Try This Light and Easy Fish Recipe

lemon butter salmon foil packet

Camping out, even if you’re in an RV, means that you’re expending lots of energy every day and that you’re probably eating pretty heartily. Maybe too heartily. If you want to scale back on your meals and eat something that’s filling but light, try these simple and easy salmon foil packets. The foil does most of the work. All you’ve got to do is prepare the ingredients, wrap them up, and let the oven cook them to delightful perfection.

LEMON & GARLIC BUTTER SALMON FOIL PACKETS W/ PINEAPPLE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 pineapple, halved and sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of ½ a lemon)
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low-medium heat. Add honey, garlic and lemon. Whisk until the honey has melted through the butter and the mixture is well combined. Add one tablespoon chopped parsley, mix well and set aside.
  3. Cut 4 sheets of 14-inch length aluminum foil. Divide pineapple slices among sheets layering in center in an even layer and sprinkle with pepper. Arrange salmon fillets on top and drizzle with the honey lemon garlic butter sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with more chopped parsley.
  4. Pull sides of foil inward and seal then roll edges up, try to leave a little room for heat to circulate. Transfer the packets on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven about 10-15 minutes. Enjoy with brown or white rice if desired and remaining sauce. Sprinkle with additional chopped parsley if you like.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

Stop by RV Connections this winter to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. Learn more about your favorite models and ask your sales associate if there are any sales or specials going on. Get out there and explore the highways in an RV from RV Connections!

Games to Teach Your Dog on the Road

If you’ve got your dog traveling with you in your RV, they’re probably pretty well distracted by all the new sights, sounds, and smells on almost a daily basis. That being said, sometimes you might stop in at a campground or RV park for a longer stretch and your dog could get a bit bored.

If this ever happens, try teaching your dog a new game to play. Not only will they find it stimulating, but it will help strengthen your bond with your best friend.

Name Game Fetch

This game takes fetch to the next level. Not only will your dog have fun and tire himself out retrieving items, but they’ll learn some vocabulary to boot. You simply throw an item like you would during a normal game of fetch, but you’ll also name the item. Keep the names as simple as possible and consistent for maximum learning potential. Do this over and over again until your dog can successfully retrieve the right toy or item from a pile when you utter the word. Reinforce this learning with lots of treats.

Human Says

This is basically Simon Says for your dog. Run through all the tricks and commands your dog knows in a sequence. Vary up the order and pacing to keep your dog on his toes. Not only does this stimulate your dog’s brain, but it helps keep them brushed up on their repertoire of tricks.

Hide and Seek

If you’ve got a bigger group of people, whether your family or just some neighbors, you can get them together for a game of hide and seek starring your dog. Simply put your dog in the RV while everyone goes to hide in various spots around the campground/RV park, then unleash your dog to seek them out. To help keep your dog focused on task and give him a shot at finding people, you can instruct people to make small noises.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections this winter to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not looking to upgrade your rig, you can still make sure that your RV is ready to travel with our service department at RV Connections in Panama City.

Visiting Everglades National Park in Your RV

One of the best road trips you can take is to the Everglades National Park. The park is located in the tip of southern Florida and it has a deep history. At one point, citizens started draining the Everglades so that the land would be more useful. It was soon realized that the drainage project was destroying the fragile ecosystem and drainage and construction were halted.

Create a Tradition

The Everglades Ecosystem is home to over 350 different species of documented birds. When you take a road trip in your RV from RV Connections, watch for some of the rare species. Make a tradition of visiting every year so that you can see your favorite birds.

Old Highways

Two of the old highways are still in place – at least parts of them. The Old Ingraham Highway that led to Royal Palm State Park was completed by the time the park was dedicated in 1916. While it was supposed to be part of a railroad project, it was determined that a better route existed. However, James E. Ingraham wanted to continue the highway for the growth in agriculture and development for the Everglades.

By 1922 a large portion of the original proposed route was completed, but not to Cape Sable as planned. The Homestead Canal was tied to the highway and was used as drainage for the road. The canal, about 50 miles long, runs along the road until Coot Bay/Mud Lake. The old road is now part of new roads that run from Florida City to Flamingo. Some of the highway is now park administrative roads or trails; and some of it has been removed so that the landscape could be restored.

