New to You RVs

In the market for a new RV, but you don’t want to buy full price? Why not a new-to-you RV instead? Pre-owned models can be every bit as good as new models, but sell for much less. Get the most bang for your buck with one of these RVs, currently onsite at Jim’s RV Center.

2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS

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The 2011 Monaco Vesta 32PBS is a luxury model, available now for $99,000. This Class A Diesel only has 24,717 miles on it. It’s 32 feet long with a grey fiberglass exterior, tan interior, a road master engine, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people.

2003 Northwood Nash 245N

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The 2003 Northwood Nash 245N is a fifth wheel trailer, so you’ll need an appropriate towing vehicle. If you have one, this is a real bargain at $9,900. The unit is 24 feet long, has 1 slide-out, and sleeps 6 people.

1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32

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The 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32 is a Class A Gas that’s been gently used, clocking in only 47,698 miles. It’s 32 feet long, has a tan fiberglass exterior, blue interior, 1 slide-out, and can sleep 6 people. It’s in great condition, which makes the price tag of $26,900 very attractive for those who want a Class A on the cheap.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Come by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York, for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Whether you’re looking for a used or new RV, Jim’s RV Center has a large enough inventory to find whatever it is that’s right for you.

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RVs with Travel Experience

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If you are looking for an RV but want to get more RV for your money, stop by our showroom and walk through the several used models we have available. Whether you want a Class A, Class C, fifth wheel, travel trailer or a pop-up camper, we have several of each type.

We have several models that are under $10,000 for those on a tight budget, including a 2003 Keystone Sprinter 252RLS, a 2013 Forest River Flagstaff 228, a 2009 Forest River Flagstaff 206LTD, a 2007 Jayco Jayfeather 213, a 2003 Jayco Jayflight 21FB, 2006 Keystone Adirondack 30BHSL, 2004 Adventure MFG Timberlodge 25FB, 2006 Palomino Stampede 235 BSDSL and several more.

You can even find Class A RVs for under $30,000, including the 1998 Fleetwood Bounder 32. This model is 32 feet long and sleeps up to six people. It features a large slide, which gives you more space to move around. Additional features include a 5.5kw generator, 6-gallon LP/DSI water heater, hydraulic / electric jacks, a power step, outside shower, convection microwave oven, solar charger, a 15-foot awning, backup camera, power mirrors, a roof ladder and more.

Newer travel trailers are available for under $20,000, including the 2014 Jayco Jayflight Swift. This model is 26 feet long an sleeps up to eight people. Additional features for this model include a bunk house, 22-inch LCD television, stab jacks, a 15-foot awning, a 6-gallon three-way water heater, DVD player, stereo with CD player, microwave and a two-door fridge.

No matter what type of RV you prefer, we have a floor plan that will fit your family; and you’ll save thousands when you buy used models. Choose newer models or even older models that are in excellent condition so you can get on the road sooner rather than later.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many used RV floor plans we have available and to choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. Choose from Class A diesel or gas models, Class C models, travel trailers, fifth wheel models and pop-up camper models.

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RVs at Jim’s RV for Under $10,000

If you are in the market for an RV but have $10,000 or less to spend, stop by our showroom to walk through the several floor plans we have available. All models are pre-owned, but are in excellent condition. Choose from fifth wheel models, travel trailers and pop up/travel trailer combinations.

2003 Northwood Nash 245N

This fifth wheel model is available for just $9,900. Features include a slide, L-shaped kitchen, private queen bedroom, large tub/shower combination, dinette, sofa and overhead cabinets.

2000 Fleetwood Savannah 35-5P

The Fleetwood Savannah is a fifth wheel model available for $5,995. Features include three slides, tons of cabinet and pantry space and a private queen bedroom.

2002 Fleetwood Coleman Bayside

This pop-up camper is available for $4,795. This model features plenty of space, a slide, dinette, three-burner stove, large sink, fridge, heater, sofa and plenty of storage space.

