Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Road in Your RV

Part of the fun when RV traveling is the option to dine in with delicious meals prepared in your kitchen or dining out with something extra tasty on the grill or simmering over the campfire. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, there’s still time to plan a delicious holiday feast.

Turkey Options

Determining how much cooking room and cooking time you’ll have is the first place to begin.

  • Start with a check list of everything you’ll need.
  • The meat is the main attraction and if you’re planning to serve turkey, you’ll need ample time for the bird to defrost.
  • If your RV’s oven is large enough to accommodate cooking a turkey, choose the appropriate size. A Tom turkey is generally larger than a hen so that gives you an option.
  • If possible, cook the turkey at home before leaving. This eliminates any cooking issues.
  • Smoking or frying the turkey is also an option. Allow plenty of time for smoking and enough oil for frying.
  • Instead of cooking a whole turkey, choose turkey breast or drumsticks or cook a small ham.
  • The easiest option is to order a turkey already cooked so all you’ll need to do is pick it up at the store, heat, and serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Side Dishes

Turkey day isn’t complete unless you have traditional side dishes such as collard or turnip greens, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Consider these cooking options to help save time for those items you want to prepare yourself.

  • Cut down on preparation time by using as many packaged, canned and frozen goods as possible. This includes instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix for the stove top or microwave, and canned cranberry sauce.
  • There are excellent choices in canned greens complete with seasoning.
  • Pick up additional side dishes already prepared at the grocery’s deli such as potato salad, gravy, and fresh cranberry-orange relish.
  • Desserts are a big part of the day. Purchase whipped cream to go along with a slice of frozen or fresh-made pumpkin pie.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before starting your holiday traveling, schedule an appointment at Jim’s RV Center. With complimentary overnight facilities while waiting for service, you’ll be ready to take to the highway just as soon as your RV is ready to roll.

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Why You Should Consider RV Protection

Owning an RV is a big investment and taking it on the road opens that investment to risks. The solution, of course, is not to leave your RV in storage… that would defeat the whole point of purchasing it. However, it’s still smart to mitigate risk by having some degree of protection on your motorhome or travel trailer. Travel with more confidence by considering one or more of these options for your RV.

Roadside Assistance

There are numerous roadside assistance programs available and any one of them is helpful in case of a roadside emergency. Shop around and make sure that any plan you choose to subscribe to is worth its monthly premium.

Whatever the case, most plan are more than worth their price if it ever comes time to use them. They offer towing coverage to get your disabled RV off the side of the road and to someone who can repair it. Towing an RV without a plan can be costly whereas towing with a plan is either significantly reduced or even free.

Plans also cover for lesser emergencies and may help you with changing a flat tire, jumping the battery, or helping you enter your RV if you lock yourself out.

Extended Warranties

If you’re shopping for an RV or are planning to shop for one  in the near future, consider getting an extended warranty with your purchase. A comprehensive warranty from the manufacturer is always the best protection plan for an RV, so extending its coverage for as long as possible is ideal. While the extra money you have to spend on the extended warranty may be unattractive, it could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the line if your RV suffers from a major issue. A good warranty can cover most or even all of the costs of a repair and, over the years of its coverage, could save you a lot of hassle.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Jim’s RV Center can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Decorating for Halloween in an RV

It’s that time of the year again where the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are falling, and the Pumpkin Spice flavor craze is in full swing.  That means you need to get out the storage container with the orange and black streamers, the fake spider webs, and your pumpkin carving tools; it’s almost Halloween!

Halloween isn’t just a celebrated holiday for those who live in traditional neighborhoods. It is for everyone, including those traveling around and camping in New York or living in RV parks. It is a holiday celebrated by families and there are plenty of tips for decorating your RV on a budget and with limited storage space.

If it’s the budget you are worried about, the local dollar store should be your best friend. Depending on what’s closer,  head on down to your local Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, or Dollar General. They carry everything you need for this spooky holiday, like pumpkin dish towels, spider web candy dishes, ghost shaped trick-or-treat bags, and many other Halloween themed goodies. They also carry bags of all the candy favorites, such as Tootsie Rolls and Blow Pops!

When it comes to decorating your RV, there are several items that are must haves: pumpkins, lights, and spider webs. Luckily for you, any of the dollar friendly stores carry these items!

More Tips for Decorating on a Budget:

Make it count… reuse the spider webs, so when you are putting up your decorations and then taking them down make sure you store them properly for next year’s use.

Use solar lights… this will save money on batteries and you won’t have to worry about turning them on or off.

Purchase plastic jack-o-lanterns to be used for years to come… if you buy real pumpkins they will only be good for this one trick-or-treat season.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

While you are out shopping for goodies to decorate your RV, keep your New York RV Dealer in mind. After the decorating is complete, take a picture and send it to us here at Jim’s RV! We’d love to see what your creative minds came up with this terrifying holiday season! BOO!

