RV to Country Fest 2017

There’s nothing quite like attending a music fest in your RV. Head to Wisconsin to check out one of the country’s biggest country music festivals.

Country Fest is happening June 22 to June 25 in Cadott, Wisconsin. For the last 30 years, Country Fest has brought the best live country musicians and bands to the stage, making it the ultimate outdoor summer country festival in the country. Some of the biggest names in country music have graced the festival in the past, such as George Strait, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and more.

The musical acts for 2017 include Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Jamey Johnson, Brothers Osborne, Wynonna & the Big Noise, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cam, The Cadillac Three, William Michael Morgan, Tucker Beathard, Brandy Clark, Drake White and the Big Fire, Ryan Hurd, Luke Combs, Whiskey Myers, Runaway Jane, DJ DU, Caitlyn Smith, Reverie Lane, Morgan Wallen, Lucie Silvas, Lit, Chris Hawkey, Olivia Dvorak, Jake Worthington, Elizabeth Lyons, Derek Norsworthy, Bobby McClendon, Kaleb Hensley, Alan Turner and the Steel Horse Band, Alexandria Corn, Sasha McVeigh, Elizabeth Mossell, Radio Romance, Morgan Alexander, Roadhouse 6, Cody Hicks, Shane Martin Band, Stetsin and Lace, Kat Beal, Them Coulee Boys, Aileeah Colgan, Diesel Drive, and Fire On High.

Besides the amazing music acts this year, festival goers can enjoy delicious foods and beverages, interactive exhibits, exciting activities, and the largest campground in Wisconsin with over 7000 sites. The sites are all 18 feet by 40 feet and are limited to one sleeping unit per site and 6 campers per site. You must leave 10 feet of clearance between your sleeping unit and your neighbors, so measure accordingly.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to make sure that your rig is ready to roll. If it’s time to upgrade your ride or even if you’re ready to purchase your very first RV, PleasureLand RV Center would love to help. Stop by and tour a motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the various models and layouts.

11th Annual Moondance Jammin Country Fest

Attending music fests in your RV is probably one of the reasons you got your motorhome in the first place, right? After all, there’s nothing quite like a weekend full of music, food, and fun where your home is parked practically in sight of the stage.

If you’re interested in some live country music, check out the Moondance Jammin Country Fest, now in its 11th year. The festival runs from June 23 to 24 in Walker, Minnesota, with a “pre-jam” on June 22. Tickets are on sale now!

The scheduled lineup for this year is:

June 22 – Thursday

  • Devon Worley at 6pm
  • Maiden Dixie at 8pm
  • Parmalee at 10pm

June 23 – Friday

  • Drew Baldridge at 4pm
  • Eric Paslay at 6pm
  • Dan + Shay at 8pm
  • Old Dominion at 10pm

June 24 – Saturday

  • LANco at 4pm
  • William Michael Morgan at 6pm
  • Danielle Bradbery at 8pm
  • Thomas Rhett at 10pm

Other scheduled events include a traveling art pub, Harvest Moon beer tasting, a tribute to Bill Bieloh, a beer pong tournament, a tribute to the troops, and a breakfast buffet and Bloody Mary bar the the Lazy Moon.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to find an RV that’s right for you if you don’t own one yet. Even if you do, it may be time to upgrade. Whatever the case, you can find your dream RV right here at PleasureLand RV Center before you head out on road trips or to more music fests. Visit the service department if you just need a quick checkup on your rig before you take it cross country.

The Top 5 Campfire Games

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Huddling around a campfire with your friends and family is always fun, but campfire games make it even more enjoyable. These five campfire games are fun for all ages, and they don’t require any accessories, so you can play them whether you’re tent camping or at the RV park with your motorhome.

1. Name That Tune

This game is simple, and it’s even more fun if you have a musician in your group of campers. Have your musician begin playing a song or play the beginning of a song on your phone or MP3 player. The first person to guess the name of the tune wins a point, and the person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

2. Telephone

Telephone is a game that always ends in a lot of laughs. Start with one person in your group and have them think of a phrase. The phrase is then whispered from one person to another around the campfire. The last person will then recite the final phrase. Hint: It is often much different than the original.

3. The No Game

The No Game is played by forbidding everyone at your campfire to say the word “no.” Campers can ask each other questions and make comments to get each other to say the word. Each person who says “no” is eliminated, and the last person standing wins.

4. Charades

Charades is a campfire game guaranteed to make you laugh. Have one person come up with a topic and attempt to act it out. The first person to guess correctly wins.

5. Pass the Ghost Story

It’s not a campfire without a ghost story. Have one player start the ghost story with one sentence then let every person in the circle add a sentence. Make it around your circle at least twice before finishing the story.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road this camping season, don’t forget to stop in and see us at your one-stop RV shop — PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.

RV Tips for Beginners

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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.

RV DIY Projects for Dog Lovers

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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.

Customize Your RV

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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.

Why You Should Consider Renting an RV for Your Next Vacation

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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.

It’s Comfortable

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.

Sledding and Snow Tubing in Minnesota

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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

Northeast

Pine Valley Tubing Hill – Cloquet

Newton’s Sliding Hill – Grand Rapids

Sphunge Island Sledding Hill – Kabetogama

Central

Primetime Restaurant and Music Loung – Pequot Lakes

Glendalough State Park – Battle Lake

Robbins Island Park – Willmar

Southern

Upper Sioux Agency State Park – Granite Falls

Judd Park Sledding Hill – Rochester

Frontenac State Park – Frontenac

Northwest

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.

Celebrate Cherry Month with Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

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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

Preparation instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Whisk the cake flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, cocoa, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Fold the cherries into the mixture, then divide the batter into the cupcake pan.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Go on a Winter Scavenger Hunt

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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.