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.
Stay warm this winter with a Class C motorhome from Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.
Class C motorhomes offer the convenience of a motorhome in a smaller, more manageable package. It’s easy to stay warm in a Class C because of how cozy they can be.
2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL
This 2016 Jayco Redhawk 31XL is in new condition, has two slides, and can sleep up to ten people. It comes with the J-Ride package and customer value package. The kitchen is equipped with a 2 door fridge and microwave. It also comes with a 32″ television.
2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U
This 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U is in new condition, has 2 slides, and can sleep up to eight people. The exterior is conveniently equipped with an exterior ladder, lockable storage, electric entry step, mud flaps, running boards, and solar panel prep. Interior comforts include a combo AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo system, a 32″ LED bedroom TV, a 40″ LED front overhead TV, and a residential style fridge.
Visit Jim’s RV Center
Ready to tour our selection of Class C motorhomes? Stop in at Jim’s RV Center today to tour any model we have in stock, to schedule RV service, or to shop for parts and accessories.
RV travelers are gearing up for family vacations this summer. You’re packing bags and deciding on your itinerary to have a great trip out on the open road. If you’re wondering how to occupy kids and pets on the journey, Jim’s RV has some helpful tips:
1: Keep Kids Entertained
While pets will lay down and snooze for most of the trip, or are just happy to look at the window at the passing scenery, children need something to do to occupy their time. Have games that they can play that don’t cause a mess or get out of hand. Board games, card games, and trivia games are great ways for kids to be entertained. Coloring and puzzle books are great ideas too. There’s always the classic novel.
2: Schedule Rest Stops
If your trip will be long, you need to schedule rest stop breaks along the way to let everyone stretch their legs. You can let pets run for a bit and relieve themselves. Stretching out muscles will have everyone feeling better.
3: Remember The Snacks
Kids and pets can get cranky when they are hungry. Instead of stopping by a fast food joint, have some snacks prepared beforehand that are easy to munch on. This includes having snacks for your pets, who will settle down and enjoy the ride better on a full stomach.
4: Bring Your Pet’s Favorite Bedding Along
Some pets get nervous or anxious in moving vehicles. To have your pets keep calm in your new RV, bring along your pet’s favorite bedding and chew toys. Let your dog relax and chew on his toys in a quiet area of the RV where there is little excitement that can cause the pet to become more anxious.
Everyone Will Enjoy the Open Road On Your RV Trip
Vacation should be fun for everyone. By taking the time to plan your trip when you are bringing kids and pets along, you’ll reduce the problems you experience. Get ready to have a fun time with your entire family by following the above tips to keep your pets and kids happy no matter how long your trip will be to other destinations. Remember to drop by Jim’s RV before you head out for any RV maintenance or service you need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Going RVing is fun, but it’s better when you can bring friends. And when you have a 2014 Keystone Fuzion 401, you can keep all of that space for yourself, bring extended family members, or grab a bunch of friends.
Walk through the Keystone Fuzion 401 at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York – you won’t be sorry you did. This RV is packed with features and options, including the Fuzion King bedroom.
The interior features a premium Bluetooth compatible stereo including a CD/DVD player, LED HDTV, sound bar, subwoofer, two exterior speakers and more. Additional featurs include a ducted 15,000 BTU air conditioning, a setup for a second unit in the garage, 30-inch residential microwave, a three-burner range, 22-inch oven, a 12 cubic-foot fridge, solid cherry cabinet doors, screwed and glued cabinets, a professional bottle opener, residential wood blinds in the main slide, multiple cable television connections, and satellite prep.
Additionally, the interior features under bed storage, the a porcelain toilet with foot flush, medicine cabinet with a mirror, residential shower surround, residential adjustable hand-held shower fixture, custom furniture and smoke, LPG and carbon monoxide detectors.
The exterior features attic vents, security lights, cargo ramp loading lights, two power awnings with lights, tinted safety glass windows, LED lighting, and dual folding entry assist handles with padding.
Additional features include electric 2-inch by 12-inch brakes on every wheel, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a low-rise triple entry step.
The garage features a 5-foot patio door with a screen and privacy curtain, washer/dryer prep, diamond plate protection for the sidewalls, an 8-foot spring-assisted ramp door, gas- and oil-resistant flooring, ducted heat and air conditioning, 5K Inter-Lock System for tie downs, a fuel station with a 12-volt pump and night shades.
The convenience center features a 90-amp converter, 50-amp service with a detachable marine power cord, black tank flush, 12-volt disconnect, a three-way cable box hookup, water heater bypass, enclosed valves, an outside shower with hot and cold water, and a generator prep with stop and start switch and hour meter.
To learn more about this RV including all of its interior and exterior features, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through it.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
If you’ve always wanted to take a trip where you didn’t have to plan ahead for hotel rooms, but you don’t have an RV, you can rent an RV – then go where you want, when you want. With an RV, you have everything you need with you, so even if you can’t find a spot or the RV park you planned to stay at is full – it doesn’t matter. Camp anywhere for the night.
Head over to Jim’s RV to check out several of the floor plans our dealership has for you to rent. You can choose something small enough for two or large enough for a larger family. When renting an RV, you might want to remember a few things:
- Pick the size RV that will be most comfortable for your family. If you have two children with you, you will need one that sleeps at least four, but for some extra space, you might want something that sleeps six. Don’t forget, you’ll need storage space and you’ll want that extra space so the kids have room to play without being under your feet in case you get caught in the rain.
- Before you settle on a floor plan, make sure it has everything you need. If you plan on making a casserole, make sure the RV has an oven or a convection oven that is large enough for your casserole dish. If you plan on making two sides in addition to your main meat dish, be sure the stove has enough burners. Many RVs come with only two burners on the stove and may not have a regular or convection oven.
