Hit the Road This Thanksgiving

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Pack up your RV, hit the road and start a brand-new Thanksgiving tradition this year. Spending the holiday season with your family or friends on the road may not be the traditional way to spend “Turkey Day,” but it’s the perfect way to spend time creating new memories and traditions. And these top Thanksgiving destinations around the country are guaranteed to make your holiday unforgettable.

Breckenridge, Colorado

The ski season kicked off with a bang this year, and the Colorado slopes are ready for visitors. Make this Thanksgiving more exciting than ever with a long weekend at Breckenridge — one of the most famous ski and snowboard destinations in the country. Many restaurants in Breck (as the locals call it) serve traditional turkey feasts, so you don’t have to cut out your favorite traditions entirely.

Phoenix, Arizona

It’s hard to beat spending Thanksgiving in a warm-weather destination, and when that destination is offering exciting holiday events, it’s even harder to resist. Head to Phoenix this Thanksgiving for the incredible holiday lights display “ZooLights” at the Phoenix Zoo. Or if you’re traveling with a couple of car buffs, don’t miss the Arizona International Auto Show to see tons of new vehicles for 2015.

New York City, New York

New York is one of the most exciting Thanksgiving destinations in the U.S. because of the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This annual parade is watched in living rooms throughout the country on the morning of Thanksgiving day, but you can watch the three-hour-long event in person in the heart of New York City.

Shop for a New RV

Few events can make your Thanksgiving more exciting than shopping for a new or used RV from Madison RV in Alabama. We’re your No. 1 RV dealer in Alabama with everything from luxury Class A motorhomes to travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers, so stop in and see us to make this Thanksgiving one you’ll never forget.

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Decorate Your RV for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and as Christmas trees and holiday decorations start popping up around the country, it’s time to start putting a little holiday cheer into your RV. Whether you’ll be on the road throughout the holiday season or setting up at one campsite for the long haul, these decorating tips will give your RV as much holiday spirit as any brick-and-mortar home.

If You’ll Be Settling Down

If you’re planning on choosing an RV park to settle down for the holiday season, your decorating options are endless. You’ll probably notice that just because there isn’t snow on the ground, the holiday cheer isn’t lacking. Many RV parks down south decorate elaborately for the holidays, so you’ll feel even more comfortable turning your RV into a winter wonderland.

If you travel year-round, toting a box of Christmas decorations along with you may seem too cumbersome, so you can purchase new lights and affordable decorations at farmer’s markets or dollar stores when the holiday season rolls around every year. Natural greenery, like wreaths and garlands, are especially useful as they can be discarded without harming the environment. If you use your RV as your home away from home, a box of decorations may be able to fit along with your other travel accessories for the snowbird season.

If You’ll Be Cruising Down the Road

Not all RV enthusiasts settle in one spot for weeks or months at a time, but if you’re on the road a lot, you don’t have to give up your holiday traditions. Decorate the interior of your RV with lights that can be used when you settle down for the night, window decals (that don’t obstruct your view) and fun holiday plants and accessories. Suction cups can be handy for sticking decorations to the windows, mirrors and other surfaces throughout your home on wheels.

Make It the Best Holiday Season Yet

Make this holiday season the best one yet by upgrading your RV at Madison RV in Alabama. We’re offering tons of crazy deals on new and used travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes for the season, so stop in and see us during your holiday travels.

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Pumpkin Bread Pudding for Thanksgiving Dessert

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It’s time to start stocking up on supplies for Thanksgiving dinner, and there’s no denying that the dessert is just as important as the turkey. Make this Thanksgiving less stressful by choosing dishes that take less time to make but taste just as delicious as those that take hours.

This pumpkin bread pudding dessert recipe takes roughly one hour to complete, but the flavors are so delicious, your guests will think you were baking all day.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups white bread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup miniature chocolate chips

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease six large custard cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and yolks together, then add in the pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth.
  3. Toss the bread cubes into the mix gently, then set the entire mixture aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the cups, then sprinkle brown sugar and chocolate chips over each serving.
  5. Place the cups in a shallow baking pan, then pour water into the pan until it is halfway up the sides of the cups.
  6. Bake the bread pudding for roughly 40 minutes or until it is golden brown, then let it cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Stock up on Winter Camping Supplies

It seems like winter blew in overnight in many parts of the country, but it’s not too late to stock up on your fall and winter camping supplies. Madison RV is your one-stop shop in Alabama for everything RV related from new and used RVs to service, parts and your favorite camping supplies.

