Top Campgrounds for the Holidays

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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.

Steamboat Campground

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.

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PleasureLand Web Specials

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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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Upgrade Ideas for Your RV

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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.

Powertrain Upgrades

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.

Interior Upgrades

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.

Exterior Upgrades

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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The Top 3 Minnesota RV Parks

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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.

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Top RV Destinations in Canada

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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RV Parks in Minnesota

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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Fun Summer Destinations

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If you are taking your vacation during the summer and have the time to drive, load up your RV and take a trip to Sevierville, Tennessee. The trip takes about 16 hours if you go through Chicago. If you want to skirt Chicago, it takes about 17 ½ hours. On the way down, take your time and visit some destinations on your way.

Before you leave, stop by PleasureLand RV to have your RV service or checked since this is quite a long drive. Also be sure to pick up any accessories you may need for your trip.

Once you get to Sevierville, you have numerous places to camp, including places in Pigeon Forge. Places include River Plantation RV Resort, Riverside RV Park and Resort, Up the Creek RV Camp and Riveredge RV Park. Since Sevierville and the surrounding area is a popular destination, it is advisable to make reservations before you leave.

Once there, you’ll find tons of shopping and activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, swimming and more. Don’t forget to spend a couple of days at Dollywood, even if you don’t have children.

Other nearby places include Lynchburg, Tennessee, home of Jack Daniels Distillery. If you take I-40 West, you’ll pass close to Oak Ridge, America’s Secret City and Muddy Pond, which is just outside of Monterey. Muddy Pond is a Mennonite community that has a leather shop, outdoor furniture maker, general store, and, if you visit in the Fall, you can see how to make sorghum the “old-timey” way.

Also in the area – within a 1- to 3-hour drive from Monterey, you’ll find tons of state parks – some that offer RV camping – such as Burgess Falls, Sunset Marina, Caney Creek and more. If you want to go about 2 hours out of your way, you can take 101 out of Crossville to Fall Creek Falls State Park to see some of the best waterfalls in the area.

Dale Hollow Lake, accessible from many points including Sunset Marina and East Port Marina offers big fishing opportunities – the lake is huge. You can rent pontoon boats, bass boats, ski boats, house boats and jet skis at both marinas. Sunset Marina is about an hour from Monterey while East Port Marina is about 45 minutes from Monterey.

Before you leave for this large trip, stop by PleasureLand RV for service and accessories, and be sure to visit our Facebook page to tell us about your trip.

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Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park

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A perfect place for a weekend getaway in Minnesota is at Sibley State Park. The west-central state park has plenty of activities to enjoy year round for all ages. If getting out-and-about on America’s highways and byways to see the sights is something you’ve been planning but not sure where to begin, start with PleasureLand RV to get an idea on recreational vehicle options.

The RV dealership has an array of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more to suit your traveling style and your budget. Let the friendly staff get you situated in the perfect travel option and then be on your way to this relaxing and fun-filled state park.

Sibley State Park

Set amid a landscape any artist would love to paint, Sibley State Park is all-inviting. Throughout the 3,419-acre park, the landscape is filled with aspen, red cedar, maple, green ash and more making fall a panorama of color during the changing of the leaves. You’ll walk through tall prairie grass on the knolls and among fields of wildflowers as the landscape is ever-changing.

Wildlife

Bring your camera and take pictures as you hike along the trails. An array of species make the park home including raccoons, mink, badgers, gray fox, coyotes, squirrel and woodchucks. Bird watching is also a great pastime with Canada geese, egrets and herons, loons, ducks, pelicans and scarlet tanagers, to name a few, inhabiting the park.

Activities

During the off-season, boat rentals are available including kayaks, canoes and row boats from the park office. In the winter, strap on rented snowshoes and trek through the park. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skate-skiing are also options during the winter season.

In the warmer months, go for a swim, take a boat ride or drop a line in Lake Andrew for some leisurely fishing. The park also features a picnic area, and for adventurers, take a hike to Mount Tom for scenic views.

Camping

Sibley accepts RVs 70 feet in length. Electricity and showers are available at the Lakeview campground. Dump station available may through the middle of October.

