Enjoy Fall on the Water

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RVers are commonly interested in outdoor activities and the natural world. After all, a good portion of your travels will probably be oriented towards parks and preserves all across the U.S.

Minnesota offers no shortage of beautiful outdoor areas, no matter your interests or hobbies. If you’re into kayaking, canoeing, or any other variation of paddle-crafts, this is especially true: Minnesota has 32 designated water trails and is the oldest water trail system in the country, more than 50 years old. It’s also one of the largest, covering more than 4,400 miles.

Check out these great Minnesota water trails this fall.

Mississippi River

The Mississippi River winds through 500 miles of Minnesota countryside. With so much area, there’s really no good way to characterize the water ways of the Mississippi. It starts as a narrow and tame stream at its headwaters in Itasca Lake before widening out.

Lake Superior

The largest freshwater lake in the world is also one of the most scenic. On calm days the water can be so clear and calm that it’s like glass. On days that conditions are poor and the water is too choppy on the lake, there are plenty of smaller and more sheltered lakes and tributaries attached to Lake Superior that are good alternatives.

St. Croix River

If you’re looking for a dramatic waterscape, St. Croix River delivers. With a 200-foot gorge, ice age potholes, and scenic rock formations, St. Croix River is one of the more interesting waterways in Minnesota.

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Minnesota’s Top Ice Fishing Spots

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Minnesota’s more than 11,800 lakes make it a hotspot for ice fishing. However, having so many places from which to choose can make planning your getaway more difficult. These three places to ice fish around Minnesota are some of the best of the best for catching fish and enjoying your stay.

Mille Lacs

St. Paul residents don’t have to travel far to find some of the country’s best ice fishing. Minnesota’s second largest lake, Mille Lacs, offers 74 miles of coastline and numerous access points to make your fishing excursions more convenient. The lake’s more than 130,000-acre size also means fishermen have plenty of room to spread out. The lake is known to be home to an abundance of rock bass, walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, jumbo perch, tullibee and muskie, so bring a large cooler for your catch.

Gull Lake

Gull Lake is known across Minnesota as one of the best fishing spots. It’s home to the annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza event, which is the largest ice fishing event in North America. This fishing spot in the Brainerd Lake Region offers great water quality, which sustains huge populations of northern pike, bluegill, walleye, rock bass, largemouth bass and crappie. Park your RV in nearby Nisswa or Brainerd to enjoy a little bit of off-the-ice action during your stay.

Upper Red Lake

Red Lake is the largest lake in Minnesota, and it’s a hotspot for world-class fishing conditions. Head to the lake’s upper region to enjoy the best walleye fishing in the state. However, don’t be surprised if you reel in some crappie and northern pike too. The entire lake is 288,000 acres in size, so you’ll never feel like you’re fishing in a crowd.

Stop and See Us

Minnesota’s PleasureLand RV Centers are located near some of our state’s best ice fishing spots. Come shop our ice houses if you want to step up your ice fishing game.

The 2017 CrossRoads RV Z-1 Lite

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The Z-1 Lite model lineup from CrossRoads RV is a small travel trailer that’s been designed to introduce RVers to the lifestyle. Approachable and affordable, the Z-1 Lite excels in being versatile and comfortable. Its light tow weight means that towing vehicle options aren’t restrictive. Despite the small size, the interior can be quite roomy. Ceiling height can be upward of 6′ 6″ tall and the interior width can be 8′ across.

The Z-1 Lites also come equipped with amenities that you’d typically expect to find in much higher end models, such as DSI water heaters and ample storage space.

The ZT18RB Floorplan

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The 2017 CrossRoads RV Z-1 Lite ZT18RB offers a front sleeping area with a queen size bed and dual shirt closets, plus overhead storage for your things.

When you step inside you will find a storage wardrobe to your immediate left, and further in a private toilet and tub/shower area. The linen storage is just outside the door next to a kitchen pantry that is perfect for food storage needs.

To the left of the entrance find a booth dinette to enjoy your meals at, along with overhead storage for your things.  This can easily be turned into added sleeping space for your young campers if you like.

