Boondocking Essentials

If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it.

There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable tips if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

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The Most Luxurious RV Resorts Across the Country

It makes total sense that you don’t always want to rough it during your RV travels. You did, after all, purchase an RV. While your rig can make even the direst campground feel like home, there are a few scattered resorts across the country that really take your RV experience to the next level, offering unparalleled amenities and views. The next time you’re looking for the next stop on your RV journey, consider one of these luxury RV resorts.

Bella Terra of Gulf Shores (Foley, AL)

This resort is located close to both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores in Alabama, as well as Perdido Key in Florida. It’s perfect if you’re looking to explore the white sand beaches of the gulf coast this summer while enjoying luxurious accommodations.

What makes Bella Terra so nice? It’s got huge sites for your RV, so no worries on whether your rig will fit. While you’re there, enjoy amenities like hot tubs, a sauna, and a huge clubhouse where you can mingle with fellow travelers. You can also catch a movie at a movie theater, work on your stroke at the golf course, and even get some work done from the business center (only if you really have to, of course!).

The RV sites themselves are loaded with features, including fire pits, gazebos, outdoor kitchens, and every hookup you could ask for.

Alsatian RV Resort & Golf Club (Castroville, TX)

Castroville is right outside of San Antonio. As such, this resort is great if you wish to enjoy Texas’s hill country.

It has plenty of amenities and every hookup at its sites, plus a bathhouse, a laundry center, multiple swimming pools, a fishing lake, a golf course, and a fitness center all located on site.

Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort (Las Vegas, NV)

Las Vegas is always a fun diversion, but traveling there in your RV can be limiting. So, why not park your rig at a resort outside of the city so you can head into the city for a night at the casino?

When you’re not in Las Vegas, you can enjoy large RV sites, an on-site restaurant, a convenience store, a fitness center, outdoor hot tubs, and multiple pools with waterfalls and sandy beaches. Like the other resorts on this list, it also has a golf course.

At your site, enjoy full hookups, plus barbecue pits and picnic tables.

Visit Madison RV

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Replacing Your RV’s Screens

It’s not a bad thing to know how to do some DIY projects around your rig. After all, you never know when something might break or get worn out. What happens if it occurs during a portion of your travels where you’re far from help?

Take your RV’s window screens, for example. Most RVs have them and they’re highly helpful in keeping the interior of your RV cool while keeping the outdoors (and the bugs that call it home) outside.

Luckily, this isn’t a difficult project and is something you should be able to patch up without outside aid. Just follow these easy steps:

1. Remove the Frame

Popping the entire frame out is the way to go. It allows you to do the rest of the replacement process easier. Most will come right out, but some may offer a bit of resistance. If you encounter a tough to remove frame, simply use a flat-head screwdriver or a butter knife to leverage it out. Find yourself a flat, open surface, such as a cleared picnic table or just a roomy spot on the floor of your RV.

2. Remove the Busted Screen

Use a knife to cut away the PVC splining (the material that keeps the screen in the frame), then remove the entirety of the screen by hand and throw it out.

3. Install the New Screen

Take your new screen and roll it over the empty frame. Only  use just enough to cover the frame (plus about half an inch) and no more. Then take your new PVC splining and insert it into the groove of the frame. Use a spline roller to push the spline into the groove, which will  lock the screen into the frame. Once you’ve done this, cut any excess splining. Repeat on the other sides. Once you’ve done all the sides, cut away any excess screen hanging out.

4. Reinsert the Frame

After you’re satisfied with the job you’ve done, simply reinsert the frame back into its proper window. Give the frame a jostle to see if it’s in properly and test everything out by opening and closing the window to make sure that it doesn’t go anywhere.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter

If you’re not comfortable with DIY stuff, just bring your RV by Madison RV Supercenter and we’ll take care of anything your rig needs. Our team of expert RV techs will get your RV back in shape quickly so that you can get back out on the road with as little inconvenience as possible.

Watch for Run for the Wall Riders This May

When you’re out on the road this May during your RV travels, keep your eyes peeled for Run for the Wall participants.

Founded by Vietnam War veterans, the annual event recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation, especially those who we honor on Memorial Day. It’s named for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall and seeks to ride for those who can’t.

They raise money and awareness by riding one of three motorcycle routes: central, midway, and southern. all three runs go from California to Washington D.C. every May with over 1,800 participants every year.

If you see them out on the road, be sure to give them a friendly wave or salute!

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Visit Rickwood Caverns State Park this Summer

You don’t have to leave Alabama to enjoy the spring or summer adventure of a lifetime. Rickwood Caverns State Park, in Warrior, Alabama, is an attraction that will leave you in awe of the natural wonders the state has to offer.

The biggest draw to Rickwood Caverns State Park is the giant cave that is home to 260-million-year-old formations created by an ocean bed. In addition to touring the cave, you’ll find countless other state park and area attractions that will make your visit one you’ll never forget.

