DIY Storage Projects

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Most people would agree that the interior of many campers is on the small side and do not always have a lot of space. If your camper or motorhome holds this unfortunate truth, try some of these great DIY storage and organization techniques.

While you’re on the go, store grains and pasta in air-tight containers and put them inside your microwave or oven. This will also keep pests out of your food while utilizing otherwise unused space.

If you have the space on your kitchen wall, use magnetic strips to keep knives and other metal kitchen tools out of drawers. This will free up space for other kitchen items as well as keep them in a handy and easy-to-find place when you need them.

Recycling is a great way to help the environment. Instead of tossing out those mayo or jelly jars, you can reuse them for storing rice, flour or sugar. Be sure to label them with the contents and expiration dates though!

While we are on the topic of recycling, you can use old pill bottles to store loose change or spare keys. Remember to remove any labels.

You can create dividers in your cabinets with tension rods. Place them vertically in the desired place and voila! Free up shelf space in an instant.

You can also utilize space on your cabinet doors by adhering sections of PVC pipe on the inside of the doors. Just find what size you need and stick them up. You can store curling irons or even corded items in these handy devices.

There is always a need for extra linen on a trip. You never know when you might need it. To free up space, store the folded sheet sets inside of the matching pillow case.

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Classic Road Trip Games the Whole Family Can Play!

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Aside from snacks and plenty of fuel, games are one of the most essential parts of a family RV road trip. And there are plenty of games that have been around long before hand-held DVD players and video games came into play. Try these classic family road trip games to get back to the basics of family RV travel.

Road Trip Bingo

Road trip bingo is one of the most classic games of all. You can purchase road trip bingo boards at a toy store (or dust off your old ones from the attic), or you can find free bingo boards online and print them out at home. Laminate the printed boards, buy some dry erase markers, and you’ll have endless hours of family bingo fun.

The License Plate Game

The license plate game is one of the best road trip games, because all it requires is a pad of paper and a pencil. Keep track of all of the different states’ license plates you see along your route until you find all 50.

Name That Tune

There’s no denying that road trips are as good as the music that fuels them. All you need to play the “Name That Tune” game is a working radio inside your vehicle. Press the “seek” button, then see who can name the song on the radio station the fastest. This game is primarily for teenagers and adults who have a bit of knowledge about popular music.

20 Questions

Twenty questions has been a way to occupy drivers and their passengers for decades. Have one of your fellow travelers think of an item, and let every passenger in the car ask “yes” or “no” questions until someone guesses what the item is. Let the correct guesser choose the next item and start the game over again.

Start Your Road Trip at Jack Link’s RV Supercenter

Nothing is as important on a road trip as the RV you’re traveling in. Start by shopping for a top-quality new or used RV right here at Jack Link’s RV Supercenter. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales, supplies and service, so stop in an see us today.

Warmer RV Destinations for Fall

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Wisconsin has enjoyed a pleasant start to fall, but the frigid temperatures and snowfall are just around the corner. There’s no better time to hit the road for a cozy southern destination than now. If you’re thinking about being a snowbird this season, or are just considering a quick fall getaway to a warmer climate, consider one of these three must-visit warm destinations in the U.S.

Palm Springs — California

Palm Springs is a desert city in the Golden State that is also a dream getaway destination. It’s a place for golfers, rock climbers, hikers, bikers, shoppers, foodies and just about every type of traveler. Even better, Palm Springs is loaded with luxurious RV parks and campgrounds that are geared toward those trying to escape the cold, so you can enjoy all of the luxuries of a resort getaway in the comfort and convenience of your RV.

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Many snowbirds and travelers in search of warmer weather head directly to Florida. However, those who stop short and settle in Jekyll Island, Ga., enjoy an entirely different kind of warm-weather paradise. This southern island paradise is quickly becoming a popular beach destination for its welcoming towns, deserted beaches and unhindered natural beauty. Miles of beaches, marshes and maritime forests allow you to get out and play while your friends back home are sitting by the fire.

Scottsdale — Arizona

Scottsdale isn’t a new destination for snowbirds, but it’s one of the best. The comfortably warm climate, world-class golf courses, endless shopping options, renowned eateries, hiking trails and ongoing list of things to do — indoors and out — ensures there’s never a dull moment in your escape from the cold. Although, Scottsdale’s laid-back city vibe, numerous resorts and spas allow you to relax whenever you’re looking for a slower pace.

Don’t forget to stop and see us here at Link RV Direct before you start your journey down south. We’re here to help with all of your fall RV travel needs.

