Try These Delicious Apple Recipes

Home made apple crumble in cast iron skillet

Try one of these mouthwatering apple recipes that are guaranteed to wow your fellow campers.

Prize-Winning Southern Apple Crumble

What you’ll need:

  • 3 large apples (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pouch oatmeal cookie mix (1 pound 1.5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat your RV oven to 300 degrees and spray cooking spray throughout the interior of an 8-inch glass baking dish.
  2. Toss the apples, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and butter together in a large bowl. Spread the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, combine the melted butter and cookie mix until it creates a crumble. Sprinkle it on top of the filling.
  4. Bake the crumble for 40 minutes, then sprinkle it with the chopped pecans. Bake for an additional 15 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm.

Apple Harvest Pockets

What you’ll need:

  • 1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts (softened)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups apples (diced and peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat your RV oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unroll the Pillsbury pie crusts onto your kitchen work surface.
  3. Cut the crusts into quarters to make 8 wedges.
  4. Mix the apples, flour, sugar and cinnamon together. Fill each wedge with 1/3 cup of the apple mixture.
  5. Fold the sides of the wedges over the apple filling.
  6. Use a fork to press the edges and seal the wedges.
  7. Place the wedges on an ungreased cookie sheet and cut a few small slits in the top of each one.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Stop by Link RV Center

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Link RV Center before you hit the road on your next adventure.

Head South for the Winter

Phoenix Arizona Skyline

As the north gets pummeled by cold weather, many RV travelers are trading frigid temperatures for cozy winters, palm trees, and sugar sand beaches. These three snowbird destinations, ranging from the mild winters of Arizona to the summer-like temperatures of the Florida Keys, are some of the best places to make the most of this year’s coldest months.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is popular with snowbirds who like to stay active in the winter months. RV parks are affordable, the city’s surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the area is littered with hiking trails, golf courses, museums, gardens, shops, world-class restaurants and so much more. Phoenix’s abundant sunshine and mild winter temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for outdoor exploration.

Key Largo, Florida

When you’re seeking a tropical winter destination without the outrageous travel expenses, Key Largo is the place to plant yourself. It’s the northernmost of Florida’s keys, which means you spend less time on the road, but still enjoy the area’s crystal clear waters, world-class diving and snorkeling, scenic mangrove trails and so much more. Key Largo is also home to several campgrounds, including the Key Largo Kampground and Marina, which welcomes RV campers for the full winter season.

Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a historic city that offers a little bit of something for everyone. World-renowned restaurants and countless shops dot the city’s happening downtown streets, and some of South Carolina’s best beaches sit just minutes away. The area is littered with famous golf courses, waterways and historic areas to explore. A variety of RV parks and campgrounds close to the city center and beaches make the southern city of Charleston a must-visit snowbird destination.

Stock Up on Snowbird Supplies

Don’t forget to stop by one of the Jack Link RV Centers throughout Wisconsin before you hit the road for your snowbird getaway. We’re fully stocked with all of the latest RV models, camping supplies, and parts to help you make the most of your winter.

Try This Delicious Recipe for National Soup Month

Nothing eases the winter blues like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. January is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to cook a steaming pot of soup for your fellow campers. This hearty corn chowder recipe is easy to prepare in a small RV kitchen and is guaranteed to help you stay warm this January.

Sweet Corn Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 scallions (bulbs and green tops chopped and separated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving

Cooking instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in the celery, bell pepper and scallion bulbs. Stir the vegetables until they begin to soften (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in the 2 cups of corn, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and salt.
  4. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Place your remaining two cups of corn in a food processor (or blender), and puree them with the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Stir your corn puree into the saucepan with your soup, then stir in the black pepper.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the scallion greens.
  10. This recipe yields four servings, so separate the soup evenly into four bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Stop and See Us This January

The RV season is year-round here at Jack Link’s RV Center, and we’re here to help with all of your RV travel needs. Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV, need some service performed on your current RV or simply want a few camping supplies to get you through the winter, we’re here to help.

Winter Fun in Wisconsin

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Just because winter has come doesn’t mean that you have to pack it in. In fact, you don’t even have to slow your roll if you’re in Wisconsin. When winter hits Wisconsin, the fun is just beginning. While there are all sorts of fun activities to enjoy in Wisconsin during the winter, perhaps two of the best are skiing and ice fishing.

