Valentine’s in Virginia

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They say, “Virginia is for lovers,” and that’s especially true on Valentine’s Day. There’s so much to do throughout our beautiful state, from luxurious weekend getaways to exciting cooking classes and a cost-effective but romantic trip to the beach. Surprise your loved one with one of these unforgettable Valentine’s Day events in Virginia this year.

Visit Virginia Beach

No matter what time of year it is, a trip to the beach is always romantic. Fire up your RV for a romantic weekend at the North Landing Beach Campground and RV Resort in Virginia Beach. With such small crowds at the campground this time of year, it’s likely you’ll enjoy the campground’s private beach and gorgeous grounds all to yourself. Stay in a full hook up RV site, or spend a little extra to experience the warmth of a rustic log cabin for the weekend.

Valentine’s Day at the Carriage House

A romantic escape for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive. The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in Lynchburg is offering romantic nights away from the hustle and bustle of daily life starting at just $75. During your stay at the charming bed and breakfast, you’ll enjoy a four-course breakfast, chocolate dipped strawberries, a rose in a bud vase, a chilled bottle of Prosecco and a stay in one of the Carriage House’s spacious rooms. Book at least 72 hours before you plan to arrive to allow the staff plenty of time to make your stay unforgettable.

Dine at Trummer’s on Main

Head down to Main Street in Clifton for a Valentine’s Day wine tasting and dinner you’ll have to try to believe. Start with the “Wine and Chocolate Tasting,” before dinner on the 13th or 14th, then stick around or stop back by for the special three-course menu for Valentine’s Day. Come see why Trummer’s on Main is one of the D.C. area’s top restaurants.

Shop at Reines RV Center

A new or used RV can open the door to romantic getaways year round. Stop by Reines RV Center when you’re cruising throughout Virginia this month, and take a look at our huge selection of affordably priced new and used RVs. http://www.reinesrv.com/default.asp

2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis 24.1

The 2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis is such a revolutionary RV that it was named RV of the Year in 2014 by RV Business Magazine. In fact, the Axis is so unique, the Thor Motor Coach company considers it more than an RV; it’s a recreational utility vehicle or RUV. This new RUV offers the luxury and convenience of a Class A motorhome in a compact package, so travelers enjoy the best of both worlds.

What Is An RUV?

The 2015 Axis is a recreational utility vehicle, offering the drive-ability of an SUV and the comfort and convenience of a Class A motorhome. It’s ready for everything from weekend excursions to cross-country road trips with plenty of space for you and your family to cook, sleep and relax after a long day of adventure.

The 24.1 Floorplan

The Axis 24.1 is far more spacious, comfortable and convenient than you’d expect in such a small package. The front of the RV features the driver and passenger seats with a coffee table between as well as a drop-down overhead bunk sleeping area. The RUV’s living area features a sofa with air bed, pedestal table, galley-style kitchen, full bathroom and entertainment center. The rear of the Axis offers two twin beds that can easily be converted into a king and an optional LED TV.

High-End Features

One of the greatest appeals of a Class A motorhome is the luxury features that come standard. The Axis offers many of the same features you’d expect in a much larger vehicle. From the 12-volt attic fans in the living area and bedroom to the 15,000 BTU air conditioner, holding tanks with heat pads, slideout room awning, outdoor shower, touchscreen dash with Bluetooth technology, LED lighting and nickel hardware, you’ll be amazed at how high-end this compact motorhome looks and feels.

Drive It Away Today

Come see the 2015 Thor Axis for yourself right here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop RV shop in Virginia, offering everything from new and used RVs to RV maintenance, parts and camping supplies.

Visit the Gulf to Warm Up This Winter

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Winters in Virginia start to seem extremely long this time of year. Escape the cold this February and head down to the Gulf of Mexico, where the weather is warm, the ocean is calm and the RV parks are bustling with fellow RV enthusiasts escaping the cold. The following are some of our favorite places to camp on the Gulf Coast, so fire up your RV, pack your bathing suit and check one out this winter.

The Bayou Shores RV Resort — Galveston, Texas

The Bayou Shores RV Park offers a convenient location close to Galveston’s exciting historic district. Campsites are located right on the beautiful Galveston Bay, and boats can be launched easily from inside the RV park. Just a few blocks away, opposite the bay, is the Gulf of Mexico, offering ideal swimming temperatures, calm water and gorgeous beaches.

Camp Gulf RV Park — Destin, Florida

If you want your winter RV vacation to land you steps from the beach, there’s no better place to camp than Camp Gulf in Destin, Fla. This award-winning RV resort allows you to camp feet from the white sand beach and pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Other amenities include free WiFi, two heated pools, a hot tub, an activity center, laundry and other touches to make your winter RV trip feel like a top-dollar luxury vacation.

