PPL Motorhomes: RVs and Tornadoes

I can’t think of a worse combination. PPL Motorhomes has heard many stories of near misses and direct hits. Yesterday was a pretty harrowing day up in North Texas, they had multiple tornadoes rip through the area leaving massive amounts of damage in their wake. Check out the video below:

Those were 50 foot trailers that were being hurled in the air like paper. Imagine if you would have been in your RV at that moment, at that spot. It’s sad to say, but even your giant RV has no chance when combating such a violent storm. I haven’t even mentioned the giant hail these things can produce. Hail so large that it will tear through the skin of your RV with ease.

Living in Texas, we all know that storms can pop-up without warning. Severe atmospheric disturbances happen suddenly and seemingly, from no where. What would you do if you saw one of these coming your way? Out run it? Park under a bridge? Get out of your RV and take shelter under the girders of a bridge? “No” to all of the above. Unfortunately there are just a few things you can do.

From weather.com

  • Do not drive during tornado conditions.
  • Never try to out-drive a tornado in a vehicle. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of your vehicle immediately and seek shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, or if there is no nearby shelter, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or a low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

The bottom line is that you are at the mercy of the storm. The only precautions you can take are the one’s mentioned above, but your best bet is to get indoors immediately. If you know that there is a potential for violent storms, delay your trip or departure. Seek shelter and wait until the weather has cleared.

Let me warn you again, that your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel is no match for the awesome power generated by a thunderstorm that is producing funnel clouds.

After watching that video and hearing all of the past  stories for local customers, family and friends, this storm could have been much more deadly. PPL Motorhomes is thankful that, as of now, no one was killed. Remember, storms like these can pop up without warning in Texas. It’s storm season. Drive safely and err on the side of caution, always.


PPL Motorhomes: Achieve “Total Balance” With A Light Trailer Stabilizer

This blog entry really is for those with light trailers, like some of the ones we have on consignment here at PPL Motorhomes. Keep in mind that the video contained in this blog contains products specifically designed for light trailers and pop-ups. If you have a larger Texas trailer or Fifth-Wheel, we have alternated tire chocks for you to consider.

Tire Chocks are designed to balance, level and stabilize your trailer. If you are new to RVing, you’ll quickly find out that an unbalanced trailer is uncomfortable and can be dangerous. Take a look at the video below with Boyd McMakin as he explains what tire chocks are and what they do.

The bottom line is that tire chocks prevent single axle trailers from rolling and greatly improves stability. The center square bar can be turned by hand or wrench, moving chocks closer together for locking around tire or further apart for removal. The particular ones in the video are lightweight, easy to store and have a rust-inhibiting coating for long life.

If you have any questions about the importance of leveling and balancing your trailer, don’t hesitate to call PPL Motorhomes. I have no doubt that we will have the appropriate product to make your RVing adventure, easier.

PPL Motorhomes, Keeps Your Clothes Spotless While RVing

If  you’ve ever been on the road for any duration of time, you already know how important it is to have the ability to wash your clothes. Without a quality washer/dryer unit, you will be forced to either carry more clothes, which means taking up more space, or, you can use the local laundromat, or laundry room at the park you are staying at…if they have one.

At PPL Motorhomes, we carry a variety of washer and dryer units, including Pinnacle Appliances.

The stackable Pinnacle by Majestic washer, which coordinates with the compact dryer, provides superior cleaning. I love this washer/dryer combination. It has an automatic dispenser for detergent, bleach, and fabric softeners and 10 wash cycles for any type of load, including dedicates and knits. The best part is that it is built “road-tough and is designed for years of service.

The best feature of this washer/dryer combo is that they are designed for maximum energy and space efficiency, so much so that this Pinnacle washer is ideal for RVs. Quiet operation adds even more to its advantage in space-limited residences. Temperature, water level and fabric selection options allow you to choose the best setting to protect your clothes from wear and damage while providing a perfect wash every time. Of course, when RVing with grandchildren you are going to want a washer/dryer that is not only tough on stains, but gentle on clothes, throw in the fact that this stackable unit takes us a small amount of space and you have a first-rate washer all around.

If you are looking for the best way to keep your clothes spotless while out on the road, PPL Motorhomes highly recommends you looking into the Pinnacle stackable washer/dryer.

PPL Motorhomes: Have You Ever Balanced Your Trailer Tires?

So, do you have to balance the tires on your trailer? PPL Motorhomes‘ short answer is, “Yes”. Just like the tires on your car, the tires on your trailer should also be balanced. Why? It’s simple and the exact same reason you balance the tires on your tow vehicle or family car. An unbalanced tire leads to excessive wear. Excessive wear can cause an unforeseen catastrophic blowout.The really scary part is that if you ask most trailer owners if they’ve done this, their answer will more than likely, be “NO”. Tsk, Tsk, Tsk. You are playing with fire by not doing this.

If you’ve ever experienced a blowout in your trailer, you know how difficult recover can be. Even with a great sway-bar, you are still going to have to fight extreme forces that are pulling your trailer in an very dangerous fashion. Blown tires cause rollovers and increase danger to those you are sharing the road with.

I found a video from rollinontv.com that explains the effects of an unbalanced trailer tire. Take a look.

Diagnosing an unbalanced trailer tire can be difficult. Sometimes the vibration is so subtle its hard to notice, but that doesn’t mean damage isn’t being done to your tires. In fact chances are, if you don’t keep your trailer tires maintained regularly, you probably won’t notice an issue until you are stranded on the side of the road, scratching your head and deciding what your next course of action is going to be.

If you haven’t had your tires balanced, this spring season you should consider having them looked at. Nothing can ruin a trip more than NOT getting to your destination because of a malfunction that can easily be attended to with the proper preparation.

On thing you might want to pick up is a basic maintenance manual from PPL Motorhomes, because your tires aren’t the only components you should consider checking. The first step in solving any maintenance issue is diagnosing it. A reference manual from PPL Motorhomes can significantly help with keeping your Texas RV in top shape.