Choosing the Right RV for You

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Picking out an RV can potentially be a daunting task, whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time. RVs vary a lot more than cars do. They come in wildly differing dimensions, possess various amenities, and can cost anywhere from a used car to a small home.

Just remember: if you keep your head on straight and know what your family needs, your budget, and what your travel goals are, you ought to be able to pick out the perfect RV.

What You and Your Family Needs

This consideration boils down to this: how many people are coming along? What does this mean in terms of sleeping arrangements, bathroom usage, cooking, entertainment, and general elbow room? If it’s just you and your partner, you can get away with a truck camper or compact travel trailer. If you’re trying to take along your family of six, you might want to spring for that Class A for the extra space and comfort it will afford to everyone. If you like to bring along a lot of ATVs, kayaks, or mountain bikes, maybe a toy hauler is right for your family.

Your Budget

Obviously you can’t extend your reach beyond what’s affordable. Once you determine your family’s needs, you can only go so far as your budget will allow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get that Class A you need — you may just have to get it pre-owned instead of new. Whatever the case, you ought to be able to find something in your price range as long as you take the time to shop and explore all the options available to you.

Your Travel Goals

This is the final consideration. Once you know what your family needs and what your price range is, it’s time to consider what kind of destinations you’ll be aiming yourself toward. If you plan on hitting up major cities and National Parks, larger RVs are good choices since you’ll almost always be guaranteed good RV hookups. If you’re going to try to get off the beaten path and visit smaller towns and more obscure natural settings, you might want to go smaller. Smaller RVs can go where larger ones can’t because they’re less likely to encounter obstacles they can’t clear (such as low-hanging branches and bridges or narrow roads).

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

To learn more about any particular RV type or model, visit PleasureLand RV Center. Not only can you get RV sales, parts, accessories and service at PleasureLand RV Center, but you can also ask our knowledgeable and helpful staff any questions you may have concerning RVs. We’ll help you pick out the RV that’s best for you, your family, and your travel goals.

What to Look for in a RV Park

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If your plans are starting to gear up for an over the road adventure, before heading out, stop in at PleasureLand RV Center for last minute accessories. From awnings and recliners to games and kitchen supplies, you’ll leave with everything you need for a complete trip whether you’re traveling with a travel trailer or a class C motorhome.

Something else to consider are the RV parks you’ll be staying at along the way. Use these tidbits from seasoned RV travelers to help select the best park environment.

  • First impressions upon arrival are critical. When signing in, a welcoming atmosphere is what you want versus being just another number.
  • It’s preferable that an on-site manager be available in case of emergencies.
  • Size of the site matters. Do your research and keep in mind public parks run by the county or state may have more room to negotiate and can offer larger sites, whereas private RV parks may be restricted in the amount of space available. This means, you may not have a lot of privacy and end up being sandwiched between motor homes.
  • The site should be visually appealing whether it’s with a nearby tree or two, some shrubbery or a grassy area. Ensure the area has adequate gravel, blacktop or raised concrete areas that are in good repair. A picnic area with table, grill and fire ring are also pluses you want at your disposal.
  • It’s important to have full hook -up utilities of water, power and sewer. It ‘s also important the amp’s available are adequate for your particular motor home.
  • Clean restrooms are an added bonus. Add to that private shower and dressing room areas and you have an alternative to using your RV shower which is especially useful when multiple people are traveling in the RV.
  • Consider RV parks with a pool, hot tub, tennis courts, club house, WiFi, shuffleboard, family activities, laundry facilities and a store for buying food, drinks, snacks and necessities.
  • Choose RV locations near enough to area attractions, shopping, hiking, biking, canoeing and dining but far enough away where you won’t be interrupted by heavy traffic and noise.

After you return home, bring your RV in for an “after vacation” tune up at PleasureLand RV Center so you’ll be ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice the next time you’re ready for an over the road adventure.

Tips for Homeschooling in Your RV

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Traveling isn’t only fun; it’s also educational! If you currently homeschool your children or are considering homeschooling in the future, don’t forget that your home away from home can also provide an ideal learning atmosphere. Once you get your new RV from PleasureLand RV Center, you can put it to good use during the summer as well as the upcoming school year. Here are some tips for homeschooling efficiently in your new RV.

