It’s Officially Spring — Get Your RV Ready to Go!

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The weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and it’s time to fire up your RV for that first trip of the season. Before you start packing your bags and backing out of the driveway, there are a few simple steps you’ll want to take to get your RV ready for the season.

Look It Over Inside and Out

If you’re like many other RV travelers, you pull your RV into storage for the winter and don’t check on it until spring. Check all of the doors, windows, vents and seams to ensure you didn’t acquire any cracks or leaks in the off-season.

Check all of your lights, awnings, turn signals and appliances to make sure everything is in proper working order and ready for another adventure. And don’t forget to check all of the compartments and cupboard on the interior and exterior of your RV — these are common spaces for critters to hide in the colder months.

Give It a Good Wash

RVs are much more difficult to wash than our everyday vehicles, so they don’t tend to get cleaned as often. It’s important to buy the proper RV cleaning supplies, like an extendable brush, soft washing mitts and a nice car-cleaning solution to make the job much easier.

After washing the outside, clean up the interior by removing any unnecessary supplies or trash from last year, and don’t forget to replace the batteries in your smoke detector as well as your carbon-monoxide detector.

Spice Up the Interior

Is the interior of your RV starting to feel a little monotonous? Bring some new colors into your RV this year by replacing simple items like throw pillows, blankets, rugs and bedroom sets with new, updated designs. You’ll be amazed at how fresh a few new decorative items can make your RV feel.

Bring It By PleasureLand

Let the certified RV technicians at PleasureLand RV Center ensure your motorhome, fifth wheel or travel trailer is in top condition for the roads this spring. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV this season, come browse our incredible selection and make us your go-to Minnesota RV dealer.

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2014 Grand Design Momentum

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When you’re looking for a toy hauler that offers luxuries other companies haven’t even thought of yet, you need the 2014 Grand Design Momentum. Travelers no longer have to sacrifice high-end features when bringing their toys along on their adventures, and this innovative RV proves it.

2014 Grand Design Momentum Floorplans

Two different floorplan options are available for the 2014 Momentum, with the 385TH offering a few more feet of length than the 355TH. At 42-feet 9-inches long, the 385TH offers an additional half bath in the rear of the toy hauler that the 355TH is lacking.

Both floorplans feature a large bedroom in the front of the toy hauler with a slide-out providing extra walking space. There’s a full walk-in closet, dresser, HDTV, and the queen bed can be swapped for a king if needed.

A huge, full bathroom separates the private bedroom from the kitchen and living space, which features a large sofa sleeper, entertainment center and tons of cooking space.

Most importantly, the rear of the fifth wheel features and 8-foot-long garage space with an optional split bench seat or bed lift and table.

Unprecedented Features

The 2014 Grand Design Momentum shocks buyers with features they’ve probably never even seen before. From the full walk-in closet to the home theater system, solid surface countertops, Everpedic mattresses and Beauflor flooring, Grand Design didn’t miss a high-end feature from floor to ceiling in this toy hauler.

The garage is equipped with an optional air conditioner, rear cargo loading lights, a rear awning, 32-inch LED TV and a rear screen wall enclosure that turns your cargo space into a fully screened-in porch for relaxing and watching the sun go down after a long day on the roads or trails.

Get Your Toy Hauler at PleasureLand

Come to PleasureLand RV Center to browse our huge inventory of new and used toy haulers from luxury RVs for long excursions to more affordable outfits for weekend getaways. Make us your go-to Minnesota RV dealer, and we’ll handle all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales and service to camping supplies, parts and so much more.

5 Great Camping Accessories for Your Next Road Trip

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There’s no better cure for the record-breaking cold in Minnesota this year, than a few new camping supplies to get you excited about your spring road trips. Come by PleasureLand RV Center or browse our online parts store, and warm yourself up with these awesome new accessories for your RV.

Open Air Zero Gravity Wide Recliner by Camco

Ditch those old, rusty camp chairs and relax in comfort with the Open Air Zero Gravity Wide Recliner. You’ll love the worry-free PVC coated polyester, powder coated steel frame and the UV-protected fabric that make this comfortable recliner one of the most durable in the industry.

Roaster by Camco

With 34-inches of extension, you don’t have to worry about the kids roasting their own s’mores anymore. For just about $10 a piece, you can buy one for everyone in your family and eliminate those unnecessary fights over the hot dog roaster.

