4 Reasons Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

RVs often conjure up images of retirees selling their homes and heading out to explore the open country in their golden years. But increasingly, younger families are purchasing new RVs. Here are some reasons why young families should buy an RV.

Vacations Aren’t Just For Retirement

Why wait until you are retired to explore the world? Negotiate for more vacation time instead of that small annual raise, and then take your family out on a cross-country adventure. The bonus? You’ll save money by traveling in an RV because you won’t have to worry about plane tickets or exorbitantly high hotel prices.

RVs Have All The Tech Features You Need

Younger generations rely on technology now more than ever. Luckily, most RVs offer entertainment systems and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Safety Features Are State-Of-The-Art

Safety is important no matter what vehicle you drive. New RVs like Jayco models come with the safety features that parents want for their kids, like side-view and backup cameras or external lights that signal your driving intentions more clearly.

Stains Are Not A Problem

Some RVs come with a number of stain-proof materials, perfect for families with young children. Materials like carpets with stain guard, vinyl flooring, and seamless countertops make cleaning a piece of cake.

Hanner RV near Abilene, TX has a wide selection of RVs for families young and old. Find your next vacation vehicle here.

Plan a Road Through West Texas in Your RV

Where Should You Go?

If you have just purchased a new fifth wheel, travel trailer, or camper at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, consider taking it out for a family road trip. Where should you go? In our opinion, a road trip through West Texas in your RV is the perfect way to spend a week.

Take Your Time Getting There

The highlight of the trip is Big Bend National Park, but CNN Travel recommends taking your time getting there. Either start in the east in Austin or San Antonio and head west toward El Paso, or vice-versa. Either way, you’ll find yourself driving along Interstate 10, taking in beautiful sites of the mountains surrounding the Chihuahuan Desert, the flowing Rio Grande, and the massive Texas skies.

Stop For A While In Each Area

Along the way, stop at towns like Alpine (check out the famous desk), Marfa (for the local art), and Fort Davis (the highest town in Texas). Eventually, take the River Road to Terlingua and Big Bend National Park — this drive is out of the way but is the most scenic drive in Texas. You’ll take in remarkable and breath-taking vistas that will make the whole trip worth it.

A Road Trip Through West Texas In Your RV

While the summers can get hot in western Texas and the winters icy and cold, the fall and spring are the perfect time for a road trip through West Texas in your RV.

These Are 3 of the Best RVs for Tailgating

Best RVs For Tailgating

Football season is back and in full swing, which means it’s time to wake up early on Sunday mornings and head to the stadium to join the rest of the gang tailgating. There’s no better way to tailgate than in your comfy and cozy RV. Jayco RVs specifically are perfect for tailgating. In fact, the three best RVs for tailgating are all Jayco models.

Jayco Jay Flight 32BHDS

This is perfect for tailgating because it has a kitchen inside and another kitchen outside, with a two-burner grill. There’s no way you’ll run out of hot dogs and burgers with that much kitchen space. This Jayco RV’s second kitchen boasts a second refrigerator, meaning more space for soda, water, and beer. The second outdoor kitchen even includes a sink so friends and family can wash up before eating. Finally, this Jayco model features a bathroom entrance from outside the RV, meaning friends and family won’t need to travel through your personal space to use the bathroom.

Jayco Jay Flight SLX 324BDS

An RV that is underrated for camping and tailgating. It also has a second kitchen and direct bathroom entry, making it a great option, too.

Jayco Seismic Wave

This is a toy hauler is our third suggestion because of all the open space for seating, eating, and playing games.

You can find all three of these RVs here at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, where we have the largest RV selection around.

Everything You Need to Know About RV Insurance in 2018

When you purchase an RV at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, it is important to research RV insurance. Never assume your current auto insurance policy will be enough to cover your new recreational vehicle. What is RV insurance? First of all, it doesn’t just cover motorhomes (what we traditionally envision as an RV). It covers fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, small campers, and more. So, let us break it down for you to help answer any questions you might have.

RV Insurance Requirements

However, most states do not require you to purchase RV insurance if you do not drive your RV — that is, if you only tow your trailer behind you with a truck or SUV. However, just because you might not be required to carry the insurance, doesn’t mean you don’t need it, as the insurance can cover costly repairs in the event of a mechanical issue or accident.

Covers More Than Traditional Insurance

Most states do require you to carry specialized RV insurance, however, if you drive your RV, just like any other vehicle. RV insurance will cover your RV like traditional auto insurance, but will also cover things like plumbing, electric, and other unique RV elements.

Full-Time Insurance

If you live out of your RV or drive it almost every day, you should purchase full-time RV insurance. But if you only take your RV out for one or two trips a year, part-time insurance should suffice. If you have any more questions about RV Insurance, please let us know. We’d love to help you today! Learn more here.

Make the Perfect Shrimp Boil on Your Next Camping Trip

If you love to take your RV out for weekend (or longer!) fishing trips here in Texas, consider this delicious shrimp boil recipe. You can use the very shrimp you catch in Texas’ own saltwater.

Ingredients – You will need

  • 2 lbs of shrimp
  • 1 lb of kielbasa, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ lbs of whole red potatoes
  • 6 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of Zatarain’s Old Bay Seasoning
  • Cocktail sauce for serving
  • Sliced lemons
  • Melted butter

Directions

Boil the potatoes (covered in the lemon slices, seasoning, and water) in a 6-7-quart slow cooker, covered, for roughly 3 hours. Then, add in the sausage and corn. Cover and cook for 2 more hours. Now it’s time for that delicious shrimp. Stir in the shrimp thoroughly. If necessary, add more water—it should reach the top of your slow cooker.

Cocktail Sauce & Butter

Cover and cook for another half-hour on high or until the shrimp is properly cooked. Take the concoction out of the slow cooker and serve it in bowls. Use cocktail sauce and melted butter for dipping, as desired. You can also garnish with lemon wedges.

Do you swear by your own shrimp boil recipe? Share yours with Hanner RV near Abilene, TX in the comments below.

Best RV Trips in Texas

RV Trips in TexasAs one of the biggest states in America, Texas is so big that if it were a country, it would be the 39th largest country in the world. This means there is plenty of see and do throughout Texas, especially if you are heading out in your RV. Here are some of the best RV trips in Texas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

About 113 million years ago, dinosaurs walked through what is now a beautiful state park. These footprints have been preserved and you can walk along the Paluxy River bed to see them for yourself. In addition, make time for some fishing and horseback riding. Nightly rates for water and electric hookups run about $25.

Space Center Houston

If you have always dreamed of travelling to the stars, why not visit one of the main locations for the NASA space program? In Houston’s Space Center, you can see moon rocks, lunar samples, and other historical artifacts from past space missions. You can even meet real astronauts if you visit on a Friday. The Space Center RV Park is less than 10 minutes from the Space Center with daily rates starting at $44.99.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Located within the Chihuahua Desert, this breathtaking park showcases the Permian fossil reef, diverse desert wildlife, and vast mountains and canyons. Stay at a nearby campground for as little as $8 per night.

These road trip destinations in Texas are only a few of the many great places you can find when you explore the state in your RV from Hanner RV Supercenter.

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.