2014 Winnebago Trend

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The all-new 2014 Winnebago Trend offers luxury RV accommodations in a motorhome that’s both fun and easy to drive. Fuel efficiency, tons of living and storage space and two unique floorplans are just a couple of the advantages of purchasing a brand-new Winnebago Trend.

The Floorplans

Whether you choose the layout of the 23B or the 23L, you’re guaranteed enough comfortable living space for four travelers. With the 23B, you’ll enjoy a large sofa bed and dinette in the front of the RV (just behind the swiveling driver and passenger seats). The full kitchen with pantry, additional storage, refrigerator, two-burner range and dual sinks provides all the room you need to cook your favorite family meals.

23B

Travelers who choose the 23L sacrifice a small amount of kitchen space for a large bedroom area alongside the bathroom in the rear of the vehicle. The front area features a large table with two bench seats in addition to the swiveling driver and passenger chairs, so there’s plenty of room to play games, watch TV or plan future adventures.

23L

High-End Interior and Exterior Features

Just because you’ve chosen the smaller size of a Class C, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the luxuries often associated with high-end fifth wheels and Class A motorhomes. From the systems monitor panel to the luxury Ultraleather seating, tinted windows, Bluetooth stereo system, 26-inch HDTV and elevated studio loft sleeping space, you’ll always feel at home in your brand new Winnebago Trend.

And there’s no doubt you’ll appreciate the fuel-efficient Ram ProMaster Chassis featuring a 280-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. The stylized wheels, power awning, exterior porch light, automatic entrance steps, exterior speaker system and premium high-gloss skin are just a few additional features you’ll fall in love with on your first camping excursion.

The Winnebago Trend at Reines RV Center

Come tour the brand new 2014 Winnebago Trend right here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. And if you’re not sure which RV is perfect for your travel needs, come browse our huge selection of new and used RVs, and our certified staff will help you drive away in the RV of your dreams.

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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Decorating Your RV

Decorated for Christmas

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Reines RV Center has the inventory to get you on the road in style not only with quality new and used RVs but with an assortment of helpful accessories to add comfort and pizzazz to your traveling home.

Holiday Decorating

We’re in the midst of the winter holiday season and what fun it is to decorate. With a few inexpensive decorations and a lot of creativity, you can turn your RV into a seasonal delight.

  • Twinkling lights brighten up any decor and RVs are no exception. String colorful lights inside, around windows, along awnings, down poles, and throughout trees and bushes in your camping area.
  • Candles make a lovely addition to seasonal celebrations. Use traditional candles at the dining table inside and use battery operated candles for outside displays.
  • Holiday potpourri adds a touch of the season to your RV with its array of colors and fragrant aromas such as mulberry, cinnamon, apple spice and pine.
  • A basket of pine cones interspersed with holiday decorations, fresh twigs of holly or a stem of fir or pine makes a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Holiday inspired throws add a cozy touch to your home plus it keeps you warm when sitting by the campfire roasting marshmallows.

Seasonal Decorating

Throughout the year as you travel around the US, the seasons bring forth a bevy of colors and decorating your RV in the “season of the moment” keeps travel time fresh and interesting. Consider these tips for the upcoming spring, summer and fall seasons.

  • There’s something about fresh bed linens that make any trip worthwhile. As the seasons change, brighten up the sleeping areas with colorful sheets and bedspreads and several decorative pillows.
  • In the living area, keep things bright and up-to-date with seasonal table linens and placemats. Make dining an event with themed table clothes, place settings, and centerpieces to make eating a fun event.
  • Big, plump, comfy pillows are ideal for kids to throw on the floor and lounge around.
  • Freshen up with new blinds and throw rugs.
  • When you stop at campgrounds along the way, go on a flower hunting expedition. Pick some stems, buds, and grasses and make a seasonal arrangement for the RV.

Before heading out of town for vacation, add a visit to Reines to the agenda whether it’s for a service call or a stop at the camping store for games or outdoor furniture.

Holiday Recipes

Eggnog

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During the holidays, one thing that we all do is eat, drink and be merry. This holiday season, get all your accessories for preparing tasty treats at Reines RV Center. Not only do they have a large inventory of new and used RVs, they also carry an assortment of helpful camping items.

Celebrate the holiday season with these treats that are guaranteed to warm the spirit and satisfy the sweet tooth.