Top Toss by Fundex Games

Outdoor Games are some of the most fun you’ll have at the campsite, and the Top Toss game by Fundex is exciting for players of all ages. Toss the bolo balls and try to wrap them around the different rungs of the steel Top Toss Tower to earn points, and the player with the most points wins.

Awning/Leisure Mat by Camco

Turn the space under your awning into an outdoor living room with the Awning/Leisure Mat by Camco. The 7-foot by 15-foot mat helps keep the interior of your RV clean and doubles as the perfect beach or picnic mat as well.

Rock Out Speakers by Goal Zero

Keep your music by your side at all times whether you’re out hiking the trails or enjoying a few cocktails by the campfire when you’re done. This rechargeable laptop and MP3 speaker delivers high-quality sound at all times and is conveniently weather resistant.

Find All of These Products at PleasureLand

Check out all of these awesome camping supplies and a wide variety of others at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. And if you can’t make it in to our shop, browse our extensive parts and accessories catalog online at PleasureLandRV.com.

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Try These Irish Recipes to Get in the St. Patrick’s Day Spirit

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St. Patrick’s Day is as much about the food as it is about the Guinness, and whether you’re spending the holiday on the road or cooking for friends and family at home, these simple Irish dishes are guaranteed to be a hit.

Irish Soda Bread

This amazingly easy bread recipe can be thrown together with items you probably already have in the pantry.

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup margarine (softened)
  • 1/4 cup butter (melted)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet.
  2. Mix sugar, baking soda, flour, salt, margarine and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the egg and 1 cup of buttermilk
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough into a round.
  5. Mix the melted butter and 1/4 cup buttermilk together in a separate bowl.
  6. Move the round to the baking sheet and brush it lightly with the buttermilk mixture.
  7. Cut an “X” in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, then brush the round again with the buttermilk mixture and let cool.

Irish Champ

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 pounds potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 1/2 pound green onion (chopped)
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Boil potatoes until soft (roughly 10 minutes).
  2. On low heat, cook the green onions in milk for about five minutes.
  3. Drain and mash the potatoes.
  4. Stir the milk and green onion mixture into the potatoes, then stir in salt, pepper and 2 ounces of butter.
  5. Separte into servings, and dot each serving with the remaining butter.

Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we hope you’re out enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in your RV this year. And if you’re still not in the RV of your dreams, come see us — your local Minnesota RV dealer — to browse our huge selection of new and used fifth wheels, travel trailers, motorhomes and more.

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The Best Ski Resorts for Spring Skiing and Snowboarding

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It’s time to put the neck warmers and heavy jackets away and hit the slopes in lighter gear. Spring skiing and snowboarding season is here, and some of the best ski resorts for spring snow are just a short RV trip away.

Lusten Mountains Ski Area, Minnesota

You don’t have to travel across the country for an exciting weekend of spring skiing, Lusten Mountains stays open until the end of April and offers especially good deals this time of year. Mark your calendar for the Mountain Meltdown party on April 12 and 13, which features a two-day music festival on the mountain, a beer garden, barbeque and two-for-one tickets. And if you’ve got a few days off over Easter, ski up to three days at half price from April 18 through April 20.

Snowbird, Utah

Go home with a goggle tan after your spring vacation to Snowbird in Utah. Not only are tickets cheaper in spring, but Snowbird’s deep powder winter attitude turns into a party one this time of year. With weekly live music on the deck, plenty of cold drinks and skiers and snowboarders making turns in shorts and t-shirts, you can’t help but have a good time at Snowbird.

Mt. Bachelor, Oregon

With some of the best spring snow and events for the whole family, Mt. Bachelor is one of the best spring skiing and snowboarding destinations in the country for those who are willing to make the drive. Mt. Bachelor even has special unlimited spring passes available for rates as low as $149 for adults and even lower for kids. And if you time your vacation right, you can be on the mountain for the 2014 Springtacular Concert Series, the Woodward Mini-Camp and a number of competitions, demos and other family-friendly events.

Don’t forget to stop by PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealer — before you hit the road to your spring skiing destination. Whether you’re looking for a new or used RV or just need a little work done on your current motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, we’ve got all of your RV lifestyle needs covered.

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National Nutrition Month – Eat Healthy While on the Road

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Eating healthy on the road can seem nearly impossible with a small, galley-style kitchen and fast food billboards luring you in with mouth-watering photos of cheeseburgers and french fries. But March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s the perfect time to kick those bad habits and rethink your meals on the go.

