Must-Have Tips for RV Living

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There’s no better place to learn about RV living than from travelers who have lived life on the road. And these must-have tips have been compiled by some of the most experienced RV travelers in the country — members of the Escapees RV Club. So next time you hit the road, keep these helpful tips on hand to help your RV travels roll along more smoothly.

RV Living Tips From the Experts

  1. Always keep wheel locks on hand.
  2. Become a member of the Escapees RV Club and embark on some RV rallies.
  3. Invest in a high quality sewer hose or two and have the correct connectors on hand.
  4. Check the condition of your tires and the tire pressure before each journey.
  5. Create a checklist for all of your departures.
  6. Know how to maintain your chassis and house batteries and check them often.
  7. Keep more than one fire extinguisher in your RV.
  8. Don’t travel with any items that have less than two uses.
  9. Throw your toilet paper in the trash instead of the toilet to save room in your black water tank.
  10. Scott’s single-ply toilet paper is less expensive and more comfortable than special RV toilet papers.
  11. Buy small surge protectors for every appliance in your RV.
  12. Turn your water heater on roughly 30 minutes before you plan to use hot water.
  13. Let your black water tank fill at least halfway before you empty it.
  14. Always keep bottled water or a water filter in your vehicle in case the campground’s water is not drinkable.
  15. Take your time and see the sights. There’s no need to race to the next destination.
  16. Volunteer at your destinations to meet new people and get involved in new communities.
  17. Keep a magnetic key somewhere on your rig, so you never have to worry about being locked out.
  18. Travel to a number of RV campgrounds before you choose to join an RV campground organization.

Find All of Your RV Needs at PleasureLand

We’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Stop in one of our massive Camper’s General Stores in Ramsey or St. Cloud or shop our online parts store 24 hours a day.

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RV Financing at PleasureLand RV Center

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Finding the RV of your dreams can be a difficult task, but finding out how to drive away for a comfortable price can be even more daunting. That’s why we’ve set up the best RV financing process in the industry here at PleasureLand RV Center. You can find the RV of your dreams, and purchase it with a flexible finance option that won’t hinder your travel fun.

Why Finance?

Whether you’re a full-time RV enthusiast or are shopping for your very first travel trailer, PleasureLand RV Center can work to get you the best price and loan rate in the industry. In fact, financing your RV can be an ever better choice than purchasing with cash, because the loan interest is often tax deductible, and you’ll still have the freedom to invest your cash in other places.

Choose an RV Lending Specialist

It’s important to finance your RV with an RV lending specialist, because we live and breathe the RV industry and lifestyle. We completely eliminate the hassle and stress of the application process, and help you reach an affordable monthly payment that works with your road-warrior lifestyle. In most cases, we can get your financing approved the very same day, so you really can drive off our lot and into your RV lifestyle today.

Learn Everything You Need to Know

Making the decision to finance an RV can be one of the biggest financial decisions of your life. That’s why our RV lending specialists are here at our numerous PleasureLand RV Center locations in Minnesota six days a week. Give us a call at 800-862-8603 or log onto our website and fill out the online loan application to get the process started today. Our qualified staff will help you find the best rate, explain your financing options and even help you start your Minnesota RV lifestyle today.

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Service Your RV!

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Your RV is your home on wheels, and you probably want it to stay in top condition for as long as possible. Similar to a brick-and-mortar home, your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel requires maintenance to look great and function properly. And no one knows how to properly care for your RV better than the certified RV technicians here at PleasureLand RV Center.

Our Service Center

PleasureLand RV Center — with four convenient locations in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Willmar and Brainerd — offers a full RV service center that’s undeniably the best in the Midwest. With 32 service bays and expert service technicians with countless years in the business, you can always trust that your home away from home is in great hands.

Our certified RV technicians are ready to handle all of your RV needs from simple maintenance and servicing to complete body shop repairs and electrical/appliance servicing.

Service Center Hours

Our service center is open five days a week (Monday through Friday) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., so we can get your RV in and out in a very timely manner. Our goal is to get you back on the road safely, so you can get back to enjoying the RV lifestyle that we all love. If you have any questions about the services we offer or would like to schedule a service appointment give us a call at 1-800-862-8603. We’re also available via email if your questions or needs are not as urgent.

We’ve Got Your Parts and Accessories Too!

