Here’s Why You Should Buy a Toy Hauler as Your First RV

Buy a Toy HaulerAre you considering making the jump into the world of RV ownership? Navigating the different types can be confusing at first, but Hanner RV’s knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your needs. Often, the best fit for first-time RV buyers is a toy hauler, and here’s why.

You need a place for your toys.

A lot of first-time RV buyers are already outdoorsmen and women who are ready to embrace camping more fully. That means you probably already own ATVs, jet skis, and snowmobiles. A toy hauler is the perfect way to take your toys with you on your adventures.

You want to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.

We get it. There’s a certain appeal of “roughing it” by yourself. However, we all know that it’s more fun to explore the outdoors with your favorite people. Toy haulers ensure you’ll have enough space for everyone to live and sleep comfortably—and bring your favorite toys.

You like to bring vacation home with you.

If you frequently go out on adventures to new places and fall in love with artwork, furniture, or other large goods produced locally, but never know how to get it home without insane shipping costs, a toy hauler is for you.

If you have decided to buy a toy hauler, pay a visit to Hanner RV to see our selection.

How to Gut a Fish

How to Gut a Fish
How to Gut a Fish

On your next RV camping trip, you may decide to take the family fishing and spend a leisurely day out on the water. Rather than fishing just for sport, fishing while camping is the perfect opportunity to catch some food for dinner. Here’s a short guide on a how to gut a fish.

  1. Find a clean surface near a sink: Before gutting your fish, you will want to find a clean, flat work surface near a sink for gutting and washing. Have a bucket on hand, a pair of gloves (if you’d like), and a container for the cleaned fish. Oftentimes, marinas or fishing areas will have designated cleaning stations, which is worth knowing ahead of time. You will not want to gut your fish directly on your RV’s kitchen countertop, as it’s a messy process and you would have to worry about spreading germs.
  2. Avoid overhandling your fish and kill it humanely: To prevent spreading bacteria, do not overhandle your catch. You will also want to kill and clean your fish within a couple of hours of catching it. To kill your fish, do it humanely by clubbing it hard on the head or by swiftly cutting off the head with a sharp chopping knife.
  3. For a fish with scales, scale and wash the fish: To clean a fish with scales, hold the fish by the head and work from tail to gills with your knife or scaling tool to remove the scales. Wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  4. For a fish with skin, remove the skin and wash the fish: Cut the fish along its back from its first dorsal fin to its back fin. Peel back the skin using pliers, pulling the skin toward the tail. Once you remove the skin, wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  5. Store your cleaned fish in your cooler until you are ready to cook it.

For RVs that are great to take camping, check out the selection at Hanner RV.

5 Tips for First-Time RV Owners

Tips for first-time RV owners
Tips for first-time RV owners

Getting your first recreational vehicle is an exciting milestone because the opportunities for adventure are now endless. If you’re a bit unsure about what you’re meant to do when you first head out on the open road, we’ve put together some tips for first-time RV owners that are sure to help.

Practice driving and parking. Driving a large RV takes a different approach to driving than the typical sedan does – or even your pickup truck. They tend to be taller, wider, and heavier than your usual ride. That’s why it’s important to practice driving and parking your RV before heading off on your next adventure.

Give all systems an inspection. You don’t want to have everything packed to realize that some of the systems aren’t working properly. Check the engine, generator, air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, dryer, brakes, and lighting to ensure they’re ready to go.

Bring basic tools and equipment. Accidents can happen, which is why it’s important to bring along your tool box just in case. The tools don’t have to be expensive or abundant, but even items such as duct tape and a screwdriver can go a long way if you run into an unexpected issue.

Pack carefully. You never know what the weather might be like when you head to a campsite, so make sure you take appropriate clothing, cosmetics, medications, a first aid kit, cleaning products, food, linens, and cooking utensils to keep your fun from ending.

If you need more tips for driving and owning an RV, contact us at Hanner RV.

Five of the Best RV Blogs

best RV blogs
best RV blogs

Owning a recreational vehicle is more than just owning a vehicle—it’s embracing a lifestyle. As you’re anticipating summer, begin planning your upcoming trip by heading to the best RV destinations around. One great way to begin planning is by reading blogs. Here are five of the best RV blogs to visit.

