Texas is one of best states in the country for camping and staying at RV parks. But with so many places to choose from just in the Dallas area, how do you decide where to go? For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of what we think are the top four RV parks and camping spots near Dallas, Texas.
Cedar Hill State Park
Just 25 minutes out from Dallas, Cedar Hill is a beautiful natural area with lots of trails and open land to explore. It’s a top destination for fishing and bird watching, especially as Texas allows you to fish without a license at lakes enclosed in the park.
The Vineyards Campground and Cabin
The 4th of July fireworks show make this a popular park in the summer, but its proximity to Dallas makes it a good year-round destination for new campers who feel anxious about leaving the city.
Willow Grove Park
Willow Grove has a variety of campsites ranging from primitive to RV friendly. You can reserve your RV site online and get a placard prior to arrival, making it a great romantic getaway.
Twin Coves Campground
This campground offers primitive sites, RV sites, and fully furnished cabins for rental. Various outdoor and water activities make it well worth the 30-mile trip from Dallas!
If you’ve settled on the destination but still need the RV, visit RVs of West Texas in Baird! We’ll get you set up with an RV unit that’s ready for the camping season.
Camping is an increasingly popular hobby in the United States. It’s perceived as an affordable way to enjoy a vacation in nature, but if you’re towing an RV and bringing kids on the trip, the expenses have a way of sneaking up on you. Use these tips for camping on a budget to save money on your next trip.
Look Into Boondocking
Boondocking is the practice of camping outside designated campgrounds. It’s popular among people who enjoy being off the grid and relying solely on themselves. That means you have to bring your own sources of water and electricity. But once prepared, not having to pay for campground fees can significantly reduce the long-term cost of camping.
Camp in the Off-Season
Summer is the main camping season, but there are perks to going against the grain. In the off-season, tourist location prices are typically much more affordable. And camping in the fall isn’t just cheaper. Between the cooler days and thinner crowds, it might just be the best time to camp, hike, and visit new areas, price notwithstanding.
Consider Whether Camping is the Right Option
If camping is your vessel for visiting national and state parks, consider whether camping is the best option at all. Research local lodging options. They may cost you less than overnight stays at dedicated RV parks, particularly if they have lots of amenities.
One thing is for certain: A good RV goes a long way toward having a good camping experience. Find the right RV for you and your family, at an affordable price, here at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas!
Many awesome RV apps can enhance your camping trips and help you find better routes. In fact, there are so many that finding the best ones can be overwhelming. For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of the four top RV apps for your next road trip.
InRoute is a GPS app that makes it easier to plan your route by taking into account not just the size of your RV but also the elevation and curviness of the road, ensuring you can avoid white-knuckle drives on your trip. It also checks the weather for you.
One of the perks of an RV is the mobile kitchen. However, you might feel short on recipes — and ingredients. Tasty lets you filter more than 3,000 recipes by ingredients, cuisine, and even the occasion. Finding just the right dish to make it easier than ever.
Pet First Aid
A must-have for pet owners, Pet First Aid is a knowledge base about dogs and cats maintained by the American Red Cross. Its repertoire of simple first aid lessons and how-to videos is invaluable. It also has vet contact details in case of emergencies.
One of the joys of road trips is finding unexpected gems along the way. The Roadtrippers app looks for points of interest on your way and has great filtering capabilities so you can see only the type of things you want. A great app for living in the moment.
Got the apps, but missing the RV? Visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to check out our inventory of awesome fifth wheels, travel trailers, and more!
Just because an RV is technically a mobile home unit doesn’t mean it will feel like home right off the bat. Sometimes, it takes that little extra touch to give it the warm vibes and welcome atmosphere truly befitting of a home. Here’s how to do it.
Place an Area Rug
RV floors are sturdy and easy to clean. But nothing gives a space a unique identity like an area rug. Not only does it feel nicer to walk on, but it also separates the areas in your RV so that it doesn’t all feel like one big space with everything in it.
Paint the Walls
There’s no rule that says you have to keep the default wallpaper or paint that your RV comes with. Painting the walls and cabinets, or simply replacing the wallpaper with one that better matches your style, can utterly transform how the interior feels.
Most RV interiors are shades of brown. You can add splashes of color in various ways: with throw pillows, blankets, wall décor, photographs, curtains, and more. Not only can they make your RV more vibrant, pillows and blankets are also undeniably cozy and homey.
You may find that many of the RVs at Hanner RV Supercenter already feel very much like home the moment you step inside them. Check out our many units and floor plans in Baird, Texas.
You have a great camper from Hanner RV — now, it’s time to put it to use. If you’re thinking about hauling down to Big Bend National Park or heading out west to Guadalupe Mountains National Park but you’ve never been hiking, these tips for beginners will help get you off on the right foot.
Bring a friend
One thing you’ll want to avoid is going for a big hike without someone who has experience. Since you have your RV, you should have plenty of space for a friend or family member with a good bit of expertise.
Like any other sport or form of exercise, hiking requires unique gear and clothing to keep you prepared for whatever may come. Do some research and invest in a good pair of hiking boots or shoes, base layers, rain-proof gear, and a solid backpack. You also want to make sure you have a reliable water bottle and storage for food and snacks. A good first-aid kit is also key in the event of an injury or accident.
Follow the rules
Hiking comes with a whole set of rules, both spoken and unspoken. REI, one of the leaders in adventure gear, recommends familiarizing yourself with the idea of right of way and leave no trace. The latter is a simple one to remember — don’t leave trash, respect the flora and fauna that live on and around the trail, and keep the experience of other visitors in mind.
