Virginia RV Parks

Shenandoah Valley in Virginia off Skyline drive

Virginia has numerous RV parks located throughout the state that offer the kind of quality location, amenities, and features RVers are looking for. Choosing the one that suits your travel needs best can be an adventure unto itself.

Our staff at Reines RV Center will help get you road-ready as you explore the state and its many RV parks. In business since 1946, and one of the top RV dealers in the US, you can count on us to fix you up in a new or used motorhome, trailer, or fifth wheel.

Virginia RV Parks

When your travel plans are in place and you’re ready to make reservations, check this list for information on several RV parks that may be of interest. They range from good choices for a one or two night stay with basic amenities, to parks ideal for extended stays.

  • Kosmo Village Campground – one of the few parks located in Glen Allen and not far from Richmond. Kosmo has the basics of water, sewer, 50amp hookups and WiFi. Pull-thru sites provide ample room for big rigs. Pets are allowed.
  • Fries New River Trail RV Park – rates high with RVers as a clean, charming, and beautifully detailed park with waterfront access and shade trees. The park features pull-thru sites and access for big rigs. Amenities include cable TV, wireless Internet, basic hookups of electric, 50amp, sewer and water. Pets are welcome.
  • Shenandoah Valley Campground – located in Mt. Jackson, this park features 47 sites situated on level gravel with easy access for large motorhomes. The basics are included along with cable TV, WiFi and pool. Family-friendly atmosphere that includes pets.
  • Anvil Campground – located in historic Williamsburg, the park is conveniently located near historic sites, restaurants and shopping. Level gravel sites with shade trees are available for big rigs and pull-thrus. Water, sewer, 50 amp, electric hookups and WiFi, cable and pool add to your comfort. Trains run nearby but aren’t consider an issue. Pet friendly.
  • Fancy Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway KOA – can accommodate up to 75′ maximum length on well maintained and shady sites. Amenities include pool, pavilion, WiFi, cable, fishing, hiking trails, and close to local attractions. Propane and firewood available onsite. Pets are welcome.

Contact Reines RV Center for sales, service, parts, collision service, or if you’re interested in selling your RV. We’re here to help you Monday through Saturday.

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Packing Lighter in Your RV

Camping at Kiptopeke State Park

There’s an old saying, “you’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink,” that applies to many folks when planning a travel excursion. Whether for a weekend or week-long adventure, there’s a strong tendency to pack more than needed, “just in case.”

If you’re one of these “must have this and that” packers, you might want to consider toning it down and packing lighter. Not only does this give you more space but also less things to rummage through. At Reines RV Center, we have plenty of accessories to help you plan a “light as air” trip and still have everything you need from camp stove toasters to griddles.

When getting ready for your next trip, think about using these suggestions to lighten the load.

  • Go through your RV and take a look at what you already have packed. If you didn’t unpack it or use it on your last outing, chances are, you won’t need it this time around, either.
  • Remove unnecessary items, whether it’s extra seasonal clothes, appliances, movies you’ve already watched, books you’ve already read, and any other stuff you don’t need.
  • If you plan to prepare all of your meals inside, wait until you get to a set destination to buy food items. No need to haul can goods or other heavy items. Bring along snacks and beverages but leave the rest till you set up camp.
  • You can always opt to cook outdoors on a camp stove or griddle. Pick up items for daily meals, cook, and use paper plates, cups and utensils. Toss these in the recycle bin so you don’t have to worry about bringing along dinnerware, cups and glasses.
  • If you’re hauling a fifth wheel, travel trailer, or folding camper, you can always pack extra “necessary” items, but keep it simple.
  • Don’t bring along things you think you’ll need. If you’re not sure, you probably won’t need it.
  • Pack clothing according to where you’re going, not where you’re coming from. If you’re headed to the beach, pack light and simple. There’s no need for extra gloves and flannel shirts.

For any questions you may have about RV living or traveling, give us a call at Reines RV Center. Our knowledgeable staff can help with decisions about purchasing, servicing, and accessorizing so you, too, can pack light and see the sights.

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Bringing Spring Into Your RV

Spring is a wonderful time full of fresh new adventures, as well as new ideas to revitalize your space. Like many RVers, you may have put your motorhome away for the winter. Because of this, your motorhome may have a musty smell. Even if this isn’t the cause, you’re going to surely want something to freshen up the area. There are lots of ways you can do this. Start by giving the inside of your motorhome a good and thorough cleaning. Then, to keep the area smelling fresh, use these tips and tricks to make the inside smell like spring.

Naturally, one of the easiest, and probably most cost-effective way, to do this is to bring nature inside. If you are camping near an open field that you are allowed to access, pick some fresh flowers to decorate your camper with. Choose tulips, hyacinths, or daffodils to add that wonderfully spring aromatic scent. Other great options include cyclamen, orchids, and forsythia. You can also purchase these gorgeous flowers from a specialty shop and plant them in small pots to keep with you on the road. That way you will always have a fresh flower smell.

