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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A Sweet Treat for the Road

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When you’re out on the road this summer and craving something sweet, look no further than this recipe for crumb cake. Perfect for a light snack with tea or for after dinner with coffee, this crumb cake is as versatile as it is delicious.

The Best New York Crumb Cake

Ingredients

  • butter and flour, for greasing the pan

Cake:

  • 1 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Topping:

  • 2 + ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 + ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Butter and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or line with parchment and lightly grease with non-stick baking spray.

Make the Cake:

  1. In a medium bowl sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together.
  2. In a separate large mixing bowl whisk the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla together until well combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and spread evenly from corner to corner – it will be a very thin layer.

Make the Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl whisk the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Pour the melted butter over it and toss together with a spoon until well combined.
  2. Use your hand to sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the top of the batter breaking the mixture apart into big crumbs.
  3. Bake 10 minutes and rotate the pan. Bake 10 – 12 minutes longer or until a toothpick comes out clean from center.
  4. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Dust the top generously with confectioners’ sugar and use a serrated knife to cut into squares or rectangles.
  6. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place up to 4 days.

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Your Guide to Summer on Fire Island

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One of New York’s premier summer destinations is Fire Island. The 32-mile long, quarter-mile wide island is the longest of the four barrier islands that protect Long Island from the Atlantic. With miles of sandy beaches, several state parks and wilderness preserves, and quaint communities, it’s no wonder why. If you’re planning on heading to Fire Island this summer, check out this guide to learn about the various attractions available.

The Communities

The island is home to about 400 residents year round, but this number can swell to upwards of 20,000 during peak tourist season in the summer. There are a total of 17 communities that are located in the center of the island, all of them car-free and accessible by ferry only. Without vehicles available, the primary means of travel are bicycles, private boats, water taxis, golf carts, and wagons. The absence of cars makes for a small town feel to each community and the pace of life feels slower and more relaxed. Spending time in town offers tourists great dining and shopping options. Ocean Beach is the largest of these small villages and has the biggest downtown area, making it the unofficial capital of Fire Island.

The Beaches and Parks

The island features park facilities spanning most of the island’s length, from the Fire Island Lighthouse to the federal wilderness preserve at the opposite side. The Fire Island National Seashore maintains four main parks on the island; of these, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness is probably the best, encompassing 8 miles of natural untouched beach. Another is Sunken Forest, an extremely rare 300-year-old maritime holly forest. All the beaches under the purview of FINS are lifeguarded.

There are numerous wildlife parks on the island, many of which offer swimming, fishing, marinas, picnicking, surfing, and camping opportunities.

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Visit Watkins Glen State Park

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Watkins Glen State Park is a lesser known park located in New York’s Finger Lakes region outside of the village of Watkins Glen, just south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County.

The lower area of the park is near the village while the upper area is open forest.

In operation to the public since 1863, it operated as a resort under private ownership until 1906, at which time it was purchased by the state and managed by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Only 1.2 square miles in size, the park is known for its centerpiece attraction, the Rainbow Gorge. The narrow gorge is 400 feet deep and is cut through by Glen Creek, which feeds the gorgeous Rainbow Falls. The gorge offers a wholly unique and beautiful site. A geological wonder, Rainbow Gorge is worth the drive alone.

This is not to minimize the rest of the park, however, as Watkins Glen State Park packs a lot into a small package. There are also three trails, which are open from mid-May to early November. There are also numerous camping sites that offer picnic tables, pavilions, playgrounds, dump stations, and showers. There’s also a gift shop located onsite. Fishing and hiking are popular activities at the park.

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Visit the 3 Oldest Roadside Attractions in the U.S.

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Roadside attractions have been integral parts of American road trips for decades, and it’s unknown which ones are actually the oldest. Although, these three must-see roadside attractions are considered some of the oldest and most iconic in the country.

Fire up your RV and start cruising throughout the country to these three unbelievable attractions today.

Lucy the Elephant — Atlantic City, N.J.

Lucy the Elephant is widely considered America’s oldest roadside attraction, and at 129-years-old most experts find it hard to disagree. Lucy is regarded as the mascot of Margate, N.J., because she has been standing in the same place since 1881. Visit Lucy the Elephant and even go inside her in Margate, just a four-mile-long drive south of Atlantic City.

Plymouth Rock — Plymouth, Mass.

Plymouth Rock isn’t just one of America’s oldest roadside attractions, it’s often considered our country’s first tourist attraction. It’s known as the place where the pilgrims first stepped onto American soil in 1620. Although, the tale of the historic rock wasn’t actually reported until more than a century later in 1741. Visit Plymouth Rock at Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, Mass.

Randy’s Giant Donut — Inglewood, Calif.

The giant donut at Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, Calif., may not be the country’s oldest attraction, but it has been standing in the same place since 1952 and has earned celebrity status. The giant donut atop the donut shop — where you should undoubtedly grab a bite to eat — has appeared in I Love L.A., Mars Attacks!, and countless other Hollywood flicks. Don’t miss a visit to this colossal donut on your next trip to the City of Angels.

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Filling Snacks on the Go

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Living life on the road in your RV doesn’t mean you have to eat every meal at unhealthy fast food restaurants. In fact, it’s just as easy for you to pull over and whip up one of these quick snacks in your RV than to wait in the drive-through line at McDonalds.

Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions

What You’ll Need (for 6 servings):

  • 6 sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 large red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 yellow onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 red onion (sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Turn your RV stove on medium heat and brown the sausage in a large skillet, then slice the sausage and set it aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the same skillet and saute the red onion, yellow onion and garlic for two to three minutes.
  3. Stir in the green and red peppers, then season the entire combination with the dried basil and oregano.
  4. Pour in the white wine and continue to cook the entire mixture until the onions are translucent.
  5. Mix the sausage pieces back into the skillet and reduce the stove’s heat to low. Simmer the entire combination for 15 minutes, then serve.

Chicken BLT Wraps

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 8 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 1 package thinly sliced chicken breast (9 ounces total)
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • 2 medium tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Beat the mayonnaise, lemon juice and garlic together in a small bowl.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise mixture onto one side of each tortilla.
  3. Spread two lettuce leaves on each tortilla, then add even amounts of chicken and tomatoes on top.
  4. Sprinkle each wrap with bacon bits.
  5. Fold one edge of each tortilla up, then roll the sides tightly together.

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Celebrating Easter on the Road

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If you are traveling in an RV for the Easter weekend, you may think that it would be difficult to celebrate the holiday – but it doesn’t have to be so, even if you have kids. Even campsites without a lot of forest cover between sites offer opportunities to hide Easter eggs. Easter dinner is also an easy feat, even without an oven.

Hard boil eggs and color them the night before. When the kids are sleeping, hide them around your campsite. Sites with forest cover between them give you excellent hiding places. Just hide the eggs behind trees at the edge of the site. You can also hide eggs on top of the RV’s wheels, alongside the fire pit and near the water hookups. You can even hide them in or near accessories you purchased from Jim’s RV Center, such as an outdoor grill or tire covers.

Instead of hard-boiled eggs, you can use plastic eggs filled with candy if it’s not hot enough to melt the candy inside. Hang pastel-colored party lights from the awning.

Plan a ham dinner – even without an oven, you can make a delicious dinner right on the coals or a gas grill. If the gas grill has a temperature gauge, you can even use it as an oven. Just adjust the temperature to 325 degrees F using two of four burners or one of three burners. Prepare the ham as you normally would. Put it on the side of the grill with the unlit burners. Cook it as long as you would normally cook it in a regular oven.

Don’t forget the Easter baskets – you can hide them in the basement storage if it’s cool enough. If not, you can hide them in the master bedroom until it’s time to give them to the kids.

If it is your custom to attend church on Easter morning, check the area for a church of your denomination. You can still attend if that is your practice. Most areas have churches of all denominations. If church is too far to drive, you can always find one of the sermons on television.

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The Ultimate Spring Clearance at Jim’s RV

Head over to Jim’s RV Center today to take advantage of our clearance specials. These deals are hot and won’t last long, so don’t wait!

The 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree 31U

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This is a brand new Class C on sale for an incredibly discounted price. This 2017 Fleetwood Jamboree has an MSRP of $120,733, but it’s currently only $91,995. That’s almost $30,000 off!

This unit is great for those who want the comfort of a Class A, but want it in a smaller package. The 31U has an exterior ladder, lockable storage, 4 PT auto leveling system, electric entry step, mud flaps, running boards, remote HTD rear view mirrors, AM/FM/CD/DVD stereo, 32″ LED bedroom TV, 40″ Led front overhead TV, residential style fridge, microwave, solar panel prep, wrap around dinette, bunk ladder, and dual-glazed windows. It’s 31′ long with 2 slides and can sleep up to eight people.

The 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express 229TBS

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For those that prefer a trailer to a motorhome, this 2016 Coachmen Freedom Express is only $23,900 (normally $31,096).

It comes with the Freedom Value Package, aluminum wheels, power awning, AM/FM/CD/DVD, stonecast sink, night shades, ducted ceiling A/C, heated and enclosed underbelly, 6 gallon gas/electric DSI hot water heater, spare tire, black tank flush system, entertainment package, and power tongue jack.

It’s new, is 22 feet long, has one slideout, and can sleep up to seven people.

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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.

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Try This Recipe for Dinner in Your RV

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This delicious and savory recipe is perfect for dinnertime with the family. It’s easy enough to make in your RV’s kitchen and is sure to please.

Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken cutlets, sliced thin and pounded thin
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 egg
  • Half a package of frozen spinach, squeezed dry.
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato Sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mix the breadcrumbs together with half of the Parmesan cheese, set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach and remaining Parmesan cheese together. Make sure your spinach is squeezed completely dry.
  3. Lay the chicken cutlets out on a cutting board and spread about 2 Tablespoons of the cheese and spinach mixture on top of each cutlet.
  4. Roll each chicken cutlet up and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Beat the egg and place in a flat dish.
  6. Dip the cutlets in the egg and then in the breadcrumb/Parmesan cheese mixture.
  7. Place seam side down in a baking dish that has been sprayed and bake in a 425 degree oven for about 25 minutes.
  8. Remove baking dish from oven and spread tomato sauce over each chicken cutlet and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese
  9. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.

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