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).

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

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.

Hunting Season is Here!

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If you’re an avid hunter, we have news that you probably know, but that you’ll nonetheless love to hear: hunting season is here! Beginning September 17th in Minnesota, you’ll be able to head out and hunt your favorite game.

So what game is open season beginning September 17th?

  • Deer Hunting – Archery (until December 31)
  • Ruffed Grouse (until January 1)
  • Spruce Grouse (until January 1)
  • Sharptailed Grouse (until November 30)
  • Hungarian Partridge (until January 1)
  • Rabbits (until February 28)
  • Squirrels (until February 28)

What You Need in Order to Hunt on September 17th

You’ll need a license for what you plan to hunt; a full list can be found here. Current regulations can be found here.

There’s more game open to hunt on September 24th:

  • Woodcock (until November 7)
  • Prairie Chicken (until October 2)
  • For later dates, refer to this list.

Hunting is Better with an RV

Hunting is better if you’re in an RV. You can setup in a good spot, go spend the day hunting, and then head back to your RV for a convenient place to process your game and spend the night. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting back home after a long day. If you’re interested in an RV, come shop PleasureLand RV Center’s inventory today.

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!

Don’t Miss Out on Our September Specials!

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If you’ve been considering getting a new RV or even shopping for your first RV, but are worried about the cost, then you’re going to want to check out some of our specials. These PleasureLand RV Center deals won’t last long, so get here fast to take advantage of some truly spectacular specials we have going right now.

2016 CrossRoads RV ReZerve RFZ29RL

With an MSRP of $48,078, you can get this beautiful fifth wheel right now for $31,942. That’s $16,136 of savings!

Take your camping up a notch with the ReZerve 29RL fifth wheel by CrossRoads RV. This model features a rear living area, kitchen island, triple slides, and plenty of interior space for the whole family!

Stepping inside the fifth wheel, you will find dual opposing slides in the kitchen/living area. The slide to the left had a three burner range, refrigerator, and a large entertainment center. Along the rear of this model you will find a sofa and overhead cabinet. The slide along the road side has two lounge chairs, an overhead cabinet, and a dinette. Adjacent to the slide find a pantry, l-shaped counter and overhead cabinet. There is also an island with a double kitchen sink.

Step up to the bathroom and bedroom area. The bathroom has a sink, medicine cabinet, corner shower, and toilet. There is a sliding door which separates the bathroom from the bedroom.

In the front bedroom you will find a queen bed with an overhead cabinet, and two shirt closets. There is a slide with a wardrobe for extra storage.

Outside grab a snack at the exterior kitchen which features a two burner range, and a refrigerator, plus so much more!

2016 Keystone RV Residence 403FK

With an MSRP of $41,790, you can get this travel trailer right now for $31,143. That’s $10,647 worth of savings!

This 403FK Residence destination trailer features dual slides, a front kitchen layout, dual entry doors, and so much more!

Step inside through the main side patio door and notice the large slide-out straight ahead. This slide features an air bed sofa, two lounge chairs, and a free standing dinette. The air bed sofa has an overhead cabinet above for storage.

To the right of the door there is a large spacious kitchen area that features everything you could need to prepare and cook meals for your family and friends. The counter area just inside the door features two bar stools. Next, find a pantry, 18 cu. ft. refrigerator, three burner range with microwave oven, counter area with drawers below, and upper cabinets for storage. The front features added counter space and a double kitchen sink. There are more cabinets below along with drawer space for the things you need.

To the left of the patio door there is a corner shelf for a TV if you like, and it features an optional electric fireplace below. There are also cabinets above it along with a stereo. Another storage closet is located just before the bathroom.

Walk-through a complete bath with toilet, angled glass shower on the right, and sink plus closet that has been prepped for a washer and dryer on the left.

As you enter the bedroom you will notice the private entry for added convenience. There is a dresser with overhead storage, a slide-out 72″ x 80″ pillow top king bed, and full wall wardrobe with sliding doors and so much more!

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

For exceptional RV sales, service, and accessories in Minnesota, look no further than PleasureLand RV Center. If these deals have expired by the time you get out to see us, don’t worry — we’ve always got a deal or special on something, so ask your representative about it.

What to Look for in a RV Park

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If your plans are starting to gear up for an over the road adventure, before heading out, stop in at PleasureLand RV Center for last minute accessories. From awnings and recliners to games and kitchen supplies, you’ll leave with everything you need for a complete trip whether you’re traveling with a travel trailer or a class C motorhome.

Something else to consider are the RV parks you’ll be staying at along the way. Use these tidbits from seasoned RV travelers to help select the best park environment.

