RV enthusiasts have long been awaiting the arrival of the 2015 Shasta Airflyte Travel Trailer. This one-of-a-kind retro modern towable is now available for a limited time right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota, and we can’t think of any better gift to give this holiday season. This RV’s unique throwback styling coupled with all of the modern amenities you’ve learned to love makes for an RV experience that’s as comfortable and convenient as it is fun.
The Airflyte’s Unbeatable Design
The 2015 Shasta Airflyte is a spitting image of the #### model, so travelers who love vintage styling will find that this RV is the blast from the past they’ve been seeking. The two-tone red and white exterior coupled with classic white-wall radial tires and metal edging on the RV’s curves, doors, windows and storage areas will make you feel like you’re traveling back in the “good old days.” But the Shasta Airflyte also offers the conveniences of traveling in the modern era with a 5,000 BTU air conditioning system, 6-gallon water heater, metal exterior drip caps, an easy-to-use awning, stabilizer jacks, a one-piece metal roof and outdoor speakers.
A Retro Modern Interior
The Shasta company has created an RV that gracefully takes RV enthusiasts back in time without removing the modern amenities that make modern RV life so enjoyable. The interior of the RV includes a vintage-look LED dinette light, three-burner cooktop, microwave oven, classic “Dogbone” Formica with metal edging, LED interior lighting, Hehr Jalousie windows, a stereo with Bluetooth capabilities, a three-way refrigerator, birch wood cabinet doors, retro checkered flooring and plenty of space and storage options to allow you and your passengers to make the most of the space.
Tow the Airflyte Away Today
The Shasta Airflyte is different from all other RVs in the industry. The fun design and modern amenities make for an RV lifestyle that’s as enjoyable as it was back in the ‘70s. Log onto our PleasureLand RV Center website or stop by our lot in St. Cloud to take a closer look at the Shasta Airflyte today.
They say there’s nothing like home for the holidays, but when you live life on the road in your RV, you’re always home wherever you go. Although, parking your RV at a special campground for the holidays can make you enjoy them even more. These three destinations are some of our favorites to enjoy during the holiday season because of their beautiful scenery and unbeatable holiday cheer.
You can’t beat a holiday season spent on the slopes, and the Steamboat Campground is a year-round Colorado campground that’s close to all of the outdoor winter activities you can imagine. RV sites are steeply discounted in the winter months, and the campground’s unique location in Steamboat Springs, between Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park means you enjoy a winter wonderland that’s unlike anywhere else in the country.
Padre Island National Seashore
If your idea of a white Christmas involves white sand beaches instead of snow, the Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the place to be this holiday season. Camping is available in five spots on the island, with the Bird Island Basin being the most desired spot for birdwatchers, fishermen, boating, kayaking and drinking in the warm air and gorgeous scenery. The Padre Island campgrounds are open year-round, so fire up your RV and head down to Texas before the holidays get underway.
Mt. Hood National Forest
The Mt. Hood National Forest is one of Oregon’s best kept winter secrets. The area is one of the top in the country for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, skiing, sledding and a slew of other outdoor winter activities. Stay at the Trillium Lake Campground, which offers gorgeous lake-view sites with unbeatable views of Mt. Hood.
Prepare Your RV at PleasureLand
Before you hit the roads this holiday season, bring your RV by PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota to ensure it’s in top shape for the winter roads. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, stop in or log online to browse our huge selection of top-quality RVs in stock.
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Your holiday traditions may change a little bit when you start living life on the road, but that doesn’t mean you have to ditch your old traditions entirely. You can still enjoy all of the holiday dishes you love right inside your RV. This winter, test out some of these quick and easy holiday recipes for the road.
Holiday Hot Spinach Dip
What you’ll need:
- 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper (diced)
- 1 6.5-ounce jar artichoke hearts (drained and mashed)
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the spinach, artichokes, bell pepper, Parmesan cheese and sour cream together in a large bowl.
- Stir in the heavy cream until it is the consistency of a creamy dip.
- Spoon your dip into a 1-quart baking dish.
- Bake the dip for 20 minutes, then serve with your favorite dipping crackers.
What You’ll Need:
- 2 pounds white chocolate
- 30 small candy canes
- Start by lining a large pan with heavy-duty tin foil.
