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Road trips are filled with the excitement of arriving at your destination, but there’s a lot of time to occupy between leaving home and your arrival. And that’s when a perfectly good road trip can start to go sour. Keep your next RV road trip exciting from start to finish by incorporating these fun road trip activities into your drive.
Get Your Questions Ready
You don’t need fancy hand-held games or DVD players to keep your kids occupied on the road. And cruising in your RV is the perfect time to engage them in educational conversations to pass the time. Keep your little ones entertained by creating a list of roughly 10 questions before you hit the road, such “What is your favorite season, and why?” Let everyone in the family answer the question, and prepare to be amazed at how much your answers vary.
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Spotting out-of-the-ordinary animals, signs and other sites along your route can become an entertaining and educational experience. Suggest that every member of your family shouts out, “That’s not something we see every day,” when they spot something they’ve never seen before. If the entire road trip seems like a bit much, try playing the game for 30 minute intervals.
Road Trip Bingo
Road Trip Bingo has become such a popular road trip game that free bingo boards are available online. Be sure to print off plenty of copies of the board, because you’ll want to mark off the squares with a pen or pencil to reduce the mess of using real bingo chips. If you have time to laminate the boards before you go, dry erase markers allow you to play game after game without creating too much waste.
Get Your Road Trip Games at PleasureLand
Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we’re more than just your home for purchasing new and used RVs in Minnesota. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales, service, repairs ands parts too. And our online parts store is fully stocked with all of the camping supplies and games you need to enjoy your time getting from point A to point B.
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You don’t have to dive head first in to the RV lifestyle by purchasing an expensive motorhome or travel trailer. Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we offer a huge selection of rental RVs, so you can try out the RV lifestyle before you buy. And after just one family vacation in a rental RV, you’ll realize exactly what’s so wonderful about life on the road.
By renting an RV, you’ve already covered the travel and accommodation expenses for your vacation. Flying your entire family to a destination and renting multiple hotel rooms once you arrive can add up really quickly, but RV travel eliminates the need for plane tickets, and all of our PleasureLand RV rentals have plenty of sleeping space. Our RVs also contain full kitchens and refrigerators, so you’ll save big bucks on enjoying family meals inside your RV rather than out at expensive restaurants.
Just because it’s called “camping” doesn’t mean you’ll be sleeping on the ground or living primitively. Our RV rentals are equipped with full bathrooms (with showers), comfortable bedding, a sink, stove, hot water, and all of the amenities you’d expect in a pricey hotel room (and even more).
It Gives You Freedom
Forget about check-in and check-out times and all of the other scheduling that comes along with flights and hotel stays. The RV lifestyle is entirely flexible, so you can stop and roadside attractions, exciting restaurants or anywhere you please.
More Time Together
One of the best parts of the RV lifestyle is that you end up spending more time together as a family. Whether you’re traveling on the highway or hanging out at the campsite, you’re all together making lasting memories, cooking meals and enjoying the great outdoors.
Rent an RV From PleasureLand
Whether you’re interested in a Class A motorhome or a pop-up camper, we’ve got a great selection of rental RVs right here at PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in to browse our fleet or get started with your RV rental immediately using our online form.
Pleasureland RV Center is more than just your place for buying the highest-quality new and used RVs in the industry. We’re your home for all of your RV parts and service needs too. Whether you’re in need of a few upgrades to your RV, some repairs before your next adventure or just some camping supplies to make your experience on the road more enjoyable, we’re your one-stop RV shop in Minnesota.
Our Online Store
You don’t even have to stop by our Pleasureland RV Center locations to shop our huge selection of parts and supplies. Our easy-to-use online RV parts and accessories store is open 24 hours a day, so you can outfit your RV with exactly what you need. With everything from awnings and outdoor furniture to cleaning supplies, board games, jacks and levers, our online parts store was designed with every type of RV traveler in mind.
The Camper’s General Store
Our St. Cloud and Ramsey locations are each equipped with a Camper’s General Store, featuring the largest selection of RV and camping parts and supplies in the region. When you need your part immediately — without a wait for shipping and handling — we’ve got it on hand at these two Pleasureland RV Center locations.
