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

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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.

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.

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.

Dallas RV Museum

RVs are the American go-to for spending a weekend at a campsite or touring the country. The recreational vehicles have been around since the Ford Model T hit roadways, but modern models barely resemble those of the past, like those at the Dallas RV museum.

Located at the Jack Sisemore Traveland dealership in Amarillo, the RV museum is open to the public and offers a look at dozens of restored trailers and motor homes. It all started when the Sisemores began trading and restoring unusual models when sales were slow.

The collection includes an iconic 1941 Westcraft trailer that was previously owned by a World War II defense worker. Inside is displayed a picture of the USS Sigourney emblazoned with the signatures of 17 presidents.

A 1937 Kozy Camp, one of the first-ever tent trailers, is available to the public as well, and a 1976 Argosy trailer offers a look at how camping was done back then—Coleman gas stove, picnic table, and all.

Arguably the most popular attraction in the Dallas RV museum isn’t even called an RV, but a passenger bus. The 1948 Flxible passenger bus played the title role in the movie RV, starring Robin Williams.

We here at Hanner RV Supercenter are happy to see visitors of all ages excited to learn more about the history of RVs!