Visit Little Sahara State Park

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Check out Little Sahara State Park the next time you’re looking for an RV getaway, especially if you want something quick and simple. This is a great park if you’ve got ATVs, dune buggies, motorbikes, or other off-roading toys.

A prime example of Oklahoma’s diverse terrain, Little Sahara State Park boasts over 1,600 acres of sand dunes, ranging in height from 25 to 75 feet. The vast dunes have formed over time from terrace deposits, remnants of prehistoric times when the Cimarron River flowed over the entire area. Located south of Waynoka in northwest Oklahoma, the park offers amenities such as 86 RV sites with water and electricity, 143 tent sites, picnic areas and showers. Concessions are offered in the park seasonally, and groceries and fuel are available nearby.

The main attraction at Little Sahara State Park is dune buggy and ATV riding across the sand dunes. Visitors can either bring their own ATV or rent one off-site by a private vendor. Either way, visitors will have a blast in this mini-desert atmosphere, known as one of the best riding spots for ATVs in the Midwest.  The cost is $10 a day for all drivers and passengers to get on the sand. Passengers under 10 years old are free. Those who bring their own vehicle to Little Sahara State Park are required to follow park rules and regulations.

The park’s address is 101 Main St. Waynoka, OK. You can get more information by calling them at 580-824-1471 or faxing them at 580-824-1472.

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Before you go visit Little Sahara State Park, be sure to stop by Leisure Time RV to get your RV checked over and ready for the road trip ahead. Leisure Time RV can also help get you into a new or used RV if you don’t have one or are looking to upgrade. If you like Little Sahara and parks similar to it, a toy hauler might be just the thing for you.

Head to Lake Texoma on Your Next RV Trip

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Lake Texoma is Oklahoma’s second largest lake and one of the premier striped bass hot spots in the southwest. Besides fishing and a myriad of watersports, Lake Texoma State Park offers swimming, camping, picnic areas, wildlife viewing opportunities, and hiking. The park also features comfort stations with showers, boat ramps, and a small hiking trail near the Two Rivers Nature Center.

Lake Texoma State Park’s overnight facilities include tent camping and two RV areas. Approximately 88 full hookup RV sites, 41 RV sites with water and electric and 200 tent sites are available. The on-site Rally Campground offers an open grass area with 16 electric clusters accommodating up to four units each with 30 amp electric and water service.

The privately operated Catfish Bay Marina located within the park offers a full service marina with a fuel dock and striper guide fishing services. A marina mart featuring a convenience store and gas station is also available on-site. There are a number of fishing guides to help you find the best spots and leave with some fish in your cooler. The park highly recommends the use of these fishing guides since they all have years of experience helping visitors catch fish. These guide services are available year round.

Lake Texoma State Park has no day-use fees. Picnic tables and fire rings are available in day-use areas on a first come, first serve basis.

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Before you visit Lake Texoma, or any other destination, see Leisure Time RV to guarantee that your RV is in good travel condition. Leisure Time RV can also help you find your next RV if it’s time to upgrade your rig.

Tired of Tent Camping? Upgrade to an RV!

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Tent camping is an adventure in itself and it’s great for the younger crowd, unless you’ve learned to “pack” the tent floor so it’s softer. However, there’s a time when many people start gravitating towards RVs instead of tent camping, if not for the comforts but because they are tired of having a weekend or vacation ruined by weather. With an RV, you can go camping in the worst weather and still be comfortable.

Other signs that you’re ready to give up the tent for a comfy RV includes body aches, waiting for public showers, wet belongings, and that you’re tired of choosing which “toys” to bring with you.

Body Aches

Even if you have an air mattress, your body might start aching after a night on the ground. Maybe you’ve even padded the area under the tent with plastic and newspaper and that doesn’t soften things enough for you. If you have a RV from Leisure Time RV, you don’t have to worry about an air mattress deflating or even sleeping on the ground – you can sleep in a comfortable bed. And some floor plans even have a luxurious king size bed.

