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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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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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.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

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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Homemade Halloween Candy

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Trick-or-treating is one of the best Halloween traditions. And whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s no doubt you eat a few sweets on the spooky holiday. Instead of dishing out store-bought bags of treats this year, these homemade Halloween-themed candies will spice up all of your holiday festivities.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 package confectioners’ sugar (16 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • red food coloring
  • green decorators’ icing

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter in a bowl, then add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring. It should turn to an orange (or pumpkin) color.
  2. Stir the peanut butter and sugar into the bowl until the mixture is dough-like.
  3. Roll the dough into bite-size, pumpkin-shaped balls, then use a toothpick to make ridges in them.
  4. Add a drop of green icing to the top of your pumpkins to imitate a stem.
  5. Refrigerate your pumpkins until firm.

Halloween Caramel Corn

What You’ll Need:

  • 16 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 cups miniature pretzels
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 1 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 M&Ms

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
  2. In a large roasting pan, mix the popcorn and pretzels together, then set aside.
  3. Combine the corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and salt in a saucepan.
  4. Cook the syrup mixture over medium heat until it is fully boiling, then continue cooking for roughly 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
  6. Pour the syrup over your popcorn and pretzels, then sprinkle the peanuts on top. Stir until all of your popcorn is coated, then bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Stir the mixture again, and mix in the candy corn and M&Ms.
  8. Bake for 5 more minutes, then spread the caramel corn onto wax paper and let it cool.

Stop By Jim’s RV Center This Halloween

Don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center during your fall RV travels throughout New York. We have all of the RV parts, supplies and accessories you need to make your fall camping season the best one yet.

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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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September Events in New York That You Don’t Want to Miss

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New York has much more to offer than just the Big Apple… there’s an entire state to explore if you desire! September has a lot to offer New York travelers, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.

16th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival – September 9-11

Indulge in a variety of wines and spirits from around the country, including some of the best and most awarded. Fine food from some of the best restaurants in the area will also be available. Hosted by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, funds raised will go towards their Children’s Education Program.

2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival – September 22-25

Head to Crandall Park in Glens Falls and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury from September 22 to 25 to see this amazing annual festival. This is a free event, so it’s too good to pass up. Enjoy balloon rides from a number of independent balloon operators. No need to schedule or make an appointment, but the rides will cost generally run you about $175-225 per person. Balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. This is all weather dependent, so check the forecast before you commit to heading out. Rain or wind speed over 8mph means cancellation. Camping isn’t allowed at the festival, but RVs are!

Visit Jim’s RV Center

If you’re ready to hit the road in your very own RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols is just the place to go. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, and accessories and provides everything you need to hit the road in style and comfort. Enjoy your travels more with your very own RV this September.

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Packing Tips for Your Next RV Trip

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Packing for your next RV trip should be done with careful thought. If this isn’t your first time packing, you may glean new tips and tricks, but if it’s your first time packing for a trip, especially a trip longer than a weekend, you may find these tips particularly helpful.

Check with Jim’s RV Center for space savers to help you create space for the comforts at home. For example, a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet or on the counter saves space in cabinets and drawers, and allows you to bring your favorite spices without taking up a ton of extra room.

Dress Smart

Pack clothing into two bags for each person. Keep daily wear such as shorts and shirts in the RV. Hang up other clothing in the wardrobe. If you are going on an extended trip and need additional clothing, store it in suitcases in the under-RV storage until you need it. This comes in handy if you are going to be camping at a time of year with temperature changes. While it’s warm, keep “warm clothes” such as short and t-shirts inside and winter clothing outside. Switch them around when the weather gets cool and you are no longer comfortable in shorts. Bring items that are interchangeable. For example, choose a shirt that goes with slack, jeans or shorts.

Organize Your Cabinets

Purchase a spice rack and other cabinet racks. You can create extra shelving in overhead cabinets or the pantry by using space savers. You can mount a spice rack on the inside of a cabinet door or screw it to the wall above a kitchen counter. You’ll be able to pack more things to bring with you.

Compartmentalize

When packing, start in one room and put everything you want to bring in plain sight. After you do that, then pack the items in suitcases or grocery bags. As you carry them into the RV, unpack them room by room. This helps to ensure you don’t forget something, especially if you are not one that makes a list to work from.

Don’t Forget Essentials

Pick up any special items you need before you start packing. If you need chemicals for the toilet and RV toilet paper, stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick some up before you get involved in packing everything else.

Trade Bulky for Sleek

When packing meat in the freezer, take it out of the bulky Styrofoam packages and put it in zippered freezer bags. This will also save you quite a bit of room in the freezer.

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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.

Start Your Getaway at Jim’s RV

Make this summer the best one yet by shopping for a brand-new RV from Jim’s RV. Located in Nichols, New York, we make it easy to find your dream RV and drive it away the very same day.

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Events in New York this July

It already feels like summer here in New York, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with outdoor festivals. The Empire State is bustling with outdoor activities and events that are guaranteed to make your July adventures better than ever before. Hit the road this July and see what your state has to offer!

24th Annual New York State Blues Festival

Head on over to Syracuse for this free event. The 24th Annual New York State Blues Festival has been going strong for decades now, and it’s better than ever this year. Running from July 8 to July 9, the free festival runs daily from noon to 11pm, and features Butch Trucks (drummer for Allman Brothers), Sister Sparrow, Sonny Landreth, Brandon Santini, Toronzo Cannon, and lots more.

Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival

Head up to Buffalo if you’re Italian or just love Italian culture. From July 14 to July 17, you can take in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian-American experience so very special. Festival favorites include the best local entertainment, bocce tournament, Miss Italian Festival, Italian Idol Contest, cooking demonstrations, and more. Admission is free and the festival opens daily at 11am, running well into the night.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Head to Oak Hill to enjoy the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, running from July 14 to July 17. This 4-Day outdoor festival presents the best in bluegrass and acoustic music. Enjoy award-winning artists, workshops, dancing, family activities, camping, jam sessions, kids academy, emerging artist showcase, festive foods, artisan vendors, and thousands of music fans from around the world.

Don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at Jim’s RV in Nichols, N.Y., when you’re out cruising throughout the state in your RV this July. Our lot is loaded with a huge selection of discounted RVs, so you can upgrade your summer before heading off for fun.

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Spice Up Your RV Menu

This mouthwatering Super Nacho recipe is exactly what you need to bring some tasty south of the border flavor to your RV this summer.

Super Nachos

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 bags corn tortilla chips

For the Pico de Gallo Salsa:

  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 4 vine ripe tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (finely chopped)
  • salt

For the Beef and Bean Topping:

  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper sauce
  • 1 can black beans (drained)

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 pound pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups milk

Preparation instructions:

  1. Arrange the tortilla chips on a large platter.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the pico de gallo salsa in a bowl and set them aside.
  3. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, then stir in the oil, garlic, onions and peppers. Saute for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the meat and crumble it with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  5. Season the meat with cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper sauce. Cook the meat for 5 minutes, then stir the beans into the mixture and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Melt the butter in a medium sauce pot and stir in the flour. Cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in the milk. Once milk begins to boil, stir in the cheese until it creates a creamy sauce. Remove from heat.
  7. Pour the cheese evenly over the chips and top with the beef, beans and pico de gallo.
  8. Serve hot.

There’s no better time to fill up on your favorite Mexican eats than the summer, and don’t forget to stop and see us at Jim’s RV Center when you’re cruising around in your RV this summer.

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