How to Get the Best Internet While Traveling

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Staying connected while living the RV lifestyle may seem difficult at first. Campground WiFi is never as reliable as most travelers would like and emailing from coffee shops gets expensive quickly. However, many RV travelers have discovered how to stay connected with fast, wireless internet on the go. The following are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best internet access while traveling.

Use a Hotspot

Using a wireless internet hotspot is the best way to stay connected anywhere that has cellular phone service. Hotspots can be created on most smartphones and tablets, then all you have to do is tether you computer to the hotspot. Verizon and AT&T both offer nationwide coverage that makes it easy to connect in some of the most remote places. Hotspots do chip away at your monthly data allotment, so it helps to speak with your provider about a data plan that will work for you.

Use a WiFi Booster

Many campgrounds across the country now offer free WiFi to campers. The only downfall is that the wireless internet access they provide is often weak and unreliable. A WiFi booster can improve the internet access at places with free WiFi, so you don’t have to use your phone’s data. The Wifi Ranger Elite Pack is an affordable option for boosting signals at places with unreliable internet.

Use the Wi-Fi Finder App

It seems like every place you visit offers free WiFi until you’re really in need. The Wi-Fi Finder app can help you locate places that offer free WiFi, so you don’t waste time or money at places that don’t offer internet access. If you’re not interested in using an app, a simple call to the campground, restaurant or other site you’ll be visiting can help you determine if it will be a place with reliable internet access.

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Gardening Tips for Your RV

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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.

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Places to Avoid in Your RV

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While RVing is, in our opinion, the only way to travel, there are certain places that are best avoided if you’re in a motorhome. Travel far and wide, but give these places a wide berth when you’re out in your RV.

New York City, New York

Jim’s RV Center, as a New York RV dealer, wants you to know that New York is a fantastic state to RV in. If you reside in upstate New York, you probably already know this, but if you’re out-of-state and on the fence about RVing in New York: do it!

That said, the Big Apple is best avoided if you’re in an RV. The streets, tunnels, and bridges are crowded and can be frustrating to navigate in anything larger than a truck or SUV. The further in you go, to Queens or Manhattan, the worse it gets. If you’re determined to see New York City, do so by leaving your RV on the outskirts, perhaps in New Jersey, and take a train or ferry for a day of exploration by foot or taxi.

Downtown San Francisco, California

California is a a great place to RV, but, like New York City, San Francisco just isn’t a friendly town for larger vehicles. The traffic is bad on a good day and the steep hills and twisty streets (sometimes twisty streets on steep hills) make navigating the City by the Bay a stressful endeavor.

State Route 1, California

A spectacular drive, just not one that should be attempted in an RV. In fact, if you own a Class A or a trailer longer than 45 feet, you’re actually restricted from the route. Even with a smaller RV, the road is narrow and twists along steep drops into the ocean. With a larger vehicle, it can be slow and precarious going along certain stretches.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park

While it has some fantastic scenery, vehicles longer than 21 feet are not permitted to travel Going-to-the-Sun Road. Winding over Logan Pass at 6646 feet, the best way to see it is by using your tow-along vehicle or by hopping onto one of the park’s tour vehicles

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Remember, these are just a handful of places. Nearly everywhere else in the country? The best way to see them is, undoubtedly, by motorhome or travel trailer. Come by Jim’s RV Center to tour any RV on the lot and find your dream rig today.

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RV Buying Guide: How to Choose a Recreational Vehicle

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So you have decided to buy an RV. When getting to Jim’s RV Center to select an RV for sale, there may be so many to choose from on the lot that you just won’t know which one would be right for you. Between RVs that you drive, RVs that you tow, RVs using diesel and ones that use gas, which works best for you?

With all these available options, you can certainly find something to fit your needs. To narrow down the search, make a list of your personal preferences you would like in an RV. If you are having trouble making a decision, you can ask questions to yourself that revolve around the following topics.