For all your RV travel needs including parts and service, visit PleasureLand RV today so you’ll be ready to roll whenever the travel bug bites.

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Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Fair

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PleasureLand RV is the place to be for any and all things related to recreational vehicle travel. Our RV dealership provides an extensive inventory of new and used travel trailers, truck campers, RVs, pop-ups, utility and cargo trailers, and more. As the premier RV dealership in Minnesota, you’ll find what you need to make your way to upcoming events like the Minnesota State Fair.

Time and Location

The fair is scheduled to begin August 22 and runs through Labor Day, September 2. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds are located at 1265 North Snelling Avenue N in St. Paul. Gates open at 6am with exhibit buildings, Midway, Kidway, food concessions, barns, Ag-Hort building, and other areas opening between 8am and 10am.

Attractions

The Midway and Kidway are star attractions as each provides thrilling rides and entertainment. Adventure Park keeps guests busy with bungy jumping or testing your stamina on the Sling Shot. Take the Skyride across the grounds or go upward 40 feet on the SkyGlider for spectacular views of the fair.

Kids will get a kick out of the Go Carts, Giant Slide, Carousel, and ice skating. For exotic fun, there’s Monty’s Traveling Reptile Show and Bob’s Snake Zoo, and, for those wanting something a little tamer, the Butterfly House is a nice respite for relaxing. The Luminarium is a visual treat where visitors are swathed in colorful light coming through stained glass windows three stories high.

Entertainment

There’s something going on everyday with free events, music, comedy shows, and more at designated areas that include the stages at Heritage Square, North Woods, Bazaar, Bandshell, Baldwin Park, and Ramberg Center.

Save some time to see the daily parade beginning at 2pm and plan time on your itinerary for the multi-breed horse shows that are included in the fair admission price. See English riding beginning August 21 and Western riding beginning August 30. For rodeo action, the High School Rodeo takes place August 28 through August 30.

Camping

The Minnesota State Fair Campground is available by reservation only. Contact the office at (651) 642-2379 to reserve your site.

Stop by PleasureLand RV today and let our experienced staff show you around to get a firsthand look at what we have in stock, from new RVs to used. No matter what you’re looking for, we’re sure to have something in stock that meets your needs.

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Voyageurs National Park

A vacation to Voyageurs National Park is a true adventure as visitors have 218,000 acres to explore. The tapestry of the park is an intertwined network of lush forest, ancient rock, and multiple waterways.The rugged and remote park is a haven for water enthusiasts and wildlife observers.

When planning a getaway to this Minnesota destination, traveling in comfort is the ideal way to make the trip. If you’re in the market to purchase a new or used Class A motorhome, travel trailer, or pop-up camper, a visit to PleasureLand RV Center provides an extensive inventory to choose from.

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Visitor Centers

Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open year-round and features a museum, bookstore, exhibits, theater, children’s area, information desk, and boat launch. Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and Ash River Visitor Center are open late May through late September and also provide a free boat launch and picnic area with tables. Access to Voyageurs and public boat launches require a free permit available at the visitor center.

Things to do

Depending on the season, visitor’s enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing, boat tours, and ranger led naturalist programs. During the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking snow-covered trails are options. Rowboats, canoes, cross-country skis, and snowshoes are available for rent.

Hiking

Voyageurs offers multiple trails and overlooks accessible by land and several by water, only. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, taking anywhere between 20 minutes to two hours, and strenuous hikes, such as the 27.9 mile Kab-Ash Trail, that can take several days. Along the trails, hikers have the opportunity to view forests of aspens and pines, wetlands, birds, and wildlife

Camping

Campsites inside Voyageurs are only accessible by boat. Adjacent to the park is the Woodenfrog State Forest Campground that offers camping for recreational vehicles. The campground has a boat launch and swimming area.

Plan an itinerary to Voyageurs and look to PleasureLand RV for all your needs from service maintenance to sales. The professional, expert, and certified technicians at our family owned and operated RV dealership will get you road-ready for your next great travel excursion.

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