Packing Tips for Your Next RV Trip

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Packing for your next RV trip should be done with careful thought. If this isn’t your first time packing, you may glean new tips and tricks, but if it’s your first time packing for a trip, especially a trip longer than a weekend, you may find these tips particularly helpful.

Check with Jim’s RV Center for space savers to help you create space for the comforts at home. For example, a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet or on the counter saves space in cabinets and drawers, and allows you to bring your favorite spices without taking up a ton of extra room.

Dress Smart

Pack clothing into two bags for each person. Keep daily wear such as shorts and shirts in the RV. Hang up other clothing in the wardrobe. If you are going on an extended trip and need additional clothing, store it in suitcases in the under-RV storage until you need it. This comes in handy if you are going to be camping at a time of year with temperature changes. While it’s warm, keep “warm clothes” such as short and t-shirts inside and winter clothing outside. Switch them around when the weather gets cool and you are no longer comfortable in shorts. Bring items that are interchangeable. For example, choose a shirt that goes with slack, jeans or shorts.

Organize Your Cabinets

Purchase a spice rack and other cabinet racks. You can create extra shelving in overhead cabinets or the pantry by using space savers. You can mount a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet door or screw it to the wall above a kitchen counter. You’ll be able to pack more things to bring with you.

Compartmentalize

When packing, start in one room and put everything you want to bring in plain sight. After you do that, then pack the items in suitcases or grocery bags. As you carry them into the RV, unpack them room by room. This helps to ensure you don’t forget something, especially if you are not one that makes a list to work from.

Don’t Forget Essentials

Pick up any special items you need before you start packing. If you need chemicals for the toilet and RV toilet paper, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick some up before you get involved in packing everything else.

Trade Bulky for Sleek

When packing meat in the freezer, take it out of the bulky Styrofoam packages and put it in zippered freezer bags. This will also save you quite a bit of room in the freezer.

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RVs with Travel Experience

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If you are looking for an RV but want to get more RV for your money, stop by our showroom and walk through the several used models we have available. Whether you want a Class A, Class C, fifth wheel, travel trailer or a pop-up camper, we have several of each type.

We have several models that are under $10,000 for those on a tight budget, including a 2003 Keystone Sprinter 252RLS, a 2013 Forest River Flagstaff 228, a 2009 Forest River Flagstaff 206LTD, a 2007 Jayco Jayfeather 213, a 2003 Jayco Jayflight 21FB, 2006 Keystone Adirondack 30BHSL, 2004 Adventure MFG Timberlodge 25FB, 2006 Palomino Stampede 235 BSDSL and several more.

You can even find Class A RVs for under $30,000, including the 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32. This model is 32 feet long and sleeps up to six people. It features a large slide, which gives you more space to move around. Additional features include a 5.5kw generator, 6-gallon LP/DSI water heater, hydraulic / electric jacks, a power step, outside shower, convection microwave oven, solar charger, a 15-foot awning, backup camera, power mirrors, a roof ladder and more.

Newer travel trailers are available for under $20,000, including the 2014 Jayco Jayflight Swift. This model is 26 feet long an sleeps up to eight people. Additional features for this model include a bunk house, 22-inch LCD television, stab jacks, a 15-foot awning, a 6-gallon three-way water heater, DVD player, stereo with CD player, microwave and a two-door fridge.

No matter what type of RV you prefer, we have a floor plan that will fit your family; and you’ll save thousands when you buy used models. Choose newer models or even older models that are in excellent condition so you can get on the road sooner rather than later.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many used RV floor plans we have available and to choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. Choose from Class A diesel or gas models, Class C models, travel trailers, fifth wheel models and pop-up camper models.

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August Events Near Jim’s RV

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Whether you choose to drive your RV and stay over or make a day trip, visit these events near Nichols, New York. August events include a marketplace where you can browse and buy antiques, a backpack bash for kids going back to school, a book giveaway and a volleyball bash.

