Going on an amazing family RV adventure is one of the main benefits of owning an RV, but the prospect of going on an RV trip for the first time with the whole family in tow can be a little daunting. Follow these tips to make the most of your trip.
Go on a small exploratory trip
Before going on a big family adventure with your new trailer, go on a small exploratory camping trip somewhere close to home. This will help you get acquainted with many of the quirks of RV travel and ownership so that you can be better prepared for your family adventure.
Make a packing checklist
You’ll need to bring a lot of things on your family RV trip, so having a list of things to pack is highly recommended to make sure you don’t forget anything. Before every adventure, utilize a comprehensive checklist to be certain you have everything you need.
Plan your trip
The ability to adjust trips on the fly is one of the perks of RV travel, but when bringing the family along, it’s better to have a firm plan to start. Map out your route by selecting your final destination and then seeing where you can stop along the way. Research campgrounds and make sure to reserve your spot at the busy ones.
Going on an RV adventure is fun for the whole family. What makes it even more fun is when you head out fully prepared. For more tips and a look at some of the best trailers you can take on a family trip, contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas.
If you’re seeking a new towable RV, you may feel overwhelmed by a wide selection of choices. Should you get a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler? To help out, let’s briefly summarize all of the major types of RVs below.
Pop-up trailers, also known as folding trailers, are the smallest types of RVs. Their side sections can be folded during travel, making them easy to store and transport. They’re lightweight and easy to maneuver, but owing to their size, they’re not as spacious and comfortable as other trailers.
One of the most common types of towable RVs is the travel trailer. This trailer comes in a variety of different sizes and styles, and you may be able to pull it with an SUV or truck. You can find tiny travel trailers with room suited for only one individual as well as large, 35-foot models that sleep up to eight people.
Fifth wheels are so named because they must be connected to a special plate in the bed of a pickup truck. They are among the largest and most luxurious trailers you can buy, with slide-outs for extra space and, potentially, even multiple bedrooms.
Toy haulers can be travel trailers or fifth wheels and are notable for their built-in garage. The back of this trailer is designed to accommodate powersports vehicles like dirt bikes and quads, with a built-in ramp promoting easier loading.
It’s easier to get a good understanding of the different types of RVs by checking them out for yourself. Call us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, if you’d like to take a closer look at our full inventory of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and more!
Should you use RV toilet paper in your RV? The short answer is yes. In order for your RV’s sewage system to function properly, you need to use RV toilet paper during your travels.
Sewage system concerns
Being able to use the restroom in the comfort of your RV, as opposed to a public toilet or the bushes, is one of the perks of camping in an RV. But even the most expensive, best-made RVs do not have sewage systems as robust as those in homes. RV sewage systems are more sensitive to the things you put inside it, like toilet paper. Thus, you should use special RV toilet paper to help protect your RV’s sewage system.
Why RV toilet paper works
RV toilet paper is specially designed to quickly disintegrate. This prevents it from clogging up your septic tank or sewage system. It’s possible that your household toilet paper disintegrates at quickly as RV toilet paper, but it’s impossible to know unless you test it yourself.
Testing RV-friendly toilet paper yourself
To check whether or not your household toilet paper will be safe to use in your RV, you can do a simple at-home test. Pour water into a jar and then add a few sheets of toilet paper. Close the lid and shake the jar vigorously. If the toilet paper begins dissolving in a few seconds, you should be safe to use it in your RV. If it does not begin dissolving, do not use the toilet paper. Buy RV toilet paper instead, or repeat the test with a different household toilet paper.
Is your toilet paper RV-friendly, but you need a new RV to use it in? Well, that’s easy! Just call us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to find a high-quality recreational vehicle.
After buying your first RV, you may feel a mix of exhilaration and apprehension. The world is your oyster, but there are many facets of RV ownership that you might not yet know about. Below, we’ll go over what we think are some of the most important steps that first-time RV owners should take before going on a maiden voyage.
Make a checklist
Before you hit the road, every RV requires you to do a few tasks, like pull in the steps, lower the antenna, secure loose items and turn the water pump off. Every RV is different, meaning that every RV’s checklist is also different. As such, be sure to create one specific to your RV and to consult it before your first trip and every time you hit the road until it’s committed to memory.
Install an RV-specific GPS
A common rookie mistake among first-time RV owners is assuming that getting somewhere is as simple as plugging in an address into your phone. However, most standard GPS systems do not know that you are driving an RV and may lead you into inconvenient or even dangerous situations. Invest in an RV-specific GPS that takes your RV’s size into account.
Get the essentials
Like the checklist, every RV has different essentials it needs, such as a sewer hose, a water pressure regulator, cleaning supplies and leveling blocks. If you have a lot of electronics, you’ll want to get your hands on an RV power adapter. Make sure to purchase and pack all of the essentials you will need on your maiden voyage and all subsequent trips.
Go on a test drive
First-time RV owners are often so excited for their first trip that they forget to get a feel for how their new RV drives before it’s time to go. Get behind the wheel, take your RV for a test drive, and try all of the features. Increasing your sense of familiarity with the RV will help relieve some of the pressure of discovering everything for the first time during your first road trip.
For more tips and tricks about RV ownership as well as help getting into the RV life, call us at Hanner RV Supercenter!
