RV Parks in Minnesota

Sometimes, you just want to take a short drive to get away – and visiting RV parks in Minnesota is the perfect way to do this. Choose a new park each time you go out – then remember which parks you liked best. That way, you can visit those you like between visiting new parks throughout the season.

If this sounds like a lot of fun and you don’t have an RV, stop by PleasureLand RV to walk through several floor plans. We have RVs with various prices, including barely used RVs, right through luxury models, which means we have something for everyone.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park Campground is located at 860 Cliff Road, Eagan, Minn. 55123. It features 93 sites and features 50-amp electric hookups, water, sewer, wireless Internet, pull-through sites, big rig access, shade trees and is family friendly. The restrooms, laundry and showers are clean and the roads are paved. Be sure you have your camera charged and ready to go as there is a lot of wildlife in the area.

Bunker Hills Campground, located in Coon Rapids, features 64 secluded sites. There are rustic sites and sites with hookups. Hookups include 30-amp sites with water and 50-amp sites with water. Additionally, there is one site that will accommodate up to 30 people with tents. That site has water and electric hookups. Amenities include a visitor center, RV sanitation station, shower and restrooms and a playground. Bunker Beach Water Park and Bunker Park Stables are nearby.

Leech Lake Recreation Area is in the middle of the Chippewa National Forest, Federal Dam, Minnesota. It has fishing and boat access to Portage Bay. Leech Lake has 316 miles of shoreline and ash, maple, elm, birch, basswood, aspen and pine forests. Be sure to have the camera ready as the area is filled with wildlife – you may even hear the loons out on the lake. Activities include fishing, hiking, boating and canoeing. Leech Lake features 73 wooded sites with electric, which include five sites with full hookups. The camping area also features four primitive sites – you’ll need your hiking boots to reach these.

Before you head out, be sure to have your RV serviced at PleasureLand RV if it’s been some time since your last service or checkup.

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Summer Events in Minnesota

Sometimes you want to take the RV out, but you just don’t have the time off from work. You can still use the RV to attend events right in your Minnesota backyard – you just have to find an event that you would enjoy. RVs are great for going to the race track or airshows – you can watch the excitement right from the top of the RV and not have to worry about someone taller than you blocking your view.

If you haven’t brought your RV into PleasureLand RV for service yet, now is the time to do it as there are many upcoming summer events. If you don’t have an RV yet, we have plenty of models and floor plans to choose from.

The Scott-Carver Threshers Harvest Festival will be held from August 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 19375 Fairview Lane, Jordan, Minn. 55352. This year makes the 51st year for this three-day festival that features machinery, gas and steam engines, and tractors. A pancake breakfast will be held at 7:00 a.m., plus there will be craft vendors, a parade, live music, a food stand, potato digging, a blacksmith, print shop, and a lathe and shingle mill. Plus you’ll get to enjoy a vintage baseball game played by rules from 1860. You’ll also get to see an 1876 Altman-Taylor steam engine. For more information, call (952) 686-3191 or (952) 492-2062.

Farmfest 2014 will be held from August 5, 2014 through August 7, 2014 at the Gilfillan Estates, 28269 State Highweay 67, Morgan, Minn. 56266. Admission is $7 for those over 18 years of age. This national trade show is quite popular and attracts up to 40,000 people each year. If you are interested in activities dedicated to the improvement and advancement of agriculture, then this is a show you shouldn’t miss. For more information, call (507) 637-2828.

Live at the Levee will be held on August 2, 2014 at 1 Main Street, Winona, Minn. 55987. This festival is the fourth in a series of free music and arts events. There will be events for all ages starting at noon and running until 10:00 p.m., including food and drinks, activities, recreational opportunities and arts and crafts vendors. For more information call (507) 452-0735.

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RV Rentals at PleasureLand

If you’ve always wanted an RV but other obligations preclude you from getting financing; or if you are not sure that the RV lifestyle is for you – even for a weekend – consider renting an RV. You can rent an RV to see if you like it – or you can rent an RV for a vacation if your financial situation won’t let you buy right now.

PleasureLand RV Center has four locations and many floor plans. You can find us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd and Willmar. And, for the summer of 2014, you’ll get unlimited mileage on any motorhome rental.

If you’ve never been RVing, you’ll learn that it’s all about the flexibility, freedom and fun. We offer affordable rates on current year models – and no hidden fees. Plus, you can take a longer vacation for less money when you rent an RV—and if you don’t like the place you are staying; it’s easy to move to another place.

Visit and stay at national parks, music festivals, NASCAR races, sporting events and more. An RV with a walk-on roof is perfect to take to the races. You don’t have to sit in the crowded stands to see everything – just get on top of the RV: Tall people in front of you won’t be able to block your view.

