Fall Décor: Decorating Your RV

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Decorating your home helps to get both residents and visitors into the spirit of the season. Your RV is no exception. Fall is a ripe season for decorating because it possesses an easily recognizable color scheme, identifiable iconography, and many associated symbols. With the proper use of props, colors, and patterns, your RV will scream autumn in no time.

Dress for the season.

Dress your space, that is. Proper use of color is the first and best tool in your arsenal for decorating. Fall colors include deep reds, burnt orange, golden yellow, and earthy browns. A good strategy is to use those browns as a neutral and to use reds, oranges, and yellows as pops of accent.

Make use of icons and symbols

Fall has many associated symbols and icons. The leaf, the pumpkin, the owl… these and many others are quickly identified with autumn. The use of such symbols will help to further establish your theme.

Decorating isn’t just visual.

While decor is primarily visual, it’s not only visual. You can enhance and reinforce your decor with aromas. When your RV isn’t on the move, you can light scented candles with the smells of the season, like pumpkin pie, apple cider, even leaves. You can also use a potpourri mix that’s suitable for the season.

Use interchangeable elements.

This means that you ought to use decorating items that are easily switched out and stored. Things like pillow shams, curtains, wreaths… anything that can be switched out when the next season rolls around. Try to avoid anything that’s too bulky or large. After all, you’re traveling in an RV.

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Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. While our accessories are geared more to utility than decoration, they’re still gadgets no RV should be without. Anyway, we’d love to see what you did with your place!

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Visit Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park is a lesser known park located in New York’s Finger Lakes region outside of the village of Watkins Glen, just south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

The lower area of the park is near the village while the upper area is open forest.

In operation to the public since 1863, it operated as a resort under private ownership until 1906, at which time it was purchased by the state and managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip, whether to Watkins Glen State Park or anywhere else. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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The 2017 Highland Ridge Open Range Light

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Enjoy all the benefits of a lighter RV without compromising anything. The Open Range Light series (in both fifth wheel and travel trailer models) offer luxury in a lightweight towing package. Designed with late-model half-ton pickup trucks specifically in mind, the Highland Ridge Open Range Light offers more room with less weight.

Packed with standard features like frameless windows for a sleek appearance, easy-care PVC roof material, sophisticated stainless steel appliances, and ACCU-SLIDE Slide System that’s 42″ deep with 4-corner compression, the Open Range Light is the complete package.

Take the 2017 255FBH fifth wheel floorplan that we have on our lot right now:

Equipped with the Executive Package and a Four Seasons Protection Package, this new unit is 29′ 5″ long, has 3 slideouts, and can sleep up to eight travelers.

The unit also comes equipped with two 24″ televisions (one in the bedroom, one in the bunk room), a fireplace, U-lounge, coffee table ottoman with storage, French doors to the bedroom and bunkroom, tri-fold sofa, corner shower with glass doors, LED lighting in ceiling, aluminum entry steps, an outdoor BBQ grill, and more!

To learn more about the 2017 Highland Ridge Open Range Light, just visit the manufacturer’s information page.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Visit Jim’s RV Center today to view the 2017 Highland Ridge Open Range Light, or any other model we have in our inventory. Remember, Jim’s RV Center is your center for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories in Nichols, NY. Drop by for all of your RV needs!

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September Events in New York That You Don’t Want to Miss

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New York has much more to offer than just the Big Apple… there’s an entire state to explore if you desire! September has a lot to offer New York travelers, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.

16th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival – September 9-11

Indulge in a variety of wines and spirits from around the country, including some of the best and most awarded. Fine food from some of the best restaurants in the area will also be available. Hosted by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, funds raised will go towards their Children’s Education Program.

