Try These Campfire Pies on Your Next Camping Trip

Meals Around The Fire

When people go on vacation, they often go to fancy restaurants for fine dining. But those of us who own RVs know the truth — that the best meal you can have on vacation is made even more enjoyable with family and friends sitting around a fire. Campfire pies are particularly yummy.

How To Make Campfire Pies

To make campfire pies, you’ll just need bread, your favorite seasonal fruit (think raspberries, peaches, apples, and cherries) or pie filling, and a cinnamon sugar mixture. Make sure your campfire is nice and hot (you’ll usually know when the first kid sets her marshmallow on fire!), and then spray the insides of your sandwich iron with cooking spray.

Toasty

Next, you’ll place a slice of bread on each side of the iron, then make indentations in each slice of bread. In these newly formed indents, pour in a few tablespoons of your delicious fruits, then spring on a teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar. Then close up the sandwich iron and lock the handles. Place the sandwich iron in the middle of your fire and hold it there for roughly 2 to 3 minutes. You’ll know your campfire pie is done when the sides are toasted golden brown.

Careful!

This delicious treat will be very hot. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before eating. And make sure to stop by Hanner RV near Abilene, TX if you’re in need of a new RV to transport your family to and from new destinations this summer.

Top 5 Make-Ahead Camping Meals

When you’re camping, you’re on vacation, so relaxation is key. Minimize the chore of cooking over the campfire by doing all the prep work at home before you leave. Need some ideas? Here are some of our favorite make-ahead camping meals.

Breakfast

  • Pre-made pancake mix: Everyone loves pancakes, especially when made over a fire. Make the mix ahead like you normally would at home and store it in plastic squeeze bags.
  • Scrambled eggs: Water bottles are crucial when camping, but they are for more than just storing water. Crack some eggs into an empty bottle with milk and scrambled egg seasonings, then pour over the pan when ready.

Lunch and Dinner

  • Sandwiches: Sandwiches are an easy lunch item, and you can make all of these ahead of time. Just keep the condiments and tomatoes off to keep the bread from getting soggy.
  • Chili: Make your favorite chili in a crockpot ahead of time, and then store it safely in your RV’s refrigerator. Reheat over the fire at dinner time.

Dessert

  • Cookies: Forget the graham crackers. Use cookies for your s’mores. Just bake a batch ahead of the trip and store them out of kids’ reach until it’s time for s’mores.

Contact us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX for more helpful tips prepping food and packing for your next camping trip. You can also stop by to browse our current inventory of RVs, if your family is in need of a new one.

How to Make Mountain Pies

A Classic Campfire Treat

Traveling in your RV is great for many reasons — you can explore nature by hiking or canoeing, you can relax by the water or in a hammock with a good book, and you can swap stories around a blazing campfire. But one of our favorite pastimes is making delicious over the fire, including scrumptious mountain pies, though you might know them as hobo or campfire pies.

Get Your Skillet Ready

To make them, we recommend purchasing a pie iron, which you can find online or in an outdoor store in cast iron and aluminum varieties. Begin the cooking process by buttering two slices of bread. Next, fill them with your favorite combo of foods. It could be a sweet peanut butter and jelly sandwich (maybe throw in some marshmallows for intrigue) or a savory sandwich with cheese, meets, onions, peppers, and more.

Flip Those Mountain Pies

After building your sandwich, place it in your pie iron and place over the flames, flipping it occasionally to prevent burning. Once you’re satisfied with the level of cooking for your mountain pie, remove it from the pie iron (carefully!) and enjoy.

Want More Ideas?

Contact us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX if you need more ideas for easy meals you can make while exploring the great outdoors with your loved ones and RV. You can also stop by to browse our current inventory of RV models if you’re in need of a new one.

How to Get Your RV Ready for Spring

It’s Freezing Out There

Although you probably didn’t do much with your RV during this blisteringly cold winter, now that temperatures are warming up, it’s time to get your RV ready for spring. Here’s how:

Start with the outside

Do a thorough inspection of your RV’s exterior simply by walking around it. Look for any damage—hail dents, scrapes, rust, you name it. Also check the shore power outlet and cord and, just as you would with your vehicle, check your tire pressure and condition, refilling and replacing as necessary.

