Make This Easy Crab Salad in Your RV

Try this simple and easy crab salad recipe the next time you’re in the mood for seafood but don’t want to pay top dollar to satisfy that craving. This recipe is versatile, allowing you to customize and modify to your tastes. You can even replace the crab meat with tuna for a delicious tuna salad variation.

Easy Crab Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound imitation crab meat
  • 1 shallot, minced (or red onion)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup celery, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add all the ingredients together gently, stirring until well coated.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

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Chile-Lime Fish Taco Bowls

These fish taco bowls are the perfect companion to a summer day spent on the Gulf with your RV. Whip them up for lunch or dinner and enjoy with your favorite cold beverage for a refreshing and easy meal.

Chile-Lime Fish Taco Bowls with Citrus Crema

Ingredients

For the fish:

  • 1 1/2-2 pounds firm white fish (cod, rockfish, or halibut)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from 2-3 limes)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried chipotle chowder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

For the crema:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice (1/2 orange)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon dried chipotle powder

For the bowls:

  • 1 small head of cabbage
  • Guacamole or diced avocados
  • Pico de gallo or salsa
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitas), optional

Directions

  1. Place the fish in a large shallow dish or ziplock bag.
  2. Combine the lime juice, dried chipotle powder (more if you’d like it spicier), and sea salt. Pour it over the fish. Chill the fish and let it marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.
  3. Combine all of the ingredients for the crema and chill until ready to serve.
  4. Shred the cabbage and prep the guacamole and salsa (if needed).
  5. Cook the fish by grilling it over medium-high heat in a greased grill pan or in a skillet over medium-high heat in a little coconut oil.
  6. To assemble bowls, put a bed of shredded cabbage in each bowl. Top with a couple pieces of fish, a couple scoops of salsa, guacamole, and a sprinkle of pepitas. Serve with lime wedges and a drizzle of crema.

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Tips for Hiking with a Toddler

Hiking is a low skill activity that’s great for introducing toddler’s to the great outdoors as you travel in your RV. But toddlers obviously aren’t at the same physical level as even an out of shape adult. Here are some tips to keep your toddler happy and safe on the trail this summer.

Start Out Small

Your toddler is small, so start out small. Do less challenging hikes and shorter distances to acclimate your toddler to the concept of hiking. Once they get the hang of the distances involved, they’ll be able to graduate to more demanding walks.

Remember to Plan Some Breaks

Don’t demand too much of your toddler: plan to rest along the way and offer them plenty of food and even more water. Pack several snacks so that there’s something they’ll be in the mood to eat. In addition to water, bring along some juice packs. It’s important to keep them well hydrated.

Equip Them for Hiking

Don’t just throw on some random clothes and expect that your toddler will be able to keep up. Make some effort to deck them out: just like you, they’ll need hiking boots, sunglasses, a hat, and even a small backpack (they can carry their snacks this way). If properly equipped, they’ll be able to handle more and go farther.

Know When They’re Done

Don’t overexert a toddler. Watch for signs that they’re tiring out and be prepared to pick them up and turn around. With some practice, you’ll recognize that they’re tiring fast enough that you’ll be able to head back before they get too tired to walk on their own.

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Stop by RV Connections this summer 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.

Try These Delicious Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

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These packets are bursting with hearty and filling flavor. They’re very easy to make, whether over the grill or in an oven and they’ll soon become one of your favorite recipes when you’re out on the go.

Traditional Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Boil 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 foil packets on the grill and cook until just cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.*
  5. Served immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
  6. You can, alternatively, bake the foil packets in an oven at 425 degrees F for 15-17 minutes.

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Stop in and see us at RV Connections in Panama City the next time you’re on the market for a new or used RV. If you’ve got an RV and you’re not planning on upgrading any time soon, you can still drop in and see a certified RV technician to make sure that your rig is in good shape.

Get in an RV this Spring for $25K and Under!

Getting your own RV isn’t as expensive as you might think. With plenty of options under $25,000, hitting the road in the comfort and convenience of your own RV is easily attainable. Come shop our selection at RV Connections in Panama City or check out some examples of under $25K RVs below.

