Customize Your RV To Fit Your Personality And Comfort Level

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 11.26.25 AMAn RV is more than just a recreational vehicle to get you to different destinations. It is your car, living space and bedroom combined that you take everywhere you go. Since you sometimes spend a large amount of time inside your RV, you want it to make it into the most comfortable vehicle on the road while showing the world that this RV belongs to you. Here are some ways to personalize your RV.

1) Stellar Paint Job: Break out the airbrush and the stencils as you let your imagination go wild. Personalize your RV with a mural, your company logo or just a unique style by giving it a paint job. You can paint just the back of the RV, the side or the entire vehicle with your creative vision. The great thing about this customization is that if you get bored with the design, just paint over it again.

2) Make Storage Simple: Although RV travel trailers offer all the type of amenities to allow you to cook and sleep in comfort, sometimes storage space can be limited when you are trying to carry all the things to make an RV into a moving home. Simplify your storage problems by utilizing sturdy racks and containers specifically made for an RV. An aluminum laundry rack in the bathroom can can keep towels and other bathroom items secure when driving over bumpy roads. If you have a toy hauler, you can increase storage space by adding sliding rails to the garage ceiling and hanging storage containers.

3) Deck Out Your Space: Personalization should start right inside your RV by making the space into an incredible and gorgeous retreat. Make your RV comfortable by decking out the space with rugs, sofa pillows and chair covers in your favorite color scheme. Add picture frames (use the digital standing frames or hang pictures using those hooks that stick to surfaces versus putting a nail in the wall) and small potted plants around your RV. While lighting from candles can add a nice touch, stick with flameless LED candles that are battery operated to prevent the risk of fire.

Personalizing you RV from the Pleasureland RV Center can be a fun experience for you and the entire family before you go on your road trip. Add just the right touches to show off how much you love your recreational vehicle and how comfortable it is to travel inside as you will want to spend even more hours out on the road. Let your creativity go wild without breaking your budget as your RV will speak about your unique decor style as well as make life easier while traveling in a recreational vehicle.

 

Pack All The Must-Haves For Your Summer Trip

Come to Pleasureland RV center and pick up your recreational vehicle to get ready for the summer Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 9.59.58 AMvacation. While you are packing along all the necessities, don’t forget about the following must-have items that you should have for any emergency.

Keep Hydrated: Fresh water is essential to have on any trip you take during the summer whether it is a weekend trip or you will be having fun for several weeks at a time. Bring along plenty of fresh water to drink after strenuous activities so you are properly hydrated.

Bring The Right Clothing: Having the right type of clothing can protect you from whatever type of weather you will face at your destination. Wear loose-fitting, light clothes to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Bring along a sweater if you are camping at mountain heights where the nights may be cooler, and stow away a rain jacket for those wet days. Don’t forget to bring enough footwear with you. You should have at least a pair of hiking boots when walking the trails, sneakers to wear around camp, and old shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy.

Summer Activities: If you are camping at a destination that isn’t close to a resort or recreational park, you will have to come up with fun games that the family can play. Frisbees and soccer balls can get bodies active outside. Make sure to have plenty of flashlights to play flashlight tag at night or make shadow puppets against the side of your motorhome. Have board games, playing cards and portable video games handy on rainy days when you have to stay in the RV or tents until the weather gets better.

Emergency Kits: One of the first things you should pack is a first-aid kit filled with all the necessities. Remember to pack the bandages, scissors, tape, gauze, antiseptic spray, bug spray and sunscreen lotion as well as other essentials to help in an emergency. In addition to the first-aid kit, also pack a travel kit in case something happens to your RV while on the road. Your road kit should have emergency numbers for roadside assistance, blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, roadside flares, motor oil, antifreeze, tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches, car jack, rags and other items to help if your vehicle break downs on the side of the road.

By packing all the things you need on your summer trip, you will be prepared for whatever lies in store for you. Have a fun adventure and make sure there are batteries in the camera so you can take tons of photos of your great trip.

Sibley State Park

Sibley State Park

Photographer: Greg Gjerdingen via Flickr Creative Commons

A perfect place for a weekend getaway in Minnesota is at Sibley State Park. The west-central state park has plenty of activities to enjoy year round for all ages. If getting out-and-about on America’s highways and byways to see the sights is something you’ve been planning but not sure where to begin, start with PleasureLand RV to get an idea on recreational vehicle options.

