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Okay, when we say “grow” your own bread, it’s not what you may be thinking. You don’t need to farm a patch of land behind your RV site for wheat, build a windmill to grind it, or anything like that. Instead, this is a fun method of making fresh-baked, homemade bread. You’ll be growing (baking) the bread in a clay flower pot!

Flower Pot Bread

INGREDIENTS/SUPPLIES

  • Bread dough, ready-made
  • 1 small clay flower pot
  • Vegetable/olive oil
  • Aluminum foil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Clean out the clay flower pot. Make sure you thoroughly clean it out. It’s recommended that you use a pot that’s never actually held a plant before. Apply a generous coating of the oil of your choice, allowing it to dry. After the first coat of oil dries, apply a thick second coat.
  2. Clog up the hole at the bottom with a wad of aluminum foil. Then place a flat piece of foil over the wad at the bottom of the pot.
  3. Put your ready-made bread dough at the bottom of the pot. Leave about 1/3 of the pot as open space so the dough has room to rise. Gently brush the top of the dough with more oil.
  4. Place a large piece of foil over the opening of the pot, covering it completely. Tent the foil at the top to allow more space for the bread to rise.
  5. Place the pot directly into the hot coals of a campfire or even on top of an outdoor grill. Let the bread bake for about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the baked bread from the flower pot. Be very careful handling the pot and bread; both will be very hot! Let the bread cool completely so that the edges harden and make it easier to pull out of the flower pot.
  7. Slice and enjoy with your favorite foods!
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As RV travelers, we tend to appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors more than others. By following a few simple eco-friendly tips, we can do our part to preserve what we appreciate by living greener year-round.

Buy Quality Products

The fewer items you have to buy, the fewer items have to go in the trash. Make all of your major material purchases with longevity in mind, and you can greatly reduce the amount of trash you put into the Earth.

Ditch the Plastic Bags

Although some areas of the United States have actually banned plastic bags, the trend hasn’t crossed the nation just yet. Make your mark by taking your own reusable grocery bags to the market to reduce the amount of plastic bags that end up in landfills.

Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Many major companies have started making cost-effective cleaning products that are phosphate free, biodegradable and never tested on animals. Do your part by choosing these products over others that are harmful to animals as well as the atmosphere. If eco-friendly products aren’t available, vinegar and baking soda are two earth-friendly (and extremely effective) cleaning items you probably already have in your RV’s cupboards.

Reduce Your Use of Electricity

Although it feels nice to have the interior temperature of your home at 75 while the snow is falling outside, you can save tons of energy (and big bucks on your electricity and gas usage) by choosing a blanket over turning up the thermostat. Use fans instead of air conditioning (whenever possible) in the summer, and always turn the lights off when you exit a room.

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Traveling in an RV is the perfect way to live a greener lifestyle, so come down to Gardner’s RV Center to browse our huge selection of new and used RVs for sale or to shop all of our eco-friendly RV parts and accessories.

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After a long winter, the spring RV season is finally here. It’s time to start cleaning and inspecting your RV inside and out. These simple RV preparation tips will help ensure that your RV is road-ready inside and out.

Start with an Inspection

The first step to take after pulling your RV out of storage is to inspect it inside and out. Pull the tarp or cover off of your RV and check the roof for any wear and tear that could have occurred over the winter months. Check the sides and undersides as well to make sure no critters have created holes to take shelter in your home on wheels. Lastly, inspect the interior of your RV for any damage.

It’s Time to Clean

Even if your RV went into storage after a good cleaning, you’ll want to clean away the winter grime once again. Thoroughly wash the exterior of your with an RV washing solution and soft rags or sponges that won’t scratch the exterior surface. Clean the interior of your thoroughly as well, taking out any items that you won’t need on your summer travels (heavy winter coats, sleds, and other winter supplies).

Check Your Appliances and Safety Gear

There’s nothing more disappointing than arriving at the campground to find that your stove is no longer operating properly. Check your water heater, LP tanks, appliances, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and the fire extinguisher to make sure they’re all in proper working order. It pays to get your RV road-ready even if you’re not preparing for a trip, because you never know when an opportunity for adventure will strike.