Decorating Your RV For Halloween

If decorating your home for Halloween is one of your favorite parts of the holiday, you don’t have to miss out because you’re traveling in your RV. In fact, decorating your RV can be as easy and fun as decorating your home. Follow this simple guide to decorate your RV without buying costly decorations or toting around bulky supplies while you travel.

Shop Locally

Shopping at local farmers’ markets is one of the best ways to explore your destination and give back to the community you’re visiting. Farmers’ markets are also some of the best places to find locally-grown Halloween decorations, like gourds, pumpkins, decorative corn stalks and bales of hay.

Take your little campers to the market with you, so they can have a hand in choosing the decorations and picking the perfect pumpkin to carve.

Make Your Own

You don’t need expensive craft supplies to make spooky Halloween decorations. Stock up on construction paper, scissors, glue and tape at a local craft store and let your little ones go to town making creepy bats, spiders, ghosts and other festive items to hang throughout your RV. Decorate the exterior of your RV and your campsite by hanging their hand-crafted decorations from your awning and trees — just be sure to clean up all of your decorations before you leave the campground.

Shop Second-Hand

Purchasing brand-new decorations can be expensive and impractical when traveling in the compact space of an RV. Feel less guilty about your purchases by shopping at a local Goodwill, Salvation Army or non-profit thrift store. These stores are usually loaded with Halloween costumes and decorations in the fall months. Additionally, shopping at local non-profit shops helps create jobs in the community you’re visiting.

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Shop for your dream RV this fall at Link RV Direct. We’re offering deep fall discounts to help you get in a new RV for the fall and snowbird travel seasons.

Keeping Your Food Fresh for the Long Haul

Trying to keep perishables lasting longer in your RV when you’re on a long trip?

This is especially handy when you’re trying to push through to your destination and don’t want to get snagged up with grocery shopping in a town you’re passing through.

Rule 1 is buying only what you’ll be able to plan to use in the immediate future. This reduces potential waste. When you buy for too far in advance, unforeseen circumstances can prevent you from getting through all of your fresh food before it goes rotten.

With that said, you can also try storing your fruits and vegetables separately. Fruits give off large amounts of ethylene gas, which vegetables are sensitive to. Make sure that you keep them apart if you want your vegetables to last a bit longer.

Also, use your fridge strategically. Not everything has to be put in there. In fact, some items do better out of the fridge. Find a cool, dark place in your RV to store things such as potatoes, onions, garlic, and squash. Tomatoes are also in this category. Tomatoes will last even longer if you store them at room temperature upside down away from heat.

To help your meats last longer, make sure that they’re stored in airtight containers and frozen. Only thaw what you plan to use the day of or the next day.

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Come by Jack Link RV Centers for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Ask to see models that have extra nice galleys, which are the best way to keep your food items fresh when you’re on the road.

RV Parks in Wisconsin

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Traveling through Wisconsin? Need a good place to plant your rig? Wisconsin has no shortage of good RV parks, and we’ve got a few of the best ones collected here.

Westward Ho RV Resort and Campground

Located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Westward Ho RV Resort is located on 103-acres of scenic grounds, and has spacious RV sites. Resort amenities include a petting zoo, heated pools, mini golf course, volleyball and basketball courts, RC car track, crafts, and much more.

Hidden Valley RV Resort and Campground

Located in Milton, Wisconsin, Hidden Valley RV Resort is a clean, modern park with well maintained grounds and great wifi coverage. If you visit this month, you can enjoy their haunted barn!

Jellystone Park Warrens

This top-tier campground has a water park and other unique resort facilities. Located in Warrens, Wisconsin, Jellystone Park Warrens has daily activities, mini golf, paddleboats, and campfires every day.

Sherwood Forest Camping and RV Park

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway within walking distance to downtown Dells, Wisconsin, then head to Sherwood Forest Camping and RV Park. With easy access to the interstate, huge heated pool and splashpad, themed weekends, and planned activities and events, you’ll never be bored. Big rig friendly sites are available!

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Need an RV to stay at one of these fine RV parks? Visit Link RV Direct this October for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Link RV Direct is your dealership in Wisconsin for all things RV.

Visit Effigy Mounds National Monument

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Effigy Mounds National Monument, located in Iowa on the border between Allamakee and Clayton Counties, is an astounding National Park that draws tens of thousands of visitors annually. The visitor’s center can be found in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, just north of Marquette.

The park is named after the hundreds of effigy mounds scattered across the park and aims to preserve those effigy mounds and to educate visitors on them.

The effigy mounds are prehistoric earthen mounds built by Native American people, most of which are shaped like animals, such as birds and bears. Most were built in the first millennium by the Woodland Culture.

The effigies cannot be viewed well from the surface, but seen from above they take many different discernible shapes.

