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.


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.


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.


Accessory Specials

New products are always coming out for motorhomes and towables. There are so many that it may be hard to keep up with the latest and best products for your needs. However, don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of products that are out there. Let Madison RV help you figure out what you require. We are always looking for ways to help our customers save money. With our new item specials over September and October, these deals will save you cash and time. Begin preparing now as the colder weather will be coming up fast. Here are just a few of the products on sale now to help get you ready for the approaching cooler weather.

Adco Air Conditioner Cover

While not in use, it’s important to protect your rooftop’s air conditioner. This heavy-duty, white vinyl Adco air conditioner cover protects against airborne contaminates, leaves, dirt, UV rays and grime. It has a reinforced construction that offers weatherproof durability. This will also help cut down on drafts when it’s cold out.

CP Products Collapsible Utility Container

This container is made of polyethylene material with a spiral-ribbed support wall for added durability and strength. Included is one plastic peg and storage bag. It pops open effortlessly for instant outdoor or indoor storage. This container can hold up to a 33 gallon lawn and leaf bag. It measures 19”x24” and collapses to 2” for easy storage. It also has a built-in zippered lid along with carrying handles.

Arcon 1500 Electric Coil Heater

Fall is right around the corner and that means colder nights. This heater offers dual heat settings along with a three-speed fan. Built with your safety in mind, it has its own circuit breaker with a tip over sensor. There is an easy-carry handle built on top with sturdy polyurethane feet for stability.

Valterra Permanent Water Heater By-Pass Kit LEAD-FREE

It’s almost time to winterize your Huntsville RV. Be prepared this winter by purchasing your Water Heater By-Pass Kit ahead of time. This will save six to ten gallons of antifreeze during the winterization process. This kit includes easy-to-use on and off valves and is a permanent kit so there is no need to remove.

Stop by Madison RV today to see all the new items on special.


Chicken Recipes for the RV

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The month of September is National Chicken Month. If you love this lean, white meat but are tired of the usual ways to cook it, celebrate it with these tasty recipes. The folks at Madison RV have done the legwork of finding delicious and nutritious meals for you that are certain to please the most picky of eaters.

Easy RV Chicken Casserole

  • 3 pounds chicken breast, boiled and chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce bag tortilla chips
  • 1 can diced Rotel
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat your Huntsville RV oven to 300 degrees. In a 9×13 casserole dish, add a layer of tortilla chips. In a bowl, mix together the cream of chicken soup, Rotel, cream of mushroom soup and chopped onion. Pour half of the mix over the chips. Add the boiled chicken breast over the soup mix. Then add a cup of cheddar cheese and the remaining soup mixture over the chicken. Bake this for 20 minutes. Remove and top with remaining cheese. Cook until the cheese has melted. This recipe serves a family of eight.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can chilie beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 2 cans Rotel, undrained
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips

Begin by adding the black beans, chili beans, onion, tomato sauce, corn, beer and Rotel into a crock pot. Add the taco seasoning and mix together until blended. Lay the chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down until just covered by other ingredients. Set the crock pot on low heat, cover, and cook for four to five hours. Remove the chicken breasts and allow to cool until they are able to be handled. With a fork, shred the chicken breasts then place them back in the crock pot and allow to cook for an additional two hours. Serve this soup with a dollop of sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

Do you have a great chicken recipe? Share them with your Hunstville RV dealer.


Madison RV September Specials

With the cooler months approaching, you may not be looking to camp very much. If that is the case, you may want to check into ways of keeping your precious investment in tip-top shape while it’s in storage. The following items on sale below are desiged with this in mind. Take a look.

STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer

This is the USA’s top-selling fuel stabilizer on the market. During storage, fuel can break down in just 30-60 days. This causes gum, varnish, and corrosion to build up within the fuel system. A build-up can lead to poor performance, reduce engine life and starting problems. Eliminate the process of draining fuel before storage. Adding STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer to your tank prevents build-ups, gum and vanish for up to 12 months. It is safe to use in all 2- and 4-cycle gasoline and diesel engines and works with all types of gasoline. You can purchase this from your Huntsville RV dealer today. Prices range from $4.94 to $59.35 depending on how much you need.

Hand Pump Kit

Dri-Z-Air Dehumidifier

Protect your investment against damage during storage due to moisture. The Dri-Z-Air Dehumidifier is used to safely remove and absorb excess moisture inside the unit. By absorbing the extra moisture, this prevents mold and mildew that forms on windows, ceilings and walls during storage. It is perfect for campers, RVs, boats and even closets. A 35 foot RV should use between 3 and 4 dehumidifying units when being stored. Just imagine, when you pull your motorhome from storage next season, it won’t smell damp and musty.

Valterra Hand Pump Kit

This item is brand new at Madison RV this month. Get your RV winter ready by filling the fresh water lines with non-toxic RV antifreeze. This is a crucial step in winterizing and protecting your motorhome so make sure you do it right. This device connects to the outside water inlet. After you drain the water system, you can pump antifreeze directly from the jug into the city water inlet. It’s as simple as that. This hand-pump styled kit is on special for just $23.35.

