Your Guide to Summer on Fire Island

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One of New York’s premier summer destinations is Fire Island. The 32-mile long, quarter-mile wide island is the longest of the four barrier islands that protect Long Island from the Atlantic. With miles of sandy beaches, several state parks and wilderness preserves, and quaint communities, it’s no wonder why. If you’re planning on heading to Fire Island this summer, check out this guide to learn about the various attractions available.

The Communities

The island is home to about 400 residents year round, but this number can swell to upwards of 20,000 during peak tourist season in the summer. There are a total of 17 communities that are located in the center of the island, all of them car-free and accessible by ferry only. Without vehicles available, the primary means of travel are bicycles, private boats, water taxis, golf carts, and wagons. The absence of cars makes for a small town feel to each community and the pace of life feels slower and more relaxed. Spending time in town offers tourists great dining and shopping options. Ocean Beach is the largest of these small villages and has the biggest downtown area, making it the unofficial capital of Fire Island.

The Beaches and Parks

The island features park facilities spanning most of the island’s length, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the federal wilderness preserve at the opposite side. The Fire Island National Seashore maintains four main parks on the island; of these, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is probably the best, encompassing 8 miles of natural untouched beach. Another is Sunken Forest, an extremely rare 300-year-old maritime holly forest. All the beaches under the purview of FINS are lifeguarded.

There are numerous wildlife parks on the island, many of which offer swimming, fishing, marinas, picnicking, surfing, and camping opportunities.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer before you hit the road for any destination. Whether your RV needs a tune-up before braving the highway or you need to shop for a new RV, Jim’s RV Center is ready to help.

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Top RV Campgrounds in New York

Taking your family on an RV vacation in New York State is a great way to escape for the weekend! The Empire state offers a number of scenic vacation destinations. Below are just a few ideas:

Adirondacks

The Adirondack Mountains, located in upstate New York, have been a favorite of nature lovers since the 19th century. The area offers miles and miles of hiking trails, some of which can be quite challenging, excellent fishing and hunting opportunities, some of the region’s best bird-watching and a vibrant summer arts community.

The region offers many RV parks for vacationers. Among these is the Adirondack Gateway Campground in Cold Brook, a 50-site facility in a wooded setting with a swimming pool and laundry facilities.

Finger Lakes

Another favorite summer New York RV destination is the Finger Lakes of central New York. This region, named for the 11 long and narrow lakes that dot this area, is known for its many wineries, excellent museums (such as the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art) and its many parks and recreational opportunities.

RV parks abound in this area. Among them is Spruce Row Campground in Ithaca, a wooded, family RV resort with a fishing pond, playground and large swimming pool.

Jims RV Center in Nichols, New York, offers a large selection of top name RVs and campers as well as a 10-acre, state-of-the-art RV parts and service center. If you’re traveling in south-central New York this summer season, stop in and say hello. We’re located just off of I-86 at Exit 62, one mile from Tioga Downs.

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New Adventures in 2015

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There isn’t many days left of winter – and for those of you who store the RV until warmer weather, it’s time to start planning that first RV vacation for the spring. While you might not be ready to pull the wheel covers off, clean the interior and pack it up, you can figure out where you want to go and pick up any accessories you might need for your first spring trip of 2015.

Make a List and Check it Twice

No, not for Christmas, but for your first trip. Check the RV for things you might need and make a list. Head over to Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to pick up the accessories and anything else you need for spring cleaning and dewinterization.

Find Some Great Places to Visit

Find some great places to visit then decide which one you want to visit first. If your first trip is spring break and the kids are out of school for a week, you’ll want to choose a trip that will keep them occupied.

Beavers Bend State Park

If you want to go south, head out to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma. The park features over 16 miles of trails for hiking and biking, river float trips, trout fishing, golfing, horseback riding and tons of other family activities. Nearby sites offer goat feeding (Honey Bear Ranch), chainsaw sculpting at Hochatown Junction Station and even going out on yakanoes on Broken Bow Lake. RV parks nearby include Beaver’s Bend Resort Park, beaversbendcom; Hotchatown RV Park, hochatownrvpark.com; and Broken Bow Inn and RV Park, brokenbowinnandrvpark.com.

