RV Share: 5 steps for mounting on your RV walls

5 Steps for Mounting on your RV Walls

By Megan Buemi

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In lots of ways, the RV life is hard to beat. When your house has wheels, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Say you wake up some random Tuesday morning with that unshakable wanderlust — the same one that would make you feel bummed out and helpless if you were tied down by stationary life. Not so with an RV! Just unplug your rig from any electric, water, and sewer hookups, roll in your awning, and make sure your antenna’s in, and boom: you’re instantly ready to hit the road and follow your sense of adventure.  But if you’re into customizing your house to make it more like home, foundation-built houses and apartments do have one slight advantage. Mounting something on your wall, be it a television, artwork, or even a set of shelves, is a lot more straightforward. You pretty much grab a hammer and nails or an electric screwdriver, check for wall studs, and go to town… unless you’re trying to get a security deposit back, that is.  But it is possible to mount things on your RV’s interior walls. It just becomes a bit more of a project. It’s highly inadvisable to drill, nail, or screw things into a motorhome or trailer’s interior, since there may be complex electrical systems running right beneath many surfaces. If you go too deep, you might even expose yourself to the chance of leaks and water damage. Plus, any damage you cause to the wall itself might be just about irreparable, since you can’t exactly just stuff it with putty and paint over it.

But nothing’s insurMOUNTable (get it?) — there are ways around these problems!

Here, we’ll give you ideas on how to decorate and deck out the inside of your camper, whether you’re looking to hang a TV, mount your favorite painting, hang a clock, or keep your set of wooden spoons close at hand in the kitchen.

  1. For televisions and other large, heavy items, consider a mounting bracket.

While you likely won’t be able to mount a TV to the wall as you would in a regular home, there are a variety of capable TV brackets on the market that offers a good solution. When you find one that’s a good fit, screw it into the underside of your cabinetry or other wooden fixtures — perhaps under the set of cabinets that run above the cockpit in a Class A or Class C motorhome, for example.  No matter what type of TV mount you go for, you’ll need to make sure it’s steady and stable for when you’re underway. The last thing you want is your heavy TV to fall on your head while you’re driving down the road!

  1. For paintings and other artwork, consider removable adhesive hangers.

With more and more renters and even homeowners becoming conscious of the damage done by traditional hammer-and-nails mounting jobs, there’s been a proliferation of removable hanging devices on the market. But these hangers also have a great advantage in your trailer or motorhome: They won’t damage your RV interior going up or coming down. You could try hook and loop fasteners, velcro strips, or adhesive hooks that quick-release when you’re ready to remove them. Adhesive hooks in particular are great for keeping things handy in the kitchen — we’ve seen campers use them for everything from cooking tools to creating dispensers for plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

RV Shipments Just Keep Climbing

Goshen News

RV shipments in February grew 9.7 percent year-over-year, according to numbers released by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Last month’s total of 39,428 units compares with 35,929 units in February 2016. February’s shipments were also 8.6 percent higher than January’s total of 33,859 units. In fact, February’s total was the best for any comparable February on record, according to the RVIA.

 

 

Employment Opportunity at Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers

HurricaneSD187GOF1862_1363aWhere we treat you like Family!!

Searching for the right career with the right company? At Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers, we believe in providing our customers with the best team of people to help them!

We believe it’s just as important for you to know us as it is for us to know you. So, a little bit about us. Ron Hoover is a household name in Texas, synonymous with ideas of family values, fun times, and world class service for almost thirty years. Serving both the RV and Marine markets, our customers have a lot of opportunities to find the perfect addition to their family needs. With eight locations to choose from – Donna, Boerne, Houston/Katy, Willis/Lake Conroe, LaMarque, Galveston, Corpus Christi, and Rockport – we offer the flexibility and convenience of being right in the neighborhood. With almost a Five-Star Google rating, customers know they can depend on us to keep them on the road or on the water taking advantage of well-deserved family time.

