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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Make Meals Ahead of Time

When you’re RVing, it’s hard to slow down and do stuff like cook a meal. Good thing that RVers have gotten inventive about reducing work when it comes to meal prep. If you want to save money, avoid eating fast food and frozen dinners, and generally enjoy your meals more, try making stuff ahead of time. It’s a tried and true method right up there with slow cooker recipes on effectiveness and ease. When you’ve got a spare moment, whether before you leave on your trip or just when you’ve got some downtime on the road, take the time to prepare some meals ahead of time so that you’ve got options when you’re feeling a bit lazy.

FREEZER BREAKFAST BURRITOS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 large green pepper diced
  • 1 roll of breakfast sausage
  • 1 pound of bacon
  • 1 pound of red potatoes cubed small
  • 16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pack flour tortillas

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fry up the bacon until crisp. Let it cool and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Fry up the breakfast sausage with the onion and green pepper. Strain the grease and let cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 375℉. Toss the cubed potatoes in salt and pepper to taste and paprika. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 15 min. Take potatoes out and flip them with a spatula. Bake in the oven for another 15 minutes or until soft and browned. Let potatoes cool.
  4. Crack eggs into medium bowl and add milk. Whisk until light and fluffy. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour eggs into pan and scramble until cooked through. Remove eggs from pan and let cool.
  5. Lay one tortilla down flat. Add cheese, eggs, potatoes and meat with peppers and onions. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up then fold the right side in. Fold the top down and the left side in. Lay the burrito seam-side down on a baking sheet. Once you have completed all of the burritos, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1 hour. Wrap each burrito in tin foil and place in a large plastic bag and store in your cooler.
  6. When you are ready to eat them you can place them into the outer coals of the campfire or on top of the fire grate.

SHRIMP BOIL FOIL PACKETS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 (12.8-ounce) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears corn, each cut crosswise into 4 pieces
  • 1 pound baby red potatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill over high heat.
  2. Cut four sheets of foil, about 12-inches long. Divide shrimp, sausage, corn and potatoes into 4 equal portions and add to the center of each foil in a single layer.
  3. Fold up all 4 sides of each foil packet. Add olive oil, cajun seasoning, salt and pepper, to taste; gently toss to combine. Fold the sides of the foil over the shrimp, covering completely and sealing the packets closed.
  4. Place in fridge until you’re ready to make them. When ready, place foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Served immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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.

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.

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.

Weekend Guide to Houston

A trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to spend a weekend. Before taking any trip, it is always a good idea to make sure that your RV is in good shape. Stop by CCRV in Corpus Christi before you head to Houston for a fun-filled weekend. Once you get there, here’s what you can expect.

Museums

Many tourists enjoy visiting museums to get a feel for the local culture and see interesting attractions in the area. The Houston Museum District is a great place to start. Many people enjoy the Contemporary Art Museum, families enjoy the Children’s Museum of Houston as well as the zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Health Museum, and Holocaust Museum are all popular options as well. The area is also home to various shopping and dining options, making the district a trip nearly unto itself.

Music and the Performing Arts

Other tourists enjoy seeing what the local talent has to offer. The Houston Symphony is a highly rated option for those who enjoy music. The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of performances throughout the year as well. Those who might like taking advantage of the warm nights Houston has to offer might also enjoy the Miller Outdoor Theater. The Houston Grand Opera is another popular choice with a variety of performances through each season.

Miscellaneous Activities

Houston also offers a variety of unique activities for locals and tourists. The Cockrell Butterfly Center offers opportunities to see beautiful butterflies in simulated rain forests and other habitats. Hermann Park, the first public park in the city, is a great place to get out doors and enjoy some of the picnic areas and scenery.

Eating Options

It is hard to visit Houston without trying the barbeque or the steak. Many of the top rated places to eat in Houston fall into this category such as Taste of Texas or Goode Company Barbeque. There are also excellent options for those who might enjoy Tex-Mex dishes, including Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen and Chuy’s. Standard American fair can be found at Mel’s Country Cafe. More exotic top rated dining option include Ephesus Mediterranean Grill and Japaniero’s Sushi Bistro.

Visit CCRV

Taking a trip to Houston can be a fantastic way to experience new cuisine while enjoying some wonderful local museums and activities. Houston has a wonderful local culture that is fun for families and people of all ages to experience. Stop by CCRV before you go to see our inventory or to schedule some service.