2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival – September 22-25

Head to Crandall Park in Glens Falls and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury from September 22 to 25 to see this amazing annual festival. This is a free event, so it’s too good to pass up. Enjoy balloon rides from a number of independent balloon operators. No need to schedule or make an appointment, but the rides will cost generally run you about $175-225 per person. Balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. This is all weather dependent, so check the forecast before you commit to heading out. Rain or wind speed over 8mph means cancellation. Camping isn’t allowed at the festival, but RVs are!

Visit Jim’s RV Center

If you’re ready to hit the road in your very own RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols is just the place to go. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, and accessories and provides everything you need to hit the road in style and comfort. Enjoy your travels more with your very own RV this September.

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RV Buying Guide: How to Choose a Recreational Vehicle

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So you have decided to buy an RV. When getting to Jim’s RV Center to select an RV for sale, there may be so many to choose from on the lot that you just won’t know which one would be right for you. Between RVs that you drive, RVs that you tow, RVs using diesel and ones that use gas, which works best for you?

With all these available options, you can certainly find something to fit your needs. To narrow down the search, make a list of your personal preferences you would like in an RV. If you are having trouble making a decision, you can ask questions to yourself that revolve around the following topics.

Topics To Ask To Narrow Down Your RV Choices

Trip Length

Deciding on the length of your trips can help you determine if you need a large or small RV. If you are going on short trips to local sites or spending a weekend or two a year on a camping trip, you can choose a smaller RV. Longer trips, especially cross-country adventures, would require a larger RV to bring more supplies as you will be spending more time in the vehicle.

Towing

Some people don’t mind towing other vehicles behind their car or trucks. Other people hate the way their driving changes due to having something hitched on the back. Decide whether you would feel comfortable towing your RV or driving one.

Sleeping Arrangements

Will it just be you and your spouse in the RV, or will you also have the kids and grandkids along on your trips? Determining how many people will be using the RV on a normal basis will help you pick the right one that has plenty of sleeping places as well as extra storage.

Camping Preferences

Another important topic is deciding on whether you love being out on your own in the wilderness when camping or do you prefer to be around other people. This helps you determine if you will need to bring along an RV that has a generator when out on your own or one with full hookups for when you are at an RV park.

Price

Have a rough budget in mind when you are searching the lot at Jim’s RV Center. Price ranges can start at $14,000 and go up $100,000.

Types Of RVs

Once you have a list of the things you want in your RV, now is the time to choose just the right one. There are several different makes and models of trailers: travel trailers, toy trailers, fifth-wheels and motor homes.

Travel Trailers

These types of trailers can be towed behind your vehicle, so you will need to know the towing capacity of your truck or SUV. They are affordable and are perfect for destination-type camping as you can unhitch it anywhere. You will have hookups for gas, electric or water, but will need a generator if camping in remote places. Smaller types, called toy haulers, are perfect when you are looking for something to haul your recreational equipment.

Fifth-Wheels

Fifth-wheels are also RV trailers that you can tow. The difference is that these trailers extend over the bed of your truck. Very similar to travel trailers, these offer more cargo room and living spaces. A fifth-wheel is a great RV when you are planning an extended stay vacation or want to spend more time living in the RV.

Motor Homes

Motor homes give a variety of options for the full-time RV adventurer. You can drive or tow a motor home, or use your motor home to tow your car or truck. Passengers can move around and do things while the motor home is moving, giving more freedom and allowing you to be independent. Most motor homes have a generator along with hookups. Motor homes come in three classes depending on their size: Class A, Class B and Class C.

Financing For RVs

Not everyone has the extra cash on hand to purchase an RV. For this reason, you can get great financing with affordable interest rates. For you to qualify for most RV loans, you will need to have a good credit rating and a down payment of at least 10-percent of the value of the RV — including taxes and tags. You can also trade-in other vehicles for the down payment to the RV. Most RV loan terms are from seven years to twenty years depending on the loan amount and age of the RV.

Once you choose the right RV and arrange for financing, go out on your RV adventure. Enjoy the countryside in a vehicle that will always get you to your destination.

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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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