Safety & Comfort Tips for RVing with Pets

Dogs on the road

Your pets are part of your family, and that means you don’t want to leave them behind when you hit the road. Having your pets on your RV travels is undeniably enjoyable for you, but it’s important to make sure the experience is just as safe and enjoyable for your pet. These simply tips will help you reduce your pets’ anxiety when you embark on an adventure in your RV.

Before You Go

RV travel means more time on the road than usual for your pet. Have your best friend checked out by your vet before you hit the road to ensure he or she is fit for travel. Young pets, elderly ones and those with health issues may be safer staying with a friend or family member than living life on the road.

Talk to your vet about your travel plans, and he or she can inform you of the shots or other preparations your pet may need before he hits the road. Make sure all of your furry friend’s vaccinations are up to date and keep current health records in your RV in case of an emergency.

Pack for Your Furry Friend

Packing for your pet is just as important as packing for yourself. Make sure your pet is outfitted with up-to-date tags with your current phone number and don’t forget to pack a spare collar, leashes, bowls, food, prescription medications and plenty of water.

Your pet may not immediately feel at home in your RV, which can cause anxiety, so be sure to bring along your furry friend’s favorite toys, beds, blankets and other items he likes to cuddle up with at home.

Take Plenty of Breaks

Many road warriors like to get to their destination quickly with very few stops, but you can’t do that when you have a pet on board. Stop every couple of hours to let your pet relieve himself and have a drink of water. The saying, “A tired dog is a good dog,” is true on the road, so be sure to exercise your pet at every stop.

Keep Your Pet Relaxed

Travel can cause pets anxiety, because they’re away from all of the familiarity that they love. Bring some of your pet’s favorite toys, a dog bed, a blanket, and a couple of bones for the ride. These familiar items will help your pet relax and make a new home inside your RV.

Avoid Sickness

Dogs can get motion sickness just like people do. If your pet is prone to car sickness, avoid feeding him before you get in the car. Give him plenty of water when you’re on the road, and feed him when you arrive at your destination.

Familiarize Yourself with the Area

When you’re in a new, unfamiliar place, take some time to learn about your surroundings. It’s important to know if there are unsafe areas for your pet or even unsafe foods he could get into. Make sure the area you’re visiting is pet-friendly, so you’re not caught by surprise.

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.

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.

Visiting McKinney Falls State Park

Make McKinney Falls State Park the home of your ultimate spring or summer RV getaway. The park, packed with breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, scenic picnic spots, excellent fishing, and countless other outdoor sites, is one of the best places to cool down and relax during a hot Texas spring. Even better, the park is located in Austin, so you don’t have to venture far to feel like you’re light years away from it all.

McKinney Falls State Park is known for its scenic atmosphere that provides the perfect setting for enjoying the great outdoors. Admire Old Baldy (the more than 500-year-old cypress tree on park grounds), hit the mountain biking trails, swim in Onion Creek, catch some fresh fish for dinner, snap photos of the falls, and wander through the trails in search of wildlife sightings.

Outside the park, visitors can enjoy nearby Bastrop State Park, Longhorn Cavern State Park, Buescher State Park, Lockhart State Park and numerous outdoor-oriented day trips.

McKinney Falls State park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The busiest tourist season lasts from March through November, and the entrance fees cost $6 per day for adults. Children under the age of 12 enjoy free admission to McKinney Falls State Park.

Campsites with water and electrical service are available at the park for $20 per night plus the daily entrance fee. Basic campsites can accommodate eight campers, and the sites include a picnic table, tent pad, water, 30-amp hookup, a lantern post, a fire ring with grill and nearby showers and restrooms. Campers can also opt for premium campsites with 50-amp service for just $24 per night plus the daily entrance fee.

Visit the Park in a New RV from CCRV

CCRV in Corpus Christi, Texas, is your one-stop shop for purchasing new and pre-owned RVs. Whether you’re searching for a luxurious travel trailer for full-time travel or something simpler for weekend excursions, we have everything you need right here at CCRV.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seeing the Stars from Your RV

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The RV lifestyle is all about spending time in the great outdoors, and that means at night too. Stargazing is one of the best activities you can do at night from the campground, and it’s easy to become a stargazer without any previous experience. Follow these simple tips to finding and enjoying the best stargazing spots around America.

Head to a Dark Sky Park

America is littered with parks that are known for their dark skies and bright stars. These parks, known as International Dark Sky Parks, are known for their exceptionally starry skies, low light pollution and preservation of the starry nighttime environment. Find a Dark Sky Park near you by logging onto the DarkSky.org website, and you’ll be amazed by the stargazing you find in your RV.

Print a Chart

Log online and print an easy-to-use stargazing chart to help with your beginner stargazing adventures. As you advance your stargazing skills, head to a science store or log onto the EarthSky.org website to purchase a planisphere or astronomy kit.

Search for Patterns

All stargazers started as novices. One of the best ways to advance your skills is to search for patterns among the stars. Start by searching for triangles, straight lines and curves. Once you identify the same constellations numerous times, begin searching for new ones.

Go Often

There’s no better way to advance your stargazing skills than to fire up your RV and go stargazing often. If you can’t make it to a Dark Sky Park every time you want to gaze, most state and national parks offer impressive stargazing because of their limited light pollution. Be patient about your stargazing, and keep in mind that becoming an expert stargazer takes a lot of practice.

Start Your Adventure Here

There’s no better place to start your stargazing adventure than right here at CCRV in Corpus Christi. We offer only the highest-quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels for unbeatable prices, so you can start your adventure today.

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!