RV Gadgets for the Traveling Business Man or Woman

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Keeping up with work obligations while on the go may sound impossible at first. However, a number of RV gadgets, designed specifically for traveling businessmen and women, can help ease your worries about meeting deadlines and staying connected while living life on the road. The following are three must-have gadgets for working on the go.

An AC/DC Universal Laptop Charger

AC/DC universal laptop chargers are sold by a number of electronics companies for varying prices. However, you should be able to find a perfectly functional one for roughly $150. The universal charger lets you plug into 12-volt DC power or 120-volt AC power to charge your devices. This allows you to power your laptop while driving without draining your batteries. Your 12-volt DC charger also requires much less power than the 120-volt one, saving your battery when boondocking.

Solio Bolt

Staying connected while boondocking or camping at parks without hook-ups is essential. The $70 Solio Bolt will be a life saver when you need to check your email, but your smartphone’s battery is empty. Simply place the Bolt on your RV’s dash, and let it charge while you cruise. Plug your device into the bolt, and you can have power virtually anywhere.

Kindle Tablet

It doesn’t have to be a Kindle tablet, but the Kindle name has become a trusted one among travelers. A tablet is the device you need to store your media, including books, movies, magazines and more. A compact tablet will save room inside your RV as well as on your laptop’s hardrive, which means you can save your laptop’s valuable space for work. Travelers with little room inside their RVs to spare will benefit greatly from not having magazines, books and movies cluttering the workspace.

Find the Perfect RV

Working on the road requires an RV with the the space and amenities you need to stay comfortable. Stop in and see us at one of the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota to find a luxurious, convenient and affordable RV for your life on the road.

Our Surplus Store Can Help with These Common DIY RV Projects

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Our PleasureLand RV Center online parts store can help with all of you do-it-yourself RV projects. We’re always fully stocked with all of the parts and accessories you need to turn your current RV into your dream home on wheels. The following are just a few of the many parts we offer to help you improve your overall RV experience.

Ventilate Your RV

Our PleasureLand RV Center online parts store is loaded with all of the industry’s latest and greatest RV ventilation systems, from a variety of vent lids to escape hatches, non-powered roof vents and so much more. Many of these items come full assembled with easy installation instructions, so you can save big bucks by not having to take your RV to the shop.

Protect Your RV from the Elements

You can rack up a hefty service bill by having RV technicians seal your RV’s holes and leaks. However, you probably don’t know that you can do many of these repairs yourself. Stop by our online parts store to shop a huge variety of adhesive sealant options to ensure that your RV is 100-percent leak-free for the upcoming spring travel season.

We’re also stocked with epoxy, fiberglass and plastic repair products to help you turn those dreaded (and often costly) RV repairs into affordable, do-it-yourself projects.

Upgrade Your RV’s Kitchen

You don’t need to be an expert to upgrade your RV’s kitchen. Stop by the appliances section of our online parts store to find an array of RV refrigerators, grills, ranges, cooktops and everything you need to turn your compact RV kitchen into a place where you can prepare family-style meals. We’re also stocked with washer and dryer combinations, vacuums, water heaters, furnaces and air conditioners to help make every one of your RV experiences an enjoyable one.

Log onto our PleasureLand RV Center online Surplus Store to start your long-awaited do-it-yourself RV projects today.

Customize Your RV To Fit Your Personality And Comfort Level

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 11.26.25 AMAn RV is more than just a recreational vehicle to get you to different destinations. It is your car, living space and bedroom combined that you take everywhere you go. Since you sometimes spend a large amount of time inside your RV, you want it to make it into the most comfortable vehicle on the road while showing the world that this RV belongs to you. Here are some ways to personalize your RV.

1) Stellar Paint Job: Break out the airbrush and the stencils as you let your imagination go wild. Personalize your RV with a mural, your company logo or just a unique style by giving it a paint job. You can paint just the back of the RV, the side or the entire vehicle with your creative vision. The great thing about this customization is that if you get bored with the design, just paint over it again.

2) Make Storage Simple: Although RV travel trailers offer all the type of amenities to allow you to cook and sleep in comfort, sometimes storage space can be limited when you are trying to carry all the things to make an RV into a moving home. Simplify your storage problems by utilizing sturdy racks and containers specifically made for an RV. An aluminum laundry rack in the bathroom can can keep towels and other bathroom items secure when driving over bumpy roads. If you have a toy hauler, you can increase storage space by adding sliding rails to the garage ceiling and hanging storage containers.