Waiting in Line

If you’re tired of waiting in line for the shower or tired of wearing flip flops in the shower so you don’t get fungus on your feet, you’re probably ready for an RV. Some floor plans feature a combination shower and tub and other have large, spacious corner showers. Either way, the shower is always clean, you don’t have to wear flip flops in the shower and there’s no line.

Night Bathroom Trips

Another bad thing about tent camping is having to grab a flashlight to make a trip to the bathroom. Just plug a night light in the RV and you can see to make it to the bathroom, which is just a few steps from your bed. This is great especially if it’s raining outside.

Which Toys?

When you go tent camping, there’s always an argument over which toys to bring – bikes, ATVs or fishing equipment. With an RV you can end those arguments – a travel trailer will haul all of that and more.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV’s showroom to walk through the many floor plans we have available, including travel trailers, fifth wheels, motorized RVs and toy haulers.

The Tips You Need for Winter Camping

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Camping isn’t just a summertime activity. In fact, camping in the colder months of winter can be just as enjoyable (or even more enjoyable) than camping in other seasons. The thinner campground crowds, exciting outdoor winter activities and thrill of camping in more extreme conditions make this one of the best times of year to pitch a tent and enjoy the great outdoors.

However, camping in the colder temperatures of winter means you need to take extra precautions to keep yourself and your fellow campers safe. The following four tips are ones that will help you make the most out of this winter camping season.

Pack the Snow at Your Campsite

The first thing you should do upon arrival at your campsite is pack the snow in the area where you’ll be placing your tent. Packing the snow will create a smooth and solid surface will keep you more comfortable and prevent tears in your tent due to soft spots.

Pad Your Sleeping Space

A sleeping pad is essential to keeping you off the ground and warm when camping in cold temperatures. Pack a thick sleeping pad or layer your pad with clothing, blankets, towels or other soft goods to keep you warm.

Dry Your Bag in the Day

Flip your sleeping bag inside-out and hang it outside on days when you’re not expecting snow or rain. This will help remove any condensation from the interior of your bag, so you can sleep comfortably the following night.

Wear Fire-Resistant Outer Layers By the Fire

You’ll want to sit close to a hot fire when you’re camping in cold temperatures, but it’s important to wear a flame-resistant outer layer, such as wool, when close to the flames. Down jackets burn easily due to heat and stray embers, so keep flammable materials inside your tent at night.

Find Your Gear at Leisure Time

Leisure Time RV isn’t just a place to purchase new recreational vehicles. Our online parts store is stocked with all of the latest and greatest camping supplies for this winter camping season.

The Top 3 Oklahoma Campgrounds to Visit This Fall

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Whether you’re interested in camping lakeside, in the privacy of a national forest or within reach of some of the best climbing and hiking in the state, there’s an Oklahoma campground tailored to your travel style. The three Oklahoma campgrounds are some of the best in the state for experiencing the cooler temperatures and mellower crowds of all.

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

Adventurous campers will fall in love with the outdoor playground known as the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Lawton.  The refuge is home to Oklahoma’s famous Mount Scott as well as an array of free-roaming animals, including buffalo, longhorn cattle and elk. However, most campers head to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to explore its hiking and mountain biking trails, fish on the crystal clear lake and climb or boulder the craggy terrain.

Lake Murray State Park

The Lake Murray State Park in Ardmore is the ultimate destination for fishermen, boaters and outdoor enthusiasts who want to camp inside a breathtaking 13,000-acre park along Lake Murray. The state park also includes an 1,100-acre ATV area that stays open from 8 a.m., to dark every day.

Although, not all campers have to stay among the action. Lake Murray State Park boasts an array of camping areas that range from the more rambunctious ATV area to Buckhorn Trail near the boat ramp and the Rock Tower campground nestled among shade trees.

Ouachita National Forest

Hodgen’s Ouachita National Forest is a massive 352,000-acre park that offers everything from hunting and fishing to hang gliding and horseback riding. The park includes the Cedar Lake Equestrian Camp with almost 100 miles of trails, horse corrals, wash racks and tons of other features tailored to campers with horses. Other campgrounds range from primitive to modern, so campers can tailor their experience to suit their preferred camping style.

