Recipes you Need to Try Cooking on Your Next RV Trip

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One of the best parts of the RV lifestyle is spending time outdoors at the campsite. You can spend even more time outside of your RV in 2017 by cooking meals over your campfire.  Not only does cooking over an open fire make meals more delicious, it keeps messes away from the interior of your RV.

These campfire grilling recipes taste so delicious, they may inspire you to start cooking every meal over the open flame.

Over the Fire Scalloped Potatoes

What you’ll need:

  • 8 large baking potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bunch green onions (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • black pepper to taste
  • garlic salt to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your campfire grill for 10 minutes.
  2. Set out eight pieces of aluminum foil and spray them with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, soup, cheese and onions.
  4. Season the mixture with pepper and garlic salt to your liking.
  5. Divide the potato mixture evenly between the foil squares and dot with butter.
  6. Fold the foil squares into packets and seal tightly.
  7. Cook the packets on the grill until the potatoes are tender (12 to 20 minutes).

Grilled Sausage with Vegetables

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound smoked sausage (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 pound red potatoes (quartered)
  • 3/4 pounds fresh green beans (halved)
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your campfire grill over the campfire for about 10 minutes.
  2. Place the sausage, potatoes, green beans and onions on a large sheet of foil.
  3. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, then top with butter.
  4. Seal the foil into a packet, leaving one small opening.
  5. Pour the water into the opening, then seal the packet tightly.
  6. Place your packet on the grill and allow it to cook until the sausage is browned and the vegetables are tender (20 to 30 minutes).

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Tips For Dog Owners on the Road in a RV

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If you plan on taking your pets RVing with you, you need to choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but your pet’s needs. If you have smaller dogs, then space isn’t a major deal; however, if you have a large breed dog or more than two smaller dogs, you might want to choose an RV with a little extra space.

Extra Space

When you walk through the floor plans at CCRV, be aware of how much space your dog needs to sleep comfortably. If your dog is used to sleeping on your bed, you might want to upgrade to a king bedroom. If the dog loves to spread out on the floor, something with a living area slide is a must.

Safety

As with your home, you have to pet-proof the RV. Make sure lower outlets are covered. Chemicals for the bathroom should be kept in a place your pets cannot access. If your dog opens cabinets, be sure to keep the cabinet latched or locked – or keep any chemicals in a higher cabinet.

If you have a motorized RV, you should have your pet crated or strapped onto a seat. If it is walking around it could get hurt; or worse, it could distract you – the driver – and cause an accident.

Pet Toys and Bowls

This seems like a given, but people may tend to forget to bring the pet’s bed, toys and bowls. Even if your dog likes to travel, it may become stressed that it is not at home in familiar surroundings, especially if you leave it alone in the RV while you run into the store. Your dog’s bed and a few favorite toys will go a long way in easing any stress and anxiety. This means that your RV hopefully won’t fall prey to the dog’s chewing habit.

Leashes and Tie Outs

Always know the rules of the state you are traveling through or to. Most states have leash laws; and some require a certain length leash – no more than 5 or 6 feet. Also, know the states’ laws for tie outs. Some states have outlawed tying out dogs unless they are supervised. Also, you need to ensure that if you do tie your dog out that the tie out is strong enough to hold the dog, especially if you are in a campground.

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Stop by CCRV to look at floor plans and RV accessories that would be perfect for you and your furry friends. Be sure to take size and number of pets into consideration when you are looking at certain models.

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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When you’re looking for a fall RV destination that doesn’t involve a cross-country road trip, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park should be on your travel radar. The park includes four breathtaking Spanish colonial missions — San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada — that are all open for your exploration.

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park has been preserved to teach visitors about the people of South Texas who sought survival in missions as attacks, disease and drought threatened their lives. It was in the missions at this national park that their traditional lives, religion and culture changed.

Things To See and Do

It’s hard to summarize all there is to see and do at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, but you should plan your stay for at least a half day if possible. Guided tours of the missions, demonstrations, native natural habitats, trails and movies are just a handful of the many indoor and outdoor sites there are to enjoy.

The four churches within the park are active parishes, and if you time your visit correctly, you could enjoy a Catholic service within their historic walls.

