United RV at Southwest RV Supershow

United RV at Southwest RV Supershow

The largest RV show in Texas is going on now and United RV will be there! The Southwest RV Supershow started yesterday in Dallas, TX and runs through this Sunday. It’s the most anticipated RV show in the southwest being held at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N Stemmons Frwy in Dallas, TX.

This weekend, Dallas Market Hall welcomes RV dealers from all over the great state of Texas, showing off their latest and greatest RV’s on the market today. They’re featuring new model RV’s from luxury motor homes, to fifth wheels, and toy haulers. Top manufacturers are being represented from companies such as Laredo, Cardinal, Keystone, Dutchman, Coachman, and Airstream.

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association has reported that RV sales are up almost 6% from this time last year, with toy hauler sales leading the pack and they will not be in short supply this weekend. Dealers will be on hand to showcase the newest lines of RV’s including Class A motor homes with updated luxury amenities, and Class C motor homes with updated floor plans and designs to appeal to the masses.

United RV will be showcasing our best model RV’s from Keystone, Forest River and more, including new 2016 models. Stop by our booth and check out our specials on RV services and repair, discounted accessories and special pricing on new travel trailers and fifth wheels! These deals are only available to RV show goers.

So, whether you are a new retiree, sports enthusiast, outdoor adventurer, young family, or just a camping connoisseur, there will be plenty of RV’s on hand to ooh and ahh over. United RV will be on hand to help you make the right buying decision to suit your RV lifestyle needs. The Southwest RV Supershow will be open Thursday, 17th from 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday from 10am-8pm, and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Admission is $13.00 for adults, with special prices for children, senior citizens, and RV Club members. Visit the Southwest RV Supershow website for more information and to print your $2.00 off admission coupon! http://www.southwestrvsupershow.com

We’ll see you there!!

Top Camping Dangers In Texas

Top Camping Dangers in Texas

Texas is a great state to live in, work in, and play in.  Many people visit the Lone Star State to explore the diverse terrain,  experience the various cultures, and get a look at the life of a cowboy(well for some anyway).  So it’s no shock that hundreds of people flock to the state parks to camp out under the stars of the vast desert sky, some even go at it alone to truly take in the full experience of nature in the south.  But, there are a few things you should be aware of when camping alone.

The number one danger of camping alone in Texas, or anywhere for that matter, is injury and or illness.  When you have no one else to rely on, one wrong step can mean life or death.  If you set out to explore the wilderness on your own you have to be careful of where you are going and be mindful of what types of terrain you will encounter.  Setting out from your campsite can be dangerous, especially if it involves any type of rock climbing or hiking through a forested area where you could come across downed tree limbs or rocky trails.  Illness can come on quickly if you eat the wrong type of plant life, or get stung by a bee or bit by a snake and don’t have the opportunity to seek help.  One precaution you can take is to pack and carry a first aid kit wherever you go.  Snakes are common in the south so keeping a snake bite kit on hand is also a good precaution to take.  The quicker you can treat a wound the better chance you have of surviving until you can make contact or get to some place to seek proper medical attention.

Another danger of camping alone is not having communication.  Many places you camp at can either have zero or very limited cell phone service, especially if you decide to go backpacking or offsite from your campsite.  A couple things you can do if you lose cell phone reception or your phone dies, in preparation is notify your family and friends back home of your travel plans.  Set a time to check in every few days or so, that way if they don’t hear from you they can attempt to make contact at the last place you were scheduled to stay.  Also, you can notify a park ranger or park office manager if you decide to leave your campsite and give them a time frame of when to expect you back.  This way someone will be aware if you do not return when expected.  The more people who are involved, the better.

The other danger of camping alone is that you are ALONE. You have no help from anyone with carrying gear, setting up your campsites, navigating your way around, having anyone to talk to etc.  This leaves more tasks on your hands, which can be stressful and exhausting.  Make sure you get enough rest, take breaks when needed, and keep yourself hydrated.

Camping alone can be a thrilling and rewarding experience.  Many people do it to find solitude and reconnect with themselves and connect with nature.  If you plan to explore the great state of Texas on your own, hopefully these tips will provide a safer and more enjoyable experience for you.

 

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Fun Outdoor Activities

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Summer is here folks and its hotter than ever! This week isn’t looking to cool off anytime soon either.  So, if you are looking for things to do to cool off on the road here are a couple ideas for you to check out in the Fort Worth area.

Backwoods Paddle Sports

Located at 480 North Taylor in Fort Worth, TX Backwoods Paddle Sports is a company that offers fun water activities for the whole family.  They have rentals on Stand Up Paddleboards, kayaks and canoes; all fun water sports that keep you cool while keeping you in shape.  BPS rents by the hour and rates vary from $15 to $25 an hour depending on the activity.  Group tours are also available.  Backwoods Paddle Sports is open Tuesday through Sunday during the summer from 9am to 7pm.

