Staying Fit on the Road

staying active on the road

Whether you live in a house or apartment and travel periodically, own a recreational vehicle and travel frequently, or live full-time in your RV, one of the things you have to take care of is your health. Without it, you won’t feel like doing much of anything much less traveling the scenic highways of America.

Along with eating healthy foods, a solid exercise regimen is something you’ll want to take along for the ride. It doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, just activities to help keep you fit as a fiddle. At Jim’s RV Center, our online accessory store has everything from games for mental health to clocks and journals to track your progress.

Make a checklist for both eating and exercising to help keep you on schedule. Keep it light, simple and fun because, after all, you’re on a travel adventure.

  • Several things to bring along include a jump rope, stretch band and weights. Each takes up little space but pack a huge wallop in the exercise and workout arena. Incorporate each one into a daily routine to stay toned and honed.
  • You’re traveling and stopping at places along the way to camp which probably have ideal locations for exercising. If you’re staying in national parks or resorts with nearby parks or trails, take a hike since walking is an exercise that addresses the entire body.
  • Bring along a bicycle or rent one if you’re in a park. Pedaling gives your leg muscles a solid workout plus you get to enjoy the passing scenery.
  • Place an exercise mat on the floor and do a few floor exercises like stomach crunches. If you have an exercise video, bring it along so you’re not doing your exercises alone. Add variety to your sit-ups and crunches with a few jumping Jacks and windmills.
  • If you’re a Yoga enthusiast, you already know the benefits to the mind and body when doing your routine. For beginners, Yoga is a gentle and relaxing way to start the day inside the RV or outside in the wide open spaces.
  • Be consistent whatever your routine may be.

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Give us a call at Jim’s RV Center and let us get you on the right track to exciting destinations with accessories for your journey to help stay fit.

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Why RVing Can Be the Most Romantic Way to Travel

RVing can be romantic

If you want to escape with your significant other, forget the car and ditch the airplane. RVing can be the most romantic way to travel and it’s easy to see why. With the amenities of home, the freedom of the open road, and your S.O. by your side, romance can only blossom when you travel in a motorhome or travel trailer.

You’re Closer to Nature

Romantic, in the most literal (read, literary) sense, means a focus on emotions, individualism, and a glorification of nature. However, you don’t have to read Emerson or Thoreau to appreciate the romance that’s inherent to nature. There’s something about being out in nature that kindles romance like nothing else. The stunning vistas you’ll encounter in your RV travels, from the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean to the sprawling majesty of the Grand Canyon to the autumnal glory of the Appalachian Mountains, are the perfect settings for romance and an RV allows you to get closer to nature wherever you roam.

Life on the Road is Intimate

RVs can be surprisingly large, but even the largest RVs aren’t going to allow you too much personal space if you’re traveling as a couple. Which means that if you want to get closer to someone, RVing can be the way to go. Your RV will be where you travel, where you cook, where you sleep, and where you spend a rainy evening. RVs create an intimate environment unlike many others. If you want to get away from it all with your significant other and disconnect from the rest of the world, RVing is the way to go.

You’re Sharing the Adventure of a Lifetime

Most importantly, RVing with someone means that you’re sharing the ultimate road trip with them. It’s the adventure of a lifetime to set out in an RV and cross the country together. You’ll always have that experience in common and the places you go, things you see, and activities you do will always be treasured memories that only the two of you share, come what may.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this spring to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Jim’s RV Center can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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New England Spring Road Trips

Spring heralds the beginning of RV season. If your RV has been in storage and you’ve been cooped up in your house all winter, put your RV through its paces and hit the open road on a spring trip to New England.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Drive the 27-mile round trip Mount Desert Island Loop from Bar Harbor. The island’s Loop Road circles this rugged island. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and stop by the Hulls Cove Visitors Center.

