How to Live with Someone in an RV 24/7 – Part 1

Do you think you could live with someone for 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 240 square feet of space – more or less? It seems a little mad when we put it that way, but people and couples do it everyday, year over year – and happily so.

When you consider, that for many of these couples, one or both have been working and out of the house for years until right before they take off together in their RV, it means just a couple of additional adjustments. Not only do they adjust to living in a tiny space, they are also adjusting to living together constantly. These type of major life adjustments can strain relationships. A little knowledge and planning can make the transition simpler.

Tips for Living Together in an RV

At first, it may seem like you are on vacation. And, you are. This may bring some familiarity to surface that you can draw from.  As the days move on, it may feel like you are beginning to work each other’s nerves. So how does one cope? Here are some suggestions from other RVers. We’ve compiled some common themes from full-time RVer couples or partners who dare to live on the road.

First and foremost: you and your spouse must genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Secondly, both of you must really want to live this lifestyle, even if only for a certain period of time.

If you have those two things going for you, the rest can be a work in progress.


Here are 5 techniques you can use:

1. Have your own bit of space, regardless of how tiny. You might stake out a certain place to sit in the evenings or a place to work on hobbies, art or crafts. Claim a cupboard or bin underneath for the things you like to do: read, carve, bead, knit,etc. Do not go into your spouse’s or roommate’s cupboard without permission. Even though you are only a few feet apart, you can still have a sense of separateness, which is very healthy.

2. The bedroom or perhaps a corner can be a “retreat” for whomever is needing a little alone time.  Find a spot, but keep in mind that using the bedroom as personal space shouldn’t interfere with the other’s bedtime.

3. Different bedtimes can prove to be an advantage. One spouse may already stay up a little later or wake up earlier – this gives the other a little private or alone time.

4. We’ve heard this can be a marriage saver. If you are watching a particular show on TV or listening to some music, and the other person is not participating, use headphones. The fact that one partner has on headphones gives both a sense of privacy.

5. Solo activities: Do some activities by yourself. You may be traveling in close quarters but that doesn’t mean you have to be joined at the hip and do everything together. Walking, biking, walking the dog, shopping, rig maintenance can be done alone. If there is a local theater production, I’ll attend by myself!

We didn’t want to short change this subject, so this is part 1 of a 2 part series on how to live with someone in an RV 24 hours, seven days a week. Stay tuned in for part 2.



Are Fuel Related Loyalty Programs for RVers a thing of the Past?

We came across something that full-time RV Drivers in Nichols, NY will find very interesting at the very least. Who doesn’t look for every opportunity these days  to put some money back in their pockets or to keep some in there. We were beginning to think that the Driver Loyalty programs at some of the big Nationwide fuel stops was a thing of the past. They seem to be dwindling year by year. Then there was Flying J. They’ve rolled out with a new program specific to professional drivers and RVers and this is great news considering that the biggest cost of traveling is in direct relation to fuel consumption. Here are some details, and we are hoping that some other large national chains follow suit.


Pilot Flying J is launching Frequent Fueler Advantage, an enhanced loyalty program on Jan. 3 for professional drivers and RV customers.

Frequent Fueler Advantage will allow professional drivers to instantly accrue and redeem loyalty points in all participating Pilot and Flying J travel centers, travel plazas and restaurants across the U.S. and Canada. Added benefits of the new program for professional drivers include extended shower expiration for loyal customers, shower credits for expeditors and in-store rewards. RV cardholders in the program will receive instant discounts on fuel, propane purchases and dumping fees. Coming soon, RV cardholders will receive discounts at the truck diesel islands in addition to the specified RV fueling lanes.

Pilot Flying J will also offer Pump Start to all Frequent Fueler Advantage cardholders. Pump Start will allow drivers paying with cash, a check or a third-party credit card to use their Frequent Fueler Advantage card to start the fuel pumps. Members must register their card at the cashier counter and must have 500 gallons of purchase history in order to activate the Pump Start feature.

