Choosing the perfect RV campground isn’t as easy as loading an app and picking the closest campground to your destination. Some campgrounds are geared toward families, some are designed for retirees, some are pet-friendly, and the list of differences can go on and on.
If you’re planning on spending any period of time at a campground, it pays to find one that suits your travel needs. This simple guide will help you locate a campground that you’ll never want to leave.
Research From Home
Don’t wait until you hit the road to start finding the perfect campground. Researching from home, where you have reliable internet access, can be much more efficient and effective. Search for campgrounds and RV parks near your destination and take the time to look at each website thoroughly. Use your list of desired amenities and campground features to select a handful of places that best suit your needs.
Get Everyone Involved
Once you’ve located a number of campgrounds that offer the amenities and location you’re desiring, it’s time to consult all of your fellow campers. Letting everyone play a role in the choosing process ensures that no one is surprised or disappointed upon arrival.
Not all campground websites present their amenities, rules or location properly. When in doubt about any campground features, call the campground to confirm. This can help you avoid serious problems like arriving at the campground with a pet that’s not allowed or pulling in to find the pool out of service. Calling ahead is another way to avoid surprises and guarantee the campground offers everything you’re seeking. It will also help you understand the campground’s exact location, which can be difficult to determine via online maps or GPS.
Choose the Right RV
Choosing the perfect RV is as difficult as choosing the perfect campground. Fortunately, our qualified RV representatives here at the PleasureLand RV Center can make finding your dream RV easy and stress-free.
The RV lifestyle isn’t always about “roughing it.” In fact, traveling in an RV can be as luxurious as you want it to be, especially with so many top-quality RV resorts throughout the country. These three RV resorts are some of the best in the U.S. for their prime locations and amenities that go above and beyond.
Boyd’s Key West Campground
Scenery doesn’t get much better than gazing into the turquoise ocean waters of Key West. This unbeatable RV resort is packed with amenities like a private beach, a pool, a marina, free wireless internet access, clean bathrooms and 250 scenic campgrounds just minutes from Key West’s famed Duvall Street. Lounge in the sun or on the water all day, then catch a bus into town for some of America’s best beach nightlife.
Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort
The Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort in Polson, Mont., is the state’s No. 1 luxury RV resort. Travelers enjoy breathtaking sites surrounded by the Mission Mountains and Flathead Lake. Oversized lots, a pool, hot tub, mini golf, a dog park, basketball courts, volleyball courts, outdoor kitchens, multiple laundry facilities, relaxing common areas and an array of other first-class features set this resort above most others in the country. Even better, the Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort is just minutes from Glacier Park, offering countless outdoor adventures.
Durango RV Resort
Head to Red Bluff, Calif., to enjoy a luxurious RV site at the Durango RV Resort on the Sacramento River. Gorgeous riverfront RV sites are combined with a pool, numerous clubhouses, outdoor fireplaces, a 45-acre dog park, an automatic dog-washing station, free wireless internet access and a long list of other touches that make this resort one you’ll never want to leave.
Find Your RV at PleasureLand
Your RV experience is as dependant on your home on wheels as it is where you park it. Stop in and shop our huge selection of top-quality RVs right here at the PleasureLand RV Center to ensure your next camping experience is as luxurious as it should be.
You don’t have to travel far and wide to enjoy the summer vacation of a lifetime. Minnesota is home to some of the most exciting state parks in the country, offering refreshing lakes, wooded hiking trails and everything you need to enjoy the ultimate outdoor vacation. These three state parks are ones you should visit in your RV this summer.
Itasca State Park
Itasca State Park is Minnesota’s oldest state park and arguably the state’s most popular. It’s more than 32,000 acres in size and features more than 100 lakes — that’s a whole lot of summer swimming. Visitors can enjoy walking along the Mississippi River, visiting the Itasca Indian Cemetery, a 2,000-acre Wilderness Sanctuary, fishing, hiking, Geocaching and of course, camping under the stars.
Whitewater State Park
Fishermen, and all outdoor enthusiasts, will find themselves falling in love with Whitewater State Park in southeastern Minnesota. The park features deep ravines and breathtaking limestone bluffs that provide a picturesque backdrop for hiking, trout fishing, swimming, beach combing and camping.
Lake Shetek State Park
There’s no shortage of state parks with lakes in Minnesota, but Lake Shetek State Park is one of the best areas in the state for RV campers. It’s home to southwestern Minnesota’s largest lake, which is full of bullheads, walleye, crappie and other fish.
