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.

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.

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

Dallas RV Muesum

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 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.

How to Get Your RV Ready for Spring

It’s Freezing Out There

Although you probably didn’t do much with your RV during this blisteringly cold winter, now that temperatures are warming up, it’s time to get your RV ready for spring. Here’s how:

Start with the outside

Do a thorough inspection of your RV’s exterior simply by walking around it. Look for any damage—hail dents, scrapes, rust, you name it. Also check the shore power outlet and cord and, just as you would with your vehicle, check your tire pressure and condition, refilling and replacing as necessary.

Don’t forget the inside

Animals like to burrow inside warm RVs during the cold winter months, so check for rodents and other pests. Thoroughly clean all the appliances, just as you would scrub down your kitchen during spring cleaning. Test all the interior lights and make sure the onboard technology works. Check for issues in your water lines and repair any leaks.

Check Your Propane

Finally, test your propane lines by lighting the pilot light on your stove. Because the gas likely escaped your lines during the winter, you may need to wait a few minutes before the gas reaches the point of ignition. Once it’s ready, you can fire up the furnace and ensure everything is in working order.

Visit us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX for all of your RV service and maintenance needs.

4 Reasons Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

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.

Hanner RV near Abilene, TX has a wide selection of RVs for families young and old. Find your next vacation vehicle here.

Plan a Road Through West Texas in Your RV

Where Should You Go?

If you have just purchased a new fifth wheel, travel trailer, or camper at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, consider taking it out for a family road trip. Where should you go? In our opinion, a road trip through West Texas in your RV is the perfect way to spend a week.

Take Your Time Getting There

The highlight of the trip is Big Bend National Park, but CNN Travel recommends taking your time getting there. Either start in the east in Austin or San Antonio and head west toward El Paso, or vice-versa. Either way, you’ll find yourself driving along Interstate 10, taking in beautiful sites of the mountains surrounding the Chihuahuan Desert, the flowing Rio Grande, and the massive Texas skies.

Stop For A While In Each Area

Along the way, stop at towns like Alpine (check out the famous desk), Marfa (for the local art), and Fort Davis (the highest town in Texas). Eventually, take the River Road to Terlingua and Big Bend National Park — this drive is out of the way but is the most scenic drive in Texas. You’ll take in remarkable and breath-taking vistas that will make the whole trip worth it.

A Road Trip Through West Texas In Your RV

While the summers can get hot in western Texas and the winters icy and cold, the fall and spring are the perfect time for a road trip through West Texas in your RV.

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.