demand Independence and break away to follow the base desire of: More. American’s want more, as RVers do. Our urge to travel and explore has never been stronger, nor has our American Spirit.
RVers, this is your chance to hit the road and see all of those places you’ve been promising yourself you’d see. Jump in your motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels and thank your good fortune you were born in one of the greatest countries on Earth. And don’t consider this bragging either, it’s pride. A perpetual and un-fettered Pride for this country and our founding principles. The freedom to “get up and go”, the freedom be ourselves, the freedom to just be…American.
If you have been in the RV lifestyle you know what I mean. If you’re new to the lifestyle, then you’ll son learn what I mean. If you’re thinking about joining the lifestyle well, come and see me, I have the perfect consignment RV for you right here at PPL Motorhomes.
Take your time to familiarize yourself with some of the insects contained on the page. You will certainly see them at almost every RV Park and campground in Texas. For the most part, most of these insects will pretty much leave you alone if you don’t mess around with them. However there are a few species out there that can be fairly aggressive. Especially if you get too close to a new nest that is being constructed. If you have the misfortune of disturbing one, you will be pounced upon as a threat and most likely stung. If you are lucky it will only be once or twice. As if that isn’t painful enough, let’s hope that you aren’t allergic to the venom released into your system. A serious attack will all but shut down the great relaxing weekend you had planned.
Get Stung and having an allergic reaction? Check out this video:
Being stung and being allergic to that insect can cause a lot of problems, so if you know you are allergic, it’s better to avoid areas that you know you will encounter wasps, bees or any number of various of stinging insects in Texas. It’s always a good idea to keep some hornet spray in your RV…all of us here at PPL Motorhomes do.
Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you about the silent killer that could be present in your RV and not even know it. Carbon monoxide, for the most part, is a colorless, odorless gas which can go virtually undetected without the proper warning system. Every year there are deaths attributed to even small leaks of carbon monoxide seeping into the cabin of your RV.
The best and easiest thing you can do is to be prepared and take a preemptive stance by putting the appropriate monitoring devices in your rig. The Safe T AlertCarbon Monoxide Detector also alerts you to LP gas/Propane and Natural Gas leaks to Protect your loved ones in your motorhome, trailer or 5th wheel camper.
It includes all the same great features as our Classic LP Gas and CO Alarms, but all in one, space-saving package! Dual alarm detects both carbon monoxide and propane gas inside your RV, as well as Natural Gas. These units are flush mounted and directly wired into your RV’s 12V system. They have “No-false-alarm” sensor technology.
Interconnect up to 2 alarms. When one unit sounds an alarm all connected units sound the alarm.
Test/Reset Button – Tests all detector functions with one touch.
Resets and Mutes alarm while safety and corrective actions are taken.
Alarm is fully operational during mute cycle and will re-alarm if hazardous conditions reoccur.
RV 12 Volt Hard Wired Model. Prevents accidental disconnection during alarm.
Built for the extreme RV environment. One Year Limited Warranty.
The Manufacturer actually recommends that CO and LP detectors be replaced every 5 years. This way you know you have a fresh sensor that is always ready to detect and warn you and your family of the presence of dangerous gases in the cabin of your RV.
If you have any questions or comments about the Safe-T-Alert carbon monoxide, please don’t hesitate to contact your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes.
Your Consignment RV Center, PPL Motorhomes wants to remind you of the importance of having functional and responsive smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your rig. The very scary fact is that, in regards to fire, it can spread though your RV in minutes. There really is no “fire-retardant” materials used in the build of your RV. It’s mostly wood, fiberglass and steel. It doesn’t take much for fire to spread as there is more than enough fuel sources through out your RV.
Here, watch the video below and see how quickly a fire can spread through your RV.
This is actual footage of a motorhome diesel pusher that I was driving, The fire started less than 5 minutes before I started shooting this video.
Don’t mess with fire people. If you have a fire in your RV, GET OUT! Stuff is just stuff, there is nothing worth being injured over. I guarantee you that 99% of the things you brought with you can be replaced, so don’t stay in harm’s way by trying to save your belongings.
Make sure you check your smoke alarm before every trip. Don’t just assume that it is working. You may only have just a few seconds to get out of your burning RV, without a functional smoke alarm, you may not get out at all. If you think it’s time to change out your smoke alarm, PPL Motorhomes has a selection for your to choose from, You can check them out on line, or swing by your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes and pick one up.
Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes was wondering if you have a checklist for checking out of your RV park? We all know that RVers are consummate list makers. There’s checklists for everything. From pre-trip and bathroom inventory checklists, to cockpit supplies, gadgets, food and basic travel checklists, you can bet an RVer has made one.
Collect and store all items from outside the RV (chairs, mats, satellite dishes on tripods, grills, etc.)
Secure items inside cabinets and storage compartments
Secure items on kitchen sink and counter
Secure items on bathroom sink
Secure items in shower
Secure all other loose items
Latch shower and closet doors
Latch all cabinet doors (use heavy Velcro strips, rope, or elastic cords for doors likely to open during adverse driving conditions)
Latch refrigerator doors
Close and latch stove top and oven door
Lock tabs on external range hood vent
Secure TV’s and sliding TV trays
Secure other entertainment electronics (stereo, DVD, VCR, etc.)
