Spring Break in Your RV This Year

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Spring break is approaching quickly and that means it’s time to take a much-needed vacation from long days at work or school. Instead of hopping on a plane this year, why not fire up your RV and enjoy your spring break destination as well as the journey getting there.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

In a little over five hours, you can leave Manassas and be parked at your temporary home on the North Carolina coast. The Outer Banks of North Carolina offer a variety of gorgeous camping destinations just inches from ocean, sand dunes and protected maritime forests. Stay at the newly renovated Cape Hatteras KOA and enjoy a community pool, supply shop and restaurant, or go more primitive and camp right on the sand at the Cape Point campground managed by the National Park Service.

Destin, Florida

Feeling up for a little longer road trip? Head to the white sand beaches of Destin, Fla., and park your RV right on the sand. Your family will love the gorgeous beaches, but you’ll also have tons of golfing, shopping, boating and dining within reach too. Camp Gulf was regarded as a “Must-Stay” RV park by TravelChannel.com, and you’re sure to enjoy the heated pools, hippo slide, hot tub, free WiFi, laundry facilities and so much more.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach has been a popular spring break destination for travelers of all ages for many years. Enjoy unhindered ocean views from the Ocean Lakes family campground and spend your days on the sand, in the pool or exploring all of the excitement that Myrtle Beach has to offer. From roller coasters and the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum to world-class golf courses, five-star dining and gorgeous evening sunsets — you can’t go wrong with spring break in Myrtle Beach.

Reines RV Center

Here at Reines RV Center — your local Virginia RV dealer — we’ve got everything you need to ensure this spring break in your RV is the best one yet. Let our certified technicians take a look at your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel before you hit the road or stop by six days a week for any of your other RV lifestyle needs.

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Winnebago Touring Coach Review

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The Winnebago name has been synonymous with quality since the company started back in 1958, and the Winnebago Touring Coach is no different. These van and motorhome combinations are so sleek, comfortable and fun to drive, that you may want to put your Class A on the market.

Winnebago Touring Coaches

Winnebago offers the Era and Travato in its 2014 touring coach line — both of which will leave you amazed at how much comfort and space can be packed into a relatively small RV. The Era and Travato offer different floorplan designs to suit different types of travelers.

The Era comes in a 70A and a 70X version — the 70A offers two twin beds and a sofa bed to accommodate more campers, while the 70X compromises sleeping space for more living space. Both options offer a full bathroom with shower and a kitchen suitable for cooking any size meal you please.

The Travato was built for those who travel solo or as a couple. The bed in the rear is spacious and comfortable enough for two, and the bathroom has a bit more space than in the Era. At the front of the vehicle, travelers enjoy bench seats with a table for sharing meals or planning adventures. The kitchen is also a little more spread out in the Travato, which gives campers a bit more walking space throughout.

The Features

The Era’s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter diesel chassis is fuel-friendly and sleek, and the Corian countertops, touch screen monitoring system, Ultraleather seats, LED lighting and power awning are just a few of this luxury Class B’s excellent features.

Your choice will be a difficult one, because the Travato is equally as impressive. It’s Ram ProMaster chassis has a very impressive fuel economy and the double door rear storage, innovative flip-up rear bed, LED lighting and radio/GPS/rearview monitoring system will help you feel more safe and at-home on the road.

Reine’s RV Center

Here at Reine’s RV Center — your go-to place for motorhome sales in Virginia — we just received our Winnebago Touring Coaches in stock and they’re flying off the lot. Stop in and see these awesome new additions to our lineup today.

National Park Free Entrance Days 2014

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Although only 133 of our nation’s National Parks charge an entrance fee (the United States has 401 National Parks), it seems that those 133 are often the ones RV enthusiasts want to visit. Yosemite, Sequoia, Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and a number of the best national parks in the country simply must charge a fee to maintain their beauty.

Fortunately, all of these incredible parks waive their entrance fees for a few days a year, opening them up as free destinations for us to explore.

Free Entrance Days

While the designated free dates vary each year, the reason these days are chosen does not. In 2014, the entrance fee-free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20), all of President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15-17), the opening weekend of National Park Week (April 19-20), the National Park Service’s birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 27) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

If you’re looking for an affordable weekend RV vacation, choosing a National Park you’ve been dying to visit on a fee-free day could be the perfect fit.

Is It Really Free?

A free day or weekend in a National Park does seem a little bit too good to be true, but it’s not. The fee waiver each of these days includes your entrance fees, transportation entrance fees and commercial tour fees. The only time you’ll pay a fee in the parks on these days is if you make a reservation or tour through a third party.

