Visit This Eccentric and Charming New York Town

If you’ve traveled through New York in your RV for long, you probably know that New York is full of hidden gems, from roadside attractions to quaint country towns to natural splendor.

If you’ve never been to Jamestown, however, you probably haven’t seen New York at its most eccentric (or charming).

Jamestown is located at the southern tip of Chautauqua Lake and is the hometown of Lucille Ball, which it never fails to capitalize on. The commemoration of Lucille Ball is where most of the town’s eccentricity comes from. You’ll find a statue of Lucy gracing the town’s park and various murals painted on public buildings that portray her.

If you’re obsessed with the I Love Lucy star like the town is, you’ll definitely want to head to the Lucille Ball Desi-Arnaz Museum located on West 3rd Street. Inside, you’ll be able to view rare and authentic memorabilia from the show, such as costumes, props, and even pieces of the sets.

The town is also home to the Lucille Ball Little Theatre, which puts on fun live shows on a nightly basis.

Besides the I Love Lucy craze, Jamestown is home to plenty of shopping and dining options, wonderful outdoor spaces, scenic lake views, and other small town charms. So give it an afternoon or two if you’re heading through this fall in your RV.

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Easy Lasagna Roll Ups

These lasagna roll ups take some time and a touch of skill to make, but the end result is worth the effort. If you want to liven up your dinners while you’re out on the road this fall, plan to make these zucchini lasagna roll ups. Paired with a fresh salad, some flaky bread, and your favorite drink, it’s the perfect meal to end the day.

Zucchini Lasagna Roll Ups

Ingredients

  • 8 lasagna noodles
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • chopped fresh basil, optional, for garnish

Zucchini Filling

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp ricotta cheese, part skim
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set aside a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, crush garlic cloves and finely grate zucchini, patting dry with paper towels to remove excess water.
  3. Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil and garlic and saute garlic cloves for about 30 seconds. Add zucchini and saute for 4-5 minutes.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, ricotta, Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  5. Lay noodles out flat on a work surface and spread 1/3 cup of zucchini mixture across each noodle.
  6. Roll up each noodle into a bundle with your fingertips, then set aside.
  7. Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce into a baking dish. Place rolled noodles, seam-side down, onto marinara.
  8. Ladle remaining marinara sauce evenly across the tops of the rolls. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the optional basil.

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Make Your Own Dog Treats on the Road!

If you’re taking your dogs out on the road with you, everyday is a treat, both for you and your pups. If you want to give them a special treat, however, and have a little time at the RV park or campground, try making your own dog treats. With just a few simple ingredients and supplies, you can make these healthy and yummy treats that any dog will love.

Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup NaturVet Powder
  • 1/8 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1  cup all-natural coconut oil
  • Silicone paw molds (or whatever mold tickles your fancy)
  • Squeeze bottle (optional, you can also opt to use a freezer bag)
  • 1 (or 2) quart-sized freezer bags

Directions

Place the coconut oil in a ziploc bag, and place the bag in hot (not boiling) water, until it warms up and turns to a clear liquid. You may need to massage the bag to get it to completely liquify. While that is warming up combine the peanut butter and NaturVet in a bowl, and mix until it forms a pretty solid dough.

Begin forming this mixture into small balls. Place your silicone mold on a tray or pan that will fit in your fridge or freezer. Then place a peanut butter ball in the bottom of each mold. Once coconut oil is completely liquefied, snip a corner off the ziploc and empty into a squeeze bottle (optional).  Fill each mold with coconut oil. The coconut oil will solidify at temperatures below 86 degrees, so if left at room temperature it should solidify again, but placing the mold in the fridge or freezer will speed it up.

Store them in an air-tight container and keep them cool so that they don’t melt.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find an RV that’s perfect for all of your fall travel plans. Even if you’re not looking to buy, Jim’s RV Center can help you with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Some of the Best Campgrounds in the US

Picking an RV destination is sometimes one of the easiest things to do – and sometimes one of the most difficult. Where you choose to go depends on what you want to do on your vacation. If you want to experience nature at its best, then you might choose some remote areas for camping. If you prefer to go sightseeing, you might pick a location nearer to a major tourist area.

Before you head out, stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV serviced, especially if you have a motorized RV. If you don’t have an RV yet, but have been thinking about getting one, now is the time to bite the bullet – you won’t want to miss some of these great camping adventures, especially if you plan your trip for the upcoming fall colors.