Old Orchard Beach

Head east to Old Orchard Beach, Maine for tons of fun. The town offers camping, an amusement park and tons of festivals throughout the year. Winter and spring festivals include the 26th Annual Lobster Dip, a festival that runs from January 1 through January 26. Watch or join in. The festival takes place on the beach in font of the Brunswick Hotel. For more information call (207) 879-0489 or email ianf at somaine.org.

From April 5 through April 8, Old Orchard Beach features its 8th Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza. This festival features fun things for people of all ages including an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Old Orchard Beach Bunny. For more information call (207) 934-0860.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center

Get your list together and your plans made as spring will be here before you know it! Stop by Jim’s RV Center now to pick up any accessories you may need or to upgrade your RV – or buy your first RV!

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Thanksgiving Events in New York

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Whether you spend Thanksgiving at home, at a relative’s house, at a friend’s house or in a restaurant, you’ll want to head out to some Thanksgiving events, especially if you have family from out of state visiting.

Prep the RV by having it checked or serviced at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, then head out to some of these events. You may already do some of these things as tradition; and if you don’t, you might make them a family tradition from now on.

Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation

This ritual is held before Thanksgiving Day near the American Museum of Natural History. Visit the various inflation stations to see the balloons come to life in preparation for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The inflation event starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs through to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. You’ll be able to get all your baking and pre-holiday cooking done before it’s time to see the balloons come to life. If you want to attend the Thanksgiving Day parade, it starts at West 77th and Central Park West.

The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour

If you aren’t still stuffed from eating tons on Thanksgiving Day, head over to Manhattan for the Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour. The tour takes place in the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown. The tour starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit bigonion.com.

Arlo Guthrie’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert

If you still can’t get enough of Alice’s Restaurant, visit Carnegie Hall, 152 W. 57th Street on Saturday, November 29, 2014 for a charity concert of folk standards and a rendition of Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

Thanksgiving Cruise

Visit Hudson River Park at Pier 40, Houston Street at West Street on Thursday, November 27, 2014 for a holiday cruise. You’ll be treated to a Thanksgiving buffet with all the traditional trimmings, plus you can watch the big football game on a huge flatscreen television. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at the door – yes, as soon as you arrive, the party starts.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Be sure to check or service your RV at Jim’s RV before heading into the city for these events. And, you might want to make reservations at the RV park of your choice. Even though the weather is cooler and can be downright cold, you may find many of the parks full.

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New York Adventures

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Whether you live in New York or are visiting New York, there are some things you just shouldn’t miss, including the many festivals held during the fall months. If you’re from the area, pack up the RV and head out to make a weekend or a week of some of the festivals – and if you’re not from the area, you already have your RV packed up.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to grab any accessories you might need for your trip – or if you don’t have an RV yet, now is a great time to buy one and head out on the road.

Hunter Oktoberfest

The Hunter Oktoberfest is held in Hunter in the Catskills from September 27, 2014 through October 19, 2014. Set your GPS to Rte 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 and enjoy the festivities. The venue is open from 11:00 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. rain or shine and admission is free. Enjoy authentic German and German-American entertainment, food, crafts and beer until October 19, 2014.

The Oyster Festival

This festival is held in Oyster Bay on Long Island from October 18, 2014 through October 19, 2014. The Oyster Festival is the east coast’s largest waterfront festival; and it offers tons of activities – new and old favorites – and is designed to entertain the entire family. Admission is free and hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. Head out to West End Avenue in Oyster Bay, New York, 11771 to catch the festivities.

Wine and Brew Festival at Hunter Mountain

If you are in the mood for a trip to the mountains, visit Hunter in the Catskills for the Wine and Brew Festival from October 18, 2014 through October 19, 2014. Set your GPS for Rte. 23A in Hunter, New York, 12442 and sample microbrews and fine wines from the Hudson Valley. Admission is free, however, there is a charge to take place in the sampling. In addition to tasting, the Skyride is open and zipline tours are available. You’ll also see many vendors with specialty foods, arts, crafts, entertainment, and a farmers’ market.

