If you are looking for something to do, whether it’s a road trip in your car or a road trip in the RV, visit some of the national parks in New York. Some of the best parks include Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. For each of these, call ahead to check for camping and reservations.
Gateway National Recreation Area
This national recreation area encompasses 26,607 acres and is scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Enjoy swimming in the ocean, boating, bird watching, hiking and camping. Gateway National Recreation Area was created in 1972 by congress to preserve resources.
Fire Island National Seashore
This national park protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, which is only about 30 miles long. Fire Island is separated from Long Island by the Great south Bay and it is located in Suffolk County. Two bridges allow access to Fire Island and there are no public roads. Take the Robert Moses Causeway to the Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island or the William Floyd Parkway to the eastern end of the island. You can access the seashore by private boat or ferry from Sayville, Patchogue and Bay Shore, all on Long Island.
North Country National Scenic Trail
Starting at Crown Point in eastern New York, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches about 4,600 miles to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. The national scenic trail is administered by the National Park Service. Various state, federal and local agencies manage the area.
Saratoga National Historical Park
This historical park is located in Stillwater, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. Visit the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the visitor’s center, catch a 20-minute orientation film, see a fiber-optic light map, and enjoy artifact and timeline displays.
This 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay is separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel and accessible by ferries. You’ll find plenty of oak, chestnut and hickory trees on the island. The island was used for defensive troops in 1776 by the Continental Army; and from 1783 through 1966, was a U.S. Army post. From 1966 through 1996, it was a major U.S. Coast Guard installation.
Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York
Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you might need for your next trip; or walk through our many floor plans if you are considering a new RV or upgrading your current RV.
The best soups are cooked all day long, but when you’re in an RV, that’s not always feasible. You can still make a great soup in 20 minutes or less and have it taste great – and have something that will warm you up after a day spent playing or working out in the cold.
Chicken Corn Chowder
- 1 tbs. Butter
- 6 green onions
- 2 tbs. All-purpose flour
- 2 cups chopped chicken breast, cooked
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- ¼ tsp. Ground black pepper
- 2 10-ounce packages frozen corn, thawed and divided
- 1 14-ounce can chicken broth – may use fat free, less sodium
- 2 cups milk – may use fat free
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or crockpot over medium high heat. Chop the green onion tops and set them aside. Slice the bulb portion thin. Add the sliced onions to the pan and saute them for 2 minutes. Add the flour and cook the mixture for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the chicken, the salt, pepper, 1 package of corn and the broth. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer it for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the rest of the corn and the milk in a blender and process it until it’s smooth. Add the mixture to the soup and simmer it for 2 minutes or until it’s thoroughly heated. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with the green onion tops. Sprinkle cheese over each serving. Makes 4 servings.
Pasta Fagioli Soup
- 12 ounces sausage, halved lengthwise and then sliced – may use chicken sausage, brats or kielbasa
- 3 cups chicken broth – may use fat free, less-sodium
- ½ cup uncooked small shell pasta
- 2 cups zucchini, coarsely chopped
- 1 14.5-ounce can of stewed tomatoes, do not drain
- 1 tsp. Dried basil
- 1 tsp. Dried oregano
- 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/3 cup Asiago cheese, shredded
Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add the sausage and cook it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the broth and the pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer for 4 minutes. Add the zucchini and the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat. Simmer the soup for 3 minutes or until the pasta and zucchini are tender. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
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Before you head out on your trip, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you may need or to have your RV serviced or checked before the trip.
If you are looking for a luxury fifth wheel model that sleeps four and has plenty of space; and you don’t want to spend over $80,000, walk through the 2016 Jayco North Point 301RETS. This model features a large entertainment/living area in the rear and a large front bedroom with room for a washer and drying in the front.
The 301RETS Floor Plan
When you walk in the door and look to the right, you’ll see the steps that lead to the hall bathroom and the front bedroom. The 80-inch queen bed in enclosed in a slide. Each side of the bed features a chest. You could upgrade to a king bed, in which case, the bedside chests would be swapped for night stands. The bedroom also features a television cabinet and chest, walk-in closet, extra shelving in the closet and a separate space for additional storage or a washer and dryer.
The bathroom features a large shower with a seat, medicine cabinet, toilet, linen cabinet and sink. As you’re standing at the bottom of the step facing the rear of the RV, just to your left, you’ll find a wardrobe and pantry.
You’ll walk through the island kitchen and dining to reach the rear living area. The dining area is contained in a slide along with theater seating for the living area. The dining table is a stand-alone set. The kitchen and sofa are also contained in a slide. The kitchen features a 12 cubic-foot fridge, three-burner stove, overhead cabinets and microwave. The double sink is contained within the island.
The living area features a tri-fold hide-a-bed sofa with an ottoman, theater seating, a ceiling fan, a fireplace and large flat screen television. You’ll find more storage in the overhead cabinets over the seating and the television.
The exterior of the 2016 Jayco North Point 301RETS features storage on both sides of the RV, a 14-foot awning and space for an optional exterior television. You could add an 11-foot awning on the slide if you need more space than the 14-foot awning offers.
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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through this affordable luxury fifth wheel RV and to learn more about this model’s features.
For those who love to go RVing in the winter, you’ll find plenty of events where you can pack up the RV and enjoy. If you’ve never used the RV in the winter and any of these January events would be the first time, you’ll have to de-winterize the RV before you head out.
If you need help or tips on how to keep everything from freezing, call the service department at Jim’s RV for an appointment and we’ll help you with de-winterizing the RV, plus give you tips for keeping your RV safe while you’re using it and while it’s waiting for the next winter trip.
The Rod Serling Archive
On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Bundy Museum, 129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 to see the Rod Serling Archive. Fans will learn more about Serling and Broome County in addition to viewing his works. The collection features unique and rare items and new items are added monthly.
Trivia Night at Matty B’s
On January 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. head over to Matty B’s on the corner of Glenwood and Prospect Street in Binghamton to play trivia and enjoy $5 tall margaritas. Prizes include a $20 grand prize plus tickets to the Binghamton Mets and a one-month membership to CommuniKey.
Phelps Mansion Tour
On Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. visit the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 to see some of the best Victorian architecture. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for those 12 and younger. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information call (607) 722-4873.
Digital Planetarium Shows
On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., visit the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York to see traditional Chinese astronomy, the Solar Quest, The Life and Death of the Sun, Mission to Mars, a seasonal sky tour, an advanced sky tour, Rock on Demand and more. Members are free with their membership card. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information call (607) 772-0660, ext. 236.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans or call our service department for an appointment for service, de-winterization or winterization.