One of the best parts of living in the South is that we don’t have to wait for the snow to melt to enjoy spring adventures. Temperatures are warming up in Alabama this time of year, and the spring festivities and events are heating up too. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout the Yellowhammer State to catch some of these awesome March activities.
The Bridge Crossing Jubilee
Dig deep into Alabama history this spring at the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee. The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday will take place from March 5 to 9, this year. Join the movement and help continue the efforts to inspire and inform new generations on the importance of the Voting Rights Movement and the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965. The event includes tons of fun activities including a dance, pageant, parade, festival and activities for the entire family.
63rd Annual Arts and Crafts Festival in Fairhope
Reserve March 20-22, for the annual Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival. This event has been taking place for 63 years and is expected to be bigger and better than ever in 2015 with more than 230 exhibitors from around the country. Non-stop live entertainment, delicious cuisine and plenty of other activities are set to take place in Downtown Fairhope for the three-day event. Mark your calendar and don’t miss out on one of our country’s favorite arts and crafts shows.
Unbelievable March Deals at Madison RV
Don’t forget to stop and see us at Madison RV to view our huge selection of RVs on special this march. Get into a top-quality new or used RV, like the 2013 Keystone Cougar, 2008 Fleetwood Wilderness or 2015 Coachmen Mirada, for a price that simply can’t be beat.
When you visit our showroom, you’ll find many RV models to choose from including several Apex models by Coachmen. For a quality RV, choose a Coachmen Apex with its rubber roof, laminated aluminum-framed insulated walls, laminated aluminum framed floor, gutter rails, stabilizer jacks, safety glass windows and more.
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to choose from 7.5-foot wide or 8-foot wide travel trailers, 8-foot wide travel trailers with deep slides, Apex Nano models and Apex expandable models.
Interior features include overhead bedroom cabinets, glazed grace cherry cabinets, mini-blinds, an oversized U-shaped dinette, LED interior lighting, an LP leak alarm, smoke alarm, fire extinguisher and carbon monoxide detector. Most Apex models also feature a 68-inch residential sofa.
Heating, Cooling and Electric
Heat the interior with a forced air furnace or cool it with a ducted air conditioner (239RBS and above). All models except the 151 RBX feature a 55-amp power center. The 151 RBX features a 35-amp power center. All models feature a detachable power cord, a television antenna with cable TV hookups, outside receptacle GFI, patio light and two outside speakers.
Galley, Bath and Water
The galleys on all models feature a microwave, power/lighted range hood, stonecast double bowl sink, brushed nickel hardware, a three-burner cooktop with an oven, and all except the 151 RBX feature a double door refrigerator.
Each Apex model features a power bath vent, water heater bypass valve, a 6-gallon gas/electric DSI hot water heater, medicine cabinet, demand water pump, foot flush toilet, 34-inch neo-angle shower door, tub surround, and below-floor low point drains.
Apex Elite Package
The Apex Elite Package comes standard on the 8-foot wide models and includes night shades, hard valences with side curtains, a dual sink cover, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, a 32-inch LED television, a blank tank flush, hot/cold outside shower, ground effects, a stone guard, bottle covers, access doors under the dinette, slam latch doors on the pass-through doors on most models, magnetic door catches and Apex fleece blankets for the models with a sofa.
The Apex Nano models may have different features, but many are the same features found in the rest of the travel trailers.
Visit Madison RV Supercenter
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter today to walk through any of the Apex models we have on our lot so that you can pick the best floor plan to suit your family’s needs.
Small RV kitchens often deter travelers from cooking the treats, meals and desserts they would normally cook at home. But you don’t have to miss out on eating a delicious dessert just because it seems inconvenient in your RV. This coconut cream pie recipe is easy to make inside your home away from home with a prep time of just 20 minutes and cooking time of just 30 minutes. Even better, it’s the perfect dessert for your RV travels to warm and sunny destinations.
Old-Fashioned Coconut Cream Pie
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 3 cups half-and-half
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup frozen, whipped topping (thawed)
- 1 9-inch pie shell
- Preheat your RV’s oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread the coconut flakes across a baking sheet and bake them until golden brown. Stir them occasionally for roughly five minutes.
- Combine the half-and-half, all-purpose flour, salt, sugar and eggs together in a medium saucepan and stir well.
- Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat and stir constantly as the temperature rises.