The RV dealership has an array of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more to suit your traveling style and your budget. Let the friendly staff get you situated in the perfect travel option and then be on your way to this relaxing and fun-filled state park.

Sibley State Park

Set amid a landscape any artist would love to paint, Sibley State Park is all-inviting. Throughout the 3,419-acre park, the landscape is filled with aspen, red cedar, maple, green ash and more making fall a panorama of color during the changing of the leaves. You’ll walk through tall prairie grass on the knolls and among fields of wildflowers as the landscape is ever-changing.

Wildlife

Bring your camera and take pictures as you hike along the trails. An array of species make the park home including raccoons, mink, badgers, gray fox, coyotes, squirrel and woodchucks. Bird watching is also a great pastime with Canada geese, egrets and herons, loons, ducks, pelicans and scarlet tanagers, to name a few, inhabiting the park.

Activities

During the off-season, boat rentals are available including kayaks, canoes and row boats from the park office. In the winter, strap on rented snowshoes and trek through the park. Cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skate-skiing are also options during the winter season.

In the warmer months, go for a swim, take a boat ride or drop a line in Lake Andrew for some leisurely fishing. The park also features a picnic area, and for adventurers, take a hike to Mount Tom for scenic views.

Camping

Sibley accepts RVs 70 feet in length. Electricity and showers are available at the Lakeview campground. Dump station available may through the middle of October.

For all your RV travel needs including parts and service, visit PleasureLand RV today so you’ll be ready to roll whenever the travel bug bites.

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Unusual Attractions

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Since PleasureLand RV Center is the RV dealership Minnesota relies on for everything RV related, we thought we would really go out on the edge. We thought we would look for those unusual, weird, wild, and wacky places Minnesota has to offer that can make for some interesting trips. Are you ready to explore the odd side of our state? Here we go!

The Jolly Green Giant – Since 1979, the Jolly Green Giant has stood watch over Blue Earth, Minnesota. The town used to be home of a Green Giant vegetable canning plant, and originally the 55 foot statue was designed to lure travelers into town from I-90. Sadly, no land owner near the freeway offered property for the giant statue, and he was placed a mile away near the fairgrounds in Blue Earth. Perhaps even sadder is the canning plant is no longer operated by Green Giant. You can climb up close to his size 78 shoes to this day though and get a picture.

World’s Largest Prairie Chicken – Rothsay, Minnesota, is home to this “booming” chicken. Booming means he is puffing out the big orange sacks on each side of his neck. At thirteen feet tall and 9,000 lbs. this guy would make for a great barbecue. As he stands he mostly serves as a great place for gag photos.

World’s Largest Ball of Twine – What would you get if you rolled twine for 4 hours a day for 29 nears? Yep, a BIG ball of twine. In fact, the World’s Largest. Actually it has been clarified as the “World’s Largest Ball of Twine Rolled by One Man.” Folks in Kansas have one bigger, but they allow visitors to add to it daily. The folks in Darwin, Minnesota, are pleased with their record holder.

Paul Bunyan and The Blue Ox – Perhaps Minnesota’s most famous oddity, the lumberjack and his ox friend stand in Bemidji, Minnesota. Paul stands at 18 feet and is estimated to weigh in at 2.5 tons. He’s been standing there proudly for a while, since 1937. His blue buddy joined him in 1939.

PleasureLand RV is all about having fun in the great outdoors and hope you enjoy these oddities right in our own backyard!

Easy Dessert Recipes for RVing

When planning excursions, whether across the state or across the country, eating is a big part of each day and whether you’re traveling in a Class A motorhome, cozy travel trailer, or a convenient pop-up, preparing meals that are quick, easy, and nutritious are at the top of the list.

With recreational vehicles available from PleasureLand RV, you’ll have the opportunity to show off your culinary talents with exceptional camp cooking.

When you’re looking for ideas to keep the masses happy, some creative and tasty desserts will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face. Consider one of these quick and easy desserts to delight friends and family while traversing the roads of Minnesota.

