Must-Have RV Kitchen Gadgets

Cooking in your RV’s compact kitchen can seem difficult at first. However, with the right set of tools, you can prepare all of your favorite meals and sweet treats while living life on the road. The following are a few must-have kitchen utensils for the upcoming RV season; most can be found at any store that sells kitchenwares as well as our very own RV accessories department at Jim’s RV Center.

Collapsible Everything

If it can collapse, it’s your best friend in the RV. As most any veteran RVer can tell you, about 90% of RVing is being efficient with your space (the other 10% is figuring out where to go next!). Your kitchen especially needs to maximize space. While some RV kitchens aren’t too tight, if it’s a choice between something bulky and something slick, choose slick all day, every day.

When it comes to slick, nothing beats collapsible kitchenwares. Collapsible dish rack, collapsible strainer, collapsible mixing bowls, collapsible measuring cups… heck, if they had a collapsible oven, you’d bet we’d take one!

A Quality Slow Cooker

If you want to cook consistently in your RV’s kitchen and avoid sandwiches and fast food six nights out of the week, you’ve got to get a slow cooker. Even a good one won’t set you back more than $60 and it’ll pay for itself within a month. Slow cookers are perfect for the RV lifestyle, because, let’s face it, you’re traveling to have fun, not play house. A slow cooker means that you can do both: prep your meal in the morning, throw it in the slow cooker, set it for however many hours the recipe calls for, go out and have fun doing recreational type activities, and come back in the later afternoon to a meal that’s ready to go just in time for dinner. Easy.

Fridge Braces

Show me an RVer who has never heard of fridge braces and I’ll show you an RVer who’s cleaned up a fair bit of spilt food and busted containers at the end of a long day of travel. RVs being what they are tend to move throughout a day of travel (you don’t say!). All that movement is bound to shift anything that’s not heavy and strapped down. Your fridge, unfortunately, is usually the earliest and most gruesome casualty. Fridge braces are cheap, plastic, and effective. They’ll hold anything that you don’t want to slide in place through even the bumpiest of rides.

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Find all of these must-have items and countless others, ranging from kitchen appliances to grilling gear, right here at our Jim’s RV Center online parts store.


Use These Foods and Drinks to Clean Your RV Naturally

Space can be at a premium in an RV. That’s why if anything onboard can pull double duty, it’s a good thing. When it comes to cleaning, you might think that you’ve got to save space for a bunch of cleaning products. In reality, however, there are quite a few common food and drink items that you may already have stocked that can clean with the best of the chemical products available in stores. The best part is that these are all natural kid and pet friendly cleaning alternatives, which should be greatly appreciated if you’ve got either along with you on your travels.


Why else do so many cleaning products have that fresh citrus smell? Lemons have natural cleaning properties, including being antibacterial. Plus, they leave surfaces smelling fresh. Besides making some lemonade, lemons can help you keep your RV clean by:

  • Creating an all-purpose cleaner. Dilute equal parts water and lemon juice in a spray bottle.
  • As an alternative to glass cleaners. Simply rub a halved lemon on glass surfaces and wipe away smudges.
  • As a dish cleaner. Salt a lemon half and create an abrasive citrusy scrubber.

Club Soda

Carbonated water is pretty simple, right? Well, it has two key properties that make it amazing at cleaning: potassium bicarbonate and potassium sulfate. In conjunction, that can accomplish some pretty awesome feats of stain removal and cleaning.

  • Use it straight out of the bottle for clean counters and surfaces.
  • Use it as a carpet cleaner and for grease stains. Just blot the club soda on the stain and repeat as many times as it takes to remove it. For grease stains, do a bit of scrubbing as well.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

When you’re traveling around our beautiful state this winter, don’t forget to stop by Jim’s RV Center to tell us about your New York camping adventures. We’ve got a huge selection of discounted new and used RVs for sale this holiday season, and if you run into any problems with your existing vehicle, our RVIA certified technicians can have you back on the road quickly and safely.


Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Road in Your RV

Part of the fun when RV traveling is the option to dine in with delicious meals prepared in your kitchen or dining out with something extra tasty on the grill or simmering over the campfire. With Thanksgiving just a couple of weeks away, there’s still time to plan a delicious holiday feast.

Turkey Options

Determining how much cooking room and cooking time you’ll have is the first place to begin.