Things to Do

Every visitor of Rickwood Caverns State Park should take a cave tour. The guided tour runs from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and costs $16 for adults and $7 for children. A Camping and Cave Tour Package is available for those who will be staying overnight at the park.

Aside from the cave tour, visitors enjoy a long list of other things to do at Rickwood Caverns State Park. Relax in the picnic area, swim in the pool, go geocaching, try your hand at gem mining or lounge at your campsite and take in the breathtaking environment of the park.

Visiting and Camping

Rickwood Caverns State Park is open every day from 8 a.m. until sundown. The entrance fee to the park is $2 per person age 6 to adult. Swimming is $5 per person.

The park welcomes campers to its 13 developed campsites. Nine of the park’s campsites are open to travel trailers, motorhomes and fifth wheels of any size. Travelers enjoy the comfort and convenience of seasonal showers, clean restrooms, 24-hour security and a dumpstation. The base rate for camping Sunday through Thursday is $22.86 and the price goes up $2 on weekends.

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Fun Spring Break Destinations in Your New RV

Myrtle Beach

Costly spring break plane tickets and hotel reservations are now things of the past. This year, it’s time to fire up your new RV and cruise over to the East Coast for a spring break getaway you’ll never forget. The following three East Coast spring break destinations are the best of the best for relaxing with your toes in the sand and enjoying a vacation that’s fun and exciting for the entire family.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, a beachfront RV park (among others) and plenty of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring break.

Islamorada, Florida

Enjoy all of the perks of a tropical spring break destination without the outrageous expenses in Islamorada, Florida. Islamorada is often regarded as the most beautiful of the Florida Keys, with its cartoon-like palm trees, turquoise ocean waters and stunning sunsets. Islamorada is also known for its world-renowned sport fishing, mangrove trails for paddleboarding, diving, snorkeling and bounty of must-visit waterfront bars and restaurants.

Clearwater Beach, Florida

You don’t have to venture all the way down to the Keys to enjoy a hot and sunny Florida spring break. The Clearwater area is known for being one of Florida’s most stunning places, with picturesque white-sand beaches and light blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Even better, Clearwater is located just 90 minutes from the multitude of attractions in Orlando, including Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios.

Visit Madison RV

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Alabama, before you hit the road to your spring break destination. Our certified RV technicians are here to guarantee that your RV is ready for another season of travel.

Gear Up for Spring in a New RV!

Buying an RV is a purchase you’ll never regret. Owning an RV means more time spent out exploring, more time with the ones you love and more time to relax. When you commit to the RV lifestyle, whether you travel full or part-time, your life becomes less stressful and more fulfilling.

RVing is Affordable

One of the greatest benefits of RV ownership is that traveling in an RV is more affordable than traveling other ways. Travelers who use their RVs for vacations save big money by not purchasing flights, costly hotel rooms or expensive meals at restaurants. Those who travel full-time have the opportunity to live in a compact space that is far more affordable than the average home. Even utility costs are drastically reduced when you’re living life on the road.

Keeping It Simple

Life at home is stressful, but life on the road is relaxing. The RV lifestyle forces you to live in a compact space with the ones you love. Inside an RV, belongings are limited and time spent together is maximized. Stepping away from your busy daily lives helps everyone relax and make memories together.

The New Opportunities of the Open Road

Every time you hit the road in your RV, you encounter new people, places and adventures. The RV lifestyle keeps life interesting by presenting kids and adults with new experiences on a daily basis. You may think traveling in an RV will broaden your kids horizons, but there’s no doubt it will broaden yours too.

Stay More Active

Traveling in your RV means you’re cruising to scenic places, campgrounds and other recreational spaces. When you’re not cruising down the road, you’re outside exploring your natural surroundings, playing games with fellow campers and embracing the great outdoors. Additionally, the compact space inside your RV practically forces your family to get out and explore together.

Plan Your Vacation as Your Please

Flight plans, dinner reservations, hotel stays and planned tours tend to make vacations more stressful than they are fun. Forget about annoying airport security and making it to dinner on time, because you can set your own schedule in your RV. Even better, you can pull over your home on wheels and check out sights you never would have seen if you’d reached your destination by plane.

The Amenities of Home

An RV becomes your home away from home. This means you can pack all of the beach supplies, toys, cooking utensils, clothes, movies and other accessories you couldn’t pack if you were going to fly or drive. Whether it means you enjoy a more comfortable sleeping area, the kids have more fun with their favorite outdoor games or you’re able to bring your family pet along for the ride, an RV allows you to enjoy the comforts of home, so you can focus on having fun.

Find Your Ideal RV at Madison RV Supercenter

Finding the perfect RV for your traveling family can seem intimidating at first, but Madison RV Supercenter is here to help. Login or stop by and see us so that the friendly staff at Madison RV Supercenter can help you find your dream RV today, just in time for the spring travel season!

January Fun in Alabama

It’s officially snowbird season, and that means you may be heading south in your RV this month. Alabama may not already be on your travel radar, but with so many exciting events happening throughout the month of January, there’s no doubt you should consider Alabama for a stopover or as your winter snowbird destination.

