The Road is Yours in the Open Range Light!

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When you’re looking for a lightweight, luxurious travel trailer or fifth wheel that won’t break your travel budget, the Highland Ridge Open Range Light could be perfect for you. This lightweight RV is easier and more economical to tow but still comes loaded with more standard features than most other affordable travel trailers and fifth wheels. Even better, the Open Range Light’s top-quality construction means you’ll enjoy year after year of adventures on the road.

2017 Floorplans

The Open Range Light comes in nine travel trailer and six fifth wheel floorplans. Whether you’re seeking a compact travel trailer for weekend excursions and short family road trips or a fifth wheel with two bedrooms and bathrooms for full-time life on the road, there’s a floorplan designed specifically for your travel style.

The 2017 Open Range Light 319RLS

Take the 2017 Open Range Light 319RLS, for example. Available right now at Jim’s RV Center, the 319RLS shows what the Open Range Light is all about. With an elegantly appointed floorplan and a range of features that promote comfort and convenience, the 319RLS is on sale now at Jim’s for $41,900, a real bargain since the MSRP is $50,847.

Unbeatable Standard Features

The Open Range Light is designed to make your travel lifestyle more luxurious without inflating the price of your new RV. The RV’s Maxx Air vent cover, exterior utility center with black tank flush, Equa-Flex suspension, wide-stance axles, PVC roof material, LP quick connect, front and rear stabilizer jacks, nitrogen filled radial tires, power tongue jack, porcelain toilet, washer/dryer prep and countless other features make your life on the road and at the campsite easier than ever before.

Additional options, like a Dyson vacuum cleaner, dual pane windows, a barbecue grill, 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, French doors, back-up camera, 24-inch bedroom TV and a fireplace, can turn your RV into your dream vacation home.

Tour It Today at Jim’s RV Center

The 2017 Open Range Light is right here on our lot at Jim’s RV Center. We have a number of Light floorplans in stock as well as a number of other top-end Open Range RVs to help you upgrade to a more luxurious, enjoyable and affordable RV lifestyle today.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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When you’re out on the road traveling, sometimes it’s hard to stop in at a store and get a traditional bouquet of roses and box of chocolates with a Hallmark card. We said “traditional,” but you can also say “cliche.” If you really want to wow your Valentine, don’t go the easy route — instead, put some effort and love into your gift by making something yourself. It will be more memorable and, ultimately, more cherished, if you add that personal touch.

Create a Heart Bag

Purchase a basic canvass hand bag in a light neutral tone – khaki is a good choice. Cut out a cardboard heart that fits the face of the bag and place it on the bag. Using red or pink acrylic paint, take a standard pencil and dip its eraser in the paint. Dab the eraser around the outline of the cardboard heart, varying the saturation and weight of application. Once you’ve gone around the cardboard heart to your satisfaction, pull it up and you’ll have a clean heart shape in the middle outlined with an eye-pleasing dappled effect.

Make Your Own Card

All you need is some craft paper and markers to make a basic DIY card, but really the sky’s the limit on how fancy you want to go. With enough imagination and some witty writing to put into it, a DIY card is much better than something store bought as you can truly customize it to match your Valentine and the nature of your relationship.

Bake a Heart-Shaped Cake

Buy your favorite cake mix or make your favorite recipe from scratch – once in a square pan and another time in a rounded pan. After both cakes have been baked, cut the round cake in half and turn the square one onto a corner, then place the round halves onto the diamond so it makes a heart shape. Decorate with frosting and toppings as you see fit!

Get Creative with the Wrapping

If you’re going to wrap your DIY gift, or even if you just bought something at the store, you can also make the wrapping special. One way to do this is to take a sheet of sturdy paper that you’ll use to wrap your gift. Cut out a small heart shape and use it as a stencil to trace hearts on this wrapping paper. After you’ve traced the desired number of hearts, cut along half of each heart shape and then fold back each one so that you’ve got half of the heart acting as a door of sorts. Behind each of these cutouts (on the side of the wrapping paper that will not be visible), tape or glue red glitter paper. Your wrapping paper will now have a distinct, uniquely DIY look to it!

Visit Jim’s RV

Stop by Jim’s RV this Valentine’s Day (or any time you can this February) to tour our inventory and perhaps get yourself and your Valentine into a new RV that’s able to take you on all sorts of fun adventures together.

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Try These Cherry Recipes in Your RV

Since this is cherry month, you might want to bring the ingredients to make a couple of cherry desserts when you take your RV out. If you don’t plan on going out until later in the spring, these are also great to make at home.

If you are planning on buying an RV this year and are planning your trip now, stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans; and then make a list of everything you need for that first trip.

