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.

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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!

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Driving Your RV in Poor Weather

Traveling in your RV is a real joy and you generally don’t have a lot to worry about. But, occasionally, you’re going to run into some bad weather, perhaps even dangerous weather. The worst weather phenomenon, like severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or hurricanes, can cause major to catastrophic damage to your RV if the conditions are sufficiently dire. If you do encounter bad weather, it pays to be prepared and to know how to deal with it, assuming you can’t simply evade it.

Monitor the Situation

The best defense against severe weather is correct and up-to-date information on its severity, current location, and projected path. To this end, make sure that you download some reliable weather-monitoring apps on your smartphone. Check around and find ones that are well-rated. Having a few options at any given time means that you’re not reliant on any one of them for correct information and can cross-reference the apps to determine the situation’s true conditions. You can go a step further and purchase an NOAA radio for your RV. It’s great in areas where there’s poor cell service or when your phone is turned off or the battery is dead. Speaking of dead phone batteries, prevent this by purchasing a portable phone charger. They store charge that can then be used to recharge your phone if the electric grid goes down.

Have Emergency Supplies

Have some basic emergency supplies stocked in your RV. These include food and water rations (non-perishable canned or vacuum-sealed staples and a minimum of 10 gallons of water are a good start), flashlights and extra batteries, heavy-duty blankets (warm, large, and water-resistant), and a well-stocked first aid kit.

Know When to Stay Put and When to Seek Better Shelter

If the weather is something that you can ride out in your RV, be sure to stow all of your belongings and close up your RV. This will reduce the chances that your RV is damaged or that property is lost. Be aware of when the severe weather is going to hit and plan to be stopped somewhere to ride it out. Don’t try to outrun severe weather as you don’t want to be caught out on the road when it hits. If the weather is so severe that you’re likely not to be safe in your RV, immediately seek better shelter in a local town or community. Your RV can always be replaced and you’re better off riding out the worst weather in a brick or concrete structure.

If there’s a longer forecast that predicts severe weather in the next few days, you as an RVer always have the option of picking up and leaving the area before it hits, which is often the best plan.

Find Your RV Supplies at Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Jim’s RV Center can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this fall to get your RV checked over before you hit the road. You can also tour a new RV at Jim’s RV Center and find one that’s perfect for you.

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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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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Cheap RV Living – RVing on a Budget

When you decide to live in your RV and travel, you are making a huge change in lifestyle. You won’t be able to have a lot of the things you have in your home since space is limited. Furthermore, while it is cheaper to live in an RV since you have less utilities and no mortgage payment, you do still have to pay some utilities and fuel costs, and you may have a payment on your RV. Always keep your RV in good condition by having it serviced at Jim’s RV Center.

Utilities

Since you provide your own electricity via generator, you’ll definitely save on that bill; however, you must take into consideration the cost of gas for the generator and the cost of adding amenities to a camp site. You can decrease the cost of electricity by making sure all lights and electronics that are not being used are turned off. You should also turn off the generator if you are not using any electronics.

When possible, open windows instead of using the air conditioning unit or the heat. While the furnace does run on propane, the fan uses electricity. Turn off the hot water heater unless you need it – if you turn it on about 20 minutes before your shower or before you do the dishes, you’ll have plenty of hot water.

Gas

Plan your travel ahead of time. Each night, know where you are going to be driving the next day. Use some of the apps like Gas Buddy to find out where you can find the cheapest gas in your area. You definitely don’t want to drive too far out of your way or your savings are wasted. Top off if you need to – and be sure you top off the cans for the generator.

Dry Camp

Dry camp when you can. You can always find water to fill up the tanks. Many dealerships and national campgrounds have disposals so you can empty your holding tanks. It’s a good idea to fill the water tank and empty the holding tanks whenever you come across a fee-free place to do this as you never know when you’ll be able to get it for free the next time.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Of course, always keep your RV serviced and maintained. Your RV will last longer and get better fuel mileage if you keep it maintained. When you are in the area, stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV serviced, including oil changes if you are driving a motorized RV.

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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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Visit the Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York, has the distinction of owning the world’s largest collection and display of glass art.

The museum is home to over 3,500 years of glasswork art from all corners of the globe. The works range from art like mosaics, portraits, sculptures, and windows to glassware like chandeliers, pitchers, and cups.

The building itself is a work of architectural art with plenty of minimalist design cues, clean colors and lines, and tons of natural light (all the better to view the glass art work). The building is split into sections, each with its own theme, from contemporary and modern glass art to some of the oldest glass art in the world, including a glass portrait of an Egyptian Pharaoh from circa 1500 B.C.

The museum also serves as a center of learning in regards to glass, the glass industry, and how to make glass and work with the material. The museum is a work space for master glassblowers, who teach visitors and artists their techniques in practical demonstrations and exhibits.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this summer to get your RV checked over before you hit the road. You can also tour a new RV at Jim’s RV Center and find one that’s perfect for you.

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Guide for Camping with Kids

Camping with kids is a bit easier when you have an RV instead of roughing it in a tent, but it can still be trying unless you are prepared. If you pack right, you can take even the youngest on a camping trip and enjoy it.

If you are just starting a family and are planning on more than one child – and are planning on doing a lot of RVing, when you walk through floor plans at Jim’s RV Center, keep this in mind. The appropriate space will allow your family to grow with the RV and will make camping a dream.

If your kids are very young, you might want to purchase side rails for the bunks – or find an RV floor plan that has no upper bunks for kids to fall out of. You’ll also need plenty of space for toys and extra clothing. What kid doesn’t love to go out and play in the dirt? If you’re going for a weekend and figure on two or three changes of clothing for each person, add at least two more changes for you if you have babies. Double it for kids of any age. Babies may spill food and older children are going to be out playing.

Be sure to bring foods that everyone loves. While some families want to go for the healthy meals even when camping, you can make it more enjoyable for children if you have their favorites on hand.

Use milk crates for toy storage for the kids. While you are on the road, you can store them in the basement storage, and then bring them out when you get to your destination. To keep the area clean, put the toys back in the crates and slide them right back into the basement storage overnight. This keeps the area clean and keeps your kids’ toys in your possession instead of someone – or something – else’s possession.

Pack your kids’ favorite snacks in small baggies. This gives them something to eat between meals, and it also helps you with portion control. It also saves space as you don’t have a large package taking up space in the cabinets or the fridge.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you might need to help manage the kids’ toys, snacks and extra clothing.

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