The Best Service in the Industry
Concerned about the quality of service your RV is getting? Our expert service technicians are here to ensure your RV is in top condition all of the time. With 32 service bays, we’re always ready to handle your minor and major repair needs. And when it comes to electrical, appliance and even body repairs, our certified RV technicians will ensure your RV operates perfectly and looks great inside and out.
Parts and Service Hours
Pleasureland RV Center is here to ensure you enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible. Our service department is open five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Camper’s General Store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. And don’t forget that our online parts store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
You don’t have to live in Minnesota to get the door-busting deals that Pleasureland RV Center offers. In fact, you can browse the ins and outs of some of the industry’s top new and used RVs from the comfort of your living room. Even better, some of our specials are only available online, so those of you who can’t make it to the showroom can get insane deals too. The following are a few of our favorite web specials of the week, so log on and give us a call for more information today.
The 2014 Crossroads Zinger
This brand new, 36-foot Crossroads Zinger travel trailer is on sale online for $15,000 off the MSRP, so it won’t last long. Outfitted with the Crossroads Convenience Package, a 39-inch TV, solid surface countertops, aluminum rims, an electric awning and countless other luxury features, you’ll be amazed at the high-end qualities you get for such a low-end price.
The 2014 Shasta Flyte
Lighten your travel load with the comfortable, spacious and easy-to-tow Shasta Flyte. We’re taking $13,000 off the MSRP this week alone, so log on and take a look at this accommodating and affordable RV for yourself. Some of the conveniences included are the Camping Made Easy Package, four stabilizer jacks, aluminum wheels, a residential-style oven, comfortable bunk beds and an exterior shower.
The 2009 Heartland North Country
Get an insane deal on an upgraded RV by buying used. For less than $15,000, you and your family can be cruising in this comfortable and spacious, 34-foot-long Heartland North Country travel trailer. The private bunk space in the rear means your kids can enjoy their privacy and have a room all to themselves. And the residential-style kitchen, booth-dinette, comfortable living space and master bedroom with leave you in complete awe of the price tag.
The 2014 Keystone Summerland
When you’re looking to upgrade your RV lifestyle to one that’s both convenient and luxuries, you’ll fall in love with the top-quality Keystone Summerland. This brand-new travel trailer comes equipped with plenty of frills, like Keystone’s Summer Package, an electric awning, an exterior shower, bunk beds, and tons more.
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From music festivals and baseball games to fishing, shopping and city life, Minnesota is full of non-stop adventure for travelers. Fire up your RV as summer comes to a close and cruise up to Minnesota for some of the best excitement August has to offer.
The 26th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival
Don’t miss the much-anticipated 26th Annual Bayfront Blues Festival — the Midwest’s largest outdoor blues festival — in Duluth, Minn. The festival will feature regional, national and world-famous international blues acts from Aug. 8 through Aug 10., so visit the festival website and get your tickets today.
See What’s New at the Mall of America
With the new Radisson Blu hotel, tons of new stores and exciting special exhibits, the Mall of America is one of the most happening places in the state. Take your kids to the “Barbie: The Dreamhouse Experience,” or test your crime-solving skills at “CSI: The Experience.” And don’t forget about the new Midwest Music Museum, Toddler Tuesdays and all of the other excitement the Mall of America has to offer.
Catch Some Fish
Fishing is one of Minnesota’s favorite past times, and with over 10,000 lakes to choose from, the fishing options are endless. Sunfish, crappies, bullheads and catfish are continuously swimming in the waters, so don’t forget to bring your boat on your Minnesota adventure.
Don’t have a boat? Head out on a charter fishing excursion or hire one of the state’s many knowledgeable fishing guides.
Root for the Home Team
There’s no better way to end a great summer than with a trip to Target Field to watch the Minnesota Twins in action. The ballpark offers breathtaking views of the Minneapolis skyline, and you can be in the heart of downtown enjoying the city life just minutes after the game.
Stop and See Us at Pleasureland
No trip to Minnesota is complete without a stop at one of the Pleasureland RV Centers. We’re your home for the highest-quality new and used RVs for the best prices in the industry. And if you’re just looking for a few extra RV or camping supplies for your Minnesota getaway, our parts department is fully stocked with everything you need.
