Now that you’ve purchased your first RV, it’s time for the learning curve. Since this is the first time you’ll be heading out in an RV – unless you went RVing with your parents – you may want some tips to make your trip less stressful. The first time you forget something, it’s not so bad, but by the time you’re three days into a trip and find out you didn’t do something before you left – like fill the propane tanks – or you forgot something else – like the chemicals for the toilet – you’re going to blow your top.
About a week before you leave for your trip, make sure all systems are working properly. Check the plumbing, the hot water heater, the fridge, stove, heat and air conditioning unit. If you have a brand new RV you shouldn’t have any trouble with these things, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. If you are uncomfortable checking things yourself or if you do find a problem, bring your RV to the service center at PleasureLand RV Center.
To check the stove and possibly the heat, you’ll need propane, so this time would be a good time to ensure that both bottles are filled. Remember to turn the tanks off when you are done testing as it’s not safe to drive around with open propane tanks.
Make a list of things to pack. When you list your clothing, be sure to bring season-appropriate clothing. Don’t forget boots and rain gear. If you are camping in the winter, be sure to pack extra clothing. If you are going to be outside in the snow, you’ll want something warm to change into.
When you make your food list, it is easier to plan meals rather than to just make a list. This way, you are sure to not forget something for a specific meal. If you plan on making something complicated, use the recipe to add to your food list.
Since freezer space is limited in most RVs, buy meat as you normally do, but remove it from the store packaging. Pack it in zippered freezer bags – you’ll fit more into the freezer. Pack a cooler with ice for meat, soda and other perishables you will use during the first couple of days – you’ll have more space in the fridge and freezer. If you pack the meat in the cooler while it’s frozen, it will stay cold for a couple days. It may even be frozen on the second day.
Stop by PleasureLand RV Center for any accessories or parts you may need for your trip or to get your RV checked before you leave.
If you’ve got your dogs along on your travels, try doing something special for them by trying these DIY projects. Not only are they a good way to pass some time, but they can add functionality and convenience to your RV.
Make a Custom Dog Station
There’s a lot of room for variety and creativity here, but the gist is this: take a board of wood and add pegs and other holders to help organize your dog’s gear.
For example, you could try taking the wooden board, sanding it down and painting it, and then adding a peg to hold your dog’s leash and adding a mason jar to hold dog treats. By hanging this on the wall next to your door, you can not only have all of your dog’s gear in one convenient place, but you can save space elsewhere as well. Other ideas to include on your dog station are a poop bag dispenser or a small basket to hold dog grooming items. Make sure to customize your station with your dog’s name!
Make Your Own Collar
By simply modifying a belt, you can make your own dog collar that will look like it came from a designer. Find an old leather belt with a pattern you like and measure around your dog’s neck with it. Trim the excess material from the belt with a pair of scissors. Taper the end into a point and you’re done! Attach a carabiner to the collar when you want to clip a leash onto it.
Visit PleasureLand RV Center
Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a new or used RV and find one that’s right for you. If you’ve already got an RV, schedule service with a technician at PleasureLand RV Center before you embark on your next road trip.
Each RV traveler has different wants and needs for his or her RV lifestyle. And the only way to get an RV that’s designed just for you, is to customize it just the way you like it. Whether that involves making interior decor changes, upgrading your RV mattress, swapping out your shower head or installing vent fans, your RV can be exactly what you want it to be with a little creativity and help from the staff here at PleasureLand.
Upgrade Your RV’s Decor
Older RV models often have very outdated decor features or simply a color scheme that’s not as appealing as it used to be. Upgrading your RV’s interior can be made simple by purchasing new bed coverings, rugs, throw pillows, towels and other soft goods. Reupholstering your sofa or dinette and upgrading your laminate countertops to solid surface ones are bigger upgrades that can make a huge difference in the way your RV looks and feels.
