Celebrating Earth Day From the Road

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Just because you’ll be traveling in your RV this Earth Day, doesn’t mean you have to skip those fun and educational Earth Day celebrations. Get your family involved in these awesome Earth Day activities inside your RV, and you’re guaranteed to get in the spirit of reducing, reusing and recycling.

Plant an RV Garden

Many travelers think that they have to leave their gardening hobby behind when they choose to travel in an RV, but there are tons of ways to plant miniatures gardens inside and outside of your RV. Start by planting a simple herb garden for your RV’s kitchen window with easy-to-grow herbs like rosemary, mint, cilantro, basil or chives. Your family can learn about what it takes to grow each herb, and you can use them to spice up your RV meals as well.

If you’ll be parked at a single campsite for a while, start a container garden that you can place outside of your RV when you’re stopped. Container gardens are a great way to grow a handful of vegetables at a time, and to be able to take your entire garden with you when you go.

Make Some Earth Day Crafts

By simply recycling some everyday products you use inside your RV, you can create some awesome RV decorations and other crafts. Make tin can drums by painting old tin vegetable cans with acrylic paints and stretching a balloon across the top or make paint old soda bottles to use as vases for Earth Day flowers.

Paper towel rolls, milk caps, cardboard, shells, sticks, newspapers and tons of other items you may have viewed as trash yesterday, can be used to teach your family about recycling and make awesome Earth Day crafts today.

Clem’s RV and Trailer Sales

If you’ll be passing through Pennsylvania this spring in your RV, don’t forget to stop by Pittsburgh’s favorite RV dealer — Clem’s RV and Trailer Sales. We’ve got all of your RV needs covered, from new and used RV sales, to parts, accessories and more, right here at our locations in Ellwood City, Pa., and Stafford, Va.

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Easter Dessert from Clem’s RV

Celebrating Easter while on the road can be a lot of fun with planned activities, good food, and an extra special dessert. With a few supplies for cooking and stocking up on the necessary ingredients, your Easter can be a day of tasty delights

To help fill in your kitchen with any missing cooking pots, pans, utensils, and appliances, Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales has a nice selection of RV accessories. Choose from 12-cup coffee makers for a cup of fresh brew with Easter dessert to super cooling refrigerators if you’re looking to upgrade your unit.

Try this scrumptious southern delight for your Easter holiday dessert.

Ambrosia Cake

Total prep and cooking time is 2 hours 10 minutes.

Makes 12 servings.

Cake

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • ingredients listed on the cake box such as vegetable oil and eggs
  • 1 container each of whipped white and orange frosting
  • 1/2 cup of flaked coconut

Filling

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup regular sugar
  • 2 tsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp grated orange peel
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp flaked coconut

Cake Prep

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set it to 325 if using nonstick or dark colored pans
  • Prepare the cake according to the directions on the box using two 8 or 9-inch round pans
  • After baking, set aside to cool

Filling Prep

  • Mix the sugar and cornstarch in a microwavable bowl
  • Stir in the water, slowly, then stir in orange juice and orange peel
  • Microwave for about 1 minute on high or until it boils. Stir then microwave for an additional 30 seconds.
  • Add 2 tbsp of coconut. Stir and set aside to cool
  • Once cooled, spread the filling on one layer. Place the other layer on top. Frost the sides with white icing. Ice the top with orange icing.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup of coconut over orange icing
  • Optional: toast the cake top coconut by placing in an ungreased skillet and cooking for 6-14 minutes, stirring frequently, on medium-low heat.
  • Optional: for decoration, place small orange jelly beans or marshmallow peeps on top of the cake

Give us a call at Clem’s RV or come down to our center and let us help you with a new or used RV. We also have over 50 years of service experience to help keep plans hopping along the travel trail.

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Easter Activities From The RV

Easter weekend is fast approaching and whether you have travel plans for the day, weekend, or longer, it’s a good idea to start putting your itinerary together for holiday activities.

Before making your way to your Easter destination, make sure your recreational vehicle is running at 100 percent with a maintenance checkup at Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales. With certified technicians at the helm for over 50 years, we’ve got the experience to take care of installations, plumbing, wiring, detailing, and more.

