The camping season is approaching and will be here before you know it. Start preparing your motorhome or travel trailer now with some of the great new products for sale at your Huntsville RV dealer.
Start by cleaning your precious motorhome inside and out using Walex’s Green Hornet Industrial Strength Cleaner and Degreaser. This amazing product combines a rubber roof cleaner, awning cleaner, and black streak remover to give you the best cleaner around. This environmentally friendly chemical will save you time, money, and is also biodegradable.
The same company has an incredible Odor Eliminator Spray. This specially designed formula is designed to eliminate the source of odor at the source and on contact. It will rid you of smoke odors, pet odors and more. You can use this any time you need to freshen your RV or even your home. Use it for anything that needs that fresh smell. Stock up and save for just $49.74 for a six pack.
We have all driven through beaches, saltwater lakes or icy mountains where the threat of salt destroying key components to our vehicles is very real. If you do not get all of the salt off of your trailer, it can cause corrosion which is something no one wants to deal with. Take care of your investment with CRC’s Salt Terminator. This is an engine flush, cleaner and corrosion inhibitor all in one. It is also good for tools, equipment and vehicles. It comes in two different containers. One is just a gallon that you have to measure the fluid out yourself. The other is a handy quart with a mixer and spray. This is an essential product when traveling.
Make your own campfire area with the handy portable campfire ring from Camco. You can safely contain a firepit anywhere you go. It is 27 inches wide which is ample room for most wood-burning campfires and can be folded up for storage. It assembles easily as well with no tools and is decorated with beautiful tree cut-outs. It comes with its own carrying case for easy portability all for just $35.95.
Come in to Madison RV and check out the rest of our wonderful new products. We look forward to seeing you for your sales and service needs.
March holds the beginning of warmer spring months. If you have missed the outdoors, this is the time to get back out there and get involved. There are several great activities for both individuals and families. So, if it’s not quite time to bust out the Huntsville motorhome you’ve kept tucked away all winter, load up the friends and family and check some of these fantastic events instead.
Kite flyers unite at the Community Kite Festival being held on March 8th. Of course, you can still join if you aren’t an expert kite flyer. Even if you just want to watch all the neat tricks and see the beautifully made kites, come on by. This festival is free and is being held at John Hunt Park from 11am until 3pm. There will be kite flying demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors, sales vendors, and more.
The thrill of watching giant monster trucks crushing cars and racing one another is comparable to little else. If this is up your alley, then Monster Truck Jam is where you want to be. On March 14 and 15, join thousands of others as they watch Grave Digger, Monster Mutt, and others as they crush their way to victory. Tickets start at just $25 for general seating and there is an option to buy a Pit Pass to get up close and personal with the trucks and drivers.
Free events are always great for taking large crowds. If you are perhaps having people down for spring break or just want to take the entire family out, head to the NEACA’s Spring Craft Show. This event will be held the weekend of March 21st and will have over 150 crafters to view. The show will be held at the Von Braun Center and is promising to be a very colorful and exciting display of craftsmanship. Please be sure to visit their website for more information about times.
There are, of course, many more events and activities to see around your Madison RV dealer. Keep these in mind, however, when you are wondering what to do this month. Have a fun, safe and happy March from your friends at Madison RV.
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Springtime is coming and that means getting out the motorhome and readying it for a season of great adventures. If your precious RV has been sleeping over the winter, here are some things to check for before you head out. There’s no doubt that you will need to do some serious cleaning before enjoying it, but cleaning your RV inside and out isn’t the only thing you need to do.
Make sure critters haven’t gotten inside. Check for evidence of squirrels, mice, and insects. If you find anything, try to search for how they got in and fix it as soon as possible. Also look for any signs of damage or deterioration. Along with cleaning the inside, you will want to flush out the entire water system. Hopefully before the winter season hit, you treated your motorhome with an RV antifreeze for storage. This is standard procedure and is fairly easy to flush. Just open all valves and let the antifreeze run out. Flush with lots of hot water through all pipes and drains. If you need help with this, just bring it down to your Huntsville RV dealer.