The local flora and fauna present on the park’s land are linked to the effigy mounds and help visitors to understand the inspiration that went into the creation of the mounds centuries ago.

The mounds are culturally linked to approximately 20 modern Native American tribes and are considered to be sacred sites and cultural touchstones by members of those tribes.

Between the wildlife, the educational opportunities on Native American culture, and the spectacle of the effigy mounds themselves, there’s something for your entire family at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

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Hot and Spicy Boneless Grilled Chicken Breasts

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Camping with Link’s is once again is pleased to offer you another great tasting RV recipe for the road. We know that recipes are at the top of the list for those who enjoy the RV lifestyle. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and to suggest your own recipes.

Today’s recipe is for Hot and Spicy Boneless Grilled Chicken Breasts.

You will need:

  • 4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Italian dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of crushed cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to season to taste

In a large zip-lock type bag, add the Italian dressing and other dry seasonings and mix together into a marinade. Add the 4 breasts of chicken to the bag. Make sure all the chicken gets coated in the marinade. Let marinade absorb into the chicken in the refrigerator or cooler for an hour or so.

Fire up the grill, and when hot, place the marinated chicken breasts on the grill. Immediately put some of the left over marinade on the chicken breasts. Cook about 5 minutes. Turn the breasts over for about another 5 minutes and serve with your favorite side dishes.

You can add some sweet to the heat by serving this chicken with a drizzle of honey, or increase the heat with some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or your favorite hot sauce. This chicken is tender and juicy and has just enough heat to get your attention. This recipe will serve at least 4 people if you can each eat a chicken breast, more if you can’t! You can also cut up the chicken and serve already sliced if you prefer.

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Portable Gardening Tips for Your RV Lifestyle

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There’s no better way to ensure your produce is fresh than to grow it yourself. But the thought of growing fresh fruits and vegetables in your RV may seem impossible, huh?

It shouldn’t be, though. These simply tips for gardening on the go will help you continue your hobby and healthy lifestyle when you’re on the road.

Grow Tomatoes on the Road

You don’t have to give up your annual tomato crop just because you’re living an RV lifestyle. Special gardening tools, like the Topsy Turvy Planter, help you grow your favorite crops in tight spaces. The Topsy Turvy Planter allows your plants to grow upside down while they hang in any compact space. Simply move your Topsy Turvy Planter outside when you arrive at the campsite, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a mobile garden.

Get Creative with Potters

You don’t have to spend a fortune on nifty gardening gadgets to enjoy your favorite fruits and vegetables on the go. Many RV enthusiasts already use shoe organizers as a way to keep products in order in their RVs. Those same shoe organizers work perfectly as hanging pots. Each small pocket serves as a pot for your favorite herbs, flowers and vegetables. Hang the organizer inside your RV when you hit the road, then move it back outside when you arrive at your destination.

Consider an Earth Box

The Earth Box is a new product to hit the market for gardeners who live in small spaces. It’s a little less mobile than hanging planters, but at just 2.5-feet long and 15-inches wide, it doesn’t take up much space in your RV when you’re traveling. The Earth Box is a simply growing system with the layering of a fertilizer band, potting mix, aeration screen and self-watering system to optimize your plant growth in small spaces. Move it outside of your RV when you park, and you’ll enjoy fresh produce on the go.

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September Events in Wisconsin

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After you pick up a new RV from Jack Link’s Auto and RV Supercenter, you’ll be ready to head out to some of the local events in Chippewa Falls. Check out everything that Wisconsin has to offer in September.

Wheels on Water Street Car & Cycle Cruise

September 9 in New London

If you have a classic vehicle, or one you are particularly proud of, this rain or shine event is open to all makes and models. Come and show off your hot rod or classic refurbished vehicle. Vehicles will line up starting at 4pm in a staging area, with viewing of vehicles from 5-9 pm. A cruise starts at 9pm; vehicles will cruise the loop on N. Water St. and Wolf River Ave., and then disperse.

If you are a spectator, you can enjoy seeing some great old classics, participate in raffles, guess at trivia to win prizes and enjoy musical entertainment by a DJ at each end of North Water St. Food and beverage available for purchase.

Falcon Frontier Days Rodeo

September 9-10 in River Falls

Experience the biggest and best college rodeo in the upper Midwest! The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) invites you to an amazing Wild West adventure at the University of Wisconsin River Falls. Approximately 350 cowboys and cowgirls compete in stock events including bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, and more!

Volksfest German Ethnic Festival

September 9-10 in Waupun

Come celebrate German culture and heritage at this free event. With live music, food and drink, Volkswalk sculpture tour, and more, this is entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

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