The Best Minnesota Horseback Riding Trails

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Minnesota is one of the top states in the country for horseback riding. The diverse terrain, massive network of trails and stretches of untouched land make for some of the most scenic trail rides you can find.

The following three riding trails and ranches are some of the best in the Land of 10,000 Lakes for taking in the Minnesota sites on horseback.

Big Valley Ranch — Winona

Big Valley Ranch is a family-friendly place to hop on horseback without owning one. The ranch is nestled into the picturesque Winona bluff country, and offers 165 acres of terrain. Visitors can enjoy everything from riding lessons to long trail rides, day camps and more. The ranch is located on East Burns Valley Road in Winona, so it’s easier for vacationers to find than some other, less-accessible ranches.

Browns Creek State Trail

The 5.9-mile-long Browns Creek State Trail in Washington County opened last October and is the newest addition to Minnesota’s massive trail system. This rail-trail spans from Stillwater to Grant where it meets up with the Gateway State Trail. Riders can access the St. Croix River from an off-road trail or enjoy the smoother paved option. Both lines pass historic sites and breathtaking Minnesota scenery.

River Valley Ranch — Carver

Get on the trails every day you’re in Minnesota at the River Valley Ranch in Carver. The ranch provides stunning 1-hour-long tours of the Minnesota River Valley with group tours available as well. Even better, the ranch is just 25 minutes southwest of the bustling city of Minneapolis. This is the perfect option for novice riders; however, reservations are recommended for all tours, so call the ranch at (952) 361-3361 before your visit.

Stop and See Us at PleasureLand

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers when you’re traveling throughout Minnesota. There’s no better place to find the perfect RV or simply some accessories and camping supplies for your fall adventures.

Do-It-Yourself Halloween Decorations for Your RV

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Traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday traditions. In fact, many RV parks and campgrounds have trick-or-treaters and planned festivities for Halloween. Get your RV Halloween-ready with these creative do-it-yourself decoration ideas.

Scary Glowing Eyes

All you need are a few cardboard toilet paper rolls, glow sticks and a pair of scissors to create these cute but spooky glowing eyes. Simply cut different eye shapes into one side of the toilet paper roll, insert a glow stick into each roll and hide them in the bushes or trees outside of your RV.

Halloween Silhouette Lamp Shades

Turn the lamps inside your RV into spooky decorations with a few pieces of construction paper, tape and a pair of scissors. Cut spooky shapes, like ghosts and bats, out of the construction paper and tape them to the inside of your lampshades. Turn all of the other lights off at night, and you’ll enjoy your cost-effective and easy-to-make decorations. If you don’t want to tape anything to your current lampshades, purchase a set of lampshades and glue the decorations to the inside instead.

Ghost Lights for Inside or Out

Forget about buying costly strings of Halloween lights that you’ll only use a few months out of the year. This spooky ghost light garland is easy to make and can be hung inside or out (just bring it inside if it rains).

Purchase a strand or two of white lantern lights and cover them with a light white fabric. Use a rubber band to tighten the fabric around the light, so the bottom of the fabric hangs down. Draw dots for the eyes and mouth on each piece of fabric, and you’ll be amazed at how cute your spooky ghost lights turn out.

Upgrade Your RV at PleasureLand

There’s no better time to find an incredible deal on a new or used RV than right now at the PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. Stop and see us at one of our many locations before you hit the road this fall.

The Benefits of Renting an RV

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You don’t have to be an RV owner to fall in love with the RV lifestyle. Renting an RV can give you a taste of the RV lifestyle before you decide to buy. It’s also one of the best ways to enjoy a stress-free family vacation without the hassle of hotel reservations, flights and costly restaurants meals. Transitioning from a traditional vacation to an RV vacation may seem odd at first, but you’ll quickly realize why RV travel is always preferred.

It’s More Affordable

Gas prices are plummeting, yet the cost of flights keeps rising. Forget about buying expensive plane tickets for your entire family and opt for an RV vacation instead. In addition to saving on flights, you’ll save even bigger on not having to book hotel rooms and cooking your favorite meals inside your RV.

