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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How to Conquer Any Solo Hike

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Hiking is generally best done in groups or with at least a buddy. This is, besides the company, done purely for the fact that having a buddy is a safeguard against mishap. If one of you has an accident, your hiking partner can offer immediate assistance or flag down aid.

If, however, you’re traveling alone, you shouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying the numerous hiking opportunities you’re bound to encounter. Simply follow these tips to conquer any hiking trail by yourself.

Know Your Limits

Extra important when you’re alone, knowing your limits and abiding by them will keep you fresh and alert. Knowing what you can and can’t handle will keep you safe. If you think scrambling up a hill will save you time and you know you can do it, go ahead. If you’re not confident in doing it, no pressure. Find another route.

Be Extra Aware of Your Surroundings

Two pairs of eyes are better than one, but you won’t have that benefit. Make sure that you’re aware of your surroundings and that you note any potential hazards. This includes uneven terrain that might trip you up (like hidden potholes or exposed roots) and local wildlife. Wildlife, specifically, is something you should familiarize yourself with. Know the local species and know which ones pose danger to a single person.

Have a Well-Stocked Kit

Be prepared for anything by having a well-stocked pack. Make sure that you have a poncho for rain, an extra pair of clothes in case something happens and you need to change, more water than you think you’ll need, non-perishable high protein snacks, a flashlight, and an extra layer of clothing in case the weather turns cold or you have to spend a night outdoors.

Let Someone Know Where You’re Going

Let someone know where you’re going, how you plan to get there, and how long you expect you’ll be out. Just because you don’t have a buddy along with you on the hike itself doesn’t mean you can’t have someone watching your back. This person can be a neighbor at your campsite, a park ranger, or even a family member or friend back home. Tell them you’ll check in with them by a certain time and that, if you fail to do so, to take steps to find you.

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Before you hit the road in search of hiking trails to conquer, be sure to stop by RV Connections to schedule service and have a technician check your rig for any problems that may cause you problems on your trip. RV Connections can also help you find your next RV if it’s time to upgrade or if you’re just getting into the RV lifestyle.

Making Custom Chocolates in Your RV

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With Valentine’s Day just last month, you might have had some gourmet chocolates recently. Aside from getting a box of assorted chocolates for Valentine’s, you can always go to a chocolatier, but that’s pretty expensive, sometimes a few bucks per piece.

If you want some decadent chocolate treats on the cheap and would love to customize them to your taste, this recipe is for you. It’s so easy you can even make them in your RV; all you need by way of special equipment is an ice cube tray and freezer!

Ice Cube Tray Chocolates

Makes: 1 ice cube tray (about 16 chocolates); Prep Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 1hr 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups milk, or dark chocolate, chips
  • 2 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 6 soft caramel chews
  • 2 tbsp chopped, salted, roasted peanuts
  • 2 large marshmallows, cut in half and sides trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • Pastry brush
  • Ice cube tray

