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.

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A Thanksgiving Entree to Spice Up Your Meal

Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey

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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Fall Décor: Decorating Your RV


Decorating your home helps to get both residents and visitors into the spirit of the season. Your RV is no exception. Fall is a ripe season for decorating because it possesses an easily recognizable color scheme, identifiable iconography, and many associated symbols. With the proper use of props, colors, and patterns, your RV will scream autumn in no time.

Dress for the season.

Dress your space, that is. Proper use of color is the first and best tool in your arsenal for decorating. Fall colors include deep reds, burnt orange, golden yellow, and earthy browns. A good strategy is to use those browns as a neutral and to use reds, oranges, and yellows as pops of accent.

Make use of icons and symbols

Fall has many associated symbols and icons. The leaf, the pumpkin, the owl… these and many others are quickly identified with autumn. The use of such symbols will help to further establish your theme.

Decorating isn’t just visual.

While decor is primarily visual, it’s not only visual. You can enhance and reinforce your decor with aromas. When your RV isn’t on the move, you can light scented candles with the smells of the season, like pumpkin pie, apple cider, even leaves. You can also use a potpourri mix that’s suitable for the season.

Use interchangeable elements.

This means that you ought to use decorating items that are easily switched out and stored. Things like pillow shams, curtains, wreaths… anything that can be switched out when the next season rolls around. Try to avoid anything that’s too bulky or large. After all, you’re traveling in an RV.

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Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. While our accessories are geared more to utility than decoration, they’re still gadgets no RV should be without. Anyway, we’d love to see what you did with your place!


The Best Beaches on the East Coast for RV Enthusiasts

America’s East Coast is home to some of our country’s best beaches. Whether you’re looking for a secluded North Carolina beach getaway, the towering palm trees of South Florida or a place to park your RV and let loose with friends, an East Coast beach is waiting for you this summer. These three summer beach destinations are ones you don’t want to miss.

Cape Hatteras — North Carolina

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long stretch of barrier islands that sit off the coast of the Tarheel State and a small part of Virginia. They’re known for offering some of the most secluded stretches of beach in the country, where your family can enjoy long summer beach days without struggling to find a parking space or a place to lay your towels.

Visitors love the Cape Hatteras area for its gorgeous cape Hatteras Lighthouse, calm salt marshes, pristine beaches and starry skies. Even better, there are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds that will let you set up camp just steps from the sand.

Juno Beach — Florida

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Atlantic City — New Jersey

RV enthusiasts looking for non-stop fun on their summer vacation will find it in Atlantic City. This New Jersey coastal town feels a lot like Las Vegas at the beach with casinos, 24-hour bars and restaurants, music venues and everything you need to let loose with your friends. The Atlantic City boardwalk is one of the best in the U.S., so bring plenty of money to spend on games, shopping and quick eats.

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Must-Visit June Events Across New York

It already feels like summer here in New York, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with outdoor festivals. The Empire State is bustling with outdoor activities and events that are guaranteed to make your June adventures better than ever before. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout the state to these three must-visit festivals this month.


Lightscapes is a unique event in Hudson, N.Y., that you’ll want to visit every year. This unbeatable nighttime display of jaw-dropping illuminations and sculptures wows ever single attendee. The unique, walk-through, land-art experience takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor until June 12. Adult tickets are $20 and children’s tickets are $16.

Mysteryland USA

The 2016 Mysteryland USA festival is set to take place from June 10 through 13, in Bethel, N.Y. The event will feature everything from street performers, to live music, theater, movies, interactive art, bizarre decorations and awe-inspiring shows. This quirky festival full of fun is equipped with a number of on-site campsites, so you can enjoy all of the action from the comfort and convenience of your home on wheels. Tickets can be purchased on the Mysteryland USA website.

Adirondack Wine and Food Festival

Few things are better than wining and dining amidst the picture-perfect Adirondack Mountains in summertime. Cruise over to Lake George on June 25 and 26, for the annual Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. This favorite event will feature more than 50 New York wineries, local artisanal food vendors, craft breweries, food trucks and so much more. Presale tickets are just $25 per person, and the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday.

