Tailgating Tips for your RV

Football season is here, and that means tailgating season is right with it. If you want to bring your RV for tailgating – a brilliant idea, by the way – you need to pack it up for the game. If the game is local, packing is a bit different than packing for a long trip. If the game is not a local game, then you need to pack as you would for a road trip.

Accessories

You’ll need enough folding lawn chairs for everyone who will be at your tailgate party, assuming they will be riding with you in the RV. If not, you can save space by having them bring their own chairs. Have some extra ice trays in the freezer. You can turn the fridge/freezer on to keep the ice frozen, plus you’ll have the ability to make more for after the game. Additional accessories include a grill big enough to accommodate food for everyone, a table and coolers full of your favorite brewskies. You can pick up most accessories that you’ll need at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York.

Packing it Right

While you will only need food for a day if you are going to a local game, you might need more than what will fit in a smaller RV fridge. If your RV has a residential fridge, then you don’t have much to worry about. However, if you have a smaller fridge, make things like salads ahead of time. You can pack those in the fridge.

Pack the ribs, burgers and hot dogs in a cooler full of ice. You don’t want the meat to be completely frozen when you put it in the coolers as it won’t thaw in time, even for a night game. Take it out of the freezer the night before and let it thaw for about an hour on the counter, then finish thawing in the fridge (overnight). The ice in the cooler will keep it cold enough the next day.

Pack the coolers in the outside storage under the RV in case the ice water starts to leak. You can pack the other stuff inside the RV if it’s anything that can’t get wet. Tables and other items that dry easily can be packed with the coolers. Chairs with nylon or other material for seats should be packed away from the coolers.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up grilling accessories and other accessories you might need for a tailgating party – and don’t forget to fill the water tanks and close the caps to the black and gray water tanks before you go.

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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.

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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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Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY, before you hit the road on your next RV road trip, whether to Watkins Glen State Park or anywhere else. Jim’s RV Center is your go-to store for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

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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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The Best Beaches on the East Coast for RV Enthusiasts

America’s East Coast is home to some of our country’s best beaches. Whether you’re looking for a secluded North Carolina beach getaway, the towering palm trees of South Florida or a place to park your RV and let loose with friends, an East Coast beach is waiting for you this summer. These three summer beach destinations are ones you don’t want to miss.

Cape Hatteras — North Carolina

North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a 200-mile-long stretch of barrier islands that sit off the coast of the Tarheel State and a small part of Virginia. They’re known for offering some of the most secluded stretches of beach in the country, where your family can enjoy long summer beach days without struggling to find a parking space or a place to lay your towels.

Visitors love the Cape Hatteras area for its gorgeous cape Hatteras Lighthouse, calm salt marshes, pristine beaches and starry skies. Even better, there are a number of RV-friendly campgrounds that will let you set up camp just steps from the sand.

Juno Beach — Florida

If you’re looking for a beach getaway that offers hot summer temperatures, swaying palm trees and tropical turquoise waters, Juno Beach is one of the best places in the country to park your RV. Stay at the Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort, and you’ll enjoy a short walk to the Palm Beach area’s breathtaking beaches. Visitors can take part in activities held at the RV resort or venture just a few minutes away to world class golf courses, sport fishing charters, pristine beaches, shopping and countless other Florida activities.

Atlantic City — New Jersey

RV enthusiasts looking for non-stop fun on their summer vacation will find it in Atlantic City. This New Jersey coastal town feels a lot like Las Vegas at the beach with casinos, 24-hour bars and restaurants, music venues and everything you need to let loose with your friends. The Atlantic City boardwalk is one of the best in the U.S., so bring plenty of money to spend on games, shopping and quick eats.

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Favorite Summer RVing Recipes

Campsite cuisine doesn’t always have to be hot dogs and hamburgers. Campers have come up with tons of awesome recipes that are a breeze to make outside at the campsite or in the comfort of your RV. Try these two mouthwatering recipes to end your summer camping adventures with a bang.

