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.

What to See and Do in Corpus Christi

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

Attractions around Corpus Christi

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

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

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

Visit CCRV

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

Tips For Dog Owners on the Road in a RV

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If you plan on taking your pets RVing with you, you need to choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but your pet’s needs. If you have smaller dogs, then space isn’t a major deal; however, if you have a large breed dog or more than two smaller dogs, you might want to choose an RV with a little extra space.

Extra Space

When you walk through the floor plans at CCRV, be aware of how much space your dog needs to sleep comfortably. If your dog is used to sleeping on your bed, you might want to upgrade to a king bedroom. If the dog loves to spread out on the floor, something with a living area slide is a must.

Safety

As with your home, you have to pet-proof the RV. Make sure lower outlets are covered. Chemicals for the bathroom should be kept in a place your pets cannot access. If your dog opens cabinets, be sure to keep the cabinet latched or locked – or keep any chemicals in a higher cabinet.

If you have a motorized RV, you should have your pet crated or strapped onto a seat. If it is walking around it could get hurt; or worse, it could distract you – the driver – and cause an accident.

Pet Toys and Bowls

This seems like a given, but people may tend to forget to bring the pet’s bed, toys and bowls. Even if your dog likes to travel, it may become stressed that it is not at home in familiar surroundings, especially if you leave it alone in the RV while you run into the store. Your dog’s bed and a few favorite toys will go a long way in easing any stress and anxiety. This means that your RV hopefully won’t fall prey to the dog’s chewing habit.

Leashes and Tie Outs

Always know the rules of the state you are traveling through or to. Most states have leash laws; and some require a certain length leash – no more than 5 or 6 feet. Also, know the states’ laws for tie outs. Some states have outlawed tying out dogs unless they are supervised. Also, you need to ensure that if you do tie your dog out that the tie out is strong enough to hold the dog, especially if you are in a campground.

Visit CCRV

Stop by CCRV to look at floor plans and RV accessories that would be perfect for you and your furry friends. Be sure to take size and number of pets into consideration when you are looking at certain models.

The Top 3 Fishing Spots Around Corpus Christi

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Summer is the perfect time to go fishing in your RV. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find some of the best fishing spots in the state. These three unbeatable fishing destinations are right here in Corpus Christi, so grab your fishing pole and start casting your line and reeling ’em in.

Aransas Bay

The gorgeous Gulf of Mexico is more than a place for cooling down on hot summer days. The Gulf offers a selection of reefs, barrier islands, flats and marshes that are ideal for catching fish. The Aransas Bay marshes are some of the best places to cast a line from your boat or fishing kayak. They’re hotspots for catching redfish, flounder, trout, red snapper, marlin, shark, tuna and other species.

Lake Corpus Christi

Lake Corpus Christi is a scenic place to park your RV and enjoy some of the state’s best fishing just steps away. Bring your boat or cast a line from the shore, and you’re likely to reel in largemouth bass, crappie, white bass, a variety of catfish, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish and a long list of other fish species. Lake maps are available at the state park office, and local fishing maps can be found at most bait stores, so you don’t have to be an expert on the area before you arrive.

Choke Canyon Reservoir

If you’re interested in catching loads of largemouth bass and catfish, head to the Choke Canyon Reservoir. The Choke Canyon State Park offers boat launch facilities and camping accommodations, so you can enjoy easy access to the fish-filled waters. The area’s large amount of submerged vegetation and rocky shorelines make it a hotspot for bass in excess of 10 pounds.

Start Your Summer at CCRV

CCRV is your one-stop summer RV shop with everything from new and used RVs, to RV service, parts and even a wide selection of camping supplies. Stop in and see us before you hit the road for National Go Fishing Day.

Loaded Texas Trash Dip

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Bean dips are amazing. Layered bean dips are even better. This loaded Texas trash dip though? It’s something else. Don’t let the name fool you: it looks good and tastes even better. Try it the next time you’re stopped at a campground or RV park.

