The Best Time to Buy an RV is Now

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If you’ve been wondering when to take the plunge and buy a new RV, don’t wait any longer. The best time to buy an RV is now, and there are a few key reasons why.

When plans change, RVs are flexible

Thanks to social distancing, almost everyone has experienced a major change of plans in 2020. But when unexpected issues arise, RVs are flexible. It’s easy, or at least easier, to change your destination, to reschedule or to cancel. And, if you’re on vacation somewhere and end up stranded for unforeseen reasons, no worries — you’ve got a whole home with you.

RVs are the ultimate vacation investment

One-time vacation trips are more expensive than ever, but with an RV, that initial purchase can lead to multiple memorable vacation trips spanning a decade. If you like to travel, RVs simply provide more bang for your buck, especially if you’ve got a family.

You can go wherever you like on a whim

Planning a trip in the time of a pandemic can be scary. It’s hard to know what you’ll be able to do at your destination in advance or if you’ll even be able to get there when it’s time to travel. But with an RV, you can go wherever you like, whenever you like. RVs give you the freedom and independence that other means of travel simply can’t match.

The best time to buy an RV is now. That’s why we at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, encourage you to check out our fifth wheels, travel trailers and toy haulers online.

Important Steps for First-Time RV Owners to Take

First-Time RV Owners | Baird, TX

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!

Super SolarFlex™ Gets You Off the Grid

Super SolarFlex

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™.

Winter RVing Tips

Winter RVing

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.

How to Transform Your RV into a Haunted House

Transform Your RV Into A Haunted House

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s a great time to start decorating. If you’re planning on traveling in your RV this holiday, consider decorating your RV. Here are some tips on how to transform your RV into a haunted house and make your October trip extra special.

Think simple.

Shops throughout town are filled to the brim with Halloween decorations, so you can conveniently buy some pre-made items. Popular options are faux spider webs, hanging skeletons and removable window decals that add a spooky touch to your RV.

Create your own.

If you want to save money on Halloween decorations, then make some of your own décor. You can create skeletons out of bleach canisters and PVC pipes, make bats out of paper or hang up a white sheet to display a simple ghost.

Carve a pumpkin.

A Jack-o’-lantern is a staple of Halloween. For a decoration that not only looks festive but also is a great way to get the kids involved, carve up a pumpkin. You can also remove the pumpkin seeds and roast them for a delicious snack.

 

We at Hanner RV Supercenter hope you and your family have a fun Halloween this year. Before hitting the road on Halloween, stop by our service department for any necessary maintenance.

Tips for De-Winterizing Your RV

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Cold weather can take a toll on your RV. Before taking a road trip in the heat, follow these tips for de-winterizing your RV.

Charge the battery

While the battery charger is in the “off” position, connect it to the RV. Attach the black cable to the black terminal and the red cable to the red terminal. Charging can take a few hours or a few days, depending on the battery size.

Flush the water lines

Attach a garden hose to the water hookup of the RV. Open up all the faucets, and then turn on the hose.  The water will flush out antifreeze and any impurities. After roughly 10 minutes, the water should run clear. At this point, turn off the hose and close the faucets. Dump the water tanks at a designated dump station, and refill the tank with fresh potable water.

Load the propane tanks

Locate the propane tanks you’ve been storing and mount them back onto their respective places in the RV. Then, connect the propane hoses to the RV.

Tighten connections

Inspect the hose line fittings to make sure they are tightly fastened to prevent leaks. You should also open the line and place a soapy and damp sponge at the connectors. If air bubbles form, you likely have a leak and should have your connections replaced.

 

We at Hanner RV wish you and your family a safe trip in your RV. If you have any questions about de-winterizing your trailer or need replacements, be sure to stop by our service department.

How to Gut a Fish

How to Gut a Fish
How to Gut a Fish

On your next RV camping trip, you may decide to take the family fishing and spend a leisurely day out on the water. Rather than fishing just for sport, fishing while camping is the perfect opportunity to catch some food for dinner. Here’s a short guide on a how to gut a fish.

