Tips for RVing in the City

Once you drive off the lot of Jim’s RV, chances are you’re planning a lot of backroad excursions and adventures along Route 66. New York City, Austin, L.A., they sound fun, but RVing in the big city can be more trouble than it’s worth.

Well, it is possible to have a good time as an RVer in a dense metropolitan area, but you’re going to want to keep these tips in mind if you plan on hitting the Big Apple, the Big Easy, or the City of Brotherly Love in your new RV:

Plan Ahead

Feel free to wing it when driving through Arizona. The Southwest is very RV friendly with plenty of parks that are easy to find. Not so in most big cities. Know where your RV park is and how to get there from a major landmark. There are apps that will help you find cheap gas and groceries in the city, that let you know where construction is taking place and so on so that you can plan a safe, efficient trip.

Beware the “Fuzz”

Some cities are friendly towards RVers, others are not, so don’t always assume that the police will be happy to see you. In some areas, it’s not uncommon for RVers to be woken up at two in the morning by surly police officers telling them they can’t park overnight here.

Start Early, Leave Early

Your RV park will likely be a little out of the way, so make sure that you start your trip into the city early, and that you leave before it gets dark. One really bad traffic jam can wind up eating an entire day of travel time.

Typically, RVers don’t visit big cities, they drive through them, or around them if they can help it. After all, most of us are outdoorsmen and women by heart. But there’s no reason not to see the Empire State Building, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or downtown New Orleans just because you’re in an RV.

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NY RVers Staying Healthy on the Road

Long trips in your Nichols, New York recreational vehicles are loads of fun, but they can also lead to some not so healthy choices when it comes to food and exercise, or lack there of.  For a lot of full-time RVers, convenience usually trumps the more healthy snack choice.  If you are in it for the long haul, then you will also want to consider the wellness and balance in regards to your overall health.

Driving long stretches can also take a toll on your body as well. You many find that the longer you drive your used or new New York RV, the more your body may start to boycott the drive. To stay healthy while on the road,  here are a few rules to live by:

  • Use cruise control. On long drives, resting both of your feet on the floor is beneficial to  your back and hips. Just keep paying close attention to the road ahead.
  • Watch your posture. Make sure that you’re sitting comfortably at the wheel, with your seat set so that you’re not stretching to reach the steering wheel. If you are hunched over at all or pulling, then you may as well get ready for back problems which is what we are trying to avoid.
  • Take a break. Be sure to stop regularly to get out of your car and stretch before continuing on. This is especially true if you have chronic back pain or other issues that are triggered by sitting in one position for a long amount of time.

Eat Healthy. You should do what you can to eat healthy snacks when you are traveling along the road in your RV. We understand how tempting it can be to just open a bag of cookies or chips, but that isn’t the healthiest thing you can do. We recommend preparing some road-trip snacks ahead of time to make it easier on you. For instance, package up several single servings of fresh veggies and fruit. Other great snack ideas are dried fruit, nuts, or granola bars.  Cooking your own meals instead of going out to eat is also, usually, a healthier  and less expensive alternative.

Exercise is beneficial for RVers.  We gave more detail in another post in regards to ways to exercise while you are on your journey. Exercising keeps your mind and body in better health. To keep your energy levels up, you should really take the time to stop, get out and exercise a bit to get the blood pumping. This can be anything from a brisk walk or short run to stretching.

Remember, don’t let the fun and joys of RVing take a backseat to your well being. What are some of your healthier snack options when RVing? We’d love to hear from you. If you are in the market for a new RV, don’t forget Jim’s RV Center has a great selection of new and used recreational vehicles in New York!

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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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Jim’s RV Do-it-Yourself Edition

While Jim’s RV can take care of any maintenance needs for your new or used RV in Nichols, NY. We also share tips and hints for work you can do yourself, so when you’re out of town, you can still care for your RV properly. Here are some practical do-it-yourself directions:

1. How to dump RV waste water holding tanks and thoroughly clean the black tank. Keeping your sewage tank super clean requires following a few simple procedures which will make it stay odor-free.

These step-by-step instructions will ensure that your RV holding tanks stay clean and fresh providing a healthier environment for your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

2. How to install your own window awnings. Window awnings can help tremendously to keep your RV’s interior cooler on hot days and to also reduce the fading of the fabrics on your chairs and couch from the sun. This video by Carefree of Colorado shows how easy it is to install your own window awnings using only a few handy tools.

RV Window Awning from Webster City RV on Vimeo.

