Choosing the Right RV for You

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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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Living Full-Time in an RV is Easier than it Seems

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Many campers buy RVs to save accommodation costs on weekend excursions and family vacations. After a few trips, a number of those buyers end up wanting to live full-time in their motorhome. Why? Because life on the road is exciting, adventurous and surprisingly comfortable.

Moving from a part-time RV enthusiast to living in your RV full time is easier than it seems, and it’s likely you’ll be happier with your life on the road than you were in your brick and mortar home.

Plan and Organize

Small preparations like making arrangements for mail pickup and changing your billing and banking to online options are necessary. Someone picking up your mail from a P.O. Box or street address every so often can save you from late fees on other types of bills (medical, taxes, etc.) You can often pay these bills online, but you may not receive notification that they are due.

In an increasingly online society, paying and receiving money are easy to do with an internet connection. Just make sure you have all of your accounts, passwords and preparations made before you hit the road.

Keep a Budget

Your expenses living an RV will be quite a bit different than those in your previous home, so keep a budget (at least in your first few years on the road) to get a better idea of how much you’re actually spending.

If you find out you’re overspending in some areas, such as costly camp sites, you’ll know to adjust your search and find cheaper accommodation.

Do It Now

What’s the biggest regret among travelers who took the plunge into full-time life on the road? That they didn’t do it sooner. You don’t have to be rich to be a full-time traveler, you just have to be wise about your budget when purchasing a vehicle and planning your travels. What are you waiting for?

Jim’s RV Center

The best way to get in an RV within your budget is at your local New York RV dealer — Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y. Come see our incredible inventory of affordable new and used RVs and don’t forget about us for all of your other RV parts and service needs too.



The 2012 Travel Lite 690FD

So you drive onto the lot at Jim’s RV and they show you a few trailers and RVs, but nothing is catching your fancy. It’s not that these aren’t great motorhomes, they’re just… a little much for your purposes. If you’re a solo traveler or if it’s just you and the spouse and you don’t mind getting cozy, then you might want to consider a truck camper.

The 2012 Travel Lite 690FD is certainly a cozy little model, but at under $11,000, it’s more than enough for anyone who just wants to get on the road right now and start traveling.

A truck camper isn’t for everyone. These cozy little campers are very comfortable for anyone who just needs a place to sleep and eat, but the lack of a built-in bathroom means that it’s more for camping and traveling than for living in permanently as an RVer.

That said, if you’re after something along those lines, you can’t go wrong with Travel Lite. It fits into most mid-size trucks, including the Ford Ranger. With the Travel Lite you get a surprisingly well-equipped kitchen area with two burners and a fridge bigger than you’ll find in most hotel rooms. The bed is spacious enough for one or for a couple, there’s a microwave, and the skylight really opens up the place.

If you have a family to travel with, if you’re looking for a fulltime RV, go ahead and invest in a good, full-size RV, fifth wheel or travel trailer. If you’re looking for something for short term adventures or just doing some traveling on your own and would rather not break your neck sleeping in your car between motels, then the Travel Lite camper is one of the most comfortable little campers on the market right now. Come see us at Jim’s RV today!


RV Dessert Pick Of The Month: Ice Cream Flambe

You might not always be able to get the ingredients that you need, and you might not always be able to stop and park at a campground in order to prepare dessert, so we like to focus on recipes that you can make right in the passenger seat if need be and ingredients that you can grab from gas stations. Here’s a quick recipe we like that you can make anywhere. You will need…

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Rum
  • Semi-ripe bananas

It doesn’t matter what sort of ice cream or rum you use, but the better the quality, the better the treat will be.

Start by peeling the banana and slicing it down the middle, like a banana split. Place it in a bowl, and place three scoops of ice cream down the center. Now pour about a half cup of rum over the top of the dessert, and here’s the fun part, light it on fire. You want to light a stick or piece of twisted paper in order to light the rum to keep any chemicals, butane or sulfur out of the mixture.

You only need to light it for a second. If it doesn’t burn out right away, you can cover it with a bigger bowl, turned upside down, or a plate in order to suffocate the flames.

The end result is an ice cream flambe that has a sort of caramel flavor.

We recommend something to dip in the rum and the ice cream as it melts. Biscotti, angel food cake, pound cake and even plain white toast are all a great idea for dipping.

You obviously do not want to prepare this recipe in an enclosed space, so it’s a good idea to park and roll down the window before you light the rum on fire. You can also try variations like butter pecan ice cream and flavored rums. When looking for a park for your RV New York and other big cities might be tricky, but there are at least going to be plenty of parking lots where you can stop and prepare a snack.

The flames make the treat more delicious, but they also provide a bit of a show. It’s not just cooking, it’s an event.


Breakfasts of the Month


For those that enjoy the RV lifestyle and camping in general, there are a variety of campfire friendly recipes that are tasty for breakfast. These three are all great choices.

