How to Compost from the Road

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May 29th is National Compost Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by learning to compost from your RV. The RV lifestyle is already known as a “greener” way of living, but by learning to compost much of the waste you produce living on the road, you can help remediate contaminated soil, prevent pollution and enrich the soil around you.

Where to Compost

RV enthusiasts who stay in one location for a long duration of time have an advantage when it comes to making their own compost piles or containers, but with compost sites located in nooks and crannies across the country, you can almost always contribute your waste to a larger compost pile nearby.

How to Compost

If your RV is parked in one place for a long amount of time, you can start your own compost heap on a bare piece of ground, then transfer it to your garden or plants as needed. You can even sell your compost to other farmers and gardeners.

  1. Start by laying twigs or straw on the ground as a base for your compost heap.
  2. Add your composting materials on top, alternating between moist and dry layers. Moist materials include food scraps, seaweed, tea bags, etc., and dry materials are items like straw, ashes, leaves and sawdust.
  3. Add manure, wheatgrass, grass clippings or any other nitrogen source to the top of your compost heap.
  4. Water your compost heap to keep it moist (not soaked), or if you’re in an area with heavy rains, let the rain moisten it.
  5. Cover your compost heap with a plastic sheet, wood or any other covering to help the pile stay moist and warm.
  6. Aerate your compost pile every 2-3 weeks with a shovel to allow oxygen in.
  7. Continue to mix in new materials as you acquire them, and transfer the compost to your garden beds as needed.

Start Your RV Lifestyle at Reines RV Center

Are you on the verge of transitioning to full-time life on the road? Stop in and see us at Reines RV Center — your local Virginia RV center — to browse our huge selection of new and used motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and pop-ups.

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Summer Vacation in Your RV

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Summer road trips have become one of America’s favorite past times, and with so many amazing sites to see around the U.S., you can’t go wrong with hitting the road when the weather warms up. Check out these awesome summer road trip destinations, and you may find yourself transitioning to the full-time RV lifestyle soon.

Niagara Falls, New York

New York is not often a road trip destination in the colder months, but as the weather heats up, the Empire State is full of incredible outdoor sites to see in your RV. Head to the gorgeous Niagara Falls State Park this summer and park your RV conveniently just nine miles down the road at AA Royal Motel and Campground. Spend your days at the state park taking advantage of their unforgettable tours of Niagara Falls, then indulge the area’s wonderful restaurants, shops and the famous Casino Niagara.

Key West, Florida

Hoping to get to the beach this summer? Fire up your RV and road trip down to America’s favorite tropical destination — Key West, Fla. Stay at Boyd’s Key West Campground where you’ve got everything from poolside drinks to snorkeling, shopping, diving and beach-combing just steps away. Call ahead and make your reservation early for one of the campground’s oceanfront sites.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Indulge in the ultimate outdoor excursion with a road trip to Jackson Hole, Wyo., this summer. Take your family on an exciting whitewater rafting trip down the Snake River rapids or enjoy a more relaxing float down the river as you tour the Grand Teton National Park. And if you’re traveling with a tent or camping trailer, be sure to stay at the Granite Creek Campground to enjoy their famous natural Granite Hot Springs in the Gros Ventre Mountains.

Get Your Road Trip Vehicle at Reine’s RV Center

If you’re in need of the ultimate road trip vehicle this summer, Reines RV Center is the perfect place to find the motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up camper of your dreams. And if you’re already in a recreational vehicle you love, don’t forget about us for all of RV parts, accessories and service needs.

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2014 Grand Design Reflection at Reines RV

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If you are in the market for a fifth wheel that has plenty of space and sleeps four, now is the perfect time to visit our Manassas RV dealership. The 2014 Grand Design Reflection has been marked down several thousand dollars.

This quality-built RV, located at Reines RV, features three slides to give your family plenty of room to relax and to move about. The living area features a leather sofa and theater seating, a huge television, a stereo system and DVD player. The living room also features a fireplace so you can have ambience or use it to help the heater keep the RV nice and toasty if you camp during the cooler months.

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The galley features an island with double sinks, a large pantry and refrigerator, a three-burner stove, oven and microwave and solid surface countertops. Plus, the Grand Design features tons of overhead storage and a hutch with a large counter/workspace and more storage.

The bath features a glass large shower with a glass door, medicine cabinet, foot-flush toilet and vanity. The main bedroom features a 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed, plenty of storage, two wardrobes, under-bed storage and a linen cabinet. The wardrobes and linen cabinet are in a slide, giving you a ton of space in the front bedroom.

The exterior features a power patio awning, outside speakers, tinted windows, a rear ladder, front and rear power jacks, aluminum wheels and 50-amp electric. The Grand Design is also wired for a second roof air conditioning unit. This RV also features and auxiliary battery and a converter.