Corn and Shrimp Casserole

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cans sweet whole kernel corn
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (16 ounces) of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound pre-cooked shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
  • bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cooking instructions:

  1. Rinse and drain the corn.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, aside from the bread crumbs.
  3. Spray an oven-safe dish with cooking spray, and preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and cook for 20 to 30 minutes in your RV oven.
  5. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, then bake for another 10 minutes or until the bread crumbs are golden brown.

Campfire Reubens

What you’ll need:

  • 8 slices pumpernickel bread
  • 3/4 pound deli-style corned beef
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing

Cooking instructions:

  1. Cut four squares of aluminum foil large enough to wrap an entire sandwich.
  2. Place two slices of bread next to each other on each foil piece.
  3. Spread Thousand Island dressing on each of the bread slices.
  4. Evenly divide the corned beef and place it on four of the pieces of bread.
  5. Divide the Swiss cheese and sauerkraut evenly and place them on top of the corned beef.
  6. Top each sandwich with its remaining piece of bread, then wrap the foil tightly around each sandwich.
  7. Place your sandwich packets over hot coals or on your RV’s grill.
  8. Cook the sandwiches for 30 minutes, turning them every 10 minutes.
  9. Serve when the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted.

The tail end of summer doesn’t mean the RV season is over. Start the fall camping season off right with an affordably priced new or used RV from Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y.

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A Homemade Ice Cream Recipe for the Road

July is National Ice Cream Month, because there’s nothing more refreshing than a cold ice cream cone on a hot summer day. This mouthwatering peanut butter cup ice cream recipe is guaranteed to wow your friends and family at the campsite. All you need is a few ingredients and an ice cream maker to create this delicious and affordable summer treat.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 12 miniature peanut butter cups (chopped)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer in a medium bowl. Continue beating for about 3 minutes or until the mixture is thick. Set the mixture aside.
  2. Pour the whole milk into a small saucepan on medium heat. Bring it to a simmer on low heat.
  3. Slowly drizzle the milk into the eggs and whisk vigorously.
  4. Pour the entire mixture into the saucepan and cover. Keep it on low heat and stir constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Try not to let it boil.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly whisk in the peanut butter.
  6. Let it cool slightly, then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and half-and-half cream.
  7. Pour your custard mixture into your ice cream mixture and freeze it according to the instructions provided.
  8. While the mixture is still soft, fold in the peanut butter cups.
  9. Transfer to a container and continue freezing until solid.
  10. Serve and enjoy on a hot July day.

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Treat Yourself on the Road

When you’re on the road, you need recipes that are not only easy to make, but are tasty treats like you’re used to getting at home. If your RV is equipped with an oven or convection oven, making your favorite treats is a snap. Even without an oven, if you have a gas grill, you can bake your favorite treats. It helps if your grill has a temperature gauge so you can set the right temperature, however, you can always use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

Before you leave on your trip, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories you may need on your trip, especially things to make cooking easier.

Orange Dreamsicle Dessert

  • 1 small box orange Jello
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 3.4-ounce box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tub whipped topping
  • 2 cans mandarin oranges

Drain the mandarin oranges into a measuring cup, and then set them aside. Add enough water to the orange “juice” to make 1 cup. Heat the water/juice mixture in the microwave for 90 seconds or bring to a simmer on the stove. Dissolve the Jello in the hot water/juice mix. Add ½ cup cold water. Place mixture in fridge for 20 minutes.

Mix in the vanilla pudding. Fold in the whipped topping. Fold in the mandarin oranges leaving a few out for garnish. Let set in fridge for at least 2 hours. Garnish with extra mandarin oranges and mint sprigs.

Easy Fruit Turnovers

  • 2 cans crescent dough
  • 1 can pie filling of your choice
  • 1 egg, beaten and mixed with 1 tbs. water or milk
  • Sugar

Separate the crescent triangles. You’ll need eight for the bottom and eight for the top.

Put 2 to 3 tbs. filling in the center of eight of the triangles.

Fit the other eight triangles on top of the prepared triangle. Crimp the edges tightly.

Brush the tops with the egg mixture, and then sprinkle sugar over the top. Bake as directed on the crescent container.

