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Consigned Motorhome Dealership Makes it Easy to Buy and Sell

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

rvThe rainy, cold Texas winter is over and the bluebonnets, and the RV business, are blooming! With many new RVers entering the market, new motorhomes and trailers are flying out of dealerships. But there is also a surge in current RVers changing their minds, and wanting to trade used vehicles for something new.

That’s where PPL Motorhomes comes in. PPL is the largest RV consignment dealership in the U.S. with three locations, Houston, Cleburne (DFW) and New Braunfels. The business showcases over 700 consigned motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth-wheels for sale by private owners.

Many people are interested in motorhomes this year with the current price of fuel. PPL offers a variety of quality used motorhomes for every personality. These used motorhomes are in great shape, as the average RVer only puts 3,000 miles on their vehicle per year.

If you’re trying to sell your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth-wheel and are experiencing the frustration of potential buyers not showing up and deals falling through, come to PPL. They will help you sell your used vehicle or orchestrate a fair trade. Testimonials include motorhome owners who had been trying to sell for one and half years before coming to PPL and finding success. PPL can sell your vehicle faster and get you the price you deserve. To find more information about PPL, visit their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Deep in the Belly of Texas: 10 Things You Have to Eat on Your Texas Road Trip

Posted on: May 6th, 2015 by Joe Laing No Comments

Traveling to Texas and hoping to sample the best in Lone Star cuisine? You may think this super-sized state is just about thick steaks and Tex-Mex, but there’s so much more to savor while you’re here. From Brownsville to Amarillo and all points in between, here’s a quick list of ten great eats to relish on your Texas road trip.

 

Smoked Brisket: Pit-smoked beef brisket is the soul of Texas-style barbecue. Smoked to tender perfection and served with sides like pinto beans and potato salad, it’s enough to lure barbecue-lovers from every state in the Union. There’s plenty of brisket being smoked throughout the state, but Central Texas is prime brisket territory.

 

Pecan pie

 

“Pecan pie” – By Joe Hakim, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Pecan Pie: The sweet, sticky goodness of a Texas pecan pie may bring tears to your eyes. Crowned with roasted pecans and baked in a flaky crust, this regional treat is the claim to fame of many a Texas café. 

 

King Ranch Chicken Casserole: Speaking of ooey, gooey goodness—King Ranch chicken casserole has been a standard good eat for decades in Texas. This cheesy, spicy south Texas concoction screams ‘comfort food’ quite deliciously.

 

Tacos: Tex-Mex, that unique blend of traditional Mexican dishes and Texas cuisine, has at its heart the humble taco. With an abundance of taquerias to tempt your taste buds, you’re sure to find one no matter where you travel in Texas. Look for warm, homemade tortillas and then pick the fillings that suit your palate, from brisket to veggie combinations.

 

Chili con carne with garnishes

“Chili con carne with garnishes”- By Jeffrey W, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Chili con Carne: If you want to start a range war in Texas, ask who makes the best chili! Everyone has a favorite recipe, but the basics are the same: tender Texas beef and spicy chili pepper gravy. What else is added is up to the cook, so be ready to sample several combinations before you choose your top pick.

 

Steak: It’s no accident the Lone Star State is king when it comes to great steaks. Prime beef is the legacy of Texas cattle ranches and the tradition continues with filets and ribeyes served up in cafes and restaurants throughout Texas. Primo steak territory? Dallas/Fort Worth boasts some of the best-known steakhouses in the state.

 

Crawfish boil

“Crawfish boil”- By Giovanni Handal, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Boiled Crawfish/Shrimp: The Gulf Coast waters off Texas offer seafood lovers a special treat. Crawfish and white shrimp boiled in spices are a standard offering in Gulf Coast cities like Houston and Port Aransas. Dive into a couple pounds of shrimp or crawfish boil for a classic Texas Gulf Coast dining experience.

 

Pecan Pralines: Pecan groves dot the state and produce the key ingredient in Texas pecan pralines, a delightful candy you won’t want to miss. Buttery, sugary and crunchy, the adjectives go on and on, but why not taste them for yourself while on your Texas road trip?

 

Czech Kolaches

“Czech Kolaches”- By Petr Broz, via Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Czech Kolaches: Towns like Boerne, West and La Grange were heavily influenced by Czech immigrants to Texas and one of their sweetest contributions to the state is the kolache. These fruit or meat filled pastries float off the plate, so watch for them on the menu as you make a stop at bakeries and restaurants in these Texas towns.

 

Chili Con Queso: Are you sensing a theme of cheesy, spicy goodness in Texas cuisine? This iconic dip is a staple in Texas eateries, so why not make a game of grading the queso as you eat your way through the state?

 

And there you have it—ten foods to keep foodies happy on a Texas road trip. Try them all or make several trips to try regional cuisine in the Lone Star State. Either way, you’ll be happy you let your taste buds wander their way through Texas.

