The Best Hiking Trails in NY

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If you are looking for something to do this winter, pack up your RV and head out to some of the best hiking trails in New York. Choose from single- and multi-day trails; and trails that range from easy to difficult. If you are new to hiking, be sure you have the appropriate footwear – preferably hiking boots if you decide to try your hand at the trails that are more challenging.

Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge

This difficult trail is only 11 miles but will take a full day. The trail is a shuttled-car loop hike takes you over two 4,000-foot peaks, over smaller peaks and features great views. You’ll also pass several ponds where you can filter water for drinking and take some great pictures. This trail is located in Saint Huberts, New York.

Mt. Marshall

This trail is located in Tahawus, New York and takes a full day. This 13-mile hike is a difficult hike that runs from Upper Works and crosses the southernmost peak of the MacIntyre Range. The trails to the summit are not maintained; and the clearest herdpath starts at Herbert Brook between the Flowed Lands and Lake Golden. The difficult climb is worth it as you’ll get some of the best views you can find in the state.

Mt. Colden

This 14-mile hike take a full day and is a difficult trail. This loop hike travels through Avalanche Pass and returns via Lake Arnold. The peak is 4,715 feet and gives you excellent views of the MacIntyre Range, Mt. Marcy and the Great Range. The trail down from the lake is steep to don’t forget your hiking sticks.

Big Slide and Yard

For a moderate trail, head over to Keene Valley for this 11-mile trek up Big Slide and Yard. The descent over the Brothers in the High Peaks of NY is an easy descent. The trail creates a loop from the Garden Parking Lot just outside of Keene Valley and returns to the same place. You’ll find tons of open views of the Great Range. Plus, you’ll get to see the historic Johns Brook Lodge.

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Before you head out on your hiking trips this winter or spring, be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to have your RV checked or serviced; or to pick up any accessories or parts you may need for this trip.

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Decadent Holiday Dessert Recipes

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Desserts are some of the best parts of chowing down during the holidays. And just because you’re enjoying the holidays on the road this year, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your favorite holiday sweets. These dessert recipes are simple and easy to make right in the comfort of your RV.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your RV oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a square baking pan (9 inches is preferred).
  3. Cream the sugar and butter together in a large bowl.
  4. Beat the egg into the creamed mixture, then stir in the molasses.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and ginger together.
  6. Blend the flour mixture into the creamed mixture, then stir in your hot water.
  7. Pour the entire mixture into the baking pan.
  8. Bake the gingerbread for one hour, then allow it to cool before serving.

Easy Holiday Cake Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (18.25 ounces)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (16 ounces)
  • 1 bar chocolate-flavored confectioners coating (3 ounces)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Follow the directions on the box of the cake mix to prepare it properly.
  2. When the cake is finished baking, crumble the cake (while it is still warm) in a large bowl.
  3. Stir the frosting into the bowl of warm cake pieces, until they’re fully blended.
  4. Melt the chocolate coating in the microwave, stirring occasionally until it’s smooth.
  5. Use a small scoop to form the chocolate cake mixture into balls.
  6. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate coating using a toothpick.
  7. Let the chocolate-covered balls cool on wax paper until the coating has settled.

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Holiday Scents for Your RV

The senses are one of the best ways to set a mood, and that includes the “holiday spirit.” While the decorations in your RV stimulate the eyes and those holiday jingles playing on the radio stimulate the ears, your nose might be feeling left out.

This doesn’t have to be the case though. There are quick and easy DIY projects you can do in your RV to give your space that holiday smell.

Make Your Own Potpourri Mix

Experiment with your own blend of dried fruits, spices, and flowers. Try things such as cranberries, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and nutmeg.

This very blend is actually great if you use it to make a stovetop potpourri (while your RV is not in motion, of course).

Take half a cup of fresh cranberries, 1 sliced orange, 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half, 1 tablespoon of cloves, an eighth teaspoon of nutmeg, and 2 or 3 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat to fill your space with this Christmas scent.

Buy Scented Candles

Head to any store that sells scented candles and pick out a few that are holiday inspired. This time of year, there ought to be plenty of options on the shelf that are holiday themed. Like the stovetop potpourri, make sure that your RV is not in motion and that the candles are monitored at all times.