Skiing

If you want to go skiing, pack up the RV and head out to some of the best places for skiing in Wisconsin.

Alpine Valley Resort

Alpine Valley is located in White Lake and it features 90 skiable acres. This ski area features 14 lifts; and its longest run is 3,000 feet. The vertical is 388 feet. Night skiing is available seven days. The terrain mix is 40-40-20. Rentals and lessons are also available.

Bruce Mound

Bruce Mound is located in Black River Falls and it features 40 skiable acres, a 375-foot vertical, three lifts and a 29-29-42 terrain mix. The longest run is 3,000 feet. Night skiing is available on Fridays. Rentals and lessons are available.

Cascade Mountain

This ski area is located in Portage. The summit is 1,280 feet and the base is 820 feet. Cascade Mountain features 10 lifts, a terrain mix of 37-19-44 and its longest run is 1,800 feet. Night skiing is available seven days.

Christie Mountain

Christie Mountain is located in Bruce and features 20 skiable acres with a 350-foot vertical. The summit is 1,650 feet and the base elevation is 1,300 feet. Christie Mountain features five lifts and a 40-25-35 terrain mix. The longest run is 4,000 feet and night skiing is available from Wednesday through Saturday. Rentals and lessons are also available.

Ice Fishing

If you don’t have a fish house or ice house yet, it’s time to stop by our showroom to check a couple floor plans out so you can fish comfortably. Once you do that, you have to find a great spot to fish and, if you’ve never ice fished before, learn that skill.

Places to Ice Fish

The Madison Chain, located in Dane County, features 9,800 acres of ice to fish on. You’ll get perch, bluegill, northern pike and more. Lake Koshkonong, located in Jefferson County, features 10,400 acres of fishing for walleye. Lakes Delavan and Geneva are great for walleye, bluegill and crappie. Pioneer Lake, located north of Eagle River, is good for panfish and pike. Thunder Lake, just south of Eagle River is great for crappie and northern pike.

Ice Fishing Tips

Rig a flasher with a downward-pointing transducer to find the fish in the winter. LCD displays are not reliable during cold weather. Drill several holes in an area the size of a football field and check them with the fish finder. If you don’t see any fish, move to another part of the lake and repeat. Once you find the fish, drill several holes in an area about the size of a tennis court for jigging. Jig until you find fish that are biting.

Look for sticky bottoms – these are parts of the lake that aren’t too hard or too soft, thus allowing insects to burrow. They attract hungry fish and are found in lake areas from about 15 to 30 feet deep. You may have to drill a lot of holes to find fish, but you’ll also find the biggest fish in the lake. Find sticky bottoms by clipping a weight to the jig and letting drop to the bottom. It should not bounce or dig in too deep. It should just cling to the bottom temporarily. You can also use a sonar unit or underwater cameras to find sticky bottoms.

Visit Link RV Center

If you need to gear up for winter RVing in Wisconsin, there’s no better place than Link RV Center in Minong, Rice Lake, or Chippewa Falls. Stop by Link RV Center today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

RV Accessories for the Holidays

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If you are still wondering what to get someone on your list and that person has an RV, stop by our warehouse to pick up some RV accessories. You’ll be able to fill your entire list with accessories that make RVing more fun and more comfortable.

Solar Systems

For those who dry camp a lot, solar systems come in handy so you won’t have to use the generator so much Choose from systems as low as 85 watts and as high as 160 watts. These are great if you don’t want to hear the drone of the generator while you are trying to watch your favorite television show at night or if you don’t want to drain the house battery at night with lights.

Lawn Chairs and Mats

Pick up sturdy lawn chairs including a sturdy director’s chair style or outdoor mats to spread out under the awning. The mats allow you to step outside barefoot and they keep you from walking through mud if you are camping on dirt and it rains. The mats also keep the area under the awning softer if you are parked on a cement pad.

Kitchen and Cooking Accessories

Pick up a small ice maker. If you are tired of getting ice for cold drinks from the cooler, you can have your own portable ice maker. Or, pick up burger, brat and pie irons to make campfire cooking easier. You can even grab a popcorn popper that you can use over a campfire. Make cooking outside even easier than ever with these accessories.