Pilot Flying J will continue to honor points accumulated on the Frequent Fueler, RV Real Value Card and Driver Payback cards. Pilot Flying J is asking that drivers register these cards under the new program in order to take full advantage of all benefits.

“By registering for the Frequent Fueler Advantage, our customers will be able to instantly access enhanced benefits,” said Pilot Flying J President and CEO Jimmy Haslam. “In addition, Pilot Flying J will be able to better serve our customers by designing benefits that more closely match their needs and wants.”

Drivers may register their cards at or at cashier desks and kiosks in Pilot and Flying J locations.

We searched deep and wide online for more such offers and had no such luck in locating one. If anyone else is aware of any other fuel discount or savings programs, please do share in the comments section. It would be great if we could point our fellow full-time RVers to the best and most economical fuel distributors which can really pad your pockets with a little extra spending money during your RV road trips. I’m sure this would help make your trips a little more memorable.


Stay comfortable during those long drives


As an RVer, you have probably had your fair share of long hours behind the wheel.  While it’s great to have the ability to pick anywhere you want to vacation, there is that little obstacle of actually getting there.  While most RV cockpits are built with the newest gadgets and gizmos to help you feel comfortable while driving, they might not always do the trick.  So how do you stay awake, alert, and pain free while driving on your next cross country trip?

While sitting in the captain’s chair, it’s important to be comfortable, Wear clothes that are are loose, and a good pair of driving shoes can go a long way  Emptying your pockets of your cell phone and wallet will allow you you sit without having bunches and bulges in your pockets that can start to become uncomfortable. No matter how comfortable you are though you still need to do one thing, and that is take driving breaks every two or three hours to give you a chance to stretch your legs.  This will give you a chance to re-energize as well as help keep your blood flowing. While you may think staying on a schedule is the most important thing, your body will need to move around to stay alert.

Another thing you need to do is remember to stay hydrated.  While you may not feel hot, your body needs to stay replenished with fluids to help your circulation.  It is especially important to keep drinking water if you are driving during the day and have the sun beating down on your through your windshield.  Another important tip with the sun is to wear sunscreen.  While you may not realize it, you are taking in UV rays while driving, and no one wants to be sun burned by the time they reach their destination.

Driving while uncomfortable can cause problems with your driving habits, and it may result in accidents that normally wouldn’t happen.  If you need a break from driving, then don’t be afraid to take it.  If you need to reach a destination at a certain time, make plans to take plenty of stops along the way, or get a drivign partner if you have one available.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come to Jim’s.


The Do’s and Don’ts of camping


Camping is a communal activity.  Whether we are talking about the small community of your friends and family that have joined you on your trip, a medium sized community of the other families that are sharing the camp ground with you, or the large sized community of everyone that is going to use the camp ground after you leave.  It is important to keep this in mind when you are staying at a camping site.  Keeping all these people in mind will make these simple rules of camping seem like common sense.  Sadly, not everyone does these things, and it can turn a once pristine and fun camp site into anything but.

No one wants there camping experience to feel like a boot camp, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t rules to follow.  Here are some of the basic “don’t s” that you should keep in mind when enjoying your next camping trip.  First of all, don’t feed the wildlife.  While they may seem like cute little critters, they remember where they can get an easy meal, and they like to tell their friends.  You may only see one animal, but they may soon start flocking in droves to your campsite and endangering all of the guests.

Secondly, don’t go around hunting for firewood without proper permission.  The woods look nice, and when you start taking wood out of it, then it starts to look sparse.  Other campers may follow suit, and before you know it there isn’t much wood left to enjoy.  You never want to think about taking down a tree, or cutting off branches, for firewood.  Be sure to ask a camp official where you can find or buy firewood and they’ll be glad to help you out.