The 2017 Keystone Summerland 1850FL

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This travel trailer is normally $15960, but under our RED TAG sale, it can be yours for only $12399. This new travel trailer, by Keystone, has a gray exterior and seamist interior. It’s 21 feet long. It has exterior storage space available underneath the cabin, a dinette-style dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen (including a mini-fridge, two burner range, overhead microwave, and sink), a bathroom with a half-tub/shower combination, and bunk beds for up to 4 sleepers.

The 2011 Heartland Trailrunner 28RKS

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This gently pre-owned travel trailer is a great deal. Spacious and homey, it can be yours for the special price of $11900, down from $12990. You’ll enjoy an open interior that includes a dinette-style dining table and booths, a large kitchen (fully furnished), plenty of windows for natural lighting, tile flooring, recessed lighting, built-in shelving and cabinet space throughout, a master suite with a queen-sized bed and overhead storage, and a full bathroom with a shower stall.

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Stop by RV Connections today to tour any RV on our lot and to learn more about your favorites. Find the RV that’s perfect for you just in time for a summer road trip!

Gift a Vilano

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Give something memorable this year to someone special in your life… even if that special someone is you! Give the gift of a Vanleigh Vilano fifth wheel. Open whole new ways to travel and explore in 2017.

The Vanleigh Vilano Fifth Wheel Line

The 2017 Vanleigh Vilano fifth wheel may include such features (depending on the floorplan and optional packages) as residential hardwood cabinetry, king bed, 32″ LED TV in the bedroom, electric fireplace, Spyder Controls Multiplex Wiring w/ digital display, solid surface counter tops, soft touch vinyl ceiling, Whisper Quiet A/C system, Equa-Flex suspension, correct track alignment, slam latch doors, black tank flush, 12V tank heaters, slow rise roller shades, 50″ LED TV in the Living Area, MAXX Air Fan, four step aluminum entry way, 750 watt Pure Sine Wave inverter, high gloss exterior sidewalls, BASF painted front cap, framed & laminated slideout floors, electric awning w /LED light strip, Cool Gel memory foam mattress, 12V electric gates for holding tanks, LED entry light and porch light, Dual Low Pro 15K BTU A/C’s upgraded mirrored wardrobes, universal docking stations, recessed LED ceiling lighting, frameless flush mounted windows, 18Cu Ft. residential refrigerator, stainless steel appliances, powdercoated aluminum wet bay, solar prep, six point leveling system, Southern Motion comfort furniture, Pro – Star exterior lighting, and interior and exterior storage.

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Come by RV Connections this December to take a tour of a Vanleigh Vilano or any other model in the inventory at RV Connections in Panama City, Florida. While you’re here, you can schedule service for your current RV if you’ve got one or shop for parts and accessories, some of which make great gifts of their own.

Unbeatable Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

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Entrees and sides get a lot of praise at the Thanksgiving dinner table, but, to many, dessert is the best part. These two mouthwatering (and easy) desserts are guaranteed to be the stars of the show this Thanksgiving.

Festive Cranberry Cobbler

What you’ll need:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cups cranberries (partially thawed)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
  3. Stir the cranberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar together.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup sugar and salt together in a large bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk the milk and egg together, then whisk in the butter.
  6. Whisk the milk mixture into the flour mixture.
  7. Pour the batter into the skillet and sprinkle the cranberries on top.
  8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

What you’ll need:

  • 4 eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 9-inch basic pie crust (in a pie plate)
  • 1 cup pecans

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the lowest position.
  2. Set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the chocolate. Stir occasionally until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Stir the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and salt together in a medium bowl. Slowly stir in the melted chocolate.
  4. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Place the pie on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Lay the pecans evenly on top of the filling.
  6. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the pie has set. Let cool on a wire rack for 4 hours before serving.

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September Events Around Panama City

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September is still sunny in Florida, so there’s no reason to slow down your fun! And Florida is teeming with fun things to do in September, so you’ll have no excuse to put your RV away just yet.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam – September 2-4

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, a three-day celebration of sun, fun and country music, will host its 4th annual festival on the shores of Panama City Beach from Friday, September 2 to Sunday, September 4, 2016.

Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will provide the best of today’s country music for an audience of more than 15,000 people on the coast. Festival-goers will watch their favorite performers as they stand on the white “sugar sand” beach and dip their toes in the water. With lodging packages, patrons can ride free shuttles to the stage at Frank Brown Park.

