Holiday Ham

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Whether you are home or in your RV; and whether your RV has an oven or not, you can still make a holiday ham. You’ll need a roasting pan that fits in the RV oven if you plan on using that. If you are going to be using a covered grill, then you’ll need a pan that allows the grill cover to close.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories you may need, including a covered grill, so you can prepare a Christmas ham dinner even if you are on the road.

Holiday Ham

  • Ham – preferably not spiral cut
  • 1 can of Coca Cola
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 can of pineapple rings
  • 15 to 20 whole cloves
  • Toothpicks

Rinse the ham. Line the roasting pan with heavy-duty foil to make it easier to clean when you’re done cooking. Set the ham in the roasting pan. Pour the Coke in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the ham with brown sugar. Arrange the pineapple rings on the ham, covering the top and sides. Hold them in place with the toothpicks. Poke the cloves into the ham, spacing them evenly over the top and sides of the ham. Cover the ham with foil, but vent it slightly at the top.

Bake on 285 for about 20 to30 minutes per pound. Check for doneness with a meat thermometer about two hours before you expect it to be done. If you over cook the ham, it will be dry. When the thermometer reads165 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the ham from the oven and let it set (covered) for 20 to 30 minutes.

If you are using a grill, light one burner on a three-burner grill or two burners on a four-burner grill. Adjust the flame so that the temperature stays at 285 degrees. Place the ham on the unlit side of the grill. If you place it on the lit side, it will burn.

Stop by MadisonRV Supercenter

Before you head out on your trip or if you are staying in your RV in the area, stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for your trip, including a covered grill if you don’t have one or didn’t bring one with you.


2014 Keystone Avalanche 295RL

If you are in the market for an RV that sleeps four and has plenty of space, the 2014 Keystone Avalanche 295RL, available at Madison RV Supercenter, is just right. The Avalanche has three slides over 33 feet, 11 inches, so it has plenty of space for two or even a family of four.


The Avalanche features a 35,000 BTU furnace to keep you warm even in the coldest months. Fresh water capacity is 66 gallons if you are not hooking up to water at a site. The Avalanche holds 85 gallons of gray water and 50 gallons of black water. You have enough holding tank space to spend several days in the boondocks.

The Floor Plan

The Keystone Avalanche 295RL model’s extensive living space comes from the rear living area layout, combined with three slides. When you come through the main door, you’ll be in the kitchen area. The kitchen features a curio cabinet/spice rack, a kitchen island with a double sink, extra counter space on the island, a three-burner range and fridge. The kitchen area is in the same slide out as the sofa sleeper hide-a-bed.

You’ll find two comfortable lounge chairs on the rear wall of the RV. This area features overhead storage that is the entire width of the RV. The second slide in this area features a corner entertainment center with a fireplace; and the free standing dinette. The television sits over the fireplace and you’ll find additional overhead storage above the television.

Walking back toward the front of the RV, you’ll find the bath and main bedroom. The bathroom features a large stand-up shower – no tub, a sink and toilet. You’ll also find a linen cabinet. One of the bath entry doors is in the hall and the other is in the bedroom.

The bedroom features a queen slide out bed, a closet with sliding doors and cedar shelves, a chest of drawers, plus a washer and dryer prep space.

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter today to walk through this floor plan and to learn more about the Avalanche 295RL’s features and conveniences. If you pick it up before Christmas, you’ll have a set of keys to a gorgeous Christmas present under the tree!


December RV Accessories

If you are looking for something for an RVer’s Christmas list, stop by our parts store to browse through the accessories. For the month of December, we are running a sale on certain accessories.

Madison RV Supercenter has many accessories that would make excellent gifts for your own RV or for an RVer that is on your Christmas list. You can browse through our store in person or online.

Electric Coil Heater

The perfect gift for the RVer who goes RVing during the cooler months will not only keep the family warm, but will save on propane usage. The new Arcon 1500/750 W electric coil heater features a variable thermostat; fan only, off, high heat and low heat settings; a tip over switch that works in all directions; thermal overload protection; and is light weight and small, so you can easily store it in the RV. It’s on sale for $17.99. The regular price is $19.99.