Renting an RV also has other benefits. You can explore places that you’ve never been before – places that don’t have a hotel nearby or the hotel is just too expensive for the entire family. And, with an RV, you don’t have to eat out for every meal. You’ll save a ton of money by cooking your own meals at “home.”

If you want to travel a long distance but prefer not to fly and don’t want to go through the hassle of renting a car or finding somewhere to eat out every day, rent an RV from PleasureLand RV Center and drive. You’ll be able to stop and see sights along the way and can take your time getting to your destination.

Choose from Class A, Class C, travel trailer and folding camper rentals. We have floor plans that sleep from four to 10 people. We also have “extras” such as a kitchen kit, a personal kit, pick up and drop off and a cleaning service.

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RV Tips for Beginners

Now that you’ve purchased your first RV, it’s time for some learning curve. Since this is the first time you’ll be heading out in an RV – unless you went RVing with your parents – you may want some tips to make your trip less stressful. The first time you forget something, it’s not so bad, but by the time you’re three days into a trip and find out you didn’t do something before you left – like fill the propane tanks – or you forgot something else – like the chemicals for the toilet – you’re going to blow your top.

About a week before you leave for your trip, make sure all systems are working properly. Check the plumbing, the hot water heater, the fridge, stove, heat and air conditioning unit. If you have a brand new RV you shouldn’t have any trouble with these things, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. If you are uncomfortable checking things yourself or if you do find a problem, bring your RV to the service center at Pleasure Land RV.

To check the stove and possibly the heat, you’ll need propane, so this time would be a good time to ensure that both bottles are filled. Remember to turn the tanks off when you are done testing as it’s not safe to drive around with open propane tanks.

Make a list of things to pack. When you list your clothing, be sure to bring season-appropriate clothing. Don’t forget boots and rain gear. If you are camping in the winter, be sure to pack extra clothing. If you are going to be outside in the snow, you’ll want something warm to change into.

When you make your food list, it is easier to plan meals rather than to just make a list. This way, you are sure to not forget something for a specific meal. If you plan on making something complicated, use the recipe to add to your food list.

Since freezer space is limited in most RVs buy meat as you normally do, but remove it from the store packaging. Pack it in zippered freezer bags – you’ll fit more into the freezer. Pack a cooler with ice for meat, soda and other perishables you will use during the first couple of days – you’ll have more space in the fridge and freezer. If you pack the meat in the cooler while it’s frozen, it will stay cold for a couple days. It may even be frozen on the second day.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV for any accessories or parts you may need for your trip or to get your RV checked before you leave.

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Great Books to Read While on the Road

Part of planning for a road trip is making sure your RV is in good working order and packing clothing, groceries and other necessities to take along with you. You should also have a list for non-necessities – things to keep you busy while on the road if you are not driving – and things to do if the weather keeps you stuck inside for a day or two.

On the list of things to do before you leave, include a visit to Pleasure Land RV to have your RV serviced if you haven’t done it yet. On the list of non-necessities, you should have a couple of good books to bring with you while you are on the road. You can either buy a paper version of the books, or if they are available in digital format, download them to your Kindle or Nook. Consider all types of books from romance to historical accounts to travel books.

Kilingiri, by Janna Gray, combines mystery, drama and romance into one novel. It also touches on religion and redemption, loss and gain, and exotic locations.

Sleeping People Lie, by Jae De Wylde is about a young woman from Stamford, England who meets a writer from Boston, Massachusetts and their fixation with each other. But fate deals some nasty blows sometimes – and they face disaster.

Riptide, by Amber Lea Easton, is about an anchorwoman that becomes a lead story – instead of reporting the lead story. The anchorwoman tries to evade the spotlight by staying at her brother’s house in the Cayman Islands.

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, is a good read if you haven’t already read this mystery. Paris, the Louvre, murder and a trail of clues left in Da Vinci’s works will keep you spellbound as the miles tick away – as long as you are not the one driving!

Of course, these are just a few suggestions. Don’t forget to grab some reading material before you hit the road!

Making lists so you won’t forget what you need and want on your trip makes getting ready – especially if you are taking a long road trip – less stressful and allows you to enjoy the trip more since you won’t have to worry about learning about something you forgot right when you need it. Stop by Pleasure Land RV to pick up any accessories or to have your RV serviced if needed.

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Road Trip Ideas and Activities

When you take a long road trip, you may want to look at the scenery, especially if you’ve never been through the area. However, the kids will definitely be bored! It is good to have some activities planned to keep them occupied – or at least have something for them to do.

