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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Get Your RV Ready for Trick or Treaters

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Halloween is just around the corner. Even if you are traveling in your motorhome, you will want to make sure you’re ready for it. Probably the most important part of trick-or-treating is making sure your RV is decorated and ready for ghosts and ghouls to visit. If you’re not sure how to prepare your Huntsville RV for the approaching holiday, here are a few things you can do to help you get ready.

Get decorating

Take advantage of all Halloween sales going on and start decorating your RV. Spider webbing is great for stretching across trees, tree trunks and even your RV’s awning. Simply add a few fake spiders into it and you’ve already set a spooky theme. Create a well-lit path of battery operated jack-o-lanterns leading to your camper. This not only looks great but doubles as a safety precaution. Battery lit pumpkins ensure that no wandering hands get burned and ensure no one trips and hurts themselves on cords. Other nice touches are plastic gravestones around the campsite along with motion-sensor noise makers.

Candy

Almost all grocery stores are having huge candy sales right now. Make sure to buy enough for everyone stopping by. Typically two or three bags should be more than enough for an average sized campground. It’s better to be over prepared than to not have enough, plus you get to keep the leftovers. According to the National Confectioner’s Association, 72% of people prefer chocolate over all other candies for Halloween, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Safety

All decorating comes with responsibility. Make sure to have your path clear for all guests. If you’re using string lights, make sure the cords are out of trick-or-treaters way. LED lights are a great option for cutting down on the amount of lose cords. These are also great for saving your money by cutting back on power. Avoid candles or flames as they can accidently be knocked over and start a fire. Loose clothing could easily catch fire as well. Instead, use battery operated lights.

Do you have any preparation ideas for Halloween? Share them with Madison RV. This is a fun and festive holiday. Keep these things in mind and remember to have fun.

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October Accessories

If you are looking for a few great items for your next fall camping excursion, check out the newest ones on special at your Huntsville RV dealer. Everything you want or need for your beloved motorhome is in one convenient location. Here are just a few of the items we have on sale.

Smart Solutions ADD-A-DRAWER

We all know how valuable space is in an RV or motorhome. These smart drawers can be added to tight spaces, such as under cabinets or tables, giving you that extra storage you’re looking for. Don’t worry about them coming open during travel. They come with self-locking sliding channels to keep them tightly secure and range in a variety of sizes depending on your needs. These would make a great addition to any home on the go.

Lynx Stay-Put Hanger

Have you ever arrived at your destination and discovered all of your clothes fell off the rod? These hangers are specifically designed to stay in place on closet rods. They are sturdy enough for your heaviest jackets, gear or clothes and are ideal for RVers that are always on the move. These hangers come in a pack of six so buy two and never worry about your clothes ending up on the floor again.

Faulkner Recliner Serving Tray

You no longer need to worry about spilling your drink or food falling from your lap. Keep beverages and food at your fingertips with this all new serving tray that swivels and rotates. It is a must for relaxing outside by the fireplace in your Faulkner recliner. This device rotates to sit over your lap or to the side and supports up to five pounds. It comes with a built-in drink holder, plate holder and is easy to assemble.

Coghlan’s Camp Axe

With winter just around the corner, this is a great axe for splitting wood for the campfire. It features a forged steel axe head, 13-inch in length and weighs just 1.6 lbs. It has a convenient non-slip grip with a tough steel shaft. This axe also comes in handy for pounding tent stakes into the ground.

Visit Madison RV today for all the best new deals on accessories for your motorhome or travel trailer.

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Tupelo National Battlefield

If you are looking for a great educational place to take the family for a short weekend excursion in your Huntsville RV, check out the Tupelo National Battlefield. This area was one of the many battlegrounds of the Civil War. In July 1864, Union forces marched their way into Tupelo, Mississippi. The Confederate soldiers fought viciously but could not overpower the opposing troops. Even though neither side could claim a victory, the Union troops were successful in their main objective, which was to keep the Confederates from gaining access to their railroads in Tennessee.

There is no visitor center for this site. Instead, you may visit the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center located at Milepost 266, near Highway 145. Here, you can find literature and other information about the Tupelo National Battlefield. Unfortunately, the opportunity to preserve the battlefield of Tupelo is long past. Guests can still learn about the impact of the battle and how it resulted in more than 2,000 deaths. You can also visit the one-acre memorial site of the battlefield. On these grounds, more than 20,000 soldiers clashed in battle. Here, visitors will find two informational panels that help explain the significance of the battle that took place.

Children can participate in the Junior Ranger program for the Natchez Trace Parkway and become a junior ranger. This is accomplished by completing all the activities within the Junior Ranger Activity Book. A few of the activities include asking a park ranger about his or her career, writing a letter to the superintendent of the park and completing word searches. The Junior Ranger booklets can either be picked up at the visitors center or downloaded from its website at http://1.usa.gov/1wzAi3M.

