RV Trip Planning Tips

Ready to get on the road for an exciting vacation? Planning is a must if you want your trip to go smoothly.

The first thing to take a look at is the new and used motor homes for sale at Jim’s RV Center. Our knowledgeable staff is standing by to help you choose the perfect recreational vehicle and set up financing or if your current RV needs a service check, parts or accessories, technicians are onsite to take care of any issues.

Once transportation is set and checked off the list, start planning an itinerary to keep your vacation moving forward in a timely manner. There’s nothing worse than having a variety of places and attractions to see but due to a lack of time management, you only see half the places on your wish list.

Scheduling

  • Map out the estimated travel time from your starting point to your destination. Allow time for stops for fuel, stretching legs and picture taking. If your plans include overnight stays along the way, factor this into the estimated travel time.
  • Multiply the number of hours you have for your vacation then deduct the estimated travel time to and from home, sleep time, meals and setting up at a campground. The final figure is an estimate of how much “actual” time is available for vacation activities.
  • Assume bumps in the road to slow down travel plans. A traffic back-up on the interstate is a prime example. Allow some wiggle room for unforeseen situations.

Time Management

The more hours available for activities the better but to ensure you get the most from your adventure, consider these suggestions when planning your time.

  • Choose the activities or attractions that are the most important and leave any other places on your wish list for another excursion. It’s best not to overload your itinerary to a point you don’t get to fully enjoy any one attraction.
  • Set a time to be where you want to go and how long you plan to be at the location. Stick to the schedule especially if you have other activities planned for the same day.
  • You always have the option of extending time at a favorite fishing spot or theme park by removing another scheduled activity or adjusting the timeframe for that activity.

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Warm Southern Destinations

Blue sky with white sand and palm beach in Key West, USA

When winter seems like its never going to go away, your only choice is to go away from it. Fire up your RV and head to one of these southern winter escapes. The warm weather, endless sightseeing, and sandy beaches will help you forget about snow and ice in no time.

Key West, Florida

Most travelers think of high-rise resorts and expensive cocktails on the beach when they think of Key West, but this tropical paradise doesn’t have to eat up your savings. Stay at Leo’s Campground — the most affordable RV park in the Florida Keys — and you’ll enjoy that upscale resort feel for a reasonably monthly rate.

Wilmington, North Carolina

Located just a few hours north of Charleston, Wilmington, N.C., is the Holy City’s mellow cousin. Relax on the uncrowded beaches, explore a more mild downtown scene or just kick back at the campsite and enjoy the warm winter temperatures. The North Carolina coast offers breathtaking views and outdoor fun all year long.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Whether you’re in the mood to party, dance, sightsee, eat or shop, few cities are as vibrant as New Orleans. Stay right in the French Quarter at French Quarter RV Resort or relax on the waterfront away from the action at Pontchartrain Landing RV Park. And whatever you do, don’t miss Mardi Gras.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Before you put on your flip flops and hit the road, stop by Jim’s RV Center, your New York RV dealer. Our RV service department is here to handle all of your RV lifestyle needs, like preparing your vehicle for the long haul down south.

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Yellowstone National Park

If you haven’t been there yet, Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to waste a weekend in the summer. Here’s a quick rundown of why you might want to consider an RV excursion to Yogi Bear’s old stomping grounds:

Old Faithful

The elephant in the living room, Old Faithful is the main reason many people come here in the first place, so we’ll address the famous geyser first. Erupting once every 91 minutes, you may have seen the geyser in movies and on television, but seeing this thing blow like a blue whale every hour and a half really takes your breath away.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon is in Nevada, but Yellowstone has a grand canyon all its own. It might not be as big as its Southwestern cousin, but it will leave you in awe. Take a hike down the side of the canyon if you want a serious workout, and be sure to bring a wide angle camera to capture the moment.

Yellowstone Lake

If someone told you that it was the Yellowstone Sea, you might be inclined to believe them. This enormous lake covers 136 square miles with depths of up to 390 feet. The largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet over sea level, Yellowstone Lake is a great spot for fishing or just hanging out and taking in the sun.

Yellowstone National Park is all about those moments of awe. The breathtaking, humbling visions of natural beauty that remind you of why you became an RVer in the first place. If you’re looking for a place to kill a weekend or a week, or a month if you’re so inclined, you can’t ask for a more transcendental spot than a campsite at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Before you head cross-country, drop by Jim’s RV in New York. Our lot is full of new and used RVs of every kind.