Tioga Downs Antique & General Marketplace

On August 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., head over to Tioga Downs, 2384 West River Road in Nichols to browse through furniture, antiques, military goods, vintage clothing, tools, toys, glassware, collectibles and more. You’ll even find jewelry, dream catchers, supplies for crafting, outdoor furniture, stone for patios and walkways and tons more. Admission is free.

Backpack Bash

On August 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., head over to the Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street in Owego for the Backpack Bash. Enjoy games, prizes, face painting and more. Five hundred backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away. Bring a canned good for CHOW to receive an extra entry for prizes. Enjoy live music, food, fun, a seatbelt convincer demonstration by a New York State trooper and get photo IDs taken by the Masons.

Adult Volleyball Night

On August 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., visit the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street in Owego for Adult Volleyball Night. Admission is $5. Bring a team or just yourself and have a great time playing and making new friends.

Book Giveaway in Owego

Head over to the Coburn Free Library, 275 Main Street in Owego for the Book Giveaway on August 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. There’s something for everyone, so pick up some reading material for yourself and your kids. The rain date is August 22, 2016.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York if you are ready to buy a new RV, whether it’s your first RV or you are upgrading. If you’re not ready for another RV just yet, be sure to stop by our warehouse to pick up any parts or accessories you might need for upcoming trips or to get your RV ready for winter storage this fall.

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Keep The Kids And Pets Happy While On The Road With These Tips

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RV travelers are gearing up for family vacations this summer. You’re packing bags and deciding on your itinerary to have a great trip out on the open road. If you’re wondering how to occupy kids and pets on the journey, Jim’s RV has some helpful tips:

1: Keep Kids Entertained

While pets will lay down and snooze for most of the trip, or are just happy to look at the window at the passing scenery, children need something to do to occupy their time. Have games that they can play that don’t cause a mess or get out of hand. Board games, card games, and trivia games are great ways for kids to be entertained. Coloring and puzzle books are great ideas too. There’s always the classic novel.

2: Schedule Rest Stops

If your trip will be long, you need to schedule rest stop breaks along the way to let everyone stretch their legs. You can let pets run for a bit and relieve themselves. Stretching out muscles will have everyone feeling better.

3: Remember The Snacks

Kids and pets can get cranky when they are hungry. Instead of stopping by a fast food joint, have some snacks prepared beforehand that are easy to munch on. This includes having snacks for your pets, who will settle down and enjoy the ride better on a full stomach.

4: Bring Your Pet’s Favorite Bedding Along

Some pets get nervous or anxious in moving vehicles. To have your pets keep calm in your new RV, bring along your pet’s favorite bedding and chew toys. Let your dog relax and chew on his toys in a quiet area of the RV where there is little excitement that can cause the pet to become more anxious.

Everyone Will Enjoy the Open Road On Your RV Trip

Vacation should be fun for everyone. By taking the time to plan your trip when you are bringing kids and pets along, you’ll reduce the problems you experience. Get ready to have a fun time with your entire family by following the above tips to keep your pets and kids happy no matter how long your trip will be to other destinations. Remember to drop by Jim’s RV before you head out for any RV maintenance or service you need.

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The Best Beaches on the East Coast for RV Enthusiasts

America’s East Coast is home to some of our country’s best beaches. Whether you’re looking for a secluded North Carolina beach getaway, the towering palm trees of South Florida or a place to park your RV and let loose with friends, an East Coast beach is waiting for you this summer. These three summer beach destinations are ones you don’t want to miss.

Cape Hatteras — North Carolina

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long stretch of barrier islands that sit off the coast of the Tarheel State and a small part of Virginia. They’re known for offering some of the most secluded stretches of beach in the country, where your family can enjoy long summer beach days without struggling to find a parking space or a place to lay your towels.

Visitors love the Cape Hatteras area for its gorgeous cape Hatteras Lighthouse, calm salt marshes, pristine beaches and starry skies. Even better, there are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds that will let you set up camp just steps from the sand.

