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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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).

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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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Seeing the Stars from Your RV

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The RV lifestyle is all about spending time in the great outdoors, and that means at night too. Stargazing is one of the best activities you can do at night from the campground, and it’s easy to become a stargazer without any previous experience. Follow these simple tips to finding and enjoying the best stargazing spots around America.

Head to a Dark Sky Park

America is littered with parks that are known for their dark skies and bright stars. These parks, known as International Dark Sky Parks, are known for their exceptionally starry skies, low light pollution and preservation of the starry nighttime environment. Find a Dark Sky Park near you by logging onto the DarkSky.org website, and you’ll be amazed by the stargazing you find in your RV.

Print a Chart

Log online and print an easy-to-use stargazing chart to help with your beginner stargazing adventures. As you advance your stargazing skills, head to a science store or log onto the EarthSky.org website to purchase a planisphere or astronomy kit.

Search for Patterns

All stargazers started as novices. One of the best ways to advance your skills is to search for patterns among the stars. Start by searching for triangles, straight lines and curves. Once you identify the same constellations numerous times, begin searching for new ones.

Go Often

There’s no better way to advance your stargazing skills than to fire up your RV and go stargazing often. If you can’t make it to a Dark Sky Park every time you want to gaze, most state and national parks offer impressive stargazing because of their limited light pollution. Be patient about your stargazing, and keep in mind that becoming an expert stargazer takes a lot of practice.

Start Your Adventure Here

There’s no better place to start your stargazing adventure than right here at CCRV in Corpus Christi. We offer only the highest-quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels for unbeatable prices, so you can start your adventure today.

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Taking Care of Laundry While on the Road

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If you love embarking on month long journeys across the open roads, you may have already run into the issue of dirty laundry. Packing a month’s worth of clean clothing will easily fill all of the storage compartments on a large Class A vehicle, so most explorers find ways to do their laundry while on the go. There are four distinct options that work for both occasional travelers and full time RVers.

Wash Them By Hand

A bucket and a washboard or clean plunger is all you need to wash your clothes by hand. If the weather is nice, you can quickly dry them on a retractable clothes line as well. However, most people don’t want to spend half an hour and a lot of effort to remove stubborn stains and dirt from their favorite shirts. This also requires you to stop somewhere long enough to dry your wet laundry. While this is the most affordable option, it is quite hard on the hands, wrists, and back.

Laundromats

The quickest option is a laundromat. They can be found throughout the country, and even most travel centers and truck stops offer a few washing machines and dryers. It will take about an hour to complete your washing tasks, but you can sit and read or check your email while waiting for two, three, or even four loads to run at once.

Camping Facilities

Most major campgrounds, even in state parks, offer a basic washing machine for visitors to use. Some also provide dryers, while others ask you to use their clotheslines. Settling down for a week or two at a campground makes it easy to stay on top of your dirty clothes without daily efforts.

RV Accessories

It is also possible to invest in a pair of small appliances to take care of the washing and drying for you. These 110 volt devices tend to only wash a few shirts at a time, but some combine drying in the same unit to save space. It is best to check out these accessories at an RV dealership, like CCRV, before ordering one because you may find it to be too bulky for a small RV. If you are convinced that you need a portable clothes washing station, consider upgrading to a larger motor home from CCRV. Look for a RV with an extra large bathroom to avoid having to listen to the washing machine as you sleep or drive.

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DIY Cleaning Tips for Your RV

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Whether you want to save some money on cleaning supplies by making your own or you just want a greener solution to getting your rig cleaned, these DIY cleaning concoctions will definitely give you more options to cleaning this spring. Plus, these products are all safer to keep around than the more chemically-inclined products at the store, a boon if you’re traveling with pets or small children.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Let’s start with the basic all-purpose cleaner, the go-to for most any job that needs a cleanup. It’s versatility is its strength. Jack of all trades, master of none. Wipe down your kitchen, dining area, dashboard, bathroom, and whatever other surface needs cleaning. You just need a few common ingredients to make a bacteria-killing, fresh-smelling cleaner.

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1/2 a lemon’s juice

Carpet Cleaner

Being in an RV means that you’re probably in and out of your rig over and over again any given day in all sorts of terrain, including dirt and mud. While you try to prevent tracking anything in with you, that’s not always a guarantee that your carpets won’t get dirty. Add to this kids and pets, and you’ll probably have some messes that need cleaning. Carpets also add bad odors as well if they’re dirty. For carpet cleaner, you just need:

  • Baking soda
  • 20-30 drops orange essential oil

Simply mix it up in an empty Parmesan cheese container and then sprinkle it over your carpet. Allow it to set for 10 or 15 minutes and then vacuum.

Glass Cleaner

Whatever the origin of those smudges on your glass, you’ll want to clean them off regularly so that you’ve got a clear view while you travel. You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

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Treat Your Family to Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars

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Looking for a sweet treat for your family and friends? Try making this delicious dessert recipe while you’re out on the road and share them around anytime you’ve got guests.

Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 2 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 18 full size grahams)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

For the cheesecake layer:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the pecan pie layer:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves, chopped

Directions

  1. Line a 13×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, pulse graham crackers with sugar until fine crumbs. Add in melted butter and pulse until combined. Press into bottom of baking dish, firmly, using the palm of your hand (or bottom of a cup). Set aside.
  3. For the cheesecake filling, beat cream cheese with sugar, eggs, and vanilla using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer. Beat until fluffy and smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Pour over graham crust. Set aside.
  4. Bake bars in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cooled, add the pecan pie layer.
  5. For the pecan pie layer, heat brown sugar, corn syrup, cream, butter and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil for 1 full minute. Remove from heat and add in vanilla and chopped pecans. Pour slowly over cheesecake layer.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight. Slice and enjoy!