3) Deck Out Your Space: Personalization should start right inside your RV by making the space into an incredible and gorgeous retreat. Make your RV comfortable by decking out the space with rugs, sofa pillows and chair covers in your favorite color scheme. Add picture frames (use the digital standing frames or hang pictures using those hooks that stick to surfaces versus putting a nail in the wall) and small potted plants around your RV. While lighting from candles can add a nice touch, stick with flameless LED candles that are battery operated to prevent the risk of fire.

Personalizing you RV from the Pleasureland RV Center can be a fun experience for you and the entire family before you go on your road trip. Add just the right touches to show off how much you love your recreational vehicle and how comfortable it is to travel inside as you will want to spend even more hours out on the road. Let your creativity go wild without breaking your budget as your RV will speak about your unique decor style as well as make life easier while traveling in a recreational vehicle.

 

Protecting The Appearance Of Your New RV

When you invest in a new Class A motorhome from Pleasureland RV Center, you need to take care to keep it looking great for years to come. Allowing weathering to cause your exterior to fade will only lower the value of your vehicle and make it harder to sell in the future. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on products that must be applied regularly if you request professional ResistAll protective sealants from our service team.

Exterior Sealant To Protect Your Paint Job

Start with a protective coating to keep paint from fading and flaking away. The UV rays from the sun and moisture both work to strip away layers of color. The high gloss finish that offers basic protection against the weather, but normal conditions will eventually remove that finish. The sealant protects both the underlying paint and the top coat over it. Sticky deposits like bird waste and pine sap won’t bond permanently with the walls of your RV if you add an extra layer of sealant with our service. Salt from the roads and ocean spray will just wash off the exterior as well.

Improving The Interior

The interior of the RV usually starts to show wear after a few years if you take at least a few trips throughout the summer. Fabric, leather and vinyl all become stained and dull as your family relaxes on furnishings covered in these materials.

Sealing The Fabric

When the seats or couches in your motorhome or travel trailer are covered with the ResistAll treatment, liquids won’t be able to stain the material. Even oil-based spills will clean up without leaving permanent marks. The sealant can be applied to carpet as well to make vacuuming easy when someone walks in with muddy boots. Even fading won’t be such an issue with fabric that has been properly treated.

Coating Leather And Vinyl

Vinyl already resists spills fairly well, but leather can absorb liquids just like fabric. A safe sealant helps the material shed water, cola and even ice cream. The material will also stay soft and flexible when covered in the right type of protective sealing. Both vinyl and leather can crack if exposed to sunlight without something over it to block out the UV rays.

All of the ResistAll sealing services offered at our RV service center are supported by a five year warranty. If you’re tired of wiping down your upholstery or spraying the exterior at least once a month during the camping season, consider a set of products that could save you time and preserve the condition of your RV in one step.

5 Great Camping Accessories for Your Next Road Trip

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There’s no better cure for the record-breaking cold in Minnesota this year, than a few new camping supplies to get you excited about your spring road trips. Come by PleasureLand RV Center or browse our online parts store, and warm yourself up with these awesome new accessories for your RV.

Open Air Zero Gravity Wide Recliner by Camco

Ditch those old, rusty camp chairs and relax in comfort with the Open Air Zero Gravity Wide Recliner. You’ll love the worry-free PVC coated polyester, powder coated steel frame and the UV-protected fabric that make this comfortable recliner one of the most durable in the industry.

Roaster by Camco

With 34-inches of extension, you don’t have to worry about the kids roasting their own s’mores anymore. For just about $10 a piece, you can buy one for everyone in your family and eliminate those unnecessary fights over the hot dog roaster.

Top Toss by Fundex Games

Outdoor Games are some of the most fun you’ll have at the campsite, and the Top Toss game by Fundex is exciting for players of all ages. Toss the bolo balls and try to wrap them around the different rungs of the steel Top Toss Tower to earn points, and the player with the most points wins.

Awning/Leisure Mat by Camco

Turn the space under your awning into an outdoor living room with the Awning/Leisure Mat by Camco. The 7-foot by 15-foot mat helps keep the interior of your RV clean and doubles as the perfect beach or picnic mat as well.

Rock Out Speakers by Goal Zero

Keep your music by your side at all times whether you’re out hiking the trails or enjoying a few cocktails by the campfire when you’re done. This rechargeable laptop and MP3 speaker delivers high-quality sound at all times and is conveniently weather resistant.

Find All of These Products at PleasureLand

Check out all of these awesome camping supplies and a wide variety of others at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. And if you can’t make it in to our shop, browse our extensive parts and accessories catalog online at PleasureLandRV.com.

