Crafts on the Road

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RV crafts are a great way to avoid boredom on a long RV trip. They also help to relieve stress and build healthy self-esteem, especially in children. Here are some fun crafts to try on your next trip.

Kids DIY Lava Lamp

The materials you need for this craft are cooking oil, water, an empty water bottle, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Begin this project by filling the water bottle two thirds of the way with oil and the rest with water. Be sure to leave an inch free at the top. Allow the kids to pick their favorite color and add ten drops of food coloring to the mixture. Allow these to sit for five minutes before the next step. Once it has sat, break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into four pieces and drop a quarter piece into the bottle. Watch as your new lava lamp takes form.

Easy bird feeder

Bird feeders are great for attracting birds of all sorts and can provide hours of entertainment. This one is easy to make by using a toilet paper roll, glue, bird seed, a large paint brush, string and two paper plates. Pour some of the bird seed onto one of the plates and pour some glue out on the other. Now, have your child paint the toilet paper roll with the glue. They may need a little assistance with that part. Once covered with glue, coat the roll in bird seed by rolling it on the plate with seed. Allow this to dry in your Huntsville RV until you reach your destination. Once at the campsite, finish the craft by making two small holes and tying the string through it. Now it’s ready to be placed. Pick a branch, hang and enjoy watching the birds around camp.

Pipe Cleaner Fun

A bag of colorful pipe cleaners can be lots of fun. Kids can make all sorts of things out of them. You can make bracelets, necklaces, snakes, monsters and whatever else you can think of. These are great for letting children use their imagination and seeing what they can come up with. They twist easily together and are fun to wear and show off.

Do you have a favorite craft pastime in your Madison RV? Share it with us.

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The 2014 Forest River Georgetown at Madison RV

Finding a great deal on a new or used motorhome isn’t difficult to find if you know where to look. There are several specials and deals on the lot at our Huntsville RV dealership right now. Check out one of the ones we are offering below.

2014 Georgetown 328TSF

As you step inside the RV, you’re walking right into the main room of this unit. There is a hide-a-bed sofa that opens out into a queen bed for extra sleeping space and a plush recliner near the entry door. Both cabin chairs swivel around to become part of the living room area, which provides ample seating for everyone. New to the 2014 model is a full-sized bed above the cabin. The kitchen includes a large, solid countertop with removable sink and stove covers, a full-sized oven and a convection oven. There is a residential style refrigerator that is 22 cubic feet with a full pull-out freezer drawer.

To the right of the kitchen is a large flat screen TV that slides out. Both above and below the entertainment center are additional cabinets for storage. The comfortable dinette booth seats lift up to reveal even more storage compartments. This booth can also be converted into another bed if needed. This motorhome also comes with day and night shades that allow you to see out but restrict the view of others.

The bathroom is located to the rear on the right and it includes all the things a typical bathroom would. There is a full walk-in shower with sky light, porcelain toilet, stainless steel sink with storage underneath and medicine cabinet. Straight across from the bathroom is a unique storage area that holds a wine rack storage drawer. In the bedroom, there is a queen bed with storage above the bed and reading lights built under the unit. Windows on both sides of the bed allow for plenty of light. There is even a flat screen high definition TV for your enjoyment.

This unit is on sale now for $84,741 at Madison RV. Stop in to see the other options we have as well.

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

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Located in southern Louisiana, the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park consists of six separate protected sites. The park’s main goal is to share with visitors the rich history and culture of the New Orleans people along with the thriving ecosystem. The park was named after Jean Lafitte, an infamous pirate during the 1800s, who trafficked slaves and illegal imports along the waterways of the Barataria Preserve.

The Barataria Preserve is located within the park and is also a protected preserve with over 20,000 acres. Included are swamps, bayous, marshes, forests and over 300 species of bird. You will also see nutria, otters, snakes and alligators. This area offers numerous hiking trails, swamp tours, canoeing trips and several birding opportunities.

You will also find the Acadian Cultural Center here. This area consist of three sites which focus mainly on the Cajun settlers. It was these settlers who brought dance, art and storytelling to the bayou. Visiting the Cultural Center, one can watch live demonstrations of crafts, music and even cooking.

Visiting the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery is an in-depth history lesson. This specific battlefield commemorates the Battle of New Orleans that took place in 1815. You can learn about the battle at the visitor’s center where they broadcast a short film and provide exhibits to explore.