Other things that need to be addressed before you hit the road is an oil change, spark plugs and the battery. Check to see that the fuel injection system is functioning as it should or is serviced. This is also a good time to test your generator and all the appliances in your camper. Also test any other equipment such as solar panels and TV antennas. Another crucial element you want to be sure is in order is your tires. Check the tread depth and for proper PSI. If they are worn out or have any slow leaks, get them changed pronto.
Of course, if you had removed your battery before storage, replace it and make sure everything is hooked up correctly. Check for fuses that need to be reinstalled or replaced as well. One thing some people do not remember to do is check their insurance coverage. No one desires an accident in something as large as a motorhome, but just in case something happens, know that you are covered. If you need help with any of these things, stop by Madison RV for fast and friendly service.
Who doesn’t love free things? Everyone loves something for nothing. How about visiting a beautiful National Park for free? You can with the Fee-Free National Park days. Every year there are six separate days or weekends that allow you to access the wonderment of the parks you love for nothing. Just simply show up and enjoy what you normally would without paying a dime. There is at least one park within 100 miles from any location in the United States. Knowing this, there will be no difficulty in finding a great place to go.
The first two fee-free days are past for this year – on January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) and a free weekend, February 15-17 (President’s Day).
April 19- 20 is the opening weekend of National Parks Week. This is a special time of year that reflects on the 401 and growing parks that include more than 84 million acres of historic lands and scenery and more than 17,000 miles of trails.
After this, the next fee-free day is August 25 for the National Park Service’s birthday. On this day, the National Park Service turns 97. There will be events and activities held at certain parks throughout the country, so load up your Huntsville RV and head out to see what’s happening.
September 27 is National Public Lands Day. Come and join thousands of volunteers as they help clean up the parks and historic sites that we all love so dearly. This year will be the 21st year that they have cleaned up trails, planted shrubs and trees, and more. When you help clean up the common lands we all enjoy, you also get to use the park for free that day. A win-win.
The last day that is free is November 11 for Veteran’s Day.
Enjoy these fee-free days from your knowledgeable Madison RV team.
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Nothing is more exciting than packing up your Hunstville motorhome and heading down to the races. NASCAR has been an exciting part of American history since the late 1940s. It was started by Bill France and continues to be a family business venture.
If you have never been to watch a NASCAR race, you are in for a treat. Watching the racers whiz around the track at chart-topping speeds really gets the adrenaline pumping. Instead of watching this sport on TV, why not get in the mix? This year, head down to the headquarters of this popular racing sport, Daytona, Florida, and catch the Speed Week races. The schedule of Speed Week is as follows and is always held on the Daytona International Speedway track.
On Friday, February 14, press conferences will be held starting at 3:45pm with Ryan Newman followed by Martin Truex Jr at 4:30pm. The Sprint Cup Unlimited practice races begins at 5pm and continues until 7:30pm. You can watch the GarageCam live any time after 4:30pm.
Saturday, February 15, watch as the racers practice again beginning at 10:30am until 12:30pm. There is a short break for about an hour before they begin practice again at about 1:30pm. Practice ends around 3:30pm before the first real race. The Sprint Unlimited race begins at 8pm. This race is 75 laps around the Daytona Speedway and totals 187.5 miles. After the race, a press conference will be held.
The following day at 1:05pm, they will hold their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole qualifying race. They take the 17th off and are back on the 18th at 10:30am with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East practice. There will be a series of practice runs as well as qualifying all throughout the day. Wednesday, there will be a shorter series of practice runs which being at 2:30pm and end around 8pm.
The rest of the week preceding the big race on Sunday, February 23, holds many more practice races. On Sunday, catch the Daytona 500 which beings at 1pm. If you can’t make it to any of these races or practices, you can always catch them as they stream live. However, it is more thrilling when you can make the adventure down to Daytona with your Madison RV.
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Andrew Jackson – Photo by Angie Garrett (Flickr Creative Commons)
President’s Day is one day of the year that isn’t as celebrated as it should be. February holds the birth of two of our nation’s greatest leaders, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. They are the reason we get the third Monday of February off every year. So if you need a great way to spend your long weekend, check out a road trip to see where some of the country’s presidents were born and lived. There are three of them that lived in the nearby state of Tennessee. This calls for an adventure with your Madison RV.
