Take Your RV to Mardi Gras

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New Orleans’ Mardi Gras is one of America’s most anticipated festivities, and this year’s date is just around the corner. Madri Gras celebrations have already begun, and the main events will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 9., so it’s time to start planning your trip down to the bayou today.

When to Go

There’s no better time to head down to New Orleans than now. Mardi Gras parades started as early as Jan. 6., and will continue through Feb. 9, across the city. Whether you decide to visit the heart of the city or are camping in Metairie, Covington, Westbank or several other nearby towns, you’re guaranteed to catch numorous Mardi Gras krewes, or parades.

Where to Stay

New Orleans is an RV-friendly city, which means you have a lot of options when camping for the big event. The esteemed French Quarter RV Resort, just blocks from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, fills up quickly, but it’s one of the best places to take in the action of Mardi Gras from the comfort and convenience of your RV.

If you’re looking for a slightly more secluded retreat with access to the city, Pontchartrain Landing is a waterfront RV resort that offers daily shuttles to the French Quarter. Travelers seeking a little solitude from the hectic party scene will love retreating to this oasis at the end of the day.

Things to Do

Mardi Gras is non-stop fun, and the MardiGrasNewOrleans.com website can help you make the most of your visit. Here you can find a full parade schedule, information about the family-friendly Family Gras event in Metairie and all of the activities, live music and shows on schedule for the big event. You’ll also find tons of expert tips on how to make the most of your Mardi Gras getaway.

Prepare Your RV

Ensure that your RV is prepared for your Mardi Gras travels, or find the ideal Mardi Gras RV, right here at Princess Craft RVs in Round Rock, Texas.

The Ultimate Big Game Dip

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The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and there’s no better time to start making your party plans than now. Your RV is one of the best places to celebrate the Super Bowl with your fellow campers at the RV park or campground, and you can impress all of them with this ultimate big game dip.

Gooey Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo wings go hand-in-hand with watching football games, but preparing and eating them can be messy at your RV Super Bowl party. This mouthwatering buffalo chicken dip recipe, yielding one pie plate full of dip, offers all of the flavor of chicken wings without the hassle.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each, softened)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 10-ounce can chicken (drained), may be substituted for cooked, chopped chicken breast or rotisserie chicken
  • Shredded cheese to your liking
  • 3/4 cup red hot sauce
  • Frito Scoops corn chips

Cooking instructions:

  1. Beat the cream cheese together thoroughly with the ranch dressing and red hot sauce.
  2. Fold in the canned, shredded or chopped chicken.
  3. Prepare a pie plate by spraying it thoroughly with Pam.
  4. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Spread the cream cheese and chicken mixture into the pie pan evenly.
  6. Bake the dip at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until it is fully heated throughout.
  7. Sprinkle your desired amount of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  8. Bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  9. Serve the dip hot with Frito Scoops or your favorite tortilla chips.

Find Your Ultimate Tailgating RV

There’s no better place to tailgate than in the comfort and convenience of your RV. Our Princess Craft RV lot in Round Rock, Texas, is loaded with all of the top motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers on the market, so you can find the RV that best suits your tailgating and travel needs.

RV Service Options at Princess Craft

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There’s no better time to have RV service performed than now. Many RV enthusiasts store their RVs for the winter, while others use them as an escape from the cold. Whether you’re on the roads this season or have carefully stored your RV until the temperatures rise, now is the time to ensure that your RV is in top condition for spring camping excursions.

Fortunately, our certified RV technicians here at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas, are prepared to help. The following service options are just a few of the many we’re offering right now to help you and your RV endure the cold and enter spring in tip-top shape.

Appliance Repairs

Similar to home appliances, there comes a time when your RV appliances need repair. This is often after a long season of your RV being out of use. Our certified RV technicians are able to repair any of your RV appliances, ranging from stoves and microwaves to sinks and washer/dryer sets. There’s nothing worse than arriving at the campground to discover a non-functioning stove (or a multitude of other problems), and we’ll eliminate the chance of that occurring.