3. How to hang things on the interior walls of your RV.  Most walls on RVs and motor homes in Nichols, NY are the same thin material that isn’t strong enough to hold wood screws. Without access behind the wall panels, there’s no way to use bolts, since you can’t tighten down the nuts. Velcro generally only works for lightweight items. The solution as demonstrated in this video: Pop Rivets.

We enjoy helping our customers with the little details that make owning and personalizing your RV an exciting experience. From maintaining the sanitation, to the cosmetics – we do our best to leave no stone unearthed. Feel free to share with us any other great Do-it-Yourself videos to add to our blog. And if or when your D-I-Y RV project becomes overwhelming, stop in and see us. We love to help out our customers!

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Nichols RV Internet Access, How it Works

When customers come through our doors, one of the first questions we always ask, is what’s on your must-have list for a new RV? It turns out that when people are considering purchasing a new RV in Nichols, internet access is appearing more frequently near the top of those lists. Rving provides singles and families alike an opportunity to explore the open road, enjoy parks, experience all sorts of outdoor adventures. One might argue that having internet access along said journeys will only enhance the experience, and perhaps make traveling more efficient.

Dial-Up, DSL, Cable, WiFi, Wireless (Cellular)

In the past, the most reliable way for campers to enjoy – and I use that term loosely – internet access was to plug in to a dial-up modem at a campsite. This of course had it’s disadvantages as not all sites had access, or they offered extremely slow speeds in locations on the grounds that required trekking to a main office or some other site not necessarily close to where you were parked.

In some instances, campgrounds offer phone and cable connections at individual sites to Rvers. Campers generally have  to activate these connections by calling the phone or cable company in that area. For the RVer who is having an extended stay, this can be a good means of high speed RV internet access via broadband or DSL connections. For the visitor on the move who only spends a couple of days or weeks in a given spot, this is usually not an effective means for internet access on the road.

WiFi is a major improvement and allows RVers the ability to enjoy the luxuries of the internet in the comfort of their own RV. Most laptop computers come equipped with built in 802.11 capability suitable for RV internet access via WiFi. More and more parks are installing WiFi networks creating hotspots much like those found in airports, coffee shops, and restaurants all over the country. While the speeds are much improved over dial-up, access may not be available in all areas on a campground and many campgrounds also charge fees for use.

Many full-time RVers are looking for 24/7 access to the internet if possible. Most major cellular companies offer wireless access via smart phones that can be used to surf the web and check email. These cellular connections can also be used as a wireless modem and many providers also offer wireless air cards that are connected to the computer to tap into the network.

If internet access is near the top of your list of RV needs, consider these items:

What type of access do you need, intermittent or 24/7?

Does your laptop or computer have the capability to access the internet wirelessly?

Does the campground offer WiFi service and if so, is it available on the entire grounds, and are there any fees associated?

Does your cell phone provider offer wireless service or cards that can keep you connected, regardless of where your RV vacations take you?

Now that we’ve covered internet, what else is on your list when looking for a New or Used RV New York?

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Stay warm on those cold nights

 

With the weather starting to get colder, and the days shorter, you are probably experiencing a bit of a chill at night now. This is also the time of year where you are still RVing in cooler climates before either heading south for the winter or storing your RV until next season. Staying warm and comfortable in your RV is a key to have a great trip this time of year. No one likes sleepless nights shivering the whole time, so how should you stay warm? The easy answer is your RV furnace, but you may be out at a camp site when that breaks down, so what are you back up options?

The two most popular choices are heating strips and portable heaters. Like all things, there are pros and cons that go with both, and it is more of a preferential choice. Let’s look at portable heaters first. The great thing about these are that they do a good job heating a small space. At night, shut the door to your room and turn one of these on and you will stay warm through out the night. They are also quiet, which is key to falling asleep. The problem with them is that they tend to break down easily over time. If you buy one you can expect to buy another after a few years. Also, there is always to risk of fire with these heaters, due to the exposed heating coils. If you use one, be sure to put it in a safe place out of contact with combustibles.

Another option is a heating strip. A heating strip is installed in the air conditioner and it is a 1500 watt heater. This option is goo because it is generally more reliable than the portable heater, and it doesn’t take up any extra space in the RV. The not so great part about them is that you have to run your A/C fan through the night, and it doesn’t heat your rig nearly as well as the portable heater. You won’t freeze to death with one, but you won’t be toasty.

If all else fails, keep extra quilts and blankets in your RV and bundle up for warmth. If you are looking for a new RV ta stay warm in, be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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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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