2016 Lineup:

Friday, September 2: Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Granger Smith, A Thousand Horses, Mark Chesnutt, Dylan Scott, GalFridau Band

Saturday, September 3: Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Charles Esten, Darryl Worley, Craig Campbell, Chris Cavanaugh

Sunday, September 4: Eric Church, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tyler Farr, Neal McCoy, Colt Ford, Kirstie Lovelady, Them Dirty Roses

2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – September 17

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions! When you participate in Walk, your fundraising dollars fuel our mission, and your participation in the event helps to change the level of Alzheimer’s awareness in your community.

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If you’re in Florida this September, there’s no reason to stop having fun. Stop by RV Connections for RV sales, service, and accessories if you need anything RV related to keep your rig rolling. If you’re ready to start your RV adventures today, RV Connections can help you find the RV of your dreams.

Buying an RV

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In just a couple short months, it will be time to start thinking about going RVing for those who don’t like winter camping. This year, you may want to buy a brand new RV or trade in your used RV. Before you buy an RV or trade yours in, decide what type of RV you want. You can visit RV Connections Super Center to get some ideas, but there are several things to take into consideration.

Length/Towing Capacity

Before you buy a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you have to determine the towing capacity of your truck. You are limited by this, unless you buy a bigger truck. Check the towing capacity in the owner’s manual. Don’t forget, you need to figure the gross weight of the RV plus extra weight for the stuff inside and full holding tanks.

Number of People

Next, determine the most use for the RV. If you are taking only your family, then you need an RV that will sleep the number of people in your family. If you plan on going hunting or fishing with friends, take into consideration the number of people that will travel with you.

Use

If you have “toys” you like to bring with you, such as snowmobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, you may want to consider getting a toy hauler. These are great if you want to bring a slew of friends with you, as the garage part usually has extra bunks.

Length of Trips

If you plan on taking longer trips, especially trips where you may not be hooking up to utilities, you may want to consider an RV with larger holding tanks. Typically, these sleep more people and require a heavy-duty truck.

Retiring?

If you plan on retiring in the RV and traveling the country, you definitely need something that you can live in for an extended time. You may want something that sleeps six for two people so you won’t feel so cramped after being in the RV for a couple of months.

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If you are not sure what would be best for your situation, stop by RV Connections in Panama City and discuss your needs with us. We can help determine whether you need a bigger truck for what you want or need, or help you choose an RV that not only fits your needs, but something your truck can tow.

Stay Safe This Summer With These Health and Safety Tips

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Summer is a time for outdoor adventures, road trips and beach days, but all of that hot weather, those pesky outdoor bugs and the strong summer sun can put a damper on your fun. Keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this summer by following these simple summer safety tips.

Prevent Heat Illness

Many parts of the country get unbearably hot throughout the summer; it’s important to know how to recognize the signs of heat illness and how to prevent heat illness entirely. Always stay cool and hydrated, listen to your body and never leave anyone (including pets) inside closed, parked vehicles.

Grill Safely

A big part of the RV lifestyle is grilling food with friends on those long summer days. It’s important to keep food safety in mind whenever you’re grilling, which includes keeping food and drinks in separate coolers, washing your hands with hot water and soap after touching raw foods and always using clean cooking and serving utensils.

Protect Your Skin

Always protect your skin and eyes from the sun with UVA/UVB protective clothing, sunglasses and hats. And plan your outdoor activities before 11 a.m. and after 4 p.m. whenever possible, because the sun’s rays are weakest at such times. If you must be outside during those hours, be sure to stay hydrated and cover your body with loose-fitting cotton clothing.

Keep Bugs at Bay

Days spent at the campground are often followed by pesky bugs biting at night. Always use bug sprays that contain DEET, because they keep mosquitos, ticks and a variety of other harmful, disease-carrying insects away.

Swim and Play Safely

Playing in lakes, rivers and the ocean are some of the best times summer has to offer, but it’s important to use caution whenever you our your family members are swimming. Choose pools, beaches and lakes that have lifeguards on duty whenever possible.

Keep Your RV Safe Too

Before you hit the road for all of your summer adventures, bring your RV by RV Connections. Our certified RV technicians are here to handle all of you RV service and repair needs, so you can have the best summer possible.