Make your plans for these fall festivals, and before you head out be sure to have your RV serviced at Jim’s RV Center. Or, stop by to pick up any accessories you may need if you are not from the area.

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Guide for Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is a bit easier when you have an RV instead of roughing it in a tent, but it can still be trying unless you are prepared. If you pack right, you can take even the youngest on a camping trip and enjoy it.

If you are just starting a family and are planning on more than one child – and are planning on doing a lot of RVing, when you walk through floor plans at Jim’s RV Center, keep this in mind. The appropriate space will allow your family to grow with the RV and will make camping a dream.

If your kids are very young, you might want to purchase side rails for the bunks – or find an RV floor plan that has no upper bunks for kids to fall out of. You’ll also need plenty of space for toys and extra clothing. What kid doesn’t love to go out and play in the dirt? If you’re going for a weekend and figure on two or three changes of clothing for each person, add at least two more changes for you if you have babies. Double it for kids of any age. Babies may spill food and older children are going to be out playing.

Be sure to bring foods that everyone loves. While some families want to go for the healthy meals even when camping, you can make it more enjoyable for children if you have their favorites on hand.

Use milk crates for toy storage for the kids. While you are on the road, you can store them in the basement storage, and then bring them out when you get to your destination. To keep the area clean, put the toys back in the crates and slide them right back into the basement storage overnight. This keeps the area clean and keeps your kids’ toys in your possession instead of someone – or something – else’s possession.

Pack your kids’ favorite snacks in small baggies. This gives them something to eat between meals, and it also helps you with portion control. It also saves space as you don’t have a large package taking up space in the cabinets or the fridge.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you might need to help manage the kids’ toys, snacks and extra clothing.

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November Events in New York

At Jim’s RV we love RVing and we also love living in this part of the country. There are always things to do, even as the weather turns colder. Here is a list of November events in the area:

At the Tioga Downs Casino on Saturday, November 23, at 8 pm, join in on the “Quack Dynasty Look a Like Contest” and dress as your favorite Duck Dynasty star. Don’t forget to practice your duck call. First, second, and third place prizes are up for grabs.

Saturday, November 30, Bingham University in Vestal, New York, hosts the Holiday Arts and Craft Show. This is the 10th year and the cost for admission is $4. Come out and finish off your Christmas shopping, or maybe get it started!!

The Corning Senior Center has their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 5:30 pm. This event includes activities for the children, food, a free toy, and Santa is there for children to have their pictures taken with the big guy.

Don’t miss out on the Corning’s Light Parade set for Saturday, November 30, beginning at 6:30 pm. Come see loads of floats with beautiful illuminated decorations. Bring the family and enjoy watching the floats and the children’s faces light up!

For something new and different, join in on the very first Chili Chocolate Challenge held from November 8 until November 11 in the Gaffer District in Corning. Taste the creations of the participants and vote for your favorite. Don’t leave the children at home because there will be activities for them as well. This event helps kick-off the Christmas season.

The season is in full swing so enjoy these unique events. Remember, for the RVer on your list, Jim’s RV offers excellent selections of RV parts and accessories. We look forward to seeing you soon at Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York.

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Yellowstone National Park

If you haven’t been there yet, Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to waste a weekend in the summer. Here’s a quick rundown of why you might want to consider an RV excursion to Yogi Bear’s old stomping grounds:

Old Faithful

The elephant in the living room, Old Faithful is the main reason many people come here in the first place, so we’ll address the famous geyser first. Erupting once every 91 minutes, you may have seen the geyser in movies and on television, but seeing this thing blow like a blue whale every hour and a half really takes your breath away.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon is in Nevada, but Yellowstone has a grand canyon all its own. It might not be as big as its Southwestern cousin, but it will leave you in awe. Take a hike down the side of the canyon if you want a serious workout, and be sure to bring a wide angle camera to capture the moment.

