Minnesota Events in January

1940 Winter Carnival Ice Palace, St. Paul, Minnesota

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One of the best things about buying a new or used recreational vehicle from PleasureLand RV is the opportunity to enjoy events scheduled in Minnesota in January. With a quality travel trailer, motorhome, truck camper, or pop-up, you’ll be equipped with the perfect RV for 2014 adventures.

Monticello Frostbite Challenge

This fun event scheduled for January 11 and 12 is definitely for snow enthusiasts. On January 11, play a round of snow golf or participate in the Medallion Hunt and on January 12, enter the fishing contest or stop by and see the vintage snowmobile show and swap meet.

Arctic Fever Winter Fest

Located in Shorewood near South Lake Minnetonka January 17-19, families will enjoy a host of winter activities and events. Most are free and include fun entertainment such as sleigh and horse rides, bowling on ice, dog sled rides, ice sculpting and bonfire.

Bloomington’s Winter Fete

Experience the 11th Annual Winter Fete January 18 – January 26 in Bloomington. There will be plenty of free excitement throughout locations in the city including sledding, ice skating, hockey games, broomball and much more. Other events include the Ice Harvest Festival, ski jumping for beginners, Nordic Ski Jumping Competition, Winter History Festival, and more.

Saint Paul Winter Festival

Make plans to attend the 128th celebration of this winter event that began in 1886. The festival runs January 23 through February 2 with fun activities including the Dogsled Race, Winter Carnival Medallion Hunt, Torchlight Parade, Snow Sculpting and Carving, Art Exhibits, Klondike Kate Cabarets and Kids Day.

Beer Dabbler Festival

Part of the Saint Paul Winter Festival, this tasty event is for 21 and over only on January 25. Sample over 150 national, local and regional craft beers while enjoying gourmet food from area food trucks and live music. A Silent Disco is also on the agenda.

Fergus Falls Frostbite Festival

End the month with this “cool” festival running January 31 through February 2. Celebrate the season with indoor and outdoor ice skating, chili/soup cook-off, Sertoma Ice Fishing Derby and SuperBowl parties, pancake breakfast and music.

Call us at PleasureLand and let us show you around. Take a look at the inventory or if your RV needs servicing, make an appointment for a little TLC from our expertly trained technicians.

5 Places to Travel in 2014

Virginia State Capitol - Richmond, Virginia

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With four convenient locations in Minnesota to serve you, family-owned PleasureLand RV Center can help make your dreams come true with a new or used recreational vehicle. With our extensive inventory along web specials and financing, our staff will have you ready to ride to top travel destinations in 2014 in an RV customized to fit your budget and lifestyle.

Richmond, Virginia

In 2014, many of the battles that took place during the Civil War will be celebrating their 150th anniversary. The south is full of hospitality and history and when visiting Richmond, you’ll experience it all along with museums, breweries, quaint restaurants, and white water rafting for outdoor enthusiasts.

Chicago, Illinois

If you want to enjoy Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, then head to the Windy City. Chicago has everything from beaches and boating to music fests and comedy clubs. RV parks are about an hour away at Grass Lake Marina and RV Resort in Antioch and Fish Lake Beach in Volo, but worth the drive to experience all Chicago has to offer.

Palm Springs, California

The retro architecture, cool atmosphere and a desert oasis just outside the city limits beckon travelers. Just a few of the attractions include San Jacinto Peak, PS Aerial Tramway, Cabazon Dinosaurs, Palm Springs Walk of Stars and Plaza Theatre. RV parks near Palm Springs include Two Springs RV Resort, Emerald Desert RV Resort, Sky Valley Resort, and Happy Traveler RV Park.

South Florida

Florida has an array of attractions, activities, water sports, fresh seafood, and a diverse environment resulting in the best traditional cuisine to be found. The south Florida region includes Miami and Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, the Everglades, and the Florida Keys. No matter which location you choose, you’ll have access to museums, nightlife, casinos, kids attractions, fishing, boating, scuba diving and so much more, along with numerous RV camping locations.

