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.

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.

Tasty Campfire Recipes

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Some of the most enjoyable moments of camping are those spent by the warmth of a campfire at night. In addition to keeping you and your fellow campers warm, your campfire can double as a convenient outdoor kitchen. Forget about dirtying the inside of your RV on your next RV trip and test out these unbelievably delicious campfire recipes.

Campfire Chicken and Potatoes

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 1 package fresh mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 4 small potatoes (cubed)
  • 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Cooking instructions:

  1. Combine the chicken, mushrooms, onion, peppers, garlic and potatoes in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in the lemon juice and olive oil and mix well.
  3. Divide the mixture evenly between four sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil, then top each with another sheet of foil. Roll up the edges of the foil to create four packets.
  4. Wrap each packet in one more sheet of tin foil, so they’re all double wrapped.
  5. Cook the packets in the hot coals of the campfire until the chicken is fully cooked and the potatoes are tender (roughly 40 minutes).

Campfire Skillet Breakfast

What you’ll need:

  • 6 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 4 cups potatoes (cubed)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the bacon until crisp in a skillet over the warm coals of your campfire.
  2. Take the bacon out of the skillet and set it aside, leaving some of the bacon fat in the skillet.
  3. Cook the onion and potatoes in the skillet with the bacon fat. Cover the skillet and continue cooking until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Crumble the bacon into the skillet and stir in the eggs. Cover the entire mixture and heat for roughly 2 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top and serve.

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.

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.

Blanco’s Fields of Purple

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You don’t have to hop on a plane and visit the French countryside to stroll through fields of lavender. Blanco, Texas, despite the name, is a rather colorful place. The hill country around Blanco in Central Texas is taken over by lavender in the summer. Farming of the colorful flower only began in the later 90s, but from the looks of it you’d believe that lavender has bloomed in Texas since the beginning of time.

A whole culture has sprung up around the flower in the Blanco area, reaching its peak each year in the second week of June with the annual Lavenderfest. The lavender itself lasts through July, so it’s not too late to head out and see the fields in all their floral glory.

Many of the lavender farms don’t mind if you stroll the fields so long as you respect the crop and refrain from picking or walking on the plants.

Blanco itself is a wonderful and charming little Texas town with several noteworthy attractions for those visiting the town in their RV. Among these attractions are the Old Blanco County Courthouse, which dates to 1885 and is centered in a classic small town square. There’s a monthly market day that sets up in the square around the courthouse, where local vendors and craftsmen setup shop and sell all manner of items, including some that are lavender-related.

You can also check out Blanco State Park, which is known for its many cool swimming holes and hiking trails.

Of course the town is full of shopping and dining options, so no matter how you look at it, Blanco is definitely worth a day or two as you travel through Texas in your CCRV.

Visit CCRV

Stop in at CCRV before you hit the road this summer to shop for a new motorhome or travel trailer or to get some service done on your current rig.

Take Your RV to Mustang Island State Park

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Many state park beaches around the country are reserved for day use, but Mustang Island State Park is an ideal place to park your RV this summer. The park is home to 48 campsites with hook-ups and 300 sites without them, so you can make your reservation, fire up your RV and get your summer beach adventures started today.

Things to Do at the Park

There are tons of things to do at Mustang Island State Park aside from hanging out at the campsite. The park is home to roughly 20 miles of paddling trails that take kayakers, canoers and stand-up paddle boarders through some of the best shallow water fishing areas in the state.

Swimming, surfing, biking, beach-combing and exploring area attractions — like the Copano Fishing Pier, the town of Port Aransas and the Texas State Aquarium — keep visitors occupied from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave.

Park Details

Mustang Island’s busiest seasons are spring and summer, and it helps to make a reservation online or by phone before you arrive. The park gates are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the entrance fee is $5 per person for daytime use. Drive-up campsites cost $10 per night, and campsites with water and electricity cost $20 nightly.

Mustang Island State Park campsites are located 1/3 mile from the beach, and campers have access to full bathrooms with hot showers. Beach-goers enjoy rinse showers and portable toilets along the 2-mile-long beach strand.

Mustang Island State Park Location

Mustang Island State Park is located just east of Corpus Christi and south of Port Aransas. The park is less than 30 minutes from CCRV, Corpus Christi’s go-to RV dealership and service center. Before you head out on your Mustang Island adventure, be sure to stop in and see us for all of your camping supplies and RV needs.

Bizarre Roadside Attractions in Texas

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Texas is a big place and, as you’ve probably heard, everything is bigger in Texas. Keeping that in mind, it’s no wonder that the far-flung reaches of Texas possess some of the biggest (and strangest) roadside attractions in the country. If you’re cruising across the Lone Star State this summer in your CCRV, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of these roadside attractions.

World’s Largest Killer Bee

Hidalgo, Texas, is known as the “Killer Bee Capital of the World.” Not exactly a the most inviting moniker, but Hidalgo wears it with pride. In fact, the city has embraced their infamy so much that the mayor spent $20,000 on a giant killer bee statue, which sits prominently in the town. Hidalgo asks that you “bee” their guest and check out the giant bee statue while you’re at it.

World’s Largest Cowboy Boots

The world’s largest cowboy boots are, of course, located in Texas. Just outside North Star Mall in San Antonio, these giant boots stand proud at 40 feet tall. Check em out the next time you’re in San Antonio in your RV.

World’s Largest Caterpillar

This giant caterpillar isn’t just a weird statue, but a weird factory/warehouse to boot! The home base of Monolithic Constructors, Inc., in Italy, Texas, they won’t mind if you stop by and snap a few photos of their unique building.