Cherry Cheesecake

  • 1 9-inch graham cracker crust
  • 1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 21-ounce can cherry pie filling

Instructions:

Beat the softened cream cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla until well blended. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and chill it for 5 hours. Do no freeze the mixture. Pour the cherry pie filling over the top. Serve.

Fresh Cherry Crisp

  • 4 cups sour cherries, pitted
  • 1 ½ cups sugar, granulated
  • 4 tbs. All-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ c. All-purpose flour
  • 1 c. old-fashioned oats
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ c. butter
  • ½ c. shortening

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the cherries, sugar and 4 tablespoons flour in a large bowl. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.

Combine 1 ½ cups flour, oats and the brown sugar in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter and shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the mixture over the cherries.

Bake the cherry crisp in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until the topping turns golden brown.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Walk through the many floor plans we have available at Jim’s RV Center to learn more about your favorite models. If you already have an RV and don’t have plans for upgrading, be sure to give our RV service center a call to set up an appointment to have your RV serviced before you take it out this spring.

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Warm Southern Destinations

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When winter seems like its never going to go away, your only choice is to go away from it. Fire up your RV and head to one of these southern winter escapes. The warm weather, endless sightseeing, and sandy beaches will help you forget about snow and ice in no time.

Key West, Florida

Most travelers think of high-rise resorts and expensive cocktails on the beach when they think of Key West, but this tropical paradise doesn’t have to eat up your savings. Stay at Leo’s Campground — the most affordable RV park in the Florida Keys — and you’ll enjoy that upscale resort feel for a reasonably monthly rate.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Located just a few hours north of Charleston, Wilmington, N.C., is the Holy City’s mellow cousin. Relax on the uncrowded beaches, explore a more mild downtown scene or just kick back at the campsite and enjoy the warm winter temperatures. The North Carolina coast offers breathtaking views and outdoor fun all year long.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Whether you’re in the mood to party, dance, sightsee, eat or shop, few cities are as vibrant as New Orleans. Stay right in the French Quarter at French Quarter RV Resort or relax on the waterfront away from the action at Pontchartrain Landing RV Park. And whatever you do, don’t miss Mardi Gras.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you put on your flip flops and hit the road, stop by Jim’s RV Center, your New York RV dealer. Our RV service department is here to handle all of your RV lifestyle needs, like preparing your vehicle for the long haul down south.

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Fun New York Events Happening in January

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Check out these fun events happening this January around New York.

Long Lake Winter Carnival – January 14

Head to Long Lake in the Adirondacks for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. This fun annual celebration of winter offers carnival goers plenty to see and do, including cardboard sled racing, coronation of the king and queen of the carnival, sledding, free ice skating, ladies frying pan toss, wacky hat competition, and men’s caber toss. Fireworks happen at 6:30pm. This is a free event that takes place outside in the fresh air. The carnival will go on, rain or shine, so check the forecast and dress accordingly.

NYC Broadway Week – January 17 to February 5

If you have a love for Broadway or especially if you’ve never been, head to New York City and get your fill. NYC Broadway Week offers two-for-one ticket purchases, so you and a date can get in for the price of one! 19 of Broadway’s top shows are participating, including Aladdin, Cats, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Wicked.

1757 Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment – January 21

Taking place in Ticonderoga, this battle reenactment commemorates a clash between French forces and Rogers’ Rangers on January 21, 1757, during the French and Indian War. The British combatants wore snowshoes during the engagement. Rogers’ Rangers were ambushed by larger French and Native forces, but were spared due to wet gunpowder misfires. This allowed the British to stave off the French and withdraw. Come see a bit of history brought back alive for only $10.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.

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The Best Hiking Trails in NY

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If you are looking for something to do this winter, pack up your RV and head out to some of the best hiking trails in New York. Choose from single- and multi-day trails; and trails that range from easy to difficult. If you are new to hiking, be sure you have the appropriate footwear – preferably hiking boots if you decide to try your hand at the trails that are more challenging.

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

This difficult trail is only 11 miles but will take a full day. The trail is a shuttled-car loop hike takes you over two 4,000-foot peaks, over smaller peaks and features great views. You’ll also pass several ponds where you can filter water for drinking and take some great pictures. This trail is located in Saint Huberts, New York.

Mt. Marshall

This trail is located in Tahawus, New York and takes a full day. This 13-mile hike is a difficult hike that runs from Upper Works and crosses the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. The trails to the summit are not maintained; and the clearest herdpath starts at Herbert Brook between the Flowed Lands and Lake Golden. The difficult climb is worth it as you’ll get some of the best views you can find in the state.

