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.

Food Shopping and Packing Tips for Your RV

Grocery shopping tips for your RV.

Packing your clothes, toiletries, and electronics into your RV is easy. There’s little difference between packing those for an RV or car. Figuring out your food situation, though, can be a real head scratcher. Buying groceries is unique to an RV trip, so it takes some figuring out. Here are some tips to take into account when you’re buying and packing your foods for your next RV trip.

Don’t Overstuff Your Fridge or Pantry

There’s a definite temptation to get super-intensive with your pre-trip grocery shopping, but there are a number of reasons why you ought to restrain yourself. For starters, you don’t want to stock up on perishables and then fail to get through them. While you travel, there’s a better than good chance that you’re going to dine out more than you do when you’re at home,  making it less likely that you’ll be able to eat everything that you stock if you shop like you do at home.

Not to mention that, while you travel, you’re going to encounter situations where there’s some sort of unique and delicious local specialty food that you’re going to want to have room for. Maybe you find an orchard with incredible fruit or a bakery that makes the best pastries in a three hundred mile radius. Regardless, you’re going to want to have room for all of your finds.

Things Are Going to Shift, Slide, and Roll

An incontrovertible truth with RV travel is that anything and everything that’s light and unsecured is likely going to shift, slide, or roll while you travel, even if you’re taking it slow and driving in a straight line. Your food is no exception, so be sure to keep this in mind when you’re packing your groceries into your RV’s pantry and fridge. One way to help your pantry is to buy bins and containers and place your food packages into those, especially the fragile foods and containers. Then you can wedge these containers against one another inside the pantry to prevent things from shifting too much. While it makes it a bit more difficult to quickly grab stuff from your pantry, it’s preferable to having things break while you travel.

Minimize Your Fridge and Freezer Items

By all means, use your RV’s fridge and freezer, but try to find as many shelf stable foods as possible while keeping the quantities of your refrigerated items down. Choose smaller cartons of milk, don’t buy as many yogurts, and only buy as much meat as you’re likely to eat within the next few days. If you plan to stop somewhere, like an RV park, for an extended amount of time, you can buy more fridge items, but if you’re moving frequently your fridge can get a bit too warm, which is only exacerbated if your fridge is overly full.

Visit CCRV

Are you looking for the perfect RV to travel throughout Texas (and beyond) this spring and summer? 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.

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.

Destination: Tyler, the Rose Capital of Texas

Looking for your next Texas destination this winter? Look no further than Tyler, Texas, the rose capital of America. Besides Tyler’s colorful beauty, there are many attractions to be seen, especially for those traveling with small children. As such, Tyler is a great place to go if you’ve got your family along with you for the ride. From museums and wineries to wildlife preserves and parks, the Tyler area has got something to do for almost any tourist. Wait until the roses are in bloom for a spectacular display of color.

Caldwell Zoo

Tyler boasts a great zoo that’s home to over 2000 species of animals from all over the world. Sprawled across 85-acres of land, the zoo has plenty of exhibits for both local and exotic animals that mimic the natural habitat of each species. There’s even a petting zoo for younger visitors who wish to get hands on with some of the zoo’s tamer animals.

Kiepersol Estates Winery and Museum

Tyler’s climate, believe it or not, is perfect for making wine. Kiepersol Estates spans 63-acres and grows both red and white grapes. It’s one of the largest wineries in the area and certainly one of the most renowned. Even better, it’s also very welcoming to visitors. There’s a tasting room for guests that offers a scenic lookout while you sample the wines. Visitors can also enjoy a guided tour of the estate and visit the museum to learn more about the winemaking process.

Chamblee’s Rose Nursery

A perfect stop to learn more about what makes Tyler the rose capital of America, Chamblee’s Rose Nursery has been in operation since 1953 and has been family owned and operated the entire time. The nursery is home to a wide variety of roses and cultivates the blooms for maximum beauty. The 200+ species of roses present at the nursery are available to see and smell and the knowledgable staff is always standing by to answer your questions. You can even take home a souvenir rose by visiting the gift shop.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Fall Destinations Throughout Texas

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Summer may be the busy season for Texas travel, but fall boasts some of the best temperatures for RV living throughout the state’s many destinations. With the State Fair of Texas, University of Texas football games and scenic parks with leaves changing colors, you’ll never get bored when touring Texas in your RV.

The State Fair of Texas — Dallas

The anticipated State Fair of Texas is the perfect way to kick off the fall camping season. The fair starts on Sept. 29 and extends through Oct. 22 with tons of live music, livestock shows, a 2017 auto show, exciting rides, creative arts and tons of other activities for kids and adults alike. And if you’re up for a college football game, the Texas and Oklahoma game is held at the Texas State Fair every year.

Take in the Sights — Austin

Austin is one of Texas’ favorite cities with incredible dining options, gorgeous autumn scenery, University of Texas football games, amazing live music and plenty of exciting city sites. The Austin Film Festival, Fantastic Fest and Texas Book Festival are just a few of the many fall events that take place in beautiful Austin, Texas.

Lost Maples State Park — Vanderpool

The breathtaking fall foliage doesn’t get much better than at Lost Maples State Park in Vanderpool. Because of Texas’ more mild fall temperatures, the maple trees don’t tend to change colors until mid October. And while most other parts of Texas are less crowded than the summer season, Lost Maples becomes a hot spot for tourists seeking unbelievable fall scenery. Because the park gets crowded during late fall, it’s recommended that you make campsite reservations ahead of time.

Start Your Fall Travels at CCRV

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

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.