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        Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Your RV-Loving Partner

        Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Your RV-Loving Partner

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        Valentine’s day is right around the corner, which means all you lovers out there are starting to think about what gift to get for your significant other. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of ten unique and creative gift ideas that any RV enthusiast would love. If you and your partner enjoy RVing together, these are the perfect gift ideas!

         

        1. RV Books

        If your partner loves to read, a book is an obvious but fool-proof choice for a gift. If they love RVing, consider grabbing one of the books on this list, which are all RV-related. You can find a book for every RV-topic imaginable, from guides about buying your first RV, to the best RV recipes book. 


         

         

        2. Cutting board 

        This RV-themed cutting board is so fun and perfect for your significant other that enjoys cooking on the road. You can also pair it with other cooking-related items on this list, like the RV recipe book, or the two-people breakfast maker. 

         

         

         

         

        3. Tumblr mug

        If your significant other is one to always have a drink on the go, even while RVing, then this tumblr mug is the perfect gift for them! 


        4. RV Lego Set

        This RV lego set is an amazing Valentine’s day gift because it’s an activity that you and your partner can do together. The great thing about this, is that once it’s done, you can use it as decoration for your RV!

         

        5. Camping Murder Mystery Game 

        Much like the RV lego set, this murder mystery game is a great gift as it can easily be turned into a date night! Even better, this specific game is perfect for an RVer as it is set on a camping site. 

         

        6. Two-people breakfast maker 

        Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol breakfast sandwich? Well, with this breakfast sandwich maker that could be your reality every morning, even when you’re on the road! This breakfast sandwich maker is small and compact, making it perfect to bring along on your RV trips. This would make the perfect Valentine’s day gift if your partner loves cooking on the road. 



        7. Lynx Levelers

         

        By gifting your partner a set of Lynx Levelers, you are giving them the gift of a hassle-free and  hass Our blocks make the leaving process (which is notoriously tedious) quick and easy!

         

        8. National Geographic’s 100 drives, 5000 ideas

        If you and your significant other are planning a roadtrip, this book is a must-have! It shares thousands of suggestions on epic sights, good bites, and pure fun. 



        9. RV Neon Sign

        This RV neon sign may be the most unique and fun gift on this list! You can also get it personalized to make it extra special. 


        10. Portable Electric Espresso Maker

        If your partner is a coffee connoisseur, then this portable electric espresso maker will be much appreciated. Your significant other will be able to bring it along on long hikes or day-trips. 




        That’s all the suggestions we have for you, but feel free to leave any more in the comments below. We wish you all a great Valentine’s Day!

        Cozy Dinner Ideas to Whip Up On the Road

        Cozy Dinner Ideas to Whip Up On the Road

         

         

        Fall is now in full swing, which means that so are our cravings for comfort foods that will make us feel all cozy inside! Of course, there are many great cozy dinner recipes out there, but they can sometimes be too difficult to make in an RV, where space, supplies and ingredients are limited. Considering this, we’ve decided to compile a list of cozy dinner ideas that are simple enough to be able to make on the road! 

         

        P.S. The recipe titles are all hyper-linked, so you can click on them to see all the details. 




        Soups 

         

        1. Bacon-Potato Corn Chowder

        This chowder is hearty and warm, making it an amazing meal for fall. It is also simple to make, as it has only 5 ingredients! All you need to make this delicious soup is bacon strips, chopped onion, potatoes, cream-style corn, and evaporated milk.

         

         

        2. Vegetable Soup

        This vegetable soup is the perfect meal as it is filling, healthy, easy to make and of course– delicious! The ingredient list is pretty simple: anything you want! You can use any vegetables you have on hand, and pasta & protein of your choice. The recipe linked above shares the ingredients to the “Secret Spice Blend” that will make this vegetable soup finger-licking good! 

         

         

         

        3. Black Bean Soup

        You’ll be able to whip up this 3-ingredient black bean soup in just 20 minutes! All you will need are canned black beans, chicken broth, and tomatoes. 