Burgers Lake

Yes, that is the name of the actual lake.  Located at 1200 Meandering Road in Fort Worth, Burger’s Lake is a 30 acre park with 1 acre of spring fed lake, perfect for swimming and cooling off on a hot day.  The lake is formed through natural springs and filtered and chlorinated so it’s safe for visitors to swim in.  There are 2 soft sandy beaches, 6 diving boards including a small one for young children, a 20 foot waterslide, and a 25 foot trapeze that extends out over the lake.  You can also rent inner tubes so you can kick back and relax on the lake.

Burger’s Lake also has designated picnic areas with grills at over half so you can enjoy grilling out while you are there. Or you can grab a snack at their concession stand.   They also have sand and grass volleyball courts for those interested in non-water activities.  For more information on Burgers Lake, visit www.burgerslake.com

United RV Center

Whether you decide to go kayaking and canoeing or relax by the lake on these hot, hot days, you may need an RV to get not only you but your recreational gear from place to place this summer.  If you are in the market for a new travel trailer or toy hauler, you’re in luck! United RV has extended their summer sale and is offering special financing on all purchases of travel trailers and toy haulers.

The sale ends soon though so hurry on down to check out our stock, or give us a call to speak to one of our experienced sales staff!!! We’ll see you soon!

How to Avoid Stings and Bites

How to Avoid Stings and Bites

There’s no doubt about it, at some point during the camping season, most people get bit or stung a few times by bees, wasps, mosquitoes, etc.  Bites from certain insects can cause various diseases to humans including Lyme disease, West Nile, malaria, and yellow fever.  Some are easier to treat than others but they are not something you want to risk exposing yourself or your family to if you can prevent it. Here are a few tips on how to avoid stings and bug bites this summer.

The one thing all doctors will tell you when asked about the best way to keep from getting bug bites is to use an insect repellent containing DEET.  It is an ingredient used in many over-the-counter insect repellents sold in drug stores today.  Once at your campsite, spray onto clothing and any exposed skin every 3 to 4 hours, or as recommended by the label.  Not to worry, they even make some insect repellents that don’t smell like you walked through a mist of a thousand perfumes.

Over–the-counter sprays with DEET not only work to repel mosquitoes, but they can also be used to repel ticks.  Heavily wooded areas or areas near lakes and streams are feeding grounds for ticks.  Make sure to wear light colored clothing if you are camping in the woods or near bodies of water; dark colored ticks are best spotted against light colored clothing. Also, wear long pants and tuck them into your socks to keep the ticks from crawling up into your clothes.  It may not be the most fashionable way to dress but it’s one less are you’ll have to check.

The best way to remove a tick if you do get one is to use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible.  Pull gently upward until the tick releases its grip on the skin. Do not try to yank the tick out or burn it out with a match.  This will cause the tick to tighten its grip rather than loosen it.

Hornets and bees can also be a pest when camping. Many people’s first instinct is to swat and kill a bee that comes near them.  This is not a good idea.  Swatting at them can anger them and cause them to want to defend themselves against its “Attacker”.  If you crush or kill a bee or hornet, most release a pheromone that other bees can smell and attracts them to the area, leading to more than just one bee you will be dealing with.

If you encounter a bee hive or nest, leave it alone! Bees are very protective of their hives and will swarm and defend if they feel threatened. If you accidentally stumbled upon one and disturb it, quickly vacate the area.  Bees lose interest once their hive is no longer threatened and will not likely follow you.

If you do happen to get stung, quickly remove the stinger with tweezers.  Hornets and wasps usually don’t leave a stinger because they are smooth and will slip right out of your skin once stung.  Bees however have a more rigid stinger and will stick into your skin and continue to release “venom” which causes the itchy red bump to form.  Once the stinger is removed, apply an anti-itch cream or take an antihistamine such as Benadryl to relieve the itching and swelling.  If you are allergic to bees, get to the nearest phone to call for help, if it’s severe enough, or drive yourself to the nearest hospital or clinic if it’s a mild reaction.  Either way, if you do not feel right; notice swelling in areas other than around the sting, especially in the face, neck or throat; seek emergency help immediately.  Taking a Benadryl will slow down the swelling process but will still need to be treated as soon as possible.

Knowing how your body reacts to stings and bites ahead of your camping trip will better prepare you to deal with the incidences as they occur, but it’s better to prepare yourself in case you have someone with you that has an allergic reaction that never had one before.

United RV

You can pick up any of these bug repellent solutions or any other camping accessories in the parts store at United RV Center in Fort Worth, TX.  Stop on down and pick up all your essentials for your next camping trip.

 

Memorial Day Cowboy Burgers

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Memorial Day is this weekend.  Many families will be packing up their campers, trailers, and motorhomes and heading out to enjoy the long weekend.  One of my favorite things about Memorial Day weekend is not just getting an extra day off work, but all the food you get to enjoy, especially food hot off the grill!  Here’s a great recipe to try this weekend.

