Thanksgiving Dinner in Your RV

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Taking a trip in your RV over the holidays doesn’t mean you need to skip Thanksgiving dinner or eat it at a dingy roadside restaurant. Although the space may be a little tighter than at home, you’ve got all of the tools you need to cook a lavish meal right there in your motor home. It doesn’t have to be stressful either; get the whole family involved and let the great outdoors provide a backdrop for your best Thanksgiving yet.

The Turkey

Although a turkey may seem way too large to cook in your RV’s oven, there are a few alternative routes you can take to ensure the Thanksgiving turkey makes it to the table. You can always deep fry or grill your turkey, but this means you’re forced to bring a grill and turkey fryer with you. The best alternative to carrying around extra cargo is to buy turkey breasts instead of a full turkey. Bake them in your RV’s oven for that traditional baked Thanksgiving turkey taste.

Grocery Shopping

It may seem obvious to stock your RV’s fridge with all of the supplies for Thanksgiving dinner before you hit the road, but if you’ve got a few days in the vehicle before the holiday, early shopping isn’t such a great idea. If you’re headed to an area that will have grocery stores nearby, stop at one near your destination. Frozen pies can thaw and fresh breads can go stale after days of travel.

Use All of Your Options

It seems like most Thanksgiving dinner fixings are cooked in the oven, but this is where you need to get creative. Choose side dishes that can be successfully cooked on the stove, in the microwave or even in a crockpot if you travel with one. If you have an outdoor kitchen, use it in addition to your interior RV kitchen, and don’t be afraid to buy a couple of fresh dishes from the supermarket’s deli if you’re short on cooking space.

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Top 5 Fall Road Trip Destinations Along the Gulf Coast

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When the temperatures start to drop, there’s no better place to escape than the Gulf Coast. The pristine white sand, emerald-colored waters and postcard-worthy scenery somehow sweep the fall and winter blues away.

Next time you’re looking to get away from the often overwhelming season of fall, escape to one of these top five gulf coast road trip destinations.

Orange Beach, Alabama

Orange Beach is a little more off the beaten path than most Gulf Coast destinations, especially in fall. Cooler temperatures and mild fall crowds make it the ideal destination for families seeking a little more beach time after the summer months have passed. Uncrowded beaches, sailing charters, fishing charters, family-friendly restaurants, Sharky’s Family Adventure Park and a long list of other activities await those who visit.

Perdido Key, Florida

Florida’s Gulf Coast keys aren’t as popular as its southerly ones, and that’s what makes them so special. Perdido Key is a secluded beach destination waiting for travelers seeking a peaceful and scenic getaway from the usual stresses of life. Golfers will also fall in love with the esteemed Perdido Bay Golf Club and Lost Key Golf Club courses.

Galveston Island State park, Texas

Galveston Island State Park feels thousands of miles away from it all, yet it’s only a short drive from the exciting day and nightlife of Galveston. The 2,000-acre park offers undeveloped beaches that are ideal for fishing, picnicking, birdwatching, swimming, camping and just about every beach-related outdoor activity you can imagine.

Pensacola Beach, Florida

When you’re looking for calm, turquoise waters and beaches that look like they popped out of a magazine, there’s no better escape than Pensacola Beach. Step away from the sand, and you’ll find the Portofino Boardwalk, which is loaded with fun shops and restaurants. Other Pensacola activities include taking paddle boarding lessons, exploring nearby Casino Beach, attending the National Museum of Naval Aviation and snapping photos from the famous Pensacola Pier.

Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas, a small town on Mustang Island, is one of the Texas coast’s longest barrier islands. The area is known for it’s endless opportunities to enjoy water sports, including fishing, paddle boarding, surfing and more. However, Port Aransas offers plenty to do when you’re not on the sand too. It’s known for a number of endangered birds that winter at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and nearby hiking and biking trails that let you experience the island from a different viewpoint.

Port Aransas is a place to uncover your adventurous and more natural side by getting out and exploring the Gulf Coast environment in a more hands-on way.

Stop and See Us at CCRV

All of these awesome Gulf Coast destinations are just waiting for you to take a road trip. Find your dream RV right here at CCRV. Before you hit the road this fall, remember to stop in and see an RV tech at CCRV so that you’re road trip ready.

