Summer Travel in the BC Coast, Jasper and Banff

You’ve taken your rig to Pleasureland RV, and you know it’s ready for the open road. But are you really ready? Do you have your reservations and campgrounds picked? If your summer travel plans include the Jasper/Banff and BC coast areas, you’ll want to plan strategically, because summer is peak season for these areas.

 

Get Reservations Early

When it comes to summer RV travel Canada is difficult to beat. This means that stunning views and relaxing atmospheres await you, but it also means there are numerous other RV enthusiasts joining you on the road. Because of this, particular in popular areas along the BC coast and the Banff/Jasper region, you will want to get reservations early. As soon as you know your dates for travel, start calling campgrounds to find a spot.

 

Traveling Without Reservations

If you have waited too long and will be traveling without reservations, you will want to look for parks that don’t take reservations. Chances are the parks that do will be full. Some campgrounds in Banff and Jasper don’t take reservations, so this might be an option. Be sure to arrive early to find a spot.

For private campgrounds, summer is peak season, so you won’t likely find a spot without a reservation. If you must travel without reservations, try to travel towards the beginning or end of summer, and during the week. Weekends will be the most challenging time to find a spot.

As you pick up your RV from Pleasureland and head out on the road this summer, make sure you have planned well this is a popular area to tour this time of year, so get your reservations in early, and you will have a great time.

2013 Itasca Suncruiser

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With all the features and amenities your family could ever want in an RV, the 2013 Itasca Suncruiser is the home away from home you have always dreamed of. This fantastic motor home comes with all the features you need to be comfortable on the road, including a full kitchen, bath, and bedrooms. Their are three different floor plans available for the Itasca Suncruiser, all of them filled with features that will make everyone in your family happy, and you the envy of your friends and neighbors.

You won’t have to sweat the heat with the new TrueAir® Maximum Comfort A/C. This system is fully functional and is sure to keep you and your family happy in the hot, humid summer months ahead.

Another great feature that owners of the Itasca Suncruiser love is the master bathroom available in the 37f model. In addition to a large, spacious master bathroom, the Suncruiser also has a smaller, separate bathroom for guests. This means no more waiting to use the bathroom. You can finally relax and take your time while you are on vacation.

Other features that owners love include the luscious Ultraleather seating. These soft, comfortable seats are great for lounging and relaxing, or just enjoying the drive. There is plenty of seating for the whole family, so no one needs to feel cramped or crowded.

The Suncruiser also has plenty of sleeping space, including a queen bed that has a state of the art, high quality, fully automatic, fully adjustable comfort control mattress. Other sleeping options include the sofa in the lounge area that converts into a bed for passengers and extra guests.

You are sure to enjoy the look and feel of the new Suncruiser RV. This motor home will quickly begin to feel like your new home as you begin to have many wonderful adventures on the road. Come into Pleasureland RV and check out one of the many display models we have available for your perusal.

Summer Events in Minnesota

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 2.44.54 PMSummer is here. With the kids out of school and some bright sunny days ahead, its a great time to go on a great American family summer road trip in your RV. The good news is that you don’t have to go far with all the great summer events and festivals in Minnesota. Here are some of the most exciting events this summer.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend

This is the 6th year for this annual event which celebrates all things Irish. This annual festival, which is held the weekend of June 13-16th in St. Paul at the Center for Irish Music, features world renowned Irish music. Music lovers of all ages can enjoy a pubic concert as well as workshops in traditional Irish music and dance. There will also be lectures on Irish Music History.

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This exciting race is a benefit to help cure lung cancer. The race is held in Duluth MN, and begins at 6:45 am on June 22nd. Join the race to help find a cure, or come be a spectator and cheer on the racers.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

If you love Jazz, you will love this festival being held in St. Paul. This is the 15th year for this exciting annual event, and you definitely don’t want to miss this. The three day festival, which features prominent jazz artists from all over, is being held from June 27th through June 29th and is free due to the support of generous sponsors.

34th Annual Riverboat Days Festival

This is another festival you and your family won’t want to miss. The two day festival, which begins Friday July 26th begins with a karaoke contest. Saturday is filled with events that the whole family will love, including a parade, the Lost Highway, and an all day Arts Crafts Fair.

Vintage Band Festival

At the end of the summer, as things are beginning to wind down and the kids are about to go back to school comes the Vintange Band Festival. This four day celebration, from August 1st through the 4th, features a variety of bands from the U.S. and abroad. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be the event of the summer.

