Washington, D.C., may not be the usual outdoor oasis you envision when thinking of traveling in your RV, but it’s actually one of the friendliest cities in the nation for motor homes and travel trailers. It’s called “urban camping,” and with the city’s rich history, free museums, campgrounds and addictive restaurants, you’ll probably want to make D.C. one of your go-to camping destinations.
Motor Homes Welcome
If you’ve been avoiding taking your RV to D.C. because you’re afraid there’s no place to camp near the capital, think again.
Cherry Hill Park, the closest campground to D.C., is just 12 miles north of the city, and it’s an ideal place to park your RV. The campground even offers rides into the capital multiple times per day, so you never have to worry about maneuvering your motor home in city traffic. Indulge in the sauna, hot tub and free WIFI after a long day of sightseeing.
Free Museums and Attractions
Forget about breaking the bank with museum tickets for the entire family. D.C. offers hundreds of free museums and landmarks open to the public.
Botanic Gardens is located on the National Mall and is a gardener’s haven in the concrete city. With roughly 4,000 living plants, it’s hard not to spend an entire day wandering through the gardens.
What’s a trip to D.C. without paying homage to our country’s leaders? Take a free tour through the historic Ford Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated. View exhibits honoring Lincoln’s life and hear the true story of the night he was tragically killed.
The U.S. Capitol Building offers free guided tours as well. Learn about the Senate and House of Representatives or just enjoy the architecture of one of our country’s most prominent landmarks.
Of course you can’t go to D.C. and not visit the numerous monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and Vietnam Memorial Wall.
Then there’s the Smithsonian, a museum complex that hosts a variety of subjects, from natural history to aviation.
Thinking of taking a daytrip to D.C. in your motor home, but fearing the nightmare of finding a parking space for your vehicle? The Union Station parking garage in downtown D.C. offers parking intended for tour buses, but motor homes are permitted too. For $22, you can park your RV worry-free for 24 hours.
Visit Madison RV Superstore
What’s holding you back? Plan a trip in your camper travel trailer to D.C. today. If you need an RV of your own to visit D.C., come see us today at Madison RV Superstore to view our entire selection of new RVs.
Most dads love summertime. Not for the beach days or tan lines, but because summer is grilling season. Prepare your dad for another season of outdoor cooking with these four convenient and innovative grilling gadgets.
Squid Bottle Blaster
Tired of watching dad marinate meat with that nasty old brush you’ve seen since childhood? Buy dad the Squid Bottle Blaster. The container can be filled with marinade, then the bottle is squeezed to apply the marinade to the meat with the basting brush. For just $15, this is the perfect budget-friendly gift.
Getaway On-The-Go BBQ Kit
Does your dad love to grill at the campsite, at the beach or just about anywhere possible? This Getaway On-The-Go BBQ Kit contains everything he needs – from a cutting board to spatulas and seasonings — to grill up a delicious summer meal in just about any setting.
Cooking multiple items on the grill at once can be tricky, but this good-looking GrillFella grill basket makes it so much easier. The basket helps maintain that perfect amount of done-ness for all of your items, and the dividers can be customized to suit your portions.
Ivation Long-Range Meat Thermometer
A quality meat thermometer can be the difference between good food and excellent food. The Ivation Long-Range Meat Thermometer can monitor the temperature of meat from up to 300 feet away. It’ll alert you when temperatures rise or drop and stores your favorite meat settings for future cook-outs. You’ll never have to Google ”How long should I cook a medium-rare steak?” again.
Find Even More Grilling Gadgets Online
Log onto our Madison RV Supercenter online parts store to shop for tons of other grilling gadgets and unique RV-related Father’s Day presents. And if you’re looking for the ultimate present this Father’s Day stop by our lot in Madison, Ala., to browse our huge selection of new and used RVs.
Alabama is the place to be this June. Whether you’re interested in live music, delicious eats, time on the water or a little bit of it all, there’s a festival or event happening in the Yellowhammer State that you don’t want to miss. The following are just a few reasons to fire up your RV and head to Alabama this June.
