Try This Easy & Delicious Labor Day Camping Recipe!

Nothing heralds the arrival of summer like grilling burgers on your first camping trip of the season – and nothing bids summer “seeya til next year!” like – you guessed it – burgers on the grill. Here’s an easy and delicious Labor Day camping recipe that will finish up your summer season on a high note.

Labor Day Camping Recipe

Smoky Gouda Burgers

makes four burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef, divided into 4 equal portions (I recommend an 85/15% blend)
  • 4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
  • Sesame seed buns
  • Bread & butter pickle chips
  • ½ cup French fried onions
  • 2 Tbs butter, optional
  • 1 Tbs olive oil, optional
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Other toppings:

  • Whatever you want on your burgers – try this yummy and delicious sauce you can make at home.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Iron skillet
  • Spatula

Let’s get grilling!

  • First things first: zap the French fried onions in the microwave on a paper plate with a paper towel for about 15 seconds. They’ll get hot and crispy! Set aside.
  • Divide the ground beef into four equal portions and roll into balls. Smash with your hands or a spatula, nice and thin. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Get your grill rip roaring hot – or your iron skillet! If using your skillet, throw a bit of butter and olive oil in the pan.
  • Grill burgers until desired doneness is achieved, flipping occasionally to cook evenly. 155-160 degrees will get you to well done.
  • Just before removing burgers from heat, top with slices of cheese.
  • Layer up the burgers on buns with bread & butter pickles and French fried onions, as well as any other toppings of your choosing.
  • Enjoy!

This is a tasty and easy Labor Day camping recipe you may just keep handy the rest of the year! We’re also ready to help year round with all of your RV and camping needs, so don’t hesitate to contact us today if you need help shopping for a new or used RV or need to schedule some RV service.

5 Camping Gift Ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got some great camping gift ideas for Dad! If you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, use some of these ideas to get started – followed by a great vacation in your new or used RV! All of these items can be found with your favorite online retailer or outdoors store.

Multi Tool

This is a given. You can’t (or shouldn’t!) go camping or find yourself without the essential tools, and a multi tool has different can’t-live-without-it functions all in one.

Solar Lantern

Collapsible solar lanterns are space and energy efficient – and really, really cool. They do exactly what they sound like: collect solar energy during the day, then can be used as a lantern at night. The best part? They can even charge your devices!

Portable Charger

This is one of our family’s handiest gadgets. Charge it before you hit the road and use it as a power bank for any of your devices. It’s a great thing to have on hand when you’re out of range of a charging outlet! And, it doubles as a great emergency tool to have on hand to make sure your devices stay charged during power outages.

Waterproof Fire Starter & Ferro Rod

Waterproof fire starter is a must-have item for our family! Nothing is worse than wet matches or kindling that won’t light, but waterproof fire starter defies the elements and burns hot every time. Plus, with a ferro rod, you can be assured you’ll get hot sparks every time. No more worrying about wet matches!

Paracord

Everybody has seen paracord bracelets, but the cool thing is that they’re multipurpose!  The bracelet can be unknotted in a pinch – or, save yourself the time and just buy a bundle of paracord to have in the supply kit. It’s good for just about everything from tying things down to hanging or anchoring essentials.

What are you waiting for? Get your Father’s Day shopping completely taken care of for Dad – and contact us if you have questions about shopping for a new or used RV or scheduling some RV service and maintenance before you hit the road!

RV Tips for Camping with Pets

If you’re planning your camping trips with your family and can’t imagine leaving your fur baby behind, we don’t blame you! Follow our tips for traveling and camping with pets to make sure it’s be enjoyable for everyone, and gives you plenty of opportunities for successful camping trips in the future for years to come!

Pre-Trip Plans  

How does your pet feel about road trips? Does getting in the car create excitement, or anxiety? Now is the time to start preparing them for a road trip. If they’re not used to traveling, start acclimating them to short distances and gradually lengthening it. If they experience anxiety or motion sickness, ask your vet for recommended medications to help. This is also the right time to make sure your pet is microchipped, gets a preventative tick/flea treatment, and has all their shots up to date.

