Must-Have RV Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking in your RV’s compact kitchen can seem difficult at first. However, with the right set of tools, you can prepare all of your favorite meals and sweet treats while living life on the road. The following are a few must-have kitchen utensils for the upcoming RV season; most can be found at any store that sells kitchenwares as well as our very own RV accessories department at Jim’s RV Center.

Collapsible Everything

If it can collapse, it’s your best friend in the RV. As most any veteran RVer can tell you, about 90% of RVing is being efficient with your space (the other 10% is figuring out where to go next!). Your kitchen especially needs to maximize space. While some RV kitchens aren’t too tight, if it’s a choice between something bulky and something slick, choose slick all day, every day.

When it comes to slick, nothing beats collapsible kitchenwares. Collapsible dish rack, collapsible strainer, collapsible mixing bowls, collapsible measuring cups… heck, if they had a collapsible oven, you’d bet we’d take one!

A Quality Slow Cooker

If you want to cook consistently in your RV’s kitchen and avoid sandwiches and fast food six nights out of the week, you’ve got to get a slow cooker. Even a good one won’t set you back more than $60 and it’ll pay for itself within a month. Slow cookers are perfect for the RV lifestyle, because, let’s face it, you’re traveling to have fun, not play house. A slow cooker means that you can do both: prep your meal in the morning, throw it in the slow cooker, set it for however many hours the recipe calls for, go out and have fun doing recreational type activities, and come back in the later afternoon to a meal that’s ready to go just in time for dinner. Easy.

Fridge Braces

Show me an RVer who has never heard of fridge braces and I’ll show you an RVer who’s cleaned up a fair bit of spilt food and busted containers at the end of a long day of travel. RVs being what they are tend to move throughout a day of travel (you don’t say!). All that movement is bound to shift anything that’s not heavy and strapped down. Your fridge, unfortunately, is usually the earliest and most gruesome casualty. Fridge braces are cheap, plastic, and effective. They’ll hold anything that you don’t want to slide in place through even the bumpiest of rides.

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Find all of these must-have items and countless others, ranging from kitchen appliances to grilling gear, right here at our Jim’s RV Center online parts store.


3 RV Accessories Every Traveler Must Have

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.

Fan-Tastic Vent

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.


Complete Your Christmas List at Jim’s RV

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.

Cargo Carriers

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.

Awning Accessories

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.

Collapsible Items

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.


Jim’s Parts and Accessories Will Make Your RV One-of-a-Kind!

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.


RV Décor for Summer

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!


3 Awesome Gift Ideas for Full-Time RVers

Before we spill the beans on these great gift ideas that we think would be received with smiles and cheer, we first would like to offer our advice on some items that you should take into consideration when shopping for your full-time RVer family and friends.

  • For full-time RVers, space may be a factor, it may be limited so keep this in mind.
  • Gift-giving RVers (especially if traveling or living in their RV when doing Christmas shopping) should look for gifts that are easy to store until delivered or mailed.
  • Purchases of products related to RV operational systems or maintenance are probably best made with some level of RV knowledge. There are plenty of general RVing-related items that are non-technical that can be taken into account before making a major purchase.
  • In regards to gift certificates, try to find some that can be redeemed online or at nationwide locations – convenience is key with travelers

1. Our first choice is the Kindle. It’s a perfect gift for RVers or just about anyone really! Easy to read inside and outdoors. Tons of book selections, compact, portable. And with the latest color versions you can get movies, apps, games, music, reading and more.

2. Save time and “get it right” with gift certificates. Some may say this is not personal enough, and for some – this is the least stressful road to take for all parties involved. There are thousands of vendors to choose from so the recipient can shop and use their gift at their leisure.

3. Help your RVer get Sirius! Pun totally intended. SIRIUS, ideal for people on the move, is a satellite radio service offering over a hundred channels of digital-quality music, sports, news and entertainment programming. The biggest difference from regular radio is that SIRIUS has 100% commercial-free music channels and they are organized by genre so people can ride to the music that best suits their mood.

For the most part, buying for an RVer is no different than buying for anyone else. Just think about the recipient’s interests and lifestyle when coming up with your RVer gift ideas in NY.

What are you buying this year for your family members or friends who are full-time RVers? I still have not finished my Christmas shopping, but i’m slowly but surely getting there!


Kitchen Tips – Cooking in your Jim’s RV

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!


The Evolution of RVing in New York

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?


Jim’s RV Do-it-Yourself Edition

While Jim’s RV can take care of any maintenance needs for your new or used RV in Nichols, NY. We also share tips and hints for work you can do yourself, so when you’re out of town, you can still care for your RV properly. Here are some practical do-it-yourself directions:

1. How to dump RV waste water holding tanks and thoroughly clean the black tank. Keeping your sewage tank super clean requires following a few simple procedures which will make it stay odor-free.

These step-by-step instructions will ensure that your RV holding tanks stay clean and fresh providing a healthier environment for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

2. How to install your own window awnings. Window awnings can help tremendously to keep your RV’s interior cooler on hot days and to also reduce the fading of the fabrics on your chairs and couch from the sun. This video by Carefree of Colorado shows how easy it is to install your own window awnings using only a few handy tools.

RV Window Awning from Webster City RV on Vimeo.

3. How to hang things on the interior walls of your RV.  Most walls on RVs and motor homes in Nichols, NY are the same thin material that isn’t strong enough to hold wood screws. Without access behind the wall panels, there’s no way to use bolts, since you can’t tighten down the nuts. Velcro generally only works for lightweight items. The solution as demonstrated in this video: Pop Rivets.

We enjoy helping our customers with the little details that make owning and personalizing your RV an exciting experience. From maintaining the sanitation, to the cosmetics – we do our best to leave no stone unearthed. Feel free to share with us any other great Do-it-Yourself videos to add to our blog. And if or when your D-I-Y RV project becomes overwhelming, stop in and see us. We love to help out our customers!


Television and Your Jim’s RV

One question that tends to surface from new RVers and those who consider purchasing a new RV in Nichols, NY is: Can an RV be wired so that all TV’s can be operated independent of each other?
My answer would be that you have many options where this is concerned, and all of them are dependent on your TV Signal and where it comes from.


Here’s a brief summary:

  • If your TV signal is coming over the air from broadcast TV then all you need to do is tune the TV’s to different channels. You will of course require converter boxes if you have old TV’s or if they are new they should already be High Definition compatible.
  • If your signal comes from a cable company, and you have cable ready TV’s then you just need to get a cable splitter and add a cable to the other TV. Generally, if you also have premium channels then you will need an additional cable box to get the premium channels.
  • If you are getting your signal from a satellite then you need at minimum two separate satellite receivers from your satellite company and two separate LNBs (low-noise block). This may require paying the satellite provider additional fees. You will also need to add additional cabling from the satellite dish to the other satellite receiver. Check the latest capabilities with your preferred satellite provider.
We recommend that you weigh all of your options by checking with television providers in your area. Make sure you tell them exactly what you are looking for so that you know in advance whether or not they can satisfy your entertainment needs whether you are traveling or stationary. Ask your Nichols, NY RV dealer about your options regarding televisions, we can definitely get you started in the right direction!