Roof, Flooring and Structural Repairs

Major repairs, like those to the roof, floors or structural areas of your RV, are ones that you may put off in fear of high repair prices. However, we offer affordable repairs that will extend the life of your RV right here at Princess Craft. Maintaining the structural components of your RV are essential to ensuring that you stay safe and comfortable on the road, and ignoring those repairs can cost much more down the road.

Plumbing Repairs

Experiencing plumbing problems due to frigid winter temperatures? Our certified RV technicians are prepared to handle all of your RV plumbing problems, from sinks to showers and even septic systems. We’ll guarantee that all of your pipes are functioning properly for another season on the roads.

The 2016 Somerset E3

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Somerset tent campers are designed to provide a fast and easy set up process, so you can spend more time out exploring. These unique, ultra durable travel trailers are equipped with luxurious amenities and long-lasting construction features that have led Somerset tent campers to be praised as some of the best in the world.

The Somerset E3 is no exception. It’s one of Somerset’s best-selling floorplans with three different chassis options. Whichever option you choose, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the E3’s smart layout and high-end interior and exterior features.

The E3 Floorplan

The Somerset E3 tent camper features a king bed in the rear with an additional slide-out bed beside it. The center of the RV is equipped with a small slide-out section, which includes a spacious booth-style dinette. Toward the front of the RV, you’ll find a convenient galley kitchen and a small bathroom with toilet. The rear of the E3 features an additional king bed with storage trunk underneath.

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The E3 is available with with a traditional large front storage deck, a smaller front storage tray or a rotational polyethylene front storage trunk.

Quality Interior Equipment

Inside the tent camper, you’ll find high density foam mattresses, a 35-amp converter with chargers, two sets of privacy curtains, a decorative valance, a stereo with indoor and outdoor speakers, a deep bowl sink, LED interior lighting, a swing-level galley and a long list of other touches that will make you want to travel in your E3 forever.

A Rugged Yet Stylish Exterior

The Somerset E3 is constructed with a seamless insulated roof, an air conditioner prepped roof, a front diamond plate, Performax 500 floors and beds, a stainless steel power lift system, an outdoor grill, 15-inch off-road tires, double 20-pound LP tanks with covers, deluxe alloy wheels and countless other features that guarantee your new RV is ready for your wildest adventures.

Start your new RV lifestyle today by touring the 2015 Somerset E3 right here on our lot at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas.

Midwest Road Trip Bucketlist

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The Midwest is one of America’s most underrated road trip destinations. It’s a part of the U.S. that’s littered with natural wonders, must-see tourist sites and cities that are known as some of the best in the world. Set your sights on traveling north in the upcoming camping season, and you’re guaranteed to discover some of America’s best kept secrets.

The Lake Superior Circle Tour

Lake Superior is one of the Midwest’s most stunning natural wonders. Explore the shores of Michigan, Minnesota, Ontario and Wisconsin while discovering some of the area’s historic lighthouses, untouched beaches, unique eats and cool small towns. Bring a spare memory card from your camera, because the Lake Superior coastline offers hundreds of postcard-worthy photo opportunities.

Discover Chicago

Chicago is one of America’s greatest cities, and RV parking can be found in the heart of downtown. Chicago’s McCormick Place offers RV parking near Solider Field and at the south end of the Convention Center, and it only costs about $30 per night. If you’re searching for a more RV park feel, with restrooms, showers and other amenities, you’ll find a number parks outside of the city but accessible by public transportation.

Wherever you decide to stay, you’re guaranteed to fall in love with the big-city feel of Chicago, loaded with world-renowned restaurants, theaters, ballparks, some of the world’s best shopping and green spaces all moments from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Explore Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais is a quaint lake-side town that offers one-of-a-kind shops, delicious restaurants and plenty of natural beauty. Visitors can camp an explore at the Grand Marais Recreation Area, which offers 300 sites, many with electric, sewer and water hookups. Campsites are located just a three-block walk from all of the downtown action of Grand Marais.

Visit Us Before You Go

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas, before you hit the road for the Midwest. We’re stocked with everything from new and used RVs to all of the camping supplies you need to enjoy life on the road.

