My Monster Factory USA / Blog VW Tents Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:33:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 VW Camper Van Play Tent Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:33:39 +0000 Monster Factory USA’s  VW Camper Van Play Tent has been ranked one of the top 10 best pop up tents for 2017 in Ezvid Wiki’s list! 

You can watch their video here:

We love our VW Camper Van Play Tents and you will too!

Not to be out done by their parents, these licensed T1 VW Camper Play Tents are mini-me versions of the iconic 1965 Split Screen VW Camper Van.

 Just what every hip & happening kid needs!

They are easy to set up & pack up.

As well as being great for back yard camping adventures,

these tents are great for the beach, providing shade for your little ones,

or for rainy day adventures & reading nooks inside the home…

The adventures to be had by your little ones are endless!

UV protection – Fire Retardant – Waterproof

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How to Cook Food on Your Car’s Engine Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:27:21 +0000 Continue Reading]]> With summer time here & road trips season upon us, we thought this would be a good tidbit to share!~

How to Cook Food on Your Car’s Engine

Nothing puts a damper on a road trip like having to stop the car, pop the hood, and check the engine—unless of course you’re just checking to see if your pork tenderloin is done. Engine-block cooking is a tradition going back almost as long as the automobile itself, and now thatgasoline prices are at an all-time high, it’s never made more sense to ask your engine to do more than just get you from point A to point B. Start your engines and get ready to carbecue!


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    Plan the right meal for the trip. If you’re not going to be taking a trip anyway,engine block cooking is probably the most expensive way to cook anything, so don’t plan a trip just to cook. Instead cook a dish that fits your tripCooking on your car’s engine is essentially the same as braising food, and cooking times are generally a bit longer than in a conventional oven and shorter than in a slow cooker. If you’re taking a long road trip, you can cook just about anything—roasts, complete meals with Potato side dishes, etc.—but even a quick commute affords you enough time to heat up a pre-cooked breakfast sandwich, for example, or make some hot dogs. You can find carbecue recipes by searching for “engine block cooking,” for example, or you can try to find a copy of Manifold Destiny, the definitive book on the subject. You can also use recipesfrom your cookbook and just experiment with cooking times. See the Tips section below for some sample cooking times and other considerations.

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    Prepare the food as you would if you were going to put it in your oven. You can follow the pre-cooking preparation directions in any oven recipe.

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    Wrap the food in aluminum foil. Tear off two or three sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil. Don’t skimp on the foil, as you’ll want to make sure that your food is completely wrapped and that you can fold one edge of the foil over the other—too much foil is better than too little.

    • Lay out the pieces of foil directly on top of each other, and then spread a littlebutter or oil (cooking oil, not motor oil) over the top sheet so your meal won’t stick to it.
    • Lay the food in the center of the sheet of foil and then wrap the foil over it. Fold the edges of the foil over each other so that the package is sealed all around.
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    Find a suitable cooking surface on your engine. You can’t just drop the food under the hood and expect it to cook; you first need to find a good, hot spot on the engine for it. Drive for a few minutes to warm up your engine, and then stop. Turn off the engine and open the hood. Find your engine’s hot spots by quickly and lightly touching a finger to metal parts on the engine. Sounds like a recipe for burning your finger, doesn’t it? Well it is, unless you really do it quickly and lightly. If you can hold your finger in a spot for more than a moment without getting burned, that spot’s not hot enough. As a general rule, the best spot—if you can safely get to it—is on or near the exhaust manifold.

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    Check the height of your cooking spot. Crumple up a piece of foil into a loose ball or cone. The foil should be about six inches high. Place it on the spot on the engine you’ve decided to cook on, and then close the hood. Reopen the hood—the foil has probably been compacted a bit.

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    Make sure your food will fit snugly in the cooking spot. Remove the foil you used in the last step and place it next to your wrapped package of food. Compare the height of the foil “test ball” to the height of your food package. If the food package is higher than the test ball, your meal will be crushed when you close the hood. If it’s more than a little lower, it won’t fit snugly and may fall out of place while you’re driving.