- Microwave the white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl for five to six minutes.
- Stop and stir the white chocolate occasionally until it is smooth.
- Put the candy canes in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or mallet.
- Stir the peppermint pieces into the white chocolate thoroughly.
- Spread the combination evenly into the pan and chill it for roughly one hour or until it is well set.
- Break the brittle into smaller pieces by (carefully) slamming the pan on the counter.
Do Your Holiday Shopping at PleasureLand
There’s no better place to pick up all of the best holiday gifts for your RV family than right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Not only can you find the finest new and used RVs in the industry, we also have tons of great camping supplies and RV accessories for your favorite RV travelers.
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Freezing winter temperatures can take a toll on your precious home away from home, but the RV problems associated with winter weather can easily be avoided. Whether you’re traveling throughout the winter or parking your RV safely at home to endure the cold months, these winter RV tips can help ensure your RV is in top shape for your spring adventures too.
Cover Leaky Areas
If you’ll be traveling inside your RV this winter, you’ll want to cover leaky areas to keep you warmer at the campsite. Cold air seeps into RVs through the entry door, windows and stairwells. Consider adding curtains (made of heavy fabric) to the areas that seep cold air into your RV, and make sure to fasten them down with snaps for extra warmth. Foam boards and bubble wrap work well too, but such additions can take away from the cozy interior feel of your RV.
If you’ll be parking your RV for the winter, be sure to patch up any holes or leaky areas to keep critters out. Foam boards and other less attractive solutions can be used if you won’t actually be living or traveling in your RV this season.
Skirt Your RV
RVs that don’t have insulated or heated underbellies require a skirt to endure the cold winter temperatures. An electric space heater under your coach or travel trailer may also be necessary to keep the area inside the skirt warm if the temperature drops below 0 degrees. If you’ll be storing your RV for the winter, it’s important to winterize your RV’s plumbing system (including pipes and holding tanks) to prevent serious problems in freezing temperatures.
Let Us Prepare You RV for You
Ensuring your RV is ready for the winter temperatures can be stressful. Forgetting a few key steps could leave you with some hefty repair bills when spring rolls around. Skip the stress by bringing your RV to PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Our certified RV technicians and qualified staff will ensure your RV is ready for winter temperatures whether it will be in storage or on the roads.
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While traveling, kids, though excited, are often antsy because they want to arrive at their destination now. To keep them from beating each other up and to keep your sanity, give them something to do while you are on the road. Be sure you have everything you need before you leave, including any accessories you may need to pick up at PleasureLand RV.
Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
Have the kids twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane decorations. To make the craft last a while, make a game of it. Whoever sees a yellow car must yell “Yellow car!” That person can make a candy cane. Though taxis and school busses usually don’t count, for this game, you can let them count.
Cardboard Gingerbread People
Before you leave, make gingerbread people cutouts from cardboard. Cut out decorations and faces for them from construction paper. Get each child a glue stick – they are less messy than regular glue and won’t spill – and let the kids make gingerbread ornaments on the trip. When they are done, you can string them together to make a garland to decorate the RV.
Christmas Memory Game
This is a typical memory game, but you can make it more fun by providing a pattern for Christmas trees. Instruct the children to trace the pattern on green construction paper, and then cut out the trees. Glue a button on one side of each tree. Then, on the other side, put the memory clues. You can use the alphabet if your kids are just learning that. You can match a math problem with an answer. Or you can match a color word with the actual color. Adapt this game to whatever the kids are learning.
It’s probably a good idea to make the trees and put the text on them before the trip – this would be something that will get the kids excited for a trip and excited to play a new game.
Stop by PleasureLand RV
Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any necessities or accessories you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV but are considering one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans. If you are still undecided, you can always rent an RV to see if RVing is something you would like to do more often.
The 2015 Itasca Navion Class C motor home is a 25-foot RV with one slide, an infotainment center, GPS, a heated drainage system, air conditioning heat pump, a power skylight, 22-inch television and a power skylight with roof vent.
You can walk through this floor plan at PleasureLand RV. The side entry is just behind the cab. As you walk in, a 50-inch by 75-inch sofa sleeper with a table is directly across from the entry. The sofa sleeper also features seatbelts so that passengers may ride safely. To your right is the cab which features swivel captain’s chairs. The table is movable, so you’ll find an alternate location for the pedestal table in front of the captain’s chairs.
