Spring Break in Key Largo

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There’s something about heading to a tropical paradise that makes spring break so much sweeter. But you don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to see towering palm trees and turquoise waters this spring. Key Largo, the first island in Florida’s Keys, is easy to access, full of RV parks and the perfect place to enjoy an array of warm-weather outdoor activities. Whether you’re into fishing, paddle-boarding, beach-combing, boating, kayaking, bird watching or shopping, you’ll find exactly what you’re seeking in Key Largo.

A Close-By Tropical Paradise

It’s hard to believe that Key Largo has remained so affordable and uncrowded with such gorgeous surroundings. RV enthusiasts can park their RVs for the weekend and enjoy dolphin encounters, world-class diving and snorkeling, eco-tours, incredible fishing, golfing, breathtaking beaches, an array of dining options, spa treatments, parasailing and just about every activity you’d expect in much more expensive tropical destinations. Easy access to other islands, like nearby Islamorada, opens up an even bigger array of activities and tropical sights.

You Won’t Want to Leave the Campground

The Keys offer endless amounts of fun away from your campsite, but it may be tough to leave the campground when you have beaches, pools, hiking trails, bocce ball courts and tons of other amenities on site. The Key Largo Kampground and Marina offers RV enthusiasts water access, 40 acres of tropical foliage, two convenient beaches, a swimming pool, free WiFi and tons of on-site activities to keep you and your fellow campers busy from sun up to well beyond sun down.

A Perfect Place to Unwind

Key Largo is known for its laid-back atmosphere that immediately relaxes everyone who visits. There’s no better place to kick back at one of countless waterfront restaurants to enjoy live music, delicious seafood and tropical drinks. If you’re looking to let loose this spring break, Key Largo is ready to help you unwind.

Start at CCRV

Before you make the road trip to Florida this spring break, stop in and see us CCRV in Corpus Christi. We have all of the RV parts, accessories and camping supplies you need to enjoy the best spring break ever.

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Start the Day with a Breakfast Casserole

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While you may be trying to eat better and cut back on calories, sometimes it’s good to have a cheat day. For those of you not worried about such things, all we have to say is that this is one delicious and savory breakfast casserole. Be warned, however: this will fill you up well, but it may do that so well that instead of going on a hike afterwards, you’ll just crawl back into your cot to digest!

One thing’s for sure; you don’t need much in your RV to make it and it doesn’t take long at all to prepare. It’ll also satisfy the hungriest of travel companions, including teenagers.

Crunchy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. bacon
  • 1 (30-32 oz) bag of frozen tater tots
  • 1 (1 oz) package of Ranch dressing mix
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a large skillet, cook bacon. Chop cooked bacon into pieces.

In a large bowl, toss together tater tots, cooked bacon, and cheeses. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan.

Whisk together eggs, Ranch mix and milk. Pour over tater tot mixture (cover and refrigerate at this point if baking later).

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, or until eggs are set.

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Stargazing Tips for the Road

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One of the best parts of the camping lifestyle is gazing at the stars from all of the breathtaking places you visit across the country. And knowing what you’re looking at makes it even more enjoyable. The following are a few tips to help make your nights in the wilderness, looking at the sky, even more enjoyable.

Visit a Dark Sky Park

Where you are matters a lot when looking at the stars, and Dark Sky Parks are some of the best places in the world to admire them. Dark Sky Parks are parks or public lands around the world with exceptionally starry skies. They are places where the nighttime environment is carefully protected for stargazers. Log onto the International Dark Sky Association website to locate a park you can visit on your next road trip.

Use Your Technology

Don’t let your technology keep you inside at night, but the internet is a great way to locate a stargazing chart. Print out an easy-to-use, daily chart (like the ones at EarthSky.org) for your first adventures. As your stargazing skills advance, you can purchase more complicated charts at outdoors or science-related stores.

Pay Attention to Patterns

Patterns in the stars become noticeable when you gaze at them for a while. You can easily learn the constellations by paying close attention to patterns and the other patterns that are nearby. Start with the stars and patterns you know and advance to new ones as they become easier to identify. Look for straight lines, curves and triangle shapes in the stars.

Stargaze Often

Like most things, the only way to get better at stargazing is to practice. Head outside to watch the sky as often as possible, and you’ll notice your stargazing skills improving immediately.

Visit CCRV

The RV lifestyle is one that takes you to the most remote and beautiful places, and those are the best places for stargazing. Start your new camping lifestyle by visiting us at CCRV to tour any model or floorplan in the inventory and find your dream RV today.

