Tips for RVing in the City

Once you drive off the lot of Jim’s RV, chances are you’re planning a lot of backroad excursions and adventures along Route 66. New York City, Austin, L.A., they sound fun, but RVing in the big city can be more trouble than it’s worth.

Well, it is possible to have a good time as an RVer in a dense metropolitan area, but you’re going to want to keep these tips in mind if you plan on hitting the Big Apple, the Big Easy, or the City of Brotherly Love in your new RV:

Plan Ahead

Feel free to wing it when driving through Arizona. The Southwest is very RV friendly with plenty of parks that are easy to find. Not so in most big cities. Know where your RV park is and how to get there from a major landmark. There are apps that will help you find cheap gas and groceries in the city, that let you know where construction is taking place and so on so that you can plan a safe, efficient trip.

Beware the “Fuzz”

Some cities are friendly towards RVers, others are not, so don’t always assume that the police will be happy to see you. In some areas, it’s not uncommon for RVers to be woken up at two in the morning by surly police officers telling them they can’t park overnight here.

Start Early, Leave Early

Your RV park will likely be a little out of the way, so make sure that you start your trip into the city early, and that you leave before it gets dark. One really bad traffic jam can wind up eating an entire day of travel time.

Typically, RVers don’t visit big cities, they drive through them, or around them if they can help it. After all, most of us are outdoorsmen and women by heart. But there’s no reason not to see the Empire State Building, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or downtown New Orleans just because you’re in an RV.

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Delicious Summertime Pulled Pork

You can make pulled pork in the oven, on the grill, or in a crock pot as long as you’re okay with slow cooking it. If you are using a grill, set the temperature to about 285 degrees by using one or two burners, then set the roasting pan on the other side of the grill.

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You can make this in your Jim’s RV or make it before you leave for your trip, as it keeps well in the fridge:

4 strips thick-sliced hickory-smoked or slab bacon

2 medium onions

Pork roast – choose a size that fits your family

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Salt

Pepper

Badia’s Redfish Seasoning

Cumin

Couple dashes of Liquid smoke

Couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce or sauce of your choice

If you are using a crockpot, set it to medium high or 350 degrees. Cut the bacon strips into quarters. Cook them in the crockpot until they become translucent. Julienne the onions and add them to the bacon. Cook until the onions become translucent. Add the roast and brown it on each side.

If you are using a grill or the oven, fry the bacon and an onion until soft. Brown the roast on each side. Transfer to a dutch oven or large baking dish.

Add all of the spices to taste. Add water to cover the roast.

Cook on 285 degrees Fahrenheit for at least five hours or until you can pull the roast apart with a fork. Times could vary by as much as an hour or more depending on your method of cooking and the type of roast you use.

Remove the roast from the pan and discard all but three cups of water. If you like onions and bacon in your barbecue, reserve the onions and the bacon to add at the end.

Pour the barbecue sauce into the pan. Add just enough water to loosen up the sauce. This is going to be your preference. Usually, about a half cup to an 18-ounce bottle of sauce leaves it thick enough to help it stay together on a bun.

If you use more than a 4- to 5-pound roast, you will need a second bottle of sauce.

Set the temperature to low. If you are using an oven, set the temperature to 250 degrees. Stir the barbecue sauce and add additional spices to taste if you wish. If you like spicy hot barbecue, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Using two forks shred the roast. Add the onions and bacon if that is your preference. Add the meat to the barbecue sauce mixture and mix it well. Make sure all of the meat is covered with sauce. Put the pan back in the oven, on the grill or in the 250-degree crockpot.

Cook until the sauce is warm, stirring every 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Do you have any favorite recipes — pulled pork or otherwise — that you and your family enjoy while RVing? We’d love to hear them!

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The Ideal Fifth Wheel For Full Time RV Living New York!

