With so many RV parts and accessories on the market, it can be tough to know which ones you’ll actually use, and which ones will just sit in storage collecting dust. These three RV accessories, available at our Jim’s RV Center online parts store, are ones that will make you wonder how you ever traveled without them.
Our Jim’s RV Center online parts store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can find exactly what you need whenever you need it.
Swirl Black Coffee Patio Mat
A patio mat is something you’ll use whether you’re traveling in spring, summer, fall or winter. This new designer swirl black coffee patio mat by Patio Mats Com LLC., is exactly what you need to turn the outdoor space under your awning into another comfortable living area. The thick polypropylene construction means your mat won’t slide or fold when in use, and the breathable, lightweight material keeps the grass underneath your mat healthy. Even better, a patio mat outside of your RV means the interior of your RV stays dirt and sand free.
Is the interior of your RV feeling a little stuffy or hot? This 12-volt Fan-Tastic Vent includes 14 fixed settings, a radio frequency remote, a rain sensor and built-in thermostat to keep the interior of your RV fresh and comfortable no matter what’s happening outside. Once you install the Fan-Tastic Vent, you’ll wonder how you lived without it for so long.
Bug Repellant Outdoor Patio Lantern
This repellant outdoor patio lantern by the Schawbel Corporation is exactly what you’ve been seeking — a repellant that doubles as a bright patio light. The lantern protects a 15-foot by 15-foot area and keeps it clear of black flies, mosquitos and other insects. It’s proven to be 98-percent effective and is trusted by the U.S. Army. This silent, odor free and portable lantern is something you need on every camping excursion.
If your spouse or a friend or relative has an RV, your Christmas shopping just got easier. We carry many accessories for the RV in our warehouse – and many make perfect Christmas gifts. From extra lighting to cargo racks, you can find just about anything for the RV.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to browse through our warehouse. You’ll definitely find the perfect gift for that person that you’ve been agonizing about because he or she is hard to buy for.
Whether you need extra outdoor lighting or motion sensor lights for the interior of the RV, we have a large selection of electric and battery-operated lighting. Small LED motion sensor lights that run on batteries are perfect for lighting up a dark cabinet, darkened pass-through storage or even the area around the tank flush compartment and the LP gas.
If your friend or family member is always looking for extra storage space in the RV, a cargo carrier would be the perfect gift. We have several to choose from including a 2-inch receiver hitch motorcycle/scooter carrier with a ramp. Several of our cargo carriers have side rails so you have plenty of places to securely tie the cargo.
Choose a sun blocker that mounts to the front of the awning – or if the person you are buying a gift for loves to spend time outside the RV even when it’s raining, an add-on room would be the perfect gift. The screened room attaches right to the awning so you now have extra space that you can enjoy no matter what the weather.
Space inside an RV is pretty restricted, even those that seem to have tons of cabinet space. Jim’s RV Center carries several collapsible bowls, colanders, salad spinners, produce keepers and salad bowls that would make great gifts for the person who is always complaining that the RV doesn’t have enough space.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York
Stop by Jim’s RV Center to complete your Christmas list. Whether you choose something that is practical such as collapsible items or you choose something that is much needed such as the awning sun blocker or the extra room, you’re sure to please that someone on your list who owns an RV.
If you are looking for a specific part or accessory, whether to upgrade one of your RV’s system or to add a unique look to your RV, the best place to look is at an RV dealership. Dealerships carry parts and accessories designed specifically for RVs. For example, if you want to add a television to a bunk house or main bedroom, you’ll want something that can withstand the temperature changes and the bumps it will have to take.
Jim’s RV Center’s parts and accessories warehouse carries everything you need for your RV – and if we don’t have it, we will find it for you. From Jensen televisions designed for RV travel to a winterization kit, you’ll find it at our Nichols, New York dealership.
Some of the things you can add to your RV to make it one of a kind or just to make it easier for you to camp include rear observation systems, satellite antennas, step stabilizers, bike and cargo carriers, receiver hitches, patio mats, awning hangers and more.