Father’s Day in Your RV

One of the great things about having an RV is that you can go just about anywhere. Your father does a lot for your, so for father’s day, why not plan a trip that will make him feel like the most special man in the world. There are some great events going on in Minnesota for Father’s Day, and you could take him to one of those.

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Father’s Day 5K

This annual race brings fathers and their children together on Sunday June 17. The race is held at Lake Phalen, and is a celebration of healthy active generations. The race begins at 8:30, and is followed by a 1/4 mile run for kids. Race participates must pre-register, but you can also come the day of the race and be a spectator.

Father’s Day Paddle and Picnic

You and your dad can visit Oseca Landing and spend the day paddling kayaks. Start the day with breakfast at Oseca Landing, and then head into the water for some fun paddling through the rapids. After Kayaking, you and dad can spend some quality time together at the BBQ.This annual event is sponsored by Wahoo Adventures, and is sure to be a blast.

Father’s Day Lunch and Outdoor Activities

This a fun event for the whole family. Everyone, especially dad will love this picnic at the log cabin lodge at Baker Near Wilderness Settlement. Enjoy brats and burgers at this annual picnic while you experience the beauty and splendor of nature. There are also naturalist led activities including rock climbing, archery, and more.

No matter what you decide to do with dad for father’s day, it is sure to be fun filled day full of laughter, fun, and nature. You can create memories that you and your father will come to cherish for years to come. And if you have children of your own, they can join in the fun and excitement as well. No one needs to be left out on this day that celebrates our fathers.

 

2013 Keystone Raptor Travel Trailer Toy Hauler

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This travel trailer is a great way to take your next vacation. With all the amenities of home you won’t have to worry about where you are going to sleep or take a shower. You can go just about anywhere in the brand new 2013 Keystone Raptor Travel Trailer Toy Hauler.

This travel trailer has plenty of room for the whole family. There is plenty of seating, including bench seating in the dinette area. You and your family can enjoy full, quality home cooked meals in the dinning area when you use the full kitchen to prepare you meals. The kitchen comes complete with a stovetop range, oven, refrigerator and freezer and microwave. There is also plenty of pantry space for all your kitchen appliances and extra food.

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hat you can entertain friends while you are on vacation. Everyone can gather for a big meal, filling your home away from home with laughter and love.

The Travel Trailer also has a full bathroom so you don’t have to worry about using gross stinky gas station bathrooms while traveling down the highway, or weird community bathrooms at a campground. If you have spent any time camping you know how much nicer it is to not have plan your trip around when you can take your next shower. And for parents with young children, its definitely a relief not to have to worry about finding the next gas station, or pulling over on the side of the road because your little one has to ” go right now”.

There’s also plenty of room for sleeping in this luxurious travel trailer. The toy trailer includes a king sized bed, which is a unique feature that no other travel trailers in its size and class have. The bedroom also has a TV Hook up.

Why not check out one of these great models today from Pleasureland RVand bring something home for the whole family.

Summer Vacation Destinations

Minnesota RV Destinations

Need a summer vacation idea? Try camping in your RV! Camping is great way to see the country, gain experience andexercise. There are dozens of campgrounds throughout Minnesota. However, only few have been ranked the top spots according to tripleblaze.com. Here are the top five based on average rating and number of reviews.

The first on their list is Flour Lake Campground. It is nestled on the quiet shore of 352 acres on the lake of the same name. The area is home to a variety of wildlife including moose, beavers, ducks, bald eagles and bears. There are sites for tent only camping as well as a place to park your RV. The RV campsites range in size from 30 feet to 73 feet for extra space. All are back-in only. This campground is pet friendly and is great for fishing and hiking alike.

The second on their list is Stony Point. This breathtaking campground is settled on the banks of Leech Lake in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest. Leech Lake is the third largest lake in the state of Minnesota and home of trophy-sized perch, bass and northern pike. It is also a great area for canoeing or boating.

Fall Lake makes number three for them. This campground is located within the Superior National Forest close to the United States and Canada border. The forest spans 150 miles and is comprised of 3 million acres. With hiking, swimming and fishing, there is much to do at this family-friendly campsite. There are several local events happening nearby including City of Ely’s July 4th fireworks, the Blueberry Festival which happens the last weekend in July, and the Harvest Moon festival.

Leech Lake Rec area made it to the number four spot. This area encompasses 14 natural lakes with over 300 miles of shoreline. They have numerous scenic hiking trails as well as boating and canoeing amenities. Dozens of wooded campsites are yours to choose from here at this spectacular site.

