RVing Green for Earth Day

We all strive to do our best for the environment. All of us are finding more ways to help reduce waste, recycle what we have, and to lower our carbon footprint on the Earth. You can do this whlie camping as well by following these simple tips for going green.

Although many Huntsville RV sites come with full electric hookups, you can do your part by utilizing renewable resources such as solar panels. They can be mounted to the top of your RV allowing you to charge your panels batteries by sun for more than 12 hours a day in the summer season. You can count on your solar panels to give long lasting energy. An additional plus is that it cuts down on running your generator by up to 90 percent. If solar panels aren’t an option for you, you can still save energy by just unplugging things you aren’t using for a while. Turn off the phone, close the laptop and go enjoy the great outdoors along with meaningful family time. Go for a walk and get to know your fellow campers.

Recycling whenever possible is a big part of going green. More and more campgrounds are offering recycling bins for proper disposal of all your cans and plastics. But, if your campground does not have proper receptacles, you can very easily do it yourself. Just take a moment and separate your recycling into bins or small storage bins and properly dispose of them when you return home.

Use reusable camping goods such as tableware, cups and utensils. Even though disposable products made from paper may seem easier, the waste adds up and quickly makes them harmful to our planet. Avoid washing your dishes or even cleaning fish in flowing streams or lakes. If you do, you will be introducing soap and other pollutants into the water which endangers the delicate ecosystem.

It’s important to leave your campground just the way you found it. You can do this by picking up after yourselves and packing out what you packed in. Make sure you park your RV in a designated parking area to preserve nature. Don’t leave trash in the fire ring or garbage on the ground. It’s your responsibility as a camper to help maintain Mother Nature and preserve it for future campers to come.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these easy going green tips from your Madison RV dealer.

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Easter Desserts

After the wonderful Easter festivities and delicious dinner are said and done, what more is left to do? If your family is like many families out there, you know what question is coming next. What’s for dessert? When you are put on the spot with this inevitable inquiry, you can be prepared with these amazing and easy stress-free Easter desserts, even in your Huntsville RV.

Peeps Popcorn

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 or 3 cups fully popped popcorn
  • 1 to 5 packages of assorted color peeps

Start by making simple stove top popcorn. When doing this, avoid the buttered flavors. Only purchase the white or tender white popcorn. Next, melt the butter into a saucepan enough to coat the bottom. Add peeps and stir over medium heat until marshmallows are fully melted and is starting to look nice and smooth. Always make sure to keep stirring during this time or the sugar will burn. Once melted, carefully pour the melted Peep mixture over the popcorn. Pour this out onto wax paper to finish cooling. Spread the mixture out to cool faster. Once cooled to the touch, gently break and form into little balls. We doubt that there will be any left by the days end with this tasty treat.

Peeps Pudding Cups

  • 1 four-count chocolate jello pudding cups
  • 2 four-count lemon jello pudding cups
  • 1 package of peeps
  • 1 container of frozen whipped topping

Start by layering the pudding in each glass. Its easiest to do with a smaller spoon. Starting with the lemon then then chocolate then top with more lemon. Add the whipped topping and a happy Peep to the top and you’re ready to go. Kids really enjoy making their own. This recipe makes four servings.

Kid-Friendly Chocolate Easter Nest

This is a recipe you can quickly make in your Madison RV. You will need the following.

  • four spoons
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 12 mini chocolate robin eggs
  • chocolate sprinkles

Melt the chocolate chips either stove top or by microwave. If microwaving, cook in 30 second intervals. Once milk chocolate is melted, dip each spoon into the chocolate, coating it and allowing any excess to drip off. Set them on wax paper and place three of your chocolate robin eggs into the middle. Sprinkle the chocolate sprinkles around the eggs and let cool.

We hope you enjoy these tasty treats this Easter.

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Easter Gathering in the RV

For those of us who love to travel in our beloved motorhomes, gatherings for the holidays are no different than anyone in a conventional home. Though you might have significantly less space, there are still several ways you can celebrate the Easter traditions this year. One of the most obvious ways we enjoy this holiday is with cooking. There’s no need to think that you have to have an enormous kitchen to pull off a fantastic Easter dinner.

A simple RV kitchen will more than handle a small ham and a few side dishes. Whatever your family’s holiday food traditions are, we are sure there are recipes and ways to make what you all love. Don’t forget you can always use the outside campfire to slow cook your ham and vegetables. This adds a flavor you can’t duplicate in a traditional oven. Another way of celebrating is by having an Easter egg hunt. If you are camped out in a campground or trailer park, enlist the help of nearby campers to make one gigantic hunt that all of the children can participate in.

