Tips for Needlework

Needlwork is the art of sewing delicate patterns and textiles. This is a very handy skill to have whether you are young, old, male or female. Everyone can benefit from this useable skill. You can learn it to patch up a pair of torn pants, sew on buttons to clothing and even make new clothing items. It’s also a very relaxing and rewarding hobby. If you’re new to the art of needlework, here are some great tips from your Huntsville RV dealer.

Start by learning some basic needlepoint stitches and practice using them. Learning the half cross stitch comes in handy for smaller areas. It’s best to start this kind of stitch in the top left of your canvas and work from left to right. The basket weave stitch will allow you to cover a larger area of canvas and is recommended for larger pieces of work. This specific stitch is done diagonally starting at the top right of the corner. It should look like a traditional basket weave. There is also the backstitch that’s used for stitching an outline area and the blanket stitch that is used as a finishing stitch.

When you start your needlework project, choose one that you feel comfortable with your skill level. This will help you not to feel discouraged and make you more likely to complete your goal. Keep your material well organized while traveling in your Madison RV. You can purchase a sewing kit to store your items in or even just use a large ziplock bag. A ziplock bag is also good for storing and organizing your extra yarn or materials.

A good tip is to tape the edges of your canvas with masking tape. This will keep your edges from coming apart and unraveling. When you begin, decide where you want to start your first stitch. It’s a good idea to start with the most detailed areas that require the smallest amount of color. After, you can stitch the larger areas in more detail. Threading needles can be tricky at times and even a pain. To save yourself time and frustration, make sure you cut your thread at a forty-five degree angle with a sharp pair of scissors. This will be easier to get the thread through the eye of the needle. Remember these helpful tips when beginning your next needlework project.

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Baseball Tailgating

As much as we love our travel trailers and toy haulers, it’s surprising to learn that they are perfect for city life as well. Take your RV to a baseball game this summer to get the most enjoyment out of your RV and tailgating this season. Before you set out, here are some useful tips from your Huntsville RV dealer.

It’s all about planning ahead

This means preparing your menu ahead of time. You don’t want to get to your destination and have to make an unneeded outing to the grocery store while everyone is already setting up or already tailgating. So prepare your menu ahead of time and hit the grocery store before you leave. Make sure to stock up on disposable plates, utensils, napkins and trash bags. If you’re meeting up with a group of friends, try doing a pot luck to make preparation easier on yourself.

Get your fridge started early

As soon as you wake up, turn your RV’s fridge on. This will guarantee that your food arrives to its destination fresh and cool. You may want to consider packing a few additional coolers with ice for drinks and other food items.

Claim your spot at the ballfield

The key here is to arrive as early as possible. You’re in luck because you have a home on wheels this makes it much easier to arrive extra early. Remember that tailgating with your RV takes up more space than your average tailgating setup. By arriving early you’re ensuring yourself plenty of space for your chairs, grill, awnings and table to be set up. Also, call ahead to make sure you don’t need to have a permit to park your RV at the stadium. This saves you time and frustration in the future.

Entertainment is a must at every tailgate event. Play some good tunes and have a few games ready for your guests. Bean bag toss, dizzy bat race and horseshoes are just a few games you might want to consider. Now you’re all set with the perfect spot, great food and entertainment. All there is left to do is enjoy the game and have a good time. Your friends at Madison RV wish you a happy baseball tailgating season.

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Spinach Recipes for Your Madison RV

Eating your fruits and vegetables can be a challenge for everyone. Leafy greens are a great source of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Spinach, in particular, all too often gets a bad name, especially with kids. Let’s shed some light on just how amazing this superfood really is. First off, did you know that spinach actually contains more nutrients per calorie than any other kind of food on earth? It also contains a large dose of Vitamin A, C and potassium. If you are looking for ways to get your family eating healthier, here are some simple recipes to get you used to cooking with spinach that are all kid-approved.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes with Spinach

  • Cooking spray
  • 24 oz. of fresh organic spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 lbs. of Gold potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup of butter
  • 1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature
  • 3 cups of Swiss cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet up and add garlic and spinach, cooking over medium heat until it starts to wilt. Set aside and allow to cool. Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling water for 25 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to pot for a good mashing. Add butter and milk mixing until smooth. Add the cooked spinach and Swiss cheese, making sure to stir until cheese is melted. Season with a dash of pepper and salt and you’re ready to serve.