Start out by heading north toward Columbia, Tennessee. This is where the 11th President lived for a while. James K Polk’s home and surrounding lots here were turned into a museum. You can view original pieces of furniture, woodwork, and clothing in the main house. The Sister’s House is nearby and housed the president’s sisters and their families. This house now holds a museum shop and information. There are several gardens to view as well as other structures that are on original foundations.
The next stop on the road trip of Tennessee presidents is the home of Andrew Jackson in Gallatin, Tennessee, which is just north of Nashville. President Jackson was the seventh President from 1829 to 1837. His home, the Hermitage, is beautiful and he was known for his hospitality and lavish parties. The Hermitage is currently a museum, which is open daily throughout the year. There is much history to be learned from this historic home so be sure to stop by this beautiful and scenic place.
The final stop on this presidential is to visit the home of Andrew Johnson. President Johnson served as our nation’s 17th leader from 1865 until 1869. This historic site is open every day from 9am until 5pm, weather permitting. Johnson was the first President to ever have been impeached and during his administration is when the United States purchased Alaska. The entire site includes the original Homestead, the Early Home, and a cemetery where Johnson and his family are buried.
This road trip is designed to take you to places that you wouldn’t have normally thought about. Have fun, be safe, and have a great time from your friends at Madison RV.
Cold winter nights are the perfect time for hot beverages. If you have been craving that certain something, perhaps your friends at Madison RV can help. The following recipes can be made right in the comfort of your own motorhome. Try a couple and let us know how they turn out.
Death by Hot Chocolate
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This is a fairly sweet hot chocolate recipe that is so good you will want it all the time. For this you will need the following:
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 -14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
- 6 cups of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and turn on low heat. Stir the hot chocolate regularly for a minimum of 30 minutes or until the chocolate is melted and blended with everything else. This recipe is also good to throw in a crock pot and let it simmer together a few hours. That way you can come home to a wonderfully hot beverage that everyone can enjoy. Top your drink with marshmallows or whipped cream and cinnamon. The options are endless.
This next drink recipe will have everyone coming back for more. It is very simple to make and all the ingredients can be kept on hand in your Alabama RV. You will need the following:
- 2 ½ cups white sugar
- 6 cups water
- 2 packages of strawberry gelatin
- 1 -46 ounce can pineapple juice
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 quart orange juice
- 4 liters of lemon-lime soda
Boil the sugar, water and strawberry gelatin in a large saucepan for three minutes. Then, stir in the pineapple, lemon and orange juices. Separate this mixture into two containers and freeze. When it is frozen and time to serve, combine the contents of one container with 2 liters of lemon-lime soda and stir until it becomes slushier. Repeat this process with the remaining ingredients as needed. You can experiment with different flavors for this recipe. Don’t be afraid to try different gelatin or juice flavors to create your own version.
We hope you enjoy trying these fantastic and delicious drink recipes from the staff at Madison RV. Remember to keep us in mind for your next new or used motorhome purchase.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful holiday full of warmth, love and good company. No matter if you are seeing someone or just have friends and family to celebrate with, there are some great activities and deals out there going on for this amazing day. Here are some of the great happenings going on February 14 near your Huntsville RV dealer.
Take advantage of some of the amazing offers from local hotels. This is one of the best time’s to get in on some amazing rooms at great rates if you’re looking to get away for the night. The Hampton Inn and Suites Research Park is offering a Valentine’s Romantic Getaway for Two starting from $139 per night. This price includes a king suite with lakeside view, hot breakfast, one bottle of champagne and a basket full of romantic goodies. This is just one of the few hotels in the area that are having specials for the holiday weekend so check out others to see what they have.
If you are looking for a getaway a little further out, perhaps try checking out the Mentone Springs Hotel. They are having a five-course Valentine’s dinner that starts promptly at 6pm. Tickets are only sold in advance with reservation. The small, 10 room hotel was built in 1884 and holds a rich and inviting history. So kick off your shoes and stay a night or two at this fabulous and romantic weekend getaway this holiday.