The Tamiami Trail runs from Fort Myers to Dade County. Construction began in 1915 and each district along the way built their part of the trail. This trail/road and its accompanying canal took 13 years to complete. The Tamiami Trail helped with the development of the interior of the Everglades and the accessibility of the area. Since the trail’s development disrupted the natural flow of water, many Miccosukee and Seminole villages were created along the tail – this native people served as tourist guides and hunting guides as the Everglades was their home.

Visit RV Connections

Before you head out on a road trip to South Florida and the Everglades, visit RV Connections to shop for a new RV or to schedule service for your current rig.

Cooking Tips in Your RV

Ideally, you want to use your RV’s kitchen when you’re out on the road traveling in it. After all, the ability to cook your own food like you would at home was probably one of the major draws of owning your motorhome or travel trailer in the first place.

But when it comes down to actually cooking, you may feel put-off by the idea. It’s admittedly more straightforward and simpler to just head to a restaurant every night and managing your RV’s fridge and pantry stock takes extra work. Not to worry: with just a few simple tips, you can be well on your way to maximizing your RV kitchen’s potential.

Plan Things Out

Planning what you’ll eat and when you’ll eat it helps you to actually follow through on prepping the ingredients you bought. When you plan your meals and buy the groceries, make a promise to yourself to get those meals made even if you’re tired after a long day.

Have Alternatives Handy

In the event that you’re absolutely done with everything and you’re bone-weary (hey, it’s going to happen sometimes if you just spent a lot of time outside), don’t resort to eating out. Have some cheap and easy non-perishable alternatives available at all times. We’re talking cans of soup, boxed macaroni, or some canned tuna. They’re not exciting meals, but they’ll still fill you up without forcing you to put forth lots of effort.

Keep Meals Simple

Regardless of whether or not you’re tired, it’s best to keep all meals simple, not just your alternatives. The simpler they are, the more likely you’ll feel up to making them. Simpler means fewer ingredients and steps, not less taste. Find meals that are heavy on flavor but light on prep. Don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker or to prep ingredients ahead of time (including freezing pre-cooked meats).

Cook Outside

Lastly, don’t forget that you’re in some of the prettiest places in the country. You’re RVing and that means that you’re probably at a campground in a National or State Park right this second. What better incentive to cook than to grill outside your rig in the fresh air and natural splendor of your surroundings? Mix some grill recipes into your meal plan and enjoy the evening outside.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections this winter to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. Learn more about your favorite models and ask your sales associate if there are any sales or specials going on. Get out there and explore the highways in an RV from RV Connections!

The Most Scenic Florida Beaches

This winter when the weather gets too cold up north, just point your RV down south. Florida is the perfect winter getaway. The weather’s warm, the beach is welcoming, and the views are spectacular. Here are some of the best beaches for snowbirding in Florida.

Destin

The white beaches and emerald waters of the Destin area, located in the panhandle, draw many tourists; the sand dunes are considered some of the whitest in the world and contrast strikingly with the water.

Islamorada

There’s no better place to escape the cold this winter than in Florida’s Keys. Islamorada, located just beyond Key Largo, offers turquoise ocean waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle-boarding, fishing and just about any water-based activity. The tropical town’s cool seaside restaurants, famous bars and cartoonish palm trees are enough to create an unforgettable spring break.

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola has gorgeous beaches, art galleries, shops and restaurants in historic buildings. The area’s also home to military attractions, including the National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station. Pensacola is full of history too, being one of the oldest cities on the continent. In addition, you can climb 177 steps up the historic Pensacola Lighthouse for matchless views of the Gulf Coast.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.

Hosting Christmas Dinner in Your RV

Taking a trip in your RV over the holidays doesn’t mean you need to skip Christmas dinner or eat it at a dingy roadside restaurant. Although the space may be a little tighter than at home, you’ve got all of the tools you need to cook a lavish meal right there in your motor home. It doesn’t have to be stressful either; get the whole family involved and let the great outdoors provide a backdrop for your best Christmas yet.

