Your Mardi Gras RV Road Trip

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There’s no party in America quite like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras. This year’s NOLA Mardi Gras festivities have already begun with parades taking place across the city and special live concerts nearly every day of the week. However, the main event will take place on Feb. 9, this year, so there’s no better time to make your road trip plans than now.

Fortunately, NOLA is loaded with RV parks and campgrounds that cater to Mardi Gras enthusiasts. Set your sights on one of these must-visit RV parks to set your 2016 Mardi Gras plans in stone.

French Quarter RV Resort

The French Quarter RV Resort is your Mardi Gras headquarters located just two blocks from the city’s famed French Quarter. RV sites for this luxury motor coach and RV resort fill up quickly, so it’s important to call and make reservations today. If you like being close to the action, the French Quarter RV Resort is the place to be.

Ponchartrain Landing

Ponchartrain Landing offers the ideal combination of New Orleans action and solitude when you want to get away from it all. This RV resort and campground is located on the Navigational Canal, offering stunning water views from the peace and quiet of your campground. Although, the RV park is located just 12 minutes from the French Quarter, and you can even take advantage of the park’s daily shuttles into the city.

Stay Up-to-Date on Parades and Events 

The MardiGrasNewOrleans.com website will help you stay up-to-date on all of the Mardi Gras festivities starting in early January and extending through the big day on Feb. 9. Learn where you can catch all of the Mardi Gras parades, family-friendly activities and more on the website dedicated to NOLA’s most famous festivity.

Visit Us Before You Go

Make sure your RV is Mardi Gras and road trip ready by bringing it to the Madison RV Supercenter before you hit the road. Our certified RV technicians will ensure your RV is ready for your action-packed getaway.

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Bring Your Big Game Party to Your RV

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You don’t have to skip your usual extravaganza just because you’re traveling in your RV this February. Your campsite at your favorite RV park or campground can be the ideal place to watch the game with old friends or new ones. These party planning tips will help you throw an unforgettable game day event in the comfort and convenience of your home on wheels.

Prepare Your Dishes Ahead of Time

Football parties typically feature an array of finger foods, which makes preparing snacks ahead of time easy. Prepare your dips, vegetable platters and other snacks the day before your party and store them in the refrigerator until it’s time to heat or serve. A small amount of preparation can be the difference between you enjoying your party or missing the game because you’re in the kitchen.

Consider Throwing a Pot-Luck Party

Overwhelmed by the cost and time associated with throwing your own big game party? Ask your friends and fellow campers to lend a helping hand by bringing a snack or dessert. Pot-lucks take a lot of the stress away from throwing a party and bring a number of tasty new dishes to the table.

Don’t Forget Your Checklist

Checklists are essential to the RV lifestyle, and they come in handy when throwing parties too. Add items to your checklist as you think of them and don’t consider yourself prepared for the party until all of the items have been checked off the list. Beverages (for kids and adults), ice, coolers, bottle openers, plates, cutlery, napkins, serving trays and plenty of seating are just a few of the many items you’ll want on your list, and remembering them ahead of time can save you a lot of last-minute stress or trips to the store.

Find Your Dream RV

One of the most essential parts of throwing the ultimate big game party is the size and design of your home on wheels. Stop in and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to find your dream tailgating RV.

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Perk Up Your Oatmeal on the Road

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January is National Oatmeal Month, and it seems fitting that this tasty and affordable treat is one of the best ways to warm up on a cool winter morning. These three mouthwatering oatmeal recipes will put a new twist on a traditional breakfast dish and create a sweet treat that will fuel long days of adventure.

Stovetop Butterscotch Oatmeal

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats

Cooking instructions:

  1. Whisk the egg, milk and brown sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir the oats in the mixture.
  3. Once the mixture begins to boil, continue to stir it until it becomes thick.
  4. Remove the oatmeal from the heat and stir in the butter until it’s mixed throughout.
  5. Serve the immediately hot.

Easy Microwave Pumpkin Oatmeal

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup fast-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the oats and milk together in a microwave bowl.
  2. Cook the oats on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring one time.
  3. Add more oats or milk into the mixture to reach your desired consistency. Cook for another 30 seconds, stir in the pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin puree and cinnamon sugar.
  4. Continue heating until all ingredients are hot and serve warm.

Easy Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal 

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced apple
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

Cooking instructions:

  1. Stir the oats, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and cloves together in your slow cooker.
  2. Add the water, apple slices, vegetable oil and molasses and mix thoroughly.
  3. Cook for 5 to 7 hours on low.

We have everything you need to enjoy the cold winter months in your RV right here at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala.

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What to Pack for Winter RV Getaways

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Winter RV travel is often more demanding than hitting the road in the summer months. Travelers need to take extra precautions to stay safe on undesirable road conditions and keep cozy on cold winter nights. The following winter RV supplies will help you enjoy the coldest travel season as much as the warmer ones.