Traditional EggNog

This is the adult version. For the kids, make a separate batch minus the alcohol. The recipe makes 1 quart and serves 4 to 6.

  • Place 4 egg yolks in a large bowl and whisk until blended. Slowly add 1/2 cup sugar a little at a time. Beat the mixture after each addition until fluffy.
  • In a saucepan, combine 2 cups milk with 2 whole cloves and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat on medium until mixture is steaming. Do not boil.
  • Slowly add half of the hot milk into the egg mixture. Whisk constantly. Pour the egg/milk mixture into the saucepan with the remaining milk.
  • Cook the mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until it starts to thicken. Use a candy thermometer to test. When it reads 160 degrees, it’s done. If you don’t have thermometer, use a wooden spoon dipped into the mixture. If it coats the back of the spoon, it’s done. It’s very important to avoid boiling the mixture. This will result in curdled milk.
  • Remove pan from heat and stir in 1 cup cream.
  • Remove cloves by straining the mixture through a mesh strainer.
  • Let mixture cool for one hour.
  • Add 1 tsp. each of vanilla extract and grated nutmeg. Mix in 2 tbsp. (or to taste) of rum, brandy or bourbon.
  • Chill and serve.

Rolled Grapes

Serve these tasty tidbits as an appetizer with the eggnog.

  • Combine 8 ounces of crumbled blue cheese with 3 tbsp. sour cream until blended.
  • Chop 1 cup of pecans and walnuts.
  • Separate then roll 1 each medium-sized bunch of seedless white and red grapes in the cheese mixture then roll in the nut mixture.
  • Serve grapes with toothpicks.

When you take the road this holiday season, add Reines RV Center to your list to pick up an accessory for yourself and a gift for a fellow RV enthusiast from the camping store.

A Trip to Canada in Your RV

Banff National Park: Banff Mountains

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If you’re thinking about taking an extended trip outside the US, Canada is a good choice for couples, friends and families. The country has it all from pristine beaches to snow-capped mountains. For year-round entertainment, Canada offers a true adventure with its diverse environment.

Quebec

Soak up the culture of this beautiful city, dine on traditional fare, and enjoy the many attractions such as the Granby Zoo founded in 1953. The zoo has over 1000 animals representing more than 200 species.

Adding to the fun, the Amazoo Water Park offers more entertainment and is located across from the zoo.

An amazing place to see is the Hotel de Glace. Open from January 5 through March 24, take the tour of this unbelievable ice hotel.

Ontario

For a grand site you’ll always remember, Niagara Falls is a must on your Canadian itinerary. Don a rain slick and make your way around this magnificent example of the power of Mother Nature.

If you’re planning a winter trip, bring your skates and enjoy free ice skating at the TD Rink at the Brink from December 9 through December 16. Also, the Winter Festival of Lights is ongoing through January 31, 2014.

Make time for a trip to the 300-acre Canada’s Wonderland theme park when the park reopens in the spring of 2014.

Parks

Your entire vacation can be spent camping, hiking, touring, and sightseeing the numerous parks. This short list will give you an idea of destination locations.

  • Glacier National Park – bordered by Montana and British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Canadian Rockies – located in the province of British Columbia features Mount Robson as its highest point.
  • Jasper National Park – located in the province of Alberta, has the distinction as the largest national park in the Rockies.
  • Grouse Mountain – is part of the North Shore Mountains in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Hiking the trail and traversing on snowshoes will keep you busy.
  • Banff National Park – established in 1885, it is the oldest park in Canada.
  • Camping is available in or near the parks.

Other Points of Interest

  • Toronto Zoo
  • MarineLand
  • Parc Safari
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Montreal Botanical Gardens

Reines RV Center has been serving customers since 1946. For new and used recreational vehicles, maintenance, and assorted accessories, Reines has the service and inventory for all your needs.

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November 17 Is National Take a Hike Day

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When traveling in an RV, it’s easy to get caught up in the routine of driving from campground to campground without exploring every stop along the way. Although cruising the country (or countries) in a travel trailer is supposed to be relaxing, sometimes we forget to take those days off to enjoy the scenery and spend some time in nature. Sunday, November 17, is National Take A Hike Day – a day to remind us to get outside and smell the roses.

It’s Good for You

Unlike most holidays in which we gorge ourselves with food until we practically fall asleep at the table, National Take a Hike Day promotes exercise instead of eating. Hiking is an excellent way to burn calories, benefit your cardiovascular system and even promote bone strength and muscle growth.