World’s Largest Fire Hydrant

Yet another “world’s largest,” this fire hydrant isn’t just big… it’s functional as well! Standing at 24 feet tall outside of the Fire Museum of Texas in Beaumont, it was built in 1999 as part of a promotion for the re-release of 101 Dalmatians (the whole thing is painted in a dalmatian pattern).

Visit CCRV

Before you hit the road this summer in search of the fun, awesome, or just plain weird, stop by CCRV to make sure that your rig is road trip ready or to shop for a new motorhome.

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!

Spring Break in Key Largo

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There’s something about heading to a tropical paradise that makes spring break so much sweeter. But you don’t have to buy expensive plane tickets to see towering palm trees and turquoise waters this spring. Key Largo, the first island in Florida’s Keys, is easy to access, full of RV parks and the perfect place to enjoy an array of warm-weather outdoor activities. Whether you’re into fishing, paddle-boarding, beach-combing, boating, kayaking, bird watching or shopping, you’ll find exactly what you’re seeking in Key Largo.

A Close-By Tropical Paradise

It’s hard to believe that Key Largo has remained so affordable and uncrowded with such gorgeous surroundings. RV enthusiasts can park their RVs for the weekend and enjoy dolphin encounters, world-class diving and snorkeling, eco-tours, incredible fishing, golfing, breathtaking beaches, an array of dining options, spa treatments, parasailing and just about every activity you’d expect in much more expensive tropical destinations. Easy access to other islands, like nearby Islamorada, opens up an even bigger array of activities and tropical sights.

You Won’t Want to Leave the Campground

The Keys offer endless amounts of fun away from your campsite, but it may be tough to leave the campground when you have beaches, pools, hiking trails, bocce ball courts and tons of other amenities on site. The Key Largo Kampground and Marina offers RV enthusiasts water access, 40 acres of tropical foliage, two convenient beaches, a swimming pool, free WiFi and tons of on-site activities to keep you and your fellow campers busy from sun up to well beyond sun down.

A Perfect Place to Unwind

Key Largo is known for its laid-back atmosphere that immediately relaxes everyone who visits. There’s no better place to kick back at one of countless waterfront restaurants to enjoy live music, delicious seafood and tropical drinks. If you’re looking to let loose this spring break, Key Largo is ready to help you unwind.

Start at CCRV

Before you make the road trip to Florida this spring break, stop in and see us CCRV in Corpus Christi. We have all of the RV parts, accessories and camping supplies you need to enjoy the best spring break ever.

Taking the Holidays on the Road

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Taking the holidays on the road is one of the many conveniences of owning an RV. No need to tie yourself down to one place — with just a little planning and precaution, you’ll fine that celebrating from the road is one of the best holiday experiences you can have. We’ll assume you have some idea of where you’ll be going, so we’ll focus on getting you there safely and giving you ideas on how to pull off that perfect holiday meal from your RV’s kitchen.

Getting Where You’re Going Safely

First things first — getting to wherever you’re going safely.

Why Holiday Driving can be Dangerous

Any time traffic increases, whether because of a holiday or special event, the chances of having an accident increases. More people are on the road, which means that tempers could be running short. Also, more people are out celebrating at night – and some of those people may not have the good sense to find someone else to drive after they’ve imbibed just a tad too much.

Safe Travel Tips

Regardless of the time of night or day, you should always keep your eye out for erratic drivers. Watching at least 100 feet in front of you helps you to see someone coming at you – possibly in the wrong lane – a little quicker, which may give you those few extra seconds you need to get out of the way.

When following someone, even on the highway, stay at least four or five car lengths behind, which is more than average, but you’re in an RV after all. On surface roads, you should stay at least one car length for every 10 mph behind the person in front of you. If someone has to stop fast or swerves to miss someone or something in the road, you’ll ram right into them if you are too close. While it’s tempting to try to “rush” the person in front of you, especially when he or she may be doing under the speed limit, be patient until it’s safe to pass.

If the weather is bad – whether it’s rain, fog, a mix of precipitation, or snow, drive slower. That means leaving earlier so that you reach your destination safe and on time. Even rain decreases the distance you can see in front of you. Furthermore, roads are slippery when they are wet – and in case where it’s near freezing, can ice over with “black ice,” a sheet of ice that is clear. You can’t tell that from non-iced roads.

Making that Perfect Holiday Meal

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These simple but useful tips will help you create the perfect holiday meal while living on the road.

Think Ahead

One of the biggest differences you’ll notice between preparing meals at home and on the road is that you don’t have as much cooking or prep space. To combat this problem, prepare side dishes, desserts and appetizers ahead of time, then simply reheat or serve on the day of your get-together.

Get Creative with Creating Space

Another downfall of limited counter space is that you’ll have a hard time displaying all of your foods in one place when it comes time to eat. This means it’s time to get creative. Use makeshift tables, like ironing boards or card tables, to create more counter or serving space. Cover your new tables with festive table cloths to decorate your RV and hide undesirable blemishes.

Use Pre-Made Items

It may seem unnatural to travelers who are top-notch cooks, but purchasing a number of pre-made dishes can ease your stress and save room in the kitchen. Dips, desserts, rolls, salads, and even some sides can be purchased at markets, delis, or grocery stores that specialize in creating delicious dishes that taste homemade.

Go Outside

If you’re traveling in a warm destination for the holiday season, it pays to hold your party outside of your RV. Picnic tables and outdoor chairs serve as ideal places to dine without crowding or dirtying the interior of your home on wheels. Even better, you can prepare or heat some additional dishes over a fire or on a portable camp stove.

Stop by CCRV This Holiday Season

Ready to try the holidays in a new RV? Stop by CCRV this December to tour any motorhome or trailer on our lot and to ask any questions you may have.