If you are traveling in a motorized coach, it’s a bit easier to keep the kids occupied – they can play games at the dinette or they can take a nap on the bunks. If you are hauling a travel trailer or fifth wheel, it’s not going to be that easy. Before you go, make sure you have something that will keep the kids occupied – that is as important as stopping at Pleasure Land RV before you leave so you can have the RV checked and so you can pick up accessories you may need.

  • Play road games such as the alphabet game, the license plate game, yellow car or even a story-telling game where a person says a sentence, then another person has to add to it. You can also include I Spy and variations of any of these games to keep them interesting.
  • Bring hand-held gaming modules such as the Nintendo 3DS or PlayStation Portable.
  • If you have games on your tablet or phone, you can also keep the kids occupied with that if the games don’t require WiFi.
  • Catch up on your reading. Kids can also catch up on reading. If they brought homework with them, they can also study.
  • Be sure to pack a lunch – or stop someplace to eat. If the kids are getting grouchy, taking a break from driving – even if it’s eating a sandwich in the car – might calm them down. And, with a carbohydrate high, they just might crash for a couple hours!

Keeping everyone happy while on a trip is the key to sanity. Kids tend to get bored easily with one thing – be sure to bring several things for them to do or be prepared to play games with them.

As always, stop by Pleasure Land RV before you head out on your road trip to make sure the RV is working properly, to have the engine and transmission checked on a motorized coach, and to pick up any accessories you may need.

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Awesome RV Recipes

When you’re in an RV, sometimes you just can’t bake a full pan of brownies, you can’t bake a large pie or space is too confined to make any elaborate dishes for dinner. These recipes created for RV camping will come in handy in a pinch – and they are quick to make and easy to clean up.

When you walk through some of the floor plans at Pleasure Land RV, you’ll find that some don’t come with an oven, some have an oven but it’s smaller than the oven in your house, or some come with a convection/microwave oven. You can make these recipes in the microwave or on the grill.

Brownies in a Cup

  • Coffee mug
  • ¼ c. sugar
  • ¼ c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • Ice cream (optional)

Add the dry ingredients to the cup and mix them well. Add the oil and water. Mix until the mixture is smooth.Microwave it for 1 minute and 40 seconds. Remove it – be careful, it will be hot. Add the ice cream.

Beer Butt Chicken – Boondock Style

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  • 1 whole chicken, cleaned and rinsed
  • 1 can of your favorite beer
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Redfish blackening spice
  • Poultry seasoning
  • Barbecue sauce (optional)

Prepare the chicken by sprinkling it liberally with the spices. Drink about a third of the beer. Add a teaspoon of each spice to the beer. Using a brush or folded paper towel, “paint” the chicken with barbecue sauce (optional).

Stick the beer can in the chicken’s “butt.” The can and the legs form a tripod so that the chicken will stand up.

Enclosed Grills: Turn on one or two burners on one end. If you have a four-burner grill, use two burners. If you have a three-burner grill, you can use two if they are far enough apart so that the chicken isn’t close to the flame. Watch the temperature – adjust the flame to keep the temperature between 325 and 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stand the chicken on the grill and close the lid. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Depending on the size of the chicken, this could take up to 3 to 4 hours.

Open/Charcoal Grills: You can still cook this on an open grill. However, you have to be able to keep adding charcoal. Lifting the chicken and the grill is a good way to lose your dinner to the ground. Make sure you can stabilize the chicken when you move the grill. Cooking Beer Butt Chicken this way will take a bit longer – closer to four to five hours, depending on the size of the chicken. Be sure to cook it until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut the chicken off the bones and serve on a platter. Discard the bones and the beer. Serve with your favorite potato or pasta salad.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV for any accessories you might need for grilling or baking, including a grill, mugs, storage helpers and more.

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How to Handle a Broken Down RV

If your RV breaks down on the road, you need to take certain steps to ensure your safety and the safety of the RV. Regardless of the problem, you should be able to get to the side of the road, even if the engine quits.

Once you get off the road, you’ll need to get a tow truck to haul it safely to Pleasure Land RV Center for repairs. Traffic on the highway can be worse than facing a mad Mama bear protecting her cubs, so you need to take appropriate steps to ensure your safety whether you are in or out of the vehicle.

If you blow a tire on a motorized RV, do not step on the brakes – take your foot of the gas, and slow down easily, making your way to the side of the road. You can use the brakes – gently – once you get below 20 or 25 mph. If you hit the brakes hard, you could cause the RV to pull to one side and possibly flip.