Fruit Cobbler

PleasureLand RV Berry Cobbler

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This is an easy recipe that will melt in your mouth.

Melt 1 stick of butter. Mix thoroughly 1 cup each sugar, milk and self-rising flour. Add mixture to butter. Add 2 cups of canned fruit, drained. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1/8 cup each sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Grilled Waffle Treats

This easy waffle treat is a good substitute for s’mores. You’ll need frozen waffles,miniature marshmallows, semisweet chocolate chips, and heavy-duty tin foil.

Grease a 12-inch square of double thick foil. Place one waffle atop the foil and sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Place another waffle on top. Fold the foil securely around the waffle sealing edges tightly. Grill over medium heat, covered, for approximately 8-10 minutes. Open carefully allowing steam to escape.

Hot Banana Boats

This recipe packs a sweet punch. Ingredients include bananas, semisweet chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, foil, and trail mix.

Place an unpeeled banana on a 12-inch square of tin foil. Tweak the foil to create a base for the banana to sit in. Cut 1/2-inches deep along the middle leaving 1/2-inch uncut at both ends. Pull the peel and banana apart forming a pocket. Fill with trail mix, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Grill for approximately 4-5 minutes, covered, until marshmallows are melted and toasted.

PleasureLand is your personal RV dealership where knowledgeable and friendly staff will point you in the right direction when it comes to travel options to suit your needs and fit your budget. Whether buying or renting, PleasureLand RV has it all.

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Healthy Meal Choices

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 3.34.32 PMWhen it comes to finding the perfect new or used recreational vehicle, travelers anticipating a getaway weekend or extended vacation have access to one of four convenient RV dealership Minneapolis locations at PleasureLand RV Center. Whether it’s a Class A, B, or C ride, travel trailer, pop-up camper or fifth wheel, travelers can count on PleasureLand to have just what they need.

While traveling across the highways and byways, one thing that’s required every day is eating and when you’re on the road, sometimes eating fast food and unhealthy snacks becomes the norm versus eating healthy, nutritious meals. For your next RVing adventure, consider adding these suggestions to your daily menu. Your body will thank you by providing more energy to enjoy all the things you want to do while on vacation.

Snacks

Snack time doesn’t have to be about potato chips or candy bars.There are several items easily prepared ahead of time that provide healthy alternatives.

No sugar raspberry muffins will fill the bill as a snack or for breakfast. The natural sweeteners include shredded coconut, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla, almond milk and maple syrup.

Banana oatmeal bread is another healthy item as the recipe calls for pureed sweet potato combined with bananas, shredded coconut, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao chips. The lack of granulated sugar and the use of healthy sweet potatoes and natural sugar alternatives make this bread a winner.

Meal Ideas

Make tuna, ham or chicken salad with low fat mayonnaise to serve atop a bed of lettuce and tomatoes or to fill green, yellow or red peppers for lunch or dinner.

A delicious and nutritious dish is Waldorf Salad made with fresh apples, raisons, celery, walnuts, grapes and low fat mayonnaise or plain yogurt. Add sliced cooked chicken breast to make a hearty meal.

Serve cottage cheese or vanilla yogurt with assorted fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and apples and top with assorted nuts or granola cereal. Perfect for breakfast or late night snack.

Gluten free spinach lasagna is full of flavor. The healthy part of this recipe is the use of ground turkey or Italian turkey sausage versus ground beef combined with low fat cottage cheese. Baby spinach serves as the lining between layers versus lasagna noodles.

Beverages

Keep the sugar content to a minimum and stay hydrated by replacing sweet soda with fresh fruit drinks, unsweetened tea and plenty of water. Add fresh lemon or lime juice or flavored crystals to water for a flavorful and quenching drink.

Get all your ducks in a row for your next trip by scheduling a service or repair appointment at PleasureLand RV then load up the family, bring along some good food and head out on the highway for exploration and adventure.

RV Rentals

We all love vacationing. Some of us have dreamed about a different sort of vacation where you wouldn’t have to worry about flights to catch or lost baggage. How about a trip where you can cut your expenses nearly in half after adding up flight, hotel, rental car and the cost of eating out? Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? If this sounds like a great idea to you, check out renting an RV from us at PleasureLand RV Center.