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Enjoy a Sweet Cherry Treat

Homemade pie stuffed with cherries

It’s National Cherry Month. If you want to celebrate that (and why wouldn’t you?) here’s a great recipe that’s easy to make and delicious to eat. If you’ve got a bit of time to spend in your RV’s kitchen, whip these up and offer them to your family, travel companions, or RV park neighbors (or just keep them to yourself!).

Cherry Pie Bars

Ingredients

(for the bars)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 (21 oz.) cans cherry pie filling

(For the glaze)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Gradually add flour.

Spread 3 cups dough into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread with pie filling.

Drop remaining dough by teaspoonfuls over filling. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, extracts and enough milk to reach desired consistency; drizzle over top.

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Helpful Apps for RV Travel

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While you may just want to turn your phone off and enjoy the serenity of nature when you’re traveling in your RV, there are a variety of apps that can not only help you reach your destination quickly and safely, but they can help you get more out of your time at your destination too.

Oh Ranger! Park Finder

RV travelers who seek getaways in national, state and local parks will love the Oh Ranger! Park Finder app. Simply enter the city and state you’ll be visiting, and this free application will locate all of the area’s nearby parks. The app will also include the park’s amenities and the activities that are available, so you can choose your destination based on what you enjoy.

All Stays Truck and Travel

Google Maps can certainly show you the quickest route to your destination, but what it doesn’t tell RV travelers is where their big rigs won’t fit. The All Stays Truck and Travel app warns drivers of low clearance areas, convenient truck stops and travel centers for large RVs and tons of other information to help you get your RV to your destination without any hiccups.

RoadNinja

Looking for something a little different than McDonald’s for lunch? The Road Ninja app can help you locate restaurants, hotels, pharmacies, grocery stores, roadside attractions and gas stations near your current location, so you can enjoy a little more variety on your next road trip.

GPS CoPilot

Google Maps and other free GPS applications can guide you to your destination when you have excellent cellphone service, but what about those times when you have no service at all? The GPS CoPIlot app provides offline maps for those times you can’t find cell service — in remote areas or even other countries. The initial app is free, but if you want maps for foreign countries or turn-by-turn navigation, you may pay an additional fee.

Upgrade Your RV

Are you looking to upgrade your RV this camping season? Cruise down to CCRV — your South Texas RV dealer — and we’ll help you find a motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up camper to make this RV season the best one yet.

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National Soup Month Recipe for Your RV

Chowder with Shrimp

January is National Soup Month, and there’s no better way to warm up on cool winter nights than with a hearty bowl of soup. This hearty and delicious shrimp and corn chowder is guaranteed to warm and wow everyone at your dinner table.

Corn and Shrimp Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 3 medium carrots (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 2 packages frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 3/4 pounds medium shrimp
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • Fresh thyme leaves chopped for garnish

Cooking instructions:

  1. In a large sauce pot, melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the celery, carrots, and onion, and cook until all of the vegetables are tender. Stir often.
  3. Set 1 1/2 cups of corn aside, and add the remainder to the pot.
  4. Stir in the chicken broth, thyme, pepper, sugar, and salt, and add 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring the entire combination to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat, and allow your soup to simmer for roughly 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  7. Shell and devein roughly 20 shrimp, and set them aside for a garnish.
  8. Shell and devein all of the remaining shrimp, and cut them in half.
  9. In a 2-quart saucepan, boil roughly 2 inches of water. Stir in the 20 garnish shrimp, and continue heating until boiling. Reduce heat, and cook on low for roughly 1 minute. Drain the water, and keep the shrimp warm.
  10. In a blender, puree small batches of the soup until each batch is smooth.
  11. Return all of the soup to the large sauce pot, and stir in the half and half.
  12. When the soup is hot, stir in the sliced shrimp and allow the soup to cook on medium heat for roughly five more minutes.
  13. Separate the chowder into 10 bowls, and garnish them with fresh thyme and two whole shrimp.

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Winter is one of our favorite RV seasons here at CCRV in Corpus Christi. Don’t forget to stop in and see us this January for all of your winter and spring RV needs.

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Road Friendly Hobbies for the RVer

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January is National Hobby Month, and there’s no greater hobby than that of RV travel. However, the RV lifestyle can be paired with a long list of other hobbies to make every day in the great outdoors an exceptional one. The following are four hobbies that will work well with your life on the road.

Hiking 

Hiking is an outdoor hobby that’s ideal for all levels of athletes, from beginners to expert adventurers. It’s an activity that will encourage you to get outside and explore each place you visit. Start with short, flat trails and advance to more uneven trails and hills that will help you burn calories and stay fit on the road.