Spinach Casserole

  • 2 10-ounce packages of chopped, frozen spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup dried seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, spinach, mushroom soup and mix together well. Transfer the mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Bake the casserole for 20 minutes or until heated through. This recipe is fast and easy and serves a family of six.

Both of these great spinach recipes can be easily made from your Huntsville RV. We hope you enjoy them and continue to experiment with new ways to include this superfood in your diet. Happy eating from Madison RV.

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Fort Caroline National Memorial

Looking for somewhere to go for a vacation or just to explore? For the history buffs, the following is a great place to learn about part of Florida’s past. The Fort Caroline National Memorial Park is located just inside Jacksonville, Florida within the Timucua Ecological and Historic Preserve. Here, you will find one of the last coastal wetlands located on the Atlantic Coast. The land holds a rich history where you can spend a few days learning about Florida’s French roots. Learn the many stories of survival, exploration as well as the first interaction between American Indians and Europeans.

The original Fort Caroline has long been thought to have been washed away by storms during the 19th century. A replica was rebuilt based on the sketches from the settlement’s cartographer. While visiting the park, make sure to stop by the Visitors Center located at the Timucua Preserve. You get a first-hand look at the exhibit “Where Water Meets Land.” This exhibit was designed to showcase the richness of environment within northeast Florida. There are activities for all to do while discovering the exhibits.

Once you’re done loading up on knowledge at the visitor’s center, grab the backpacks and go exploring the land with a hike. The beautiful trails here will lead you through shaded hammock strands, oak trees filled with Spanish moss, along beautiful beaches. Walk along the paths that where originally used by the Timucua Indians. If you’re all hiked out, one of the best ways to enjoy this park is by water. You can easily rent canoes or kayaks and even take a guided tour by visiting kayakamelia.com.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in the area, visit Little Talbot State Park for great camping with your Huntsville RV. The campground offers pull through sites as well as small motorhome camping. The largest rig you can park here is up to 25 feet. The campground has tons of vegetation between sites such as, Spanish moss, giant live oak trees and vines. The campground also boarders a wetland area that offers fishing and kayaking. If you’re looking for your little piece of paradise, there is no need to look any further. Enjoy the sights of this beautiful place brought to you by Madison RV.

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Ultimate Sale Features

The summer is in full swing and what better way to enjoy it than with a new or previously loved RV from Madison RV? We have hundreds of units to choose from. Whether you are looking for a motorized unit or a travel trailer, we have anything you need in one place. Not sure what you want? Not to worry. We have some exciting options on our sales lot right now that you are sure to love.

Let’s start with a brand new 2015 Coachmen Apex Ultra-Lite 239RBS. This travel trailer has been released for their 50th Anniversary and comes with everything you could possibly need for a wonderful camping excursion. When you step inside, you are greeted by warm and rich tones which make you feel right at home. The bathroom is located directly in front of you which includes a large corner shower, standard foot-flush toilet and sink with medicine cabinet. The galley provides ample space for food prep, cooking and serving. At just $30,850, what more could you ask for in a 25 foot trailer?

Need something with a little more space and entertaining area? Check out the 2014 Forest River Georgetown 328TSF. This gorgeous 34 foot Class A motorhome sleeps up to five people and provides a lots of space to spread out. The inside of this unit is breathtaking and is decorated beautifully. It features three slide outs to expand the dining room, bedroom and kitchen area. The kitchen includes a residential size refrigerator as well as microwave, stove, oven and sink for cleanup. You have to see this RV to believe how much you get for only $122,395.

Pack up the toys, family and friends and head out to your favorite camping spot with the 2014 Keystone Outback 310TB for only $42,112. This toy hauler can sleep up to eight people and has a large 56” ramp door for loading and unloading. This unit is quite unique in that the loading area is in the front instead of the rear. It features bunk beds in the cargo area, a sleeper sofa, a queen size bed in the rear and a dinette that folds out into a bed. There is also plenty of storage space for everyone to bring all they need for a great vacation. Come see the best deals at your Huntsville RV dealer.

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July 2014 Specials at Madison RV

There are new and exciting products coming out all the time. Stay in touch with your Huntsville RV dealer for the latest and greatest items for your next RV excursion. No matter what you need or want, we have what you are looking for. We want to share with you just a few of our newest and best July specials.

