First Summer In The New RV New York!


I will never forget recently selling an RV to an old friend. He is not the RV type so I was surprised to see him shopping for one at his local Nichols, NY RV dealer. He and his wife were newly retired and looking to start their new life on the road. After checking out several models they finally decided the 2012 Fleetwood Bounder Classic was the right choice for them. This is the type of RV that is made for comfortable year round living, so I was confident they would enjoy their time spent in it

The first test was a short trip to the lake. The first night they spent in their new RV was wonderful. They both awoke the next morning feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy their first breakfast in the great outdoors. After returning to civilization they called to inform me how excited they were with their new purchase. They also said it was very easy to use, especially for a couple with no experience.

The second trip would be with the grandchildren. This trip would be a true test for the design features of their new RV. The simplicity of operating the RV came in handy especially with the children. Once again the RV proved to be a great investment. Both the grandparents and grandchildren made memories that will last a lifetime.

My friend has informed me that they’re already planning trips for next year. I can’t believe how quickly they took to the outdoor lifestyle. I guess it goes to show with the right RV even a rookie can have a wonderful time. You can’t put a price on memories, but knowing that you don’t have to spend your life savings on an RV is one of the values that the Fleetwood Bounder Classic is all about. So come on in to Jim’s RV today and see if the Fleetwood Bounder is the right fit for you!


Outdoor Camping Activities To Do With Your Kids New York!

When most people go camping and RVing, it is usually a family affair. Camping with kids however, can create a challenge when it comes to entertaining them. Although video games, MP3 players and movies are always an option, one of the reasons to go RVing is to escape all the technology. So the next time you go camping and RVing try one of these activities with the whole family.

One activity that the whole family is sure to enjoy is 4-wheeling or riding an ATV in and around your campsite. Your kids will surely enjoy riding around and exploring their surroundings from an ATV. This is a great activity to start a younger age too, as your kids will be more comfortable once it is time for them to get behind the wheel. Be sure to follow all safety precautions and land rules and regulations.

Hiking is another great activity for the whole family. Not only is hiking a great form of exercise, you can also turn it into a learning experience. Point out different plans, animals and aspects of the terrain. Teach them to learn to love the outdoors at an early age.

Animal “Hunting”
Create a list of local animals and make a game out of it. See who can find each animal on the list first. You may have to “hunt” around for them, but it’s an activity that is sure to keep them busy for a while.

Pan fishing
Fishing is a great activity for kids of all ages, although when they are first learning it can be a bit tedious and tiresome. Introduce your kids to fishing by first having them use a spin cast rod and reel and going after easier fish such as crappie and bluegill. Use anything from worms to hotdogs for bait and watch as each fish brings a smile to their face.

So the next time you head out in your new our used RV from your local New York RV dealer, take part in some of the above mentioned activities. You will be sure to make some great family memories. And stop by Jim’s RV and let us know what some of your favorite fun-filled family RV vacations memories are.


Camping In Warm Weather

As the weather begins to warm, we begin to think about taking out the RV or camper and heading into the great outdoors around Nichols, NY. Whether you prefer a wooded area or a lakeside retreat, keep in mind the temperatures and prepare for hot days while away. The following tips will help you beat the heat when camping in the outdoors in your new or used RV from your Nichols, NY RV dealer.

1. Keep the air moving

If air is not circulating, it can get very hot very quickly. If you are using a generator, be sure to bring enough gasoline for the length of your stay. The heat can get worse at night too, especially if you are in a public campground with noise rules. Generally, loud noise is not allowed after a certain hour. If this is the case, the use of your generator is definitely out of the question. To help minimize the heat in the evening, open your windows and bring along a battery powered fan. As the outside air-cools down, you can get a nice breeze flowing through your camper.

2. Make shade a priority

When you are deciding where to park your RV or camper, try to plan for shade. If camping in a campground with a covered picnic bench at each campsite, try to position your camper to maximize this shade. If you camper has an awning, you can park with the awning side facing the picnic area. This way when you pull out the awning, you can enlarge your shaded area.

3. Pack appropriate clothing

When the sun is out you always want to wear sunscreen. Also, be sure to pack and wear light colored clothing in breathable, lightweight fabrics. Avoid heavy materials such as wool and thick fabrics. Hats are also important to pack and have on hand.