These are not the only items on sale. Come see the wide selection of September specials at our store at Madison RV.


September Events

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The month of September holds many fun and exciting events for everyone to enjoy. If you are running out of ideas of things to do, let your Huntsville RV dealer help you decide. Here are some ideas of things going on around you this month.

Who doesn’t love camping? No need for the Madison RV, though. There will be a family campout in the gardens of Huntsville’s Botanical Gardens on September 5. Enjoy a family campout with an owl show that evening. The campout will be held from about 6pm until 8am the following morning. Bring your own tent and bedding. There will be a fun hayride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphithere for the Hoot in the Night owl show. Dinner will also be provided by the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Admission begins from $25.

Back by popular demand is Fido After 5 at the Huntsville Botanical Garden on Thursday, September 25. Your four-legged friends are welcomed in the Garden on this special ocassion. General admission is required for owners while admission per canine is just $1. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. So pack a few snacks for yourself and Fido and enjoy a walk through the Botanical Gardens.

The Madison City Farmer’s Market returns September 27 at Trinity Baptist Church. This event will be taking place from 8am until noon. Come early for the best selection of local produce, meats, eggs, fresh herbs, cheese, and baked goods. See first-hand creations from Madison’s local artists including hand-made wood crafts, soaps, lotions, jams, relishes, cards and other items. Farmer’s Markets are always a delight for all senses so be sure to attend this event.

The International Festival of North Alabama will also be held on September 27. This family-fun event includes a vast sampling of global comfort foods for purchase. Children will enjoy the hands-on crafts, dancing and live music. Admission is free and you’re encouraged to bring the whole family.

Huntsville’s Ghost Walk returns to Harrison Brothers Hardware Store in downtown Huntsville at 6pm. Be prepared to be scared with this one-of-a-kind event. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12. Enjoy a night filled with the perfect blend of the paranormal, history and entertainment.

We hope you delight in these great September events.


The 1961 Shasta Airflyte Re-issue

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There has been some talk over the past few months about the re-release of a certain travel trailer. The rumors are true and Madison RV is excited and proud to announce that Shasta is re-issuing the 1961 Airflyte. This iconic travel trailer will be released sometime later this year but they are already taking pre-orders for it. However, the company has said they will only be making a certain number of these precious units. 1,941 to be exact and that is because they began producing campers and trailers in 1941. The remake of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte is to commemorate their 75 years of service to the community.

Is it really going to be like the original? Yes, and no. The exterior and interior design will look a great deal like the 1961 model. The same coloring and styling will be throughout including the wings and Chevron-styled handles. There are a few differences in the new version, however, such as the use of a modern microwave, air conditioner, furnace, stereo with Bluetooth capabilities and a wet bath. A lot of the textiles and décor will remain as close to the original as they can get it. Even the construction of the frame is built directly from copies of the 1961 print pack.

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There will be two lengths this unit will be offered in, a 16- and a 19-foot. Both will be equipped with a 3-burner stovetop, a 4 cubic foot refrigerator, 20lb propane tank, solid wood cabinet doors, 15” white wall tires, room to sleep up to four people and tuck and roll seat cushions. The 16 foot trailer will be approximately around 2000 pounds so it can easily be towed by a mini-van, a classic car or a full-size sedan. The price point for the new 16ft Airflyte will be $14,995. The 19ft unit sells for just a bit more at $15,995.

Don’t want until they are shipped to your Huntsville RV dealer. The ones they ship to stores may already be sold. The best bet, if you really want one of these classic updated travel trailers, is to pre-order it today. You will fall in love with this unit all over again.


Labor Day Events

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Labor Day is a day of rest and relaxation for many across the United States. This holiday is always observed on the first Monday in September. Many enjoy cookouts with friends, going on weekend trips or simply spending time with their loved ones. Some people may plan their Labor Day activities months in advance. However, if you aren’t sure how you want to spend this year’s holiday, check out a few of the things going on near your Madison RV dealer.

The Northeast Alabama State Fair is back and is going to be held from August 28 through September 1 at John Hunt Park. This will be the 53rd year of this family-friendly fair. This year they are adding the Victoria Circus and the Hubba Bubba the Clown Show. The Victorian Circus has attended festivals and fairs across the nation and keep you on the edge of your seat. Hubba Bubba is a high-energy entertainer who includes magic and comedy in one show. Tickets for the Northeast Alabama State Fair are just $7 for adults and $4 for children.

Feel the need to spend time in the water? If you can’t get to the beach this Labor Day, check out the Point Mallard Water Park. Labor Day is the last day the park will be open and they are also holding a Civil War Re-enactment. There will be over 200 re-enactors who will describe in detail the four-day battle which took place in October of 1864. Admission to the waterpark is just $20 per person.

The 18th Annual Sweet Tater Festival will be held on Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1. There will be a car show on site, loads of entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, kiddie rides and so much more. The car show will be on Monday from 10am until about 2pm. Admission for this fun-filled festival is just $3. There are even lots of camping options for your Huntsville RV at Smith Lake Park. Don’t have a travel trailer? Check out their cabins for rent and pavilions for day use. There are also boat ramps and a swimming pool.