This 41-footer features four slides and has plenty of room for a large family or a ton of friends that want to go on a hiking, fishing or hunting trip. This model features Coach Net Roadside Assistance, the Destination Package, six stabilizer jacks and a bunk house.
While we can list many of the features of the 2014 Crossroads Hampton, you won’t get the “feel” of this RV – including the space it offers – unless you stop by PleasureLand RV for a tour of the floor plan.
The living room features 8-foot ceilings, wood mini blinds, 7-foot ceilings in the slides, satellite hookup and a booster, wooden mini blinds, a ceiling fan, accent lighting, a recliner, a fireplace, HD LED television, AM/FM/CD/DVD player, a tri-fold Hide-a-bed sofa and a patio door with a swing-out assist rail.
Standard features in the galley include an 18 cubic-foot stainless steel refrigerator with an ice maker, a 24-inch stainless steel range, a 22-inch stainless steel microwave, a deep stainless steel sink, faucet with a pull-out sprayer, residential overhead cabinets with halogen lighting, raised panel cabinet doors, full extension ball bearing drawer guides and a freestanding table and chairs. The galley even features plenty of counter space so you can easily prepare your favorite meals without looking for space to set something down.
The bedroom features a television hookup, an armoire, a deluxe closet, bedroom speakers, a king-size residential mattress, matching bedspread and window treatments and a ceiling fan.
Standard features in the bathroom include a corner shower with a one-piece surround, a satin-finish lav, porcelain toilet, lighted medicine cabinet with a mirror, linen storage and a washer and optional dryer hookup. The main bathroom has an entry from the king bedroom and from the hallway.
The floor plan features a front king bedroom. As you walk from the bedroom, you’ll pass the full bathroom. Exit the hallway in front of the entry door to walk into the living area. At the end of the living area, you’ll walk into the rear bunkhouse that has its own half bath. The bunk house features six bunks, a toy box and a wardrobe. The wardrobe and toy box create a separator with three bunks on each side.
If you decide to go RVing in Canada this year, be sure to visit at least one of the top camping spots. Before you leave, be sure you have everything you need, including warm and cool weather clothing and your passports.
Stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. You can pick up space-saving accessories, outdoor cooking accessories, chemicals for the black water tank and replacement parts for the RV.
Kluane National Park and Reserve, located in the Yukon Territory, is one of the largest protected areas in the world. The park also features part of Kluane Lake, which is the largest lake in the Territory. Watch the beautiful sunsets on the lake or look west to see the Saint Elias mountain range.
Pacific Rim National Park, located in British Columbia, is another “can’t miss” location. The national park is located on Vancouver Island and features Long Beach and the West Coast Trail. Don’t wait too long, as it is pretty rainy in the Fall, but during the summer, you should be able to get several clear days to go exploring.
Banff National Park, located about an hour and a half from Calgary, is Canada’s oldest national park. It has tons of sights to see, including Lake Louise’s aquamarine water and the Ice Fields Parkway. Because of the mountains and the lake, it is considered one of the best places to take your RV.
Douglas Provincial Park, located in Saskatchewan, features cacti, beaches and tons of fish. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to combine fishing and hiking. Since you can see various landscapes, this is one of the best places to get pictures.
Spruce Woods is a newer park – it was established in 1970. You’ll see sandy dunes and can walk on tons of walking trails. This park also rents yurts if you want to sleep outside of your RV for a change. Additionally, the camping sites are very private.
Before you head out on a long trip, stop by PleasureLand RV to pick up any accessories you need, make sure your RV is in good working order and grab parts, chemicals, RV toilet paper and other items that you may need for this trip.
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If you want an RV but thought you couldn’t afford the type you want, you may not have considered buying a used RV. You can get an almost-new RV for much less than a brand new RV – and some are even certified.
Stop by PleasureLand RV today to walk through our huge inventory of used and certified used RVs including travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorized coaches and more. You are sure to find something that not only fits your requirements, but that will fit your budget.