        Crock Pot Recipes 


        1. Sweet and Sour Chicken

        This 4-ingredient sweet and sour chicken is not only easy, it is also delicious!  All you need to make this yummy meal is chicken, sauces (orange marmalade & sweet chili), and pineapple (canned and crushed). Serve this over some fluffy white rice to make a filling meal. 

         

         

         

        2. Easy 3-Ingredient Chili

        This chili recipe is quick and easy, which is ideal for when you’re on the road. Grab your crockpot and throw in some ground beef, chili beans, and a can of Rotel or Hunt's Seasoned Diced Tomatoes in Sauce for Chili. Leave it cooking on low for 3-4 hours, and you’ve got a meal! 

         

         

         

        3. Creamy Italian Chicken

        This creamy crockpot italian chicken is to die for! To make it, you’ll need some cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, Italian dressing mix, and of course, chicken breasts. 




         

        Casseroles


        1. Creamy Ham and Potato Casserole

        You can never go wrong with potatoes and ham, which is why this casserole is a guaranteed hit! To make it, grab a pack of frozen potatoes with onions and peppers, cubed ham, shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend, condensed cream of chicken soup, and some sour cream. 

         



        2. Chicken-Alfredo Baked Penne

        No better meal to have on a cold fall night than a warm, hearty creamy chicken casserole. You’ll need penne pasta, chicken tenders (not breaded), Alfredo pasta sauce, and some shredded mozzarella cheese. Put it all together in the oven, and you’ve got a delicious meal on the way! 

         

         

         

        3. Overnight Country Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole

        If you have a busy day coming up and want something ready for the next day that you can literally just put in the oven and enjoy, this Overnight Country Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole is the recipe for you! You will need some bulk hot pork sausage, eggs, milk, Dijon mustard, O’Brien hash browns, shredded sharp Cheddar cheese. Mix everything together and let it rest for at least 8 hours. When you're ready to eat, simply stick it in the oven for 45-55 minutes. 



         

        We hope that this list of delicious recipes gave you some great RV dinner inspo! They are all perfect for the fall/winter season and they are quite basic in terms of ingredients and supplies, making them perfect to make in your RV. If you decide to try any of these recipes out, please show us by tagging us @lynxlevelers!

        A Guide To Celebrating Halloween in Your RV

        A Guide To Celebrating Halloween in Your RV

         

         

         

        Halloween is just around the corner, and many of you may be spending it on the road. If you are, it doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the spooky holiday like everyone else. If anything, being on the road means you can spend Halloween anywhere… like on a haunted campground (but more on that later). In this blog, we’ll share some tips that will help you get into the Halloween spirit, even if you are on the road!

         

         

        1. Halloween Treats

        Is it really spooky season if you don’t indulge in some halloween-themed treats?! 


        It’s no question that fun treats are the perfect way to celebrate Halloween, however, baking supplies are limited on the road so it can be difficult to follow most recipes. But do not fret! In this blog, written by Chelsea’s Messy Apron, she shared some spooky-licious halloween treats that only need 3 ingredients! These recipes are simple and quick, making them perfect for when you’re RVing. 

         

         

        2. Decorate, duh!

        It goes without saying that one of the best ways to get into the Halloween spirit is by decorating. You can keep it simple by just adding a few fall decorations, or go all out and transform your motorhome into a full-on haunted house (or should we say haunted RV?). Below, we’ve shared some pictures of how some fellow RVers have decorated their motorhomes for the spooky holiday in the past: 

         

         

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        3.  Pick Your Location Strategically

        There are numerous spooky (and possibly haunted) campgrounds across the United States and Canada that would make the perfect Halloween location. Last year, we dedicated an entire blog on six of the most haunted campgrounds in North America; check out our list and see if any of them intrigue you!

         

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        4. Make It A Party!

        Now that your decorations are up and treats are made, the only appropriate next step is to invite your campground neighbours and have a halloween bash! Here are some fun things you can do all together:

        • Set up a projector and watch a Halloween movie
        • Tell scary stories around the campfire
        • Play some games
        • Carve pumpkins 

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          Spending Halloween on the road is something that all RVers should experience at least once in their lives. If you'll be celebrating Halloween in your RV this year, please share your spooky pictures and tag us! 

