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 

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.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

If you think taking the RV around the state to bike all of the bike trails sounds like fun, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many floor plans we have available or give our RV service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance for your current RV.

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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

Instructions:

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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available. If you already have an RV, be sure to visit our warehouse to pick up any accessories you might need for your upcoming RV trip.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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.

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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.

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A Thanksgiving Feast to Cook in Your RV

Traveling in an RV doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday meals. This year, try this mouthwatering turkey recipe combined with easy-to-make bacon-garlic mashed potatoes to create the perfect Thanksgiving feast in your RV.

The Perfect Turkey

What you’ll need:

  • 1 whole turkey (18 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 2 large onions (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 4 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 large onions (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 bay leaf

Cooking instructions:

  1. Rub turkey with salt inside and out.
  2. Place turkey in a large stock pot and cover with cold water. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse turkey and dispose of brine.
  4. Brush the turkey with half of the melted butter and place it breast side down on a roasting rack inside a roasting pan.
  5. Stuff turkey with one onion, half the celery, half the carrots, the bay leaf and one sprig thyme. Scatter remaining vegetables and seasoning around the roasting pan. Cover with white wine.
  6. Bake turkey until the thigh’s internal temperature is 180 degrees. Turn turkey to breast side up 2/3 through cooking.
  7. Brush with butter and let stand for 30 minutes.

Bacon-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

What you’ll need:

  • 10 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 cup whole milk (warmed)
  • 3 pounds russet potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (softened)
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 slices cooked bacon (chopped)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Place potatoes and garlic in a pot and cover with salted water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-high heat. Cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and garlic and place them back in the pot. Stir for two minutes.
  4. Mash with a potato masher, then pour in 3/4 cup milk and butter. Add milk as needed.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
  6. Sprinkle bacon on top before serving.

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV in Nichols, N.Y., when you’re out cruising in your RV this holiday season.

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Celebration Tips for Halloween on the Road

Traveling in your RV doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s just as easy to celebrate holidays in your RV as it is at home. These simple celebration tips will help you make the most of Halloween at the campsite this year.

Decorate Your RV

There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to decorate your RV. Stop by a local farmers’ market near your destination to pick up local pumpkins, gourds and other festive items. Natural items from the farmers’ market can double as Thanksgiving decorations and are easy to dispose of after the holidays. Carving the pumpkins you purchase is another way to get your entire family in the holiday spirit while creating homemade Halloween decorations.

Trick-or-Treat at the Campground

Many campgrounds and RV parks provide Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating times for their visitors. Take your kids door-to-door throughout the park to decorated RVs to trick-or-treat just like you would at home. Campground attendants can also direct you to nearby neighborhoods that are safe for trick-or-treating.

If your campground doesn’t offer trick-or-treating, arrange a scavenger hunt throughout the park for your little campers. Guide them to bowls of candy with clues, and they’ll enjoy it even more than traditional trick-or-treating.

Plan a Halloween Party

You don’t have to have a brick-and-mortar home to throw an RV celebration. Plan a celebration at your campsite and ask your fellow campers to bring a dish. Use campground common areas or outdoor picnic tables to keep the interior of your RV clean, while entertaining as many campers as you please.

Find Your Dream RV at Jim’s

Looking for a more spacious RV to help you spend more time on the road? Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., is stocked with a huge selection of discounted new and used RVs for the fall season.

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3 Places to Road Trip if You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye to Summer

Summer may be winding down in New York, but the weather is still hot and sunny in many parts of the country. Summer doesn’t ever have to end when you live the RV lifestyle, so fire up your RV and cruise south to these warm-weather American destinations.

Long Key State Park — Florida

Long Key State Park is conveniently located n Florida’s Long Key, where you can camp steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  It’s one of few state parks in the country where you can walk just 100 feet to throw a line in the water and catch your dinner. Pack your RV with your kayaks, paddleboards and hiking shoes, because you’ll want to spend a lot of time exploring this hot and sunny Florida state park.

Emerald Desert RV Resort — California

Palm Springs is an ideal snowbird destination that’s loaded with high-end RV parks that will extend your summer fun all the way through winter. The Emerald Desert RV Resort will make you feel like you’re on vacation every day you’re there with spa services, temperature controlled pools, a putting green, a driving range, a fitness center, tennis courts, pickleball courts, full hookup sites and even villa rentals if you feel like spending a night away from your RV. It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the perfect temperatures of Palm Springs.

Desert Trails RV Park — Arizona

Tucson is a big city that offers a small town feel, and it’s a comfortable place to escape the harsh winters up north. The Desert Trails RV Park offers a scenic, unspoiled desert setting that’s loaded with outdoor adventures, including hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and so much more. The resort offers tons of on-site recreational options too, so you’ll always have the opportunity to meet fellow travelers and let loose in a vacation-like atmosphere.

Before you hit the roads to escape the cooler weather, stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your RV lifestyle needs.

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Best Cleaning Supplies to Keep in Your RV

Whether you just bought a new RV or you have one that you’ve had for a while, you know that keeping it clean while you’re on a trip is not always easy, especially when the family has been on sandy beaches, fishing, riding ATVs in the mud and otherwise having some fun in the dirt. Having the right cleaning supplies with you helps you keep up with the mess.

Small Vacuum

Find a small vacuum – a canister vacuum takes less space and you can store it in the basement storage. If you have enough closet space, you can get a smaller upright vacuum. Or, better yet, when you buy a new RV, opt for something that has a built in vacuum. If you have tile or linoleum throughout, a broom is handy enough, but if your RV has carpets, a vacuum is a must.

Rags

Many RVs have wood trim, a wood entertainment center and wood cabinets. Keep a can of your favorite duster along with some soft rags for dusting. You’ll find it easier to keep up with the dusting when you run a rag over everything every day, especially if you are parked in an area with lots of gravel or it’s so dry the dirt is dusty under the grass.

Sponges

Keep a couple of different sponges with you. Use a soft sponge with your favorite bath and tile cleaner every day in the shower and the rest of the bathroom to keep from doing a ton of work after soap scum piles up. Keep a sponge with a scrubber in the kitchen area for stubborn pots and pans and to clean up burnt on or baked on messes on the stove and in the oven.

Cleaning Chemicals

While you’re packing, be sure to have your favorite cleaning supplies on hand including bath and tile cleaner, your favorite bleach spray or wipes, furniture polish, wall cleaner, bathroom cleaner and dish soap.

Visit Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York

Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV to walk through our many floor plans if you are looking for your first RV or if you’re ready to trade in your old RV for something different. And, stop by our accessories department to pick up any accessories you may need for your next trip.

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