Photo Credit: Jayco.com

As a full-time RVer, there are some features and necessities that help to make your travel trailer or fifth-wheel the most comfortable it can be. Just as if you were living in a house, you would probably want residential-grade appliances, more durable construction and space to spread out from your family. Jayco has a fifth-wheel that will meet your full-time RVing needs, the Jayco Pinnacle 36REQS.

This fifth-wheel by Jayco is full of exceptional design and comfort to meet all your needs in luxury. The Pinnacle 36REQS is 40 feet 1 inch in length by 96 inches wide, and sleeps four. As a full-time RVer home-cooked meals may be a priority for you. If so, the Jayco Pinnacle comes standard with many comforts of your home kitchen, including a 30-inch residential-grade microwave, 8 cubic foot refrigerator and flush mount oversized 21-inch oven with a three range. The kitchen also includes a pull out pantry and trashcan storage and toe-kick lighting. Other interior features include central vacuum, 6-feet 9-inch tall living area slide outs, oversized dresser drawers, a sofa ottoman and a walk-in style front closet. And much of this can be controlled by remote.

On the outside some of the standard features of the Jayco Pinnacle include 16-inch radial tires, dual battery compartment, an expanded dining window, dark-tinted safety glass windows, LED rear taillights and a one-piece seamless roof cover. Other options that can transform your fifth-wheel into the most luxurious home on the road include a fireplace, 22-inch LCD HDTV with a built in DVD player in the bedroom and an outside grill. Starting at $65,692 the Jayco Pinnacle 36REQS will have you living in comfort while you RV full-time.

For more information about the Jayco Pinnacle, visit jayco.com. And to see for yourself just how comfortable and luxurious the 36REQS model is, visit your local New York new and used Jayco RV dealer, Jim’s RV.

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Protecting You And Your Family From Mosquitos New York!

Usually when we think of RVing or camping, we think of being outdoors. The two generally go hand in hand. There are many wonderful aspects of being out in nature, however there is one that many people are not too fond of, mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes pesky little creatures, but also they can leave you with itchy bites and they can carry serious diseases including malaria, meningitis and West Nile virus. When you are outdoors use some general protective measures to keep you and your family from getting bit.

Know when mosquitos are the most active. Although there is no time of day that you are 100% safe, mosquitoes generally prefer to bite during dawn and dusk or in the evening after dark.

Wear protective clothing. The more area of your skin that you protect, the less area mosquitoes will have to bite. Wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, closed toed shoes and hats can help minimize your exposure to mosquitos. You can also apply insect repellent or insecticide on your clothing for an extra layer of protection.

Use insect repellent and/or insecticides. There are several products and sprays to choose from when using insect repellent. They include aerosol sprays, vaporizing mats, and mosquito coils. Repellent for use on your skin or clothing should contain the ingredients DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD and IR3535. Choose the type of repellent that fits your needs.

Practice caution when using repellents.
• Apply repellents only to exposed skin and clothing and follow the product directions.
• Do not use repellents on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
• Do not apply repellent to you eyes or mouth and limit the amount around your ears.
• Do not spray directly onto your face. First spray into hands and then apply.
• Wash your hands after each use.
• Do not allow children to apply repellent.
• A thin layer of repellent should suffice in protection. Do not saturate your skin.
• When you return indoors and will not be outside any longer, you may remove repellent with soap and water or a bath.
• Wash your treated clothing before wearing again.

The next time you are RVing or camping in the great outdoors, remember how to protect you and your family from those pesky little mosquitoes and for more information about protection from mosquitoes and insect repellents go to cdc.gov. Come visit us at your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, and let us know what protection worked best for you!

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NY RVers Staying Healthy on the Road

Long trips in your Nichols, New York recreational vehicles are loads of fun, but they can also lead to some not so healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise, or lack there of.  For a lot of full-time RVers, convenience usually trumps the more healthy snack choice.  If you are in it for the long haul, then you will also want to consider the wellness and balance in regards to your overall health.

