Best Campgrounds in the US

Picking an RV destination is sometimes one of the easiest things to do – and sometimes one of the most difficult. Where you choose to go depends on what you want to do on your vacation. If you want to experience nature at its best, then you might choose some remote areas for camping. If you prefer to go sightseeing, you might pick a location nearer to a major tourist area.

Before you head out, stop by Jim’s RV to have your RV serviced, especially if you have a motorized RV. If you don’t have an RV yet, but have been thinking about getting one, now is the time to bite the bullet – you won’t want to miss some of these great camping adventures, especially if you plan your trip for the upcoming fall colors.

Jo Mary Campground is located in the Great North Woods of Maine, and is perfect for those who want to bond with nature. The campground features 70 campsites on the shores of Jo-Mary Lake. You’ll have a view of Mt. Katahdin, a boat launch, flush toilets, showers, Laundromat, a dumping station and more.

Enjoy boating, swimming, hiking and fishing for salmon, white perch, brook trout and lake trout. Once you register at the campground, you’ll have access to the Gulf Hagas, Gauntlet Falls, Appalachian Trail and about 70 remote lakes and ponds. Bangor is 67 miles away, and Mt. Katahdin and Baxter Park are about 50 miles north. The campground is open until September 12, 2014. For reservations and more information, contact the campground at (207) 723-8117.

If you want to see Loretta Lynn in concert and have a great weekend – or spend a week at her home, reserve your spot at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The sites vary – there are some with full hookup and 50-amp service, some with water and electric with 30-amp service, and some primitive sites. Lynn will be performing on August 30 and October 4; and on September 13 and 14, 2014, there will be a gospel music festival. Contact the office at (931) 296-7700 for RV spot availability.

Stop by Jim’s RV before you head out, especially if you are going to a remote place – you’ll want to ensure that all system are working properly, and if you have a motorized RV, that the engine has been properly serviced.

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The 2015 Coachmen Freedom Express LTZ Toy 301BLDSLE

If you prefer a travel trailer to a motorized RV, but still like to bring your toys, you can – with the 2015 Coachmen Freedom Express LTZ Toy Hauler 301BLDS. This RV has plenty of holding tank capacity, too, so you won’t have to leave your spot in the middle of the fun to empty the tanks and refill the water. It holds 98 gallons of fresh water, 33 gallons of gray wanter and 33 gallons of black water. It also features an 18-foot awning.

The interior of this RV, located at Jim’s RV Center, features maple hardwood cabinet doors and drawer faces, full extension roller bearing drawer guides, pleated nightshades in the living area, brushed nickel hardware and a jackknife sofa.

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The galley features a range hood with a 12-volt exhaust fan and light, a high-rise kitchen faucet, and a 60/40 split stonecast composite kitchen sink. Additional interior features include exhaust vent in the bathroom, a wood medicine cabinet, a foot pedal toilet and GFI receptacles in the kitchen and bathroom.

Standard extras include green certification, a one-year free membership to Coach-Net Roadside Assistance, a one-year free membership to the Coachmen’s Owner’s Association and seal tech and rain bay testing.

Additional packages include the Premium Package, Liberty Edition and the Freedom Value Package. The Premium Package includes a 26-inch electric fireplace, a large 8 cubic-foot fridge, LED rope lighting and sink covers.

The Liberty Edition features a solid surface kitchen countertop, a pots and pans drawer, porcelain toilet, a kitchen feature wall with a backsplash, central control panel for switches and gauges, a 32-inch LCD television, and Freedom Sky View Window with pleated shade and hi-intensity puck lights over the dinette.

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Additional Liberty Edition features include special Liberty graphics, slam latch baggage door on the pass-through storage, enclosed and heated gate valves, a security light, a blank tank flush system, an outside television hookup, helmet/gear storage in the cargo area and a sliding patio door between the cargo and living areas.

The Freedom Value Package includes aluminum wheels, an AM/FM/CD/DVD player, a power awning, four interior and two exterior speakers, a skylight, metal skirting, a folding entry assist handle, and heated enclosed holding tanks.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center today to take a walk through this toy hauler and be sure to ask about the rest of the features that come with this travel trailer.

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Guide for Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is a bit easier when you have an RV instead of roughing it in a tent, but it can still be trying unless you are prepared. If you pack right, you can take even the youngest on a camping trip and enjoy it.

If you are just starting a family and are planning on more than one child – and are planning on doing a lot of RVing, when you walk through floor plans at Jim’s RV Center, keep this in mind. The appropriate space will allow your family to grow with the RV and will make camping a dream.

If your kids are very young, you might want to purchase side rails for the bunks – or find an RV floor plan that has no upper bunks for kids to fall out of. You’ll also need plenty of space for toys and extra clothing. What kid doesn’t love to go out and play in the dirt? If you’re going for a weekend and figure on two or three changes of clothing for each person, add at least two more changes for you if you have babies. Double it for kids of any age. Babies may spill food and older children are going to be out playing.

Be sure to bring foods that everyone loves. While some families want to go for the healthy meals even when camping, you can make it more enjoyable for children if you have their favorites on hand.

Use milk crates for toy storage for the kids. While you are on the road, you can store them in the basement storage, and then bring them out when you get to your destination. To keep the area clean, put the toys back in the crates and slide them right back into the basement storage overnight. This keeps the area clean and keeps your kids’ toys in your possession instead of someone – or something – else’s possession.

Pack your kids’ favorite snacks in small baggies. This gives them something to eat between meals, and it also helps you with portion control. It also saves space as you don’t have a large package taking up space in the cabinets or the fridge.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you might need to help manage the kids’ toys, snacks and extra clothing.

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Great Summer Recipes

You wouldn’t think that using a slow cooker during the summer would be practical – mostly, people use it in the winter to make great comfort food, especially in a nasty snowstorm. Well, that practicality just flew out the window – on your next camping trip, pack the slow cooker. You can even make these recipes at home if you want to try them before you hit the road.

You’ll find plenty of space for the slow cooker in most of the RVs available at Jim’s RV Center. If your RV doesn’t happen to have a large pots-and-pans drawer, you can always store the slow cooker in the basement storage until you need it.

Mississippi Roast

This recipe takes about 5 minutes to put together and 8 hours to cook it. You can start it in the morning and come back from a hiking or fishing trip to a complete meal. This serves about 8 or 10 people.

  • 1 3-pound chuck roast
  • 1 1-ounce package dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 1-oune package dry au jus gravy mix
  • 6 Tbs. butter
  • 6 Pepperoncini

Pour about ¼ cup of water into the slow cooker. Add the chuck roast. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning mix (dry) and the au jus mix (dry) on top of the roast. Add the butter. Place the pepperoncini around the roast. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the roast, then serve with potatoes, over rice or as hot open roast beef sandwiches.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Here’s another one that doesn’t take long to put together. You can cook this rather quickly – on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours, depending on what you have planned for those few hours before dinner.

  • ½ cup melted butter – divide it into two 1/4-cup portions
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 white or yellow cake mix

Drain the pineapple, but keep the juice. Stir ¼ cup butter, the brown sugar and pineapple together. Spread it evenly on the bottom of the slow cooker. Mix the cake mix, pineapple juice and other ¼ cup of butter in a large bowl to make a cake batter. Pour it over the top of the pineapple. Bake on high for 2 to 3 hours or on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Be sure you pack everything you need for your trip, including accessories and your slow cooker. If you need to pick up any supplies or accessories, stop by Jim’s RV Center before you head out.

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