It’s Less Stressful

Let’s face it — flying is no longer fun. Flights are delayed, security checks are annoying and you never make it to your destination exactly when you planned. When you travel in an RV, you can arrive at your destination whenever you want and see everything along the way. Stop for meals, sightseeing or simply to get out and go for a bike ride.

It’s Comfortable

You always feel right at home when traveling in an RV. Here at the PleasureLand RV Center, we offer a wide array of RV rental options to suit a variety of travelers. This means you can have as much sleeping space, living space and cooking space as you desire. Forget about cramming your whole family into one hotel room to save money, because you can have your own vacation home on wheels instead.

Rent From Us

PleasureLand RV Center offers some of the lowest rental rates on Class A motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, pop-up campers and ice houses in the industry. Give us a call, log online or stop by one of our locations in St. Cloud, Ramsey or Brainerd to find out more.

The 2016 Glacier LLC Glacier A816RD

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Ice fishing isn’t the most comfortable winter activity. It often means long, cold days on the ice waiting for a bite. However, you don’t have to bundle up in a small hut or try to warm yourself by your friend’s fire this upcoming season. The 2016 Glacier LLC Glacier A816RD is the cream of the crop of ice houses — one that will keep you warm and comfortable while you reel in dinner.

2016 Glacier Ice House Features

Glacier ice houses offer more comforts and conveniences than you ever imagined on the ice. Travelers enjoy interior conveniences like LED interior lighting, contemporary interior decors, dual pane windows, a “big man’s” dinette, an easy-to-clean wood plank rubber floor, a three-burner range, prepping for cable TV, wiring for a fish camera to the TV and an AM/FM stereo to make every day on the ice a comfortable and enjoyable one.

Additional interior options include a 32-inch smart TV, a microwave oven, flat wall fireplace, an RV refrigerator, a queen lift bed, curtains or an extra cabinet set to make camping on the ice even more comfortable and convenient.

An RV That’s Easy to Tow and Set Up

You don’t want to waste precious fishing hours preparing your RV at your secret spot. The Glacier ice house is remarkably easy to tow and even easier to set up at the campsite. When you purchase a 2016 Glacier ice house, you enjoy the convenience of electric stabilizer jacks, an enclosed battery box, an outdoor flood light, EZ lube axles, multi-leaf suspension, R26 insulation, a trussed roof, a tan fiberglass exterior, LED hole lights and countless other features that make ice fishing more enjoyable than you ever imagined.

Improve Your Ice Fishing Today

You’ll enjoy spending more time on the ice, and ultimately catch more fish, in the comfort and convenience of a brand-new Glacier ice house. The Glacier A816RD model, available right here at the PleasureLand RV Center, features a convenient kitchen and comfortable seating and sleeping spaces to help you enjoy ice fishing more than ever before.

The 2016 CrossRoads RV Hampton

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If you think you’ll never be able to afford your dream vacation home, you’ve never looked at the 2016 CrossRoads Hampton. This luxurious destination trailer is ready to be your portable dream home, so you can enjoy a lifestyle you probably thought you couldn’t afford. It’s available in five residential floorplan options, so you can find the one that’s perfect for you and your family’s needs.

The Floorplans

Each Hampton floorplan is designed to be your dream home away from home. Whether you’re interested in a destination trailer with a front bedroom, a rear bedroom, two bathrooms, a rear living area, bunks for kids or guests, two private bedrooms or a front kitchen with bar, there’s a 2016 CrossRoads Hampton to suit your specific travel needs.

Each 2016 Hampton is equipped with a residential kitchen, comfortable living area, entertainment center, private bedroom, spacious bathroom and everything you need to enjoy every moment inside your new RV.

High-End Standard Features

Each CrossRoads Hampton destination trailer is outfitted with the highest end standard features, so you always feel comfortably at home. Hampton owners enjoy stainless steel appliances, an 8-foot floor-to-ceiling height, an HD LED TV, decorative accent lighting, two toned wood fascia, a fireplace, a power ventilation fan, hardwood raised panel cabinet doors, an armoire, a faucet with pull-out sprayer, decorative window treatments and countless other touches that make this travel trailer feel more like a high-end home than an RV.

