Try This Campfire Bake Recipe on the Road

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If you’re out on the road this summer in your RV, why not make something that truly evokes that campfire feeling? This savory and hearty campfire bake brings together pasta and frito pie. It’s a flavor everyone can enjoy after a day of outdoor fun and recreation.

Frito Pie Campfire Bake

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 oz) box elbow macaroni pasta
  • 1 (15 ounce) can chili
  • 1 (7 ounce) bag corn chips
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Pour the whole box of pasta into a large skillet (approximately 12 inches in diameter). Pour 3 cups of cold water into skillet. Make sure the water covers the pasta. Turn the burner to high, then set your timer for 10 minutes (optional: add a bit of salt to taste).
  2. Cook on high, stirring occasionally, until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Add chili and bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from heat and top with corn chips and cheddar cheese. Serve immediately.

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Stop by CCRV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find an RV that’s perfect for your summer vacation plans and learn more about the RV lifestyle. If you’re not on the market for a new rig, CCRV can also help you with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Blanco’s Fields of Purple

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You don’t have to hop on a plane and visit the French countryside to stroll through fields of lavender. Blanco, Texas, despite the name, is a rather colorful place. The hill country around Blanco in Central Texas is taken over by lavender in the summer. Farming of the colorful flower only began in the later 90s, but from the looks of it you’d believe that lavender has bloomed in Texas since the beginning of time.

A whole culture has sprung up around the flower in the Blanco area, reaching its peak each year in the second week of June with the annual Lavenderfest. The lavender itself lasts through July, so it’s not too late to head out and see the fields in all their floral glory.

Many of the lavender farms don’t mind if you stroll the fields so long as you respect the crop and refrain from picking or walking on the plants.

Blanco itself is a wonderful and charming little Texas town with several noteworthy attractions for those visiting the town in their RV. Among these attractions are the Old Blanco County Courthouse, which dates to 1885 and is centered in a classic small town square. There’s a monthly market day that sets up in the square around the courthouse, where local vendors and craftsmen setup shop and sell all manner of items, including some that are lavender-related.

You can also check out Blanco State Park, which is known for its many cool swimming holes and hiking trails.

Of course the town is full of shopping and dining options, so no matter how you look at it, Blanco is definitely worth a day or two as you travel through Texas in your CCRV.

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Stop in at CCRV before you hit the road this summer to shop for a new motorhome or travel trailer or to get some service done on your current rig.

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Take Your RV to Mustang Island State Park

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Many state park beaches around the country are reserved for day use, but Mustang Island State Park is an ideal place to park your RV this summer. The park is home to 48 campsites with hook-ups and 300 sites without them, so you can make your reservation, fire up your RV and get your summer beach adventures started today.

Things to Do at the Park

There are tons of things to do at Mustang Island State Park aside from hanging out at the campsite. The park is home to roughly 20 miles of paddling trails that take kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddle boarders through some of the best shallow water fishing areas in the state.

Swimming, surfing, biking, beach-combing and exploring area attractions — like the Copano Fishing Pier, the town of Port Aransas and the Texas State Aquarium — keep visitors occupied from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave.

Park Details

Mustang Island’s busiest seasons are spring and summer, and it helps to make a reservation online or by phone before you arrive. The park gates are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the entrance fee is $5 per person for daytime use. Drive-up campsites cost $10 per night, and campsites with water and electricity cost $20 nightly.

Mustang Island State Park campsites are located 1/3 mile from the beach, and campers have access to full bathrooms with hot showers. Beach-goers enjoy rinse showers and portable toilets along the 2-mile-long beach strand.

Mustang Island State Park Location

Mustang Island State Park is located just east of Corpus Christi and south of Port Aransas. The park is less than 30 minutes from CCRV, Corpus Christi’s go-to RV dealership and service center. Before you head out on your Mustang Island adventure, be sure to stop in and see us for all of your camping supplies and RV needs.

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Loaded Texas Trash Dip

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Bean dips are amazing. Layered bean dips are even better. This loaded Texas trash dip though? It’s something else. Don’t let the name fool you: it looks good and tastes even better. Try it the next time you’re stopped at a campground or RV park.

Loaded Texas Trash Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) refried beans
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans
  • 1 can (15 ounce) corn
  • 1 can (3.8 ounce) sliced black olives
  • 1 can (4½ ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Microwave cream cheese and sour cream in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 minute or until cheese is softened. Remove from microwave. Mix with wire whisk until smooth.
  • Add refried beans, black beans, corn, black olives, green chiles, Seasoning Mix and 2 cups of the cheese; mix well.
  • Spread bean mixture into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups cheese.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Unusual Places to RV in Texas this Summer

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Texas is a more varied state than is usually credited. If you’re looking for some truly unusual and surreal places to visit within Texas this summer in your RV, try visiting one of these unique spots on your road trip.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Known as the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon, located near Amarillo, is a sight to behold. While everything in Texas is usually bigger, this is one case that proves that wrong. It’s actually the second largest canyon in the United States behind, unsurprisingly, Arizona’s Grand Canyon. At “only” 120 miles long and 20 miles wide, it’s nowhere close to the Grand Canyon’s 277 miles length and 18 miles width. Don’t let that discourage you from a visit, however. Palo Duro Canyon is one of Texas’s (and the country’s) most beautiful landscapes.