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There’s no better way to enjoy complete peace of mind on the road than to bring your RV to Gardner’s RV Center before you go. Our certified RV technicians will take all of the necessary steps to ensure your RV is ready for all of your spring and summer adventures.

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Solar panels are essential for travelers who want spend more time off the cord and without running their generators. However, understanding which solar panels to use and how to use them can be intimidating for those who are new to this innovative power trend. The following guide will help you understand solar panels more fully, so you can start easing your negative impact on the environment, saving more money, and enjoying a more convenient RV lifestyle.

The Basics of Solar Power

Solar panels include photovoltaic cells that convert energy from the sun into electricity. Panels are rated in watts of output, and that wattage rating is found by multiplying the panel’s peak power amperage by its peak power voltage. Factors like cell temperature, shade, angle of sunlight and amount of sunlight can affect how much voltage you receive from your solar panels.

The Benefits of Solar Power

The benefits of solar power never cease. You’ll find yourself spending more time in more scenic areas when you’re not tied to power cords. You’ll also give back to those scenic places by harmlessly creating your RV’s power from the sun. Even more, you’ll save money by not having to reserve spaces at costly RV parks and nearly eliminating the use of your generator.

What You’ll Need

A low-power RV solar setup can power your fan, lights and keep your batteries charged while you’re enjoying life off the grid. If this is what you’re seeking, a basic 12-volt system with a 55-watt module should do the trick. However, if you’d like to power your lights, fan, laptop, charge cell phones and watch television, a 12-volt medium system would include two 140-watt modules.

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Here at Gardner’s RV Center, we’re more than an RV dealership; we’re your home RV parts and service in Kalispell, Montana. If you have any questions about installing or using solar panels and power with your RV, just stop in and ask one of our knowledgeable RV technicians today.

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Ideally, you want to use your RV’s kitchen when you’re out on the road traveling in it. After all, the ability to cook your own food like you would at home was probably one of the major draws of owning your motorhome or travel trailer in the first place.

But when it comes down to actually cooking, you may feel put-off by the idea. It’s admittedly more straightforward and simpler to just head to a restaurant every night and managing your RV’s fridge and pantry stock takes extra work. Not to worry: with just a few simple tips, you can be well on your way to maximizing your RV kitchen’s potential.

Plan Things Out

Planning what you’ll eat and when you’ll eat it helps you to actually follow through on prepping the ingredients you bought. When you plan your meals and buy the groceries, make a promise to yourself to get those meals made even if you’re tired after a long day. If you’ve known for a week what you plan to have tonight, you’ll be in the mindset to make it happen.

Have Alternatives Handy

In the event that you’re absolutely done with everything and you’re bone-weary (hey, it’s going to happen sometimes if you just spent a lot of time outside), don’t resort to eating out. Have some cheap and easy non-perishable alternatives available at all times. We’re talking cans of soup, boxed macaroni, or some canned tuna. They’re not exciting meals, but they’ll still fill you up without forcing you to put forth lots of effort.

Keep Meals Simple

Regardless of whether or not you’re tired, it’s best to keep all meals simple, not just your alternatives. The simpler they are, the more likely you’ll feel up to making them. Simpler means fewer ingredients and steps, not less taste. Find meals that are heavy on flavor but light on prep. Don’t be afraid to use a slow cooker or to prep ingredients ahead of time (including freezing pre-cooked meats).

Cook Outside

Lastly, don’t forget that you’re in some of the prettiest places in the country. You’re RVing and that means that you’re probably at a campground in a National or State Park right this second. What better incentive to cook than to grill outside your rig in the fresh air and natural splendor of your surroundings? Mix some grill recipes into your meal plan and enjoy the evening outside. If those views don’t get you cooking, what will?

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Stop by Gardner’s RV Center this spring to tour a new or pre-owned motorhome or travel trailer. Learn more about your favorite models and ask your sales associate if there are any sales or specials going on. Get out there and explore the highways in an RV from Gardner’s RV Center!

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Part of RV traveling means stopping along the way to set up camp at a park just for RVs. And an important element of any park is comfort and convenience. No matter where you’re traveling, when it comes to picking an RV park or campground there are certain things to consider that will help you find the best RV park for you.

How to Find the Best RV Park

This short list is a good place to start in finding the park for you.