Stop at Grocery Stores

With all of the salad bars and fresh market options popping up in grocery stores, you’re better off pulling over for grocery store signs than fast food ones. Hit the salad bar, buy fresh veggies and hummus for snacking or stock your RV with delicious local fruits. When you’re feeling full on healthy foods, you won’t be as tempted by burgers and fries.

Pack Your RV Fridge and Pantry Before You Leave

While it can be exciting to try the local cuisine everywhere you travel, eating meals out can turn an inexpensive trip into a pricey one. Pack healthy snacks like dried fruit, almonds, hard-boiled eggs and veggies, so you don’t skip any meals and end up binge-eating later.

Drink Plenty of Water

Not only do gas-station stops make you feel inclined to buy sodas and sugary drinks, but the interior of your RV can be very dehydrating as well. Drinking water will deplete your junk-food cravings as well as replenish your body’s interior and exterior after long days in the heat. A couple of glasses of water can make you rethink the McDonald’s stop you were sure you needed to take.

Pre-Cook Meals Before You Go

Take your planning a step above packing the fridge and the cooler, and cook some meat and veggies before you hit the road. After a long day of driving, you may feel too exhausted to cook and are likely to turn to restaurants or fast food for dinner. When you’re properly prepared, you can heat up your pre-cooked tasty and healthy meal as quickly as you can drive through.

Before you hit the road this camping season, stop by PleasureLand RV Center and have your vehicle checked out by our certified RV technicians. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV, we’re your one-stop Minnesota RV dealer.

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2015 Crossroads Boundary Waters Travel Trailer Review

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Snow may still be on the ground in Minnesota, but there’s no better time than now to get the best price on a brand new 2015 Boundary Waters RV from PleasureLand. With all of the top-end features of luxury fifth wheels and five-star motorhomes, these travel trailers will leave you amazed at how much space and comfort are offered for such an affordable price.

Boundary Waters Floorplan Options

The 2015 Boundary Waters travel trailers come in a variety of floorplans to accommodate a wide variety of RV enthusiasts. Families will love the setup of the 272BH featuring two private bedrooms including double bunk beds for the kids.

And if you’re traveling as a couple, you may appreciate the more compact size of the ZT211RD, which compromises the second bedroom for a lighter hitch weight and easier towing experience. From floorplans with garage space for your toys to ones that will sleep your extended family and friends, there’s a Boundary Waters floorplan made specifically with you in mind.

Top-Quality Standard Features

Once you find the perfect floorplan for your outdoor lifestyle, you’ll fall in love with the high-end features that come standard in every Boundary Waters RV. From the generous amounts of storage to the designer valances, wood-grain linoleum, cherry wood cabinetry, wood slide-out fascias and luxurious comfort in the sleeping spaces, you’ll never miss the comforts of home when you’re on the road.

High Quality and Safety Standards

Crossroads knows that your family’s safety while traveling is the top priority, so they’ve included all of the best safety features in the Boundary Waters line. From the tinted safety glass, carbon monoxide detector and safety step in the bunkhouse to exterior features like safety chains, electric brakes and radial tires, your Boundary Waters travel trailer has your safety needs covered inside and out.

Boundary Waters at PleasureLand

Here at PleasureLand RV Center — your home for RV travel trailers in Minnesota — we’ve got a huge selection of Boundary Waters trailers in stock and ready to be driven off our lot today. Come see all of the top-quality features these 2015 RVs have to offer and leave assured that you were given the best price in the industry.

Family Friendly St. Patrick’s Days Festivals in Minnesota

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St. Patrick’s Day doesn’t always have to be about green beer and bar crawls. Try something new this year, and you’ll discover that St. Patrick’s Day can be a family-friendly holiday too. Check out some of these unique events happening throughout our state, and we can guarantee that your kids will have just as much fun on St. Patty’s Day as you.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown St. Paul

Experience the true spirit of St. Patrick’s day in downtown St. Paul at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Your whole family will love the live music, various Irish clans, honorary Irish royalty, and a slew of other entertaining Irish acts. And when the parade is over, don’t forget to stop by the Landmark Center to learn more about Irish culture and enjoy even more music, dance, crafts, and cuisine.

St. Patrick’s Day Human Race

Get outside and embrace spring with the 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day race in St. Paul. The event will take place on Sunday, March 18 at 11:40 a.m. and will feature 5K, 8K and youth run events. You don’t have to take this run too seriously either, so get your whole family involved because runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join the fun.

Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Association of Minneapolis is throwing some amazing events to get you and your kids in the St. Patrick’s day spirit. The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Monday, March 17, and you won’t want to miss the Barney Blast at the Normandy Inn and Suites immediately after the parade. Fun events like silent auctions, an Irish fair and shamrock painting will make for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day you’ll never forget.

Cruise By PleasureLand RV Center

Here at PleasureLand RV Center — your Minnesota RV dealer — we know that your family is the most important part of your life, and you need an RV center that will always keep that in mind. Here at PleasureLand, our goal is to get you in an affordable and top-quality new or used RV that your family will enjoy for many years to come.

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Try These Midwest Destinations for Your Next RV Roadtrip

Minneapolis Skyline

Add Minneapolis, Minnesota, to your itenerary.

Deciding where to go in the Midwest can be difficult as there are several top cities to choose from with each having its own distinctive allure. From Cleveland and St. Louis to Minneapolis/St.Paul, your itinerary will be full of exciting and interesting places to go and things to see and do.

If you’d like to take an adventure to the Midwest but need mobile accommodations, visit us at PleasureLand. We’ll help you choose a new or used recreational vehicle or let you try the RV lifestyle with one of our RV rentals.

Chicago

There’s nothing second best about the largest populated city in the Midwestern states. Rivaling New York as a mecca of entertainment, Chicago offers a long list of things to do. An array of festivals take place year-round including the Chicago Jazz Festival, Air and Water Show, Taste of Chicago, and much more. Relax in the sun at one of the beaches with views of Lake Michigan, check the scenery from atop the Hancock Building, or spend the day at the Navy Pier. Restaurants, nightclubs, botanical gardens, and museums are just a few excursions awaiting you in the Windy City.

Kansas City

A sizzling blues and jazz scene at the infamous section of 18th and Vine and some of the best barbecue in the world are two reasons to head to Missouri’s largest city. Kids and adults will enjoy the Kansas City Zoological Park, Science City at Union Station, Oceans of Fun park and museums galore. For a refreshing respite, stop in at the Boulevard Brewing Company for one of their tasty tours.

Detroit

Known as Motor City and for its history with Motown, Detroit is a hot spot for entertainment. If you’re feeling lucky, enjoy gambling at the MotorCity Casino, MGM Grand and Greektown Casino. Take in a show at the exquisite Fox Theatre, the Fillmore, or Harpos Concert Theatre, visit the Gilmore Car Museum, and stop by the monument to legendary boxer, Joe Louis. Detroit has numerous museums, sporting venues, and the 982-acre Belle Isle Park and aquarium. The city is a hop and a skip away from Windsor, Canada, located just across the Detroit River.

Contact one of our representatives at PleasureLand RV and let us help get you on your way to your next great adventure.

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RV Recipe for the Road: Chicken with Herb Dumplings

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Convinced it’s impossible to have a hearty, homemade meal on the road because your RV kitchen is too small? This chicken with herb dumplings recipe is the perfect savory meal after a long day of adventure.

What You’ll Need

For the Chicken:

  • 2 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (no water added)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup all-purpose baking mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Dumplings

  • 2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2/3 cups milk

Cooking Instructions

  1. Over medium-high heat, warm the shortening in a large skillet.
  2. Separately, in a medium bowl, mix the 1 cup baking mix, paprika, salt and pepper, and toss the chicken in the mixture until it is fully coated.
  3. Fry the coated chicken in the skillet until it is browned, then remove the chicken and set it aside on a paper towel.
  4. Wipe the skillet clean and place it back on the stove.
  5. Stir the cans of soup and 3 cups milk together in the skillet, then place the chicken back in the pan and heat the entire mixture until it’s boiling.
  6. Reduce the stove’s heat to low and cover the mixture while it simmers for 45 minutes. Turn the chicken occasionaly.
  7. In a separate medium bowl, mix 2 cups baking mix, parsley, poultry seasoning and 2/3 cup milk together until it makes a soft dough.
  8. After the chicken has fully cooked for 45 minutes, drop the soft dough mixture into the skillet in small spoonfuls to form dumplings.
  9. Finally, cook the entire mixture together on low for 10 minutes uncovered, then another 10 minutes covered. When the dumplings have expanded, it’s time to eat!

Pleasureland RV Center

Convinced your RV kitchen is too small to cook the meals you love? Stop by PleasureLand RV Center — your local Minnesota RV dealership — to see our incredible inventory of new and used RVs. We’re also your one-stop destination for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs, so don’t forget about us for all of your favorite camping supplies.

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