Visiting McKinney Falls State Park

Make McKinney Falls State Park the home of your ultimate spring or summer RV getaway. The park, packed with breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic picnic spots, excellent fishing, and countless other outdoor sites, is one of the best places to cool down and relax during a hot Texas spring. Even better, the park is located in Austin, so you don’t have to venture far to feel like you’re light years away from it all.

McKinney Falls State Park is known for its scenic atmosphere that provides the perfect setting for enjoying the great outdoors. Admire Old Baldy (the more than 500-year-old cypress tree on park grounds), hit the mountain biking trails, swim in Onion Creek, catch some fresh fish for dinner, snap photos of the falls, and wander through the trails in search of wildlife sightings.

Outside the park, visitors can enjoy nearby Bastrop State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Buescher State Park, Lockhart State Park and numerous outdoor-oriented day trips.

McKinney Falls State park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The busiest tourist season lasts from March through November, and the entrance fees cost $6 per day for adults. Children under the age of 12 enjoy free admission to McKinney Falls State Park.

Campsites with water and electrical service are available at the park for $20 per night plus the daily entrance fee. Basic campsites can accommodate eight campers, and the sites include a picnic table, tent pad, water, 30-amp hookup, a lantern post, a fire ring with grill and nearby showers and restrooms. Campers can also opt for premium campsites with 50-amp service for just $24 per night plus the daily entrance fee.

Visit the Park in a New RV from CCRV

CCRV in Corpus Christi, Texas, is your one-stop shop for purchasing new and pre-owned RVs. Whether you’re searching for a luxurious travel trailer for full-time travel or something simpler for weekend excursions, we have everything you need right here at CCRV.

Spots Around Corpus Christi to Take Your RV for Valentine’s Day

You don’t have to travel far and wide to enjoy the ultimate Valentine’s Day getaway. In fact, there are plenty of romantic destinations right here in the Corpus Christi area. Fire up your RV and stay close to home at these awesome places to take your loved one for Valentine’s Day.

Mustang Island State Park

There’s nothing more romantic than escaping to a barrier island for a weekend. Mustang Island State Park offers some of the Corpus Christi area’s most stunning ocean views and wildlife watching. Choose your favorite beachfront campsite, build a small campfire in the sand and enjoy the park’s unique paddling trails, beach-combing, bird-watching and more.

Padre Island National Seashore

Looking for even more seclusion on the sand? Head to the famed Padre Island National Seashore, where you can watch baby sea turtles hatch, spot wildlife on a birding tour, explore the scenic nature trails and driving on the sand in your four-wheel-drive vehicle. The Padre Island National Seashore is the world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island, offering 70 miles of coastline, tidal flats and dunes to visitors. Best of all, you can sleep among some of America’s most impressive star-gazing skies.

Aransas Wildlife Refuge

The Aransas Wildlife Refuge is one of the places for bird and wildlife watching in the entire country. The refuge offers visitors more than 115,000 acres of land to explore, which are also the home and nesting grounds for native Texas animals and migratory birds. If you’re looking for a truly awe-inspiring day with someone you love, there’s no better place to be than spotting wildlife and wildflowers at the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. The year-round pier and picnic area is also available for visitors to relax and dine in a romantic outdoor atmosphere.

Find the Perfect Gift

Find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift right here at CCRV in Corpus Christi. Whether you’re in search of new camping supplies for your romantic getaway or a new RV to kick off another season of travel, we’re always stocked with everything you need.

Find Tranquility in Salado, Texas

If you’re looking for a slice of tranquility in your RV travels, slow down and visit the mellow town of Salado, Texas.

Salado is a quiet small Texan town that’s rich in history – if you want to catch a glimpse of Texas as it was in the early to mid 20th century, look no further than Salado. Founded in 1859, Salado found early success as an industrial and agricultural center. Salado College operated for a brief time until it closed in 1885. By 1884, Salado had grown to include 7 churches, 14 stores, 2 hotels, 2 blacksmiths, and 3 cotton gins. Unfortunately, the boom that Salado was experiencing was cut short when the railroad bypassed the town. The population went from a healthy 900 residents to just 400 by 1914 and a measly 200 by 1950.

Luckily, the population took a turn for the better and has steadily increased over the past few decades. With eighteen different sites included on the National Register of Historical Places, Salado offers a rare glimpse into the past. Places to see include the George Washington Baines House. There are also 23  Texas Historical Markers. The Chisholm Trail used to go right down Main Street. Salado Creek was the first recorded Natural Landmark in Texas in 1966.