Rivera Nayarit, Mexico

Pack up your RV and head to the border. The sun-drenched 192-mile expanse is lined with small towns, pristine beaches, hiking, wildlife viewing, and for the adventurer, surfing and snorkeling opportunities. RV camping is available at the fully equipped Sol Tierra RV Park located in the heart of Rivera Nayarit, just minutes from Puerto Vallarta.

Contact PleasureLand RV for all your RV needs from new and used rides and accessories to routine service and winter storage.

December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day

Cookie, Anyone

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There are some national days you just don’t want to miss out on and National Bake Cookies Day is definitely on the list. What better way to spend the day than celebrating with the sweet goodness of your favorite cookies on December 18.

Cookies made their debut in the US in the 17th century and have been going strong ever since. The word cookie, in its original Dutch pronunciation “koekje,” means little cake. The koekje came about when Dutch bakers tested oven temperatures with a small portion of cake batter. After a while, they determined the test cakes were delicious on their own and the “cookie” was born.

If you’re thinking about making travel plans during this time, stop by PleasureLand RV for any last minute accessories including cookbooks with some tasty recipes.

To celebrate National Cookie Day, whip up a batch of quick and easy goodies like these.

Snickerdoodles

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix together 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup softened margarine or butter.
  • Add 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt and 2 tsps. cream of tartar and stir.
  • Shape the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls.
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar with 2 tsps. cinnamon.
  • Roll the dough balls in the sweet mixture and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

Dutch Almond Boterkoek

A delicious butter cake bar cookie perfect for celebrating koekje day.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan or 9 x 12 jelly roll pan.
  • Blend 1 1/4 cups brown sugar with 1 cup margarine or butter. Add 1 tsp. almond extract.
  • Sift 2 cups all purpose flour and add to the sugar mixture. Blend well.
  • Separate one egg and add the yolk to mixture. Mix well.
  • Place and press the dough into the pan.
  • Lightly beat the egg white and pour over the dough as a glaze.
  • Sprinkle the dough with slivered or flaked almonds.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Cool then cut into bars.
  • Makes two dozen bars.

Contact our staff at PleasureLand RV or stop by and visit our showroom of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers, and more.

8 Must Have Stocking Stuffers for the RV Fan in your Life

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Instead of toothbrushes, socks, and other traditional (not-so-exciting) stocking stuffers, try giving the RV fan in your life something different this year. At PleasureLand RV Center – your go-to RV dealer in Minnesota – we’ve got all of the stocking stuffers to make this the best Christmas yet. The following are a few of our favorites from our online RV accessory catalog, but don’t forget to stop by to see everything we have in stock.

Coghlan’s Tele-Fork

A fork that extends from 12 inches to 42 inches. Perfect for warming a snack over the fire or stealing food off your brother’s plate.

GSI Outdoors Enamelware Stainless Rim Cup

The perfect cup for every aspect of camping from coffee in the morning to hot cocoa before bed. Choose from a variety of colors, so each camper can distinguish his own.

Bowling Dice By Fundex Games, LTD

Bowl every night right in the comfort of your RV with this dice bowling game. It’s a fun and competitive game for the whole family and a great alternative to TV.

Camco RV Window Thermometers

Dual thermometers so you can check the temperature on both sides of your vehicle. Know the temperature in the sun as well as the shade, then go out and play.

Camco Ditty Bag Set

Three water-repellent bags in varying sizes to keep your accessories organized and safe from the elements. Great as toiletry bags, jewelry storage and so much more.

Camco Camp Saw

A tool that’s useful outdoors as well as around the house. The 10-inch saw blade can cut through wood, drywall and even PVC pipe.

Coghlan’s Fire Lighters

A great survival tool that all campers love. Use these sticks to start a fire without matches, kindling or paper. Even better than matches, these fire lighters burn for about seven minutes, so you can get a fire started every time.

