Cargo and Utility Trailers

Our Minnesota RV dealership  now carries cargo/utility trailers. Now, you can haul your toys or extra gear behind your Class A motorhome; or you can pack everything in the trailer and “tent it.”

You can choose from several sizes of trailers, both enclosed and open. If you are going to carry a motorcycle or an ATV and do not need extra space to carry equipment or additional luggage, an open trailer is lighter to haul and will do just fine. But, if you want your things protected from the elements and from stones and dirt getting kicked up on the highway, an enclosed trailer is a better choice. Furthermore, the enclosed trailer can also be used to haul things locally – you can use it for many things that wouldn’t fit into a truck bed – or would only fit with more than one trip.

If you are tenting it and the tent leaks because of an unexpected torrential downpour, you can always move everything into the enclosed trailer and still get a good night’s sleep. And, if you are towing it behind an RV, you can protect all of your stuff from the weather. A 12-foot trailer will easily hold a motorcycle or two ATVs plus your patio furniture and hunting or fishing gear – this way, nothing gets wet while it’s raining.

Before you buy a cargo/utility trailer, be sure to check the weight it can carry. You want to be sure it will safely haul your things, especially if you plan on carrying a motorcycle or two in the trailer. For heavier loads, you may want to consider the longer trailer with dual wheels.

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14-foot Cargo/Utility Trailer. Photo Credit: Pleasureland RV Center

You must also check how much your vehicle can tow – the weight of the trailer plus everything in it cannot exceed your vehicle’s towing capacity. If you have a pickup truck or are planning on towing the utility/cargo trailer behind a new motorhome, you should have plenty of towing capacity for the 14-foot dual-wheel utility/cargo trailer.

When purchasing a trailer, whether open or closed, be sure to purchase the appropriate equipment to tie your toys down. You must tie down vehicles even when in an enclosed trailer. Ratcheting tie downs secure vehicles to the floor or sides of the trailer. Visit us at Pleasureland RV Center to look at our cargo/utility trailers. If you bring the towing limitations of your vehicle and the weight of your “toys,” the sales person will help you determine which cargo/utility trailer will best meet your needs.

Staying In Shape On Your Minnesota RV Travels

Staying in shape can be a challenge on any given day; staying on track with a fitness plan while traveling in your new or used Minnesota motorhome can sometimes seem next to impossible. But with a little determination, you can work out (with no need for fancy equipment) and keep fit for those fun, outdoor activities.

Here are four ideas:

1)    Plan a few challenging hikes along your trip route that offer a break from the road and get your blood flowing.

2)    Choose a variety of workout DVDs ranging from aerobics to yoga, and leave your favorites in the RV. Pop one into the DVD player and you’re set.

3)    Load a workout app on your phone (like Nike Training Club or P90X).

4)    Or create your own workout using any combination of these moves, whether inside the RV or outside by the picnic table: 100 jumping jacks, 50 crunches, 20 tricep dips, 15 squats, 20 lunges, 70 Russian twists, 20 calf raises, 5 push ups, 30 second plank, and 10 lunge split jumps. How many sets can you do?

There are plenty of excellent workout monitors out there, like Bodybugg, or apps for your phone to track your progress and keep you on the right path. Once you get in the habit of logging your food, caloric intake and output and exercise, you can really begin to see how your daily progress affects your goals, and those RV travel days won’t slow you down!

If you’re feeling ambitious and ready to take your fitness to the next level, check out Minnesota’s upcoming race schedules and sign up for one that sounds like a good fit. You might be supporting a philanthropic cause or just joining up with some other fun folks to get sweaty! If you need a kick-start, find a local training group or running buddy to keep you motivated.

Try these race schedule websites for a complete list of what’s happening near you:

How about White Bear Winter Frolic 5K or the 100% Irish for a Day 5K & 10 Mile in Minneapolis? For whatever your fitness, lifestyle or goal, you can find something to get your heart pumping!

2013 Keystone Springdale

Keystone RV’s have been around since 1996 and the company is well known for its quality and innovation. You get more bang for your buck with Keystone because they use brand name appliances and top quality materials, but still offer vehicles at a reasonable price. When the fastest growing RV company in the United States rolls out the new model for this year, you’d better believe that serious RV’ers take notice. Well, it’s time to come to Pleasureland RV Center and start noticing, because the 2013 Keystone Springdale is here!