Filling your Manassas RV full of inviting spring smells relaxes you and makes you feel rejuvenated. If you want to feel happy and ready to tackle the day, try using certain aromatherapy oils and scents to give your space that spring feel. Peppermint is an invigorating scent and is great for clearing the air. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a bottle of water and spray it around the area. You could also use a few drops of lemongrass oil the next time you clean your floor for an uplifting aroma.

Of course, you can always use the cheapest and easiest method of using floral scented air fresheners. There is a large selection and variety of these. You can find them as stick-ons, sprays, gels, liquids and more. Febreze has a wonderful selection of room sprays and odor eliminating products that leave a fresh scent. You can choose from smells such as Hawaiian Aloha, Linen, Meadows & Rain and more.

Give your Reines RV a fresh new scent this spring and relax in the ambiance created by it.

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2014 Winnebago Sightseer 33C

New 2014 Winnebago Sightseer 33C For Sale by Reines RV Center, Inc. available in Manassas, Virginia

The legendary Winnebago company has set out to prove that a luxury Class A motorhome can come at a reasonable price and still offer all of the high-end features you expect in a five-star, live-in motorhome. And when you drive off our lot in the Sightseer 33C, you’re guaranteed to feel like you received a whole lot of bang for your buck.

The Sightseer 33C Floorplan

Whether you travel as a couple or a whole family of road warriors, the Sightseer 33C will give you the space and comfort you need to enjoy life on the road. At the front of the motorhome, the swiveling captain and passenger seats turn into comfortable lounge chairs when you park your vehicle. A few steps more, and you’re in the living room with optional seating at the BenchMark dinette, comfort sofa sleeper or another luxury recliner.

Continuing toward the rear of the vehicle, you’ll love the spacious L-shaped kitchen with a full refrigerator and freezer, dual sink and massive pantry. And the full bathroom across the hall is so spacious, you’ll have a hard time believing you’re showering in a motorhome.

In the rear of the RV, you’ll love the massive, private bedroom featuring a queen bed, dual nightstands, a wardrobe, television and tons of storage space.

High-End Residential Touches

From the 32-inch HDTV above the captain and passenger seats to the Rest Easy sofa, Ultraleather hoop-base recliner, OnePlace systems center, hardwood cabinetry and residential-style flooring, every interior feature in the Sightseer is there to make you comfortable.

And the exterior of this luxury Class A motorhome is no different. The automatic entrance door steps, lighted storage spaces, power patio awning and optional outdoor entertainment center are just a few of the exterior conveniences you’ll immediately appreciate.

The 2014 Winnebago Sightseer at Reines

Come see the brand new 2014 Sightseer 33C and a huge variety of other motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels right here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop shop for RV sales, service and parts in Virginia, so come visit us and drive into your new RV lifestyle today.

An Irish Meal for St. Patrick’s Day

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Whether you’re traveling to a St. Patrick’s Day festival or are planning to enjoy the holiday in your RV, these simple Irish recipes are certain to make your St. Paddy’s Day feel a lot more authentic.

Irish Colcannon

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound of potatoes
  • 2 parsnips (peeled and sliced)
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 pound kale
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 bunch parsley (chopped)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Boil potatoes and leeks together in a large pot until tender.
  2. Chop leeks and simmer them in a skillet with milk until soft.
  3. Chop kale and saute in a separate skillet until fully cooked.
  4. Drain potatoes and season them with salt, pepper, garlic and mace, then smash them until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add leeks, milk, kale and butter to the potato mash and stir the combination until the vegetables are mixed throughout.
  6. Garnish each serving with parsley and enjoy.

Blarney Stone Bars

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup English toffee bits
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1/3 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup vanilla frosting

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix butter and sugar in a large bowl, then beat in milk, vanilla and eggs.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, oats, baking powder and salt together, then add the dry mixture to the creamy one.
  4. Stir in pecans and toffee bits.
  5. Pour the combined mixture into a 9-inch baking pan and bake for 20-24 minutes.
  6. Stir food coloring into the frosting, and spread it on top of the bars once they’ve cooled.

Visit Us at Reines RV

If you’ll be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Virginia this month, don’t forget to stop and see us at Reines RV Center in Manassas. Whether you’re looking for the new or used RV of your dreams or are just looking to have some service performed on your motorhome or travel trailer, make Reines your go-to RV center.

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Recipes courtesy of food.com and tasteofhome.com.

Spring Break in Virginia This Year!

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Enjoying the best spring break ever doesn’t mean you have to travel long distances and spend big bucks on airlines and tropical destinations. The spring break adventure you’ve been waiting for is right here in Virginia at one of these many awesome Virginia spring break destinations.

