Tips for Handling Dishes in Your RV

Dirty dishes in your RV

One of the perks of RV travel is that you’ve always got a kitchen available for when you feel like making a meal. It helps save money and control your portions, both of which are highly beneficial on a long RV trip. You know what’s not highly beneficial? Dirty dishes. This is especially true in an RV. At home, you’ve got a little bit of wiggle room to allow your messes to sit for a bit. In an RV when space is limited, you can’t very well let dishes pile up. But, on the other hand, you don’t want to spend copious amounts of time processing dirty plates, pans, and utensils either.

Here’s how to cook in your RV and minimize/handle the dishes you create as efficiently as possible.

Minimize the Dishes You Create

One of the best ways to deal with dishes is to minimize how many you create in the first place. Try making recipes that call for just one pot rather than multiple pots, pans, and skillets. You can also hand wash any dish that was lightly used and put it right back into the cabinet after you’re done with it. If you just throw it into the sink with everything else, you’ll feel compelled to give it a more thorough cleaning that it didn’t really need.

Make Use of Disposable Plates and Utensils

This one will impact your budget a bit and isn’t as green as other options, but used strategically, it can drastically reduce the number of dishes you produce over the course of the day. There’s a good middle ground where you only use the disposable plates and utensils for some meals rather than all of them. They’re especially useful for meals that are highly messy and that leave a lot of residue that might be hard to clean later. If you eat off a disposable plate, the mess can just go in the trash instead.

Save on Water

As an RVer, you’ve got a finite amount of water at any one time. Sure, you can always get more, but why waste water when you don’t have to? At home you may be used to rinsing your dishes under running water, but in your RV you ought to consider filling your sink with warm, soapy water and using that to soak your dishes instead.

Wash Your Dishes Immediately

The best way to manage your dishes, however, is to simply do them as quickly after a meal as possible. Even if you’re doing everything else to mitigate your pile of dishes, this one’s the most crucial. After every meal, take time to rinse your dishes. If no one in your RV likes to do this task, just make it a chore that rotates. That way it’s fair and no one can complain when it’s their turn to wash the dishes after a meal.

Visit CCRV

Remember to stop by and see us at CCRV before you hit the road this spring. Give us a call or stop in and see us to set up your service appointment.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your RV

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Safety Tips for RVing with Kids

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Camping on your family RV vacation is one of the main reasons you buy or rent an RV in the first place, so you can hit the road for a weekend and not have to worry about hotels, motels, or what to do each day. All you need is a camping spot and camping supplies. However, there are still a number of things you have to look out for, especially when you have kids. Follow some of the tips listed below when it comes to educating your kids about being safe on all your future RV camping excursions.

Be Wary of Strangers You Encounter

There are two types of RV campgrounds: public and private. The public campgrounds are usually very inexpensive and allow just about anyone to stay in them. While most of these campgrounds and the people in them are wonderful, wholesome people like you and your family, there are some people out there who are not to be trusted. You need to tell your kids to not go into any stranger’s RV, van, or car without you there and to not follow them into the woods alone. This is not meant to scare them, but it is the unfortunate truth in this day and age.

Always Carry GPS When Entering the Wilderness

While it’s usually not a good idea to let your kids wander off into the woods alone or without an adult when you are RV camping, it might happen every now and then. Make sure they know to take some sort of GPS device with them, so that if they do get lost, they can find their way back to the campsite or you can find them through the device itself. This is integral for their safety, or anyone’s safety for that matter, who is going off into the wilderness.

Teach Kids How to Hook Up the RV

Most campgrounds will have electrical and plumbing hookups for the RV in the campground space you have rented. Teach your kids how to hook up both the electrical and plumbing lines, so that they can not only help you but know if something is going wrong at the campsite, so that it doesn’t hurt the RV or cause an expensive problem.

