Travel the deserts this winter for less

If you are planning your first winter of being a Snowbird and decided to head to the deserts of the Southwest, then you may not know where to start looking for ways to save money. Well planned extended stays can help you keep your budget in check and may even let you keep more in your pocket then you had expected. Packing up your RV and heading out to a far off destination can seem daunting, but with a few easy tips you can travel like a pro.

The first part of staying in the desert is getting there. Before you leave your home base, be sure to map out places that allow you to stay the night for free along the way. The savings that you will have from not paying for a camping spot every night can help pay for a large portion of the fuel that you may use to get there. Good places to look are Wal-Marts and other public lands that allow you to camp for free.

Once you arrive, it’s best to choose a central location to camp. While cities may have a lot of entertainment they will also cost more to camp at. Look for a camp site that is in the country, but close enough to other sites that you will want to visit around you. You will save money from camping here, and it will allow you to travel less once you get your rig set up.Also, purchase a good regional guide book. They will offer great activities and locations that will help you pass the time once you establish camp.

Becoming a Snowbird for the first time may seem overwhelming at first, but if you have a great RV and a great plan, then you will be able to spend the winter months in comfort.


Capture all your RV adventures with a Hero

RVing is a lifestyle that allows you to do many different kinds of activities. When a lot of people hear that you are RVing, they probably think that all you do is set up camp, pull up a lawn chair and watch the grass grow. They probably wouldn’t believe that you do things like hiking, canoeing, biking, and other outdoor activities. Why not just tell them about it when you can show them that everything you do instead. The problem with many regular video cameras is that they aren’t made to take the abuse of heavy outdoor activities. That’s where the GoPro Hero 2 can come in handy.

The Hero2 is the followup to their very popular and successful GoPro Hero. This camera is made to handle dirt, dust, water, and snow while providing a high quality HD video. With its small size and ability t clip on to almost any object, you are sure to be able to capture every minute of your RV travels. You can put the camera on your dash and film what life is like driving through the beautiful country scenery, of put it on your helmet and show some great biking trails. The Hero 2 will be able to go anywhere you want to.

Not only will you be able to record things to the camera for later, but you will also be able to sync the camera to your smart phone and broadcast your adventures live around the world. This is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family in real time when they want to know what you do when you hit the open road. No matter how you choose to enjoy your RV, you’ll be able to show the world how much fun RVing can be.


Pack your RV for its first excursion, New York


You’ve gone out and purchased your first RV and are ready to hit the road and begin your new lifestyle. While you took a lot of things into account when choosing your new rig, no RV is completely ready for the road before you put your living amenities inside. Your RV may have furniture, entertainment systems, wireless connectivity, and living space, making it easy to think that you can drive it straight off of the lot and into a camp site. Before you head out on the open road, there are things that you need to purchase to bring with you which is known as the initial inventory.

It can be easy to forgot things that you need on the road until it is too late. Like a lot of other things that you need to do with your RV, making a checklist of things to purchase is a great way to make sure that you have all of your bases covered. Of course, what you want to bring with you while you are camping is entirely up to you, you should be made aware of some staples that every RVer should have. Things like a coffee maker, foil, sponges, bug spray, sun screen, and dinner ware are all needed to turn your RV from a vehicle into a home.

You need to remember that you need to have your RV stocked up like it is a small house. This is very true if you are planning on becoming a full time RVer. While you can always drive out to a store to buy anything that you missed or forgot, you may sometimes be at a remote location, and it will become a large hassle to do so. That is why it’s important to get everything you need before you leave. I found a great checklist that is sure to help you get the bare essentials and a little bit more before you leave below. Out of all of these things, the most important thing you should buy is a great RV at a great price, so be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

Coffee Pot
Plates (large and small)
Silverware (regular and plastic)
Can opener
Kitchen gadgets
Spatula, carving knives, tongs, etc.
Measuring cups & spoons
Pot holders
Table cloth
Water glasses / Drinking cups
Coffee Cups
Paper plates
Plastic paper plate holders
Small trash can
Radio-AC and battery operated
Propane grill and accessories
Small propane bottles
Assortment of pots and pans
Mixing/serving bowls
Dish pan
Dish drainer
Serving tray(s)
Vacuum cleaner
Broom and dust pan
First-Aid kit
Aspirin and Medications
Bug spray
Suntan lotion
Bed spreads
Pillows, sheets, pillow cases
Bath towels/wash cloths
Beach towels
Kitchen towels
Travel clock
Paper towels
Ziplock bags
Aluminum foil
Plastic wrap
Trash bags (large and trash can size)
Bar soap and dishwashing detergent
Cleaning supplies (SOS pads, Pine-Sol)
Toiletry kit
Folding chairs
Playing cards / Games
Pens/pencils & paper
Salt & Pepper
Coffee & Tea bags
Toilet paper (RV-type)

What size RV is right for you?


