Thanksgiving in an RV

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’m sure the question has popped into your head: “How am I gonna cook Thanksgiving dinner in my RV?”. Knowing that your RV has smaller appliances and counter space than your kitchen probably scares you a little bit, too. But not to worry, there are plenty of things you can do to make your turkey day go off without a hitch.

I’ve heard of many RVers who have cooked a turkey in their crock-pot! This will free up your stove and allow you to cook side dishes while your turkey is being cooked. One that I recommend is the Roasted Yams and Apples recipe. Since you’re not using your stove-top just yet, there are a couple of great recipes out there for green beans and a curried butternut squash and apple soup that would be a cinch to make in your RV. Minimal ingredients and a small amount of space taken up.

Some people like to deep fry their turkeys, which is great, because you can do that outside! That just leaves more space inside for you to cook side dishes and desserts. Be sure to bring enough fryer oil to cook with!

If baked turkey is your thing, then I recommend buying turkey breasts at the supermarket. They are more compact than a whole turkey and you can buy a few packages worth and stick them in your freezer.

If you carry a grill with you when you go traveling, you can always grill a turkey on it! You may have to take the top warmer shelf out to get the whole turkey in there, but a 4-burner grill should accommodate a smaller turkey.

Always think ahead when preparing a big meal in your RV, take all the ingredients you can, then stop by the grocery store for the additional items.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy RVing!

PPL Prides Itself On Customer Service

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While I never think it is a bad thing to brag about the quality of customer service you give as a company, I have to admit, it’s nothing really. In fact, it’s really easy. That is just how we operate. Our entire crew here at PPL Motorhomes is naturally focused on helping others. You see this isn’t really a job for us. We are all RVers and this is our lifestyle. Our customer service attitude comes from being RVers ourselves and knowing what we demand for our personal motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, and tent campers.

It’s important that we run our business the way we know other RVers want it to be run. Not just with great prices, but a real understanding of everything RV related including parts and accessories. That’s why it makes me swoon with pride every time someone sends us some nice correspondence. Like below. It tells me one thing; there’s a great chance that if a customer is happy, then I would have been happy. PPL Motorhomes is a Consignment RV Sales & Parts And Accessories Center owned by RVers, for RVers.

Hello Parts department.

I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service and leadership that came with my two recent orders.
Speaking with a parts person that has some particle knowledge of how to install the parts they are selling is fantastic.  Who would have thought a toilet can be in and out in 15 minutes or a hot water heater changed out in less than 30 minutes.  When I shared my story about trying to fix my old hot water heater and it kicking my butt the salesman and I had a good laugh.  I caught him just before closing Labor Day Saturday and there was no rush to get me off the phone.  Now I have hot water, more importantly Momma has hot water.

I assure you that PPL Motor Homes will be my vendor of choice in future purchases and I will recommend them to all my friends.

Michael Smith

Thank you, Michael, for taking your time to share your experience with us. I’m proud that you have trusted us with your business. If there is anything you need in the future, you already know we are entirely at your service.

PPL Motorhomes and Memorial Day 2013

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If you know me at all, you know that I am intensely patriotic. I simply love my country and those who serve to protect it, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m writing another Memorial Day post. In fact, you can expect one next year and the year after that. I think I align myself with days such as Memorial Day because I really just don’t think that one day is enough. The way I view days such as Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day is that the celebration of those who protect our values and freedoms, and often sacrifice themselves in the line of duty, shouldn’t just be relegated to just one day…it should be EVERY day! They don’t get a break, they don’t get a choice. They have signed up to do a job and they’ll do that job to the best of their ability for as long as they can. The thing is, if you ask any Veteran, or active military service member, they probably tell you that they appreciate the acknowledgement, but will never demand that you put their service on a pedestal. They’ll tell you that is their job.

I would respectfully disagree with that. I think we should put them on a pedestal. Who else among us brave enough to willingly put themselves in harm’s way for the love of country? It takes someone special. It takes someone who deserves to be held in societies highest regard. What many people fail to realize is that without a strong military we are putting our country in harm’s way. The fact of the matter is that, given the opportunity, there are a slew of people on this planet that wouldn’t think twice to bring war and conflict to our soil. It’s already happened. What stops them from continuing to assault not just our people and lands, but our sensibilities and freedoms? A strong military. Not chitchat, not idle talk, but action. Strong and definitive action. Who among us is brave enough to stand in the path of attack? Them men and women of our Armed Forces. If they have to bring war, they’ll bring it. If they have to spring into defense, they’ll spring. And for that, they deserve our gratitude everyday…not just on Memorial Day or Veteran’s Day.

This is just how I feel. It’s me being honest, if you feel different about it than I do, well, that’s OK. That’s your right as an American. Just don’t forget who protects those rights.

