RVer Ideas for National Courtesy Month

September is National Courtesy Month! That means different things to different people, of course. Holding open a door, allowing a car into your lane, or holding an elevator door open are simple little things that show what this month is trying to promote.

For someone driving off the lot of PleasureLand RV dealership in Minnesota, it just means taking that natural RVer’s courtesy an extra step. Here are some ideas as you share the road this Courtesy Month:

Form a Welcoming Party

When we stay at RV parks, there’s a good chance that we’re only going to be there for a few days. This can make it hard to form lasting relationships with other RVers, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t bother making friends in the first place. When someone new moves into the park, have a meet and greet, bring them a few drinks, and invite them over.

Share Your Intel

Contribute to the knowledge database that is the worldwide web. In the golden age of the American Hobo, they used to leave signs in coded language to help each other out. The signs might warn others of a mean guard dog, or let them know where a charitable old lady lives who likes to bake pies in exchange for some housework. RVers don’t need the secret language since we have the web to let one another know which towns are RVer friendly and where to get a great steak in Tucson.

Give and Take

Many travelers don’t have the time to stop and do laundry every few days, and, instead, simply buy new thrift store clothes on a regular basis, tossing out the old rags. Well, if this is you, don’t toss them out: rather, donate them. You’re already there, it’s not even out of your way!

Being courteous isn’t just for RVers and it isn’t just for September, it’s for everyone, every day. This month is a good time to reflect on the times we’ve been helpful and welcoming to those around us, and times when we could have been better.

2014 Winnebago Ultralite 31BHDS Review

At PleasureLand RV, we know how important a quality RV is to your needs.

Today, we’d like to bring you information about the Winnebego Ultralite 31BHDS.

This travel trailer simply connects to your truck to provide you with a home that you can take with you wherever you go. It can hold up to 56 gallons of fresh water and has popout awnings that add area to your home.

This trailer is 35 feet long and features two slides that open up to allow for more space inside. The windows are tinted and frameless to help keep out the bright sunlight, and your 12-volt power awning can be extended and lit with the attached LED lights, so you can have cookouts at night without needing to have additional light sources.

Inside, a seating area is separated from a fitted kitchen that offers an oven, stove top, and counter space for you to work on. The flatscreen TV adds a little class to your living room space, and you can easily watch TV from the sofa or dinner table if you’d prefer. The appliances come in black, and the dark wooden features blend well with light, airy furniture and an open walkway.

If you’re looking for a trailer that works for multiple people, this is the right choice. It has a bunk over a sleeper sofa, two additional bunks, a sleeper sofa in the living room area, and a queen-sized bed behind the entertainment system. For storage, you can access a closet near the back bunks or use the pantry or closet space near the queen-sized bed.

The bathroom offers a toilet, shower, and sink, and you also have a second sink in the kitchen with two basins for rinsing and washing.

Remember to stop by PleasureLandRV, your local RV dealership in Minnesota, if you’d like to check out this unit. We would be happy to discuss the layout and pricing when you call or stop by.

Easy Dessert Recipes for RVing

When planning excursions, whether across the state or across the country, eating is a big part of each day and whether you’re traveling in a Class A motorhome, cozy travel trailer, or a convenient pop-up, preparing meals that are quick, easy, and nutritious are at the top of the list.

With recreational vehicles available from PleasureLand RV, you’ll have the opportunity to show off your culinary talents with exceptional camp cooking.

When you’re looking for ideas to keep the masses happy, some creative and tasty desserts will definitely put a smile on everyone’s face. Consider one of these quick and easy desserts to delight friends and family while traversing the roads of Minnesota.

Fruit Cobbler

PleasureLand RV Berry Cobbler

Photographer: Manda Wong

This is an easy recipe that will melt in your mouth.

Melt 1 stick of butter. Mix thoroughly 1 cup each sugar, milk and self-rising flour. Add mixture to butter. Add 2 cups of canned fruit, drained. Sprinkle with a mixture of 1/8 cup each sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.