Plan Your Visit

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park is located in San Antonio, and all of the missions are connected by urban roadways. Drive along the Mission Riverwalk from downtown to Mission Espada, then you can continue north along the roadways to the various other missions.

The park is open all year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and January 1. The park is completely free to visitors, and reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Educational groups, youth groups and large adult groups are expected to make reservations, so the park staff can prepare.

Start Your Fall Excursion With Us

Fall is the perfect time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historic Park with milder temperatures and substantially milder crowds. Start your RV road trip right here at CCRV — your local south Texas RV dealer — and we’ll take care of all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales and services to parts, camping supplies and so much more.

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Keep an Eye on Your RV’s Slide-Out

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Though RV slide-outs generally work without fail or issue and don’t really need any specific maintenance, it’s always a smart idea to keep an eye on any slides that your RV possesses. Every time you take your RV out of storage, set up your camp, or pack up for the road, make it a point to watch your slide-outs as they extend or retract. If you do this, you’ll be sure to catch any abnormalities before they become huge problem areas that require lots of money and effort to fix.

Hydraulic or Electric?

Slide-outs are powered by one of two methods: hydraulic cylinder or electric mechanism. You can find out which kind of slide-out your RV has by checking your owner’s manual or consulting with a trained technician. Regardless of your RV’s method of extending its slide-outs, you can encounter problems.

For hydraulic cylinders, makes sure that the hydraulic fluids are topped off now and then and that they are wiped down if dirty. Don’t power wash a hydraulic cylinder, as this can cause damage.

If you have an electric mechanism, make sure that the gears don’t have any embedded foreign objects that will clog the ability for it to extend and retract the slide-out.

Check the Seals

Both types of slide-outs are going to have a rubber seal that allows the slide-out to extend. This rubber seal may be the perfect solution for a flexible and extendable exterior, but it can be prone to damage from wear and tear. To keep wind and moisture out of your RV’s interior, it is vital that this rubber seal is maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Try applying a seal protectant to extend the life of your rubber seals. When inspecting your slide-out, always be sure to include the rubber seal as part of your visual inspection. Look for dry, cracked, and brittle areas: all signs that your rubber seal will need some work soon.

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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. If you’re having technical issues with your rig’s slide-out, stop by our service department and get the help you need.

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The Best Hikes Near Houston

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If you’re looking for your next destination in your RV and you’re starting out in Corpus Christi, consider going to the Houston area. It’s perfect as an end of summer destination since it’s so close by. If you’d prefer to avoid the big city though, Houston has got some pretty great natural areas near it and all of them make for a great hike. If you really like one of the parks, most have campgrounds so that you can stay overnight in your RV and make another day out of it.

Sam Houston National Forest

Sam Houston National Forest is massive. Covering 163000 acres, you can easily spend days exploring it. With the 128 mile Lone Star Hiking Trail, adventurous RVers can do just that. Pack your gear, lace up your hiking boots, and lock the door behind you: hiking the entirety of the trail is going to take a while, but it’s a great accomplishment if you can manage it.

Stephen F. Austin State Park

Just 50 miles from Houston, Stephen F. Austin State Park isn’t just a cool place to hike: it’s also the site of Texas’s first American colony. Before it became a country or state, Texas was part of Mexico, but Stephen F. Austin contracted with the Mexican government to settle 300 colonists from America in Texas. There are some remnants of this first colony still there along the shores of the Brazos River. Hike the park’s 12 acres with it’s 6 mile trail.

Big Thicket

Extremely biodiverse, Big Thicket is home to over 100 species of trees and 1000 species of flowering plants and ferns. The dense forest is also home to tons of wildlife. There are established hiking trails that allow you to navigate the thick foliage and see the area in its natural splendor. It’s about 90 miles outside of Houston and it’s more than worth the trip.

Galveston Island State Park

If you want to pass right through Houston, you’ll find Galveston on the other side. This swinging coastal town has also got a great natural area that’s so untouched you’d be surprised there’s human development anywhere in the immediate area. With 2000 acres, it’s easy to lose sight of anything manmade as you explore the sand dunes, wetlands, coastal prairies, and forests.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV in Corpus Christi for all of the latest and greatest RV supplies before you hit the road this camping season.

