Must-Try Burger Recipes for National Burger Day

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August 27, is National Burger Day, and that means it’s time to fire up your RV grill. Create one of these two must-try burger recipes to wow your friends with out-of-this-world flavors.

Blue Moon Burgers

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 large toasted hamburger buns
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 4 slices Monterey jack cheese
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 large pieces lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • 4 tomato slices
  • shaved Bermuda onion

Cooking instructions:

  1. Beat blue cheese and cream cheese together well.
  2. Set mixture aside to let the flavors meld.
  3. Form the ground beef into four equal patties. Cook them on the grill or as desired.
  4. When finished cooking, add 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture to the top of each patty.
  5. Top each burger with a slice of jack cheese, then spread mayonnaise on the toasted buns.
  6. Wait until the cheese is gooey to place the burgers on the buns.
  7. Top with lettuce, tomato and shaved onion.

Cowboy Burgers

What you’ll need:

  • 8 hamburger patties (1/4 pound each)
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 3 onions (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons A.1. Original Sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV grill to medium heat.
  2. While the grill is warming, heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
  3. Stir in the onions and cook them for 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Cover the onions with a lid, and let them simmer for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Stir often.
  5. Grill the patties for 5 minutes on each side or until they’re cooked to your preferred doneness.
  6. Stir the A.1. into the onion mixture.
  7. Serve with one tomato slice and a burger on the bottom half of each bun.
  8. Cover the burger with one slice of cheese and 3 tablespoons of the onion mixture, then add the other bun.

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Classic Road Trip Movies for Your Next Adventure

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Whether you’re lounging at the campsite or at home preparing for your next adventure, nothing will get you more in the mood for road tripping than a classic road trip movie. Road trip movies have been popular since vehicles first hit the roads, and these three are ones that everyone should watch at least once.

1. Thelma and Louise

Couples-on-the-run films were aleady popular before Thelma and Louise came out in 1991, but this one, featuring two female friends, was different. Thelma and Louise headed on a journey into the mountains in a stylish 1966 convertible. The story gets dramatic when Louise guns down an attempted rapist. The two are then outlaws escaping the law and headed for Mexico.

2. Five Easy Pieces

This 1970 road trip flick starring Jack Nicholson takes you throughout America and its landscapes while giving a deep reflection of the country at that time. Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) and his girlfriend (Karen Black) encounter grungy motels, crazy hitchikers, diners and other Americana as they head up the coast from California to Washington to help his ailing father.

3. Something Wild

If you’re looking for some comedy to get you excited about your next road trip, the 1986 film Something Wild is the one to watch. The film pays tribute to It Happened One Night, a comical 1934 road trip film, but it will make you laugh with scenarios all its own.

Something Wild is hilarious, joyful and terrifying as Charlie Driggs (played by Jeff Daniels) and a woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith) head on what is probably the most bizarre road trip ever. The characters attend a high school reunion, experience a gas station hold-up and are involved in countless other adventures that turn Driggs’ pressed office suit into a “Virginia is for lovers” t-shirt.

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Easy Upgrades for Your RV’s Interior

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Whether you’ve just purchased a used RV or have been traveling in the same trusty, old RV for years, it’s likely the interior of your motorhome or travel trailer could use a few upgrades. From buying a few simple decor items to tearing out old carpeting, these RV upgrade ideas are ones that’ll give your home on wheels a fresh new look.

Revamp Your Bedroom

Your RV’s bedroom is where you relax after a long day on the road, and an outdated mattress and bedding may be cutting into your comfort. Don’t be afraid to swap your old RV mattress for one you find more comfortable. If you can’t change your mattress, try placing a memory foam mattress topper on your existing one.

Swapping musty old RV bedding for new sheets, pillows and a comforter will also make you feel like you have a brand-new bedroom, but it’ll cost you less than $200.

Upgrade Your Shower

RV showers can seem less than satisfying when you’re living life on the road. Swap the cheap shower head that came standard in your RV for a new one that will amplify your water pressure and make that cramped space feel a bit more luxurious.

Purchase new rugs, towels and decor for your bathroom, and you’ll be surprised how new it feels.

Get Rid of Old Flooring

You’re not stuck with the flooring that came standard in your RV. Removing old carpet and replacing it with new carpet or laminate flooring is easy to do, and it can completely change the way the interior of your RV feels. The small size of the interior of your RV makes it easy to find cheap “remnants” of carpet and laminate flooring that will fit snuggly into your home away from home.

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3 Things Everyone Must Do in Minnesota

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Minnesota is a state filled with so many natural wonders, city sights and exciting things to do, you’ll never get bored exploring the land we call home. These three things to do in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” are ones you don’t want to miss, whether you’re a Minnesota local or an RV traveler passing through.