And speaking of family time — this is where YOU come in! As a company that is continuing its steady growth in all of our markets, we are always searching for the right people with the right culture and the right skills to join our Family. Whether it be as a Service Technician, Sales Associate, Parts personnel, lot porter, or other key positions – we may have a place for you. And if you just want to check us out first, that’s okay too! Look us up on the web at www.ronhoover.com. Our store addresses and hours are posted. We invite you to stop by!

Every day, in every way, we want to make our customers’ time with family a time to remember! You could be a part of that exceptional service. Come and see us!

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Texas Campgrounds keep busy with Fall activities

Texas Campgrounds keep busy with Fall activities

CROWLEY, Texas — Fall is a busy time at campgrounds across the Lone Star State, many of which accommodate nature enthusiasts, fall festival attendees and Winter Texans making their way south toward Hill Country, the Gulf Coast and the Rio Grande Valley.

“Campgrounds, RV parks and resorts make great base camps for many different types of fall activities, so we expect Texas parks to stay quite busy throughout the fall shoulder season,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which hosts travel planning websites at www.TexasCampgrounds.com and www.TexasCabinRentals.net.

Here’s a sampling of the many different types of festivals and other activities taking place in Texas this fall along with descriptions of nearby campgrounds that can be used as base camps for traveling Texans as well as visitors from other areas:

Fall Festivals in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area

— Autumn in the Dallas Arboretum (www.dallasarboretum.org): This event, which runs through Nov. 23, features more than 150,000 fall blooming flowers, including zinnias, impatiens and salvias as well as over 90,000 beautifully arranged pumpkins, gourds and squash. Fodor’s Travel named this event one of America’s best pumpkin festivals while Architectural Digest named the arboretum one of the world’s 15 most breathtaking gardens.

— State Fair of Texas (www.bigtex.com): This event takes place through Oct. 23 at Fair Park in Dallas

Nearby Campgrounds

— Texan RV Ranch in Mansfield: This 145-site park is within 20 minutes of major Dallas / Forth Worth Metroplex attractions, including Cowboys Stadium, Hurricane Harbor and Hawaiian Falls. The park features big rig friendly pull through RV sites as well as one bedroom cabin and two bedroom cottage rentals. Amenities include a swimming pool, a pavilion and free WiFi and cable TV.www.rvparksdallasfortworth.com

Fall Festivals in the Austin / New Braunfels Area

— Wurstfest (www.wurstfest.com): This is a 10-day German themed food and craft beer event from Nov. 4 – 13 at the Wurstfest grounds in New Braunfels.

Nearby Campgrounds

— Leisure Resort in Fentress: This is a 117-site campground with 22 cabins, five of which have full size kitchens. The park also has elevated 12-by 12-foot “tree houses,” which feature bunk beds, mini-refrigerators and barbecues. It also has a clubhouse as well as a pavilion for hosting weddings, family reunions, birthday parties and other special events.

The park is east of the Texas Hill Country and is roughly 40 miles from Austin and 60 miles from San Antonio.

“We are a destination park,” said Patricia Lopatowski, the park’s general manager. “People come to go river tubing and rafting on the San Marcos River.”

The spring-fed river, she added, has been replenished by heavier rains this year.

Leisure Resort also has numerous onsite amenities, including a pet park, fishing, a nature trail, playgrounds, pool and sand volleyball court and basketball court, and a shuttle service for river tubing enthusiasts. www.leisureresort.net

— Pecan Park Campground in San Marcos: This park was featured last year in Country Living Magazine as one of the nation’s “must visit” RV campgrounds in America. It sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River and is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts.

The campground, which has access to nature trails, has numerous pull through sites and is shaded by mature pecan trees.

“It’s just a nice place to be,” said Daryl Cagle, a retiree with a son in Buda and a daughter in San Antonio who has frequently camped at Pecan Park since 2008.

