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.

Seafood Recipes for National Seafood Month

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October is National Seafood Month, and that means it’s time to start cooking up some tasty seafood dishes in your RV. Many RV enthusiasts think that seafood dishes can be too difficult to cook within the confines of a small RV kitchen, but these quick and easy meals will make you think otherwise.

Grilled Seafood Skewers

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 pound large sea scallops
  • 1/2 pound fresh salmon
  • 1/2 pound fresh prawns (deveined)
  • Oil
  • Metal skewers

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Chop the salmon into bit-size pieces (about the same size as a scallop).
  2. Preheat the grill.
  3. Put the same type of seafood on each skewer to ensure each piece of seafood is properly cooked. Leave enough room on each end of the skewers to use as handles.
  4. Brush the pieces of seafood with oil once they are on the grill.
  5. Cook the shrimp and scallop skewers for roughly 2 minutes on each side or until they are thoroughly cooked.
  6. Cook the salmon skewers for roughly 1 minute on each side or to your preferred temperature.
  7. Serve with your favorite seafood dipping sauce and enjoy.

Foil Baked Salmon with Basil Pesto and Tomatoes

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 5 medium tomatoes (sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 4 teaspoons basil pesto
  • Aluminum foil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill.
  2. Tear two pieces of aluminum foil large enough to wrap your salmon filets.
  3. Place one piece of foil on top of the other and brush 2 teaspoons of oil on the top piece.
  4. Lay the salmon on the foil.
  5. Brush each salmon piece with 2 teaspoons of basil pesto, then place the tomato slices on top.
  6. Wrap the salmon in the foil and place the packet on the grill.
  7. Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the packet and let it sit for roughly 3 minutes before eating.

Upgrade Your RV This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to upgrade your Virginia RV lifestyle. And Reines RV Center in Manassas is offering crazy discounts on new and used motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels this fall season, so you can start living the RV lifestyle of your dreams.

Zombify Your RV This Halloween

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Halloween is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to show your spirit than by decorating your RV. Many RV campgrounds and resorts throw special Halloween events to help their campers enjoy some family fun together. Get involved in the Halloween festivities at your campground with these spooky decorating ideas that are guaranteed to attract trick or treaters.

Decorate on the Cheap

Dollar stores are some of the best places to find cheap Halloween decorations that won’t break your travel budget. Dollar Tree offers tons of flags, banners, streamers, and paper decorations that can turn your RV into a Halloween hotspot for just a few dollars. Other fun decorations, like pumpkins and gourds, can be purchased at local farmer’s markets.

Throw Your Own Festivities

You don’t have to rely on your campground to throw a fun Halloween party. Host a costume party outside of your RV for all of the other campers at the RV park. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are great places to shop for used costumes or vintage clothing that can be used for costumes on the cheap. Ask each of your fellow campers to bring a special Halloween snack, to help you save money on hosting the event.

Don’t forget to plan some exciting Halloween games for the adults and kids that attend your party. Simple and cheap holiday games include bobbing for apples, pin the face on the pumpkin, breaking a Halloween pinata or even squash bowling.

Storing Your Halloween Supplies for Next Year

Storing anything extra in your RV can seem impossible, but your Halloween supplies don’t have to clutter up your RV storage space. Store reusable decorations in plastic bins and donate your used costumes and clothing back to Goodwill. If you purchased your decorations for a low price and are willing to give them up, they can always be recycled or given to your fellow campers for next year.

Get Your Fall RV Supplies at Reines

The fall RV season is fully underway, and there’s no better place to stock up on all of the motorhome, travel trailer, and fifth wheel supplies you need for the cooler temperatures than at Reines RV Center in Manassas.

2015 Forest River FR3

Few motorhomes can compare to the luxury, comfort and style that Forest River puts into every one of their units. If you are in the market for a new Class A, Reines RV is the place to start. We are happy to announce the arrival of the new 2015 Forest River FR3 30DS. This 30 foot motorhome has many great features and amenities, especially for large families on the go.