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Spring Cleaning in Your RV

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Spring is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get your RV in top shape for summer. Summer RV adventures can pop up without notice, so there’s no better time to ensure you’re ready when adventure calls. Follow these simple steps to prepare your RV for another season of camping fun.

Create a Checklist

A spring cleaning checklist can help ensure you’ve covered all of the bases when preparing your RV for camping season. Make a list of items you want to stock in your RV as well as the areas that need to be cleaned and organized. Your list will help guarantee you don’t end up at the campsite without key items.

Look for Deterioration

Always check for deterioration of the interior and exterior of your RV before starting another camping season. Catching deterioration ahead of time can save you from having to perform costly repairs in the end. If you find deterioration and repair it before you hit the road, you won’t have to deal with leaks or repairs when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors.

Clean Inside and Out

You may feel like your spring cleaning is finished when you’re done washing the exterior of your RV, but the interior is just as important. Performing a deep cleaning of the interior of your RV will keep you more comfortable on the road while lengthening your RV’s lifetime too.

Check Your Equipment

Nothing is worse than hitting the road and finding that your TV antennae or solar panels aren’t functioning properly. Check all of your systems and equipment to ensure they’re in top working condition before you hit the road.

Repair Your RV Before You Hit the Road

If you find any deterioration, damage, malfunctioning equipment or other problems in your RV during your spring cleaning, bring your RV to CCRV in Corpus Christi. We’ll have your home away from home in top working condition, so you can enjoy the camping season with peace of mind.

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Best Short Hikes Big Bend has to Offer

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Big Bend National Park is packed with hiking trails, many of which can go on for multiple days of hiking. If you’d prefer hiking that’s less ambitious, Big Bend has got shorter trails that are just the thing. When you visit Big Bend in your CCRV, try one of these shorter hiking trails.

Hot Springs Historic Trail

The Hot Springs Historic Trail is a good day hike for beginner hikers and those looking for a relaxing time. It’s technically easy, well-marked, level, and only half a mile long. The end offers a treat in the dusty remains of a bathhouse. There’s a foundation and pool left with a natural geothermal hot spring still bubbling up. If you don’t mind getting your clothes wet or have a bathing suit, it’s the perfect way to rest after the hike before you head back. The trail is also right up against the Rio Grande and the swimming at the end of the trail is shallow and slow moving if you want to dip your toes in the river.

Window View Trail

Not far from the Chisos Mountain Lodge and the Chisos Basin Campground, there’s a little trail that’s a fifth of a mile long. While the trail itself is not noteworthy in any way, the view at the end is among the best in the park, especially at sunset. The mountains at the end of the trail perfectly frame the setting sun, as if through a window. The hike is so easy that you can enjoy the sunset at the end of each day you spend at Big Bend.

Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Winding through the eponymous canyon, the Santa Elena Canyon Trail is one of Big Bend’s most scenic short hikes available. It’s only 1.5 miles long, but there’s a lot of stunning scenery packed into that space. The trail is well-marked and fairly linear, so you won’t get lost. There are a few instances where you have to do some moderate climbing and the trail starts off by crossing the Terlingua Creek, which can be muddy depending on when you visit.

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Stop in at CCRV in Corpus Christi before you hit the road for Big Bend and West Texas. CCRV can make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel and can also help you get into a newer RV if it’s time to upgrade.

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The Secrets of Corpus Christi

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Whether you live in Corpus Christi or are just visiting, there’s more to the city than meets the eye. Here are some lesser known, even secret, attractions that you may not be aware of.

Whataburger!

Whataburger started making their legendary burgers in Corpus Christi back in the 1950s, which isn’t much of a secret and most any resident will tell you the same. But maybe you don’t know that there’s a statue of the founder, Harmon Dobson, on Shoreline Boulevard. You can also order from their secret menu if you know what’s on it. A few things you won’t see on the menu at the drive-thru include the Whataburger Hulk drink, grilled cheese, and chicken with pancakes.

Haunted Locales

These secrets are of the spooky variety. Corpus Christi has its fair share of ghostly residents.

The USS Lexington is a permanently docked aircraft carrier from WWII that now serves as a museum. Visitors have the option of spending the night aboard the ship in the old crew quarters. The ship is reportedly haunted by former crew members and even some later additions after the ship was decommissioned.

The Wilson Plaza was Corpus Christi’s first skyscraper and has been occupied for quite some time. It’s known to a few as being one of the most haunted places in the city. Tenants have reported feelings of being watched, glimpsing shadowy figures, and unexplained noises early in the morning and late at night.

There’s even a rumor that Selena’s spirit haunts the city. The legendary singer lived in Corpus Christi and she’s buried there. People have reported hearing singing from her gravesite around sunset on warm summer evenings and even her likeness walking along the beaches around the same time.

Visit CCRV

While CCRV is no secret, if you’ve yet to stop in and see us, you’re missing out. With great deals, friendly service, and an RV inventory large enough to find exactly what you need, CCRV is your go-to RV dealership in Corpus Christi.

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