The kitchen allows you to cook up light meals and snacks with a two burner cook-top, a single sink for cleaning up, and a counter with refrigerator beneath, plus overhead cabinets for storage, and so much more!

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Visit PleasureLand RV Center to tour the 2017 Crossroads RV Z-1 Lite, or any other model that you’ve got an interest in seeing. PleasureLand RV Center is your place in Minnesota for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Shrimp Scampi in Your RV Kitchen

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After you pick up a new RV from PleasureLand RV Center, you’re ready to pack up and head out on your first trip. Part of packing includes planning meals and packing the food you want to take with you on the road – or planning where to stop to pick up special ingredients you might need if you are not bringing them with you. You can make a simple shrimp scampi even in the RV or on the grill, so don’t think you have to give up your favorites just because you are in an RV!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbs. Butter
  • ½ c. dry white vermouth
  • ½ tsp. Lemon zest
  • 2 tbs. Fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp. Fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Instructions:

Wash and dry the shrimp, making sure they are completely dry. Heat a large skillet over medium heat on the stove top or the grill. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Add the butter to the skillet.

When the butter stops foaming, increase the heat to high. Quickly add all of the shrimp to the pan at the same time. Cook them without moving them for 1 minute. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

Return the skillet to the heat and add the vermouth and lemon juice. Boil the mixture until it is slightly thickened. This takes about 30 seconds. Scrape up the browned bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Stir in the lemon zest and parsley. Pour the sauce over the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Serve by itself as an appetizer or serve over pasta for a main meal.

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Stop by PleasureLand RV Center to walk through the many floor plans we have available. You’ll find the perfect RV for your family, whether you prefer a motorized RV, fifth wheel, travel trailer or toy hauler. If you have an RV and are not ready for a new RV, be sure to have your RV serviced at our RV service department before you take your first trip of the season.

Rent an RV for Your Upcoming Road Trips!

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Fall is one of the best times of year to travel in an RV. The summer crowds have left the roads, the temperatures are mild and many campgrounds offer discounted off-season rates. However, you don’t have to own an RV to travel in one.

Here at PleasureLand RV Center, we offer a wide selection of rental travel trailers and motorhomes to those who want to hit the roads without making a long-term purchase. Renting an RV is one of the best ways to test the RV lifestyle while enjoying quality, affordable time with your friends or family.

There are countless reasons why you should try renting an RV this fall, but the following are just a few instances where RV travel proves superior to traditional plane and hotel travel.

It’s Affordable

Renting an RV will save you big bucks on your overall vacation cost. Forget about purchasing expensive plane tickets for every member of your family. Even more, your RV serves as a cozy and comfortable home on wheels where you can sleep, play and prepare your favorite meals affordably.

It’s Less Stressful

Flying is no longer fun. It’s plagued by long security lines, canceled flights, delays, lost baggage and so many other complications. Renting an RV puts the fun back in travel and gives you the freedom to choose when you want to move and how much time you want to spend on the road.

You’ll Spend More Time Together

So many families embark on a family vacation just to run in different directions when they arrive. Traveling in an RV means you spend more time making memories together. Whether you’re cruising down the road, cooking out at the campsite or stopping along your journey to check out a roadside attraction, you’re always enjoying new experiences together as a team.

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Choosing the Right RV for You

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Picking out an RV can potentially be a daunting task, whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time. RVs vary a lot more than cars do. They come in wildly differing dimensions, possess various amenities, and can cost anywhere from a used car to a small home.

Just remember: if you keep your head on straight and know what your family needs, your budget, and what your travel goals are, you ought to be able to pick out the perfect RV.

What You and Your Family Needs

This consideration boils down to this: how many people are coming along? What does this mean in terms of sleeping arrangements, bathroom usage, cooking, entertainment, and general elbow room? If it’s just you and your partner, you can get away with a truck camper or compact travel trailer. If you’re trying to take along your family of six, you might want to spring for that Class A for the extra space and comfort it will afford to everyone. If you like to bring along a lot of ATVs, kayaks, or mountain bikes, maybe a toy hauler is right for your family.

