Winter RVing Tips

Winter RVing

RVing can be fun at any time of the year, including in the winter. However, when winter RVing, there are some extra precautions to take and common mistakes to avoid so that you can have the best trip possible.

Don’t neglect your water lines

Even with your RV heated, your water lines can still freeze. Play it safe by installing a heat lamp in the water compartment and then turning it on during cold winter nights.

Don’t forget to disconnect your freshwater hose

Keeping your freshwater hose connected can cause it to freeze. As such, you should either invest in a heated hose or only use your freshwater tank during the course of your stay.

Don’t forget to pack for emergencies

While it’s important to have food, blankets, coats and gloves, you should make sure you bring a heat gun to unthaw anything frozen. If you don’t have a heat gun, you can use a hairdryer or an outdoor propane heater instead.

Don’t ignore the waste tank

No one wants to think about the waste tank when they go RVing, but the pipes and valves of the waste tank can freeze as well. Be sure to insulate the tank to prevent freezing.

 

We at Hanner RV hope you have an amazing experience RVing this winter. Visit our dealership to learn more about which features can help you on your journey.

How to Transform Your RV into a Haunted House

Transform Your RV Into A Haunted House

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to start decorating. If you’re planning on traveling in your RV this holiday, consider decorating your RV. Here are some tips on how to transform your RV into a haunted house and make your October trip extra special.

Think simple.

Shops throughout town are filled to the brim with Halloween decorations, so you can conveniently buy some pre-made items. Popular options are faux spider webs, hanging skeletons and removable window decals that add a spooky touch to your RV.

Create your own.

If you want to save money on Halloween decorations, then make some of your own décor. You can create skeletons out of bleach canisters and PVC pipes, make bats out of paper or hang up a white sheet to display a simple ghost.

Carve a pumpkin.

A Jack-o’-lantern is a staple of Halloween. For a decoration that not only looks festive but also is a great way to get the kids involved, carve up a pumpkin. You can also remove the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delicious snack.

 

We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you and your family have a fun Halloween this year. Before hitting the road on Halloween, stop by our service department for any necessary maintenance.

Tips for De-Winterizing Your RV

Dallas RV Muesum

Cold weather can take a toll on your RV. Before taking a road trip in the heat, follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV.

Charge the battery

While the battery charger is in the “off” position, connect it to the RV. Attach the black cable to the black terminal and the red cable to the red terminal. Charging can take a few hours or a few days, depending on the battery size.

Flush the water lines

Attach a garden hose to the water hookup of the RV. Open up all the faucets, and then turn on the hose.  The water will flush out antifreeze and any impurities. After roughly 10 minutes, the water should run clear. At this point, turn off the hose and close the faucets. Dump the water tanks at a designated dump station, and refill the tank with fresh potable water.

Load the propane tanks

Locate the propane tanks you’ve been storing and mount them back onto their respective places in the RV. Then, connect the propane hoses to the RV.

Tighten connections

Inspect the hose line fittings to make sure they are tightly fastened to prevent leaks. You should also open the line and place a soapy and damp sponge at the connectors. If air bubbles form, you likely have a leak and should have your connections replaced.

 

We at Hanner RV wish you and your family a safe trip in your RV. If you have any questions about de-winterizing your trailer or need replacements, be sure to stop by our service department.

Road Trip Games to Play in the RV

RVs are great for exploring new destinations and taking in sites you’ve never seen before, but the drive between destinations can sometimes be a drag. Help the time go by faster by playing these road trip games with the family.

 

Alphabet game

Players of this game must search the roads for words that start with the letters of the alphabet. Beginning with the letter “A,” whoever spots a word starting with “A” can move on to the letter “B,” while the other players stay focused on “A.” Players continue down the alphabet, until someone finds a “Z” word and subsequently wins the game

 

Cow in the cemetery game 

Divide the RV into two teams and assign each the left or right windows. Each team must count as many cows as they can with the goal being to count more cows than the other team. If you pass a cemetery on your side, all previously counted cows no longer count, and you must start from zero. This game can be played in areas without cows by counting a different animal or object.

 

One-word stories

Challenge your family to tell a story. The catch is that this story can only be told one word at a time. Each player says one word, building upon each other’s words to create sentences. This usually leads to lots of silly stories and laughs all around.

 

We at Hanner RV wish your family a safe and entertaining road trip in your RV. Before heading out on the road, stop by our service department for maintenance.

Top 4 RV Parks Near Baird, TX

The Best RV Parks Near Baird

If you recently purchased a new RV from Hanner RV, you are likely itching to take it out for your first camping adventure. The US offers so many cool places to travel to, but you don’t even have to go far to find adventure. There are plenty of great camping opportunities here near Baird, TX. These are some of the best RV parks near Baird, Texas:

Whistle Stop RV Resort

Just 20 miles northwest toward Abilene is Whistle Stop RV Resort, with electric and water hookups and free Wi-Fi. There’s even a pool on site. The address is 695 E Stamford Street in Abilene.

White’s RV Park

An even shorter drive is White’s RV Park, just 7 miles down I-20 W to Clyde, Texas. This RV park includes a nearby lake and golf courses, a dog park for your four-legged friends, and clean restrooms with private showers.

