Tips for Setting Up Camp

If you just bought an RV from PleasureLand RV Center this summer and it’s your first time out in your new RV, you may be daunted by the idea of setting up your RV at the campsite or RV park.

We’ve got you covered – here’s everything you need to know when setting up at your destination.

Getting to Your Assigned Spot and Getting Your Rig Situated

It’s pretty standard to check-in at the campsite or RV park front office just like you would at a hotel. When you get there, you can ask if they’ve got an escort service. This serves to not only guide you to where your site is located, but they’ll be able to help you get your RV setup as well, including getting it parked and leveled.

Once you get there, regardless of an escort, you’ll need to either back your RV up or pull it through. Whether it’s back up or pull through, just make sure that your hookups are roughly aligned with their outlets at the site.

Once you’re satisfied with your positioning, apply the parking brake if you’re in a motorhome.

Now it’s time to level your RV. Not all sites will be perfectly flat, so use blocks and stabilizing jacks to get your RV flattened out. Once that’s done, chock the wheels so that there’s no chance your RV will slide or roll.

Next, go ahead and extend steps, slide-outs, and awnings.

Water and Power

Connect your electric cord to the site’s outlet that matches your RV’s required amperage and don’t forget to switch your fridge from propane to electric or you’ll run out of propane real fast.

Your site ought to have at least a clean water hookup, but many also have sewage. Ask for help if you’re unsure how to connect your RV to these hookups.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Now it’s up to you to make your site feel like home. This part is up to you, but you might want to set out some lawn furniture, mats, decorations, etc.

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Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer and to learn more about the RV lifestyle. If you’ve got questions on how to operate your RV, we’ll be happy to help.

3 Reasons RVs are Better Than Flying

Many travelers are convinced that flying is the best way to get from one destination to another. However, RV enthusiasts know that isn’t the truth. These three reasons why RV travel is better than flying will make you want to buy or rent a comfortable and convenient RV for your next travel adventure.

There Are No Deadlines

Can you imagine a vacation without flight schedules, hotel check-in times and dinner reservations? That’s what vacation is like when you travel in an RV. You no longer have to leave home at a specific time, arrive at your destination on a certain day or wait outside of busy restaurants to eat. RV vacations have no set deadlines or plans, so you can stop and go as you please, and you always have a cozy place to relax and sleep at the end of the day.

Enjoy the Journey

When you arrive at your destination in an airplane, you don’t see any of the scenery or attractions along the way. Traveling in an RV lets you make the most of your vacation, because you get to take in all of the sights on the route to your destination. Many times, the stops you make at new and interesting places become the best parts of vacation.

You’ll Save Money

RV travel is far more affordable than air travel. When you travel in an RV, you avoid costly hotel rooms, expensive restaurant meals (unless you want them) and outrageous plane ticket prices for every member of your group. Renting an RV means you pay one low price plus the cost of gas along your journey. The opportunity to cook meals in your RV kitchen and park at inexpensive campgrounds means you save big bucks when traveling as a family or group.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

PleasureLand RV Center is the best place in the country to start your RV vacation. We rent all types of RVs, ranging from Class A motorhomes to ice houses, so your next vacation can be the RV trip of a lifetime. If you love RVing, you can cut straight to the chase and simply purchase one!

Visit Flandrau State Park

Minnesota is one of the country’s best states for outdoor fun. With scores of campgrounds, state parks, and wildlife preserves, there’s always a new area to explore. Take Flandrau State Park, for example: it’s got diverse terrain, a sand-bottom swimming pond, the Big Cottonwood River that meanders through the southern portion of the park, and historic stone buildings. Enjoy landscapes of wooded river bottoms, oxbow marshes, and open grasslands.

Cross-country hiking is extremely popular in the park due to the diversity of the terrain. Visitors also enjoy swimming, nature watching, and camping opportunities. Native species include white-tailed deer, raccoons, and dozens of bird species.

The park was founded in the 1940s and named to honor Charles E. Flandrau, who helped to draft the first Minnesota constitution and was a member of the first Minnesota Supreme Court.

RVers will find a number of RV sites to use, making for a comfortable spot to set up camp and stay for a few nights while exploring the area.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you head out on any road trip this summer, it’s important to get your RV checked over by a technician to help prevent any mechanical mishaps. Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to schedule some service or to tour some new motorhomes.

 

Visit Sibley State Park This Summer in Your RV

Minnesota is full of wonderful state parks to explore, and they’re especially lovely in the summer. Sibley State Park has something for just about everyone.