Renting an RV might sound like a huge, expensive and daunting undertaking. It’s actually quite affordable and if you get an RV rental through us, you will only receive the current model year RVs and mileage is included to most of the popular destinations. There are never any hidden fees! You always know what you’re paying for.

RV rentals near Minneapolis, Minnesota are available for pickup or delivery in a number of cities including Brainerd, Willmar and St. Cloud. Recreational vehicles are the perfect way to experience family trips, reunions, national parks, NASCAR races and lots, lots more! The reasons to rent an RV are endless and are the same reasons you would take any other trip! Rest and relax on your own time with no schedules or rules. You can explore places you’ve always wanted to visit while being with the people you care about.

Now to the good stuff. What kinds of RVs can you rent through us? The answer is simple. What do you need? We have an RV for any type of vacation. We have Class A and C motorhomes for rent. But if you need something you can hitch up and go, we have several travel trailer and fold down options as well as fish houses.

Class A motorhomes start at $2,250 a week and sleep 4. Our Class C motorhomes sleep 6 and start around $1,595 for the week. Our smallest travel trailers which sleep 3 people have a weekly rental of $549 whereas our largest travel trailer sleeps 10 and has a weekly rental of $1,250. Whatever floorplan or arrangement you need, you are sure to find it at PleasureLand RV Center.

In case you need more than just the RV, we also have other convenience packages available. Never get lost again with our GPS Navigation system. At only $9.50 a day, feel confident in your RV driving or find directions to nearby lodging or attractions. We have a huge range of other options you can enjoy on your trip as well including bike racks, outdoor carpets, portable generators, a kitchen kit and even a delivery bundle where we will do all the work for you. For more information, visit http://www.pleasurelandrv.com/Rentals.aspx. Remember to visit us at PleasureLand RV Center for all of your RV rentals.Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 1.34.52 PM

Check Out The Newest Fifth Wheel: The 2014 Grand Design Solitude

ImageHandler.ashxFifth-wheels are those great vehicles that can be towed by your regular vehicle to any destination to enjoy a camping adventure. If you are looking for the latest models at your PleasureLand RV Center, then check out the latest 2014 Grand Design Solitude models. These fifth wheels have just arrived at the lot as we are offering some great prices to go with such a grand recreational vehicle.

The 2014 Grand Design Solitude offers luxury and style in a recreational vehicle. Measuring over 36′ long, you have 3 available slide-outs giving you extra living space with a large kitchenette, fog-glass pantry, formal dining room area with freestanding table along with chairs, and leather couches with cup holders in the living room theater seating area. You’ll enjoy having a great night’s sleep in the raised master bedroom with a large queen size bed, wardrobe and bedroom television.

Cook like you are back at home with the 12″ side-by-side refrigerator, 3-burner range and microwave. While your family enjoys all the entertainment in the living space, you can fix a great meal before going outside to enjoy your camping adventure or other activities found at the RV resort. You can do plenty of meal planning with the storage space the RV has to offer with large dark wood cabinets that make a stylish appearance against the rest of the sand-colored interior.

Enjoy a fifth-wheel with all the modern touches in the bathroom. The vessel sinks allow you to wash up in style as you can get in a good soak or wash the sweat off your body before going out to enjoy other activities with the step up to side bath with shower. Store items in the available hutch with overhead storage so everything will be in easy reach right in the bathroom.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the other amenities of a bedroom air conditioner, electric fireplace, 6-point hydraulic leveling system for that uneven terrain, and RVIA seal. So come down to your local PleasureLand RV center, where we can show you all the great fifth wheels Minneapolis, Minnesota. See what models we have available in the 2014 Grand Design Solitude as you can pick the perfect one for your towing vehicle. You have to see it for yourself and walk through this RV to truly understand how such wonderful features can be packed into a recreational vehicle that still offers a ton of space.

Once you see it, you won’t want to walk away without hitching it up to your vehicle. Your entire family can have a fun time riding across the country taking part in 2013 Grand Design Solitude fifth wheel.