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Simply want to take your loved ones out for a nice meal to show how much you care? There are many restaurants in the area that are having specials and deals. For instance, The Melting Pot is having a wonderfully flavorful weekend featuring a special menu just for Valentine’s Day. Dine on fresh fruit, breads, cheeses and a variety of fondue at this one-of-kind dining experience. Choose your own four-course fondue dinner starting from $65 per person.
Want a different type of Valentine’s cuisine for a cheaper price? Try Mei Wei’s Asian Bistro. They are serving a four-course meal for two for only $25. You can add two glasses of wine for just $6 more. Join them from 6pm to 8pm for live music and fun. You can use this special for dine-in, takeout and delivery.
We hope you have a fantastic, fun and safe Valentine’s Day from your friends at Madison RV.
The month of February is a very special month. There is love and feelings of joy in the air everywhere you go. Imagine the same feelings of joy as you observe all of the amazing specials in store at your Huntsville RV dealer. Right now, there are several new items on sale. There are great prices on things you need for your motorhome as well as things you might just desire. Check out this brief overview.
We all need extra stabilizing support for our wheels when we are parked somewhere. All wheel stops are not made the same. There are ones that are better than others. Use Camco Wheel Stops to be sure you secure those tandem wheels and tires. This is handy when you need to re-hitch as well. They are simple to use and come in one piece for easy placement. They fit all 26 to 30 inch tires and a spacing of 3 ½ to 5 ½ inches. These are on sale for just $28.75.
And don’t forget the leveling blocks. We’ve all come across uneven terrain in our travels and it’s annoying and downright dangerous at times to be without these handy pieces of equipment. Camco’s leveling block wheel chock makes easy work of stabilizing and centering wheels. You can use these for all types of recreational vehicles including trucks and trailers. A two pack is on sale for $26.95. These, however, are designed to be used with the Camco leveling blocks which are also on sale for $38.65 for a pack of 10.
How about security? We all feel better knowing we are safe from any danger while we are out traveling. Currently, we have a great “Trimark” style slam locket on sale from AP Products. This lock is designed specifically for travel trailer entrance doors and features a built-in deadbolt for extra protection. For added security, there is a safety feature that allows you to exit from the inside in case it should become locked from the outside. The set includes two brass keys and all hardware needed. Both the white and black are both $42.95 each.
When you want the best in new quality products, visit your neighborhood motorhome dealer at Madison RV. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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February is a month full of fun events around your Huntsville RV dealer. The two major events during this month are Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras. If you are looking for some fresh and exciting things to take your friends and family to during this time, check out the ones we found below.
On February 7, 8 and 9, join a spectacular viewing of two remarkable plays. I Do! I Do! and The Last 5 Years are both Broadway performances where the lives of two separate couples navigate through their lives, experiences, choices, and feelings. The music was inspired by Tom Jones and Jason Robert Brown. Get ready to experience a new way to spark that Valentine’s spirit. Tickets for the shows are $25 each and show times for both performances can be found on their website.
Ice skating is a winter weather favorite. The Benton H Wilcoxon Ice Complex is a not-for-profit facility that serves the North Alabama community. There is skating daily at this location. However, on February 8 from 2:00pm until 3:50pm, load up the kids, family, and friends and join in on a day of ice skating. If you wear red, you get a dollar off your admission. Admission is $7 with $3 skate rental.
If you are up for quite the history lesson, join Burritt on the Mountain for their free admission day on February 15. This is in honor of Dr. William Henry Burritt’s birthday. Enjoy the beautiful mansion, the Barnyard, and historic park. The local physician left his estate and all the surrounding property to the city of Huntsville to become the first museum. There are festivals, plays, concerts, nature trails, and more held at this massive property every month. If you can’t make it for their free day, be sure to check it out when you can. It is worth every penny.
From your friends at Madison RV, have a fun, safe and happy February. Remember us for all of your motorhome or travel trailer needs, whether it be sales or service. We are more than happy to help you.