Rangely Lakes Scenic Byway, Maine

Take Maine routes 17 and 4 through the many mountains and lakes in the area. Stop at the Height of Land pullout to get some great pictures. And watch carefully – you should see plenty of bobcats, bear and moose. This scenic byway is about 50 miles.

Alpine Drama, Vermont

Take Vermont 108 from Stowe up into Smugglers’ Notch in the Green Mountains. Watch for corkscrews, cliffs and boulders. Stop in Jeffersonville for lunch or dinner. This route is about 18 miles.

Green Mountain Ribbon, Vermont

Travel Vermont Route 100 along the Green Mountains. This roadway runs from north to south and runs the length of the state. You’ll see tons of charming villages and history, especially between Ludlow and Waterbury. The route between these two towns is about 90 miles.

Coastal Crossing, New Hampshire

Take an 18-mile drive from Seabrook Beach to Portsmouth. While this is a short route, it could take you a day or two as there are many places to stop, including New Castle to see Wentworth by the Sea, Fort Constitution and Hampton Beach.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center

When you start planning for a road trip, be sure you plan to have your RV serviced before you head out, especially if this is the first time you’ve had it out since last fall. If you don’t have an RV, but think driving across New England sounds like fun, stop by to walk through our many floor plans. Be sure to call Jim’s RV Center to set up a service appointment or stop by to pick out a new RV if this sounds like something you’d like to do on our next vacation.

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Visit Saratoga Spa State Park This Spring

Saratoga Spa State Park

Not every trip in your RV has to be an ambitious cross-country affair. There’s a little known park right here in New York that’s a real hidden gem. It’s the kind of place that’s great for a weekend road trip. You can even work it into your larger spring break plans.

Saratoga Spa State Park, located in Saratoga Springs, NY, is beautiful this time of year and has plenty of things to do for a fun weekend trip. Sprawling over 2000 acres of woods, hills, and waterways, it’s also got stuff that you wouldn’t expect from a state park in New York. There’s the outdoor performing arts center, swimming pools, golf courses, and even a museum. But what really sets Saratoga Spa apart is the unique distinction that it possesses the only active spouter geysers east of the Mississippi River.

The Saratoga Geyser (also known as the Geyser Island Spouter by some) appeared in the early 1900s when it breached the surface of what’s now the park. It’s been constantly evolving since then. The geyser has grown an island about itself made of mineral deposits. There are older photos of the geyser that you can compare to today in which you’ll notice that the mineral deposit island has become much larger over the past century. The geyser is also notable in that its water is quite cold compared to hot geysers you’ll see elsewhere in the country.

Besides the geyser and amenities, visitors can also enjoy an extensive hiking trail system, interpretive nature tours, and swimming in designated spots.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this spring to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Jim’s RV Center can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Taking a Weekend Trip to Philly in Your RV

Philadelphia in your RV

While your RV is ideal for visiting National Parks and campgrounds, there’s no reason why you can’t drive it into a city instead. If you want a different kind of RV vacation, yet don’t have a whole lot of time to spend out of town, consider a weekend trip to Philadelphia. The city is full of history, attractions, and entertainment, so there’s no chance you’ll run out of places to see or things to do in just a weekend. To that end, you might even find it hard to decide what’s worth your time. Here’s your weekend guide to the City of Brotherly Love.

See Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell

Philadelphia is, first and foremost, a city of history. Philadelphia’s history is entrenched with America’s early days. Independence Hall, for example, is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, the Constitution was adopted, and the Second Continental Congress met. Philadelphia was also, for a time, our nation’s capital. You can also check out the Liberty Bell, which was originally set inside the steeple of Independence Hall. Be sure to see the cobblestoned Elfreth’s Alley, which is the oldest continuously habitated residential street in the United States. Most houses on the alley have plaques that detail how old the structure is and who’s lived there. Old City is where all of these attractions are located, and the district is full of original colonial structures.