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8 Must Have Stocking Stuffers for the RV Fan in your Life

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Instead of toothbrushes, socks, and other traditional (not-so-exciting) stocking stuffers, try giving the RV fan in your life something different this year. At Pleasureland RV Center – your go-to RV dealer in Minnesota – we’ve got all of the stocking stuffers to make this the best Christmas yet. The following are a few of our favorites from our online RV accessory catalog, but don’t forget to stop by to see everything we have in stock.

Coghlan’s Tele-Fork

A fork that extends from 12 inches to 42 inches. Perfect for warming a snack over the fire or stealing food off your brother’s plate.

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Stainless Rim Cup

The perfect cup for every aspect of camping from coffee in the morning to hot cocoa before bed. Choose from a variety of colors, so each camper can distinguish his own.

Bowling Dice By Fundex Games, LTD

Bowl every night right in the comfort of your RV with this dice bowling game. It’s a fun and competitive game for the whole family and a great alternative to TV.

Camco RV Window Thermometers

Dual thermometers so you can check the temperature on both sides of your vehicle. Know the temperature in the sun as well as the shade, then go out and play.

Camco Ditty Bag Set

Three water-repellent bags in varying sizes to keep your accessories organized and safe from the elements. Great as toiletry bags, jewelry storage and so much more.

Camco Camp Saw

A tool that’s useful outdoors as well as around the house. The 10-inch saw blade can cut through wood, drywall and even PVC pipe.

Coghlan’s Fire Lighters

A great survival tool that all campers love. Use these sticks to start a fire without matches, kindling or paper. Even better than matches, these fire lighters burn for about seven minutes, so you can get a fire started every time.

Custer FL20 LED Flashlight

Every RV enthusiast needs a proper headlamp for exploring around the campsite at night. This lamp by Custer Products offers an LED bulb for extra strength and a longer-lasting shine.

First Aid Kit Checklist

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 9.59.58 AMWhen it comes to safe RV excursions, whether locally or for extended trips, PleasureLand’s inventory of well maintained recreational vehicles along with a selection of quality new vehicles make PleasureLand RV Center the “go-to” place for safety and comfort. While it’s important your transportation is serviced and capable of making a trip, it’s equally important to protect your family with their own first aid checklist.

Kit Preparation

You know the needs of your family, so start with vital items for those with mild allergies to insect stings or for those who have issues with pollen from flowering plants, trees and flowers. For anyone who has extreme allergic reactions to stings from bees, wasps or any other biting insect, check with your doctor before leaving so you’ll have enough medicine and needles for the duration of your vacation in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to have a new prescription to take along in case you need to refit the kit.

Basic Items

Band-aids are at the top of the list for blisters on heels and toes after a day of hiking or when someone cuts a finger or gets a splinter that needs removing. Bring along an assortment of band-aids in different sizes to fit most any minor situation. Waterproof band-aids are also a good idea for travelers planning water activities.

Add these items to your “must have” list:

  • Gauze pads and bandages
  • Gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandages for sprains
  • Clips to hold elastic bandages
  • Alcohol prep pads to clean the area
  • Cotton balls
  • Bottle of alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Gloves and hand sanitizer
  • Tweezers to remove tiny splinters
  • Scissors
  • Splints

Along with band-aids and basic items, you’ll also need several useful medications along with a guide on how to administer first aid especially if you haven’t taken a first aid course.

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cold and hot packs
  • Eye wash
  • Calamine lotion
  • Poison oak and poison ivy cream
  • Iodine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Anti diarrheal medication

Pets

Don’t forget to bring an ample supply of your pet’s prescribed medications along with the veterinarian’s name and contact information.

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Keep your personal prescribed medications in a separate, water-proof bag along with over-the-counter medications so everything is in one convenient location. Also, put your doctor’s name, address and emergency contact information in this bag for each person on the trip. Make sure you refill your meds before leaving so you have more than enough in case you encounter any travel bumps along the way.

Make PleasureLand your first stop after putting together your first aid kit and schedule a tune up or service check then ride the highways knowing your family and your RV are a-okay for whatever adventures lie ahead.

The Four Accessories You Need To Prepare Your RV For The Upcoming Season

If you properly winterized your RV at the end of the last camping season, it should have made it through the winter with minimal damage or wear and tear. However, you’ve got to flush out the anti-freeze compounds and dust off the exterior before you hit the road again. Picking up a few extra accessories and cleaning products will make the entire process much easier. Add these four handy additions to your RV care tool chest are for year round use as well. You can find all four at Pleasureland RV Center.