Know the Policies

Also before you leave, you’ll want to check on the campground policies ahead of time for rules regarding pets are, such as cleaning up after your pet and any noise ordinances. Knowing ahead of time what the rules and expectations are will spare everyone involved frustration and hassle.

Pack Their Bags!   

You’ll want to pack for your pet, and more than just their food and feeding dishes. Make sure you bring any medications they are currently taking, and a pet first aid kid (ask your vet for suggestions on what to include). You’ll also want to remember to pack a leash, favorite pet toys, and pet waste removal bags.

Say Cheese

Now’s the time to really make sure you have the photos of your fur baby on your phone that you really need – just in the event your pet goes missing. Include front and side photos of your pet to include all visible markings, and make sure the photos are clear and well-lit.

Increase Your Travel Time

Plan to add in extra travel time to allow your doggo to run and play, stretch their legs, and do their business outside. Your pets need time to stretch their legs at stops along the way just like you do, and if you make sure to make time for it in advance, the road trip will be more comfortable for everyone!

RVs for Pet Owners

We have a great inventory of new and used RVs for sale, and many RVs today are being designed with pet owners in mind – such as including exterior leash hookups or pet feeding stations inside. Contact us today to ask about the RVs we have that will accommodate your fur baby so you can enjoy camping with pets like never before!

Wildwood X-Lite Review: Get Ready to Go Anywhere!

Check out our Wildwood X-Lite review! These incredible travel trailers and toy haulers from Forest River RV are perfect for your family’s travel plans and camping trips. Thanks to the three different “regions,” or product lines, as well as floor plans that accommodate from 3 to 10 people, a Wildwood X-Lite delivers “the luxury you deserve and the quality you expect!”

Pick Your Region

Choose from the West, Midwest, or Northwest region lines of the Wildwood X-Lite! Their standard features vary based on product line, but one thing is certain – you won’t be disappointed! The Wildwood X-Lite doesn’t compromise on quality. Check out some of the advantages that you’ll find in the different region lines:

West Region

If you’re shopping for a new or used RV and have a big family, start with our West region of Wildwood X-Lite travel trailers for sale. You’ll find oversized features in the West models that give you ample room for storage, luxuries, and plenty of room for the whole family, including these:

  • Larger Entertainment Center Which Allows for a Larger TV (Select Floorplans)
  • Larger Tables at U-Dinette
  • Extra-Large Kitchen Overhead Cabinets
  • 78″ Interior Height

Midwest Region

This is a great product line if you’re looking for top quality exterior features so you can enjoy your RV on the outside as much as the inside! Check out some of these standard exterior features on the Midwest region of Wildwood X-Lite travel trailers for sale:

  • Exterior Speakers with Blue LED Light
  • Exterior LED Light Strip Under Awning
  • Power Awning with Adjustable Legs
  • Convenience Package: Friction Hinge & Baggage Door Magnets
  • Optional Exterior Camp Kitchen

Northwest Region

The Northwest region of our Wildwood X-Lite travel trailers for sale is outfitted with the Best in Class package, which loads you up with everything from extra large panoramic windows to top of the line upgraded appliances. Take a look at some of the other standard features that come in the Best in Class package:

  • SolidStep Double Step (Main Door Only)
  • Modern Cloth Roller Shades w/ AutoStop
  • Green Pkg: Furrion Solar Prep & LED Mushroom Lights
  • Stainless Steel Roll Up Sink Cover
  • Friction Hinge Baggage Doors
  • Large Capacity 10.7 cu ft Stainless Steel Refrigerator (12-volt)
  • Seamless Countertops
  • Stow N Go Storage (Bed & Dinette)
  • Updated Appliance Package
  • Electric Fireplace (N/A all models)
  • USB Port Package; Blue Tooth Stereo

We’d love for you to come check out all of our Wildwood X-Lite travel trailers for sale. You can rest assured knowing that whichever region line you choose will be able to handle your travels to any region you want to go! Contact us today to set up a time to compare these great RVs in person!