Topics To Ask To Narrow Down Your RV Choices

Trip Length

Deciding on the length of your trips can help you determine if you need a large or small RV. If you are going on short trips to local sites or spending a weekend or two a year on a camping trip, you can choose a smaller RV. Longer trips, especially cross-country adventures, would require a larger RV to bring more supplies as you will be spending more time in the vehicle.

Towing

Some people don’t mind towing other vehicles behind their car or trucks. Other people hate the way their driving changes due to having something hitched on the back. Decide whether you would feel comfortable towing your RV or driving one.

Sleeping Arrangements

Will it just be you and your spouse in the RV, or will you also have the kids and grandkids along on your trips? Determining how many people will be using the RV on a normal basis will help you pick the right one that has plenty of sleeping places as well as extra storage.

Camping Preferences

Another important topic is deciding on whether you love being out on your own in the wilderness when camping or do you prefer to be around other people. This helps you determine if you will need to bring along an RV that has a generator when out on your own or one with full hookups for when you are at an RV park.

Price

Have a rough budget in mind when you are searching the lot at Jim’s RV Center. Price ranges can start at $14,000 and go up $100,000.

Types Of RVs

Once you have a list of the things you want in your RV, now is the time to choose just the right one. There are several different makes and models of trailers: travel trailers, toy trailers, fifth-wheels and motor homes.

Travel Trailers

These types of trailers can be towed behind your vehicle, so you will need to know the towing capacity of your truck or SUV. They are affordable and are perfect for destination-type camping as you can unhitch it anywhere. You will have hookups for gas, electric or water, but will need a generator if camping in remote places. Smaller types, called toy haulers, are perfect when you are looking for something to haul your recreational equipment.

Fifth-Wheels

Fifth-wheels are also RV trailers that you can tow. The difference is that these trailers extend over the bed of your truck. Very similar to travel trailers, these offer more cargo room and living spaces. A fifth-wheel is a great RV when you are planning an extended stay vacation or want to spend more time living in the RV.

Motor Homes

Motor homes give a variety of options for the full-time RV adventurer. You can drive or tow a motor home, or use your motor home to tow your car or truck. Passengers can move around and do things while the motor home is moving, giving more freedom and allowing you to be independent. Most motor homes have a generator along with hookups. Motor homes come in three classes depending on their size: Class A, Class B and Class C.

Financing For RVs

Not everyone has the extra cash on hand to purchase an RV. For this reason, you can get great financing with affordable interest rates. For you to qualify for most RV loans, you will need to have a good credit rating and a down payment of at least 10-percent of the value of the RV — including taxes and tags. You can also trade-in other vehicles for the down payment to the RV. Most RV loan terms are from seven years to twenty years depending on the loan amount and age of the RV.

Once you choose the right RV and arrange for financing, go out on your RV adventure. Enjoy the countryside in a vehicle that will always get you to your destination.

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Packing Tips for Your Next RV Trip

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Packing for your next RV trip should be done with careful thought. If this isn’t your first time packing, you may glean new tips and tricks, but if it’s your first time packing for a trip, especially a trip longer than a weekend, you may find these tips particularly helpful.

Check with Jim’s RV Center for space savers to help you create space for the comforts at home. For example, a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet or on the counter saves space in cabinets and drawers, and allows you to bring your favorite spices without taking up a ton of extra room.

Dress Smart

Pack clothing into two bags for each person. Keep daily wear such as shorts and shirts in the RV. Hang up other clothing in the wardrobe. If you are going on an extended trip and need additional clothing, store it in suitcases in the under-RV storage until you need it. This comes in handy if you are going to be camping at a time of year with temperature changes. While it’s warm, keep “warm clothes” such as short and t-shirts inside and winter clothing outside. Switch them around when the weather gets cool and you are no longer comfortable in shorts. Bring items that are interchangeable. For example, choose a shirt that goes with slack, jeans or shorts.

Organize Your Cabinets

Purchase a spice rack and other cabinet racks. You can create extra shelving in overhead cabinets or the pantry by using space savers. You can mount a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet door or screw it to the wall above a kitchen counter. You’ll be able to pack more things to bring with you.