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Try This Easy Pasta Salad

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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.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) bowtie noodles 12
  • 1 can roasted corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Optional: queso fresco cheese, fresh lime
Dressing
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. To prepare the dressing, add all of the ingredients to a blender or food processor and pulse until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste. If making this ahead of time, store in the fridge.
  2. Prepare the noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water for about 30 seconds. Drain well.
  3. Toss with a few tablespoons of the prepared dressing (make it while the pasta is cooking) and place in the fridge to chill.
  4. Drain the roasted corn. Drain and rinse the black beans.
  5. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Remove the skin and pit of the avocado and chop. Coarsely chop the cilantro.
  6. Toss all the salad ingredients together.
  7. Toss with the salad dressing and enjoy if desired with crumbled queso fresco and a squeeze of fresh lime.

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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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The Top 3 Fishing Spots Around Corpus Christi

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Summer is the perfect time to go fishing in your RV. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find some of the best fishing spots in the state. These three unbeatable fishing destinations are right here in Corpus Christi, so grab your fishing pole and start casting your line and reeling ’em in.

Aransas Bay

The gorgeous Gulf of Mexico is more than a place for cooling down on hot summer days. The Gulf offers a selection of reefs, barrier islands, flats and marshes that are ideal for catching fish. The Aransas Bay marshes are some of the best places to cast a line from your boat or fishing kayak. They’re hotspots for catching redfish, flounder, trout, red snapper, marlin, shark, tuna and other species.

Lake Corpus Christi

Lake Corpus Christi is a scenic place to park your RV and enjoy some of the state’s best fishing just steps away. Bring your boat or cast a line from the shore, and you’re likely to reel in largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, a variety of catfish, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and a long list of other fish species. Lake maps are available at the state park office, and local fishing maps can be found at most bait stores, so you don’t have to be an expert on the area before you arrive.

Choke Canyon Reservoir

If you’re interested in catching loads of largemouth bass and catfish, head to the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The Choke Canyon State Park offers boat launch facilities and camping accommodations, so you can enjoy easy access to the fish-filled waters. The area’s large amount of submerged vegetation and rocky shorelines make it a hotspot for bass in excess of 10 pounds.

Start Your Summer at CCRV

CCRV is your one-stop summer RV shop with everything from new and used RVs, to RV service, parts and even a wide selection of camping supplies. Stop in and see us before you hit the road for National Go Fishing Day.

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Visit the Best Small Towns in Texas

If you’re RVing through Texas this summer, don’t forget to stop in at some of Texas’s best small towns. While Texas is famous for its hundreds upon hundreds of small towns, these ones really stand out and deserve their spot in the Lone Star State. Stop in, enjoy the local culture, then move on to the next town on your itinerary!

Marfa

Located in the deserts of West Texas, Marfa has been a haven for artists for decades. It hosts numerous art galleries and art installations, including the famous Prada sculpture. The town is also home to many fine dining restaurants, the enigmatic natural phenomenon known as the Marfa Lights, which can be seen at night, and several eccentric motels that might be fun to spend a night in even if you’ve traveled there in your RV.

Fredericksburg

One of the the Hill Country’s most prominent and well known towns, Fredericksburg has preserved its German settler heritage, celebrating it through local wineries, architecture, food, crafts, culture, and more. It has an annual Oktoberfest celebration that’s second to none in the area – if you go this summer, makes plans to head back come October. The surrounding area also has numerous outdoor areas to explore, including Enchanted Rock, a massive bald dome of granite suitable for hiking, climbing, and exploration.

Lockhart

Looking to cut to the chase? You know what we mean: BBQ. If you’re looking for a town that’s all about Texas BBQ, Lockhart is your destination. There are four legendary BBQ joints in town (Black’s Barebecue, Chisholm Trrail Barbecue, Smitty’s Market, and Kreuz Market) and it’s why Lockhart is world famous for BBQ connoisseurs. Make sure to give yourself enough time to visit all four, because each one is as good as the last.

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Corpus Christi is also a great place to visit. If you’re heading to Corpus Christi, stop by CCRV once you get here. And if you live in Corpus Christi, don’t forget to stop in before you hit the road to any destination, including those small Texan towns. 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. Not looking for your next RV just yet? Stop in at CCRV before you leave to shop for parts and accessories.

What’s your favorite town in Texas? Let us know!

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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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