As you move to the left, you’ll find the galley, which features a double sink, two-burner stove and a fridge. A television is mounted over the sink. The rest of the RV features overhead cabinets so you have plenty of storage. The galley also features several large drawers under the sink and stove for storage, including two larger drawers for pots and pans.
The Bathroom and Bedroom
As you walk past the galley, the bathroom is on your right. It features a stand-up shower, toilet and sink behind a privacy door. The bathroom also features two medicine cabinets and under-sink storage.
As you walk past the bathroom, you’ll enter the bedroom area. Just to your left, you’ll find a large wardrobe. The bedroom area features two twin beds that are 32 inches by 74 inches. Add the inserts to make a 74-inch by 87-inch king-size bed. Each twin bed features under-bed storage.
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Stop by PleasureLand RV to walk through this cozy 25-footer and to learn more about all of its convenience, safety, entertainment and security features.
If you are in the market for a destination trailer, you can save a ton by walking through some of our “hail sale” units. The 2015 Keystone Springdale destination trailer is discounted by thousands of dollars and is ready for a new home.
Stop by PleasureLand RV to walk through this model, which is perfect for larger families or to take friends out on a hunting or fishing trip.
This 2015 Keystone Springdale 38BH is 39 feet long and features a sandstone-colored interior. It features two slides, so even if you are “stuck” inside due to inclement weather or you are just too tired to go outside, you’ll find that there is plenty of room. Additional features include the Value Package, Correct Track, a deluxe entertainment system, 50-amp service, prep for a second air conditioning unit, a 10-gallon hot water heater, an enclosed underbelly, exterior shower, a bunk room and a tri-fold sleeper sofa.
The Floor Plan
The Springdale features two entry ways: a regular door that opens into the queen bedroom and a sliding glass patio door that opens into the main living area. As you walk in the patio door, you’ll see the tri-fold sofa directly across from you. This allows you to sit in comfort and watch for wildlife through the large doors.
If you turn to the right, you’ll walk into the bunk room. The bunk room features a wardrobe, three bunks and a “kid’s dinette” that folds down into the fourth bunk. If you turn to the left, you’ll see the dinette and the kitchen area. The living area features an LCD television and the kitchen features two pantries. The kitchen also features a three-burner stove, double sink and large refrigerator.
As you move toward the rear of the RV, you’ll pass the bathroom, which features a glass-enclosed shower and linen closet. The queen bedroom features a wardrobe and entertainment center. The head of the queen bed is in the second slide so you’ll have plenty of room to walk around the bed and not feel crowded.
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Stop by PleasureLand RV today to walk through this 2015 Keystone model and to learn more about this RV’s convenience, entertainment and safety features – and to take advantage of our hail sale.
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If you are on the road during the Thanksgiving holiday you don’t have to try to make it home or to a relative’s house unless you really want to – you can take Thanksgiving on the road with you. Even if your RV is not equipped with an oven or convection microwave, you can still enjoy turkey and all of the “fixins” on Thanksgiving Day.
Turkey Cooking Options
You’ll have to think a tad outside the box if your RV doesn’t have an oven. Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up a gas grill or pick up a turkey fryer. If you want to go 100 percent traditional and prefer not to use the fryer, you can still roast turkey on a grill. Gas is easiest, but you can also use charcoal or wood.
Instead of picking up a whole turkey, pick up turkey breasts. Season them and inject them with a light garlic sauce, wrap them in foil and bake them on the grill. So they don’t burn, set them on the cool side of a covered grill. In other words, if you are using gas, turn on the left burner or burners and place the turkey all the way to the right. Adjust the burner until the temperature stays at 325 degrees Fahrenheit with the hood closed. Do the same if you are using charcoal or wood – keep the turkey away from direct flames.
Pies and Cornbread
Bake pies the same way – on the grill – or you can buy pre-made pies. Cornbread comes out great on a grill. Make your favorite recipe. Coat a cast iron pan with bacon fat. This brings out the flavor of the cornbread. Pour the batter into the pan and put it on the cool side of the grill after you have adjusted the temperature.