The Tired Traveler RV Park

Want to head in the opposite direction? Just 25 miles east lies the Tired Traveler RV Park with free Wi-Fi and room for the biggest of RVs.

Franklin’s Big Country RV Park

Another Abilene option is Franklin’s Big Country RV Park, located at 6662 E Interstate 20. Very affordable and offering electric, water, and sewer hookups, this campground is perfect for new RV travelers.

Try These Campfire Pies on Your Next Camping Trip

Meals Around The Fire

When people go on vacation, they often go to fancy restaurants for fine dining. But those of us who own RVs know the truth — that the best meal you can have on vacation is made even more enjoyable with family and friends sitting around a fire. Campfire pies are particularly yummy.

How To Make Campfire Pies

To make campfire pies, you’ll just need bread, your favorite seasonal fruit (think raspberries, peaches, apples, and cherries) or pie filling, and a cinnamon sugar mixture. Make sure your campfire is nice and hot (you’ll usually know when the first kid sets her marshmallow on fire!), and then spray the insides of your sandwich iron with cooking spray.

Toasty

Next, you’ll place a slice of bread on each side of the iron, then make indentations in each slice of bread. In these newly formed indents, pour in a few tablespoons of your delicious fruits, then spring on a teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar. Then close up the sandwich iron and lock the handles. Place the sandwich iron in the middle of your fire and hold it there for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. You’ll know your campfire pie is done when the sides are toasted golden brown.

Careful!

This delicious treat will be very hot. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before eating. And make sure to stop by Hanner RV near Abilene, TX if you’re in need of a new RV to transport your family to and from new destinations this summer.

Top 5 Make-Ahead Camping Meals

When you’re camping, you’re on vacation, so relaxation is key. Minimize the chore of cooking over the campfire by doing all the prep work at home before you leave. Need some ideas? Here are some of our favorite make-ahead camping meals.

Breakfast

  • Pre-made pancake mix: Everyone loves pancakes, especially when made over a fire. Make the mix ahead like you normally would at home and store it in plastic squeeze bags.
  • Scrambled eggs: Water bottles are crucial when camping, but they are for more than just storing water. Crack some eggs into an empty bottle with milk and scrambled egg seasonings, then pour over the pan when ready.

Lunch and Dinner

  • Sandwiches: Sandwiches are an easy lunch item, and you can make all of these ahead of time. Just keep the condiments and tomatoes off to keep the bread from getting soggy.
  • Chili: Make your favorite chili in a crockpot ahead of time, and then store it safely in your RV’s refrigerator. Reheat over the fire at dinner time.

Dessert

  • Cookies: Forget the graham crackers. Use cookies for your s’mores. Just bake a batch ahead of the trip and store them out of kids’ reach until it’s time for s’mores.

Contact us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX for more helpful tips prepping food and packing for your next camping trip. You can also stop by to browse our current inventory of RVs, if your family is in need of a new one.

How to Make Mountain Pies

A Classic Campfire Treat

Traveling in your RV is great for many reasons — you can explore nature by hiking or canoeing, you can relax by the water or in a hammock with a good book, and you can swap stories around a blazing campfire. But one of our favorite pastimes is making delicious over the fire, including scrumptious mountain pies, though you might know them as hobo or campfire pies.

Get Your Skillet Ready

To make them, we recommend purchasing a pie iron, which you can find online or in an outdoor store in cast iron and aluminum varieties. Begin the cooking process by buttering two slices of bread. Next, fill them with your favorite combo of foods. It could be a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich (maybe throw in some marshmallows for intrigue) or a savory sandwich with cheese, meets, onions, peppers, and more.

Flip Those Mountain Pies

After building your sandwich, place it in your pie iron and place over the flames, flipping it occasionally to prevent burning. Once you’re satisfied with the level of cooking for your mountain pie, remove it from the pie iron (carefully!) and enjoy.

Want More Ideas?

Contact us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX if you need more ideas for easy meals you can make while exploring the great outdoors with your loved ones and RV. You can also stop by to browse our current inventory of RV models if you’re in need of a new one.

How to Get Your RV Ready for Spring

It’s Freezing Out There

Although you probably didn’t do much with your RV during this blisteringly cold winter, now that temperatures are warming up, it’s time to get your RV ready for spring. Here’s how:

Start with the outside

Do a thorough inspection of your RV’s exterior simply by walking around it. Look for any damage—hail dents, scrapes, rust, you name it. Also check the shore power outlet and cord and, just as you would with your vehicle, check your tire pressure and condition, refilling and replacing as necessary.

Don’t forget the inside

Animals like to burrow inside warm RVs during the cold winter months, so check for rodents and other pests. Thoroughly clean all the appliances, just as you would scrub down your kitchen during spring cleaning. Test all the interior lights and make sure the onboard technology works. Check for issues in your water lines and repair any leaks.

Check Your Propane

Finally, test your propane lines by lighting the pilot light on your stove. Because the gas likely escaped your lines during the winter, you may need to wait a few minutes before the gas reaches the point of ignition. Once it’s ready, you can fire up the furnace and ensure everything is in working order.

Visit us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX for all of your RV service and maintenance needs.

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.