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August RV Events in Tioga County

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I’m always on the lookout for special events that RVers may want to check out in the New York area if they are new to the region.

If, on the other hand, you’ve finally decided to get an RV, head out to your local RV dealership and browse the selection. To ease into the RVing lifestyle, try taking your RV to some August events scattered throughout Tioga County.

August 3rd, 2013: 11th Annual Bike Tioga

Keeping in shape while living the RV lifestyle is very important for your overall health. If you enjoy biking the trails at RV resorts, then check out the 11th Annual Bike Tioga event that will be held at Hickories Park in Owego, NY.

Travel through flat and hilly countryside as you can choose which bike ride to go on: 23 miles, 41 miles, 61 miles or 103 miles. Be advised that if you have gone to this event in the past, it was usually a two-day activity held on Saturday and Sunday; the organizers have changed this to a one-day activity on Saturday. Register for the bike ride at the event website.

August 10th: 2nd Annual Motorcycle Show

Nichols, NY, has the famous Tioga Downs Casino where people can watch great concerts, play the slots, and enjoy watching the horse racing. This year they will be hosting the 2nd Annual Motorcycle show.

RVers who have a love of motorcycles (and have one stashed inside their motorhome to enjoy scenic Sunday rides through the countryside) can check out the bikes entered in the contest. There’s a $15 registration if you want your motorcycle in the show as there will be a trophy presentation. For more information, contact Erica Miller at 607-425-1225.

Visit Nichols and Tioga County and travel through the quiet hamlets and take in the historic sights during your RV trip. You can find something entertaining to do whether you are just looking for a concert to attend at the casino or want to engage in outdoor activities at the many parks and lakes in the region. Have a great time and if you have any problems with your RV or are looking for a new recreational vehicle, stop at Jim’s RV where they can provide you with the best parts service and RV vehicles in the entire state.

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There’s S’more End Of Summer Camping Ahead This Labor Day New York!

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The summer camping season is not quite over yet. There is one more holiday weekend to take advantage and hit the trails and fire up some s’mores, before the colder weather comes our way. And in my mind, nothing quite goes together like camping and s’mores.

Labor Day weekend is this Monday, September 3, and according to AAA (Automobile Association of America), 33 million travelers will hit the road going distances of at least 50 miles. Although gas prices have been on the rise, that won’t deter 2.9% more people from last year, vacationing this holiday weekend. Of those travelers, 85% will be going by vehicle. So if you are some of those headed out in your RV for a little camping and s’mores, you will have some traffic to deal with.

Now, you may be wondering what all the references to my favorite camping treat, s’mores are all about. Well, I wanted to share a non-traditional, delicious, s’mores recipe that I love. You can try these on your upcoming Labor Day weekend camping trip.

Pot of S’mores

1 box or 14 ½ ounces graham crackers, crushed
½ cup butter, melted
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
2 cups miniature marshmallows

  • Prepare your grill or campfire on low heat using 16-18 charcoal briquettes or large wood chips.
  • Line a Dutch oven with aluminum foil. Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter and press onto the bottom of the Dutch oven. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the crust and sprinkle with the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Then sprinkle with the marshmallows.
  • Cover the Dutch oven. When your grill or campfire is ready and the briquettes or wood chips are covered in white ash, place the Dutch oven on top of them. Place the remaining briquettes or wood chips on the oven cover.
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until the chocolate and butterscotch chips are melted.

For more delicious s’mores recipes and other Labor Day travel statistics visit usatoday.com and tasteofhome.com. Try this s’mores recipe for your Labor Day weekend camping trip and enjoy the last holiday of the summer season. And for all your RV needs stop by your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV.

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The Top 10 National Parks To Take Your Kids To New York! Part 2 of 2

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Our last post covered the first 5 of 10 national parks that Parents.com has recommended for kids. They surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following five are the remaining top parks that made the cut.