Onan Fuel System Cleaner

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It’s easy to remember to wipe down the shade screens and sweep the floors inside the RV when you open it up for the first time in a few months. However, don’t overlook the cleanliness of the engine while you tidy up the rest of it. This spray cleaner removes deposits and build up from the carburetor. This debris reduces the power of the engine, especially when you need it to climb a steep hill as you explore your favorite national parks. Using this handy spray to clean up the carburetor is a great way to tune up your engine before setting out in the spring.

Rubber Roof Cleaner and Protectant

Even many of the best motorhomes produced today feature solid rubber roofs to protect the top of the RV from falling branches or flying road debris. This rubber is susceptible to fading and hardening when exposed to constant UV rays from the sun. Mildew growing on the surface can also cause it to deteriorate. Use this dual purpose cleaner and protectant to clean away grime from last year while giving the roof an extra boost of protection from moisture and sunlight.

Connector Cleaner

Driving without proper electrical connections to your towed trailer or vehicle puts you and your RV at risk for an accident. Each state also has regulations regarding the lights that must be displayed on a towed vehicle, with punishments costing hundreds of dollars in fines. Toss this tough connector cleaner in your towing box to clean off the electrical connectors each time you prepare to tow. The stiff wire bristles knock off any dirt, corrosion or rust that would impede the transfer of your signals to the trailer or vehicle. This can eliminate the chance of your lights giving out as you are rolling down the road and unaware of the problem.

Fresh Tabs

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Draining your fresh water tank at the end of the season is the best way to prevent freezing. You can quickly prepare to use it again by dropping in a few of these quick water cleaning tablets with the first rinse of water. This will clean and disinfect the entire tank, making it ready for use as soon as you drain it out again without a professional flush from your favorite RV dealership in Minnesota.

Creating an Office Space in Your Minnesota Motorhome

Whether you are a seasonal Minnesota RV enthusiast, or have taken to the full timing RV lifestyle, you may find yourself having to log in a few work hours here and there during your excursions. Even though you might be able to leave the office behind this summer and take a few days off, you may not be able to completely leave the work load at home. It is important to have a designated space aboard your rig in order to stay organized and successfully complete any work duties. The Fun Times Guide has provided a list of a few things you may need to have a well equipped RV office.

Designated Office Area . You should find an area that you can set up all of the necessary components needed to efficiently get work done. This space should preferably be away from the common areas and places that get a lot of usage from your passengers. If you simply can’t find a place that is out of the way due to limited space, try to close off your RV office with a makeshift divider like a curtain or screen of some sort.

Cell Phone. While most of us already have a cell phone that we plan on taking with us, you may not have the right plan set up for travel. You will want to get with your cell phone provider and find a plan that has unlimited long distance and roaming anywhere in the country. That way you can talk on the phone for however long you like, however far away you may travel, without additional fees.

Laptop Computer. If you should need to access the internet while RVing in a remote area, get an internet air card that can be installed on your laptop. While you can access a WiFi network at most hotels restaurants and sometimes truck stops, you won’t always find one nestled in a secluded area of a campground.

Wireless Printer. If you plan on needing a printer while working from your RV, it is wise to get one that multitasks and allows for printing, scanning and copying. Set it up wirelessly to your laptop and you can print from anywhere in your RV or even outside your RV if in proper range.

Whoever said you can’t have fun and get some work done at the same time while RVing?

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iExit App Takes the Guessing Out of Pit Stops for Minnesota RVers

Hey Minnesota RVers, I have the latest must-have iPhone and iPad app. It’s called iExit and to put it plainly, it takes all of the guessing out of those pit stops we take while on the road.

The iExit app tells you what’s coming up at each exit in real time. Are you craving a certain fast food or chain restaurant for dinner? iExit will let you know which exits will have it and even give you the option to call ahead and make reservations. Select the Deals tab and you can see which upcoming exits have chains currently running promotions. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a must-have, was I?

Not quite ready to make a stop? No problem. You can search up to 100 exits ahead of your current destination and even in different states. Not looking for a meal? No problem. iExit is unique because it tells you everything from gas stations to shopping opportunities exit by exit. Here’s the full list of searchable categories:

Searchable Categories

  • Unleaded Gas
  • Diesel Gas
  • Biofuel
  • Fast Food
  • Sit Down Food
  • Coffee
  • Ice Cream
  • Chain Hotels
  • Independent Hotels
  • Auto Services
  • Trucker Services
  • Campgrounds
  • Shopping

Unlike other road trip apps, this one is especially tailored the RV community, in my opinion. Why? Because campgrounds, diesel or alternative fuel stations, weigh scales, and rest areas are all included in your search results. For $.99, what more could you ask for? I’d even be willing to pay five dollars for this handy little app. Give her a try and let us know what you think!