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!

Favorite Fall Recipes

Fall brings us a harvest of new vegetables to our tables and a chance to explore new recipes.

PleasureLand RV Center is pleased to share some of these timely recipes with you.

Butternut Squash Soup

To make this recipe you will need 6 tbs chopped onions, 4 tbs butter, 6 cup peeled and chopped butternut squash, 3 cup water, 4 cubes of chicken bouillon, 1/2 tsp marjoram (dried), 1/4 tsp black pepper (ground), 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, and 2 packages of cream cheese (16 oz).

Sauté onions in large sauce pan with butter. Add squash and next five ingredients. Boil and then cook for 20 minutes or until the squash is done. Next, puree the squash with the cream cheese in small batches until everything is smooth. Return to heat and heat through but do not boil.

You’ll have a creamy, tasty soup that is perfect for the season.

Easy Chili

Here’s an easy recipe the whole family will love. You will need 1lb ground beef or turkey, 1 chopped onion, 1 can stewed tomatoes (14.5 oz), 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz), 1 can kidney beans (15 oz), 1 1/2 cup water, chili powder (to taste), garlic powder (to taste), salt & pepper (to taste).

Sauté the meat and onion in large saucepan until meat is meat and onion is done. Then put in the next four ingredients. Add the seasonings, boil, reduce heat (low), cover and for 15 min. let it simmer. Done!

Spaghetti Squash

You will need 1 spaghetti squash (halved and seeded), 2 tbs vegetable oil, 1 onion (chopped), 1 garlic clove (minced), 1 1/2 cup tomatoes (chopped), 3/4 cup Feta cheese (crumbled), 3 tbs black olives (sliced), 2 tbs basil (fresh, chopped).

Heat oven to 350 and use a lightly greased baking sheet. Put the squash on the sheet with the cut sides down, bake for 30 minutes then remove and cool so you can handle it. In the meantime, put oil in skillet and heat, put in the onion and cook, add the garlic, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stir the tomatoes in, and cook until tender and warm. With a large spoon, scoop out the pulp of the squash and put in a bowl (medium). Add the vegetables, cheese and the rest of the ingredients and toss.

PleasureLand RV is pleased to be the RV dealership Minnesota can count on for year round sales, service, parts and accessories for motorhomes and travel trailers. Enjoy the sights and tastes of the season!

2014 Keystone Premier Review

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With its lightweight construction and smooth profile, the 2014 Keystone Premier makes towing easier and increases fuel economy. On the inside, the Premier offers elegance and comfort at an affordable price. And with 13 floor plans ranging from 22 to 37 feet including bunkhouse models, there’s a Premier that will fit your family’s needs and preferences.

Interior

The Premier has 4 decor options to choose from, all of which complement the raised panel hardwood cabinetry and decorative wall border. Vaulted ceilings add to the look and really open up the space, and Trekk linoleum gives you that hardwood floor look. The kitchen features a high-rise faucet, refrigerator with 8 cubic feet of space, and high output range. Smaller floor plans have a U-shaped dinette, while the larger ones have a booth dinette. A Visionary sofa is standard in most floor plans, and larger floor plans give you a fully carpeted living area and add two swivel rocker chairs as well. From here you’ll be able to watch the 26″ LCD HDTV in comfort.

Keystone RV image of Premier 30REPR living room

If you like the convenience of having direct access to the bathroom from the outside, you can choose one of the models that adds an exterior bathroom access door. This makes it easy to hop into the shower, use the foot-flush toilet, or just grab something out of the solid wood medicine cabinet while avoiding tracking mud through the trailer. When it’s time to hit the hay, you’ll have a comfortable queen bed as well as a mirrored wardrobe to keep your clothes organized.

