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.

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.

RV Destination: Boerne, Texas

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Looking for a quick and easy getaway this fall or winter? Try checking out Boerne (pronounced “bernie”) is just north of San Antonio and can be its own destination or an addon leg of the trip if you’re checking out San Antonio and other surrounding towns like San Marcos, Fredericksburg, or New Braunfels.

Like other nearby towns in the Hill Country of Texas, Boerne has strong German roots since it was founded by German settlers. These cultural hallmarks are evident everywhere, from the architecture of the historic downtown to the heavily German influenced cuisine, Boerne is full of fun things to do and see.

Despite the heavy German influence, the town has a variety of cuisines to enjoy, such as Mexican, BBQ, Italian, and the closely related Czech.

Try taking a walking tour of the city and enjoy the shopping along Boerne’s Hill Country Mile, which includes clothing, jewelry, antiques, art, home decor, and more.

The central location of Boerne means that you can branch out to see other nearby attractions any time you want a break from Boerne during your stay.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas this fall and winter? 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.

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.

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.