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    Secure the food package on the engine. Assuming the package is not too high to fit in the cooking area, place it on the engine. If it was lower than the test ball, crumple up a little foil to lay on top of the package. You don’t want the food moving from side to side, either, so make sure it’s a snug fit all around. You can do this either by surrounding it with additional crumpled foil pieces or by tying it down. Some people will ease the food package under conveniently located rubber hoses, for example, or you can use wire to tie the food down. Use common sense when securing the food. Avoid placing it near moving parts, and don’t strain hoses by trying to force the package under them. If you’re going to use wire, use baling wire rather than trying to use the wires that are already in your engine compartment.

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    Drive until the food is done. As with all cooking, a little trial and error is usually necessary before you get a feel for the proper cooking times. Even if you’re following an engine-block cooking recipe, it’s a good idea to check on the food a little before the time (or mileage) when it’s supposed to be done. If you need to put it back in, remember to reseal and secure the package.

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    Remove the food carefully and enjoy. First, turn off the engine. Second, remember that the engine is hot, and the food will be hot, so use tongs and/or potholders to remove the food—you wouldn’t just grab a hot pan out of the oven with your bare hand! Unwrap it and serve. If you’ve still got some driving to do, skip the wine.

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  • You might want to start with simple dishes before you proceed to culinary masterpieces. Cook up some precooked bratwursts on the way to the football game for example, or reheat some leftovers for lunch.
  • Don’t try to cook on your engine while it’s raining; it’s dangerous.
  • Afraid of burning your finger? Dipping your finger in water before you touch your engine can help prevent burns, but you’ll still need to be quick to be safe. Another thing to do is just drip some water onto the hot spot, if it sizzles, it’s hot. A surefire way to avoid burns is to use an infrared thermometer to determine the temperature.
  • If you are taking a long trip (cross-country for example), you might want to consider bringing a meal or two to cook while traveling through busy areas (like the New York-New England corridor, for example) where getting through the traffic to find a restaurant in time is next to impossible. If you have an electrical outlet or two in your car, you can store it in a small refrigerator. Failing that, just use a cooler similar to those designed for camping.
  • A small low-powered microwave specifically designed to be powered through the cigarette lighter could be a great alternative to cooking on the engine itself for liquid or other items unsuited to cooking on the engine, or for times when it is impractical to cook on the engine.
  • Cooking times vary slightly from oven to oven, and they vary even more from car to car. Modern engines are generally more efficient than older engines, for example, so they may require longer cooking times. The type of driving you’re doing can also alter the cooking mileage. If you’re stuck in traffic your 60-mile meal may be done after 10 miles.
  • Remember that during a time of power failure to your home you can use the car to cook dinner. Just keep in mind if you have a garage to leave it open, as carbon monoxide poisoning is potentially fatal.
  • When seeking a good place to cook your food, don’t bother with plastic parts or anything that’s not directly attached to the engine. These areas won’t be hot enough.
  • Be sure to wear oven mitts, as your car’s engine can get very very hot!
  • Think twice before cooking a stew. Foods with a lot of liquid are messier and potentially dangerous to your engine (see Warnings below).


  • Turn off the engine before opening the hood. To avoid serious injury, don’t try to place, check, or remove your food with the engine running.
  • Protect your engine. Improperly wrapped food can really make a mess of your engine. Additionally, there is a slim possibility that the exhaust manifold could crack if cool liquid drips on it while it’s hot. This would probably only be a problem if you “preheated” your engine and then allowed some liquid from the food to drip onto the manifold before the liquid got hot from cooking.
  • The vibrations and airflow under the hood could cause a leak in a foil package, spilling liquids, esp. cooking oil or grease on the manifold and causing smoke or a fire. Even if the container is tied with wire, the same vibrations might cause the wire to rub through a vacuum hose or electrical wire and lead to similar disaster.
  • Steer clear of the accelerator linkage. This mechanism goes from the gas pedal to the engine, and if your food obstructs it your accelerator could be stuck at full throttle.
  • Wrap the food very tightly and make sure it’s well sealed. If the car’s exhaust system is properly functioning, potentially dangerous fumes will be taken out the exhaust rather than entering the engine compartment. If you have any sort of fluid leaks, however, gases may enter the engine compartment through evaporation. While the danger these may pose to your health is minimal—unless, maybe, you’re cooking on your engine block every day—they may affect the taste of your food.
  • Beware of the engine fan, generally behind the radiator. On modern cars it is automatic and electrically powered, and can be on even shortly after the car has been turned off. It can cause severe finger damage.

