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.
With Super SolarFlex™, getting your RV off the grid has never been easier. Available as an option for campers seeking energy independence, Super SolarFlex™ was developed specifically for Keystone Montana luxury models.
Super SolarFlex™ circumvents many of the issues you get with aftermarket solar power systems. If you’ve ever looked into installing an aftermarket system on your RV, you may have quickly understood it to be a complicated endeavor, where you have to determine which products to use and how much of your RV to rewire.
With Super SolarFlex™, it’s simple. Installed at the factory, the system powers every single appliance, outlet and electricity-reliant feature inside your Keystone Montana. The installation is fully compliant with RVIA code, the components are UL listed, and it comes with a full warranty.
One of the biggest hurdles in the way of getting your RV solar powered is the A/C system. Because the power required to run the A/C is too often overwhelming for an efficient energy system, the engineers at Keystone worked in partnership with Airxcel to give Super SolarFlex™ a soft-start air conditioner. As such, you can stay cool in the summer with the only UL-listed soft-start system that you can find on the market.
Getting off the grid is one of the most liberating things you can do as an RV owner. Call us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, if you’re interested in getting a Keystone Montana equipped with Super SolarFlex™.
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.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean five-star restaurants and three-digit checks for dinner. The day is about reconnection and showing appreciation for the person you hold dearest. Spending Valentine’s Day in your RV is a memorable way to do just that, and in Baird, Texas, it’s quite easy to have a romantic getaway.
Head to camp
If you want to make a night or more of Valentine’s Day, Baird is a short trip from several great RV parks. From the Road Runner RV Park to the Bridgeview RV Park, you’ve got plenty of local options to consider. Whether you want to go on a hike, take a ride on your bikes, put together a lovely picnic, or just kick back in a lawn chair and watch the sunset, spending time away is easy at a local campground.
Take away distractions
It’s awfully easy to spend hours scrolling through social media, but for Valentine’s Day, the only thing you should be falling into is your partner’s arms. Make a pledge to put your phones away and leave them charged up in your RV. Then, you can have a candlelit dinner under the stars without unnecessary distractions.
The first step to having a romantic Valentine’s Day in your RV is to have an RV. If you’re looking for a new or used RV, visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, and we’ll help you find the right model.
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.
Texas offers some beautiful locations to spend the weekend with your family, no matter the time of year. Here are some great winter campsites in Texas where you camp out in your RV.
Top of the Hill
This RV park in Boerne is located near San Antonio and sits among Texas’s beautiful rolling hills. You can explore the historic town of Boerne while in the area or relax at the park, which features a swimming pool, a fitness center and a communal kitchen.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
You can drive to this park in the Texas panhandle to get amazing views of rock formations, which give the Grand Canyon a run for its money. In the canyons, you can bike or hike to different caves and canyons.
Hill Shade RV Park
Head to this RV park to enjoy a peaceful stay near downtown Gonzales. This park is also close to the Spoetzl Brewery, which makes Texan beer and offers tours.
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park is a popular location to visit and is beside the Rio Grande River. Here, you can go hiking through canyons and valleys or kayak down the river.
We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you have an incredible trip to one of these campsites. Stop by our dealership to find an RV that’s equipped for your journey.
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.