Convenient Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

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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.

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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.


Road Trip Destinations in Minnesota

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If you’re tired of staying inside and want to take a road trip, consider one or more of these destinations. Even if you’ve been there before but not during the fall season, take a trip and make it a weekend – or even a week! Be sure to bring your camera.

If you do decide to make it a long weekend or a week-long trip, make sure your RV is in perfect condition, especially the furnace. If you haven’t used it yet this season, turn it on and make sure it works. If not, stop by PleasureLand RV so our service techs can repair it before you leave.

Taylors Falls

While many may thing Taylors Falls is a summer destination, don’t discount it for a fall or winter trip. In addition to the kayaking and canoeing you might do during warmer months, the town also has shopping, amusement parks, dining, exploring volcanic potholes and more. Head over to Stillwater on the St. Croix River, and then make your way out on Highway 95 toward Taylors Falls for some fun and some great photo opportunities.


If you like “quaint,” then be sure to head out on State Highway 16 – from the north, take U.S. 63 south – to find caves, Amish colonies and quaint downtown harbors. Go through Lanesboro’s historic downtown for shopping, culture, arts, or just to explore the Root River.


If you take Interstate 94 and Highway 371 and go past St. Cloud, you’ll be in Paul Bunyan country. Once there, you’ll be able to visit many amusement parks, eat walleye sandwiches and experience Native American culture and crafts. You’ll also find plenty of lakeside campgrounds and resorts among the 400 lakes in the area.

North Shore

Take Interstate 35 to Duluth to get some great photo opportunities – and continue past Duluth to see some of the best winter pictures along Lake Superior. If it’s cold enough, you may catch iced-over water falls, plus you can stop at plenty of shops and attractions in the area between Duluth and Canada. And, you’ll find plenty of campgrounds so you can stay overnight – or longer, if you choose.

Stop by PleasureLand RV

Before you head out, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up anything you might need or to get your RV serviced if needed.


Thanksgiving Events in Minnesota

If you’re looking for something to during the Thanksgiving week or weekend in Minnesota just so you can have an excuse to travel in your RV, consider doing some multi-holiday events or a Turkey Trot. Stop by PleasureLand RV – on your way out to pick up accessories or on your way back for service – when you plan your trip.

Make Your Own Snowshoes

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own snowshoes, take advantage of these classes at the Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423. Depending on the style of snowshoes you are making, admission is $140 or $110 per person. You’ll learn to make aluminum urban-style snowshoes or Ojibwa-style wood snowshoes. Classes will run on November 19, 2014 and November 26, 2014. Call (612) 861-9365 for times and pre-registration.

Minnesota History Center’s Black Friday

The Minnesota History Center’s doors open at 6:00 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, giving you the opportunity to pick up some unique gifts relating to the history of Minnesota. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up free memberships, free gift bags, free knit caps for kids and grab a donut and coffee.

University of Minnesota – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Learning Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is featuring two events. The first event is 4×4: Northern Heartland Harvest Dinner and Minnesota Wines on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This is a watch-learn-dine experience with Beth Dooley, a restaurant critic and food columnist. You’ll also be able to taste some Minnesota wine and have her books signed.

The second event is Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece; and this event takes place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Learning Center. You’ll create a long-lasting arrangement with pears, artichokes, trailing vines and fresh-cut flowers in a footed, dark container. Ashley Fox, an acclaimed floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator, will be hosting/instructing.

Visit PleasureLand RV

Stop by PleasureLand RV, whether you need service, need to pick up accessories or parts, or just want to share pictures of your latest RV adventures with us. If you are thinking of buying your first RV or upgrading to a larger RV, now is the time – ask one of our salespersons to show you several floor plans.


2014 Palomino Backpack HS-2911

If you’re in the market for an RV but don’t want to drive one and don’t want to haul one, then the 2014 Palomino Backpack HS-2911 is perfect. All you need is something you may already have – a pickup truck. The camper slides onto the back of the truck. Whether it is just two of you or you have a family, this camper will be enough to get you on the road.

Included Features

Stop by PleasureLand RV to walk through the 2014 Palomino Backpack HS-2911 and see how spacious it really is. The two slides open up to give you more room than you would expect. This model also features the Backpack Max Package, a microwave, a rear power awning with LED lights, an integrated bumper and an 11,000 BTU air conditioning unit.

Floor Plan for the Palomino Backpack HS-2911

As soon as you step up into the camper, the bathroom, complete with shower, lavatory and flush toilet, is on the left. To the right is a 40-inch by 69-inch dinette that folds down into a bed. You can order an optional overhead bunk that fits over the top of the dinette.

