Get Your RV in Style This Summer

Before you head out on the road, be sure you have everything you need, including accessories to make your life easier and any decorations you may want for your trip. Even on a non-holiday weekend, you can decorate your awning with lights and put seasonal window clings on the windows.

For accessories, stop by Jim’s RV Center for just about anything you need. Stack-A-Plate keeps your plates from sliding and rattling. It comes in two sizes – one for plates up to 10 ¼ inches and one for plates up to 7 ¼ inches. The Stack-A-Plate has a non-slip backing to keep everything in place instead of on the floor and in a million pieces.

Add a cutting board to your camping accessories. The Jobar International board will extend to 24 ½ inches so it fits across any size sink. It features an in-board basket to catch scraps or cut vegetables; and it gives you more counter space to work on. It won’t dull your knives like the plastic cutting boards or sink covers.

Get this combination photo frame, clock, calendar and thermometer to help save space in your RV and to show off your favorite person or subject.

The Pop-A-Tissue Dispenser is particularly handy because you can mount it anywhere. Instead of having a tissue box take up precious counter space, simply mount the dispenser under the overhead cabinets.

Step Huggers carpets are perfect for protecting the carpets in your RV. Instead of having a high traffic trail, just use one of these over the existing carpet to keep it clean. When you have visitors, you can remove them to show off “new” carpet. Step Huggers also make carpets for interior stairs and RV landing steps. The edges are finished so they won’t fray.

Since space is at a premium, a thermometer, clock and photo frame unit is perfect. The frame holds a 4-inch by 6-inch photo. The clock features an alarm and snooze button. It also features a calendar and will play the Happy Birthday song on your birthday. Instead of having two or more units taking up space on your counters, use this all-in-one unit.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up these and many other accessories for your RV. You can even pick up decorations for the outside of your RV, including team stickers.

Rug sets can help save your carpet! Click the photos to enter Jim’s RV Center’s parts and accessories catalog.


Let Summer Take You Away

Let Summer take you away! Plan weekend or longer trips to the many parks and campgrounds in New York State – try a new campground each time you go out. You can narrow down your list to a few or several favorites to visit again, year after year.

Make a list of campgrounds you would like to visit, and then make reservations ahead of time. If the campground is full for the weekend you want, you can try it on a different weekend. While you are making a list of campgrounds to visit – and the campgrounds on your list will depend on how far you want to travel for a weekend or a longer trip – make a list of everything to pack.

If you need accessories, RV repairs or even a new RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York is the place to complete that list.

Bowman Lake State Park is perfect for those who prefer a remote area with a lake, shady campsites, forests, swimming, hiking, bird watching, fishing, and more. The park also allows snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. The lake is in Chenango County, west of Oxford. It also features a playground, sowers, handicapped access to showers, picnic tables, tent campsites, trailer campsites and a playground.

Additional nearby parks include Hunt’s Pond State Park, Gilbert Lake State Park, Glimmerglass State Park, Chenango Valley State Park and Oquaga Creek State Park.

Ausable Point Campground is another area with tons of activities and it is right on Lake Champlain. The shoreline is natural sand and there are many sites with a gentle slope on the shoreline. The area borders a wildlife management area with water access and a hiking trail.

Other activities include sail boating, boating, wind surfing and fishing for largemouth bass, northern pike, lake trout, smallmouth bass, brown trout, bluegill, crappie, carp, bullhead perch, salmon and more.

The campground feature restrooms, showers, a dump station, car top boat launch, pavilion rental, a bathhouse and a basketball court. Nearby attractions include shopping and movie theaters in Plattsburgh, golf, marinas, fine dining and fast food restaurants. It is also about 70 miles from Montreal, Canada and about 45 miles from Lake Placid.

Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center for your needs and to get your RV serviced before you head out on your summer trips.


