Spring Cleaning Tips for Your RV

Spring cleaning your RV supplies.

The spring travel season has begun and that means there’s no better time to do some RV spring cleaning than now. Before you hit the road for your upcoming adventures, use these helpful spring cleaning tips to ensure your RV is ready for another travel season.

Start with the Exterior

Washing the exterior of your RV is one of the best ways to determine if it suffered any damages in the winter months. Examine your motorhome, travel trailer, or fifth wheel’s exterior top to bottom in search of cracks, separations, and gas or other fluid leaks.

When washing the exterior of your RV, use a specially-formulated RV soap and a hose with a power nozzle. Make sure your towels and sponges are debris-free before use. Wash your RV in the shade to avoid pesky window streaks.

Move to the Interior

After your RV’s exterior is clean, move into the interior and clean it thoroughly as you would in your house. Dust and wipe down all flat surfaces, vacuum all carpets, sweep and mop all tile floors, and clean the inside of your windows. Remove any expired food that you may have forgotten to remove before winter. Wash any linens. While you clean, be sure to keep an eye out for any pests that may have infiltrated your RV.

Do a Home Safety Check

A home safety check is necessary before hitting the road. Test the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms and check your fire extinguishers to ensure they’re in a convenient location and in proper working condition. While performing your home safety check, remove any excess items from the interior of your RV, including supplies you no longer use or ones that are only needed in the winter months.

Review Your RV One More Time

Before you hit the road, it’s important to make sure all of your RV’s accessories and appliances are in proper working order. Check your tires for cracks or damages or have our certified service professionals determine whether or not they should be replaced.

Stock up on all of the supplies you need for entertaining, cooking and cleaning, so you’re prepared for all of your upcoming spring and summer adventures.

Visit CCRV

The best way to ensure that your RV is ready for the road is to bring it to our certified RV technicians at CCRV. Give us a call or stop in and see us to set up your service appointment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Decorating Your RV for the Holidays

CCRV is the holiday place to be for new and used Forest River, Keystone, Rockwood, Fleetwood, Gulf Stream, and more, recreational vehicles. This holiday season, take a look at their inventory and envision how you’d deck the halls of your own RV.

The holidays bring forth the opportunity to go over-the-top with innovative and creative decorating. Just because you’re on the road doesn’t mean you can’t share in the festivities of lighting up your home with holiday cheer.

Interior

The sky’s the limit with indoor decorating. Even though you’re working with a smaller space, utilizing every available area will make a cozy holiday home. Consider these popular ideas that are both quick and easy.

  • Liven up the dashboard with ornaments, tinsel, wooden ornaments, candy canes, and stick on stars.
  • If kids are aboard, let them make cutout decorations with lots of glitter to hang in the passenger windows.
  • Set up a traditional Christmas tree. Use a live cut tree, potted Norfolk pine or other variety, or an artificial tree bedecked with an assortment of ornaments.
  • Hang a decorative live or artificial wreath on the inside of the front door.
  • Place garlands and greenery – live pieces of holly and pinecones – or artificial pieces throughout the RV.
  • Poinsettias are a tradition during the holidays. Have an assortment of red, white, and pink plants on tables and beside the door. Flowering Christmas cactus are easy to maintain and provide colorful blossoms for the season.
  • Scented candles and seasonal potpourri add the right “spice” to the interior.

Exterior

Make a statement with your own signature decorating ideas. Give other campers an eyeful with seasonal decor that will put everyone in a joyous mood.

  • Let passerbys know you’re celebrating with a festive wreath hung on the RVs front grill.
  • Hang sparkling lights around the outside of the RV including awnings, doors and windows.
  • Place a variety decorations throughout the campsite such as ornaments hung from awning supports.
  • Use blow-up Christmas characters, animated reindeer, and luminaria displays.
  • Place a holiday themed welcome mat beside the front door.

Visit CCRV

Before starting your travel plans, CCRV can give your RV the once over to be sure everything is in working order. Contact our staff for an appointment. While you’re at the center, take a look at the new and used models available for future upgrades.

RV Trip Planning Tips

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RV season is definitely still going and RVers across the country are prepping for their next road trip. If you need some help planning out your next trip, a list of dos and don’ts is always helpful.

Before you start, make a list of things you know you need to put into the RV to get it ready. If you’re taking your rig out for the first time in a while, stop by the service department at CCRV to have the service techs get it ready for your first trip. While your RV is at CCRV, have the techs check to be sure everything is working properly. If you have a motorized RV, have the techs test drive it and check the engine, brakes, suspension, and other critical components.

Once you’re done with that, go through it and finish your list of needed things to get ready for the season. Your list should include:

  • Canned goods and dry goods.
  • Dishes, pots, pans, silverware, cooking utensils. Don’t forget the can opener!
  • Sheet, blankets and pillows. If these were stored in plastic in the RV, wash them before you make up the beds.
  • Cleaning fluids.
  • Chemical for the black tank.
  • RV toilet paper.
  • A dishpan. Instead of filling the gray tank with dishwater, you can use a dishpan in the sink, and then throw the dishwater outside.
  • If your RV has a washer and dryer, be sure to stock the laundry room with detergent and softener.
  • Small vacuum if the RV has carpets. If not, you can use a vacuum or a broom.
  • Lighter or matches.
  • Hatchet/axe.
  • Hammer and other small hand tools.
  • First aid kit.
  • Propane.

Once you have the basics, all you need to do is to add perishables and other things you would normally pack at the last minute.

Some people may like to take off without making plans and play it by ear, but if you are the type who needs to plan everything ahead, make sure you make reservations well ahead of time, especially if you know a popular campground tends to sell out quickly. If you wait until a week or two before you leave, you may not get into the facility you prefer.

Visit CCRV

Stop by CCRV well in advance of your trip to pick up any needed items such as tank chemicals, organizational accessories, and replacement parts.

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.

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.

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!