Because hiking is so versatile, practically anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to start hiking, just choose a hike that is appropriate for your fitness level and advance to more difficult hikes as you feel comfortable.

It’s Free

There are no excuses for missing out on National Take a Hike Day, because it doesn’t cost a dime. Hiking is an activity your whole family can enjoy together without having to buy tickets or rent equipment; it’s absolutely free.

Hiking Clears Your Mind

Whether you’re headed out for a long hike with friends and family or are just looking for a little alone time (we all know that’s hard to come by in mobile homes), hiking can bring you happiness and reduce stress. When you wear yourself out with an invigorating hike, you may actually sleep better and benefit your overall mental health.

Hike on Over

Reines RV Center is a supporter of National Take a Hike Day, so if you’re near Manassas, Virginia, hike over and check out our extensive selection of travel trailers or just chat with us about our favorite thing in the world – the RV lifestyle.

Happy National Take a Hike Day!

2014 Winnebago Era 170X Review

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It’s relatively easy to decide if you want to pull a travel trailer or drive a motor home, but once you’ve made that decision, deciding the size of your RV can seem overwhelming. Do you want extra space and luxury or low gas mileage and driveability? Enter the 2014 Winnebago Era 170X – a seemingly perfect combination of luxury and driveability.

The Technical Stuff

Although it may be more exciting to examine the interior features of this campervan, the engine is equally, if not more, impressive. The 24-foot-long Winnebago Era 170X contains a Mercedes V6 turbo diesel engine that gets a comfortable 17-19 miles-per-gallon. Not only fuel efficient, this motor home is easy to handle in tight spaces and drives as smoothly as you’d expect from any Mercedes vehicle.

Luxury Interior

It’s hard not to correlate size with luxury, but the Winnebago Era 170X may change your expectations. Enjoy many of the features of a class A motor home, such as a refrigerator, microwave, furnace, stove, DVD player, flat-screen TV, and GPS navigation. Even more, this vehicle offers comfortable leather furniture, plenty of closet space, and modern cabinetry to help you feel even more at home in your RV.

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Exterior Frills

There’s no denying that the outside appearance of your RV is important, and the Winnebago Era 170X isn’t lacking much in the curb-appeal department. Although, what you’ll really appreciate about the exterior of your RV is the power awning, backup monitor and keyless entry. Not only does the backup monitor aid with safety, it’s the icing on the cake for the driveability of this vehicle.

Disadvantages

Although disadvantages of the Era 170X are tough to find, the vehicle may not be suitable for families. While some models do come with enough sleeping space for four, the bathroom space and sleeper sofa really suggest that this is a vehicle for two.

Where to Find It

Searching for this RV in Virginia? Look no further than Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’ve got the Winnebago Era 170X and tons of other class B motor homes to suit your RV lifestyle.

Best Destinations to Celebrate the Fall Season

There are too many destinations to list that offer fiery fall foliage along with beautiful days and crisp cool nights ideal for any travel vacation. One of the best ways to experience the fall palette and interesting out-of-the-way places is traveling the colorful roadways of scenic highways.

Vermont

Vermont has several scenic highways with interesting stops along the way at historic points, farms, museums, and attractions.

  • SoVT Loop – 104 miles – Along this route, points of interest in Arlington include Grist Mill Antiques. In Bennington, stop by the Bennington Monument Historic Site and in Shaftsbury, the Robert Frost Stone House Museum.
  • Mount Snow Loop – 100 miles – In the Jacksonville/Halifax area, take a break from sightseeing and stop in at the Honora Winery and Tasting Room for refreshments. Venture on towards Mount Snow and take the Mount Snow chair lift open on the weekends during the fall and summer.
  • Upper Connecticut River Valley – 130 miles – plan a stop at Quechee State Park located in Hartford VT for fall viewing, hiking and see the breathtaking views at the Quechee Gorge. The park has a campground and can accommodate most RVs. Sites have access to showers and a dump station but do not have hookups.

Illinois

  • Drive along Grand Traverse Bay where the fall colors ignite the imagination. Spruce, oak, fir and pine trees provide a parade of colors. Plan stops along the way at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Inspiration Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and the lakeside villages of Northport, Omena and Peshawbestown.