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Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield

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The Civil War is always remembered at Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield in Mississippi. This historic site is the very place where Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest led the Confederate army through a victorious battle on June 10, 1864. Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield serves as more than a monument to the battle, it’s also home to a historic Presbyterian church, an iconic cemetery and interpretive battlefield trails.

Things To Do at Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield

Before entering the park, don’t forget to pick up a pamphlet at the Brices Crossroads Visitor and Interpretive Center in the town of Baldwyn, Miss. This guide will help you understand the battlefield site as well as the monuments and other areas worth visiting in and around the park grounds.

After visiting the famous one-acre battlefield monument and memorial site, pay a visit to the Bethany Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The historic Bethany Church was located across the street from the current building, and it served as an important field hospital during the battle. The nearby Bethany A.R.P. Church Cemetery is where 96 Confederate soldiers who fought in the 1864 battle are now buried alongside long-time citizens of the local community.

The park’s interpretive trails are some of the most interesting features of the entire park, leading over the battlefield terrain. The trails guide visitors along the Confederate lines of battle with signs displaying all of the most significant locations.

What You Need to Know Before Visiting

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield is open every day of the year from sun up to sun down, but the park’s visitor center is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Otherwise, the visitor center is open to provide information to travelers between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. No fees or reservations are required when visiting the National Battlefield Site.

Make Madison RV Your One-Stop Shop

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala., when you’re out exploring our country’s historic sites in your RV. We’re your one stop shop for new and used RV sales as well as service, parts and all of the RV accessories you need to enjoy your life on the road.

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November Specials

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Whether you are considering putting your RV “to bed” for the winter or you are one of those who like to go RVing no matter the season, you can take advantage of our November Internet specials. Heaters come in handy in the late fall, winter and early spring months if you are hooked up to a power source and prefer saving the propane.

Wheel stops and leveling blocks can be replaced any time and there is no need to wait until the next time you use the RV – get them now at Madison RV Supercenter while they are on sale.

Arcon Coil Heater

Get an Arcon 1500W/750W electric coil heater for just $17.99 this month. This small heater has a safety tip-over function, thermal overload protection, a fan only switch, high and low heat settings and is lightweight. It is also small enough to store in a smaller cabinet.

Arcon Ceramic Heater

If you prefer a ceramic heater, Arcon’s 1500W/750W ceramic heater is on sale for $35.95. It features a concealed handle, thermal overload protection, a safety tip-over function that works in all directions; and will work on fan only, or high or low heat. The ceramic heater is also small and will store in a small space.

Camco Wheel Stop

This wheel stop is designed for dually wheels – it fits between the two sets of tires to keep the RV from rolling away. The Camco wheel stop is perfect for keeping the RV in place when you are hitching it up, too. It fits 26-inch to 30-inch tires with a spacing of 3.5 to 5.5 inches. The wheel stop is on sale for $28.95

Camco Leveling Blocks and Wheel Chock

The leveling blocks can be stacked to the desired height. The set includes 10 blocks and a bag to hold the blocks. The set is $38.65. You can also level and chock your wheels at the same time if you use the Camco wheel chock with the leveling blocks. The leveling block/wheel chock is available separately for $26.95.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories you may need for your RV, even if you don’t plan on using the RV until the spring. You can save money by picking up needed accessories when they are on sale.

 

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The Winnebago Destination 37FL at Madison RV

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Winnebago is one of the most trusted names in the RV industry, and the Winnebago 37FL holds up the company’s strong reputation. If you’re looking for a top-quality towable trailer that’s able to provide all of the comforts of home on the road, the Winnebago Destination 37FL was made to deliver.

The Winnebago Destination 37FL Floorplan

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The spacious foorplan of the 37FL gives your family room to spread out, so you can enjoy life on the road to the fullest. Tha front of the RV is outfitted with a large living space including three sofas and an entertainment center. This living area also serves as a private bedroom that’s perfect for kids or guests.

The center of the fifth wheel features a massive kitchen with island as well as a four-piece dinette. The rear of the RV offers a spacious master bedroom with wardrobe and a full bathroom. Wherever you decide to spend your time in your Winnebago Destination 37FL, you’ll find it luxurious and convenient.