  1. Find a clean surface near a sink: Before gutting your fish, you will want to find a clean, flat work surface near a sink for gutting and washing. Have a bucket on hand, a pair of gloves (if you’d like), and a container for the cleaned fish. Oftentimes, marinas or fishing areas will have designated cleaning stations, which is worth knowing ahead of time. You will not want to gut your fish directly on your RV’s kitchen countertop, as it’s a messy process and you would have to worry about spreading germs.
  2. Avoid overhandling your fish and kill it humanely: To prevent spreading bacteria, do not overhandle your catch. You will also want to kill and clean your fish within a couple of hours of catching it. To kill your fish, do it humanely by clubbing it hard on the head or by swiftly cutting off the head with a sharp chopping knife.
  3. For a fish with scales, scale and wash the fish: To clean a fish with scales, hold the fish by the head and work from tail to gills with your knife or scaling tool to remove the scales. Wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  4. For a fish with skin, remove the skin and wash the fish: Cut the fish along its back from its first dorsal fin to its back fin. Peel back the skin using pliers, pulling the skin toward the tail. Once you remove the skin, wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  5. Store your cleaned fish in your cooler until you are ready to cook it.

For RVs that are great to take camping, check out the selection at Hanner RV.

5 Tips for First-Time RV Owners

Tips for first-time RV owners
Tips for first-time RV owners

Getting your first recreational vehicle is an exciting milestone because the opportunities for adventure are now endless. If you’re a bit unsure about what you’re meant to do when you first head out on the open road, we’ve put together some tips for first-time RV owners that are sure to help.

Practice driving and parking. Driving a large RV takes a different approach to driving than the typical sedan does – or even your pickup truck. They tend to be taller, wider, and heavier than your usual ride. That’s why it’s important to practice driving and parking your RV before heading off on your next adventure.

Give all systems an inspection. You don’t want to have everything packed to realize that some of the systems aren’t working properly. Check the engine, generator, air conditioner, refrigerator, washer, dryer, brakes, and lighting to ensure they’re ready to go.

Bring basic tools and equipment. Accidents can happen, which is why it’s important to bring along your tool box just in case. The tools don’t have to be expensive or abundant, but even items such as duct tape and a screwdriver can go a long way if you run into an unexpected issue.

Pack carefully. You never know what the weather might be like when you head to a campsite, so make sure you take appropriate clothing, cosmetics, medications, a first aid kit, cleaning products, food, linens, and cooking utensils to keep your fun from ending.

If you need more tips for driving and owning an RV, contact us at Hanner RV.

Five of the Best RV Blogs

best RV blogs
best RV blogs

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.

  1. Technomadia. This blog is geared toward younger generations and focuses on ways to be more sustainable and make a minimal impact while travelling.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Which RV is Best for You

Which RV is Best for You?
Which RV is Best for You?

If you’re interested in buying an RV, you have a lot of options. The selection at Hanner RV can be overwhelming, but by answering a few questions you can help us help you discover which RV is best for your needs.

How Will You Use It?

Are you planning on camping with the whole family, or will you use your RV as a romantic getaway? If you’re bringing everyone, something like the 2018 Wildwood X-Lite, which sleeps six, might be a better option. If you’re bringing only two people, though, the compact 2018 Rockwood Geo Pro should suffice.

How Will You Tow It?

The size of the RV you choose is important for more than one reason. If you drive a big pickup equipped to tow a fifth wheel RV, you can choose something luxuriously spacious and heavy like the 2018 Wildcat 26CK. But if you drive large SUV with a lower towing capacity, you can still find comfort in a travel trailer like the 2018 Wildwood X-LITE 232RBXL.

What is Your Budget?

Once you have an idea of what features you most need in an RV, you can decide on a price range. At Hanner RV, we offer both new and used RVs, to suit customers with different budgets.

Our website makes it easy to shop through our inventory based on price, sleep capacity, and type of RV. Finding your perfect RV has never been easier when you explore our inventory at Hanner RV.