Grilled Waffle Treats

This easy waffle treat is a good substitute for s’mores. You’ll need frozen waffles,miniature marshmallows, semisweet chocolate chips, and heavy-duty tin foil.

Grease a 12-inch square of double thick foil. Place one waffle atop the foil and sprinkle with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Place another waffle on top. Fold the foil securely around the waffle sealing edges tightly. Grill over medium heat, covered, for approximately 8-10 minutes. Open carefully allowing steam to escape.

Hot Banana Boats

This recipe packs a sweet punch. Ingredients include bananas, semisweet chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, foil, and trail mix.

Place an unpeeled banana on a 12-inch square of tin foil. Tweak the foil to create a base for the banana to sit in. Cut 1/2-inches deep along the middle leaving 1/2-inch uncut at both ends. Pull the peel and banana apart forming a pocket. Fill with trail mix, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Grill for approximately 4-5 minutes, covered, until marshmallows are melted and toasted.

PleasureLand is your personal RV dealership where knowledgeable and friendly staff will point you in the right direction when it comes to travel options to suit your needs and fit your budget. Whether buying or renting, PleasureLand RV has it all.

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2014 Shasta Oasis Review

Shasta Oasis 26DB

Whether you’re ready to buy a trailer for the first time or you are looking for an upgrade, the 2014 Shasta Oasis Trailer could be the RV for you. The Oasis is designed with a rounded front for less wind resistance and better towing, and also features an I-beam cambered steel frame for stability. Three out of the five Shasta Oasis floor plans come with slide outs, which is a great option if you have a larger family. With the sleek look and the gorgeous interior, the Oasis is enough to satisfy any outdoorsman (or outdoorswoman).

Interior

The 2014 Shasta Oasis has floor plans for the family who loves the outdoors. Two sets of bunk beds in the larger Oasis models provide plenty of sleeping space for the kids. The interior is beautiful with tile flooring by Beauflor and the light wood solid cabinets, and all the fabrics, counter tops, and flooring come in soft outdoor colors to compliment the cabinets. You can relax on the comfortable jack knife sofa and enjoy the convenience of a Marine toilet with foot flush in the bathroom. The kitchen is residential, which means big, and with the high-neck faucet you have plenty of room for preparing meals and washing those big pots and pans.

Exterior

Hitching up at night has been made easier with the Oasis front hitch light, and you’ll have added light for your outdoor experience with the amber patio light. You’ll also get the tinted radius windows with black frames and safety glass for your outdoor view, along with the radius entry door for easy access. The wall framing on the Oasis is 16” on center, and there is R-7 fiberglass insulation throughout covered by .024 aluminum exterior skin and a one solid piece of rubber on the roof.

Options

The outside shower is always a nice option to have when you have been exploring in the wilderness or just spraying down the children who think dirty is fun. A range with oven in place of the cook top would be the ideal option for the chef in the family.

If the Oasis sounds like the RV for you live and you live in Minnesota or the surrounding area, you can find more information at PleasureLand RV.

Voyageurs National Park

A vacation to Voyageurs National Park is a true adventure as visitors have 218,000 acres to explore. The tapestry of the park is an intertwined network of lush forest, ancient rock, and multiple waterways.The rugged and remote park is a haven for water enthusiasts and wildlife observers.

When planning a getaway to this Minnesota destination, traveling in comfort is the ideal way to make the trip. If you’re in the market to purchase a new or used Class A motorhome, travel trailer, or pop-up camper, a visit to PleasureLand RV Center provides an extensive inventory to choose from.

Kettle Channel

Photographer: JCK Photos

Visitor Centers

Rainy Lake Visitor Center is open year-round and features a museum, bookstore, exhibits, theater, children’s area, information desk, and boat launch. Kabetogama Lake Visitor Center and Ash River Visitor Center are open late May through late September and also provide a free boat launch and picnic area with tables. Access to Voyageurs and public boat launches require a free permit available at the visitor center.