The exterior of the Hampton is just as luxurious as the interior with tinted glass windows, a patio awning, an outdoor shower, exterior speakers, a detachable hitch, one-piece radius rubber roof, rain gutters, electric slides and a long list of other features that make this one of the most comfortable and reliable travel trailers in the industry.

Start Your New Travel Lifestyle Today

The 2016 CrossRoads Hampton proves that your dream vacation home is not out of your budget. Tow this unbeatable destination trailer away from our PleasureLand RV Center lot for an unbelievably low price today.

Portable Charging Options for the Road

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You probably never embark on an RV journey without your cell phone. That’s because traveling with computers, phones and other handheld devices has become the norm. However, keeping those devices charged while camping can seem like a major hassle, and finding the perfect portable charging option is difficult.

These portable chargers are ones that actually work, so you won’t have to waste your travel money on multiple charges that don’t do the trick.

Braven BRV-Bank Rugged Portable Battery

The Braven BRV-Bank is a portable charger that you can take on your wildest adventures. It’s water resistant and has met the military drop test standard 810G, so you don’t have to worry if it takes a tumble. For right around $100, you can have a rugged battery that’s capable of charging two cell phones fully at the same time. Other perks include a rugged micro USB to USB cable, a lanyard and a handy flashlight attachment.

Olixar Encharge Dual USB Power Bank and Card Reader

The Olixar Encharge Dual USB Power Bank and Card Reader is a more affordable alternative to the Braven BRV-Bank, and it’s capable of charging two phones at once. You can get four full charges on a single smartphone or at least one full charge on a tablet (with more to spare). The package, available for around $47, comes with tons of adapters, so you won’t have to go out and immediately buy accessories.

Cyntur JumperPack Mini

The Cyntur JumperPack Mini is the ultimate camping tool. This small power pack has the ability to jump start engines up to eight cylinders. It can hold a charge for nearly a year and is equipped with a USB port that’s ideal for charging smartphones and tablets. Even better, it comes with a flashlight and emergency strobe function in case you find yourself in a bind.

Before you embark on your first fall camping excursion, stop in and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers for all of your fall RV camping accessories.

What We Do for Our Canadian Buyers

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Here at the PleasureLand RV Center, we cater to our customers north of the border. We know that purchasing an RV in another country and returning it to Canada may sound intimidating at first. However, we make the process just as easy as buying at home. Even better, you’ll save big bucks by purchasing your new or used RV from PleasureLand.

This guide will help you understand what we do to provide a stress-free purchasing process and the few simple steps you’ll take to transport your RV across the border.

What We’ll Do

You don’t have to fear buying your new RV in the United States, because our PleasureLand RV Center customer service representatives have years of experience dealing with these types of purchases. We’ll provide you with a completed bill of sale, a title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, a recall clearance letter and a temporary transit tag that will give you plenty of time to transport your new RV to the border.

We’ll also ensure that your vehicle has a visible manufacturers statement of compliance label in tact, and we’ll fax all forms that need to be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for you.

What You Need to Do

Here at the PleasureLand RV Center, we make the border crossing experience easier than ever before.  Once you reach the border, you’ll simply show the agent your copies of the purchase order, title (or MSO), proof of RV insurance and the recall clearance letter. Then, you’ll complete a simple vehicle import form, which the border agent will provide. The agent will collect your border fees and verify that your VIN matches the manufacturer’s statement of compliance label. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

Start shopping for your new or pre-owned RV today by logging onto our PleasureLand RV Center website, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Why Now is the Best Time to Buy a New RV

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The end of summer and beginning of fall is one of the best times of year to get an incredible deal on a new RV. The busy summer RV season is winding down and our showroom is filling with brand-new 2016 models. We still have dozens of new 2015 models in stock, and it’s time get them off our PleasureLand RV Center lots.

That’s why we’re offering tons of unbeatable end-of-summer deals at the Minnesota State Fair. We’re the exclusive RV dealer of the fair, and we’ll be taking a variety of RV models with us this year.

Why Shop at the Fair?

Heading to the Minnesota State Fair is one of the best ways to get an unbelievable deal on a new RV. We’ll be transporting RVs from all of our locations to the fair, so you have a wider variety of discounted RVs to view.