Easter Activities

There’s plenty to do to celebrate the holiday from whipping up tasty goodies to planning a traditional Easter egg hunt. Depending on the ages of everyone, make a list of things you need to bring for cooking, decorations, Easter baskets, and goodies.

Consider these ideas to include in your holiday celebration.

  • Find out about local Easter festivals if you plan to stay near home.
  • Stop at a grocery or bakery for a loaf of fresh Easter bread to enjoy on Easter morning.
  • For families, put an innovative twist on a traditional activity by planning a hike at a state park to include an Easter egg hunt along the trail.
  • Include an egg hunt in the evening around the campfire area. For convenience, use plastic eggs filled with candy instead of actual eggs for the hunt.
  • If kids are along, bring colorful construction paper, craft scissors, stick-ons, paint, sparkles, tape, colored markers and pens to make decorations to decorate the RV.
  • Making goodies is part of Easter. Bring the ingredients to make a batch of cupcakes or a bunny cake. Frost with colorful icing and add decorations such as jelly beans, peeps, and sprinkles. Be creative.
  • Prepare individual Easter baskets for everyone on the trip. Fill with artificial grass then top with chocolate candy, cookies and jelly beans. For adults, add a favorite coffee or tea along with a variety of sweets.
  • With all the chocolate candy available, make s’mores around a campfire on Easter night.
  • There’s a list of Easter movies kids will enjoy watching.
  • Make up a batch of hard boiled eggs and let the kids dye and decorate them. Keep them refrigerated and use to make tasty egg salad sandwiches.

Contact Clem’s RV today and be ready to roll to your Easter destination with peace of mind.

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RV Accessories For Spring

If you are in need of a new look or new items for your RV, never fear. We have lots of great new items for you to spruce up your PA motorhome. Nothing quite says springtime like a glass of wine and the great outdoors. But who wants to bring along clunky and delicate wine glasses? Now you can enjoy a romantic night with your honey while on the road with these great camping wine glasses. These unique glasses unscrew at their midpoint and the base can be stored in the bowl. They are extremely light weight and practically indestructible. Each one holds up to 10 fluid ounces of your favorite wine and are only $9.99 each at your PIttsburgh RV dealer.

Musty odors are a thing of the past by using DampRid. With these, you can quickly remove any old musty odors that could be caused by excess moisture. If you’re pulling your camper out of storage and ready for spring, there could be a few unpleasant smells. DampRid comes in both Lavender Vanilla and Citrus Fresh scents to leave a fresh smell behind. It also absorbs some of those stronger odors that come from bathrooms, cooking, and garbage. You can even hang one up in the closet. At only $9.99, this accessory will help you on your way to a clean spring in your camper.

Tired of those old, worn out towels? Maybe you want to have that perfect towel for every occasion. The Faulkner Towel is great as a beach towel or for your recliner. Its plush and soft with 100% cotton. It’s great for putting over your lounge chair to protect it from the sun. The towel stays put easier due to the deep top pockets that prevent it from sliding off. It also features 2 back pockets allowing you to keep your other accessories out of the sun and out of sight. It is machine washable making it simple to clean. Standard size is 23″ x 72″ for just $28.95. This is the only towel you will ever need. Or if you’re looking for a larger towle, we’ve got that too. Towel size is 25″ x 72″ for $31.95.

Come springtime, you will be ready to hit the open road with these fun accessories. Everyone will be asking about them so why not be the talk of the season? Have a fun and safe spring adventure from your friends at Clem’s RV.

Base Camp Edition Pop-Ups

Camping is a great way to reconnect to nature and to your friends and family. A great way to enjoy this is with a camper. The simplicity of the pop-up campers have come a long way as far as technological advancements and comforts. Many do not realize that even pop-up trailer campers have working showers and even insulated bed ends these days. Here at Clem’s RV, we strive to show you just how amazing a camping trip can be even with the most basic of campers.

The newest addition to our sales lot is the 2015 Palomino Base Camp Edition. There are two model years of this unit depending on what your needs are. The 2015 includes electric brakes, privacy curtains to the bed ends, a dinette that unfolds into extra sleeping space and even a wet bath with convenient covering. The kitchenette area is just the right size and holds a two cubic feet refrigerator, sink and three-burner stove.