- Once boiling, remove your saucepan from the heat and slowly stir in 3/4 cup of your toasted coconut flakes. Set the remaining coconut flakes aside to use for your coconut cream pie topping.
- Stir in the vanilla extract as well.
- Pour the filling from your saucepan into the 9-inch pie shell and chill it in the refrigerator until it is firm. This should take roughly four hours.
- Once your pie is chilled, top it with the whipped topping and sprinkle the coconut flakes on top.
- Slice and enjoy.
Upgrade Your RV at Madison RV
Whether you’re looking to live a full-time life on the road or simply upgrade from tent camping to a camper with a full kitchen and sleeping quarters, we have exactly what you need here at Madison RV in Alabama. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs.
Whether you just bought an RV or you’ve had one for several years, you may want to add certain accessories for the upcoming spring camping season. This February, we have several accessories on sale – these are Internet only specials. Grab them now while they are on sale.
If you don’t have an RV and have been considering getting one, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to walk through our inventory. Once you pick out an RV, you can add some of these neat accessories so that you are ready for spring camping.
LED Light with Motion Sensor
The Tri Lynx Lite is a light with 12 LED bulbs and a motion sensor. This is the perfect accessory to light up dime interior areas or exterior spaces that are protected. Even during the daytime, large basement storage compartments including pass-through storage can be dark. This light is perfect to light up the area when you need it.
Pick up a couple of these Malibu padded reclining lawn chairs. A full inch of high-density padded foam covers the seat. The armrests are contoured for comfort and the head rest is removable. The chairs come in black, green, blue and checkered. Sizes are standard and extra large.
Atwood CO Detector
While most of the new RVs have carbon monoxide detectors, some of the older ones may not. Instead of taking a chance on carbon monoxide poisoning, pick up a CO detector. These detectors have a 10-year lifespan. Choose from a digital or non-digital version.
Valterra Water Heater Flush Kit
Every year when you dewinterize your RV, you should clean your hot water heater. Sediment can build up in the bottom and reduce the life of the water heater. Increase water heater life by flushing the rust and dirt out of the water heater.
Camco Tastepure Drinking Water Freshener
Even though you may flush your fresh water tank whenever you use it, it could still have algae and slime buildup. This month, Camco Tastepure Drinking Water Freshener is on sale – pick up a bottle now so that you can clean out your RV’s fresh water tank.
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter for service or to pick up accessories you may need for your upcoming spring trip.
If you are looking for an RV and you are a family of four or less – and you want to be very comfortable while you are on your camping trip, walk through the 2015 Grand Design Solitude 320RX fifth wheel. This 39-foot, 9-inch RV features three slides and sleeps up to four people.
The Grand Design Solitude, now available at Madison RV Supercenter, features a 54-gallon fresh water tank, a 90-gallon gray water tank and a 45-gallon black water tank. It also features a 35,000 BTU furnace so you can even camp during the cooler months.
When you first walk into the solitude and look directly to your right, you’ll step up into the hallway. To your left, you’ll find the bathroom,which features a 34-inch by 34-inch curved glass front shower, foot flush toilet, sink and a linen/medicine cabinet. The bathroom features a door that leads into the master bedroom.
You can also enter the bedroom through a hall door. The bedroom features a 60-inch by 80-inch standard queen bed, pull-out ottoman, hi-boy dresser, a large walk-in closet, a shirt closet and a washer and dryer prep. The bed is in a slide so you have plenty of room to walk around in the bedroom.
The living area features an island sink, three-burner stove, stainless steel fridge, a stand-alone dinette, theater seating, a sofa, fireplace, LED television, entertainment center and additional storage. The living area features two large slides, so you’ll have plenty of room even if four of you are stuck inside due to inclement weather.
The decor features a walnut interior with black furniture. The hardwood floors are a distressed black that is set off by the lighter walnut cabinets. The window treatments are light with black borders. Additional accents are also black, making this RV look as elegant as it is.
Visit Madison RV Supercenter
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to walk through the 2015 Grand Design Solitude 320X to learn more about this RV’s convenience, entertainment, security and safety feature and to see the elegant interior for yourself. Be sure to ask your salesperson about financing. You can also visit our web site for more information, pictures and to make an offer on this fifth wheel.
Since this is a long weekend, it’s a great time to pack up your RV for a last minute road trip. If you’ve already had it out, then all you have to do is pack and go. If this is the first time this season, dewinterize it and hit the road as soon as possible.