Your Budget

Obviously you can’t extend your reach beyond what’s affordable. Once you determine your family’s needs, you can only go so far as your budget will allow. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get that Class A you need — you may just have to get it pre-owned instead of new. Whatever the case, you ought to be able to find something in your price range as long as you take the time to shop and explore all the options available to you.

Your Travel Goals

This is the final consideration. Once you know what your family needs and what your price range is, it’s time to consider what kind of destinations you’ll be aiming yourself toward. If you plan on hitting up major cities and National Parks, larger RVs are good choices since you’ll almost always be guaranteed good RV hookups. If you’re going to try to get off the beaten path and visit smaller towns and more obscure natural settings, you might want to go smaller. Smaller RVs can go where larger ones can’t because they’re less likely to encounter obstacles they can’t clear (such as low-hanging branches and bridges or narrow roads).

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To learn more about any particular RV type or model, visit PleasureLand RV Center. Not only can you get RV sales, parts, accessories and service at PleasureLand RV Center, but you can also ask our knowledgeable and helpful staff any questions you may have concerning RVs. We’ll help you pick out the RV that’s best for you, your family, and your travel goals.

Enjoy Chicken Month with These Easy Recipes

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September is National Chicken Month. Chicken not only tastes great but it’s also good for you, too. It helps to build muscles, keep your bones healthy, and relieves stress. Here are some tasty recipes to get you cooking in your PleasureLand RV.

Ginger Chicken Hawaiian Stew

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 cups frozen, chopped mustard greens

In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high temperature. Add the chicken and cook thoroughly, about six minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to plate using tongs. Add garlic and ginger to the Dutch oven and cook for 5-10 seconds. Then, add broth and water and increase the temperature to high. Bring to a rapid boil for 5 minutes, uncovered. Next, add mustard greens, soy sauce, and sriracha. Cook for three minutes. Return chicken and cook for another four minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

Easy Parmesan Chicken

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast, trimmed
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can no-salt crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven broiler on high. Slice each chicken breast in half and place between sheets of plastic wrap. Pound it out with a cooking mallet until 1/4 inch thickness. In a bowl, combine parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon of oil and set aside. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with black pepper. In a large, ovenproof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, half at a time, for three minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate when cooked. Next, add garlic and onion to the pan and cook until softened. Remove the pan from heat and pour in crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt and a dash of pepper. Return to medium heat and add chicken. Cook for three minutes, turning chicken to coat in sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over each piece of chicken and top with bread crumb mixture. Broil for one minute or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy these delicious recipes fromPleasureLand RV Center!

3 RV Dinners You Can Make in Roughly 30 Minutes

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The RV lifestyle means time spent with your friends and family in the great outdoors. It doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen creating elaborate meals. However, you don’t have to sacrifice delicious dinners to live life on the road. These three mouthwatering RV dinners can be made in under 30 minutes, and they’re guaranteed to wow your friends and family.

1. Aunt Stacy’s Sloppy Joes

What you’ll need:

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon glutamate food enhancer
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Brown the ground beef, then drain.
  2. Chop the green pepper and onion, then add them to the ground beef pan.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the ketchup, water, vinegar, brown sugar, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Add this mixture to the ground beef and vegetables.
  4. Simmer the entire mixture for 20 minutes and enjoy.

2. Easy Breezy Chicken Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small can mushrooms (drained)
  • 1 family-size box rice and pasta mix
  • 1 large can green chiles (diced)
  • 1 small can chopped olives (drained)
  • 2 cups (1 full package) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 small container sour cream

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes on each side, then cut the breasts into bite-size pieces.
  2. Cook the rice and pasta mix according to the instructions on the package.
  3. Layer your green chiles in the bottom of a casserole dish, then layer the other ingredients on top in this order: chicken, rice and pasta mix, mushrooms, olives, cheese and sour cream.
  4. Bake the casserole for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Serve with your favorite bread and salad.