  • Start with a check list of everything you’ll need.
  • The meat is the main attraction and if you’re planning to serve turkey, you’ll need ample time for the bird to defrost.
  • If your RV’s oven is large enough to accommodate cooking a turkey, choose the appropriate size. A Tom turkey is generally larger than a hen so that gives you an option.
  • If possible, cook the turkey at home before leaving. This eliminates any cooking issues.
  • Smoking or frying the turkey is also an option. Allow plenty of time for smoking and enough oil for frying.
  • Instead of cooking a whole turkey, choose turkey breast or drumsticks or cook a small ham.
  • The easiest option is to order a turkey already cooked so all you’ll need to do is pick it up at the store, heat, and serve on Thanksgiving Day.

Side Dishes

Turkey day isn’t complete unless you have traditional side dishes such as collard or turnip greens, deviled eggs, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Consider these cooking options to help save time for those items you want to prepare yourself.

  • Cut down on preparation time by using as many packaged, canned and frozen goods as possible. This includes instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix for the stove top or microwave, and canned cranberry sauce.
  • There are excellent choices in canned greens complete with seasoning.
  • Pick up additional side dishes already prepared at the grocery’s deli such as potato salad, gravy, and fresh cranberry-orange relish.
  • Desserts are a big part of the day. Purchase whipped cream to go along with a slice of frozen or fresh-made pumpkin pie.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before starting your holiday traveling, schedule an appointment at Jim’s RV Center. With complimentary overnight facilities while waiting for service, you’ll be ready to take to the highway just as soon as your RV is ready to roll.


Decorating for Halloween in an RV

It’s that time of the year again where the temperatures are dropping, the leaves are falling, and the Pumpkin Spice flavor craze is in full swing.  That means you need to get out the storage container with the orange and black streamers, the fake spider webs, and your pumpkin carving tools; it’s almost Halloween!

Halloween isn’t just a celebrated holiday for those who live in traditional neighborhoods. It is for everyone, including those traveling around and camping in New York or living in RV parks. It is a holiday celebrated by families and there are plenty of tips for decorating your RV on a budget and with limited storage space.

If it’s the budget you are worried about, the local dollar store should be your best friend. Depending on what’s closer,  head on down to your local Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, or Dollar General. They carry everything you need for this spooky holiday, like pumpkin dish towels, spider web candy dishes, ghost shaped trick-or-treat bags, and many other Halloween themed goodies. They also carry bags of all the candy favorites, such as Tootsie Rolls and Blow Pops!

When it comes to decorating your RV, there are several items that are must haves: pumpkins, lights, and spider webs. Luckily for you, any of the dollar friendly stores carry these items!

More Tips for Decorating on a Budget:

Make it count… reuse the spider webs, so when you are putting up your decorations and then taking them down make sure you store them properly for next year’s use.

Use solar lights… this will save money on batteries and you won’t have to worry about turning them on or off.

Purchase plastic jack-o-lanterns to be used for years to come… if you buy real pumpkins they will only be good for this one trick-or-treat season.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

While you are out shopping for goodies to decorate your RV, keep your New York RV Dealer in mind. After the decorating is complete, take a picture and send it to us here at Jim’s RV! We’d love to see what your creative minds came up with this terrifying holiday season! BOO!


Fall Décor: Decorating Your RV


Decorating your home helps to get both residents and visitors into the spirit of the season. Your RV is no exception. Fall is a ripe season for decorating because it possesses an easily recognizable color scheme, identifiable iconography, and many associated symbols. With the proper use of props, colors, and patterns, your RV will scream autumn in no time.

Dress for the season.

Dress your space, that is. Proper use of color is the first and best tool in your arsenal for decorating. Fall colors include deep reds, burnt orange, golden yellow, and earthy browns. A good strategy is to use those browns as a neutral and to use reds, oranges, and yellows as pops of accent.

Make use of icons and symbols

Fall has many associated symbols and icons. The leaf, the pumpkin, the owl… these and many others are quickly identified with autumn. The use of such symbols will help to further establish your theme.

Decorating isn’t just visual.

While decor is primarily visual, it’s not only visual. You can enhance and reinforce your decor with aromas. When your RV isn’t on the move, you can light scented candles with the smells of the season, like pumpkin pie, apple cider, even leaves. You can also use a potpourri mix that’s suitable for the season.

Use interchangeable elements.

This means that you ought to use decorating items that are easily switched out and stored. Things like pillow shams, curtains, wreaths… anything that can be switched out when the next season rolls around. Try to avoid anything that’s too bulky or large. After all, you’re traveling in an RV.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. While our accessories are geared more to utility than decoration, they’re still gadgets no RV should be without. Anyway, we’d love to see what you did with your place!