Now, to the “do’s.”  Always remember to clean up your littler and trash.  No one wants to stay in a camp gound that looks like a trash yard.  Not only is it unsightly, but it endangers to environment around you.  This means throwing your trash away and not burning it in your fire pit.  Also, remember to always keep your pet on a leash.  While your dog may be your best friend, that doesn’t mean that he is everyone’s best friend.

Just use common sense and decency, and you’ll be sure to make your next trip, as well as everyone else’s, a lot better.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come to Jim’s RV.


One baseball fan’s roadtrip to see 30 games in 39 days

As an RVer, you know what it is like to get behind the wheel of your rig before a long trip.  It’s the feeling of excitement mixed with the knowledge that you will need to get comfortable for the long road ahead, but often times the drive won’t last more than a few days.  Well one baseball fan decided that he would drive across the country, and even into Canada, and see a game at every baseball stadium in the MLB, and do it all in less than 40 days.

With a trip that totaled over 13,000 miles, and going through 35 states, Matt Langer was such a fan of driving and baseball that he decided it would be a great way to spend his last 7 weeks of his post-college time before starting his new job.  He started a blog called 30 in 39 to chronicle his trip, and it’s a great read for the road warrior.

So, what would you do with a 7 week vacation? Backpack through Europe? Sit by the beach? Nothing? Not me. I wanted to do something crazy, ambitious, challenging, fun, and above all, memorable.

I’ve always loved baseball and driving, so I put the two together and said, “Why not go visit all 30 Major League Baseball parks?” What I didn’t realize at the time was how much time and effort it would be just to plan such a trip. I also didn’t realize that I would need to drive 13,000 miles on this journey and as far 1300 miles between 2 parks. Still, I was undeterred.

While this trip may seem a big extreme, he is not the only person to think about doing a trip like this.  In fact, there have been many RV families that have done the same thing, although at a much more leisurely pace.  It’s a great idea for a family trip if you are tired of going to the same camp ground every summer.  While you don’t have to go to every stadium, it could be just as fun to see a few games, or to follow your favorite team for a week or two.

If you do decide to take the family for an extended road trip this summer, be sure that you have everything you need for your RV by dropping by Jim’s RV.


New York’s Top 3 Cities with Pet Friendly RV Parks

Have you ever pulled into a RV park only to be asked to leave just because you have a pet?  It’s so frustrating! We found this great website that lists cities all over the U.S. that offer pet-friendly facilities called Below you’ll find our top three NY cities that offer the most pet-friendly RV and camping parks.

1. Adirondacks – the Adirondacks is most definitely a place you must visit when you’re in Northern New York. And even if you’re in NYC, the Adirondacks are a must visit. There are 8 Adirondack regions so you know that there will be plenty to do. From fishing, hiking, camping on the coast to birdwatching, snowmobiling, paddling, biking and so much more. The Adirondacks have something for everyone from the rustic living to fine culinary dining. Here is a great website for information on the Adirondacks:  Below are some great pet-friendly RV and campgrounds to check out too:

Alpine Lake RV Resort -78 Heath Road  Corinth
Schroon River Resort -969 E Schroon River Road  Diamond Point
KOA Herkimer -800 Mohawk Street  Herkimer
Lake George RV Park -74 State H 149  Lake George
KOA Lake George/Saratoga -564 Lake Avenue  Lake Luzerne
Plattsburgh RV Park -7182 H 9N  Plattsburgh
Saranac Lake Islands -58 Bayside Drive  Saranac Lake
Glen Hudson Campsite -564 River Road  Thurman
Daggett Lake Campsites & Cabins -660 Glen Athol Rd  Warrensburg
Schroon River Campsites -74 State H 149  Warrensburg
KOA Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain -77 Foxfarm Road  Wilmington

2. Catskills – the Catskills offer four breathtaking regions to go explore, Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster.  And with things to do all year round you will have pleanty to do no matter what time of year you visit. For great information check out this website:  Below is a list of pet friendly RV parks and campgrounds for the Catskills area.