Catch a Game at Target Field

There’s nothing more American that watching a good old-fashioned baseball game, and Target Field in Minneapolis is one of the best places to see one. You don’t have to be a Twins fan to enjoy the field’s atmosphere, complete with vendors in the stands, memorabilia shops, delicious eats and unbeatable views of the field and downtown Minneapolis. The season runs from early April to late September, so there’s plenty of time to catch a game in the state’s warmer months.

Take the North Shore Scenic Drive

Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive is one of the best places to get out and explore some of the state’s many natural wonders. The drive stretches from Canal Park in Duluth to Grand Portage along the shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake. You’ll pass massive cliffs, gorgeous beaches, breathtaking forests, waterfalls and countless places to park your car, put on your hiking shoes and start exploring.

The quaint communities along the shore are also ideal places to shop, dine and even stay the night.

Explore the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is one of the best places in the country to spend a rainy day. Spend hours enjoying the exhibitions, browsing the awe-inspiring collections (ranging from Arts of Africa and the Americas to Contemporary Art) and taking part in tons of family-friendly activities. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts isn’t your typical, stuffy art museum; it’s a place for kids and parents can learn and have hands-on art experiences together.

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4 Books About Road Trips That Will Get You Inspired

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Authors have been writing about road trips since the first vehicles were invented, and many of those tales have turned into must-reads. These four books about road trips are ones every traveler should pick up when they’re in need of some inspiration or simply a good story.

1. Travels with Charlie — John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie isn’t just a classic road trip story, it’s one that will introduce you to life on the road in the 1960s, which was quite a bit different than today. The charming tale of Steinbeck and his dog Charley hitting the road with their camper named Rocinante is one you’ll want to read again and again.

2. Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild is one of the books you should read when you’re seeking inspiration or when you’re a little hesitant to hit the road. The story of Christopher McCandless and his journey to the Alaskan wilderness is one of adventure and courage that will inspire you to hit the road, experience new things, meet new people and never look back.

3. The Alchemist — Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist is one of those books that travelers read countless times. The novel tracks the journey of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, as he takes a journey to find hidden treasure near Egypt’s pyramids. Through his travels, he meets exciting people who change his life, and ultimately discovers that the treasure was actually the journey after all.

4. The Lost Continent — Bill Bryson

Road Trip stories aren’t always serious, and this one by Bill Bryson is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Follow Bryson and his sense of humor as he cruises through America and trades tourist traps for more comical small town adventures.

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American Adventures Month – The Best American Adventures

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August is American Adventures Month, and the only way to celebrate is by traveling to some of America’s most unique spots. These three unbeatable American adventures are ones every explorer should try in their lifetime.

Take a Small Boat Cruise Through Glacier Bay

Few places in the country are as rustic as Alaska, and it’s a place every adventurer should visit. When visiting the Last Frontier, don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a small boat tour through Glacier Bay and the Prince William Sound. You’ll enjoy the unmatched opportunity to admire wildlife up close, see Alaska’s landscapes from a new perspective and dodge icebergs in some of the world’s prettiest waters.

Trek the John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail, also known as the backbone of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, takes approximately 17 days to complete, and it’s guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime. The 146-mile stretch of trails spans between Mount Whitney and Yosemite, where you’ll see some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery up close and personally.

Go Boulder Scaling in Central Park

You don’t have to be out in the wilderness to enjoy an unbeatable American adventure. Boulder scaling, or bouldering, is something even novice climbers can try, because it is done very close to the ground without a spotter or ropes. Rat Rock, in New York’s famed Central Park, is easy to find from it’s countless white chalk marks left by climbers. Head to the north face of the wall for a beginner-level climb, then advance east for a more challenging route.

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The Top 3 Places in Minnesota for Family Fun

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There’s no better time of year than summer in Minnesota, and you won’t have to travel far to reach some of the state’s most exciting sites. These three destinations are some of the best in the state for enjoying family fun this summer.

The Mall of America

Taking your kids to the mall may not sound like a family-friendly activity, but the Mall of America is unlike any other mall in the world. You can take this year’s back-to-school shopping to the next level this august while taking breaks to ride the rides at Nickelodeon Universe, explore the Sea Life aquarium, enjoy the Barbie “The Dream House experience,” and take part in a number of other family-friendly activities. Even better, the Mall of America and all of its included activities can be enjoyed rain or shine.

The Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is located just a few minutes south of the Mall of America, and it offers even more fun for kids and adults. It’s home to more than 4,300 animals in a variety of environments ranging from the tundra and lush tropical forests to the boreal forest, marine center and so much more. The Minnesota Zoo is also the perfect place to enjoy a birthday party or other celebration.