2013 Keystone Springdale

There are dozens of floor plans to choose from with the Keystone Springdale, so no one could blame you for spending little extra time shopping around at the best RV dealership Minnesota has to offer. These RV’s include a variety of options, such as queen size beds, full size beds, sofa beds, dinettes and showers, among other things. There is a good selection of other nice features too, such as an E-Z open entry step, a tub surround, air conditioning, tinted safety glass and a choice of cordovan, morel or redwood interior.

2013 Keystone Springdale Interior

For safety and a smooth ride, the Springdale has manual stabilizer jacks, a spread axle, radial tires and a powder-coated I beam frame. To keep you entertained, you can get an LCD television and a deluxe entertainment system. If you want your RV “blinged out”, you can get an electric awning, exterior shower and grill and aluminum rims. And for the long haul, these vehicles can carry up to 50 gallons of fresh water and hold 30 gallons of waste water or more.

If you’re ready to start your RV adventure, you might go and look over the variety of new and used motorhomes we have available for sale. This versatile, luxurious and comfortable RV provides you everything you need for the ultimate road trip all at an affordable price. Kind of makes you want to hit the road, doesn’t’ it?

RV Road Trip Reads

The Great American RV Road Trip tops our list of life’s greatest joys. The Great American Novel ranks close behind, even if what you like most might accurately be classified under “beach read” or “guilty pleasure.” So why not combine both those loves with some terrific road trip reads on your next Minnesota RV excursion?

If you’re fond of travel times, check out these books about Minnesota to help plan your getaway, where the journey—filled with fun day trips and scenic drives—is the destination.

 

  • Backroads & Byways of Minnesota: Drives, Day Trips & Weekend Excursions
  • Explorer’s Guide Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes
  • Backroads of Minnesota: Your Guide to Scenic Getaways & Adventures

Or support local culture with these books set in Minnesota or by Minnesota authors:

  • John Sandford will release Silken Prey in May 2013, the eagerly anticipated next Lucas Davenport thriller. Check out the other entries in the series.
  • What Minnesota list would be definitive without Laura Ingalls Wilder? Dive into the 9-novel Little House series with the box set. Truly enjoyable for the whole family.
  • Of course, no RV road trip would truly be complete without On the Road, Jack Kerouac’s classic and revolutionary tale of wandering spirits at mid-century.

How about something to keep the kids busy and happy on those long stretches of road? Look no further than National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas: Maps, Games, Activities, and More for Hours of Backseat Fun. It’s jam packed with maps, trivia, games and ideas for pit stops to keep the young ones engaged. Whether you’re planning your next RV road trip, or just planning your next escape into a new story by the campfire, these books offer something for everyone!

Boundary Waters By Crossroads

If you are looking for RV motorhomes in Minnesota, stop in to one of our four locations and take a look at one of our exclusives, Boundary Waters by Crossroads.  The Boundary Waters by Crossroads is available in six different floor plans! You can choose from a full rear living area or bunk-house RVs.

The three floor plans that have slide outs features wood slide-out fascia. All six models feature designer valances with curtains and mini blinds for privacy. If you have a larger family or want to bring friends on a camping trip, the sofa converts into a bed.

The galley features everything you need to create all your favorite meals, including a 6 cubic-foot refrigerator, a three-burner stove, oven, microwave and a range hood with light and exhaust fan.

For entertainment, enjoy the AM/FM/CD player or hook a television up to the antenna or cable television hookup. You can even listen to music outside via the two marine-grade exterior speakers.

The bathroom features a foot flush parchment toilet, a large sink and a spacious one-piece tub and shower with a curved shower track. The curved shower track keeps the shower curtain from sticking to you while taking a shower. All six floor plans also feature a power vent over the tub.

The 40-gallon fresh water tank and the 6-gallon hot water heater provide plenty of water for showers and washing dishes if you are dry camping. The water heater features a bypass to make winterizing the RV easier if you’re not using it in colder weather.

The Convenience Package comes standard on the Boundary Waters, and includes a smoke detector, L.P. gas detector, awning to protect you from the elements, and four stabilizer jacks to help make set up easier.

