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 Florida RV Summer Storage

If you’re not going to be using your RV this summer or early fall, you’ll need to get it prepped for storage. Whether you are storing a motorized or non-motorized RV, the process is the same except for the extra steps you need to do for the engine in a motorized RV.

Plumbing

Empty the fresh water holding tank and the hot water heater. Turn the water pump and all of the faucets on to ensure that there is no water in the plumbing lines. Flush the toilet, ensuring that all of the water runs out. Empty the black and gray tanks. Leaving the black tank hooked up to the dump station, pour three or four buckets of water down the toilet to rinse the tank. If you have a tank rinse, you can skip that step and just run the tank rinse. Once you know all of the water is out of the system and all of the tanks are empty, turn the faucets off.

Cabinets

Remove all food, even canned food, from the cabinets. If you have a climate controlled storage area, you can leave the canned goods in as they won’t freeze and burst. Anything that is in containers that can be chewed through and anything that has an expiration date that is during the time your RV is in storage should be removed.

Materials

While your RV is in an enclosed storage, there is less chance that mice will get inside, but if the RV is in a carport-type storage or outside, store all pillows, blankets and other materials in plastic. Leave mattresses on the beds.

Generator

Add gas stabilizer to the generator’s gas tank. Run the generator for about 10 minutes to run the treated gas through the system. If the tank is easy to drain, remove the gas that is left in the tank; or run the generator until it runs out of gas if there is just a bit in the tank. Turn the fuel off.

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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.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Try making this spicy shrimp pasta the next time you’re out in your RV this summer. Whether for lunch or dinner, you can eat this in the comfort of your RV or even take it to go on a picnic.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound shrimp, without shells, and deveined
  • crushed red pepper
  • paprika
  • salt
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • half a cube chicken bullion
  • 1 tablespoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz penne pasta

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook on one side for about 1 minute, until shrimp turns pink on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle the top of shrimp with crushed red pepper, paprika, and salt to cover every single shrimp. Using spatula, turn shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 2 more minutes.
  2. Remove shrimp to a plate, being careful to leave all the oil in the skillet.
  3. To the same skillet, add chopped onion and minced garlic and cook on medium high heat in the olive oil that will have a nice reddish color from paprika and crushed red pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes, occasionally stirring, until onions soften.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and chicken bullion cube dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water. Add basil and oregano, mix, bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, mixing occasionally and crushing all tomatoes into very small bites, until the sauce reduces just a bit. Season with more red pepper and salt, if needed. At the end, while on simmer, add heavy cream, mix it in, and immediately remove from heat.
  5. Add back the shrimp and pasta. Mix everything well to combine. Reheat on low simmer, if needed. Do not bring to boil or high heat as it might affect the sauce texture. Add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. When serving, I like to sprinkle the top of pasta with just a touch of crushed red pepper.

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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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Try These Vivid Fish Tacos this Summer

Vivid both visually and in taste, these fish tacos 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.

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Lime Crema

Ingredients

For the fish:
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound white fish, about 3 or 4 fillets
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 12 corn tortillas
For the Chipotle-Lime Crema:
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
Toppings:
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce

Directions

For the fish:
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cumin, onion and garlic powder. Sprinkle both sides of each fish fillet evenly with the seasoning.

  2. Heat coconut oil in pan over medium-high heat until HOT.

  3. Lay fish fillets in pan and cook for 5 minutes without turning.

  4. After 5 minutes, flip fish and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes, or until fish begins to flake.

  5. Remove pan from heat and flake the fish with a fork. Serve fish on warm corn tortillas, top with lettuce, cilantro, radishes, and chipotle lime crema.

For the Chipotle Lime Crema:
  1. Mix all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth.

  2. Chill in fridge until ready to eat.

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Explore Econfina Creek

Located in Florida’s northwest panhandle between Panama City and Marianna, Econfina Creek offers paddlers and other watercrafters an at times languid and at other times harrowing route full of scenery and pristine springs.

Part of the route is great for beginners or those looking to enjoy a languid trip while the rest of the creek is extremely difficult and fast-moving and only suitable for experienced water-goers.

Stretching about 26 miles starting near Panama City and heading to Deer Point Reservoir and the Gulf of Mexico, there are a number of pullovers to enter the river or to picnic along its side.

There are a total of 11 springs along the creek’s length and very little human development to spoil the natural beauty. You can snorkel in the gentle parts of the creek or in the springs themselves. The creek is also good for tubing.

There’s one canoe outfitter situated on the creek just north of the Hwy 20 bridge. They can provide canoe, kayak, or tube rentals and will even shuttle visitors to and from access points along the creek. Even if you’re not renting watercraft from them, they still offer the shuttle service.

Vegetation along the creek isn’t typical Florida foliage, and includes mountain laurels, magnolia, beech, cypress, sweetgum, and white oak, among others.

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Tips for Organizing Your RV

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The RV lifestyle demands organization. Reducing an entire household of belongings into the compact size of your motorhome or travel trailer is both difficult and rewarding. But don’t let the stress of downsizing your belongings or travel supplies keep you from hitting the road. These three simple and cost-effective items will help you organize your RV, so you enjoy all of your favorite comforts and conveniences on the road.

Use Shoe Organizers Wherever You Can

Hanging shoe organizers can be used in various areas of your RV. Hang one on the back of your bathroom door to hold bathroom supplies. Hang one in the pantry to organize your cleaning supplies, and of course, hang one in your bedroom to organize your shoes, socks and other small items. Many travelers even cut the shoe organizers into sections, so they can use them in more compact spaces.

Use Clear Shoe Boxes to Keep Clothing in Place

Shoe boxes are undeniably handy (and cheap) ways to keep your RV organized. Spend a little extra to purchase clear plastic shoe box size containers with lids, and you won’t have to drag them down from your shelves to look inside every time you need something. Use these clear boxes for small clothing pieces, spices, snacks, toiletries and other compact items.

Use Lazy Susans in the Cabinets and the Fridge

Lazy Susan turntables can be extremely handy when you’re living on the road. A variety of Lazy Susan turntables are available with gripping surfaces and lips, so your items won’t move when you’re cruising down the highway or even on less desirable terrain. Keep the turntables in your larger cabinets and even in the refrigerator to make accessing items in tight spaces much easier.

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The RV Connections Super Center online parts store is loaded with RV parts and accessories to help you enjoy your life on the road. Stop by RV Connections today and see our selection of new and used RVs.

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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