Brown County State Park: Kick 2021 Off Right!

A new year is upon us – at last! We hope you’re filling up the calendar with camping trip plans in your new or used RV. 2020 was a hard year with plenty of cancelations, but we are looking forward to life, and camping and vacationing, resuming again. While you’re thinking of great places to camp, why not add Brown County State Park to your list? It’s a fun, family-friendly camping destination that’s perfect to kick off the camping season!

Indiana’s Largest State Park

Brown County State Park is nicknamed the “Little Smokies” – because of its resemblance to the actual Great Smoky Mountains! The county covers almost 16,000 acres of hiking hills, impressive ridges, slopes and fullies, and foggy ravines. Take a hike and enjoy the gorgeous scenery with plenty of places to stop and rest or grab some photos of the scenery around you.

Things to Do

Brown County State Park is loaded with fun for the whole family! Enjoy a trip to the Nature Center, or spend an afternoon at the tennis courts.

If the water is calling you, jump in the park’s swimming pool or head out for a day of fishing and boating. There are also plenty of hiking trails as well as mountain biking trails and horseback riding trails and opportunities!

If Mother Nature rains on your parade, have no fear:  the Abe Martin Lodge in the Park offers plenty of activities to keep you and the kiddos busy – including an indoor water park! Learn more here.

RV Camping at Brown County State Park

The Park has several campground options, and it’s loaded with room for RVers to come stay! Learn more about the campgrounds and electric campsite availability here.

We’d love to help you get your 2021 camping season off to a good start, so contact us today. We can get your RV in for any RV service or repair, or just a tune up to make sure it’s road ready. Or, if you’re new to RVing and want to get away, we can help you shop for a new or used RV that’s perfect for your family!

Bullet Crossfire Review: Extravagant Features – Affordable Price

The Bullet Crossfire: a travel trailer that delivers extravagant features without an extravagant price tag! We know you want to be able to travel in comfort and convenience without breaking the bank, and you’ll love how our new Bullet Crossfire travel trailers for sale checks all the boxes. Read more in our Keystone Bullet Crossfire review below!

The Perfect RV for a Midsize Family

We have several Bullet Crossfire travel trailers for sale, in a floor plan range that accommodates families from 3 to 7. It’s a perfect travel trailer for those medium size families that want something “just right” for their needs.

Construction and Exterior

First, take a look at the standard construction and exterior features you’ll find on your new Bullet Crossfire travel trailer. Each model includes the following construction features:

  • Aggressive front profile for increased towability
  • Aluminum-framed side, front and rear walls
  • 2” aluminum-framed floor
  • Aluminum-framed slideouts
  • Darco® moisture barrier
  • In-frame fresh, gray, and black water tanks
  • 7.5” – 10.5” Norco Steel z-beam with full-length welded outrigger
  • 6-gallon gas/electric DSI quick recovery water heater
  • Outside speakers
  • (4) Stabilizer jacks
  • TV antenna and cable/satellite hook-up
  • Electric awning
  • LED awning light
  • Wide-stance Dexter® E-Z Lube® axles
  • Outside shower (hot and cold water)
  • Black tank flush

You’ll also enjoy these helpful and convenient exterior features:

  • Dual propane tanks with cover
  • Spare tire
  • Oversized grab handle (main door)
  • 9” Triple entry steps
  • Magnetic storage door catches
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Power tongue jack
  • Oversized exterior pass-thru storage with lighting
  • Fiberglass front cap
  • Entry door with friction hinges
  • Peg board in pass-thru storage
  • Outdoor TV hookup prep
  • LP quick connect
  • Outdoor kitchen (most models)
  • Enclosed and heated underbelly

Home Away From Home

Once you step inside your new Bullet Crossfire travel trailer, you’ll instantly feel at home – wherever you go!