“They have nice big campsites,” Cagle said. “The water pressure is always good. They have a guy come in who keeps the park mowed and manicured and looking nice. They also have a nice indoor pool. My wife likes to swim and my grandkids like to go down to the river.” www.pecanpark.com

— Stone Creek RV Park in Schertz: This park is a great base camp for excursions to major attractions in New Braunfels, such as Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Rockin’ R River Rides and Texas Tubes, and San Antonio, which is home to The Alamo, The River Walk, the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium and many other attractions.

Onsite amenities include a hot tub; family and adult swimming pools; two large off leash dog parks with dog agility equipment; and two large recreation halls. The park also provides free cable TV and WiFi and cabin rentals. www.stonecreekrvpark.com

Fall Festivals in the Rio Grande Valley

— Texas Butterfly Festival (www.texasbutterflyfestival.com): This event takes place Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, at the National Butterfly Center in Mission. Activities include field trips and educational activities designed for beginners to experts.

Nearby Campgrounds:

— Oleander Acres RV Resort in Mission: This park is a great place for nature enthusiasts. Not only is it located near the World Birding Centers of the South Texas Rio Grande Valley, but it features more than a dozen butterfly gardens that attract about 100 different types of butterflies.

Oleander Acres also features leash free dog runs for big dogs and small dogs. The park is about an hour’s drive from Brownsville and South Padre Island. www.oleanderacres.com

— VIP La Feria RV Park in La Feria: This big rig friendly park has two heated swimming pools; two whirlpool hot tub spas; a large rec hall with live music and shows as well as kitchen and banquet facilities; horseshoe pits and fenced dog park areas. www.viplaferia.com.

Sample Base Camps for Outdoor / Nature Activities

— Fort Amarillo RV Park in Amarillo: This park is often used as a base camp for excursions to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, which features a rugged 800-foot deep, 110-mile long chasm that is the largest canyon in the U.S. after the Grand Canyon.

Fort Amarillo RV Park also accommodates travelers bound for the annual Albuquerque Balloon Festival, which takes place during the first week of October, as well as people interested in seeing Amarillo area rodeos.

Fort Amarillo RV Park has many amenities, including a 4,500 square foot dog park, tennis courts; an indoor heated swimming pool; and a unique gift store called Lizzie Mae’s Mercantile, which features everything from Texas-themed souvenirs to Christmas ornaments, unique baking mixes and condiments and home decor items. www.fortrvparks.com

— Loyd Park in Grand Prairie: Loyd Park is a 791-acre recreation area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex on the west shore of Joe Pool Lake.

The park has 221 campsites, eight lakefront cabins, an 18-room lodge and a two-bedroom, one bath house for rent.

Built on a site with large majestic oak trees just a few steps from Joe Pool Lake, the Loyd Park Lodge, which opened last year, features a fully furnished kitchen, a covered porch with rocking chairs, barbecue grill, a fire pit and big screen TVs and WiFi.

“The new Loyd Home is the newest rental addition to Loyd Park,” said Heather Markham, program coordinator for the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. She said the home can accommodate up to four guests who want to enjoy the natural beauty of Joe Pool Lake while still having all of the comforts of home, including a fully furnished kitchen and a living room with satellite TV, and a backyard deck with a hot tub.

Loyd Park also features furnished one- and two-bedroom cabins with kitchens and bathrooms as well as large private and group campsites, each of which comes with its own picnic table, pavilion, grill and fire ring.

In addition to offering boating and swimming at Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park offers canoe and kayak rentals as well as a paddling trail along Walnut Creek. Hiking, biking and equestrian trails are also available. Additional amenities include volleyball courts, a softball field and a playground. www.loydpark.com

Base Camps for Fall Rafting and Water Sports

— Pecan Park Campground in San Marcos: This park was featured last year in Country Living Magazine as one of the nation’s “must visit” RV campgrounds in America. It sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the San Marcos River and is a popular location for river tubing enthusiasts.