Things to do

Depending on the season, visitor’s enjoy hiking, fishing, canoeing, boat tours, and ranger led naturalist programs. During the winter, snowmobiling, skiing, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking snow-covered trails are options. Rowboats, canoes, cross-country skis, and snowshoes are available for rent.

Hiking

Voyageurs offers multiple trails and overlooks accessible by land and several by water, only. Trails vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, taking anywhere between 20 minutes to two hours, and strenuous hikes, such as the 27.9 mile Kab-Ash Trail, that can take several days. Along the trails, hikers have the opportunity to view forests of aspens and pines, wetlands, birds, and wildlife

Camping

Campsites inside Voyageurs are only accessible by boat. Adjacent to the park is the Woodenfrog State Forest Campground that offers camping for recreational vehicles. The campground has a boat launch and swimming area.

Plan an itinerary to Voyageurs and look to PleasureLand RV for all your needs from service maintenance to sales. The professional, expert, and certified technicians at our family owned and operated RV dealership will get you road-ready for your next great travel excursion.

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Visit the Continental Divide

PleasureLand RV Center is your premier family owned and operated Minnesota RV dealership that will prepare you for a travel adventure in comfort and style. When planning a trip to a destination like the Continental Divide, a capable and reliable recreational vehicle is necessary. With the available inventory of quality RV’s, travel trailers, and fifth wheels from PleasureLand, you’re sure to find one that will safely get you where you want to go and back home again.

Continental Divide NST

Photographer: Bureau of Land Management

Facts About the Divide

The Continental Divide runs from Canada to Mexico and spans multiple states including New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana for approximately 3000 miles. The U.S. portion runs from Montana’s Glacier National Park, south through the Rockies, and on to New Mexico and the Mexican border.

The scenic and rugged terrain of the Continental Divide navigates through an array of ecosystems. From mountain meadows and high-desert plateaus to massive granite peaks, the Divide offers challenging hiking trails, scenic landscapes, and picturesque vistas. It is nature at its best with endless examples of unspoiled beauty, incredible open expanses, pristine wilderness, alpine forests, miles of Saguaro cactus, mountain peaks, and an abundance of wildlife.

Exploring the Continental Divide

Hiking and backpacking along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is one way explore. Another option is riding and discovering the peace and serenity of the backcountry on a motorcycle. Traveling the Divide in a recreational vehicle provides the best of both worlds by having your mobile home-away-from home for camping along the way at area campgrounds and RV resorts.

Planning Your Trip

When visiting, it’s important to plan your trip according to the season. Weather conditions will vary from state to state and inclement conditions may be encountered. Sand storms, torrential rain, flash floods, and snow and ice are conditions to be expected on the Divide. It’s also important to be prepared with plenty of food, water, fuel, and cell phone as many portions of the trip will be long stretches of wide open expanses.

Contact PleasureLand RV Center whenever your plans involve over-the-road traveling. With an extensive inventory, our knowledgeable staff will have you in the recreational vehicle of your dreams so you can explore and discover the ultimate adventure known as the “Great Divide.”

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2014 Keystone Summerland Review

The 2014 Keystone Summerland, available at PleasureLand RV, features 12 different floor plans. You’ll find something for everyone – for the couple that needs something for themselves to a large family or a bunch of friends that want to use a recreational vehicle for group hunting and fishing trips around Minnesota.

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2014 Keystone Summerland Exterior. Photo Credit: Keystone

Exterior and Construction Features

The 2014 Summerland features four manual stabilizer jacks to help set up and level the RV when you get to your destination. The E-Z Open entry step allows for safe entry into the travel trailer. Kept properly maintained, this step will open without hassle every season.

