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.
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….
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!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner it reminded me of the old “MOTHER” acronym, you remember the one:
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means obstacles she overcame with me,
“T” is for the tears she shed for me,
“H” is for her heart of gold;
“E” is for her everlasting spirit,
“R” is for remembers me at all times and occasions.
Put them all together, they spell
a word that means the world to me.’
Then I began to think, as I often do, about those who serve this country and how Mother’s Day takes on a VERY special meaning for them during their deployment, as it does for the mother’s of our warriors as well. I wondered…as a Mother, how does it feel to have a son, or daughter constantly in harm’s way? What does it feel like to watch your child willingly go off to war and fight for their country? I can imagine it is equal parts Pride and Fear. At some point, as mothers, we have to loosen up our grasp on our children regardless of how much we may not want to. Although our children grow and start families of their own, we never really let them go. We may loosen the grasp, but we never truly release it. I can certainly see how supporting your child as they volunteer to go off to war can give a whole new meaning to Mother’s Day..almost redefine it. For most children, both young and old, Mother’s Day may mean little more than calling mom, or making her breakfast in bed, or simply doing something out of the norm. However, Mother’s Day for a military family can be one of the most important days of the year for both mother and child. It’s the time to say, “Thank you. Mom. Thank you for bringing me up to love my country and love my family.” For as much as fathers are looked up to, mother’s share equally in the molding of their children’s ideals, personalities and allegiances. They are as responsible for instilling love of family, God, liberty and country as much as the fathers in this Nation.
What about being a Mother IN the military? We must not forget the thousands of mothers who are on active duty right now, away from their family…away from their husbands and children. What does Mother’s Day mean to them? Imagine willingly leaving your family behind to follow a call to duty. That is something that most of us could never fathom. As a mother, I certainly can’t truly imagine what it would feel like to board a plane, knowing that there is a chance that my family may never see me again. Being away from your children for a few days can be painful enough, but for a better part of a year? That is an unbelievable sacrifice for country. Remember that this Mother’s Day there are thousands of mothers in the services who are eagerly waiting to hear from their family and are counting the days until the get to hold their children again.
So, for the thousands, upon thousands of Mothers either in service, have a child in service, PPL Motorhomes thanks you. I thank you. We should all thank you for showing the true strength of mothers here in the United States of America. We will never forget, or understate your sacrifice and wish all of you a truly Happy Mother’s Day!
As an RVer, you know that there are sometimes when we need to either make and unscheduled stop and spend the night in a business’ parking lot. Wal-Mart is a good example. If you plan on doing this, whether the stop is planned, or not there are certain thing that you are responsible for as a guest of that business. And yes, you are a guest and should behave as one. We call it our “Good Traveling Neighbor Policy“.
If you are planning on touring and area and thing it’s a good idea to skip out on a traditional camp site so you can essential sat “free” at a local business’ park lot, think again. First of all, you should get permission from the business owners, or manager before you start setting up shop. Many cities actually have ordinances against boondocking at local businesses. So check if you are even allowed to stay there first.
Next, and only if it is “OK”, don’t stay longer than one night. This is not only rude, but it can affect that business’ traffic, which is something you certainly don’t want to do. Being a nuisance will only make those business’ less receptive towards other RVers who are looking for a place to layover in the future. Most complaints by business’ are have to do with both having a giant RV disrupting the aesthetics of their business as well as the abuse of their good nature for even letting you stay the night.
Here’s a good list to keep in mind when you need to boondock at a place other than a designated camping site. It’s a little blurry, but I think you can still read it and, honestly, it’s all common sense.
The bottom line is that if a place of business and the city ordinance allows you to stay a night in a parking lot, use your better judgement. Don’t start blazing your BBQ. Don’t throw a party. Keep you presence as unnoticed as possible. You will not only be doing yourself a favor and earning the trust of those business, but you are also an ambassador for RVers everywhere. If you decide to abuse the kindness of local business, be prepared to be asked to leave.
Here’s a reminder, it’s always a good idea to call ahead instead of just assuming you can stay the night. Laying over in a local lot can either be a Godsend or a nightmare, it’s hat’ entirely up to you…and mare sure you, at the very least, thank them for their generosity. If you have any questions about travel and boondocking at local lot’s, give PPL Motorhomes a call and we can give you more tips and hints. In fact, we probably can help with a few RV friendly places for future layover.