You can also shop for accessories for upgrades. If you are installing a washer and dryer, Jim’s RV carries the drain pans, wall brackets and the brackets to convert units into stackable units. If you need a new winterization kit, you can find that at Jim’s, too.
For the interior, you’ll find carpet protectors, phone accessories, navigation tools, connectivity tools, light fixtures, cleaners, ceiling fans, dishwashers, microwaves, ice makers and tons more to make your RV unique or to make camping life easier.
Security system available at Jim’s RV Center.
Making your RV look nice doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t keep it maintained. Jim’s RV Center also carries many maintenance items including fuel tank repair kits, hose repair kits, vinyl and leather repair kits, vehicle monitors, new bumpers and more.
Sanitation items include gloves, ABS cement and fittings, chemicals, hoses, holding tank heaters, holding tanks, portable tanks, RhinoFLEX accessories, sewer fittings, sewer hoses, vents, tote tanks, toilets and more.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center today to pick up any accessories you need to maintain your RV, to spruce up your RV or to make camping life easier and more convenient. Whether you have a Class A gas, Class A diesel, Class C, travel trailer, fifth wheel, pop up trailer or any other type of RV, we have the accessories and parts you need.
Whether you are on the road for long-term travel or you are taking your RV out for a long weekend, it’s always nice to decorate your RV for the summer. You might add party lights to the awning and find a great sign for the outside of your RV. You can choose something with your name on it or even something with a cute or sarcastic saying to use as a conversation starter. Stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked and to browse their RV accessories.
Inside, you can change a lot of things without actually remodeling the entire RV. Add a wall clock in the kitchen area. Choose something that is easy to match with new dish towels, oven mitts and other items that are often in view while you are in the kitchen. For example, if you go with a country rooster theme, you can find a rooster clock, towels with roosters, and other rooster décor.
In the living area, add window treatments. Most RVs have blinds, but don’t have colorful curtains. You can add a splash of color just by adding bright curtains or a valence to the windows.
Find a throw rug that adds a splash of color. These are always great if you put them by the door or in other high traffic areas. Not only do they look good and add something different, but they also keep that area from getting ground in dirt under the carpet.
Change the bedding for all the beds. Adding a colorful bedspread for the summer allows you to change a heavy spread to a lighter, summer-appropriate bed spread. And, it changes the look of the area. You can also add curtains or a valence to match the spread in the main sleeping area or in a bunk house.
If you have open wall space, add framed pictures of family members or places you’ve been. If you do this, you may want to remove the pictures from the walls when you are moving. If you already have hung photos, change the frames for a different look – or you can even change the photos from a winter scene to a summer scene. Each season you can change the look of the interior by changing the photos.
Stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave or if you are in the area as part of your trip. We are always glad to see you even if you just stop in to say hello!
If you’ve taken a look at the latest RV models, you know that many of them have kitchens that compare to any posh home kitchen in America. Double ovens, granite counters, dishwashers, and full-size refrigerators are just some of the items you can find popping up in today’s RV kitchen. If you are RV-ing on a budget and don’t require the lavish lifestyle that comes with the large RV kitchen fad, you’ll want to plan ahead when you stock your regular-sized RV kitchen.
If you’re not in denial and can admit to being an appliance junkie, by all means, bring at least a few you rely on when you RV. With a small bread machine and slow cooker, for example, you can prepare some very hearty meals while you venture out to enjoy your day. You’ll need at least a few frying pans, a large soup pot, and utensils such as spatulas, spoons and at least one or two sharp knives. A good cutting board should be on your must have list as well. Unless you’re planning on whipping up gourmet meals on the road, you don’t need all the accessories and appliances you have in your home kitchen, but pay attention to how you like to cook and what you find necessary in your day-to-day cooking routine. Add these indispensable items to your RV kitchen and your tummy will thank you.
