Minnesota RV Trip – Wildwood Beach Resort

At Pleasureland RV, we want to make sure you know about all the best places to visit on your travels. That’s why we’re bringing you this information about Wildwood Beach Resort in Hackensack, Minnesota. This charming resort is just the place to take your new RV and relax.

Established in the 1930s, this resort has stood the test of time. There was plenty of space available by this beautiful lake and wooden region, making it the ideal sport for camping and relaxing. Located on Man Lake, the resort is surrounded by nature, and it is the perfect place for families.

Man Lake has deep, spring-fed water. It borders the Chippewa National Forest, and it provides fishing boat access to the McKeown Lake and Baby Lake. Man Lake has no public access, and it isn’t heavily populated. That means you can enjoy the peace and serenity that exists in this elegant and exquisite location.

The Wildwood Beach Resort has been under new ownership since 1991, and it is an affordable location that many vacationers enjoy visiting. There are seven available lakeside cabins, and RVers can enjoy one of 14 seasonal RV sites that are placed in the woods. This allows you to come and go as you please, unlike the cabins.

This charming location provides access to boats, motors, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, horseshoes, a swim raft, a large playground for the kids, basketball courts, and individual campground fire pits, so you can have a real cookout dinner whenever you please.

This campground is peaceful, and no excessive alcohol use or parties are allowed. This maintains the calm atmosphere for all the guests. The kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats are free to use, and there is even high spped internet available in teh lodge. Better yet, you can even bring your furry friend for a little extra deposit, which makes sure your entire family can enjoy the stay in nature.

So, if you’re looking for a peaceful place to call your own for a few days or a few weeks, check out Wildwood Beach Resort for a break from the usual.

Feast Your Eyes On The 2013 Palomino Pop-up Camper

Sometimes you just don’t need a full sized Class A motorhome when you want to take a quick jaunt to the mountains or your favorite lake. A small and space saving pop-up model can save on fuel while providing a very comfortable place to relax at the end of the day. If you are searching for a camper that doesn’t leave you feeling cramped, consider the 2013 Palomino Pop-up Camper. A plethora of features help this compact camper compete with the most luxurious options from your favorite RV dealership in Minneapolis.

Expansion

Start by considering the dual pop-out bunks. Each provides plenty of space for sleeping, allowing you to accommodate up to four family members in one camper. The bunk areas are equipped with plenty of screened windows to give you a cool breeze on a hot summer night. Heated mats are also installed into each bunk to keep you just as warm during the fall and winter. A small furnace also makes this pop-up camper surprisingly suited for exploration during the cooler half of the year.

Air Flow

The roof vent pops up to capture the air as well. Many campers find that there is no need for air conditioning when dealing with a small space with great ventilation. Keeping the air moving will reduce heat, even when you’re parked in the sun. There’s no challenge to keeping your food and drinks cold either due to the spacious refrigerator.

Staying Safe

This space saving camper has a number of safety features to help families feel confident in their choice when camping. The CO2 detector will warn you if a propane stove or other appliance is leaking as you sleep. The electric brakes are highly responsive and ensure that your camper doesn’t get out of control when you’re traveling down a steep grade or need to make an emergency stop. There’s even a framed support on the roof that is ready to hold your favorite air conditioning equipment so you don’t have to try and balance it in a window or doorway. If you’re interested in a spacious pop-up camper that can handle the rigors of the wilderness, head to PleasureLand RV Center to see the Palomino in person.

Minnesota’s Character Challenge Course for RVers Thirsty for Adventure

Minnesota RVers spend a lot of time with sitting behind the wheel driving. We love the outdoors, but the opportunities for real, tough, physically taxing challenges are few and far between. Staying in shape is important when you’re on the road, and really pushing yourself to the limit can be incredibly rewarding, which is why, if you find yourself in Minnesota, you may want to check out the Character Challenge Course.

What it is

The Character Challenge Course is what you’re probably thinking: a tough outdoor challenge that will push you to the limit and see what you’re really made of. The challenges here are popular team building exercises for families, co-workers and friends just looking for a great way to spend the weekend.

