Top Five National Parks in New York

If you are looking for something to do, whether it’s a road trip in your car or a road trip in the RV, visit some of the national parks in New York. Some of the best parks include Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. For each of these, call ahead to check for camping and reservations.

Gateway National Recreation Area

This national recreation area encompasses 26,607 acres and is scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Enjoy swimming in the ocean, boating, bird watching, hiking and camping. Gateway National Recreation Area was created in 1972 by congress to preserve resources.

Fire Island National Seashore

This national park protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, which is only about 30 miles long. Fire Island is separated from Long Island by the Great south Bay and it is located in Suffolk County. Two bridges allow access to Fire Island and there are no public roads. Take the Robert Moses Causeway to the Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island or the William Floyd Parkway to the eastern end of the island. You can access the seashore by private boat or ferry from Sayville, Patchogue and Bay Shore, all on Long Island.

North Country National Scenic Trail

Starting at Crown Point in eastern New York, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches about 4,600 miles to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. The national scenic trail is administered by the National Park Service. Various state, federal and local agencies manage the area.

Saratoga National Historical Park

This historical park is located in Stillwater, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. Visit the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the visitor’s center, catch a 20-minute orientation film, see a fiber-optic light map, and enjoy artifact and timeline displays.

Governors Island

This 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay is separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel and accessible by ferries. You’ll find plenty of oak, chestnut and hickory trees on the island. The island was used for defensive troops in 1776 by the Continental Army; and from 1783 through 1966, was a U.S. Army post. From 1966 through 1996, it was a major U.S. Coast Guard installation.

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January Events in New York

For those who love to go RVing in the winter, you’ll find plenty of events where you can pack up the RV and enjoy. If you’ve never used the RV in the winter and any of these January events would be the first time, you’ll have to de-winterize the RV before you head out.

If you need help or tips on how to keep everything from freezing, call the service department at Jim’s RV for an appointment and we’ll help you with de-winterizing the RV, plus give you tips for keeping your RV safe while you’re using it and while it’s waiting for the next winter trip.

The Rod Serling Archive

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Bundy Museum, 129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 to see the Rod Serling Archive. Fans will learn more about Serling and Broome County in addition to viewing his works. The collection features unique and rare items and new items are added monthly.

Trivia Night at Matty B’s

On January 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. head over to Matty B’s on the corner of Glenwood and Prospect Street in Binghamton to play trivia and enjoy $5 tall margaritas. Prizes include a $20 grand prize plus tickets to the Binghamton Mets and a one-month membership to CommuniKey.

Phelps Mansion Tour

On Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. visit the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 to see some of the best Victorian architecture. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for those 12 and younger. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information call (607) 722-4873.

Digital Planetarium Shows

On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., visit the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York to see traditional Chinese astronomy, the Solar Quest, The Life and Death of the Sun, Mission to Mars, a seasonal sky tour, an advanced sky tour, Rock on Demand and more. Members are free with their membership card. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information call (607) 772-0660, ext. 236.

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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans or call our service department for an appointment for service, de-winterization or winterization.


December Events Near Nichols

The holiday season is now in full swing, and that means there are tons of exciting things to do in Nichols, N.Y., and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re interested in a family-friendly winter festival or a chance to call in a babysitter for the night, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do this December.

The following are three of the top things to do around Nichols this season, but we don’t doubt you’ll find some unforgettable experiences all your own.

Tioga Downs WinterFest

WinterFest 2015 at Tioga Downs will be held from Nov. 28, through Dec. 27, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and on Dec. 28, 29, and 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event at the casino is family friendly and is set to feature singing tree shows, magical dancing lights, horse drawn wagon rides, an ice sculpting contest, a lighted holiday parade, a holiday craft show, and so much more.  WinterFest is always free and open to the public.

32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season as though it’s still the Victorian Era at the 32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas celebration in Wellsboro. Enjoy Santa and Scrooge meet-and-greets, costume contests, strolling musicians, and food and craft vendors lining the streets. The event will take place on Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ring in the New Year

Head back to Tioga Downs on New Year’s Eve for the annual Ring in the New Year event. This adults-only New Year’s celebration with feature live entertainment by Virgil Cain, a $2,016 cash drawing, numerous opportunities to win cash and so much more. Entertainment will be on stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the casino will remain open until 3 a.m.