Learn about the culture of the New Orleans people at the French Quarter Visitor’s Center. Here you can explore the diverse cultures and traditions of the people. Everything from jazz music to voo-doo is discussed.

Though camping is not allowed here, located only 30 minutes away is the French Quarter RV Resort. This resort will meet all of your needs while visiting with your Huntsville travel trailer. It can be reached easily from I-10, is big rig accessible, has 52 sites with full hookups and is pet friendly. They also offer 62 channels of cable, internet access, a pool, hot tub, club house for activities, fitness center and many more amenities.

All of these places are quite remarkable in their own way and provide hours, or perhaps days, of education and excitement. So when you get the itch for something new, load up your Madison RV and head down to the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park.

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50 Years of Madison RV

This year is an exciting year for your Huntsville RV dealer. We are happy to say that Madison RV has proudly been meeting the needs of individuals and families for 50 spectacular years. Our knowledgable and hard-working staff prides themselves on outstanding customer service and have even won the “Circle of Excellence” Award from Winnebago Industries Inc. yearly since 1996. This honor isn’t just awarded due to best sales volume. Instead, it recognizes everything that makes Madison RV a great business, from the marketing and facilities to the technical services and, of course, our wonderful motorhomes. This is what sets Madison apart from the rest.

Since 1996, Marty Shea and his family have proudly managed and owned Madison RV. In just 18 short years, sales have grown by leaps and bounds by over one thousand percent. We have also expanded the size of our exceptional facility to be more efficient for our customers. Some of our expansion includes space for more RVs and travel trailers such as the one listed below. Come check out this beautiful 2014 Keystone Outback 310TB today.

This coach has two entrances along with an awning, outside speakers, outside kitchen and shower all for your entertainment and convenience. Upon entering through the first door, to the right you have two bunk beds that fold up allowing you to store your ATV, dirt bike or any other toys inside. This is a great toy hauler feature that has an easy loading and unloading ramp. Walking into the rig, you see a flat screen TV along with a built-in AM/FM stereo with MP3, DVD, and Bluetooth capabilities. The couch folds out into a bed along with a dinette that also folds down into a bed. In the kitchen, there is a three-burner stove with oven, microwave and full-sized refrigerator. To the back on the lefthand side, there is a full bathroom. This includes a sink, medicine cabinet, storage cabinets, full walk-in shower with skylight and toilet with foot flush. In the bedroom there are storage compartments over the walk-around bed as well as under.

Come visit us at Madison RV this year for great deals and specials as we celebrate 50 years of service. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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August Specials at Madison RV

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2014 Outback 320BH — on special for a limited time only!

The summer season may be drawing to a close soon, but you can still receive a few great deals from your Huntsville RV dealer. August is in full swing and there is still lots of camping ahead. You will surely need a few of the new items we have on sale.

Every motorhome or travel trailer that has a bathroom or kitchen will have a holding tank. If you find that there may be an odor coming from either, you need Aqua-Kem. This product comes in maximum strength liquid or a powder fresh scent and is America’s most prevalent deodorant for holding tanks. This is the most powerful odor controller on the market. It comes in a 32 ounce bottle and liquefies waste fast. It works in all conditions and around the clock. The powder fresh version leaves a pleasant smell behind and both are 100% biodegradable. The maximum strength variety is just $9.19 on sale and the powder fresh liquid is $8.29.

Another great product for odor control is the Eco-Smart product lineup by Thetford. These items are designed the break down waste and tissue fast while assuring superior odor control. There are detergent additives in their products to keep the tanks clean but are non-staining. There are two versions of this product you can purchase. The first is a liquid which is simply poured into the tank. The other is the new toss-ins that come in a 12/pack. Both are formaldehyde-free and carry the TerraChoice EcoLogo. The Eco-Smart liquid 36 ounce bottle is $13.69 while the toss-ins are just $11.69.

Protect your precious propane tanks with the Dual Propane Cover from Camco. These heavy-duty covers protect your gas tanks from road debris while also streamlining the look of your unit. They fit either 20 pound or 30 pound steel tanks and are also UV inhibitors. Get yours today for just $38.95.

There are lots of other great products on sale at Madison RV’s parts store. Come take a look for yourself and see what you might need for your next camping trip. From sales to service and parts to accessories, we take care of all of your motorhome needs.