 

Spring Is The Time To Sell Your RV

There comes a time in every RVer’s life when they  decide that it’s time for a change. Time to start shopping for a new RV. Spring is usually the time many RVers choose to start the process of looking for a new rig. They could be looking for something that is bigger, with more luxury. Or, they could be downsizing for a myriad of reasons as well. They look for new, but will certainly exhaust the used market as well looking for the RV deal of the year. If you are considering selling your RV, Spring is usually the best time to do it. That being said, it always make me wonder why many RVers choose to trade their RV in at a dealership as opposed to putting it on consignment. Not that trading in your RV is bad, but you could lose massive amounts of money, as opposed to putting that RV on consignment.

Think of it this way. Sure you can trade in your current RV and, in many cases, get less than half of what your RV is currently worth to put towards a new RV. But, wouldn’t you want to get the most money you can for your used RV? Of course you do! Well, consider putting your RV on consignment. Let me put it to you this way, PPL Motorhomes has sold 247 RVs in the last 45 days. You read that right: 247 in 45 days. Why couldn’t that be your RV? Oh, that’s right, because you were going to put it towards your trade. Maybe our video below will convince you to put your RV on consignment with PPL Motorhomes.

The bottom line is that we generally have more RV buyers than we have RVs to sell and that means your RV will sell faster and you will get more money for it! Anyway you cut it, you simply can’t beat 2,500 to 3,500 potential buyers per month. It’s really hard to get that kind of exposure if you are attempting to sell your RV on your own.

We have over 45 years in the consignment RV market which easily places PPL Motorhomes at the top of the list for both potential customers as well as those looking to put their RV on consignment. If you have any questions on either putting your RV on consignment, or purchasing a consignment RV, don’t hesitate to call either of our two locations: PPL Motorhomes in Houston & PPL Motorhomes in New Braunfels.

Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive

It’s that time of year again at your consignment RV and RV parts store, PPL Motorhomes is collecting Teddy Bears for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive for the Missouri City and Houston Police Department Clergy Teams. For years, police officers have collected and distributed teddy bears to children to comfort them at a crime or accident scene and these bears often become the child’s best friend. We will be accepting teddy bear donations for their worthy cause.

Last year PPL Motorhomes donated over 800 bears and strives to increase their donation this year to 1,000 bears with your help. To kick off this year’s drive, PPL will again donate one teddy bear for every RV sold in November and December. So, if you are looking for the perfect consignment RV, now is the best time to get it!

Plus, come to PPL Motorhomes on December 15th from 1pm-3pm for pictures with Santa. Don’t forget to bring teddy bears to stuff the RV for the Cuddles For Kids Teddy Bear Drive.

Quick Roof Extreme, Another “Never Leave Home Without It” Item

If there’s one thing that your consignment RV center of Houston, PPL motorhomes, knows it’s having a list of “don’t leave home without them items.” This includes, food, soap, propane, TP and all sorts of other things. Another “never leave home without it” item is Quick Roof Extreme, of course, we all hope to never have anything happen to the roof of our RV, but this sis a handy item to keep on hand “just in case.”  Unfortunately, some of our favorite RV parks have big beautiful trees and a one little branch that jumps out while you are parking your RV could become big trouble if you don’t have this repair kit on hand.

 

 

Quick Roof Extreme w/Steel-Loc adhesive. Permanently and instantly repairs: EPDM, TPO, Metal, Fiberglass, Aged & Rigid PVC, Vinyl, Wood, OSB and most building materials. It can be applied to most materials even when damp or wet!

Quick Roof Extreme is guaranteed not to crack, harden, or shrink. It instantly stops leaks and permanently repairs: all roof materials, vents, skylights, slide-outs, windows, awnings, holding tanks, tents, and more! (15 year limited warranty.)

Available in 4″ x 25′, or 6″ x 25′ rolls.

We were in Kerrville parked under a beautiful tree for several days and during that time we had a little storm blow through the area.  There were no branches in the way when we parked our 5th wheel, but the storm had broken one branch and it tore a small rip in our roof.  No need to fear.  We simply followed the instructions on the Quick Roof package and had no problems at all.  Left unattended, this could have been a costly tree branch.  Well worth keeping this little package with you on the road!

For a huge selection of other “Must Have” RV parts and accessories, be sure to visit your consignment RV store, PPL Motorhomes. We have thousands of RV Parts on hand that will make your RV experience even better!

PPL motorhomes asks: “Trailer or Motorhome, Which Do You Prefer?”