Celebrate with Us

Celebrate the holiday season right here at Jim’s RV Center. If you’re looking for a more enjoyable RV lifestyle in 2016, there’s no better way to start than with an incredible deal on a top-quality new or used RV.


3 Must-Visit National Parks in New York

Not all of New York’s fame comes from New York City. The Empire State is home to a number of natural wonders that can only be seen by venturing into the state’s less populated areas. The following are three New York national parks that you don’t want to miss on your spring and summer RV travels.

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area — Albany

You don’t have to venture too far from the city to get a taste of New York’s breathtaking wilderness. The Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area spans from the city to Albany. History and famous residences are combined with gardens, gorgeous landscaping and scenic parks to create an outdoor escape for city dwellers. Explore the area on foot, bike or with a paddle.

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area — Niagara Falls

Whether it’s your first or 50th time visiting Niagara Falls, you’re bound to be blown away. The Niagara Falls National Heritage Area includes the communities of Lewiston, Youngstown and Niagara Falls and spans from Wheatfield to the mouth of the great Niagara River. Take an exhilarating tour of the falls on the Maid of the Mist riverboat and allow yourself plenty of time to take in the splendor of the falls. Although, don’t miss out on the heritage area’s unique towns, museums and other cultural sites.

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River — Delaware County

The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River runs along the New York and Pennsylvania border from Delaware County to Orange County. The crystal clear river water is an ideal place to fish, kayak, canoe, raft and simply take in the breathtaking scenery and fun riverfront villages. If you’re traveling with a group of water lovers, the winding Delaware River is the perfect place to cool off on a hot summer day.

Don’t forget to start your summer adventures right here in Nichols, N.Y., at Jim’s RV Center. We’re your one-stop shop for new and used RVs, parts, service and camping supplies before you venture to our state’s unforgettable national parks.


New Adventures in 2015

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There isn’t many days left of winter – and for those of you who store the RV until warmer weather, it’s time to start planning that first RV vacation for the spring. While you might not be ready to pull the wheel covers off, clean the interior and pack it up, you can figure out where you want to go and pick up any accessories you might need for your first spring trip of 2015.

Make a List and Check it Twice

No, not for Christmas, but for your first trip. Check the RV for things you might need and make a list. Head over to Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to pick up the accessories and anything else you need for spring cleaning and dewinterization.

Find Some Great Places to Visit

Find some great places to visit then decide which one you want to visit first. If your first trip is spring break and the kids are out of school for a week, you’ll want to choose a trip that will keep them occupied.

Beavers Bend State Park

If you want to go south, head out to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma. The park features over 16 miles of trails for hiking and biking, river float trips, trout fishing, golfing, horseback riding and tons of other family activities. Nearby sites offer goat feeding (Honey Bear Ranch), chainsaw sculpting at Hochatown Junction Station and even going out on yakanoes on Broken Bow Lake. RV parks nearby include Beaver’s Bend Resort Park, beaversbendcom; Hotchatown RV Park,; and Broken Bow Inn and RV Park,

Old Orchard Beach

Head east to Old Orchard Beach, Maine for tons of fun. The town offers camping, an amusement park and tons of festivals throughout the year. Winter and spring festivals include the 26th Annual Lobster Dip, a festival that runs from January 1 through January 26. Watch or join in. The festival takes place on the beach in font of the Brunswick Hotel. For more information call (207) 879-0489 or email ianf at

From April 5 through April 8, Old Orchard Beach features its 8th Annual Easter Egg Extravaganza. This festival features fun things for people of all ages including an Easter egg hunt and photos with the Old Orchard Beach Bunny. For more information call (207) 934-0860.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center

Get your list together and your plans made as spring will be here before you know it! Stop by Jim’s RV Center now to pick up any accessories you may need or to upgrade your RV – or buy your first RV!


Thanksgiving Events in New York

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Whether you spend Thanksgiving at home, at a relative’s house, at a friend’s house or in a restaurant, you’ll want to head out to some Thanksgiving events, especially if you have family from out of state visiting.

Prep the RV by having it checked or serviced at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, then head out to some of these events. You may already do some of these things as tradition; and if you don’t, you might make them a family tradition from now on.

Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation

This ritual is held before Thanksgiving Day near the American Museum of Natural History. Visit the various inflation stations to see the balloons come to life in preparation for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The inflation event starts at 3:00 p.m. and runs through to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. You’ll be able to get all your baking and pre-holiday cooking done before it’s time to see the balloons come to life. If you want to attend the Thanksgiving Day parade, it starts at West 77th and Central Park West.

The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour

If you aren’t still stuffed from eating tons on Thanksgiving Day, head over to Manhattan for the Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multiethnic Eating Tour. The tour takes place in the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Chinatown. The tour starts at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m. For more information, visit

Arlo Guthrie’s Annual Thanksgiving Concert

If you still can’t get enough of Alice’s Restaurant, visit Carnegie Hall, 152 W. 57th Street on Saturday, November 29, 2014 for a charity concert of folk standards and a rendition of Alice’s Restaurant Massacree.”

Thanksgiving Cruise

Visit Hudson River Park at Pier 40, Houston Street at West Street on Thursday, November 27, 2014 for a holiday cruise. You’ll be treated to a Thanksgiving buffet with all the traditional trimmings, plus you can watch the big football game on a huge flatscreen television. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine at the door – yes, as soon as you arrive, the party starts.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Be sure to check or service your RV at Jim’s RV before heading into the city for these events. And, you might want to make reservations at the RV park of your choice. Even though the weather is cooler and can be downright cold, you may find many of the parks full.


New York Adventures

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Whether you live in New York or are visiting New York, there are some things you just shouldn’t miss, including the many festivals held during the fall months. If you’re from the area, pack up the RV and head out to make a weekend or a week of some of the festivals – and if you’re not from the area, you already have your RV packed up.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to grab any accessories you might need for your trip – or if you don’t have an RV yet, now is a great time to buy one and head out on the road.

Hunter Oktoberfest

The Hunter Oktoberfest is held in Hunter in the Catskills from September 27, 2014 through October 19, 2014. Set your GPS to Rte 23A, Hunter, NY 12442 and enjoy the festivities. The venue is open from 11:00 a.m. until 6:15 p.m. rain or shine and admission is free. Enjoy authentic German and German-American entertainment, food, crafts and beer until October 19, 2014.

The Oyster Festival

This festival is held in Oyster Bay on Long Island from October 18, 2014 through October 19, 2014. The Oyster Festival is the east coast’s largest waterfront festival; and it offers tons of activities – new and old favorites – and is designed to entertain the entire family. Admission is free and hours are from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily. Head out to West End Avenue in Oyster Bay, New York, 11771 to catch the festivities.

Wine and Brew Festival at Hunter Mountain

If you are in the mood for a trip to the mountains, visit Hunter in the Catskills for the Wine and Brew Festival from October 18, 2014 through October 19, 2014. Set your GPS for Rte. 23A in Hunter, New York, 12442 and sample microbrews and fine wines from the Hudson Valley. Admission is free, however, there is a charge to take place in the sampling. In addition to tasting, the Skyride is open and zipline tours are available. You’ll also see many vendors with specialty foods, arts, crafts, entertainment, and a farmers’ market.

Make your plans for these fall festivals, and before you head out be sure to have your RV serviced at Jim’s RV Center. Or, stop by to pick up any accessories you may need if you are not from the area.


The Great New York Escape

When you plan an RV vacation, you can go anywhere time allows – but if you have limited time, you definitely don’t want to spend all of it driving. Instead, pick a place right in New York State for your vacation. You’d be surprised at how beautiful the state is – especially when you see part of the state you don’t look at every day during a commute.

Get your RV ready, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up accessories, chemicals and other needs, pack everything you need and head out on the road to someplace new right in your own backyard.

Whether you have kids or you are a kid at heart, you’ll enjoy Jellystone at Birchwood Acres. The park is located at 85 Martinfeld Road, Greenfield Park, NY 12435. Choose from 241 spaces, 30- or 50-amp service, a big rig site, a back-in site, or a site with full hookups. Some sites are shaded and WiFi is available.

Enjoy Birchwood Lake, boating, a game room, a heated pool, horseshoes, shuffleboard, a spa, a playground for the kids, rec hall and more.

Camp Chautauqua is located at 3900 W. Lake Road, Stow, NY 14785. This RV park features 250 spaces, 30- or 50-amp service, back-in sites, big rig sites, full hookup sites, grass, gravel or paved sites, pull-through sites, shaded sites and sites with room for slideouts. WiFi is available.