One of my greatest RVing joys is the arrival of Spring in Texas and the blooming of wildflowers; specifically, the Texas Bluebonnets. As I type this, there are Bluebonnets springing (no pun intended) up all across the state. On any given day during the Bluebonnet season, you will see families stopping by roadsides to take pictures that will undoubtedly grace mantles, entryway tables and nightstands in homes across the state for years.
As an RV owner, you have a unique opportunity to travel the state to hunt for your own perfect bluebonnet, or wildflower patch. In between destinations, take a few moments to, quite literally, go and smell the flowers. In fact there is a city in North Texas called Flower Mound that was named after a large mound within the city limits that is covered in Bluebonnets this time of year. It’s an awe-inspiring sight and a testament to the majesty of the flora you’ll find in Texas.
Here’s a warning though, while picking bluebonnets isn’t illegal (as a lot of people may think) trespassing is, so beware where you are going to take pictures, or look at the flowers. Don’t cross any fence lines regardless of how pretty the pasture on the other side may look. Also be mindful of Fire Ant mounds and snakes which are becoming more active as the weather warms.
Our State flower truly is one of the most beautiful in the world. In fact, I think it’s proof that Mother Nature loves Texas just a little bit more the anywhere else.
So, if you need just one good reason to buy a consignment RV from PPL Motorhomes, as crazy as it may sound, I can’t think of a better one than having the chance to go anywhere you want, anytime you want and see the beauty that surrounds us in our great state. If you have any questions about any particular RV destinations, call us anytime. I can almost guarantee you one of us here at PPL Motorhomes in Houston, or at our sister store, PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels will have some really good travel recommendations.
Oh, also RVers, Please read this before you do stop. It’s just a few tips and guidelines from the Texas Department of Public Safety in regards to stopping along roadways.
Hello, RV Nana readers! I wanted to write a quick post to tell everyone that, “It’s time to celebrate”! This month marks the 1 year anniversary of the opening of our fantastic PPL Motorhomes location in New Braunfels. This location is a popular destination for all Central Texas RVers. If you are an RVer, and you are looking for just about anything in the RV world, well, there’s a really good chance you’ll find it at PPL Motorhomes.
The great thing is that with our PPL Motorhomes location in New Braunfels, our Central Texas customers now have more accessibility in regards to buying a new RV, putting their RV on consignment and shopping 10’s of thousands of RV parts and accessories. If you haven’t been to the new location, and you live in the area, I think you will really like what you’ll find!
Finally, Happy One Year Anniversary to all of our friends, co-workers and customers at PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels TX! Now, who has the cake?
One of the dirtier jobs of owning an RV is taking care of your black and grey water tanks. Don’t you just love that dump station odor? Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to visit a dump station again? Well, this is the product you need.
Here’s a video demo if how the SewerSolution works:
SewerSolution is a water-powered jet pump system designed for dumping the waste from RVs and flushing the system clean.
Easy to install
Sanitary to operate-no more dirty hands!
No moving parts
The SewerSolution System includes SewerSolution pump unit, a 10′ length of Dump Hose and the Full Hookup Adapter Kit. Everything you need to get started! Additional 10′ Hose Kits are available to extend the range of your SewerSolution. The Sewer Solution can pump waste up to 60 feet, even uphill!!
Give us PPL Motorhomes in Houston, or PPL Motorhomes In New Braunfels a call and we can really explain in depth how the SweerSolution works and how you and your RV can benefit from owning this great product.
If you are planning a RV trip around the state any time soon, one great place to check for thing that you may find interesting is the Texas Parks And Wildlife Calendar. For example, ever wanted to learn how to Fly Fish? Expert fly-fisher Bob Cappallo will teach fly-fishing for beginners from 9am – 1pm at the Texas Fresh Water Fisheries Center on February 9th. Want to attend a Survival Fair? There’s one February 23 at the McKinney Falls State Park.
The point is, if you are looking for something to do, other than just sitting around and relaxing (nothing wrong with that either), check the Texas Parks and Wildlife Calendar for special events being held every month. Take the video below as another great example. Since the fire that virtually wiped out Bastrop last year, there has been a concerted effort to replant many of the trees that were lost. This would have been a perfect activity for the whole family. It teaches adults the importance of showing kids how they can become stewards of our great State, even after a devastating disaster.
The calendar is updated regularly so you can plan your trips according to what may interest you and your family. I highly recommend that you check out all of the wonderful activities that Texas State Parks have to offer. I think that you will find that your RVing lifestyle will really be broadened by going to a few of the events listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.
If you have any questions about RVing, purchasing a consignment RV, RV parts and accessories or simply living the RV lifestyle to it’s fullest, give PPL Motorhomes a call.
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!