Loaded Texas Trash Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) refried beans
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans
  • 1 can (15 ounce) corn
  • 1 can (3.8 ounce) sliced black olives
  • 1 can (4½ ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, cherry tomatoes, sliced avocado

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Microwave cream cheese and sour cream in large microwaveable bowl on high 1 minute or until cheese is softened. Remove from microwave. Mix with wire whisk until smooth.
  • Add refried beans, black beans, corn, black olives, green chiles, Seasoning Mix and 2 cups of the cheese; mix well.
  • Spread bean mixture into 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups cheese.
  • Bake 25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips.

Visit CCRV

Stop by CCRV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you need your RV checked before you hit the road for a trip, stop by the service center at CCRV.

Take a Weekend Trip to Fredericksburg, TX

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Everybody in Texas talks about Austin, Dallas, and Houston, but what about Fredericksburg?

Look: Fredericksburg has a population of just ten thousand people, a thriving bed and breakfast industry, a strong German influence, and it’s in comfortable driving distance from CCRV in Corpus Christi. It’s really a perfect little place to visit if you’re looking to set your next adventure apart. Here are some neat things to know about Fredericksburg…

The Sister City of Montabaur, Germany

The German look of Fredericksburg isn’t just for the tourists, it’s the real thing, and Fredericksburg actually has a sister city in Germany. Fredericksburg is a little slice of Germany here in America. You’ve been to Chinatowns before, this is a Germantown.

The Movies

Fredericksburg has been the setting for a number of movies in the past, including Seven Days in Utopia, where the golf scenes with Robert Duvall were filmed here and in Utopia, Texas. If you’re a golfer, you may want to check this movie out to get an idea of what the greens look like out in Fredericksburg.

Cross Mountain

Germans love the mountains. This is true of little Germany here in Texas, and big Germany over in Europe, and Cross Mountain is an amazing one to visit if you find yourself RVing in the area and looking for a little bit of hiking or biking. With an elevation of 1,915 feet, the mountain was actually used as a beacon for Native Americans to signal one another of invaders in the territory.

Food and Shopping

Fredericksburg also has a thriving downtown, where you can spend the day eating at the local bistros, some of which offer a taste of Germany, and visiting the local shops. Want to get out of the RV for a night or two? Try one of the beds and breakfasts!

It’s hard to take an RV to Europe for a vacation, but with a trip to Fredericksburg, you can do the next best thing. The last thing you expect to see while traveling through the American Southwest is a little taste of Germany, but here it is, a European vacation for the price of one tank of gas. That’s how close Fredericksburg is to Corpus Christi and CCRV!

A Beachy Holiday Season

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Since CCRV is located in Corpus Christi, we spend most of our time looking outward at distant destinations. It’s easy to overlook the hometown. Whether you’re a resident and regular at CCRV or a visitor to Corpus Christi, there’s something for everyone.

With the holidays coming up, there’ll be an influx of visitors to Corpus Christi. Maybe you’re one of them and you’re coming down in your RV. Check out these suggestions if you need something to do between visiting with relatives.

USS Lexington

It’s hard to miss the imposing USS Lexington if you’ve got a view of the ocean from anywhere in Corpus Christi. The USS Lexington is an aircraft carrier that served primarily in WW2, distinguishing itself in many engagements. It’s now permanently moored in Corpus Christi and serves as a museum ship, chronicling the history of the Lexington and WW2 naval history in general. The ship, being an aircraft carrier, also exhibits historical aircraft on it’s flight deck. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve never toured or seen an aircraft carrier in person.

Texas State Aquarium

Corpus Christi is a coastal city, and like many coastal cities of any notable size, it’s got an aquarium. And it’s quite a good one too. It focuses on the conservation and promotion of wildlife endemic to the Gulf of Mexico. A highlight of the aquarium are the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins that call it home.

Padre Island National Seashore

While the beach season has passed for the year, there’s more to visiting the beach than sunbathing and wading into the ocean. Besides which, winter in south Texas isn’t as cold as most of America. Visit Padre Island National Seashore, which covers 70 miles of coastline near Corpus Christi. Padre Island serves as a nature preserve, which makes it a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and observe the flora and fauna that call it home.

Visit CCRV While You’re Here

If you are visiting in your RV, stop by CCRV when you get here or before you leave to make sure that your RV is in good shape before checking out all that Corpus Christi has to offer or before you hit the road for home.

Tailgate in Style

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Tailgate in style with one of these RVs full of convenient amenities and features.