Camco Wheel Stop

The Camco wheel stop fits between two sets of tandem wheels and stabilizes your travel trailer or fifth wheel with just the one piece of equipment. The wheel stop comes in handy when you are re-hitching, too as it keeps the trailer from moving backward. The Camco wheel stop fits tires with a 26- to 30-inch diameter and spacing of 3.5 to 5.5 inches. The wheel stop is on sale for $28.75 and retails for $31.95.

Ceramic Heater

Arcon also makes a ceramic heater that will keep an RV nice and toasty without having to run the propane-powered heater. The ceramic heater features a variable thermostat; off, fan only, low heat and high heat settings; a tip over switch that works in any direction; a concealed handle and thermal overload protection. The ceramic heater is small enough to fit in some of the smaller storage spaces in the RV and is convenient when you are plugged into electric.

Visit Madison RV Supercenter Today

Visit Madison RV Supercenter today or visit our website to find perfect gifts for the RVer on your list. Or, if you want to get something big and special for your spouse, stop by to walk through some of our floor plans – won’t he or she be surprised to find a new or pre-owned RV “under the tree!”


Andersonville National Historic Site

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Take a road trip to Andersonville National Historic site in Andersonville, Georgia. This Camp Sumter military prison was one of the largest of the Confederate military prisons in the Civil War. The prison existed for 14 months and housed over 45,000 Union soldiers. Nearly 13,000 died while in the prison. The site is a memorial to all American prisoners of war from every war this country has been involved in.

Before you head out to Andersonville National Historic Site, be sure to stop by Madison RV Supercenter to have your RV checked and serviced if it hasn’t serviced for some time. Or, if you think that taking a road trip to visit several national historic sites sounds fun, stop by to pick out your new RV.

Site Features

Camp Sumter, which was named for the southern Georgia county it was built in, was 26.5 acres. Though it was designed to hold only 10,000 prisoners, many more were held there; and the soldiers put up with disease, minimal shelter and contaminated water. The prisoners who died at the camp were buried in a cemetery that was created outside of the prison walls.

On July 26, 1865, the cemetery was established as Andersonville National Cemetery. By the time 1868 rolled around, the cemetery held over 13,800 Union soldiers who met their death in hospitals, prison camps and battles in the region. The cemetery is still used today and averages about 150 burials per year.

The cemetery and the prison site became a part of the national park system in 1970. The site now holds three units: The National Prisoner of War Museum, the Andersonville National Cemetery and the Camp Sumter Military Prison.

The National Prisoner of War Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The national cemetery is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can access the cemetery via the Cemetery Entrance Gate instead of the park on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission to the park is always free. It is located at 760 POW Road, Andersonville, Georgia, 31711.

Plan a trip to several national parks and historic sites. As part of your trip planning, be sure to stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any accessories or parts; or to schedule a service appointment.



2014 Open Range Light LT308BHS

If you’ve been looking for a roomy bunk house floor plan, we have just the RV for you. This travel trailer features three slides and a rear bunkhouse – and that’s not all. The galley features an island, and you’ll have an exterior kitchen, too.

To walk through this exciting floor plan, stop by Madison RV Supercenter in Madison, Alabama and you’ll see just how much room this RV has. It’s great for taking a larger family or to take several friends hunting and fishing.

The Floor Plan

The entry is in the middle of the RV, giving you tons of space toward the front and the rear. As you walk in and turn to the right, you’ll pass a coat closet and the entertainment center. As you continue down the hall to the right, you’ll pass the full bathroom with angled stand-up shower and walk into the main bedroom. The bathroom also features a medicine cabinet and glass shower door.

The main bedroom features 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed, overhead cabinets, two shirt closets and two night stands. It also has a second entry into the bathroom.

As you look to your left, you’ll find the island galley with a large double sink, three-burner stove, fridge and two pantries. The dining area fills an entire slide and features a long U-shaped dinette with two tables. And, since the kitchen is also in a slide out, you have tons of space in the living area.

Moving toward the rear of the travel trailer, you’ll pass through a privacy door into the bunk house. The bunk house features a jackknife sofa and three bunks. It also features a wardrobe and optional LCD television.

The Exterior

The exterior features a large awning, pass through storage and a full exterior kitchen including a sink, stove and refrigerator. The front hitch houses two LP tanks so you’ll have plenty of propane for cooking and heating.

Stop by Madison RV Today

Stop by Madison RV Supercenter today to walk through the 2014 Open Range Light LT308BHS and to learn more about this travel trailer’s standard features and available additional options.