The Centerpiece

Although a turkey or ham may seem way too large to cook in your RV’s oven, there are a few alternative routes you can take to ensure the Christmas turkey or ham makes it to the table. You can always deep fry or grill your turkey or ham, but this means you’re forced to bring a grill and fryer with you. The best alternative to carrying around extra cargo is to buy turkey breasts or ham steaks instead of a full turkey or ham. Bake them in your RV’s oven for that traditional baked Christmas taste.

Grocery Shopping

It may seem obvious to stock your RV’s fridge with all of the supplies for Christmas dinner before you hit the road, but if you’ve got a few days in the vehicle before the holiday, early shopping isn’t such a great idea. If you’re headed to an area that will have grocery stores nearby, stop at one near your destination. Frozen pies can thaw and fresh breads can go stale after days of travel.

Use All of Your Options

It seems like most Christmas dinner fixings are cooked in the oven, but this is where you need to get creative. Choose side dishes that can be successfully cooked on the stove, in the microwave or even in a crockpot if you travel with one. If you have an outdoor kitchen, use it in addition to your interior RV kitchen, and don’t be afraid to buy a couple of fresh dishes from the supermarket’s deli if you’re short on cooking space.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections this winter to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not looking to upgrade your rig, you can still make sure that your RV is ready to travel with our service department at RV Connections in Panama City.

Things To Do in Your RV Before the New Year

While many people make New Year resolutions, what’s to stop someone from making some “Old Year” resolutions instead? Why wait for a new year to have fun? Ring out 2017 in style by adding some items to your end of the year RVing bucket list and hit the road today! Here are some great ways to do that:

Go Somewhere New

While every RVer has their favorite destinations that they return to time and time again, why not view the end of 2017 as the time to go somewhere you’ve always thought about seeing, but have never gotten around to going there? Whether it’s heading up into the Rockies, seeing the West Coast, visiting Niagara Falls, or finally checking out the Grand Canyon, there’s got to be somewhere you wish you can go. Stop wishing and make it happen!

Make Some New Friends

Stopping in at an RV park is a great way to make new friends. After all, you know right off the bat that you share some similar interests: travel and RVing! Use those interests to break the ice and get to know your temporary neighbors better. While you’re at the park, you can enjoy your time more fully with new friends. And who knows? When it comes time for you or them to leave, your friendship could carry on if you exchange information. It’s a big open road out there, but your paths could cross again!

Do Some End of Year Cleaning

Spring is the classic season for all things cleaning, but why wait? If your RV is beginning to feel flooded to the brim with clutter, go ahead and make plans to start anew. If you get it done before the new year, you can enter 2018 feeling refreshed and ready to take on whatever the upcoming year may throw your way.

Visit RV Connections

Stop by RV Connections this winter to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. If you’re not looking to upgrade your rig, you can still make sure that your RV is ready to travel with our service department at RV Connections in Panama City.

Camping at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

James Kirkikis / Shutterstock.com

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground is the Disney World of RV parks, which is fitting considering it’s technically a part of Disney World. The massive campground takes up 700 acres of the park’s land and is so massive that you may feel like you’re in the middle of a forest somewhere rather than a short walk from one of the country’s best amusement parks.

It’s a full RV park with all the amenities and comforts you’d expect, including private sites, full hookups, two heated pools, several restaurants, stores, playgrounds, tennis courts, bike rentals, fishing, marinas, and more.

Here’s what else you should know:

Guests Have Easy Access to the Park

Guests at Fort Wilderness have an unprecedented level of access to Disney World. The campground itself is basically an actual fort: it’s blocked off and restricted except to those who are staying there. You’ll need your MagicBand on your wrist to access it and the park, which is a short walk away if you’re staying at Fort Wilderness. You’ll also gain access to park transport systems, like the buses or ferries to get to other portions of the park quickly, like Epcot or Animal Kingdom.

Feel Free to Bring Your Pets Along

Fort Wilderness is the only pet friendly resort that Disney World offers and has a leash-free dog park for guests and their pets to enjoy. Better yet, you don’t have to worry about your dogs when you head out to enjoy the park. Just make arrangements with the onsite Best Friends Pet Care facility and leave your pets with qualified pet sitters.