Other fantastic features of this unit include an awning, Create-A-Breeze fans for the hots days, a furnace for those chilly nights and the beds have Serta mattresses for a good night’s sleep. This unit retails for over $15,000 but come in to your VA RV dealer to see what deal they can make for you. The 2014 model is a fabulous deal and includes wonderful amenities such as a CO detector, an electric lift, AC electrical kit and even comes with a spare tire.

The biggest difference in this camper is that there is no wet bath included inside. The kitchen is also a little bit smaller but does still have a two-burner stove, sink and two cubic feet refrigerator. One thing it does not lack given the size is storage space. There are lots of cabinets and drawers for you to store all of your personal belongings without them getting tossed around inside. The windows even have coverings for when you want your privacy at night.

If you’re looking for something compact but roomy to spend the weekend in, this is it. Visit your friendly Pittsburgh or Stafford RV dealer for great deals on these fabulous units. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Clem’s RV 50th Anniversary Open House

If you have always wanted your very own motorhome or camper, now is the time to purchase. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Clem’s RV’s Open House. This major yearly event promises to have every motorhome, travel trailer and unit unlocked, open and ready for your browsing. There are specials on every unit at both the Ellwood City location here in Pennsylvania and our newest addition in Stafford, Virginia.

This fantastic yearly sale will be held April 3-5 with extended hours on all days. There will be representatives from a variety of manufacturers on site to answer any questions you may have about their units.

No matter what you are looking for, new or used, motorized or trailer, we have what you want. Check out this 2013 Forest River Georgetown 351DSF. This gently used Class A bunkhouse has everything you need to take the entire family along for the ride. The spacious floor plan includes two generous slide outs and a rear bedroom with ample space to walk around the queen sized bed. The bathroom which is located in the hall features an oversized corner shower, skylight for natural lighting and a foot-flush toilet. Also included in this gorgeous unit are stainless steel wheel liners, a hydraulic leveling system, back up camera and a power awning. Make this motorhome the only one you will ever need.

Perhaps you want something you can bring with you and leave at the campsite while you go exploring. The 2014 Shasta Oasis 21CK is the perfect travel trailer for the job. It offers space to sleep up to six people and features a rear living room for your gatherings. Or move your parties outside under the electric awning if you prefer. There is plenty of storage in this trailer as well with the added basement so feel free to bring all of your outdoor and camping gear, too.

After browsing through as many campers as you can handle, you can also register to win a free iPad Mini. You also receive an accessory pack with the iPad Mini if you win. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to find your next dream motorhome from your Pittsburgh RV dealer. We look forward to seeing you there and helping you decide which is best for your needs.

April Events Near Clem’s

They say that April showers bring May flowers. This may be the case this season but don’t let that rain on your parade. There are several amazing and exciting events happening indoors as well as outdoors this month. Your friends over at Clem’s RV want to share a few of them with you.

Step back in time and space as you climb aboard a vintage trolley with a fully guided two-hour tour of Pittsburgh’s most popular locations. The All about the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour will be taking place from April 4 through September 30, 2014. This will occur on a weekly basis every weekend during this time. You will depart from Station Square, traveling the most popular areas such as the North Shore, the Strip District, Downtown, and even a behind the scenes tour. You can even ride on a historic cable railway. The cost is only $25 per adult. If you have question or need additional information, please call Molly’s Trolleys at 412-391-7433.

Come be a part of the 10th Annual Wine and Whiskey Dinner at The Carlton Restaurant on April 6 at 5:30pm. This formal dinner supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The Carlton Restaurant and Amy’s Army have joined forces to offer a world class wine dinner that features culinary inspirations from Chef Simon DeJohn. There will be a premium selection of whiskeys and wines that will be presented by Katz Peter. Come and be a part of a devoted group dedicated to finding a cure. Tickets are $135 per person.

