A National Soup Month Recipe for Your RV


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The winter RV season is in full swing here in Alabama, and although we enjoy mild winter temperatures most of the year, we still get those cool January evenings. Fortunately, this month is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to warm up inside your RV with a steaming pot of soup. This hearty and easy-to-make spicy chicken soup recipe is guaranteed to keep you and your fellow campers warm on cold RV nights.

Catherine’s Spicy Chicken Soup

What you’ll need:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 jar chunky salsa
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 cans peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cans chili beans
  • 1 can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 1 container sour cream

Cooking instructions:

  1. Warm a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Stir in the water, salt, chicken, pepper, parsley, onion powder, garlic powder and chicken bouillon cubes.
  3. Bring the entire combination to a boil, then allow it to simmer for one hour.
  4. Remove the chicken from the mixture (leaving the broth in the pot), and shred it thoroughly.
  5. In a separate large pot, cook the garlic and onion in the olive oil over medium heat. Saute them until they’re slightly browned.
  6. Stir the salsa, whole tomatoes, diced tomatoes, corn, tomato soup, chili powder, chili beans, sour cream and shredded chicken into the pot with the garlic and onions.
  7. Pour five cups of broth from your first pot into the second pot.
  8. Allow your soup to simmer for 30 minutes, then serve.

Turn to Madison RV Supercenter for All of Your RV Needs

The winter RV season can take a toll on your RV. The Madison RV Supercenter is open six days a week to handle all of your RV needs, whether you’re in need of a new or used RV, some winter maintenance or are just seeking some new camping supplies to keep you warm in the winter months.


The Big January RV Show and Sale

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Now is the time to buy a new or used RV from Madison RV Supercenter. Our Big January RV Show and Sale is in full swing, and we’ve drastically dropped the prices on over $8 million in inventory. Madison RV Supercenter offers the biggest RV showroom in the southeast, so when you buy from us, you know you’re getting the best price in the region. And because this massive event only happens once a year, there’s no better time to upgrade your RV lifestyle than now.

Event Details

The Big January RV Show and Sale will take place from January 9 to 18 this year, so you don’t have much time to waste to get the deal of a lifetime on the RV of your dreams. We’re open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the sale, so hurry in to see us to make a reasonable offer on the RV you desire, and you could drive (or tow) it away today.

Check Out Our Inventory

The Big January RV Show and Sale is so big that nearly all of our new and used RVs are on sale for the event. Whether you’re interested in the top-end Forest River Georgetown Class A, the 2015 Grand Design Solitude fifth wheel or the ultra-affordable 2006 Keystone Outback, we’ve got exactly what you’re seeking for an unbelievable price this January. Log online to view our massive inventory to get a better idea of what you want to see when you arrive at our Big January RV Show and Sale.

Count on Madison RV Supercenter

A new year means an entirely new RV season, and the Madison RV Supercenter is here to handle all of your RV needs. Whether you’re seeking a new or used RV at our Big January RV Show and Sale, need some service performed on your current RV or are in need of new RV accessories for 2015, we’re here to help make your RV lifestyle the best it can be.


The 2015 Coachmen Mirada

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The Class A motorhome lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive, and the 2015 Coachmen Mirada proves it. This luxurious Class A makes your RV lifestyle enjoyable by offering all of the latest and greatest features, practical floorplan designs, ample storage space and an unbeatable price tag. If you’re looking to upgrade your RV lifestyle in 2015, the Coachmen Mirada could be your dream motorhome.

2015 Mirada Floorplans

Coachmen focused on practicality and comfort when designing the five Mirada floorplans, and there’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with at least one of them. Whether you desire a massive master bedroom, two bathrooms, a chaise lounge in your living room or bunks for the kids, there is a Coachmen Mirada floorplan designed specifically for your travel needs.

High End Features Come Standard

Don’t let the price tag fool you, the 2015 Mirada is packed with the latest and greatest RV features in the industry. Features like a double bowl stainless steel sink, ceramic tile backsplash, porcelain toilet, 39-inch LCD TV, antique nickel hardware, Corian kitchen countertop, hardwood cabinetry, reclining and swiveling pilot seats, a shower skylight, designer bed spreads and pillows and countless other touches make this motorhome feel more like a high-end home than a recreational vehicle.

An Impressive Exterior

The exterior of this top-quality RV is just as luxurious as the interior, so you can enjoy your time at the campsite more than ever. Radial tires, a power entrance double step, radius trunk doors, a power patio awning, 26-inch radius entry door, back up camera, stainless steel wheel liners, automatic leveling jacks, slide-out awnings, a dead bolt lock entrance door and countless other touches are designed to make your RV lifestyle safer and more luxurious than ever.

Upgrade Your RV Lifestyle Today

The 2015 Coachmen Mirada is right here on our lot at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala. Come tour this luxurious yet affordable motorhome, and let us help you drive it away and into your new RV lifestyle today.