  • First impressions upon arrival are critical. When signing in, a welcoming atmosphere is what you want versus being just another number.
  • It’s preferable that an on-site manager be available in case of emergencies.
  • Size of the site matters. Do your research and keep in mind public parks run by the county or state may have more room to negotiate and can offer larger sites, whereas private RV parks may be restricted in the amount of space available. This means, you may not have a lot of privacy and end up being sandwiched between motor homes.
  • The site should be visually appealing whether it’s with a nearby tree or two, some shrubbery or a grassy area. Ensure the area has adequate gravel, blacktop or raised concrete areas that are in good repair. A picnic area with table, grill and fire ring are also pluses you want at your disposal.
  • It’s important to have full hook -up utilities of water, power and sewer. It ‘s also important the amp’s available are adequate for your particular motor home.
  • Clean restrooms are an added bonus. Add to that private shower and dressing room areas and you have an alternative to using your RV shower which is especially useful when multiple people are traveling in the RV.
  • Consider RV parks with a pool, hot tub, tennis courts, club house, WiFi, shuffleboard, family activities, laundry facilities and a store for buying food, drinks, snacks and necessities.
  • Choose RV locations near enough to area attractions, shopping, hiking, biking, canoeing and dining but far enough away where you won’t be interrupted by heavy traffic and noise.

After you return home, bring your RV in for an “after vacation” tune up at PleasureLand RV Center so you’ll be ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice the next time you’re ready for an over the road adventure.

Quick RV Carnitas

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Looking for a quick RV recipe? Here’s one for some amazing carnitas that you can make on the road, at the campfire, in your oven, or anywhere else for that matter.

Quick RV Carnitas

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Mexican Coca Cola in a glass bottle
  • 1 pound of pork butt
  • Ground anito
  • Red chilli pepper
  • Orange juice
  • Tequila
  • Corn tortillas
  • Aluminum foil

Directions

This is actually a surprisingly simple meal. All you need to do is take the pork butt and dice it up, and then marinate it in a mixture of orange juice, tequila and Coke. The Coca Cola sounds crazy, but it’s a necessity here. It gives the meat a unique caramel sweetness unlike anything else you’ve had before. Add in the ground anito and red chilli and whatever spices you prefer (a little salt and pepper should be enough, though), and let it marinate overnight.

When it’s all done soaking in the juices, go ahead and wrap it up in the aluminum foil. You can either slow roast this in the oven at 350 for three hours, or you can roast it on an open fire, or right in the coals, if you’re camping out tonight.

When it’s finished, toast up your corn tortillas in a pan or on the fire and scoop the meat right on. The pork should be tender and flaky and rich with a mix of bitter, sweet and tangy flavors for a unique Mexican meal anywhere on the road. This is ideal for those Southwestern trips and any journey where you can’t find a great Mexican restaurant on the way.

The best part is that you can use the leftover tequila and orange juice to mix a few cocktails to go with the meal. Have fun experimenting and making this one your own.

Visit PleasureLand RV Center

Before you hit the road on your next RV adventure, come by PleasureLand RV Center for RV sales, service, and accessories.

Tips for Homeschooling in Your RV

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Traveling isn’t only fun; it’s also educational! If you currently homeschool your children or are considering homeschooling in the future, don’t forget that your home away from home can also provide an ideal learning atmosphere. Once you get your new RV from PleasureLand RV Center, you can put it to good use during the summer as well as the upcoming school year. Here are some tips for homeschooling efficiently in your new RV.

1. Clear a Space

Make sure that you have a distraction-free zone in your RV where you can conduct classes during the day. If you’re on the road, try working with one of your children at a time in the “classroom” to minimize distractions. If you’ve stopped at your destination, make sure that your RV is reserved for study for a certain portion of the day to make sure the children finish their work.

2. Take Field Trips

One of the advantages of learning on the road is that there are lots of field trip opportunities. If possible, try to line up your syllabus with your travel plans. For example, if you’re driving through the wetlands of Florida, you could focus on wetland ecology and species. That hands on experience is sure to remain with your children and reinforce what they are learning.

3. Set a Schedule

Just like at home, make sure that you stay disciplined while studying on the road. Set aside a certain time period each day for your children to have lessons and work on homework. And of course, don’t forget to allow time for play as well. If you plan to travel for the long-term, your children may not be able to be on sports teams and other hobbies that require you to be in one place. Try to think of other hobbies to keep them busy and engaged while you’re on the road.

Homeschooling in your new RV from PleasureLand RV Center is sure to be an adventure. With a little bit of planning and discipline, you can provide a well-rounded, structured, and hands on education for your children.

Ready to be a Full Timer? Here are Some Tips!

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If you’re ready to sell the house or drop the lease in lieu of traveling around the country full time in your RV, PleasureLand RV Center is a great place to start. Before you leave it all behind to hit the road, you must plan everything out, as this is a huge change, especially if you have a large home full of furniture and memories.