Custer FL20 LED Flashlight

Every RV enthusiast needs a proper headlamp for exploring around the campsite at night. This lamp by Custer Products offers an LED bulb for extra strength and a longer-lasting shine.

December 4th is Santa’s List Day

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Santa’s List Day is rapidly approaching, which means it’s time to complete your Christmas list and drop it in the mail to the North Pole. Although Dec. 4th is only a couple days away, it’s not too late for you to come to PleasureLand RV to start making your list for Santa. Whether you’re asking for a brand new RV, new tires or games to play around the campfire, we’ve got all of them and everything in between.

New and Used RVs

Fill your list with some luxury gift ideas from your favorite family-owned Minnesota RV dealership – PleasureLand RV. We’ve got an incredible showroom full of everything from high-end Class A motorhomes to toy haulers, fifth wheels, popup campers, truck campers and even destination trailers. We love the RV lifestyle so much, we keep our prices as low as possible, so you can experience it too.

Parts and Accessories

Don’t forget to gather some gift ideas from our extensive parts and accessories department offering everything from stocking stuffers to the biggest gifts under the tree. We’ve got all of your favorite camping supplies, RV cookbooks, coolers, safety products, plumbing products and just about any item you could need or want in your home on wheels.

Need to cover the kids’ lists too? We’ve got tons of fun outdoor games, card games and even model RV collectibles and action toys, so your kids can be as excited about each RV vacation as you are.

Service and Maintenance

Although you can’t wrap them and put them under the tree, RV repairs and maintenance are the perfect Christmas gifts. Save yourself and your family some of the stress of squeezing in all of your RV repairs before you hit the road for a big trip, and have them done now.

Even better, have PleasureLand RV install some upgrades on your vehicle like new tires, a new generator or even body work. We’re the best place to have your RV serviced in Minnesota, so be certain to ask Santa to bring your “home away from home” in for a Christmas tune up.

Give Thanks in Your RV This Year

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When envisioning Thanksgiving, you probably imagine spending the day at home, cooking meals in a spacious kitchen and eating at a large dining room table. You may have chosen not to spend Thanksgiving traveling in your RV, because there simply isn’t enough space, and you don’t want to give up that delicious turkey dinner.

Well, it’s time to change tradition. With a few slight alterations to your cooking habits and dining room table, you can easily have your turkey and eat it too.

Get Creative

The lack of oven space in an RV is just not suitable for a full-size turkey, but that doesn’t mean you need to scrap your main course. Choose turkey breasts instead. Two of them will easily fit into an RV oven, and you’ll still get that delicious baked turkey taste.

Trade oven-baked sides for ones you can throw on the grill, stove-top or even in the microwave. Vegetables, mashed potatoes and boxed stuffing can all be cooked on a stove-top, but don’t be ashamed if you end up buying a couple of sides at the deli.

Don’t forget dessert. Frozen pies can be found at a local supermarket, but why not have s’mores for dessert this year? That’s a new tradition your family is certain to love.

Eat Outside

There may not be enough space in your RV for everyone to sit at one table and give thanks, so give yourselves some elbow room and enjoy your meal outside. If you’ve got outdoor furniture, that’s always a plus, but a picnic table is an excellent place for a family dinner too.

Make a Few Stops

Stop at pumpkin patches and farmer’s markets on the way to your destination. Use these stops as an opportunity to stretch your legs, pick up some fresh veggies and grab a few small pumpkins or gourds for decoration.

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Stop by your Minnesota RV dealer – PleasureLand RV Center – to buy a new or used fifth wheel, travel trailer or motorhome this holiday season. And if you need any maintenance done before you hit the road for Thanksgiving, our parts and service department has you covered there too.

Veterans Day Bargains on the Road

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It’s Veterans Day, and whether you’re on the road or awaiting your next RV adventure, it’s a day to give thanks to our country’s veterans and active service members.