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Stop in and see us at Jim’s RV Center this December to tour any RV on the lot. Start 2017 off right with a new motorhome or travel trailer from Jim’s RV Center.

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A Thanksgiving Entree to Spice Up Your Meal

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Thanksgiving dinner is all about the entree, and that’s usually a traditional whole turkey. Try this new butterflied turkey with rosemary gravy recipe to wow your friends and family with an innovative twist on that classic turkey taste.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 5 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 12-pound turkey (butterflied)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 6 sprigs rosemary

For the gravy:

  • Reserved turkey neck, back and giblets
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 garlic cloves (mashed)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup flour

Cooking instructions

  1. To create the brine, boil 1 1/2 quarts water with salt in a pot big enough to hold the turkey. Stir until salt dissolves.
  2. Stir rosemary, garlic and 3 quarts cold water into the pot and let cool. Add the turkey and let it chill, covered overnight.
  3. For the broth, boil all of the ingredients (except the mashed garlic, rosemary and flour) together. Simmer for 1 hour, then strain and discard the solids. Let chill.
  4. Place a rack in a large rimmed pan and set the turkey on the rack to drain. Pat the turkey dry and rub it with oil.
  5. Preheat the grill to 400 degrees. Turn off one burner and place a large drip pan on it. Fill the pan halfway with water.
  6. Place the turkey on the grill skin side up. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 175 degrees. Remove from heat and tent the turkey with foil for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, toast the flour in a 6-quart pot until browned. Pour in 3 cups of broth and whisk until smooth. Whisk the rest of the broth, garlic and rosemary into the gravy. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 10 minutes (whisk often).
  8. Season gravy with salt and pepper before serving.

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The 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander

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Considering a toy hauler for your next travel trailer? Perhaps the most appealing thing about a toy hauler is the area of the trailer that the class gets its name from: the garage. Not only can you use this as a place to put your toys, like ATVs, bikes, or kayaks, but it can also be used as a flex-space, providing extra sleeping room, living room, or even as a covered eating area if you want to get that patio vibe.

The 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR Toy Hauler

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Check out this 2017 Highland Ridge Highlander 31RGR toy hauler, which is a great example of the toy hauler class.

The interior is just like home, with washer and dryer hookups, LED lighting in the ceiling, an 8 cu. ft. fridge, a 29″ bedroom TV, a 39″ garage TV, and optional Dyson vacuum cleaner, linoleum in garage, and HAPPIJAC bed lift with pass-thru dinette.

Exterior options include a BBQ grill, MaxxAir MAXXFAN PLUS in bathroom and bedroom, patio ramp with railing, pull down screen door at the rear, slide-out awning covers, and dual pane windows.

The construction includes a 100″ wide body frame, 30 gallon fuel cell, ACCU-SLIDE slide system, frameless windows, spare tire, PVC roof material, side mount folding ladder, and generator prep.

This unit comes with the Executive and Four Seasons Protection packages.

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Come tour the Highland Ridge Highlander today at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

 

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November Events in New York

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Looking for somewhere to go and something to do this month? Check out these fun-filled events and festivals happening across New York this November.

Christkindl Market – November 11-13 in Canandaigua

The annual Christkindl Market is held on the lawn of the historic Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. Market-goers can enjoy the market in decorated and heated tents. The market attracts over 100 regional artisans and food vendors. The market is heavily influenced by German culture, so expect German cuisine, music, and other German-themed festivities.

The market will be located at 295 North Main Street, Canandaigua, New York.

11th Annual Syracuse Wine and Chocolate Festival – November 26 in Syracuse

Wineries and wine enthusiasts from across the region will gather on November 26 for an unlimited sampling of dozens of award-winning wines of all styles and tastes. Buy bottles of your favorites and feel good about doing it: $1 from each bottle sold will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Chocolate will also be prominently featured, with master chocolatiers showcasing their best and tastiest work. Other vendors, such as crafts and decor, will also be selling their wares.

Set your course for 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, New York. The festival will run between 2-9pm.

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Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.