There are plenty of other great activities going on around town. If you know of others, let us know.


Crafts on the Road

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RV crafts are a great way to avoid boredom on a long RV trip. They also help to relieve stress and build healthy self-esteem, especially in children. Here are some fun crafts to try on your next trip.

Kids DIY Lava Lamp

The materials you need for this craft are cooking oil, water, an empty water bottle, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Begin this project by filling the water bottle two thirds of the way with oil and the rest with water. Be sure to leave an inch free at the top. Allow the kids to pick their favorite color and add ten drops of food coloring to the mixture. Allow these to sit for five minutes before the next step. Once it has sat, break an Alka-Seltzer tablet into four pieces and drop a quarter piece into the bottle. Watch as your new lava lamp takes form.

Easy bird feeder

Bird feeders are great for attracting birds of all sorts and can provide hours of entertainment. This one is easy to make by using a toilet paper roll, glue, bird seed, a large paint brush, string and two paper plates. Pour some of the bird seed onto one of the plates and pour some glue out on the other. Now, have your child paint the toilet paper roll with the glue. They may need a little assistance with that part. Once covered with glue, coat the roll in bird seed by rolling it on the plate with seed. Allow this to dry in your Huntsville RV until you reach your destination. Once at the campsite, finish the craft by making two small holes and tying the string through it. Now it’s ready to be placed. Pick a branch, hang and enjoy watching the birds around camp.

Pipe Cleaner Fun

A bag of colorful pipe cleaners can be lots of fun. Kids can make all sorts of things out of them. You can make bracelets, necklaces, snakes, monsters and whatever else you can think of. These are great for letting children use their imagination and seeing what they can come up with. They twist easily together and are fun to wear and show off.

Do you have a favorite craft pastime in your Madison RV? Share it with us.


The 2014 Forest River Georgetown at Madison RV

Finding a great deal on a new or used motorhome isn’t difficult to find if you know where to look. There are several specials and deals on the lot at our Huntsville RV dealership right now. Check out one of the ones we are offering below.

2014 Georgetown 328TSF

As you step inside the RV, you’re walking right into the main room of this unit. There is a hide-a-bed sofa that opens out into a queen bed for extra sleeping space and a plush recliner near the entry door. Both cabin chairs swivel around to become part of the living room area, which provides ample seating for everyone. New to the 2014 model is a full-sized bed above the cabin. The kitchen includes a large, solid countertop with removable sink and stove covers, a full-sized oven and a convection oven. There is a residential style refrigerator that is 22 cubic feet with a full pull-out freezer drawer.

To the right of the kitchen is a large flat screen TV that slides out. Both above and below the entertainment center are additional cabinets for storage. The comfortable dinette booth seats lift up to reveal even more storage compartments. This booth can also be converted into another bed if needed. This motorhome also comes with day and night shades that allow you to see out but restrict the view of others.

The bathroom is located to the rear on the right and it includes all the things a typical bathroom would. There is a full walk-in shower with sky light, porcelain toilet, stainless steel sink with storage underneath and medicine cabinet. Straight across from the bathroom is a unique storage area that holds a wine rack storage drawer. In the bedroom, there is a queen bed with storage above the bed and reading lights built under the unit. Windows on both sides of the bed allow for plenty of light. There is even a flat screen high definition TV for your enjoyment.

This unit is on sale now for $84,741 at Madison RV. Stop in to see the other options we have as well.


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve

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Located in southern Louisiana, the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park consists of six separate protected sites. The park’s main goal is to share with visitors the rich history and culture of the New Orleans people along with the thriving ecosystem. The park was named after Jean Lafitte, an infamous pirate during the 1800s, who trafficked slaves and illegal imports along the waterways of the Barataria Preserve.

The Barataria Preserve is located within the park and is also a protected preserve with over 20,000 acres. Included are swamps, bayous, marshes, forests and over 300 species of bird. You will also see nutria, otters, snakes and alligators. This area offers numerous hiking trails, swamp tours, canoeing trips and several birding opportunities.

You will also find the Acadian Cultural Center here. This area consist of three sites which focus mainly on the Cajun settlers. It was these settlers who brought dance, art and storytelling to the bayou. Visiting the Cultural Center, one can watch live demonstrations of crafts, music and even cooking.

Visiting the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery is an in-depth history lesson. This specific battlefield commemorates the Battle of New Orleans that took place in 1815. You can learn about the battle at the visitor’s center where they broadcast a short film and provide exhibits to explore.

Learn about the culture of the New Orleans people at the French Quarter Visitor’s Center. Here you can explore the diverse cultures and traditions of the people. Everything from jazz music to voo-doo is discussed.

Though camping is not allowed here, located only 30 minutes away is the French Quarter RV Resort. This resort will meet all of your needs while visiting with your Huntsville travel trailer. It can be reached easily from I-10, is big rig accessible, has 52 sites with full hookups and is pet friendly. They also offer 62 channels of cable, internet access, a pool, hot tub, club house for activities, fitness center and many more amenities.

All of these places are quite remarkable in their own way and provide hours, or perhaps days, of education and excitement. So when you get the itch for something new, load up your Madison RV and head down to the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park.