1. Clear a Space

Make sure that you have a distraction-free zone in your RV where you can conduct classes during the day. If you’re on the road, try working with one of your children at a time in the “classroom” to minimize distractions. If you’ve stopped at your destination, make sure that your RV is reserved for study for a certain portion of the day to make sure the children finish their work.

2. Take Field Trips

One of the advantages of learning on the road is that there are lots of field trip opportunities. If possible, try to line up your syllabus with your travel plans. For example, if you’re driving through the wetlands of Florida, you could focus on wetland ecology and species. That hands on experience is sure to remain with your children and reinforce what they are learning.

3. Set a Schedule

Just like at home, make sure that you stay disciplined while studying on the road. Set aside a certain time period each day for your children to have lessons and work on homework. And of course, don’t forget to allow time for play as well. If you plan to travel for the long-term, your children may not be able to be on sports teams and other hobbies that require you to be in one place. Try to think of other hobbies to keep them busy and engaged while you’re on the road.

Homeschooling in your new RV from PleasureLand RV Center is sure to be an adventure. With a little bit of planning and discipline, you can provide a well-rounded, structured, and hands on education for your children.

Ready to be a Full Timer? Here are Some Tips!

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If you’re ready to sell the house or drop the lease in lieu of traveling around the country full time in your RV, PleasureLand RV Center is a great place to start. Before you leave it all behind to hit the road, you must plan everything out, as this is a huge change, especially if you have a large home full of furniture and memories.

Tip #1

Take your RV to PleasureLand RV Center to make sure everything is working properly, especially the brakes and the wheel bearings. Make sure the tires are good enough to take a long trip. Make sure all the things inside the RV are working properly — the hot water heater, the air conditioning, the heater, the stove, refrigerator, shower, toilet and the sinks. In the event that you stay at a place without hookups, the water pump should also be working properly, the battery should be charged and the generator should be working properly.

Tip #2

Put everything you are taking with you into the RV. This would include clothing, dishes, pots and pans, kitchen accessories, towels, bathroom accessories, etc. Go through the rest of your stuff and determine what you are keeping and what you are selling. Put everything you are keeping into storage. Be sure the storage place is temperature controlled. Make sure the storage place knows how to contact you. Hold a garage sale to sell the rest of the stuff. Whatever doesn’t sell, give it to charity if you decide not to keep it after all.

Tip #3

Determine whether you want to work on the road or are going to treat this as a forever vacation. Many people start out taking a forever vacation, but then they get bored and find work to do from the RV to supplement their retirement income. If you already have something going, be sure you have the satellite hookups for the Internet or a WiFi connection via your smart phone, or another type of Internet hookup, if your business in online. If it’s not, you will need a small printer to pass out flyers in the areas you stay so people know how to find you to use your services.

Remember, RVing full time is a completely different lifestyle. The best thing is that if you decide you don’t like it, you can simply find a place to stay and rent an apartment or home — or buy another home. Or if you are tired of traveling, you can stay in a long-term RV park.

5 RV Security Tips on the Road

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RVing is about enjoying the RV, your friends and family, and the open road. You don’t want to worry about the negative or dwell on what can go wrong. And you shouldn’t have to. By taking some basic precautionary steps, you can help to safeguard the things that matter to you when you’re out on the road and gain some peace of mind, while still having fun.

1. Keep Your Valuables Stowed Away

While theft of your RV is a concern, oftentimes a break-in will occur simply to steal a valuable item that can be seen through the window. Whenever you leave your RV alone, take a moment to assess the items you have out that may be attractive to a burglar, such as laptop computers, tablets, jewelry, and other valuables. Stow these and similar items out of sight when you leave by placing them in bags, cases, cabinets, drawers, or even under a jacket or towel. By eliminating incentives for a break-in, your eliminate the chances that one will occur. If you have items that can be used to compromise your identity, such as passports or social security cards, consider a safe or lock box.

2. Research Your Destinations

While you’re probably already researching hours of operation, directions, prices, and RV amenities, you may want to add an additional point to your checklist: crime rate. Whether your destination is urban or rural, it’s good to know how safe an area you plan to visit is. Avoiding crime-prone areas is the best defense against burglary and break-ins. By staying to areas with low crime rates, you significantly reduce the chance of being a victim.

3. Lock Up

While it may seem like an obvious suggestion, it can be easy to overlook, especially if you’re having a good time and potential misfortune is far from your mind. Locking up is a simple precaution that you should practice regardless of how long you’ll be leaving your RV out of sight. Even if you’re just taking a short hike or heading to the nearby lake for a swim, make sure you lock up every point of access and double check to make sure it’s securely closed. Take all keys with you and don’t trust a copy of your keys to anyone you don’t know.