4. Pack extra water

Be sure to pack more water than you will need. This is especially important if you will be in a remote location. Staying hydrated becomes more difficult the warmer the weather. Make sure that everyone is staying hydrated and drinking enough water.

Follow the above tips to increase your comfort while camping in the heat. And for help equipping your camper or RV for the heat, visit us at Jim’s RV in Nichols, NY. Stay cool New York!


Be A River-Friendly Camper Nichols, New York!

Whenever you are looking for a place to park your new camper or new RV from your Nichols, NY RV dealer, many people consider the ideal locale to be next to or near a body of water. After all it is calming, stress free and a sweet escape. Whether it’s a lake, river or ocean, there are certain guidelines we should follow as campers in order to help keep our waters safe and clean.

Stay Out of Closed/Blocked-Off Campsites
If a campsite location that you would like to camp at is blocked off, respect these closures. If you come across a fence, log or boulder restricting access to an area leave it alone. These have been placed there for a reason, to protect the habitat. If you have any questions regarding a closure, contact the local ranger station.

Stay at least 200 Feet from the water bank
For your safety and to protect the waters, please stay at least 200 feet away from the water’s edge. Parking or camping too close to the water can cause changes in the habitat by impacting soil and vegetation. Also the soil can be unstable and cause your vehicle to sink or get stuck. Be respectful of water areas and use common sense when traveling near them. In order to keep coming back, we need to take care of our environment.

Fires can be safe
Fires while camping don’t have to be a problem. With proper use a fire can be a fun and relaxing way to keep warm or cook. Remember to check local fire restrictions prior to starting your fire. When it comes time to leave the campsite make sure to properly extinguish the fire to avoid accidental wildfires. If you are not familiar with how to maintain or extinguish a campfire consult a professional and avoid starting one until you have done so.

The next time you take your new or used camper or RV out, remember these simple guidelines. And don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV for the latest selection in Jayco, Fleetwood, and Coleman.


Celebrate National Wildlife Week Nichols, NY!

Whenever we take the RV out across New York, one of my favorite things to do is look for and spot wildlife. Did you know that the Great Horned Owl, can hear a mouse from 75 feet away? Did you also know that some Rainbow and Steelhead Trout live in the same stream their whole lives? These are just some of the facts that you can learn about extraordinary wildlife, during National Wildlife Week.

Through the National Wildlife Federation, whose goal is to protect wildlife across the nation, National Wildlife Week is taking place right now, March 19-25, 2012. During National Wildlife Week you can learn about 45 EXTRA-ordinary wildlife species and how to help them, in New York and across the country. National Wildlife Week was started in 1938 and has been held annually since then. It is the National Wildlife Federation’s longest running education program. The goal of this program is to get communities and families working together, to raise awareness about wildlife and the environment and to teach the nation conservation techniques.

There are several ways you can participate in this program. Of course, if you really want to get into the middle of things, take your RV or camper out and join the party by sitting among all the wildlife. Other ways to participate include, volunteer projects, community projects, fundraising, watching webinars on-line and inspire others to learn about wildlife and how to protect it. For more information about National Wildlife Week visit

If you are in need of a new RV or camper to enjoy and explore wildlife in your area, visit your Jayco, Fleetwood and Coachman New Jersey RV dealer, Jim’s RV in Nichols, NY. So take some time out of your week to celebrate National Wildlife Week. And the next time you are out in your RV, you will have a little bit more knowledge about all the wildlife you see.


Thank Goodness It’s Friday!

It’s five o’clock on Friday in Nichols, NY. I’m rushing home from work to pick up my family and my new camper and head to the lake. I’ve been going to the lake as long as I can remember, but this time it is with my new camper. Everyone is excited for a long relaxing weekend. This time of year always gets me in the mood for camping and with the weather warming up, it’s no wonder the lake is on my mind.

I can already smell the bratwurst and hamburgers on the grill. I can feel the cold of the drink in my hand; it’s my favorite time of the year. We’ve been stuck in the house all winter and now we’re ready to go to the lake.