If it’s time to replace the brakes on your unit, the HUSKY Replacement Brake Assembly Kits are just the ticket. These brakes reduce the aggravation on problematic brake repairs. There are desiged to fit Fayette, Axletek, Dexter, and Hayes components. They are easy to install and are CSA certified for improved durability and braking performance. They are on special starting from $53.95 depending on axel capacity.

Need more support while towing? The HUSKY Center Line Torsion Weight Distribution Hitch and Active Sway Control System is the way to go. This is the next generation in performance hauling and it will keep your trailer and truck in line. It performs easy in reverse and comes with an Easy Adjust alignment which allows for quicker and easier installation. This is the industry’s first ever self-centering system for sway control with compression cylinder technology. It’s able to counteract the trailers swing even before it starts. Get yours today for just $590.

Thetford 15844 Tissue Digester - 19 oz.

Avoid unneeded tissue clogs which can result in a very unpleasant mess. The Thetford Tissue Digester rapidly breaks down tissue into fine product which elements clogging due to a tissue blockage. Designed for the use of RV sanitation, Tissue Digester has been designed specifically for the environment and is completely 100% biodegradable, formaldehyde free and safe for the treatment of all waste systems.

The Thetford Eco-Smart Holding Tank Deodorant is one of the most recognized and valued names in odor contol. They are known for being an environmentally certified ecofriendly product. It uses hard working enzymes for rapid break down of tissue and wastes that could cause a big mess later. Also, it aids in keeping your holding tanks cleaner with detergent additives. They are free of formaldehyde, fragrance and dye as well as being 100% biodegradable. Protect your RV with year round odor control.

Come see these and more products today at Madison RV. We look forward to seeing you.

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Fourth of July Side Recipes

With Fourth of July around the corner, there are a lot of celebrations, cookouts and parties to attend. Someone may ask you to bring something along to contribute to the meal. A potluck, you say? No problem. There are several great recipe ideas for dishes that the masses will enjoy. Everyone has their own version of potato salad, but the folks at Madison RV want to share a new one with you.

Fourth of July Potato Salad

  • 5 lbs red potatoes
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 6 boiled eggs, chopped
  • 3 tbs chives, chopped
  • 20 green olives, chopped
  • ¼ yellow mustard
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Start by peeling the potatoes and then boil them until almost done, about 20 minutes. It’s important to not overcook them since you don’t want them too mushy for your salad. Drain them and let them cool and then dice them. The potatoes should cut easy after they have cooled or chilled. Combine the other ingredients to the potatoes and mix together well. Let this chill in the fridge for at least two hours for flavors to infuse. Serve chilled.

Chipotle Cole Slaw

  • 2 tsp chipotle chilies, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, or more if you like more sauce
  • 2 tbs honey
  • ¼ lime juice
  • 4 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 4 cups red cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup green onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, shredded
  • ¼ cilantro, chopped

Prepare the dressing first by combining the chipotle peppers, honey, mayonnaise and lime juice in a small bowl. In a separate larger bowl, mix together the green and red cabbage, carrots and onion. Drizzle the dressing over the cabbage mixture and sprinkle in the cilantro. Toss everything together to coat well. Season as you wish with the salt and pepper and keep refrigerated until time to serve. You can change up this recipe with more or less spice or by adding sour cream instead of mayonnaise. Play around with it until you find the perfect sweet/spicy ratio for you.

Let us know what your favorite holiday potluck recipes are. Your friends at your Huntsville RV dealer hope you have a safe, fun and happy Fourth of July.

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July Events

The month of July is perfect for vacations and getaways for the summer. If you’re not able to orchestrate a getaway this month, check out some of the local events and activities. There are a good number of them and they are sure to delight every member of your family. Madison RV has compiled a short list of things going on around town.

Go on a real treasure hunt at Gold Mountain. This fantastic event begins July 1 and recurrs daily until July 31st. Take a step back into time and follow the quest for gold just as our ancestors once did. Arrive in a stagecoach, shop for provisions for your journey at the General Store, and build a cabin out of children sized faux logs. This is truly a hands on experiences and will provide hours of fun while getting an actual feel the way things used to be. But let’s not forget there are also gold nuggets to be found along the way. This fun activity is for children ages 3-11.