Winnebago Luxury Inside and Out

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Whenever you purchase a Winnebago, you know you’re getting an RV that’s geared toward comfort, convenience, safety and dependability, and there’s no doubt you’ll quickly fall in love with the Destination 37FL. This towable RV comes with all of Winnebago’s signature luxuries, including a Magic Mirror Entertainment Center in the master suite, a residential-style refrigerator (with ice maker), solid-surface countertops, a full-size residential shower, memory foam mattresses and plenty of other items you’ll learn to love as you begin your life on the road.

The exterior of the fifth wheel is outfitted with tons of frills as well. You’ll notice the convenience of the six-point hydraulic leveling system, aluminum entry steps, keyless entry system and power patio awning as soon as you arrive at the campsite.

Make the 37FL Yours Today

The Winnebago Destination 36FL is making its way to Madison RV, so give us a call or log onto our website to start living the RV lifestyle of your dreams. And if you’re looking for something a little smaller, don’t forget to ask us about our pink Winnebago Minnie, which will only be on sale a limited time for breast cancer awareness month.

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November Events

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If you are looking for some good old-fasioned fun, look no further. There are several great events and activities going on around your Huntsville RV dealer this month. Check out a few of the ones we found for you.

Downtown Huntsville Food Tour- This will be taking place November 8 from 11am to 2pm at various restaurants throughout downtown Huntsville. This is a fun walking food tour and a one-of-a-kind food adventure. The tour is a sampling of Huntsville’s culinary delights with a behind the scenes look at the city’s rich heritage. So enjoy Mother Nature while strolling through the parks, satisfy your appetite with tasty bites and learn about the history of Huntsville. This event is perfect for anyone who wants to indulge the foodie within.

Madison City Famers Market- On November 8, visit Trinity Baptist Church from 9am-12noon. This is the day they hold their farmer’s market. You will find the best selection of eggs, meats, homebaked goods, honey, and fresh herbs. Enjoy other handmade items like lotions, soaps and much more. This is free to the public and everyone is welcome.

Veteran’s Day Parade- Come watch the parade November 11 in Downtown Huntsville. It begins at 11am and honors our military for their service. Make sure to arrive early since spots fill up quickly.

Downtown Dish: Huntsville’s Food Tour- Be a part of the fun November 15th from 11am-2pm at participating downtown restaurants. There will be six food tasting locations as you participate on a self-guided walking tour through historic downtown.

Krispy Kreme Challenge- This is a unique race taking place November 15th at 8am. Runners will be line up at Clinton Avenue for the 6th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge Run. Here, participators will run two miles from the starting line to Huntsville’s Krispy Kreme located on North Memorial Parkway. There they will eat one dozen donuts, then run two miles back to the finish line. This all has to be done in one hour. All proceeds from registration will go directly to help more than 1,000 children, adults and families with disabilities including cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, autism, down syndrome, spinal cord injuries and more.

Enjoy these festive November events from Madison RV.

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Spooky Spots of Alabama

Halloween is a great night for kids of all ages to done costumes and run from house to house collecting candy and goodies. However, if you feel the need to spend this haunting holiday in a different way, you may want to visit a haunted or creepy point of interest. Here are a few around your Huntsville RV dealer that you might want to check out.

Drish House, Tuscaloosa – Supernatural reports have included people seeing the third story tower set ablaze. It’s important to note that no fire has been present. Unexplained lights that weave in and out of the house have also been reported.

Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham - Over sixty employees met their demise working here. On September 9, 1887, Rich Jowers was standing near the top of Furnace Number One. He slipped and the heavy metals he was preparing to melt tumbled over. Jowers was instantly incinerated as his coworkers stood by and watched helplessly.

Harrison Cemetery, Coffee County- This place is said to be haunted by the dancing ghost of Grancer Harrison. His love for dancing led him to instruct his slaves to build a large dance hall for parties. When he died, he was buried in his best dancing clothes and clogs and within earshot of his beloved dance hall. The parties continued but were never the same after Grancer’s passing. His dance hall eventually fell into ruin. People have reported hearing eerie sounds of a fiddle coming from the cemetery at night along with a deep manly voice.