Summer Fun in New York

Going RVing with the family is always fun, but it’s even more fun when you go with a bunch of people. The 2014 Keystone Fuzion 371, a 37-foot fifth wheel toy hauler, allows you to do just this – this model sleeps up to 10 people. Of course, you can always schedule your vacation when friends and relatives do and everyone can take their own RV. Just be sure to make reservations where ever you decide to go – unless you are boondocking – so you can all get sites next to each other.

Once you have the dates planned and the people invited, it’s time to get your RV ready. Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you might need for your trip. Be sure your toys are in good working order, whether it is your motorcycle, side-by-side or ATV. Load up the RV and be prepared for some serious fun.

Once you get to your camping spot and get set up, you’re ready to find the ATV trails, plan out the perfect bike ride or gather up the fishing gear and head out on the lake, especially if you are fishing for dinner. There is nothing better to do than fishing with your friends and eating fresh trout for dinner.

Pull the grill out of the pass-through storage and get it set up as you will need it. If your grill isn’t large enough to cook for everyone in the group of RVs that you are camping with, have others set up their grills next to yours. After dinner, make a campfire – if fires are not banned. While enjoying the fire, you can build S’mores or toast marshmallows.

You can sit in the peace and quiet, or if you prefer some music in the background, turn the Fuzion’s stereo system to your favorite music or add your favorite CD for a relaxing evening. New York camping areas feature hiking trails and boating, so be sure to plan something different for the next day – and don’t forget your camera as you’re sure to want to get some great shots of the area.

If this sounds like tons of fun and you don’t have an RV, stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through the many models – choose the one that best fits your family. And, of course, if you want to invite friends, be sure to get something that has a bunk house or a garage so you have extra bunks.


2014 Fleetwood Storm 32H

It’s getting closer to Spring, which means it’s time to make your RV dream come true. Part of the fun of buying an RV is looking at all of the floor plans to find the perfect RV. If you are in the market for something that sleeps at least six or eight people, consider test driving the 2014 Fleetwood Storm 32H.

Sleeping Quarters

The Storm 32H, available at Jim’s RV, sleeps eight people as it’s a bunkhouse model. The 42-inch by 70-inch dinette — located behind the driver’s seat — folds down into a bed. Directly across from the dinette and behind the passenger’s seat, is a 42-inch by 74-inch sofa bed. Both fold-downs sleep two people. The bunk beds are 33 inches by 73 inches – each bunk sleeps one. Alternatively, you can order the Storm 32H with another folding dinette under the upper bunk.

The rear bedroom features a 60-inch by 74-inch queen bed, two nightstands, a wardrobe over the top of a dresser and plenty of room to move around.

Living Area

The lavatory is all in one room and features a stand-up shower, toilet and sink. The galley area features a three-burner stove, microwave, refrigerator and a double sink. A 32-inch LCD television is included over the cab area.

The Storm 32H is built on a Ford chassis that features a 6.8-liter Triton V-10 engine which is backed by a five-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The engine puts out 362 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque at 3,250 rpm. It holds 80 gallons of fuel.

Dimensions and Quantities

The 2014 Fleetwood Storm is 31 feet long. You can choose from several options, including an extra queen bed, entertainment center and televisions for the bunks and rear bedroom. Ask your Jim’s RV salesperson about additional options and information about each option.

The interior height is 82 inches and the exterior height is 12 feet including the air conditioning unity. The Storm 32H features plenty of storage: 116 cubic feet inside and 104 cubic feet outside. The fresh water tank holds 60 gallons, and the gray and black water tanks each hold 35 gallons. The RV holds 14 gallons of propane and features a 6-gallon hot water tank.

Stop by Jim’ RV today to tour the Storm 32H and take it for a test drive. This RV is large enough for a larger family, but not so long that it’s difficult to drive.


Traveling with Pets in an RV

At Jim’s RV Center, the staff has years of experience getting everyone – including furry and feathered friends – ready to go on adventures across the highways of America. Whether you choose to travel in a new or used travel trailer, fifth wheel, truck camper, or Class A or C, we’ll help get everyone to the vacation destination in style and comfort.

When traveling, there are certain necessary items to bring along and steps to take to ensure everyone onboard is entertained, comfortable, and secure. When traveling with pets, these same conditions apply plus a little extra since our faithful friends rely on us for everything.