Potato Bacon Wrap

  • Bacon
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Slices

Take foil and put two layers of bacon on top of it, keeping away from the sides of the foil. Next slice the potatoes and place on the bacon, covering with the garlic salt and onion slices. Put another layer of foil and pinch the sides around so that it is sealed. Put a hole in the top to vent out the steam that will occur. Place on grill top in the fire, or on the coals themselves. When bacon is done everything will be ready to eat.

Fire-Fried Biscuits

  • Can of biscuits
  • 1/2 stick butter

Place about a teaspoon of the butter in the pan and melt. Biscuits will need to be cut in half and then place in the pan. After five minutes in the fire, turn the biscuits over for another five minutes of cooktime.

Hungry Morning Scramble

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 T oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 onion
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 lb ground sausage
  • 1/2 cup cheese

This one requires a bit of planning. Before you leave for your camping trip, dice the potatoes and the onion. Put them in containers. Mince up the garlic and shred the cheese and also put in containers. At the campsite you will add oil to the skillet that is over the fire. Cook up the potatoes until brown and then add the onions and color. Put in the sausage and make sure you keep it broken up in the pan. Add eggs and mix them throughout. Cover with cheese after the eggs have cooked. Spoon out to plates to eat.

If you are interested in browsing an RV dealership New York has many great choices. RV ownership is one step closer to campfire breakfasts and starry nights. There is nothing like getting away from the day to day grind and relaxing in a great park or other secluded locale. RV enthusiasts already know this, what are you waiting for?


2013 Unit Highlight — Forest River Wildcat 293Rex

When you’re planning to travel and live on the road, you want as much beauty, comfort and space as you can afford. The 29 foot 2013 Forest River Wildcat 293REX fits the bill at just under $38,000 for the fully equipped touring edition with polar package. It features fiberglass siding, ladders, one-touch power awning for hot sunny locations, electric stabilizer jacks, pass through slam baggage storage, spare tire and an outdoor kitchen in addition to the full indoor kitchen. The one-piece seamless rubber roof has a 12 year warranty so you don’t ever have to worry about leaks or water damage. These are just the outside features on a luxurious fifth wheel that weighs just 8510 pounds.

The Wildcat has an open floor plan with a Pebble Beach interior that includes a very large pantry for a fifth wheel. The well-appointed open kitchen has a convenient kitchen island, fridge and freezer, plenty of counter, cabinet and drawer space, 3-burner stove, oven and microwave. There’s a large 2-bowl sink with high-rise faucet, and the pop up counter and overhead cabinets provide an extra work surface and storage space.

The living/dining room has opposing slides to provide the space and comfort you need in your home away from home with a u-shaped dinette, large sofa sleeper with air mattress and large storage drawer underneath. The back wall displays the fireplace with an LCD TV behind it and more overhead storage. You’ll be comfortable with two or ten people in this spacious, feature-packed area.

Creature comforts in the fully-equipped bathroom include a corner shower with skylight, sink, cupboard, linen closet, medicine cabinet and foot flush toilet. There are two convenient entrances, one from the hallway and one from the master bedroom. The roomy master bedroom has an LCD TV, and nightstands on both sides of the queen bed. More features include pleated shades, an AM/FM CD/DVD player and heat and air.

This lightweight model fifth wheel is as attractive as it is roomy, convenient, comfortable and affordable. Whether you’re new to life on the road, are planning to downsize, or are upgrading from an older model, you just can’t go wrong with this 2013 Wildcat 293REX. Jim’s RV Center is the place to make your new RV New York purchase.


2013 Unit Highlight — Forest River Wildcat 293Rex

Nothing compares to the freedom that an RV brings you. You can travel the world without a time table, and enjoy faraway places with all the comforts of home. Fleetwood has been in business since 1950 and constantly outsells the competition. The new 2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E is one of their best offerings to date, and won the coveted “RV Pro Best of Show 2013” award.

The Discovery 40E sits on a sturdy Freightliner XCM Series chassis, and is powered by a tough Cummins 8.3L ISC engine. An Allison 6-Speed transmission with an electronic shifter pulls this model down the road. This quality engineering ensures you that you’ll travel safely, and stops to refuel your generously-sized 100 gallon diesel tank won’t break your bank. The Discovery 40E measures in at just over 41 feet long, so it’s not unwieldy or unmanageable on the roads or when parking.

Power and engineering are nothing if they aren’t combined with all the comforts of home. The new Discovery 40E has a generous floor plan with several upgrade options. Choose from a queen or king size bed in the master suite, without sacrificing on other amenities. There is a full bath with shower in the master suite. There is an additional powder room up front, so your guests don’t have to travel through your bedroom and personal space to utilize the facilities.

The Discovery 40E also has a large living space, with L-shaped sofa, dinette and driver and passenger seats that swivel rear-facing for added seating. If you’ve got kids or guests staying with you, the sofa and dinette transform into additional sleeping areas. This RV also has a full kitchen option, with residential sized refrigerator and range with oven. It also includes stacking washer and dryer so you have clean clothes at your fingertips. For those who are big on entertainment, this RV comes with an LCD TV in the living area and another in the Master suite. Fleetwood ensures that you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for the freedom of the road.