Catskill State Park -On Highways 28, 23 and 23A  Catskill Area
Nickerson Park Campground -378 Stryker Road  Gilboa
Skyway Camping Resort -99 Mountain Dale Road  Greenfield Park
Catskill Forest Preserve/North South Lake -County H 18  Haines Falls
Kenneth L. Wilson Park and Campground -859 Wittenberg Road  Mount Tremper
Whip-O-Will Family Campsite -3831 County Road 31  Purling
Swan Lake Camplands -106 Fulton Road  Swan Lake
Jellystone Park at Birchwood Acres -85 Martinfeld Road, Box 482  Woodridge

3. Finger Lakes, NY – Check out VisitFingerLakes for lots more information on this great place to visit. The Finger Lakes has great offering of culinary options and lots of great winery’s to visit to great hikes and skiing. The Finger Lakes region also has lots to offer all year around.

Hickory Hill Farm Camping Resort -7531 H 13/Mitchellsville Road  Bath
Letchworth State Park -1 Letchworth State Park  Castile
Spruce Row Campground and RV Resort -2271 Kraft Road  Ithaca
Cayuga Lake State Park -2678 Lower Lake Road  Seneca Falls
Taughannock Falls State Park -2221 Taughannock Park Road  Trumansburg
KOA Watkins Glen/Corning -1710 H 414  Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen State Park -South end of Seneca Lake  Watkins Glen

So those are our top three places to visit in New York that also offer that most options for pet friendly places. For more information on pet friendly RV Parks and Campgrounds check out,  And if you have a great place to add to this list we’d love to hear from you.

Spring is around the corner and that means time to get planning those summer RV trips! And if you’re RV needs a spring time tune up, check out the folks at Jims RV located in Nichols, NY. They pretty much know just about everything about RVs.  And don’t forget to tell us how your trip went to any of the above mentioned places. We’d love to hear from you!


The Case of our Crazy RV GPS!

A GPS can’t ever be wrong, can it?  Well, in fact, it can be dead wrong. I mean who would have thought that this high tech equipment that gets its information from a satellite could ever be wrong.  Well according to research, a lot of roads come up on the GPS that should never be there in the first place. And that’s exactly what happened to us when we took a short family road trip! We were lead on to a road that wasn’t passable. Needless to say we turned around. However, many people ignore the gut instinct to turn around and keep going just because their GPS says that thats the way to go.

There have been many attempts by park officials to get roads that have been closed or are deemed no longer passable removed from the databases of GPS units, but the progress has been slow. TomTom has been one of the few companies that has shown efforts in updating the maps.  Most GPS until still have these dangerous roads in their systems.

If you ever feel like your GPS is leading you in the wrong direction, turn around! For some reason we talk ourselves out of this simple, yet possibly life saving action.  Pay attention to where the GPS is leading you and if it looks a bit odd, stop and look at a map or try to get an official confirmation that the route is safe.

The GPS is a great friend when you’re traveling, but just trust your gut instinct if you think it’s telling you incorrect directions and consult a good old fashioned map or atlas.  Has the GPS in your RV ever lead you astray?  What did you do; continue following its directions or turn around?


Driving an RV for the First Time? Read These Helpful Tips!

For most, owning a RV is a big dream come true. And with owning a RV, one must learn to drive this huge house on wheels! The word intimidating may not even come close to relating uncomfortable some may feel at the wheel of their RV….at first! But with time, practice and these helpful hints, you’ll be driving your RV like it is the easiest thing to ever do!

First, we need to address driver comfort.  So go ahead and just sit in the drivers seat and adjust everything to your liking. The seat most likely has a minimum of 4 ways to adjust, so get it just right. You need to be able to reach the pedals comfortably as well as be able to reach all of the controls too. Long distance driving can take a small toll on the body so make sure you’re dialed in!