29th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival
Don’t forget to load your toy hauler with your kayaks for the 20th Annual Coosa River Whitewater Festival. This whitewater event for kayakers, canoers and recreational paddlers of all kinds encourages everyone to get out on the water. You don’t need to be an experienced paddler to have fun at the three-day event, because it’s full of events for kids, paddles of all abilities, nonstop activities, camping and so much more. Be sure to register for the event, which will be held on June 3, 4 and 5, at www.coosariverwhitewaterfestival.com.
Alexander City Jazz Fest
The Alexander Jazz Fest has been an integral part of Alexander City for 25 years. The anticipated annual festival, which will be held on June 10 and 11, draws jazz musicians and listeners from across the country. In addition to two full nights of jazz performances, visitors can dine and drink at a number of on-site vendors. The event is always 100-percent free and open to the public, so set your sights on Alexander City this June.
Chilton County Peach Festival
Cruise over to Clanton in Chilton County for the annual Chilton County Peach Festival from June 18 through 25. The event celebrates peaches and summer fun with a cook-off, fishing tournament, live and silent auctions, a barbecue, art exhibitions, a Peach Run, parades, live music and nonstop fun.
Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter when you’re cruising throughout Alabama this June. We’re your No. 1 RV shop for summer with all of the latest and greatest RVs, camping supplies, accessories and more.
Spring is the perfect time to ensure your RV is in top condition for another season of travel. Right now, we’re offering a number of service specials at the Madison RV Supercenter to make your upcoming RV repairs and maintenance less stressful. The following are just a few of the many spring service specials we’re offering right now.
Special No. 1 B&W Slider Companion Hitch
Find the B&W Slider Companion Hitch for just $1,375 plus tax right here at the Madison RV Supercenter. If you’re struggling to tow your fifth wheel with your short bed truck, this is the RV accessory you need for the upcoming travel season. Our certified RV technicians will also install your new B&W Companion Hitch for a small additional price. Call us at (256) 837-3883 for additional details.
Special No. 2 New 13.5K A/C
It’s time to test out your RV’s air conditioner, and if it needs replacing, there’s no better place to shop than here at the Madison RV Supercenter. Our 13,500 BTU air conditioner is now starting at $859 plus tax, and that price includes installation. Call us today to set up your service appointment.
Special No. 3 King Controls Tailgater by Dish
It’s time to start tailgating at the campsite, and the King Controls Tailgater by Dish offers affordable satellite TV on the go. This unique new RV accessory offers automatic satellite acquisition in any location without the need for a power source or separate remote control. Simply connect your Tailgater to your Dish receiver, and you can watch your favorite shows and games immediately. Start enjoying better TV reception on the go for just $349 today.
Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us to find out more about all of the RV service and maintenance procedures we perform right here at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala.
It’s National Barbecue Month, and that means it’s time to fire up that grill at the campsite. These delicious and classic barbecue recipes, including sweet cola ribs and chipotle crusted pork tenderloin, are guaranteed to add a little more flavor to your campground cookouts.
Sweet Cola Ribs
What you’ll need:
- 2 slabs baby-back ribs sliced into cocktail size portions
- 2 bottles of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 3 1-liter bottles of Coca Cola
- Fill a large roasting pan (big enough for the ribs) with 1 1/2 bottles of Coca Cola. Submerge the ribs in the Coca Cola and refrigerate for one night.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Remove the ribs from the pan and clean it, then fill it with Coca Cola again.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Once the grill is hot, cook the ribs on it. Turn them often and dip them back into the cola each time. This should apply a layer of sugar to the ribs.
- When the ribs are nearly finished cooking (roughly 30 minutes), take them off the grill and fill a clean roasting pan with the barbecue sauce. Cut the ribs into individual portions and submerge them in the sauce.
- Bake them in the sauce for 1 hour, remove and serve.
Chipotle Crusted Pork Tenderloin
What you’ll need:
- 2 pork tenderloins (3/4 pound each)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons chipotle chile powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large resealable plastic bag. Place the tenderloins in the bag and shake until coated. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Oil the grill lightly and place the meat on the oiled grate. Cook the tenderloins for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Don’t forget to stop and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter when you’re cruising throughout the country in your RV this spring and summer.
