Tips for Your First Family RV Adventure

Family Vacation At The Beach

Going on an amazing family RV adventure is one of the main benefits of owning an RV, but the prospect of going on an RV trip for the first time with the whole family in tow can be a little daunting. Follow these tips to make the most of your trip.

Go on a small exploratory trip

Before going on a big family adventure with your new trailer, go on a small exploratory camping trip somewhere close to home. This will help you get acquainted with many of the quirks of RV travel and ownership so that you can be better prepared for your family adventure.

Make a packing checklist

You’ll need to bring a lot of things on your family RV trip, so having a list of things to pack is highly recommended to make sure you don’t forget anything. Before every adventure, utilize a comprehensive checklist to be certain you have everything you need.

Plan your trip

The ability to adjust trips on the fly is one of the perks of RV travel, but when bringing the family along, it’s better to have a firm plan to start. Map out your route by selecting your final destination and then seeing where you can stop along the way. Research campgrounds and make sure to reserve your spot at the busy ones.

Going on an RV adventure is fun for the whole family. What makes it even more fun is when you head out fully prepared. For more tips and a look at some of the best trailers you can take on a family trip, contact us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas.

Hunting With Your RV in Baird, TX

Man Hunting | Baird, TX

While staying in a tent or cabin is nice, there’s arguably no better base camp for enthusiast hunters than an RV. After a hard day of hunting, being able to come back to a warm home that you can move anywhere has some unbeatable advantages. Here’s what makes hunting with your RV so great.

Location flexibility

Undoubtedly one of the biggest perks of hunting with your RV is the flexibility it provides in choosing your location. Claim a spot a few days before hunting season begins, ideally with a water source, and you’ll be set for your hunt. With a solar panel setup, you can have electricity without needing to run a generator that may scare off game.

Warmth for you and your gear

Hardcore tent campers may decry it as an unnecessary luxury, but there’s nothing nicer than waking up in the morning and being able to put on warm gear as you get ready for a hunt. If you hunt in the winter, having a warm place to sleep and dry your boots is hard to pass up.

Game processing

An RV provides a convenient spot to process an animal after a successful hunt. You can butcher an entire animal right at your camping spot and even use a heavy-duty awning pole to hang a small deer by your trailer.

This season, up your hunting game with your RV. And, if you still need an RV, call us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, and ask about RVs that would be best suited for hunters.

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.

Is RV Toilet Paper Really Necessary?

Is RV Toilet Paper Really Necessary? | Baird, TX

Should you use RV toilet paper in your RV? The short answer is yes. In order for your RV’s sewage system to function properly, you need to use RV toilet paper during your travels.

Sewage system concerns

Being able to use the restroom in the comfort of your RV, as opposed to a public toilet or the bushes, is one of the perks of camping in an RV. But even the most expensive, best-made RVs do not have sewage systems as robust as those in homes. RV sewage systems are more sensitive to the things you put inside it, like toilet paper. Thus, you should use special RV toilet paper to help protect your RV’s sewage system.

Why RV toilet paper works

RV toilet paper is specially designed to quickly disintegrate. This prevents it from clogging up your septic tank or sewage system. It’s possible that your household toilet paper disintegrates at quickly as RV toilet paper, but it’s impossible to know unless you test it yourself.

Testing RV-friendly toilet paper yourself

To check whether or not your household toilet paper will be safe to use in your RV, you can do a simple at-home test. Pour water into a jar and then add a few sheets of toilet paper. Close the lid and shake the jar vigorously. If the toilet paper begins dissolving in a few seconds, you should be safe to use it in your RV. If it does not begin dissolving, do not use the toilet paper. Buy RV toilet paper instead, or repeat the test with a different household toilet paper.

Is your toilet paper RV-friendly, but you need a new RV to use it in? Well, that’s easy! Just call us at Hanner RV Supercenter in Baird, Texas, to find a high-quality recreational vehicle.

Keystone HyperDeck Protects Your RV Floor

Keystone Hyperdeck

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.

How Pivot™ Furniture Changes Your Camping Experience

 

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.

3 Tips for Baking With Your RV’s Oven

Baking | Baird, TXJust because you’re on the go doesn’t mean you need to give up on baking. Baking with your RV’s oven is a viable solution for those who wish to prepare delicious recipes wherever they go. Nevertheless, there are a few safety precautions you may want to take if you plan to bake in your RV oven.

Get an oven thermometer

The heat inside your RV’s oven may not exactly match with the temperature on the knob. As such, we recommend using an oven thermometer to get a better idea of the actual internal temperature. Once you’ve identified the discrepancy, you can use that knowledge to adjust the temperature setting.

Preheat your oven

Preheating is an essential part of most bakes. However, when you’re baking in an RV oven, it’s even more necessary since your RV’s oven may take longer than a typical oven to get up to the desired temperature. Make sure to check the oven thermometer at regular intervals after setting the temperature to see when it has heated up.

Compensate for uneven heat

The propane ovens used in RVs may heat unevenly, and there are a few things you can do to compensate for this. For example, it’s always a good idea to turn your dishes when the cooking time is halfway through. Additionally, you may want to consider placing a baking stone on top of the shelf to better distribute the heat.

When you’re out camping, there’s nothing quite like baking with your RV’s oven and sharing a delicious, hot meal with the whole family. Make sure to find the right RV for you and your loved ones at Hanner RV Supercenter.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Your RV

Valentine's Day Picnic

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.

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.