December Events

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Whether you’re in Alabama to visit or you live in the area, you’ll want to attend some of the Christmas events throughout the state, especially if you’re having a hard time getting into the holiday spirit. Some events are multi-day events, in which case, you may want to pack up the RV and find a great camping spot.

Before you head out, be sure to stop by Madison RV Supercenter to pick up any supplies, necessities or accessories you may need; or to get your RV serviced if it’s been some time since you last serviced it.

Christmas on the River

One of Alabama’s biggest Christmas traditions is Christmas on the River in Demopolis. This multi-day event features a nautical parade, singing, caroling and the lighting of the Love Light Tree, plus tons more events.

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., the Lighting of the Love Light Tree at the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital will take place. On Thursday, December 4 at 5:30 p.m., the Lighting of Public Square, Crowning of St. Nick and the reading of a Christmas story will take place at the Public Square. If the weather is bad, the festivities will be moved into the Civic Center.

On Friday, December 5, 2014, starting at 5:00 p.m. and running until 8:00 p.m., a Candlelight Evening will be held with entertainment by John Bultman. Admission for this event is $5. Christmas in the Canebrake at Bluff Hall and Lyon Hall will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., also on December 5. Admission $5, but children12 and under are free.

And, from 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., the Alabama State Championship BBQ Cook-off will be held at Demopolis City Landing. Fast Eddie will provide music. Admission is $5.

Saturday December 6, 2014 is chock full of events. The Fair in the Square starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. in the public square downtown; the Jingle Bell Run/Walk registration will take place at the Public Square at 8:00 a.m. Admission for the run/walk is $20.

The Bluff Hall Open is from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with an admission of $5 for adults and $3 for students in grades K-12. Also starting at 10:00 a.m., the Gainswood Open will be held. Admission is $5.

The Christmas Day Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. The Grand Marshal is Christy Kyser Truitt. Judging for the BBQ Cook-off starts at 11:00 a.m. and trophies and checks will be presented at 2:00 p.m. at the George Franks Ball Field.

Later in the afternoon, look for the Canebrake Players, the Nautical Parade and Fireworks display, the COTR Gala (no jeans!) and the Christmas on the River Dance.

Be sure to stop by Madison RV Supercenter before you head out – and you may want to make reservations at a nearby RV park. Others may have the same idea for holiday events.


RV Safely This Winter

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Winter hasn’t officially arrived, but in many parts of the country, the winter weather has. And that means the roads may be a little more difficult for your fall and winter RV travels. These RV driving tips will help you through winter’s tricky driving conditions to ensure you enjoy a safe and fun RV season.

Don’t Be in a Hurry

Give yourself plenty of extra time to arrive at your destination in case a winter storm occurs at some point in your travels. It’s important for RV drivers — whether you’re driving a motorhome or towable — to pull over immediately when winter weather arrives. Do not head back onto the roads until they’ve been sanded or cleared.

Although it might take you longer to get to your destination, you can avoid permanent damage to your motorhome or jack-knifing your travel trailer and putting your family at risk.

Be Aware of Rear Wheel Drive

If you’re used to driving a front-wheel drive vehicle in wintry conditions, you’ll quickly realize that maneuvering an RV’s rear-wheel drive system can feel a bit more difficult. Kick your front-wheel driving techniques to the curb and get used to your old habits of pumping the brakes lightly when you start to slide. Always leave a lot of room between yourself and other drivers, because sliding in a motorhome or with a travel trailer can be very dangerous.

Create a Winter RV Checklist

There are a number of steps you’ll want to take before hitting the road in cold temperatures or winter conditions. Create a checklist to ensure you don’t miss any of the essential winter RV tasks like making sure your fuel tank is at least half full, checking your wiper blades, properly inflating your tires and ensuring you have all of the necessary supplies should you be stopped in a winter storm.

Let Madison RV Ensure Your RV Is Winter-Ready

Before you hit the roads in your RV this season, bring your travel trailer, motorhome or fifth wheel by Madison RV in Alabama. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is safe to hit the road for another RV season.


Hit the Road This Thanksgiving

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Pack up your RV, hit the road and start a brand-new Thanksgiving tradition this year. Spending the holiday season with your family or friends on the road may not be the traditional way to spend “Turkey Day,” but it’s the perfect way to spend time creating new memories and traditions. And these top Thanksgiving destinations around the country are guaranteed to make your holiday unforgettable.

