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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Stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through the many floor plans we offer and be sure to bring a list of questions with you.

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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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Ideas for Revamping the Interior of Your RV

When you want to revamp the interior of your RV, you can go all out or you can change some minor things such as adding pictures and other wall hangings or change the blinds. If you do extensive work, be sure to budget extra money for your project.

Replace the Flooring

Whether you want to change carpets and tile or remove a certain floor covering in favor of a different type, be prepared to make additional repairs to the subfloor. While it may be fine, you may also find plywood that is weak in places you may get excess water on the floor. Since you have the floor covering pulled up, if a part of the subfloor is even slightly questionable, you might as well replace it while you have the floor covering off.

Common changes include adding carpet, changing carpet and padding, replacing linoleum with tile or changing the current linoleum for something with a different pattern or color.

Changing the Basic Look of the Interior

If you don’t want to spend a ton of money but would like to change the look of your RV’s interior, add covers for the sofa, add wall hangings and change the blinds for something different. You may want to remove mini blinds in favor of curtains or vertical slats. You can also change the faucets for something more decorative. Be sure to measure the faucets even if you have residential faucets to ensure you get something that fits properly.

Removing a Bunkhouse

If you have a bunkhouse RV and no longer need the bunks since the kids are grown and gone, remove the extra bunks in favor of additional storage space, an extra sofa or even a desk and work area. You might even add a washer and dryer in that space as long as you can tie into the plumbing.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols New York if you need to pick up parts, appliances, window treatments, storage solutions and other items for your revamping project.

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Specials at Jim’s RV

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When you are in the market for an RV keep your eyes open for specials. You can save thousands on an RV whether you are looking for a Class A, Class C, travel trailer, fifth wheel or toy hauler. If a Nichols, New York dealer doesn’t have the floor plan you are looking for on special this week, keep checking back – eventually, you’ll find something that is perfect.

This week, Jim’s RV Center has several RVs with special Internet pricing. Browse through our web page for a complete list of Internet specials. Click the Special Internet Price button for the RVs you are interested in and stop by to walk through the floor plans.

2014 Fleetwood Storm 28MS

This 28-foot Class A gas RV is perfect for a couple or a small family. This newer Ford features a 6.8-liter engine with 562 miles on it; a blushing bronze interior and fiberglass exterior. It has one slide and sleeps up to four people.

Additional features include a black electric awning, exterior entertainment center, a rear ladder for roof access, side view camera package, glass shower door, dual glazed windows, an entertainment center with home theater system and four-point Ford automatic hydraulic levelers.

2004 Americamp 305DS

This 30-foot fifth wheel features a rear living room and two slides in the rear. One slide contains the free-standing dinette and the jackknife sofa; the other slide features the kitchen. This RV sleeps up to four people and features a queen bedroom. Additional features include a 13.5 BTU roof air conditioning unit, an 8 cubic-foot fridge a 6-gallon LP/electric/DSI water heater, microwave oven, a 27-inch television in the front entertainment center, home theater, stabilizer jacks, electric front jacks, a 15-foot awning, roof ladder and outside shower.

2008 Palomino Sabre 31REDS

The 2008 Palomino Sabre 31REDS fifth wheel model features plenty of space. This 31-footer features two slides and sleeps up to four people. Features include a 13.5 BTU roof air conditioning unit, a 10-gallon DSI water heater, 8 cubic-foot fridge, 26-inch LCD television in the living area, microwave, stabilizer jacks, electric front jacks, two 30-pound LP bottles, an 18-foot awning, power vent, day/night shades, a rear lounge and an exterior shower.

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Visit Jim’s RV Center today to walk through our specials. Remember, to get the special price, click the special pricing button on our web page.

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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.

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2013 Fleetwood Discovery 40E Interior.

Boondocking

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.

Groceries

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.

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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.

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RV Décor for Summer

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Whether you are on the road for long-term travel or you are taking your RV out for a long weekend, it’s always nice to decorate your RV for the summer. You might add party lights to the awning and find a great sign for the outside of your RV. You can choose something with your name on it or even something with a cute or sarcastic saying to use as a conversation starter. Stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked and to browse their RV accessories.

Inside, you can change a lot of things without actually remodeling the entire RV. Add a wall clock in the kitchen area. Choose something that is easy to match with new dish towels, oven mitts and other items that are often in view while you are in the kitchen. For example, if you go with a country rooster theme, you can find a rooster clock, towels with roosters, and other rooster décor.

In the living area, add window treatments. Most RVs have blinds, but don’t have colorful curtains. You can add a splash of color just by adding bright curtains or a valence to the windows.

Find a throw rug that adds a splash of color. These are always great if you put them by the door or in other high traffic areas. Not only do they look good and add something different, but they also keep that area from getting ground in dirt under the carpet.

Change the bedding for all the beds. Adding a colorful bedspread for the summer allows you to change a heavy spread to a lighter, summer-appropriate bed spread. And, it changes the look of the area. You can also add curtains or a valence to match the spread in the main sleeping area or in a bunk house.

If you have open wall space, add framed pictures of family members or places you’ve been. If you do this, you may want to remove the pictures from the walls when you are moving. If you already have hung photos, change the frames for a different look – or you can even change the photos from a winter scene to a summer scene. Each season you can change the look of the interior by changing the photos.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave or if you are in the area as part of your trip. We are always glad to see you even if you just stop in to say hello!

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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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