Take a Camera Safari on your next trip

Passing the time while on the road can become hard after eight hours of driving across the country.  While you probably have plenty of plans to make your trip fun and activity filled once you reach your final destination, you may not know how to keep yourself and everyone on board stimulated until you get there.  Well there is a new craze that many RVers and road trippers are doing to help those miles go by a bit more quickly.  It’s called Digital Camera Safari, and it is sure to keep your eyes searching for the next great snap shot to add to your collection.

The idea is simple enough, find some of the most unique and funny sights, people, animals, and places along your route and take a picture of it.  At the end of the trip, compare your photos with the rest of your passengers and see who got some of the best shots while on the road. They can be funny, beautiful, or just plain odd, but a Camera Safari will not only help you pass the time, but it will also help create great memories of time on the road that you can save and share with everyone who asks what you saw when you went on your last RV adventure.

So what are some of the things that would make great Safari catches?  It can be anything from a beautiful sunset, animals wearing costumes, tourist oddities (such as the largest ball of string in the world), or excessive lawn decorations.  Anything that you think will only be seen once while traveling across the country.  At the end of your trip, you can share the photos with your other passengers and award the person who got the funniest, most beautiful, or most odd picture during the trip.

Finding new and inventive ways to keep your passengers engaged while driving can get tough, but this is a way to get everyone talking with their eyes peeled for the next great picture.  If you’re looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


Keep your kitchen clutter free


Compared to other camping styles, owning an RV offs you more room to work with when at a camp site.  Unfortunately, more room doesn’t always mean enough room.  If you are new to RVing then you will probably notice that as time goes by it is easy to accumulate more and more things than you will ever really need.  One of the places where this happens in a hurry is your kitchen.  RV kitchens are designed to be used for maximum efficiency, and you generally only have just enough room to do basic cooking.  So how do you create more space in your kitchen?

A lot of RVers tend to carry more kitchen appliances than they need.  While it may seem like a good idea to bring a waffle maker, panini press, and other specialty cooking machines, chances are they are hardly used.  Not only are you not using these items, but they take up a lot of valuable storage and counter space.  A great rule of thumb to follow is, “toss it if you don’t use it.” While you may think that you’ll regret doing this down the road, you’ll soon learn that RV life still goes on even without these kitchen gadgets.

Another great way to save kitchen space would be to invest in a good pair of space saving pots and pans.  At your home you probably have plenty of room for all of your pots and pans to take up a whole cabinet without sacrificing much space, but you will soon notice that your cabinets are a bit smaller in your RV.  Space saving pot and pan sets are designed to fit inside of each other with removable handles.  This way you can fit all of your cooking ware in one compact space.  These sets are easy to use, and you will wonder how you cooked and lived comfortably without them.

Utilizing your living space is essential to being a good RVer, and I hope that these tips help you achieve that.  If you want to see the kitchen space available in new RVs, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


Fight off the rain with a quality cover


If you are a part time RVer, or a full timer who makes there home in the area, then you have surely heard about the big weather that is heading this way.  While hurricane Irene is sure to make its presence felt in the area, that doesn’t mean that you should just cross your fingers and hope for the best when it comes to your RV.  Taking care to insure that your rig is safe from the incoming weather, you should make sure that your RV is ready to take on the water that is sure to come.

While it would be best to plan a quick trip to the west, that may not be an option if you are storing your RV during the coming days.  The best way to shield your RV from the elements is with a heavy duty cover.  A quality RV cover will help protect your rig from any rain and wind that is sure to come into the area.  You not only have to make sure that your RV is safe from the rain, but also any debris that may be swept around from the wind.  RV covers will not only keep the water off of your investment, but also stop branches, rocks, and any other swirling debris from making a direct impact against your RV’s glass.

Be sure to have your RV cover tied down securely, and if you have a sturdy covered shelter, use that for extra protection.  If you have the ability to pack up your things and take a quick trip a few hundred miles away, then that would be a good plan to follow.  Planning ahead for natural disasters is always smart, and as an RV owner you have more flexibility than other to take extra precautions in this situation.  If you are a full timer in a densely wooded area, then be sure to take into account an large branches or old trees that are around you.

Please be safe over the next couple of days, and if you need to pick up any extra RV supplies, come into Jim’s RV.


Feeling lucky? Take a casino camping trip!


