Top 4 RV Parks and Camping Near Dallas, TX

Top 4 RV Parks | Baird, TX

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.

Tips for Camping on a Budget

Camping on a Budget | Baird, TX

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!

How to Make Your RV Feel More Like Home

RV Interior | Baird, TX

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.

Add Color

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.

These Are 3 of the Best RVs for Tailgating

Best RVs For Tailgating

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.

Make the Perfect Shrimp Boil on Your Next Camping Trip

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
  • Sliced lemons
  • Melted butter

Directions

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.

Best RV Trips in Texas

RV Trips in TexasAs one of the biggest states in America, Texas is so big that if it were a country, it would be the 39th largest country in the world. This means there is plenty of see and do throughout Texas, especially if you are heading out in your RV. Here are some of the best RV trips in Texas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

About 113 million years ago, dinosaurs walked through what is now a beautiful state park. These footprints have been preserved and you can walk along the Paluxy River bed to see them for yourself. In addition, make time for some fishing and horseback riding. Nightly rates for water and electric hookups run about $25.

Space Center Houston

If you have always dreamed of travelling to the stars, why not visit one of the main locations for the NASA space program? In Houston’s Space Center, you can see moon rocks, lunar samples, and other historical artifacts from past space missions. You can even meet real astronauts if you visit on a Friday. The Space Center RV Park is less than 10 minutes from the Space Center with daily rates starting at $44.99.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Located within the Chihuahua Desert, this breathtaking park showcases the Permian fossil reef, diverse desert wildlife, and vast mountains and canyons. Stay at a nearby campground for as little as $8 per night.

These road trip destinations in Texas are only a few of the many great places you can find when you explore the state in your RV from Hanner RV Supercenter.

Here’s Why You Should Buy a Toy Hauler as Your First RV

Buy a Toy HaulerAre you considering making the jump into the world of RV ownership? Navigating the different types can be confusing at first, but Hanner RV’s knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your needs. Often, the best fit for first-time RV buyers is a toy hauler, and here’s why.

You need a place for your toys.

A lot of first-time RV buyers are already outdoorsmen and women who are ready to embrace camping more fully. That means you probably already own ATVs, jet skis, and snowmobiles. A toy hauler is the perfect way to take your toys with you on your adventures.

You want to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.

We get it. There’s a certain appeal of “roughing it” by yourself. However, we all know that it’s more fun to explore the outdoors with your favorite people. Toy haulers ensure you’ll have enough space for everyone to live and sleep comfortably—and bring your favorite toys.

You like to bring vacation home with you.

If you frequently go out on adventures to new places and fall in love with artwork, furniture, or other large goods produced locally, but never know how to get it home without insane shipping costs, a toy hauler is for you.

If you have decided to buy a toy hauler, pay a visit to Hanner RV to see our selection.

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.