  1. Technomadia. This blog is geared toward younger generations and focuses on ways to be more sustainable and make a minimal impact while travelling.
  2. Love Your RV. This blog is produced by a Canadian couple who sold their traditional home and bought a fifth wheel RV. They now travel across North American to share their tips, tricks, reviews, and reports.
  3. Wheeling It. If you have ever dreamed of being a full-time RVer, this is the blog for you. This couple travels the road with two cats and a Great Dane. They share some tips for modifications, their favorite travel recipes, and even how to find a vet while on the road.
  4. Everything About RVing. Just as the title implies, this site will help you learn all about RVing. It is an ideal starting point for first-time RV owners or those considering buying one.
  5. Frugal RV Travel. There is no denying the expense of owning and travelling in an RV. This blog helps you address some of these issues, from purchasing to repairs to camping fees.

If you want more advice on preparing your RV for a summer trip, contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter.

Which RV is Best for You

Which RV is Best for You?
Which RV is Best for You?

If you’re interested in buying an RV, you have a lot of options. The selection at Hanner RV can be overwhelming, but by answering a few questions you can help us help you discover which RV is best for your needs.

How Will You Use It?

Are you planning on camping with the whole family, or will you use your RV as a romantic getaway? If you’re bringing everyone, something like the 2018 Wildwood X-Lite, which sleeps six, might be a better option. If you’re bringing only two people, though, the compact 2018 Rockwood Geo Pro should suffice.

How Will You Tow It?

The size of the RV you choose is important for more than one reason. If you drive a big pickup equipped to tow a fifth wheel RV, you can choose something luxuriously spacious and heavy like the 2018 Wildcat 26CK. But if you drive large SUV with a lower towing capacity, you can still find comfort in a travel trailer like the 2018 Wildwood X-LITE 232RBXL.

What is Your Budget?

Once you have an idea of what features you most need in an RV, you can decide on a price range. At Hanner RV, we offer both new and used RVs, to suit customers with different budgets.

Our website makes it easy to shop through our inventory based on price, sleep capacity, and type of RV. Finding your perfect RV has never been easier when you explore our inventory at Hanner RV.

Preparing Your RV for Camping Season

That glorious time of year is approaching again: camping season. Mother Nature rears her head, and you desire to set out and meet her. But first, you must prepare your RV for camping season by having routine maintenance performed and getting everything you need to hit the road. Here’s a simple RV preparation guide from us at Hanner RV Supercenter to help you get everything in order.

The bulk of preparing your RV for the spring and summer involves checking all the RVs major systems. You will want to check various mechanical parts: the batteries, appliances, and tires. You will want to make sure the RV batteries have a full charge and that your tires are in good shape, with appropriate treads and pressure. Additionally, you will want to check the engine and generator fluids, and refill if necessary.

The water system is another critical part of the RV. You will want to flush the RVs water system and fill it back up with potable water. When doing so, you should check and make sure there are no leaks in the water system. You should perform a thorough check, looking in places such as around the toilet, in subfloor compartments, and near sinks. It’s also a good idea to sanitize the water system by running a bit of bleach through the water lines, then flushing them back out with water.

Lastly, make sure that you have all the appropriate safety equipment, such as a working smoke detector and fire extinguisher.

Ultimately, preparing your RV for camping season is about maximizing your safety and confidence while on the road. We don’t want any pesky issues to arise while you are out exploring the great outdoors, so we hope this short guide helps! We are also happy to help with any RV service or maintenance at Hanner RV Supercenter.

Basic RV Maintenance to Keep Your RV in Shape

Performing basic RV maintenance can be a little more complex than a routine car check-up. Make sure you don’t neglect these needs.

Replace Fluids and Filters

The same way you would routinely replace the fluids and filters in daily driving vehicles, such as changing the oil and the oil filter, you also do in RVs. This keeps your RV running properly and prevents complications like overheating or oxidization.

Inspect Roof Seals and Seams

Make sure your RV isn’t leaking. Water damage can be a huge sinkhole for costs if leaks aren’t promptly found and fixed, so regularly inspections should be performed. Also, have your roof treated regularly to prevent sun damage.