- Plan for the cost of the RV. Be sure to include the rental cost and the cost of gas. Another cost includes entry to RV parks. You’ll also need to plan your grocery cost, especially if you are on a budget. However, you can save money by packing groceries that you already have in the house. Be sure to ask whether there are mileage restrictions – if you go over, you could be charged for the extra mileage.
- Check into places that allow overnight parking in the event you don’t get as far as you wanted or if you find a park that is full. Wal-Marts, state parks, some rest areas allow overnight parking when you are in a pinch and are too tired to drive to the next RV park.
Since you are renting from Jim’s RV, you can rest assured that the RV you choose will be checked thoroughly before you leave. If you want any extra accessories, stop by the store before you head out.
When you want take a road trip you have to figure out what it’s going to cost – from getting the RV ready to groceries to gas – and gas is going to be the biggest expense. If you can manage to cut some expenses out, you’ll have more money for gas so that you can get where you want to go instead of choosing a place you won’t enjoy.
Check your RV before you go – make sure everything is working properly. It is cheaper to make an appointment for repairs and service at Jim’s RV Center than it is to try to find a place on the road to get it fixed. Additional budget tips include:
- Buy groceries before you go. Remove meats from their store packing and pack them into sealable baggies for the freezer. This will save you a lot of space, allowing you to pack more into the freezer. This way, you can buy the bulk family packs for less money.
- Use dry goods you have at the house. Many people keep their RV stocked with dry goods they bought on sale; and then rotate them out with goods in the house before their expiration date. This works well since you can always find things on sale, whether the grocery store is offering BOGO or you have a coupon.
- If you have a Walmart card, get your gas at Walmart – you can save significantly on a gallon of gas. In some cases, you can save up to $0.15 per gallon.
- Check campground prices before you leave. If an area you are going to has more than one campground, you might choose the one with the lower price per night if it has the amenities you want, such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
- If your destination is more than a day’s drive away, camp overnight in a parking lot. Some places allow RVers to sleep overnight in their parking lots.
- If you are boondocking, haul water once you get to your destination. A gallon weighs 8.34 pounds and 60 gallons of water really adds up. The heavier weight costs more in gas to haul to your destination.
Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave so that you can pick up anything you might need or to get your RV checked before you head out on the road.
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An RV trip could be the best time you’ve ever had or it could be a bit of a letdown, and it all depends on how you plan for the trip. While all trips – even a spontaneous weekend – take planning, longer trips require more planning.
The more planning you do, the less stress you will have on your trip, even if you are taking a long trip across the country. Finding places to camp, planning meals, and finding the cheapest gas are just part of planning for a stress-free trip. Be sure you visit Jim’s RV Center for service or for much-needed accessories.
Finding Places to Camp
If you must have hookups because you are not equipped to boondock or you prefer not to boondock, determine the length of time you will drive each day. Make reservations at RV parks for each day. If you are just traveling for a day, then staying at one destination for the whole trip, be sure to make reservations for the number of nights you will be staying. Finding an RV park after a day of traveling just adds unneeded stress to your trip.
2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E Interior.
If you plan on camping in the woods or are planning on stopping just anywhere when you get tired of driving, be sure your water tanks are full, the gas tanks are full and the black and gray water tanks are empty. You may want to make a list of dump stations along the way on your trip. While you can go a few days without emptying the tanks, eventually they will fill and you won’t want to dampen your trip by spending hours locating a dump station – or a place to fill up with water or refill the propane tanks for that matter.
Plan your meals ahead of time. You can pack most groceries before you leave so that you don’t have to be bothered with grocery shopping once you arrive at your destination. If you are planning a long trip, you can start out with a week’s worth of groceries.
Plenty of room for groceries in this 2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E!
The worst thing that can happen is to have your RV break down on the way to your destination or on the way home. You’ll have to find a mechanic in a strange city. Instead of that worry, bring your RV into Jim’s RV Center to have it checked out before you leave. If this is your first trip of the season, our technicians can de-winterize your RV for you.
Once the RV travel bug has bitten you, the idea of finding the right RV for your specific travel needs can be stressful. Some RVs are more suitable for families, some are more fuel-efficient and some are built for off-road adventurers. However you like to travel, the perfect motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel or pop-up is out there waiting for you — you just need help finding it.
What Is Your Intended Use?
Before you start searching for Class A motorhomes, toy haulers or luxury fifth wheels, you’ll want to consider your plans for your RV lifestyle. Would you like to live in your RV full time? Do you like to take your motorcycle on your travels?
Depending on how many people you travel with, how much time you plan to spend in your RV, the type of campgrounds you intend to visit and how far you plan to drive, the style of RV that is perfect for you could be very different than your neighbor’s.
What Is Your Budget?
As with most big purchases, the RV you choose depends very much on your budget. This is where it becomes tricky to decide between a towable RV or a motorhome. If you decided to purchase a towable RV, you also need to consider the price of the vehicle needed to tow it. Similarly, some motorhomes are more fuel efficient than others, and a diesel engine can cost you more money upfront but save you big bucks on fuel down the road.
Let Us Help You
Here at Jim’s RV Center — your New York RV dealer — we know how to match you and your family with the RV that will suit your needs and exceed your expectations. You can rest assured that we’ll consider all of the best options for you and provide an incredible selection of new and used RVs for sale, so you can find the perfect balance between your budget and the lifestyle you desire.
Our staff has been awarded the “Customer Service Satisfaction” award 11 times by Fleetwood, and with over 170 years of combined sales experience, our goal is to get you off our lot and into your dream RV lifestyle today.
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