          How To Transition From Summer To Fall While RVing

          How To Transition From Summer To Fall While RVing

          Happy official first day of fall! We hope that all the RVers out there had a great summer filled with amazing memories, and we also hope that you’re excited for the RV adventures that fall has in store for you.

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          Tips on Surviving The Blazing Summer Heat While RVing

          Tips on Surviving The Blazing Summer Heat While RVing

           


          When reminiscing about summer, many RVers think of long days spent exploring new places, camping at bucket list destinations, and warm nights spent sitting around the campfire. However, it’s hard to look forward to the good times without also dreading how stuffy and uncomfortable RV trips can be in the summer months. 


          In this blog, we’ll go over some of the most effective ways to not only survive, but thrive, as an RVer during the summer. 



          1. Bring Refreshing Food

          The infamous saying “You are what you eat” applies even more so in the summer. Stay away from heavy and greasy foods and instead, bring refreshing and light dishes that will help you combat the heat. Large portions of heavy meals will be harder for your body to digest, putting your body under more work than it needs. Some ideas of light dishes you can bring along are:


          • Pasta Salad
          • Sushi 
          • Fresh veggies and fruit
          • Sandwiches/Wraps
          • Greek Salad



           

          2. Keep Windows Closed 

          Keeping windows closed when it’s hot may seem counterintuitive, but it actually helps keep the heat out of your RV. If you want to take it a step further, also close the curtains or blinds. It is especially important that you remember to do this when you are away from your RV during the day, so that when you’re back, you’re not coming home to a sauna. 



          3. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! 

          This may sound like a given, but keeping hydrated is a key component to surviving the heat. If you have a hard time drinking enough water, try adding in some flavor drops


          TIP: Purchase an insulated water bottle to bring along on your trip that will keep your liquids cold. This water bottle keeps cold for up to 48 hrs!

           

           

          4. Reflective Insulation 

          Another recommendation we have is to bring a roll of reflective insulation to put on your windshield while you’re away from your RV. If your windows don’t have blinds or curtains, this is a great alternative to use to block the heat.


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          5. Go Where the Shade Is 

          Perhaps the most effective way to combat the heat is to simply seek out shade as much as you can. When choosing a parking spot, try to pick out shaded spot. If you find a good shaded spot but it is on unlevel ground, do not fret! Lynx Levelers to the rescue! 

           

           

          6. Snap Shades

          We’ve given a few suggestions already on how to prevent heat from coming into your RV that involve keeping windows covered. These are only viable solutions when you are away from your RV since the view would be blocked. 


          If you are looking for something to block the heat while you are in your RV, we suggest purchasing some EZ RV Snap Shades. These shades are described as “thermo-weave™ mesh [that] block up to 90% of the sun’s heat & damaging UV rays, without blocking your view”. Although the EZ Snap Shades have a hefty price tag, they are a good investment for those who travel in their RV often during the summer. 

           

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          7. Cooling Towels

          Cooling towels are very handy to keep around during the hot summer days. They are extremely effective at keeping you cool while being light-weight and easy to use.

           

           

          8. Awning

          If your RV already comes with an awning, make sure to make good use of it during the summer. If your RV does not have an awning, it might be a good idea to invest in one. Awnings are not only a good way to create shade, but it’s also useful if you want to sit outside when it’s raining.

           

           

          9. Cooling Car Seat

          Everyone is familiar with heating car seats, but have you ever heard of cooling car seats? This cooling cushion is convenient and easy to set up, making it the perfect way to combat the heat this summer!



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          10. Pet Cooling Mat

          We couldn't make this blog without mentioning our beloved pets because, as much as we suffer in the heat, our fur friends tend to suffer even more. If you are traveling with your pets this summer, consider purchasing a pet cooling mat that you can put inside your RV. This should alleviate some of your pet’s discomfort. 



           

          We hope that these tips will help you combat the heat this summer so that you can enjoy your RV trip even more. If you have any more tips, tricks, or advice, please share it in the comments!