4. Ensure That Your RV is Equipped to Handle Fires

Not every threat comes from strangers – fire is a valid concern to any RVer and can quickly destroy your property if you have no plan in place to address it. By simply equipping your RV with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire getting out of control. Setup an inspection schedule to check that your extinguishers and smoke detectors are operational and effective.

5. Insure Your Property

If the worst comes to pass and your RV or possessions are stolen or destroyed, you’ll want to have as much as possible insured so that you can recover and get back to the life you’ve worked so hard to attain. Don’t leave your valuables out on a limb; rather, make sure they’re backed up by a reliable insurance plan.

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Keep Your Furry Friends Cool in the Summer Heat

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Summer is now in full swing, and temperatures across the country are rising. Hot summer temperatures can be far more dangerous for your pets than they can for you, so it’s important to keep them cool when you start to feel the heat. Ensure your pets are as comfortable as you are this July with these simple tips for keeping them cool.

Adjust Your Outdoor Time

If you’re used to walking your pup in the afternoon, you may need to change your schedule. Consider walking early in the morning and late at night to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Follow the Signs

Unfortunately, dogs can’t talk, but they can give you a good idea of if they’re overheating or not. If you’re out for a hike, and your dog keeps searching for water or trying to lay in the shade, it’s time to go home. These are both signs that your dog is starting to overheat.

Feel the Air for Yourself

The bottom line is that if it’s too hot outside for you, it’s too hot for your pet. If you’re going to let your pet hang out in the yard, see if you’re able to sit outside for an extended amount of time first. If you’re overheating, your dog will be too.

Use Room-Temperature Water

If you see your pet overheating, you may run for an ice pack. Instead, cool him or her down with room-temperature water and a fan. Cold water and ice packs can cause the blood vessels to constrict, making it more difficult to lose the heat.

Travel in Comfort

Keep yourself and your pets cool this summer in the comfort of a new RV from the PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie to shop our selection of the industry’s latest and greatest RVs today.

The Benefits of RV Ownership

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Buying an RV is a purchase you’ll never regret. Owning an RV means more time spent out exploring, more time with the ones you love and more time to relax. When you commit to the RV lifestyle, whether you travel full or part-time, your life becomes less stressful and more fulfilling.

The RV Lifestyle Is Affordable

One of the greatest benefits of RV ownership is that traveling in an RV is more affordable than traveling other ways. Travelers who use their RVs for vacations save big money by not purchasing flights, costly hotel rooms or expensive meals at restaurants. Those who travel full-time have the opportunity to live in a compact space that is far more affordable than the average home. Even utility costs are drastically reduced when you’re living life on the road.

The RV Lifestyle Is Simple

Life at home is stressful, but life on the road is relaxing. The RV lifestyle forces you to live in a compact space with the ones you love. Inside an RV, belongings are limited and time spent together is maximized. Stepping away from your busy daily lives helps everyone relax and make memories together.

The RV Lifestyle Presents New Opportunities

Every time you hit the road in your RV, you encounter new people, places and adventures. The RV lifestyle keeps life interesting by presenting kids and adults with new experiences on a daily basis. You may think traveling in an RV will broaden your kids horizons, but there’s no doubt it will broaden yours too.

The RV Lifestyle Keeps You Active

Traveling in your RV means you’re cruising to scenic places, campgrounds and other recreational spaces. When you’re not cruising down the road, you’re outside exploring your natural surroundings, playing games with fellow campers and embracing the great outdoors. Additionally, the compact space inside your RV practically forces your family to get out and explore together.

Find Your Ideal RV at PleasureLand RV Center

Finding the perfect RV for your traveling family can seem intimidating at first, but our qualified PleasureLand RV staff is here to help. Log online or stop in and see us at PleasureLand RV Center to find the RV of your dreams and start enjoying the benefits of RV ownership today!

3 RV Dinners You Can Make in Roughly 30 Minutes

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The RV lifestyle means time spent with your friends and family in the great outdoors. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen creating elaborate meals. However, you don’t have to sacrifice delicious dinners to live life on the road. These three mouthwatering RV dinners can be made in under 30 minutes, and they’re guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

1. Aunt Jane’s Sloppy Joes

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon glutamate food enhancer
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef, then drain.
  2. Chop the green pepper and onion, then add them to the ground beef pan.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Add this mixture to the ground beef and vegetables.
  4. Simmer the entire mixture for 20 minutes and enjoy.