The Challenges

The challenges here aren’t just physical in nature, they also demand real cooperation between the members of your traveling party. Whether that’s just you and your spouse, a group of traveling roomies or a whole family, you’ll be challenged with elevated trust falls, rope swinging, and a wide assortment of outdoor games that are both physically and personally demanding.

The Zipline Finish

The coolest part of the whole C4 challenge course is the zipline finish. The 370 foot zipline finish has you sliding into home, so to speak, providing a great climax to the whole affair. If you’ve never ziplined before, this is the way to do it, soaring through the trees of the Minnesotan wilderness.

If you want to go on a real adventure while you’re traveling through Minnesota, the Character Challenge Course may be just the way to do it. If you sign up in advance, it really doesn’t matter if you’re bringing the whole office or just you and a few friends. Gather your regular traveling buddies or show up with your family and enjoy a challenge course that pushes you to your limits and rewards you with a new understanding of yourself and the people you go through the course with.

Exploring the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

If you have been searching for a new place to explore without leaving the state of Minnesota, consider planning a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after visiting your favorite RV dealership. Minnesota is home to this 1.3 million acre nature preserve that runs along 150 miles of the border with Canada. Explore unspoiled natural beauty with your family and friends without having to see the same old sights or travel far out of the state.

Minnesota RV Destinations

Plenty Of Space

You can roam over the entire area, but there are designated camping areas, especially for RVs. However, there are over 2,000 different camp sites available to give you plenty of options. Set up near the water if you’re traveling with canoes and kayaks, or pull in near the head of your favorite trail. The area was first set aside in 1926, so many areas are very good examples of old growth forest for the area.

Planning Your Trip

Since the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is heavily protected, it’s important to apply for a permit to visit the area a few weeks before your trip. These permits are required for any person traveling in a motorized vehicle through the area. This ensures that visitors don’t go over the quotas and cause undue wear and tear to the environment. Permits for overnight stays start with coverage for two adults, so you can’t simply pay for a single visitor. You will need to give a total number of guests, including children, when making reservations. Last minute guests won’t be able to just jump in and go along with you. However, it’s possible to buy permits the day you arrive by visiting a park ranger’s office if you are traveling between October through April.

The Land Of A Thousand Lakes

The million-odd acres of the BWCAW are riddled with well over one thousand lakes. These bodies of water are connected by creeks, streams and rivers. Take to the water in your favorite canoe or kayak to explore over one thousand connected miles of water trails. If you don’t own any water gear or don’t have space in your RV for haul it along, consider renting your equipment from one of the many outfitters operating in or near the wilderness. There are also 11 full-length hiking trails if you prefer to explore the area by foot.

The BWCAW is located partially on the coast of Lake Superior and is easily accessed through the Superior National Park. Visitors can also take in the sights of International Falls or Thunder Bay while in the area. 

 

A Chocolate Themed Motorhome Trip

With the popularity of road trip food shows such as Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, it makes perfect sense to plan your next Minnesota motorhome road trip around your tastebuds.

Minnesota has some very special chocolate “destinations” on the map. Trek across the state in your RV and discover Mademoiselle Miel, which creates one-of-a-kind artisan chocolates available throughout the Twin Cities. Or, visit Chocolates Plus in Bemidji, which specializes in new and old favorites. Take a spin on the Internet and find tons of delicious options. It’s time to indulge those chocolate cravings!

Don’t forget those roadside attractions. It’s a safe bet that you can find homemade fudge and other wonderful local creations at even the simplest local market or gift shop. Don’t forget that those sweet, local fruits on the roadside always pair well with chocolate.

Once you’re happily ensconced at your campsite, think s’mores. They’re everyone’s favorite and for good reason. Let each family member choose a special extra ingredient, like caramel or peanut butter, to add your own family spin. You can even liven up the occasion with a family storytelling contest or sing-a-long for who gets the honor of the last s’more. You’ll either be in stitches, or sitting in awe of your various talents!

In case you decide to add a chocolate destination to your next cross-country RV adventure trip, don’t miss Ethel M in Henderson, Nevada, Ghirardelli in San Francisco, California or Hershey’s Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chocolate can give a new twist to seeing America.  Have a sweet trip!