Our used RV inventory includes:
- 2014 Cruiser RV Fun Finder 265RBSS – Certified
- 2014 Shasta Oasis 26DB – Sale pending
- 2014 Keystone Premier 32BHPR – Certified
- 2014 Ice House Ice Castle 21VRV
- 2014 Keystone Summerland 2570RL – Sale pending
- 2013 Forest River Grey Wolf 29DSFB – Certified
- 2013 Dutchment Denali 311BH – Certified
- 2013 Forest River Wildwood Lodge 383RLT – Destination trailer
- 2013 Keystone Alpine 3450RL Fifth Wheel – Certified
- 2013 Keystone Summerland 1890FL Travel Trailer
- 2013 Coachmen Brookstone 361RE Fifth Wheel – Certified
- 2013 Jayco Jay Flight 22FB Travel Trailer – Certified
These are just a few of the over 250 used units we have on the lot. You can also find great deals on new RVs – many of our new models have sale prices. For example, if you are looking for a luxury motorized coach, check out the 2015 Winnebago Tour. It’s listed on the web site for $395,829 MSRP. While we can’t post our price online due to the manufacturer’s restrictions, you can be assured that you will be getting a deal on this RV.
The 42-foot Tour features three slides, a microwave/speedcook oven, washer and dryer, drawer-style dishwasher, a 100-watt solar panel, sectional, tailgate package and more. You’ll find additional luxury appointments including quality residential furniture and appliances.
Additional deals include deals on fifth wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers, popup campers, Class A, B and C motorhomes, truck campers, expandable campers, park models, destination trailers, ice house trailers and utility trailers.
Stop by PleasureLand RV today to walk through any of our used models, new models or luxury models. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any special pricing. While we expect that you’ll find the perfect RV for the amount you can afford, if you don’t, you just might find the perfect certified used RV.
The 2015 Winnebago Journey 36M is perfect for a larger family. It is just over 37 feet long and has an interior height of 7 feet. It also has large holding tanks so you don’t have to refill the water or empty the holding tanks every other day, even with a larger family.
The freshwater tank holds 85 gallons, the hot water heater holds 10 gallons, the black holding tank holds 46 gallons and the gray water tank holds 61 gallons. It also holds 28 gallons of LP fuel and 100 gallons of diesel. To take a walk through of the Winnebago Journey 36M, stop by PleasureLand RV today.
Chassis and Powertrain
The 360-horsepower Cummins ISB XT 6.7-liter turbocharged engine rides on a Freightliner Maxum chassis. It is backed by an Allison six-speed automatic 3000 MH transmission. The engine is cooled by a rear radiator. This RV also featurs NeWay front and rear suspension, a 160-amp alternator, airbrakes with ABS, an engine exhaust brake, automatic hydraulic leveling jacks, a seven-pin wiring harness for a trailer, a trailer hitch that supports 500 pounds of maximum vertical tongue weight and stylized aluminum wheels.
The cab features an infotainment center with GPS, a 10.4-inch touch screen color monitor, AM/FM radio, CD/DVD player, steering wheel-mounted controls, a handheld remote, Bluetooth, a color rearview camera, sideview cameras, multi-position armrests, adjustable lumbar support, swivel/reclining/sliding seats, cruise control, a powered stepwell cover, power mirrors with a sideview camera, turn signal indicators and defrost, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel with a foot actuated pedal, and power door locks with remotes.
The interior of the 2015 Winnebago Journey features a 40-inch HDTV in the middle of the coach, it’s ready for a satellite system, it features a digital TV amplified antenna system, dual pane contoured windows, LED ceiling lights, roof vents and a home theater sound bar system.
The galley features Corian countertops, a residential stainless steel French door fridge with water dispenser, microwave/convection oven, three-burner stove, and a cold water filtration system.
The bathroom also features Corian countertops, a flexible showerhead, a textured glass door shower, skylight and porcelain toilet.
The bedroom features a 32-inch HDTV, a queen bed with an innerspring mattress, ceiling fan, bedspread, pillows and pillow shams.
To learn more about the 2015 Winnebago Journey 36M including the rest of the features and additional options, stop by PleasureLand RV today.
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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