An RV trip could be the best time you’ve ever had or it could be a bit of a letdown, and it all depends on how you plan for the trip. While all trips – even a spontaneous weekend – take planning, longer trips require more planning.
The more planning you do, the less stress you will have on your trip, even if you are taking a long trip across the country. Finding places to camp, planning meals, and finding the cheapest gas are just part of planning for a stress-free trip. Be sure you visit Jim’s RV Center for service or for much-needed accessories.
Finding Places to Camp
If you must have hookups because you are not equipped to boondock or you prefer not to boondock, determine the length of time you will drive each day. Make reservations at RV parks for each day. If you are just traveling for a day, then staying at one destination for the whole trip, be sure to make reservations for the number of nights you will be staying. Finding an RV park after a day of traveling just adds unneeded stress to your trip.
2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E Interior.
If you plan on camping in the woods or are planning on stopping just anywhere when you get tired of driving, be sure your water tanks are full, the gas tanks are full and the black and gray water tanks are empty. You may want to make a list of dump stations along the way on your trip. While you can go a few days without emptying the tanks, eventually they will fill and you won’t want to dampen your trip by spending hours locating a dump station – or a place to fill up with water or refill the propane tanks for that matter.
Plan your meals ahead of time. You can pack most groceries before you leave so that you don’t have to be bothered with grocery shopping once you arrive at your destination. If you are planning a long trip, you can start out with a week’s worth of groceries.
Plenty of room for groceries in this 2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E!
The worst thing that can happen is to have your RV break down on the way to your destination or on the way home. You’ll have to find a mechanic in a strange city. Instead of that worry, bring your RV into Jim’s RV Center to have it checked out before you leave. If this is your first trip of the season, our technicians can de-winterize your RV for you.
Before you choose an RV, be sure you walk through several floor plans including the 2014 Fleetwood Expedition 40X. While you might see one you like, you may find something that fits your lifestyle better – especially if you plan on using the RV for long-term travel. You don’t want to choose something only to find out that two weeks into the trip you don’t like the floor plan.
The Expedition 40X features a Freightliner chassis with a Cummins ISB 6.7-liter engine. The engine is backed by an Allison 3000 MY six-speed transmission with an electronic shifter. The engine puts out 360 horsepower – plenty to get you up into the mountains. The fuel tank holds 100 gallons so you’re not stopping every couple hours to fill up.
This Class A diesel features a rear ladder, stationary Wingard satellite dish, an exterior entertainment center, third roof air conditioning unit, satellite radio, and keyless entry. Furthermore, the model at Jim’s RV Center in New York also features the upgraded residential refrigerator and the upgraded expandable L-shaped sofa.
This 40-footer has plenty of space for a family of four and would be perfect for a couple that is doing some long-term traveling. It features three slides: the sofa and dinette, the master bedroom and the galley and dining area slide out, giving this RV plenty of room.
The 2014 Fleetwood Expedition 40X Floor Plan
Starting behind the swiveling captain’s chairs in the cab, the 40X features a freestanding dinette and a 90-inch sofa with an air mattress. On the opposite side, you’ll find the residential refrigerator, a three-burner cooktop and microwave, and the kitchen sink.
Moving rearward and across from the sofa, the 40X features a 65-inch dual recliner and end table. The wall between the main living space and the bathroom features a 46-inch LED television.
The bathroom takes up one entire side and forms a hallway into the master bedroom. The full bath features a linen cabinet and stand up shower. The bedroom features the upgraded king size bed (72 inches by 80 inches), a 32-inch LCD television, wardrobe and the upgraded stackable washer and dryer.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center today to walk through the 2014 Fleetwood Expedition 40X today or any of the other RVs on the lot.
Whether you are on the road for long-term travel or you are taking your RV out for a long weekend, it’s always nice to decorate your RV for the summer. You might add party lights to the awning and find a great sign for the outside of your RV. You can choose something with your name on it or even something with a cute or sarcastic saying to use as a conversation starter. Stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked and to browse their RV accessories.
Inside, you can change a lot of things without actually remodeling the entire RV. Add a wall clock in the kitchen area. Choose something that is easy to match with new dish towels, oven mitts and other items that are often in view while you are in the kitchen. For example, if you go with a country rooster theme, you can find a rooster clock, towels with roosters, and other rooster décor.
In the living area, add window treatments. Most RVs have blinds, but don’t have colorful curtains. You can add a splash of color just by adding bright curtains or a valence to the windows.
Find a throw rug that adds a splash of color. These are always great if you put them by the door or in other high traffic areas. Not only do they look good and add something different, but they also keep that area from getting ground in dirt under the carpet.
Change the bedding for all the beds. Adding a colorful bedspread for the summer allows you to change a heavy spread to a lighter, summer-appropriate bed spread. And, it changes the look of the area. You can also add curtains or a valence to match the spread in the main sleeping area or in a bunk house.
If you have open wall space, add framed pictures of family members or places you’ve been. If you do this, you may want to remove the pictures from the walls when you are moving. If you already have hung photos, change the frames for a different look – or you can even change the photos from a winter scene to a summer scene. Each season you can change the look of the interior by changing the photos.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave or if you are in the area as part of your trip. We are always glad to see you even if you just stop in to say hello!
Spring and summer are the seasons for road trips, and with the weather warming up here in New York, there’s no better time than now to fire up your RV for weekend getaways and week-long excursions. Check out some of these great getaways in and around New York this spring, and you’re guaranteed to get in the spirit of spring.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Dip your feet into the ocean for the first time of the year at charming Rehoboth Beach. When you’re finished swimming, rent a bike or put on your hiking shoes to tackle the six-mile path through untouched woods and the gorgeous Delaware waterfront. This beach town offers quaint shops and restaurants to fill your weekend with five-star cuisine, local art and plenty of relaxing outdoor time.
New York’s Finger Lakes
You don’t have to leave the state to find breathtaking drives and destinations — the Finger Lakes region extends throughout Central New York (roughly from Syracuse to Rochester), and offers some of the most gorgeous vistas in New York. Oenophiles love this 75-mile stretch, because the path leading throughout the glacial lakes also passes a variety of vineyards for stopping, stretching your legs and tasting some of the best wine in the east.
Cruise Through the Adirondacks
Start with a night’s stay in the charming town of Old Forge, then head north on the road trip of a lifetime through the Adirondack Mountains. Make sure you have plenty of time to stop and take in the sights — from swimming holes to quaint towns, hikes for every type of athlete and endless opportunities to snap some photos. Just one weekend in the Adirondacks (although we suggest you stay a little longer) will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to plan your next trip back.
Jim’s RV Center
Before you head out for your first road trip of the spring season, bring your RV by Jim’s RV Center — your local New York RV dealer. We’re your one-stop shop for new and used RV sales, service and everything you need for camping in New York, so come visit us here in Nichols seven days a week.
Photo by Adam Riquier (Flickr Creative Commons)