You may already use PleasureLand RV Center as your go-to place for purchasing an RV, but you can get all of your other RV accessories and supplies here too. Our Camper’s General Stores in Ramsey and St. Cloud are the biggest RV parts and accessories stores in their areas. When you need an RV part urgently, it’s very likely we’ve got it in stock. And if you can wait a few days for your part to ship, you can shop our online parts and accessories store 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Stop in and see why PleasureLand RV Center is the No. 1 RV center for sales, service, parts and accessories today.

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Specials at PleasureLand RV Center

School is back in session and the weather is cooling down, but the fall RV season is just getting underway here in Minnesota, and Pleasureland RV Center is offering some of the best deals of the year. We’re taking thousands off the MSRP of a number of RVs on our lot, so you can ease the post-summer blues and hit the road to a warm weather destination.

2015 Crossroads Boundary Waters

When you’re looking for an affordable travel trailer to be your comfortable home on wheels, the 2015 Crossroads Boundary Waters could be the ideal RV for you. With top-end features like two skylights, the Boundary Waters Arctic Package, bunk beds, the Boundary Waters Convenience Package, Coach-Net roadside assistance and tons of other luxuries inside and out, you’ll feel at-home wherever you travel. And you’ll love that we’ve taken nearly $10,000 off the MSRP to keep your wallet comfortable too.

2014 Grand Design Solitude

Start your full-time life on the road off right with the 2014 Grand Design Solitude — a luxury fifth wheel with all of the frills of a high-end home. This RV comes packed with the Peace of Mind Package, Residential Living Package, Max-Built Package, Weather-Tek Package and so many other conveniences, you’ll never miss your brick-and-mortar house. The residential layout and high-end features will continue to impress you long after your first adventure.

2014 Coachmen Clipper Ice House

There’s no better RV for the upcoming winter season than the 2014 Coachmen Clipper Ice House. This 17-foot-long, low-cost RV is prepared for all of your ice adventures with four ice holes, a cozy bunk, Travel Easy Roadside Assistance and a convenient kitchen for cooking your catch. This small ice fishing home offers a rugged floor that’s easy to clean and all of the features you need to ice fish in comfort this year.

Browse Our Entire Selection Online

Start your Minnesota RV lifestyle this fall with some of the best deals in the industry. Browse our entire selection of discounted RVs right here at PleasureLand RV Center in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Willmar or Brainerd or shop our easy-to-use website today.

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Minnesota Events in September

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Summer may be coming to an end, but September is one of the most gorgeous months in Minnesota. Let the Land of 10,000 Lakes entertain you this fall with these unforgettable outdoor fairs and festivals.

Country Corn Maze

Nothing says fall like getting lost in the Country Corn Maze in Warroad. But the corn maze isn’t the only thing for visitors to enjoy. Learn about the wild west, play games, take a hayride, visit the farm animals or enjoy a meal by the campfire. There are tons of family-friendly games and events at the Country Corn Maze each weekend throughout September, so don’t forget to visit while the weather’s warm.

Lanesboro Area Art Trail

Lanesboro, Minn., is known for its cozy bed and breakfasts, gorgeous bike trail and unique artisans. The town is offering studio open house dates so visitors can get first-hand visits with the artists and see how they produce their works. The Art Trail will take place from Sept. 19 to 21 this month, so park your RV and combine art with the outdoors for the perfect getaway.

Rock River Beer Fest

Luverne, Minn., will come alive this year for the first annual Rock River Beer Fest. It’s the first large beer festival in the tri-state region and will be offering hundreds of the best craft brews in the entire Midwest. Taste the beers, dance to the free music, enjoy some delicious eats or take part in the festival games. The first Rock River Beer Fest will take place on Sept. 20, so start making your Minnesota camping reservations today.

Bark and Rec Day

Bring your pup to St. Paul on Sept. 21, for the Bark and Rec Day Midwest Animal Rescue & Service’s Wiggle Butt 5K Run. The rest of the day is followed by tons of dog-friendly events including a dog fashion show, demonstrations, contest, reading to dogs, paw stamping and tons of other pet-friendly events.

Stop and See Us at PleasureLand

With numerous locations throughout Minnesota, you can always have access to the top-end RV service, parts and accessories at PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us before, during or after your fall RV adventure for all of your Minnesota RV needs.

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Great Recipes to Cook in September

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As the temperatures start to drop this September, warm family meals become a part of the RV lifestyle. These simple fall meals can be made in your RV kitchen, on a grill or even over the open flame. So light up that campfire and start enjoying all of the pleasures and delicious flavors that the fall RV season has to offer.