Next, mirrors and camera’s (if applicable) need to be adjusted. Your rear-view mirror isn’t as important as it was in your vehicle, however your side mirrors are extremely important!  And if your RV came with a backup camera or you installed one yourself, double check it to make sure it is angled the correct way.

Now it’s time to practice your turning, parking, backing up, etc. You can do this by just hitting the Hroad or  you can find a large parking lot and set up a test course for yourself.  Practice makes perfect, well almost! So where you’re out there here are a few more tips while on the road.

Don’t you just wish the road would just stay straight forever? Well that’s not going to happen and you’re going to have to learn to master turning.  Don’t just turn the wheel when you reach the corner otherwise your back end will wind up eating the curb and quite possibly others things too. Instead, swing out just a bit into the intersection and then take your turn, slowly.  Don’t worry, you’ll get it soon enough.

When you’re on the road don’t concentrate on the lines right in front of you. Instead use the wide-screen windshield you have and look about four to five cars in front of you. This will automatically center you in your lane. Also, since you’re up much higher you’ll be able to see much more of what’s going ahead of you. Take advantage of this and avoid sticky situations.

The more you get out and drive your RV, the more comfortable you’ll get and the more confidence you’ll gain. Practicing in a parking lot is a great idea if you’re very uncomfortable. And a good rule of thumb, if you’re ever in doubt, get out of the RV and take a look to make sure the space you’re driving in to or out of is clear. Pretty soon you’ll be a pro just like the rest of the RVers on the road!

If you have any funny first time RV driving stories or helpful tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them! You can post here or post on our Facebook page.


10 Tips to RV Traveling on the Cheap

RVing expenses can add up fast and it’s great to save money here and there to keep within your RVing.  Below are some money saving tips that we’ve found to be very pocket friendly:

  1. Buy a RV that fits Your Budget. Consider the options of both new and used RVs. It may be used, but it will still be new to you.
  2. Travel during the off-season. You can get lower prices if you camp off-season.  Theme parks and other attractions will also discount prices during the off-season as well. Utilize this by starting your RV travel earlier or later to overlap into the off-season to save money.
  3. Stay at Low Cost RV Sites. Instead of staying at big commercial RV campgrounds, look for sites that might be off the beaten path. You might want to consider BLM land as well.
  4. Boondocking! There are several places that you can stay overnight for free or even a few days. Just make sure you’re prepared with enough water as most places will not have hookups.
  5. A Longer Stay. Some campgrounds will offer discounts if you stay for a longer period of time. Call ahead and see if arrangements can be made before you get there.
  6. Food Coupons. Occasionally you’ll want to go out to eat. Try to look for coupons in the free local newspapers or go early for early bird specials.
  7. Regional Bargains. Each state is wanting you to come visit so check their tourism websites for discounts.
  8. Grocery Shop Smart. There’s no need to spend all of your money at one grocery store. Check out thrift bakeries, dollars stores, discount stores, roadside stands, farmers markets, etc. for your necessities.
  9. Do Your Own RV Maintenance. Some RV maintenance can be done by yourself and leave the big stuff to the professionals. Fix only what you feel comfortable with. After all, your RV is a big investment and you want it taken care of properly.
  10. Jobs on the Road. There are lots of jobs that you can do while RVing such as working at the campground you’re staying , also called work-camping.

We hope that these money saving tips help you out! And if you’re have some tips you’d like to share, we would love to hear from you!


How To Handle A RV Blowout! A Must Watch Video!

When one or more tires of your RV looses air rapidly it’s hard not to panic. Here’s a video we came across that will help you understand what you need to do should this happen to you. But we’re hoping you never have a blowout!


Take the precautions necessary to help avoid a blowout situation such as making sure you’re not over your RV carrying weight, check your tires to make sure that they are properly inflated and check the air pressure often.  If you’ve experienced a blowout let us know what you did to help you make it through it. Safe driving fellow RVers!