Service Your Generator

Your RV uses a generator for the electricity necessary to power what’s essentially a mobile home. Have it inspected regularly, and run it occasionally even when in storage.

Take Care of the Battery, Too

RV batteries can burn out in the range of three to five years, so keep an eye on the shelf life. In fact, you might want to take your battery out and store it in the winter.

By doing basic RV maintenance, you’re extending the life of your RV and getting the most out of it without sinking money into repair costs. It’s a win-win. Stop by Hanner RV Supercenter for all of you maintenance and service needs.

How to Winterize Your RV

Winterize your RV - Hanner RV Supercenter

Winter is coming, even here in Texas. And, while we may not get snow-covered or frigid, it is still important to take the proper steps to winterize your RV.

  • Drain the water. Any water left in the water lines can freeze, which can cause them to break. Make sure you drain all the water from the plumbing system and water tanks. Then, pump nontoxic RV antifreeze through the system.
  • Repair any damage. If you have any cracks or holes in your RV’s exterior, these could let rain in and cause a lot of damage. Get any cracks resealed. Make sure you are using the proper sealant for your RV.
  • Park it. If possible, choose a covered area to store your RV for the winter. If that is not an option, find a place that is out of the way of trees and at least somewhat sheltered.
  • Cover it. To help prevent damage from prolonged exposure, invest in a custom cover specifically for your RV.
  • Store the batteries. Disconnect the batteries and place them in a cool, dry place. Check the charge periodically and charge them up, when needed.

If you need help getting your RV ready for the winter, we are here to help. Schedule a service appointment at Hanner RV Supercenter and we will take care of everything.

Millennials Love RVs—and Here’s Why

About a decade ago, the RV industry was in trouble. The recession was in full swing and gas prices were exploding, making it not a good time for many Americans to make a significant purchase like a recreational vehicle. But today, RV sales are skyrocketing, and you may just be surprised when you hear which generation is responsible for this dramatic upswing.

Coast to coast, Millennials love RVs. They’re buying them in record numbers, boosting RV year-over-year sales revenue into the double-digits. Younger buyers, or those under the age of 34, are not opting for massive, Class-A, higher-end motorhomes, but for smaller, more compact, Class-C models. The sales of “towables,” rather than the classic “driveables,” account for a significant portion of sales over the past three years. There’s a reason for this; smaller RVs not only cost less up-front and require less fuel, but they’re easier to maneuver and park at campgrounds, and often don’t require a special permit.

The fact that Millennials love RVs has done more than just revitalize the RV industry. Over the past three years, America’s National Parks have seen record-breaking numbers of visitors and campers, many of whom arriving and camping in an RV.

RVs help people to experience the wonders of the natural world, bond with their friends and family, and create lifelong memories — which is why we love to sell them here at Hanner RV Supercenter. Visit us today to find your new home-away-from-home.

Best Winter Camping Sites in Texas

Finding the right camping site to take your Wildwood Travel Trailer isn’t easy when Texas has so many great choices. From the sandy shores to national parks, travelers have quite the decision to make. Here are some of the best winter camping sites in Texas recommended by us at Hanner RV Supercenter to make selecting your destination a little easier.

  • Colorado Bend State Park

Located 90 minutes from Austin, Texas, Colorado Bend State Park is home to some of the area’s most scenic rock formations and fun-filled biking trails. A 65-foot waterfall flows all year round.

  • Big Bend National Park

There are numerous reasons that Big Bend National Park is one of the most visited parks in the country. For starters, it runs along the Rio Grande River, making it the perfect spot for kayaking and canoeing. There are even canyons and valleys to hike through.

  • Canyon Lake RV Park

Located on the shoreline upstream of the Guadalupe River, the Canyon Lake RV Resort provides quick access to several famous Texas attractions. Attend the Texas Butterfly Festival or stop by the Gladys Porter Zoo to make memories you won’t soon forget.

  • Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Travelers who want to spend time in the great outdoors need look no further than Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The park features horseback riding through canyons, exploring caves, and hiking and biking opportunities.

  • Padre Island National Seashore

Located on the Gulf Coast, Padre National Sea Shore offers plenty of opportunities for water sports. The water is warm year-round, so don’t be afraid to jump in!

For more recommendations for your next vacation destination, contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter.