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.

Happy Thanksgiving from RV Connections

RV Connections wishes you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving. Come by RV Connections in Panama City to tour a new or used RV for your holiday travels.

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.

Visit RV Connections in Panama City

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.

Visit RV Connections

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.

Get Fancy and Cook Shrimp Scampi in Your RV

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Preparing a restaurant-style dish like shrimp scampi in your RV may seem impossible. After all, you have limited counter space, a compact stove and limited storage space. Fortunately, cooking shrimp scampi is easier than most assume, and the delicious meal can be prepped and cooked in roughly 30 minutes.

Celebrate National Shrimp Scampi Day this April 29, with this mouthwatering, garlicky shrimp scampi recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (shelled and deveined)
  • Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry vermouth
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons flat-leaf parsley leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Cooking instructions:

  1. Place the shrimp on a paper plate and pat them with a paper towel until completely dry.
  2. Arrange the shrimp to lay flat and space them evenly. Season them with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the butter to the skillet and heat until the foaming subsides. Raise the heat and pour the shrimp into the skillet all at the same time.
  4. Cook the shrimp without stirring for 1 minute. 
  5. Add the garlic and cook the shrimp for an additional minute. Turn the shrimp over and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp and place them in a bowl.
  6. Pour the vermouth and lemon juice into the skillet. Boil until the combination has thickened (30 seconds). 
  7. Scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, then stir in the lemon zest and parsley. 
  8. Pour the sauce over the shrimp, then season the entire combination with salt and pepper. 
  9. Divide the shrimp evenly and serve with lemon wedges and linguine if desired.

 Searching for an RV with a more residential kitchen? Stop and see us at RV Connections in Panama City to find your dream RV today. 

The 2016 Forest River FR3

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The 2016 Forest River FR3 is for RV travelers who have avoided the Class A lifestyle, because they assume motorhomes are too expensive and difficult to drive. This crossover gas motorhome is as affordable and easy to maneuver as a Class C and as luxurious and convenient as a Class A. Simply put, the 2016 Forest River FR3 is the best of both worlds.

2016 FR3 Floorplans

The 2016 Forest River FR3 is equipped with a Ford chassis, and it comes in three luxurious floorplan options. The most compact model, the 25DS, features a king bedroom, customizable wardrobe or pantry, galley kitchen, wrap-around booth dinette, and a power fold-away bunk.

The larger 28DS and 30DS models both offer massive king bedrooms, spacious walk-through bathrooms, a living area with dinette and sofa, residential kitchens with dual basin sinks, a three-burner range and microwave.

Luxurious Class A Features

The 2016 Forest River FR3 is loaded with all of the top-end features travelers have come to expect in Class A motorhomes. Black walnut cabinetry, a Pioneer electronics package, a 32-inch LED TV, radius interior ceiling, brushed nickel hardware, night shade window treatments, LED lighting, stainless steel sinks, a trash can storage area, double door Dometic refrigerator and countless other touches ensure you enjoy the most comfortable and convenient RV lifestyle.

Driver Conveniences

One of the biggest perks of the Forest River FR3 is that it’s easy and enjoyable to drive. Travelers enjoy a molded automotive dash with laptop console, map lights, a driver side console with cup holder, Pioneer dash radio, a back-up monitor, headlights with LED rings, one year of Coach-Net roadside assistance with purchase and a long list of other interior and exterior features that make life on the road easier than ever.

Start Your Class A Lifestyle Today

The only way to truly understand the luxuries and conveniences of the 2016 Forest River FR3 is to see it for yourself. Tour this luxurious and affordable motorhome on our RV Connections website or right here on our lot in Panama City, Fla.

2015 Keystone Passport

The 2015 Keystone Passport is your ticket to family adventure. This ultra-light travel trailer is fully equipped and ready to go when you are, and you don’t even need a truck to tow it. The new Passport Ultra Lite can be pulled behind a small SUV or crossover, so you can enjoy freedom, comfort and ease-of-use wherever you choose to go.

More Interior Comforts Than Ever

The new, 2015 Passport is ready to stay on the road as long as you desire. With all of the interior comforts and conveniences you want (and some you didn’t even know you wanted), you’ll find yourself desiring to live in this cozy RV full time. Top-end features like an LCD flat screen HDTV, two-tone wood accents, an extra-large refrigerator, range hood, hardwood cabinetry and designer decors will make you feel at home whether you’re traveling on the road or parked at the campsite.

An Upscale Exterior

The Keystone company knows that you want to enjoy the days spent outside at the campsite as much as those spent inside your RV. And that’s why they’ve made the exterior of the Passport as luxurious as the interior. Top-end features like electric awnings, exterior speakers, an outdoor shower, patio lights, a portable outdoor grill (in most models) and lighted pass-through storage compartments will make those long evenings outside better than ever.

The Perfect Package

The fully-outfitted interior and exterior of your new Keystone Passport may make you fall in love at first sight, but it’s the towability and easy setup that will make you appreciate this travel trailer year after year. The Passport’s EZ lube axles, heavy-duty mechanical jacks, four stabilizer jacks, an electric slide-out system and Keystone’s load equalization will improve your RV experience whether you’re cruising down the highway or setting up your home base at the campground.

Come Tour It Today

Convinced the new Keystone Passport is the perfect RV for your family? We have a wide selection of 2015 Keystone Passport floor plans right here on our lot at RV Connections in Panama City, so you can drive away into your new RV lifestyle today.

5 Must-Visit Summer Events in Florida

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Here at RV Connections in Panama City, we think there’s no better place to be in the summertime than Florida. And with so many amazing events happening throughout the state this summer, we think you’ll definitely agree.