Finally, the Itasca State Park finishes the list of top five. This is the oldest State Park in Minnesota. It is over 32,000 acres and holds more than 100 lakes. There are over 200 drive-in sites for your RV in two separate campgrounds. The park has nearly 50 miles of hiking trails and 16 miles of paved bike trails. They also offer rentals for all of your sport needs.

So pack up your campers and head out for a fun-filled summer vacation. If you have time, visit two or three! There are many beautifully kept campgrounds near the northeast border of the state. And remember to come by Pleasureland RV for all your recreational vehicle needs.

Four Tips For Planning Your Meals When On The Road

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 12.04.16 PMStaying well fed and hydrated during a camping trip is always a challenge, but it becomes even more difficult when you bring along children. Food allergies and picky eaters make it hard to find healthy options when on the go. If you are tired of relying on fast food or canned items during your excursions in a recreational vehicle, try planning your meals and bringing along plenty of supplies for some simple cooking. Eating healthy when traveling is easy when you make the right choices and prepare before you depart.

Write A Plan

Gather everyone together that will be taking the trip and have a meeting about your food options. Request information on allergies and preferences, then try to pick meals that are easy to prepare and which meet the needs of your friends and family. Cut up fruit and instant oatmeal packets are a healthy and painless way to keep everyone fed in the mornings. A boiling kettle of hot water is all you need to produce as much breakfast as needed.

 Pre-Cooking Saves Time And Money

When you are tired and ready to rest after a long hike, you don’t want to spend hours waiting for a roast to cook in your RV oven. Bring along pre-cooked and frozen or refrigerated items that are easily heated up in the microwave. A few hours of work in your home kitchen could provide you with tasty meals like lasagna, pancakes, stir fries over rice, and many other options. There’s no need for expensive and unhealthy frozen dinners either when you can create your own custom meals.

Make It Fun

A camping trip is a great time to get your kids involved with the creation of the meals. Try packing a variety of sandwich meats and some tortillas or wrap breads. Let each child assemble their own wrap. There’s no need for disposable plates and cutlery when you stick to simple sandwiches and burritos for your camping meals. Older kids can chop vegetables for a campfire chili or even learn to bake bread in a Dutch oven.

Limit Snacks And Stops

One visit to a fast food restaurant won’t hurt you, but make sure that these establishments don’t end up feeding you for every meal. Sweet and fat-laden snack cakes and high-sodium jerky should also be consumed sparingly. However, a camping trip is a good reason to indulge in a few extra calories because it’s likely you will burn them off hiking and boating. Don’t forget to stop in to PleasureLand RV Center before your next trip to ensure your range and other kitchen appliances are in good shape.

Memorial Day Sale

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Pleasureland RVis having a Memorial Day Sale this weekend. The sale will be from May 27th through June 1st. This 6 day sale features several thousand new RV’s, travel trailers and motor homes,many of which will be on sale. The sale begins on Memorial Day, Monday May 27th and ends with a Big BBQ on Friday and Saturday. Pleasureland RV only offers deep discounts like this once a year, so this is the sale that you won’t want to miss. The selection and prices are not to be beat. Over one thousand RV’s will be on display, and many of them will have deep discounts and unbelievable prices.

Pleasureland RV will have special hours during this monumental sale. On Monday, we will be open from 10 am to 5 pm. Then on Tuesday through Friday, we will be open from 8 am – 8 pm, and finally on the last day of the sale we will be open from 9 am – 6 pm. You can come by anytime and take a look at the many different makes and models available for sale. Whether you are a first time RV owner or have been an RV enthusiast for years and years, our well qualified sales people will be happy to show you any of the thousands of RV’s we currently have in stock.

The Largest RV Sale Ever features deals on hundreds of vehicles at low prices. There will be deep discounts on all 2013 models, as we are getting rid of our old inventory to make room for new 2014 models. If you have been waiting to get a new RV, now is the best time. Come to Pleasureland RV for the biggest selection and the best prices on new and used models during our huge Memorial Day Sale.

You can check out our huge inventory during this amazing sale. You surely won’t find selection, service and prices like this anywhere else. And of course, don’t forget to come on Friday and Saturday for the BBQ. Bring the whole family for some great food and fun, while you check out your next RV or your first RV and discover just how fun the RV lifestyle can be.

