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.

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.

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.


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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