Roadtrip to Roanoke

Get a head start on your travel itinerary with a visit to Reines RV Center. Check out the inventory of new and used travel trailers, motor homes, camper travel trailers and accessories, and select what you need for a roadtrip to Roanoke.

Places of Interest

A trip to Roanoke wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the 88.5-foot neon Roanoke Star and Overlook lighting up the valley for over 70 years. It is Roanoke’s way of saying “welcome.” From the overlook, the city, known as the “Star City of the South” is a twinkling delight. The star is visible from nearly all areas of the city and shines brightly every night until midnight.

The Luray Caverns and Dixie Caverns provide an exciting look at massive structures of stalagmite and stalactite. Take the one-hour tour of Luray and explore the walkways through rooms towering 10-feet high, stone columns and crystal pools. Also onsite are the Car & Carriage exhibit, one-acre ornamental garden and Luray Valley Museum.

At Dixie Caverns, visitors take a 45-minute tour of these beautiful caves first opened to the public in 1923. Onsite are the rock and mineral shop, souvenir shop and an antique mall. Dixie Caverns also offers year-round camping.

Attractions

Mill Mountain Zoo

Open year round, the zoo offers a look at more than 170 animals that include 21 species considered vulnerable and endangered. Plan your visit for the 3rd Saturday of any month between May and October to experience Breakfast with the Animals. Afterwards, take a ride on the Zoo Choo miniature train for a trip around the park.

Virginia Museum of Transportation

Step back in time and learn about the history of the railroads through the museums 50+ exhibits including steam, electric and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses and freight cars. The museum also includes vintage cars, trucks and horse drawn carriages and an area covering aviation.

Things to Do

Vineyards and Wineries

A “must do” for wine lovers is exploring The Wine Trail of Botecourt County. Visit three vineyards and enjoy the scenic views along the way and tours and wine tastings at each winery.

Visit Reines RV Center for last minute items and a service check-up then make your way to Roanoke, a city full of charm and history and enjoy museums, art galleries, Mill Mountain Park, hiking trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains and southern hospitality.

Routing Your First RV Trip

So you just drove off the lot with your first class C motorhome and you’re ready to take it on its maiden voyage. There’s a certain sense of fun and adventure to just taking off and seeing where you wind up, but you might want to take the time to plan your first trip. You don’t want to be stuck without resources, without a safe place to set up camp, or in a town that’s not so friendly to RVers. Here are some quick tips to routing your first RV trip:

Choose a Destination

You can take to wandering once you get a little experience under your belt. For now, you’ll want to pick somewhere within one or two state lines where you’ve always wanted to go. By choosing a destination up front, you can do your research on the area and find out if the people there are RV and tourist friendly, and if there are some convenient RV hookups and parks to be found.

Download Some Apps

Outfit your phone or tablet with some apps to keep you in the loop about your surroundings. Yelp will help you find some cool restaurants, while AllStays is basically a great database of RV parks and campgrounds so that you always know where you can stop.

Bring a Road Atlas

Sometimes you won’t be able to get any reception on your phone, so it’s a good idea to keep an actual road atlas, a paper one in the glove compartment. This will help you to keep from getting lost when you can’t pick up a signal for your Google Earth or GPS app.

Obviously, a sense of freedom is probably a big part of why you bought your RV in the first place (if not the only reason), so the idea of planning everything in advance might not seem so appealing, but if you’re still a captain-in-training, then it just makes more sense to play it safe on your first trip. Once you get a little road experience under your belt, it’ll be easier to just set out on the road and see where you wind up, but a little bit of planning will save you a lot of headaches on your maiden voyage.

Memorial Day Weekend In Your RV

Whether you prefer a party or a more laid back affair, you’ll want to plan in advance for Memorial Day Weekend in your new RV. Here are some ideas to make this weekend a great one:

Buy Your Food Well in Advance

You’d be surprised how tough it can be to find a few ribeye steaks on Memorial Day Weekend, or even in the days before, so if you want to make sure that you enjoy some great barbecue on Memorial Day, then you’re going to want to buy your food about a week in advance. Keep some steaks in the freezer and beer or whatever you like to drink in the fridge and you’ll be all set for Memorial Day Weekend.

Set Up Camp the Day Before

Setting up your camp on Friday is a good way to beat the Memorial Day Weekend rush. If you’re out on the highway on Saturday, you might never even make it to the campground by the end of the day, so set up 24 hours in advance and be ready for the weekend.