Compartmentalize

When packing, start in one room and put everything you want to bring in plain sight. After you do that, then pack the items in suitcases or grocery bags. As you carry them into the RV, unpack them room by room. This helps to ensure you don’t forget something, especially if you are not one that makes a list to work from.

Don’t Forget Essentials

Pick up any special items you need before you start packing. If you need chemicals for the toilet and RV toilet paper, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick some up before you get involved in packing everything else.

Trade Bulky for Sleek

When packing meat in the freezer, take it out of the bulky Styrofoam packages and put it in zippered freezer bags. This will also save you quite a bit of room in the freezer.

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Keep The Kids And Pets Happy While On The Road With These Tips

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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.

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What It Means to be a Route 66 RV Dealer

When you’re shopping for a new RV, it pays to choose your dealer wisely. Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., is a Route 66 RV dealer, which means we’re among the largest network of independent RV dealers on the continent. It also means you enjoy more deals and benefits when you purchase with us.

What Is the Route 66 RV Network?

The goal of the Route 66 RV Network is to allow buyers the comfortable experience of buying from a locally-owned business with the benefits of purchasing from a big box store. The group of more than 150 family and locally-owned RV businesses serves to provide buyers with the best RV ownership experience possible. The network is aligned with KOA Kampgrounds, more than 1,200 service bays and 2,000 RVDA certified technicians across North America, so you have access to everything you need, wherever you’re traveling.

Why Shop at a Route 66 Dealer?

When you buy your RV at a Route 66 dealership, you gain access to all of the technicians, service bays, customer care promises, customer service representatives, roadside technicians and protection plans the Route 66 Network provides. Even better, you get the opportunity to support a local business and help your community with your purchase.

Shop at Jim’s RV Center

When you shop at Jim’s RV Center, you’re not just helping Jim’s and the community of Nichols, N.Y., you’re giving yourself peace of mind for all of your travels. Additionally, you save big bucks when it comes to purchasing your RV and living the RV lifestyle.

When you shop at Jim’s, you enjoy 10-percent off all parts and accessories at any Route 66 RV Network parts store across the continent. We’ll also help you secure comfortable accommodations and transportation if you need service performed while you’re on the road. The list of benefits of shopping at a Route 66 RV Network dealer are endless, so stop in and see us to find out how you can start living the ultimate RV lifestyle today.

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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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Questions to Ask When Buying a New RV

Whether you’re buying your first RV or your fifth RV, you should ask certain questions before you buy it. Buying an RV, whether under $10,000 or over $250,000 is a huge purchase and you want to ensure that you have something that you like and will not regret later.

Stop by Jim’s RV with you list of questions when you walk through the models you are interested in. This way, you won’t forget to ask any of the questions you need answers to.

Sizes and Sleeping Quarters

These questions are more important if you have a family with older children or if you plan on long-term traveling. Ask to see the size of the sleeping quarters. If you have have three or more kids and they are older; or if you plan on taking adult friends with you, you’ll want to ensure that a bunk that is advertised to sleep two is actually big enough to sleep two!

Another “size” to ask about is holding tank size. If you are planning on living the RV and many of the places you park of off-grid, you’ll want larger holding tank sizes. And, if you have a group of people or a large family going out for a weekend, you won’t want to pick up everything to go empty the holding tanks every other day. Make sure your RV has large enough holding tanks to accommodate your RV lifestyle.

Utilities

RVs come with either 30- or 50-amp services. If you know your favorite campground offers only 30-amp service, be sure your RV has the 30-amp service. If you most often “dry camp,” then you might want to be sure the RV you choose has a generator.

As for hot water, many RVs have a 6-gallon hot water heater. If this is not going to be enough, look for an RV with an on-demand water heater or a larger hot water tank.

Weight

If you are looking at towables, make sure your truck has the capacity to tow the RV you choose. Check the truck’s towing limits and make sure the RV you are interested in falls within that weight limit. Also, keep in mind where you will be traveling. If you get an RV at the top weight limit of your truck’s towing capacity, you may have problems towing it up into the mountains.

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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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