Cut butternut in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Wrap it in foil and cook it over coals or on the cool side of a grill. When it’s tender, unwrap it, fill the cavities with butter and brown sugar, and then put it back on the grill until the butter and sugar melt.
Potatoes are great if you wrap them in foil with some butter and garlic and cook them right in the coals. Use oven-safe pans to cook other vegetables over a flame or heat them up in the microwave.
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Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up anything you might need to help prepare Thanksgiving dinner in your RV.
If you are in the market for an RV and want something luxurious but prefer a lesser price, then take a walk through the 2015 Grand Design Solitude 320X. With features such as standard theater seating and a 12-foot side-by-side fridge, you can’t go wrong.
The salespeople at PleasureLand RV will be happy to show you the Solitude 320X and to go over all of the features available with this 34-foot fifth wheel RV. Features include three slides, Peace of Mind Package, 12-volt tank heaters, an electric fireplace, an air conditioning unit in the bedroom, a sofa hide-a-bed, Residential Living Package and a Ground Control 3.0 upgrade.
The Grand Design Solitude Floor Plan
The Grand Design Solitude 320X floor plan features a front bedroom and rear living room. The floors are carpeted or wood/mock wood. And, you’ll find plenty of storage throughout the RV.
The front bedroom features a 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed, a large closet with washer and dryer prep, a pullout ottoman, hi-boy dresser, television and a shirt closet. The closet area features a hanging rod and plenty of shelving.
As you move to the rear of the RV, you’ll walk past the bathroom, which features a 34-inch by 24-inch shower with a curved glass front, a linen and medicine cabinet, foot flush toilet and under-sink storage.
Walk down the steps and into the kitchen and dining area. The dining features a stand-alone dinette. The kitchen features a large stainless fridge, three-burner stove, microwave, large double-basin sink, a sink cover, a large pantry and a kitchen island. The kitchen island features more storage and side display shelving.
The living area features an electric fireplace with a television over it, storage, a hide-a-bed sofa, overhead cabinets, a television and standard theater seating with drink holders. The RV has plenty of room for the entire family if you get stuck inside during inclement weather – or if you take it on a hunting trip, you’ll find plenty of space to warm up from that long, cold trek through the woods – all without feeling cramped.
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Stop by PleasureLand RV today to walk through the 2015 Grand Design Solitude and to learn more about this fifth wheel RV.
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Some Thanksgiving recipes may be difficult to make in an RV when you are trying to make 17 other sides and bake or fry a turkey. Thus, making some things ahead of time goes a long way to reducing the stress of trying to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner in an RV.
Before you head out this holiday, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories that might make cooking in an RV kitchen easier. Extra coolers to hold pre-made food, extra storage options for the RV and collapsing bowls save a ton of space.
Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
- 1 large onion
- 2 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 teaspoons Canola oil
- 2 large turkey wings
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 10 cups cold water
- 4 sprigs of fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
Chop the vegetables. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the vegetables and the oil in a large roasting pan. Toss the vegetables to coat them with the oil. Add the turkey wings.
Cook the mixture until the turkey wings are browned and the vegetables are caramelized and softened – about 50 to 60 minutes.
Transfer the vegetables and wings to a stock pot. Place the roasting pan over a stovetop burner on medium heat. Add the 2 tablespoons cold water and bring the mixture to a boil. Scrape up any browned bits, but don’t remove them. Pour the mixture into the stockpot with the wings and vegetables. Add the 10 cups water, thyme and garlic.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and then simmer the mixture – uncovered – until the meat fall off the bones. This takes about 3 hours. Skim off the turkey fat while the mixture is boiling, setting aside 2 tablespoons.
Strain the turkey stock and discard all of the solids. Measure out 6 cups of the stock. You can freeze the rest for next time.
Heat the butter and the 2 tablespoons of turkey fat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour – use a sifter to reduce the chance of lumps – and cook the mixture whisking continuously about 3 minutes. Slowly add the turkey stock while continuously whisking. Increase the heat to high. Simmer the mixture until it is thick and warmed through – about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
Visit PleasureLand RV
If you are going to make this ahead of time in the RV, stop by PleasureLand RV to ensure you have all of the utensils needed. And if you are making it at home to take with you, pack it in leak-proof containers and keep it in the fridge or iced down in the cooler.