Visit Link RV Center

Stop by Link RV Center to pick up accessories for the RV lover on your list. That person you found difficult to buy for just became the easiest person on your list to buy for. If you don’t have an RV yet, but think that RVing sounds like fun, stop by our showroom to walk through the many new floor plans we have available.

Holiday Side Dishes for RVers

Sweet Potato Casserole

Traveling in your RV for Christmas means some of your old traditions won’t be able to come with you. But that doesn’t mean you have to cut out everything you love about the holidays, like the delicious holiday foods. These tasty holiday side dishes can be prepared and enjoyed with the ones you love right inside the comfort of your RV.

Scrumptious Sweet Potato Casserole

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 1/2 cups sweet potatoes (cooked and mashed)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup butter (additional)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking dish (9 by 13 inches).
  2. Mix the sweet potatoes, milk, 1/2 cup butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together in a large bowl, then spread the mixture into your greased baking dish.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the flour and brown sugar, then cut in the additional 1/3 cup of butter until the mixture looks crumbly. Stir in the pecans.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar and pecan mixture over your sweet potatoes, then bake the casserole until it is golden brown (roughly 25 minutes).

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon
  • 2/3 cups pine nuts
  • 2 pounds Brussles sprouts (cored and shredded)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 3 green onions (minced)
  • pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the bacon in the skillet and cook until crisp.
  3. Drain the bacon, crumble it and set it aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the grease in the pan.
  4. Add butter to the skillet and stir in the pine nuts. Cook them until brown.
  5. Add green onions and Brussels sprouts to the pan and season them with seasoning salt and pepper.
  6. Cook until the Brussels sprouts are tender (roughly 12 minutes).
  7. Stir in the crumbled bacon and serve.

Find Your Holiday Gifts at Link RV Center

Don’t forget to stop by Link RV Center for all of your holiday shopping. In addition to top-quality new and used RVs, Link RV Center can also help with RV service and maintenance.

Holiday Decorating for Your RV

Christmas background with decorations on wooden board

If you are spending Christmas in your RV, you may want to decorate it, even if you are staying in the boonies with no one around. Decorating the RV inside and out always makes it look more homey during the holidays and it definitely gets you into the holiday spirit.

Before you head out for the Christmas trip, be sure your RV is in good working order, especially if you will be camping in a cold climate and not heading south. Stop by Indiana RV Connection to have all of your RV’s systems checked, including the heat, plumbing, electrical and the engine and transmission on motorized RVs.

Lights

Hang lights from the awning. If you camping near a fir or pine tree, add lights to the tree. And, if you are not putting a tree inside, hang lights over the door or in other areas where they won’t be distracting to the television.

Christmas Tree

There’s no doubt that you won’t be able to fit a 6-foot tree in the RV – they just take up too much space. However, you can still have a Christmas tree. Buy a potted spruce to set in a corner or on a side tables. You’ll be able to decorate it just like a full-sized tree. If you can find one that is about 2-3 feet high, you should be able to find space for it; and then, after the holidays, you’ll be able to plant it in your yard.

Cards

Bring the Christmas cards you get before you leave with you. Hang them on the fireplace mantle or tape them on the molding around one of the doors. They’ll add more Christmas spirit to the RV.

Garland and Boughs

Line the top of the fireplace mantle or a side table with fresh fir boughs. Decorate them with small ornaments. Line the top of the fireplace with garland and hang the stockings from the mantle. You’ll have that fresh pine smell inside, plus the RV’s living area will look festive.

Visit Link RV Center

Stop by Link RV Center to have your RV checked before you head out for the holidays; and if you think spending Christmas in an RV sounds like fun, stop by Link RV Center to walk through several of the models we have available.

Try Ice Fishing in an Ice House

Little child fishing on a frozen lake in winter.

If you’re an avid ice fisher, or even an amateur excited to try it for the first time, then you’re probably excited that your season is finally here.

Ice fishing is great, but it can be so much more fun and comfortable in an ice house RV. Check out one of these models today and take your ice fishing to the next level.