Get More Comfortable
Compacting your life inside an RV means you have to sacrifice a few of the luxuries you learned to love in your brick-and-mortar home. But many of those luxuries don’t have to be left behind. Consider swapping your RV’s dull stock shower head for one that can amplify your water pressure and even help you conserve water on the road.
RV mattresses can be less than comfortable as well, but that doesn’t mean you have to go out and spend thousands on a top-end mattress for your life on the road. Consider upgrading your mattress with a simple 2-inch memory foam mattress cover. These are often easy to clean and inexpensive, so you can purchase one for every bed in your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.
Upgrade Your RV at PleasureLand
For bigger upgrades — like air-conditioning and vent fan installs, battery upgrades, inverters and just about any modification you want to make inside our outside of your RV — PleasureLand RV Center is here to help. Our certified RV service technicians are here to handle all of your install, repair, general maintenance and even body shop needs, so you can enjoy your RV lifestyle to the fullest.
You don’t have to be an RV owner to fall in love with the RV lifestyle. Renting an RV can give you a taste of the RV lifestyle before you decide to buy. It’s also one of the best ways to enjoy a stress-free family vacation without the hassle of hotel reservations, flights and costly restaurant meals. Transitioning from a traditional vacation to an RV vacation may seem odd at first, but you’ll quickly realize why RV travel is always preferred.
It’s More Affordable
Gas prices are plummeting, yet the cost of flights keeps rising. Forget about buying expensive plane tickets for your entire family and opt for an RV vacation instead. In addition to saving on flights, you’ll save even bigger on not having to book hotel rooms and cooking your favorite meals inside your RV.
It’s Less Stressful
Let’s face it — flying is no longer fun. Flights are delayed, security checks are annoying and you never make it to your destination exactly when you planned. When you travel in an RV, you can arrive at your destination whenever you want and see everything along the way. Stop for meals, sightseeing or simply to get out and go for a bike ride.
You always feel right at home when traveling in an RV. Here at the PleasureLand RV Center, we offer a wide array of RV rental options to suit a variety of travelers. This means you can have as much sleeping space, living space and cooking space as you desire. Forget about cramming your whole family into one hotel room to save money, because you can have your own vacation home on wheels instead.
Rent From Us
PleasureLand RV Center offers some of the lowest rental rates on Class A motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, pop-up campers and ice houses in the industry. Give us a call, log online or stop by one of our locations in St. Cloud, Ramsey or Brainerd to find out more.
While some might consider it “kid’s stuff,” you’re never too old to go sledding or snow tubing. Of course, any kids you have in tow will also appreciate it. And if you live or are traveling through Minnesota, you’re in luck — Minnesota has got some of the best downhill sledding and snow tubing locations in the country with its hilly terrain and consistent snow coverage.
If you’re an RVer, one of the best parts about sledding is that it requires minimal equipment, which is nice if you’ve got limited space.
Region by region, some of the best sledding and snow tubing opportunities in Minnesota can be found at the following places.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
Theodore Wirth Regional Park – Minneapolis
Green Acres Recreation – Lake Elmo
Brookside Park – Bloomington
Pine Valley Tubing Hill – Cloquet
Newton’s Sliding Hill – Grand Rapids
Sphunge Island Sledding Hill – Kabetogama
Primetime Restaurant and Music Loung – Pequot Lakes
Glendalough State Park – Battle Lake
Robbins Island Park – Willmar
Upper Sioux Agency State Park – Granite Falls
Judd Park Sledding Hill – Rochester
Frontenac State Park – Frontenac
J.A. Hughes Elementary School – Red Lake Falls
Bemis Hill – Warroad
Coviseir Park – Detroit Lakes
Have fun, but play safe.
- Sledding is generally safe, but to be fair you are sliding down a slipper slope at some fast speeds, so a little precaution can go a long way to prevent injury.
- Children should sled only under adult supervision. If the child isn’t confident with their sledding abilities, an adult should accompany them on the sled.
- Wear a helmet (such as a bike helmet) to help reduce the risk of head injury.