The first thing you will notice is the solid front fiberglass cap with a large grill allowing more air flow and better cooling for the engine. A one-piece windshield, heated mirrors and cameras all aid in your travels. This rig is also equipped with an exterior entertainment system with speakers. Simply extend your awning and enjoy the game or your favorite show outside. Ample storage is located around the exterior so bring all the luggage and sports equipment you desire. The FR3 has two slide outs, both with slide stoppers, preventing any debris from being trapped in the slide. The inside is built with a crown ceiling that allows water to roll off instead of being trapped leading to potential roof damage.

New 2015 Forest River FR3 30DS For Sale by Reines RV Center, Inc. available in Manassas, Virginia

The driver’s area has all leather seats, a backup camera, cruise control, and a Triton V10 engine. Camouflaged above the driving area is an electric lowering bed that can sleep two people. The sofa doubles as a recliner and can comfortably seat two. The dinette is great for entertaining along with doubling as another sleeping area. The kitchen has a built-in flat screen TV that can be lifted up to reveal additional storage space. The sink is made of stainless steel, complete with a high rise faucet. A large oven with a three-burner stove top, microwave and two-door refrigerator all come standard.

The bathroom located opposite the galley contains a corner shower, push to flush toilet, sink and storage cabinets. As you make your way to the master bedroom, the first thing that catches your attention is the bed. This is a king size bed, not usually found in many RVs. Mirrored double closets and a vanity are also a great addition to the room.

If you want a great class A motorhome that will fit all of your family’s needs, stop by your Manassas RV dealer and take a look.

October Events in Manassas

This month holds many family-friendly events and activities around the area. If cooler weather is what you’ve been waiting for, then get out there and see what the city has to offer. Here are just a few things happenings near Reines RV.

Bicycle Tour of Manassas

Not sure how to spend your Columbus Day weekend? Bike your way over to the Manassas Museum on Saturday, October 11 at 9am. Enjoy a fall bike ride while learning about Civil War sites, how the area has changed, and perhaps uncover unknown facts. Though not required, helmets are strongly recommended. Admission is $5 and also includes a day pass to the museum. Please arrive 15 mins before departure time.

Pre-K Tuesday – Changing Colors

This event will be on October 14 from 10am until 11am for children ages 3-5. This gives pre-schoolers the unique opportunity to explore and learn through games, stories, crafts and other fall-themed activities. Registration is recommended and an adult must be present. Admission is $10 per child.

Manassas Cemetery Tours

Discover who is buried within the Manassas Cemetery on Friday, October 17. During this tour, you will learn the rich history of the people who came before us and what they meant to our community. It’s recommended to bring a flashlight and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A small fee of $5 will be collected.

What’s Under Your Feet?

This special exhibit at the Manassas Museum runs from October 24, 2014 until February 15, 2015. It will use artifacts from the Manassas Museum combined with images to discuss the importance of archaeology and how it tells us about our past. The primary focus will be on artifacts that have been recovered from the historic areas of Manassas.

Spirits of Manassas Walking Tour

This tour will be on Saturday, October 25 at the Manassas Museum. Follow fully costumed guides by lantern light through the streets of town. Learn of the unexpected stories that took place within this city. Discover the people who helped shape it into what it is today. You will hear how Civil War soldiers took their last breaths on the Plains of Manassas along with other spirited Halloween stories. Pre-purchased tickets are recommended as space is limited.

Do you know of other events around your Manassas RV dealer? Share them with us.

The 2014 Winnebago Travato

Class B motorhomes allow you the freedom to drive wherever you want to without the inconvenience of maneuvering a large fifth wheel or motorcoach The 2014 Winnebago Travato takes class B motorhomes to an entirely new level by offering campers many of the high-end features they’d only expect in a luxury class A. These incredible new perks may put a comfortable class B motorhome back into your RV search.

The 2014 Travato Floorplan

Winnebago is one of the most trusted names in the recreational vehicle industry, and the Travato proves how an innovative floorplan can make you feel like you’re living in a motorhome that’s much larger than it really is.

