RV Checklist Everyone Needs

How many times have you left for your trip and forgotten something? Or, run into a situation where you wish you would have remembered (insert name of whatever might have saved the day)?

All of the time, right?

That’s why I decided to put together a comprehensive, but not exhaustive list of the thing that I put on my checklist. Yes, even RV Nana can forget some of the important stuff sometimes.

I always put all of these copies in a zip loc bag and store hidden in my RV.  I also make sure and carry $5 and $1 bills with me and keep tucked in this bag.  People tend to leave home on a vacation with a $100 bill and then have no way to break it along the way and, who knows, you may want to buy ice cream from the popsicle man on the beach and you need something smaller than a $100 bill and he won’t take a credit card. 

The emergency contact list is so important too.  Accidents and emergencies don’t always happen close to home and it would be nice to have an easy way to contact you. 

Also, if you have a dog, it is a great idea to have the dog’s name and information on the refrigerator or somewhere close to the door.  I heard a story once about a gentleman who had called 911 because he was having a heart attack and his dog would not let the EMTs in the RV.  Once they knew the dog’s name, he accepted them as a friend. 

And, most importantly, please remember to have any medical directives with you!

I also keep all of this information on a flash drive that I leave with my daughter.  This way she could easily locate my information in case of emergency.

Some of the things on my list are “no-brainers”, others are “slap your forehead, why didn’t I think of that” type items. I refer to this list every time I go RVing and I’m happy to report that it has covered all keister a few times!

RV Checklist

Important Documents RVers should not leave home without……

 Information about your Vehicles

  • Driver’s license
  • Vehicle Registration 
  • Copy of vehicle title or registration receipt
  • Insurance for RV and tow vehicle – ID cards
  • Roadside assistance information

 Important Information about you and those traveling in your RV

  • Identification – Driver’s license or identification card
  • Passport
  • Emergency contact list 
  • Medical insurance information
  • Medical information (see list below)

Important facts about you in case of an accident or emergency

  • Doctor’s name & contact information
  • List of medications you currently take & pharmacy information
  • Allergies (drug and food allergies)

 Are you traveling with your dog or cat?

  • ïVaccination information
  • ïVeterinarian contact information
  • ïName of your pet
  • ïFood requirements for your pet 

Additional information you may want or need in case of emergency

  • Banking information
  • Insurance information for home/RV and life
  • Will or at least a copy of any medical directive

The last thing we expect is an emergency but being prepared can mean the difference in life or death for you and any member of your family, including your furry friend. And, having information on hand will help for an emergency at home, too!

Refer back to this often, or print it out. This is the RV checklist you don’t want to leave home with out. If you have any great additions, let PPL Motorhomes know

New Year’s Resolution – RV More


Happy New Year!  First, I want to thank all of my PPL family, each and every one of you for making my life so special.  I am looking forward to sharing adventures with all of you in 2019. 

With each new year, I find myself making resolutions – lose weight, exercise more, change habits, etc.  – the same ones we all make.  This year my resolution is to RV more and I am committed to scheduling at least 10 RV adventures this year.  Of course, the brand new Texas RV Camping and Travel Guide will help me make all these plans.  This free publication is a “must have” for all RV enthusiasts. 

The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) represents nearly 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas. It was started in 1972 by a group of five campground owners who felt there should be independent marketing and advocacy for the private park industry in Texas. Over the years, TACO has developed a significant consumer facing magazine with a distribution of 250,000, the most widely used website for RV parks and campgrounds in Texas, along with a presence in Austin to insure a positive consumer experience.
The association also promotes Texas campgrounds in over 25 RV shows in the US and Canada. Becoming a TACO member park gives campground owners a chance to showcase their park and make their information available online to RVers and campers coming to Texas via the new TexasCampgrounds.com.
TexasCampgrounds.com is the official website of TACO, the Texas Association of Campground Owners, which offers the best tools when searching for a Texas RV park or campground

You can get your FREE Texas RV Camping and Travel Guide at any PPL Motorhomes location, or by calling the Texas Campground Owners Association at 1-800-657-655. Make sure you tell them RV Nana sent you!  Book your RV reservations early.  I have my favorite places to RV, but I want to know about yours.  Reach out and share your adventures with me. Where should I go next?

Veteran’s Day 2018

I love talking about our veterans.  They have the only job I know of where they actually write a check in the amount of their life for service to their country payable to all of us, the citizens of the United States.  I have two sons in the military.  One with 19+ years in the Marines and the other with 18 years in the AirForce.  I come from a family of men and women who have served our country, most made it home safely and others lost their lives, or limbs defending our freedom.  I feel that I owe each and every member of our military a huge thank you.  They make sacrifices every day and so do their family members.  Sacrifices the average citizen may never understand. They serve so others will not have to.

In 1919 President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th as Armistice Day, a day to celebrate our troops, past and current, who served in World War I.    In 1938 it became a legal holiday and in 1954 the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor all branches of the military.  Parades will be held this weekend across the country.    I know we will be attending my grandson’s ROTC military ball and banquet this weekend celebrating Veterans Day and the 242nd  birthday of the Marine Corp on November 10th.  So, whether your RV park is doing a celebration or you have a dinner or parade to attend, please fly your flag proudly!