Williamsburg

Make this spring break the family vacation of a lifetime with a trip to historic Williamsburg. Adults and kids will all enjoy the incredible history of nearby Jamestown and Yorktown as well. And after a few days of educational fun, everyone will be ecstatic about a visit to Busch Gardens — a theme park offering thrilling rides suitable for all ages.

Virginia Beach

For younger RV enthusiasts and those who like to cut loose on spring break, there’s no better place to get the true spring break beach experience than Virginia Beach. With a 3-mile-long boardwalk, 28 miles of sandy beach and more restaurants, bars, nightclubs and accommodation options than you can count, you’ll never spend a day wondering what there is to do.

Charlottesville

Spring Break isn’t just for kids and families — it can be a romantic vacation time for couples too. Walk the historic streets of Charlottesville, then wine and dine at a five-star restaurant on the mall. Stay one extra day and splurge on a hot-air-balloon ride that you’ll simply never forget.

Tangier Island

Think you’ve seen and done it all in Virginia? Head down to Tangier Island where vehicles and even ATM machines aren’t allowed. Spend your days exploring this enchanting and odd island that amazingly hasn’t changed much since it was settled in 1686. And don’t forget to bring plenty of cash.

Before You Go

Before you hit the roads in your RV this spring break, pay us a visit at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop Virginia RV dealer and service center, and our goal is to get you in the motorhome, travel trailer and fifth wheel of your dreams this camping season. And if you’re already in an RV you love, stop and see us for all of your service, parts and accessories needs.

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March RV Specials at Reines

New 2014 Keystone Passport 2650 For Sale by Reines RV Center, Inc. available in Manassas, Virginia

Spring is in the air and what better time to purchase a new or used travel trailer or motorhome than now? There are several fantastic units that are ready to roll of the lot with you and your family. The friendly staff over at your neighborhood Manassas RV dealer has some great deals for you.

Check out this 2014 Forest River Forester 2251SLE for just $54,900. This wonderful Class C unit has lots of modern features and amenities such as a screen door, glass shower door, water heater and furnace. The awning spans the length of the unit and it even has a slide out for more space inside. The queen size bed is nestled between beautiful cabinets and windows. The kitchen includes a three-burner stove with oven and microwave. The two-door refrigerator is also large enough to hold all of your food items for a weekend trip.

Need something larger for your outing? The 2013 Fleetwood Excursion 33A is a luxury Class A motorhome with loads of great features. At first look, you can see how nice and spacious it is. It contains a power patio awning, an outside shower, one slide out for the dining room and kitchen and gorgeous cabinetry. There are even marble floors, stainless steel appliances and a TV in the living room that drops down from the overhead cabinet. This home is luxury at its finest and can be yours for only $128,900.

If you need something smaller and that can be unhitched so you can explore the area, how about a travel trailer? We have a wonderful 2014 Keystone Passport 2650 that weighs under 5,000 pounds. It features a large slide out for the living and dining rooms and has a fantastic entertainment center area that features a TV on a swivel so you can enjoy it in both the living room and bedroom. There are two bunk beds in the rear along with the bathroom which has a tub/shower combo and natural skylights. Enjoy this unit on the road for $22,900.

When you want the best in travel trailers and motorhomes, you want Reines RV. The knowledgeable and courteous staff will help you decide what is best for your needs and how to get the most out of this precious investment.

March Events Near Manassas

March is a month full of family-fun events and activities. If you are short on ideas of things to do, check out these great happenings around your Manassas RV dealer. The ones listed here are just a few of the ones nearby.

The Del Ray Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday at the corner of Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenue. If you have never attended this market, you are seriously missing out. They have the best seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as fresh homemade pasta, jams, eggs, meats, Amish cheeses, and sauces. Come check out this wonderful outdoor market, which is open year around. There is no admission cost. Just load up the family and browse through the rows of vendors.

Think you know all there is about Ireland and the traditions of the land? Well, put your wits to the test in the Annual Irish Trivia Contest on March 11 at Murphy’s Irish Pub in Alexandria. There will be fantastic prizes for the winners and it is free to play. Just bring your brain and a healthy appetite for the half-priced burgers they have on special. The trivia begins at 8pm.

Want to enjoy a night full of Irish music, drinks, contests, and more? Join the crowd on March 15 at Rumors to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. This will be the 15th Annual Shamrocks and Shenanigans event that will be headlined by The Shamrogues. There will be two contests for prizes; the Best Irish Outfit and Best Irish Accent. Free beads and souvenirs will be given out to all attendees. So dress in your Irish best and listen to the soothing sounds of a strolling bagpiper.

For all of the little wondering minds you may have in your family, take them to see the Wonders of Science at the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum. On March 16, you will learn how 18th century objects worked and view demonstrations from a local historical reenactment society. You will also be able to view the Apothecary and the variety of items it holds. From dragon’s blood to poisons, see what you find here. Tickets are $6 per person and includes a tour.

Have a wonderful and fun-filled month from your friends at Reines RV.

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