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Tasty Campfire Recipes

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Some of the most enjoyable moments of camping are those spent by the warmth of a campfire at night. In addition to keeping you and your fellow campers warm, your campfire can double as a convenient outdoor kitchen. Forget about dirtying the inside of your RV on your next RV trip and test out these unbelievably delicious campfire recipes.

Campfire Chicken and Potatoes

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 4 small potatoes (cubed)
  • 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Cooking instructions:

  1. Combine the chicken, mushrooms, onion, peppers, garlic and potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the lemon juice and olive oil and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between four sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, then top each with another sheet of foil. Roll up the edges of the foil to create four packets.
  4. Wrap each packet in one more sheet of tin foil, so they’re all double wrapped.
  5. Cook the packets in the hot coals of the campfire until the chicken is fully cooked and the potatoes are tender (roughly 40 minutes).

Campfire Skillet Breakfast

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 4 cups potatoes (cubed)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the bacon until crisp in a skillet over the warm coals of your campfire.
  2. Take the bacon out of the skillet and set it aside, leaving some of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  3. Cook the onion and potatoes in the skillet with the bacon fat. Cover the skillet and continue cooking until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Crumble the bacon into the skillet and stir in the eggs. Cover the entire mixture and heat for roughly 2 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

Start Your Camping Trip at CCRV

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Decorating your RV for Halloween

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One of the great joys of RVing is enjoying some of the holidays on the road. If you will be on the road this Halloween, there is no reason to miss out on the fun of the season. Many campgrounds and parks have special Halloween parties, organize trick-or-treating for the kids, or have fall festivals and dances.

A simple online check will also reveal area haunted houses, hayrides, and other festivities.

Part of the fun is decorating your RV for Halloween and it need not be difficult or expensive. Here are some simple tips to decorating your RV this Halloween from CCRV:

  • Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! Pumpkins are inexpensive and available everywhere this time of year. Strategically placing pumpkins around and in your RV can have a very festive effect. You can choose to leave them as they are, use a magic marker to decorate them with faces, or take the time to carve out Jack-o-lanterns. Use a glow stick to illuminate them and you are on your way!
  • Bales of Hay. Your campground may be able to direct you where you may be able to get some inexpensive bales of hay. You can spread the hay around, or use the bales to build rustic tables and chairs. Just sitting around on bales of hay can help create a harvest atmosphere.
  • Cornstalks and dried corn. You probably can find these at local farmer’s markets. Corn stalks and dried ears of corn can create terrific Halloween decorations. Use them for centerpieces, at the corners of your RV, or use entire stalks tied together in tee-pee fashion around your lot.
  • Halloween Lights. Inexpensive decorative lights are now made for just about every holiday including Halloween. String them up around the outside of your RV, the picnic table, or even on close by shrubbery.
  • Plates, Cups, Napkins, and Tablecloths. Orange and black accent items and decorations are easy to find at department and dollar type stores and can make a big impact for those fall parties.

Visit CCRV

If you are in search of a South Texas RV dealer, come on down to CCRV in Corpus Christi. We’ll be more than happy to show you the 2018 models that we have in stock. You’ll also find some amazing deals on our remaining 2017 models. Have a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at CCRV!

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Safety Tips for RVing with Kids

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Camping on your family RV vacation is one of the main reasons you buy or rent an RV in the first place, so you can hit the road for a weekend and not have to worry about hotels, motels, or what to do each day. All you need is a camping spot and camping supplies. However, there are still a number of things you have to look out for, especially when you have kids. Follow some of the tips listed below when it comes to educating your kids about being safe on all your future RV camping excursions.

Be Wary of Strangers You Encounter

There are two types of RV campgrounds: public and private. The public campgrounds are usually very inexpensive and allow just about anyone to stay in them. While most of these campgrounds and the people in them are wonderful, wholesome people like you and your family, there are some people out there who are not to be trusted. You need to tell your kids to not go into any stranger’s RV, van, or car without you there and to not follow them into the woods alone. This is not meant to scare them, but it is the unfortunate truth in this day and age.

Always Carry GPS When Entering the Wilderness

While it’s usually not a good idea to let your kids wander off into the woods alone or without an adult when you are RV camping, it might happen every now and then. Make sure they know to take some sort of GPS device with them, so that if they do get lost, they can find their way back to the campsite or you can find them through the device itself. This is integral for their safety, or anyone’s safety for that matter, who is going off into the wilderness.