3. Italian Sausage Kabobs

What you’ll need:

  • 2 medium zucchini (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium green pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red pepper (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 pounds Italian-style sausage (cut into 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 can pizza sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the pizza sauce, oil and basil together, then set aside.
  2. Cook the sausage pieces in a skillet over medium heat until they’re partially cooked.
  3. Drain the sausage grease.
  4. Place the zucchini pieces, peppers, onions and sausage pieces on metal skewers in an alternating order.
  5. Grill the kabobs covered over medium heat. Turn them two to four times and brush them with the reserved pizza sauce every time.
  6. Remove from heat when the sausage is fully cooked and the veggies are tender.

If you’re searching for the perfect RV for the late summer and fall RV seasons, there’s no better place to shop than right here at PleasureLand RV Center. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

The Best Flyfishing Destinations in the U.S.

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Summer RV adventures are some of the best of the year. They involve warm summer days and cooling off in rivers, lakes and oceans across the country. It’s also one of the best times of year to get in the water and catch some fish. These four fly fishing spots are some of the best in the country, so you can catch more fish on your summer adventures this year.

San Juan River, New Mexico

There’s no better way to cool down on a hot New Mexico day than in the waters of the San Juan River. It’s one of the country’s most impressive big-trout rivers, known for sending fishermen home with trout as long as their arms. Catch brown, rainbow, and rainbow-cutthroats one after the other. The fishing gets a bit busier in the summer months, but don’t worry, there are plenty of trout in the San Juan to go around.

Alagnak River, Alaska

A trip to Alaska this summer may seem like a journey, but it’s the best time to visit a state that is frigidly cold in the winter months. Guided fly fishing tours are some of the best ways to go on the Alagnak, because the experts will guide you to the best spots to snag massive arctic grayling, rainbow trout and Pacific salmon. Other perks of fishing in Alaska are the moose, beaver, eagle and Alaskan brown bear sightings that are common along the river.

Bighorn River, Montana

Montana is known for some of the country’s most impressive fly fishing areas, and the Bighorn River is guaranteed to send you home with some massive trout. The waters are highly productive, which means large amounts of insects hatch year-round. Don’t be surprised if you reel in more trout than you can eat.

Colorado River Headwaters, Colorado

If you’re not into fishing with crowds, you’ll love a guided experience on the ponds, alpine lakes and rivers of the Colorado River headwaters. Ten miles of private water provide some of the best catch-and-release fly fishing for brook, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout in the U.S.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand RV Center

Start all of your summer RV adventures right here at PleasureLand RV Center. Whether you’re in need of a new RV, service,  or simply some camping supplies, PleasureLand RV Center has got you covered.

Keep Your Furry Friends Cool in the Summer Heat

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Summer is now in full swing, and temperatures across the country are rising. Hot summer temperatures can be far more dangerous for your pets than they can for you, so it’s important to keep them cool when you start to feel the heat. Ensure your pets are as comfortable as you are this July with these simple tips for keeping them cool.

Adjust Your Outdoor Time

If you’re used to walking your pup in the afternoon, you may need to change your schedule. Consider walking early in the morning and late at night to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Follow the Signs

Unfortunately, dogs can’t talk, but they can give you a good idea of if they’re overheating or not. If you’re out for a hike, and your dog keeps searching for water or trying to lay in the shade, it’s time to go home. These are both signs that your dog is starting to overheat.

Feel the Air for Yourself

The bottom line is that if it’s too hot outside for you, it’s too hot for your pet. If you’re going to let your pet hang out in the yard, see if you’re able to sit outside for an extended amount of time first. If you’re overheating, your dog will be too.

Use Room-Temperature Water

If you see your pet overheating, you may run for an ice pack. Instead, cool him or her down with room-temperature water and a fan. Cold water and ice packs can cause the blood vessels to constrict, making it more difficult to lose the heat.

Travel in Comfort

Keep yourself and your pets cool this summer in the comfort of a new RV from the PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie to shop our selection of the industry’s latest and greatest RVs today.