2007 Cruiser RV Funfinder X189FBS

This travel trailer is available for $9,900. Features include a slide, queen bedroom, sofa, removable table, full galley, stand-up corner shower and plenty of storage.

2006 Sun Valley X-Treme Lite 24RK

This travel trailer is available for $8,900. Features include a slide, dinette, sofa, kitchen, a large shower/tub combination, private queen bedroom and plenty of storage space.

2003 Jayco Jayflight 21FB

This travel trailer is available for $7,495. Features include a queen bed, spacious kitchen, dinette, large shower/tub combination and carpeting.

2009 Forest River Flagstaff Shamorck

This travel trailer/pop-up combination is available for $9,900. Features include the ability to sleep up to eight people, kitchen, three tent beds, a dinette that folds down into a bed, bathroom with a corner shower, 11k BTU air conditioning unit, 6-gallon hot water heater, DVD player, outside shower, outside speakers, a 13-foot awning and two 20-pound propane bottles.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by our RV showroom at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the several RV models under $10,000 that we have available to learn more about these RVs.

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The 2007 Jayco Designer 38RDQS: A Luxury Home on Wheels

A good, used fifth wheel from Jim’s RV can be just as good as any all-in-one recreational vehicle. We think of the RV lifestyle and we think, “well, clearly you need an RV,” but fifth wheels are often able to provide more space than you’ll get in even a luxury RV.

Take the 2007 Jayco Designer series, for instance. The 38RDQS features four sleep stations including a hide-a-bed, two roof air conditioners, a microwave, and actual ceiling fans. How often do you see a ceiling fan in an RV? You barely even see them in full size trailer homes, let alone RVs and fifth wheels. Most New York apartments don’t even have room for a ceiling fan. The twenty seven inch television will help to keep you entertained on those long rest stops, and at $35,900, you could spend a lot more on such a luxurious fifth wheel.

The tan interior and white exterior help to create a relaxed atmosphere, especially in the summer when the sun will be beating down on the walls of the fifth wheel as you’re trying to take a nap. The color really does help to keep the interior cool.

Jayco are known for their quality fifth wheels, and the designer series are no exception. Far from sacrificing a quality build for the appearance of class, the Jayco designer series offers both, with the 38RDQS being both durable and luxurious, so you don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

If you’re looking for a great fifth wheel to take out on the road next summer, or if you’re looking to trade in a smaller motorhome, this home on wheels may be just the thing to offer luxury, comfort, and plenty of elbow room as you journey down the American highways from coast to coast. Come check it out today at Jim’s RV!

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Delicious Summertime Pulled Pork

You can make pulled pork in the oven, on the grill, or in a crock pot as long as you’re okay with slow cooking it. If you are using a grill, set the temperature to about 285 degrees by using one or two burners, then set the roasting pan on the other side of the grill.

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You can make this in your Jim’s RV or make it before you leave for your trip, as it keeps well in the fridge:

4 strips thick-sliced hickory-smoked or slab bacon

2 medium onions

Pork roast – choose a size that fits your family

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Salt

Pepper

Badia’s Redfish Seasoning

Cumin

Couple dashes of Liquid smoke

Couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce or sauce of your choice

If you are using a crockpot, set it to medium high or 350 degrees. Cut the bacon strips into quarters. Cook them in the crockpot until they become translucent. Julienne the onions and add them to the bacon. Cook until the onions become translucent. Add the roast and brown it on each side.

If you are using a grill or the oven, fry the bacon and an onion until soft. Brown the roast on each side. Transfer to a dutch oven or large baking dish.

Add all of the spices to taste. Add water to cover the roast.

Cook on 285 degrees Fahrenheit for at least five hours or until you can pull the roast apart with a fork. Times could vary by as much as an hour or more depending on your method of cooking and the type of roast you use.