2014 Jayco Jayflight Swift SLX 154BH

If you want an RV but don’t have a big truck to tow a large travel trailer or fifth wheel, and don’t want to or can’t pay the price of a Class A or Class C RV, walk through the 2014 Jayco Jayflight Swift SLX 154BH. This travel trailer is just under 18 feet long and has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 3,400 pounds, allowing you to tow it with an SUV or some sedans.

Some features include a six-gallon water heater, bath skylight, patio awning, pleated shades, range hood, two stabilizer jacks and a water heat bypass so you can properly winterize the Jayflight Swift. When you stop by Jim’s RV, you will learn more about more features in this practical RV.

The capacities for this smaller travel trailer are generous: the fresh water tank holds 16 gallons, the gray water tank holds 15 gallons and the black water tank holds 9 gallons. This RV sleeps three to four people. The dining area folds down into a bed to sleep two small to medium adults. The rear “bunkhouse” features two bunks – one person per bunk. The RV also features a 20-pound single propane bottle.

The floorplan is well organized and uses all available space. The dinette takes up the front of the RV and provides plenty of space for four people to sit and eat, play games or just relax. As you move toward the rear, the under-counter fridge, single sink, two burner stove and microwave are against one wall. Next to that is a spacious pantry.

Just opposite the galley, the 154BH features a television and wardrobe. The two bunks are behind the wardrobe. The rest of the rear is filled with a bathroom that features a tub/shower combination.

Outside, you’ll find a 10-foot awning to protect you from the elements when you want to sit outside. It will also protect you from the rain if you want to sit outside if it’s raining. The amber patio light provides enough light so you can see at night, yet keeps most of the bugs away.

The aerodynamic front profile makes the 154BH easy to tow. And, even though this RV is small and light, it is well-built with a fully integrated A-frame, double wide corner mold extrusions and galvanized steel, impact-resistant wheel wells. This travel trailer also features 5/8-inch seamless floor decking, a 4-inch cambered steel box tube frame and a front window with integrated rock guard.

Stop by Jim’s RV today to walk through the 2014 Jayco Jayflight Swift SLX 154BH and learn more about its features.


Treat Yourself on the Road

When you’re on the road, you need recipes that are not only easy to make, but are tasty treats like you’re used to getting at home. If your RV is equipped with an oven or convection oven, making your favorite treats is a snap. Even without an oven, if you have a gas grill, you can bake your favorite treats. It helps if your grill has a temperature gauge so you can set the right temperature, however, you can always use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Before you leave on your trip, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you may need on your trip, especially things to make cooking easier.

Orange Dreamsicle Dessert

  • 1 small box orange Jello
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 3.4-ounce box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges

Drain the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup, and then set them aside. Add enough water to the orange “juice” to make 1 cup. Heat the water/juice mixture in the microwave for 90 seconds or bring to a simmer on the stove. Dissolve the Jello in the hot water/juice mix. Add ½ cup cold water. Place mixture in fridge for 20 minutes.

Mix in the vanilla pudding. Fold in the whipped topping. Fold in the mandarin oranges leaving a few out for garnish. Let set in fridge for at least 2 hours. Garnish with extra mandarin oranges and mint sprigs.

Easy Fruit Turnovers

  • 2 cans crescent dough
  • 1 can pie filling of your choice
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tbs. water or milk
  • Sugar

Separate the crescent triangles. You’ll need eight for the bottom and eight for the top.

Put 2 to 3 tbs. filling in the center of eight of the triangles.

Fit the other eight triangles on top of the prepared triangle. Crimp the edges tightly.

Brush the tops with the egg mixture, and then sprinkle sugar over the top. Bake as directed on the crescent container.

For something different for holidays, color the sugar. Use green and red for Christmas, multiple colors for Easter or “just because.”

When you stop by Jim’s RV Center for service or to pick up any accessories you need before your trip, the trip will be less stressful without worrying about something not working properly – and you’ll enjoy cooking with any accessories you may need to make your “job” easier!

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