One of the fastest growing RV trips involves the comfort of your RV and the thrill of playing your favorite casino games.  While the first place that probably comes to mind when you think of casinos is Las Vegas, there are plenty of other states that offer you this sort of experience without having to driver nearly 3,000 miles to get there.  One of these states is Michigan, and they recently named some of the best casino camping spots to enjoy a weekend of fun, relaxation, and if you’re lucky, maybe a little bit of extra money to bring back home.

The top of the list is the Island Resort and Casino, that offers plenty of camping space to go along with their award winning games inside.  Open from the beginning of May through November, their 53 space RV resort was awarded Best RV Park by Midwest Gaming and Travel Magazine. Their spacious resort is matched by their great poker tournaments and award winning bingo hall.  In fact, the resort won 19 awards from the magazine for both it’s great accommodations for your RV and the clean and fun atmosphere inside the casino.

If you are looking for a great way to beat the heat of the summer sun, but still want to go out to experience some beautiful surroundings, then a nice weekend spent at the casino can be a refreshing change of scenery.  Of course, too much gambling can turn into a bad thing, so be sure to be responsible while there.

If you’re wanting to go on a casino camping trip, but would like to do so in a new RV or travel trailer, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV, and we’ll be sure to send you on your way in style.


Get a great ladder to get to those hard to reach places

One tool that every RVer should have is a ladder to help clean and remove any debris on the top of your RV.  The problem with most ladders though is that they are big and bulky, and take up a lot of storage space in your rig.  While your RV may already have a built in ladder on the back, this should not be used to work on, only to go from your roof to the ground.  Not only that, but you can’t take that ladder off and bring it to the front or sides of your RV.  Well, there is a great ladder out there that is designed to be used on your RV.

It’s made by GPL and the best thing about it is that it collapses to a size that is easy to store.  The video below shows how easy it is to use and how it will help you with your RV.

So if you are looking for an easier way to clean and take care of your RV, but want a ladder that won’t take up all of your storage space, be sure to check this ladder out.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


When it comes to safe driving, practice makes perfect

When out on the open road, you have to be prepared for any situation.  No matter how experienced you are at driving your RV, there is no telling what other drivers around you may do.  Whether it is avoiding road debris, or having to maneuver around a car in front of you that suddenly stops, knowing what to do in an emergency situation is vital to your safety, the safety of those around you, and the life of your RV.  While you may know what to do in this situations in your every day vehicle, your RV will be dramatically different in how it handles these problems, and you need to know what to expect.

While a lot of new RVers will take the time learning how to operate their RV in normal driving situations, most people won’t practice emergency maneuvers in a safe area.  When you get your new RV, even if you owned one in the past, it is important to practice hard braking, quit turn maneuvers, and using your emergency brake in a safe open area such as an empty parking lot before you go out on the road.  You should do this at a safe speed to learn what it feels like to have to use these driving tools so you aren’t taken by complete surprise in a real world situation.

When driving on the road, be sure to give yourself plenty of space around you in case you have to come to a quick hard stop.  If you have to do a quick lane change or steering maneuver, remember to hit your brakes before you start your turn.  If you turn and then start hitting your brakes, this will cause your RV to flip or roll over.  If your rig has anti-lock brakes then create a steady, firm pressure to come to a stop.  If you don’t have an ABS system, then stab the brakes to let the wheels slow down, release the brakes for about three quarters of a second and repeat until you are stopped.

Practicing these techniques will help you when you really need it, and you will learn how your individual RV handles these situations.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


Live a life of luxury while Glamping


The idea of “roughing it” while living on the road might seem like a stretch if you are an RV owner.  Sure, you may stay in camp grounds, but your RV gives you plenty of amenities and comfort that it’s still a life of leisure.  Well, there is a new trend taking place that will make your current camping situation seem like living on the rough and tumble frontier.  It’s called Glamping, which is a contraction of glamorous camping.  It’s still life one the road and at a campsite, but with enough luxury that you won’t feel like there is anything rough about it.

The video below comes from a newscast which talks about this growing trend and everything that comes with it.  Be prepared to see what being pampered on the road is really about.

While I wouldn’t expect any RVer to do this all of the time, if you are looking for a nice relaxing getaway from normal camping, this is the perfect solution.  If you are looking for a new RV to go Glamping, or just regular camping, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


Drive through the most beautiful parts of the country


We all have the dream destinations to visit and stay as part of our RV lifestyles.  In the process, we sometimes lose sight of the most important parts of the country to see from the windshield of our rigs.  The true beauty of America isn’t held in one campground, or one park.  Instead, it is seeing the land transform before our eyes while driving down lonely, desolate roads across the country.  Owning an RV means that you can experience these sights in the comfort of of a new home, while still having the ability to move forward to our next destination.