Jo Mary Campground is located in the Great North Woods of Maine, and is perfect for those who want to bond with nature. The campground features 70 campsites on the shores of Jo-Mary Lake. You’ll have a view of Mt. Katahdin, a boat launch, flush toilets, showers, Laundromat, a dumping station and more.

Enjoy boating, swimming, hiking and fishing for salmon, white perch, brook trout and lake trout. Once you register at the campground, you’ll have access to the Gulf Hagas, Gauntlet Falls, Appalachian Trail and about 70 remote lakes and ponds. Bangor is 67 miles away, and Mt. Katahdin and Baxter Park are about 50 miles north.

If you want to see Loretta Lynn in concert and have a great weekend – or spend a week at her home, reserve your spot at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. The sites vary – there are some with full hookup and 50-amp service, some with water and electric with 30-amp service, and some primitive sites.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center before you head out, especially if you are going to a remote place – you’ll want to ensure that all system are working properly, and if you have a motorized RV, that the engine has been properly serviced.

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Storage Ideas for Your RV’s Bathroom

RVs are certainly one of the most convenient methods of travel: transportation and lodging rolled into one awesome package. Admittedly, though, RVs are limited in their interior space. This can be especially apparent in your RV’s bathroom. You’ll probably have to get a little creative with storage to maximize the bathroom’s potential, but with just a few of these tips that’s no problem. To distill most of the following tips to one thematic concept though: go vertical.

Use Netting for Wall Storage

Netting is an ideal storage solution for bulky or oddly-shaped items. Attach storage nets to your walls to store shampoo bottles, soap boxes, toothpaste tubes, and other items that can be difficult to store in other areas. Storage nets can be purchased on Amazon.com or found at most big box stores.

Create Extra Shelving

Hang shelf systems over the sink or toilet for extra space. If you prefer not screwing things into the ceiling, you can accomplish the same thing by using behind-the-sink storage racks. Hang a small hammock under the cabinets to store extra items.

Command Hooks mounted on the inside of cabinet doors are great for just about anything that will hang. This saves tons of space in drawers and cabinets and allows you to use them for things that don’t hang.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to tour a new or used RV. Find one with an extra large bathroom if that’s a feature that you highly value. Or don’t worry about the size and simply use these tips to make it feel larger than it is. If you’re not on the market for a new rig, stop by Jim’s RV Center to schedule some service or to shop for parts and accessories.

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Try a Twist on a Classic Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a simple and classic favorite loved by both kids and adults. They’re a great go-to recipe for RVers since you don’t need many ingredients and they can be made quickly so that your day isn’t bogged down with cooking. But sometimes a plain grilled cheese just doesn’t cut it. If you want to spice up your grilled cheese, try this twist on the classic.

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 6 slices of bread
  • 3 tbsp butter spread
  • 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 21 slices of pepperoni
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce

Directions

  1. Spread about 1/2 tbsp butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of cheese on three slices of bread, on top of unbuttered side. Spread 7 slices of pepperoni on top of cheese for each of the three slices . Spread 1/4 cup of marinara sauce on top of pepperoni for each of the three slices. Spread another 1/4 cup of cheese on top of the sauce. Place remaining slices of bread on top, to form sandwiches (with butter side facing up).
  3. Place frying pan on stove and turn to medium heat. Once hot, carefully place one sandwich in the frying pan, cooking the bottom buttered side until golden and toasty and the cheese is melty. Then carefully flip over and cook until other side is also toasty and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. If cheese does not melt to your desired consistency, you can briefly microwave sandwich for about 10-15 seconds before eating.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find an RV that’s perfect for all of your summer travel plans. Even if you’re not looking to buy, Jim’s RV Center can help you with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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Underrated Places in New York State

New York has plenty of amazing locations to visit in your RV, but some are underrated and you may not even be aware that they exist. Here are a few places that are lesser known but that definitely deserve a visit this summer.

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Located along the shore of Lake Ontario, Chimney Bluffs State Park is 597-acres large and lies just outside the town of Huron. The park is named for the odd clay formations that are heaped along the water’s edge that give the park the look of an alien landscape. Formed by glaciers during the last ice age, the deposits have been shaped by wind and rain over the centuries to resemble teardrops. Some of the bluffs reach as high as 150 feet into the air.