 

An Easter Egg Hunt For The Kids

The Easter Bunny will be hopping by early this year! Easter is Sunday, March 31, and with a little imagination and elbow grease, you can turn your weekend RV camping trip into an impromptu Easter egg hunt.

An easy place to start is with plastic eggs and treats from any local market. You can use the motorhome itself to hide the eggs, because we all know there are plenty of nooks and crannies! Or, if you choose the great outdoors instead, enlist the older kids to find some ingenious places, but make sure there’s something for every age group, including some easy, low hiding spots for the little ones. Think of it as Easter geocaching! Don’t forget to make a map and note the number of eggs you hide. If you want to include the whole family in egg-dyeing fun, this site has easy tricks to make unique dyes and patterns with common ingredients. Who doesn’t love a tie-dyed Easter egg?!

If you don’t want to DIY Easter, you can find lots of fun in our state parks.  Check out Glacial Lakes State Park, which is planning an old fashioned Easter egg hunt and tons of family events. Visit the main page of the Minnesota State Parks website to learn more about great camping spots for your RV, and all kinds of upcoming events. There’s plenty of activity to eggs-cite all your campers!  Happy hunting!

Spending Easter In Your RV

One of the fun parts of the RV lifestyle is being able to spend your holidays on the road, but still enjoying the comforts of home.  You can always just pick up a corned beef sandwich and some beer for a smaller holiday, like St. Patrick’s day, but conducting an Easter Egg Hunt or roasting a whole ham in your RV can be tricky. Here are some ideas to make Easter work even when you’re on the road:

1. Bunnyspotting

A fun way to spend the afternoon, if you have rabbits, hares or bunnies in the area where you’re camping or driving, is to count how many of the long-eared fellows you can spot. You can whip out the digital camera and snap some shots or just have a contest to see who can count the most.

2. Plastic Egg Hunt

The problem with having an egg hunt in your RV is that if you forget one, you wind up with an egg rotting somewhere in your home and having no idea where it is because you hid it really well on purpose. Or you might get an egg rolling around the floor and getting stepped on and mashed into the carpet. A plastic egg hunt is a good alternative. You can get plastic eggs and hide candy and toys in them in your RV and around your campsite.

3. Spring Beer

For the adults, what’s the best part about Spring? Obviously the seasonal beer (well, if you are a beer drinker, that is). There are a lot of great beers and wines that you can only get in the Spring, as well as beers and wines that you can only get locally. Have an afternoon sampling the local pale ales and lagers with a Spring theme while catching a few fish or just taking in the nice Spring air with a brown sugar ham sandwich.

Easter is largely thought of as a children’s holiday, but there’s fun to be had no matter your age. Take the time to enjoy yourself this Easter.

Get Out Your Minnesota RV! It Is Time For Spring!

Little by little, inch by inch, and bloom by bloom, spring will soon be bustin’ out all over! If you’re stuck inside on a rainy or snowy day, it’s the perfect time to plan an Minnesota RV road trip for the whole family. The wildflowers will be blooming in no time!

Minnesota is home to hundreds of native wildflowers, and our state parks and roadsides offer beautiful backdrops to explore and photograph these natural wonders.  Here’s a tip: for the best of the best, start with Wild River, Carley or Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park, and check out upcoming wildflower events in the parks. Each state park offers the perfect setting for maximum RV enjoyment with scenic campsites, hiking trails and more.

Minnesota Wildflowers is also a great place to learn more about where to find your favorites and learn about wildflower preservation. Or, join the Minnesota Wildflowers Facebook page to share your pics and wildflower hunting stories.

For all you amateur shutterbugs longing to get up close and personal with some lowland yellow loosestrife and have the beautiful shots to prove it, try these photo tips from the pros:

  • You’ll get your best photos on a cloudy day.
  • Experiment with using your flash and decide which photos you like best.
  • Don’t be afraid to move in close on your subject.
  • Photograph early or late in the day to avoid harsh shadows.