Everyone can help prep the travel trailer and surrounding area days before the big event. Ask your friends and family to help paint or dye the eggs when you arrive so there is more time to hunt for them on the day of the activity. Sometimes campgrounds will have already planned for an Easter themed activity, such as an egg hunt or an egg dyeing event. Check with your campground host or the bulletin board where you are camping for any information. This means less work for you in prepping such an activity and more time enjoying your family, friends, and the outdoors.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without a few other decorations. Use fresh flowers, pastel colors, and cute spring décor for a memorable Hunstville RV Easter. Remember, just because you are out on the road during a holiday doesn’t mean that you can’t have a successful gathering or celebration. We hope you are able to incorporate your holiday into your travels no matter where you are or what day it is. Have a safe, fun, and happy Easter from your friends at Madison RV.

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April Specials

With the arrival of April, a lot of new and wonderful items are making their way to the shelves at your Huntsville RV dealer. If you’re looking for great items that compliment your motorhome or just make life easier, you have to check these out. These are on sale during the month of April so get them before it’s too late.

The phoenix outside shower is the perfect add-on unit as well as being a great replacement for OEM units. It comes in handy after a long day at the beach and you’re looking to wash off and cool down. If you have some dishes that need cleaning, no worry. With a fast rinse with your shower, they are ready to be dried. By having this great accessory, it will help cut down all the grime and dirt that gets tracked all throughout your RV. The product itself is UV protected meaning it will never fade and has a durable hatch and is resistant to salts along with other chemicals. The regular place is $77.96 but now through our April sale, it is only $69.95. You won’t be let down by this outstanding product.

The Folding Assist Handle with Foam Grip is ready and always there to lend you a hand. Regardless if you’re entering your RV or leaving, with your new folding assist bar you will be going with ease. It comes pre-assembled and is easy to install. The device just folds and locks right to the exterior of your RV without the single use of a tool. This way you won’t have to struggle with instructions or possibly damaging your RV’s exterior. The foam grip really not only is comfortable, it comes in handy on those hot days. With this protective grip, you can be sure the sun will never burn your hands. With this month’s sale price, you can’t afford not to purchase it for only $34.95.

The Ultra Stacker Jacks set comes complete with four stabilizing jacks. These are made of high-grade aluminum construction intended to support up to 6000 lbs. They extend from 11” all the way to 17”. These are perfect for stabilizing your trailer and are easy to set up. They come with fully adjustable handles and have a lifetime warranty. The special sale price this month for these is just $41.35.

Enjoy your April adventures with these great new products from your friends at Madison RV.

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Madison RV Open House

Winnebago Sunset Creek 340bhd

The spring is the best time to go camping. The beautiful trees and flowers are in bloom and the air is fresh and light with the promise of new life. There’s nothing more invigorating in the world for those of us who have a camper. If you don’t, there’s only one thing to do. You must find that perfect traveling companion but where do you start? When you want quality and affordability in such an investment, your first, and only, stop should be Madison RV. Right now, we are having our Spring Super Sale which will be on Saturday, April 12.

This Saturday, our sales lots will be full of nothing but great deals on all of our campers and motorhomes. The price you see clearly marked on the outside of any unit is the price you pay. There are hundreds of campers and travel trailers for you to look at and to give you an idea of what you can find, here are a couple noteworthy items.

The new 2015 Forest River Leprechaun 319DFS is a beautiful Class C motorhome that is 32 feet in length yet still easy to drive. Some of the amazing features it has are a large outside kitchen which most do not have. You have a fully extendable counter with a propane grill connection. There is even an outdoor entertainment center and outside shower. To top it all off, there is a power awning that covers the entire area. The inside is just as immaculate and matches what you might see in a higher-end Class A motor coach without the price.

Another great unit you can catch during the Spring Super Sale is the 2014 Winnebago Sunset Creek 340BHD. This stunning 34 foot travel trailer features two slide outs, an outdoor kitchen and lots of space to sleep your entire party. The entertainment center is large and can be seen from any angle in the unit. The kitchen includes a full-sized refrigerator, three-burner stove and sink with ample cabinets for storage. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo with a skylight for natural lighting.

When you’re ready to find the perfect camper or motorhome for you, come by your Huntsville RV dealer.