Driving long stretches can also take a toll on your body as well. You many find that the longer you drive your used or new New York RV, the more your body may start to boycott the drive. To stay healthy while on the road,  here are a few rules to live by:

  • Use cruise control. On long drives, resting both of your feet on the floor is beneficial to  your back and hips. Just keep paying close attention to the road ahead.
  • Watch your posture. Make sure that you’re sitting comfortably at the wheel, with your seat set so that you’re not stretching to reach the steering wheel. If you are hunched over at all or pulling, then you may as well get ready for back problems which is what we are trying to avoid.
  • Take a break. Be sure to stop regularly to get out of your car and stretch before continuing on. This is especially true if you have chronic back pain or other issues that are triggered by sitting in one position for a long amount of time.

Eat Healthy. You should do what you can to eat healthy snacks when you are traveling along the road in your RV. We understand how tempting it can be to just open a bag of cookies or chips, but that isn’t the healthiest thing you can do. We recommend preparing some road-trip snacks ahead of time to make it easier on you. For instance, package up several single servings of fresh veggies and fruit. Other great snack ideas are dried fruit, nuts, or granola bars.  Cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat is also, usually, a healthier  and less expensive alternative.

Exercise is beneficial for RVers.  We gave more detail in another post in regards to ways to exercise while you are on your journey. Exercising keeps your mind and body in better health. To keep your energy levels up, you should really take the time to stop, get out and exercise a bit to get the blood pumping. This can be anything from a brisk walk or short run to stretching.

Remember, don’t let the fun and joys of RVing take a backseat to your well being. What are some of your healthier snack options when RVing? We’d love to hear from you. If you are in the market for a new RV, don’t forget Jim’s RV Center has a great selection of new and used recreational vehicles in New York!

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How to Live with Someone in an RV 24/7 – Part 2

We felt the need to cover this topic with some vigor. How in the world do you live in a tiny space with a spouse, partner, or roommate 24 hours, 7 days a week without absolute loathing each other’s existence? We covered some great tips to help give your relationships a fighting chance with full-time RVing in Nichols, NY. Here is the continuation of the article:

6. “Susan day”: Substitute your name for Susan and go off for the day on your own. Go to the library or walk around a mall – something on your own. It doesn’t need to involve spending money, just take some time to get away. Invariably these days can be renewing and you’ll have more to talk about with your fellow road warrior when you get back.

7. If you are staying at an RV park or resort, check to see if there are any activities going on in the park or community that you may interest you. Invite your neighbors over to sit with a cup of coffee or an afternoon drink. If you’ll be there several days, you could organize a get-together to work on a hobby like writing, beading or quilting. I love this and actually do it as often as possible. Honestly, I have made some great friends this way and to this day we still keep in touch via email!

8. Join an RV club or interest group within it so you can have individual friends as well as couples who are friends while on the road. Working or volunteering on the road can give you time doing your own thing plus the chance to interact with other people at the same time.

9. Recognize when you are getting stressed from traveling, Nichols NY RV‘ers. Packing up and changing locations every day can be stressful and daunting. Schedule some days to putter around for some good ole R&R.

10.Improve your communication skills. When you have a difference of opinion, state how important it is on a scale of one to ten. Often an item is very important to one and not that important to the other so that makes the decision. If you both have it ranked high, then negotiate. You’ll find that many decisions become non-issues.

If you respect each other and recognize your partner’s need – and your own – for personal physical and psychological space now and then, you can create an even better relationship and enjoy this full-time RV lifestyle. Keep in mind that your partner may need more or less space than you do. Each needs to take responsibility for themselves and find ways to meet this need. And, remember, people are people, don’t take the need for space personally!

Any more tips or personal stories on this subject to share, post them here or on our Facebook page!

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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.

 

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3 Awesome Gift Ideas for Full-Time RVers

Before we spill the beans on these great gift ideas that we think would be received with smiles and cheer, we first would like to offer our advice on some items that you should take into consideration when shopping for your full-time RVer family and friends.