And most importantly, when you’ve set off in your camper or motorhome, but spot a vista where you just have to pull over and capture a photo, don’t forget these rules:

  • Watch your step.
  • Watch for traffic. It’s easy to get distracted and forget to watch for oncoming traffic when you’re crossing the road or opening your vehicle door.
  • Check the area for insects and snakes before you plop your child or grandchild into the flowers for photos.
  • Don’t trespass on private property.
  • Don’t trample the flowers.

Hooray for spring! Let’s keep our parks and open spaces blooming for years to come!

Spring RV Rental

Spring is close on hand and it’s time to make reservations for spring camping. If you don’t have an RV but have always wanted to take an RV trip, Pleasureland RV Center has RV rentals Minneapolis Minnesota.

Renting Instead of Buying

Renting makes more sense if you don’t have the time to use an RV more than once or twice a year. Many people who are working get a week of vacation; and then they have to try to schedule their vacation around the time kids are out of school. That is not always possible since everyone can’t take the same week off from work. If you do manage to get that treasured vacation so you can do something with the entire family, an RV dealership Minneapolis can help make your dream vacation come true.

RV Rental Types

You can choose from four types of RVs for your RV rental vacation. All have the comforts of home except for popup campers.

  • Class A: Class A RVs have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, bath with a shower or a shower#Portals/10/classicons/classagas.pngand tub, entertainment center and central heat and air. Class A RVs are built on a specially constructed chassis.

 

  • Class C: Class C RVs are also well-equipped with all the comforts of home. Unlike a Class A, which generally#Portals/10/classicons/classc.pnghas flat front, the Class C has a cab over. The cab over could be a bunk, entertainment center or storage. Class C RVs are built on a van chassis.

 

  • Travel Trailers: Travel trailers have many different floor plans and sizes. They are lighter so vehicles with a low #Portals/10/classicons/traveltrailer.pngtow rating can pull them. You also have a choice of a park trailer model, which is larger than a typical travel trailer. All models have at least one bathroom, a bedroom, extra bunks or sofas that convert to bunks, a full galley and many have entertainment centers.

 

  • Popup Trailers or Tent Trailers: Tent trailers fold down into a small, low towable trailer. When you open a tent#Portals/10/classicons/tent_trailer.pngtrailer it is tall enough to walk in and two bunks – usually queen size – pop up in the front and rear. Most have a cubby where you can store a portable toilet, but do not have a full bathroom. They also have a small “portable” kitchen. If you prefer tent camping but want to be off the ground, a tent trailer is a perfect option.

 

Visit our RV dealership St.Cloud,  to walk through several of our rentals to help determine which one is best for your family trip – or fishing trip.

RV Road Trip: Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes

If you’re looking for some great locations to take your new motorhome, you may want to consider Black Hills Badlands and Lakes. A quintessential American landscape, Black Hills area is noted for its beautiful spires climbing impossibly high into the sky, and its gorgeous gorges, setting the mood of an old western and bringing you back to the days before any white person set foot on South Dakotan land.

The area is loaded with incredible sights, including waterfalls and wildlife. Home to six national parks and historical areas like Deadwood and Wounded Knee, Badlands National Park houses the immense memorial-in-progress for Crazy Horse.

The lakes here are wonderful whether you like to boat, fish, or just park by the water and have a few drinks while watching the sun set over the trees. You’ll want to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of things you’re going to want to see again and again.

The nature trails here are enough to keep you busy for years on end if you ever want to take a serious trek. If not, there are plenty of short trails that will take you along some beautiful scenery for your lunch break.

Whether you’re an American history buff, a lover of nature, or just an RVer looking for an inexpensive way to spend the summer, the Black Hills area is perhaps the best you’re going to find in South Dakota when it comes to combining fresh air, mountain living and old western appeal. A drive through the area puts you back in the days of the original settlers, the Native Americans and the pilgrims who explored the country from coast to coast.

We haven’t invented time travel just yet, but a little time spent in Black Hills is the next best thing. Check out the Badlands and the various lakes and see for yourself if Black Hills isn’t one of the most beautifully preserved areas in the country.