Breckenridge, Colorado

The ski season kicked off with a bang this year, and the Colorado slopes are ready for visitors. Make this Thanksgiving more exciting than ever with a long weekend at Breckenridge — one of the most famous ski and snowboard destinations in the country. Many restaurants in Breck (as the locals call it) serve traditional turkey feasts, so you don’t have to cut out your favorite traditions entirely.

Phoenix, Arizona

It’s hard to beat spending Thanksgiving in a warm-weather destination, and when that destination is offering exciting holiday events, it’s even harder to resist. Head to Phoenix this Thanksgiving for the incredible holiday lights display “ZooLights” at the Phoenix Zoo. Or if you’re traveling with a couple of car buffs, don’t miss the Arizona International Auto Show to see tons of new vehicles for 2015.

New York City, New York

New York is one of the most exciting Thanksgiving destinations in the U.S. because of the historic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This annual parade is watched in living rooms throughout the country on the morning of Thanksgiving day, but you can watch the three-hour-long event in person in the heart of New York City.

Shop for a New RV

Few events can make your Thanksgiving more exciting than shopping for a new or used RV from Madison RV in Alabama. We’re your No. 1 RV dealer in Alabama with everything from luxury Class A motorhomes to travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers, so stop in and see us to make this Thanksgiving one you’ll never forget.


Decorate Your RV for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, and as Christmas trees and holiday decorations start popping up around the country, it’s time to start putting a little holiday cheer into your RV. Whether you’ll be on the road throughout the holiday season or setting up at one campsite for the long haul, these decorating tips will give your RV as much holiday spirit as any brick-and-mortar home.

If You’ll Be Settling Down

If you’re planning on choosing an RV park to settle down for the holiday season, your decorating options are endless. You’ll probably notice that just because there isn’t snow on the ground, the holiday cheer isn’t lacking. Many RV parks down south decorate elaborately for the holidays, so you’ll feel even more comfortable turning your RV into a winter wonderland.

If you travel year-round, toting a box of Christmas decorations along with you may seem too cumbersome, so you can purchase new lights and affordable decorations at farmer’s markets or dollar stores when the holiday season rolls around every year. Natural greenery, like wreaths and garlands, are especially useful as they can be discarded without harming the environment. If you use your RV as your home away from home, a box of decorations may be able to fit along with your other travel accessories for the snowbird season.

If You’ll Be Cruising Down the Road

Not all RV enthusiasts settle in one spot for weeks or months at a time, but if you’re on the road a lot, you don’t have to give up your holiday traditions. Decorate the interior of your RV with lights that can be used when you settle down for the night, window decals (that don’t obstruct your view) and fun holiday plants and accessories. Suction cups can be handy for sticking decorations to the windows, mirrors and other surfaces throughout your home on wheels.

Make It the Best Holiday Season Yet

Make this holiday season the best one yet by upgrading your RV at Madison RV in Alabama. We’re offering tons of crazy deals on new and used travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes for the season, so stop in and see us during your holiday travels.


Pumpkin Bread Pudding for Thanksgiving Dessert

It’s time to start stocking up on supplies for Thanksgiving dinner, and there’s no denying that the dessert is just as important as the turkey. Make this Thanksgiving less stressful by choosing dishes that take less time to make but taste just as delicious as those that take hours.

This pumpkin bread pudding dessert recipe takes roughly one hour to complete, but the flavors are so delicious, your guests will think you were baking all day.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups white bread cubes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/8 cup miniature chocolate chips

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease six large custard cups.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg and yolks together, then add in the pumpkin puree, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and cloves. Continue whisking until the batter is smooth.
  3. Toss the bread cubes into the mix gently, then set the entire mixture aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the cups, then sprinkle brown sugar and chocolate chips over each serving.
  5. Place the cups in a shallow baking pan, then pour water into the pan until it is halfway up the sides of the cups.
  6. Bake the bread pudding for roughly 40 minutes or until it is golden brown, then let it cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Stock up on Winter Camping Supplies

It seems like winter blew in overnight in many parts of the country, but it’s not too late to stock up on your fall and winter camping supplies. Madison RV is your one-stop shop in Alabama for everything RV related from new and used RVs to service, parts and your favorite camping supplies.