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Tailgating Tips for your RV

Football season is here, and that means tailgating season is right with it. If you want to bring your RV for tailgating – a brilliant idea, by the way – you need to pack it up for the game. If the game is local, packing is a bit different than packing for a long trip. If the game is not a local game, then you need to pack as you would for a road trip.

Accessories

You’ll need enough folding lawn chairs for everyone who will be at your tailgate party, assuming they will be riding with you in the RV. If not, you can save space by having them bring their own chairs. Have some extra ice trays in the freezer. You can turn the fridge/freezer on to keep the ice frozen, plus you’ll have the ability to make more for after the game. Additional accessories include a grill big enough to accommodate food for everyone, a table and coolers full of your favorite brewskies. You can pick up most accessories that you’ll need at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

Packing it Right

While you will only need food for a day if you are going to a local game, you might need more than what will fit in a smaller RV fridge. If your RV has a residential fridge, then you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you have a smaller fridge, make things like salads ahead of time. You can pack those in the fridge.

Pack the ribs, burgers and hot dogs in a cooler full of ice. You don’t want the meat to be completely frozen when you put it in the coolers as it won’t thaw in time, even for a night game. Take it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw for about an hour on the counter, then finish thawing in the fridge (overnight). The ice in the cooler will keep it cold enough the next day.

Pack the coolers in the outside storage under the RV in case the ice water starts to leak. You can pack the other stuff inside the RV if it’s anything that can’t get wet. Tables and other items that dry easily can be packed with the coolers. Chairs with nylon or other material for seats should be packed away from the coolers.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up grilling accessories and other accessories you might need for a tailgating party – and don’t forget to fill the water tanks and close the caps to the black and gray water tanks before you go.

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Cheap RV Living – RVing on a Budget

When you decide to live in your RV and travel, you are making a huge change in lifestyle. You won’t be able to have a lot of the things you have in your home since space is limited. Furthermore, while it is cheaper to live in an RV since you have less utilities and no mortgage payment, you do still have to pay some utilities and fuel costs, and you may have a payment on your RV. Always keep your RV in good condition by having it serviced at Jim’s RV Center.

Utilities

Since you provide your own electricity via generator, you’ll definitely save on that bill; however, you must take into consideration the cost of gas for the generator and the cost of adding amenities to a camp site. You can decrease the cost of electricity by making sure all lights and electronics that are not being used are turned off. You should also turn off the generator if you are not using any electronics.

When possible, open windows instead of using the air conditioning unit or the heat. While the furnace does run on propane, the fan uses electricity. Turn off the hot water heater unless you need it – if you turn it on about 20 minutes before your shower or before you do the dishes, you’ll have plenty of hot water.

Gas

Plan your travel ahead of time. Each night, know where you are going to be driving the next day. Use some of the apps like Gas Buddy to find out where you can find the cheapest gas in your area. You definitely don’t want to drive too far out of your way or your savings are wasted. Top off if you need to – and be sure you top off the cans for the generator.

Dry Camp

Dry camp when you can. You can always find water to fill up the tanks. Many dealerships and national campgrounds have disposals so you can empty your holding tanks. It’s a good idea to fill the water tank and empty the holding tanks whenever you come across a fee-free place to do this as you never know when you’ll be able to get it for free the next time.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Of course, always keep your RV serviced and maintained. Your RV will last longer and get better fuel mileage if you keep it maintained. When you are in the area, stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV serviced, including oil changes if you are driving a motorized RV.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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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Storage Ideas for Your RV’s Bathroom

RVs are certainly one of the most convenient methods of travel: transportation and lodging rolled into one awesome package. Admittedly, though, RVs are limited in their interior space. This can be especially apparent in your RV’s bathroom. You’ll probably have to get a little creative with storage to maximize the bathroom’s potential, but with just a few of these tips that’s no problem. To distill most of the following tips to one thematic concept though: go vertical.

Use Netting for Wall Storage

Netting is an ideal storage solution for bulky or oddly-shaped items. Attach storage nets to your walls to store shampoo bottles, soap boxes, toothpaste tubes, and other items that can be difficult to store in other areas. Storage nets can be purchased on Amazon.com or found at most big box stores.

Create Extra Shelving

Hang shelf systems over the sink or toilet for extra space. If you prefer not screwing things into the ceiling, you can accomplish the same thing by using behind-the-sink storage racks. Hang a small hammock under the cabinets to store extra items.

Command Hooks mounted on the inside of cabinet doors are great for just about anything that will hang. This saves tons of space in drawers and cabinets and allows you to use them for things that don’t hang.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to tour a new or used RV. Find one with an extra large bathroom if that’s a feature that you highly value. Or don’t worry about the size and simply use these tips to make it feel larger than it is. If you’re not on the market for a new rig, stop by Jim’s RV Center to schedule some service or to shop for parts and accessories.