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Summertime Southern Picnic Menu

As the summer season heads towards fall, there’s still plenty of time to enjoy RV adventures and the great outdoors. One sure way to savor the sunshine and have a relaxing day is with an old-fashioned picnic at a national park, along a scenic drive, or off the beaten track at your favorite river or lake.

At Madison RV Supercenter, we can help make summertime, or anytime, dreams come true with our inventory of new or pre-owned Class A, Class C, travel trailers, toy haulers for extra equipment and fifth wheels. Upgrade to a new model or bring your RV in for a service check and enjoy the rest of the summer with weekend getaways.

Picnic Preparation

An old-fashioned southern picnic means you have a lot of good things to eat in your picnic basket. Along with food and beverages, bring a large sheet or blanket to spread on the ground for sitting or you can opt for folding lawn chairs, red checkered tablecloth to lay out the food, croquet or horseshoes, a radio for a little music, bug repellent, paper plates, napkins and plastic utensils, and an appetite.

Picnic Basket Goodies

Southern picnic baskets include these tasty delights.

  • Classic fried chicken – cook this yourself or pick up a bucket from the local grocery store of restaurant
  • Traditional white or yellow potato salad – store in the refrigerator then transfer to a cooler with ice when you set up the picnic area
  • Creamy Cole slaw or classic macaroni salad – same cooling method
  • Ambrosia or Waldorf salad – keep cool
  • Baked beans
  • Deviled eggs
  • A loaf or two of fresh French bread and real butter
  • Apple pie or lemon meringue pie, carrot cake or brownies
  • Watermelon – cut, cube and store in refrigerator or slice it at the picnic
  • Fresh lemonade or limeade and sweet tea
  • Optional – a tray of assorted sandwich meats and cheeses and your favorite type of cracker

The nice thing about a picnic is snacking on the goodies throughout the day and using leftovers like the deviled eggs and left over chicken breast to make great egg and chicken salad for tasty sandwiches.

Give us a call at Madison RV or, if you prefer, send us an email. Either way, we’ll get you rolling to your picnic destination.

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August Events in Alabama

August marks the beginning of the end of summertime and with it come numerous festivals and events to celebrate. Alabama has quite a few places to go and things to experience that will make the end of summer fun for everyone.

If you’re in the market for a new or used recreational vehicle to enjoy travels to events around the state, Madison RV Supercenter has an inventory of new and used RVs to fit your travel plans. For short weekend excursions or extended vacations, our fifth wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers, and Class A and C RVs are ready to roll.

August Alabama Events

Point your RV towards Gadsden and find some of the best yard sale deals in the state at the 2014 World’s Longest Yard Sale. Beginning on Thursday, August 7, vendors will be set up from Noccalula Falls Park to Lookout Mountain each Thursday and Sunday throughout August. Covering nearly 700 miles, this road trip is a must for flea market enthusiasts.

Give your taste buds something to celebrate on August 15-24 as the state celebrates Alabama Restaurant Week. Throughout the state, participating restaurants will be serving authentic Alabama cuisine at special prices.

Eutaw is the place to be on August 23-24 for the Black Belt Folk Roots Festival. The 2-day free event runs from 8am-5pm each day with plenty of entertainment, music, food, dancing, and crafts at the Greene County Courthouse Square.

If you’re heading to Cullman, stop by the Farm Y’All Festival from 8am-3pm at the Festhalle Market Platz. Enjoy this free event providing a variety of entertainment such as the watermelon contest, giant pumpkin weigh-in, celebrity chefs, demos, rides, games, and plenty of fresh produce.

End the month on a fresh note at the Okra Festival in Burkville. This tasty festival is free. The fun starts on Saturday, August 30 from 11am-5pm and from 6pm-9pm for the Grown Folks Okra Festival. Celebrate the fuzzy veggie with arts and crafts, food favorites including barbecue, gumbo and okra dishes, homemade ice cream, face painting and games for kids, and the tunes of Slim and the Soulful Saints.

Contact us at Madison RV for all your travel needs. We’ll have you on the road to these events, and many more, in the RV of your choice.

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Tips for Needlework

Needlwork is the art of sewing delicate patterns and textiles. This is a very handy skill to have whether you are young, old, male or female. Everyone can benefit from this useable skill. You can learn it to patch up a pair of torn pants, sew on buttons to clothing and even make new clothing items. It’s also a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. If you’re new to the art of needlework, here are some great tips from your Huntsville RV dealer.