To honor all of our country’s veterans, PleasureLand RV Center wants to give you a heads-up on some of the best deals offered to veterans today.

Whether you’re into shopping until you drop or just pulling over for a nice meal, these restaurants and retailers want you to stop by, so they can say “thanks” with free food and huge discounts.

Retail Deals

Many retailers honor Veterans Day by offering special discounts to veterans and active servicemen, so take a moment to stop and thank yourself.

  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store extends their employee discount to all veterans, active servicemen, and reserves. Law-enforcement officers and emergency personnel are included too.
  • Fashion Bug offers a 20 percent discount on clothing purchases for military personnel and spouses.
  • Sport Clips offers free haircuts to veterans and active servicemen today.
  • It’s Veterans Day everyday at Home Depot. They offer a 10 percent discount to veterans today and every other day of the year.

Restaurant Deals

You won’t be cooking hot dogs on the fire tonight. If you’re traveling with a veteran, pull your motor home over and enjoy a nice sit-down meal for a huge discount.

  • Texas Roadhouse offers free meals to veterans until 4 p.m., so stop and enjoy a late lunch or early dinner.
  • Subway offers a free 6-inch sub or flatbread to vets all day today.
  • What’s the best appetizer at Outback Steakhouse? The Bloomin’ Onion, and all vets get one and a beverage free today.
  • Applebee’s is giving a free meal from a limited menu to all veterans and military personnel today.

Before You Go

Call ahead to ensure the store or restaurant in your area is honoring the Veteran’s Day deal featured above, and most of all, don’t forget your military ID.

After You Eat

Come by PleasureLand RV, your go-to RV dealership in Minnesota, to check out our huge selection of new and used motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels. We’d love to personally thank you for your service to our country.

Happy Veterans Day!

2014 Winnebago Forza Review

2014 Winnebago Forza

The 2014 Forza lives up to the Winnebago name with its spacious interior loaded with all the amenities and 340-horsepower diesel engine to get you and your family to the best RV destinations in luxury. You can decide between a 35-foot and a nearly 40-foot floor plan, each offering features unique to Winnebago–including an Ideal Rest mattress, inTable, SmartSpace, and Smart Storage.

Interior

Whether you go with the Mountain View, Arctic, or Fracture decor, they all look impressive with either the forest or honey coffee-glazed cabinetry. Adding to that impressive look is the vinyl tile and vinyl ceiling, Corian countertops, and Leatherette furniture. The 34T floor plan gives you a huge inLounge Leatherette dining table/sofa/sleeper with inTable that can be stowed away when not in use, while the 38R floor plan has a booth dinette with sofa/sleeper next to it. From here you can sit (or lay) back and watch your 46″ or 50″ TV.

2014 Winnebago Forza Interior

The kitchen has the amenities you need including a residential fridge, 3-burner range, and high-rise faucet above the sink. Residential features extend to the bedroom and bathroom as well. In the bedroom, you’ll have a queen bed, padded headboard, nightstand, and large wardrobe, not to mention a 28- or 32-inch TV, while the bathroom offers a porcelain toilet, textured glass shower door, and laminate countertop. The 38R has an additional bathroom with toilet and sink as well.

Exterior

Winnebago’s SuperStructure with interlocking joints, laser cut tubing, and embedded steel translates into one of the most durable motor homes on the market today. The durable Freightliner chassis has a trailer hitch, front and rear air suspension, and 6-speed auto transmission. The exterior of the Forza is quite attractive with its clearcoat finish and four full-body paint options. And when experiencing the outdoors, you’ll appreciate the powered awning as well as the service center with exterior wash station.

Options

The Forza’s options will really take you up a notch on the luxury scale:

  • Electric fireplace
  • StudioLoft bed above cab (34T)
  • Ideal Rest digital comfort mattress
  • Washer and dryer

Floor Plans

2014 Winnebago Forza 34T34T

 

 

2014 Winnebago Forza 38R38R

For more information on the 2014 Winnebago Forza, visit us at PleasureLand RV Center. We’ll get you on your way to some great outdoor memories.