Whether you are shopping fort your first RV, or getting a new one, one of the most important factors that you should consider is the size. Knowing the right size RV for you and your travels can depend on a lot of different factors, and no one wants to regret buying the wrong RV for them. If you buy too big of a rig, you may have spent too much money on unused or unneeded space. On the other hand, if you buy too small of an RV or trailer, you may soon be cramped and wishing you had more room to work with.

The first thing you should consider is how long you plan on spending in an RV. If you are looking for a rig that will allow you to go out on weekends and holidays, then you probably don’t need anything that is too large. While comfort is a large key at choosing the right rig for you, you need to realize that you are not living full time in it. If you are looking for a rig to become a full time RVer in, then you should consider a larger RV. You want something that is big enough to hold all of your property and supplies.

Another factor you need to consider is how many people you plan on spending your time RVing with. If you are planning on traveling only with your loved one, or by yourself, then you don’t need all of that extra space. If you have a family, or plan on having friends or family travel with you, then you should plan accordingly. There is the old saying that it is better to have too much than too few, but jsut remember what you are planning to do with your new RV.

If you are looking for a new RV of any size, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV to check out our great selection. From large Class A’s to smaller trailers, we’ll be sure to get you on your way to RV happiness.


Great ideas for Halloween in your RV


With the colors changing all around you, Fall is in full effect. The weather is getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and Halloween is just around the corner. While you may not get as many trick-or-treaters as you would if you were in your permanent home, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get into the Halloween spirit. There are many different things you can do to bring out the ghouls and goblins wherever you are. So let’s look at what you can do for the spooky season.

A great way to spend an afternoon is to go to a pumpkin patch and pick out some great pumpkins for carving. Many pumpkin patches offer plenty of activities for the little ones as well. Since most pumpkin patches are on farms there are petting zoos to see some furry friends as well. After you pick out your pumpkins you can go back to your campsite and carve them into jack o’lanterns. You can even use the seeds that you remove from the pumpkins to roast into a great fall snack.

Many RV campsites also have great Halloween activities such as costume and decoration contests. You can turn your RV into a spooky haunted house and show people that you love Halloween. Put up some spider webs, and replace your porch lights with black lights and you are well on your way to having the creepiest rig on the lot.  If you are in a camp ground full of families, then load up on candy and get ready for the little ones coming by.

Halloween is a great season to meet others around your camp site and bond. If you are traveling with kids, set up rules for them to follow and/or accompany them while trick-or-treating. If a new RV is what you need to get ready for the Halloween season, you can get it at Jim’s RV!


Find the best Snowbird destinations for this Winter


Winter is generally thought of as the slow season for RVers in New York, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you are a new full time RVer then you may have considered becoming a Snowbird. Like ducks and geese in the north, Snowbirds travel to warmer climates during the cold winter months. Not only does this allow camping throughout the year, but it also keeps your RV running smoothly. While you can camp in cold climates in your rig, it can add a lot of extra wear and tear to you RV.

So where are the best places to travel during the cold season? The two main kinds of destinations are either in the deserts of the Southwest or the beaches , but if you ask other RVers you will get a wide variety of responses. Each kind of camping has pros and cons that depend on what you are looking for. If you are looking for a quiet place to camp with other RVers that is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then your best bet is the desert. If you are looking for a place to stay with many different activities to keep you occupied, then you should probably head to the coast. The good news about owning an RV is that if you get to one spot and decided it’s not the right one,  you can always pack up and hit the open road again.

There is no right or wrong place to go for the winter, and if you are a new Snowbird, don’t tie yourself down. Thankfully, being a full-time RVer means you have the opportunity to find whatever you are looking for, and finding the perfect winter spot for you a great benefit. When New Yorkers are ready to channel your inner-Snowbirds, do it in a new RV from Jim’s RV!


New York Full-timer Hobby: Scrapbooking


As a full-time RVer in New York you get to see and experience things that are new and exciting  during every trip you take. Why not take advantage of scrapbooking to keep memories of all your experiences in one place. Not only will it help pass the time, it’s also a good way to look back at all the times, both funny and not so funny, that you’ve encountered. When there are slow long nights, or bad weather, it is easy to unwind by harnessing that energy for good. It is also a great way to answer the question, “What did you do on your last trip?” when family and neighbors ask.