If the engine quits put the RV in neutral and coast to the side of the road. When you pull off, pull off as far as you safely can. Be aware of any drop offs – only pull into the grassy area if the breakdown lane is narrow and the grassy area is level with the road.

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If you are towing an RV, the same principals apply for problems with the tow vehicle. If you blow a tire on a toy hauler or fifth wheel, get over to the side as soon as you can so that you can save the rim.

Once you are on the side of the road, put out flares and reflective triangles to keep other vehicles away from you. People tend to rubberneck something on the side of the road and could run into you or the RV, so space the safety devices appropriately and make sure they are far enough behind the RV.

Once you are on the side of the road, exit the vehicle, but stay on the grass in front of the vehicle. The further you are away from the road, the safer you will be. You can then call for a tow truck to take your RV to Pleasure Land RV Center – or in the case of a flat tire, to help change the tire. Do not try to make repairs on the side of the road as that is too dangerous.

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Lighten Up Your RV This Summer

Whether you’re planning your first long RV trip or you’ve been on several, you’ll appreciate some of these tips to save space or to make living in a smaller space easier. You can even decorate your RV without storing things that take up a ton of space.

Summer Décor

You don’t have to get super fancy and bring statues and fountains with you – wind spinners, windsocks and string lights do a fine job of decorating your RV awning and camp spot. Keep them in a small covered tub in the basement storage so they don’t get damaged and so that they are easy to get to. You can choose from many styles of wind spinners and windsocks. You can also find small figurines that stick in the ground to decorate the outside of your RV.

Organization

Choose any of these accessories, available at Pleasureland RV, to maximize the space in your RV and to make preparing meals easier. Camco Mfg. makes a coffee filter dispenser that mounts under the counter. You simply push the button to open the lid and remove one filter from the stack. This frees up valuable cabinet space in the galley.

Trash is always a problem, especially if you’re in an area with lots of wildlife – particularly raccoons. A collapsible trash can keeps your trash in one place and away from pesky animals – and it saves a ton of space. The can uses a heavy duty spring to support the shape and has tough carrying handles. The trash can uses 33-gallon leaf and lawn bags so you’ll have plenty of room for trash. The trash can collapses to 1½ inches so it doesn’t take a ton of valuable space.

Another issue is grease storage – if you put the grease in the trash can, it could leak out of the bottom of the bag if the bag has a hole, thus causing a complete mess. The smell also attracts unwanted visitors. The kitchen grease storage system puts an end to this, and allows you to dispose of grease without putting it into the black or gray water tanks. Simply pour the cooking grease into foil-lined bags and close the top. The top locks in odors so you don’t have to use it and immediately throw it away – wait until it’s full, then dispose of it in the trash receptacle.

Visit Pleasureland RV before your next trip to pick up any accessories you may need for your next trip.

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2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail Destination Trailer

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If you’re in the market for a travel trailer with a bunkhouse and you need something that is suitable for full-time living, tour the 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail destination trailer. This RV is large enough for a family to live in without getting in the way of each other.

Pleasure Land RV Center has a Dutchmen Aspen Trail ready and waiting for you to haul to your next destination. This RV features tons of residential appointments and high-quality finishes.

The galley features a residential microwave oven with a carousel, a three-burner range and oven with auto ignition, a 6.3 cubic-foot double door refrigerator that runs on gas or electric, a large double sink with a high rise faucet and a range hood with a light and exhaust fan.

Cabinets have full access and radius corners and the doors and drawer fronts are made of distressed maple hardwood.

The living area features residential furniture, radius corner overhead cabinets in the slide out, 12-volt dinette lights, mini blinds and designer window treatments, swivel chairs, a fold-down sofa, an 83-inch U-shaped dinette and wall switches for the overhead lights.

The bedroom features television hookups, under-bed storage, a designer bedding package including a bedspread, reading lights, and, in the bunk room, a privacy curtain for the bunks. The main bedroom features a queen bed and the bunkhouse features four bunks.

The bathroom features a shower/exhaust fan, an ABS tub and shower surround, a glass shower door, towel hooks, a porcelain foot flush toilet, 110-volt GFI outlet and a designer mirror.

Appliances include a six-gallon DSI water heater that runs on gas or electric, a water heater bypass, a 34,000 BTU furnace, a 13,500 BTU ducted air conditioning unit, a 12-volt water pump, a 55-amp electronic converter, monitor panel, a digital television antenna with a booster and the RV is wired for cable when you stop at places with cable hookup or if you want to purchase an RV satellite dish from one of the satellite television providers.

The RV also features smoke, LP leak and carbon monoxide detectors.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV Center today to walk through the 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail destination trailer or any other models on the lot.

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