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.

Explore the Appalachian National Scenic Trail

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The 2,184-mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail passes through 14 eastern states and boasts some of the most diverse and picturesque scenery in all of North America. Needless to say, if you haven’t been to the Appalachian Trail yet, it’s time to plan your getaway to this natural wonderland today.

About the Trail

Creation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail started in 1921 and continued for 16 years until the trail was deemed complete in 1937. Although it was designed and constructed by volunteer hikers, the trail still requires plenty of maintenance today, which is performed by the National Park Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the U.S. Forest Service and a variety of smaller organizations and volunteers in each state through which the trail passes. The trail is open 12 months a year, although the highest portions in Maine and other northern states may temporarily close in the coldest winter months due to weather.

What Does It Cost?

One of the best features of hiking the Appalachian Trail is that is 100 percent free of charge. Most campsites and overnight shelters throughout the trail are free as well, but some state and national parks do charge camping or overnight fees, so it’s important to contact the park (or parks) you’ll be visiting or passing through before you go.

Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park — one of the most popular and scenic national parks on the trail — is an excellent spot for Virginians to escape city life and enjoy a vacation in the peaceful surroundings of nature. There’s no charge for hiking through the Shenandoah National Park, but you will need to obtain a permit upon arrival or order one from Park Headquarters in advance. The park is open for camping spring, summer and fall, and reservations are highly recommended for weekend visits.

Reines RV

Before you head out for your first RV adventure of the season, bring your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel by Reines RV Center — your home for RV sales and service in Virginia. Browse our extensive inventory of RVs for sale, or let our certified technicians ensure your RV is ready for another season of outdoor adventure.

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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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National Park Free Entrance Days 2014

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Although only 133 of our nation’s National Parks charge an entrance fee (the United States has 401 National Parks), it seems that those 133 are often the ones RV enthusiasts want to visit. Yosemite, Sequoia, Rocky Mountain, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and a number of the best national parks in the country simply must charge a fee to maintain their beauty.

Fortunately, all of these incredible parks waive their entrance fees for a few days a year, opening them up as free destinations for us to explore.

Free Entrance Days

While the designated free dates vary each year, the reason these days are chosen does not. In 2014, the entrance fee-free days include Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20), all of President’s Day weekend (Feb. 15-17), the opening weekend of National Park Week (April 19-20), the National Park Service’s birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 27) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11).

If you’re looking for an affordable weekend RV vacation, choosing a National Park you’ve been dying to visit on a fee-free day could be the perfect fit.

Is It Really Free?

A free day or weekend in a National Park does seem a little bit too good to be true, but it’s not. The fee waiver each of these days includes your entrance fees, transportation entrance fees and commercial tour fees. The only time you’ll pay a fee in the parks on these days is if you make a reservation or tour through a third party.

Park Passes

Are you planning to take your RV to multiple national parks this year? You may be interested in the $80 annual park pass that grants you access to all national wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests and a number of other federal lands. Don’t miss out on your park visits because of fees, buy the pass or plan your trips for fee-free days today.

Reines RV Center

Here at Reines RV Center — your local Manassas RV dealer — we’ve got the travel trailer, fifth wheel or motorhome of your dreams to make 2014 your best camping season yet. Our sales and service departments are open six days a week, so stop in and see us today.

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January Events in Manassas

Downtown Manassas – Photo by Billy Hathorn (Wikimedia Commons)

The bustling city of Manassas always has events and activities going on throughout the year. This month, you can partake in some great happenings with your friends and family. Check out a few of the ones we have highlighted here.

The Youth Orchestra of Prince William will be performing a Tribute to Carol Tumbleson Taylor on January 12 at 3pm in the Merchant Hall. We encourage you to join in on an afternoon of remembrance and tribute of Mrs. Carol Tumbleson Taylor who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in January of 2008. All proceeds from this event will be graciously donated to the Carol Tumbleson Taylor Scholarship Fund which provides musicians who can’t afford lessons the funds to pursue their musicianship in one on one sessions with their own private teacher. This heart touching tribute will be held at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Admission is $15 per adult and $12 for Senior Citizens and students.

Are you a scotch and whisky lover? If so, you’re in for quite a treat. There will be a Scotch and Whisky Master Class event with Doughie Wylie January 18 starting at 2pm at the Gregory Family Theater. This is your chance to take a journey into the historical side of scotch and whisky. Sample various Scotch whiskys from lowlands to highlands, drinking in and learning the unique and distinctive qualities of the different kinds of whisky as you savor each sample. Tickets are $45 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend this event.