The park was generally hard to visit or reach until recently. Now, there’s a parking lot, service building, restrooms, picnic areas, and established hiking trails, which makes visiting the park easier and more enjoyable.

Darwin D. Martin House Complex

This national landmark was built by the renowned designer and architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s. The complex comprises six distinct yet interconnected buildings. The complex has been maintained and was recently renovated and now offers guided tours so that visitors can enjoy all of the complex’s minute details and learn about their significance within the context of the building and the time period they were built in.

Peekamoose Blue Hole

On a hot day, this is the place to go in New York. Peekamoose Blue Hole is a cold swimming spot fed by mountain streams. Not only is the water cool, but the entire area is covered in dense forest that provides excellent shade.

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Road Tripping on a Budget

When you want take a road trip you have to figure out what it’s going to cost – from getting the RV ready to groceries to gas – and gas is going to be the biggest expense. If you can manage to cut some expenses out, you’ll have more money for gas so that you can get where you want to go instead of choosing a place you won’t enjoy.

Check your RV before you go – make sure everything is working properly. It is cheaper to make an appointment for repairs and service at Jim’s RV Center than it is to try to find a place on the road to get it fixed. Additional budget tips include:

  • Buy groceries before you go. Remove meats from their store packing and pack them into sealable baggies for the freezer. This will save you a lot of space, allowing you to pack more into the freezer. This way, you can buy the bulk family packs for less money.
  • Use dry goods you have at the house. Many people keep their RV stocked with dry goods they bought on sale; and then rotate them out with goods in the house before their expiration date. This works well since you can always find things on sale, whether the grocery store is offering BOGO or you have a coupon.
  • If you have a Walmart card, get your gas at Walmart – you can save significantly on a gallon of gas. In some cases, you can save up to $0.15 per gallon.
  • Check campground prices before you leave. If an area you are going to has more than one campground, you might choose the one with the lower price per night if it has the amenities you want, such as hiking, fishing, boating and swimming.
  • If your destination is more than a day’s drive away, camp overnight in a parking lot. Some places allow RVers to sleep overnight in their parking lots.
  • If you are boondocking, haul water once you get to your destination. A gallon weighs 8.34 pounds and 60 gallons of water really adds up. The heavier weight costs more in gas to haul to your destination.

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Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center before you leave so that you can pick up anything you might need or to get your RV checked before you head out on the road.

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Short and Sweet Hikes in New York

Hiking, to some, evokes the image of walking mile upon mile through rough terrain, an interminable march through the wilderness. If you’re included in that number, then you’ll be pleased to learn that not all trails take a day and a half to complete. You can walk these trails and still have plenty of daylight left over after. Each of these is less than five miles long, so they’re perfectly short and sweet if you want a dose of nature and nothing more. Plus, each of these packs a visual punch of natural beauty. So lace up those hiking boots, spray on your bug repellent, and fill up that water bottle: it’s time to hike.

Auger Falls Trail Loop

Just of NY 30 in Adirondack Park, there’s the lovely little Auger Falls Trail Loop. It’s only 1.2 miles long and doesn’t even require you to retrace your steps (you know, being a loop and all), but it packs a lot of visual splendor into its small frame. The highlight of the hike is the waterfall you see along the way, which tumbles and roars down into a stone-strewn river flanked by emerald green trees.

Hadley Mountain

It’s short, but the rise in elevation that comes with hiking up the small mountain makes it moderately intensive. The entire round trip hike lasts 2.6 miles and the view at the top is wonderful, especially considering that there’s a fire tower that you’re welcome to ascent to give you a real eagle eye view of the surrounding valley.

Nine Corner Lake

The hike around Nine Corner Lake is short but it’s beautiful. Nine Corner Lake is located in the Adirondacks and the trail along it only lasts for 2 miles on a round trip. It’s jam-packed, though, with lake views and waterfalls. It’s a wonderful place to not only hike, but to stop and take a refreshing dip to cool off on a hot summer day.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

See more hiking trails this summer in an RV from Jim’s RV Center. An RV allows you to travel in comfort and convenience, seeing the road and what it offers on your own terms. Stop by today to tour some models, ask some questions, and learn more about the RV lifestyle and the features of your favorite RVs. Even if you’ve got an RV, Jim’s RV Center offers a service center you can visit to make sure that your rig is road worthy.

 

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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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Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center for all of your RV travel needs this summer.

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