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The molded rain gutters keeps rain from pouring down on you when you open the door if you don’t have the awning opened. Furthermore, the bumper is hollow and is fitted with end caps so you can store the sewage hose outside. You’ll also enjoy plenty of storage inside and outside for patio furniture, hunting gear and extra luggage.

You can also add several options, including a skylight over the tub, an outside shower, an Arctic package for winter camping and an enclosed underbelly to help keep the warmth in during cooler months.

Stop by PleasureLand RV today to walk through the Boundary Waters or any of our other RVs.

Becoming A Full Time RVer After Retirement

For us working stiffs, RVing in our new or used RV is largely a vacation thing. If you’re lucky enough to work on the Internet, you can go ahead and take off and go where you like when you like, but that’s simply not a realistic option for a lot of us. The dream of RVing full time isn’t so far-fetched on any retirement plan so long as you have an idea of how you’re going to make it work, and you’re willing to make the compromises that you need to make in order to stay on the road.

Keeping the House?

One of the big decisions that homeowners will have to make regarding retirement is whether or not to keep their home. The decision of whether or not you’re comfortable relying on an RV as your one and only home is a big one, but, there are other assets that will need to consider, as well. We need to expand this question to cover your car that you love, the boat, or that acre of land that you own. Selling off your assets might allow you to live like a King on the road, but it’s a total severance from the lifestyle that you lived while working, and not everyone is up for that. Weigh your options carefully and decide what you might want to keep (just in case) and what you might want to consider selling or giving away.

Adjusting to the Road Life

Being on the road all of the time can wear you down if you’re not ready for it. Before you decide whether or not you want to become a full time RVer in your golden years, take whatever vacation time you have and spend as much of it as you can in your RV so you can get a feel of what life on the road would be like.

Full time RVing isn’t for everyone, but if you feel that you are a true nomad at heart, then you may be ready to turn your hobby into your lifestyle.

Spending Valentine’s Day In A New RV

Valentine’s Day, February 14, is almost upon us, and what better way to get away from it all and get closer to your sweetheart than planning a romantic RV weekend in one of our amazing state parks! Just check the weather, make a reservation, put on some tunes, break out the chocolate, and it’s on!

Whether you’re specifically celebrating Valentine’s Day with your honey or just planning a much-needed getaway, Minnesota State Parks are great destinations. You can relax in the luxury of your Minnesota motorhome or travel trailer or head out for an adventurous day of skiing and snowshoeing followed by a yummy meal for two by the campfire! And if the RV is snugly stored for the winter, you can rent one of their camper cabins. Just be sure to check out the reservations page and book your room or site.

Before you head out, check out the forecast for the V-Day weekend and make sure you pack the appropriate clothing for the outdoor activities you have planned. (No comment on the indoor ones!) Then grab any equipment you might need, like extra blankets, an extra stove and fuel, and any sporting gear. Be sure your RV is prepared for the weather as well!

Then, put on some romantic music to set the mood for quality time under the stars. From Marvin Gaye to the calming sounds of the forest, there’s something for everyone.

And, no Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate. Hershey’s has some very special recipes to share. How about the “Fudgy Chocolate Fondue” made in the Dutch oven? Or maybe just a steaming cup of hot chocolate?

Don’t be afraid to go overboard. After all, February 14 only comes around once a year!  What do you think is the most romantic spot in Minnesota? Let us know!

RV Campfire Recipe

As the best in the Midwest, Pleasureland RV Center is the place to go for all things related to RVing. With an extensive inventory of new and used RVs, you’re sure to find the perfect size and style to fit your travel agenda from one of the four Pleasureland RV dealership Minnesota locations.

Once you’ve made your choice of RV and are out and about on an adventure, one activity you’ll want to experience is cooking over an open campfire. Cooking on a campfire has the aroma of coffee wafting through the fresh air at breakfast, the fragrance of savory chili bubbling over the rim of the kettle at lunch, or the sound of a juicy steak sizzling on the grill under the stars.

There are plenty of delicious recipes available that will keep the fire burning and the coals hot with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner creations. For a quick recipe that can be enjoyed anytime, try making up your own signature kabobs.

