Summer 2017 RV Travel Adventures

Travel this summer with your RV for many cool adventures! Afterwards, store your RV in storage at Pro RV and Boat Storage.

Advertisements

RV-camping-under-stars

With the sun shining bright against the blue skies, it’s the perfect weather to take your RV on an adventure this summer. Road trips to national parks, beaches, and the mountains make for a promising fun time camping. Traveling with an RV allows you to bring all the comforts of home while sightseeing. An RV is the best methods of traveling across the United States to see the various national monuments and historical sites. Most national parks and campsites allow for RV parking so get your RV out of storage this summer and travel!

PREPARING YOUR RV FOR SUMMER FUN

It is important to inspect your RV carefully before heading out on your summer road trip. Generally, the first order of business is to do a walk through on the outside and inside of your RV to check for structural damages. Structural damages occur due to weather elements causing unexpected damage.

CHECK THE WATER SYSTEM

One of the next things you can do is to prepare the RV watering system for travel, especially if antifreeze was applied to the water supply prior to placement the RV in storage. To clear out the antifreeze from the entire water system, you need to run the water until all traces of it have been removed. Antifreeze is generally a bright neon color to help distinguish it from water, such as neon blue or neon green. Run the water in the shower and sink and flush the toilet until all of the antifreeze disappears from the water. In general you should always drain and refill the fresh water tanks before any travel, even if you didn’t place antifreeze in the water supply. Take note that if you placed the water heater in bypass mode to put it back into play for traveling use. Don’t forget to check your water filters and replace as needed!

CHECK THE BATTERY

Check your battery for your RV and make sure it’s in tip top shape before heading off on the road. If you don’t feel comfortable with working on the battery, you can have an on-call automotive technician visit your RV to help perform battery maintenance. Keep in mind that batteries that are in storage without use will discharge between 10-15% of energy each month. Many choose to remove the battery from the engine and keep the RV battery stored in the garage during the winter. Either way, certain precautions need to be taken to ensure the RV battery is fully charged before driving off. The first thing is to fully charge the battery and the only reliable way to do this is to use a multi-stage battery charger, such as a Battery Tender. Once your battery is fully charged, make sure your water levels in the battery are full and equal. You must use distilled water to refill the battery’s cells. If your battery is weak and the water is below the plates then do not fill the water to the top in the cells because the electrolyte level will rise and there needs to be space for this during charging of the battery.

CHECK THE APPLIANCES AND GENERATOR

You need to check the LP gas cylinders to make sure they are running smoothly. You can test the water heater tank to see if the LP gas appliance is working efficiently—if the water gets hot, it is working. If the water does not get hot after several moments, something is wrong with the LP gas appliance. You can have it inspected at an RV and automotive service facility because if it is leaking gas, that is very dangerous. If the LP gas appliance seems to be working fine, then also check the various appliances around the RV including the microwave, the refrigerator, and the roof air conditioner. You can do electrical testing to make sure these appliances are receiving the proper electrical input or you can take it to an automotive shop and they will test the electrical output for you to make sure your RV appliances are in tip top shape for the road. Also make sure the oil levels in your generator are fine, as well as ensure the generator’s exhaust system is running in tip top shape. One way to preserve the generator is by using it while your RV is storage to keep it performing well. You can always take your generator to an automotive service facility to have it double checked, as the generator is essential for any RV trip.

HAVING FUN ON THE ROAD WITH THE KIDS

Once you have prepared your RV structurally for the road, you need to them stock up the RV with toiletries, food, clothes, sleeping necessities, electronics and toys. If you are traveling with kids, you will definitely need to keep in mind activities for the kids to do while on the road.

Keep Them Reading!

Whether your kid is reading comic books or novels, it is important for kids to keep their minds sharp and their imaginations strong. This is why you should pack their favorite books or a handful of comics for them to read while your family is on the road. Harry Potter is still a favorite go-to book for a lot of kids as kids love to escape into the magical world of Hogwarts, and there are seven books to the series so this will keep them occupied on longer trips. Comics are another great avenue to keep kids reading, especially since the Marvel and DC films are so popular with the kids. There are plenty Marvel and DC kid-friendly comics on their favorite superheroes to keep their imaginations running during long-hour drives in the RV.

Coloring & Activity Books

Keeping your child’s mind active for cognitive development is important and coloring & activity books help to do just this. Activity books with mathematical practices and English-based activities will help your child focus on their learning while the adults can focus on driving the RV. Coloring and Activity books can be done in the RV during the drive or can be done at the camping destination while the adults are cooking or doing other chores. You can offer rewards for the children to complete a certain amount of activity pages while the adults finish their work, especially rewards centered on the trip such as a souvenir from a gift shop. There are many activity books that feature coloring activities centering on math, which helps them enjoy the process of learning.

Electronics & Learning Apps

There are so many electronic devices out there with learning apps that allow your children to learn while being entertained. There are learning-tablets for kids that feature science, math, and grammar lessons. These are definitely a must while on the road or camping. If you do not own the tablet, that is okay because there are many apps that you can download on your smart phone for learning.

RV PARKS NEAR ANNA, TEXAS 

With the RV packed up and the kids ready to go on an adventure, it’s time to hit the road! There are many beautiful places to take your RV out for camping near Anna, Texas.