        Things you’ll need:

  • Vehicle with functioning engine
  • Tin foil
  • Tongs
  • Food
  • Paper/plastic plates, forks, etc. if you plan to eat while continuing your trip (optional)


How to Fillet a Fish Sat, 01 Feb 2014 21:30:25 +0000 Continue Reading]]> The thrill of camping lies in the ability to appreciate nature in its raw form. A primitive camping experience may mean no bathrooms, no warm bed to sleep in and wild animals lurking outside your tent door. It also means having to find and cook your own food.

Now, many families aren’t in a position to hunt game for the whole family, so purchasing a fun, luxury tent like the 1965 Camper Van Tent and packing along a cooler of beans, hot dogs and Lunchables is adequate.

That said, you can enjoy the best of both worlds by catching, filleting and serving up a fresh fish dinner. Fish is packed with protein and will make a filling, healthy dinner for everyone, especially when cooked over an open fire.

Here’s how to fillet a fish using the tail-to-head method. This approach is best for smaller catches.

1. Cut the head off just behind the gills.

2. Hold the fish at the tail. With the blade of the knife pointing away from you, cut toward where the head used to be.

3. Remove the skin. Do this by holding the fish at the tail, skin side down.

4. Hold the knife is a crosswise position across the fillet and insert the knife between the skin and flesh.

5. Cut in the direction of where the head used to be while holding the skin.

The above method is best for smaller fish, but what happens if you make a great catch? To fillet a larger fish, follow these steps.

1. Make a deep cut just behind the gills.

2. Cut a slit just a few inches in length along the top of the fish.

3. Using the tip of your knife, separate the the flesh and bones. The fish should open up nicely.

4. With the fish open, cut away the fillet by moving the knife along the fish’s spine.

We’ve taught you how to fillet a fish, now it’s time to cook what you want! There are dozens of recipes you can make using traditional grilling methods or by cooking the fish over an open fire, such as freshly grilled fish, fish tacos, fish soup and fish sticks.


Keeping Your Kids Entertained on a Long Road Trip Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:21:08 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Most of us have seen the dozens of hilarious movies that feature families and their struggles on long road trips, but somehow, the same encounters are rarely as funny in real life. We all know how frustrating it can be take a long road trip with a couple of young kids in the backset. The arguing, the poking, the whining, the bathroom trips – the list goes on. Let’s take a look at the some of ways that you can keep your kids entertained on your long car ride and keep your sanity, too.

Make a Vacation Scrapbook

The road trip is part of the experience, so why not make a scrapbook of your adventures? You may give each child their own bag of materials – white paper, glue sticks, pencil, disposable camera – or you can give each child a specific task. Make it a goal to collect mementos and take photos of the neat places you see and visit along the way.

Pack All Varieties of Toys

It’s easy to pack handheld games and tablets, but your kids will need other toys to keep them entertained. For instance, when you make a stop to have a picnic, a soccer ball or frisbee will come in handy. For young kids, fill a bag with inexpensive gadgets from the dollar store to hold their interest when they get bored. New coloring books with crayons, dry erase boards and travel board games like Bingo are also great selections.

On-the-Road Games

Kids always have more fun when the adults join in – at least the younger ones do! – so think of some creative games that the whole family can play. For example, I Spy, License Plate Lingo, the Slug Bug Game (involves spying old Volkswagen cars) or guessing celebrity names are great choices for passing the time. Look for more ideas on your smartphone.

Make Frequent Stops

It’s important to make frequent stops so that everyone has the chance to use the restroom and get something to eat. It’s also important to stop and have picnic lunches, play at a park or take a walk around a pond. This gives the family an opportunity to explore new surroundings, release energy and liven up the road trip. Also be sure to keep your expectations realistic. Even though you may be able to skip lunch and drive through the afternoon, your kids won’t be.

With some planning and patience, you can have a successful road trip and be pitching your new Monster Factory Camper Van Tent in no time!