The holding tanks are large enough for a family of four to enjoy a long weekend without having to dump the tanks or refill the fresh water. The black water tank holds 43 gallons, the gray water tank holds 75 gallons and the fresh water tank holds 60 gallons.

The floor plan features a front bedroom and a rear living room with the kitchen and bath in the middle, so that there is plenty of space for everyone. As you walk out of the spacious front bedroom, you pass the private bathroom, and then walk down the steps into the galley and dining area.

The dining table faces the galley and is next to the theater seating. Both are contained on one slide. The opposite side with the galley and the sofa is also a slide, giving you plenty of space for four in the living area.

Stop by Reines RV today to walk through the 2014 Grand Design Reflection. Ask your salesperson about the special pricing and for a rundown of all of the features included with this RV.

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route in Your Reines RV

School is ending and summer is around the corner. If you haven’t yet planned where you and your friends and family will end up, the time has come to do some research. If you are tired of the same old beaches or family visits, perhaps it is time to find new places.

Allow Reines RV to aid you in your quest for novelty. The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail is the perfect place to go. This nature route holds a story so great that you will spend hours roaming through it to learn all you can.

The trail spans over 680 miles of both water and land to and from Yorktown, running through many states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The path connects many major cities, national parks, state parks, and many historical trails. Along the route, there are several places of interest to enjoy. Some parts of this trail exist just the way they did when it was formed. But why was it created?

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During the War for Independence, the Americans were receiving support and supplies from France. When a stalemate could not be overcome, the French decided that the Americans needed support in the form of ground forces. This turned the tide of the war and spurred on the march to victory along this trail to Yorktown.

A few other parks to see while you are on the trail include Boston National Historic Park, Independence National Historic Park and Prince William Forest. There are many more places to see that mention this trail all along the coast such as the Old Barracks in Trenton, New Jersey and Mount Vernon in Virginia. These are exceptional places and that any history buff must go to.

There is no fee to sightsee along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail. However, some of the other sites along the way may require a nominal entrance fee for upkeep of the grounds. If you find yourself wandering through this moving trail, you will undoubtedly be touched by sites of things once lived before you. Happy traveling from your neighborhood Manassas RV dealer.

Quick Snacks for the Road

It’s getting close to the time for your summer RV vacation – you probably have reservations made and are making a list of things to pack. In addition to the fishing poles, toys to load in the toy hauler, clothing, fishing gear and food for the RV, you’ll need some snacks for the road, especially if you are going to be driving for more than a few hours.

Pack a cooler if you don’t have access to the refrigerator in a motorized RV. Keep plenty of drinks in the cooler. Be sure to leave room for snacks that might need to be refrigerated. If you do plan on stopping, you can pack them in the fridge in your Reines RV. Pack them in shallow, air-tight plastic containers and set them on top of the ice, keeping the drinks below.

Rollups

This recipe can be adjusted to the number of people you are serving, so does not contain amounts.

  • Flour tortillas
  • Deli ham or turkey
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Green onions, diced
  • Green olives, diced

Beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Fold in the diced olives and green onions. Spread the mixture on one side of the tortillas. Add one or two layers of ham, depending on the thickness of the ham. Tightly roll the tortilla. Cut into 1-inch slices. Pack them into a covered shallow, airtight bowl.

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Stop by Reines RV to pick up any accessories you may need for your trip.

Cucumbers and Chipped Beef Dip

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 T. milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 green onion, finely diced
  • 3 ounces dried beef, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cucumbers

Whip cream cheese until soft. Add the sour cream, milk and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until thoroughly incorporated. Fold in green onions and dried beef. Mix in salt and pepper to taste. Be sure you taste it before adding more salt as the chipped beef is pretty salty to begin with. Put the dip in the fridge while you prepare the cukes.

Cut the ends off the cukes. Using a potato peeler or sharp knife, peel the cukes in stripes. You’ll have a strip of unpeeled cuke alternating with a strip of peeled cuke. Slice the cukes in half lengthwise. Scoop out all of the seeds and discard.

Pack the hollowed out sections of the cukes with the dip. Cut into bite-sized pieces and store in a shallow, airtight container.

Stop by Reines RV Before You Leave

Be sure to stop by Reines RV before you leave to pick up any accessories you may need for the trip and to have your RV checked, especially if you have a motorized RV such as a Class A.

May Features at Reines

New 2014 Winnebago View 24G For Sale by Reines RV Center, Inc. available in Manassas, Virginia

Vacation is calling to you. Instead of the usual trip of loading up the family and heading to the beach or to visit family, why not invest in something you can take everywhere? We’re talking about a motorhome or travel trailer. You can vacation in thousands of unique and exciting places with one of these fantastic units and it’s like having your own personal hotel room on the road. You will save on hotel room fees, deposits and more when you’re in your own personal camper. If this is for you, check out some of the featured ones we have at our Manassas RV sales lot.