Fire up your RV and cruise down to Florida for these five must-visit summer events, and you’ll see why the Sunshine State is not just for snowbirds anymore.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally

Reserve the second Thursday of each month for the delicious Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally. Sample some of the best food in Lakeland from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the exciting downtown, outdoor atmosphere.

Bonita Springs Country Music Barbeque

Kick off summer a little bit early on June 1st and 2nd at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa for an unforgettable concert by the J.J. McCoy Band, a massive barbeque buffet, full bar and tons of cowboy-themed fun.

The 24th Annual Harvest Festival

Explore one of Florida’s most anticipated events of the season at the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont June 20-22. With tons of live music, over 80 craft and art vendors, plenty of wine and beer and the popular grape-stomping competition, you don’t have to be a wine-lover to have a blast at the Harvest Festival.

Panama City Beach Fourth of July Spectacular

Celebrate the Fourth of July right here in Panama City Beach at the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. With a wide variety of live music, free events, kids activities, food, drinks and so much more, you may just enjoy the best Fourth of July ever right here in Panama City.

Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend

There’s no better way to enjoy summer with your kids than Yogi Bear’s Beach Party Weekend from July 11 to 13. Camp at the Jellystone Park in Madison all weekend and experience endless family fun including beach music, karaoke, beach volleyball, sand castle building and tons more.

Make a Stop At RV Connections

When you’re cruising throughout Florida this summer, don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at RV Connections in Panama City. As your local Florida RV dealer, we’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best summer camping season yet.

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2014 Tiffin Allegro Red Review

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Although some of the body-paint schemes on the 2014 Tiffin Allegro Red do have a splash of red in them, the “Red” after Allegro refers not to a color but to the rear engine diesel (RED) of this new RV. What this rear engine diesel means for you is more horsepower, more torque, and more legroom.

Interior

When you look at its beautiful decor, cabinetry, cabinet fascias, and Leatherette furniture, it’s apparent that the 2014 Allegro Red is a true luxury motor home. Starting with the cockpit, you’ll be comfortable on those long drives with the Leatherette power seats. That comfort extends to the living area with the Leatherette sofa sleeper and booth or U-shaped dinette with flat-screen TV nearby. And continuing on the theme of comfort, the bedroom has wall-to-wall carpet and an Innerspring queen mattress.

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The kitchen includes a double-bowl sink with bronze faucet and solid surface countertops, backsplashes, and cooktop cover. Of course, you’ll also have a gas oven, 3-burner range, 2-door refrigerator, and microwave. A solid surface vanity countertop is also found in the bathroom, which includes a medicine cabinet and one-piece fiberglass shower.

Exterior

The 2014 Allegro Red has a durable skeleton with a one-piece roof, 2-inch thick gel-coat fiberglass sidewalls, and high-impact strand board bonded to the vinyl tile floor. In the cockpit, the tinted one-piece windshield allows for increased visibility. The Red also has Air Ride suspension for smoother driving, and the 340-horsepower engine can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

A 8 kw Onan generator powers the utilities in this motor home. The exterior has full-body paint and chrome wheel liners for an attractive look. Other exterior features include color backup monitor, power patio awning, and hydraulic automatic leveling jacks.

Options

Adding a few options is what really turns this motor home into a luxury motor home. Some of these options include the following:

  • Overhead TV and Nav System in cab
  • Fireplace
  • Solid wood refrigerator panels
  • King bed
  • Exterior TV
  • Two roof ACs with heat pumps

Floor Plans

Five to choose from, including the following…

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From 33- to 38-foot floor plans, you can find an Allegro Red that fits your needs at a dealer like RV Connections in Florida.

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2014 Forest River Forester Review

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Looking for a new Class C Motorhome? Forest River’s Forester line of motorhomes offers interiors, beautiful decors, and all the amenities you need—all at an affordable price. With several floor plans to choose from that can sleep anywhere from 5 to 8 people, there is a 2014 Forester that will suit your needs and your budget.spacious

We’re currently running a Red Tag special on the 2014 Forester 3171DS, so come check it out for yourself!

Exterior

Forester models range from about 24 feet to just over 32 feet in length. The frame of the motorhome is constructed of aluminum and steel backers for increased strength and durability. The roof is fiberglass, and the sidewalls have a laminated 2-inch gel coat. The holding tanks and valve dump stations are fully heated and enclosed for added protection and convenience. Other convenient features you will find on the exterior include an electric awning, entry door with dead bolt lock, sliding windows that are tinted, and an outside shower.

Interior

With maple or cherry wood cabinetry and LED-bulb glass light fixtures throughout, not to mention the attractive decor, the Forester makes you feel right at home. The comfortable and stylish Ultra Leather sofa adds to the interior’s inviting look. The kitchen is fully loaded and includes a refrigerator/freezer that is 6 cubic feet as well as an oven and three burner range. From the porcelain toilet and ABS shower surround to the large medicine cabinet with mirrored doors, the bathroom has everything you need as well. And in the bedroom, you can sleep comfortably on a Serta mattress and let the night shades provide the privacy you need.

Systems

The 30,000 BTU furnace and 13,500 BTU ducted air conditioner maintains the desired indoor temperature. Also included is a 6-gallon electric/gas water heater and a water filtration system. And powering it all is the 40G Guardian generator.

Options

Options abound for the Forester. A flat screen TV with DVD is available on the exterior of the motorhome, and a 40-inch TV with entertainment center over the cab is available on the inside. In the cab, you can also upgrade to a navigation system, swivel seats, and wood-grain dash. Add backup and side-view cameras for easier and safer maneuvering.

Overall

The 2014 Forest is an affordable yet luxurious Class C motorhome. If you’re looking for the biggest and most feature-rich model, you can find more information at RV Connections of Panama City.