Oh Boy, The Poison Ivy Is Back

OH, BOY, Poison Ivy is back! That 3 leafed terror of nature and destroyer of vacation fun is starting to rear it’s ugly head once again. What should you look for in order to avoid coming in contact with this pesky foliage and what do you do if you do happen to brush up against some while exploring your outdoor wonderland?

First, know what to look for:

Here’s another picture: Note the 3 leaves

What does a poison ivy rash look like and how does it feel? Well, it feels like a constant burning and desire to scratch. Avoid scratching, you can actually spread the oils over other parts of your skin and infect other areas. Also, if you think you’ve come in contact with poison ivy, you should wash the infected area with oil cutting soap, like a dish washing liquid within 10 minutes of contact. Obviously you need to wash your clothes immediately. Animals can carry the oils on their fur too, so if you and your pooch went for a walk out in the woods, just know that they could have picked up some oil on their fur that can be transferred to you as well.

This is what a poison ivy rash looks like:

Looks pretty nasty, huh? You can actually see where the vine made contact. This looks extremely painful. If you are allergic and have had bouts with poison ivy, than you already know this to be true. That actually leads me to an interesting side note, not everyone will feel the effects of poison ivy, you actually have to be allergic to it to respond with blistering. Now keep in mind, if you aren’t allergic now, you can actually develop the allergy in the future, so your best bet is to just avoid the plant altogether.

Here’s a great video on what to look for and how you can help relieve some of the discomfort. Any local pharmacy will have any number of creams you can apply to help with the itching.

Sometimes we are having so much fun out doors in our RVs and camping that we forget that Mother Nature isn’t always nice. There are a variety of plants and animals out there whose defensive mechanisms can be very painful, if not down right dangerous when encountered. A very sever reaction to poison ivy can actually land you in the hospital, so be careful out there.

However, don’t let that keep you from going RVing and enjoying the outdoors. You know as well as I do that there isn’t anything like having the freedom to go anywhere you want, anytime you want in your new, or RV. Give PPL Motorhomes a call when you are ready to tackle the RV lifestyle and come and take a look at some of the fantastic consignment RVs we have to help you hit the road this Spring and Summer.

Gain Additional Outside Covering With An Awning For Your RV

As Spring sets upon us, and with Summer not too far away, the need for a little more protection from rains and creepy crawlies is increasing with every RV trip. Being outside is a huge part of RVing for us, as it is for every RVer, and we’d like to spend as much time enjoying the weather (good, or bad) as we can. We don’t travel thousands of miles a year to be cooped up in our travel trailer because it’s sprinkling out, or because the mosquitoes are thirsty. Of course, having an awning on your RV is a great way to keep the Summer Sun from beating down on your head, but it does little to protect you from bugs and moderate rains. So, how can you get the most from Mother Nature without sacrificing your comfort?

What you need is an RV screen room like the Carefree Vacation’r! Not only will you be able to protect yourself from rain and bugs, but you also just increased your living space substantially, as well as your level of privacy! Now, I know what some of you may be thinking, “Awww…one more thing to set up?”. Don’t fret, as you will see in the video below, set-up is fast and easy and takes about 10 min. The Carefree Vacation’r Screen Room is one simple piece that can be easily set up by just one person. Further, the Carefree Vacation’r has no poles, rafters or permanent fasteners to attach to your RV. When you are ready to vacate the park, you simply detach the screen room, fold it, roll it and pack it away.


Check out the specs below.

Screen Room Specifications and Options

  • Fabric: Durable, lightweight polyester (tent) material.
  • Color: Gray with dark gray trim
  • Fits Awning Canopy Extension: 8′ (standard)
  • Weight: approx. 18 – 26 lbs. depending on length.
  • Pitch Drop Settings: 2 settings to cover awning to ground measurements of 86″ – 150″,
    one for steep pitch and one for flat pitch.
    Flat setting = Awning rail to ground measurement of 86″ – 126″
    Steep setting = Awning rail to ground measurement of 110″ – 150″
  • Mounting Requirements: Vinyl Patio Awning with center arm to center arm measurements of 12′ – 21′
    Awning rail to ground measurement of 86″ – 150″
  • Sizes/Front Panel Lengths: (room may not extend the entire length of the awning fabric)
    12′ – 13′ = approx. 11′ 2″
    14′ – 15′ = approx. 13′ 2″
    16′ – 17′ = approx. 15′ 2″
    18′ – 19′ = approx. 17′ 2″
    20′ – 21′ = approx. 19′ 2″

So, there you have it. A great way to increase the usable space of your RV and campsite without compromising privacy, or protection from the elements and insects. Take it from me, once you have spent a few late evenings hanging out in your screen room, you are going to wonder why you waited so long to get one! Take a look at the Carefree Vacation’r online, or swing by either of our two Texas locations, PPL Motorhomes of Houston, or PPL Motorhomes of New Braunfels and check it out in person. We know you are going to love to have one of your own!