For something different for holidays, color the sugar. Use green and red for Christmas, multiple colors for Easter or “just because.”

When you stop by Jim’s RV Center for service or to pick up any accessories you need before your trip, the trip will be less stressful without worrying about something not working properly – and you’ll enjoy cooking with any accessories you may need to make your “job” easier!

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Valentine’s Day in New York

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With an RV at your disposal, every holiday can lead to a vacation filled with excitement, discovery, exploration, and romance, especially on Valentine’s Day.

At Jim’s RV Center, we’re here to make your travel dreams come true with a new or used RV in Nichols. Our inventory is impressive and there’s something for every style, experience level and budget. Get the most out of the upcoming Valentine’s Day festivities around the Nichols area in comfort with that special someone.

Tioga Downs Casino

If you and your loved one want to spend the day, and evening, enjoying the upbeat excitement of a casino, make your way to Tioga Downs. On Valentine’s Day, play the games until your heart’s content then indulge in the Valentine’s Day Buffet. Stay over an extra day and see the Love Cruise Motown Show on Saturday, February 15. The Valentine’s Day Buffet will also be available.

Heron Hill Winery & Cafe

Located an hour and a half from Nichols in the Finger Lakes region and overlooking Keuka Lake, spend the afternoon sampling delicious wines along with freshly prepared dishes at the cafe. On February 15-16, continue the Valentine’s Day theme with the cheese and wine lovers event and discover new cheese dishes and savory wines.

Hunt Country Vineyards

Also overlooking Keuka Valley, Hunt Country Vineyards offers a full day of tickling the taste buds with specialty wine tastings paired with chocolates and cheeses, picnic area, and a gift shop where you can select a tasty souvenir. Take the informative winery tour or climb onboard a haywagon and tour the 50-acre vineyards.

Barstow House

Step back in time to a place of grace and elegance at the Barstow House built in 1823. The historic house is the perfect setting for a sumptuous meal prepared by the chef. Set amid an atmosphere of solid wood beans and polished hardwood floors, the ambiance is everything you could want along with exceptional service and made to order food. You’ll dine in comfort and style in this quaint, out of the way restaurant, while celebrating Cupid’s day.

Wherever the road may take you, Jim’s RV Center can get you there in style. Stop by and take a look at what’s available then head out with a well equipped RV and enjoy these romantic places for Valentine’s Day.

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‘Bat’ Wings Recipe

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For many, RVing is a year round activity, and that includes the holidays.

At Jim’s RV, your New York RV dealer, we know you look for ways to make times like Halloween a little special on the road. That includes recipes to help create just the right atmosphere. At home or on the road, here is a “Bat Wing” recipe that will have them asking for more. Just don’t tell them they are really chicken wings!

You’ll need about 3 ½ to 4 lbs. of chicken wings, ½ cup of soy sauce, 2 tsp. of fresh, grated ginger, 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes, 1 tsp. of five-spice powder, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and either bleu cheese or ranch dressing for a dipping sauce.

Place the “bat wings” in a zippered plastic bag and place on a dish or paper plate.

In a bowl, mix together your marinade, which includes the soy sauce, ginger, crushed red pepper, five-spice powder, and the garlic.

Once thoroughly stirred, pour this marinade mixture over the wings in the bag, close the bag, and shake, making sure all the wings get coated with the mixture. Put the bag in the refrigerator for several hours, turning occasionally.

When you are ready to cook, take the wings from the bag and keep the remaining marinade in the plastic bag for later use.

Take a baking pan and place foil on it. If you slightly crumple the foil, it can help keep the wings from sticking.

Place the wings on the foil and place in an oven pre-heated to 450 degrees. Cook for about ten minutes, and the use the remaining marinade to brush on the wings. Bake for another 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through. Serve your bat wings with the ranch or bleu cheese dressing as a dipping sauce.

If you like your “Bat Wings” a little spicier, you can always add some hot sauce for a little more kick. If you love RVing (and who doesn’t?), you’ll love a trip to Jim’s RV Sales in New York. We have a terrific line-up of new and used RVs for sale. Let us help find just the right one for you and your family!

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