Exterior

The Premier has an aluminum frame on top of a 6-inch and 8-inch I-Beam. R-11 insulation is in the floor and roof, while R-7 insulation is in the laminated fiberglass walls. An aerodynamic design along with the quality paint job and aluminum wheels make this a good-looking trailer from the outside. And if you want to cook outside, you can choose one of the floor plans with an outdoor kitchen. You’ll also have the convenience of an electric awning, speakers, and shower on the outside too.

Options

  • RV-Q Grill
  • 15,000 BTU A/C Upgrade

The 2014 Premier can help you experience all that Minnesota and surrounding RV destinations have to offer. To find out more, visit PleasureLand RV Center.

Getting Your RV Ready To Tailgate

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Many RVers convert their RVs into tailgate machines this time of year. Some don’t even attend the games! After all, with satellite TV and the comforts of home, who needs to pay big ticket and food prices when you can still enjoy the atmosphere and have a front row seat in your comfortable RV?

Here are some tips for creating a fun, and safe, tailgating machine out of your RV:

  • Be sure to bring the colors of your favorite team and display them proudly. You don’t even have to buy expensive “officially licensed” products. Dollar type stores have disposable plates, cups and streamers in a wide choice of colors. Just pick out the ones that represent your team and you are on your way!
  • Prepare as much of the side dishes and snacks ahead of time. Keep cold dishes cold with plenty of ice.
  • Make sure you have something to eat for after the game as well. This will extend your party and give the heavy traffic time to disperse.
  • Remember, somebody has to drive that RV back, so have a designated driver available. Of course, it should be someone who is capable of handling an RV. Worst case scenario? Hey, that’s the great thing about having an RV with a bed.
  • Using as many disposable products as possible can help make clean-up much easier.
  • Make sure you bring folding chairs so there are places to relax outside of your RV.
  • Be on the look-out for free promotional koozies. They are a popular give-away item at events and you can begin collecting them for use by your tailgating friends.
  • If your RV doesn’t have outside speakers, be sure to bring a radio to listen to the pre-game show on the local radio station.
  • Bring an activity like corn-hole to keep everyone entertained.

Enjoy the football season and good luck to your team. Our team at PleasureLand RV is ready to serve you anytime of the year with your recreational vehicle service, parts, and accessories. It is also a nice time to check out our new models in stock. Go team! We look forward to seeing you soon at PleasureLand RV.

2014 Keystone Alpine

If you are familiar with PleasureLand RV Center, you know we have an inventory of used and new RVs in just about every size and shape possible. For those who are interested in a fifth wheel, we thought we would take time to take a bit of a closer look at the 2014 Keystone Alpine. The 2014 Keystone Alpine has taken the next step in fifth wheel comforts and features.

Alpine calls itself “the first new-generation luxury fifth wheel.” It is created for the RVer who desires a premium level of quality, convenience, and amenities. Many of the features in the 2014 Keystone Alpine were not even available until recently. This new Alpine was engineered from bottom to top in an effort to be the pacesetter for the market. It is solidly built and every need is anticipated.

The 2014 Keystone Alpine comes in an impressive choice of 11 floor plans. The Alpine defines itself by its large master suites, impressive kitchens, and cutting edge entertainment features.

Some of the exterior features of the Keystone Alpine include:

  • Heavy duty 7,000lb axles
  • 12” beams with Z-frame technology
  • E-Z Flex Suspension
  • ”No Sweat” vented attic system
  • 50 AMP service w Cord Caddy
  • Hydraulic selector valves for slide outs
  • Gutters w/ rain spouts
  • One-Touch electric awning
  • Tinted 80% safety-glass windows
  • Super-size 6′ 4” tall, 30” wide entry door
  • Motion activated porch lighting
  • Keyless Entry

Inside, the Alpine is equally impressive with its spacious interior and, quality materials. From its overstuff, comfortable furnishings to its 40” HD-LCD flat screen television with surround sound you will be enveloped in all the comforts of home and then some.

Every detail has been considered including its whisper-quiet HVAC system. Even the door pulls are like those used in high-end housing. This is simply a fifth wheel that has it all. If you are considering a fifth wheel, prepared to be impressed with a walk through of the new 2014 Keystone Alpine. The moment you step inside you can feel the quality.