The flooring is constructed 12-inch OC and 5/8-inch decking. The studs are 16-inch on center on the side walls and the raise roof truss system, giving this RV more stability and creating a vehicle that will last for many years. It is insulated with R-7 insulation in the flooring, roof, and walls, making the RV very energy efficient.

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Keystone Summerland 3030BHGS Floor Plan. Photo Credit: Keystone

Entertainment and Galley Features

The RV is equipped with two exterior speakers, and AM/FM/CD player and cable/satellite prep so you can hook up a television at a powered site or use your satellite service if you are dry camping.

The galley features a high-impact acrylic sink, three-burner cooktop, residential microwave, and a 6 cubic-foot refrigerator. The fridge runs on 110 volts or LP gas. All drawers have steel ball bearing drawer guides so you won’t have problems with a sticking drawer.

Plumbing, Bed, Bath, HVAC, and Safety

The bedroom area – whether separated or not – features at least one night stand, depending on the model. The forced air DSI furnace features a thermostat and is ducted on most models.

The hot water heater features a bypass for easy winter preparation. The bathroom features a porcelain foot flush toilet instead of the PVC/plastic hand flush toilets often found in RVs.

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Keystone Summerland 2980BHGS Floor Plan. Photo Credit: Keystone

Safety features include an LP detector in the event of a gas leak, a fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and safety chains.

Visit an RV dealership Minneapolis to walk through several different models of the 2014 Keystone Summerland travel trailer models to choose which one best fits your needs.

2014 Fifth Wheel Palomino Puma 259RBSS Review

2014 Palamino Puma Fifth Wheel

Have you always pulled a trailer with your truck? Well it’s about time you found out about the ease of a fifth wheel and the many extras you can have with the over-the-truck-bed unit. And there is nothing like pulling the 2014 Fifth Wheel Palomino Puma. Whether you have had a fifth wheel for years or are looking for your first PleasureLand RV, there’s a good chance it will exceed your expectations.

Interior

As you step in the 2014 Fifth Wheel Puma 259RBSS model, you will be standing on beautiful Beauflor Linoleum upgraded to residential. Gazing to the right, you will notice the steps leading up to the private carpeted bedroom with queen-size innerspring mattress. As the floor draws you around to the left, you’ll see the entertainment center located on the dividing wall to the upstairs bedroom, and as the room opens up, you’ll find the good-looking sofa and dinette.

The interior décor has soft outdoor colors, and the arch top mortise and Tenon cabinet doors are features that add to the attractive look. The kitchen is set in the corner, out of the way, with a large counter top and oversized sink with beautiful lower and upper cabinets sitting next to the oven and range along with the single-door refrigerator. You will have plenty of beds as the Puma has over-sized bunk beds with quilted pads for kids or adults. The bathroom has ample room with a tub and shower that sits next to the toilet and gives you arm room that most units don’t have.

Exterior

Looking at Palomino Puma from the outside, you will notice its clean-line look and how it rounds the front for an easier pulling experience. With the 2 X 3 flush joint framing on 12″ centers and 5/8” floor decking along with powder coated frames, this fifth wheel is built to last. It has a Darco-wrapped underbelly along with the rubber roof to keep the moisture out and the good times in as you travel to the many lakes or other recreational areas in Minnesota. And you don’t have to worry about the slide outs, since they have an Electric Slide System with rack and pinion for easy sliding.

Options

There are a long list of options available for the Puma, and with the Puma Premier Package, you can get almost all the options in one easy package.

Come see this great model today at PleasureLand RV!

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Three Ideas for National Picnic Month

RV Picnic with PleasureLand

It’s National Picnic Month, and that means, well, picnics, all month long. If you’ve ever driven off of the lot of an RV dealership, then National Picnic Month is just another name for “August,” and “September,” and “October” and about nine other months, for that matter.