  • For full-time RVers, space may be a factor, it may be limited so keep this in mind.
  • Gift-giving RVers (especially if traveling or living in their RV when doing Christmas shopping) should look for gifts that are easy to store until delivered or mailed.
  • Purchases of products related to RV operational systems or maintenance are probably best made with some level of RV knowledge. There are plenty of general RVing-related items that are non-technical that can be taken into account before making a major purchase.
  • In regards to gift certificates, try to find some that can be redeemed online or at nationwide locations – convenience is key with travelers

1. Our first choice is the Kindle. It’s a perfect gift for RVers or just about anyone really! Easy to read inside and outdoors. Tons of book selections, compact, portable. And with the latest color versions you can get movies, apps, games, music, reading and more.

2. Save time and “get it right” with gift certificates. Some may say this is not personal enough, and for some – this is the least stressful road to take for all parties involved. There are thousands of vendors to choose from so the recipient can shop and use their gift at their leisure.

3. Help your RVer get Sirius! Pun totally intended. SIRIUS, ideal for people on the move, is a satellite radio service offering over a hundred channels of digital-quality music, sports, news and entertainment programming. The biggest difference from regular radio is that SIRIUS has 100% commercial-free music channels and they are organized by genre so people can ride to the music that best suits their mood.

For the most part, buying for an RVer is no different than buying for anyone else. Just think about the recipient’s interests and lifestyle when coming up with your RVer gift ideas in NY.

What are you buying this year for your family members or friends who are full-time RVers? I still have not finished my Christmas shopping, but i’m slowly but surely getting there!

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New York RVers: Keep Your Laptops Safe

Laptop computers are a major part of the modern RVer community. We have instant communication with friends via things such as e-mail and chat,  access to our bank accounts and bill paying services, and a host of information about whatever we might need in our lives as full-time RV travelers. Unfortunately,  laptops (and other computers or tablets) are certainly an attraction to thieves. Here are some tips to help keep your experience with your computer as safe as possible.

Keeping Your Data Safe: If you store sensitive information on your laptop, make sure if your computer falls into the wrong hands, at least the information is secure. If you have Windows, you may already have a way of encrypting your data to make it impossible to read without the code. Or purchase some data encryption software and use it–you can “Google” for more information on this kind of software. When using public WIFI networks, many experts recommend you don’t transmit sensitive data (including credit numbers or bank account information) but if you must, BE SURE the little “lock” symbol shows on your web browser, and that the URL (address) of the web site begins with https (for “secured”).

– Digital RVer

Make your Password STRONG: Don’t use your name, your child’s name, dog’s name, etc., as a password. Repeated numbers or letters are a sure-enough “breakable” password. Some folks use a phrase they can remember, like “My dog is lazy,” and string it together without spaces: Mydogislazy is the resulting password. Using symbols (%@&!) in your password also makes it tougher to break. And of course, the longer the better. IF you think you will forget your password, I recommend writing it down on a piece of paper that you keep on you in a safe place.

Backup Your System: Lost or stolen, your data is no good if you don’t have access to it. Use a data backup system–the Windows XP operating system has one. Back up frequently, and back up to something OTHER than your computer such as a small “thumb drive,” or an external hard drive. And keep that backup drive safe too. A lost thumb drive with unencrypted information could be an identity thief’s paradise.

Guard Your Laptop: Don’t leave your laptop in plain sight, no matter how tinted your windows are. Hide it in the trunk, stick it in a closet, put it in a secure cabinet with a lock and key. If you travel on a plane with your laptop, don’t put it in the overhead storage compartment, keep it with you at your seat–right in front of you. Find a location in your used or new RV to place it whenever it is not in use.Regardless of what you are doing, make sure that you make it a priority to know where your computer is at all times – this will save you mounds of headache later on down the line.

Do you have any tips in regards to safety for RVers who carry a long a laptop, tablet, or other valuable electronic device?

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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 www.FrequentFuelerAdvantage.com or at cashier desks and kiosks in Pilot and Flying J locations.

-Examiner.com

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.

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