Solar that won’t BURN up your budget!

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Catch some RAYS this summer with this super simple, affordable, plug-n-play solar kit for the on-the-go lifestyle.  Technology can be a lifesaver. In this case, keeping your RV’s batteries at full charge with a portable solar panel that won’t BURN up your budget is just plain smart! 

It DAWNED on me that there is an affordable, simple way to start your introduction to solar! That is the Xantrex Solar 100W portable panels. You can travel light with this affordable and easy set-up solar panel. We put a lot of strain on our RV’s batteries and that you are prepared to recharge overdrawn batteries is the type of preparation that we may not really put high on our priority list.

The Xantrex Solar 100W portable flex kit is very lightweight and has a compact design solution. The panel is half the weight and quarter the size compared to most 100W portable kits available in the market today.
The solar kit includes a 10A charge controller and a system hardware which is designed as a plug-n-play charging solution. Users can connect to their batteries using ring terminals, battery clamps, or a SAE connector for pre-wired RV solar ports. It comes with a built in storage pouch where the charge controller and adapter cables are stored. Users can adjust the panel to the perfect angle towards the sun with the adjustable tilting legs. These portable kits can be easily fold.

  • A 100W solar panel featuring 5 busbar mono-crystalline cells
  • A 10A Pulse-Width Modulation charge controller is provided to charge and protect your batteries
  • Three ways to connect your batteries
  • Portable, Easily storage and carry
  • Adjustable angle with tilting legs
  • Maintenance free
  • Maximum battery life and Prolong power supply 
  • 1 year product warranty

Simple, affordable, plug-n-play solar kit for charging your battery while camping and tailgating!

Let the sun charge your batteries with this affordable, lightweight, and easy set-up solar panel and let any worries of poor battery performance melt away.

Happy 4th of July

WOW…Happy 4th of July to everyone.  The RV parks will be so busy, pools full, flags flying, ice cream melting …all is good.  The show will air starting this Saturday so many will already be on their way to a week long 4th of July celebration.  Be safe on the road and in the parks.

What is your favorite 4th of July food?

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I know most people say hot dogs and hamburgers and I think those are both great choices.  It’s always hot in Texas on the 4th so we love watermelon and home made ice cream.  When was the last time you made homemade ice cream.  Why make it when we have Bluebell?  I think we are going to do that for the 4th.  Make sure you drink plenty of water, use sunscreen and bug spray and HAVE FUN!

Now on a more serious note, it’s time again for another list from RV Nana.  When I am preparing for an RV outing I always use a list, but I also have one for special outings, too.  You know, the ones where you have friends and family joining you for a little celebration.  Remember to think about all age groups.  From popsicles to cold beer, make sure you have fun food for everyone.  I also have to bring some patriotic décor (flags, plates, tablecloth, red solo cups, napkins, etc.)  I also always make sure we have lots of fun decorations so the kids can decorate their bikes or the golf cart.  From glow sticks to fun hats and glasses and balloons.  All are great for decorating.  And don’t forget a fun cool game for everyone.  Have a water balloon fight or bring some water guns with you or bubble wands.  Cool off and have fun.

Now, with this family outing you may find yourself in the same predicament many other RVs are in.  You have too much family and too little RV.  PPL is here to help you.  With over 650 motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels to choose from, we have the RV of your dreams and we can help you sell yours or even take it in on trade.  So go ahead, start looking.  Check out the website where you will find floorplans, pictures and information and, if you have a special make or model in mind, create a wish list and we will keep you updated if we add that model to our inventory. 

Stop by and meet one of our team members in Houston, Cleburne and New Braunfels and let us help you make your RV dreams come true. 

Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler

I LOVE this tumbler!

I love this wine tumbler.  I’m sure that those who know me know that I enjoy an occasional glass of wine on the patio and this tumbler is the best I have ever had.  It keeps my wine cool and keeps gnats and flies form swimming around in my wine and getting a little tipsy. 

I received my first set as a gift from a friend and now have a couple sets at home and in the RV.  I am a bit of a wine snob, or should I say a wine glass snob.  I love a stemmed glass!  This tumbler set gives me the stemmed glass I love and a stemless glass when and if I want to set the glass down in the sand. I can’t say enough about this stainless steel wine glass is my absolute favorite glass. It’s the best of both worlds!!! I also have a couple of friends who prefer stemless, so this set has something for everyone!

Check them out. They make a great gift idea!

Have An Impactful Day!