  • If you’re visiting a park for the first time, do your research regarding seasonal rates and availability.
  • Location is vital. You’ll want to be near to shopping, dining, fuel, and local attractions.
  • Find out what types of businesses surround the park. For example, be sure the park isn’t across the street from a garbage dump or sewage facility.
  • You’ll need water, electric and sewer hookups. Check with the park of choice regarding what they offer in terms of power ampage to accommodate your RV.
  • Is the site easily accessible and is it large enough for your RV, especially if you have multiple slide outs?
  • Sites can be equipped with several items such as a picnic table, grill or fire pit while others may have only one or two of these amenities. Additional features may include WiFi access and cable hookups. Make sure you know which amenities are important to you and find out if the site includes them.
  • Does the park offer pull-through and back-in sites and is there additional room for more than one car or truck?
  • Does the park have an onsite store for supplies such as wood for fire pits?
  • If you plan to bring your pet, know what the pet policy is in terms of deposits, leash regulations, specific dog walking areas, etc.
  • Many parks and resorts have a variety of amenities including a pool, fitness and recreation center, hot tub, shuffleboard, horseshoes, canoe, kayak and bicycle rental. Some offer shuttle service to town as well as planned cookouts, events and activities.

Taking all of these factors into account can help you enjoy your road trip more. Anywhere you decide to stop, whether for a couple of days or a couple of months, is going to be your home for as long as you’re there. Make sure that you and your family will be comfortable and find the best RV park or campground at each stop along your intended route.

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Drop by Gardner’s RV Center before you hit the road. Not only is finding the right RV park vital to enjoying your travels; the RV you travel in is as important. Make sure you’re in the rig that’s right for you and your family. If you’ve got something you like, Gardner’s RV Center can help make sure that it’s ready to hit the road and that you’ve got all the supplies and accessories you need to make your life more comfortable and easy.

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You don’t have to buy costly plane tickets and pay outrageous resort accommodation prices to enjoy a romantic getaway with your special someone this Valentine’s Day. The U.S. is littered with romantic destinations that can be visited in the comfort, convenience and affordability of your RV.

Fire up your home on wheels and cruise throughout the country to one of these three must-visit Valentine’s Day destinations.

Sedona, Arizona

If you haven’t escaped the cold to explore Sedona yet, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time. This cozy Arizona getaway is loaded with RV resorts, spas, world-renowned restaurants, shopping and more outdoor adventures than you can cram into one vacation. Even more, Sedona’s desert sunsets are famous for being some of the most mesmerizing in the country.

Charleston, South Carolina

It’s no wonder that Travel and Leisure named Charleston the No. 1 most romantic city in America. The historic town, located minutes from some of the East Coast’s most pristine beaches, offers cobblestone streets lined with oak trees, horse-drawn carriages and enough historic architecture to fill hours of exploration. Charleston is also home to some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants and rooftop bars in the country, so you’ll have no shortage of places to enjoy a romantic dinner and drinks.

Chicago, Illinois

City lovers can’t help but feel the romance when walking on Chicago’s streets in winter. Whether you and your lover are interested in fine dining, shopping, theater or nightlife, you’ll feel Chicago’s charm when you walk among the skyscrapers just steps from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan. The Chicago area is also home to a large number of family-owned RV parks and campgrounds that make an ideal, and affordable, home base for city excursions.

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Don’t forget to stop by Gardner’s RV Center in Montana, to ensure your RV is in top condition before you hit the road for your romantic getaway.

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If you’re in Montana this winter in your RV, not everything you choose to do for fun has to cost money. There are plenty of fun and free recreational opportunities throughout the state. If you’re out to enjoy yourself, but don’t want to drain your bank, consider one of the following.

Go for a Winter Hike at a National or State Park

Montana’s winter landscape is second to none in terms of beauty. If traversing a veritable winter wonderland strikes your fancy, just gear up and go for a long hike in some of Montana’s best natural spots. Montana is full of parks, which you probably know as an RVer. In fact, we bet you’re either at one or traveling to one right now. Be sure to stop by the visitor center and ask a range for more information about hiking opportunities wherever you’re heading.

Better Yet, Go Sledding!