Secure computer and accessories (laptop, monitor, printer)
Secure all other items in and near driving compartment which may fall on or otherwise injure passengers during an emergency
Close roof vents and windows (except those left open for ventilation)
Remove decorative and other items from awnings and store (lights, bird feeders, etc.)
Stowe and secure awnings
Check slide tops for debris and water
Move items out of the slides’ way inside the RV
Move in slides and lock slide mechanism, if available
Lay down and pad large items which may fall or shift (chairs, tables, cabinets, etc.)
Confirm that all sliding trays are latched and secure (external storage compartment trays, propane bottle trays, battery trays)
Empty black tanks (do this first so sewer hose gets flushed with contents of gray tanks)
Close black tank valves
Empty gray tanks
Close gray tank valves
Add treatment chemicals and a small amount of water to black tanks
If traveling with pets, make arrangements for their needs (put food, water, bed, leash, etc. into accessible area of motor home)
Disconnect cable TV and telephone line, and store cables
Disconnect electricity, and store cable and adapters
Disconnect sewer hose, and store hose and relating accessories
Disconnect water hose, and store hose and relating accessories
Confirm that refrigerator is running on 12 volt DC or is turned off (if 120 volt AC is available in the motor home, then it may stay on AC)
Turn off all other propane appliances (water heater, furnace)
Shut off all propane bottle valves (unless propane is necessary for the operation of motor home)
Discard all trash
Stowe all remaining external RV features such as hand rails, steps, decks, etc.
Secure all items carried on outside or roof of RV (chairs, bicycles, coolers, etc.)
Raise or remove all stabilizing jacks
Raise leveling jacks
Collect and store leveling blocks from under jacks
Remove wheel chocks
Confirm that all is clear under the RV (all jacks are raised or removed)
Confirm that all slides are moved in completely and check overall exterior of RV for protruding items
If RV wheels are resting on leveling blocks, move RV off blocks, collect and store blocks
If carrying items on hitch platform, load and secure (bicycles, motorcycles, etc.)
If towing, hitch trailer or toad to motor home
Close all internal doors (bathroom, bedroom, living room)
Lock all external RV doors and panels
Check motor home lights (including signal and brake lights)
If towing, check trailer or toad brakes
If towing, double check that trailer or toad is hitched securely to motor home. Confirm that all safety devices have been correctly applied.
Perform a final walk around. Look under and around RV. Confirm all jacks are up and nothing is protruding from sides or roof.
Check motor home mirrors, and adjust if necessary
Leave marker in RV slot, if returning (common markers are tables, chairs, or a vehicle)
Fuel up the motor home
If you are not certain how much your RV weighs, drive to a truck scale and confirm that all weights are within motor home ratings
Now that’s a pretty detailed list! For the most part is should look just like your pre-trip list. Keep in mind that there are lots of things you can forget before you hit the road again, so go over them twice and preferably with your travel companion. Two sets of eyes will really help you see that you left your black water lines dropped, or something equally as bad. A misstep in your packing and departure really can ruin a trip.
Have any other lists you’d like to share? Feel free to leave some of your tips in the comments section below! Your consignment RV center, PPL Motorhomes and all of our customers may find them useful!
It was Dad who picked us up when we fell. It was Dad who taught us how to ride a bike and bait a hook. It was Dad who taught us how swim in the deep end, paddle a canoe and shoot a bow and arrow. He’s the same guy that would take you either to a ball game or a dance recital, it didn’t matter to him, as long as he could see you succeed at the stuff you liked to do. When you didn’t, it didn’t matter, he was always quick with a “Good Job”, or “You’ll get ’em next time, sport”.
I found a great little video that I wanted to share. I think it captures the essence of Father’s Day pretty well.
Remember how much Dad used to like to go camping? Well not much has changed, he may be a little older, but I’m sure his love for the outdoors hasn’t changed. If you are here, reading this now, was it Dad who got you into your first tent? Was it Dad who took you on your first RV trip? Probably. Return the favor, plan a RV trip with dear old Dad, I’m sure he’d love it. Be sure to bring him by PPL Motorhomes first and take a look at some great RVs…just like you did when you were a kid.
I have been with PPL Motor Homes since 1980 and have been fortunate enough to grow up with the company. A native Houstonian, I have been blessed with years of wonderful experiences and memories of RVing with family and friends. With 3 children, 8 grandchildren and a ton of friends who I refer to as my adopted family, I was a Nana long before I became RV Nana. I was blessed to have shared this lifestyle with my late husband, a Cajun from Lafayette, and his spirit will live on in all of us as we continue down the road of life.
My life with PPL has given me so many wonderful chapters, from sharing my RV experiences as RV Nana to working with the Texas Campground Owners Association and holding the position of President of the Texas RV Association from 2011-2013, so it’s easy to see that the RV lifestyle is my style. Watch for me on the road …I’m the one with the RV Nana license plates on my car and RV, and share your RV experiences with me. See you soon!