The Keystone RV Company has introduced a new, high-performance, water-resistant floor called the HyperDeck. The HyperDeck is stronger and lighter than traditional laminated wood construction. Plus, it even resists water damage, helping you have peace of mind on camping trips.
Offered exclusively on the Keystone Bullet, Cougar Half-Ton, Laredo Super Lite, Outback and Passport models, the Keystone HyperDeck features four key layers. These include fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene to help prevent soft spots, high-density foam core to increase strength, fiberglass-reinforced thermoplastic to resist water damage and remove the need for Darco wrap, and a protective film to help avoid road damage.
Thanks to these advanced layers, the Keystone flooring is about 25 percent lighter than traditional laminated plywood flooring and has a lower likelihood of degrading over time. It also boasts increased insulation, noise-dampening capability and screw retention. Even better, the HyperDeck was designed with completely inorganic materials and is resistant to water.
Though your RV’s floor is not its flashiest feature, it’s nonetheless one of the most important. With Keystone HyperDeck, you get a high-quality floor that’s durable enough to last through all of your camping adventures. Learn more about the HyperDeck and other features of Keystone models when you contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas.
If you’re interested in purchasing an ultra-lightweight travel trailer packed with family-friendly amenities, the Keystone Passport is an ideal option. This trailer is available with Pivot™ furniture, which allows you to quickly and easily transform your RV space into whatever you need at the moment.
Pivot™ multi-functional furniture offers three distinct functions. It can be a sofa/dinette combo, a full bed or even a tri-fold sofa sleeper. It even features a levered dinette seatback that you can shift into a large sofa to create more room wherever you prefer to have it. Beneath the seats, there’s also ample storage so that you never run out of space for blankets, pillows and other miscellaneous items.
With Pivot™ furniture, you can enjoy a meal with your loved ones. Then, when you no longer need the dinette area, the table can slide underneath the seats to create support for a bed, using the cushions from the sofa. During the day, you can configure the furniture into the sofa again and relax. Most importantly, switching back and forth between the different possible configurations is quick and easy to do.
Forget about buying a sofa, a table, a couch and other separate furniture items for your Passport RV. With Pivot™ furniture, you can have it all in one set! Contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to learn more about Passport travel trailers and Pivot™ furniture.
Just because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you need to give up on baking. Baking with your RV’s oven is a viable solution for those who wish to prepare delicious recipes wherever they go. Nevertheless, there are a few safety precautions you may want to take if you plan to bake in your RV oven.
Get an oven thermometer
The heat inside your RV’s oven may not exactly match with the temperature on the knob. As such, we recommend using an oven thermometer to get a better idea of the actual internal temperature. Once you’ve identified the discrepancy, you can use that knowledge to adjust the temperature setting.
Preheat your oven
Preheating is an essential part of most bakes. However, when you’re baking in an RV oven, it’s even more necessary since your RV’s oven may take longer than a typical oven to get up to the desired temperature. Make sure to check the oven thermometer at regular intervals after setting the temperature to see when it has heated up.
Compensate for uneven heat
The propane ovens used in RVs may heat unevenly, and there are a few things you can do to compensate for this. For example, it’s always a good idea to turn your dishes when the cooking time is halfway through. Additionally, you may want to consider placing a baking stone on top of the shelf to better distribute the heat.
When you’re out camping, there’s nothing quite like baking with your RV’s oven and sharing a delicious, hot meal with the whole family. Make sure to find the right RV for you and your loved ones at Hanner RV Supercenter.
A continuous positive airway pressure device provides constant air pressure to help those with obstructive sleep apnea keep breathing at night. This electric-powered medical device is essential for many, including those who enjoy traveling in an RV. However, with limited access to electricity in your trailer, you need to ensure you have enough power for the device, even without available electricity. Try out one of these alternative power solutions to have peace of mind when traveling with a CPAP device.
A common way to power the device is to use a 120-volt service or alternating current. To do so, you need to have an inverter with enough wattage to give the device the power it needs.
If you wire a 12-volt outlet into the trailer, you can utilize a direct current cable to provide enough power for the CPAP device. Be sure the cable you purchase works well with your device before hitting the road.
A portable battery pack is a convenient power option. Many battery packs are able to power your device for two nights before you need to recharge them.
One or more generators can not only power the CPAP device but also power your entire trailer. This method does not drain your batteries. Keep in mind, however, that if you are staying in a more populated area, you may not be able to run a generator overnight due to the noise.
We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip in your trailer. To find the right trailer for your next adventure, head into our dealership to view our selection.
If you’re looking for a new way to entertain the little ones as well as the rest of your family on your next camping trip, try out these camping games. After a day spent swimming, fishing and hiking, these games can help the fun continue.
Once the sun sets, flashlight tag is a great way to burn off some energy. The tagger uses a flashlight to seek out others and then tags someone by pointing the light at them. If you’re tagged, you take the flashlight and begin looking for players.
Potato sack races are a tradition for many family picnics. If you don’t have any potato sacks, you can use trash bags to hop to your designated finish line.
Come up with a list of items for your family to find at your campsite or on trails and then head out on a scavenger hunt. These items could include objects of certain colors, types of flowers and more.
As you sit outside your RV, you can start a ring toss game by simply placing a stick vertically into the ground. You can then try to toss rings, like a piece of rope tied in a circle or a glow stick bracelet, over the stick.
We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you have a fantastic camping trip. Before hitting the road, check out our available RVs.