Why walk when you can slide? Sledding is a classic winter activity that’s pure, unadulterated fun. Montana’s hilly terrain is ideal for finding good sledding hills. Sleds are great in that they don’t take up that much room on your RV and they offer good fun for both kids and adults.

Soak in Some History and Culture

Montana isn’t all wilderness. Believe it or not people live here and have cities and towns! Not only that, but a good number of them have some pretty interesting history and culture. Take the capital, Helena: it’s got plenty of free opportunities in the form of world-class museums. You can also take a free tour of the capitol building and other government facilities.

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Gardner’s RV Center is your go-to RV sales, service and parts destination in Montana. Stop by our locations in Kalispell or Great Falls to guarantee your RV is prepared for winter, whether you’ll be on the roads or not.

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With over 30 million acres of public land, Montana ought to be on your list of places to see if you’re an RVer. It’s not a question of where can you explore, but where should you explore? If you’ve already been or are already here, we don’t have to tell you that. If you’re considering Montana as your next destination, however, here are some of the best campsites in the state.

Yellowstone National Park

Though the bulk of Yellowstone National Park is in Wyoming, there’s a sizable portion in the state of Montana and it’s every bit worth the visit. With abundant wildlife and awe-inspiring geysers, Yellowstone is unlike any other park in the country. Best yet, there are dozens of RV parks in the park’s immediate vicinity, so you’re never going to want for lack of sites to park your rig while you stay. Five of the RV parks are KOA campgrounds, so you can expect that at least those parks will have all the comforts and conveniences you want, including showers, free WiFi, general stores, and full hookups. The Yellowstone KOA even has an espresso bar, fudge shop, horseback rides, an indoor pool and hotub, and even weekly rodeo performances. As if you needed any of that on top of Yellowstone!

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, located in the northwest section of Montana is what is known as Glacier Country, probably represents the most ruggedly beautiful portion of Montana: snowcapped peaks, majestic glaciers, and plenty of wildlife will bring you closer to nature than almost anywhere else in the country. Just because you’re close to nature means you have to abandon civilization altogether. There are many RV parks adjacent to the park and most of them are brimming with modern amenities, which affords you a flexible stay: Glacier National Park for nature, your RV park for recreation. Look for RV parks that feature onsite restaurants, bars, and even casinos.

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Before you embark on your ultimate Montana road trip, be sure to stop and see us here at Gardner’s RV Center. We’re your one-stop RV shop for new and used RV sales, service, parts, camping supplies and so much more right here in Montana.

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The RV lifestyle is all about seeing new sights and experiencing new adventures. And the more you hit the road in your RV, the more tips, tricks and pointers you’ll learn to make your next adventure even more enjoyable. Whether you’re a novice RV enthusiast or have been cruising the roads for decades, these simple tricks to RV travel may help make your next road trip better than ever.

Pack Bungees

Bungee cords are some of the most valuable of all RV travel accessories. To keep drawers from sliding out on hills and turns, strap one end of the bungee cord to the top drawer handle and the other end to the bottom drawer handle. Be sure to bungee your cabinet doors too, even if it involves adding a couple of hooks throughout your RV.

Weather-Proof Your Screen Door

When temperatures are cool outside, you don’t always want to close your RV door and shut out the bright spring light. Buy window plastic from any major hardware store and follow the instructions for installation on the box. This easy-to-use plastic wrap will keep the wind and cold air from entering your motorhome or travel trailer on those sunny days you want to keep your door open.

Bring Some Sage

Sage bundles can be burned (similar to incense) to keep pesky bugs away while you enjoy time outside of your RV. Even better, sage puts off a pleasant smell, and you don’t have to cover your body with greasy sprays.

Use Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers

Shoe organizers can hang just about anywhere in your RV to save your tight living space from clutter and disorganization. Hang them in closets, in the bedroom, the bathroom and anywhere in your motorhome or travel trailer that’s easily overcrowded with small items.

Find All of Your RV Supplies at Gardner’s RV Center

Here at Gardner’s RV Center, we’re more than an RV dealership; we’re your home RV parts and service in Kalispell, Montana. With everything from organizational items to cleaning products, electronics, hardware, lighting and tons more, we’ve got everything you need to perfect your RV lifestyle today.

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