Don’t Wait to Reserve Your Spot

While Fort Wilderness has almost 800 sites available for all sizes of RVs, those spots fill up fast, especially in more tourist-heavy seasons. If you’ve got the intent to go to Disney World this upcoming year, see about making reservations soon. Make note that there are no pull-through spots available: you’ll have to back your RV up into your site. Sites run from $50 for the smaller sites to $90 a night for the larger ones. These prices are subject to change without notice, but they’re generally what you can expect to pay.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip. The techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road.

Must Have RV Gadgets

Technology provides us with awesome new camping gadgets every year. And as much as many travelers try to steer clear of using too much technology in the great outdoors, these three camping gadgets are so useful, they’re hard to resist.

NEMO Helio Pressure Shower

If you’ve been using a Coleman solar shower or are simply disappointed with the water pressure from your RV’s exterior shower, you’ll fall in love with the NEMO Helio Pressure Shower. This unique shower, with attached foot pump, allows you to choose your desired water pressure for five to seven minutes. The 11-liter tank warms in the sun quickly, so you can enjoy a hot, high-pressure shower — without using your precious RV water tanks — in a matter of minutes.

Coronado Signature Series Recliner

Forget about picnic benches and cheap pop-up chairs, the Coronado Signature Series Recliner is the only outdoor chair you need at the campsite. The rich bronze weave mesh is easy to clean, durable and aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to put it away when it’s not in use. An adjustable headrest, heavy-duty reclining frame and supportive leg rest ensure you’re always comfortable at the campground.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Stove

Sick of dirtying the interior of your RV when you want to cook for friends and family? The portable Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Stove is easy to transport and easy to set up, so you can enjoy an outdoor kitchen even if your RV didn’t come with one. This awesome camp stove can cook for up to five hours on one 1-pound propane can, so you can enjoy your favorite meals without the mess.

Find Your Favorite RV Gadgets at RV Connections

Come by RV Connections in Panama City to shop for all of the latest and greatest camping supplies, RV parts, and accessories for your next RV trip.

Tips for RV Camping in the Florida Keys

With fall setting in and winter hot (cold?) on its trail, if you’re not packing away your RV, you’re probably at least setting your sights on some warmer destinations.

While there’s always SoCal or the Southwestern deserts, we prefer the sunny beaches of the Florida Keys. If year round blue skies, breezy warm weather, and refreshing water sounds like your idea of a great fall or winter, point your rig towards the Keys and enjoy some time there. Even as late in the year as December, you can catch some temperatures in the low to mid 70s.

Remember to Book a Site Well in Advance

One downside of the Keys is that you’re not the only RVer who will think to go there in the fall/winter. Know when you want to go and make sure that you reserve a site for your RV lest you find yourself roving the area in search of a spot to drop anchor. Even if you find that it’s too late this year, it’s still worth it to begin planning for next fall/winter. The sooner you try, the better chance you’ll have.

Don’t Go Without Your Trusty Tow Vehicle

If you’re in a motorhome, bring along an additional vehicle to get around with. It’s handy to have one almost anywhere, but it’s basically mandatory in the Keys. Major sites are spread out, so it’s not walkable. Additionally, there are some areas in the Keys where a big RV won’t fit. It’s best to drop your RV off at your camping site and then leave it there until you’re ready to move out.

Don’t Forget to Sightsee

This probably goes without saying, but there are multiple Keys in the region and each is worth the time it takes to visit and explore it. Don’t hone in Key West, for example.

Also, while the Keys are rightly known for watersports and seafood, don’t neglect to search for other activities and cuisines during your stay. You’ll be surprised at what you find when you look. Ask other RVers who’ve been in the area for a few weeks if they’ve got any recommendations.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

Stop by RV Connections before you hit the road on your next trip or before you put your RV in storage. In either case, the techs at RV Connections in Panama City can help you get your RV ready for the road or for storage. If you don’t feel comfortable prepping your rig for storage, let a technician take care of it all for you.