Joe Laing is the Director of Marketing for El Monte RV and has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years.  He has been exploring the outdoors most of his life and enjoys spending time camping throughout the United States.  Joe has also been involved with the RVIA’s Go RV’ing committee, campground associations, and many travel industry associations. 

Relax Beachside this Summer

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

sunsetThis week, we’re talking to Greg Smith from Pioneer Beach Resort in Port Aransas. This beach town is just two and a half hours from San Antonio, and three and a half hours from Austin. The beautiful area draws in Winter Texans every year, who find themselves staying longer into spring as the beautiful Texas wildflowers bloom. Local Texans also enjoy the park during the summer, as it offers easy access to the beach. Just walk or drive your golf cart over their boardwalk to the water, and let your troubles float away.

Pioneer Beach Resort started in 1995, initially attracting Winter Texans. Now the park sees visitors all year-round, with some guests staying the whole time. They’ve even had kids return who used to camp at Pioneer with their parents when they were younger. The park is home to 361 one full-hookups with concrete pads. The sites fit any make and any size RV, and their friendly staff can help guide you into your spot.

This time of year is beautiful in Port Aransas, with spring blooms, great fishing, and plenty of summer sun. Relax and unwind near the waves and feel the sand between your toes. Visit their website for more information.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a quarterly drawing to win a $250 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Discounted Camping at Thousand Trails

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by admin No Comments

Tune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

thousandThis week’s interview features a conversation with Terry Munoz from Thousand Trails RV Resort. Thousand Trails is a corporately owned network of campgrounds across the U.S., with seven locations in Texas. All properties are located on lakes and rivers, which provide plenty of opportunity for family-friendly fun.

The name derives from the original owner in Washington who bought a piece of land and cut trails in it to ride his motorcycle. He added camping sites and the business grew, expanding to other states. Thousand Trails is a unique way to camp and save money doing it. If you’re an avid camper or RVer, check out their Annual Membership Pass. The pass requires an annual fee and gives you year-round camping access to any Thousand Trails property, as well as discounts on cabins, cottages and rentals. Terry Munoz says the pass includes 30 days of free camping and nightly rates as low as $3.

Thousand Trails campgrounds attract Winter Texans and other snowbirds who love to escape the colder seasons. There is also a large population of families at their campgrounds, who seek to spend time in the outdoors and make memories on vacation. Every property features planned activities and abundant wildlife, so there is plenty to do and see.

To find a Thousand Trails property near you, visit their website. Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Young RVers Take Up the RV Lifestyle

Posted on: April 7th, 2015 by admin No Comments

TrailerPeople may be hesitant to embark in the RV lifestyle because of their age. Feeling too young, many people shy away from the fun, exciting experience RVing has to offer. But the RV industry is open to all ages, and doesn’t exclude younger generations.

RVing has changed over the years, and now RVers are becoming more active. RV parks have begun to incorporate gyms, walking trails and fitness classes into their campgrounds to embrace this change. You’ll often find bike rental stations at RV parks, and with plenty of scenic views and trails, young RVers will have fun exploring the great outdoors.

Statistics show that the fastest-growing group of RV owners is 35 – 44 years old. This is good news for RV parks, as young RVers often spend more on the experience rather than goods. Young travelers take frequent trips and often return to parks. This new surge in younger RV owners has boosted sales for RV parks and campgrounds all around the country.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

 

Meditate on Alamo History at a Relaxing RV Ranch

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by admin No Comments

TrailerTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

Come out to a park rich in history. Alamo River RV Ranch is located in Von Ormy, Texas, just fifteen minutes from the Alamo. Santana’s journals indicate that the troops reached Horseshoe Bend, just south of the Medina River where Alamo River RV Ranch is located. The troops had to camp for a few days, as the river was too high to cross.

Alamo River RV Ranch is a quiet park that allows you to peacefully meditate on the legends and stories that built Texas’ fight for independence. Take a peaceful walk beneath the shade trees, and stop by Santana’s Oak, which is 600 years old and 12 feet in diameter. The park hosts memorial services at the historical tree, and any history enthusiast wouldn’t want to miss this landmark.

The park offers pull-thru and back-in RV sites as well as a cabin. The new cabin is a one-bedroom park model with bunk beds and a sleeper sofa, and it sleeps up to six people. It’s complete with an efficiency kitchen, so you’ll have everything you need. From winter Texans to guests who live at the park, to families visiting for the weekend, Alamo River RV Ranch accommodates every kind of camper. For more information, visit their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Nature Enthusiasts Flock to Oleander Acres

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by admin No Comments

Butterfly at Oleander AcresTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

South Texas is beautiful all year round. With mild winters, breathtaking sunsets, a variety of bird and butterfly species, many snowbirds and summertime RVers alike call Oleander Acres RV Resort home. Come down to Mission, Texas and see the beauty for yourself.

Retirees and younger RVers both find Mission, Texas the perfect place to rejuvenate. A diverse population offers a sense of community in the bi-national region. With local golf courses, a rocket launch site, inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and fishing, there’s plenty to do and see in the the Magic Valley.