New York

  • The Adirondack Mountains provide a spectacular fall vista through October. One of the best places for viewing is at John Boyd Thacher State Park.

Washington State

  • Starting in Seattle, enjoy 350 miles of northern coast of the Olympic Peninsula. The 5000-square-mile area is not only a calliope of colors, it is also home to sea otters, statuesque cranes and impressive elk.
  • Visit the Olympic National Park and scenic views of the mountains from Hurricane Ridge. Take a hike to Lake Crescent and snap some pictures of the 90-foot Marymere Falls and plan a hike to the Cape Flattery Lighthouse.

Since 1946, Reines RV Center has provided top-notch new and used recreational vehicles, maintenance and friendly service. Before making a beeline for the highway, stop by and see what they have in stock.

Football Tailgating in your RV

Football tailgating is a great American pastime. Getting together with other football fans is the perfect way to cheer on your team. Whether you’re already driving a recreational vehicle or you’re in the market for a new or used RV, Reines RV Center has an inventory to impress, plus accessories for your next tailgating event.

Several things are “must haves” when it comes to setting up the perfect atmosphere for football tailgating. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching with the family or setting up a party for football enthusiasts, this suggested list will mean the difference between making a touchdown and incurring a penalty.

  • If you don’t already have one, consider purchasing an awning. This simple feature provides protection from the elements. If an awning isn’t possible, use a couple of large collapsible umbrellas or an outdoor tent/canopy.
  • Provide plenty of seating for guests. Folding lounge chairs allow folks to stretch out and get comfortable.
  • Games in the fall and winter seasons mean cool to cold temperatures. If watching the game outdoors, supply plenty of cozy throws and a portable heater or two for guests gathered around the TV. For spring and summer, change out the heaters for powerful portable fans and include sunscreen and bug repellent.
  • You’ll definitely want to have a TV set up outside so folks won’t miss a single pass.
  • If the weather is friendly and you have extra room to play, have some outdoor activities like horseshoes, darts (made with foam), and a separate TV with video games to play during halftime or to keep kids entertained.
  • Plan a menu to include snacks, appetizers, finger food, selections for vegetarian friends, plenty of beverages, and the main course.
  • Do as much prep work as possible prior to the game so all you’ll have to do is lay out a buffet of goodies and fire up the grill. Use paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper towels to keep clean up quick and easy.
  • If you don’t want to worry about too many leftover burgers, wings, ribs, salads, or desserts, provide styrofoam containers for guests to take home a doggie bag.

Check in with Reines RV Center for any last minute maintenance check ups or for necessary accessories to ensure your plans are a winner on game day.

2014 Keystone Summerland 2600TB Review

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You have a big family and there’s just no way you can afford a travel trailer that will fit everyone, right? Well, you might want to think again because with the Summerland 2600TB from Keystone, you’ll get a travel trailer that comfortably sleeps 7 and has an MSRP of under $20,000. What’s more, at under 5,000 pounds, the Summerland 2600TB is easy to tow, which gives you better fuel efficiency.

Interior

At this price point, you will be sacrificing high-end quality, but you’ll still get a nice interior with wood cabinetry and 3 decor options. You’ll also get a leather sofa bed and a carpeted bedroom complete with queen bed and closet space.

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The kitchen has everything you need including a 6 cubic foot refrigerator, 18″ oven with cooktop, and microwave, and across from that is a comfortable booth dinette. Next to the dinette is the bunk room, which has a double bed on the bottom and has a ward as well. The bathroom sits next to the bunk room and has a shower/tub and toilet. A sink sits just outside the bathroom door.

Exterior

The 2014 Summerland has a raised roof truss system and sidewalls that are both 16″ on center, and it also has R-7 insulation in the floors, walls, and ceiling to help maintain a comfortable interior temperature. An attractive paint job with graphics and radial tires make this a good-looking trailer.

Options

Add the Summerland Summer Package to get 2 LP bottles, an outside shower, a 6 gallon water heater, and tub surround. You can also upgrade to a 15K BTU air conditioner.

Floor Plan

Keystone RV 2600TB floorplan

The Keystone Summerland 2600TB is the perfect trailer for a family on a tight budget. You can find this RV for sale in VA for under $15,000 at Keystone RV dealers. An affordable RV like the 2014 Summerland is your ticket to the great RV destinations in and around Virginia like Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach. For more information on this and others RV models, visit Reines RV.