In any event, when National Picnic Month rolls around, we may as well take the time to honor that the rest of the country is having fun doing the same thing that we do all year round. Here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate the event:

Picnic at the Grand Canyon

You really can’t ask for greater scenery for your picnic, and you can’t ask for a more American setting, either. There are guided tours at the Grand Canyon that offer lunch as part of the deal, but you might prefer to simply park as near to the edge as you can with some home-made subs and potato salad.

Try a Five Star Picnic

We’ve all had our share of ribs and corn on the cob and beer at a picnic, so why not step it up a notch for Picnic Month and mix some five star gourmet ingredients into the mix? Try short ribs marinated in Cognac, or your own favorite liquor, and sandwiches with fancy bleu cheese and Boar’s Head turkey. Finish it off with a bottle of chardonnay or a good microbrew and you can transform a normal picnic into the sort of picnic a food snob would go nuts for.

Chicken Crusted in Everything

Fried chicken is one of the staples of a good picnic, especially in Minnesota, so keep things lively by trying out a variety of crusts. Try rolling your chicken in breadcrumbs, crushed corn flakes, potato chips, corn chips, pork rinds, Rice Krispies, whole wheat crackers, crushed peanuts, sliced almonds, and everything else you can think of.

The truth is that, for anyone who’s been shopping at PleasureLand RV, picnics aren’t just a fun thing to do for lunch, picnics are a lifestyle. All the same, why not take National Picnic Month as an opportunity to experiment a little with the grand tradition?

Ready to start touring the country and having a picnic for every meal? Come check out our inventory today!

Healthy Meal Choices

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 3.34.32 PMWhen it comes to finding the perfect new or used recreational vehicle, travelers anticipating a getaway weekend or extended vacation have access to one of four convenient RV dealership Minneapolis locations at PleasureLand RV Center. Whether it’s a Class A, B, or C ride, travel trailer, pop-up camper or fifth wheel, travelers can count on PleasureLand to have just what they need.

While traveling across the highways and byways, one thing that’s required every day is eating and when you’re on the road, sometimes eating fast food and unhealthy snacks becomes the norm versus eating healthy, nutritious meals. For your next RVing adventure, consider adding these suggestions to your daily menu. Your body will thank you by providing more energy to enjoy all the things you want to do while on vacation.

Snacks

Snack time doesn’t have to be about potato chips or candy bars.There are several items easily prepared ahead of time that provide healthy alternatives.

No sugar raspberry muffins will fill the bill as a snack or for breakfast. The natural sweeteners include shredded coconut, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla, almond milk and maple syrup.

Banana oatmeal bread is another healthy item as the recipe calls for pureed sweet potato combined with bananas, shredded coconut, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and cacao chips. The lack of granulated sugar and the use of healthy sweet potatoes and natural sugar alternatives make this bread a winner.

Meal Ideas

Make tuna, ham or chicken salad with low fat mayonnaise to serve atop a bed of lettuce and tomatoes or to fill green, yellow or red peppers for lunch or dinner.

A delicious and nutritious dish is Waldorf Salad made with fresh apples, raisons, celery, walnuts, grapes and low fat mayonnaise or plain yogurt. Add sliced cooked chicken breast to make a hearty meal.

Serve cottage cheese or vanilla yogurt with assorted fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pineapple and apples and top with assorted nuts or granola cereal. Perfect for breakfast or late night snack.

Gluten free spinach lasagna is full of flavor. The healthy part of this recipe is the use of ground turkey or Italian turkey sausage versus ground beef combined with low fat cottage cheese. Baby spinach serves as the lining between layers versus lasagna noodles.

Beverages

Keep the sugar content to a minimum and stay hydrated by replacing sweet soda with fresh fruit drinks, unsweetened tea and plenty of water. Add fresh lemon or lime juice or flavored crystals to water for a flavorful and quenching drink.

Get all your ducks in a row for your next trip by scheduling a service or repair appointment at PleasureLand RV then load up the family, bring along some good food and head out on the highway for exploration and adventure.