The town took a swing for the better largely due to the famed dining room of the Stagecoach Inn, which began operating in the 1940s. As people came back, business flourished. Today, the charming town is full of shops that cater to visitors. There’s a 5000 sq. ft. boutique that sells clothing, knick knacks, and gourmet food, among other items, as well as art galleries, wineries, breweries, and delicious restaurants.

The town is also home to a vibrant creative community of artists and artisans. From pottery and paintings to woodworking and craft beers, you’ll love a peaceful stroll through the downtown area. Spend the day checking out quirky shops and then grab a bite at one of the fantastic restaurants, all of which are located among the historic buildings of a bygone time.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this winter or spring? 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.

Make Meals Ahead of Time

When you’re RVing, it’s hard to slow down and do stuff like cook a meal. Good thing that RVers have gotten inventive about reducing work when it comes to meal prep. If you want to save money, avoid eating fast food and frozen dinners, and generally enjoy your meals more, try making stuff ahead of time. It’s a tried and true method right up there with slow cooker recipes on effectiveness and ease. When you’ve got a spare moment, whether before you leave on your trip or just when you’ve got some downtime on the road, take the time to prepare some meals ahead of time so that you’ve got options when you’re feeling a bit lazy.

FREEZER BREAKFAST BURRITOS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 large green pepper diced
  • 1 roll of breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 pound of red potatoes cubed small
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pack flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fry up the bacon until crisp. Let it cool and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Fry up the breakfast sausage with the onion and green pepper. Strain the grease and let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 375℉. Toss the cubed potatoes in salt and pepper to taste and paprika. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min. Take potatoes out and flip them with a spatula. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes or until soft and browned. Let potatoes cool.
  4. Crack eggs into medium bowl and add milk. Whisk until light and fluffy. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour eggs into pan and scramble until cooked through. Remove eggs from pan and let cool.
  5. Lay one tortilla down flat. Add cheese, eggs, potatoes and meat with peppers and onions. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up then fold the right side in. Fold the top down and the left side in. Lay the burrito seam-side down on a baking sheet. Once you have completed all of the burritos, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour. Wrap each burrito in tin foil and place in a large plastic bag and store in your cooler.
  6. When you are ready to eat them you can place them into the outer coals of the campfire or on top of the fire grate.

SHRIMP BOIL FOIL PACKETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill over high heat.
  2. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Divide shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes into 4 equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.
  3. Fold up all 4 sides of each foil packet. Add olive oil, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste; gently toss to combine. Fold the sides of the foil over the shrimp, covering completely and sealing the packets closed.
  4. Place in fridge until you’re ready to make them. When ready, place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Served immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

Start Your Camping Trip at CCRV

Before you hit the roads for your next RV adventure, bring your RV to CCRV in Corpus Christi. We specializing in servicing, repairing and upgrading your RV, so you can enjoy the safest and most comfortable camping experience yet.

Destination: Tyler, the Rose Capital of Texas

Looking for your next Texas destination this winter? Look no further than Tyler, Texas, the rose capital of America. Besides Tyler’s colorful beauty, there are many attractions to be seen, especially for those traveling with small children. As such, Tyler is a great place to go if you’ve got your family along with you for the ride. From museums and wineries to wildlife preserves and parks, the Tyler area has got something to do for almost any tourist. Wait until the roses are in bloom for a spectacular display of color.

Caldwell Zoo

Tyler boasts a great zoo that’s home to over 2000 species of animals from all over the world. Sprawled across 85-acres of land, the zoo has plenty of exhibits for both local and exotic animals that mimic the natural habitat of each species. There’s even a petting zoo for younger visitors who wish to get hands on with some of the zoo’s tamer animals.

Kiepersol Estates Winery and Museum

Tyler’s climate, believe it or not, is perfect for making wine. Kiepersol Estates spans 63-acres and grows both red and white grapes. It’s one of the largest wineries in the area and certainly one of the most renowned. Even better, it’s also very welcoming to visitors. There’s a tasting room for guests that offers a scenic lookout while you sample the wines. Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of the estate and visit the museum to learn more about the winemaking process.

Chamblee’s Rose Nursery

A perfect stop to learn more about what makes Tyler the rose capital of America, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery has been in operation since 1953 and has been family owned and operated the entire time. The nursery is home to a wide variety of roses and cultivates the blooms for maximum beauty. The 200+ species of roses present at the nursery are available to see and smell and the knowledgable staff is always standing by to answer your questions. You can even take home a souvenir rose by visiting the gift shop.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this winter or spring? 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.