The campground, which has access to nature trails, has numerous pull through sites and is shaded by mature pecan trees.

“It’s just a nice place to be,” said Daryl Cagle, a retiree with a son in Buda and a daughter in San Antonio who has frequently camped at Pecan Park since 2008.

“They have nice big campsites,” Cagle said. “The water pressure is always good. They have a guy come in who keeps the park mowed and manicured and looking nice. They also have a nice indoor pool. My wife likes to swim and my grandkids like to go down to the river.” www.pecanpark.com

— Rio Vista Resort in Kingsland: This park is located on Lake LBJ, which is popular with water sports enthusiasts. The resort offers kayak and canoe rentals, while jet skis and larger boats can be rented from other businesses along the lake.

In addition to RV sites, Rio Vista Resort offers lake houses that sleep up to 20 people and villas that sleep up to eight. Most RV sites are within 200 to 300 feet of the lake, many are on shady spots, and all of them have easy access to the lake, fishing pier, and boat slips. Other amenities include a swimming pool, a water trampoline, water slides, a splash pad and mini golf. www.riovistaresort.com

Year Round Destination Parks and Nearby Attractions

— BCS Marino Road RV Park in Bryan: This big rig friendly park is located near Texas A & M University, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Blue Bell Creamery, Lake Bryan and the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, among other attractions.

The park features nice landscaping and sitting areas with gazebos, barbecue pits and charcoal grills. A dump station is also located onsite. www.bcsmarinoroadrvpark.com

— Mill Creek Ranch Resort in Canton: Located 60 minutes east of Dallas, this upscale park is an ideal base camp for shopping enthusiasts who are itching to visit the world’s largest flea market, which takes place on the streets on Canton Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday of every month. Mill Creek features RV sites as well as cabin and cottage rentals. Amenities include hiking and bike trails; disc golf; catch and release fishing ponds, paddle boat rentals; life size chess and checkers games; horseshoes; volleyball; basketball; swimming pools, a hot tub; and an onsite spa with yoga instruction.www.millcreekranchresort.com

— Rayford Crossing RV Resort in Spring: This park will have its annual chili cookoff and Halloween party on Saturday, Oct. 29. The weekend will also include family craft activities and a DJ by the pool. Rayford Crossing also has a Thanksgiving Day potluck where the park provides the meats and the guests bring the side dishes. The park also offers special Black Friday events for children so that some of the adults can go out shopping.

Guests often use Rayford Crossing as a base camp for sightseeing in the Houston area or for attending local festivals and sporting events. Concerts in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, one of the world’s top rated outdoor amphitheaters, are another big draw.

Rayford Crossing is a three-time winner winner of TACO’s “Park of the Year” Award, also offers plenty of recreational activities, including hiking and biking trails as well as an exercise room and luxurious bathroom facilities with granite and stone showers. Park owners Bill and Gwen Craig recently completed more than half a million dollars in improvements to their swimming pools, buildings and patios. They also built a new dog park. www.rayfordcrossing.com.
Consumers can research campgrounds, RV parks and resorts and book their reservations through TACO’s travel planning websites. TACO also offers a free printed campground directory, the 156-page RV Travel and Camping Guide to Texas, which can be ordered through TexasCampgrounds.com or accessed in digital format online.

For more information about camping in Texas, call Brian Schaeffer at 817.426.9395.

SOURCE: TACO press release

Ultimate Flats Fishing with Captain Joe Prado

captainjoepradoJosh Rodriguez, finance manager for Ron Hoover RV & Marine of Donna Texas, shows off a great catch on a day of “Ultimate Flats Fishing” with Captain Joe Prado aboard a Majek Boat. Josh is celebrating his birthday!  Majek boats are available at Ron Hoover RV & Marine. Contact Captain Joe Prado @ 956-357-1301 to book your next fun filled day of flats fishing!  Happy Birthday Josh!joshrodriguez