These gorgeous travel trailers are outfitted with extravagant features for your comfort and convenience, including the following:

  • 13.5 BTU A/C standard
  • Bluetooth AM/FM Stereo with Aux, USB, CD/DVD and iPod Hookup
  • 32” LED TV
  • Residential-style furniture
  • Interior LED lights

Step over to the kitchen, where you’ll find a flush-mount, 3-burner range with glass cover – this will help you whip some hot, delicious meals for your family.

The kitchen features also include:

  • Full-extension drawer glides
  • Stainless steel sink
  • 6 cu. ft. stainless steel double-door refrigerator
  • Ultra-durable Whitewater™ continuous-edge kitchen countertops
  • Hidden hinges on cabinet doors
  • Low-profile range hood

Master Suite

The master bedroom is filled with details you’ll love – like the individual LED reading lights and the laundry chute. Your cozy space also includes the following:

  • Residential-size queen bed
  • Hardwood entry doors
  • Dual USB charging port

Compare all of our Bullet Crossfire travel trailers for sale here and if you’re ready to shop, we’re ready to help! Contact us with any questions about these or any of our new or used RVs for sale!

Sprinter Travel Trailer Review: Hit the Road for a Lovely Getaway

Come take a look at our Keystone Sprinter travel trailers for sale! Our Sprinter travel trailer review shows off the features these gorgeous travel trailers are loaded with, but you really need to see it in person to truly appreciate everything the Sprinter has to offer. Read more below!

Exterior Construction

One look at your new Sprinter travel trailer and you know you’ll be able to travel with confidence and peace of mind.

The construction of these travel trailers is incredible! The exterior design includes the following:

  • Dual battery rack
  • Electric stabilization jacks
  • 100″ Wide stance axles
  • 15K btu ducted air conditioner
  • 30″ Friction hinge entry door
  • 4″ Extra long rain spouts
  • 50 Amp power cord, standard
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Best in class 2″ laminated aluminum framed sidewalls
  • Black tank flush system
  • Blow molded seamless holding tanks
  • KeyTV cable and satellite hook-up
  • Battery disconnect
  • Electric awning, friction-hinge adjustment, LED light strip, manual override, and speakers
  • Dexter E-Z Lube axles
  • Furrion backup camera prep
  • Furrion solar prep quick connect
  • G4 cable slide system w/ 4-point seal
  • Industry best, 100″ wide-body construction
  • Outside spray port
  • Wi-Fi/range extender prepped antenna
  • Rear bumper storage w/ end caps
  • Remote control system (slide-outs, electric stabilization jacks, & led light strip, awning)
  • Road Armor suspension
  • Splash guard under slide
  • Tinted safety glass windows
  • Tough Guard painted skirt metal
  • Two 30 lb. Lp bottles
  • Xl entry door grab handle
  • Water heater bypass for easy winterization

Interior Comforts

Step inside and feel your worries melt away! Our Sprinter travel trailers for sale are designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind. Choose from the available interior design colorways to make your Sprinter truly yours!

Then, kick back and relax! The living room includes these features!

  • Sound bar entertainment system with Bluetooth technology, front-facing quick HDMI hookup, and USB port
  • HD LED TV
  • Tri-fold memory foam sleeper sofa w/storage
  • Dedicated location below TV for DVD/satellite receiver
  • Shaw High grade carpeting
  • Dedicated locations below living room TV for DVD/satellite receiver
  • Under booth dinette storage with easy access hinged cushions
  • KeyTV single point control of over-the-air cable, and satellite feeds
  • Dimmable light switch in main slide

Bathroom Amenities

Let’s get a show of hands: who really loves a bathroom the size of an airplane lavatory? No one? No worries! The bathroom in your Sprinter travel trailer is spacious and spa-like to give you plenty of room for privacy and to freshen up easily.

It includes these features:

  • Stainless steel vanity sink
  • Medicine cabinet with mirror
  • Radius glass shower (model specific)
  • Skylight over tub/shower
  • Reinforced shower support
  • Power roof vent fan
  • GFI receptacles in the bathroom
  • Illuminated light switch

Bedroom Features

The private bedroom in our Sprinter travel trailers for sale are set up for your rest and relaxation! Get a good night’s sleep and keep your things organized thanks to these features!