Hamilton Pool Reserve

A remarkable natural pool about 23 miles west of Austin, it was formed thousands of years ago when the dome of an underground river collapsed. There’s no sight quite like it: there’s an overhanging crescent of rock that provides natural shade to the pool as a waterfall cascades into the pool. The rock formation creates a natural acoustic chamber, which amplifies the roar of the falls and drives out other sounds. The result is a shaded, cool area to sit and relax.

Caverns of Sonora

Millions of years ago, perhaps as long ago as five million, the stunning natural calcite crystal formations of the Caverns of Sonora began to form 155 feet below the surface of Texas. The caverns glow a pearlescent white under the glow of lights, transforming the caverns into one of the planet’s most indescribably beautiful caves.

Enchanted Rock

Near Fredericksburg (which is worth a visit on its own merits), Enchanted Rock is a monolithic pink granite rock that covers 640-acres of land and rises 1,825 feet above sea level. You can actually hike to the top for an unparalleled view of the surrounding countryside.

Visit CCRV

Stop by CCRV this summer before you hit the road to any destination, however unusual. We’ll make sure that your RV is in good traveling state or help you pick out a new or used motorhome if it’s time to update your rig.

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Romantic Destinations in Your RV

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There’s something romantic about camping, and with gorgeous campgrounds in the wilderness, on the beach and even in California’s Wine Country, you simply can’t go wrong with a trip to one of these romantic camping destinations.

Moab, Utah

The breathtaking natural scenery of Moab is undeniably romantic, and when it’s coupled with all of the adventures the region has to offer, it’s an ideal romantic camping destination for adventurous couples. From half-day hikes in the picturesque Arches National Park to multi-day hiking and biking excursions, a trip to Moab can be the perfect place to camp out and experience new adventures together.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With 185 canals weaving through the city, a gorgeous riverwalk and campgrounds just steps from the sea, a trip to the beach could be the romantic vacation of your dreams. For a romantic resort-like feel in the comfort of your RV, reserve a spot at Paradise Island RV Resort and spend your days lounging by the pool or relaxing on the beach just a few minutes away.

Napa Valley, California

One of the most romantic places in the country — California’s Napa Valley — is the perfect getaway for those who love indulging in delicious foods and premium wines in a scenic, outdoors setting. Reserve one day of your camping trip for the Napa Valley Wine Train — an 18-mile train tour through Napa’s picturesque rolling hills and vineyards featuring fine wines and incredible food.

Napa Valley is home to a wide variety of campgrounds and RV parks ranging from upscale resorts to primitive tent camping sites. Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo offers convenient access to the Napa Valley Wine Train and all of Napa’s favorite tourist destinations as well as a short drive to one of California’s most romantic cities — San Francisco.

Before You Go, Visit CCRV

Before you hit the road for your romantic RV vacation this summer, stop in and see us at CCRV. We’re more than your local Texas RV dealership — we also offer all the RV parts, accessories and upgrades you need to make your RV lifestyle the best it can be.

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Gear Up for Summer at CCRV

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The summer camping season means more time outside enjoying the sun and warm weather. It also means you’ll want some new RV and camping supplies to keep you comfortable on those hot, sunny days. The following are a few of our favorite RV supplies for summer, available at our fully-stocked CCRV online parts store.

Freedom Camper and Van Awning

If you’re traveling in a truck camper or van conversion this summer, you may not have an awning like larger RV models. This Carefree of Colorado Freedom awning can be purchased as a manual or push-button device, and both models are highly durable. You can purchase this awning in acrylic or vinyl fabrics, and the convenient awning case locks and shuts automatically. If you’ve been braving the sun or seeking shade inside your RV, you’ll love the freedom and comfort your new Freedom awning provides.

Deluxe Grilling Table

Camco’s deluxe grilling table is equipped with a high-strength steel frame and aluminum top that are built to last countless camping seasons. This convenient table is perfect for keeping your outdoor grilling station organized at the campsite, so you don’t have to crowd your indoor kitchen too.

Mosquito Repellant Lantern

Mosquitoes are one of the few down sides of summer, but you won’t have to endure itchy bites anymore. This mosquito repellant lantern from the Schawbel Corporation effectively keeps mosquitoes at bay without flames or melting candles. The lantern light serves well as an outdoor light even when mosquitoes aren’t around, and if you’re not in need of light, you can use the repellant without illuminating the lantern. This lantern is a must-have before you hit the roads in your RV this travel season.