ARLINGTON–TREETOPS SUN RV RESORT 

Arlington is the perfect place for the family to visit, and it has a beautiful RV resort to make you feel at peace. There are so many activities to do with the family including Six Flags Over Texas, fishing, hiking, and seeing the Texas Rangers at the Globe Life Park. For camping with your RV, you can stay at the Treetops Sun RV Resort where they offer many needed amenities including electrical hook-ups for your RV, as well as water refilling stations and sewer dumping stations. They also offer Wi-Fi, pool, a library for recreational reading, and golfing options. You can park at Treetops Sun RV Resort for $52 a night, or for $309 a week.

Pro-RV-and-boat-storage-arlington-texas

ROCKPORT–WILDERNESS OAKS RV RESORT  

Rockport is a great place to go camping because it is near Corpus Christi and there are so many watering and hiking activities to do in the area. You can go to the beach and fish in Corpus Christi, visit The Texas State Aquarium, visit the U.S.S. Lexington, and visit the Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History. With your RV, you can park at Wilderness Oaks RV Resort where they offer many amenities including Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and hot tub, Saturday pancake breakfasts for visitors, fish-cleaning stations, and a dog park. The rates for RV parking are $56 a night and for a week is $269.

rockport-beach-view-from

STORE YOUR RV AT PRO RV & BOAT STORAGE 

After your adventure and road trip with the family, you need to place your RV into storage and Pro RV & Boat Storage can help! Call our friendly staff at (214) 995-3078 to rent your space and park, today!

Pro-RV-and-boat-storage

Summer Boating Had me a Blast!

Pro_RV_and_Boat_boating

Now that Summer is here, it’s time to take the boat out on the waters. The days can get pretty hot here in Texas, so stay cool by taking your boat out at the local lakes or ocean. Make sure to pack a lot of water and other beverages to stay cool under the sun, whether you’re fishing or just simply taking it out for some good old summer fun. High-protein snacks will keep you energized as you seek out fish for catch. Easy to pack snacks include nuts and beef jerky. Be careful with drinking alcoholic beverages while boating, not only can it lead to dehydration, but drinking and operating a boat can be extremely dangerous.

There are many freshwater lakes and saltwater regions near Pro RV & Boat Storage Depending on what type of fish you want to catch, you can access both. Almost half of all gaming fish are found in fresh waters, approximately 40% in fact. This means you are equally able to fish in freshwater as successfully as the saltwater regions, so it’s all about personal preference of the location. Depending on your personal taste buds, you may have a preference in either freshwater or saltwater fish. Many claim they can taste the difference! The fish only differ in physiology but some state that saltwater fish tend to taste saltier in the meat. Others prefer the freshwater fish taste, saying the meat has unique mineral taste to them. Find out if you can taste the difference!

Pro_RV_and_Boat_fishing

LAKE CORPUS CHRISTI

Want to find the perfect location to fish largemouth bass? Look no further because Lake Corpus Christi has largemouth bass reaching 5 pounds! There’s also an abundance of Catfish, Crappies, White Bass, and Sunfish. Largemouth bass are difficult to catch in the summer, even for master anglers, but not impossible! You can catch them using spring baits, specifically spinnerbaits and crankbaits are popular methods used to catch the famed largemouth bass.  You can also fish for Catfish and White Bass in the deeper waters of the Lake in the summer, which is perfect for wading your boat. Use cheesebait and cutbait for the Catfish and Jigging spoons to catch White Bass. Wading your boat in the areas of the lake with deeper depths will not only allow you an advantage in the fish pool, but you can sit back and relax as you look onto a beautiful view of the surrounding nature as you wait for the amazing catch of the day! For only $5 per person, per day, you can visit Lake Corpus Christi, which is located two miles west of Mathis. There are boat ramps to easily load and unload your boat so you can easily plan a day’s trip with little hassle!

LAKE HOUSTON

Lake Houston is a beautiful lake with luscious greenery surrounding the waters. For a wonderful summer’s day, take your boat out for a scenic drive on Lake Houston! Bring your binoculars and drift upon the waters while witnessing the local birds and wildlife around. You can also fish in Lake Houston, with local species being the largemouth bass, white bass, white crappie, blue catfish, and bluegill. Blue catfish are the predominant species in Lake Houston so if this is a fish-favorite of yours, Lake Houston is the place to be! The best way to catch Blue catfishes are by cheesebait and cutbait. Blue catfish are known to be aggressively resistant so they’ll put up a fight. You can use a strohng 8-foot rod and a reel with plenty of capacity so if the catfish does put up a fight, you’ll be prepared. Lake Houston is 15 miles north-east of Houston and has many access points for your boat: BJ’s Marina, Ponderosa Marina, Lake Houston Marina, and Duessen Park. Access to Duessen Park is free but the remaining Marina’s is a nominal daily fee for access into the waters.

Pro_RV_and_Boat_fishing_Rod

CLEANING UP THE HULL AFTER THE LAKE

After you’ve taken your boat out on the waters, you will want to clean the hull and windows before parking your boat in storage. Cleaning up the dirt and residue will help preserve your boat and keep it in pristine condition. Wipe down the hull and windows with a mixture of water and dishwater soap. Or you can use a microfiber rag to wipe down the boat. However you clean the boat is up to personal preference and it will help get all the mud and gunk out before it mildews and spoils the hull and sides.

STORE YOUR BOAT AT PRO RV & BOAT STORAGE IN ANNA, TEXAS

With your boat clean, you are now ready for storage! To further protect your boat from the weathered elements, cover it with a boat cover and place it into storage. Storing your boat will keep it safe and secure until the next time. For all your boat storage needs near Anna, Texas, come by Pro RV & Boat Storage. We have all the right boat storage spaces for you!

cropped-pro_rv_and_boat_storage.png