A swimming beach, six-mile bicycle trail, boat launch, kayak rentals and campsites with full hookups make this Minnesota state park an ideal summer getaway spot. And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this summer, stray from your RV site and enjoy one of the park’s backpack or paddle-in campsites for a night or two.
Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand
The PleasureLand RV Center, in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd, and Long Prairie, is your one-stop Minnesota RV shop. Whether you’re in need of a new or used RV, service, parts, camping supplies or even an RV rental, we have it all right here at PleasureLand.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is a state known for its breathtaking natural beauty. Minnesota’s natural wonders are best displayed in the state’s numerous, stunning state parks. Put these three state parks on your travel radar for the summer of 2015, and you won’t be disappointed.
Grand Portage State Park – Grand Portage
Along the border of the United States and Canada, Minnesota travelers will find the mesmerizing Grand Portage State Park. The 120-foot-tall waterfalls, riverside hiking trails and mixed hardwood forests are a nature-lover’s dream. It’s easy to be mesmerized by Minnesota’s tallest waterfall, but be sure to explore the remainder of the park’s unique terrain that is home to black bears, white-tail deer, beavers, moose, otter and other wildlife.
Split Rock Creek State Park — Jasper
The Split Rock Creek State Park in Jasper, Minn., is an ideal destination for travelers seeking a mellow escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Split Rock Lake is the largest body of water in its county, offering fishing, swimming, boating and other water activities to its guests. Don’t forget to travel seven miles north to the Pipestone National Monument when you’re in the area.
Nerstrand Big Woods State Park — Nerstrand
Late spring and early summer are the best times to visit Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, because the wildflowers — including Dutchman’s breeches, bloodroot, dwarf trout lily and roughly 200 other varieties — are in full bloom. The Hidden Falls are a relaxing place to cool off after hours of hiking and bird watching in the forest. Even better, RVs up to 60-feet long are welcome at the campground, and 27 sites are equipped with 30-amp electricity.
Find Your Summer RV at PleasureLand
There’s no better way to ensure you have an incredible summer than by purchasing a new or used RV from PleasureLand RV Center. We’re your one-stop shop for everything from RV sales to service, parts and camping supplies, so stop and see us before you hit the road.
There’s no better way to cure the winter blues than by planning your next RV getaway. And although January is the heart of winter here in Minnesota, the spring RV season is closer than it seems. Get your family excited about camping in 2015 by scheduling your getaway to the unbeatable Timberline RV Resort in Sturgeon Lake, Minn.
Fun for the Whole Family
The Timberline RV Resort is guaranteed to offer a camping experience your family will never forget. This campground is packed with resort-style amenities like an outdoor heated swimming pool, paddleboat rentals, tubing, canoeing, free bike rentals, two playgrounds, berry picking, a game room, snack bar, basketball courts, volleyball, hiking trails, ATV trails and a convenient location between two exciting casinos. Whether you’re looking for an action-packed vacation or a relaxing getaway, the Timberline RV Resort is able to provide exactly what you’re seeking.
Spacious and Private Campsites
The Timberline RV Resort offers over 200 campsites, so you can find one that’s perfect for you and your fellow travelers. All campers, whether in basic tent or full-service RV sites, are granted access to all of the resort facilities, including a massive recreation building with adult lounge, laundry room, modern toilets and showers. Camp near the pond, along the Horn River, next to the playground, close to the pool or in a spacious private site away from it all. The Timberline RV Resort offers everything you need to have an unforgettable Minnesota RV vacation in one convenient place.
Make Your Reservation Today
This exciting RV resort is extremely popular in the peak camping season, so it’s recommended that you call and make your reservation for spring or summer as early as possible. The campground opens with off-season prices from May 1 to May 23, then rates increase for the peak summer season. Daily, weekend and weekly rates or available, so contact the resort to choose your campsite and get your RV vacation set in stone today.
Pay a Visit to PleasureLand
Whether you’re searching for a new RV or some upgraded RV supplies for the upcoming camping season, you can find everything your RV lifestyle demands right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.
They say there’s nothing like home for the holidays, but when you live life on the road in your RV, you’re always home wherever you go. Although, parking your RV at a special campground for the holidays can make you enjoy them even more. These three destinations are some of our favorites to enjoy during the holiday season because of their beautiful scenery and unbeatable holiday cheer.
You can’t beat a holiday season spent on the slopes, and the Steamboat Campground is a year-round Colorado campground that’s close to all of the outdoor winter activities you can imagine. RV sites are steeply discounted in the winter months, and the campground’s unique location in Steamboat Springs, between Yellowstone National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park means you enjoy a winter wonderland that’s unlike anywhere else in the country.