Start your fall and winter Oklahoma camping adventures right here at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. We’re stocked with everything from new and used RVs to parts, accessories and the latest and greatest fall camping supplies.

RV Camping Checklist

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Whether you are heading out for the first time of the season or you are on your 10th trip for the season, you should have an RV camping checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything. If you do forget something, you’re most likely too far from home to go back, thus it will cost you extra money to buy something you already have – and that’s a bummer!

When you create a checklist, separate items by location. For example, list everything you need from Leisure Time RV in one section, everything from the grocery store in another section, and everything from a department store in yet another section. This makes it easier to go down the list at each place.

Things to Get at Leisure Time RV

Some things you may not be able to find at department stores – and if a store does carry it, it’s not a guarantee that it will always be in stock. Plan to stop at our parts and accessories store to pick up certain things such as RV toilet paper and black tank chemicals. Always check the water and septic hoses, especially the drainage hose for the septic, before you head out. If you found you ran out of storage space the last time you were out, stop by to pick up storage solutions such as under-table drawers and collapsing cookware.

Things to Do Before You Leave

__ Check the fluids in your tow vehicle or in your motorized RV.

__ Check the fresh water hoses and the septic hoses.

__ Ensure that all plumbing is working whether you hook up to a water supply or you use the holding tanks.

__ Make sure you have enough RV toilet paper and chemicals for the trip.

__ Check the weather before you leave – pack appropriate clothing. If it is between seasons, pack things for cold and warm weather.

__ Check the heater and air conditioner. Make sure both work regardless of the season.

__ Check the tires on trailers and tow vehicles.

__ If you are going out for the first time this season, check all cabinets for evidence of critters that may have hibernated inside the RV. Check the mattresses and bedding to ensure it didn’t get chewed up.

__ Plan meals ahead of time so you pack only what you need.

Stop by Leisure Time RV to have your RV serviced before you go, especially if before the first time you go out for a season, before the winter season, and if you haven’t had maintenance done since the last spring season.

The Top 5 Campfire Games

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Huddling around a campfire with your friends and family is always fun, but campfire games make it even more enjoyable. These five campfire games are fun for all ages, and they don’t require any accessories, so you can play them whether you’re tent camping or at the RV park with your motorhome.

1. Name That Tune

This game is simple, and it’s even more fun if you have a musician in your group of campers. Have your musician begin playing a song or play the beginning of a song on your phone or MP3 player. The first person to guess the name of the tune wins a point, and the person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

2. Telephone

Telephone is a game that always ends in a lot of laughs. Start with one person in your group and have them think of a phrase. The phrase is then whispered from one person to another around the campfire. The last person will then recite the final phrase. Hint: It is often much different than the original.

3. The No Game

The No Game is played by forbidding everyone at your campfire to say the word “no.” Campers can ask each other questions and make comments to get each other to say the word. Each person who says “no” is eliminated, and the last person standing wins.

4. Charades

Charades is a campfire game guaranteed to make you laugh. Have one person come up with a topic and attempt to act it out. The first person to guess correctly wins.

5. Pass the Ghost Story

It’s not a campfire without a ghost story. Have one player start the ghost story with one sentence then let every person in the circle add a sentence. Make it around your circle at least twice before finishing the story.

Before you hit the road this camping season, don’t forget to stop in and see us at your one-stop RV shop — Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. Leisure Time RV is your go-to RV dealership for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories.

Take a Hike!

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Hiking is a simple and fulfilling RV activity that needs little in the way of gear. All you really need are some sturdy hiking shoes, a pack that can hold plenty of water, and some sun protection.

Oklahoma has plenty of great trails if you know where to go and where to look. Oklahoma’s trails give you a sense of the state’s diverse terrain and are challenging for hikers of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. Many of these trails are located in the state’s parks, which offer thousands of miles of hiking trails amidst diverse settings, such as along rocky ridges, under pine forests, and across open prairie.