  • 60″ x 80″ queen bed (King bed in some floor plans)
  • Shaw high-grade carpet in master bedroom
  • Under bed storage
  • Color matched bedspread
  • Electrical outlets near bed
  • Roof vent
  • Ample closet storage

We have several different Sprinter floor plans to compare, and we’d love to help you pick one that’s perfect for your family. Contact us about these or any of our new and used RVs for sale!

Vibe Travel Trailer Review: An Ideal RV for Any Family

Our new 2021 Vibe travel trailers for sale have hit our inventory, and are you in for a treat! These fantastic travel trailers offer great indoor comforts while you camp in the great outdoors. Check out our Vibe travel trailer review below.

Super Light Construction

An ultra light travel trailer that accommodates up to 10 people isn’t just a pipe dream – in your new Vibe travel trailer, it’s a reality. Each of our Vibe units sleeps 5 to 10 people, depending on floor plan, and includes these lightweight construction features you’ll appreciate:

  • Hyper Lyte Construction
  • Vacuum Bonded “Aluma Frame” Sidewalls and 2″ Laminated Floor
  • 15K BTU Ducted A/C
  • High Efficiency A/C Cooling System (Larger duct work)
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • 6 Gal. G/E DSI Water Heater
  • 2- 20# LP Bottles
  • Cable & Satellite Prep
  • Digital TV Antenna w/Booster
  • Extra Large, Aluminum Framed, Pass Thru Storage
  • Spare Tire & Carrier
  • Outside Shower
  • Spread Axle System
  • Back-Up Camera

Bunkhouse Options

Everyone in your family can enjoy their own space in your new Vibe travel trailer! Several floor plans include a bunkhouse, which ranges in configuration from a corner bunkhouse with double bunk mats to an L-shaped configuration with three single mattresses.

Interior Design that Works for You

Want a convertible dinette? You got it. Or a freestanding table and chairs? Easy. How about recliners or a sleeper sofa? Your family has its own needs while camping, so your trailer should look like it was designed for YOU, not someone else.

Pick a floor plan that offers all the design options you want and need to give you the space and features that work for you instead of a creating a hassle.

Regardless of the options you choose, you’ll feel comfortable knowing these features are standard in most models (some vary by floor plan, so be sure to contact us if you have questions):

  • 12V Everchill Residential Fridge
  • Extra Large Pots & Pans Drawer
  • Dometic Pedal Flush Toilet
  • STD 26″ Crystal Fireplace (select models)
  • Upgraded Residential Style Carpet
  • Extra Large Single Bowl Kitchen Sink
  • Decorative Glass inserts in Kitchen Cabinets
  • Hard Doors to Bedrooms for Privacy
  • Skylight over tub/shower and kitchen area
  • Large Trash Can w/ Designated Out of the Way Area

Come explore our Vibe travel trailer floor plans and make your own plan to see them in person! Contact us with any questions or to set up a time that works for you.

Road-Schooling: How to Homeschool from Your RV

This year has been a crazy one for sure! As many parents face this school year with uncertainty or even frustration, some families are embarking on a new journey (literally): combining homeschooling with the RV life. We like to call it road-schooling.

How Do You Homeschool?

That’s a huge question, and one that’s a little too difficult to answer in one blog post! However, each state varies in its guidelines for homeschooling, so it’s important to establish right away exactly what you intend to do.

If you plan to do virtual learning at home (or in your new or used RV), through your local school district, you can fairly simply stay enrolled and follow your school’s guidelines.

If you plan to fully disenroll your kids from the school system, you will need to do an internet search on “homeschooling in my state” for the guidelines that keep you in compliance.

You can homeschool using a package curriculum, online learning, or the curriculum your state’s schools recommend. The market for online classes has definitely increased exponentially this year, so if you feel nervous about tackling certain subjects, don’t worry! There are countless resources available. Since WiFi is available virtually everywhere, your kids can stay connected to their online classes easily.