Padre Island National Seashore
If your idea of a white Christmas involves white sand beaches instead of snow, the Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is the place to be this holiday season. Camping is available in five spots on the island, with the Bird Island Basin being the most desired spot for birdwatchers, fishermen, boating, kayaking and drinking in the warm air and gorgeous scenery. The Padre Island campgrounds are open year-round, so fire up your RV and head down to Texas before the holidays get underway.
Mt. Hood National Forest
The Mt. Hood National Forest is one of Oregon’s best kept winter secrets. The area is one of the top in the country for snowshoeing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, skiing, sledding and a slew of other outdoor winter activities. Stay at the Trillium Lake Campground, which offers gorgeous lake-view sites with unbeatable views of Mt. Hood.
Prepare Your RV at PleasureLand
Before you hit the roads this holiday season, bring your RV by PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota to ensure it’s in top shape for the winter roads. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, stop in or log online to browse our huge selection of top-quality RVs in stock.
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.
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When it comes to long term trips in your RV, you may want to upgrade the interior, the exterior, and if you have a motorized RV, the powertrain. Upgrades often make life easier, and in the case of the powertrain, certain upgrades can increase fuel economy.
Pleasure Land RV has a warehouse full of parts and accessories, and if you want to upgrade the powertrain on your motorized RV, an excellent service department.
Most RVs are equipped to tow, however, you may want to add an external transmission cooler if this necessity did not come standard with your RV. Keeping the transmission oil cool under duress helps to increase the life of the transmission. Towing heavier loads into the mountains heats up the fluid, which in turn, heats up the transmission. These can eventually heat up the engine and in extreme cases, cause the engine to overheat.
Another bolt-on upgrade is a cool intake air cleaner. The air cleaner introduces cooler air into the engine which can increase fuel economy. Additional “bolt-on” accessories include turbo chargers, engine oil coolers and better radiator/engine fans.
Upgrade the interior of your RV by adding more storage options. This might include under-bench storage in a booth or U-shaped dinette, the addition of drawers under a table or under overhead cabinets, a glass shower door if you have a shower curtain only, or an upgraded foot-flush porcelain toilet. Some of the simpler upgrades you may be able to do yourself, but if you are replacing a toilet or adding glass shower doors, you may want to stop by Pleasure Land RV’s service department.
You might not think that there is much you can do the exterior of the RV, but if you use your imagination, you can come up with a ton of things. You can add more lighting for outside entertainment at night, add a larger awning, or install an outside shower head. Install a portable exterior kitchen by converting one of the outside storage bays.
If you have an idea for an upgrade but are unsure about doing it yourself, stop by Pleasure Land RV to discuss the upgrades or to purchase the accessories needed to implement the upgrades.
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With thousands of lakes, lush forests, city skylines and plenty of other breathtaking landscapes, it’s no wonder that Minnesota is flooded with hundreds of RV parks. And although summer may be coming to a close, the fall season is one of the best for camping in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Put these top Minnesota RV parks on your travel radar, and start making your fall road trip plans today.
Dakotah Meadows RV Park
Dakotah Meadows is a five-star RV park in the gorgeous Minnesota River Valley. Although it’s just minutes from a number of the Twin Cities’ best attractions, the relaxed natural setting makes retreating back to your RV at the end of the day a dream come true. Guests enjoy easy access to the Mystic Lake Casino, a playground, convenience store, laundry facilities and RV wash station and tons of other wonderful amenities.
Stony Point Resort
The Stony Point Resort RV Park and Campground is a world-class RV park in Cass Lake that’s designed to help you have the best vacation every time. This perfect lake getaway offers a fun, family-style restaurant and lounge, boat rentals, kayaks, a concrete boat ramp, safe swimming areas, playgrounds, a live bait shop, fish cleaning house, laundry facilities, free WiFi and all of the amenities you need to enjoy your lake getaway better than ever before.
Beaver Trails Jellystone Park
Jellystone Parks are known for being some of the best family-friendly campgrounds in the world, and the Beaver Trails Jellystone Park lives up to the high expectations. This action-packed camp resort in Austin, Minn., features a brand new game room, three water slides, a jumping pillow, mini-golf, golf cart rentals, creek-side campsites, a snack shack and tons of other family-friendly amenities.
Get Your Camping Supplies at PleasureLand
The RV camping season doesn’t end when summer does, and there’s no better place to stock up on fall camping supplies than at the PleasureLand RV Center. We’re your one-stop shop for all of your Minnesota RV lifestyle needs, and with five locations throughout our great state, we’re always nearby to help.
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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