Memorial Day Cowboy Burgers

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

3 onions, thinly sliced

8 hamburger patties

3 tbsp A1 sauce

2 tomatoes, thinly sliced

8 slices cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a non stick skillet, add the onions and cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently
  2. Cover and simmer another 20 minutes until the onions are golden brown, stirring frequently
  3. Add the steak sauce to the onions and stir
  4. While onions are cooking, grill the burgers 5 minutes on each side until done
  5. Top burgers with cheese, tomato, and onion mixture.
  6. ENJOY!

Serve with your favorite side of coleslaw, pasta salad, fresh fruit, vegetables, or baked beans for a complete Memorial Day meal.

United RV

If you are looking to get out and camp this long weekend but don’t have an RV of your own and don’t have the money to buy one just yet? Come on down to United RV in Forth Worth, TX and rent one of our motorhomes or travel trailers for your camping enjoyment this Memorial Day weekend.  Call us today or stop on down to check out our line of RV’s.  Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Get Out and Explore Texas

Get out and Explore Texas

This week is National Parks Week.  Across the United States, national parks will be offering free admission, special pricing, events and other activities travelers can participate in.  What a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors and explore Texas national parks at their finest.

Amistad National Recreation Area in Del Rio, Texas is unlike any other national park you’ll encounter in Texas.  Located on the southern part of the state, the Amistad National Recreation Area is an oasis in the desert.  It’s part of the International Amistad Reservoir that is known for its crystal clear waters, rich cultures, numerous water based activities, camping and hiking.

Because Amistad has such crystal clear waters, Oct-April, many visitors come out to go scuba diving and explore the vast underwater wildlife.  Visibility in the winter and spring months can reach up to 50 feet below, offering wonderful views of the underwater geological formations and sea life.  You can also go fishing and rent boats in the reservoir to enjoy year-round water recreation.

Another National Park you can visit is the popular Big Bend National Park in southwest Texas.  Located along the Texas-Mexico border and running along the Rio Grande River, it’s one of the most visited parks in the great state.  Spanning over 1,252 miles of terrain there is plenty to see and do.  The park offers over 150 miles of hiking trails that take you through stunning views of mountainous desert and rivers bends.  Camping is offered for those who wish to spend the night under the vast expanse of starry skies.santa-elena-canyon-347400_640

Whatever parks you decide to visit this week, take the time to get out and enjoy all the wonders that they have to offer.  Hiking and biking give you the opportunity to take in views that you cannot get by car or RV and it’s a great way to stay fit and active.  Visit www.nps.gov to find a list of more national parks near you.

United RV

If you decide to camp overnight at one of these national parks this week, stop by United RV’s parts and accessories store first to stock up on all your camping accessories. We are located at 5100 Airport Freeway, in Fort Worth, Texas.  Stop by and see us today!

Spring Drive in Big Bend

Spring Drive in Big Bend

Spring is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors in Texas.  It feels good to get out and enjoy the warm sunshine after a cold winter and it’s not too hot to be outside yet.  One of the best drives through Texas is through the Big Bend region.  The drive takes you through the popular Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park.  It takes you through rugged mountain ranges, vast grasslands, and immense desert landscapes.  So, get your RV ready and head out for a wonderful weekend drive.

Starting in the old oil town of Fort Stockton, this town has reconstructed buildings and shops that are open to visitors.  From here you’ll travel to Alpine, also known as the gateway to Big Bend National Park.  Alpine is a town surrounded by mountains and is home to the highest number of historical Adobe structures in Texas.  The town is thriving with Mexican culture with its shops and restaurants that specialize in Mexican snow cones (Raspas), clay figurines, and homemade Mexican candies.

After Alpine, you’ll travel through the Paisano pass to a town called Marfa. You’ll want to stop at the Food Shark for lunch. It’s an RV that serves authentic, mouth watering, Middle Eastern cuisine.  After you’ve filled your bellies, turn south past the old ghost town Schafer to the border town of Presidio.  The drive continues along the scenic river road.  This part takes you past the Rio Grande and if you stop at the top of Big Hill, overlooking the Santana Basin, you’ll find the most breathtaking views of the region.

Once you pass river road, you’ll head through Study Butte which turns into Hwy 118 and will take you straight to the end of the trip, Big Bend National Park.  Big Bend is a 801,000 acre park that is home to hundreds of species that roam the vast expanse of cactus blooming desert and limestone canyons carved by the rivers that run through it.  Your drive will take you 6 miles into the heart of the park on Basin Road.  This leads you to Chisos, which is a remote and beautiful mountain range in the middle of the park.  You can spend hours here just taking in the views and the wonder of nature around you.

United RV

Whenever taking long road trips this summer, you’ll want to make sure your RV is in tip top shape for the drive.  Stop by United RV and schedule a routine maintenance service with our certified technicians. We’ll make sure your RV is safe for you and your family to enjoy.

Call us at 817-834-7141 to schedule your appointment today!