Highlighting the 2013 Forest River Catalina TT 212BH

At Jims Rv, we have a wide range of new and used RV vehicles to choose from. However, one particular model that is worthy of mention is the 2013 Forest River Catalina TT 212BH. This particular RV has numerous helpful features and amenities and is ideal for any couple or small family who enjoys travelling around the United States.

This 21″ trailer weighs just a bit over 4,000 pounds and can sleep up to four people. It has a marine grade exterior, front diamond plate and TRA Gold Level Green Certification. The bazinga stone interior has a three burner cook top range with oven and skylight above the shower area. The trailer also comes with a spare tire and outside shower that is ideal for small children.

Given the fact that the 2013 Forest River Catalina TT 212BH can be purchased for just a bit over $20,000, it is very good value for the money. Jims Rv also offers financing to make it easier for you to purchase the RV of your dreams at a reasonable cost. We also offer a new and used RV Service Protection Plan, a Fabric and/or Paint Protection Plan, Tire and Wheel Road Hazard Protection Plan and Life and Accidental Health Insurance.

If you are in the market for a new trailer, then you may want to at least consider the 2013 Forest River Catalina TT 212BH. It is a fine model and can hold up to a lot of wear and tear. It is good looking, safe, and has all the features and amenities you need to enjoy your travels and camping trips both now and in the years to come.

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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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Germs and Your RV New York, Prevention is Key!

There are several common areas where germs lurk around campsites. One source of contamination comes from the misuse of your  RV’s black water tank — which holds waste. There are many diseases that are spread through contact with human waste – cholera, dysentery, hepatitis, measles, polio, typhoid fever, amoeba, giardia, hookworm, pinworm, roundworm, tapeworm, trichina worm – to name a few. Gloves are a must when handling black tank hoses and valves.  Always be sure to close the valve and tip the drain hose below the valve to catch any spillage that may continue to flow. After draining the tank, rinse the drain hose and drain area with water. Do not use the same hose you use to connect to your RV for fresh water. The key is to isolate clean from dirty.

The water supply (city water connection) to your RV can also be a source of germs. Before you go ahead and hook your hose to your campsite water hydrant, you may want to give it a wash down with some bleach or disinfectant spray. Dogs are a staple in most campgrounds and they tend to use the water hydrant for purposes other than drinking, if you get my drift.

Prior to using your fresh water holding tank disinfect it with chlorine bleach or an RV product made specifically made for this purpose.  Always use cleaners according to the specifications in your Jim’s RV manual.

The galley is a typical area for germs. Your RV kitchen can be a playground for cross contamination of foods.  After you have handled uncooked meats wash your hands, this will keep germs from being a part of the meal at your dinner table.

Germs that can cause disease or illness include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Germs really can’t harm you until you come in contact with them, so it’s a great idea to focus on prevention. Germs typically enter the body through the nose, eyes, and mouth; often transmitted from our own contaminated hands and fingers.

The key to prevention is to create a barrier between your hands and the infectious matter. Caution should be used when dealing with anything that can possibly be contaminated. Sanitary gloves can go a long way in these scenarios. There are many styles and materials to choose from. I, however,  recommend a disposable sanitary glove so that you can just trash it when you are done.

With so many odd bugs and illnesses surfacing from time to time, hand sanitizer is all the rage.  Therefore, another preventive measure is to sanitize your hands following any contact with germs. Oddly, people pass their hands through a faucet of running water and then rub them against a hanging towel which only makes the germs “wet”. To effectively control the spread of germs you must use soap. If there is none, then a bottle of hand sanitizer or antiseptic hand wipes are the next best thing.

Is this approach to germs obsessive compulsive, is it over-kill? It is up to you whether or not you want to fight this war, traveling sick isn’t optimal. Prevention is necessary and gives you a one-up in the battle with germs.

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RVer Health Insurance for Full-timers in Nichols, NY

Question: What do you do for health insurance? Is there a RVers group plan?