Why an RV Vacation is the Best Vacation

RVing is a great way to take your family on a vacation. There are many reasons why loading up the motorhome is the best way to spend your vacation. Here are the top 5 reasons why an RV vacation is the best kind of vacation:

1. Reconnect as a family

Something truly magical happens when vacationing together as a family. Bonds are formed, secrets shared, and, perhaps best of all, memories are made that last a lifetime. There is no better way to do this than traveling in an RV. Sitting by a roaring campfire and sharing stories is a far better bonding experience than lounging around a hotel room watching TV.

2. RVing saves you money

No one should have to spend tons of money just to have a good time on their vacation. It only makes economic sense to invest in an RV. With many motorhome and travel trailer options to choose from, it allows families of four or more to save an average of 57% on vacation costs over other forms of travel. Want to take your family away for the weekend? An RV mini trip will typically cost 53% less than renting a car, booking plane tickets, staying in hotels, and even eating out.

3. Comforts of home

We all long for the comforts of home when traveling. Unlike unfamiliar linens and bedding in a hotel, an RV offers all the comforts of home. Everything from your own blankets and bedding, right down to your favorite pillow. Most RVs are equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator, TVs, and even your own bathroom. With all the comforts of home readily available, why would you settle for anything less?

4. Freedom and flexibility

You are able to go almost anywhere and at any time in your RV. The freedom to plan a vacation at a moment’s notice is invaluable. You don’t have to rush to catch that flight, or call ahead to make sure a hotel has a room available. With an RV, all you really need to plan is your destination and then go!

5. Reconnect to Nature

Many outdoor enthusiasts are faced with the dilemma of where to stay when traveling. You can opt to stay in an expensive hotel or find an inhospitable location that often lacks certain comforts such as showers, bathrooms, and kitchens. If your love for the great outdoors involves hiking, fishing, or just reconnecting with nature, vacationing in an RV is just what you need to reconnect to nature without being outrageously expensive.

Visit CCRV

Before you hit the roads for your next RV adventure, bring your RV to CCRV in Corpus Christi. We specializing in servicing, repairing and upgrading your RV, so you can enjoy the safest and most comfortable camping experience yet.

Tips for Keeping Your Resolutions on the Road

It’s just a few days into the new year, but keeping those New Year’s resolutions is already becoming a lot more difficult. And maintaining resolutions can seem even tougher if you’re traveling in your RV. These simple tips are geared to help you stay on track while you’re on the road this year.

Keep Healthy Food on Hand

If your resolution was to be healthier in 2018, you may think your plans flew out the window when you hit the road in your RV. Although, eating healthy on the road is probably easier than you think. Keep healthy snacks, like fresh fruit, vegetables, and homemade sandwiches on hand, so you don’t wind up stopping at fast food restaurants or eating unhealthy gas station treats.

Use the RV Lifestyle to Your Advantage

Staying active is easy when you live the RV lifestyle. Every time you stop, you have a new destination to explore. Use your RV lifestyle as an excuse to get out and explore on foot or bike in 2018. A daily walk, run or exercise routine is far more exciting when you’re in a new environment.

Make Travel Plans Now

If your resolution was to travel more in 2018, resolve to make a travel plan today. Don’t wait any longer before you book your next RV vacation, or your next anticipated getaway could fall by the wayside. Call a campground you’ve been wanting to visit, whether near or far, and set a reservation date today. A reservation will set your travel planning in motion and force you to stay on track.

Put Your Goals on Paper

No matter what your resolution for 2018 may be, the best way to stay on track is to put your goal on paper. Research from the Dominican University of California shows that people who write their goals down are much more likely to reach them than those who simply make mental notes.

Find Inspiration at CCRV

CCRV is your one-stop RV shop right here in Corpus Christi. Whether it’s your old RV or some lingering RV repairs that are holding you back from hitting the road, we’re here to help you get back on the roads safely in 2018.

Weekend Guide to Houston

A trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Before taking any trip, it is always a good idea to make sure that your RV is in good shape. Stop by CCRV in Corpus Christi before you head to Houston for a fun-filled weekend. Once you get there, here’s what you can expect.

Museums

Many tourists enjoy visiting museums to get a feel for the local culture and see interesting attractions in the area. The Houston Museum District is a great place to start. Many people enjoy the Contemporary Art Museum, families enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston as well as the zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Health Museum, and Holocaust Museum are all popular options as well. The area is also home to various shopping and dining options, making the district a trip nearly unto itself.

Music and the Performing Arts

Other tourists enjoy seeing what the local talent has to offer. The Houston Symphony is a highly rated option for those who enjoy music. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of performances throughout the year as well. Those who might like taking advantage of the warm nights Houston has to offer might also enjoy the Miller Outdoor Theater. The Houston Grand Opera is another popular choice with a variety of performances through each season.