The Coachmen RV company is one that knows paying attention to the details is important. And that’s why the 2016 Coachmen Apex Ultra Lite doesn’t make travelers sacrifice a thing. From the top-quality lightweight construction to the maneuverability, interior luxuries and head-turning appeal, this RV is one that’s ready for everything from weekend getaways to full-time life on the road.
2016 Coachmen Apex Ultra Lite Floorplans
The Apex Ultra Lite is available in 27 different floorplan options, including the Apex Limited Edition, 8-foot Wide Deep Slides, 8-Foot Wide Travel Trailers, 7.5-Foot Wide Travel Trailers, the Apex Nano and Apex Nano Expandables. Whether you’re seeking an RV with two private bedrooms, a residential kitchen and plenty of room to entertain or an easy-to-tow travel trailer for romantic weekend getaway, there’s a 2016 Coachmen Apex designed specifically for you.
The Best Interior and Exterior Features
It doesn’t matter which Coachmen Apex Ultra Lite you choose, you’re bound to be blown away by the high-end features included inside and out. Travelers enjoy Glazed Grace cherry cabinetry, sealed edge countertops, Congoleum Carefree flooring, mini-blinds, energy-efficient LED Lighting, brushed nickel hardware, a Stonecast double bowl kitchen sink, a bathroom medicine cabinet, a 34-inch neo-angle glass shower, Evergreen mattresses and so much more. The interior of the Apex Nano Ultra Lite always feels more like a brick-and-mortar home than a recreational vehicle.
The exterior of each model is just as loaded with features as the interior. You’ll love the power awning, four stabilizer jacks, lighted pass-through storage spaces, double entry step, patio light, outdoor speakers, 55-amp power center, outside GFI receptacle, ducted air conditioner and all of the features that make your RV lifestyle, indoors and out, more enjoyable.
Tow It Away Today
The 2016 Coachmen Apex Ultra Lite is available right here at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala. Log online or stop in and see us to find out about our unbeatable pricing today.
Spring is now in full swing and Alabama is heating up with outdoor events and festivals. Fire up your RV and cruise to the Yellowhammer State for these must-visit events from Northern Alabama to the Gulf Coast beaches and everywhere in between.
There’s no better way to celebrate the approach of summer than with strawberries. Cruise over to Cullman for the annual Cullman StawberryFest on May 6 and 7. The event will feature North Alabama’s best strawberries as well as mouthwatering food vendors, live music, arts and crafts, a car show and so much more. Visitors will also want to spend an additional day checking out Cullman’s unique downtown shops, eateries and historic buildings.
Orange Beach Wine Festival
Kick off your spring at the beach for the Orange Beach Wine Festival in coastal Orange Beach, Ala. This must-visit annual festival features more than 120 wines, boat tours of the bay, food from the finest local restaurants, three live music acts and an included custom wine glass. Those who aren’t as interested in wine can still enjoy the day’s festivities, as a number of craft beers will be on hand as well. This esteemed annual event will be held at 28103 Perdido Beach Blvd., on May 14.
Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival
Save your Memorial Day weekend for the Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival. This unique gathering of hot air balloons is the largest in the Southeast, and it’s certainly a sight to see. In addition to watching the colorful balloons float through the sky, visitors can take part in children’s activities, eat delicious local foods, shop for arts and crafts, enjoy the antique car show and listen to live music. This festival of nonstop fun will take place on May 28 and 29, at Point Mallard Park in Decatur.
Start your spring travels off right with a new or used RV from the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala. We’re your No. 1 Alabama RV destination for service, supplies, sales and so much more.
You don’t need an elaborate RV kitchen to enjoy first-class meals at the campsite. In fact, many mouthwatering meats taste even better when cooked on the grill. This recipe for the tastiest, grilled prime rib entree will easily make you forget about your kitchen back home.
Grilled Prime Rib
What you’ll need:
- 3 prime rib steaks (each roughly 2.5 pounds and 2-inches thick)
- Salt and pepper
- 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (divided)
- 2 heads garlic cloves (peeled)
- 2 lemons
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- Preheat the grill and remove the steaks from the refrigerator. Allow the steaks to reach room temperature.