The Wizard of Oz is in town and is celebrating the 75th anniversary with a musical production. This stunning two night performance will be on January 25 and 26 at the Center for Arts in the Merchant Hall. Bring the family and prepare to follow the yellow brick road once again as you join Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion as they dance and sing their way through the enchanted Land of Oz to the Emerald City. There will be flying monkeys, munchkins, witches and jitterbugs along with talking trees on Dorothy’s incredible journey to find the powerful Wizard of Oz. This is a magical event and is sure to leave you and your family with smiles and tons of new memories. Tickets for adults are $12 and $10 for children 12 and under.

You won’t want to miss these amazing opportunities. Leave the Virginia RV stored for the season and enjoy the local events this month. If you need anything for your RV though, come see us today at Reines RV.

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.

RV Review – 2014 Forest River R-Pod 178

New 2014 Forest River R-Pod 178 For Sale by Reines RV Center, Inc. available in Manassas, Virginia

This time around we are going to review a new arrival to Reines RV, the 2014 Forest River R-Pod 178. If you are in search of a compact camper travel trailer that can sleep up to 4 comfortably, you may want to take a look at this R-Pod 178.

First thing that you will notice is that it uses space very efficiently. At 17 feet long, it may not appear very large, but it is big on amenities. Its fiberglass exterior has a roof air conditioner. Inside, the R-Pod 178 has its own toilet and shower with a 3-speed fan in the bath. It has a dinette bed and a queen bed. It comes with a gas and electric water heater, and black tank flush. The galley has a combination convection and microwave oven, stove top and three way refrigerator. The sink has a convenient high arch faucet. To pass time on those rainy days it has a Television and DVD player. It also includes an AM/FM radio with a CD player. Outside, an awning/screen room adds even more useable space. At an amazingly light 2850 lbs., the Forest River R-Pod 178 tows easily. Stabilizer jacks makes set up a breeze, and a full size spare tire is included to keep you on the road.

There are other critical added features like a back-up battery and charger and smoke detector. Like I said, the R-Pod 178 may be compact but it is loaded with features. If you have a small SUV or a mini-van and want an RV that you can pull to maximize your fun, come take a look at the R-Pod 178 at Reines RV.

Whatever type of RV you’re looking for can be found at Reines RV. Come check out the new 2014 Forest River R-Pod 178 and our entire inventory of RV at Reines RV. We are located at 10850 Balls Ford Road in Manassas, Virginia. Call us toll free at (800) 785-4642.

Inventory Highlight: 2014 Winnebago Vista 31KE

Reines RV knows that, for some people, their RV is their life. They sell their regular home and spend their lives in these great recreational vehicles that they can take anywhere across the country.

For these reasons, we here at Reines RV understand how important it is to offer the best types of RVs for people who adopt the RV lifestyle full-time. That is why we are proud to highlight a new Class A motor home that has just arrived at our lot: The 2014 Winnebago Vista 31KE.

The 2014 Winnebago Vista 31KE is a gas-powered vehicle with a Ford V10 engine as it has a length of 31 feet. The recreational vehicle also has an auxiliary battery, generator, and converter.

Perfect for those long trips out on the road, this spacious Class A motor home has a large slide-out living room that doubles the space inside to give plenty of room for your family. Enjoy dining in the U-shaped dinette, watch movies, or play video games on the mid-coach HDTV, and have a comfortable night’s sleep on the walk-around queen bed and sofa bed that will give you a more relaxing experience than any found at a hotel.

The 2014 Winnebago Vista 31KE has all the features you would expect from a class A motorhome. Listen to great music on the AM/FM radio or play your favorite music on CDs. Cool off from the late summer heat with the new air conditioner. You can also set up outdoor activities without getting baked by the sun with the power, slide-out awning.

You’ll love everything about this RV, from the leatherette cab seats to the rearview monitors and LED ceiling lights. When it comes to a home you can take anywhere, you’ll have all the essentials of a furnace, water heater, microwave, refrigerator, oven, and stove combined with all the extras that gives 6 people the ultimate comfort.

When you are looking for a great RV for your large family of six, then come down to Reines RV and check out the 2014 Winnebago Vista 31KE. Get great pricing on this new vehicle that has just arrived at our lot as you can enjoy the rest of your summer trips in comfort.