Mustang Island State Park — Port Aransas

If you’re more interested in a state park than an RV resort, the Mustang Island State Park offers the best of both worlds. This park near Corpus Christi offers surfing, swimming, fishing, hiking trails, kayaking and tons of other outdoor activities for your entire family to enjoy. Even better, there are 48 electric campsites available, so you don’t have to miss out on your favorite RV amenities by choosing a more rustic destination.

Stop and See Us

Before you hit the roads this winter, bring your RV by Reines RV Center in Manassas. Let our certified RV service technicians ensure your RV is ready for the long journey down to the Gulf of Mexico. And don’t forget about our online parts store for all of your last minute camping supplies.

Try This Delicious Recipe for National Soup Month

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Nothing eases the winter blues like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. January is National Soup Month, which means there’s no better time to cook a steaming pot of soup for your fellow campers. This hearty corn chowder recipe is easy to prepare in a small RV kitchen and is guaranteed to help you stay warm this January.

Sweet Corn Chowder

What you’ll need:

  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 pound boiling potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 scallions (bulbs and green tops chopped and separated)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • Sour cream for serving

Cooking instructions:

  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  2. Stir in the celery, bell pepper and scallion bulbs. Stir the vegetables until they begin to soften (roughly 10 minutes).
  3. Stir in the 2 cups of corn, chopped potatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf and salt.
  4. Bring the entire mixture to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and let your soup simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Place your remaining two cups of corn in a food processor (or blender), and puree them with the milk until the mixture is smooth.
  7. Stir your corn puree into the saucepan with your soup, then stir in the black pepper.
  8. Allow the soup to simmer for roughly 5 to 10 minutes or until it has slightly thickened.
  9. Remove the bay leaf and stir in the scallion greens.
  10. This recipe yields four servings, so separate the soup evenly into four bowls, and serve with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Stop and See Us This January

The RV season is year-round here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we’re here to help with all of your RV travel needs. Whether you’re interested in a new or used RV, need some service performed on your current RV or simply want a few camping supplies to get you through the winter, we’re here to help six days a week.

The 2015 Tiffin Allegro

Tiffin has been producing the Allegro Class A motorhome for 44 years, and this RV has led quite the legacy. An affordable price, supreme luxuries, innovative technologies, superior comfort and extreme durability have led it to become one of the top motorhomes in the industry. And the 2015 Allegro is better than ever with even more frills inside and out, so you can enjoy an RV lifestyle that’s even better than you imagined.

2015 Floorplans

The 2015 Allegro is built to be your perfect RV, and that’s why Tiffin offers six different floorplan options. All of the floorplans feature a spacious queen bedroom, sofa bed, large bathroom, galley kitchen and dinette, but each of them offer a different layout, so you can choose the one that fits your RV lifestyle best. The massive 36 LA floorplan even features an additional half bath to offer more privacy for your life on the road. Whichever Allegro floorplan you choose, you’ll be amazed by the amount of space and comfort it offers.

Luxury Inside and Out

One of the greatest assets of the Tiffin Allegro is that it comes standard with the top luxury features for an affordable price. Step inside and you’ll see the easy-care tile floor, energy-efficient lighting, a fiberglass shower, handcrafted cabinets, an Extraordinaire AC system, stainless steel appliances, a dual sink, solid surface countertops and all of the frills you’d expect in a high-end home, but probably not an RV.

The exterior of the RV is just as glamorous as the interior with fiberglass front and rear caps, a tinted one-piece windshield, a double electric step, LED outdoor lighting, heated power mirrors, full-body paint, a water filtration system, power patio awning, a cable TV hookup, lighted basement storage and all of the perks you need to enjoy your life at the RV park or campground.

Come Tour It Today

Come tour the 2015 Tiffin Allegro at Reines RV Center in Manassas and see exactly why RV enthusiasts have been choosing this Class A motorhome for decades. Our qualified sales staff is here six days a week to help you kick off 2015 with an all-new RV lifestyle.

RV Accessories for January

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A new year means a new RV season and new RV accessories too. Winter travels require an entirely different set of RV accessories than other times of year, and we’re always on top of the latest and greatest supplies of the season here at Reines RV Center. The following are some of our favorite RV accessories for January, but be sure to log onto our online parts store to find everything your RV and camping lifestyle needs.