Park Passes

Are you planning to take your RV to multiple national parks this year? You may be interested in the $80 annual park pass that grants you access to all national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests and a number of other federal lands. Don’t miss out on your park visits because of fees, buy the pass or plan your trips for fee-free days today.

Reines RV Center

Here at Reines RV Center — your local Manassas RV dealer — we’ve got the travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome of your dreams to make 2014 your best camping season yet. Our sales and service departments are open six days a week, so stop in and see us today.

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Presidential Destinations in Virginia

Mount Vernon Mansion

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President’s Day was just this past Monday. If you didn’t take the time to celebrate, it’s never too late to visit some presidential sites. Not to mention, there’s no better state than Virginia for presidential history.

If you find yourself with some extra time, load up the motorhome and check out some of the most inspiring and beautiful presidential homes and sites in Virginia. Eight of our United States Presidents were born in Virginia. The closest to your Manassas RV dealer is, of course, Mount Vernon. This is a great place to start since it is the home of our first President, George Washington. This historic site features the restored and original mansion, original outbuildings, luscious gardens, and the burial site of both George and Martha Washington. There is an admission charge of $15 per adult and $7 per child.

The next stop is a good drive south to Charles City, VA. This is where you will find the home of John Tyler, the 10th president. This expansive plantation is dubbed Sherwood Forest and spans over 1,600 acres. It is one of the most complete working plantations in America. It also holds America’s first Ginkgo tree given to the President after he reopened Oriental trade routes.

Nearby lies Berkley Plantation, which was home to William Henry Harrison. This gorgeous site dates back to 1619, and was the site of the first official Thanksgiving. This is the most historic plantation in Virginia. The mansion is furnished with extremely rare antiques of the period.

Northwest of this spectacular plantation is the city of Montpelier. This is the place the 4th president, James Madison, called home. He was the Father of the Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights. Delight as a guide takes you through the completely restored home. Admission is $18 per adult and $7 for children.

Barboursville, VA, holds the birthplace of our nation’s 12th president, Zachary Taylor. There is no home here to be seen, but a monument was erected in honor of his birthplace.

A short distance away lies the breathtaking home of Thomas Jefferson, who was our nation’s 3rd president. No other home reflects more of a president’s style than Monticello. Admission varies throughout the year, but it is open year around.

Across the city is where Jefferson persuaded the 5th president, James Monroe, to build his family home. It has been restored and tours and events are held throughout the year.

The last stop on this fantastic voyage lands you in Staunton, VA, which is the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. There is a small fee to see, but it is completely worth it.

Enjoy these presidential sites with your Reines RV this year.

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A Valentine’s Day Dessert: White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

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Whether you’ve got elaborate dinner plans for Valentine’s Day or you’ll be staying in for the evening, nothing says “I love you,” like a delicious homemade dessert. Try baking this romantic and incredibly tasty white chocolate raspberry cheesecake for your special someone, and it’s bound to be a Valentine’s Day to remember.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 package frozen raspberries (10 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 packages softened cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup additional white sugar

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Mix the cookie crumbs, 3 tablespoons sugar and the 1/4 cup melted butter together in a medium bowl.
  3. After stirring, press the mixture along the bottom of a 9-inch pan to create a crust for your cheesecake.
  4. Combine the raspberries, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Boil for five minutes, then strain it to remove the seeds.
  5. In a separate bowl, melt the white chocolate chips with 1/2 cup of half-and-half until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Mix the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar together in a large bowl until it is creamy and smooth, then beat the eggs in one at a time.
  7. Add the vanilla and melted white chocolate into the large bowl and pour half of the mixture on top of your crust.
  8. Spread 3 tablespoons of your raspberry sauce over the top of the batter, then pour the rest of the batter on top.
  9. Spread another 3 tablespoons of your raspberry sauce over the cheesecake and bake it for 55-60 minutes.
  10. Cool the cheesecake in the refrigerator for 8 hours, then top it with fresh berries or more raspberry sauce before serving.

Reine’s RV Center

Here at Reine’s RV Center, we hope you’ll enjoy this awesome Valentine’s Day dessert recipe while you’re out exploring with your loved ones in your motorhome or travel trailer. And don’t forget to stop and see us in Manassas for all of your Virginia RV sales, service, parts and accessories needs.

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Valentine’s Day in Manassas

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Looking for something a little different to do this Valentine’s Day? You don’t have to leave Manassas to plan a new and exciting date. Check out some of these awesome Valentine’s Day events happening around the city and make it a night you’ll never forget.

Valentine’s Day Comedy Show and Party

Laugh until you cry at the Valentines Day Comedy Show and After Party at Casablanca Restaurant and Lounge in Manassas. Enjoy a delicious soul food dinner coupled with some of D.C.’s favorite comedians and an after party until 3 a.m. Buy your discount tickets online today and eat, laugh and party your Valentine’s Day away.

Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating with the Aubergine Chef

Want to get your kids excited about Valentine’s Day too? Your entire family will love decorating cookies with the Aubergine Chef and taking them home when they’re done. Head over to the Manassas Park Community Center at 11 a.m. on Saturday and get in on the fun.

Valentine’s Day Parents Night Out

When you want to have a romantic night out but don’t want to break the bank paying for a babysitter, check out the Valentine’s Day Parents Night Out event at Pump It Up. Pay a small price and drop your kids off from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a night of crafts, bouncing in the inflatable arenas and snacking on pizza. Go out and enjoy an evening on the town while your kids have a great Valentine’s Day too.

Go Roller Skating

Head over to the Skate-n-Fun Zone from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a romantic Valentine’s Day skate featuring couples skates and song dedications. Make the evening extra special by buying a rose for your special someone or even a heart to add to our wall of hearts. You and your date will love this action-packed alternative to dinner and a movie.

Reine’s RV Center

Looking for the ultimate Valentine’s Day present? Cruise down to Reine’s RV Center in Manassas for a new or used RV that your family will love. And if you’re not in the market for a new motorhome or travel trailer, we’ve got all of the parts and accessories to help you upgrade your RV lifestyle.

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February Specials

Waxing the Cardinal

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Products come and go. New items are being invented and updated all the time. The same is true for parts for your motorhome or travel trailer. You should occasionally replace parts that are designed to wear out or pieces that get damaged over time. If you have had your precious investment for many years, the chances are you have encountered things that have put dents and/or scratches in things you hold dear. Check out the newest products for sale here at Reines RV.

Looking for an updated look for your kitchen? No problem. There are lots of ways to do this but the most simple and easy to do is to replace the front panel of your refrigerator door. We have a great black acrylic panel that’s is perfect for achieving that modern look for a fraction of the cost. It’s made from lightweight materials and is easy to clean. We also have a brushed aluminum look to mimic stainless steel and a striking oak laminate. The choice is yours for only $106.

Replacing new parts and updating outdated appliances isn’t the only way to give your travel trailer a new look. Sometimes a thorough washing and waxing of the exterior can make a huge difference. We have a professional strength formula that serves many purposes. It works wonders on tough stains from oil, soil, road film, bugs and more. After a good scrub down with this products, it will leave a beautiful finish which shines. It is safe for all RVs and won’t harm or fade decals you have added. You can even use this on your car or truck. Each gallon is just $24.19 from your Manassas RV dealer.

Lighting is a subject that we all love when it works like it’s supposed to. When you have the right lighting, everything else seems to fit the mood. Whether soft or bright, we have the lights and fixtures you need for your home. Ever think it would be best to have more light in a storage area or under your awning? Try installing one of these handy security/utility lights. They adjust to where you need them and rotates 180 degrees. For just $54.39, shed light wherever you need it.

These are just some of our fantastic options. Come in to Reines RV and see all the new products for yourself.

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February Events

Wine & Cheese Party

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The month of February holds many wonderful, inspiring and exciting events and activities for all ages to enjoy. You don’t need to travel far to see some awesome events around the area. Check out some of these great happenings right here around town and leave the Manassas RV at home.

Do you enjoy fine wines and cheeses? Join the Prince William County’s Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on February 8 for their “Reflection” exhibit. They are partnering with the Center for the Arts to host an evening of cheese and wine from 6pm to 8pm. This is a free event and open to anyone who cares to attend. The exhibit on display will feature works of more than 20 internationally recognized African-American artists. For a complete listing of artists and more information, go to their website at www.pwcacdst.org.

All love is equal and should be allowed in every state and in every country. If you are one of the millions who agree, join your fellow community members on the day of love, Valentine’s Day, at the PWC Manassas Courthouse. At 3:30pm, we all will raise our voices to promote marriage equality and to end discrimination. Love is something special and knows no gender, color, race or religion. This is an free event open to all families and individuals. Come show your support of your fellow Virginians.

The You Can Do Anything Too Symposium will be held on February 22 at GMU’s Bull Run Hall. This free symposium is for everyone wanting to attend and learn from local ‘movers and shakers’. They will discuss how they have overcome obstacles in their lives and grew from these experiences to become better individuals. There will be a plethora of information on education, leadership, women in politics and lots more. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-can-do-anything-too-symposium.

If you still need more to do, cruise around town and see what’s out there. There are lots of free and family activities to see and do all over. Of course, if you would rather spend your extra time camping, come see Reines RV and check out our amazing inventory of travel trailers and campers. If you don’t need a motorhome, make sure your investment is serviced before hitting the road.

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