Make Your RV More Cozy by Redecorating

Winter is coming, which means that you’ll want to make your RV a cozier place. But redecorating your recreational vehicle doesn’t mean you have to spend hours laboring on the construction of your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. In fact, just a few simple steps can change the entire look and feel of a drab RV interior.

Update Your RV’s Accents

You probably just step on those old RV rugs without even noticing them anymore, but changing a few of your RV’s soft goods can make a big change in the way your RV looks and feels. Ditch those towels, blankets, throw pillows and rugs you’ve been using year after year, and renew your RV’s look with a new color scheme. Washable cloth covers can even be used to change the look of your old dinette chairs without having to purchase all new furniture.

Add House Plants

House plants are the perfect addition to any RV’s interior. They add moisture to the air, give a fresh feeling to your decor, and they grow very well in the bright RV environment. The only trick to helping your house plants survive in your RV is to store them in the bathtub or a container when you drive, so they don’t tip over when you’re stopping or turning.

Ditch the Plastic

Plastic cups and plates may seem convenient for the RV lifestyle (and necessary if you have kids), but using real glass and china can be an inexpensive and easy way to add a more sophisticated look to your home on wheels. Store your glasses in a cardboard wine box when you hit the road, and use sticky shelf liners to keep your plates, bowls and other dishes from sliding.

Upgrade Your RV at Pan Pacific RV

Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.

Tips for RV Brake Safety

As any veteran RVer will tell you, driving an RV isn’t as hard as it might look. Despite their larger size, they’re not difficult to operate. That said, they are larger, so driving and braking an RV is different than what you’re used to in a car, truck, or SUV. Keep these tips in mind for safer driving in your RV on your next road trip.

Know Your Weight Limits

While you probably internalized the height of your RV at purchase, you may not have done the same with its weight or the towing limits of your towing vehicle. For the purposes of safe driving and braking, it’s critical that your towing vehicle is up for the task of towing your specific trailer. If you have doubts about your current setup, visit an expert, like one at Pan Pacific RV, to have your setup inspected and evaluated.

Don’t Speed

While it’s tempting to push yourself on the road in order to reach your destination faster, for the purposes of safety it’s best if you stay at or under the posted speed limit. The slower you go the better your brakes will perform if suddenly called upon. The simple fact of the matter is that your RV, regardless of size, weighs much more than nearly any car, truck, or SUV, and that means that time to stop is significantly increased.

Get Your Brakes Checked Before a Long Drive

Before you embark on any long trip, it pays to stop by your local Oklahoma RV dealership and get your brakes checked out. By keeping a close eye on the wear and tear of your brakes, you can catch potential problems before they develop into an emergency during the upcoming drive.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for you and your full-time aspirations. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at Pan Pacific RV to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Easy side dishes to prepare for Thanksgiving are on the menu if you are celebrating the holiday in your RV. If you run out of room on the stove and the oven, you can also use your covered grill to cook, even if it’s chilly outside.

Cornbread

If you have a cast iron pan, you can save the space in your oven for something else. Turn on one or two burners on an enclosed grill. Set the temperature to what your cornbread recipe calls for. You’ll need room enough on the unlit side of the grill for the cast iron pan.

Prepare your favorite cornbread recipe and pour the batter into a cast iron pan. Place the pan with the cornbread batter in it on the unlit side of the grill and close the lid. Check the cornbread to see if it’s done about 10 minutes prior to the recommended cooking time; and check again every 5 minutes until it’s done. While the thermometer on the grill is probably close to accurate, if not, you don’t want to burn the cornbread!

Colorful Garlic Red Mashed ‘Taters

Wash one to two potatoes per person, depending on the size of the potatoes. If you have baby reds, you might want five to six per person. Cut the potatoes into 2- to 3-inch chunks and boil them with the peels on until they are fork tender. Drain them and set them aside.

Melt ¼ stick of butter for each pound of potatoes you are cooking. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the potatoes and a splash of heavy cream for each pound of potatoes. Add ½ teaspoon garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste for each pound of potatoes. Mash all together thoroughly. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

Succotash

Back in the day, you could find canned succotash in stores. If you miss that favorite dish and can’t find it, you can make your own. Combine one can of creamed corn and one can of drained green Lima beans and heat until hot. Add 1 tablespoon butter and stir until the butter is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Visit Pan Pacific RV Center

Stop by Pan Pacific RV Center before you leave for your holiday trip to pick up any accessories you may need to help you cook Thanksgiving Dinner in your RV.

Keeping Your RV Kitchen Organized

Staying organized and maximizing space are two important aspects of life on the road in your RV. Just like at your house or apartment, your RV’s kitchen area is bound to be overturned on a daily basis as you cook and clean. By using some simple products and methods, you can help to keep your RV’s kitchen neat and organized.

Use Lazy Susans in the Cabinets and the Fridge

Lazy Susan turntables can be extremely handy when you’re living on the road. A variety of Lazy Susan turntables are available with gripping surfaces and lips, so your items won’t move when you’re cruising down the highway or even on less desirable terrain. Keep the turntables in your larger cabinets and even in the refrigerator to make accessing items in tight spaces much easier.

Add Shelves to Kitchen Cabinets

Much of your RV cabinet space is being wasted right now. Without shelves, the upper half of each cabinet is probably left empty. Add an additional shelve or two to each of your cabinets using a large metal shelf from the home improvement store. Placing your food, dishes and other items in plastic bins on the shelves will also help prevent spillage.

Opt for Stacking Dishes When Possible

As many people turn toward minimizing with smaller living spaces, more RV-friendly products are created. Travelers can now buy stackable plates, cups, and mixing bowls that take up minimal space inside RV cabinets. Opt for stackable items whenever possible to create more room for the other things you wish to bring on your travels.

Visit Pan Pacific RV

Stop by Pan Pacific RV this fall to shop for a new RV. Tour any RV in the inventory and learn more about the models that interest you. If you’re not on the market for an RV, Pan Pacific RV can still help you with RV service before you hit the road.