Halloween in your RV

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Just because you are on the road doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of season. There are a variety of ways you can make Halloween special in your RV.

Here are some things you can do to add to your RV fun from PleasureLand RV.

Decorate

Decorating your RV for the season can be fun and easy. Use pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, and dried ears of corn to add to the atmosphere. There are also inexpensive lights you can buy to string around your awning. You can use orange and black paper plates, cups, a tablecloth, and streamers to add that Halloween feel as well. Just a few decorations can add quite a bit to your enjoyment of the season.

Take advantage of the fruits and vegetables of the season

Fall brings us a variety of foods that aren’t as plentiful at other times of the year. Squash, pumpkin, zucchini, pears, and apples are all in season and there are many recipes that take advantage of them. Even making simple caramel apples can add a festive flavor. Try using a melon baller to scoop out small round balls of apples and use toothpicks to dip them in melted caramel for a bite size treat.

Keep an eye out for seasonal activities

Some campgrounds will have special events schedule for the season including fall dances, trick or treat nights, bon fires, and hayrides. If they are not available where you are staying, look in the area for local harvest festivals, haunted houses, and pumpkin patches. Seek out and participate in these events in your area.

Organize a get together or even a simple costume party

RVers are a friendly sort and a simple Halloween pot-luck or costume party can help you make new friends and have some fun.

Finding creative ways to enjoy holidays on the road is part of the fun of an RV lifestyle. A trip to a local farmer’s market will likely yield a wealth of decorating and dining options for the season.

Remember, PleasureLand RV is your year round source for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. We even rent RVs! PleasureLand is the family owned RV dealership that Minnesota counts on for everything RV related. Visit our locations in Brainerd, St. Cloud, Ramsey, and Willmar. We are pleased to serve Canadian customers and those throughout the midwest. Plan a visit soon!

The Enchanted Highway

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If you have ever seen the Disney animated motion picture Cars, the story may sound familiar. A stretch of highway, long forgotten by most travelers, struggles to regain some notoriety and relevance. It is the true story of 32 miles of two-lane roadway that lies in southwestern North Dakota. Although the road has no official route number, it has become known as the Enchanted Highway. PleasureLand RV is pleased to present the true story of this almost forgotten road.

It was back in 1989 that a local artist by the name of Gary Greff came up with the idea. Greff saw how superhighways were siphoning off traffic from rural roads like the one that went through his hometown of Regent, South Dakota. He thought if people had a reason to travel these roads, small towns like his would still be viable. So he began to use scrap metal to build larger than life sculptures along the road.

He used farm tanks, utility poles, barbed wire, and augers to create the 45 foot tall “Tin Family” sculpture. “Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again” was constructed out of well pipe and stands tall at 51 feet. He utilized pipe and wire mesh to create “Pheasants on the Prairie,” weighing in at a total of 13,000 lbs. Greff made use of some old fuel tanks and oil well tanks in creating “Grasshoppers in the Field.” In 2002 he again used oil tanks in the creation of “Deer Crossing.” His masterpiece however, is his giant “Geese in Flight” sculpture. This massive piece of art stands at 154 feet long and 110 feet tall, making it the largest metal sculpture in the world according to the Guinness World Book of Records.

A Regent native, Greff maintains the sculptures and plans to add more. In 2012 he opened up his “Enchanted Castle” motel along the route. If you are planning on RVing to the Black Hills and Badlands areas of this part of the country, consider a trip down the the Enchanted Highway. It can make for a bit more interesting drive than that along the Interstates. The Enchanted Highway runs from Regent to Exit 72 of I-94. It is a trip you and your family won’t soon forget and pictures are a must.

PleasureLand RV is a family owned RV dealership Minnesota, Canada, and the entire Midwest has come to rely on for year-round RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Enjoy your next trip in a PleasureLand RV!