Hit the Road and Learn Along the Way

True story: when I was 15, my mom made me take the ACT while on vacation. It was one of the worst days of my life! While that’s not an educational tactic I would recommend, the great thing about seeing the world around you as an educational environment is that learning is never limited. Road-schooling is a perfect way to learn about the ties between history, geography, science, social studies, and more.

For example, start with the National Parks. Whether you go to Yellowstone, the Badlands, the Grand Canyon, or dozens upon dozens of other federal parks, you’ll be immersed in the realization that history always connects to science and geography. Studying different habitats and the wildlife who live in them will be a rich experience of its own!

Other stops – such as San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Chicago, will give you opportunities to immerse yourself in rich cultural history. And the Midwest is filled with learning opportunities about the farmers who help run our nation’s agriculture.

Be Flexible with Your Time

When you think about it, there aren’t actually 8 straight hours of intense, focused learning packed into a school day. There is some instruction time, and some application time. However, the size of classrooms are one factor in drawing out the length of time both instruction and application take.

You might be surprised to discover that a child between kindergarten and third grade might complete a day’s worth of school in under an hour! Or that fourth through seventh graders could easily be done before lunch. This kind of flexibility allows you to hit the books early in the day and head out in the afternoon for sight seeing, exploring, and integrated learning with the world around you.

Travel gives people rich opportunities and experiences that they wouldn’t trade for anything. Many people who find themselves frustrated by a busy life end up regretting that they didn’t travel more. Why not give your kids the experience of a lifetime during this time when our world has flipped completely upside down? Don’t just read about the oceans, canyons, and forests. Go explore them!

When you give the gift of travel and opt to road-school in your RV, you offer rich education that will fill their memories for years to come. We’d love to help you pick out the perfect new or used RV for your road-schooling adventures, so contact us today.

Alpine Fifth Wheel Review: A Roomy RV for Your Every Need

Our Alpine fifth wheels for sale will take your vacations to new heights! These beautiful fifth wheels from Keystone RV will offer you comfort and convenience like never before. Read more about some of our favorite features in our Alpine fifth wheel review below.

Exterior Storage

You won’t feel crowded in your new Alpine fifth wheel, because there’s room for everything you need, and loads of storage space! First, take a look at the exterior pass through storage:

The exterior features also include the following:

  • Road Armor™ shock absorbing hitch pin
  • Solar prep
  • Rear observation camera prep
  • 50 AMP service w/detachable power cord
  • Hydraulic selector valves for slide-outs
  • 6-point hydraulic level up system
  • Rear ladder
  • One-touch electric awning package with adjustable arms
  • Class ”a” style dual latch ”slam” baggage doors

Kitchen Storage

Inside, you’ll find a roomy kitchen and dining area, which includes the following features:

  • Furrion® RV Chef Collection kitchen
  • 30” convection oven/microwave
  • 12-gallon DSI 2- way water heater
  • 35,000 BTU furnace
  • Heavy-duty ball bearing drawer guides
  • Deluxe Solid Surface Package
  • Solid surface countertops
  • Solid surface sink cover
  • Stainless steel, extra deep sink with dual bowls
  • High-rise, single-lever kitchen faucet with sprayer

And thanks to this oversized kitchen storage, you get more drawers and pantry space than ever before!

Bedroom Storage

In the private bedroom, you’ll relax on a King mattress with a quilted bedspread and pillows. And – because you get extra storage space in the bedroom too, check out this great underbed storage!

Interior Design Options

The Alpine offers more than just plenty of storage – you can also choose your décor and colorways as well! If you prefer a lighter décor tone, you might consider the Claridge colorway:

Or if you like darker accents, you might choose Stanton:

Whichever Alpine you decide on, we know you and your family will love all it has to offer for years to come. Contact us today to check out these great Alpine RVs in person or any of our new and used RVs for sale!