The park, located in west-central Minnesota, is a popular destination, drawing over 300,000 visitors annually. Sitting on over 3,400 acres it’s home to Mount Tom (the highest point in a 50-mile radius), forests, prairie knolls, and lakes. In the summer, visitors can expect to enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on the largest lake, Lake Andrew. Canoe routes are charted on Henschien Lake and Swan Lake.  The park also offers campgrounds, a group center, horseback camps, picnic areas, and interpretive ranger programs year-round.

The landscape is dominated by oak, red cedar, ironwood, green ash, aspen, maple, and basswood. Wildlife includes white-tailed deer, red and gray fox, coyote, raccoon, ruffed grouse, chipmunks, red and gray squirrels, mink striped skunks, badgers, and woodchucks.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for you and your travel plans this summer. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at PleasureLand RV Center to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Visiting Interstate State Park

Situated along the beautiful St. Croix River in Minnesota, Interstate State Park is one of the better state parks in the state. The park as tons of activities and plenty of interesting features to explore.

You can climb the cliffs of the St. Croix River Dalles, canoe the flat-water, kayak on the rapids, or just relax on an excursion boat. The geology of the park is fascinating; at least 10 different lava flows are exposed around the park, as well as two distinct glacial deposits, traces of old streams, and plenty of valleys and faults. The lava flows are the result of earthquakes from 1.1 billion years ago that opened rifts in the ground and allowed magma to release. The park was hit by advancing and receding ancient seas up until 70 million years ago, which deposited plenty of fossils along the cliffs.

The park is a great place to hike and explore during the summer since the terrain is varied and provides plenty of surprises. As you hike you can view wildlife that are endemic to the region, such as white-tailed deer, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and various birds. The park has an abundant population of owls, which you can hear if it’s quiet near evening.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center this summer before you hit the road for Interstate State Park or any other destination in Minnesota or beyond. Whether you need to shop for a new motorhome to take you to all of your favorite summer vacation spots or have an RV already and need it to be checked out before you embark, PleasureLand RV Center can help.

A Mouthwatering Ice Cream Recipe for National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than with a mouthwatering and ultra-easy ice cream recipe for your travels. Stock your RV with an ice cream maker, and your family can enjoy tasty and affordable frozen treats any time of  day.

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

This homemade butter pecan ice cream recipe tastes even better than the ice cream shop and costs a fraction of the price to make.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Preparation instructions:

  1. Cook the pecans in the butter in a small skillet on medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly for 3 to 5 minutes or until they’re lightly browned. Set the pecans aside.
  2. Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl and set them aside.
  3. Stir the brown sugar and half-and-half together in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil on medium-high heat. Remove the half-and-half mixture from the heat and gradually pour it into the eggs. Whisk constantly until the mixture forms a custard.
  4. Move your custard back to the saucepan and cook it while stirring occasionally. Continue cooking until the mixture is able to coat the back of the spoon.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the pecans, vanilla and cream.
  6. Pour your custard into the ice cream maker and freeze it according to the instructions from the manufacturer.
  7. Enjoy on a cone, in a bowl or however you please.

Find Hot Summer Items at PleasureLand RV Center

Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV for your summer adventures or something as simple as a few camping supplies to help you make the most of your time outside, we have all of your summer outdoor needs right here at the PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota.

RV to Moondance Jam 2017

The summer music fests continue with Moondance Jam 2017, a rock and classic rock festival that encourages camping out. It takes place in Walker, Minnesota, July 20, 21, and 22 with a special “pre jam” scheduled on the 19th.

The lineup is pretty rocking and the schedule is now available:

Pre Jam Party, July 19

  • The Fabulous Armadillos
  • The Atomic Punks
  • Mountain Ash

July 20

  • Halestorm
  • The Pretty Reckless
  • Vince Neil of Motley Crue
  • Dorothy
  • Cold Kingdom

July 21

  • Live
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Black Stone Cherry
  • Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
  • Cowboy Mouth

July 22

  • Steve Miller Band
  • Peter Frampton
  • Better Than Ezra
  • Jack Russell’s Great White
  • ThundHerStruck

Campgrounds are available but are reserved on a first come, first served basis, so get yours reserved as soon as possible if you want a place on site to park your RV.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road for any destination this summer in your RV, be sure to stop by PleasureLand RV Center to make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel. If you don’t have an RV or you do but it’s time to upgrade, stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer.

Hit the Road to Rock Fest XVII in Your RV

Rock Fest XVII is set for July 13, 14, and 15 in Cadott, Wisonsin, and if you’re a rock lover it’s one music festival that you’re not going to want to miss.