Start by learning some basic needlepoint stitches and practice using them. Learning the half cross stitch comes in handy for smaller areas. It’s best to start this kind of stitch in the top left of your canvas and work from left to right. The basket weave stitch will allow you to cover a larger area of canvas and is recommended for larger pieces of work. This specific stitch is done diagonally starting at the top right of the corner. It should look like a traditional basket weave. There is also the backstitch that’s used for stitching an outline area and the blanket stitch that is used as a finishing stitch.

When you start your needlework project, choose one that you feel comfortable with your skill level. This will help you not to feel discouraged and make you more likely to complete your goal. Keep your material well organized while traveling in your Madison RV. You can purchase a sewing kit to store your items in or even just use a large ziplock bag. A ziplock bag is also good for storing and organizing your extra yarn or materials.

A good tip is to tape the edges of your canvas with masking tape. This will keep your edges from coming apart and unraveling. When you begin, decide where you want to start your first stitch. It’s a good idea to start with the most detailed areas that require the smallest amount of color. After, you can stitch the larger areas in more detail. Threading needles can be tricky at times and even a pain. To save yourself time and frustration, make sure you cut your thread at a forty-five degree angle with a sharp pair of scissors. This will be easier to get the thread through the eye of the needle. Remember these helpful tips when beginning your next needlework project.

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Baseball Tailgating

As much as we love our travel trailers and toy haulers, it’s surprising to learn that they are perfect for city life as well. Take your RV to a baseball game this summer to get the most enjoyment out of your RV and tailgating this season. Before you set out, here are some useful tips from your Huntsville RV dealer.

It’s all about planning ahead

This means preparing your menu ahead of time. You don’t want to get to your destination and have to make an unneeded outing to the grocery store while everyone is already setting up or already tailgating. So prepare your menu ahead of time and hit the grocery store before you leave. Make sure to stock up on disposable plates, utensils, napkins and trash bags. If you’re meeting up with a group of friends, try doing a pot luck to make preparation easier on yourself.

Get your fridge started early

As soon as you wake up, turn your RV’s fridge on. This will guarantee that your food arrives to its destination fresh and cool. You may want to consider packing a few additional coolers with ice for drinks and other food items.

Claim your spot at the ballfield

The key here is to arrive as early as possible. You’re in luck because you have a home on wheels this makes it much easier to arrive extra early. Remember that tailgating with your RV takes up more space than your average tailgating setup. By arriving early you’re ensuring yourself plenty of space for your chairs, grill, awnings and table to be set up. Also, call ahead to make sure you don’t need to have a permit to park your RV at the stadium. This saves you time and frustration in the future.

Entertainment is a must at every tailgate event. Play some good tunes and have a few games ready for your guests. Bean bag toss, dizzy bat race and horseshoes are just a few games you might want to consider. Now you’re all set with the perfect spot, great food and entertainment. All there is left to do is enjoy the game and have a good time. Your friends at Madison RV wish you a happy baseball tailgating season.

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Spinach Recipes for Your Madison RV

Eating your fruits and vegetables can be a challenge for everyone. Leafy greens are a great source of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Spinach, in particular, all too often gets a bad name, especially with kids. Let’s shed some light on just how amazing this superfood really is. First off, did you know that spinach actually contains more nutrients per calorie than any other kind of food on earth? It also contains a large dose of Vitamin A, C and potassium. If you are looking for ways to get your family eating healthier, here are some simple recipes to get you used to cooking with spinach that are all kid-approved.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

  • Cooking spray
  • 24 oz. of fresh organic spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 lbs. of Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature
  • 3 cups of Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet up and add garlic and spinach, cooking over medium heat until it starts to wilt. Set aside and allow to cool. Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling water for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to pot for a good mashing. Add butter and milk mixing until smooth. Add the cooked spinach and Swiss cheese, making sure to stir until cheese is melted. Season with a dash of pepper and salt and you’re ready to serve.

Spinach Casserole

  • 2 10-ounce packages of chopped, frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup dried seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, spinach, mushroom soup and mix together well. Transfer the mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake the casserole for 20 minutes or until heated through. This recipe is fast and easy and serves a family of six.

Both of these great spinach recipes can be easily made from your Huntsville RV. We hope you enjoy them and continue to experiment with new ways to include this superfood in your diet. Happy eating from Madison RV.

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