Adam’s Grove Presbyterian Church, Dallas Country- This church was constructed in 1853 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This abandoned church and adjacent cemetery have been investigated several times by ghost hunting organizations. Sounds of crying children have been heard by many. Also, a man dressed in black, thought to be a former minister, is seen regularly before nightfall entering the door of the church.

Auburn University Chapel, Auburn- This chapel was once used as a Civil War hospital. It’s believed to be haunted by a Confederate soldier named Sydney Grimlett. He was a British citizen who traveled to America and volunteered to fight for the Confederate forces. He was wounded in a battle nearby and died shortly after in the Confederate hospital.

If you visit any of these places, remember to be safe. Happy Halloween from Madison RV.

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Frightfully Good Recipes

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No Halloween party would be complete without delicious appetizers and entrees. If you are looking for some fresh ideas for your next gathering, your Huntsville RV dealer has you covered. Take a look below at the ones we found.

Jack O’ Lantern chip dip

This Halloween-themed dip is super easy to make and is fun for the kids, too. It takes a total of five minutes to prepare and has just five simple ingredients.

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Can of chopped olives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Combine the sour cream, cheese cream and minced garlic together in a large bowl. Next, spread the mixture evenly onto a round serving plate. Coat this evenly with the cheddar cheese and add a nose, mouth, and eyes using the black olives. Just like that, you have an incredibly tasty dip in about five minutes.

Orange Jack O’ Lantern Fruit Cups

These are a hauntingly good healthy Halloween treat for both adults and kids.

  • Bag of navel oranges
  • 5 cups mixed fruit
  • Low-fat whipped cream

Take the oranges and carefully slice the top off. Using a spoon, begin to hollow out the oranges, removing the pulp. Use a small, sharp knife to cut out Jack O’ Lantern faces on every orange. Fill the oranges halfway with mixed fruit, add a bit of whipped cream, and top again with remaining fruit.

Monster Spaghetti

  • ½ black food paste colorant (this can be found at your local craft store in the baking aisle)
  • 1 box of spaghetti
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • Olive oil
  • Green olives
  • 1 jar of your favorite red spaghetti sauce

In a large pot, boil four quarts of water. Add the food coloring with one teaspoon salt for every pound of spaghetti. Bring the water to a rolling boil and drop the pasta in. Allow to cook uncovered for 10 to 14 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid overcooking pasta. Remove from heat and drain right away, adding a dash of olive oil to the pasta. Plate the black pasta and serve with the red sauce and olives and serve immediately. If desired, add meatballs.

Have a Happy Halloween from Madison RV.

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Fall Foliage in Alabama

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The arrival of fall is one of the most anticipated and beautiful times of the year. The cooler weather brings about the feelings of calm, peace and tranquility. The trees being to lose their bright summer greens and fade into a stunning array of golds, reds, oranges and yellows. From dogwoods to hickories, the foliage all across Alabama will be riveting beginning late October through mid-November. If you want to get out there and see some of these colors yourself, take a look at a few of the places outlined below.

The Natchez Trace Parkway spans 444 miles across three states and is a great place to catch the fall colors. It begins in the southern area of Mississippi and ends in northern Tennessee. Driving through the parkway isn’t the only way to view the colors of the season. It is designed for bicycle use as well and there are lots of hiking and horseback riding trails to explore. If you follow the parkway to Joe Wheeler State Park, you will be able to view the dam as well as the fall foliage.

There are other parks that offer breathtaking scenery such as Monte Sano State Park and Oak Mountain State Park. Other areas of note to watch the leaves yearly transition is one of the many covered bridge areas throughout northern Alabama. Choose from Horton Mill, Swann, Clarkson, or Old Easley covered bridges for a sight you will never forget. You can also admire the state’s waterfalls draped with the season’s finest colors at Noccalula Falls, DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon.

If you are just out for a weekend getaway with your Huntsville RV, make time for a few of the scenic drives in the area. US 278, 411, 31 and 11 all offer a bounty of colors from the maples, poplars and other native trees. Looking for something a bit higher? You may want to visit Cheaha State Park. The ancient Creek Indians dubbed this area ‘Chaha’, which means ‘high place’. This park stands over 2,400 feet above sea level. From this high up, you will get a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and all of the colors for miles.

Where is your favorite place to see the fall foliage? Share with us at Madison RV.

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