See this, and our selection of other new 2014 RVs available today at PleasureLand RV. We are the RV dealer Minneapolis and all of Minnesota relies on for year-round RV parts, service and sales. We are family owned and operated and are ready to serve you!

Columbus Day and the Spirit of Exploration

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At PleasureLand RV Center we appreciate the spirit of exploration. In October, Columbus Day is a reminder of that spirit of discovery. It recognizes a man who had the desire to see what was out there, and followed through on that desire.

Columbus was 41 years old when he made his first trip to the New World and only lived to be 55 years old. What a life it was. In just the last 14 years of his life the explorer made three additional trips, beginning a wave of European exploration in the west.

For those seeking a little Columbus Day trivia, Christopher Columbus’ name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo. In the Spanish language it is Cristóbal Colón. His Dad wove wool and sold cheese at a stand. In some of his own writings Columbus said the first time he took to the seas was when he was 10. Columbus was certainly not a scholar, but he was ambitious and liked to learn. He was also obviously very curious.

I think a lot of us who enjoy RVing share some of the same traits of Columbus. We enjoy the open spaces, have a natural curiosity, and enjoy learning about different places. We get a thrill out of seeing what is around the next corner, and over the next hill. There is excitement in planning a trip and executing those plans.

So as we recognize Christopher Columbus and his accomplishments, we need to perhaps renew our own spirit of adventure. We may need to recharge our sense of enthusiasm for seeing new places and discovering new places. It is natural, but many times RVers can fall into a routine of going back to the same places, seeing the same vistas. We can sometimes fall into habits that are a bit contrary to why we got an RV in the first place.

This Columbus Day, challenge yourself to explore someplace new and exciting in your RV. Take out a map and throw a dart or let your spouse choose the location. If you tend to go to the same places and see the same things, make a commitment to explore. After all, that is part of the joy of having an RV. Sometimes we just forget that.

If you are ready to move up to a Class A Minneapolis, Minnesota, we invite you to see us at PleasureLand RV. We have a great selection of new and used RV’s and each can serve as your own Santa Maria.

Tailgate Recipes for the Game of The Week

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Football season is in full swing. Whether you root for the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Minnesota Vikings, or have another team of choice, it is time to tailgate and cheer that team on.

As the RV dealership Minneapolis relies on for sales parts and accessories, we see a lot of purple and gold this time of year. We also get a lot of requests for tailgate recipes. Here are a couple of unique but easy recipe ideas for your next tailgate party.

Grilled Potato Salad

Everybody like potato salad, but here is a new spin on an old favorite. You will need eight slices of bacon, four medium red potatoes (cubed), one large onion (white cut into one inch slices), potato salad dry rub and dressing.

Heat grill to a medium-high heat, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels and reserve the drippings. Crumble bacon up. Add the potatoes and onion along with the dry rub to the drippings in the skillet. Coat and then remove the potato mixture. Next, in a grill wok or grill basket, grill the potato mixture with the grill lid closed for about 30 minutes but stir every five minutes.

When done, put the salad in a big bowl and add the potato salad dressing,toss, add bacon, serve warm and watch the crowd dig in!

Jalapeno Mustard Dipping Sauce

Add a little heat to your next tailgate party with this dipping sauce recipe. You will need ž cups of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of jalapeno pepper jelly, and ź cup of Creole mustard. Just mix all of the ingredients together until well blended. The dipping sauce can be served with chicken bites, jalapeno poppers or any of your favorite dipping food.

Enjoy the games this fall and into the winter. If you are already thinking about RV season next year, or are a year-round RVer who may be getting ready to head south, stop in and see us for the new line-up of 2014’s in stock or for parts and accessories. We are PleasureLand RV and we are the family owned RV dealership Minnesota can count on for great prices and quality products. Enjoy the season and the tailgating ahead!