Heavy Fabric Curtains

When you hit the road in the winter months, you’ll probably be surprised by how drafty your RV feels. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to properly insulate your RV. Use heavy fabric curtains, or make your own, to keep the cold from coming in through doorways, windows and stairwells.

An RV Skirt

Many four-season RVs are equipped with insulated or even heated bays, but those who travel in less equipped RVs (which is far more common) should use an RV skirt to keep the tanks from freezing in consistently frigid temperatures. If you don’t have a proper RV skirt, packing snow around your coach, up to the bays, can keep your RV insulated for months until the snow melts. Extreme freezes may require you to place an electric space heater under your coach until the ice-cold temperatures pass.

Heated Mattress Pad

Nobody wants to crawl into a freezing cold bed at night, and a heated mattress pad can easily solve that problem. Use the preheat function to warm your bed minutes before you hop in, and you’ll look forward to going to bed each night. Keep your heated mattress pad on a low setting for an extended amount of time, and as the heat rises, your RV’s bedroom will warm as well.

Prepare Your RV Today

Prepare your RV for your winter travels by shopping at our Madison RV Supercenter online parts store. We offer all of the supplies you need to stay cozy throughout the coolest months of the year and make the most of your year-round travels.

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The 2016 Coachmen Mirada

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The Coachmen Mirada is a Class A motorhome that full-time RV travelers have been praising for years. However, it’s just as welcoming to first-timers too. The Mirada is designed with practical floorplans, an appealing exterior style and all of the interior innovations you need to stay comfortable day after day and week after week on the road. Whether you’ve been traveling America’s highways and back roads for decades, or you’ll be embarking on your first long-term journey this spring, the 2016 Mirada will help you embrace the RV lifestyle to the fullest.

2016 Coachmen Mirada Floorplans

The 2016 Coachmen Mirada is available in five practical floorplan models. Whether you’re in need of an RV with two and a half baths, a king bed in the master bedroom, bunks for the kids, a U-shaped dinette or more room to entertain, there’s a 2016 Mirada that will feel like it was designed just for you. Whichever Mirada you choose, you’re guaranteed to be blown away by the amount of storage space available.

High-End Interior Features

You’ll never wish you were in a brick-and-mortar home when you’re traveling in the 2016 Coachmen Mirada. This luxurious Class A motorhome is equipped with solid surface countertops, a Thermofoil backsplash, residential appliances, a 39-inch flat-screen LCD TV, antique nickel hardware, hardwood cabinetry, pleated day and night shades, a power windshield shade, a porcelain toilet with foot flush, a glass shower door, a deluxe innerspring mattress in the master and an array of designer decor options. When you step inside the brand-new Mirada, you’ll find luxuries in every nook and cranny.

An Outdoor Lover’s Dream

The Coachmen Mirada encourages you to get outside with slide-out room awnings, a power patio awning, trunk doors with slam latches and high-end options like an outdoor entertainment center with 32-inch TV and DVD player.

The only way to truly understand the luxury and value of the 2016 Coachmen Mirada is to see it for yourself. Stop in and tour this brand-new RV right here on our Madison RV Supercenter lot.

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January RV Accessory Specials

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The snowbird RV season is in full swing, and the spring camping season is just around the corner. It’s time to stock up on all of the RV accessories you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle to the fullest. The following RV parts, supplies and accessories are a few of the ones we’re offering for unbeatable prices this January. However, you’ll have to log onto our online parts store to view our entire selection of January specials.

The Liquid Caddy

Convinced you have to buy new outdoor furniture because yours doesn’t have drink holders? The Liquid Caddy can mount to just about anything, including outdoor furniture, boats, bikes motorcycles and more. You’ll never have to worry about spilling your drink on your travels again.

RoadPro 12-Volt Quick Cup Coffee Maker

Nothing beats a quality cup of coffee on the road. This RoadPro 12-Volt quick cup coffee maker with 16-ounce metal carafe guarantees you always enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, no matter where you’re traveling. The stop-drip feature also prevents dripping and messes in your RV.

Arcon 12-Volt Universal Porch/Utility Light

The Arcon 12-Volt Universal Porch Light provides nighttime security and lighting for the exterior of your RV. The easy surface mount makes the light easy to attach, and its sleek, compact design means you don’t have to worry about your outdoor lighting’s footprint.

Valterra Starter Kits

Valterra Starter Kits can help you get your RV lifestyle headed in the right direction. We offer a number of Valterra Starter Kits here at the Madison RV Supercenter, so you can learn the basics of RV living and understand the importance of maintaining your RV’s sewage system. Dealing with your RV’s sewage system can seem difficult at first, and the Valterra Starter Kits help you tackle the hardest parts of the RV lifestyle without a worry.

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New Years Eve Destinations in Alabama

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There’s no better place to be than in Alabama for New Year’s Eve. The state is packed with extravagant events, ranging from fireworks displays to parties that will last well into the New Year. The following are a few of the top events happening across the state this Dec. 31, but wherever you’re traveling throughout the Yellowhammer State, you’re guaranteed to find an unforgettable event nearby.