Yellowstone Lake

If someone told you that it was the Yellowstone Sea, you might be inclined to believe them. This enormous lake covers 136 square miles with depths of up to 390 feet. The largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet over sea level, Yellowstone Lake is a great spot for fishing or just hanging out and taking in the sun.

Yellowstone National Park is all about those moments of awe. The breathtaking, humbling visions of natural beauty that remind you of why you became an RVer in the first place. If you’re looking for a place to kill a weekend or a week, or a month if you’re so inclined, you can’t ask for a more transcendental spot than a campsite at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Before you head cross-country, drop by Jim’s RV in New York. Our lot is full of new and used RVs of every kind.

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Are You Looking For A Family Friendly Travel Trailer New York?

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Finding a truly family friendly camper can sometimes be a bit difficult. Well, your search can stop now, because Jayco has a travel trailer for you and your family. The Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite travel trailer is a family friendly camper that is light enough so you don’t have to invest in any other equipment and can accommodate your family comfortably.

Unless you own a large truck or SUV, one of the dilemmas when owning a travel trailer is how you are going to tow it. With the Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite that is not a problem. The Jay Feather is light enough to tow with most SUV’s, minivans and crossovers. The lightweight features that allow you to tow this travel trailer at ease include space-saving floor plans, aluminum rims, independent suspension and an aerodynamic curved profile improving gas mileage.

The Jayco Jay Flight Ultra Lite sleeps up to 10 with the help of expandable tent ends. There are 16 floor plans to choose from, so you are sure to find the right one to suit your family. And there won’t be any sibling rivalry with expandable sleeping areas and hard wall slideouts. The kitchen area features a u-shaped dinette and the kitchen itself features hardwood cabinets and modern appliances so you can feed your brood just like at home. With lots of feet running around it’s also a good thing the Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite comes with wall-to-wall vinyl flooring. Durable and easy to clean makes it a welcome amenity. And for family fun when all the chores are complete, the Jay Feather features an AM/FM/DVD player with MP3 and iPod hookups that you can also enjoy outside with marine-grade exterior speakers. What kid won’t love that?!

For more information on the Jayco Jay Feather Ultra Lite, visit jayco.com. And for a personal tour of the family friendly travel trailer, visit your local New York Jayco dealer, Jim’s RV.

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A Snow Activity For Everyone New York!

Although we generally equate summer with outdoor activities, winter has quite a few outdoor activities to offer as well. One such outdoor snow activity that everyone can enjoy is walking on snow or snowshoeing. Aside from being a fun activity, there are many benefits of snowshoeing that make it an activity anyone can do.

As a winter sport, Snowshoeing does not require any specific technical skills, unlike skiing or snowboarding. Also unlike skiing or snowboarding, there is not lift ticket purchase necessary as you can enjoy this sport anywhere there are trails or open spaces to roam. Another benefit of snowshoeing is that it provides a great workout, one that can hold up against your routine at the gym. Although you won’t need much practice to master snowshoeing, the first few times you go out, you may need to take it a little easy to build up some stamina. Be sure to dress appropriately for the cold and wet conditions as well. Reviewing a safety checklist before hand and having the proper equipment on your feet are also important to do. The following tips will also help when you are just beginning snowshoeing.

1. Take it easy; don’t push yourself too hard at first.
2. Take breaks to enjoy the scenery.
3. Make sure you stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
4. Dress appropriately in layers to stay warm and dry. This will help you to enjoy your trip much more.
5. Take a small backpack with you and pack some extra snacks, water, gloves, hat, compass, first aid kit and anything else you think may come in handy.
6. Make sure you always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
7. When you go snowshoeing as a group, let the fittest go first to break the trail in. This will slow them down and let the rest of the group catch up.

For more information on starting and enjoying snowshoeing, visit trailerlife.com. And let us know the next time you visit your local new and used RV dealer, Jim’s RV how your snowshoeing adventure was!

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