The Best Fall Road Trips in Your RV

Fall is one of the best times of year to hit the road in your RV. The roads are less crowded, campgrounds are more serene and the fall colors provide scenery that can’t be rivaled in any other time of year. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout the country to these three unbeatable fall road trip destinations.

Old Forge — New York

Old Forge, a small town on New York State Route 28 at the foot of the Adirondack Mountains, is a charming haven for fall foliage lovers. Dine in cute cafes, canoe the rivers, hike the mountains or simply enjoy the scenic drives loaded with brightly-colored trees. About 45-percent of the trees have changed colors as of Sept. 21, 2015, so the scenery will only get more beautiful throughout the remainder of September and October.

Harpers Ferry — West Virginia

Harpers Ferry is a charming West Virginia town that becomes surrounded by vibrant leaves in the fall months. Take in the fall colors while tubing along a river, kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, rafting or on an exhilarating canopy tour. The historic town serves as an ideal place to relax and enjoy an award-winning meal after a day of adventure and snapping photos.

San Juan Mountains — Colorado

Colorado’s San Juan Mountains offer a different type of fall foliage — the mystifying bright yellows of the oaks and aspens. The Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway and San Juan Skyway are driving routes that are just waiting for you and your RV. The colors peak in the San Juan Mountains in October, so start making your campground reservations today.

Stop and See Us

New York is one of the best states in the country for admiring fall foliage, and here at Jim’s RV, we’re in the heart of it all. Stop in and see us in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your fall camping supplies and RV needs.

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3 Places to Road Trip if You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to Summer

Summer may be winding down in New York, but the weather is still hot and sunny in many parts of the country. Summer doesn’t ever have to end when you live the RV lifestyle, so fire up your RV and cruise south to these warm-weather American destinations.

Long Key State Park — Florida

Long Key State Park is conveniently located n Florida’s Long Key, where you can camp steps from the Atlantic Ocean.¬† It’s one of few state parks in the country where you can walk just 100 feet to throw a line in the water and catch your dinner. Pack your RV with your kayaks, paddleboards and hiking shoes, because you’ll want to spend a lot of time exploring this hot and sunny Florida state park.

Emerald Desert RV Resort — California

Palm Springs is an ideal snowbird destination that’s loaded with high-end RV parks that will extend your summer fun all the way through winter. The Emerald Desert RV Resort will make you feel like you’re on vacation every day you’re there with spa services, temperature controlled pools, a putting green, a driving range, a fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, full hookup sites and even villa rentals if you feel like spending a night away from your RV. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect temperatures of Palm Springs.

Desert Trails RV Park — Arizona

Tucson is a big city that offers a small town feel, and it’s a comfortable place to escape the harsh winters up north. The Desert Trails RV Park offers a scenic, unspoiled desert setting that’s loaded with outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and so much more. The resort offers tons of on-site recreational options too, so you’ll always have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and let loose in a vacation-like atmosphere.

Before you hit the roads to escape the cooler weather, stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your RV lifestyle needs.

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The Best Rice Dishes to Cook in Your RV

Cooking a dinner in your RV that has your kids asking for seconds isn’t impossible. Your compact RV kitchen may present some difficulties when cooking some of your favorite dishes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create some delicious family meals. These two mouthwatering rice dishes are quick and easy to cook, but they taste like you’ve been in the kitchen for hours.

Skillet Sausage ‘n Rice

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (16-ounce) package smoked sausage
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 medium bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 (3.5-ounce) bags quick-cooking brown rice

Cooking instructions:

  1. Slice the sausage into 1/2-inch pieces. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and saute the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove sausage pieces and drain grease on paper towels. Save 1 tablespoon of grease in skillet.
  3. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic to the skillet, and saute them together for 4 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Remove the rice from the cooking bags, and add rice, salt, pepper and sausage to the skilet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Speedy Black Beans and Mexican Rice

What you’ll need:

  • 1 (8.8-ounce) package ready-to-serve Mexican rice
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 (4.4-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • Sour cream, salsa, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese as toppings.

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cook the rice according to the directions on the package.
  2. Combine the black beans and green chiles together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave them together on high for 90 seconds.
  3. Stir in the cilantro and rice.
  4. Serve immediately with your desired  toppings. Chopped tomatoes, salsa, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese are recommended.

Start your fall adventures off right with a brand new RV from Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y.¬† Stop in and see us to find out about our unbelievable September specials today.

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