Don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at Jim’s RV in Nichols, N.Y., when you’re out cruising throughout the state in your RV this June. Our lot is loaded with a huge selection of discounted RVs, so you can upgrade your summer before it officially begins.


New York Biking Trails

Pack up the RV and load the bikes to head out to some great biking trails. Often, these trails are used for running or skiing in the winter. Spend the time in one area or travel from trail to trail, staying a day or two in each place.

The Cross Island Parkway Trail

This trail pretty much follows the Cross Island Parkway through north eastern Queens. If you are starting on the northern end of the trail, you’ll go through Little Bay Park and can get some great shots of the Throgs Neck Bridge and the bay. Continue through to the Bayside Marina where you can pick up a bite to eat or a favorite drink at the snack bar. Here, you’ll get some great shots of sailboats and the open sky. As you continue, you’ll go by Crocheron and John Golden Parks. The trail ends in Alley Pond Park. Be sure to visit the environmental center and take advantage of the nature trails in the park. Park at the lot on Fort Totten Road or at the northern trail head off Utopia Parkway.

Genesee Riverway Trail

This trail links to other trails and runs quite a distance. Run, walk, bike, inline skate or go cross country skiing on this trail. Some areas also have access to the river for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, rafting and bird-watching. Start in Ontario Beach Park in Irondequoit. Take the trail south. The very end of the trail is in Brighton at the Erie Canalway Trail. Go through Rochester and get some great views of high waterfalls along the river. The trail is well-marked with signs for directions and points of access. Park at Genessee Valley Park, the High Falls District, Seneca Park, Maplewood Park, Ontario Beach Park, Turning Point Park or in any of the downtown garages.

Albany County Rail Trail

This trail, also known as the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, is open for pedestrians and bicyclists; and during the winter for cross country skiing. The trail follows the Delaware & Hudson Railroad, which no longer exists; and the Canadian Pacific Railway, which hasn’t been used since 2003. Stop by the Veterans Memorial Park in Delmar and the Fireman’s Park in Slingerlands. Most of the trail is wooded. Only three miles of this trail are paved. The trail is expected to be longer and the whole thing will be paved by 2017. Park on the street on Hudson Avenue in Delmar; on Grove Street in Voorheesville or on Bridge Street in Slingerlands.

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May Events Near Jim’s RV

Pack up the RV and get ready to head out for May events in New York. And, if you don’t have an RV, stop by our RV showroom to walk through the many floor plans that are available. For those who have an RV and are not ready to upgrade to something newer, give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance if you haven’t done it yet this spring.

35 Years of Iroquois Art: A Retrospective

Head over to 324 Cavens Road, Howes Cave, New York, 12092 to see this great exhibit that highlights over 30 years of exhibitions by the museum. The exhibitions showcase contemporary Iroquois art. The exhibit is open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from noon until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

8th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration

Travel to Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York, 12498 for the 8th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration on May 25, 2016. This concert benefits Family of Woodstock’s Crisis Hotline and it features the best musicians from the area performing Bob Dylan songs. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. Admission ranges from $25 to $100. For more information call (845) 679-4406.

10th Annual Montezuma Wildlife Festival

On May 7, 2016, head over to the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89 North, Savannah, New York, 13146 for the 10th Annual Montezuma Wildlife Festival. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and features music, live animal shows, food, bird watching hikes, guided canoeing, kids games, prices, a bounce house and crafts. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children aged 2 and up. For more information call (315) 365-3580.

Williamson Apple Blossom Festival

From May 19 through May 22, 2016, head over to Main Street in Williamson, New York for the Williamson Apple Blossom Festival. Enjoy live music, a parade, craft vendors, a car show and food at this four-day festival. For more information call (800) 527-6510.

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Healthy Recipes for your RV

When you head out in your RV, you may want to keep it somewhat healthy, but you may also want to have some treats. You can still have healthy treats while you are on the road, and they won’t seem healthy. If you have an oven or a grill, you can make these healthy apple desserts.