Our new camper will be our home away from home for many long weekends this spring and summer. We all enjoy the outdoors, but now we will be much more comfortable in our climate controlled camper. Everyone will have plenty of room and a quiet atmosphere to nap and relax in the great outdoors.

For those of us who like going to the lake with family it can quickly become a nightmare if you’re staying in a tent. When a storm comes, a camper can be the difference between becoming soaked and comfortably waiting out the storm. We can all appreciate the outdoors when we can escape some of the weather and have a comfortable place to sleep. A camper is the best way to stay at the lake without having the expense of a motel room (if motels are offered nearby).

Campers range from smaller models that can easily be towed with a car, all the way to bigger units that can accommodate more than one family. It may also be equipped with simple countertops and appliances all the way up to extravagant accessories that were once used only in houses. The best way to determine the camper that best fits your needs is to visit Jim’s RV in Nichols, NY. We have a great selection to offer, so visit us today!


Three Poisonous Plants To Avoid While Camping

People go camping for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, strolling, fishing or swimming when we are camping we want to enjoy the great outdoors. There are several plants and animals that we need to watch out for and avoid when we are out in nature. Three of these plants include poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. With a little bit of knowledge you can keep an eye out for these and you will know what to do if you happen to come in contact with them.

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is found throughout much of North America, primarily to the east of the Rocky Mountains. It grows in wooded areas, predominantly around edge areas, on exposed rock, in open fields and as underbrush. The identifying characteristics of poison ivy include a cluster of three almond shape leaflets, reddish hairs on the vine and no thorns. If you do come into contact with poison ivy it will cause itching, red inflammation and possibly blistering. To treat exposure, over the counter medicines such as Calamine lotion and home remedies such as oatmeal baths and baking soda can help to relieve the irritation.

Poison Oak

Poison oak can be found from Virginia west to Texas and Oklahoma. It is an upright shrub with three leaflet clusters and grows in thickets, forests and dry, sandy fields. Exposure to poison oak causes similar symptoms to poison ivy; itching, red inflammation and blistering. Treatment is also similar to poison ivy, over the counter lotions, oatmeal baths and baking soda.

Poison Sumac

Poison sumac is the most toxic of the three plants. Contact with poison sumac will cause more lengthy and painful skin eruptions and irritation. Poison sumac is found in wet areas, such as swaps, bogs and flooded areas in the eastern United States and Canada. Unlike poison ivy and oak, poison sumac is found in the form of a small tree or shrub. The plant contains greenish leafs that are oblong in shape with 7-13 leafs per stem. It also has grey fruit or berries.

For more information regarding these three plants visit As you head out on your next camping trip Nichols, NY, remember to be on the lookout for these plants. And on your way out, stop and visit us at Jim’s RV!


Spring Camping For Spring Break With Your Kids


As spring break is fast approaching here in Nichols, NY, it’s time to start thinking about where you are going to take your kids for your family vacation. Why not go on a camping trip? Kids love camping and the outdoors, and it’s a great way to get in some family fun without having to travel too far. The following are some ways to make the most of camping with your kids.

Plan your trip as a family
Get your kids input on where to go camping, what to see and what to do. Keep their ages in mind for appropriate activities. Ask them to help plan and shop for your meals for the trip. Also have your kids prepare the supplies you will need for your trip.

Practice your trip at home first
Before you leave for your trip, do a trail run at home. Have your kids help you use some of the camping equipment so they become familiar with it. Do some cooking and have a special treat. Have some activities planned and make a night of it.

Bring along a friend
Have your kids invite a friend or two or if possible, invite another family who has children that your kids are friendly with. This will help occupy your kids for a longer period of time and give you some down time, which is the whole reason for a vacation.

Savor your time outdoors
While vacationing in the great outdoors, take advantage of your time there. Help familiarize your kids with the outdoors; go for a hike or picnic and look for flowers, rocks and insects. Fishing is another great activity to enjoy with your family if you are camping near or at a lake or pond. Although you want to get as many activities in as you can, don’t make a rigid schedule. Stay flexible and if you and your kids are enjoying a particular activity, stay as long as everyone is happy.

Remember the above points and make your next spring break the best one yet. If you need any more great camping ideas stop by Jim’s RV in Nichols, NY and while your there check out our great selection of RV’s.