- Avoid hills that have obstructions (trees, water, roads, fences, stones, etc.). The clearer the hill, the safer the sport.
- Make sure that there’s a large and clear flat area at the bottom to safely glide to a halt.
Visit PleasureLand RV Center
Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a motorhome or travel trailer and find an RV that’s right for you and your family. Stay out longer on your sledding adventures by traveling in an RV. With the warmth of an RV at the bottom of the hill, you can stay out as long as you want and not have to worry about a trek back to the car or home.
February is National Cherry Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by preparing a fresh and delicious cherry dessert in the comfort of your RV. These rich and fruity chocolate cherry cupcakes are so tasty, you may want to bake two batches.
Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
What you’ll need for 1 dozen cupcakes:
- 3/4 cup cake flour
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted fresh cherries (plus 12 cherries for garnish)
- Cream cheese frosting
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
- Whisk the cake flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
- Beat the granulated sugar and oil together in a separate large mixing bowl with an electric mixer. Beat the egg and vanilla into the mixture until combined.
- Turn the mixer to low and alternately mix in the flour mixture and buttermilk. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed until the mixture is combined.
- Fold the cherries into the mixture, then divide the batter into the cupcake pan.
- Bake the cupcakes for 22 to 26 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out clean. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let them cool.
- Once cool, frost each cupcake with the cream cheese frosting. Top with a fresh cherry before serving.
Visit PleasureLand RV Center
Whether you’re searching for a travel trailer with a large kitchen or a truck camper to help you travel more in 2017, you can always find your dream RV at PleasureLand RV Center.
Now in its fourth year, Explore Minnesota is hosting a statewide scavenger hunt called “Checkpoint Minnesota.”
The scavenger hunt is a great way to see Minnesota this winter, as the contest asks participants to check in at ten iconic Minnesota winter destinations. The ten locations are:
- Artist’s Point, Grand Marais
- Old Central School, Grand Rapids
- Mount Ski Gull, Nisswa
- Otto the Otter, Fergus Falls
- Prince Mural, Chanhassen
- Silver Lake Park, Rochester
- Alexander Ramsey Park, Redwood Falls
- Baudette Depot, Lake of the Woods
- The Shops at West End, St. Louis Park
- Walker Bay Lighthouse, Leech Lake
The more places you check in, the larger the prize you have a chance at winning (though every scavenger hunter receives a prize for participating). The ten grand prize packages (determined by raffle on February 13th), are:
- Firedisc Portable Cooker
- Outdoor Gear Package
- Paddle North Wakesurf Board
- Memorial Day Getaway
- The House Snowboard Package
- The House Snowboard Package II
- Ice Fishing Getaway
- Fischer Nordic Ski Package
- The House Ski Package
- Framed Bike
The contest started on December 15th, but there’s still plenty of time to get into the action since it lasts until February 12th.
You can find out more about the scavenger hunt contest here.
Visit PleasureLand RV Center
Enjoy your winter more in an RV from PleasureLand RV Center. If you’re going to participate in the scavenger hunt this year, be sure to stop in and visit with us in St. Cloud, Brainerd, or Ramsey, Minnesota. The only thing better than hitting up these 10 iconic winter destinations is doing it in the comfort of an RV from PleasureLand RV Center.
New Year’s resolutions have a reputation of being difficult to keep. We start the year focused on our goal, and lose sight of it just a month later. This year, start 2017 with a resolution that you won’t let slip away. Resolve to fire up your RV and travel more in 2017.
It may sound like an easy resolution, but like many others, it’s also an easy one to lose sight of as you develop a busy schedule and begin to budget the year’s money. These simple RV resolutions are easy to keep and are guaranteed to get you on the road more often in 2017, no matter what your schedule or budget may look like.
Resolve to Use Your Weekends
RV adventures don’t always have to be thoroughly planned cross-country road trips. Weekend getaways will give you and your family the outdoor refreshment you need without the hefty fuel bills or expensive RV park or campground fees.