Have an impactful day!

Those are powerful words, but they got me to thinking.  You don’t have to be a scholar, a business man or a hero to make a positive impact on someone.  Heck, I’m RV Nana and maybe one of my helpful hints or “Nanaisms” will help someone else have a better day.  Of course, all of us can have a positive impact on our friends, family and even total strangers.  Just think, even a smile (something you can give away all day long for FREE) can make a difference in someone else’s life. 

You know, I think RVers have an impact on others every day.  How many times have we gone RVing and our neighbor helps us fix something, warns us about the snakes they just say, teaches us how to work someghin on our RV or simply brings over some s’mores to share.  

Well, this young lady the other night hit this home for me and I even printed a cute little sign to look at each morning to remind me to have an impactful day.  Someday I would love to be remembered as the positive influence that made an impact on other.  

OK, enough of this mushy stuff.  I would love to have an impactful day on all of you.  I met the nicest couple in our office looking at RVs.  Unfortunately, they were one of the many in the US who lost property during the recent storms.  It seems like we have all heard this story too often lately, but these people reminded me of an important reminder for all of you.  Make copies of all of your important documents and information and put these copies on a thumb drive.  I have even heard people tell me they keep their thumb drive with them in case of emergencies and some have even sent these to a next of kin, or executor for safe keeping. That’s not a bad idea.  In fact, I think I may practice what I preach on this one.  I looked back through the RV Nana blogs and found a blog post from 2011 about preparing for a hurricane.  I am sprucing this one up and plan to post it again. 

I am pretty good about keeping copies of everything with me in a ziploc bag and also on a thumb drive at home, but never thought to have it with me in the safe in the RV.  From drivers license and insurance documents to prescription information, important phone numbers and credit card/banking info to simple phone numbers of friends  and family.  These are all helpful and important to have with us.  You should also make sure you carry some cash and do not put it all in one place.  My problem would be remembering where I stash things.  You know, the phone number thing is more important than we realize.  I remember when I used to rattle off every phone number in our family and all of my friends.  Now they are all on speed dial on my cell phone.  What happens when and if you lose your cell phone, it gets soaked in rain or it is simply dead.  You could be in big trouble in the case of emergency if you are a little confused and cannot remember family or emergency numbers. 

I hope you prepare all of these things and never ever need them.  In the meantime, start your check list and check it twice.  Be prepared because you never know what you may need. 


RV Buyers are coming out of the woodwork and many of you are seriously looking for the RV of their dreams right now.  I do not want to scare you, but I will warn BUYER BEWARE!  If you are looking for a used RV, take time to come up with a list of your “wants and don’t wants” in that RV.  I encourage you to walk through many RVS and try to imagine yourself, eating, sleeping, bathing and watching TV in that RV.  Is it spacious enough, is it too big to tow, too small to move around?  Is your head in the skylight when you shower?  Are you too tall to sleep on the bed without your feet hanging off?  E are just a few of the questions. 

Once you have found the RV you want to buy, it is time to make sure your paperwork is in order.  Whether you are buying from a dealer or an individual, know what you are buying.  Is the year model correct, does the vin on the title match the vin on the RV?  Is their a lien on the RV and, if so, how are you going to get a clear title? And, one question that comes up more often than you can imagine is, where is the title?  You are at the sellers house, you fall in love with the RV, you negotiate a great deal, you’re ready to go RVing and….you hear the panic of “Oh, heck…where did I put that title?”    Is it in the file cabinet?  Is it still at the bank? Where is it?

DO NOT…let me repeat, DO NOT, negotiate this deal and pay any money until you know how the vehicle is titled, where the title is and if it is clear.

It is much better to agree on the price and wait a few days for the seller to produce a title than it is to rush and then have a vehicle you can not register in your name.  

If there are two parties listed as owners on the title, you need to make sure that both of those people are there and are negotiating the title.  Request a copy of each of their drivers licenses for your records to make sure you know who you are dealing with.  I have heard some horror stories about couples going through a divorce and one sells the RV right out from under the other one and signs their name.  I have also heard about kids who have mom or dads RV and are trying to sell it and pocket the money.  And, don’t forget the people who actually steal RVs and try to sell them. 

I think all of this can lead up to the 9 steps brochure and PPL helping them. 

I also think I want to take time to say that, just like all dealers, we cannot make everyone happy every time, but we do try and we do care.  We will make some mistakes along the way, but we will also try to learn from those mistakes. 

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 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?