Mission is the butterfly capital of South Texas Rio Grande Valley, and it hosts the Texas Butterfly Festival every November. There are Monarch butterfly gardens right on site at Oleander Acres, and the gardens attract several species. You might even see one fluttering outside your front door! Many bird species also fly through the Valley, so the most enthusiastic birders flock to the area to cross new species off their viewing lists.

Oleander Acres RV Resort offers spacious RV sites and park model rentals at a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly rate. Many people leave their RVs at Oleander and drive or fly down during the year to catch the best part of every season. For more information, visit their website and like their Facebook page.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Live Life On Vacation With Texas Campgrounds

Posted on: March 11th, 2015 by admin No Comments

CampgroundTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

Are the great outdoors calling your name? Texas Campgrounds is a group of over 400 different RV resorts and campgrounds in the great Lonestar state. With parks offering everything from spacious pull-thru RV sites to fully furnished park model homes, there is a solution for every kind of camper, no matter where you want to go.

Cabins and park models have been receiving a lot of attention lately, with their unique advantages and amenities. If you’re tired of noisy hotel neighbors, kids running down the halls, and not having a sense of peace, consider staying in a park model at one of TACO’s campgrounds. Park models and cabins are usually fully furnished with amenities like cable, Wi-Fi and access to pools and entertainment areas.

With a park model, you’ll have your own unit and your own space to unwind and relax for the weekend, or even the month. Park models are a great solution for campers who don’t yet own an RV, but want to enjoy the experience of camping with friends and family members who do. And if you’re thinking about purchasing an RV, consider staying in a park model for a few months to get a feel of the experience. Ultimately, if RVing is not for you, some parks sell lots and units so guests can enjoy a permanent vacation home.

No matter where you are in your camping experience, TACO has a solution for you. Stop by the Texas Campgrounds website to enter your name into a monthly drawing to win a $100 Valero gift card, and to find more information about your next camping destination.

Lonestar Sportsman: Interview with Cheryl McLaughlin from Hatch RV Park

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015 by admin No Comments

Hatch RV ParkTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campgrounds (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

Chase away your winter blues at Hatch RV Park. If your hometown is becoming familiar with sleet, snow, freezing rain and plummeting temperatures, thaw out for spring in beautiful Corpus Christi. Shake off your cabin fever and escape to Hatch RV Park. This park is unique with easy access to local attractions and delicious restaurants, but away from the water so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a country setting right in the middle of a big city. You won’t have to worry about the wind, water and sand issues that campers face when they stay right on the beach.

Hatch RV Park is a great solution for Spring Break. Corpus Christi attracts many tourists with its beautiful weather and breathtaking ocean views, but staying on a crowded beach can be stressful and noisy. Come enjoy the events, attractions and local businesses that everyone loves in Corpus, without all the partygoers keeping you up at night.

Rich in history, Hatch RV Park was established in 1871 and has been passed from one generation to another throughout the Hatch family tree. The property started out as farm land, and is now a place that monthly campers and Winter Texans call home. The park offers spacious pull-thru RV sites with easy access. Amenities include full hook-ups at every site, free cable and Wi-Fi, picnic tables, laundry facilities and a recreation building. For more information, visit their website.

Whether you’re looking to hook up an RV, rent a cottage or pop a tent, Texas Campgrounds includes parks that offer a variety of sites and campground experiences. For more information about Texas Campgrounds, and to find your next camping destination, visit our website.

 

Lonestar Sportsman: Interview with Doug Shearer from Parkview Riverside RV Resort

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by admin No Comments

ParkviewTune in to Lonestar Sportsman on News Radio 1200 WOAI every Saturday morning from 5-7 a.m. to hear interviews from Texas Campground (TACO) members as they weigh in on the RVing and camping lifestyle. Click play below to listen to the interview or visit our SoundCloud channel.

Escape to one of the prettiest places in Texas in the city of Concan, near the Frio River and Garner State Park. Parkview Riverside RV Resort is the perfect place to escape for the week, the month, the summer or the winter. The park is home to many customers who come back year after year, drawn in by the beauty of the landscape in the Texas Hill Country.

You’ll find plenty to do at Parkview. Tube or kayak on the Frio River, or stop by the activity room on site for family-friendly events. The park hosts a kids’ playground, and just down the street you’ll find a championship golf course, where Parkview offers several golf specials.

Parkview offers riverfront sites, back-in and pull-thru. The water at the park is always at a constant level, even if the Frio River is low. Come enjoy the crystal clear water and let your troubles float away. You can have a fantastic view right from your front window. Enjoy some family time and s’mores around the fire in the fire pits, and make lasting memories at picnic tables.

Claim the value of getting away for a little while. When you live in an RV, you don’t have to worry about maintenance or upkeep. Live carefree at Parkview Riverside RV Resort. You’ll want to keep coming back year after year! To learn more about Parkview Riverside RV Resort, visit their website.

 

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