The 2014 Travato comes equipped with swiveling driver and passenger seats in the front of the vehicle, two comfortable bench seats and a table in the center, a spacious kitchen with two-burner range and refrigerator, and a spacious bed and private bathroom in the rear. The flex bed system in the living space makes this class B motorhome ideal for a traveling couple or small family.

Luxuries You Won’t Expect in a Class B

You’ll fall in love with the 2014 Travato the moment you step inside. The kitchen is fully equipped with a water heater, stove, refrigerator, microwave and furnace, so you don’t have to sacrifice tasty meals for life on the road. And you’re also equipped with all of the essentials like air conditioning, a battery charger, converter, water filter, generator and satellite radio (for those long travel days).

Standard features like LED lighting, a stereo system, entertainment center, backup monitor, GPS navigation, power awning, power entrance step, screen door, wardrobes and exterior shower will make you feel like you’re living in a luxury brick-and-mortar home rather than a compact RV.

See It For Yourself

If you’re having a hard time imagining yourself traveling in a compact class B motorhome, stop in and take a tour of the Winnebago Travato at Reines RV Center today. We’re convinced that once you step inside, you’ll want to buy.

Oktoberfest in Virginia

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You may not be able to take an RV vacation to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, but you can certainly make it to Virginia. And with Oktoberfests spread throughout the state from the tail end of September through October, you can spend your fall months taking in the gorgeous Virginia weather with a dose of German culture. The following are our favorite Virginia Oktoberfest celebrations that shouldn’t be missed this fall.

Oktoberfest Reedville

This year mark’s Reedville’s fifth Oktoberfest, and it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better than ever. Combine bratwursts with tasty German beers, homemade sauerkraut, giant soft pretzels, polka dancing, antique car rides and tons of exciting activities for the entire family, and you’ve got one of the best Oktoberfests in the state. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

Richmond Oktoberfest

Celebrate German heritage at one of Virginia’s largest Oktoberfest Celebrations. The Richmond Oktoberfest is on its 46th year, and it has become one of the city’s most anticipated yearly events. Bavarian dancers, the crowning of the Oktoberfest queen, tasty German foods, Bavarian beers, wine and tons of other German-style treats and activities will be available for the entire family. The party starts on Friday, Oct. 17 and extends through Saturday, Oct. 18 at 11 p.m.

Martinsville Uptown Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest International Arts and Culture Festival in uptown Martinsville is one of Virginia’s most authentic and unique Oktoberfest celebrations. Two streets will be blocked off for everything from fine art to kid-friendly bounce houses. Tons of food vendors, crafters, artisans and craft beer sellers will flood the streets to celebrate this showcase of art and German culture. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make Your Fall Special at Reines

Nothing makes fall more exciting than purchasing a new or used RV from Reines RV Center in Manassas. And if you’re already in the motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your RV service, parts and accessories needs.

The 2015 Winnebago Trend

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Choosing the perfect size RV can be a difficult task. You want a vehicle that’s spacious and comfortable enough for long journeys yet easy to maneuver in traffic and on the open road. And when you start shopping for your ideal motorhome, it often seems like a vehicle will tick some of the boxes but not all.

If this shopping experience sounds similar to yours, it’s time to take a look at the 2015 Winnebago Trend — a compact class C motorhome that’s easy to drive, good on gas and luxurious enough to live inside.

Two Perfect Floorplans

The Winnebago Trend comes in two floorplan options, so you can choose the one that’s perfect for your travel style. The 23 B offers a booth-style dinette and sofa bed behind the driver and passenger seats as well as a StudioLoft bed with an electric lift. The center of the vehicle features a spacious kitchen with plenty of storage space, and the rear is reserved for a functional bathroom.

The 23L floorplan offers more sleeping privacy with a large bed in the rear of the vehicle next to the spacious bathroom. The center of the motorhome features convenient kitchen and the front of the RV is reserved for two bench seats, a table, the swivel driver and passenger seats and a StudioLoft bed.

Whichever 2015 Winnebago Trend floorplan you choose, you’ll enjoy comfort, convenience and luxury wherever you decide to park.