Mark your calendar this next family fun event. The one and only Bugs Bunny will be at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra April 10-13. Bugs Bunny will be the focus for this symphony along with other Looney Tunes characters in some of their most memorable moments ever on screen. This will be accompanied by a live orchestra joining Bugs and his friends. There will be a special guest appearance by both Tom and Jerry as well as new 3D Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. Tickets start at $20 per person.

Have a safe, fun and happy April from your Pittsburgh RV dealer.

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What to Look for in an RV Park

Granite Lake RV Park in Clarkston, WA

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.

Choosing the right RV to make the trip with you is also an important factor in how smoothly your vacation plans flow. At Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales, we’re celebrating 50 years so we know a thing or two about matching customers with the RV of their dreams.

Once you’ve made your RV selection, there’s a list of things to consider when choosing a park to enhance your travel adventures.

Checklist

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.
  • 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.

Drop by our facilities or Clem’s RV a call for information about our special deals, service, accessories, or just to look around.

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Decorating Your RV for Spring

Spring has sprung and, with it, the need to redecorate, refresh, and replenish, including the RV. Getting your recreational vehicle all spiffed up and road-ready can take as little or as long as you like depending on what redecorating projects you have in mind.

Let us help you with some new accessories available at our store at Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales. Use our convenient and secure online shopping cart to order items you need from cup holders and lawn chairs to grills and awnings. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.

There are some basic steps to spring decorating that won’t take a lot of time or put a squeeze on the wallet. If you’re handy with a glue gun or a needle and thread, you can go all out and create original decor for your home away from home.

The Basics

  • Before beginning any spring decorating project, a thorough spring cleaning is on the agenda. Getting everything sparkling and smelling fresh will enhance your new decor.
  • Start with the obvious areas. The windows are a prime target for a spring facelift. Replace whatever you have hanging with something sunny and cheerful to brighten the area.
  • If you don’t already have blinds, install simple mini blinds, or try roller blinds or woven wood shades. Each provides privacy and do a great job of filtering out sunshine or bright lights, when necessary.
  • There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a room. Consider adding a soft color such as ivory, cream, pale yellow, or very light blue to add a hint of color without making the room look or feel smaller.
  • Easy peel wallpaper is also an option to add some spark and sizzle to the interior.
  • Change the theme of each room with a new sofa throw, floral bedspread, area rugs, and bedroom and bath linens.
  • Stitch up some new covers for sofa pillows and chair cushions.
  • Add a few accents such as a wicker basket filled with silk flowers, a wicker chair or sofa, and bamboo rugs.

Along with our inventory of accessories, Clem’s RV can also take care of any parts or service you need. Give Clem’s RV a call so we can help you “spring forward” with travel plans.

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Crafty RVing

Camping is fun and there are usually several activities and events to partake in while you are at a campground. However, some days the weather might not permit outdoor activity or you simply want to hang around your campsite. There are still some great things you can do to keep your friends and family entertained while relaxing at the Pittsburgh RV. Take along just a few essential items for creating arts and crafts from nature.

Have any old water or soda bottles laying around? Turn them into an instant bird feeder. This is a simple and fun project to do and you can make as many as you have bottles for. Take the bottle and carefully cut a hole on both sides of the bottle. This thin plastic cuts very easily and can also be sharp so be careful and do not let kids do this part. After the holes are made, insert a wooden spoon or dowel through it. Duplicate this step for as many as you like. Fill the bottle with birdseed and attach a string through the top of the bottle cap. Hang this from a tree and watch as birds of all types come by for a snack.

If you are looking for a way to get the kids involved in nature and to bring the outdoors inside, try making stick art. Go for a walk and find objects such as leaves, flower petals, grass and ferns and take them back to the campsite. Using a piece of Con-Tact paper, arrange your newfound natural beauties into neat designs on the sticky side. When you are satisfied, place another piece of Con-Tact paper over it, sticky side down this time, to seal the project. You can cut around the edges to make a neat shape and even hang them from the window for all to see.

A classic craft while sitting around the campfire is to make a pet rock. This is simple and easy to do and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Just find your perfect rock, grab markers or paint and draw your new friend to life.

There are lots of things you can do to spend time with your loved ones when you aren’t hiking or exploring. Your friends from Clem’s RV hope you enjoy these great ideas.

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