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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Football season is back and in full swing, which means it’s time to wake up early on Sunday mornings and head to the stadium to join the rest of the gang tailgating. There’s no better way to tailgate than in your comfy and cozy RV. Jayco RVs specifically are perfect for tailgating. In fact, the three best RVs for tailgating are all Jayco models.
Jayco Jay Flight 32BHDS
This is perfect for tailgating because it has a kitchen inside and another kitchen outside, with a two-burner grill. There’s no way you’ll run out of hot dogs and burgers with that much kitchen space. This Jayco RV’s second kitchen boasts a second refrigerator, meaning more space for soda, water, and beer. The second outdoor kitchen even includes a sink so friends and family can wash up before eating. Finally, this Jayco model features a bathroom entrance from outside the RV, meaning friends and family won’t need to travel through your personal space to use the bathroom.
Jayco Jay Flight SLX 324BDS
An RV that is underrated for camping and tailgating. It also has a second kitchen and direct bathroom entry, making it a great option, too.
Jayco Seismic Wave
This is a toy hauler is our third suggestion because of all the open space for seating, eating, and playing games.
You can find all three of these RVs here at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, where we have the largest RV selection around.
If you love to take your RV out for weekend (or longer!) fishing trips here in Texas, consider this delicious shrimp boil recipe. You can use the very shrimp you catch in Texas’ own saltwater.
Ingredients – You will need
2 lbs of shrimp
1 lb of kielbasa, sliced into 2-inch pieces
4 ears of corn
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 ½ lbs of whole red potatoes
6 cups of water
¼ cup of Zatarain’s Old Bay Seasoning
Cocktail sauce for serving
Boil the potatoes (covered in the lemon slices, seasoning, and water) in a 6-7-quart slow cooker, covered, for roughly 3 hours. Then, add in the sausage and corn. Cover and cook for 2 more hours. Now it’s time for that delicious shrimp. Stir in the shrimp thoroughly. If necessary, add more water—it should reach the top of your slow cooker.
Cocktail Sauce & Butter
Cover and cook for another half-hour on high or until the shrimp is properly cooked. Take the concoction out of the slow cooker and serve it in bowls. Use cocktail sauce and melted butter for dipping, as desired. You can also garnish with lemon wedges.
Do you swear by your own shrimp boil recipe? Share yours with Hanner RV near Abilene, TX in the comments below.
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.
Technomadia. This blog is geared toward younger generations and focuses on ways to be more sustainable and make a minimal impact while travelling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.