Cleanliness While Camping

Due to the fact that many campgrounds are out in the wilderness, it is important you teach your kids to be clean and pick up food and other items when they are out camping. Not only is this good for the environment, but leaving food and trash behind draws flies and predatory animals, which could harm you and your family or at least negatively effect your overall RV camping experience.

Visit CCRV

If you’re in need of some new camping supplies this fall, don’t forget to shop with us at CCRV in South Texas. We’re your one-stop shop for new or used RV sales, service, parts, accessories and so much more.

Spring Cleaning in Your RV

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Spring is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to get your RV in top shape for summer. Summer RV adventures can pop up without notice, so there’s no better time to ensure you’re ready when adventure calls. Follow these simple steps to prepare your RV for another season of camping fun.

Create a Checklist

A spring cleaning checklist can help ensure you’ve covered all of the bases when preparing your RV for camping season. Make a list of items you want to stock in your RV as well as the areas that need to be cleaned and organized. Your list will help guarantee you don’t end up at the campsite without key items.

Look for Deterioration

Always check for deterioration of the interior and exterior of your RV before starting another camping season. Catching deterioration ahead of time can save you from having to perform costly repairs in the end. If you find deterioration and repair it before you hit the road, you won’t have to deal with leaks or repairs when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors.

Clean Inside and Out

You may feel like your spring cleaning is finished when you’re done washing the exterior of your RV, but the interior is just as important. Performing a deep cleaning of the interior of your RV will keep you more comfortable on the road while lengthening your RV’s lifetime too.

Check Your Equipment

Nothing is worse than hitting the road and finding that your TV antennae or solar panels aren’t functioning properly. Check all of your systems and equipment to ensure they’re in top working condition before you hit the road.

Repair Your RV Before You Hit the Road

If you find any deterioration, damage, malfunctioning equipment or other problems in your RV during your spring cleaning, bring your RV to CCRV in Corpus Christi. We’ll have your home away from home in top working condition, so you can enjoy the camping season with peace of mind.

Best Short Hikes Big Bend has to Offer

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Big Bend National Park is packed with hiking trails, many of which can go on for multiple days of hiking. If you’d prefer hiking that’s less ambitious, Big Bend has got shorter trails that are just the thing. When you visit Big Bend in your CCRV, try one of these shorter hiking trails.

Hot Springs Historic Trail

The Hot Springs Historic Trail is a good day hike for beginner hikers and those looking for a relaxing time. It’s technically easy, well-marked, level, and only half a mile long. The end offers a treat in the dusty remains of a bathhouse. There’s a foundation and pool left with a natural geothermal hot spring still bubbling up. If you don’t mind getting your clothes wet or have a bathing suit, it’s the perfect way to rest after the hike before you head back. The trail is also right up against the Rio Grande and the swimming at the end of the trail is shallow and slow moving if you want to dip your toes in the river.

Window View Trail

Not far from the Chisos Mountain Lodge and the Chisos Basin Campground, there’s a little trail that’s a fifth of a mile long. While the trail itself is not noteworthy in any way, the view at the end is among the best in the park, especially at sunset. The mountains at the end of the trail perfectly frame the setting sun, as if through a window. The hike is so easy that you can enjoy the sunset at the end of each day you spend at Big Bend.

Santa Elena Canyon Trail

Winding through the eponymous canyon, the Santa Elena Canyon Trail is one of Big Bend’s most scenic short hikes available. It’s only 1.5 miles long, but there’s a lot of stunning scenery packed into that space. The trail is well-marked and fairly linear, so you won’t get lost. There are a few instances where you have to do some moderate climbing and the trail starts off by crossing the Terlingua Creek, which can be muddy depending on when you visit.

Visit CCRV

Stop in at CCRV in Corpus Christi before you hit the road for Big Bend and West Texas. CCRV can make sure that your RV is in good shape for travel and can also help you get into a newer RV if it’s time to upgrade.

Take a Weekend Trip to Fredericksburg, TX

CCRV recommends a Fredericksburg trip

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!