Apple Filling

  • 3 to 4 pounds apples, cored and peeled
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbs. Cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. Nutmeg
  • 1 tbs. Ground cloves
  • 1 tbs. Cornstarch
  • 1 tbs. water


Cut the apples into wedges. Add the apples, sugar, honey and spices to a large saucepan and cook until the apples are soft, stirring frequently. Simmer on low heat until the sauce starts to thicken. Mix the cornstarch and water. While stirring the apple mixture constantly, add the cornstarch mixture. Continue stirring the apple mixture. Increase the heat to medium. Stir constantly until the apples being to bubble. Cook for two minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.

Make Desserts

Use the filling for an apple pie. Coat the top crust with egg wash (one egg and a bit of water or milk mixed), but do not coat the crimped part of the crust. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the top of the pie, or if you want to be on the healthier side, just use cinnamon.

For apple turnovers, place a tablespoon or two of the mixture in the center of your favorite pop can croissants or phillo dough. Paint the edges with egg wash, and then crimp a second piece of dough or croissant triangle over the top of the filling. Cut slits into each turnover. Coat the top with egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon or cinnamon and sugar.

You can also reheat the filling and use it as a topping for pancakes for French toast.

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Stay Warm in Your RV This Winter!

When you choose to brave the cold to go RVing in the winter, you’ll want to be sure to pack things to keep warm in the event that the heater goes out, you run out of propane, or even if the propane bottle freezes up – yes, that’s happened before!

Pack Extra Blankets and Clothing

Since camping in the winter is unpredictable – you could get snowed in, you’ll want to bring extra food and extra blankets. If you run out of propane before you can get out, you’ll need the extra blankets to keep warm.

It’s also a great idea to pack extra winter jackets, hats, scarves and gloves. If one set gets wet, you’ll have something dry to wear next time you go outside. Extra sets of clothing, including thermal underwear, flannel shirts and sweaters or sweatshirts will also come in handy.

Emergency Kit

While most campers keep an emergency kit in the RV, when you go out in the winter, you should not only be sure that everything is up to date and that nothing is missing, you should add some extra items to the emergency kit.

Add extra food for a week in the event that you can’t get out of where you’re staying because of unexpected inclement weather. Include extra bottled water. Do not rely on the water in your holding tank – you could run out of drinking water because the water in the tank is the same water that goes to the sinks, shower and toilet.

Add flares and thermal blankets for everyone; and make sure the emergency kit has at least two flashlights and plenty of extra batteries. Since you are in an RV, you can carry significantly more than if you were in a car, so don’t scrimp on the extras.

First Aid Kit

Be sure to have an extensive first aid kit, not one that just contains the basics. This includes splints, gauze, tape, eye wash, tweezers, scissors, stitches, crazy glue and more.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through our many RV floor plans if you are in the market for your first RV or if you are upgrading. If you are getting your RV ready to go out this winter or early spring, be sure to give our RV service department a call for an appointment for maintenance.


Make This Easy Turkey Noodle Soup with Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Nobody wants to run out of food on Thanksgiving, and that means many Americans cook way more than their families can eat. If you find yourself with some extra turkey after the holiday, consider making this delicious and easy turkey soup with egg noodles. This tasty recipe will put your turkey scraps to good use and can be prepared in just 45 minutes.

Turkey Soup with Egg Noodles and Vegetables

Serves four.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 leeks (cleaned and chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1 stalk celery (chopped)
  • 3 to 4 cups cooked turkey (shredded)
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 6 ounces uncooked egg noodles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves

Cooking instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable or olive oil in a large stock pot on medium heat.
  2. Stir the carrots, garlic, leeks and celery into the oil. Saute the vegetables for 4 minutes or until soft.
  3. Stir in the turkey, thyme, salt, bay leaves and black pepper. Continue stirring to mix well.
  4. Stir the chicken broth into the mixture and bring it to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let the soup cook for 10 minutes while partially covered.
  6. Return the soup to a boil and stir in the egg noodles.
  7. Cook for an additional 10 minutes or until the egg noodles are tender.
  8. Stir in the peas and cook for roughly 1 minute or until the peas are warm.
  9. Take the pot off of the heat, remove the bay leaves and stir in the fresh parsley.
  10. Serve with your favorite fresh bread or crackers.

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, when you’re traveling in your RV this fall and winter. Our lot is fully stocked with all of the latest and greatest RV models to make this holiday season the best one yet.