Eat All the Cheesesteaks

If New York City has pizza, Philadelphia has cheesesteaks. The only question is: where’s the best place for a cheesesteak in the city? If you can only eat two cheesesteaks, make sure they’re at Geno’s and Pat’s. They’re located right across the street from one another (so it won’t be difficult to grab one of each) and Philadelphia is split on which one is better. The rivalry is decades old. Don’t miss your chance to weigh in while you eat some delicious cheesesteak!

Visit the Iconic LOVE Sign

Make sure you stroll past the iconic bright red “LOVE” sign, which represents what the City of Brotherly Love is all about. It’s pretty much a required place for a selfie if you visit Philly. Not to mention that Love Park is a great place for taking a breather. You can do some people watching or even partake in any event that’s happening in the park (there are frequent events, so who knows what will be going on?).

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this spring to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Jim’s RV Center can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Hot Sandwiches for a Cold Day

While winter is going to wind down soon enough, the weather’s still going to be cold for a while. If you’re out in your RV in the cold, nothing’s better than a warm meal. Cold sandwiches are fine, but a cold day calls for something warm, toasted, and melty. Try making this sandwich the next time the weather gets cold and serve it with your favorite soup.

HOT BUFFALO CHICKEN & BACON GRILLED CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 8 slices bacon
  • ¾ cup hot buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1½ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • half a stick celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, sliced
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 4 thin cheddar cheese slices
  • butter, for melting on skillet

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Lay the bacon slices on the lined baking sheet and cook in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Take bacon out of the oven, then lay bacon slices on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up bacon grease.
  2. Warm the hot sauce in the microwave for 30 seconds, then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together hot sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese until cheeses have melted. Fold in the chicken, celery, and green onions. Season with salt and fresh black pepper to taste.
  3. Prepare the sandwiches. Top one slice of bread with a generous amount of buffalo chicken mixture, two slices of bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, then cover with the other slice of bread. Repeat until all the buffalo chicken mixture is used up.
  4. Cook the sandwiches. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Melt a pat of butter on the skillet. Place a sandwich on the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add another pat of butter to the skillet, turn the sandwich over, and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and cheese has melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your trip, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced or checked before the trip.

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Romantic RV Destinations for Valentine’s Day

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.

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.

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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center Before You Go

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

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Must-Have RV Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking in your RV’s compact kitchen can seem difficult at first. However, with the right set of tools, you can prepare all of your favorite meals and sweet treats while living life on the road. The following are a few must-have kitchen utensils for the upcoming RV season; most can be found at any store that sells kitchenwares as well as our very own RV accessories department at Jim’s RV Center.

Collapsible Everything

If it can collapse, it’s your best friend in the RV. As most any veteran RVer can tell you, about 90% of RVing is being efficient with your space (the other 10% is figuring out where to go next!). Your kitchen especially needs to maximize space. While some RV kitchens aren’t too tight, if it’s a choice between something bulky and something slick, choose slick all day, every day.

When it comes to slick, nothing beats collapsible kitchenwares. Collapsible dish rack, collapsible strainer, collapsible mixing bowls, collapsible measuring cups… heck, if they had a collapsible oven, you’d bet we’d take one!

A Quality Slow Cooker

If you want to cook consistently in your RV’s kitchen and avoid sandwiches and fast food six nights out of the week, you’ve got to get a slow cooker. Even a good one won’t set you back more than $60 and it’ll pay for itself within a month. Slow cookers are perfect for the RV lifestyle, because, let’s face it, you’re traveling to have fun, not play house. A slow cooker means that you can do both: prep your meal in the morning, throw it in the slow cooker, set it for however many hours the recipe calls for, go out and have fun doing recreational type activities, and come back in the later afternoon to a meal that’s ready to go just in time for dinner. Easy.