2017 Coachmen Leprechaun 310BH

Try this Class C 2017 Coachmen Leprechaun 310BH if you want to avoid taking a towing vehicle with you to the tailgating site. The obvious advantage is that, as a self-contained vehicle, all you have to do is pack it up and hit the road. An exterior awning provides a great place to set up your serving tables and seating.

2017 Keystone Fuzion 371

A toy hauler, like this luxurious 2017 Keystone Fuzion 371, is a slightly unconventional choice in tailgating vehicles, but think about the feature that gives a toy hauler its name: the garage on the back.

This space offers a flexible interior area that you can use to host your tailgating party. Just open the back, roll down the ramp, set up your party area, and your guests can enjoy the party and stay out of the weather and sun.

Visit CCRV

Tour your perfect tailgating RV at CCRV. Whichever sport and whichever team you root for, tailgating from the convenience and comfort of an RV takes tailgating to a whole other level. Stop by CCRV today to shop or to even schedule service.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

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When you’re looking for a fall RV destination that doesn’t involve a cross-country road trip, San Antonio Missions National Historic Park should be on your travel radar. The park includes four breathtaking Spanish colonial missions — San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada — that are all open for your exploration.

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park has been preserved to teach visitors about the people of South Texas who sought survival in missions as attacks, disease and drought threatened their lives. It was in the missions at this national park that their traditional lives, religion and culture changed.

Things To See and Do

It’s hard to summarize all there is to see and do at San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, but you should plan your stay for at least a half day if possible. Guided tours of the missions, demonstrations, native natural habitats, trails and movies are just a handful of the many indoor and outdoor sites there are to enjoy.

The four churches within the park are active parishes, and if you time your visit correctly, you could enjoy a Catholic service within their historic walls.

Plan Your Visit

The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park is located in San Antonio, and all of the missions are connected by urban roadways. Drive along the Mission Riverwalk from downtown to Mission Espada, then you can continue north along the roadways to the various other missions.

The park is open all year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and January 1. The park is completely free to visitors, and reservations are not required for individuals or small groups. Educational groups, youth groups and large adult groups are expected to make reservations, so the park staff can prepare.

Start Your Fall Excursion With Us

Fall is the perfect time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historic Park with milder temperatures and substantially milder crowds. Start your RV road trip right here at CCRV — your local south Texas RV dealer — and we’ll take care of all of your RV lifestyle needs from sales and services to parts, camping supplies and so much more.

Towing Your Boat with Your Motorhome

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If you own an RV, there’s a chance you might also own a boat. And it makes sense, as RVs and motorhomes are great vehicles for towing and taking your boat with you when you’re heading to a lake or to the coast.

You can’t necessarily hook it up and go, however. There are special considerations when towing a boat behind an RV, so make sure to read up on these pointers.

Get a Proper Trailer

If you have your boat but have yet to purchase a trailer, that’s the first step. Make sure that you get a trailer that supports the weight of your boat and that your boat can be properly secured to said trailer. Additionally, make sure that the trailer can hitch to your particular RV. This isn’t an issue in most cases, but it’s good to cover your bases.

Most States Require a Brake Light System

If you’re towing more than 1500 lbs., which you undoubtedly are if you’re towing a boat, you’re going to need your trailer to have a brake light system. While not every state requires this, enough of them do that, again, it’s good to cover your bases.

Know the Speed Limit

Towing vehicles may have additional speed limitations that supersede posted speed limits. For instance, in Texas the speed limit for a towing vehicle is 70mph on the interstates.

Have the Proper License

You may already have the proper license due to your RV, but if you have a smaller motorhome, adding the additional weight from your boat may bump you up to the next license class. Know the combined weight and check with the DMV.

Do Some Cursory Online Research for the States You’ll Pass Through

Of course this article doesn’t cover every nuance of towing a boat behind a motorhome and there are additional details to consider, so do a simple Google search for each state you’ll have to pass through in order to reach your boating destination.

Visit CCRV Before You Go

Before heading out to the lake or coast, come see us at CCRV in Corpus Christi. CCRV is your one-stop for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. If you have questions about towing or any other questions related to RVing, feel free to ask one of our knowledgeable staff — they’ll be happy to help!