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain isn’t just a winter destination anymore. This skiing and snowboarding hotspot near Duluth is just as much fun in summer as it is in winter. Spirit Mountain’s adventure park features a zip line, scenic lift rides, a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, mini golf and even day camps for kids. The park’s signature Timber Twister alpine roller coaster features a 3,200 foot track that’s exhilarating for adults and kids alike.

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The 2016 CrossRoads RV Zinger ZT38TS

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Finding the perfect travel trailer isn’t always easy. The latest RVs offer so many layouts and features, it can be tough to discover which one is perfect for you. That’s why CrossRoads RV created the Zinger ZT38TS. It’s an affordable, reliable and luxurious travel trailer that offers enough space for your family to spread out and enjoy some privacy on the road.

The ZT38TS Floorplan

The Zinger ZT38TS is prepared to be your full-time home on the road. The front of the RV is equipped with a spacious master bedroom, including a dresser, closet and plenty of other storage space. The center of the RV features a massive U-shaped dinette, sofa, entertainment center and a residential galley kitchen with dual sink.

A pantry, ward and full bathroom separate the kitchen and living area from the spare sleeping and living space in the rear of the RV. A sofa and additional dinette easily convert into comfortable beds for kids or fellow travelers.

High-End Standard Features

You don’t have to spend your hard-earned travel fund on upgrades when you purchase the brand-new Crossroads RV Zinger. This luxurious travel trailer comes loaded with Premium residential furniture, decorative glass in the cabinet doors, wood slide-out fascias, decorative lighting, maple cabinet doors, a high-rise faucet, residential appliances, coordinated window treatments, a glass shower door, bathroom skylight and all of the touches you need to feel at home on all of your travels.

A Durable and Convenient Exterior

The exterior of the 2016 Zinger is just as high-end as the interior with a convenient outdoor shower, totally enclosed underbelly, marine-grade exterior speakers, tinted safety glass windows, an aerodynamic front end, one-piece rubber roof, 3/8-inch walkable roof decking and countless other touches that make cruising down the road and enjoying your RV at the campsite easier than ever before.

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3 Easy Ways to Decorate Your RV to Make it Feel Like Home

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Your RV is your home on wheels, and there’s no reason it shouldn’t feel as comfortable as the brick-and-mortar home you left behind. Follow these three simple tips to turn your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel into a comfortable and cozy oasis.

1. Adjust Your Lighting

Not all RVs come with intelligent and decorative lighting systems. Take the time to find LED lights in a color and brightness that suit your preferences and use them in place of your overhead and reading lights. Additionally, opt for candles or flameless LED candles for mood lighting at night and whenever you don’t want bright lights shining in your vehicle.

2. Decorate Like Home

You don’t have to live with the outdated or unattractive interior that came with your RV when you purchased it. Don’t be afraid to remove undesirable carpeting and replace it with a color or texture you enjoy. RV enthusiasts can also transform RV interiors with simple and affordable additions like new rugs, bedding, towels and throw pillows.

In addition to buying new soft goods, hanging pictures, adding decor pieces and placing a few plants around your RV can really add a touch of home. Just remember to secure your items before hitting the road.

3. Use Quality Dishes

Contrary to popular belief, you can use real dishes and silverware in your RV. Stocking your RV with quality dishes and glasses can make it feel more like you live inside your RV rather than simply use it as a camper.

Use wine boxes from the grocery store to separate your glasses and keep them safe when you’re on then road, then stock your shelves when you arrive at your destination. Non-slip shelf liners and a piece of non-slip lining between each dish will also keep your plates and bowls in place when you’re on the go.

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A Recipe for National Blueberry Month

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July is National Blueberry Month, and that means it’s time to stock up on fresh, local blueberries and test out some new, fruity recipes. This blueberry crumb pie, a tasty twist on the traditional blueberry pie, is so delicious your friends and family won’t believe the recipe hasn’t been in the family for generations.

Blueberry Crumb Pie

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 unbaked pie crust (9 inches)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 5 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (additional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Press the uncooked pie crust into the bottom of the 9-inch pie plate. Make sure it is pressed all the way around the sides as well.
  3. Stir the sugar and flour together in a large bowl, then mix in the lemon juice and grated zest.
  4. Slowly and gently stir the blueberries into the mixture, then pour the entire combination into the pie crust.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir the brown sugar, oats, additional flour and cinnamon together. Mix the butter into the bowl until it creates a crumbly consistency.
  6. Spread the crumb mixture evenly on top of the blueberry pie filling.
  7. Bake your pie for roughly 40 minutes in the preheated oven or until it is browned to your liking. Let it cool over a wire rack before serving.
  8. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

Spend More Time on the Road This Summer

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