Pumpkin Pancakes

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At Jim’s RV we are pleased to have all types of RV customers. We have some who just like to spend weekends camping in New York and we have people who RV full time. One thing each has in common is that most are interested in new recipes to try. With fall in the air, we thought it would be nice to share a tasty Pumpkin Pancake recipe.

Here is what you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups of milk

1 cup of canned or fresh pumpkin puree

1 medium or large egg

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar

2 cups of white all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of ground allspice

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Mix the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil, and vinegar in one bowl. In another bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ground allspice, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt. Put the contents of the second bowl into the first, and stir enough to completely combine the two.

Heat a large frying pan that has been oiled lightly over medium to high heat. Spoon the pumpkin batter into the frying pan in about ¼ cup servings. Brown on both sides and serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, or any combination of those toppings.

This is a great way to start a cool morning and is a terrific compliment with a nice hot cup of tea or coffee.

Do you have a favorite fall recipe for the road? Be sure to share it with us. At Jim’s RV Sales in New York, we have a 10 acre state of the art facility located off Exit 62 off I-86 in Nichols, New York. Type in the address of 67 Sacketts Creek Road into you GPS and come see us! We are just a mile from Tioga Downs and can be reached by phone at 1-800-634-2357. Enjoy the pumpkin pancakes and we look forward to seeing you at Jim’s RV Center!

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Tips for RVing in the City

Once you drive off the lot of Jim’s RV, chances are you’re planning a lot of backroad excursions and adventures along Route 66. New York City, Austin, L.A., they sound fun, but RVing in the big city can be more trouble than it’s worth.

Well, it is possible to have a good time as an RVer in a dense metropolitan area, but you’re going to want to keep these tips in mind if you plan on hitting the Big Apple, the Big Easy, or the City of Brotherly Love in your new RV:

Plan Ahead

Feel free to wing it when driving through Arizona. The Southwest is very RV friendly with plenty of parks that are easy to find. Not so in most big cities. Know where your RV park is and how to get there from a major landmark. There are apps that will help you find cheap gas and groceries in the city, that let you know where construction is taking place and so on so that you can plan a safe, efficient trip.

Beware the “Fuzz”

Some cities are friendly towards RVers, others are not, so don’t always assume that the police will be happy to see you. In some areas, it’s not uncommon for RVers to be woken up at two in the morning by surly police officers telling them they can’t park overnight here.

Start Early, Leave Early

Your RV park will likely be a little out of the way, so make sure that you start your trip into the city early, and that you leave before it gets dark. One really bad traffic jam can wind up eating an entire day of travel time.

Typically, RVers don’t visit big cities, they drive through them, or around them if they can help it. After all, most of us are outdoorsmen and women by heart. But there’s no reason not to see the Empire State Building, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or downtown New Orleans just because you’re in an RV.

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Heading to the West Coast? Visit Lompoc, California

If you’re thinking of driving your new motorhome from Jim’s RV to a place you’ve never been before for your inaugural voyage, might we suggest Lompoc, California in the beautiful Santa Barbara County?

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Lompoc, CA is not one of the famous locations in California. In fact, the motto of many a Lompocian is “You don’t drive to it, you drive through it,” and that’s exactly why you may want to give it a chance: it’s an unspoiled tourist town. There’s plenty to do, it’s in a great location right between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, about an afternoon’s drive to Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, and a day away from San Francisco. It’s fifteen minutes from the beach, located in the middle of a valley where you get beautiful 70 degree weather all year round, and it’s RV friendly, with RV parks just a mile or so out of town.

The “Valley of the Flowers,” and “Flower Capital of the World” combines a number of features of big and small cities in a pleasant valley with relatively little serious crime, a low population and an arts community that makes it a very friendly, inviting community.

While there, check out Southside Coffee, a locally owned coffee house with a second story loft with cozy couches and bookshelves, and live music most weekends and Friday evenings. Southside Coffee is sort of like a friend’s cozy living room if you want a nice homey place to enjoy some coffee and take a break from the road.

Surf Beach nearby, ironically, does not allow surfing or swimming because of the undertow, but does provide some of the most beautiful scenery in the state as well as some amazing wildlife to observe.

Lompoc is not the biggest or most busy city in California, but as a base of operations during your visit to Southern CA, you couldn’t ask for better. What hidden gems have you found on your RV trips? Share your story with Jim’s RV. If you’re looking for a new RV, come see us today!

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The 2012 Travel Lite 690FD

So you drive onto the lot at Jim’s RV and they show you a few trailers and RVs, but nothing is catching your fancy. It’s not that these aren’t great motorhomes, they’re just… a little much for your purposes. If you’re a solo traveler or if it’s just you and the spouse and you don’t mind getting cozy, then you might want to consider a truck camper.

The 2012 Travel Lite 690FD is certainly a cozy little model, but at under $11,000, it’s more than enough for anyone who just wants to get on the road right now and start traveling.

A truck camper isn’t for everyone. These cozy little campers are very comfortable for anyone who just needs a place to sleep and eat, but the lack of a built-in bathroom means that it’s more for camping and traveling than for living in permanently as an RVer.

That said, if you’re after something along those lines, you can’t go wrong with Travel Lite. It fits into most mid-size trucks, including the Ford Ranger. With the Travel Lite you get a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen area with two burners and a fridge bigger than you’ll find in most hotel rooms. The bed is spacious enough for one or for a couple, there’s a microwave, and the skylight really opens up the place.

If you have a family to travel with, if you’re looking for a fulltime RV, go ahead and invest in a good, full-size RV, fifth wheel or travel trailer. If you’re looking for something for short term adventures or just doing some traveling on your own and would rather not break your neck sleeping in your car between motels, then the Travel Lite camper is one of the most comfortable little campers on the market right now. Come see us at Jim’s RV today!

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