Need somewhere to park your Madison RV? Located nine miles away is the Natchez Trace RV Park in Mississippi’s rolling hills. This campground provides a relaxing atmosphere after visiting the Tupelo National Battlefield. Here you will find 32 campsites for RVs, some that are pull-through sites. Full hook-up sites are available, but not all sites are equipped. Enjoy other amenities the campground offers like a fishing pond, swimming pool and more.

We hope you enjoy exploring this small, yet important, piece of American history.

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2015 Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite

Comfort, luxury and value are important features that many people look for when decided to purchase a motorhome or trailer. Thankfully, there is at least one that has all of these items rolled into the perfect travel trailer with the new 2015 Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 215RBK. This unit features a rear bath, is just 25 feet in length and sleeps up to four people.

Come on down to Madison RV to see the amazing amenities this travel trailer has to offer. When you enter, you will be stunned by beautifully modern décor and warm tones. The u-shaped dinette table sits on a spacious slide out and offers plenty of room to move in the kitchen that is directly across from it. The galley includes everything you need to make delicious and nutritious meals such as a double-basin sink, microwave, three-burner stove, oven and a two-door refrigerator.

The bathroom, as mentioned previously, is located in the rear of the unit. The standard foot-flush toilet, large corner shower with glass door, skylight for lots of natural lighting and a sink are all included. There is even a fan for your convenience. Back toward the front of the trailer is the bedroom. The only things separating the bedroom from the rest of the unit is the entertainment center and two privacy curtains on either side.

The bedroom has enough space for a queen size bed with plenty of room to walk around. There are deep overhead cabinets and a wardrobe for your personal belongings. If you need more space for sports equipment or just extra luggage, there is a generous pass-through storage area underneath the front of the travel trailer.

Do you love spending more time outside with your friends and family if weather permits? If so, you will appreciate the outdoor kitchen this trailer provides. Imagine cooking outside while watching your group relaxing and talking by the campfire on a chilly fall evening. This smaller, yet efficient, kitchen includes a miniature refrigerator, sink and attachable grill.

When you’re ready to make a decision on what unit is right for you, let your Huntsville RV dealer be the one you turn to. We look forward to assisting you with all of your motorhome and travel trailer needs.

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October Events in Madison

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The seasons are changing once more. What better way to enjoy the cool weather and beautiful color changes than with a few events happening near your Huntsville RV dealer? If you aren’t sure what events are going on, let us guide the way to lots of cheap thrills for you and your family this month.

Huntsville’s Botanical Garden Fall Break Festival

This event recurs daily from October 6 to the 10. Start your fall break with a walk through the gardens in the new “Once Upon A Thyme” area. There will be kid-friendly and Scarecrow activities taking place all throughout the gardens. Games and crafts will be held at the Anderson Education Center. Join them Wednesday, October 8 for hayrides, apple bobbing, a corn hole toss and much more.

Thursday Night Bike Night

Downtown Huntsville is excited to announce their all-new Thursday Night Bike Night. The first gathering will happen on October 9 from 3pm-6pm. If you don’t have a bicycle, guests can register to borrow a bike from stations located at the Greene Street Market. There is no admission for this event.

Concerts On the Dock: Underhill Family Orchestra

This is part of the free Electric Friday Night concert series. This event will be held on October 10 at 6pm, it is free and pet-friendly. Grab Fido and his favorite leach, a lawn chair and a friend and get ready for a night filled with great entertainment. A $2 dollar donation is suggested for parking.

Old Town Walking Tour

Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful fall weather this Columbus Day weekend. This walking tour is on October 11 and begins at 122 Walker Avenue, Huntsville. You won’t want to miss discovering the beauty and rich history of Huntsville’s past. Blake and Jan Dorning will be the guides for the 1 ½ hour tour and it is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes.

Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll

This guided cemetery walk will provide you with in-depth information about the people and history of generations past in Huntsville. It will be held on October 12 at 2pm and is free for all. It will feature 70 actors in period costumes performing re-enactments of lives of the former Huntsville residents. Enjoy traditional music along with special exhibits.

The crew at Madison RV hope you have a fun and festive October.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

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If you’re looking for a beautiful beach getaway, we have the perfect place for you. Pack your Huntsville RV and head south toward the Gulf Coast. Here, you will find the Gulf Island National Seashore. This protected stretch of land spans 160 miles from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi islands, omitting Alabama, and is great place to explore. The gulf islands are rich in history, natural beauty and culture.

You will find sparkling waters, salt marshes, forests of live oaks, pines and magnolias, historic structures, winding natural trails and a diverse array of wildlife. The Florida and Mississippi beach districts are two hours apart from each other. Within the last five centuries, the Gulf Island National Seashore has been home to Native Americans, Spanish colonists, French troops, slaved Africans, British and American settlers, the Confederate Army, and the US Navy and Army.

