Archive for December 2015

New at Poulsbo RV: The Thor Compass

When we at Poulsbo RV go out and look at all the new models available for 2016, we get … shall we say … picky. Some manufacturers may well inwardly shudder, even as they reach out to shake our hands.

But they make sure we find what we want. And so, allow us to introduce the Thor Compass. The Compass is a Class C RV set on a Ford Transit chassis, with a Power Stroke® Inline 3.2L I-5 Turbo Diesel engine. We were looking for a diesel’s power and efficiency, and longer life. The Compass provides that at a price that can fit the budget of a first-time RVer or full-time snowbirds.

Compass Interior

There are plenty of features in the Compass:

  • Rotocast Storage Compartments
  • Keyless Entry System
  • Deluxe Heated/Remote Exterior Side Mirrors
  • Rear View Mirror w/Back-Up Monitor
  • Skylight in Front Cap and Shower
  • Leatherette Jack-Knife Sofa
  • European 2-Burner Gas Cooktop & Convection Microwave Oven
  • Bluetooth® Coach Radio System w/DVD Player, HDMI Ready, App Control & Exterior Speakers

Compass Floorplan

We were also impressed by the modern interior. It’s light and well-designed. We’d go so far as to call it sleek.

If you’d like to know more, please go to PoulsboRV.com, or contact us directly at everythingrv@poulsborv.com.

As always, thanks, and travel safely.

New From Roadtrek: the Zion

Here at Poulsbo RV, we’ve hosted many Roadtrek rallies, so we know that there is a deep, abiding love of the Class B motor home. Small, but feature-packed, easy to drive, easier to park: the Class B can be the perfect choice for the carefree couple or the small family.

Allow us to introduce the Zion, the latest model from Roadtrek. Stylish, based on the Ram ProMaster Chassis, this is a gas model that lets you take advantage of today’s low fuel prices. It also features a wide open interior layout to give you room for your sporting equipment.

There is even the option to add solar panels and EcoTrek lithium power module.

Zion Features

Features

  • Exposed center aisle for storage of larger gaming and sporting items
  • Galley features a 5.0 cu. ft. refrigerator, propane stove and microwave
  • Loads of storage in the kitchen including a slide out pantry and large pot drawer
  • Flip up counter extension with charging station
  • Interior permanent bathroom with shower
  • Automatic propane heating system
  • Abundance of interior storage including large under sofa drawers

To learn more about the Zion or any of our Roadtrek models, you can go to www.PoulsboRV.com, or email us at everythingrv@poulsborv.com.

 

And, as always, travel safely.

RV Tailgating Tips

Pre-Cooked Pasta

Cook your pasta a head of time and portion it out for one or two people. Put portions into zip lock bags and store in the fridge. They'll be good for 4-6 days.

Freeze Marinated Meats

Take your meat of choice and season it with favorite marinade, place in a zip lock bag and freeze. Then just take it out in the
morning to have for dinner.

Get Rid of Boxes

Take your boxed foods (rice-a-roni, pasta mixes, etc) and transfer them to zip lock bags. Cut out any direction and tape them to the bag. This will save you a lot of room in your RV pantry!

Wine Ice Cubes

Don’t have room for a bottle, but need it for your cooking? Take an ice tray and pour one oz. of wine into each cube. Freeze, zip locking bag them and bring them along!

 

Tips by Christopher Anderson (AKA The Casual Chef) regularly shares his amazing recipes, wine recommendations and tips on Twitter @TheCasualChef1
and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/casualchef

Tailgating, Grilling, Barbecuing, and RV Cooking

One of life's greatest pleasures is eating. We enjoy it even more when we gather with family, friends, or even strangers cheering for our team. Food is often linked to our most treasured experiences. Remember when someone's Mom assembled her army of helpers for chopping and cooking. Dad and his friends have taken their stations at the grill. Children suddenly stopped racing around, noses rising up into the air as they smelled the food cooking. Suddenly, somehow, they hadn't eaten for days.


Cooking in an RV kitchen—and some vehicles even have extra outdoor kitchens and built in grills—makes everything easier and tidier. Here are some of our favorite recipes!

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato & Cream SauceChicken with Sun-Dried Tomato & Cream Sauce
Ingredients:
4 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Olive Oil to coat pan
1 Tbsp. butter
1 shallot, chopped fine
3-6 cloves garlic, chopped fine
3-4 oz. sun-dried tomato, drained and cut into ribbons
1/3 cup white wine (chicken stock can be substituted)
1 pint heavy cream
3-4 cup pasta of your choice

Instructions:
Between two sheets of plastic wrap, pound chicken breasts to about ½ inch thick. Cook over medium heat until done. Set aside.
Add shallots and garlic to the pan, cooking for about 2 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes and cook for another minute being careful to not burn any of them.
Add wine and butter to deglaze the pan, then reduce heat to medium-low. Pour in the heavy cream and combine, until sauce starts to thicken.
Add the cooked chicken breasts to the sauce to reheat them. Add cooked pasta of choice and combine for a minute or two. Serves four. (Recipe by Christopher Anderson, AKA: The Casual Chef)

Mediterranean Chicken PacketsMediterranean Chicken Packets

No plates? No problem! These foil-wrapped packets can be thrown on the grill in single portions, each one customized for fussy eaters. They're fun for the kids to make, so to get them involved too!

