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.


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.

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.


2014 Keystone Fuzion 401

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.

Interior Features

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.

Exterior Features

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.

Garage Features

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.

Convenience Center

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.


Keep Calm and RV On!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Get Ready, Get Set, Roadtrip!

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!

RV Service

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.


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.