Check Your RV Park’s Website

Any campsite or RV Park you’re heading to, you’ll want to check their website and see what they have planned for the weekend. You’ll want to know whether they’re a bigger park that hosts big parties, or a smaller park that likes to keep things laid back even on Memorial Day. This will let you plan accordingly depending on whether you prefer company or peace and quiet on the weekend.

RV parks, campsites, lakes and beaches are really the place to be on Memorial Day Weekend, and that’s where your RV can get you. Plan ahead and enjoy your holiday.

RV Recipe for Sweet Turkey Burgers with Grilled Onions

One of the great parts of traveling in motor homes and travel trailers is creating meals with recipes that may be a bit different than you may use at home. If you are going to try to minimize your intake of red meat while on the road this summer, here’s a little recipe that is easy to fix, and has a nice distinctive flavor. You can cook them inside your RV or outside on a grill. Here is a recipe for Sweet Turkey Burgers with grilled onions.

You will ultimately be creating two to four turkey burgers that will be basted in a sweet sauce, and ultimately topped with grilled onions.

You’ll need:

1 lb of ground turkey

2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

1 egg

2 tablespoons of A-1 Steak Sauce

¾ cup sugar

1 large Vidalia or sweet onion

Salt and pepper

Olive Oil

Put the ground turkey in a bowl and mix in the Worcestershire sauce, egg and some salt and pepper. Once mixed, mold the mixture into burger patties. It will make two very large burgers or three or four smaller ones.

Create a basting sauce by putting the A-1 Steak Sauce in a small bowl and stirring in the sugar under you have a thick sauce.

Peel the onion and cut into medium slices. If you are cooking indoors, put a little olive oil in a pan, and grill the onion slices with salt and pepper until they are separated and caramelized to taste. If cooking on a grill, place foil on part of the grill, place the onion slices on the foil and sprinkle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Grill the onions by turning them over until they separate and are grilled to your taste.

Cook the turkey burgers as you would hamburgers, but begin basting them with the A-1 Steak Sauce mixture after about half-way thru the cooking process. This will create a little bit of a sweet crust on the outside of the burgers, while keeping the distinctive A-1 Sauce flavor.

Plate the burgers when done, and top them with a heaping helping of grilled onions. Drizzle any leftover sauce mixture over the onion covered burgers. Serve with your favorite sides like macaroni or potato salad and a vegetable.

Start to finish the meal can be prepared and served in 45 minutes, and even less time if you create and freeze your turkey burgers patties in advance. For an open faced sandwich, place a piece of rye bread on the plate and then top it with the burger and onions.

Enjoy your summer of RVing and remember for anything RV in Virginia, we’re Virginias #1 RV and travel trailer dealer. We’re Reines RV Center in Manassas.

A Look at the 2013 Skyline Koala 26SS Travel Trailer

If you’re looking for a new travel trailer, you might want to check out the 2013 Skyline Koala 26SS. Starting at under $30,000 new, this aluminum frame travel trailer weighs just 5330 pounds, which is very friendly on your fuel expenses.

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The trailer is very roomy for solo travelers and couples, and cozy for a whole family of travelers, with six sleeping stations, including a queen bed and a sofa bed. A DVD player, stereo and microwave all come standard, with an outdoor shower and an electric water heater for your comfort.

The power patio awning and exterior speakers make the Koala a great choice for summer travelers looking for an outdoor getaway on wheels. Along with the refrigerator, this is everything that you need to cool out by the lake or at the beach with some cold drinks.

The dinette/kitchen comes with a stove and oven, while the propane furnace and enclosed, heated underbelly will keep your Koala warm in the Winter no matter how cold it gets.

At 26′ and 0″, it might not be the biggest trailer on the road, but it is surprisingly large for the price. There are RVs and travel trailers as big as the Koala with the same features that will run travelers up to twice as much as the Koala’s modest $20,000-$30,000 price range. If you want a comfortable, luxurious lifestyle while on the road but you don’t want to pay out the nose for it, the Koala may be just the trailer for you. Due to its light weight, it’s very easy to tow even for a first-time trailer owner.

Comfortable, roomy and packed to the gills with all the best features, the 2013 Koala might be the only thing standing between you and life on the open road.