Campfire Chicken Stew

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 fryer chicken (cut up)
  • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and sliced)
  • 1 cup carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (sliced)
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup (no water added)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Aluminum foil

Cooking Instructions:

  • Grill the chicken pieces for roughly three minutes on each side.
  • Lay down for sheets of double thickness aluminum foil, and divide the chicken, carrots, potatoes and green pepper onto each piece of foil.
  • Fold the foil into a packet, then pour the soup, water, salt and pepper evenly into each one.
  • Seal each packet tightly and grill them for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Campfire Reubens

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 3/4-pound deli-sliced corned beef
  • 1/2-pound Swiss cheese slices
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 8 slices pumpernickel bread
  • Aluminum foil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cut four squares of aluminum foil, then set two slices of bread next to each other on each piece.
  2. Spread Thousand Island dressing evenly on each slice of bread.
  3. Divide the meat, cheese and sauerkraut evenly onto one slice on each piece of foil.
  4. Top the sandwich with the other slice of bread and seal the foil around each sandwich.
  5. Set each packet on a grate over the fire (or the grill) and cook them for about 30 minutes. Flip each sandwich over every ten minutes.
  6. Unwrap and enjoy.

Get Your RV Cooking Supplies at PleasureLand

Whether you’re looking for a new RV with a larger kitchen or just a few simple grilling supplies for your next outdoor adventure, we’ve got everything you need right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. And if you need some supplies right away, don’t forget you can shop our online parts catalog 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Customizing Your RV

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Each RV traveler has different wants and needs for his or her RV lifestyle. And the only way to get an RV that’s designed just for you, is to customize it just the way you like it. Whether that involves making interior decor changes, upgrading your RV mattress, swapping out your shower head or installing vent fans, your RV can be exactly what you want it to be with a little creativity and help from the staff here at PleasureLand.

Upgrade Your RV’s Decor

Older RV models often have very outdated decor features or simply a color scheme that’s not as appealing as it used to be. Upgrading your RV’s interior can be made simple by purchasing new bed coverings, rugs, throw pillows, towels and other soft goods. Reupholstering your sofa or dinette and upgrading your laminate countertops to solid surface ones are bigger upgrades that can make a huge difference in the way your RV looks and feels.

Get More Comfortable

Compacting your life inside an RV means you have to sacrifice a few of the luxuries you learned to love in your brick-and-mortar home. But many of those luxuries don’t have to be left behind. Consider swapping your RV’s dull stock shower head for one that can amplify your water pressure and even help you conserve water on the road.

RV mattresses can be less than comfortable as well, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend thousands on a top-end mattress for your life on the road. Consider upgrading your mattress with a simple 2-inch memory foam mattress cover. These are often easy to clean and inexpensive, so you can purchase one for every bed in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

Upgrade Your RV at PleasureLand

For bigger upgrades — like air-conditioning and vent fan installs, battery upgrades, inverters and just about any modification you want to make inside our outside of your RV — PleasureLand RV Center is here to help. Our certified RV service technicians are here to handle all of your install, repair, general maintenance and even body shop needs, so you can enjoy your RV lifestyle to the fullest.

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Tailgating Fun in Your RV

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Football season has arrived, and it’s time to cheer on your favorite high school, college and national football teams. But before you head into the stands, it’s important to prepare for the game with a proper tailgating party. And there’s simply no better way to celebrate than with the comforts and conveniences of your RV.

When you fire up your RV and head to the next football game, follow these easy tailgating tips and tricks to make your next pre-game experience the best one yet.

Finding the Right Spot

Your RV is likely much larger than other tailgate vehicles at the game, and you probably have a larger tailgating crew too. Arrive early and try to find a spot near a grassy section, so you and your friends have more room to spread out. If your RV isn’t equipped with an awning, keep a canopy on hand to shield against the sun or rain.

Pack the Right Supplies

Start by creating a tailgate checklist that you can use every time you pack your RV for a game. Include Mason jars for holding silverware, aluminum food pans for disposing of charcoal remains and a shoe organizer for storing your cups, coozies, bug spray, hand sanitizer, bottle opener and other tailgate essentials.

Always pack double the amount of ice you think you’ll need, so you can keep all of your food and drinks properly cooled. When serving salads and other cool treats, place your serving dish on top of a bowl filled with ice to keep them cool.