Learning a New Language

Convinced you need to go to school to learn a new language? Your RV can be your very own language school on wheels. There are a number of esteemed audio programs on the market to help you learn a new language, so you and your entire family can hone a new skill while cruising down the road or lounging at the campsite.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a somewhat new outdoors activity that has expanded to nearly all parts of the world. Wherever you travel, you can engage in unique scavenger hunts that guide you to special caches, or treasures. Geocaching is fun for kids and adults, so it’s an activity you can enjoy alone or with your entire family.

Blogging

Blogging is more than a way to keep track of your travels and inform your friends of where you’ve been. It’s a hobby that can even help you earn a living on the road. Choose a special niche, such as four-season RV travel or traveling in an RV with kids, and you may find yourself with a long list of followers, and ultimately, paid sponsors or advertisers.

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The 2017 National Parks Bucket List

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America’s national parks system is often regarded as our country’s best invention. And if you’ve visited a number of national parks across the country, there’s no doubt you’ll agree. America is home to 59 national parks and hundreds of other protected national lands, historic sites and monuments. The following are just a few of the many that should be on your travel bucket list for 2017.

Grand Canyon National Park

If you’ve never seen the majesty of Grand Canyon National Park in person, 2017 is the year to visit. The awe-inspiring, world-famous canyon that drops 5,200-feet deep to the Colorado River is known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and most visitors don’t argue with that fact. The park welcomes roughly 5 million visitors each year, so make your camping reservations ahead of time to ensure yourself a spot in the busy spring, summer and fall seasons.

Acadia National Park

America’s western states receive most of the praise for stunning national parks, but those who are in the know are aware that the East Coast offers some of America’s top natural beauty. Maine’s Acadia National Park offers 47,000 acres of mountains, coastline and a well-established trail system. Acadia is the oldest park east of the Mississippi, and the ancient land is home to some of the best hiking on this side of the U.S.

Glacier National Park

Montana’s Glacier National Park is known as one of the best in the U.S., for its snow-capped mountain peaks, crystal clear lakes and the glaciers that inspired its name. The best time to visit Glacier National Park is now, because only 25 of the 150 glaciers that existed in 1850 remain. All of the park’s glaciers are expected to be gone by 2030. Travelers visiting the park enjoy utter seclusion, stunning views and enough trails to occupy years of adventure.

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Tips for Snowbirding in Your RV

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Just because winter is coming on doesn’t mean you have to pack up your RV. Whether you’re a first time snowbirder or a seasoned veteran, these simple snowbirding tips will help you enjoy the best winter of RVing yet.

Check Your Propane Tank in Seconds

Toting around a propane tank without a gauge? Determining your propane level may be easier than you think. Simply pour a cup of hot water on one side of the tank, then run your hand along the side of it to feel where the temperature turns from hot or cold. The level of your tank is where you feel the temperature change.

Create Your Own Memory Cards

It may seem obvious that you need to put down your antenna and disconnect the sewer hose before leaving the campsite, but you might be surprised how easy some tasks are to forget. Hang small signs around your RV to remind you to disconnect, turn off or stow certain items. Don’t forget to create a checklist for setting up and taking down your RV, and be sure to use it every time you arrive at or leave a campsite.

Stick Your Seat Cushions Down

The snowbird season means you’ll be spending a lot of time outside at the RV park enjoying the warm temperatures on your outdoor RV furniture, but keeping the cushions in place can seem impossible. Use the same non-skid liners you use in your cabinets and drawers to help your outdoor (and indoor) cushions stick to your furniture. This can be especially handy on windy days at the RV park.

Start Your Snowbird Season at CCRV

CCRV, located in Corpus Christi (which is a great snowbird destination by the way!), is your one-stop shop for everything you need this snowbird season. Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV or a few new parts and camping supplies, our qualified staff is here to ensure you enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible.

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Easy Chocolate Cake for the Holidays

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This easy-to-make chocolate cake recipe will wow your friends and family this holiday and convince them that you’ve been in the kitchen baking all day.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Your favorite chocolate frosting

Baking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Stir the sugar, flour, baking powder, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla and mix for roughly 2 minutes with a mixer on medium speed.
  4. Stir the boiling water into the mixture last. The batter should be thin.
  5. Bake the cake for roughly 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven. Insert a toothpick into the cake. The cake is finished cooking when the toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool the cake pans for 10 minutes, then remove the cakes and place them on a wire rack to cool fully.
  7. Once cool, frost one cake with your favorite chocolate frosting, then place the other cake on top and frost them both.
  8. Allow the frosting to harden slightly, then slice and enjoy.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at CCRV when you’re cruising throughout the country in your RV this December. We’re stocked with all of the latest and greatest RV parts and camping supplies to help you enjoy your RVing to its fullest.

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