What You Should Ask Before Buying a New Camper

What You Should Ask Before Buying a New Camper | Baird, TX

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!

What Are the Different Types of RVs?

Family RVing | Baird, TX

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

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.

Travel 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-wheel trailers

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

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!

How to Make Mountain Pies

A Classic Campfire Treat

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.