Just past the dinette, you’ll find the fridge. This whole section is in a slide out so you’ll have more than just a narrow aisle from the rear to the front. One the right, you’ll find a full kitchen with a three-burner stove, a double sink and overhead cabinets that comprise the second slide. Just past the kitchen, the Palomino is equipped with a step to make it easy to get into the top bunk.

Right at the step, you’ll find a closet that you can use as a wardrobe or a pantry, since it’s conveniently located. Step up to see the top bunk room, complete with two chests, two night stands, a 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed and an entertainment center.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Visit PleasureLand RV Center to see the 2014 Palomino Backpack HS-2911 and to do a walk through. Be sure to ask your salesperson about all of the features included with this camper and whether we are running any specials on this model. We also have several other truck camper models in stock – or you can order one with additional options.


Web Specials at PleasureLand RV

If you are in the market for an RV, but are concerned about the cost, stop by our dealership to walk through some of our web specials. We have many that are on special that may be slightly damaged from hail or may simply be on sale.

PleasureLand RV has several models on sale including brand names such as Dutchmen and Keystone.

2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2390RKS Travel Trailer

This 27-foot travel trailer features one side, an upgraded interior package, heated and enclosed underbelly, 30-pound LP gas bottles, a spray port outside, black tank flush, a power awning with LED lights, a power tongue jack, 29-inch LCD television, porcelain toilet, Bluetooth stereo, a stainless steel kitchen sink and a tri-fold sleeper sofa. This model has an MSRP of $25,001, but you can pick up for just $16,322. This model has hail damage.

2014 Keystone Residence Destination Trailer 405FL

This model has an MSRP of just under $41,000, but you can pick it up for just $27,943. This model also has some hail damage. The 405FL features two slides and 41 feet of space. It includes a residential living package, an 18 cubic-foot residential fridge, ducted air conditioning, 16-gallon hot water heater, washer and dryer prep, sound system with AM/FM radio and CD/DVD player, a king bedroom, 50-amp service, prep for a second air conditioning unit, a Dyson vacuum, electric awning and an exterior shower.

2014 Keystone Residence Destination Trailer 404DN

This is another destination trailer with hail damage. This model is 41 feet long and features three slides. It also features an 18 cubic-foot refrigerator, 30-pound LP gas bottles with a cover, a 16-gallon water heater, a water purifier, ducted air conditioning, a king bedroom, 50-amp service, an air hide-a-bed in the living room, a ceiling fan in the bedroom, fireplace and exterior shower. MSRP on this model is $41,943. You can pick it up for just $28,832.

To learn more about these models or to tour any of our other web specials, stop by PleasureLand RV today. Additional models include the Keystone Springdale, Keystone Summerland, Coachmen Clipper ice house model and several Dutchmen Aspen trail models with different floor plans. You’re sure to find a floor plan that works best for you and that is on sale.


2015 Winnebago Trend 23L

You want a full-sized RV, but would rather have something a bit more manageable. That’s where the Class B Winnebago Trend comes in. With this model, you have everything that a full-sized RV has, but in a smaller package.

The Trend is built on the Ram ProMaster chassis and sleeps up to four people. Both floor plans, available at Pleasure Land RV, feature a powered StudioLoft bed. The bed lifts up to the ceiling when not in use so that it’s out of the way. Additional features include three-point seat belts on the dinette seating, Ultraleather furniture and LED lighting.

Floor Plan

The 23L is 23 feet long. The front seats swivel around to face the dinette, which features a table and two bench seats. The dinette folds down into a flexible bed. As you move to the rear, you pass the side entry door, pantry and fridge. Directly across from that you’ll find the galley and a wardrobe. The rear features a full bathroom including a stand-up shower. The rear bunk is 49 inches by 75 inches.

The Lounge

The living area features a 22-inch HDTV, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, an input jack, Bluetooth, alarm clock, a skylight with a shade, tinted windows, MCD blackout roller shades, a systems monitor panel and the StudioLoft with an electric lift and privacy curtain.


The galley features a powered roof vent, flip-up counter top extension, laminate countertops, microwave, a two-burner range, cold water filtration and a stainless steel sink with a dishpan, glass cover, drain pan and silverware rack.

Bed and Bath

The bedroom features a foam mattress with a cover and an adjustable headrest. You’ll find additional storage below the bed. The bath features a power skylight, a retractable self-cleaning shower screen, flexible showerhead and the water pump switch.