Don’t forget the inside

Animals like to burrow inside warm RVs during the cold winter months, so check for rodents and other pests. Thoroughly clean all the appliances, just as you would scrub down your kitchen during spring cleaning. Test all the interior lights and make sure the onboard technology works. Check for issues in your water lines and repair any leaks.

Check Your Propane

Finally, test your propane lines by lighting the pilot light on your stove. Because the gas likely escaped your lines during the winter, you may need to wait a few minutes before the gas reaches the point of ignition. Once it’s ready, you can fire up the furnace and ensure everything is in working order.

Visit us at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX for all of your RV service and maintenance needs.

4 Reasons Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

Why Young Families Should Buy an RV

RVs often conjure up images of retirees selling their homes and heading out to explore the open country in their golden years. But increasingly, younger families are purchasing new RVs. Here are some reasons why young families should buy an RV.

Vacations Aren’t Just For Retirement

Why wait until you are retired to explore the world? Negotiate for more vacation time instead of that small annual raise, and then take your family out on a cross-country adventure. The bonus? You’ll save money by traveling in an RV because you won’t have to worry about plane tickets or exorbitantly high hotel prices.

RVs Have All The Tech Features You Need

Younger generations rely on technology now more than ever. Luckily, most RVs offer entertainment systems and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Safety Features Are State-Of-The-Art

Safety is important no matter what vehicle you drive. New RVs like Jayco models come with the safety features that parents want for their kids, like side-view and backup cameras or external lights that signal your driving intentions more clearly.

Stains Are Not A Problem

Some RVs come with a number of stain-proof materials, perfect for families with young children. Materials like carpets with stain guard, vinyl flooring, and seamless countertops make cleaning a piece of cake.

Hanner RV near Abilene, TX has a wide selection of RVs for families young and old. Find your next vacation vehicle here.

Plan a Road Through West Texas in Your RV

Where Should You Go?

If you have just purchased a new fifth wheel, travel trailer, or camper at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, consider taking it out for a family road trip. Where should you go? In our opinion, a road trip through West Texas in your RV is the perfect way to spend a week.

Take Your Time Getting There

The highlight of the trip is Big Bend National Park, but CNN Travel recommends taking your time getting there. Either start in the east in Austin or San Antonio and head west toward El Paso, or vice-versa. Either way, you’ll find yourself driving along Interstate 10, taking in beautiful sites of the mountains surrounding the Chihuahuan Desert, the flowing Rio Grande, and the massive Texas skies.

Stop For A While In Each Area

Along the way, stop at towns like Alpine (check out the famous desk), Marfa (for the local art), and Fort Davis (the highest town in Texas). Eventually, take the River Road to Terlingua and Big Bend National Park — this drive is out of the way but is the most scenic drive in Texas. You’ll take in remarkable and breath-taking vistas that will make the whole trip worth it.

A Road Trip Through West Texas In Your RV

While the summers can get hot in western Texas and the winters icy and cold, the fall and spring are the perfect time for a road trip through West Texas in your RV.

These Are 3 of the Best RVs for Tailgating

Best RVs For Tailgating

Football season is back and in full swing, which means it’s time to wake up early on Sunday mornings and head to the stadium to join the rest of the gang tailgating. There’s no better way to tailgate than in your comfy and cozy RV. Jayco RVs specifically are perfect for tailgating. In fact, the three best RVs for tailgating are all Jayco models.

Jayco Jay Flight 32BHDS

This is perfect for tailgating because it has a kitchen inside and another kitchen outside, with a two-burner grill. There’s no way you’ll run out of hot dogs and burgers with that much kitchen space. This Jayco RV’s second kitchen boasts a second refrigerator, meaning more space for soda, water, and beer. The second outdoor kitchen even includes a sink so friends and family can wash up before eating. Finally, this Jayco model features a bathroom entrance from outside the RV, meaning friends and family won’t need to travel through your personal space to use the bathroom.