Within the Florida District, children can participate in the Ranger Program. This program is available at Fort Pickens, Naval Live Oaks and Fort Barrancas. Everyone can enjoy a nature walk along the trails of Naval Live Oaks. You can also explore along the historic Andrew Jackson Trail. The Santa Rosa Day Area is located at Opal Beach. Santa Rosa is a delicate barrier island which is made up of fine quartz sand. It provides homes for many small animals, turtles, and shorebirds. Stay the night with your Madison RV at Fort Pickens Campground. There are 200 campsites to choose from ranging from 16 feet to 50 feet for large RVs.

The Mississippi District is over 400 acres and guests can enjoy many activities. The Davis Bayou Area is where visitors can go hiking, bird watching, biking, group camping, and even fishing. There are many ranger led programs here as well. Unfortunately, there are no swimming beaches located within the Davis Bayou Area. There is a campground at this area and it is on a first come, first served basis. Some sites can accommodate RVs up to 45 feet in length. All sites are provided with water and electricity.

So when you’re checking out places for you next excursion, keep the Gulf Islands National Seashore in mind. You’ll be glad you did.

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Oktoberfest in Alabama

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Oktoberfest is a celebration that has been around since 1810. There are numerous things that are quite uniquely related to this time of year. It was first celebrated in Munich, Germany, and has spread throughout the world. Nearly every country has a festival or event in its honor. Here are some happenings throughout Alabama this year for Oktoberfest.

Fort Rucker

Join us for Fort Rucker’s 11th Annual Oktoberfest celebration. It will be held on September 26 from 4:30pm-9:30pm at Festival Fields. This event will feature traditional German treats including schnitzel and bratwurst, live German music, German beer, a keg toss competition and more. This family-friendly event also provides inflatables for the kids to play on, crafts and activities, a pumpkin patch and rides. Don’t miss out on this German celebration of culture and fun.

Alexander City Oktoberfest

Be a part of Alexander City’s 34th Annual Oktoberfest on October 4 and 5. Grab some German beer and walk through the custom car and truck show. Watch the live musical entertainment or enjoy browsing through the many vendors. Children’s activities will be provided as well. There is no charge to attend and this event is open to the public.

Cullman Oktoberfest

The Cullman Oktoberfest event begins October 4 and runs through the 11. This week-long celebration of German culture will feature German-style craft beers made by Alabama’s own breweries, Blue Pants Brewery and Straight to Ale Brewery. While at the show, catch the crowning of Alabama’s Miss Oktoberfest. The last day of this event brings lots of fun competitions such as the bratwurst eating contest, the wiener dog races, and the 2nd Annual charity bed race.

St. Florian Oktoberfest

This tiny town is located just outside of Florence, about an hour west of Madison RV, and has been celebrating its rich German heritage for over 10 years. This festival will be held on October 4 and 5 and will have children’s activities, crafts, and German goodies such as pretzels, bratwursts and beer. There will also be an antique trailer and engine show.

So if you’re thinking about exploring the state during Oktoberfest, make sure to catch one of these great events. Make sure you are allowed to park your Huntsville RV on the grounds before you go.

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The 2013 Keystone Cougar

You don’t have to have the newest of all RVs to enjoy your roadtrip. There are lots of great units that are just a year or two old but have fantastic features and amenities. Madison RV invites you to take a few minutes to read about our exceptional 2013 Keystone Cougar fifth wheel. This model, the 320QBS, is a triple slide out bunk house. Here is more information on it.

Exterior

There are many great amenities around the outside of this unit. It features slam latch storage doors with magnetic strips all around the outside. There is a large electric awning that spans the entire length of the unit, even over the slide out. Enjoy listening to music and entertaining guests with the outside speakers. The back cap is designed for short bed trucks and it also has a new aerodynamically designed front cap. In the rear is a bicycle rack that extends. It comes fully loaded with an outside kitchen that features a two-burner stove, sink and mini fridge.

Interior

Moving to the inside, the kitchen gives you ample counter space, a two-burner stove, oven and microwave. There is also a full-sized refrigerator with top freezer. Located in the middle of the kitchen is an island with a double basin sink and faucet. Lots of deep cabinets provide a plethora of storage while the booth-style dinette can also be made into a bed. The living room has a large hide-a-bed sofa for more sleeping space. On the wall is the entertainment center with a flat screen TV and a fireplace to keep you warm on winter nights.

Two sets of bunk beds adorn the rear of this bunkhouse. The ones to the left are double-sized and the ones opposite are just a bit smaller. Again, there are lots of closets for clothes and storage. You can easily sleep four people in the bunk house. The bathroom onboard is a double entry, all-in-one bathroom that connects to the master suite. It includes a big corner shower, sink, medicine cabinet, foot-flush toilet and storage for toiletries. The master suite features a walk-around queen bed with overhead storage and a mirrored wardrobe.

Come see this unit for yourself today at your Huntsville RV dealer.

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