Hike at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, for example, to experience trails that are nice and easy to strenuous. The refuge has peaks that you can summit, including Crab Eyes, Sunset Peak, and Elk Mountain.

Or head to southeast Oklahoma if you want to explore the wetlands and hike through cypress swamps.

Oklahoma is home to plenty of wildlife, including bison.

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Get to the trail head in style with a new RV from Leisure Time RV Center. Your RV will allow you to go farther and hike the best trails the country has to offer. Don’t drive home after an arduous hike… instead, crash in your RV and wake up refreshed and ready for the next hike! Leisure Time RV Center offers RV sales, service, parts, and accessories in Oklahoma City.

The Best Ways to Keep the Mosquitoes Away This Summer

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Mosquitoes are one of summer’s greatest pests, and keeping that at bay can be a serious challenge in the hot, humid summer weather. The following effortless tips for keeping your campsite mosquito-free will keep everyone safe and comfortable this season.

Ditch the Standing Water

Using a kiddy pool to cool off? Or are your RV’s gutters collecting water? Mosquitoes breed in areas of standing water, so be sure to empty those areas as much as possible. Keeping the air around your campsite and home moving, with fans set on low, can also keep the mosquitoes from settling in certain areas (especially around food).

Use Lavender Body Oil

If you’re tired of smelly, greasy bug sprays, a natural solution could be exactly what you’re seeking. Mix 30 drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of olive oil and rub it on your exposed skin. You’ll smell great, and the mosquitoes will finally stay away.

Get Rid of Tall Weeds

The state of your lawn could have a lot to do with the number of mosquitoes living there. Mosquitoes like to hide in tall weeds, and clipping those tall weeds can send them off to different places. Once you’ve mowed, remove the clippings, because the insects tend to stay in the clippings after they’ve fallen.

Check Your Citronella Candles

Many campers complain that citronella candles just don’t seem to work. One of the major problems is that many candles are simply citronella scented, and they don’t actually contain citronella oil. Citronella oil is a main deterrent for mosquitoes, so read the packaging of your candles carefully before purchasing, so you don’t end up with some duds.

Log onto our Leisure Time RV online parts store to shop our huge selection of camping supplies and RV parts that are guaranteed to make your summer camping experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

RV Campground Etiquette

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If you’re ready to head out on your first RV trip, whether a weekend or you’re hitting the road for a tour of the country, there is some campground etiquette that you should follow so that you get along with your neighbors, however temporary, as best as possible. Since many campgrounds have RVs rather close together, it’s easy for others to hear everything you do.

Campsites

Don’t walk through occupied sites. If you want to go into the site to knock on the door, that is fine, but it’s frowned upon to walk through just for the sake of walking through. If you notice that the shades are closed, don’t knock on someone’s door as they may be still sleeping. Many people are on vacation and sleep in every day.

Noise

Many campgrounds put their sites rather close together. Take this into consideration when you turn on the outside television or radio. Keep the volume low. If you must have it louder to hear it, a set of headphones is a great solution.

Pets

Not everyone likes pets. Some people may not like little dogs that yap all the time and some may not like big dogs because they are afraid of them. Even if your pet is the friendliest dog in the world, someone next to you might be uncomfortable with your pet or may even be allergic to your pet. Keep them in your own area, keep them quiet and be sure to pick up after them. It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t bring your pet into another person’s RV unless the pet is explicitly invited.

Smokers

Don’t smoke outside someone’s window. Be sure you are near your RV. While some may think you should smoke in a different area, you are not obligated to walk out of your site. Others may close their windows if needed. While smokers should be aware of the wind and their surroundings, non-smokers should also be polite by not asking a smoker to put out a cigarette unless the smoker is in the non-smoker’s site. Non-smokers can just shut their windows.

Setup

If you notice something wrong with a neighbor’s setup, let them know as they may not have noticed. A connection that is not correct or has come loose, a tire that is low on air or anything else that could be a danger to the occupants should be pointed out.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through our floor plans or give our service department a call to have your RV serviced before you head out for the first time this upcoming season.