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.

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.

Here’s Why You Should Buy a Toy Hauler as Your First RV

Buy a Toy HaulerAre you considering making the jump into the world of RV ownership? Navigating the different types can be confusing at first, but Hanner RV’s knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to help you determine the best fit for your needs. Often, the best fit for first-time RV buyers is a toy hauler, and here’s why.

You need a place for your toys.

A lot of first-time RV buyers are already outdoorsmen and women who are ready to embrace camping more fully. That means you probably already own ATVs, jet skis, and snowmobiles. A toy hauler is the perfect way to take your toys with you on your adventures.

You want to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family.

We get it. There’s a certain appeal of “roughing it” by yourself. However, we all know that it’s more fun to explore the outdoors with your favorite people. Toy haulers ensure you’ll have enough space for everyone to live and sleep comfortably—and bring your favorite toys.

You like to bring vacation home with you.

If you frequently go out on adventures to new places and fall in love with artwork, furniture, or other large goods produced locally, but never know how to get it home without insane shipping costs, a toy hauler is for you.

If you have decided to buy a toy hauler, pay a visit to Hanner RV to see our selection.

How to Gut a Fish

How to Gut a Fish
How to Gut a Fish

On your next RV camping trip, you may decide to take the family fishing and spend a leisurely day out on the water. Rather than fishing just for sport, fishing while camping is the perfect opportunity to catch some food for dinner. Here’s a short guide on a how to gut a fish.

  1. Find a clean surface near a sink: Before gutting your fish, you will want to find a clean, flat work surface near a sink for gutting and washing. Have a bucket on hand, a pair of gloves (if you’d like), and a container for the cleaned fish. Oftentimes, marinas or fishing areas will have designated cleaning stations, which is worth knowing ahead of time. You will not want to gut your fish directly on your RV’s kitchen countertop, as it’s a messy process and you would have to worry about spreading germs.
  2. Avoid overhandling your fish and kill it humanely: To prevent spreading bacteria, do not overhandle your catch. You will also want to kill and clean your fish within a couple of hours of catching it. To kill your fish, do it humanely by clubbing it hard on the head or by swiftly cutting off the head with a sharp chopping knife.
  3. For a fish with scales, scale and wash the fish: To clean a fish with scales, hold the fish by the head and work from tail to gills with your knife or scaling tool to remove the scales. Wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  4. For a fish with skin, remove the skin and wash the fish: Cut the fish along its back from its first dorsal fin to its back fin. Peel back the skin using pliers, pulling the skin toward the tail. Once you remove the skin, wash the fish with running water and place it in a clean container in your cooler.
  5. Store your cleaned fish in your cooler until you are ready to cook it.

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