The lineup is phenomenal this year with dozens of bands and artists taking to the stage over the festival’s 3 days.

July 13 has acts such as Slayer, Volbeat, Lamb of God, Anthrax, Insane Clown Posse, Mushroomhead, Gemini Syndrome, Failure Anthem, Badflower, Rachel Lorin, Sin 7, Awaken the Shadow, Valora, The Nearly Deads, The Zealots, Hand of the Tribe, The 9th Planet Out, Kissin Time, Cowboys from Hell, Antistar, Anthem, and Probable Cause.

July 14 has artists like Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Stone Sour, Clutch, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Lita Ford, Avatar, Texas Hippie Coalition, Lacey Storm, One Less Reason, Scattered Hamlet, Nuisance, Valora, The Nearly Deads, Emergent, Emperors and Elephants, Motley 2, Rock N Roll, Via, Oblivious Signal, Scarlet Canary, and Stare Across.

Finally, July 15 has Rob Zombie, Shinedown, Megadeth, Sevendust, Hellyeah, Lit, Thousand Foot Krutch, Vimic, Devour the Day, City of the Weak, Shallow Side, Veilside, Ignescent, Matrekis, The Crown Jewels, Who’s Who, Fall II Rise, Wrecked, 7’s Catacomb, and My Memory Remains.

Campgrounds are available if you want to attend in your RV, which is definitely a major convenience at any music festival.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road for any destination this summer, such as Rock Fest XVII, in your RV, be sure to stop by PleasureLand RV Center to make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel. If you don’t have an RV or you do but it’s time to upgrade, stop by PleasureLand RV Center to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer.

Temperance River State Park

As the name would suggest, Temperance River is the centerpiece of this Minnesota state park. The crown jewel, perhaps, is the trail that follows the river, winding along the Temperance River Gorge, where hikers can hear the rushing waterfalls surrounded by pine, spruce, cedar, and birch trees in the forest.

The sprawling park, which covers over 5000 acres of land, gets nearly 300,000 visitors every year. The park’s most popular hobbies and activities include rock climbing, fishing, hiking, camping, nature watching, and sight seeing.

As far as nature observation, there’s plenty of wildlife to be seen in the park and sightings are common. The river itself is full of trout, including brook, brown, and rainbow.

The origin of the name of the river is a bit humorous: in the past, the river flowed so strongly into Lake Superior that there was no buildup of debris, so it had no bar. What kind of river has no “bar?” One that’s temperate, of course!

The park is located at 7620 West Hwy 61, Schroeder, Minnesota. The entrance is one mile north of Schroeder along Hwy 61.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Stop by PleasureLand RV Center before you hit the road to make sure that your rig is road worthy. If it’s time to upgrade your RV, or even if you’re shopping for your first, PleasureLand RV Center can help make sure that you get an RV that’s right for you.

The Top 3 Hiking Trails in Minnesota

There are countless scenic hiking trails throughout Minnesota for all levels of hikers, and the following three are a few of our favorites.

Minnehaha Creek East

One of the biggest perks of Minnesota’s hiking trails is that they can be enjoyed during all seasons. This hike along the Minnehaha Creek is nearly 5 miles of breathtaking scenery in the summertime, but it’s certainly more difficult when there’s snow on the ground. It’s located Richfield, Minn., so you can enjoy a refreshing breath of the Minnesota outdoors just minutes from downtown Minneapolis.

Eagle Mountain Summit

Hikes are more fun when there’s a reward at the end. Eagle Mountain is the highest peak in the state, and the 6.6-mile-long tail that leads to the summit passes a glacial lake and scenic backcountry campsites. Hikers enjoy the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which includes 1,000 lakes as well as the massive Superior National Forest. The trail to the top is mostly flat with a steeper incline for the last mile, but be sure to stop at Whale Lake for a refreshing dip and a picnic.

Cascade Falls to Lookout Mountain

Hiking past waterfalls never gets old, and the Cascade Falls to Lookout Mountain passes countless of them. Venture on the 4.1-mile-long hike, and you’ll be rewarded with cascades, scenic wooded hills and unbeatable views of Lake Superior from the top. The trail is located in the Cascade River State Park in Duluth, offering a breathtaking escape from the city.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand

There’s no better way to travel to your favorite Minnesota hiking trails than in the comfort and convenience of your RV. Stop in and see us at one of our many Minnesota PleasureLand RV Center locations to start your new RV lifestyle today.