On your way out of town, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories you may need for the trip. You can start anywhere on this road trip and turn around whenever you run out of time, though it would be great if you could make it up to Chattanooga.
This road trip starts in Birmingham, but you can start where ever it’s convenient for you. If you do start in Birmingham, be sure to see the Vulcan, the biggest cast-iron statue in the world.
Whether you head into Gadsden from Birmingham or start in Gadsden, be sure to stop at Noccalula Falls before you head for the start of the Lookout Mountain Parkway. While you might be taking this trip now, make note that Gadsden is the start of the world’s longest yard sale, the 127 Yard Sale that is held in August.
Little River Canyon National Preserve
When you reach Dogtown, turn east on Highway 176 to visit the Little River Canyon National Preserve. This is the longest mountain-top river. You’ll find many overlooks at the preserve so you can get some great photos. Take Highway 35 to catch the Parkway near Fort Payne.
If you happen to pass by DeSoto Falls at lunchtime or dinner, stop by the104-foot waterfall for a picnic lunch or dinner and to grab some great pictures.
The mountain-top community of Mentone features antique shops, restaurants and the Cloudmont Ski Resort – the only ski resort in the state of Alabama. The Parkway is AL 117 and goes into Georgia and changes to GA 157 to Lookout Mountain.
End your trip at Ruby Falls in Chattanooga, the highest underground waterfall in the United States. Be sure to visit other Chattanooga sights while you’re there, including Rock City.
Stop by Madison RV Supercenter
If you don’t have an RV and think road trips like this sound like a ton of fun, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick out a new or pre-owned RV so you can go on relaxing road trips this spring and summer.
When you’re out on the road for Valentine’s Day, you need a special recipe that is easy to make in an RV. The ingredients for this recipe don’t take a lot of space, so it is easy to bring this on the road with you.
If you think spending Valentine’s Day weekend in a romantic place in an RV sounds like fun but you don’t have an RV, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick out something that fits your family so you can take fun vacations without worrying about checking in and out of hotel rooms.
Stuffed Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 18 strawberries
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, small pieces
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar
- 2 strawberries, diced
Prep the strawberries by hulling them and cleaning them. Stand the strawberries up, flat end down. Cut into the pointed part of the strawberry, making two cross cuts to cut the berry in quarters, but do not cut all the way through. Just cut far enough to spread the points apart.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50 percent power for 1 minute. Stir, then repeat until all chocolate is melted. Dip the fat end of the strawberry into the chocolate. Cover about ¼ of the strawberry. Rest the strawberry on its side on parchment paper or stick a toothpick in it and stick the other end in Styrofoam, holding the berry in the air. Let the chocolate harden.
Beat the cream cheese until it is fluffy. Mix in the powdered sugar. Fold in the walnuts and diced strawberries. Carefully separating the points on the berries, fill each one with about a teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture.
Keep leftovers refrigerated.
Visit Madison RV Supercenter
Visit Madison RV Supercenter today to pick out a fifth wheel, travel trailer, Class A gas or diesel RV or a Class C RV. We have many floor plans for you to choose from; and we have many sizes. Whether you need a bunkhouse for a larger family or just like the extra space or you need something for two, we have the perfect RV for you. If you already have an RV, be sure to stop by to have your RV serviced before you take it out for the first time this year.
When you are looking for the perfect luxury fifth wheel, you need to make sure that the 2014 Keystone Avalanche 331RE is on your list. This unit is just under 39 feet long and sleeps up to four people. Its four large slides make it spacious enough so that even a family of four won’t get in the way of each other.
One of the important things people ask about when they walk through floor plans at Madison RV Supercenter is tank capacity. For those who plan on using the RV for longer trips where no hookups are available, tank capacity can be a deal breaker. The Avalanche 331RE has plenty of tank capacity. The fresh water tank holds 66 gallons, the gray water tank holds 85 gallons and the black water tank holds 50 gallons.
The Floor Plan
The entrance door is in the center of the RV. When you look straight ahead, you see the peninsula counter with a double sink. A slide in the kitchen contains the fridge, three-burner stove and microwave. The area also has tons of cabinet space, and just to the left of the entry door, a pantry.
If you look to your left, you see the rear living area. This part of the RV features two slides. One holds an L-shaped hide-a-bed sofa and the other holds two comfortable chairs and a stand-alone dinette. The rear wall is consumed by the entertainment center.