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Short and Sweet Hikes in New York

Hiking, to some, evokes the image of walking mile upon mile through rough terrain, an interminable march through the wilderness. If you’re included in that number, then you’ll be pleased to learn that not all trails take a day and a half to complete. You can walk these trails and still have plenty of daylight left over after. Each of these is less than five miles long, so they’re perfectly short and sweet if you want a dose of nature and nothing more. Plus, each of these packs a visual punch of natural beauty. So lace up those hiking boots, spray on your bug repellent, and fill up that water bottle: it’s time to hike.

Auger Falls Trail Loop

Just of NY 30 in Adirondack Park, there’s the lovely little Auger Falls Trail Loop. It’s only 1.2 miles long and doesn’t even require you to retrace your steps (you know, being a loop and all), but it packs a lot of visual splendor into its small frame. The highlight of the hike is the waterfall you see along the way, which tumbles and roars down into a stone-strewn river flanked by emerald green trees.

Hadley Mountain

It’s short, but the rise in elevation that comes with hiking up the small mountain makes it moderately intensive. The entire round trip hike lasts 2.6 miles and the view at the top is wonderful, especially considering that there’s a fire tower that you’re welcome to ascent to give you a real eagle eye view of the surrounding valley.

Nine Corner Lake

The hike around Nine Corner Lake is short but it’s beautiful. Nine Corner Lake is located in the Adirondacks and the trail along it only lasts for 2 miles on a round trip. It’s jam-packed, though, with lake views and waterfalls. It’s a wonderful place to not only hike, but to stop and take a refreshing dip to cool off on a hot summer day.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

See more hiking trails this summer in an RV from Jim’s RV Center. An RV allows you to travel in comfort and convenience, seeing the road and what it offers on your own terms. Stop by today to tour some models, ask some questions, and learn more about the RV lifestyle and the features of your favorite RVs. Even if you’ve got an RV, Jim’s RV Center offers a service center you can visit to make sure that your rig is road worthy.

 

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Celebrating Easter on the Road

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If you are traveling in an RV for the Easter weekend, you may think that it would be difficult to celebrate the holiday – but it doesn’t have to be so, even if you have kids. Even campsites without a lot of forest cover between sites offer opportunities to hide Easter eggs. Easter dinner is also an easy feat, even without an oven.

Hard boil eggs and color them the night before. When the kids are sleeping, hide them around your campsite. Sites with forest cover between them give you excellent hiding places. Just hide the eggs behind trees at the edge of the site. You can also hide eggs on top of the RV’s wheels, alongside the fire pit and near the water hookups. You can even hide them in or near accessories you purchased from Jim’s RV Center, such as an outdoor grill or tire covers.

Instead of hard-boiled eggs, you can use plastic eggs filled with candy if it’s not hot enough to melt the candy inside. Hang pastel-colored party lights from the awning.

Plan a ham dinner – even without an oven, you can make a delicious dinner right on the coals or a gas grill. If the gas grill has a temperature gauge, you can even use it as an oven. Just adjust the temperature to 325 degrees F using two of four burners or one of three burners. Prepare the ham as you normally would. Put it on the side of the grill with the unlit burners. Cook it as long as you would normally cook it in a regular oven.

Don’t forget the Easter baskets – you can hide them in the basement storage if it’s cool enough. If not, you can hide them in the master bedroom until it’s time to give them to the kids.

If it is your custom to attend church on Easter morning, check the area for a church of your denomination. You can still attend if that is your practice. Most areas have churches of all denominations. If church is too far to drive, you can always find one of the sermons on television.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your Easter trip be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked over thoroughly.

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Gardening Tips for Your RV

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You don’t have to quit your favorite hobbies to live life on the road. In fact, gardening on the go is easier than many full-time or seasonal travelers assume. The following are a few ways that you can maintain your hobby of gardening while living in the compact space of an RV.

Get Into Container Gardens

A container garden is an effective way to enjoy a mess-free garden on the go. It also allows you to get a lot of growth out of a little space without having to worry about weeds or pests. Consider hanging a container garden of herbs over your sink to enjoy fresh picked herbs with all of your RV meals. Basil, oregano, mint and rosemary grow especially well in container gardens.

Purchase Window Boxes

If your RV stays put seasonally or year-round, purchasing RV window boxes will help you garden outdoors more conveniently and without having to do any damage to your campsite. A number of companies also manufacture window boxes for RV bumpers, so you can surround your RV with your favorite flowers, herbs or veggies.

Consider the Topsy-Turvy Planter

The Topys-Turvy Upside-Down Tomato Planter allows you to plant tomatoes practically anywhere by hanging the device from your RV awning, a tree or any type of stand. This unique device is ideal for RV travelers, because it eliminates the need to dig or use cages. Even better, you can enjoy the convenience and taste of fresh tomatoes from anywhere you travel. Simply bring the Topsy-Turvy inside when you hit the road and place it back outside at your next destination.

Upgrade Your RV at Jim’s RV Center

Enjoy more space for your favorite hobbies on the road by upgrading to a larger travel trailer, fifth wheel, or motorhome from Jim’s RV Center. Stop in and see us to shop our huge selection of RVs on sale for spring today.

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