The 2016 Cricket Trek at Prince Craft RV

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The Cricket Trek is a NASA-inspired, expedition-ready tent trailer that takes just minutes to set up and enjoy. The Trek is the most advanced of the Cricket models, and is outfitted with a long list of amenities that are geared toward the most adventurous travelers. Even better, the Cricket Trek combines comfort with a rugged build to ensure you make the most of every excursion.

The Trek’s Long List of Features

The Cricket Trek will easily become your home away from home. It comes outfitted with a tongue box, Thule roof rack, awning, refrigerator, screen door, second battery, privacy cabana, portable toilet, portable stove and spare tire. The outdoor shower can easily be used with the privacy cabana to create a relaxing shower experience that can be used off the grid.

The Trek’s stainless steel sink, approximate R6 insulation, smoke detector, keyless interior lock, fire extinguisher and five swinging windows with shades are additional features that make your life on the road more relaxing and stress-free.

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The Trek’s Interior Layout

The Cricket Trek features far more interior space than you’d expect from seeing its 15-foot-long exterior. The interior standing height is 6-feet and 4-inches and travelers enjoy a convertible sleeping and dining area in the rear with a pop-up cot above, a convenient kitchen area with a sink, plenty of shelving and a refrigerator, an easy-to-use portable toilet and an optional air-conditioning unit.

Cricket Trek Specs

The Cricket Trek features an interior length of 11-feet and 6-inches, an interior max width of 6-feet and 3-inches, ground clearance of 12-inches, a V-berth bed length of 75-inches and an unloaded vehicle weight of just 1,460 pounds. If you’re looking for a rugged, lightweight and affordable RV for your 2016 adventures, the 2016 Cricket Trek is it.

Tow It Away Today

Start your new adventure lifestyle today by purchasing the brand-new, 2016 Cricket Trek right here at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas.

NYE Destinations You Can Reach in Your RV

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You don’t have to travel far and wide for the ultimate New Year’s Eve destination. There are countless towns and cities throughout the United States that throw spectacular New Year’s Eve celebrations. The following are a few of the top NYE events happening across the country this year.

Denver, Colorado

Denver is known for being near some of the world’s best ski resorts, but there’s far more than skiing within reach when you visit the Mile High City. The city is home to a massive brewery scene, roughly 22,000 nightlife spots and more New Year’s Eve parties than you can count. Whether you’re interested in beer tastings, dancing, bluegrass concerts or a sophisticated meal at one of the country’s top restaurants, Denver has the perfect New Year’s Eve planned for you.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando may be just minutes from Disney World, but it’s a place for adults to make memories too. Enjoy the warmth of Florida in winter while exploring Orlando’s popular central business district, where you’ll find a dense population of popular bars, restaurants and night spots. If you have the little ones in tow, you won’t want to miss the elaborate fireworks display and festivities at the beloved Walt Disney World Resort.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Las Vegas and New York City are more famous for their New Year’s Eve celebrations than New Orleans, but there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the Big Easy. New Orleans is the perfect place to bar hop with more than 401 top rated nightspots on Yelp. Party with fellow vacationers in the French Quarter and on Bourbon Street or seek out some of the best local hangouts away from the madness. Casinos, live music, dancing and delicious eats are just a few things you’ll experience in New Orleans on New Year’s Eve.

Stop and See Us

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Princess Craft RV when you’re traveling throughout the country this winter. We’re fully stocked with all of the latest and greatest RVs and supplies for 2016.

RV Parts and Accessories for the Holidays

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When you’re stumped on what to give the RV enthusiast in your life, it’s time to visit our Princess Craft RV online parts store. Our online shop is the perfect place to purchase last-minute gifts 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The following are a few of our favorite RV parts and accessories for the holiday season, but you’ll have to log online to view them all.

Carefree of Colorado Freedom Awning

The Carefree of Colorado Freedom Awning is the best box awning you can buy. This model is ideal for van conversions and truck campers and can be purchased as a manual or power awning. This easy-to-use awning is guaranteed to make someone’s Christmas this year. Even better, the Freedom Awning is a gift that will keep giving on every camping excursion.