Ingredients:
1 lb. Chicken (or fish or beef)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
(or substitute 4 Tbsp. Italian salad dressing)
Salt and Pepper
1 cup sliced onion
1 each: green, red and yellow bell pepper, cut into bite size pieces
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (drained and chopped)
4-6 cloves of garlic (chopped or smashed)
½ cup white wine
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
½ tsp. fresh thyme
Kalamata olives or feta cheese (optional)

Instructions:
Combine everything in a medium bowl, mixing well.
Prepare 4 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil, about 12x12 inches.
Scoop about ¼ of the mixture into a piece of foil, wrapping it up tight.
Put on the grill for about 12-15 minutes (or in a 450 degree oven).
Once cooked, cut the packets open to let steam out and serve. You can add Kalamata olives, or feta cheese if desired to each packet as desired. (Recipe by Christopher Anderson, AKA: The Casual Chef)

Slowcooker Tamale PieSlowcooker Tamale Pie

For ease, at a tailgate, or any kind of get together, nothing beats a slow-cooker. Make it at home (or in your RV kitchen), just plug in the pot and join the party! Plus: this recipe is both dairy & gluten free.
Ingredients:

Tamale Dough:
2 cups Masa Harina
1 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
½ cup vegetable oil

Filling:
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 lbs. ground beef
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1 (10 oz.) can red enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1½ tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. cayenne (optional)
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup low sodium beef broth

Instructions:
Whisk together masa, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add broth and oil and stir to combine until dough becomes soft paste. Cover bowl let dough rest for at least 15 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and add ground beef and onions. Cook until meat is no longer pink, being sure to break up any large chunks. Add minced garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in enchilada sauce.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch, chili powder, cumin, cayenne and broth. Add mixture to meat and stir to combine.
To assemble, spread meat in an even layer over the bottom of the crock of a slow cooker. Gently spread tamale dough over the top of the meat mixture. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours until dough is set. Serve with any garnishes you like. We enjoy some sliced green onions, or some pico de gallo. (Recipe by Marni Erwin)

Welcome!

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the Poulsbo RV blog: Everything RV. We want to provide a place where our RV lifestyle family can learn about great places to visit, new and upcoming products, how to keep RVs in perfect working order, and ways to make the most of RV living.


It’s all part of our core purpose: Customer Care.


We take care to select our RV models so we can serve all kinds of RV enthusiasts: families, campers, tailgaters, snowbirds…anyone who loves the RV life.


We pick and choose our parts suppliers to find those who can provide the best in quality and price.


We make sure our techs are up-to-date on RV engineering. We keep them well supplied with the latest tools so that when your RV comes in for service, they can do their very best to get you back on the road.
With this blog, we hope to serve you better with useful, fun information that will help you make the most out of RVing.


Here, in the Poulsbo RV section, we’ll be giving you previews of sales events, anniversaries, rallies, BBQs, pumpkin carvings, parties, and an insider’s look at our other store shenanigans (hint: we do love our Blue Fridays around here, win or lose).


Please take a moment or two to look around our site. Book mark us or share us if you like what you see. Check back regularly, or even better, let us know what sort of information you’d like to see posted. You can contact us at everythingrv@poulsborv.com.


Thanks, and as always, travel safely.

RV & AC

If you run into a wave of hot weather during your RV Adventure it can make it a little less enjoyable if you don’t know how to keep things cool. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay nice and cool to enjoy your RV time to the fullest:


Test your AC Unit Before Hitting the Road
Let’s face it; a bouncing house on wheels can have an effect on things. Make sure you do a little Yamping (yard camping) to make sure the AC unit is working properly.


Roof Vent Insulation
This is an inexpensive investment that pays off big time. It’s basically a pillow. Some even have foil on one side. They are made to fit the roof vent in your ceiling. You would be amazed at the amount of heat they keep out on a hot summer day.


Using the AC
Close all the windows and vents. Think of your RV with the AC on as a large refrigerator. Open the door and cold air spills out. When you are coming in and out of your RV, make sure you shut the door as fast as possible. For some larger RVs, you’ll have to plan ahead and make sure you have a 50 amp hookup to run multiple units.


Block the Solar Heat
The first step is parking in the shade. Keep in mind the sun moves throughout the day and you may want to position yourself so the afternoon sun doesn’t directly hit the RV. Even if you are in the shade, keeping the shades down in your RV helps. Another simple tip that makes a HUGE difference is to put cardboard between the glass and the shades.


Fans are your Friends
Lack of airflow is a mood killer. Using tower fans to blow air directly on you is a great way to cool off. Blowing air directly on your body will make you feel cooler and still air will seem hotter. Additionally because it’s warm in the day and cooler at night you can use fans to blow out warm air in the evenings and then draw cold air in at night.


Cleaning your AC Filter
To improve your AC units efficiency keep the filters clean. In most cases you can wash the filters with warm soapy water.


Eric Hannan is a full time RVer and writer.
Check out his RVing Blog at www.ShoreLooksNice.com