While hitting the open road is is always exciting, if you are looking to find some of the most scenic areas of the country can be a little bit challenging.  Well, there are a few areas of the U.S. that you should fill up your tank and take advantage of.  The good news is that these areas still offer places to pull over for a night, or more, to see all of their majesty while not being bored on the drive through it.

One of these places is the Black Hills of South Dakota.  The wide open spaces and breath taking mountain views are sure to keep your mind stimulated while you drive through it. Driving along I-90 will let you see all of this and more.  Of course, the requisite stop at Mount Rushmore is in store, and the cooler temperatures make this a great place to travel during the hot summer months.

If you want to take a route that shows you a more purely American spirit, then the Blues Highway through Tennessee and Mississippi is the route for you.   Route 61 from Memphis to Vicksburg will give you a beautiful view of the country, and great stops along the way.  Great blues bars, soul food kitchens, and other one of a kind stops mark this route that is sure to keep your foot tapping along the way.

As an RVer you should concentrate on more than your start and stopping points, but should instead keep your eyes open to all the beauty that is in between.  If you are looking for a new RV to see all of these things and more, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.


Keep mice and other pests out of your RV


Part of the allure of RV life is the chance to get back in touch with nature.  With thousands of campsites and parks to choose from, you can see all the beauty that this country has to offer.  While getting back outdoors is great, it can also come with a price.  There are plenty of little animals that normally make their home outside, and they would love to move into your RV instead.  Taking care to keep pests out of your rig can go a long way on extending your RV’s life.  No one can sleep comfortably if they think that they are sharing a home with animals and insects, and it can be hard to truly enjoy life on the road.

One of the bigger problems that can happen in your RV is mouse infestation.  If you are noticing small holes in your walls or mouse droppings, then you need to take care of this problem as soon as possible.  Mice can start eating through your interior and cause damage to wiring, gas lines, and can lead to leaks or dry rot in your walls.  If you already have a problem then you will need to use mouse traps to try to get rid of them.  Rat poison can be dangerous if you have children or pets around.  If you want to prevent the problem from starting then you can use moth balls or peppermint oil.  Rats hate the smell of these things.  Also, putting dryer sheets in corners and drawers will keep the mice at bay.

If you want to keep ants off of your rig and out of your home, then a good way is to stop them from crawling inside.  Ants tend to walk up and in to your RV from areas that make contact with the ground.  A good way to stop them from walking up is to put a layer of petroleum jelly on all parts that touch the ground.  Also, be sure to keep all of your food in a secure place as well as clean your kitchen area after you cook.

No one wants to live with pests, that’s why you need to do everything you can to prevent them from coming into your RV in the first place.  If you are looking for a new, clean, pest free RV, then come into Jim’s RV.


Stay comfortable during those long drives


As an RVer, you have probably had your fair share of long hours behind the wheel.  While it’s great to have the ability to pick anywhere you want to vacation, there is that little obstacle of actually getting there.  While most RV cockpits are built with the newest gadgets and gizmos to help you feel comfortable while driving, they might not always do the trick.  So how do you stay awake, alert, and pain free while driving on your next cross country trip?

While sitting in the captain’s chair, it’s important to be comfortable, Wear clothes that are are loose, and a good pair of driving shoes can go a long way  Emptying your pockets of your cell phone and wallet will allow you you sit without having bunches and bulges in your pockets that can start to become uncomfortable. No matter how comfortable you are though you still need to do one thing, and that is take driving breaks every two or three hours to give you a chance to stretch your legs.  This will give you a chance to re-energize as well as help keep your blood flowing. While you may think staying on a schedule is the most important thing, your body will need to move around to stay alert.

Another thing you need to do is remember to stay hydrated.  While you may not feel hot, your body needs to stay replenished with fluids to help your circulation.  It is especially important to keep drinking water if you are driving during the day and have the sun beating down on your through your windshield.  Another important tip with the sun is to wear sunscreen.  While you may not realize it, you are taking in UV rays while driving, and no one wants to be sun burned by the time they reach their destination.

Driving while uncomfortable can cause problems with your driving habits, and it may result in accidents that normally wouldn’t happen.  If you need a break from driving, then don’t be afraid to take it.  If you need to reach a destination at a certain time, make plans to take plenty of stops along the way, or get a drivign partner if you have one available.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come to Jim’s.