Camp Chautauqua also features boating, a dock, a heated pool, game room, horseshoes, a marina, rec hall, playground, wading pool and more.

If you want to visit Niagara Falls, consider staying at AA Royal Motel and Campground, located at 333 Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, NY 14120. You may want to call ahead as this RV Park has only 30 sites.

This RV Park features 30-and 50-amp service, big rig sites, back-in sites, full hookups, paved sites, shaded sites and sites with room for slideouts.

Additional features include WiFi, fire rings, firewood, laundry, paved roads and military discount.

Before you head out, be sure all systems in your RV are working properly. If you are not comfortable with checking these systems yourself, stop by Jim’s RV Center to have one of our techs check your RV for you. While you’re here, stop by the store to pick up any accessories and chemicals you may need.


Jim’s RV Guide to Geocaching Along Your Next Road Trip

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Have you heard of geocaching, but are not quite sure how to get started? Geocaching is the perfect hobby for RV families that will get you all out exploring, learning and having tons of fun. Even better, our beautiful state of New York offers geocaching sites in every region, so you can get started on your next camping trip.

What is geocaching?

Geocaching is the ultimate outdoor treasure hunt using GPS devices. You and your family will travel to each destination using a distinct set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache container at each location.

What do you need?

To start geocaching in New York, all you need is a GPS device or even a mobile phone with GPS capabilities (such as your smartphone).

Where can you geocache?

Geocache locations are now located all around the world. Geocachers (including you and your family) can hide caches in your favorite locations or even unique places that you find along your hunts. Geocache containers can be just about anywhere, and the levels of difficulty when finding them can range greatly.

Geocaching Apps

You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome geocaching apps for iPhones, Androids and all smartphones.

  • Geocaching with Geosphere – For experienced geocachers — this app for just $7.99 will help you import GPX and LOC files as well as organize your caches, so you can find the ones you want and avoid others. The compass is certainly helpful and the tutorials, satellite images and advice are added bonuses you’ll love.
  • Geocaching Toolkit iGCT – You’ll love this 100 percent free app for making difficult calculations that seem to be synonymous with the geocaching hobby. The Geocaching Toolkit can help you decrypt hidden texts and convert coordinates, minutes, degrees and tons of other calculations.

Jim’s RV Center

At Jim’s RV Center — your local New York RV dealer — we love geocaching and everything about the RV lifestyle too. Come see us for everything from new and used RV sales, to RV service, parts, accessories and even getting starting with your new geocaching hobby.

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Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day and, by being out-and-about and enjoying local celebrations and events, you can show your support for those who have served our country.

Veterans Day History

When the “Great War” ended (WWI), an armistice went into effect on the 11th day of the 11th month on the 11th hour of 1918. The official signing of the Treaty of Versailles meant “the war to end all wars” was officially over.

Since this is a statewide event, many, if not most, cities across the US will commemorate the day with flag raising ceremonies, parades featuring a military presence, surviving veterans, 21-gun salutes at memorials, and guest speakers at special events.

Plan your trip to include stops at local cities along your travel itinerary and enjoy the Veterans Day festivities, visit military museums and monuments, and take part in events. If you are a veteran or on active-duty, take advantage of the many dining, shopping, and recreational deals available across the country. Call ahead to ensure the location you plan to visit is participating in the Veterans Day program. Some programs are nationwide while others may be city specific.


Some good food along the way will keep your motor humming. These are just a few participants offering free food and/or discounts on Veterans Day.

  • Applebee’s
  • Golden Corral
  • Hooters
  • Krispy Kreme
  • McDonald’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Subway
  • T.G.I. Friday’s


From free downloads to discounts, these retail stores are focused on Veterans and their immediate families.

  • Cabela’s Outdoor Store
  • Fashion Bug
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Seven-Eleven
  • Sports Authority
  • The Dollar General


  • Anheuser Busch-Parks
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • National Parks Fee Free Day
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame

Most likely, you will be required to supply proof of military identification in order to receive these specials, so travel prepared. Acceptable ID can include a photo of you in your uniform, Veterans Organization Card, or discharge papers.

Like a hardworking veteran, your RV has seen plenty of “road duty” and needs to be cared for with a maintenance and service check. Before leaving to enjoy Veterans Day activities, stop by Jim’s RV Center and let the certified technicians get your RV ready for action.