Mt. Colden

This 14-mile hike take a full day and is a difficult trail. This loop hike travels through Avalanche Pass and returns via Lake Arnold. The peak is 4,715 feet and gives you excellent views of the MacIntyre Range, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range. The trail down from the lake is steep to don’t forget your hiking sticks.

Big Slide and Yard

For a moderate trail, head over to Keene Valley for this 11-mile trek up Big Slide and Yard. The descent over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY is an easy descent. The trail creates a loop from the Garden Parking Lot just outside of Keene Valley and returns to the same place. You’ll find tons of open views of the Great Range. Plus, you’ll get to see the historic Johns Brook Lodge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your hiking trips this winter or spring, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked or serviced; or to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for this trip.

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Winter Camping in New York State

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While New York is most well-known around the world for the city that never sleeps, the incredible camping in our beautiful state often goes unnoticed. Check out some of these amazing winter RV destinations, and you’ll see why camping in New York is some of the best in the country.

Old Forge Camping Resort

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.

Frost Ridge Campground

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.

Bright Lights Big City

Although New York City isn’t all our state has to offer, it’s definitely worth a visit during the holidays. Park at Liberty Harbor RV Park and catch a tour bus straight into Manhattan to see the gorgeous holiday decorations, ice skate at Rockefeller Center or watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

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 holiday 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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Decadent Holiday Dessert Recipes

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Desserts are some of the best parts of chowing down during the holidays. And just because you’re enjoying the holidays on the road this year, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday sweets. These dessert recipes are simple and easy to make right in the comfort of your RV.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a square baking pan (9 inches is preferred).
  3. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture, then stir in the molasses.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger together.
  6. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then stir in your hot water.
  7. Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.
  8. Bake the gingerbread for one hour, then allow it to cool before serving.

Easy Holiday Cake Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (16 ounces)
  • 1 bar chocolate-flavored confectioners coating (3 ounces)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Follow the directions on the box of the cake mix to prepare it properly.
  2. When the cake is finished baking, crumble the cake (while it is still warm) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the frosting into the bowl of warm cake pieces, until they’re fully blended.
  4. Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave, stirring occasionally until it’s smooth.
  5. Use a small scoop to form the chocolate cake mixture into balls.
  6. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate coating using a toothpick.
  7. Let the chocolate-covered balls cool on wax paper until the coating has settled.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Make this holiday season the best one yet by shopping for a new or used RV from Jim’s RV Center. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your other RV needs, from parts and accessories to service and sales.

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Holiday Scents for Your RV

The senses are one of the best ways to set a mood, and that includes the “holiday spirit.” While the decorations in your RV stimulate the eyes and those holiday jingles playing on the radio stimulate the ears, your nose might be feeling left out.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are quick and easy DIY projects you can do in your RV to give your space that holiday smell.

Make Your Own Potpourri Mix

Experiment with your own blend of dried fruits, spices, and flowers. Try things such as cranberries, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.

This very blend is actually great if you use it to make a stovetop potpourri (while your RV is not in motion, of course).

Take half a cup of fresh cranberries, 1 sliced orange, 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half, 1 tablespoon of cloves, an eighth teaspoon of nutmeg, and 2 or 3 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat to fill your space with this Christmas scent.

Buy Scented Candles

Head to any store that sells scented candles and pick out a few that are holiday inspired. This time of year, there ought to be plenty of options on the shelf that are holiday themed. Like the stovetop potpourri, make sure that your RV is not in motion and that the candles are monitored at all times.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop in and see us at Jim’s RV Center this December to tour any RV on the lot. Start 2017 off right with a new motorhome or travel trailer from Jim’s RV Center.

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Stay Warm in a Class C!

Stay warm this winter with a Class C motorhome from Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

Class C motorhomes offer the convenience of a motorhome in a smaller, more manageable package. It’s easy to stay warm in a Class C because of how cozy they can be.

2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL

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This 2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL is in new condition, has two slides, and can sleep up to ten people. It comes with the J-Ride package and customer value package. The kitchen is equipped with a 2 door fridge and microwave. It also comes with a 32″ television.

2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U

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This 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U is in new condition, has 2 slides, and can sleep up to eight people. The exterior is conveniently equipped with an exterior ladder, lockable storage, electric entry step, mud flaps, running boards, and solar panel prep. Interior comforts include a combo AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo system, a 32″ LED bedroom TV, a 40″ LED front overhead TV, and a residential style fridge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Ready to tour our selection of Class C motorhomes? Stop in at Jim’s RV Center today to tour any model we have in stock, to schedule RV service, or to shop for parts and accessories.

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