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.

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Camping at Disney World’s Fort Wilderness

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.