Juno Beach — Florida

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Atlantic City — New Jersey

RV enthusiasts looking for non-stop fun on their summer vacation will find it in Atlantic City. This New Jersey coastal town feels a lot like Las Vegas at the beach with casinos, 24-hour bars and restaurants, music venues and everything you need to let loose with your friends. The Atlantic City boardwalk is one of the best in the U.S., so bring plenty of money to spend on games, shopping and quick eats.

Start Your Getaway at Jim’s RV

Make this summer the best one yet by shopping for a brand-new RV from Jim’s RV. Located in Nichols, New York, we make it easy to find your dream RV and drive it away the very same day.

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Upgrade to Fleetwood Flair!

If you are ready to upgrade to a newer RV or are looking for a great first RV that sleeps up to eight people, take a test ride in the Fleetwood Flair 31W. With two slides, the Flair has plenty of room for larger families or for smaller families that prefer extra room.

Specifications and Features

The Fleetwood Flair is 31 feet long and is set on a Ford chassis with a 6.8-liter engine. This model features the Adobe Herizon interior with Nottingham Cherry cabinets and the smokey lapis fiberglass exterior.

Features include a table between the driver and front passenger, a 5.5 kW generator, a drop down queen bed, 12-volt bath vent, hydraulic levelers, an electric patio awning, lockable storage compartments, electric entry step, two-door fridge, AM/FM stereo, CD player and a 6-gallon hot water heater.

The Floor Plan

As you are standing behind the front seats, looking toward the rear of the RV, you’ll find a 42-inch by 60-inch sofa bed and 41-inch by 70-inch dinette on your right. They are contained in one of the slides. On the left, you’ll find a 32-inch LED television, a double kitchen sink with a residential faucet, stove, microwave and fridge.

As you move to the rear of the RV, you’ll find the bathroom, which features a large shower, on the right. Across from the bathroom, and on the left while you are facing the rear, you’ll find a large wardrobe. The rear of the RV features a large queen bedroom with a wardrobe, dresser, LED television and night stands. The queen bed measures 60 inches by 80 inches. The bedroom also features a second wardrobe next to the television. The larger wardrobe features large mirrors.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the 2017 Fleetwood Flair 31W and take it for a test ride to learn more about this model.

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Events in New York this July

It already feels like summer here in New York, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with outdoor festivals. The Empire State is bustling with outdoor activities and events that are guaranteed to make your July adventures better than ever before. Hit the road this July and see what your state has to offer!

24th Annual New York State Blues Festival

Head on over to Syracuse for this free event. The 24th Annual New York State Blues Festival has been going strong for decades now, and it’s better than ever this year. Running from July 8 to July 9, the free festival runs daily from noon to 11pm, and features Butch Trucks (drummer for Allman Brothers), Sister Sparrow, Sonny Landreth, Brandon Santini, Toronzo Cannon, and lots more.

Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival

Head up to Buffalo if you’re Italian or just love Italian culture. From July 14 to July 17, you can take in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian-American experience so very special. Festival favorites include the best local entertainment, bocce tournament, Miss Italian Festival, Italian Idol Contest, cooking demonstrations, and more. Admission is free and the festival opens daily at 11am, running well into the night.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Head to Oak Hill to enjoy the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, running from July 14 to July 17. This 4-Day outdoor festival presents the best in bluegrass and acoustic music. Enjoy award-winning artists, workshops, dancing, family activities, camping, jam sessions, kids academy, emerging artist showcase, festive foods, artisan vendors, and thousands of music fans from around the world.

Don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at Jim’s RV in Nichols, N.Y., when you’re out cruising throughout the state in your RV this July. Our lot is loaded with a huge selection of discounted RVs, so you can upgrade your summer before heading off for fun.