Here’s a short check list that can prepare you for any RV road trip in New York.
- Plan Ahead. This is one of the most important elements of RV cooking. You can make sauces, stews, soups, and other side dishes ahead and freeze them, then you just need to warm them up for dinner.
- Make mixes ahead of time. If you’re going to make bread, measure out all the dry ingredients into a plastic bag, and then simply add the wet ingredients when you’re ready to bake. The same goes for pancakes, waffles, breading mixes, and other types of flours and mixes. Measure them out ahead of time, then you only have to mix and cook in the kitchen, and you don’t have to carry around all the different ingredients, taking up space in your small RV pantry.
- Marinate meats and vegetables ahead of time. You can transport meats and vegetables in their marinades in plastic bags. When you’re ready to cook, they’re already marinated, which saves you another step along the way.
- Plan to grill several meals, or at least grill some of the items on the menu, to help free up space in the kitchen.
- Cook pastas and other starches at least part way at home, and then put them in a plastic bag. That way, all you have to do is warm them up, rather than wait for water to boil and cook.
As you travel more often in your Jim’s RV, you’ll devise your own RV cooking tips to help you save time and energy in your RV kitchen!
Nichols NY RVers, don’t you agree, we’ve come pretty far from the olden days. From interior and exterior design, amenities, materials used, and more – the RV has certainly evolved. Many RV’s today are more luxurious than stationary homes. Let’s take a blast back to the past and check out some old RV designs.
So exactly how have RV’s Changed?
Ultra-Low V.O.C. & Recyclable Materials
High levels of V.O.C.’s exist in the standard materials used to manufacture RV’s, automobiles, and homes, so many manufacturers have not been willing or able to incur the cost and time in research associated with the development of low V.O.C. or lightweight, recyclable materials until recently.
Better Quality From The Start
Most U.S. consumers are plagued by low final assembly quality and poor material content from RV manufacturer’s old school of design and basic construction methods. This had a negative impact on the Customer Satisfaction Index in the industry overall. Due to state of the art equipment, space-age materials and companies like Jim’s RV who provide experienced management teams and state of the art service departments, a new standard of quality is now the norm.
Innovative, Lightweight, More Fuel-Efficient Designs
The industry has evolved into innovative floor plans in lighter, more durable, more fuel efficient designs. With sleek, futuristic designs, travel trailers and RV’s weigh much less than conventional designs thereby having a long term effect on the wallet.
Perhaps this is where we will land in the future.
Nichols, NY RVers, what is your most favorite feature of your new or used RV?
Thanksgiving is only a few short weeks away, and that means it’s time to start getting your recipes all set for what you’re going to serve this year. If you have ever had a Thanksgiving meal in your RV, then you know that space is at a premium when preparing and cooking food. The biggest culprit of taking up room is the turkey. Whether you are having dinner with loved ones — or simply other campers at your campsite — having a big Thanksgiving meal is always great, so you shouldn’t have to sacrifice due to space constraints.
One of the best ways to keep your oven open for use is to fry your turkey. This may seem like an odd concept if you are not accustom to frying your turkey, but it will allow you to cook faster and easier than cooking it in your oven. In addition to your turkey all you will need is a large deep fryer (which is available in sizes four to seven gallons) and a propane tank. The fryer won’t take up much space when not in use, and you can use your existing propane line to keep the burner lit. It is popular to inject the turkey with spice mixes and then drop it in the hot oil and let the fryer do the work.
Before you heat your oil, place the turkey inside the fryer and then fill it with the oil. If you put the turkey in hot oil and it overflows, you are asking for a large fire hazard. Once the oil, preferably peanut oil, is hot, drop in the turkey and cook for 3 minutes per pound. This is a lot faster, but you will have to keep an eye on the fryer in case you start to experience problems. This will leave your oven open for any other cooking that you need to be done.
Thanksgiving is a great time to get together in your RV, so save some space and time and look at buying a deep fryer to help you this Holiday Season.