Fridge Braces

Show me an RVer who has never heard of fridge braces and I’ll show you an RVer who’s cleaned up a fair bit of spilt food and busted containers at the end of a long day of travel. RVs being what they are tend to move throughout a day of travel (you don’t say!). All that movement is bound to shift anything that’s not heavy and strapped down. Your fridge, unfortunately, is usually the earliest and most gruesome casualty. Fridge braces are cheap, plastic, and effective. They’ll hold anything that you don’t want to slide in place through even the bumpiest of rides.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Find all of these must-have items and countless others, ranging from kitchen appliances to grilling gear, right here at our Jim’s RV Center online parts store.

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Activities When You’re Stuck Indoors

Whether traveling in an RV or towing a fifth wheel, there’s no controlling the weather. Once you’re on the road and have arrived at your camping destination, when the weather isn’t cooperating consider trying one of these rainy or snowy day activities in the comfort of your trailer while waiting for the skies to clear.

Adults

  • Use the down time to catch up on sending emails, post on Facebook, or balance the checkbook.
  • Catch up on your “must read” list.
  • Enjoy your favorite hobby such as knitting, origami, quilting, drawing, painting, or making creative fishing lures.
  • Play a few games of Solitaire.
  • Watch a good movie or mini-series or find vintage films and music on YouTube.
  • If the Internet is accessible, watch live video cams of locations you plan to visit.
  • Prepare a gourmet meal and enjoy a glass of wine.

Kids

  • Board games, cards, dominoes, and hangman keep kids busy and entertained.
  • Bring activity books, coloring books, crayons, sketch pads, and building blocks.
  • Digital readers are a kid’s friend.
  • Update travel journals, write postcards to friends and family, and visit the social networking pages of friends.

Families

  • Bake refrigerated cookies, packaged brownies, or rice crispy treats.
  • Make popcorn, put in a good movie, and watch together.
  • Read a classic book out loud; choose something with excitement and adventure to spark the imagination.
  • Play a game of age-related charades.
  • Card games like UNO and board games such as Monopoly and Chinese checkers are a great way to while away rainy days.
  • Put together a 500 piece picture puzzle.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

When you’re ready to make travel plans and in need of an RV service check or you’re interested in investing in a recreational vehicle, visit Jim’s RV Center and let our experienced staff get you on your way.

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Winter Camping in New York State

If you’re looking for some places in New York state to camp and enjoy the winter season with your RV, you’re in luck: New York is home to plenty of spectacular natural features, campgrounds, and other must-see sites.

Head Into the Mountains

New York may not be your first thought when you hear the word “mountains,” but it’s actually got quite a few of them. Ideal for travelers who enjoy hiking, you can find a campground for your RV in the Catskill or Adirondack Mountains and go on all-day hikes. The scenery, of course, is breathtaking, no matter what time of year you visit.

Relax Lakeside

There are also abundant lakes in New York, particularly the Finger Lakes region, a collection of five lakes, each of which are great for those looking to fish, swim, or go boating.

Stop in at Award Winning Campgrounds

If you haven’t been to Old Forge yet, it’s time to go. The Old Forge Camping Resort is not only open in the winter, it’s one of the best places in the state to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and tons more. Buckle down and spend the entire winter season (from Nov. 1 to April 15) in Old Forge for one low winter rate and have easy access to all of the incredible snowmobile trails the area has to offer.

Looking for a winter destination that gives you access to tons of family fun? Look no further than the Frost Ridge Campground – a campground known for its ideal location and exciting activities for the entire family. Located right at the base of the Frost Ridge Ski Area Snow Park and just off of I-90, you’ll never get bored in this area.

Other Sites to Visit

Be sure to visit natural wonders such as Niagara Falls, Howe Caverns, Whiteface Mountain, and Watkins Glen.

Jim’s RV Center

When you’re traveling around our beautiful state this winter, don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV Center to tell us about your New York camping adventures. We’ve got a huge selection of discounted new and used RVs for sale this winter season, and if you run into any problems with your existing vehicle, our RVIA certified technicians can have you back on the road quickly and safely.

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