Resolve to Start Planning Now
Many RV vacations go missed due to poor planning and preparation. Plan this year’s big RV adventure now, so you can start saving and have all of the expenses covered before it comes time to hit the road. A properly planned RV vacation is more likely to happen and much less stressful than one that is done on a whim.
Resolve to Go Someplace New
Do you have an RV destination that you visit year after year? Stop heading to that familiar place — whether near or far — and venture to an entirely new destination this year. Visiting an unfamiliar place will reignite your love for exploration and may even open your eyes to a destination that’s even better than the last.
Start the New RV Year at PleasureLand
Start the new year off right by covering all of your RV sales, service and parts needs at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. We’re offering some insane deals on new and pre-owned RVs this season as well as great specials on service and accessories to ensure your RV is always running like new.
While traveling, kids, though excited, are often antsy because they want to arrive at their destination now. To keep them from beating each other up and to keep your sanity, give them something to do while you are on the road. Be sure you have everything you need before you leave, including any accessories you may need to pick up at PleasureLand RV Center.
Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
Have the kids twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane decorations. To make the craft last a while, make a game of it. Whoever sees a yellow car must yell “Yellow car!” That person can make a candy cane. Though taxis and school busses usually don’t count, for this game, you can let them count.
Cardboard Gingerbread People
Before you leave, make gingerbread people cutouts from cardboard. Cut out decorations and faces for them from construction paper. Get each child a glue stick – they are less messy than regular glue and won’t spill – and let the kids make gingerbread ornaments on the trip. When they are done, you can string them together to make a garland to decorate the RV.
Christmas Memory Game
This is a typical memory game, but you can make it more fun by providing a pattern for Christmas trees. Instruct the children to trace the pattern on green construction paper, and then cut out the trees. Glue a button on one side of each tree. Then, on the other side, put the memory clues. You can use the alphabet if your kids are just learning that. You can match a math problem with an answer. Or you can match a color word with the actual color. Adapt this game to whatever the kids are learning.
It’s probably a good idea to make the trees and put the text on them before the trip – this would be something that will get the kids excited for a trip and excited to play a new game.
Stop by PleasureLand RV Center
Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to pick up any necessities or accessories you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV but are considering one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans. If you are still undecided, you can always rent an RV to see if RVing is something you would like to do more often.
Winter means a lot of things to different people. The holidays, time off, spending time with friends and family, and, to some, winter sports.
Whether you’re an old hand at the slopes or just someone who would like to give it a go for the first time, Minnesota is the destination for you. While Minnesota isn’t known for especially elevated terrain, there are numerous locations around the state that are ideal for skiing and snowboarding and there’s sure to be a slope to match your skill level.
Ride a red gondola up the rocky crest of Moose Mountain with the shimmering Poplar River below, then crest down a 1,000-foot drop along some of Minnesota’s biggest ski runs. As you descend, you’ll see dark evergreen forests and Lake Superior’s blue expanse in the background.
One of Minnesota’s newest and baddest ski destinations, Detroit Mountain opened in 2014 and features a lodge and 15 ski runs. Tubing is also available there.
Overlooking Wynne and Sabin lakes, Giants Ridge straddles the rugged landscape of the Iron Range and has 35 ski runs and over 30 miles of trails for Nordic skiers.
Lodge on the mountain and enjoy 22 runs and a terrain park nestled into the hills surrounding the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
Coffee Mill Ski Area
In southern Minnesota you can check out Coffee Mill Ski Area, which is situated on hills rather than on mountains. Using the bluffs along the Mississippi River with 425-foot drops, the resort has 14 runs.
Visit PleasureLand RV Center
Make PleasureLand RV Center your RVing headquarters this winter. Whether you’re a local or from out of state, PleasureLand RV Center is the place to go for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Make this the most adventurous winter yet in an RV from PleasureLand RV Center!