Resolutions for the RVer

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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.

Christmas Crafts and Games for Your RV Road Trip

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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.

Hit the Slopes this Winter

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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.

Lutsen Mountain

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.

Detroit Mountain

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.

Giants Ridge

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.

Spirit Mountain

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!

Enjoy Winter in Minnesota

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Winter doesn’t have to end your RVing for the year, especially if you find yourself in Minnesota. Minnesota offers RVers plenty of things to do until the spring thaw, so don’t stop exploring yet!

Explore a Nature Center

Minnesota’s natural places are mostly open year round, and the winter sights are just as wonderful as any other time of year. Minnesota is renowned for owl watching, and two of the best places to see them are at Agassiz Audubon Center and the International Owl Center.

Nature center trails are threaded through with numerous trails and make great places for recreational sports, like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.

Escape the Cold at a Water Park

You read that right: Minnesota, in a bid to extend its swimming season, has many indoor water parks scattered across the state. Some of these are deluxe resorts that offer something for all ages.

Check out Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark in Duluth, Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter, or even the water park right next to the Mall of America.

Learn Something New at a Museum

Get inside and out of the cold and learn something new while you do it. Minnesota is home to many extensive museums covering many different subjects. Some of the best include the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you head off to enjoy the winter in Minnesota, drop in at your RV adventure headquarters at PleasureLand RV Center in St Cloud, Brainerd, or Ramsey. PleasureLand RV Center can help get you into the RV of your dreams, keep your RV running smoothly (even through the cold of winter), and get you outfitted with quality accessories to make your RV living easier and more convenient.

Must-Have Tips for RV Living

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There’s no better place to learn about RV living than from travelers who have lived life on the road. And these must-have tips have been compiled by some of the most experienced RV travelers in the country — members of the Escapees RV Club. So next time you hit the road, keep these helpful tips on hand to help your RV travels roll along more smoothly.

RV Living Tips From the Experts

  1. Always keep wheel locks on hand.
  2. Become a member of the Escapees RV Club and embark on some RV rallies.
  3. Invest in a high quality sewer hose or two and have the correct connectors on hand.
  4. Check the condition of your tires and the tire pressure before each journey.
  5. Create a checklist for all of your departures.
  6. Know how to maintain your chassis and house batteries and check them often.
  7. Keep more than one fire extinguisher in your RV.
  8. Don’t travel with any items that have less than two uses.
  9. Throw your toilet paper in the trash instead of the toilet to save room in your black water tank.
  10. Scott’s single-ply toilet paper is less expensive and more comfortable than special RV toilet papers.
  11. Buy small surge protectors for every appliance in your RV.
  12. Turn your water heater on roughly 30 minutes before you plan to use hot water.
  13. Let your black water tank fill at least halfway before you empty it.
  14. Always keep bottled water or a water filter in your vehicle in case the campground’s water is not drinkable.
  15. Take your time and see the sights. There’s no need to race to the next destination.
  16. Volunteer at your destinations to meet new people and get involved in new communities.
  17. Keep a magnetic key somewhere on your rig, so you never have to worry about being locked out.
  18. Travel to a number of RV campgrounds before you choose to join an RV campground organization.

Find All of Your RV Needs at PleasureLand

We’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Stop in one of our massive Camper’s General Stores in Ramsey or St. Cloud or shop our online parts store 24 hours a day.

Fun Activities for the Road!

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The RV lifestyle is full of adventure, excitement, and exploration, and while all of the outdoor activities can certainly bring your family closer together, there are also tons of indoor activities that can too. Consider some of these fun games and activities for the down time spent inside your RV, and you’ll never fear rainy days or long hours on the road again.

Hold an RV Treasure Hunt

Turn down time into fun time with a treasure hunt right inside your RV. Create a variety of clues to hide throughout your RV or even around the campsite if the weather is nice. Make it a competition with a small prize going to the winner, or have the kids follow the clues as a team and reward everyone with a prize at the end.

Create a Special Meal Together

Whether it’s a festive Mexican taco night, your very own RV pizzeria or just your family’s favorite meal — cooking a dinner together can be the perfect way to bond on a rainy day or during that down time after an adventure. If you’ve got an entire day to fill, decorate your RV with your dinner’s theme before you start cooking. And don’t forget to get your kids involved in the easier aspects of cooking (stirring, plating, etc.)

Turn Your RV Into a Movie Theater

Instead of simply turning out the lights and popping a movie into the DVD player, set your RV up as a movie theater for rainy days or those long movie nights. Make sure you have movie-theater-style popcorn and treats on hand, and if you’ll be making a day of it, stock up on a variety of movies you’ve never seen. If possible, position your RV furniture in rows in front of the television to resemble movie theater style seating.

Indoor and Outdoor Games at PleasureLand

Getting tired of the old board games you’ve had in your RV for years? Check out our huge selection of indoor and outdoor camping games at our online parts store or stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealer — today.

Taking Thanksgiving on the Road!

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When you go RVing for the long term, it often means spending holidays on the road. Even if you are on the road, you can still have a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner with all of the “fixins.” Because of space limitations, you’ll just have to plan it a bit different.

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to pick up any accessories you may need to help you with cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner on the road.

Make Things the Day Before

If you are using fresh vegetables, parboil them the day before, then keep them in the fridge or a cooler until you can heat them up for the meal. Parboiling the veggies means that you don’t have to use valuable stove space on the day of the Thanksgiving meal – you can just pop them in the microwave to heat them up.

Make the mashed potatoes the day before. Again, all you have to do is heat them up on the stove or in the microwave. You can even boil the potatoes and mash them without any milk or butter, then when you heat them up for the meal, add the fresh milk, butter and seasonings.