115-Piece Complete Vacation Kit

The 115-piece complete vacation kit is the ultimate gift for any RV traveler. When you have the 115-piece vacation kit in your vehicle, you never have to worry about forgetting a thing. The kit includes everything from cookware and other kitchen supplies to a flashlight and first aid kit. The unique mix of products will ensure that each RV getaways is worry-free.

Add-A-Drawer

Struggling to find enough storage space in your RV? The Add-A-Drawer from Smart Solutions is exactly what you need this holiday season. This unique device easily adds storage space, so you can keep the interior of your RV organized. The convenient design makes it perfect for storing items underneath your cabinetry, in the bathroom and anywhere where you need a little more space.

Big Red Campfire

The Big Red Campfire allows you to enjoy the warmth and light of a campfire just about anywhere. Many campgrounds no longer allow in-ground fires, making the Big Red Campfire especially useful on cool nights. This portable, propane-fueled fire looks and feels like a real fire, so you can enjoy all of the benefits without the risk.

The 2015 Coleman Expedition CTS 15BH

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The 2015 Coleman Expedition is the affordable camper you need to travel more in 2016. This compact and convenient travel trailer is a perfect fit for the entire family. It comfortably sleeps four travelers and is equipped with all of the amenities you need to enjoy a stress-free travel lifestyle.

The 2015 Expedition CTS 15BH Floorplan

The moment you step inside the Coleman Expedition CTS 15BH, you’ll be blown away by the amount of space you find inside. The front of the travel trailer is equipped with a massive U-shaped dinette that conveniently converts into a two-person sleeping space. The center of the RV features a galley kitchen with sink, two-burner ranger and full pantry. At the rear of the Expedition CTS 15BH, you’ll find bunk beds and a full dry bath.

The Details

The 2015 Expedition CTS 15BH is 18-feet and 9-inches long and 8-feet and 8-inches tall. It features a fresh water capacity of 27 gallons, a black water capacity of 28 gallons and a grey water capacity of 28 gallons. The dry hitch weight of this travel trailer is just 346 pounds. The Coleman Expedition makes cruising with a travel trailer easier and more enjoyable than ever before.

Luxurious Amenities

Your family will fall in love with the Coleman Expedition at first sight. The long list of luxurious features, including an 8,000 BTU air conditioner, 3.3-cubic-foot refrigerator, AM/FM/MP3 stereo, a skylight in the bathroom, microwave, awning, range hood with exhaust fan, and an 18,000 BTU furnace, ensure that you’re comfortable wherever you decide to travel in any time of year.

If you’re hoping to upgrade from your tent camping lifestyle in 2016, the affordable 2015 Coleman Expedition is guaranteed to make it the best camping year yet.

Tow It Away Today

Start your new RV lifestyle today at Princess Craft RV in Round Rock, Texas. We’ve taken nearly $3,000 off the original price of the Coleman Expedition for the holiday shopping season.

December Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Texas

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December is one of the best times of the year to be in Texas. During the holiday season, the Lone Star State is bustling with activities, events and festivals that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout Texas to these three awesome December events.

Jingle Bell Fun Run 5K and Kids’ K

Stay in shape this holiday season by participating in the Jingle Bell Fun Run 5K and Kids’ K on Dec. 5, in Gonzales, Texas. Holiday costumes are encouraged at this family-friendly fun run, and there’s no doubt you’ll feel inclined to visit the historic town of Gonzales following the event.

Dickens on the Strand

Kick off the first weekend of December with a bang. Galveston’s famous Dickens on the Strand Victorian holiday festival will be held on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. Parades, entertainment on six stages, carolers, bagpipers, jugglers, an arts and crafts fair and countless other events and activities make Dickens on the Strand one of the best holiday celebrations in the country.

Rail of Lights Christmas Train

There’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than boarding the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas. Tickets for the Rail of Lights train can be purchased ahead of time on the Jefferson Railway website, and the event runs every weekend until the new year. If you’re looking for an extra special New Year’s Eve activity, the train runs on Dec. 31, at 8 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11:30 p.m.

Shop at Princess Craft RVs

One of the best parts of the holiday season is shopping for gifts you know your friends and family will love. Make this December the best one yet by purchasing your family’s dream RV at Princess Craft RV. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us to find out about all of our unbeatable holiday deals.