The Great Gatsby 2015 New Year’s Eve Party at Workplay

Cruise over to Birmingham for one of the most anticipated New Year’s Eve events of the year — the Great Gatsby 2015 New Year’s Eve Party. The event will include live music from Poppy Colon, Robert and Jarralynne Agee, and Brian Stone starting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. Dress in your best Great Gatsby attire to join in on the festive fun.

Mobile New Year Celebration

Downtown Mobile becomes packed with roughly 50,000 people each year for the anticipated New Year’s Eve celebration. A long list of outdoor activities, including live music and a parade, lead up to the famous MoonPie drop. The 600-pound, brightly-lit MoonPie will drop at midnight, but you’ll want to arrive hours earlier to enjoy all of the festivities.

City of Fairhope’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

The City of Fairhope’s New Year’s Eve Celebration will fill the streets of the downtown district once again this year. Celebrate the New Year while dancing in the street to live entertainment, and don’t forget to bring your little ones for tons of family-friendly fun. A ball drop will take place at midnight, and most of the downtown restaurants will stay open late to accommodate those who want to enjoy a late meal or drinks. The band and ball drop will take place on the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala., when you’re out cruising throughout Alabama in your RV next year.

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A Festive Holiday Beverage for Your RV

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For those who are spending the holidays on the road, part of the fun is decorating your RV and planning a holiday dinner in the RV. One of the things that might be easy to over look is ensuring you have the ingredients for a great holiday beverage or two. Two holiday beverages that are great, especially when it’s cold out there.

Mulled Cider

  • 2 gallons pure apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

Pour the apple cider into a large stock pot. Wrap the cloves and cinnamon sticks in a spice bag. If you don’t have one available, you can throw them right in the cider – just be sure to have a strainer so that you can strain the cider. Add all of the ingredients to the cider.

Bring the mixture to a simmer and simmer uncovered until the cider has been reduced by about half.

Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. Heat leftovers up in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

Best Hot Chocolate

This recipe makes four servings.

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup half and half cream
  • Whipped Cream
  • 4 candy canes

Combine the cocoa, sugar and the salt in a saucepan. Add the boiling water and blend. Bring the mixture to a slow boil, stirring constantly. Simmer for 2 minutes, ensuring that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in the milk and heat the mixture until it’s very hot – do not let it boil. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla. Divide the hot cocoa between four mugs; and then add the half and half to cool it to drinking temperature. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a candy cane.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter

If you think spending the holidays in an RV and sipping cider or cocoa in front of a fireplace or an outside fire pit sounds like fun, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to walk through our many floor plans. Pick out a new RV and pack it up for the holidays.

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The 2016 Keystone Outback Terrain Ultra Lite

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They 2016 Keystone Outback Terrain Ultra Lite is a full-size travel trailer that is ready to provide year after year of adventure. It’s affordable, comfortable and loaded with the industry’s latest and greatest features, so you never wish you were back at home.

Why Choose the Outback Terrain Ultra Lite?

The Outback Terrain Ultra Lite is designed to be tough enough for your wildest adventures but light enough to save you money. The chassis is loaded with a leaf spring equalizing suspension system, EZ lube axles, a powder coated I-beam, and 15-inch radial tires to tackle extreme conditions with ease.

The exterior of the Outback Terrain Ultra Lite offers the ideal combination of rugged looks and luxurious style to turn heads at every campsite. However, the interior of the RV is even more impressive.

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Travelers enjoy vaulted ceilings, flat-screen HDTVs, deluxe cherry cabinetry, panoramic windows, a 6-cubic-foot refrigerator, upgraded laminate countertops, a deluxe innerspring mattress, speakers mounted throughout the RV, a 13,500 BTU AC wall thermostat, a 30,000 BTU furnace and everything you need to live the most comfortable life on the road.

2016 Outback Terrain Ultra Lite Floorplans

The 2016 Outback Terrain Ultra Lite is available in nine floorplan options. The floorplans range from those with a rear slide king bed and a private bunk room for the kids to those with a kitchen island, oversized double beds or even a massive, king-sized dinette. The 2016 Outback Terrain floorplans can suite a wide variety of travelers from solo travelers and couples to large families. However you choose to travel, there’s an Outback Terrain to suit your needs.

Find the Best Holiday Deal on Your New RV

There’s no better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of a brand-new 2016 Outback Terrain Ultra Lite. Stop in and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter to start your new RV lifestyle today.

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Festive December Events You Don’t Want to Miss

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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.

Christmas on the River

Cruise to downtown Demopolis this December for the 44th Annual Christmas on the River event. The event will be held from Dec. 2 through 6, and is set to feature a candlelit tour of homes, the Alabama State BBQ Cook-Off, a massive arts and crafts show, children’s plays, day and night parades, a fireworks show and tons of other holiday activities for the entire family to enjoy.

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. The event is set to take place on Dec. 5, at 340 N. Eufaula Ave.

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. 11, 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. This year’s event will be held on Dec. 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter when you’re traveling throughout the country in your RV this holiday season.

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