If you’re looking for your first new or used Motorhome or trailer, or wanting to upgrade from the one you have now, picking between a trailer and motorhome can be a big decision.
The first thing you need to figure out is how the RV will be used, and whether you need to accommodate a lot of people and belongings. The next thing to consider is the budget, because a trailer will usually cost less than the most comparable motorhome. So, if you happen to be new to the world of recreational vehicles and cost is an issue, then a trailer would be a great place to start. Regardless which you choose, they can be stored at an indoor storing facility when not in use.
One of the biggest benefits of a trailer over a motorhome is the ability to unhitch it once you arrive at a campsite. If you hooked it up to a truck, you can maneuver on and around the campsite a lot easier than if you had a bigger motorhome (the motorhome does give you a lot of amenities inside that big package, though!). If you’re torn between the two — and have a specially outfitted truck — take a look at a fifth-wheel trailer for the ability to tow and to get some of the extras that a motorhome provide.

With a motorhome, you can tow a smaller vehicle behind to use on the campground, so you aren’t necessarily grounded at the site with one of the big boys. Also, once you set a motorhome up, it can be quite comfortable when you level it up and attach all of the hookups.
Either way, you can’t go wrong with a motorhome or a trailer, it just boils down to personal preference, camping lolcations you plan on choosing and your budget.
So, are you a Motorhome person or a Trailer person, either way we have quite a few used RVs at PPL Motorhomes, so I’m sure we can find the right one for you.

PPL Motorhomes can help give your RV a little more “definition”

Hi-Definition to be exact. If you are looking to zazz up your outside excitement, consider a new hi-def entertainment console. If you are handy and understand a combination of carpentry, electronics and audiophile gibberish, then by all means, have a crack at upgrading your RV.

Check out the PPL Motorhomes web site for all the gadgets and stuff you need to turn your RV into a rolling entertainment center…well, I  guess technically it already is.

PPL Motorhomes asks: Have you considered a diesel for your next motorhome

PPL Motorhomes is one of the nation’s largest used and consignment RV Dealerships, so we see our fair share of diesels come through PPL Motorhomes to be sold. The Diesel RV has been around for quite some time. Still, they have an unusual mystique about them.  People seem a little leery of diesel engines, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning what they are. Once you figure out what a diesel motorhome can do and how much more pleasant they are to drive than the typical gas motorhome, you might make room in your budget to try it for yourself.

1.  Smoothest Way to Drive

You should never think just because it is a diesel you will be bumping up and down the road like some trucker. On the contrary, diesel pushers are made for smooth sailing.  The way they are made allows them to ride smoother than the gas counterparts.  They also have an adjustable air compression unit, meaning that you can make it fit the height of your RV.  It serves to stabilize the RV when gushing winds or over sized diesels come swooshing by, allowing for greater control of the RV.

2.  Did Someone Say Power?

Going up a steep grade will be no problem in a diesel pusher. The diesel engine has a lower RPM which gives you more power for pulling. So not only will it drag the motorhome up-hill, it can easily do it while dragging the family car as well.

3.  More Room Means More Living Space

Since diesels are built on a bus frame, they are bigger than your average RV. In some cases, when you start adding slide outs to your already large trailer, you have got a motor home that is pretty darn close to the size of a doublewide mobile home. I have actually rented apartments smaller than these things.

4.  Smooth Braking

Since the RV is built on the chassis of a bus, you can get some nice bus features as well. The air brakes make driving these bad boys down the road so much easier.

5.  Better Mileage

It’s not possible to talk about vehicles without talking about fuel efficiency.  In most cases, the miles per gallon on a diesel is much higher than on a regular Class A. Higher MPG means more money for your all important trips.

Now that you know the basics of the Diesel RV, you can find Used and Consignment RVs right here at PPL Motorhomes. Once you step inside one, you just might find that your retirement dream really did include a diesel. You just didn’t know about it until now.

Who has a Diesel Pusher the love and why should RV Nana readers shop them?

PPL Motorhomes: Washer/Dryer Connections in your RV may lead to leaks.

How about this for a strange story? Last weekend we were camping and my husband noticed a small wet spot on the carpet near our bedroom cabinet.   This cabinet happens to have washer/dryer connections, however, I am not one of those people who wants to do laundry while we’re out RVing, so they aren’t even hooked up. Besides, there is usually a Laundromat close in case I have to do an emergency load of wash.  After we cleaned out this closet, we realized the water was actually coming from the water line to the washer.  Having never used this connection, this was all a very interesting mystery to me.  My husband found that the seat in the faucet had become loose and a small leak had started when we hooked up to water the night before.  A few minor repairs (and several hours of using the fan on the carpet) got everything back to normal again.  Apparently, the motion of the trailer on the road had loosened this connection slightly, and the pressure of the city water connection forced it to spring a leak. I am now adding one more thing to my checklist when setting up the trailer…check the closet water faucet for leaks!!  So, glad we found it early or we would have had a big mess.