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Best Fall Foliage in New York

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New York is putting on her fall colors all across the state. If you’re looking to view some of the best and brightest fall color spots in New York, hop in your RV and head out to one of these fantastic destinations for fall foliage!

Hurry and get out there! While many areas of New York are currently near peak or at peak, whole swathes of the state are already past peak. Now is the perfect time to fire up the RV and see the foliage that the state has to offer.

Prospect Mountain

Looming above Lake George Village, truly spectacular views await at the summit. You can drive your RV up the toll road near the summit and then hike the rest of the way (a gentle 1.5 miles on the Prospect Mountain Trail).

Catskill Forest Preserve

Head to Catskill Forest Preserve for the foliage and the scenery. Not only are the leaves in full fall color, but the surrounding area is gorgeous, with waterfalls and mountains.

Bear Mountain State Park

Take the Palisades Parkway through Bear Mountain State Park’s rugged landscape. Not only can you enjoy the changing colors, but the area is ideal for fishing, picnicking, hiking, and camping as well.

Trophy Point

This scenic overlook of the Hudson River Valley offers superb views of the surrounding landscape. Also located at Trophy Point is the Battle Monument, which is one of the largest granite columns in the world.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Fall foliage tours are better in an RV. Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, can serve as your base of operations as you enjoy the fall foliage this year. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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New to You RVs

In the market for a new RV, but you don’t want to buy full price? Why not a new-to-you RV instead? Pre-owned models can be every bit as good as new models, but sell for much less. Get the most bang for your buck with one of these RVs, currently onsite at Jim’s RV Center.

2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS

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The 2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS is a luxury model, available now for $99,000. This Class A Diesel only has 24,717 miles on it. It’s 32 feet long with a grey fiberglass exterior, tan interior, a road master engine, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people.

2003 Northwood Nash 245N

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The 2003 Northwood Nash 245N is a fifth wheel trailer, so you’ll need an appropriate towing vehicle. If you have one, this is a real bargain at $9,900. The unit is 24 feet long, has 1 slide-out, and sleeps 6 people.

1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32

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The 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32 is a Class A Gas that’s been gently used, clocking in only 47,698 miles. It’s 32 feet long, has a tan fiberglass exterior, blue interior, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people. It’s in great condition, which makes the price tag of $26,900 very attractive for those who want a Class A on the cheap.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Come by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Whether you’re looking for a used or new RV, Jim’s RV Center has a large enough inventory to find whatever it is that’s right for you.

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What’s Going on This October?

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Get into the spirit of October with these upcoming events scattered about New York state. Regardless of your plans this month, New York has plenty to offer the discerning RVer. Get out there and explore!

Pumpkin Picking and Corn Maze Fun – All October in Stanley, NY

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, you can go to a legitimate pumpkin patch and corn maze in Stanley.

It’s fall harvest time – but it’s also a chance to play in the crops. Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and when you’re done, pick out your pumpkins for Halloween and fall decorating. It’s a family fun event that has even more to offer for the kids. Stop by and check out the fun!

Open 10am to 6pm.

Flaming Leaves Festival – October 8-9 in Lake Placid, NY

The annual two-day Flaming Leaves Festival features exciting competition between North America’s top ski jumping talent. Festival-goers will enjoy a spectacular show with soaring ski jumpers in the sky and live Blues, delicious brews and tasty barbecue below. The festival offers entertainment for all ages including lawns games, specialty craft vendors and a combined chairlift and elevator ride up the 120-meter ski jump.  At the top, experience magnificent views of peak Adirondack Fall foliage as surrounding hills and mountains are highlighted by brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 9:30am-4pm. Admission is $16.

Peek’n Peak Fall Festival – October 8-16 in Clymer, NY

Every Saturday and Sunday between October 8 and 16, come to the fall festival and enjoy Craft Show, farmers market, pumpkin cannon, children’s crafts and activities. Plus, the Annual Season Ski Pass Sale, entertainment, ski lift rides, petting zoo, snow sports equipment swap, horse-drawn rides, pony rides, and more!

Admission is free!

Visit Jim’s RV Center this October

Stop by Jim’s RV Center this October for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Jim’s RV Center is the place to go before you head to your next adventure!

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Fall Décor: Decorating Your RV

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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!

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