Remove the roast from the pan and discard all but three cups of water. If you like onions and bacon in your barbecue, reserve the onions and the bacon to add at the end.

Pour the barbecue sauce into the pan. Add just enough water to loosen up the sauce. This is going to be your preference. Usually, about a half cup to an 18-ounce bottle of sauce leaves it thick enough to help it stay together on a bun.

If you use more than a 4- to 5-pound roast, you will need a second bottle of sauce.

Set the temperature to low. If you are using an oven, set the temperature to 250 degrees. Stir the barbecue sauce and add additional spices to taste if you wish. If you like spicy hot barbecue, add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.

Using two forks shred the roast. Add the onions and bacon if that is your preference. Add the meat to the barbecue sauce mixture and mix it well. Make sure all of the meat is covered with sauce. Put the pan back in the oven, on the grill or in the 250-degree crockpot.

Cook until the sauce is warm, stirring every 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Do you have any favorite recipes — pulled pork or otherwise — that you and your family enjoy while RVing? We’d love to hear them!

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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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Get your RV ready for the coming cold weather

 

With the weather getting colder you need to make sure your RV is ready for the coming season. This is not the same as winterizing your RV, only making sure that you can enjoy the cooler fall nights without problems while camping. Just like how you need to change your wardrobe from summer to fall, your RV needs to prepare for the coming change in the elements. Unlike winterizing your rig, giving your RV a cold weather check only takes a few hours at most, and it allows you to hit the road and get back to camping when you are finished.

The first thing that you should do is inspect your batteries. Give them a good cleaning with a baking soda and water mixture, and check and refill with distilled water if necessary. Also, check their charge with a voltometer to ensure that they will continue working in the cooler weather. Next, it is time to check your engines antifreeze and coolant system. With winter coming, you want your coolant mixture to be around 70% anti-freeze and 30% water. You can check this with testing strips or a refractometer. Also, be sure to check all the hoses and lines for your colling system to make sure there are no leaks or holes.

No one wants to freeze in their RV, so be sure to check your rigs furnace and heating system. If you haven’t run it yet, turn it on high to get rid of any mold that has developed in your furnace over the last 6 months. Also, make sure that you are not losing any of that warm air due to holes or open seals in your roof. Make sure that your roof has no leaks or hole in it, and give the roof a good was while you are up there. Finally, check all your devices inside your RV. Fire detector and carbon monoxide batteries, appliances, and any other electrical advice. You don’t want to lose power when you are in the middle of no where with a cold front blowing in.

Keep your RV ready this fall and winter, and enjoy the off season if you are keeping your RV in storage. If you’re looking for a new RV, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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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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In your RV Pay Attention to Clearance

 

If you are new you RVing, then you have probably had the thought go through your mind about how much bigger it feels behind the wheel than it looked at the dealership.  There is nothing wrong with buying a large Class A sized RV.  They come packed with features and accessories, but it can be a huge shock when you start driving it from place to place.  One of the biggest things that you have to deal with is all the new rules that go along with owning such a large vehicle.

One of the things that you need to know is how tall your rig is.  From fast food joints to bridges, you have probably already noticed height warnings before you even bought an RV.  It is important to know how tall your RV is, and be sure to measure again if you add anything to your roof such as solar panels or air vents. If you hit something that is too low it will cause a large amount of damage to your rig and may put others around you in danger as well.

One of the lesser known issues that you have to be aware of in your RV is the width.  While like height it is important to know so you don’t cause any RV damage, but it is also important to know because some roads have width restrictions.  While the road may look about the same size as most others, a width restricted road may put other cars in danger because they do not have enough clearance around you while passing.  Many of these roads will have signs alerting drivers of these rules.

It is important to know the dimensions of your rig so you can become a safer driver.  Your owners manual should have these measurements listed inside, but if not, be sure to carefully measure yourself. If you are looking for a great new RV, no matter the size, then be sure to come into Jim’s RV.

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