There are the traditional scrap books that you can buy and make from craft stores. These usually have plenty of room for pictures, trinkets, and other “scraps” that you find along the way. They can built built by hand, or bought in a pre-made form. These are sure to give you hours of entertainment – assembling them and choosing what will go inside. Of course, you can also choose to go the technological route. With easy-to-use blog platforms and Facebook, you can do it all online keeping your friends and neighbors in the know with up-to-the-minute information.

No matter how you do it, scrap booking is a great way to keep all of your favorite RV memories in one place, and it can even be passed down to future generations of RVers. If you are looking for a new RV to start these memories in, then stop by Jim’s RV.


Find a New Job While RVing


If you have decided to become an full-time RVer, then you probably thought that you have everything set up to enjoy RV travels for years to come. When the economy took a down turn, many full timers came to a crossroads of how to keep their RV dreams going with a tighter RV budget. One way to do this is to find jobs that will allow you to camp at a camp site for free, and maybe even get a little bit of extra cash in your pocket.

Many different camp grounds offer positions to help maintain the grounds and help with administrative work. The manager of the camp will usually allow you to stay on the site for free, and there are some that will even pay you a small salary to help you pay for food and other necessities. It’s a great way to enjoy different camp grounds around the country and take a big chunk out of your spending budget.

But how do you find these jobs? There are great websites that will allow camp owners to post job listings to help you find a camp ground near you or your next destination. Workamper News is a great resource that has both print and online listings, and you will find that there are camp grounds all over the country that is looking for help. Another big source of RV jobs is for amusement parks looking for help during their busy season.

You shouldn’t have to quit your RV adventures that you have worked hard to do. Many of these job opportunities off you the ability to enjoy your camping lifestyle longer than you may have thought possible. If you’re looking for a New RV while camping your way through New York, stop by our dealership.



Tips to Cover Your RV for the Winter


Lots of RVers like to head south for the winter, but that isn’t an option for some of us. While there are still a few good weekends left for camping this year, you are probably getting ready to shut down your rig for the cold season. If you are able to store your RV in a covered garage or storage center, then there is not a lot that you have to do to protect your RV from the elements.  Those of us who use an RV cover to keep our RV safe while not in use know there is more that goes into getting your cover on properly than simply throwing it over your rig.

The first thing that you should do before putting your cover on is wash your RV. Dirt, grease, and any bugs left on your RV’s exterior can set in and ruin your rig’s paint and body. Give it a good wash and dry it completely before you put your cover on. If you have anything with sharp corners on your roof, such as antennas or solar panels, remove them. If not, cover them with towels or blankets so the sharp edges won’t rip your cover.

The biggest challenge of getting your RV covered is getting over the top. Instead of using a ladder and your hands, tie a rope to one side of your cover and pull it over on the other side. If you do choose to use a ladder, be very careful. Falls and accidents are quite common. And if you get onto the roof to center everything, watch your step. You may not be able to see air vents or other oft spots on the roof.

Letting your RV hibernate for the winter may be a necessity, but be sure to use a quality cover to make sure that it is safe when not in use. If you are looking for a good quality cover, just ask us for help in finding the right one. If you are looking for a new RV in New York, then just stop by Jim’s RV!


Get your RV ready for the coming cold weather


With the weather getting colder you need to make sure your RV is ready for the coming season. This is not the same as winterizing your RV, only making sure that you can enjoy the cooler fall nights without problems while camping. Just like how you need to change your wardrobe from summer to fall, your RV needs to prepare for the coming change in the elements. Unlike winterizing your rig, giving your RV a cold weather check only takes a few hours at most, and it allows you to hit the road and get back to camping when you are finished.

The first thing that you should do is inspect your batteries. Give them a good cleaning with a baking soda and water mixture, and check and refill with distilled water if necessary. Also, check their charge with a voltometer to ensure that they will continue working in the cooler weather. Next, it is time to check your engines antifreeze and coolant system. With winter coming, you want your coolant mixture to be around 70% anti-freeze and 30% water. You can check this with testing strips or a refractometer. Also, be sure to check all the hoses and lines for your colling system to make sure there are no leaks or holes.

No one wants to freeze in their RV, so be sure to check your rigs furnace and heating system. If you haven’t run it yet, turn it on high to get rid of any mold that has developed in your furnace over the last 6 months. Also, make sure that you are not losing any of that warm air due to holes or open seals in your roof. Make sure that your roof has no leaks or hole in it, and give the roof a good was while you are up there. Finally, check all your devices inside your RV. Fire detector and carbon monoxide batteries, appliances, and any other electrical advice. You don’t want to lose power when you are in the middle of no where with a cold front blowing in.

Keep your RV ready this fall and winter, and enjoy the off season if you are keeping your RV in storage. If you’re looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.