First Aid Kit Checklist

Screen Shot 2013-05-13 at 9.59.58 AMWhen it comes to safe RV excursions, whether locally or for extended trips, PleasureLand’s inventory of well maintained recreational vehicles along with a selection of quality new vehicles make PleasureLand RV Center the “go-to” place for safety and comfort. While it’s important your transportation is serviced and capable of making a trip, it’s equally important to protect your family with their own first aid checklist.

Kit Preparation

You know the needs of your family, so start with vital items for those with mild allergies to insect stings or for those who have issues with pollen from flowering plants, trees and flowers. For anyone who has extreme allergic reactions to stings from bees, wasps or any other biting insect, check with your doctor before leaving so you’ll have enough medicine and needles for the duration of your vacation in case of an emergency. It’s also a good idea to have a new prescription to take along in case you need to refit the kit.

Basic Items

Band-aids are at the top of the list for blisters on heels and toes after a day of hiking or when someone cuts a finger or gets a splinter that needs removing. Bring along an assortment of band-aids in different sizes to fit most any minor situation. Waterproof band-aids are also a good idea for travelers planning water activities.

Add these items to your “must have” list:

  • Gauze pads and bandages
  • Gauze rolls
  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic bandages for sprains
  • Clips to hold elastic bandages
  • Alcohol prep pads to clean the area
  • Cotton balls
  • Bottle of alcohol
  • Thermometer
  • Gloves and hand sanitizer
  • Tweezers to remove tiny splinters
  • Scissors
  • Splints

Along with band-aids and basic items, you’ll also need several useful medications along with a guide on how to administer first aid especially if you haven’t taken a first aid course.

  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cold and hot packs
  • Eye wash
  • Calamine lotion
  • Poison oak and poison ivy cream
  • Iodine
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Anti diarrheal medication

Pets

Don’t forget to bring an ample supply of your pet’s prescribed medications along with the veterinarian’s name and contact information.

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Keep your personal prescribed medications in a separate, water-proof bag along with over-the-counter medications so everything is in one convenient location. Also, put your doctor’s name, address and emergency contact information in this bag for each person on the trip. Make sure you refill your meds before leaving so you have more than enough in case you encounter any travel bumps along the way.

Make PleasureLand your first stop after putting together your first aid kit and schedule a tune up or service check then ride the highways knowing your family and your RV are a-okay for whatever adventures lie ahead.

2014 Itasca Sunova

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 1.54.57 PMIf you are in search of some of the most remarkable Class A RVs that Minneapolis Minnesota has to offer, head on over to Pleasureland RV Center. Pleasureland is home to the Itasca Sunova, and if you are in the market for a truly exceptional Motorhome, you need to take a look.

The Itasca Sunova comes in a choice of four distinctive models, all with popular amenities like LED lighting, Corian brand countertops, and MCD solar/blackout roller shades. New for this year is the StudioLoft drop down cab bed that offers travelers more flexibility than ever. Of course, this comes with Winnebago’s superior construction and engineering for a motorhome that will deliver on its promise of value for years to come!

Let’s take a quick look at these four models and what each can offer you and your family.

The 30A

The Sunova 30A has a mid-coach 42″ Television, an extendable U-shaped dinette, along with an ample wardrobe and chest of drawers. It has a dual-slideout floor plan that offers some comfortable living space.

The 33C

This model offers a triple-slideout floor plan with multiple furniture choices that include a Rest Easy sofa, a Euro recliner, and an extendable dining table with retractable HDTV. The 33C also features a king size bed.

The 35G

The triple-slideout floor plan of the Sunova 35G offers great space, an inLounge and inTable and even an optional fireplace!

The 36V

This dual slideout model has lots of amenities including a BenchMark dinette, an extendable sectional sofa, twin wardrobes and the option of a king size bed.

These Itasca Sunova models offer plenty of room and great value. The best way to experience one is to come on out and see them for yourself. You will be able to tell immediately upon entering one how well they are crafted and designed. While Itasca limits what we can tell you about the price of these models you know that there is not an RV dealership that can match the deal you will get at Pleasureland RV Center.

The summer took a long time to get here but it is flying by! There is still plenty of time to enjoy your family and the great outdoors with a new or used RV. We can even show you your rental options if you are curious if you would enjoy the lifestyle. Pleasureland is family owned and operated. We look forward to seeing you soon at Pleasureland RV Center.