Directions

  1. Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe measuring cup or bowl.
  2. Microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals until melted (stir between each interval) should take about 90 seconds depending on your microwave.
  3. Spray the ice cube tray lightly with cooking spray, and use the pastry brush to coat all sides up to the top of the tray. Also, use the brush to remove any excess cooking spray so there is not a pool in the bottom of the trays.
  4. Fill the ice cube tray about ⅓ full with your choice of chocolate.
  5. Allow the chocolate to sit in the ice cube tray for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Tilt the trays and rotate to make sure that the melted chocolate coats all of the sides of the tray.
  7. Put your chocolate shells in the freezer for 1-2 minutes until the chocolate has slightly thickened, but is still liquid.
  8. Tilt the trays and rotate again to make sure that the melted chocolate coats all of the sides of the tray with a thicker coat of chocolate this time.
  9. Allow the chocolate to sit in the ice cube tray for 2-3 minutes until it is mostly set.
  10. While the chocolate is setting prepare the fillings. Take each caramel and mash in 1 tsp of peanuts so that it is well combined. Cut the marshmallows in half lengthwise and trim the sides to fit in the ice cube tray.
  11. Fill the chocolates with soft caramel chews and chopped peanuts, peanut butter, or marshmallows. Try to make sure that the filling stays in the center and does not touch the sides of the tray too much or the chocolates may stick in those spots when they are unmolded.
  12. If needed, refresh the melted chocolate by heating in the microwave for 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted again.
  13. Pour the melted chocolate over the filling until it is covered by a layer of chocolate.
  14. Tap the ice cube tray on the table to allow the air bubbles to escape and the chocolate to settle. Push down the marshmallows if they start to float to the top of the tray and show through the chocolate.
  15. Pour more melted chocolate over the filling if needed until it is covered by a layer of chocolate again.
  16. Clean the top of the ice cube tray so that you can see the partitions that separate the “cubes”. This will help prevent your chocolates from sticking together and help them to release from the tray when it is time to unmold them.
  17. Place the trays on a flat surface in the freezer for about an hour until the chocolate has hardened.
  18. Remove the trays from the freezer and allow to temper for about 5-10 minutes.
  19. Unmold the chocolates by lightly twisting the ice cube tray as if you were trying to release ice. Turn the tray upside down over a sheet tray lined with wax paper or parchment paper to catch the chocolates. You may need to lightly tap the bottom of the tray to coax the chocolates to release or you may need to twist the ice cube tray a few more times.

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Healthy Recipes to Make in Your RV

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Eating right while on the road can be hard to maintain. Try these delicious and healthy recipes in your RV instead of pulling over for fast food. They’re simple enough that you won’t have an excuse not to!

Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 skinless/boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (multi-colored if available)
  • 3 tablespoons oil and vinegar dressing
  • 20 olives (halved)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (crumbles)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Turn grill on medium-high heat.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken and place it on the grill.
  3. Grill for six minutes on each side or until the chicken is cooked throughout.
  4. Combine tomatoes, 1 1/2 tablespoons of dressing and olives in a skillet, and warm the combination for two minutes on medium heat.
  5. Brush the remaining dressing over the chicken and cut each breast into slices.
  6. Top with 1/4 cup of the tomato/olive mixture and a sprinkle of feta cheese.

Cherry and Sunflower Seed Kale Salad

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 cup red onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 5 ounces baby kale
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Make a dressing by combining the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and honey in a large salad bowl.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (kale, dried cherries, onion and sunflower seeds) to the large salad bowl and toss all of the ingredients with the dressing.
  3. Enjoy this tasty meal as a quick-and-easy lunch or light dinner.

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January Events

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Check out what Panama City has in store this January for RVers.

Snowbird Dance

If you’re down in Panama City to escape the cold of the north, head down to the Boardwalk Beach Resort Hotel & Convention Center on January 8 or 22 to have a fun afternoon of dancing. Find out why all the other snowbirds flock to these themed dances. DJ Jim Lawson will set the atmosphere for you and your guests. Tickets can be purchased for just $3 at the door.

The dance is at 9600 S. Thomas Dr., Panama City, Florida and starts at 3:00pm.

Winter Resident Appreciation Day

If you’re in town spending the season in Panama City, there’s another event that has your name on it. This free event, located at the Lyndell Center at 423 Lyndell Lane, Panama City, Florida, takes place January 13 from 8-10 am.

Affectionately known as Donut Days, the annual appreciation day allows you to make new friends or even reconnect with old acquaintances as you enjoy free coffee and donuts. It’s a good way to meet fellow winter residents and to get information from visitor information specialists on seasonal events and activities taking place in Panama City in the near future.

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If you’re visiting Panama City and staying for the winter in your RV, be sure to stop by RV Connections at some point to make sure that your rig is in good shape and prepped to make the journey home when the time comes. We can also help you with parts and accessories if you need them.

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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