January Specials at Madison RV

Madison RV offers the best RV prices in Alabama. Each month, we put a number of our top new and used RVs on sale at even more unbeatable prices than usual. These specials only last for a limited time, so we recommend that you contact us immediately if you see a special that appeals to you.

The following are some of our favorite RV specials this January, but be sure to log online to see the entire selection of RVs on sale at Madison RV Supercenter right now.

2015 Coachmen RV Apex Ultra-Lite 279RLSS

If you’re looking to spend more time on the road in 2015, the 2015 Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 279RLSS could be the ideal travel trailer for you. This 1/2 ton towable is efficient, durable, spacious and extremely comfortable with a private queen bedroom, spacious bathroom, massive kitchen, u-shape dinette and large living space that’s ready for relaxing or entertaining. This RV is prepared for your longest journeys and even full-time life on the road.

2014 Keystone RV Hideout 26RLS

The 2014 Keystone Hideout 26RLS is ready to take your family around the country this year. This comfortable and spacious RV sleeps six travelers and offers a massive rear living area, a huge u-shaped dinette, a complete bath and a residential kitchen. The front bedroom area has its own entry door for additional privacy. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your RV lifestyle or start your life on the road entirely, this luxurious Keystone Hideout could be the RV you’ve been seeking.

2014 Open Range RV Light LT308BHS

Families that spend a lot of time on the road will fall in love with the 2014 Open Range Light LT308BHS. This nearly 37-foot travel trailer offers all of the space you need to spread out, so every member of your families has privacy when they need it. This lightweight RV feels more like a brick-and-mortar home than a travel trailer with a kitchen island, tons of counter space, a double sink, a huge bathroom, a private bedroom at the front of the RV, a massive bunk room in the rear and all of the features you’d expect in a high-end, luxury RV for more than double the price.


National Park Service Fee-Free Days 2015


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The argument that “nothing is free,” isn’t the case when you’re talking about the National Park Service. Our country’s national parks are some its best features, and the National Parks Service wants all citizens to have access to them. That’s why a number of national parks offer several fee-free days throughout the year.

Start planning your RV trip to your favorite national park, or maybe one you’ve been longing to visit, on the fee-free dates for 2015.

About Fee-Free Days

Our country is home to 405 national parks and just 133 of them charge entrance fees to visitors. Fee-free days are when a large number of those 133 parks open their gates to the public for free. And although the fee-free waiver typically doesn’t include camping fees, concessions or tours, it does mean that no entrance fees, transportation entrance fees or commercial tour fees will be charged to visitors.

Fee-Free Dates for 2015

The National Park Service’s fee-free dates are spread throughout the year, and some include full weekends, so you can spend multiple days exploring some of our country’s greatest wonders. This year’s fee-free dates are as follows:

  • Jan.19 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 14-16 — Presidents Day Weekend
  • April 18-19 — Opening Weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

The National Parks Annual Pass

Fee-free dates are great for planning a day or weekend getaway to a national park, but if you plan on visiting multiple national parks throughout the year, an annual pass could be the best option. An $80 annual pass includes access to over 2,000 federal lands including national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests and tons more.

Visit Us at Madison RV

Alabama is home to some breathtaking national parks that should be on your travel bucket list for 2015. And when you’re traveling through our beautiful state, don’t forget to stop and see us at Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala. Make us your one-stop shop for all of your Alabama RV travel needs.


Must-See Events in Alabama This Month


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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.

18th 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. 9 to Jan. 18. 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, 2015, at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

Wild Cave Tour Fort Payne

From Jan. 9, 2015 through March 16, 2015, 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.

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 2015 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.


RVs That Sleep 6+


Whether you have a family or are just two who like to take friends on RV trips – or just two who like a lot of space – you’ll want an RV that sleeps at least six people. However, you have to be sure that you have a vehicle that is capable of towing an RV with that extra space.

Fortunately, Madison RV Supercenter carries several RV models including models that not only sleep six or more, but models that a half-ton truck is capable of towing. You don’t even have to give up space to get an RV that is half-ton towable. And, these models also feature at least one slide out.

2014 Keystone Hideout 26RLS

This half-ton towable is 29 feet, 11 inches and sleeps up to six people. It features a front bedroom, rear living area and one large slide out. The kitchen and U-shaped dinette are in the middle, giving you plenty of room to spread out.

2015 Keystone Outback 250RS

The Outback 250RS, which is half-ton towable, features a rear king bed in a slide, front bunks and a slide in the living area. It also features two side entrances and an outdoor camp kitchen. This model sleeps up to seven people and is 27 feet, 6 inches long.

2015 Keystone Outback 277RL

This Outback model is half-ton towable and features two slides, a front bedroom with plenty of space, and a rear living space with the kitchen and dining in the center. This model features two entrances and is 34 feet, 10 inches. It sleeps up to six people.