For breakfast, using metal or wooden skewers, place brown and serve sausage, wedge of orange, pineapple chunk, slice of potato about 1/4-inch thick, and a section of seedless green pepper. Place kabobs on a hot grill for approximately 12 minutes or until meat is cook through. While the kabobs are grilling, baste with your favorite flavor of fruit preserves. Turn the kabobs periodically and continue to baste. Warm up the remaining preserves and serve as a side for dipping.

When lunch or dinnertime rolls around, meat, vegetable, seafood or a combination of ingredients make a delicious meal. Place chunks of beef, chicken, shrimp on the skewer along with button mushrooms, slices of green bell pepper and zucchini, and onion. Cut pieces large enough to stay securely on the skewer but not too thick. You want the kabobs to cook evenly so all items are finished at the same time. Add any seasonings. If cooking seafood only, baste with butter to keep food moist. Cooking time on a hot campfire grill is approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Whether you’re ready to invest in a new or used RV, interested in Pleasureland’s RV rental option, in the market for parts and accessories, or you need to bring your RV in for service, experienced staff and expert service technicians are standing by. Call for more information or stop by and see, firsthand, what’s on their RV menu.

Best Minnesota RV Camping Destinations For The Whole Family

Minnesota RV camping can combine the greatest amenities with an the outdoor atmosphere to create a wonderful adventure for your entire family. Nestled throughout Minnesota are the best RV camping destinations that have a bit of something for those arriving in their RV in Minnesota. Check out these top spots and find the perfect place to park your RV.

Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort

Located by Clear Lake, Kiesler’s Campground and RV Resort is a top-rated RV resort park that has so much to offer to the RV adventurer. The resort has high-class facilities and activities to keep you entertained for as long as you plan to stay there. Enjoy boating, fishing, hiking, biking, miniature golf, volleyball, basketball and a shuffleboard court. In the mood for some fun with the kids? Only minutes from the city of Waseca is the Waseca Water Park where you can romp in heated pools and water slides. If you don’t want to bothered by the hustle-and-bustle of other people, set up camp and just relax in the great outdoors.

Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort

In Hinckley, MN rests a great RV park that is a campers paradise. Take your RV purchased from your PleasureLand RV Center and drive out to the Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort. You have your choice from over 270 available spaces as you can visit the recreational facilities that has a game room, Rec hall, exercise room and sauna. Get your camping gear ready and gather as much firewood as you can to enjoy your camping experience. If you want to enjoy some civilization briefly, head down to the local casino and win it big.

Beaver Trails Jellystone Park and Resort

Don’t forget to make a special trip out to Austin to see the Beaver Trails Jellystone Park and Resort. This five-star resort park offers everything that an RV camper is looking for: plenty of parking pads, hookups for water and electricity, bike trails, hiking, fishing and boating. You can restock your supplies at the convenient RV grocery store as well as purchase firewood for the fire you will make to roast marshmallows. The kids can enjoy a variety of planned activities and have the opportunity to see Yogi Bear.

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With all the fun you can find throughout Minnesota, there really is no reason why you shouldn’t get an RV and enjoy the experience. See what these RV parks have to offer as you have a great camping trip.

 

A Recognition Of RV Women

As we look ahead to Women’s History Month in March, let’s take a moment to reflect on the all the women throughout history who’ve made extraordinary leaps and bounds, advanced the course of our understanding of the world, or simply entertained and amazed us. And maybe the best way to celebrate their accomplishments is to simply thank and honor each of the extraordinary women in our own lives. In the RV community, we’re surrounded by them!

Minnesota’s own pioneering women include: Ann Bancroft, polar explorer and first female to reach both the North and South Poles; authors Louise Erdrich and Laura Ingalls Wilder; screen icon Judy Garland; actress Jessica Lange; and Olympic Gold Medalist Skier Lindsey Vonn, just to name a few.  You can always take the your new motorhome or travel trailer and visit the Woman Suffrage Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul to discover more about the Women’s Suffrage movement and the extraordinary Minnesotans who made a difference.

Who has inspired you to make a bold move, branch out as a pioneer in your own field, or maybe just pull out the map and plan a daring road trip? Let us know!