If you are looking for a New RV New York, you’ve come to the right place. We have a variety of new and used models to choose from. You’ll be sure to find something to meet every need and every budget. Contact us today, and let us get you started on your next RV adventure!


May/June Destination Ideas

The summer time is upon us and May and June are perfect months to start hitting the road in your new RV New York! We at Jim’s RV Center are here to help you any way we can so that you can have the best RV experience possible as you enjoy and travel all year long.

This summer, Camping World and Good Sam are bringing The Rally to New York for the first time ever. Billed as the greatest RV rally in North America, The Rally will be held in Syracuse, New York, at the Empire Expo Center– the home of the New York State Fair. The dates for the event are June 13-16, 2013, but the Early bird arrivals will be accepted from June 11 & 12. This promises to be one for the record books as the sponsors are planning to host a the world’s largest vow renewal ever as well as the “Empire State Dogs” Dog show.

The $199 Registration fee includes great entertainment from headliners such as country music’s queen, Reba and Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton. Add to the fun, tons of free gifts, the festivities and access to all of the educational seminars and more. Visit their website soon at because for a limited time they are offering a chance to Rally and camp for free.

Travel the road to New York this June for a trip of a lifetime. Syracuse is right at the junctions of I-90 and I-81 so there are many exciting places to stop and explore on the way there. For those who would rather park offsite, grab a Rally Passport (available beginning June 12) for $79 per person. With the passport you will still have access to all the exhibits, drawings, activities and day entertainment. The evening entertainment is not open to day pass patrons. Rally parking information will be available soon so stay tuned for more information here.

We are your RV dealership New York and we want you to get more out of your RV than you ever even imagined. These 4 unforgettable days promise to be a start to a great summer of RV fun and adventure. For more information check out their official website online at


Memorial Day – We Honor Veterans

Memorial Day is a holiday in tribute of those who have lost their lives while serving in United States Armed Forces. These fallen heroes are honored for their self-sacrifice, courage and determination in defending the rights of U.S. citizens. Memorial Day is also a time to express gratitude to veterans and active duty service members. We look to these patriots to safeguard the ideals of the U.S. Constitution, and protect the future of America’s children.

Origins of Memorial Day

According to the Department of U.S. Veterans Affairs, the precursor to Memorial Day was Decoration Day. This holiday was established in 1868 by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) shortly after the Civil War, and was a day designated to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Unofficial ceremonies were also held prior to Decoration Day. These gatherings had the common themes of remembrance and gratitude. Many decades after the creation of Decoration Day, the public asked for an official holiday. According to the Department of U.S. Veterans Affairs, in 1971 Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by act of Congress.

NYC Memorial Day Events & Sites

Traveling to New York City for Memorial Day is a fun way to enjoy the holiday. There are numerous events and memorial sites for travelers to see. There are a large number of street fairs, exhibits and special ceremonies all over the city. Specific events include the Waverly Place Festival, Grand Central Spring Fair and the Annual Murray Hill Neighborhood Festival. In terms of memorial sites, the American Veterans Memorial Pier in Brooklyn is an appropriate place to visit. So is the Ulysses S. Grant National Memorial Monument in Riverside Park in Manhattan.

New RV New York

As a New York RV Dealer, we support Memorial Day and everything it stands for. We provide customers with a wide selection of new RVs for enjoyable travel. Memorial Day gives citizens the opportunity to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of liberty and the American way of life. We honor these individuals for their collective sacrifice. Veterans and active duty service members also deserve admiration and respect. Have fun traveling to local events this Memorial Day.


Area Events- May and June

Finally, summer is upon us and it’s time to hit the road in your RV to check out area events. Whether you are taking a stay-cation this year, or you simply want to experience your hometown this summer, these events are worth a look. As your New York RV Dealer, we recommend that you take advantage of all of the local opportunities available to you during the exciting months of summer. Whether it’s hanging out at a park with friends, camping in your RV or hopping in your RV to take a trip to the casino for the night, you will love that you experienced more of the Nichols area while being behind the wheel of your RV at the same time.

May and June Events

  • Tioga Downs Antique and General Marketplace — May 17-19, 2013 at Tioga Downs Casino. This event allows people from all over to come check out an indoor antique dealership as well as an outdoor flea market. Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special in your life or you simply want to check it out, this is a great local event that is sure to delight.
  • Dreamgirls — 3:00 p.m. June 2, 2013 at the Broome County Forum Theatre in Binghamton. Catch this classic musical, which is coming for one performance only in June.
  • Tioga County Habitat for Humanity “Day at the Races” — 6:00-10:00 p.m. June 21 at Tioga Downs Casino. This is a live harness racing event that supports the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. Enjoy the races as well as a barbecue meal, all while supporting a great cause.

Kick off the summer with a few of these events. You’ll love enjoying an evening at the performance of a lifetime, or supporting a community program that helps others in our area thrive. The best part is, you get to spend time traveling in your RV to and from these events, and can test the open road for the bigger, better road trips that lie ahead this summer. If you have any questions along the way, don’t forget to contact your local New York RV Dealer. We’re always available to help and look forward to showing you more that our area has to offer.