Wild Cave Tour Fort Payne

From Jan. 9, 2015 through March 16, 2018, visitors of Fort Payne can take a Wild Cave Tour through Manitou Cave. This nearly three-hour long adventure involves exploring the caves well beyond where usual tours go. Climb through tight tunnels and winding turns safely with this guided tour from True Adventure Sports. Tickets are $34.50 per person, and true adventurers agree the fee is worth every penny.

21st Annual Alabama Dance Festival

Nothing beats the winter blues like the Alabama Dance Festival in Birmingham. This unique and ultra-fun event is filled with affordable (and sometimes free) dance classes, showcases and performances at numerous locations throughout the city from Jan. 12 to Jan. 21. Find out more information about the schedule of events and ticket prices at AlabamaDanceFestival.org.

Always Patsy Cline

Country music is a part of every visit to Alabama, and there’s no better place to get your country music fix than at Always Patsy Cline the musical. This award-winning show will take viewers on a roller coaster ride of music and memories from the life of one of country music’s favorite females. The show will take place numerous nights between Jan. 13 and Feb. 8, 2018, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

Stop By Madison RV This Month

The Madison RV Supercenter is your one-stop RV shop in Alabama for everything from RV sales and service to parts, accessories and more. We can help you kick off 2018 with a bang with a brand-new RV for a price that will blow you away. Let us help you make this year the best RV travel year yet.

Celebrate the Holidays in Alabama

The holiday season is in full swing, and that means there’s tons to do here in Alabama. From the Gulf Coast to Montgomery and every small town in between, you’re guaranteed to find an array of December events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Events

 

Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes

Nothing will get you in the holiday spirit quite like the annual Eufaula Christmas Tour of Homes. Downtown Eufaula features a breathtaking tour of some of the South’s most elegant homes decorated for the holidays.

A Chili Country Christmas

The cooler temperatures of the holiday season make a hot bowl of chili taste better. Fire up your RV and cruise to Brundidge on Dec. 16, for the annual Chili Country Christmas dinner. A chili dinner with all of your favorite fixin’s will be accompanied by fiddle players, banjos, and storytelling across the stage of the We Piddle Around Theater. Tickets to this unforgettable holiday show are $20 per person.

Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

Enjoy the holidays in the warmth and sunshine of Gulf Shores for the annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade. This family-friendly event takes place along the Intracoastal Waterway Canal and can be seen from both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

Recipe

Holiday Ham

  • Ham – preferably not spiral cut
  • 1 can of Coca Cola
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 can of pineapple rings
  • 15 to 20 whole cloves
  • Toothpicks

Rinse the ham. Line the roasting pan with heavy-duty foil to make it easier to clean when you’re done cooking. Set the ham in the roasting pan. Pour the Coke in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the ham with brown sugar. Arrange the pineapple rings on the ham, covering the top and sides. Hold them in place with the toothpicks. Poke the cloves into the ham, spacing them evenly over the top and sides of the ham. Cover the ham with foil, but vent it slightly at the top.

Bake on 285 for about 20 to30 minutes per pound. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer about two hours before you expect it to be done. If you over cook the ham, it will be dry. When the thermometer reads165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the ham from the oven and let it set (covered) for 20 to 30 minutes.

If you are using a grill, light one burner on a three-burner grill or two burners on a four-burner grill. Adjust the flame so that the temperature stays at 285 degrees. Place the ham on the unlit side of the grill. If you place it on the lit side, it will burn.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter

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Upgrade Your Holiday Road Trip in an RV!

Many travelers are convinced that flying is the best way to get from one destination to another. However, RV enthusiasts know that isn’t the truth. These three reasons why RV travel is better than flying will make you want to buy or rent a comfortable and convenient RV for your next travel adventure.

There Are No Deadlines

Can you imagine a vacation without flight schedules, hotel check-in times and dinner reservations? That’s what vacation is like when you travel in an RV. You no longer have to leave home at a specific time, arrive at your destination on a certain day or wait outside of busy restaurants to eat. RV vacations have no set deadlines or plans, so you can stop and go as you please, and you always have a cozy place to relax and sleep at the end of the day.

Enjoy the Journey

When you arrive at your destination in an airplane, you don’t see any of the scenery or attractions along the way. Traveling in an RV lets you make the most of your vacation, because you get to take in all of the sights on the route to your destination. Many times, the stops you make at new and interesting places become the best parts of vacation.

You’ll Save Money

RV travel is far more affordable than air travel. When you travel in an RV, you avoid costly hotel rooms, expensive restaurant meals (unless you want them) and outrageous plane ticket prices for every member of your group. Renting an RV means you pay one low price plus the cost of gas along your journey. The opportunity to cook meals in your RV kitchen and park at inexpensive campgrounds means you save big bucks when traveling as a family or group.

Buy an RV at Madison RV Supercenter

Madison RV Supercenter is the best place in the country to start your RV vacation. We rent all types of RVs, ranging from Class A motorhomes to ice houses, so your next vacation can be the RV trip of a lifetime.