Everyone’s situation will be different based on several factors. For example, one couple that I read about has medical insurance which offers a Point-of-Service plan. This means that even though they have to use in-network doctors for the best price, they don’t have to designate a primary care provider. So that makes it easier for them to go to doctors anywhere.

For some full-time RVers it is not easy to get a doctor to see new patients or ones they may never see again. It tends to be much easier if you can return to the same doctor every year – for consistency and to establish a relationship. Consider choosing a provider in a location that you consider to be your home base. If you have a plan that ties you to doctors/providers only in a specific state or geographic location, then this should be factored into your selection of a home base state since your address will be used as a basis for medical coverage.

The main types of policies are:

  • Fee-for-service insurance (indemnity insurance): Traditional type of health insurance that pays a portion of each medical service you get, such as doctor’s visits and hospital stays, while you pay the remaining cost. Premiums are generally higher than Managed Care.
  • Managed Care Plans: Also known as HMOs (health maintenance organizations) or PPOs (Preferred provider organization). The health insurance company has contracted with doctors and hospitals to provide services. You pay a monthly premium and then a small amount for each visit or service (usually $10-$15) called a co-pay. Some plans allow you to use doctors and hospitals outside of the plan network but you pay more per visit.

– RVLifestyleExperts.com

When researching what type of insurance that will best cover you and your situation, consider these questions:

    • How much of my doctor and hospital bills will this plan pay for?
    • What is the monthly premium?
    • How much will I have to pay for a hospital stay before the plan begins to pay?
    • How much will I have to pay for office visits to the doctor?
    • Does the plan pay for preventive health care, such as routine checkups?
    • Does this plan have rules for people who already have serious, chronic medical problems? Will this keep me from getting the care I need?
    • If there is a deductible, does it start over each year (preferable) or for each new illness?
    • What services are covered by this health insurance? Will it pay for visits to the emergency room or urgent care center? Does it cover routine surgery, hospital stays, doctor visits, skilled nursing facility care, home health care, and medical equipment and supplies?
    • Does the plan cover vision, dental or prescriptions?
    • Does the plan pay for catastrophic medical costs?
    • Is there a yearly or lifetime limit to how much the plan will pay for medical costs?
    • Are rate hikes based on individual or pooled claims?
    • Is the policy Guaranteed Renewable/Non Cancelable (preferable) or is it just Guaranteed Renewable?

Many RVers who can’t afford individual insurance join associations to take advantage of group rates. We recommend beginning your search online or asking your local Nichols, NY RV dealer for information on associations and RV groups, we can point you in the right direction!

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Take your camper for a float on the water?

 

If you try to back your trailer into a lake, chances are that it will flood, ruin everything inside, and eventually sink to the bottom. Well, one German company has designed a new RV trailer that will get to the lake, and then get on it. If you are an RVer that likes to go to lake side destinations, then this is an idea that you wish were thought of long ago. Back in the fifties, the idea of amphibious cars that could drive into the water and then flow through the water was a novel idea that died out. Well, this retro thinking camper is here to bring it back.

It is called the Sealander, and it is a towable that allows you to fall asleep to the slow rocking waves. Consumer Reports has more on this water bound sleeper.

This little vessel is small and light enough to be towed by any modestly-powered CUV and features a fully-configurable interior. Inside, there’s space for a four-person table, a kitchenette and a sleeping area, and there’s even space outside for a deck. Why would you want a deck on your tiny camper? Because you’ll need somewhere to stand when you take to the open seas in your home away from home. As its name suggests, the Sealander is completely amphibious. All you have to do is strap on the pint-sized motor and avoid any small craft warnings.

Unfortunately, this camper is only available in Europe for the time being, but if the idea proves to be a popular option, you can be sure that US manufacturers may take notice. Until then, you can find a great camper to stay on the shore at Jim’s RV.

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