2015 Keystone Outback 312BH

The Outback 312BH, which is half-ton towable, is 35 feet, 5 inches and sleeps up to 10 people. It features a front queen bedroom, large living area with a slide and a rear bunkhouse with a slide. This model also features and outdoor kitchen and air sofa sleepers so everyone is comfortable.

2014 Keystone Outback 323BH

The longest of our half-ton towable models, the Outback 323BH, is 36 feet long and features a small slide for the galley and a large slide that contains the side of the bunkhouse, the dinette and a sofa sleeper. The main bedroom is in the front and features plenty of room, while the bunk house is in the rear and also features plenty of space.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to walk through these or any of the other models we have that sleep more than six people.


New Year’s Eve in Alabama

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If you don’t have an RV yet and spending the holidays in an RV sounds like fun, you still have time to pick out the perfect RV, whether you want to spend many weekends RVing, take a holiday vacation or go RVing long term.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to walk through our many floor plans for Class A gas or diesel RVs, Class C RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers. We also feature many pre-owned RVs that you can get at a great price. Once you pick out your RV, you’ll be ready to pack up and head out for New Year’s Eve events across the state of Alabama.

Alabama State Parks’ New Year’s Eve

Alabama state parks are also in on the celebration. Enjoy Joe Wheeler’s Saturday Night Seafood Buffet from December 22, 2014 through December 31, 2014 on Saturday nights including all-you-can-eat crab legs, fish, shrimp and more. Always open at 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (256) 247-5461. Our New Year’s Eve Package starts a room for two and a prime rib buffet for two on New Year’s Day. The park is located at 4401 McLean Drive, Rogersville, Alabama.

The Cheaha State Park is featuring a Turkey Drop on New Year’s Eve. Count down the seconds to the new year with Pinhoti the Turkey’s lighted ball. Enjoy the family event and bonfire, plus the Cheaha Restaurant will serve a buffet from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day. The park is located at Highway 281, 2141 Bunker Loop, Delta, Alabama, 36258. For more information call (256) 488-5115.

City of Fairhope

If you’re near Fairhope or are traveling to the area, be sure to attend the city’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in the streets of downtown Fairhope. Bring your family for a night of celebration and dancing. Live music starts at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of Fairhope Avenue and Church Street. Additional events include face painting, a DJ, fireworks and a ball drop. Many of the restaurants will be open so you can eat while you are enjoying yourself. Handicapped parking is available on Section Street. For more information call (251) 929-1466.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter

Visit Madison RV Supercenter to pick up your new RV today and learn more about RVing, whether you plan on hunting and fishing, RVing on weekends only or using your new “second home” for long RVing trips.


Holiday Ham

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Whether you are home or in your RV; and whether your RV has an oven or not, you can still make a holiday ham. You’ll need a roasting pan that fits in the RV oven if you plan on using that. If you are going to be using a covered grill, then you’ll need a pan that allows the grill cover to close.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories you may need, including a covered grill, so you can prepare a Christmas ham dinner even if you are on the road.

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.

Stop by MadisonRV Supercenter

Before you head out on your trip or if you are staying in your RV in the area, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for your trip, including a covered grill if you don’t have one or didn’t bring one with you.


2014 Keystone Avalanche 295RL

If you are in the market for an RV that sleeps four and has plenty of space, the 2014 Keystone Avalanche 295RL, available at Madison RV Supercenter, is just right. The Avalanche has three slides over 33 feet, 11 inches, so it has plenty of space for two or even a family of four.


The Avalanche features a 35,000 BTU furnace to keep you warm even in the coldest months. Fresh water capacity is 66 gallons if you are not hooking up to water at a site. The Avalanche holds 85 gallons of gray water and 50 gallons of black water. You have enough holding tank space to spend several days in the boondocks.


The Floor Plan

The Keystone Avalanche 295RL model’s extensive living space comes from the rear living area layout, combined with three slides. When you come through the main door, you’ll be in the kitchen area. The kitchen features a curio cabinet/spice rack, a kitchen island with a double sink, extra counter space on the island, a three-burner range and fridge. The kitchen area is in the same slide out as the sofa sleeper hide-a-bed.

You’ll find two comfortable lounge chairs on the rear wall of the RV. This area features overhead storage that is the entire width of the RV. The second slide in this area features a corner entertainment center with a fireplace; and the free standing dinette. The television sits over the fireplace and you’ll find additional overhead storage above the television.


Walking back toward the front of the RV, you’ll find the bath and main bedroom. The bathroom features a large stand-up shower – no tub, a sink and toilet. You’ll also find a linen cabinet. One of the bath entry doors is in the hall and the other is in the bedroom.

The bedroom features a queen slide out bed, a closet with sliding doors and cedar shelves, a chest of drawers, plus a washer and dryer prep space.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter today to walk through this floor plan and to learn more about the Avalanche 295RL’s features and conveniences. If you pick it up before Christmas, you’ll have a set of keys to a gorgeous Christmas present under the tree!