Visit CCRV

Find all of these awesome summer RV supplies and tons of others at our CCRV online parts store. Our store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always find exactly what you need.

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How to Get the Best Internet While Traveling

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Staying connected while living the RV lifestyle may seem difficult at first. Campground WiFi is never as reliable as most travelers would like and emailing from coffee shops gets expensive quickly. However, many RV travelers have discovered how to stay connected with fast, wireless internet on the go. The following are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best internet access while traveling.

Use a Hotspot

Using a wireless internet hotspot is the best way to stay connected anywhere that has cellular phone service. Hotspots can be created on most smartphones and tablets, then all you have to do is tether you computer to the hotspot. Verizon and AT&T both offer nationwide coverage that makes it easy to connect in some of the most remote places.  Hotspots do chip away at your monthly data allotment, so it helps to speak with your provider about a data plan that will work for you.

Use a WiFi Booster

Many campgrounds across the country now offer free WiFi to campers. The only downfall is that the wireless internet access they provide is often weak and unreliable. A WiFi booster can improve the internet access at places with free WiFi, so you don’t have to use your phone’s data. The Wifi Ranger Elite Pack is an affordable option for boosting signals at places with unreliable internet.

Use the Wi-Fi Finder App

It seems like every place you visit offers free WiFi until you’re really in need. The Wi-Fi Finder app can help you locate places that offer free WiFi, so you don’t waste time or money at places that don’t offer internet access. If you’re not interested in using an app, a simple call to the campground, restaurant or other site you’ll be visiting can help you determine if it will be a place with reliable internet access.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV for all of your RV travel needs this summer.

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Bizarre Roadside Attractions in Texas

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Texas is a big place and, as you’ve probably heard, everything is bigger in Texas. Keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder that the far-flung reaches of Texas possess some of the biggest (and strangest) roadside attractions in the country. If you’re cruising across the Lone Star State this summer in your CCRV, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of these roadside attractions.

World’s Largest Killer Bee

Hidalgo, Texas, is known as the “Killer Bee Capital of the World.” Not exactly a the most inviting moniker, but Hidalgo wears it with pride. In fact, the city has embraced their infamy so much that the mayor spent $20,000 on a giant killer bee statue, which sits prominently in the town. Hidalgo asks that you “bee” their guest and check out the giant bee statue while you’re at it.

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots

The world’s largest cowboy boots are, of course, located in Texas. Just outside North Star Mall in San Antonio, these giant boots stand proud at 40 feet tall. Check em out the next time you’re in San Antonio in your RV.

World’s Largest Caterpillar

This giant caterpillar isn’t just a weird statue, but a weird factory/warehouse to boot! The home base of Monolithic Constructors, Inc., in Italy, Texas, they won’t mind if you stop by and snap a few photos of their unique building.

World’s Largest Fire Hydrant

Yet another “world’s largest,” this fire hydrant isn’t just big… it’s functional as well! Standing at 24 feet tall outside of the Fire Museum of Texas in Beaumont, it was built in 1999 as part of a promotion for the re-release of 101 Dalmatians (the whole thing is painted in a dalmatian pattern).

Visit CCRV

Before you hit the road this summer in search of the fun, awesome, or just plain weird, stop by CCRV to make sure that your rig is road trip ready or to shop for a new motorhome.

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A Recipe for National Salad Month

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It’s National Salad Month and the best way to celebrate is by making a delicious salad while you’re out on the road. A salad makes for a great meal, especially if you’re craving something light and refreshing. This recipe is light and refreshing, but adds a little bit of heat for a delightful kick of flavor in each bite.

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

Ingredients

Marinade/Dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100ml (just over ⅓ cup) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon red chili flakes (adjust to your preference of spice)
  • ½ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Salad:
  • 4 chicken thigh fillets, skin removed (no bone)
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ red bell pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • ½ an onion, sliced
  • 5 cups Romaine (or cos) lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • Extra cilantro leaves to garnish
  • Sour cream (optional) to serve

Directions

  1. Whisk marinade ingredients together to combine. Pour half the marinade into a shallow dish to marinade the chicken fillets for two hours if time allows. Refrigerate the reserved untouched marinade to use as a dressing.
  2. Heat about one teaspoon of oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat and grill chicken fillets on each side until golden, crispy and cooked through. (Grill in batches to prevent excess water being released.) Once chicken is cooked, set aside and allow to rest.
  3. Wipe pan over with paper towel; drizzle with another teaspoon of oil and fry pepper and onion strips until cooked to your liking.
  4. Slice chicken into strips and prepare salad with leaves, avocado slices, peppers, onion strips and chicken. Drizzle with remaining marinade/dressing and serve with (optional) extra cilantro leaves and sour cream.

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Stop by CCRV this month to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find the RV that’s perfect for you and get ready to have an amazing summer as you cruise through Texas and beyond.

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