Enjoy Thursday Night Bike Night as a family or bring some friends. Downtown Huntsville is ecstatic to be announcing Thursday Night Bikes. Gather your family and friends every Thursday and head out to downtown Huntsville for a spin or tour around Five Points. If you don’t have a bike, borrow one from a friend or borrow a bike from the Greene Street Market. Registration is required when borrowing a bike. Step away from the TV and enjoy a free night of biking around town. Who knows what adventure you might bike into?

Join in on our Nation’s Birthday by attending the U.S Space & Rocket 4th of July Extravaganza. This is Huntsville’s largest firework display as well as 4th of July festival. Come together as a family to enjoy patriotic entertainment, delicious food, and more. Children can build their own paper rockets, enjoy hopping around the moon bounce, draw some chalk art and get their face painted. The Rocket Park activities such as G-Force, Kids Cosmos and the Space Shot will be open at no additional charge. Afterwards as a family, witness a breathtaking firework display. The festivities start up at 6pm and run until 10pm. The fireworks will begin at 9pm. Enjoy time well spent with family and friends this month from your friends at your Huntsville RV dealer.

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RVs on a Budget

Camping is a great way to travel this summer to visit friends, family or just to vacation. When you’re out on the highway, take note of how many RVs, travel trailers and campers you see. If you envy these people and wish you had one, now you can. There are lots of fabulous options that won’t break the bank so you can enjoy traveling across country in an RV as well. Your local Huntsville RV dealer can help you find the perfect unit for you and your needs without going over budget. Here are just a few of the ones we have on our specials lot right now.

Not all campers have to be large and high-end. There are lots of practical units such as the 2014 Coachmen Catalina 253RKS that give you space and style for only $22,421. This spacious 28 foot travel trailer can sleep up to five people and features a slide out for more room. It has a rear kitchen layout, two doors for easy entry and lots of storage space. The kitchen includes a three-burner stove, refrigerator, microwave, sink and a large counter for prepping, cooking and serving. The bedroom in the front features a large bed with plenty of room to walk around ad lots of wardrobe space. The bathroom has a huge corner shower with natural lighting and beautiful cabinetry.

Would you rather have a self-contained motorhome? Check out the 2001 Four Winds Windsport 35D for just $24,818. This large, 35 foot Class A motorhome is just the thing for extended trips or large family vacations. It features a slide out for ample entertaining space as well as tons of cabinet space. The living room and dining room are on the slide out in the center and the bedroom sits toward the rear. Again, there is a plethora of storage space situated all around the walls throughout this unit. The bathroom features a beautiful corner shower and foot-flush toilet. Even though this unit is older, is has been well-cared for and shows little signs of wear.

These are just a sampling of the options available to you. We have pop-ups, fifth wheels, toy haulers and more. Come on in to Madison RV today to see what we can find for you.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Words couldn’t possibly describe the endless beauty that is the Great Smoky Mountains. So why not go out and see it for yourself? Whether you wish to sit quietly and watch the stunning sunset or go on a family hike to the crest of the mountain, you are guaranteed to have the adventure of a lifetime. Why not load the family up in the Madison RV and go on an auto tour of the park? This gives you a first-hand chance to see a vast panoramic view of the cascading mountains, Vistas Rivers and the many historic buildings. Wherever you end up, make sure to bring a camera.

For a truly memorable way to explore the park, try spending the morning peddling through Cades Cove. Just remember to practice safety first and wear safety gear including a helmet. Don’t forget to wear plenty of sunscreen and need pads. You can also explore the many historical homes within the park. The park has one of the best assortments of log structures within the Eastern United States. There is a combination of barns, schools, churches, and mills that have been painstakingly preserved in the park. Regardless of where you end up, history is always waiting for you around every corner.

If you’re an avid angler, you can enjoy over 700 miles of fishable streams within the park. Challenge yourself against the rainbow and brown trout or perhaps the wily brook. If you love the beauty of waterfalls, you are sure to fall in love with the ones at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Waterfalls can be found on just about every river and stream within the park. For a map of all the waterfalls within the park, visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/waterfalls.htm.

Are you an animal watcher? If so, keep your eyes open for wild animals such as the white-tailed deer, elk, or even a black bear. Take a look here to improve your chances of spotting these wild animals http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/wildlifeviewing.htm. There are over 240 different species of birds within the park with over 60 species being year round residents. So bring your binoculars and do some birding while visiting. This majestic park isn’t far from your Huntsville RV dealer so get out there and enjoy the sites.

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