In the RV business we see many veterans in and out buying RVs.  Our team members understand their sacrifices and, when they have that hat on that says World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm or any of the other battles fronts,  we make it a point to thank them. I have heard of so many of the RV parks and resorts that actually have their own Parades and celebrations, so fly your flag, thank a vet and, regardless of your political beliefs, take time show you are proud to be an American.

Splendide Washer/Dryer


One of my favorite sayings is something to the effect of, “I was able to kill two birds with one stone.” In today’s fast-paced world, even RVers are looking for ways to save time, space and money, especially when it comes to doing laundry! Which happens to be my least favorite thing to do. When I’m on the road, or RVing for and extended period of time, I tend to put it off as long as possible. I mean, loading into the washer and unloading into the dryer, there are a lot of other things I’d rather be doing with my free time.  

This RV Washer Dryer Combo is a 2-in-1 appliance that uses half the space, weight and resources to meet all your laundry needs. You will be able to wash and dry laundry with the touch of a button. There are features you’d expect at home yet built-tough for RV or Marine travel. It has easy-to-use controls and tailors cycles for each load from heavily soiled cottons to delicate silks and wools. The extra-wide, 11-1/2″ door opening makes loading easy. There are status LED’s that display the cycle progress an an ‘Add-an-item’ feature interrupts any cycle in progress. Plus, laundry aids dispense automatically. Of course, we’re all concerned about waste and the ENERGY STAR label assures no water is wasted. Feel the need for speed? The drum spins up to 1200rpm. If a dry time is set, the large, dual-rotating drum works together with the powerful spin and blower to help laundry dry faster with minimal creasing. And, the brushless tri-phase motor works quietly even while you sleep. It is available in vented or ventless models. Ventless models require 2.5 gallons per hour to dry.

Needless to say, I absolutely love it! I save time, space and money. So, I guess you can say that I “killed THREE birds with one stone.”  Check it out at PPLMotorhomes.com!

Do It Yourself Cajun Shrimp For Picky Eaters

Ok, if your family is anything like RV Nana’s, then you have a few picky eaters in your group.  I love to cook and prepare meals, but sometimes some of the ingredients don’t necessarily match the refined palettes of my wonderful family. I have come up with a solution to a recipe that I love all of the ingredients in, but not so much the fam. I call it “Cajun Shrimp For Picky Eaters”. These foil packets are so easy to prepare and everyone can stuff their own packet for the fire.  I love to prepare camp dinners before I leave home and this one is no exception.  I simply use lots of zip loc bags and a little prep at home means a little more time on the trail or adventure.  This recipe is based on 4 servings, but you can expand as needed, based on the number of campers. Prepare all of the items below in individual bags.

                2-3 ears of corn on the cob (break each ear into quarters)

                4-6 Red Potatoes – no need to peel, just wash and cube

                1 pound Shrimp – Uncooked and peeled

                1 pound smoked sausage

                1 Onion – cut into large chunks

                1 bell pepper – sliced

                12 mushrooms – halved

Additional seasoning

                1 can chicken broth

                1 stick butter

                Cajun seasoning

                Salt & pepper, to taste

Give every family member their own large sheet of heavy duty foil and ask them to add their favorite ingredients.  Drizzle melted butter and about 2 tablespoons of chicken broth in each packet.  Add cajun seasoning and salt & pepper to taste.  Fold the packets making sure to close all side securely. 

You can put these in a 350 degree oven to bake or do it my favorite way on the frill or in some hot coals at the campsite.  Cooks in about 25 minutes.  Enjoy!!

RV Nana’s “ALL-New” Game Day Queso

Game Day Queso: Football & Cheese: Sign Me Up!

OK, guys, for years my family has enjoyed great football games and fun.  We’ve seen great teams and great players come and go.  My job during every game was to keep the food and beverage going strong and I loved it.  I think that some of my earliest Pro football memories are of all of us watching the Oilers, wearing our Oiler blue, watching greats like Earl Campbell, Ken Stabler and others lead by Bum Philips.  I think I may even have an autographed Earl Campbell cap and I have a friend who owns an original can of cola branded as Ken “The Snake” Stabler’s “Snake Venom”.  Now, next time you and your family get together, take a walk down football memory lane and throw in a little Game Day Queso for good measure!!!

Tired of That Old RV Mattress

Tired of that old RV mattress? Looking to replace it with one that isn’t so uncomfortable that you wake up in pain? Need something more firm? Maybe you need a mattress for your RV that is on the softer side? 

Well, let me warn you now:  be careful when you decide to just pop on in to the local discount mattress store and buy a new one.  I found out the hard way and can speak from experience; it’s not the best idea.  Many RV mattresses are a little shorter than a standard home mattress. 

Now, on some beds that may not matter, but when it’s on a bed in a slide out room, be sure the slides will close with the new mattress.  We had a beautiful Montana and the mattress we bought was about 4 inches too long.  When we closed the slide it buckled because it hit the built in dresser.  It was a simple problem with a big “non-refundable” headache. 