The cab features adjustable lumbar support, armrests, reclining swivel seats, a 5-inch LCD touchscreen, GPS, SiriusXM radio, Bluetooth, several airbags, a rearview monitor system with a color camera, cruise control, 12-volt power points, privacy panels, power door mirrors with integrated turn signals and defrost, and power windows.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV today to walk through this or some of our other floor plans. You are sure to find the perfect RV for you.


2015 Winnebago Brave 27B

If you had a Winnebago in the ‘60s and ‘70s, you know how cool and popular they were. Well, you can have that again with the 2015 Winnebago Brave 27B – right down to the Flying W and the eyebrow designs that you thought were so neat.

Stop by Pleasure Land RV to walk through the 2015 Winnebago Brave 27B, one of Winnebago’s throwback models. It looks like the one you or your parents may have had back in the day, but it’s equipped with all of the modern conveniences.

27B Specifications

The Winnebago Brave 27B is just over 29 feet long, so it’s big enough for a small family yet easy enough to drive. It features an 18-foot awning, a 54-gallon fresh water tank, 6-gallon hot water heater, a 41-gallon black water tank and a 53-gallon gray water tank.


The Winnebago is built on a Ford F53 chassis that features a 6.8-liter three-valve Triton SEFI V-10 engine backed by a TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features a tow/haul mode. The engine makes 362 horsepower. The chassis also features hydroboost power brakes and four-wheel ABS brakes.

Also features ins a seven-pin trailer wiring harness, a trailer hitch automatic hydraulic leveling jacks and stainless steel wheel liners.

Cab Features

The cab features seats with hinged armrests, multi-adjustable slide/recline/swivel seats with lumbar support, Bluetooth, AM/FM radio, four-speakerse, a passenger work station with a 12-volt powerpoint/USB port, a movable console with a rearview monitor system, GPS and a chassis/house battery power switch. Additional features include cruise control, power mirrors with defrost and a front wrap-around curtain.

Interior Features

The interior features a 32-inch HDTV, a StudioLoft with a power lift and ladder in the cab overhead, LED ceiling lights, black out roller shades, roller bearing slides on full-extension drawers, a roof vent and systems monitor panel.

Additional features include a two-door fridge and freezer, microwave, three-burner stovetop, oven, vented range hood, a foot-flush toilet, queen bed, automatic entrance steps, 15,000 BTU ducted air conditioner, 30,000 BTU ducted furnace and 30-amp power cord.

Visit Pleasure Land

Visit Pleasure Land RV to learn more about the Winnebago and to walk through this floor plan. Ask your salesperson about the rest of the features included with the Brave 27B.


PleasureLand Web Specials

If you are looking for an RV but want to save some money, visit our web specials page. We have several new 2014 models available including travel trailers, ice house models and destination trailer models.

PleasureLand RV makes it affordable to get the RV you want whether you need a smaller one for two people or a larger RV for a larger family or for two to do some long-term RVing.

2014 Keystone Summerland 2980BHGS

This travel trailer is on sale as part of our web specials for $15, 528. It’s 32 feet long and features one slide, tinted safety glass, a 13.5 BTU ducted air conditioning unit, a 6-gallon hot water heater, bunk beds, and 30-pound LP gas bottles with a cover.

2014 Coachmen Clipper 15ICE Ice House

This model is made for those who love ice fishing. It is priced at a very affordable $10,932. This 17-footer features a seasonal package, wet bath, a bunk and four ice holes. It also features a 1.9 cubic-foot fridge and Travel Easy Roadside Assist.

2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2650 RBS

This Dutchmen model is one of our web specials; and you can pick it up for $16,173. This comfortable 29-footer features one slide, the Aspen Trail upgrade package, an interior upgrade package, a heated and enclosed underbelly, two 30-pound LP bottles with a cover, a black tank flush, a power awning with LED lights, Bluetooth radio, a 29-inch LCD television and a five-function remote.

Additional Web Specials

Also available are a 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2760 BHS, 2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2510 RB and Dutchmen Aspen Trail 2390 RK.

You can also pick up a 2014 Keystone Residence 405 FL Destination trailer and a 2014 Keystone Residence 404 DN Destination trailer. Destination trailers are made for long-term RVing. They may include a Residential Living Package, an 18 cubic-foot residential refrigerator, a 16-gallon hot water heater, a ducted air conditioning unit, water purifier, free-standing dinette and chairs, ceiling fans, 50-amp service, a king bed and a Dyson vacuum.