Top New Camping Gear for 2014 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:45:43 +0000 Continue Reading]]> It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for some brand new camping gear! Even though the dynamics of camping haven’t changed much, the concept of it is evolving to offer new varieties for modern families to enjoy. To accommodate the many ways that families can enjoy camping, check out some of the top camping gear to hit the shelves in 2014.

Phantom Jackets

Made by a few select companies, phantom jackets are water resistant and feature a down filling for warmth and comfort. They are perfect for winter camping and cold-weather sports, and some brands even offer pockets that are large enough to fit a water bottle.

Lightweight Mountain Packs

If you’re tired of lugging around a traditional backpack, check out some of the lightweight mountain packs that are on the market. They may not look that different from a regular backpack, but when loaded, they are significantly lighter and allow you to enjoy camping activities without feeling weighed down.

Stylish Camping Tents

While there are many high-quality camping tents on the market, most have the same, traditional look to them. That’s why more campers are choosing tents that have a unique, attractive appearance and will bring attention to them at the campsite. The VW Camper Van Tent from the Monster Factory is one such example, as this tent looks like the 1965 VW Split Screen Camper Vans. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and practicality, as the tent offers impressive waterproof specifications, a roomy interior that accommodates four adults and easy setup.

Camp Stoves

Tired of trying to build fires night after night? Your campsite neighbors aren’t, because they are enjoying one of the many camp stoves on the market. Some even burn twigs so you don’t have to carry gas with you! There are many options available, including propane stoves, liquid fuel stoves, portable grills, and our favorite, backpacking stoves.


With new gadgets on the market, you can enjoy a light that acts as both a flashlight and night light while also reaping the benefits of a USB charger to fire up your other electronic gadgets. Other great picks include LED and multicolored flashlights, free-standing lanterns and fuel lanterns, a great option if you don’t want to worry about carrying batteries.

Spend a Romantic Valentine’s Day – Camping! Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:38:40 +0000 Continue Reading]]> loveValentine’s Day is right around the corner and you may researching something fun and exciting to do this year. Maybe you want to do something original instead of the same old restaurant or take-out night. But at the same time, you want to do something that will allow you to spend quality time with the person you love. This can be hard to do when you’re at home, a restaurant or a hotel. Yes – you know just how tempting it is to squeeze in a game of Angry Birds or Sims FreePlay.

May we suggest the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day: camping!

Before you scoff at the idea, consider the many advantages to camping with that special someone:

  • Time away from modern society.

  • No distractions from cell phones, computers or other people.

  • Affordable and budget-friendly.

  • Romantic – the stars, the serenity, the bonfires…need we say more?

  • Opportunity to try new activities together, such as rock climbing, horseback riding or fly fishing.

  • The chance to see each other in a new light.

  • Increased opportunities for working together as a team, such as by putting up a tent or cooking a warm meal over the fire.

  • A way to connect with nature through wildlife and natural wonders, such as rivers, lakes and forests.

There are plenty of campsites to explore across the country, so you can choose to go camping in your own area, or you may choose to take a road trip, especially if you want to travel to a warmer state. But, if you don’t mind braving the cold, there are many campsites that are open during the winter season. There are also many campsites that have indoor facilities to keep you warm if you’d like.

At first, you may not think that camping and romance goes hand in hand, but camping is actually one of the most romantic things you can do. It’s private, quiet and gets you away from the distractions of modern-day society. There are endless opportunities for working together and getting to see each other in a new way, and we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll return home with a new appreciation for each other.

2014 Camping Trends Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:27:41 +0000 Continue Reading]]> With a new year upon us, there are new trends to enjoy. Even though camping may seem to be the one thing that goes untouched over the years, there have been many updates made to the camping experience, making this family friendly activity even more enjoyable for people of all ages, demographics and budgets. Let’s check out some of the latest camping trends for 2014.

Camping is More Luxurious

Not everyone enjoys sleeping in a tent or cooking chili over a fire at night. But, most people can’t deny the beauty in watching the stars in an unlit sky, or spending a lazy afternoon on a fishing boat. This year, look for more luxury campsites that offer the best of both worlds: an outdoor camping experience coupled with modern-day luxuries.