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April RV Specials

Lance Lance 1121

This spring, why not take your family and friends on an RV adventure? You can go anywhere with a quality new or used motorhome or travel trailer from your Huntsville RV dealer. We have several fantastic units of all kinds that are ready to hit the road with you to make new memories. No matter the brand or type you are searching for, we will have it. Check out a few of the ones on our specials lot.

The 2002 Lance 1121 is perfect for either couple or a small group outing. This truck camper has everything you need in a convenient package. The outside of this durable camper is made of fiberglass on an aluminum frame which provides both stability and a lightweight design. This includes a Lance exclusive rear bumper which spans the entire width of the camper, space for two five gallon propane tanks, a generator for dry camping and more. The inside gives you lots of space due to the slide out on this truck camper. When you want the best in truck campers, you want a Lance and Madison RV has them.

The next travel trailer we want to share with you is the 2014 Winnebago Ultra Lite 27RBDS. This amazing unit has a modern interior with a kitchen island, spacious bathroom, a fabulous entertainment center and ample storage. The slide out on this unit adds more space for the kitchen, dining room and entertainment area. The bedroom is located toward the front and includes a queen sized bed with wardrobe cabinetry. The bathroom includes a large tub/shower combo with glass door and an oversized linen closet. Check this out before it’s gone.

The last one we want to mention is the 2014 Keystone Outback 286FRL. This luxurious fifth wheel features a rear living area and three slide outs so you can bring the party inside if you need to for maximum comfort. The decadent interior designs make this trailer feel like home while you are on the go. There is no shortage of counter space, either, with the extra island in the kitchen. When you are ready to decide on a new or used RV, the first place for you to stop is Madison RV. Let us help you find the right one for you.

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April Events

There is always something going on near your Huntsville RV dealer. The month of April holds many wonderful and exciting events and activities for everyone to enjoy. If you find yourself wondering what to do, check out a few of these listed below. They are guaranteed to create wonderful memories that will last years to come and to make your friends and family smile.

The Huntsville Botanical Gardens hosts a multitude of events throughout the month. Huntsville Blooms, called the Gardens Spring Festival of Flowers in previous years, will be celebrating the blooming of amazing azaleas, dazzling daffodils, and lots more all over the Gardens. During this event, which takes place now through April 30, there will be other activities such as Bunny Bonanza and Night of 1000 Flowers.

The Alabama Youth Ballet Theater group is putting on a production of Snow White beginning April 4 and running through April 6. This ballet performance follows the story of Snow White, the “fairest in the land,” as she is put through trials and tribulations and cast into a deep sleep. Watch as the Seven Dwarves and Prince Charming aid in her rescue and put the Evil Queen back in her place. Tickets are just $16 and can be purchased online to avoid the wait or at the gates the day of the performance. Don’t miss this classic “happily ever after” story this spring.

Another beautiful ballet performance this month takes place on April 12. This one is the story of Cinderella and will be put on by the Huntsville Ballet Company and the Women’s Guild. Not only is there an extraordinary performance this night, children will also be invited to participate in a backstage tour of the stage, meet Cinderella and the Prince, sit in the magical carriage, and dance across the stage. Each guest will receive a keepsake of the ball. Tickets start from $30 per person.

Also on April 12 is the 3rd Annual Superheroes 5K/1M Fun Run. This super race benefits the National Children’s Advocacy Center and is only one of two certified in North Alabama. There will be a free Block Party after the race which will include inflatables, games, food and crafts for all. Have a fun and safe April from Madison RV.

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Fun RV Crafts and Projects

Arts and crafts are always welcome around a campground. There are lots of things you can do to keep you and your guests entertained. Below are a couple ideas for you to try while out camping in your Huntsville RV.

Glow Stick Lanterns are a fun craft to do just before the sun goes down. All you need are a few mason jars with lids, glow sticks, and scissors. Make sure the lid fits well by pre-testing for leaks with water. You will use approximately one or two glow sticks per jar. Now, make sure your mason jar is clean and dry by wiping the inside with a microfiber towel. Using old newspapers, cover your work station just in case you spill any of the glow stick liquid.

Take the glow stick and activate it by snapping it in several places. Hold your now activated glow stick directly over your mason jar. Make a clean cut at the top and pour the inner liquid directly into the jar. Dispose of the empty glow stick container. Shake the mason jar to activate the liquid within and now you’re ready for nightfall! These last for several hours and can also be used as a night light for children.

No camping trip is ever complete without a delicious S’mores dessert. Here is a fun, kid-safe S’mores Cooker project to do at the campsite using the power of the sun. You will need a cereal box, aluminum foil, saran wrap, black construction paper, black duct tape, and scissors. Create a reflector by cutting a flap in the middle of the box. Make three cuts that are 1 inch from the edge. Now, wrap the flap with aluminum foil using tape to secure it in place. This is what will reflect the sun into the cooker.