PPL sells Denver mattresses and they are made for the RVs.  Measurements are so important because you have to think beyond the household standards of twin, full, queen and king.  That tape measure is a valuable tool, so break it out and use it. Then, when you are ready to replace that old uncomfortable RV mattress, give PPL Motor Homes a call and we can help you find the right mattress for you AND your RV.

Tailgating With the JACK HDTV Antenna

Saturday, August 25th marks the first day of the College Football season and that means – TAILGATING! All across America people are firing up their grills, rolling out the awning, getting out the face paint, and getting ready for a tailgate party. But the most important components to any awesome tailgate party are at TV and a clear, uninterrupted HDTV. Tailgating With the JACK HDTV Antenna means a better reception to see the Interceptions!

Let me introduce you to King’s JACK HDTV Antenna…the secret to a clear and uninterrupted HDTV signal.

In order to tune into your favorite teams and not miss a minute of the action, you are going to need a reliable satellite system. One of the best tailgating satellite dishes currently on the market is the King JACK HDTV Antenna. It’s easy to install and brings crystal clear TV of all of your favorite outdoor pastimes directly you your RV’s entertainment system. 

How easy is it to set up? Let’s put it this way: you probably could have done it in the time it took to read this paragraph. 

Boasting a range of up to 100 miles and a wider reception area, these units are among the best long range TV antennas.

This digital TV antenna comes with an integrated signal finder which incorporates a built-in digital signal meter allowing fast and accurate antenna pointing without having to blindly scan in multiple directions to find your local TV channels. LED lights illuminate as the antenna is rotated a full 360 degrees to indicate which direction the digital TV signals are strongest. The unit also includes a variable sensitivity adjustment to fine tune the antenna position for best reception in both strong and weak signal areas.

The fixed height, (just 12″) aerodynamic design requires no cranking up or down, so less roof space is needed for installation and the antenna is always ready for travel, and the unit’s rotation shaft features an adjustable “tube in a tube” design allowing installation on various roof thicknesses without any cutting or gluing of components. This digital TV antenna system includes a 12-volt wall-plate switch that fits all standard electrical boxes and includes two TV outputs, a cable TV input and can be used as a selector switch between campground cable and over-the-air signals.

Click the link below to order:

KING Jack RV HDTV TV Antenna With Signal Finder

Tired of poor HDTV reception in your RV? This is the perfect product to virtually guarantee you never missing another important play again. And if you already have a JACK RV Antenna, please leave a comment below and let us know how much you love it! Your fellow college football fans, as well as all RVers for that matter, will be grateful. 

RVing to Your Family Reunion

Every year, all across America families plan reunions in hopes of staying in touch with those who can sometimes be on the other side of the US. Summer is prime season for reunions too. The weather is generally nice, kids are out of school and people have been saving up their vacation time. I know all of us here at PPL Motorhomes look forward to reuniting with our family members ever summer.

What better place to hold a family reunion that at an RV Park? Generally the amenities that are provided will more than suffice for even larger reunions. Many parks across the United States have pools, activities, eating halls, picnic areas, covered pavilions and more. Not only do you have all of this at your disposal, but many RV Parks also offer packages to help you organize your family reunion.

I know you already think you see the flaw in my “brilliant” reunion location advice. But, “RV Nana not all of our family members have an RV”. That is absolutely no problem. A quick internet search will show that the are many RV Parks to stay at that also have permanent lodging facilities for rent.

However, PPL Motorhomes recommends looking into renting an RV and experiencing how comfortable the lifestyle can be first hand. Who knows, maybe one of your family member will love it so much they will want to get an RV for themselves! Not to do any shameless self-promotion here, but I know a great little consignment RV center in Houston that you can recommend.

Cuddles for Kids is Back


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Cuddles for Kids is back! That’s right folks, it’s that time of year again! The time when PPL Motorhomes collects teddy bears for our annual Cuddles for Kids Teddy Bear Drive. For years, police officers have collected and distributed teddy bears to children to comfort them at a crime, or accident. If you folks only knew the power of these little stuffed miracles. More often than not, these bears often become that child’s best friend. It could likely be one of the few positives in that child’s life if they grow up in, or around an abusive environment. It could be the only thing they have left after a devastating fire, or natural catastrophe.  It could be the only recognizable thing they have to hold on to after an accident. It’s giving me a lump in my throat and tears are welling up just thinking about it.

Right now we are in the process of collecting as many bears as we can thru December 31st. Last year, PPL donated over 500 bears and has a goal set at 1,000 this year. Just think, what better way to celebrate the holidays than helping to comfort a child in a time of crisis? Other than holding that child tight myself, this is the next best way to share your compassion and love with someone who truly needs it.

That being said, we will be donating one teddy bear for every RV we sell, but we can’t reach our 1,000 bear goal if we don’t have your help. Have a teddy bear that is looking to give some extra love and comfort? Any bear big, or small will do just fine. Bring him by, or mail him to our store:

PPL’s RV Parts Superstore – Houston
10777 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77074

“Thank you”, from our family and all of the families you will touch by your teddy bear donation. Help comfort a child in need, donate today!


-RV Nana