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.

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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.

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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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The Best Hiking Trails in NY

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If you are looking for something to do this winter, pack up your RV and head out to some of the best hiking trails in New York. Choose from single- and multi-day trails; and trails that range from easy to difficult. If you are new to hiking, be sure you have the appropriate footwear – preferably hiking boots if you decide to try your hand at the trails that are more challenging.

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

This difficult trail is only 11 miles but will take a full day. The trail is a shuttled-car loop hike takes you over two 4,000-foot peaks, over smaller peaks and features great views. You’ll also pass several ponds where you can filter water for drinking and take some great pictures. This trail is located in Saint Huberts, New York.

Mt. Marshall

This trail is located in Tahawus, New York and takes a full day. This 13-mile hike is a difficult hike that runs from Upper Works and crosses the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. The trails to the summit are not maintained; and the clearest herdpath starts at Herbert Brook between the Flowed Lands and Lake Golden. The difficult climb is worth it as you’ll get some of the best views you can find in the state.

Mt. Colden

This 14-mile hike take a full day and is a difficult trail. This loop hike travels through Avalanche Pass and returns via Lake Arnold. The peak is 4,715 feet and gives you excellent views of the MacIntyre Range, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range. The trail down from the lake is steep to don’t forget your hiking sticks.

Big Slide and Yard

For a moderate trail, head over to Keene Valley for this 11-mile trek up Big Slide and Yard. The descent over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY is an easy descent. The trail creates a loop from the Garden Parking Lot just outside of Keene Valley and returns to the same place. You’ll find tons of open views of the Great Range. Plus, you’ll get to see the historic Johns Brook Lodge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out on your hiking trips this winter or spring, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked or serviced; or to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for this trip.

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Winter Camping in New York State

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While New York is most well-known around the world for the city that never sleeps, the incredible camping in our beautiful state often goes unnoticed. Check out some of these amazing winter RV destinations, and you’ll see why camping in New York is some of the best in the country.

Old Forge Camping Resort

If you haven’t been to Old Forge yet, it’s time to go. The Old Forge Camping Resort is not only open in the winter, it’s one of the best places in the state to enjoy all of your favorite outdoor activities like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and tons more. Buckle down and spend the entire winter season (from Nov. 1 to April 15) in Old Forge for one low winter rate and have easy access to all of the incredible snowmobile trails the area has to offer.

Frost Ridge Campground

Looking for a winter destination that gives you access to tons of family fun? Look no further than the Frost Ridge Campground – a campground known for its ideal location and exciting activities for the entire family. Located right at the base of the Frost Ridge Ski Area Snow Park and just off of I-90, you’ll never get bored in this area.

Bright Lights Big City

Although New York City isn’t all our state has to offer, it’s definitely worth a visit during the holidays. Park at Liberty Harbor RV Park and catch a tour bus straight into Manhattan to see the gorgeous holiday decorations, ice skate at Rockefeller Center or watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.

Jim’s RV Center

When you’re traveling around our beautiful state this winter, don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV Center to tell us about your New York camping adventures. We’ve got a huge selection of discounted new and used RVs for sale this holiday season, and if you run into any problems with your existing vehicle, our RVIA certified technicians can have you back on the road quickly and safely.

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Decadent Holiday Dessert Recipes

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Desserts are some of the best parts of chowing down during the holidays. And just because you’re enjoying the holidays on the road this year, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday sweets. These dessert recipes are simple and easy to make right in the comfort of your RV.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a square baking pan (9 inches is preferred).
  3. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture, then stir in the molasses.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger together.
  6. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then stir in your hot water.
  7. Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.
  8. Bake the gingerbread for one hour, then allow it to cool before serving.

Easy Holiday Cake Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (16 ounces)
  • 1 bar chocolate-flavored confectioners coating (3 ounces)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Follow the directions on the box of the cake mix to prepare it properly.
  2. When the cake is finished baking, crumble the cake (while it is still warm) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the frosting into the bowl of warm cake pieces, until they’re fully blended.
  4. Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave, stirring occasionally until it’s smooth.
  5. Use a small scoop to form the chocolate cake mixture into balls.
  6. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate coating using a toothpick.
  7. Let the chocolate-covered balls cool on wax paper until the coating has settled.

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Make this holiday season the best one yet by shopping for a new or used RV from Jim’s RV Center. And if you’re already in the RV of your dreams, don’t forget about us for all of your other RV needs, from parts and accessories to service and sales.

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Holiday Scents for Your RV

The senses are one of the best ways to set a mood, and that includes the “holiday spirit.” While the decorations in your RV stimulate the eyes and those holiday jingles playing on the radio stimulate the ears, your nose might be feeling left out.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are quick and easy DIY projects you can do in your RV to give your space that holiday smell.

Make Your Own Potpourri Mix

Experiment with your own blend of dried fruits, spices, and flowers. Try things such as cranberries, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.

This very blend is actually great if you use it to make a stovetop potpourri (while your RV is not in motion, of course).

Take half a cup of fresh cranberries, 1 sliced orange, 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half, 1 tablespoon of cloves, an eighth teaspoon of nutmeg, and 2 or 3 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat to fill your space with this Christmas scent.

Buy Scented Candles

Head to any store that sells scented candles and pick out a few that are holiday inspired. This time of year, there ought to be plenty of options on the shelf that are holiday themed. Like the stovetop potpourri, make sure that your RV is not in motion and that the candles are monitored at all times.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop in and see us at Jim’s RV Center this December to tour any RV on the lot. Start 2017 off right with a new motorhome or travel trailer from Jim’s RV Center.

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A Thanksgiving Entree to Spice Up Your Meal

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Thanksgiving dinner is all about the entree, and that’s usually a traditional whole turkey. Try this new butterflied turkey with rosemary gravy recipe to wow your friends and family with an innovative twist on that classic turkey taste.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 12-pound turkey (butterflied)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 sprigs rosemary

For the gravy:

  • Reserved turkey neck, back and giblets
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (mashed)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour

Cooking instructions

  1. To create the brine, boil 1 1/2 quarts water with salt in a pot big enough to hold the turkey. Stir until salt dissolves.
  2. Stir rosemary, garlic and 3 quarts cold water into the pot and let cool. Add the turkey and let it chill, covered overnight.
  3. For the broth, boil all of the ingredients (except the mashed garlic, rosemary and flour) together. Simmer for 1 hour, then strain and discard the solids. Let chill.
  4. Place a rack in a large rimmed pan and set the turkey on the rack to drain. Pat the turkey dry and rub it with oil.
  5. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Turn off one burner and place a large drip pan on it. Fill the pan halfway with water.
  6. Place the turkey on the grill skin side up. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 175 degrees. Remove from heat and tent the turkey with foil for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, toast the flour in a 6-quart pot until browned. Pour in 3 cups of broth and whisk until smooth. Whisk the rest of the broth, garlic and rosemary into the gravy. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes (whisk often).
  8. Season gravy with salt and pepper before serving.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center before you hit the roads in your RV this holiday season.

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