I love having apps on my iPhone and my iPad. I’m pretty sure that if I tried to download one right now, I’d have to delete another one just for the space! I especially enjoy a good app that helps me when I’m out on the road. When venturing into unknown territory, it’s always good to know that an app has your back and can provide you with the info you’re looking for, whether it be the nearest grocery store or whether or not the RV park you’re headed to has wi-fi. Here are a few new apps I’ve recently downloaded and I can’t get enough of.
Allstays Camping & RVing
This one is more information that I know what to do with. You could honestly buy this app (it’s pricey at $9.99) and never buy another one again. Thousands of RV parks with details about each and every one. You can also set your course on it and see truck stops, rest stops and RV repair shops along the way. If you’re planning on spending a night boondocking, you can search for Wal-Marts and places that allow overnight parking so you don’t have to check into an RV park for just a few hours.
RV Owners Community
This one is great resources for RV owners. It’s a social media outlet designed for people like us to chat and ask questions about living the RV lifestyle. Make sure you don’t get stuck out on the road when all you really need to do was ask an expert or a few people who have done it before.
If you don’t feel like spending $10 on the Allstays app, this one is a functional replacement. It may not have as many bells and whistles, but it’s still a good resource for over 20,000 RV parks all across the country. Best of all, it’s free!
What apps do you use to help you when you’re out on the road?
On July 2nd, 1776, the Second Continental Congress approved a resolution that declared the United States independent from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776 the Committee of Five, headed by Thomas Jefferson drafted and proposed what we know as our Declaration of Independence. This great document was our first step in exploring our rights as an independent people with our own ideals, values, and dreams. This, in my opinion, is the birth of the American spirit. The same Spirit that cannot be contained, or told how we should live in any other way other than the way we choose. That is the freedom of life, liberty, religion and the pursuit of happiness.
It never escapes me though how the RV lifestyle embodies this same spirit. The ability to go anywhere you want, anytime you want, without leaving the comforts of home. Owing an RV, isn’t uniquely American. There are many other countries around the world where RVing, or Caravanning is very popular. In fact, PPL Motorhomes has sold and delivered many consignment RVs to overseas customers. It’s always wonderful to see that the spirit of travel, exploration and adventure transcends oceans and cultures. We all do it for the same reasons: Freedom and Happiness.
So, this year, instead of piling the kids, or grand kids in the car, put them in the RV and take them to see fireworks and Independence day celebrations…in Washington D.C.! Now, you know I’ve just being funny, but isn’t it nice to know that just by owning an RV, you could actually do it? Hmmm, sounds like a good idea for next year, doesn’t it?
Incidentally, I found a couple of interesting facts about July 4th that I thought I’d share with you. I found this on Wikipedia:
n a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day. [source: wikipedia.com]
I just thought this was just an interesting fact you could share while you celebrate the holiday. Remember, it’s not just about beer and BBQ, it’s about being an American and bleeding red, white and blue. Everyone have a safe and happy Independence day!
One of the things that always seemed to be a hassle when we went on our summer RV trips was dealing with wet bathing suits and towels. I don’t know how many times, after a pleasant day on the beach, river or at the park pool, that I had to shout at the grandkids (and my husband) to NOT throw their wet towels and bathing suits on the floor in our RV. But sometimes, finding an appropriate place to hang them to dry isn’t that easy and I’d rather they not use the dryer all of the time for conservation reasons.
Then I found: Smart Dryer. It was the answer to all of my water soaked prayers. The Smart Dryer is perfect for drying towels, swimsuits and more. It’s practicable, function, lightweight and easy to install on your ladder. Equipping your RV with a Smart Dryer means you will no longer have your towels and swim gear hanging form lawn chairs, truck tailgates or ladders. The Smart Dryer is made of stainless steel, so that means it’s both strong and rust resistant. I also folds into itself, so it won’t take much space in your RV, which we all know is extremely valuable.
I was looking online and found this great video.
I wish I had known about this years ago. It will come in handy for our annual Fathers Day river outing on the San Marcos river. You can get your own Smart Dryer online at PPL Motorhomes. Trust me, if you send any amount of time in the water this summer, this drying rack is goring to help stop a lot of headaches and keep a lot of carpets in your RV dry.
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.
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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.
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!