If you were cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home, you would most likely make the desserts the day before. You can do this, too – that way you have the oven for the turkey. If your RV doesn’t have an oven or a convection microwave, you can still “bake” pies and turkey on the grill. Simply set the grill to the proper temperature using only one or two burners. Set what you are baking on the side with the unlit burners. Skillet cornbread comes out great when done in this manner.

Thanksgiving Day

About 15 minutes before the turkey is done, you can start heating things up that you made the day before. Since the turkey should sit at least 10 to 15 minutes before you carve it, you should have plenty of time – and things will be hot.

Making Turkey without an Oven

If your RV doesn’t have an oven or a convection oven, you have a few choices. If you have a turkey fryer, fry the turkey. If not, but a whole turkey will fit under the grill hood, make sure you have plenty of propane. Set the grill at the appropriate temperature and place the turkey on the unlit side of the grill.

The third option is to cook turkey breasts. You can fry them, boil them or even cook them on the grill. Stop by PleasureLand RV Center for any needed accessories for the kitchen and other areas inside or outside of the RV.

Enjoy Fall on the Water

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RVers are commonly interested in outdoor activities and the natural world. After all, a good portion of your travels will probably be oriented towards parks and preserves all across the U.S.

Minnesota offers no shortage of beautiful outdoor areas, no matter your interests or hobbies. If you’re into kayaking, canoeing, or any other variation of paddle-crafts, this is especially true: Minnesota has 32 designated water trails and is the oldest water trail system in the country, more than 50 years old. It’s also one of the largest, covering more than 4,400 miles.

Check out these great Minnesota water trails this fall.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River winds through 500 miles of Minnesota countryside. With so much area, there’s really no good way to characterize the water ways of the Mississippi. It starts as a narrow and tame stream at its headwaters in Itasca Lake before widening out.

Lake Superior

The largest freshwater lake in the world is also one of the most scenic. On calm days the water can be so clear and calm that it’s like glass. On days that conditions are poor and the water is too choppy on the lake, there are plenty of smaller and more sheltered lakes and tributaries attached to Lake Superior that are good alternatives.

St. Croix River

If you’re looking for a dramatic waterscape, St. Croix River delivers. With a 200-foot gorge, ice age potholes, and scenic rock formations, St. Croix River is one of the more interesting waterways in Minnesota.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Drop by PleasureLand RV Center if you’re ready to combine your love of travel and the outdoors with the convenience and comfort of your very own motorhome. PleasureLand RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts and accessories in Minnesota.

Minnesota’s Top Ice Fishing Spots

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Minnesota’s more than 11,800 lakes make it a hotspot for ice fishing. However, having so many places from which to choose can make planning your getaway more difficult. These three places to ice fish around Minnesota are some of the best of the best for catching fish and enjoying your stay.

Mille Lacs

St. Paul residents don’t have to travel far to find some of the country’s best ice fishing. Minnesota’s second largest lake, Mille Lacs, offers 74 miles of coastline and numerous access points to make your fishing excursions more convenient. The lake’s more than 130,000-acre size also means fishermen have plenty of room to spread out. The lake is known to be home to an abundance of rock bass, walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, jumbo perch, tullibee and muskie, so bring a large cooler for your catch.

Gull Lake

Gull Lake is known across Minnesota as one of the best fishing spots. It’s home to the annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza event, which is the largest ice fishing event in North America. This fishing spot in the Brainerd Lake Region offers great water quality, which sustains huge populations of northern pike, bluegill, walleye, rock bass, largemouth bass and crappie. Park your RV in nearby Nisswa or Brainerd to enjoy a little bit of off-the-ice action during your stay.

Upper Red Lake

Red Lake is the largest lake in Minnesota, and it’s a hotspot for world-class fishing conditions. Head to the lake’s upper region to enjoy the best walleye fishing in the state. However, don’t be surprised if you reel in some crappie and northern pike too. The entire lake is 288,000 acres in size, so you’ll never feel like you’re fishing in a crowd.

Stop and See Us

Minnesota’s PleasureLand RV Centers are located near some of our state’s best ice fishing spots. Come shop our ice houses if you want to step up your ice fishing game.

Fun Fall Hobbies for Your RV

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There are plenty of RV hobbies that are ideal for life on the road. The following are just a few of the many activities you can start enjoying in your PleasureLand RV, especially with fall coming up.

Learn a New Language

Whether you’ll be traveling south of the border or not, learning a new language can be educational, fun and beneficial to your everyday life. Take language classes online or pick up a program like Rosetta Stone to practice your new language skills in the comfort and convenience of your home on wheels.

Scrapbooking

Creating scrabooks during your travels can help you make the most of those days spent inside your RV. Scrapbooking gives you an opportunity to organize your photos, reflect on recent memories and create a tangible record of your travels to show to friends, family and fellow campers.

Leaf Pressing

Fall is a great time to try leaf pressing, what with the beautifully colored leaves available wherever you look. Try to get different colors and leaves from different species of tree to fill out your book. You can even combine leaf pressing with scrapbooking.

Paint By Numbers

We’re not all artists, but that doesn’t mean you can’t paint. Painting by numbers kits are extremely addictive, and thousands of them (of varying difficulties) can be purchased online. Even better, the final result is a gorgeous painting that you can use to decorate your home on wheels.

Jewelry Making

Creating your own unique jewelry pieces isn’t just a way to pass time on the road. It’s also a way to make money while you travel. Master your jewelry design and creation skills, and you can create a website or Etsy account to sell your goods along your journey.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Find a more comfortable RV for those rainy days at the campsite right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. With the perfect RV, hobbies on the road will be just as enjoyable as those at home.