Throw a Potluck

There’s no doubt that your RV will be the center of attention at the tailgate party, so instead of spending time and money preparing food to feed all of your friends, ask each member of your party to bring a dish. This makes for a wider variety of foods and takes a lot of the stress off of being the host.

Get Your Tailgate Supplies at PleasureLand

PleasureLand RV Center is your one-stop shop for RV tailgating essentials. Stop by our online parts store to shop our huge selection of shades, outdoor furniture, grilling and cooking supplies, yard games and tons more to make this tailgate season the best one yet.

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Featured Inventory: 2014 Keystone Bullet 308BHS

The Keystone RV Company is one of the most highly regarded in the industry, and the new 2014 Bullet proves that they provide luxury and quality in an affordable RV that’s easy to tow. The Bullet 308BHS can easily be towed by a fuel-efficient crossover, so you enjoy the luxuries of life on the road in a top-quality RV without the shocking price tag.

The 308BHS Floorplan

The Keystone Bullet 308BHS offers an ideal layout for traveling families. The front of the RV is outfitted with a spacious private bedroom, the living area is comfortable and roomy with a sofa, entertainment center and booth-style dinette. And the L-shaped kitchen allows plenty of room for cooking and preparing your favorite meals on the road. The rear of the travel trailer is outfitted with a large bathroom and private bedroom with bunks and plenty of storage space.

Top-End Features

You’ll notice top-end luxuries in this ultra-light RV the moment you step inside. From the upgraded memory foam mattresses, radius dinette and residential-style flooring to the individual reading lights in the bedroom, under bed storage and full blackout window treatments.

And the exterior of the 2014 Bullet is packed with luxury features too. An amber patio light, front diamond plate, dual propane tanks and oversized pass-through storage spaces make life on the road and at the campsite easier than ever before. And the 2014 Keystone Bullet 308BHS on our lot here at PleasureLand RV Center is equipped with the Keystone Exterior Camping Package, which includes an electric awning, four stabilizer jacks, exterior shower, exterior kitchen and outdoor speakers built to withstand the elements.

Whether you’re inside or outside of your brand new Keystone Bullet, you’ll be amazed of the comforts and luxuries in every nook and cranny.

Come See the 2014 Keystone Bullet Today

The 2014 Keystone Bullet 308BHS is on our lot and ready to be driven away today. And if you’re not sure which RV is perfect for your RV lifestyle, we have a huge selection of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels to suit any type of traveler.

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Great Specials at PleasureLand

When you’re looking to upgrade your RV lifestyle, there’s no better place to shop than PleasureLand RV Center. We’re running some incredible specials this fall, so log on to our website or stop in one of our dealerships throughout Minnesota to browse our huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels. The following are some of our favorite web specials for fall and the upcoming snowbird season.

2014 Keystone Springdale 225RBGL

The luxurious yet compact Keystone Springdale 225RBGL is on sale for our annual State Fair Special, so there’s no better time to come tour this travel trailer than now. It’s packed with high end features including the Keystone Advantage Package, the Value Package and the Adventure Package, so you have all of the amenities you want and need while living life on the road.

2015 Skyline Nomad 188B

We’ve taken over $5,000 off the MSRP of the Skyline Nomad 188B, and this affordable travel trailer is ready to start your RV lifestyle today. At just 21-feet this trailer is extremely easy to tow, but doesn’t lack the frills you need to enjoy life on the road. From the shower skylight to the stabilizer jacks and water heater by-pass, you’ll always feel comfortable and prepared for anything the road can throw at you.

2014 Shasta Oasis 26RL

When you’re looking to upgrade your current pop-up or travel trailer to one with a bit more space, the 2014 Shasta Oasis 26RL could be the perfect RV for you. This 32-foot-long RV comes outfitted with the Camping Essential Package, ducted air conditioning, a spacious private bedroom and a comfortable residential feel. You’ll never wish you were back at home when you’re traveling in your new Oasis.

2014 Keystone Summerland 2800BHGS

It’s hard not to love the RV lifestyle when you’re traveling in the 31-foot Keystone Summerland 2800BHGS. With tons of upgraded features like an exterior shower, electric awning, microwave, residential-style kitchen, radial tires and Keystone’s Summer Package, you’ll always feel comfortable and at-home when traveling in this luxurious travel trailer.

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