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Empress Chicken Stir Fry for the Family

Living the RV lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to simplify your meals or dine at restaurants every night. There are an abundance of easy but flavor-filled recipes available to help you enjoy meals on the road as much as you would at home. This mouthwatering recipe for Empress Chicken Stir Fry will instantly become a family favorite, and it’s ready to eat in just 20 minutes.

Empress Chicken Stir Fry

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 3 garlic cloves (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 medium onion (peeled and sliced into half moons)
  • 2 scallions (finely sliced)
  • 4 to 5 dried red chilies (if you like spice)

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 small thumb-size piece of ginger (peeled and grated)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Start by whisking the cornstarch and soy sauce together in a medium-size bowl until the corn starch has dissolved. Whisk the vinegar, ginger, chicken broth and sugar into the mixture. Set the sauce aside.
  2. Put the chicken pieces and egg into a bowl and mix them together with your fingers.
  3. Slowly stir in the cornstarch until all of the pieces are evenly coated. Use more cornstarch as needed.
  4. Place the vegetable oil and chicken in a pan on high heat. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  5. Using the same pan, add the garlic and onions and cook for 3 minutes until the onions are translucent. Add the chicken and stir.
  6. Whisk the sauce, then pour it over the chicken and the onions. Stir until sauce thickens.
  7. Turn off the heat, stir in the scallions and chilies and serve.

Dreaming of an RV with a full kitchen? Stop in and shop our huge selection of new and used RVs at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y.

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Spice Up Your RV Menu

This mouthwatering Super Nacho recipe is exactly what you need to bring some tasty south of the border flavor to your RV this summer.

Super Nachos

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 bags corn tortilla chips

For the Pico de Gallo Salsa:

  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (finely chopped)
  • salt

For the Beef and Bean Topping:

  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 can black beans (drained)

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 pound pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups milk

Preparation instructions:

  1. Arrange the tortilla chips on a large platter.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the pico de gallo salsa in a bowl and set them aside.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, then stir in the oil, garlic, onions and peppers. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the meat and crumble it with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Season the meat with cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper sauce. Cook the meat for 5 minutes, then stir the beans into the mixture and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot and stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in the milk. Once milk begins to boil, stir in the cheese until it creates a creamy sauce. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour the cheese evenly over the chips and top with the beef, beans and pico de gallo.
  8. Serve hot.

There’s no better time to fill up on your favorite Mexican eats than the summer, and don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center when you’re cruising around in your RV this summer.

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Spend Father’s Day in New York City

There’s no better place to be on Father’s Day than in the Big Apple. There’s something exciting in every corner of the city, whether you’re seeking the perfect Father’s Day meal, a cruise on the Hudson River or a one-of-a-kind marketplace in Brooklyn. The following are just three of the countless things there are to do with your dad in New York City this Father’s Day.

The Brooklyn Makers Market

Discover unique crafts, handmade furniture and more at the Brooklyn Makers Market, held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. The market features handmade goods created by artisans from around the country. Attending the event at 175 Broadway in Brooklyn is free, but you’ll want to bring your wallet to shop and dine with the numerous food vendors that will be on site.

Father’s Day Glass Workshop

There’s nothing quite like building something with your dad, and you can do exactly that in NYC. Let the esteemed glassblowers of Brooklyn Glass guide you through making your very own glass beer mugs. The workshops take place every half hour and are held the Sunday after Father’s Day (June 26), so it’s a perfect event for those who are unable to celebrate the holiday on time this year.

Father’s day Beer Brunch Cruise

Considering a day of drinking and eating with dad in the city? Start with the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise on the Hudson River. Hop aboard a luxurious yacht and enjoy a hearty brunch buffet, live jazz music and all-you-can-drink beer. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, and the boat departs from Pier 40 in Soho. Tickets are $70 per person.

Find Dad His Dream RV

If you’re searching for the ultimate Father’s Day gift this June, there’s no better place to shop than here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY. Our lot is overflowing with the latest and greatest RVs for some of the best prices in the industry.

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