Even better, we’re knocking thousands of dollars off each RV’s MSRP, so you enjoy unbeatable deals just for meeting us there. We don’t want to have to take these RVs back to the dealership after the event, so we’re ready to accept all reasonable offers.

About the Fair

The Minnesota State Fair will take place from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, and we’ll be there every single day. The fairgrounds are open from 6 a.m. to midnight, and there’s far more to see than our discounted RVs.

The event is packed with competitions, contests, live music, rides, shopping, parades, games and tons of other family-friend entertainment. Regular fair time admission is just $13 for adults and $11 for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids under the age of 5 get in free.

The Minnesota State Fair features a campground, so you can park your RV on-site and spend days exploring the grounds. The fairgrounds are located at 1265 Snelling Ave. N., in St. Paul. We look forward to experiencing the excitement of the 2015 Minnesota State Fair with you.

Classic Road Trip Movies for Your Next Adventure

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Whether you’re lounging at the campsite or at home preparing for your next adventure, nothing will get you more in the mood for road tripping than a classic road trip movie. Road trip movies have been popular since vehicles first hit the roads, and these three are ones that everyone should watch at least once.

1. Thelma and Louise

Couples-on-the-run films were aleady popular before Thelma and Louise came out in 1991, but this one, featuring two female friends, was different. Thelma and Louise headed on a journey into the mountains in a stylish 1966 convertible. The story gets dramatic when Louise guns down an attempted rapist. The two are then outlaws escaping the law and headed for Mexico.

2. Five Easy Pieces

This 1970 road trip flick starring Jack Nicholson takes you throughout America and its landscapes while giving a deep reflection of the country at that time. Bobby Dupea (Nicholson) and his girlfriend (Karen Black) encounter grungy motels, crazy hitchikers, diners and other Americana as they head up the coast from California to Washington to help his ailing father.

3. Something Wild

If you’re looking for some comedy to get you excited about your next road trip, the 1986 film Something Wild is the one to watch. The film pays tribute to It Happened One Night, a comical 1934 road trip film, but it will make you laugh with scenarios all its own.

Something Wild is hilarious, joyful and terrifying as Charlie Driggs (played by Jeff Daniels) and a woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith) head on what is probably the most bizarre road trip ever. The characters attend a high school reunion, experience a gas station hold-up and are involved in countless other adventures that turn Driggs’ pressed office suit into a “Virginia is for lovers” t-shirt.

Start Your Road Trip at PleasureLand

Embark on the best road trip of your life in a brand-new RV from the PleasureLand RV Center. Log online or stop in and see us to get a closer look at our unbeatable fall specials.

Easy Upgrades for Your RV’s Interior

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Whether you’ve just purchased a used RV or have been traveling in the same trusty, old RV for years, it’s likely the interior of your motorhome or travel trailer could use a few upgrades. From buying a few simple decor items to tearing out old carpeting, these RV upgrade ideas are ones that’ll give your home on wheels a fresh new look.

Revamp Your Bedroom

Your RV’s bedroom is where you relax after a long day on the road, and an outdated mattress and bedding may be cutting into your comfort. Don’t be afraid to swap your old RV mattress for one you find more comfortable. If you can’t change your mattress, try placing a memory foam mattress topper on your existing one.

Swapping musty old RV bedding for new sheets, pillows and a comforter will also make you feel like you have a brand-new bedroom, but it’ll cost you less than $200.

Upgrade Your Shower

RV showers can seem less than satisfying when you’re living life on the road. Swap the cheap shower head that came standard in your RV for a new one that will amplify your water pressure and make that cramped space feel a bit more luxurious.

Purchase new rugs, towels and decor for your bathroom, and you’ll be surprised how new it feels.

Get Rid of Old Flooring

You’re not stuck with the flooring that came standard in your RV. Removing old carpet and replacing it with new carpet or laminate flooring is easy to do, and it can completely change the way the interior of your RV feels. The small size of the interior of your RV makes it easy to find cheap “remnants” of carpet and laminate flooring that will fit snuggly into your home away from home.

Upgrade Your RV at PleasureLand

Here at the PleasureLand RV Center, our certified RV technicians are experts at helping you upgrade your RV. Stop in with your ideas or concerns, and we’ll help you turn your old RV into your dream home on wheels.