Need a romantic getaway motorhome? The 2014 Winnebago View 24G is perfect for a couple and is built on a Mercedes chassis. This Class C unit is easy to drive and comes with everything you need to start your journey. It comes with a slide-out sofa, convection oven, cab seats that swivel, skylights for natural lighting, two TVs for your entertainment and even a water purifier. There is even a smoke detector, power entrance step, power awning and tinted windows. This beautiful motorhome will go fast so come in and see it today.

Have more of a family vacation in mind? Check out the 2014 Forest River Surveyor 294QB. This 29 foot trailer is just the ticket for a large party or road trip. It is made from fiberglass and aluminum so it’s strong yet lightweight. It sleeps up to 10 people comfortably and is loaded with fantastic amenities. It includes all of the kitchen appliances such as an oven with stovetop, microwave and refrigerator. The tinted windows provide shelter from harmful UV rays while keeping the inside cooler and the outside speakers provide hours of entertainment for your barbecues. The sale price of just $22,900 means that this one won’t last long.

Also for the same price is the 2014 Keystone Outback 312. This stunning travel trailer includes an impressive three rear beds as well as a front queen bed, two slide out rooms, power patio awning and an outside kitchen. There’s nothing quite like being able to cook outside on a modern stovetop in the middle of nature. Remember, when you want the best in RVs and campers, visit the best at Reines RV.

Mother’s Day Breakfast on the Road

Every mom deserves a nice, long break from her daily routine. So for this Mother’s Day, why not begin her well-deserved day of rest by making her a delicious and nutritious breakfast to keep her energized all day? Here are a few great breakfast recipe ideas you can make right from your Manassas RV to get your Mom on her way to enjoying a wonderful morning.

Blueberry Cheesecake Pancakes

  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup of whipped topping
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup of graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups of buttermilk
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Start out by making the topping. In a small bowl, beat together the cream cheese and whipped cream topping until smooth and chill until ready to serve.

Now, in a large bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using another bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk and butter. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients until moistened. Fold your blueberries into the batter.

Pour the pancake mix onto a pre-greased, hot griddle using a ¼ cup measuring cup. Let each cake cook until bubbles form on top. Flip and cook until the bottom is a golden brown. Once finished, spread your cream cheese mixture over the pancakes making sure to top with warm syrup.

What goes better with pancakes than a tasty Fruit Salad? Here is a fast recipe to add with your Mother’s Day pancakes.

  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 mango
  • 1 papaya
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 pint of strawberries

Start by peeling and slicing your kiwis. Slice the strawberries, making sure not to use the stem. Dice the papaya along with your mangos and bananas. Place together in a large bowl and gently mix the fruits together. It’s just that easy and you’re ready to serve alongside the pancakes.

All you need to do now is pour Mom a tall glass of orange juice and set the table for a magnificent Mother’s Day Breakfast surprise. The folks at Reines RV hope you and your mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, or any other special lady in your life have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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May Events Near Manassas

With spring in the air, there is no better way to celebrate the coming of the season than with a few events and activities. Enjoy the fresh open air and warm weather while exploring local happenings around Manassas. The friendly staff over at Reines RV has already got the scoop on the latest and greatest this month.

The Manassas Ballet Theatre will be performing the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty from May 16-18. This show is as engaging now as when Aurora first fell asleep over 100 years ago. The Manassas Ballet’s Orchestra will be playing Tchikovsky’s celebrated score.

There is always something fun and new happening at the Manassas Museum System. Here are just a few of the fun events taking place this month. Grab the family and load up the bikes for a historical bicycle tour on Saturday, May 10 from 9am to 11am. On the tour, you will visit many unique places including Civil War sites where Confederate and Union soldiers made camp. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before the tour time. The tour also includes a day pass to the museum.

If you have young children, Pre-K Tuesdays offer the opportunity for preschoolers to learn by exploring themselves through crafts, stories, games and many more fun activities. Digging in the Dirt is the next theme and will be taking place May 13.

Come and learn about the people who have gone before us and what they have meant to the community. Take part in the Manassas Cemetery Tour Friday, May 16 at 8pm. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and to dress according to the weather. The tour meets at the cemetery gate 10 minutes before the tour takes place.

The Harris Pavilion is always doing something fun for the whole family and May is no exception. If you’re looking for great music and family fun, then you will enjoy the 6th Annual Prince William Community Band on Sunday May 17 from 1:30pm-6pm. This event is free and you’re encouraged to bring a comfy blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the show.

Have a fun, safe and happy May from your Manassas RV dealer.

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