2. Easy Breezy Chicken Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 family-size box rice and pasta mix
  • 1 large can green chiles (diced)
  • 1 small can chopped olives (drained)
  • 2 cups (1 full package) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 small container sour cream

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes on each side, then cut the breasts into bite-size pieces.
  2. Cook the rice and pasta mix according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Layer your green chiles in the bottom of a casserole dish, then layer the other ingredients on top in this order: chicken, rice and pasta mix, mushrooms, olives, cheese and sour cream.
  4. Bake the casserole for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with your favorite bread and salad.

3. Italian Sausage Kabobs

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium zucchini (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium green pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian-style sausage (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 can pizza sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the pizza sauce, oil and basil together, then set aside.
  2. Cook the sausage pieces in a skillet over medium heat until they’re partially cooked.
  3. Drain the sausage grease.
  4. Place the zucchini pieces, peppers, onions and sausage pieces on metal skewers in an alternating order.
  5. Grill the kabobs covered over medium heat. Turn them two to four times and brush them with the reserved pizza sauce every time.
  6. Remove from heat when the sausage is fully cooked and the veggies are tender.

If you’re searching for the perfect RV for the summer, there’s no better place to shop than right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Give us a call, login online or stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

Practice Sun Safety on Your Travels

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It’s easy to want to stay outside all day in the blazing sun when you’ve just endured a long winter without much sun at all. And you can do just that if you take the right sun safety precautions. The following tips will help you decide what to wear, where to hang out and the correct sunscreen to use on those beautiful spring and summer days.

Use the Right Sunscreen

Always wear a sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15. Your sunscreen should protect you from UVA and UVB rays. Additionally, it’s important to reapply sunscreen thoroughly every two hours and after each swim or sweat. Never use a sunscreen that has already reached its expiration date.

Dress Appropriately

Wearing the correct clothing can ensure that you enjoy a long day outside without ruining the next due to sunburn. Loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long pants can protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. Keep in mind that a wet T-shirt provides much less protection than a dry one. Include a hat with a wide brim to protect your ears, neck, head and face, and you’ll be properly protected from the sun and able to enjoy much more time outdoors.

Seek Shade When Needed

Long hours in the sun can easily drain your energy, so it’s important to seek shade whenever possible. Find a comfortable spot under an umbrella or your RV awning for those grueling midday hours. It’s important to wear your protective clothing or sunscreen whenever you go outside in the year’s warmest months, whether you’ll be spending most of your time in the shade or not.

Find Your New RV for Summer at PleasureLand

Searching for a new RV this summer? You can find an RV that will help you spend more time outside than ever right here at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota.

Which RV is the Best Fit for You?

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Determining which type of RV will suit your needs best can seem impossible. With so many RVs on the market, ranging from pop-up campers to high-end Class A motorhomes, choosing from such a large number of models can be daunting. These simple tips will help you discover which type of RV is perfect for you, so you can narrow down your options and start living your dream RV lifestyle.

Determine Your RV Use

The first step to choosing an RV is to determine which type of traveling you’d like to do. Are you seeking an RV for weekend family getaways or an RV that will replace your brick-and-mortar home? Do you want to move from one destination to another or stay put for months at a time? Typically, smaller, more budget-friendly RVs can be suitable for recreational weekend campers, while those who want to spend more time on the road should seek RVs with more durability and amenities.

Motorhomes are more ideal for travelers who like to stop in multiple places. Because they don’t take a lot of time to set up and prepare for departure (unlike fifth wheels and travel trailers), it’s easy to hop from one destination to another.

Consider Your Tow Vehicle

Many first-time RV enthusiasts forget that they may need to upgrade their tow vehicle to a more powerful model to tow a large travel trailer or fifth wheel. This can add a considerable amount of cost to upgrading your RV lifestyle and should always be considered. However, these more spacious RVs also offer more amenities, such as full bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, more seating space and quality sleeping areas.

Let Us Help

Here at the PleasureLand RV Centers, we’re experts on helping you find an RV that’s ideal for your travel needs. We’ll work within your budget to help you start the RV lifestyle you’ve been dreaming about for years.