If you turn right from the door, you’ll walk up the steps to the side hall bathroom. The bathroom features a large shower, toilet, sink and linen cabinet. In addition to the door that opens into the hall, the bathroom features an entry into the king-size master bedroom.
The master features a king-size bed, chest, large closet and a smaller closet with a washer and dryer prep area. The bedroom features the fourth slide, thus giving you plenty of room to walk around the end of the bed on both sides of the bed.
Additional features include a fireplace, basement storage, overhead cabinets throughout, window treatments and carpets.
Visit Madison RV Supercenter
Visit Madison RV Supercenter today to walk through the 2014 Keystone Avalanche 331RE and to learn more about this fifth wheel’s features.
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It’s Mardi Gras in Alabama and that means it’s time to pack up the RV and head out to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach for parades and fun. If you haven’t been out in your RV since last fall, take it for a test run to make sure everything is working properly. Check all systems including the electric and plumbing.
If you do find something that needs to be repaired, call us at Madison RV Supercenter for a service appointment. And, if you need any accessories, be sure to stop by our warehouse so you’re ready for some fun.
Mystical Order of Mirams Parade
On Feb 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the Mystical Order of Mirams Parade will be held. The parade route starts at 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561. Admission is free. Be prepared to catch beads, trinkets and toys. For more information visit themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html.
Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade
This parade will be held on Feb. 14, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m. This parade starts at 24281 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 3656 – at Wintzell’s. It ends at Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach. Sweets, beads, trinkets and toys will be thrown into the crowd so be ready to catch. For more information visit themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html.
Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade
This parade will be held on Feb. 17, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. This parade starts at Highway 59 at Clubhouse Drive and runs along Gulf Shores Parkway. The parade ends at Main Beach Gulf Shores. Be ready to catch some moon pies. For more information visit themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html.
Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade
Also on Feb. 17, 2015, the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade will be held. This parade starts at 2:00 p.m. so you have time to get over to Orange Beach after the morning parade. The parade starts at 24131 Perdido Blvd., Orange Beach, AL 36561 and ends at Highway 161 in Orange Beach. Be ready to shout, “Hey Mister! Throw me a Moon Pie!” For more information visit For more information visit themobilemask.com/Parade_Schedule.html. All parades have free admission.
Visit Madison RV Supercenter
Be sure to test all systems in your RV; and if you have a motorized RV, be sure to take it for a test drive before you head out for the first RV trip of the season. Stop by Madison RV Supercenter for service or to pick up some accessories.
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Most travelers overlook Alabama as a great spring break destination, which makes it an ever better place to visit for you. Skip the crowds in 2015, and enjoy your spring break at one of these awesome Alabama beach locations.
Go Retro at Sugar Sands
The Sugar Sands RV Resort offers travelers a unique retro-style RV park that’s perfect for family vacations. The resort offers 63 sites with full hookups, free wireless internet access, a resort-style pool, laundry facilities, clean bathroom facilities, a camp store, lush landscaping, and easy access to nearby waterways and everyone’s favorite Gulf Shores beaches.
Stay on the Water at Bay Breeze
The Bay Breeze RV Park offers waterfront campsites on Mobile Bay that are also just minutes from the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Full hook-ups, a 200-foot lighted fishing pier, a private beach, free internet access, laundry, bathhouses, shaded sites with patios and countless other amenities put this campsite above most of the others in the area.
Go Luxurious at the Heritage Motor Coach Resort
The Heritage Motor Coach Resort and Marina is a class-A RV resort designed to provide RV enthusiasts with a luxurious place to stay on the Gulf Coast. The resort is located in Orange Beach with boat slips, a fitness room, a jacuzzi, outdoor pool, wireless internet access, pet area, two-story low country style clubhouse, outdoor pavilions and countless other top-end amenities.
Head to a State Park
You don’t have to hit the Gulf Coast to have an unforgettable spring break in Alabama. Explore the gorgeous Chewacla State Park in Auburn for a family-friendly getaway with all of the activities and adventures you can imagine. The state park offers 696 scenic acres of campgrounds, hiking trails, a swimming area, mountain biking trails and countless other outdoor activities, so you can enjoy a vacation out in the Alabama wilderness doing what you love.
Start Your Spring Break at Madison
The Madison RV Supercenter is your one-stop shop in Alabama for everything from new and used RV sales to service, parts and camping supplies. We have everything you need to enjoy the best spring break yet, so stop in and visit us before you hit the road.