- Season the steaks heavily on both sides with salt and pepper. Press the seasonings into the steaks.
- Make a garlic paste by trimming the stems off of the cloves. Place a skillet on medium heat and add 4 tablespoons oil. Add the garlic and simmer before reducing the heat to low. Strip the leaves off of the rosemary sprigs and chop them until you have 2 tablespoons.
- Add the rosemary to the garlic and continue cooking until the garlic cloves are golden brown (roughly 10 minutes). Toss occasionally.
- Remove the garlic and mash it into a paste. Mix the mashed garlic back together with the oil and rosemary.
- Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook until they’re browned on both sides. This should take about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the other.
- Cut two lemons in half, then cut the ends off. Brush them with olive oil and season them with salt and pepper. Place the lemons on the grill.
- Smear 2 tablespoons of paste over one side of each steak. Move the steaks to the grill rack.
- Allow the steaks to finish cooking on the cool side of the grill with the lid closed for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and let them rest for 10 minutes. Cut each steak into 1-inch slices and serve.
Searching for your dream RV for summer? Stop and see us at the Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Ala., today.
Earth Day is approaching on April 22, and it serves as a reminder that we need to live greener RV lifestyles. Fortunately, there are a number of eco-friendly items on the market that make it easier to live a less environmentally threatening life on the road. The following are a few of our favorite green products for the spring and summer RV seasons.
CAMCO LED Lantern
Use less electricity and enjoy just as much bright light with the new CAMCO LED multi-functional lantern. The lantern features three light settings, so it can be used as a spotlight, lantern or combination of both. Even more, the weather-resistant, compact design means you can take it just about anywhere without worrying about adding too much weight.
Fasteners Unlimited Sink Stopper
Stop unnecessary water loss with this Fasteners Unlimited Sink Stopper. This high-quality stopper actually works to prevent water loss in RV sinks. It’s available in two models, one to fit 1 5/8-inch holes and 1 1/4-inch holes. Stop wasting water at the campground or while boondocking with this must-have accessory.
Hopkins Pop-Up Trash Cans
Campgrounds and RV parks don’t always have trash cans in the most desirable places, but that doesn’t mean you should be lazy about disposing of your waste properly. These Hopkins Pop-Up Trash Cans are ideal for setting up trash and recycling centers at your campsites, so you never have to make excuses. Even better, they collapse down to 1-inch in size to store in tight spaces. Keep your favorite campgrounds and the environment cleaner with this simple, affordable RV item.
Find all of these must-have, environmentally-friendly RV items right here at our Madison RV Supercenter online parts store. You can shop our parts department online 24 hours a day and seven days a week, or stop in an see us in Madison, Ala., from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Here at the Madison RV Supercenter, we’re always offering the best RV service specials in the area. That means you can always find an incredible deal on whatever your RV needs. Right now, we’re offering a few specials to get you prepared for the spring and summer RV seasons, so you can stop worrying and start getting excited about your upcoming adventures.
The following are just a few of the numerous specials we’re offering in our 25,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art service center this April, so you’ll have to give us a call or stop in and see us to find out about them all.
B&W Slider Companion Hitch
Right now, you can get a Companion Slider 5th Wheel Hitch from our service department for just $1,3750 plus tax. Towing with a short bed truck can seem difficult, but this slider hitch is designed to give you 12 additional inches of slide, so you have the room you need to maneuver your home on wheels. For a small additional price, we’ll install your new Companion Slider for you, so you can rest assured that your RV and truck are ready for all of your spring and summer getaways.
13,500 BTU Air Conditioner Plus Installation
Air conditioning season is just around the corner, and in many parts of the country, it has already started. Ensure that your RV is always comfortable this season with a new AC unit from the Madison RV Supercenter. These AC units start at just $859 plus tax including installation by our service professionals.
King Controls Tailgater by Dish
Football season may be over, but tailgating season lasts year round. Make the most of your outdoor lifestyle the King Controls Tailgater — an affordable receiver-controlled portable satellite antenna for your RV. Find a satellite signal wherever you go without a power source or remote control. You’ll never miss your favorite show or game again.