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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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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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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Places to Avoid in Your RV

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While RVing is, in our opinion, the only way to travel, there are certain places that are best avoided if you’re in a motorhome. Travel far and wide, but give these places a wide berth when you’re out in your RV.

New York City, New York

Jim’s RV Center, as a New York RV dealer, wants you to know that New York is a fantastic state to RV in. If you reside in upstate New York, you probably already know this, but if you’re out-of-state and on the fence about RVing in New York: do it!

That said, the Big Apple is best avoided if you’re in an RV. The streets, tunnels, and bridges are crowded and can be frustrating to navigate in anything larger than a truck or SUV. The further in you go, to Queens or Manhattan, the worse it gets. If you’re determined to see New York City, do so by leaving your RV on the outskirts, perhaps in New Jersey, and take a train or ferry for a day of exploration by foot or taxi.

Downtown San Francisco, California

California is a a great place to RV, but, like New York City, San Francisco just isn’t a friendly town for larger vehicles. The traffic is bad on a good day and the steep hills and twisty streets (sometimes twisty streets on steep hills) make navigating the City by the Bay a stressful endeavor.

State Route 1, California

A spectacular drive, just not one that should be attempted in an RV. In fact, if you own a Class A or a trailer longer than 45 feet, you’re actually restricted from the route. Even with a smaller RV, the road is narrow and twists along steep drops into the ocean. With a larger vehicle, it can be slow and precarious going along certain stretches.

Going-to-the-Sun Road, Glacier National Park

While it has some fantastic scenery, vehicles longer than 21 feet are not permitted to travel Going-to-the-Sun Road. Winding over Logan Pass at 6646 feet, the best way to see it is by using your tow-along vehicle or by hopping onto one of the park’s tour vehicles

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Bucket List Spring Break Destinations

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When you get that much-needed break from school and work every spring, you want to spend it wisely. Fortunately, there are tons of unbelievable spring break destinations right here in the United States that you can visit in the comfort of your RV. So forget about pricey plane tickets and hotel stays, and visit some of these awesome bucket list destinations right here in the U.S.

Key Largo, Florida

The RV lifestyle is celebrated in the Florida Keys, where relaxing and having fun is the goal of every day. See breathtaking landscapes, venture out on paddleboards, go fishing, take scuba lessons or just relax in a hammock at your campsite in gorgeous Key Largo. Stay at the Key Largo Kampground and Marina and enjoy easy access to the Atlantic Ocean as well as all of the tropical outdoor activities the Keys have to offer.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Escape the freezing temperatures of Minnesota and see our country’s 15th oldest national park. Grand Canyon National Park is a must-visit spring break destination for any RV enthusiasts, and with easy access to cities like Flagstaff and Williams, you can also enjoy other activities like adventure tours, golfing, nightlife and luxurious accommodations. If you don’t want to camp at the Grand Canyon, opt for the Flagstaff KOA or the J and H RV Park to be closer to the action of Flagstaff.

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is known for its stunning scenery in all seasons, but spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy warmer weather on the mountain. Tahoe is home to a number of world-famous ski resorts, including Northstar California, Squaw Valley, Heavenly and Sierra at Tahoe, and nearly all of them stay open until late April. Off the mountain, visitors can enjoy the abundance of eateries, shops and pubs in North Tahoe and Tahoe South.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy an affordable, family-friendly getaway. This coastal South Carolina town offers affordable accommodations, a beachfront RV park (among others) and plenty of downtown fun for kids and adults. Whether you’re hoping to relax with a swim-up bar, see some live music or enjoy fun-filled days with the little ones on roller coasters and water slides, Myrtle Beach offers all of the makings of an unforgettable spring break.

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The Road is Yours in the Open Range Light!

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When you’re looking for a lightweight, luxurious travel trailer or fifth wheel that won’t break your travel budget, the Highland Ridge Open Range Light could be perfect for you. This lightweight RV is easier and more economical to tow but still comes loaded with more standard features than most other affordable travel trailers and fifth wheels. Even better, the Open Range Light’s top-quality construction means you’ll enjoy year after year of adventures on the road.

2017 Floorplans

The Open Range Light comes in nine travel trailer and six fifth wheel floorplans. Whether you’re seeking a compact travel trailer for weekend excursions and short family road trips or a fifth wheel with two bedrooms and bathrooms for full-time life on the road, there’s a floorplan designed specifically for your travel style.

The 2017 Open Range Light 319RLS

Take the 2017 Open Range Light 319RLS, for example. Available right now at Jim’s RV Center, the 319RLS shows what the Open Range Light is all about. With an elegantly appointed floorplan and a range of features that promote comfort and convenience, the 319RLS is on sale now at Jim’s for $41,900, a real bargain since the MSRP is $50,847.

Unbeatable Standard Features

The Open Range Light is designed to make your travel lifestyle more luxurious without inflating the price of your new RV. The RV’s Maxx Air vent cover, exterior utility center with black tank flush, Equa-Flex suspension, wide-stance axles, PVC roof material, LP quick connect, front and rear stabilizer jacks, nitrogen filled radial tires, power tongue jack, porcelain toilet, washer/dryer prep and countless other features make your life on the road and at the campsite easier than ever before.

Additional options, like a Dyson vacuum cleaner, dual pane windows, a barbecue grill, 8-cubic-foot refrigerator, French doors, back-up camera, 24-inch bedroom TV and a fireplace, can turn your RV into your dream vacation home.

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Fun New York Events Happening in January

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Check out these fun events happening this January around New York.

Long Lake Winter Carnival – January 14

Head to Long Lake in the Adirondacks for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. This fun annual celebration of winter offers carnival goers plenty to see and do, including cardboard sled racing, coronation of the king and queen of the carnival, sledding, free ice skating, ladies frying pan toss, wacky hat competition, and men’s caber toss. Fireworks happen at 6:30pm. This is a free event that takes place outside in the fresh air. The carnival will go on, rain or shine, so check the forecast and dress accordingly.

NYC Broadway Week – January 17 to February 5

If you have a love for Broadway or especially if you’ve never been, head to New York City and get your fill. NYC Broadway Week offers two-for-one ticket purchases, so you and a date can get in for the price of one! 19 of Broadway’s top shows are participating, including Aladdin, Cats, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Wicked.

1757 Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment – January 21

Taking place in Ticonderoga, this battle reenactment commemorates a clash between French forces and Rogers’ Rangers on January 21, 1757, during the French and Indian War. The British combatants wore snowshoes during the engagement. Rogers’ Rangers were ambushed by larger French and Native forces, but were spared due to wet gunpowder misfires. This allowed the British to stave off the French and withdraw. Come see a bit of history brought back alive for only $10.

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