Now, cover the opening that was just cut with saran wrap, again securing it with tape. Next, cover the rest of the box with black duct tape. This helps the heat from escaping as well as helping to cook by absorbing more heat with the black tape. Place the black construction paper inside the box and then line your s’mores on a paper plate and slide inside. Put your cooker in a sunny location and adjust your reflector making sure to get the most sunshine on your s’mores. They should be well cooked within ten minutes.

Enjoy these unique projects and have fun from your friends at Madison RV.

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Jell-O Dessert Recipes You Can Make in Your RV!

Nothing beats good old fashion Jell-O from the box. But with a little imagination, you can make some pretty amazing desserts. Here are just a few recipes to get your creative juices flowing.

With Easter just around the corner, the kids will love these Jell-O Dinosaur Eggs. You will need the following:

  • 2 packages of lime gelatin
  • 24 cups boiling water
  • a pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 package of instant vanilla pudding mix

In a large bowl, dissolve your gelatin into boiling water and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Next, gently stir in your cinnamon. Using a large measuring cup, whisk in the cold milk along with the pudding mix until smooth. This usually takes about one minute. Pour this mixture into a 13 inch by 9 inch pan coated with cooking spray and let it refrigerate up to three hours or until firm. Using an oval egged shaped cookie cutter, cut out the dinosaur eggs. This recipe makes between 12 and 14 servings.

Who doesn’t love a delicious fruity salad that combines fresh fruit, pudding, marshmallows, and Jell-O? Top with cool whip and you have a fantastic dessert that everyone will love. You will need:

  • 2 cans of mandarin oranges, thoroughly drained
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 2 packages of orange flavored Jell-O mix
  • 1 container of cool whip

Start by combining the drained oranges and pineapples together in a large mixing bowl. Add the orange flavored Jell-O packets and stir together until well blended. Then, gently fold in the thawed cool whip topping and place in the refrigerated for up to two hours.

A simple dessert or mid-day snack in your Madison RV is chilled Jell-O Grapes. This easy recipe tastes like Sour Grape candy and the kids will love it. All you need is a bag of fresh green grapes along with one package of lime Jell-O mix.

Wash the grapes well. You want to make sure they get thoroughly coated with water so the Jell-O can stick to them. Next, place the gelatin powder in a bag and add some grapes. Gently shake them in the bag until they are completely coated. Remove coated grapes and repeat until all of your grapes are coated. Refrigerate them up to four hours and serve.

Enjoy these delicious Jell-O recipes from your friends at your Huntsville RV dealer.

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Visit the Gulf Coast

The weather is getting friendly and gearing up to provide some spectacular temperatures, cool breezes, and refreshing water along the Gulf Coast. Now’s the time to start getting your RV ready to roll to take advantage of some much needed fun in the sun.

At MadisonRV Supercenter, we have everything you need for an upcoming trek to the beach. From an impressive inventory of new and used RVs to our factory-trained and authorized technicians, we’ll take care of your trip every step of the way.

Gulf Shores

The city of Gulf Shores offers plenty of venues for shopping, dining, and area attractions to add to your beach vacation experience. Plan your itinerary to include some of the best of the Gulf Shores activities.

  • Waterville USA keeps you refreshed with plenty of fun for kids of all ages.
  • Historic Blakeley State Park, Meaher State Park, Gulf State Park, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, offer an all day excursion for hiking, wildlife observation and picnicking.
  • Everyone has a good time at the zoo and the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is no exception.
  • Take in the sights at Battleship Memorial Park to see exhibits in its military museum.

Orange Beach

There’s plenty to do in Orange Beach along with the activities at the beach. Take a break from the suntan lotion and spend the day at one of these attractions.

  • Indian & Sea Museum.
  • Charter a fishing boat.
  • Adventure Island for go kart racing with the kids.
  • Play a round of golf at the Orange Beach Golf Center.
  • Kids will enjoy all the games at Fat Daddy’s Arcade.
  • Take off your flip flops and but on your boots and explore the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. Watch out for gators.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach offer several choices in RV parks that include Island Retreat, Bay Breeze, Gulf Coast, Fort Morgan RV to handle all your camping needs.

The Gulf beaches are beckoning, so let our staff at MadisonRV Supercenter get you on your way to the sun, surf, and sand of the Alabama shoreline.

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