Miscellaneous Activities

Houston also offers a variety of unique activities for locals and tourists. The Cockrell Butterfly Center offers opportunities to see beautiful butterflies in simulated rain forests and other habitats. Hermann Park, the first public park in the city, is a great place to get out doors and enjoy some of the picnic areas and scenery.

Eating Options

It is hard to visit Houston without trying the barbeque or the steak. Many of the top rated places to eat in Houston fall into this category such as Taste of Texas or Goode Company Barbeque. There are also excellent options for those who might enjoy Tex-Mex dishes, including Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen and Chuy’s. Standard American fair can be found at Mel’s Country Cafe. More exotic top rated dining option include Ephesus Mediterranean Grill and Japaniero’s Sushi Bistro.

Visit CCRV

Taking a trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to experience new cuisine while enjoying some wonderful local museums and activities. Houston has a wonderful local culture that is fun for families and people of all ages to experience. Stop by CCRV before you go to see our inventory or to schedule some service.

Tips on Packing Your RV

When packing your RV, it’s no secret that most RVs lack abundant storage space, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own storage solutions to get the most into your rig. In fact, RV enthusiasts have been coming up with creative storage solutions since they started hitting the roads in travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes. The following are a few of the best options for packing your RV better by creating more storage space in your home on wheels.

Add Shelves to Kitchen Cabinets

Much of your RV cabinet space is being wasted right now. Without shelves, the upper half of each cabinet is probably left empty. Add an additional shelve or two to each of your cabinets using a large metal shelf from the home improvement store. Placing your food, dishes and other items in plastic bins on the shelves will also help prevent spillage.

Opt for Stacking Dishes When Possible

As many people turn toward minimizing with smaller living spaces, more RV-friendly products are created. Travelers can now buy stackable plates, cups, and mixing bowls that take up minimal space inside RV cabinets. Opt for stackable items whenever possible to create more room for the other things you wish to bring on your travels.

Use Vacuum Bags

There are plenty of items in your RV that probably don’t get as much use as others. Extra sheets, blankets, beach towels and winter clothing may not need to take up space inside your RV year-round. Use vacuum bags to compress those large linens and unused clothing, so you can travel with them without taking up too much precious space.

Use Netting for Wall Storage

Netting is an ideal storage solution for bulky or oddly-shaped items. Attach storage nets to your walls to store sporting equipment, shoes and other items that can be difficult to store in other areas. Storage nets can be purchased on Amazon.com or found at most big box stores.

Visit CCRV

Upgrade your RV’s storage spaces with a number of handy items from our CCRV online parts store. Shop 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

RV Security Tips

RVing is about enjoying the RV, your friends and family, and the open road. You don’t want to worry about the negative or dwell on what can go wrong.

And you shouldn’t have to. By taking some basic precautionary steps, you can help to safeguard the things that matter to you when you’re out on the road and gain some peace of mind, but still have fun.

Keep Your Valuables Stowed Away

While theft of your RV is a concern, oftentimes a break-in will occur simply to steal a valuable item that can be seen through the window. Whenever you leave your RV alone, take a moment to assess the items you have out that may be attractive to a burglar, such as laptop computers, tablets, jewelry, and other valuables. Stow these and similar items out of sight when you leave by placing them in bags, cases, cabinets, drawers, or even under a jacket or towel. By eliminating incentives for a break-in, you eliminate the chances that one will occur. If you have items that can be used to compromise your identity, such as passports or social security cards, consider a safe or lock box.

 

Lock It Up

While it may seem like an obvious suggestion, it can be easy to overlook, especially if you’re having a good time and potential misfortune is far from your mind. Locking up is a simple precaution that you should practice regardless of how long you’ll be leaving your RV out of sight. Even if you’re just taking a short hike or heading to the nearby lake for a swim, make sure you lock up every point of access and double check to make sure it’s securely closed. Take all keys with you and don’t trust a copy of your keys to anyone you don’t know.

Research Your Destinations

While you’re probably already researching hours of operation, directions, prices, and RV amenities, you may want to add an additional point to your checklist: crime rate. Whether your destination is urban or rural, it’s good to know how safe an area you plan to visit is. Avoiding crime-prone areas is the best defense against burglary and break-ins. By staying to areas with low crime rates, you significantly reduce the chance of being a victim.

Ensure That Your RV is Equipped to Handle Fires

Not every threat comes from strangers – fire is a valid concern to any RVer and can quickly destroy your property if you have no plan in place to address it. By simply equipping your RV with fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, you can drastically reduce the risk of a fire getting out of control. Setup an inspection schedule to check that your extinguishers and smoke detectors are operational and effective.

Visit CCRV

Thinking of buying a new RV or renting one for your family to enjoy this holiday season? Stop by CCRV for the best prices on new and used RVs, rentals and much more.