Tip #1

Take your RV to PleasureLand RV Center to make sure everything is working properly, especially the brakes and the wheel bearings. Make sure the tires are good enough to take a long trip. Make sure all the things inside the RV are working properly — the hot water heater, the air conditioning, the heater, the stove, refrigerator, shower, toilet and the sinks. In the event that you stay at a place without hookups, the water pump should also be working properly, the battery should be charged and the generator should be working properly.

Tip #2

Put everything you are taking with you into the RV. This would include clothing, dishes, pots and pans, kitchen accessories, towels, bathroom accessories, etc. Go through the rest of your stuff and determine what you are keeping and what you are selling. Put everything you are keeping into storage. Be sure the storage place is temperature controlled. Make sure the storage place knows how to contact you. Hold a garage sale to sell the rest of the stuff. Whatever doesn’t sell, give it to charity if you decide not to keep it after all.

Tip #3

Determine whether you want to work on the road or are going to treat this as a forever vacation. Many people start out taking a forever vacation, but then they get bored and find work to do from the RV to supplement their retirement income. If you already have something going, be sure you have the satellite hookups for the Internet or a WiFi connection via your smart phone, or another type of Internet hookup, if your business in online. If it’s not, you will need a small printer to pass out flyers in the areas you stay so people know how to find you to use your services.

Remember, RVing full time is a completely different lifestyle. The best thing is that if you decide you don’t like it, you can simply find a place to stay and rent an apartment or home — or buy another home. Or if you are tired of traveling, you can stay in a long-term RV park.

The 2017 Grand Design Reflection 26RL Review

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For many travelers, August means another RV season is coming to a close. For others, the fun is just beginning. If you own a comfortable, durable and spacious RV — like the 2017 Grand Design Reflection 26RL — you can live the RV lifestyle year-round.

Why Choose the Reflection 26RL?

The Grand Design Reflection has long been praised as a fifth wheel that offers everything you need to stay on the road as long as you please. The 26RL offers all of the comforts and conveniences you expect in a compact 29-foot frame to make traveling to your favorite warm-weather (or cold if you please) destinations easier.

Industry-Leading Features

Every Reflection 26RL is equipped with amenities you’d expect to see in the highest-end Class A motorhomes. Travelers enjoy LED lighting with motion sensors, hand-rubbed maple cabinet doors, drilled and screwed cabinetry, a free-standing dinette, premium Beauflor flooring (with 7-year warranty), residential window treatments, solid surface LG countertops, a MaxxAir vent with rain sensor, under-mount kitchen sink and a long list of additional features that you’d expect to see in a top-end brick-and-mortar home instead of an RV.

The Reflection 26RL Floorplan

The Reflection 26RL is designed for traveling couples and small families. The front of the RV is equipped with a queen bed, en-suite master bathroom, spacious closet and plenty of overhead storage space. Down two steps, you’ll find the living area and kitchen with island. Theater seating and a free-standing dinette allow plenty of room for relaxation or planning your next grand adventure.

The Reflection 26RL also features a 35,000 BTU furnace, 5,000 BTU electric fireplace, 18-foot awning, 60-pound LP capacity and a 60-gallon fresh water tank to ensure you’re comfortable everywhere you travel in all seasons.

Live Your Endless Summer Today

Stop in and see us at the PleasureLand RV Centers throughout Minnesota to shop for your dream RV and start living the year-round travel lifestyle today.

August Events You Don’t Want to Miss in St. Cloud

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Summer is still in full swing here in St. Cloud, and that means must-visit events are happening throughout the city and its nearby areas. The following are just a few of the many August events that should draw you to “The Cloud” before the fall blues starts to set in.

Music in the Park

Celebrate another great summer season with Bob and the Beachcombers at the Music in the Park summer concert series in Big Lake. The free concert will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Lakeside Park. Embrace the beach season with the Midwest’s only official rock and roll beach party band — Bob and the Beachcombers.

St. Cloud Sizzling Summer Art Crawl

You don’t have to be an artist to love the St. Cloud Sizzling Summer Art Crawl. This must-visit event will take place on Aug. 12, and will feature more than 50 local artists and performers at more than 30 historic downtown St. Cloud venues. Listen to your favorite musicians, watch artists perform demonstrations and be wowed by fire breathers and other extreme performers. There’s simply no better way to soak up the culture and unique personality of St. Cloud than at the St. Cloud Sizzling Summer Art Crawl.

Harvest Street Fair

Shop until you drop and listen to live music by Paul Imholte at the Harvest Street Fair on Aug. 26. The folk singer will perform a free concert while attendees shop dozens of local craft and food vendors. Following Paul’s performance, a fun-filled street dance will take place featuring the Cruise Control band. This family-friendly event will take place on Main Street in downtown Holdingford and is the perfect way to end another summer month.

Don’t Let Summer End

Summer doesn’t have to end when the kids head back to school. Enjoy summer year-round in the comfort and convenience of a new RV from the PleasureLand RV Centers located throughout Minnesota.