While each campsite varies, many have amenities like spas, restaurants, toiletries, heated floors and even laundry service! Some of the most popular “glamping” sites to check out include Camp Orenda in New York state, Sinya on Lone Man Creek in Texas and The Resort at Paws Up in Montana.

Camping Gear Matters

Like many other accessories – the type of snowboard you have, the fishing pole you carry – camping gear is a status and attention thing, not just a comfort thing. That’s why there has been such a surge in the purchase of the 1965 VW Camper Van Tent from the Monster Factory. This tent is large and roomy, and it looks just like an exact replica of the original camper vans from the 60s era, equipped with the split screen and all. The tent will certainly get interest from others at the campsite, and don’t be surprised if you meet a few new friends because of it.

Diverse Activities

When people think of camping, the types of activities that come to mind include fishing, hiking or stargazing. In 2014, watch for new activities to be offered, especially with the addition of high-end campsites. Some of the most exciting activities that are being launched at campsites across the U.S. include horseback riding, geocaching, wilderness workshops, river adventures, rock climbing and spelunking.

“3 Sons Have I” Reviews the Volkswagen Play Tent Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:07:33 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Some blogs are just too constructive, creative and genuine to pass up, and such is the case with 3 Sons Have I. As the name implies, the writer of the blog is currently raising a happy and lively family with three young boys, ages 5, 15 and 21. As a busy mom on-the-go, it’s important for her to have useful toys and activities that keeps her youngest son busy. So, we figured that the VW Camper Van Tent would be the perfect playmate for her 5-year-old.

Here’s what this mom of three had to say about the popular play tent for kids.

“Imagine a box at your door and you see the label from The Monster Factory. Within minutes your kids are grabbing their blankets and dolls and toys and creating their own little world in a VW Camper right in your home! They play their hearts out and you think how useful this will be come summer for shade or some fun in the sand or backyard.

That is exactly what took place in my home a few days ago! I saw this large box and called my son downstairs. I let him open it and he saw the box and looked puzzled. I pulled out this bag designed to look like a tire and a pop up tent came out. I could hardly get the easy 4 poles into the support sleeves and he was running around grabbing toys and blankets for his new ‘fort’. It was where he slept that night and a few nights in a row afterwards until I decided it was best folded back up so not to be destroyed for some camping trips we will be going on this summer!

This will make the perfect play tent for the kids in the summer as it has 2 doors and a window that makes great ventilation and breezeways! The size is roomy as you can tell and my 5 year old is tall for his age-and the inside photo was with me inside-plenty of room!

To learn more and see the available colors and adult tents, visit”


2014 Hottest Toy Alert: VW Camper Van Play Tent Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:07:15 +0000 Continue Reading]]> Hottest toy alert for 2014 – It’s the VW Camper Van Play Tent from the Monster Factory USA.

This toy was featured in many magazines and blog posts during the holiday season, and it was included in countless holiday gift guides because of its durability, creativity and sheer fun for kids of all ages. As we move into 2014, the popularity of this toy isn’t slowing down. The VW Camper Van Play Tent is a split screen camper van that is made specifically for the little ones.

Here are some of the coolest features to this tent that you just can’t ignore.

  • It can be set up and taken down within a matter of minutes. That’s faster than most games and building sets, and it won’t involve any screaming – we promise! Plus, when you have little ones that want everything “now, now, now”  the tent comes in handy.

  • It’s so easy to keep clean. If the kids want to have a picnic in the tent and they spill grape juice or wipe peanut butter all over it, all you need to do is wipe it down with a damp rag. That’s. It.

  • It won’t start fighting between the kids. So many toys these days require little ones to share and take turns and all of that good stuff, but with the camper van tent, the kids can just play. Not that we don’t condone sharing, but kids will be kids, and the play tent allows for unstructured play. Oh yeah, and you can catch up on your favorite book.

  • It won’t leave behind a mess. The phone rings. Your mother-in-law wants to stop by and see the kids. But, your house is a – mess? Not with the camper van tent. There are no small pieces to pick up, no toys strew throughout the house. If you want to take down the tent, you can do so in a matter of minutes and pack it in the included VW wheel bag. Or, just move the tent over to the corner of the room and push the kids’ toys and blankets in there. No one will notice!

The VW Camper Van Tent is affordable and fun, so tell us again, why don’t you have one?