2016 Wildwood True North Ice Lodge 8X19RDV

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This 2016 Wildwood True North Ice Lodge 8X19RDV has an MSRP of $23,338, but the Link Price is $17,959. It’s in new condition and can sleep up to four people.

2015 Crossroads Ice Seeker 17RD

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This 2015 Crossroads Ice Seeker 17RD has an MSRP of $22,396, but the Link Price is only $13,497. The Ice Seeker is a hard shell ice house that’s fast and easy to set up and is built for a wide variety of uses besides ice fishing, like hunting and camping. It’s in new condition and can sleep up to six people. It comes with five ice holes for convenience and thermo-pane windows and insulated floor to keep you warm.

2015 Cherokee Grey Wolf Fish House 17KL

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This 2015 Cherokee Grey Wolf Fish House 17KL has an MSRP of $23,309, but the Link Price is $22,610. The Grey Wolf is engineered for impeccable quality, distinctive features, and superior comfort. It’s in new condition and can sleep up to 4 people.

Visit Jack Links RV Supercenter

Come by a Jack Links RV dealership today to check out an ice house RV or any other model on the lot. To see the current ice house inventory for any of our locations, just visit online and then head to Rice Lake, Minong, or Chippewa Falls.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

Homemade Thanksgiving Leftover Turkey Sandwich

Well, that’s another successful Thanksgiving dinner on the road, but now you’ve got the business of eating all those leftovers. You’ve no shortage of leftovers, which may be both a blessing and a curse. Here’s an easy recipe to help you power through those leftovers.

Turkey Pot Pie

  • ¼ cup butter, lightly salted
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ cups turkey gravy, prepared
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 14-ounce package of frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
  • 3 cups cooked turkey, cubed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1 10-inch double pie crust

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, the mushrooms and the garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender but not browned. Stir in the flour, sage and the thyme until the flour and spices are well blended.

Add the gravy, water and the milk, stirring to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Cook the mixture for about 2 minutes. Stir in the turkey and the mixed vegetables. Cook this mixture about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

Line a 10-inch pie plate with the bottom crust. Pour the turkey mixture into the crust. Cover the mixture with the top crust and then seal and crimp the edges. Cut small slits in the crust. Cover the crimped edges with aluminum foil to keep the edges from burning.

Bake the pie for 25 minutes. Remove the foil strips and then bake the pie another 20 minutes or until the crust is golden. Let the turkey pot pie rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Visit Link RV Center

Stop by Link RV Center today to tour a new motorhome or travel trailer. Not shopping for an RV right now? Why not schedule some service to make sure that your rig is in good shape for your next trip?

Top Snowbird Destinations Across North America

Austin, Texas Downtown Skyline at Night

The leaves have almost finished falling and cold weather is on the horizon. It’s time for snowbird travelers to fire up their RVs and head south. But setting your sights on the southern states every winter doesn’t mean you always have to travel to the same destinations. These top three snowbird destinations are ones you may want to consider instead of your go-to spot this year.

Austin, Texas

Being a snowbird doesn’t mean you have to travel to a slow-paced destination for retirees. Austin is a place where culture and the outdoors collide. Snowbirds can kayak, mountain bike or hike in the day and turn to the city for world-renowned eateries and live music at night. Austin is a city that will make the cooler months of the year fly by with excitement.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Many snowbirds already know Arizona is an ideal place to keep warm and watch the winter pass with sunny skies. It’s also a great place for travelers who like to stay healthy and active year-round. Scottsdale is a hotspot for golfers, cyclers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The area’s slightly older population may also appeal to more mellow snowbird travelers.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Many snowbirds assume Florida is the place to be on the East Coast in winter, but Georgia offers mellower crowds, ideal weather and picturesque coastal scenery. Head to Jekyll Island this year for peaceful beaches, picturesque marshland, adorable towns, fresh seafood and southern hospitality that will make you never want to leave. This charming Georgian island is the laid-back alternative to the traffic jams and tourists crowds of Florida’s top snowbird spots.

Visit Link RV Center

Stop by Link RV Center before you head south to make sure that your rig is in good shape. Time to upgrade the RV? Tour Link RV Center’s inventory of new and used RVs.