Carryout Anser Hybrid-Automatic Portable Antenna

A combination of colder temperatures and the tail end of football season means you’ll probably be spending more time inside your RV watching television this time of year. The patent-pending Winegard Carryout Answer Hybrid-Automatic Portable Antenna is the cream of the crop of portable satellite TV antennas. This antenna is easy to set up, and it has the capability of receiving all DISH HD and SD programming from just one satellite. It receives DIRECTV standard programming as well as Bell TV if you’ll be traveling in Canada. If you’ve been looking for a satellite that makes watching TV in the great outdoors easier than ever, this is the perfect accessory to splurge on this January.

Carmanah Technologies’ Pure Sine Inverter

Pure Sine Inverters by Carmanah Technologies offer all of the power you need to endure cold winter weather in your RV. Opt for a powerful inverter (up to 3000 Watts) for large electronics and appliances or a smaller one for your laptops and other small electronics. Pure Sine Inverters come with full overload protection, and they’re so quiet and efficient, you won’t even notice them in your RV.

Meguiar’s Inc. Oxidation Remover

Spring cleaning is just around the corner, and we’ve just received the heavy-duty Meguiar’s Inc. Oxidation Remover on our shelves here at Reines. This tough cleaner removes scratches, stains, hard water spots and oxidation from the exterior of your RV to restore color and keep your RV in top shape for the long run.

Whatever your RV and your RV lifestyle demand this January, it’s likely we have it right here at the Reines RV Center online parts store.

National Park Service Fee-Free Days

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Free access to some of our nation’s best national parks may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. Each year, the National Parks Service selects several days to waive the entrance fees at a large number of national parks. Fee-free days allow everyone a chance to see some of our country’s greatest assets up close and personally.

Fee-Free Day Details

Fee-free days mean visitors don’t have to pay entrance fees, transportation entrance fees or commercial tour fees to participating national parks on select dates throughout the year. Although, you won’t want to leave your wallet at home, because fees for camping, tours and third-party services typically still apply (unless the park states otherwise).

Fee-Free Days 2015

Just 133 of the United States’ 405 national parks charge a fee for entrance. On fee-free days, a large number of those 133 waive their entrance fees, so the public can enjoy their beauty without worry. The following are the dates that participating parks will waive their fees in 2015.

  • Jan. 19 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 14-15 — Presidents Day Weekend
  • April 18-19 — Opening Weekend of National Park Week
  • Aug. 25 — The National Park Service’s Birthday
  • Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day

Exploring National Parks in 2015

If you plan on visiting a variety of national parks in 2015, you may want to consider purchasing an annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The pass costs just $80 and allows access to more than 2,000 federal lands, including national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and many more. Active-duty military members are granted an annual pass to all of America’s national parks for free. This pass, and a number of other pass options, can be found online at the National Parks Service website.

Get Your Travel Supplies at Reines

Traveling to our country’s national parks means you’ll be enjoying some of the best rugged beauty America has to offer. Be prepared for whatever the wilderness or the roads throw at you by purchasing all of your Virginia RV supplies right here at Reines RV Center in Manassas.

Don’t Miss These January Events in Virginia

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There’s a reason they say, “Virginia is for lovers.” Our beautiful state is full of exciting year-round activities that can keep everyone — from the most active adventures to shopping enthusiasts and art junkies — entertained. And despite cooler temperatures this month, January is still the perfect time to visit and fall in love with Virginia.

Dominion Gardenfest of Lights

The Dominion Gardenfest of Lights at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond offers one of the most breathtaking holiday lights displays in the state. Even better, the display continues all the way through Jan. 12, so you don’t have to lose your holiday spirit just because its January. Roughly 500,000 lights, trains, holiday dinners, botanical gardens and family-friendly activities are just some of the excitement there is to enjoy at this annual event.

Salem Stampede Championship Rodeo

Few events are more exciting than a good old-fashioned rodeo, and the Salem Stampede Championship Rodeo is one of the most eventful ones in the country. This International Professional Rodeo Association (IPRA) sanctioned event features bull riding, steer wrestling, bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing and tons of other events your entire family will enjoy. The rodeo is set to take place Jan. 9-11 this year, so call (540) 375-3004 for admission fees and more event information.

Washington Camping RV Expo

Kick off the 2015 RV year with a visit to the Washington Camping RV Expo in Fairfax. The Dulles Expo Center will come alive Jan. 16-18 with the latest RV models from brands like Winnebago, Airstream and Tiffin. Tons of RV and camping related companies will be showcasing the latest and greatest products in the RV industry, so you can be ahead of the trends this year.

Kick off the New Year at Reines

Start the new year off right with a visit to Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’re your one-stop RV shop in Virginia whether you’re interested in purchasing a new or used RV, having some maintenance performed on your current vehicle or are simply shopping for some new RV accessories and camping supplies. Stop in and see us on Balls Ford Road; we’re open six days a week.