Whether you are new to RVing or have been a part of the RV lifestyle for years you won’t want to miss all the food, fun, at great savings at this gigantic Memorial Day Sale. With prices as low as just over $8,000 dollars for a brand new RV, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. You can bring the whole family down for all the fun happening next week at the big Memorial Day Sale.

Meal Planning for Your Next Vacation!

PleasureLand is the place to begin your travel planning with a look at what’s available to make your vacation getaway comfortable and convenient. With one of the best RV dealers in Minnesota on your side, you’ll drive away with the perfect ride for all of your adventures.

Benefits of RV traveling are having everything you need along for the ride including your favorite goodies for meals. With quick and simple recipes, creating tasty meals is a piece of cake.

Breakfast

Prepare a variety of fruit such as cantaloupe, honeydew and pineapple and place in containers. Also include blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Bring bananas, a bag of sliced almonds, raisins, granola cereal and a large container of vanilla yogurt.

  • Place the fruit containers and additional garnishes on the table
  • Fill dishes with vanilla yogurt
  • Add fresh fruit
  • Garnish with almonds, raisins and granola
  • Note: all of these items are great for snacking throughout the day

Lunch

Tacos equal an easy meal. Ingredients needed include a package of hamburger pre-cooked and frozen for the trip, taco seasoning, taco shells, assorted vegetables, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream.

  • Thaw the hamburger. Add taco seasoning and mix thoroughly
  • Let simmer for 10 minutes on low heat then place meat in a serving bowl
  • While meat is simmering, shred lettuce, cube or dice 1 or 2 tomatoes, 1 small onion, 1 green pepper and several banana peppersand place in individual dishes
  • Arrange taco shells along with prepared veggies, sliced black olives, mild to hot salsa, cheese and sour cream on a table so everyone can dress up their tacos
  • Note: Use leftover vegetables in a tossed salad

Save time by preparing and freezing items prior to starting your vacation such as chili, spaghetti sauce, gravy and grilled chicken and steak strips for salads. Also include versatile canned items like chili for hot dogs, beans for dip and whole mushrooms for shish kabobs.

Dinner

You’ll never go wrong with a traditional hot dog roast over a campfire. Keep it simple.

  • Thaw the hot dogs
  • Cook hot dogs over an open fire or use the grill. Whichever is more convenient
  • For garnishes, melt cheese, open a can of chili or use a package of your pre-made chili in the freezer and grill leftover onions from the taco lunch
  • Include traditional mustard, ketchup and relish

For dessert, help the kids create smores.

  • Place a piece of chocolate on a graham cracker or oatmeal cookie
  • Place one large marshmallow on a stick
  • Hold the stick over the campfire to brown the marshmallow.
  • Place hot marshmallow on top of the chocolate and top with another cracker or cookie

With travel plans in place, stop by PleasureLand for a last minute check up or accessories.

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A Look at the 2014 Keystone Avalanche Fifth Wheel

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The “RVer” lifestyle really doesn’t apply strictly to RV owners. There are plenty of RVers who drive a truck with a trailer attached, and a fifth wheel trailer can be just as great as any other option on the market, especially when it’s the 2014 Keystone Avalanche.

This new model will make you rethink the notion of how much luxury should cost. Though technically a regular old consumer grade model at just under $70,000, new, once you take a walk around inside the new Avalanche, you’ll wonder why it doesn’t cost twice that.

The authentic leather furniture package alone sets the interior apart from many RVs and trailers, but it’s really just the start. The cherry cabinet doors certainly make an impression, as well, and the free standing counter top wouldn’t be out of place in a million dollar New York penthouse apartment.

Of course how a trailer looks on the inside doesn’t matter so much if it doesn’t also feature everything that you could possibly need from a home on wheels. Beyond the stunning array of furniture and design, you also get a dual air conditioner package, a forty inch LED TV, which is nicer than many of us have in our houses, and a fireplace, if you can believe that.

At 37 feet, the trailer is roomy enough for any individual or couple, even with a dog or a cat, and with the hideaway bed in the sofa, big enough for a guest or two, as well.

The 2014 Avalanche really defies a lot of preconceived notions about the RV and trailer market. It’s surprising to find such a luxurious trailer at a mid-range price, and it’s a fifth wheel that can stand up to any motorhome on the market. Even the LED lighting system offers a touch of class to the trailer.

If you’re set on driving an RV, and not a trailer, then the Avalanche might change your mind. Roomy with a lush interior, the Avalanche offers a luxury lifestyle on the road. And be sure to come by PleasureLand RV Center for all your RV needs.