Teach Kids How to Hook Up the RV

Most campgrounds will have electrical and plumbing hookups for the RV in the campground space you have rented. Teach your kids how to hook up both the electrical and plumbing lines, so that they can not only help you but know if something is going wrong at the campsite, so that it doesn’t hurt the RV or cause an expensive problem.

Cleanliness While Camping

Due to the fact that many campgrounds are out in the wilderness, it is important you teach your kids to be clean and pick up food and other items when they are out camping. Not only is this good for the environment, but leaving food and trash behind draws flies and predatory animals, which could harm you and your family or at least negatively effect your overall RV camping experience.

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If you’re in need of some new camping supplies this fall, don’t forget to shop with us at CCRV in South Texas. We’re your one-stop shop for new or used RV sales, service, parts, accessories and so much more.

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Fall Destinations Throughout Texas

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Summer may be the busy season for Texas travel, but fall boasts some of the best temperatures for RV living throughout the state’s many destinations. With the State Fair of Texas, University of Texas football games and scenic parks with leaves changing colors, you’ll never get bored when touring Texas in your RV.

The State Fair of Texas — Dallas

The anticipated State Fair of Texas is the perfect way to kick off the fall camping season. The fair starts on Sept. 29 and extends through Oct. 22 with tons of live music, livestock shows, a 2017 auto show, exciting rides, creative arts and tons of other activities for kids and adults alike. And if you’re up for a college football game, the Texas and Oklahoma game is held at the Texas State Fair every year.

Take in the Sights — Austin

Austin is one of Texas’ favorite cities with incredible dining options, gorgeous autumn scenery, University of Texas football games, amazing live music and plenty of exciting city sites. The Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and Texas Book Festival are just a few of the many fall events that take place in beautiful Austin, Texas.

Lost Maples State Park — Vanderpool

The breathtaking fall foliage doesn’t get much better than at Lost Maples State Park in Vanderpool. Because of Texas’ more mild fall temperatures, the maple trees don’t tend to change colors until mid October. And while most other parts of Texas are less crowded than the summer season, Lost Maples becomes a hot spot for tourists seeking unbelievable fall scenery. Because the park gets crowded during late fall, it’s recommended that you make campsite reservations ahead of time.

Start Your Fall Travels at CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this fall? There’s no better place to start your RV lifestyle than at CCRV — your No. 1 South Texas RV dealer. With everything from simple camping supplies to RV parts, maintenance and sales, we’ve got all of your Texas RV needs covered under one roof.

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What to See and Do in Corpus Christi

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Corpus Christi is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Texas and traveling in an RV will make it even more enjoyable. If you are in the market for a new or used RV, a visit to CCRV, located in Corpus Christi, will get you on the road in comfort with your choice of travel accommodations to enjoy the many local and nearby attractions Corpus Christi has to offer.

Attractions around Corpus Christi

The Gulf beaches are, by far, one of the premier attractions for vacationers. Miles of pristine beach provide for a day of swimming, surfing, fishing, or boating. If you prefer staying dry, visit the Texas State Aquarium to get a glimpse at thousands of aquatic creatures that make the Gulf their home or learn about the history of seafarers at the Texas Maritime Museum in nearby Rockport. Just a short drive from Corpus Christi in Ingleside is the Dolphin Connection excursion where you go out on a boat and get up-close to these intelligent sea creatures.

For a leisurely afternoon, the South Texas Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is a visual wonder with its butterfly house, orchids, and native flowers. The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay gives visitors the opportunity to interact with the flight simulator and virtual battle stations for eye-opening adventures. At Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Padre Island State Park or Mustang Island State Park, camp, fish, swim, and hike these beautiful acres filled with birds and wildlife wildlife or drop a line at Lake Corpus Christi and catch your evening meal.

Once you have settled in at your choice of RV park, it is easy to make your way around Corpus Christi with its trolley system that runs downtown, bike and moped rentals, as well as a bus transit system.

Visit CCRV

Before starting your vacation, be sure to make a stop at CCRV for a service check for your existing RV or check out their inventory of Redwood travel trailers, Starcraft popups, Forest River toy haulers, and Palomino fifth wheels to see how enjoyable your vacation can be in your home away from home.

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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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If you’re in need of some new camping supplies this fall, don’t forget to shop with us at CCRV in South Texas. We’re your one-stop shop for new or used RV sales, service, parts, accessories and so much more.

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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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