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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Perfect Potato Salad For Your Family New York!

One fun thing you can do as a family while on your next RV vacation is to go for a picnic. Kids love them and think they are great, you can relax on a soft blanket and you all get to enjoy the outdoors together. It can build some great family memories. And what is a picnic without potato salad? It is the quintessential picnic food. There are several kinds, so which one will you serve your hungry brood? The following is a recipe for the perfect potato salad for you picnic!

Perfect Potato Salad

2 ½ pounds red-skinned potatoes, cubed
1-cup corn kernels
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup light mayonnaise
½ cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
¾ cup chopped celery
¾ cup sliced scallions
½ cup chopped fresh dill

1. Place potatoes in a pan and fill with water until potatoes are covered and bring water to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 6 minutes or until the potatoes are almost tender.
2. Add the corn to the pot and simmer 1 additional minute until potatoes are tender and the corn is crisp-tender. Drain and transfer to a bowl and toss all with the vinegar, salt and pepper. Let cool.
3. In a separate bowl, mix mayonnaise, yogurt, water, and mustard until smooth. Add the potatoes, celery, scallions and dill. Toss everything together and mix until coated thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

This recipe is best when made the day before serving so all the flavors have time to mix.

For more potato salad and picnic perfect foods recipes, visit womansday.com. Give this one a try and let us know at your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, if this is not your new favorite potato salad!

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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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Nichols, NY Family Fun in your RV

This year you’ve decided to take a road trip with the entire family in your new 2011 Fleetwood Discovery. While it comes with some of the latest and greatest in amenities, undoubtedly the kids will at some point decide that they are bored and they will definitely let you know. They will grow tired of watching a movie or playing their video game, and you’ve decided that you want to limit those type of activities so that your family can enjoy interacting with one another while on this road trip. So how in the world will you fill the time?

I have  come up with a list that provides a mixture of some old tried and true classic road trip games as well as some new ones that the entire family is sure to enjoy. A good game, makes the miles fly by!

 

COUNTING COWS: Play as individuals or teams. First, decide on a destination where you will stop counting. Then, count the cows on your side of the road. The goal is to have the highest number when the destination is reached. Pass a cemetery on your side and you have to start over again. If there aren’t any cows on your route, try counting red cars, mailboxes or phone booths.

TWENTY QUESTIONS: One player thinks of a famous person, place or thing. Everyone else gets to ask the player 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.” For example, “Does it know how to read?” is a valid question, but “What’s its favorite book?” is not. Whoever guesses correctly gets a turn to think up something.

GEOGRAPHY: Start with any place in the world–Kansas, for example. The next person has to think of a place that begins with the last letter of “Kansas,” such as “South Africa.” Whoever goes next needs a place that starts with an A. You may not use the same place twice in a game–and it has to be a real place.

A IS FOR ARMADILLO: Starting with A, each person tries to be the first to spot and name three items beginning with that letter. For example, the first to see and announce “armadillo, auto and apple” gets to choose the next letter.

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: Two players each put one hand behind their backs. Each person turns that hand into a scissors, using the index and middle fingers; or paper, by holding the hand flat with the fingers straight; or a rock, by making a fist. Both players say “One, two, three,” and show their hands. The scissors beats paper because it cuts paper. Paper wins over rock because it can wrap up the rock. And rock beats scissors because it makes them blunt.

LICENSE PLATE ID: See how many different states you can identify on license plates.

LICENSE PLATE LINGO: The goal of this game is to come up with a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. So if you see the plate LMT 823, the first person to call out a somewhat logical phrase such as “Love me tender” or “Lost my tooth” earns a point.

ODDS, EVENS: Two players pick either “odds” or “evens.” Then they make a fist, shake it, say, “One, two, three…shoot,” and stick out one or two fingers. If the total is an odd number, the player who picked odds wins. Same goes for evens.

What are some of your favorite games to play on RV road trips?

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Extend your battery life with Coil N Wrap

 

One of the things that you need to keep a regular eye on is your RV’s batteries.  Your batteries will slowly begin to die over time, and you never want to be out boondocking or on the road when it happens.  One of the ways to keep your batteries in great shape is to regularly fill them with distilled water.  Unfortunately, this chore can become a bit of a hassle.  To do this then you have to remove all of the heavy batteries, fill them up one at a time, and then put them securely in place.  This can be a bit of a strain, and it can take a chunk out of your afternoon.

Well, one company has come up with a simple system to keep your batteries water level filled with hardly any work at all.  The company is called Coil N Wrap and it has made a simple device that will not only save you time, but it will also greatly extend the life of your batteries. The video below shows just how simple this can be.

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So if you are looking for a easier way to keep your batteries charged, then be sure to check them out.  If you are looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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