For those new to traveling with pets or experienced pet providers, these tips can help make the trip the best it can be.


  • Maintain your dog’s regular walking routine plus a couple of extra to prevent accidents as traveling doesn’t mean your pup’s system will be accommodating.
  • Secure your dog in a metal crate that is itself secured so your pup isn’t sliding around the RV. In case of an accident, a metal carrier provides more protection than a lightweight carrier.
  • Provide ample water throughout the day and use non-spill food and water bowls.
  • Bring your pets favorite toys for entertainment.
  • Have your pet’s health information available, including the veterinarian’s name, address, phone number and any medications.
  • Do not rely on just a collar and standard leash when taking your dog outside the RV. Use a harness which is much sturdier than a leash and provides better control.
  • Do not change your dog’s food as this leads to upset stomachs. Stick with what he’s used to eating.


  • Cats are wily creatures, so be sure they are contained in a metal carrier. An open door to the outside is an invitation for kitty to escape.
  • If you let your cat out, put her in a separate room and secure the door and windows.
  • Use a carrier large enough to hold a small litter pan and a non-spill water/food bowl.
  • Bring a cover to place over the carrier if your cat is nervous or afraid.
  • Do not change the menu and have vet information readily available.

Make Jim’s RV Center your first stop before heading out of town for any necessary upgrades, services or accessories.


November Events in New York

At Jim’s RV we love RVing and we also love living in this part of the country. There are always things to do, even as the weather turns colder. Here is a list of November events in the area:

At the Tioga Downs Casino on Saturday, November 23, at 8 pm, join in on the “Quack Dynasty Look a Like Contest” and dress as your favorite Duck Dynasty star. Don’t forget to practice your duck call. First, second, and third place prizes are up for grabs.

Saturday, November 30, Bingham University in Vestal, New York, hosts the Holiday Arts and Craft Show. This is the 10th year and the cost for admission is $4. Come out and finish off your Christmas shopping, or maybe get it started!!

The Corning Senior Center has their Annual Tree Lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 5:30 pm. This event includes activities for the children, food, a free toy, and Santa is there for children to have their pictures taken with the big guy.

Don’t miss out on the Corning’s Light Parade set for Saturday, November 30, beginning at 6:30 pm. Come see loads of floats with beautiful illuminated decorations. Bring the family and enjoy watching the floats and the children’s faces light up!

For something new and different, join in on the very first Chili Chocolate Challenge held from November 8 until November 11 in the Gaffer District in Corning. Taste the creations of the participants and vote for your favorite. Don’t leave the children at home because there will be activities for them as well. This event helps kick-off the Christmas season.

The season is in full swing so enjoy these unique events. Remember, for the RVer on your list, Jim’s RV offers excellent selections of RV parts and accessories. We look forward to seeing you soon at Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York.


Yellow Squash Casserole

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Camping in New York will soon come to a screeching halt, but, in the meantime, there are still some adventures to be had for those who enjoy the crisper air and fall colors.

At Jim’s RV, we love RVing and we love new recipes for the road. We also like to take advantage of some of the seasonal fruits and vegetables Mother Nature brings us this time of year. Here is a recipe even those who are not big fans of squash may enjoy.

Yellow Squash Casserole

The ingredients you will need are:

Three pounds of yellow squash (sliced)

Five tablespoons of butter

One small onion about ½ cup (chopped)

One cup of sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Two eggs slightly beaten

¼ cup of mayonnaise

Two teaspoons of sugar

One teaspoon of salt

¾ cups of crushed buttery crackers

Slice three pounds of yellow squash and put the slices into boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and put on paper towels to pat dry. Next, in a skillet, melt four tablespoons of butter, add the onion, and sauté the onion until done over medium heat. Take the skillet off the heat and add the squash, cheese, eggs, mayonnaise, sugar and salt. Put this mixture in a lightly greased baking dish. Melt the last tablespoon of butter and then add the crushed crackers. Sprinkle this over the casserole. Then bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees or until it is set.

Right now yellow squash is inexpensive and plentiful. This is a casserole that is made for this season and is easy to make. Let us know what you think and be sure to share your own recipes with us.

If you are considering an RV, we invite you see us at Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York. We have a 10 acre state of the art facility and a great new and used RV’s for sale for every style of RVing. We are just one mile from Tioga Downs at Exit 62 off of I-86 at 67 Sacketts Creek Road. Call us at 800-634-2357.

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