Looking to make 2022 a year of adventure? Let Hanner RV Supercenter help you kick it off on an excellent note. We’re your home in Baird, Texas, for new and used RVs from popular brands like Jayco, and we’re excited to show you all the joys of owning an RV.
Are you buying a new camper? Exciting! Before you make a decision, it’s always good to do a little research. Here are a few questions you should ask before you buy.
Can my current vehicle tow the new camper?
If you’re buying a towable RV, make sure to learn all about its weight ratings, like the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, Gross Combined Weight Rating, Hitch Weight, and Net Carrying Capacity. You want to make sure your tow vehicle can handle it.
Should I get a four-season package?
Four-season packages are great, but they don’t bring a lot of value to campers who typically use their RV during the summer, or who don’t live in extreme weather states. Consider when and where you will camp before spending extra.
What’s the difference between this model and last year’s version?
A new RV doesn’t necessarily have lots of new features. Often, a model may get less than a handful of changes compared to the previous year’s version. If an RV catches your eye, do some research on older model years. You may be able to buy used and get a very similar RV at a significant discount.
Visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to check out our high-quality inventory of both new and used campers!
Are you looking for easy RV upgrades? Check out these cool accessories you can add to your mobile home that will enhance your RV experience in just a matter of minutes.
Adding a few baskets is a good way to spruce up the interior. You can use them as item holders (preferably to hide unsightly objects) or as part of decoration. They’re versatile and incredibly cheap, especially at thrift stores.
Shower drain catcher
RV sewage systems are more sensitive than residential plumbing. Shower drain catchers not only help you avoid standing in a foot-deep puddle of water whenever you shower but also protect your drain from clogs. A must-have if anyone using your RV has long hair!
Storage space can be limited in any RV, especially if you have a large family. Footlockers can help you organize your belongings as well as maximize interior space. And it’s easy to find decorative ones that you won’t mind leaving out in plain sight or even using as footstools.
Not every part of your RV may be evenly lit, like the inside of the pantry or closets. LED lights offer an affordable and energy-efficient means to enhance your interior lighting setup. As a bonus, they’re available in many available sizes and colors.
You don’t have to drop big bucks to make valuable upgrades to your RV. Still, it helps to buy an RV that already comes with lots of cool equipment, and even better if those RVs are affordable too. Find one with the perfect floorplan at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas!
Brand-new RVs can be expensive. You can find amazing deals on used RV trailers, but it’s important to know what to look for so you can avoid nasty surprises later on. The following tips may help.
Do research — lots of research
The more you know, the better you’ll be able to make the right decisions for your financial situation. Check out new and used RVs online, compare floorplans and features, and consider your needs and wants to help you decide exactly what type of trailer you should get. While researching, keep note of prices to get a sense of how much things cost. This will help you figure out how much you’re willing to pay and what you’re willing to pay it on.
Don’t expect perfection
RVs take a lot of punishment. When you put a home on wheels, something is bound to break eventually. Fortunately, most things can be fixed easily. Before buying a used RV, research common problems as well as critical problems — so you’ll know what you can live with and what to avoid.
Shop in the fall
Many people don’t want to pay for storage fees over the winter and thus put their RVs for sale in the fall, at the end of the camping season. For the best used RV deals, that’s the time to go shopping.
Interested in a high-quality used RV? Visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas. We have a wide selection of used and new RVs that we think you may find to your liking.
If the idea of hitching a trailer and going camping sounds fun but daunting, you’re not alone. Towing a trailer for the first time is not easy. Follow these tips to ensure your maiden RV voyage goes smoothly.
Even if you’ve read up on everything you should know about driving an RV, reading is a lot different than driving. Take your trailer out on a large, empty parking lot and practice maneuvering. Get a sense of how your vehicle handles when a trailer is attached.
Brake very early
Give yourself a lot of room on the road and brake early. With a trailer in tow, you’ll be driving around a lot more weight than you’re used to. Maintain longer gaps to the cars ahead and slow down earlier than normal. Until you learn your new braking distances, it’s better to be on the safer side.
Know your trailer weight
You need to know both the trailer weight and trailer tongue weight. The trailer tongue weight should be between 10 and 15 percent of your fully-loaded trailer weight. If not, you may experience swaying or overload your vehicle’s tires.
For more RVing tips and a closer look at some of the best RVs in the business, visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas!
More and more Americans are turning to camping as a way to stay in touch with nature and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life. If you’re seeking to travel to new places and discover the world without completely sacrificing the comfort of a home, a travel trailer is a great solution. The following are some of the key advantages of owning one.
Flexibility and versatility
A travel trailer is one of the most versatile types of RV. Travel trailers can range from small one-person trailers to 35-foot models with room for eight people. That means it’s easy to find a model that fits your needs exactly and isn’t heavier than what your existing vehicle can tow. Just pick your size, budget, and desired features, and there’s probably a travel trailer out there that checks all of the boxes.
Unlike a motorhome, travel trailers must be towed by a separate vehicle. This makes them more affordable than comparably sized motorhomes since you’re not also paying for an entire powertrain and driving cabin. If you already own a pickup truck or SUV, buying a travel trailer instead of a motorhome can save you money.
Travel trailers come in many different shapes and sizes and with many different floorplans. Visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to explore our various travel trailer options and find the one that best meets your family’s needs.