Top-End Features Inside and Out

The Trend’s compact size is what makes it so easy to maneuver on the roads, but the high-end luxuries on the interior and exterior are what make it so enjoyable to live inside. With top-end features like Ultraleather furniture, LED lighting, a radio/GPS navigation color touch screen, a power patio awning (with LED lighting), rearview monitor system and MCD blackout roller shades, you’ll feel like you’re traveling in a luxury class A, but you’ll enjoy the size and maneuverability of a class C.

Come Take a Test Drive

The 2015 Winnebago Trend is right here on our lot at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and it’s ready to be driven away today. Come see why Winnebago continues to be a top name in RV travel.

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

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Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia, the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park offers deep American history coupled with breathtaking outdoor scenery that simply shouldn’t be missed. These national park grounds served as a home for Native Americans, pioneers and soldiers that fought in the Battle of Cedar Creek. If you haven’t visited the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park in Virginia yet, you’d better start planning your RV getaway today.

Things to Do at the Park

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park serves to protect the Belle Grove Plantation, the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek and the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley. Visitors can enjoy the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP Visitor Contact Station, the Belle Grove Plantation Manor House, the Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Plantation Headquarters.

Rangers conduct a number of regular programs to teach visitors about the rich history of the area, and a number of movies, tours and orientation programs are open to the public. The extensive list of events for the fall of 2014 are listed on the national park’s website, so you can plan your trip according to your interests.

Park Hours and Fees

The Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP does not charge any fees to its visitors, and the numerous ranger programs are open to the public as well. Non-park visitor facilities like the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation and Belle Grove Plantation are not part of the national park’s non-profit organization and may charge a fee for entry.

The National Historic Park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but it is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The Belle Grove Plantation and Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation may operate on different hours than the national park, so check their individual websites before visiting.

Start Your Historic Adventure at Reines

The fall RV season is underway here at Reines RV Center in Manassas, and we hope you’ll stop and see us before you hit the road. We’re your one-stop shop in Virginia for all of your needs from RV sales and service, to parts, camping supplies and more.

The 2015 Thor Axis

The Thor Axis is part of an entirely new breed of class A motorhomes. Thor calls the Axis an RUV; a recreational utility vehicle that’s small enough to be maneuverable and big enough to offer the perks of other class A motorhomes. With a full bathroom and kitchen and all of the comforts a compact home on wheels, you’ll realize this small luxury Class A offers far more features than any SUV on the market.

Two Floorplan Options

The 2015 Thor Axis comes in two different RUV floorplans. The 24.1 offers a sofa sleeping area with a pedestal table in the front of the vehicle, a full kitchen, spacious bathroom with shower and two twin beds (able to convert to one king-size bed) in the rear.

The 25.1 offers a different design with the dream dinette sleeping area and a drop-down bunk above the driver and passenger seats. A large galley-style kitchen, small bathroom and a corner sofa with pedestal table in the rear make the 25.1 a comfortable and spacious RV that’s only 24-feet in length.

Top-End Interior Comfort

The Thor Axis may be a compact motorhome, but you’ll never notice its size once you’re inside. With 82-inch ceilings, nickel hardware, LED lighting in the ceiling, comfortable Leatherette furniture, an oversized kitchen sink and designer finishes in the bedroom, you’ll probably feel like you’re in a luxury home instead of an RV.

Quality Construction and Exterior

The 2015 Thor Axis is special because of its rugged, comfortable and easy-to-maneuver design. The Ford E-350 chassis is ready for all of the road time you can throw at it, and the power patio awning, slide-out room awning, patio light, outdoor shower and convenient exterior storage spaces ensure you’re enjoying your RV lifestyle outside of the vehicle as much as inside.

Come Test Drive the RUV Today

Think the RUV experience could be perfect for you? Come take the 2015 Thor Axis for a test drive here at Reines RV Center in Manassas. We’ve taken nearly $25,000 off the MSRP of this groundbreaking RV, so you can feel comfortable driving it off our lot today.