6. Mount Rainier National Park – Ashford, WA
Mount Rainier is 235,625 acres of waterfalls, glaciers and rain forest. There are 10 family friendly trails with one of those being stroller friendly. The park also hosts over 600 campsites, two hotels and 58 changing stations.
7. Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
77,180 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails. Great Basin National Park runs the Great Basin for Kids program where they can learn all about the parks, flowers, trees and insects. Some of those trees are 4,000-5,000 year old Great Basin Bristlecone Pine tress.
8. Mesa Verde National Park – Mesa Verde, CO
Mesa Verde National Park features 52,122 acres including five family friendly trails, two of which are stroller accessible. The park is also home to the largest selection of Pueblo structures and dwellings in the world.
9. Denali National Park & Preserve – Denali Park, AK
Denali national park & Preserve is by far the largest park on the list. With 6.1 million acres, this park and preserve features eight family-friendly trails all of which are stroller friendly. Denali national park & Preserve also offers amazing views of Mt. McKinley, which is the highest peak in North America.
10. Yosemite National Park – Yosemite, CA
The last park on our list, Yosemite, features748, 000 acres of park with three stroller and family friendly trails. There are several activities to do and see for kids and adults alike including waterfalls, a Junior Rangers program and skiing during the winter.

For more information on the remaining parks reviewed, visit parents.com. You can view all that the parks have to offer and see which one best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s to take on your next family vacation to one of these national parks.

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The Top 10 National Parks To Take Your Kids To New York! Part 1 of 2

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Whenever you set out in your RV on a family vacation in can be difficult to figure out the right place to go. You probably have a checklist of what you want to do and see. And depending on how many members of your family there are, that can be quite a long list. Of course you will want several types of activities that will satisfy everyone, a kid-friendly place and somewhere that has a good reputation among others. Parents.com surveyed 56 national parks and ranked them based on fun children’s programs, trails suitable for small children, safety record, staffing, and air quality, accommodations and comfort factors. The following are those that made the cut.

1. Grand Teton National Park – Moose, WY
This park features 310,00 total acre, with 25 family friendly trails, three of which are stroller-accessible. Some of the sites not to miss include 13,770 foot mountain, blue glaciers and more than 300 bird species.
2. Lassen Volcanic National Park – Mineral, CA
106,000 acres occupy this park, with 10 family friendly trails and four are stroller friendly. Lassen Volcanic Park features 13 kid’s programs as well as several activities for the whole family including biking, boating, horseback riding and kayaking.
3. Voyageurs National Park – International Falls, MN
Voyageurs National Park features 218,000 acres and five family friendly trails. Three of these have portions that are stroller accessible. If water is what you are looking for this park has it. There are more than 80,000 acres of water and only 10 miles of road which, features several glacier-carved lakes. If you are a water loving family this is the park for you.
4. Rocky Mountain National Park – Estes Park, CO
Estes Park is a pretty well known name and this park features 265,769 acres of park and 25 family friendly trails. Wildlife viewing is a great activity here where you can spy elk, mule deer, moose and coyote.
5. Big Bend National Park – Near Marathon, TX
With 801,163 acres and five family friendly trails, this is the biggest park on the list so far. This is one of the least crowded national parks and features float trips down the Rio Grande, over 70 species of cacti and over 450 species of birds.

For more information on each of these national parks visit parents.com and see, which best suites you and your family. And visit your local new and used New York RV dealer, Jim’s RV, for your selection of RV’s for your next family vacation.

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Travel the deserts this winter for less

If you are planning your first winter of being a Snowbird and decided to head to the deserts of the Southwest, then you may not know where to start looking for ways to save money. Well planned extended stays can help you keep your budget in check and may even let you keep more in your pocket then you had expected. Packing up your RV and heading out to a far off destination can seem daunting, but with a few easy tips you can travel like a pro.

The first part of staying in the desert is getting there. Before you leave your home base, be sure to map out places that allow you to stay the night for free along the way. The savings that you will have from not paying for a camping spot every night can help pay for a large portion of the fuel that you may use to get there. Good places to look are Wal-Marts and other public lands that allow you to camp for free.

Once you arrive, it’s best to choose a central location to camp. While cities may have a lot of entertainment they will also cost more to camp at. Look for a camp site that is in the country, but close enough to other sites that you will want to visit around you. You will save money from camping here, and it will allow you to travel less once you get your rig set up.Also, purchase a good regional guide book. They will offer great activities and locations that will help you pass the time once you establish camp.

Becoming a Snowbird for the first time may seem overwhelming at first, but if you have a great RV and a great plan, then you will be able to spend the winter months in comfort.

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