To learn more about the models listed as web specials, visit our web site or stop by PleasureLand RV to walk through several of our sale models. Be sure to ask your salesperson about the many features and conveniences for each model.



Rentals at PleasureLand RV

If you are not sure whether you’d enjoy owning an RV or just can’t afford the RV you want just yet, you can always rent an RV. Choose from Class A, Class C, travel trailer and fold down rentals. Taking a trip in an RV gives you tons of flexibility – you don’t have to worry about making it to the hotel on time for check-in or calling for a late check-in.

When you rent an RV from PleasureLand RV, you’ll rent the current year’s models. And, our rental fees are affordable. Often, mileage is included to many popular destinations – with no hidden fees.

One of our class A RV rental floor plans from PleasureLand RV.

Benefits of Renting an RV

The biggest benefit of renting an RV is the savings. That means you can use your whole two-week vacation at the same time instead of breaking it down because of the expense of hotels and eating out. Since you can cook all of your meals “at home,” you’ll save hundreds of dollars in a week, especially if you have kids with you.

Another benefit is being able to take your time on your vacation. The only time you may have to worry about reservations is if a popular event is happening – the RV parks tend to fill up around those times.

Yet another benefit is your ability to stay at national parks and event venues. Often, large races allow RVs to park overnight – and have special parking for RVs. If you take your RV to a weekend-long race, you’ll never have to worry about waiting in line to get in every day.

Additional benefits include not worrying about catching a flight and the rigmarole associated with flying, you won’t get held up at security points, you don’t have to worry about losing your luggage, you won’t have to haul heavy suitcases and other items in and out of hotel rooms, you never have to worry about eating somewhere you don’t like because that is the only choice, and you get a clean bed and bathroom.

Reasons to Rent an RV

Rent an RV for a weekend or an extended trip to get a break from the day to day grind, rest and relax in your favorite park or even on private land that you may own, spend time with family – or in some cases, close friends you may decide to invite, and you get to explore many places that you’ve always wanted to explore without paying crazy hotel costs.

Start planning your next vacation by stopping by PleasureLand RV today to find the perfect RV rental.


Hail Sale: Our Loss Is Your Gain

When Mother Nature throws a fit – or some hail in this case – you get to benefit. Some of our RVs have been drastically reduced for this hail sale. Stop by Pleasure Land RV today to walk through these models, but hurry as they will go fast at these prices.

2014 Keystone Residence Destination trailer.

2014 Keystone Summerland – Stock #629-14

This RV lists for over $21,000 and you can get it for $15,528. This 32-foot travel trailer features one slide, tinted safety glass, a 13.5 BTU ducted air conditioning unit, microwave, the Summer Package, an exterior shower, an electric awning, AM/FM stereo, carbon monoxide detector, four stabilizer jacks and sleeps up to 10 people. It features a rear bunkhouse with four bunks.

2014 Ice House Coachmen Clipper – Stock #39-14

This RV lists for just over $18,000 and you can get it for $10,932. This 17-foot ice house features four ice fishing portals, the Seasonal Package, an air conditioning unit, a wet bath, bunk and dinette that folds into a bed. Go ice fishing in comfort instead of sitting out in the wind or trying to build a shelter with available material.

Dutchmen Aspen Trail – Stock #167-14

This RV lists for over $29,000 and you can get it for $16,173. This 29-foot Dutchmen features the Aspen Trail Upgrade Package, Interior Upgrade Package, a heated enclosed underbelly, front stabilizer jacks, one slide, exterior spray port, exterior kitchen, black tank flush, power awning with LED lights, porcelain toilet, power tongue jack, Solid Surface counter tops with a stainless steel sink, a 29-inch LCD television, and a five-function remote.

2014 Keystone Residence Destination trailer floor plan.

2014 Keystone Residence Destination Trailer – Stock #150-14

This residence trailer lists for just under $42,000 and you can have it for $28,832. This 41-foot destination trailer can be towed when you want to move it or can be left in place. It’s three slides give you plenty of room for long-term living. The Keystone Residence features an 18 cubic-foot fridge, the Residential Living Package, ducted air conditioning, a microwave, water purifier, AM/FM stereo, CD and DVD player, sound system, a ceiling fan in the living room, two air sofas, a king bedroom, 50-amp service, an electric awning, prep for a second air conditioning unit, Dyson vacuum and four stabilizer jacks.

To learn more about these RVs and the other RVs that are part of our hail sale, stop by Pleasure Land RV to walk through your next new RV today.