Safety Tips for Your Upcoming Road Trips

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Located one mile from Tioga Downs, Jim’s RV Center has 20 bays available for service and complimentary facilities for overnight customers with scheduled service calls. Before starting your next journey, make this the first stop to ensure your RV is safe and ready to roll.

With so many people enjoying the option of traveling the highways of America in motorhomes, fifth wheels, or pulling a travel trailer or folding camper – all available at Jim’s – the roadways can become a safety issue.

Check your list of safety tips before leaving home and consider adding any of these you might have overlooked.

  • To help keep your recreational vehicle secure and your things safe while sightseeing or hiking, install a dead bolt to RV doors.
  • Make sure smoke alarms and fire extinguisher are in working order.
  • Remove excess grease build-up from the kitchen’s cooking vent/hood.
  • Give a once over to towing or hitch equipment.
  • Schedule a service appointment to have belts, hoses, tires, lights, signals, brakes, engine, transmission, and battery checked.
  • Check all the wire coverings to ensure the plastic or rubber coating hasn’t been chewed by hungry rodents.
  • Always leave a copy of your travel itinerary with family or friends in case of an unforeseen emergency.
  • Keep a road atlas by your side and be aware of the clearance levels of any bridges, tunnels and overpasses along your travel route.
  • Be comfortable with the size and weight of your RV so you don’t attempt to cross trestle bridges or covered bridges that won’t accommodate the weight or height of your RV.
  • Do visual maintenance throughout the trip each time you stop for the night.
  • Never leave the RV unattended while cooking.
  • Don’t store ignitable items such as curtains or fabric blinds close to the stove or portable heaters.
  • Check that retractable steps and awnings are securely stored or put away before taking to the road.
  • Keep the weight inside the RV balanced and secure. Uneven weight distribution and things sliding around the interior can cause problems.
  • If your RV has been stored, check for any birds nests that may be blocking the flue.

Contact our friendly staff at Jim’s RV Center today and be on your way to a safe trip no matter what time of year you’re traveling.


Easy and Delicious Winter Recipes for the Road

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One of the best parts of living or traveling in an RV is how cozy that small space can be in cooler temperatures. Whether you’re cruising the roads to your holiday destination or are just enjoying some winter camping, cooking a nice warm meal in your RV kitchen can make you feel even more comfortable.

Try one of these simple and delicious recipes in your RV this winter, and you may not want the seasons to change.

Hot Skillet Breakfast

The perfect hot breakfast for cold-weather camping in New York – this meal can easily be cooked on your RV stove or over an open fire.

What you need:

5 eggs

1/3 Pound ground sausage

2 Potatoes

2 Tablespoons oil

1/2 Small onion

1/2 Small green pepper

1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Dice the potatoes, onions and green peppers into small pieces.
  2. Saute the potato, green pepper and onion mixture in a skillet until they’re all nice and soft.
  3. Add sausage to the skillet and cook until brown.
  4. Break all of the eggs into the skillet (go ahead and break the yolks as you stir the entire skillet mixture together).
  5. When the eggs are fully cooked, top the skillet with shredded cheese and serve.

Cowboy Goulash

Need a hearty meal to keep all of your campers cozy? Try this delicious (and easy-to-make) one-pot Cowboy Goulash.

What You’ll Need:

1 Pound ground beef

1 Large can pork and beans

2 Cups cooked rice

1 Onion (chopped)

3 Tablespoons molasses or brown sugar

2 Tablespoons of your favorite barbeque sauce

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons relish

Cooking Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan and drain the liquid.
  2. Saute onions with the beef until soft.
  3. Add pork and beans, brown sugar (or molasses), barbecue sauce, mustard and relish.
  4. Let the entire mixture simmer for 15 minutes and stir occasionally.
  5. Serve the goulash over rice.

Jim’s RV Center

Seek shelter from the cold at your New York RV dealer – Jim’s RV Center. Whether you’re looking for a new RV this winter or need some service performed on your trusty camper, fifth wheel or motor home, we’ve got everything you need right here at Jim’s.