If the idea of hitching a trailer and going camping sounds fun but daunting, you’re not alone. Towing a trailer for the first time is not easy. Follow these tips to ensure your maiden RV voyage goes smoothly.
Even if you’ve read up on everything you should know about driving an RV, reading is a lot different than driving. Take your trailer out on a large, empty parking lot and practice maneuvering. Get a sense of how your vehicle handles when a trailer is attached.
Brake very early
Give yourself a lot of room on the road and brake early. With a trailer in tow, you’ll be driving around a lot more weight than you’re used to. Maintain longer gaps to the cars ahead and slow down earlier than normal. Until you learn your new braking distances, it’s better to be on the safer side.
Know your trailer weight
You need to know both the trailer weight and trailer tongue weight. The trailer tongue weight should be between 10 and 15 percent of your fully-loaded trailer weight. If not, you may experience swaying or overload your vehicle’s tires.
For more RVing tips and a closer look at some of the best RVs in the business, visit Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas!
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.
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.
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.