Road Tripping On A Budget

When you want take a road trip you have to figure out what it’s going to cost – from getting the RV ready to groceries to gas – and gas is going to be the biggest expense. If you can manage to cut some expenses out, you’ll have more money for gas so that you can get where you want to go instead of choosing a place you won’t enjoy.

Check your RV before you go – make sure everything is working properly. It is cheaper to make an appointment for repairs and service at Jim’s RV Center than it is to try to find a place on the road to get it fixed. Additional budget tips include:

  • Buy groceries before you go. Remove meats from their store packing and pack them into sealable baggies for the freezer. This will save you a lot of space, allowing you to pack more into the freezer. This way, you can buy the bulk family packs for less money.
  • Use dry goods you have at the house. Many people keep their RV stocked with dry goods they bought on sale; and then rotate them out with goods in the house before their expiration date. This works well since you can always find things on sale, whether the grocery store is offering BOGO or you have a coupon.
  • If you have a Walmart card, get your gas at Walmart – you can save significantly on a gallon of gas. In some cases, you can save up to $0.15 per gallon.
  • Check campground prices before you leave. If an area you are going to has more than one campground, you might choose the one with the lower price per night if it has the amenities you want, such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
  • If your destination is more than a day’s drive away, camp overnight in a parking lot. Some places allow RVers to sleep overnight in their parking lots.
  • If you are boondocking, haul water once you get to your destination. A gallon weighs 8.34 pounds and 60 gallons of water really adds up. The heavier weight costs more in gas to haul to your destination.

Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave so that you can pick up anything you might need or to get your RV checked before you head out on the road.

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Get Ready to Roll

Whether you are planning a weekend road trip or a longer trip, you still need to ensure that your RV is in tip-top shape, especially if you have a motorized RV. This means checking everything inside and out; and ensuring that you have everything you need.

If you find something that needs to be replaced, such as a sewer hose or even a hot water heater, you can pick up what you need or drop off the RV at the service center at Jim’s RV. We have a large selection of parts and accessories for the do-it-yourselfer, and we also have a large service department for those things you can’t repair yourself.

You can check some things about a week before you go; however, certain things need to be checked about a month before you go so that you can get your RV in for service. While the service department is quick, if you need something that has to be ordered, there will be plenty of time to get it – even if the warehouse sends the wrong part.

Motorized RVs

Check all fluids to ensure they are full, including the oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and antifreeze. Check the engine carefully to see if you find any signs of leaking fluids, even if the fluids are full. Be sure to check the belts and hoses. Test drive the RV to ensure that the engine and transmission are working properly.

All RVs, Including Motorized

Check the air pressure in the tires and check for worn or dry rotted tires. If the tires look less than stellar, have them replaced by Jim’s RV Center. We will check the tires for you and advise you if you should replace them.

Check the trailer wiring. Plug into the tow vehicle to make sure everything works. If you are driving a motorized RV and towing a trailer, plug your trailer in to ensure that everything is working.

Turn on the water pump and hot water heater to ensure that the plumbing system is working properly. Check the heat and air conditioning even if you don’t think you’re going to use it. If you have a generator, fire it up to ensure it runs and to make sure it runs the interior of the RV.

Check the exterior of the RV for anything that might need to be tightened up. Make sure the slides work properly.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center for any service, parts or accessories you might need. If you are in the market for a new RV, stop by to look at our many floor plans. If you have an RV you are considering trading in, stop by with the RV so that we can check it out.

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Keystone Impact 386

If you are in the market for a toy hauler, but want something on the more luxurious side, the Keystone Impact 386 is what you are looking for. This fifth wheel is just over 40 feet long and features plenty of holding tank capacity. The fresh water tank holds 112 gallons, the gray and black water tanks each hold 86 gallons, and you have 60 pounds of liquid propane gas.

Interior features on the Keystone Impact 386, available at Jim’s RV Center, include a 39-inch LED television a CD/DVD player with MP3 connection, residential reclining furniture, an 8 cubic-foot fridge, a three-burner stove, dual electric beds with couch combo in the garage area, raised panel cherry hardwood cabinets, a ducted furnace so you’re extra warm in the winter, Tuff Ply flooring and the 5K lockdown system in the garage, a residential queen size mattress for the bedroom and night shades.

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Additional features include a microwave, a 17-inch oven so you can bake your favorite meals and desserts, two Ram air vents in the cargo area and a generator with a start/stop switch. The generator features an hour meter and a fuel gauge.

Exterior features include an 8-foot ramp door, 16-inch wheels, a spare tire and carrier, lighted electric patio awning, a 30-gallon fuel station with a pump, heated enclosed holding tanks, LED tail lights, brake lights and ramp loading lights, aluminum wheels and an exterior shower with hot and cold water.

The floor plan has an excellent layout and doesn’t waste space. The front queen bedroom features plenty of storage, including a wardrobe; and it includes a television. As you walk through the RV, you pass the bathroom which features a large stand-up shower and linen closet.

The large living area features a television, reclining sofa, and a full galley. The galley features a double sink and plenty of storage. The garage area features two fold-down sofas and an electric bed. It also has an entrance to a half bath.

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To learn more about the Keystone Impact 386 and to take a tour, stop by Jim’s RV Center. Be sure to ask your salesperson for a full list of features, plus any additional options that may be available.

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Summer Fun in New York

Going RVing with the family is always fun, but it’s even more fun when you go with a bunch of people. The 2014 Keystone Fuzion 371, a 37-foot fifth wheel toy hauler, allows you to do just this – this model sleeps up to 10 people. Of course, you can always schedule your vacation when friends and relatives do and everyone can take their own RV. Just be sure to make reservations where ever you decide to go – unless you are boondocking – so you can all get sites next to each other.

Once you have the dates planned and the people invited, it’s time to get your RV ready. Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. Be sure your toys are in good working order, whether it is your motorcycle, side-by-side or ATV. Load up the RV and be prepared for some serious fun.

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Once you get to your camping spot and get set up, you’re ready to find the ATV trails, plan out the perfect bike ride or gather up the fishing gear and head out on the lake, especially if you are fishing for dinner. There is nothing better to do than fishing with your friends and eating fresh trout for dinner.

Pull the grill out of the pass-through storage and get it set up as you will need it. If your grill isn’t large enough to cook for everyone in the group of RVs that you are camping with, have others set up their grills next to yours. After dinner, make a campfire – if fires are not banned. While enjoying the fire, you can build S’mores or toast marshmallows.

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You can sit in the peace and quiet, or if you prefer some music in the background, turn the Fuzion’s stereo system to your favorite music or add your favorite CD for a relaxing evening. New York camping areas feature hiking trails and boating, so be sure to plan something different for the next day – and don’t forget your camera as you’re sure to want to get some great shots of the area.

If this sounds like tons of fun and you don’t have an RV, stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through the many models – choose the one that best fits your family. And, of course, if you want to invite friends, be sure to get something that has a bunk house or a garage so you have extra bunks.

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