Jayco Jay Flight SLX 324BDS

An RV that is underrated for camping and tailgating. It also has a second kitchen and direct bathroom entry, making it a great option, too.

Jayco Seismic Wave

This is a toy hauler is our third suggestion because of all the open space for seating, eating, and playing games.

You can find all three of these RVs here at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, where we have the largest RV selection around.

Everything You Need to Know About RV Insurance in 2018

When you purchase an RV at Hanner RV near Abilene, TX, it is important to research RV insurance. Never assume your current auto insurance policy will be enough to cover your new recreational vehicle. What is RV insurance? First of all, it doesn’t just cover motorhomes (what we traditionally envision as an RV). It covers fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, small campers, and more. So, let us break it down for you to help answer any questions you might have.

RV Insurance Requirements

However, most states do not require you to purchase RV insurance if you do not drive your RV — that is, if you only tow your trailer behind you with a truck or SUV. However, just because you might not be required to carry the insurance, doesn’t mean you don’t need it, as the insurance can cover costly repairs in the event of a mechanical issue or accident.

Covers More Than Traditional Insurance

Most states do require you to carry specialized RV insurance, however, if you drive your RV, just like any other vehicle. RV insurance will cover your RV like traditional auto insurance, but will also cover things like plumbing, electric, and other unique RV elements.

Full-Time Insurance

If you live out of your RV or drive it almost every day, you should purchase full-time RV insurance. But if you only take your RV out for one or two trips a year, part-time insurance should suffice. If you have any more questions about RV Insurance, please let us know. We’d love to help you today! Learn more here.

Make the Perfect Shrimp Boil on Your Next Camping Trip

If you love to take your RV out for weekend (or longer!) fishing trips here in Texas, consider this delicious shrimp boil recipe. You can use the very shrimp you catch in Texas’ own saltwater.

Ingredients – You will need

  • 2 lbs of shrimp
  • 1 lb of kielbasa, sliced into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ lbs of whole red potatoes
  • 6 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of Zatarain’s Old Bay Seasoning
  • Cocktail sauce for serving
  • Sliced lemons
  • Melted butter

Directions

Boil the potatoes (covered in the lemon slices, seasoning, and water) in a 6-7-quart slow cooker, covered, for roughly 3 hours. Then, add in the sausage and corn. Cover and cook for 2 more hours. Now it’s time for that delicious shrimp. Stir in the shrimp thoroughly. If necessary, add more water—it should reach the top of your slow cooker.

Cocktail Sauce & Butter

Cover and cook for another half-hour on high or until the shrimp is properly cooked. Take the concoction out of the slow cooker and serve it in bowls. Use cocktail sauce and melted butter for dipping, as desired. You can also garnish with lemon wedges.

Do you swear by your own shrimp boil recipe? Share yours with Hanner RV near Abilene, TX in the comments below.

Best RV Trips in Texas

RV Trips in TexasAs one of the biggest states in America, Texas is so big that if it were a country, it would be the 39th largest country in the world. This means there is plenty of see and do throughout Texas, especially if you are heading out in your RV. Here are some of the best RV trips in Texas.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

About 113 million years ago, dinosaurs walked through what is now a beautiful state park. These footprints have been preserved and you can walk along the Paluxy River bed to see them for yourself. In addition, make time for some fishing and horseback riding. Nightly rates for water and electric hookups run about $25.

Space Center Houston

If you have always dreamed of travelling to the stars, why not visit one of the main locations for the NASA space program? In Houston’s Space Center, you can see moon rocks, lunar samples, and other historical artifacts from past space missions. You can even meet real astronauts if you visit on a Friday. The Space Center RV Park is less than 10 minutes from the Space Center with daily rates starting at $44.99.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Located within the Chihuahua Desert, this breathtaking park showcases the Permian fossil reef, diverse desert wildlife, and vast mountains and canyons. Stay at a nearby campground for as little as $8 per night.

These road trip destinations in Texas are only a few of the many great places you can find when you explore the state in your RV from Hanner RV Supercenter.