Apps You Should Have for RVing

Before you head out on the first trip of the season, you may want to download some helpful apps. Whether you need to find a retailer in a strange place, information about campgrounds or even find the cheapest gas, apps make your RV trip less stressful if you’re in a new area.

Post Office

If you need a post office to mail something, you could waste a lot of time finding one in certain areas. Instead, just download this free app to find the closest post office so you can replenish stamps and other postal necessities.

AllStays Camp & RV

Find information on 16,825 campgrounds, state parks, national parks, national forests, BLM, private campgrounds and Army Corps of Engineers facilities. It also shows 2,800 truck stops, Sam’s Clubs, Cracker Barrels, Costco stores and Walmart stores.

State Line

This app is helpful if you are traveling from state to state. You’ll be able to find speed limits, driving rules, average sales tax, right on red laws, seatbelt laws, time zones, alcohol laws and more.

Gas Buddy

This free app tells you where to find the cheapest gas at your location.

Hi-Def Radar

Get current weather information from NOAA. In some cases, the moving images are as new as 4 minutes.

Weather Radio

This app is not free, but at $9.99, it’s worth it – Weather Radio gives you storm warnings from NOAA for up to five different locations. Even if your phone is off, it will announce storm warnings.

Walmart

This free app finds the closest Walmart to you; and it provides the store’s phone number so that you can call to ask if it’s okay to park overnight in their lot if you are boondocking.

GPS Apps

Use GPS apps to find places and to find your way. MotionX-GPS Drive finds restaurants and places, but you can put only one segment at a time in. While it’s not the best app for navigation, it is best for finding places.

Premium CoPilot lets you choose your vehicle. This comes in handy when you need to know a bridge height in strange cities. This app supports up to 50 segments for a trip and is great for navigation.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any accessories you may need; and if you don’t have an RV yet, but are planning on buying one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans we have in our RV showroom.

Vacation Costs: RV vs. Non-RV

When you compare the costs of staying in a motel or having an RV, the RV vacation is much cheaper, assuming you’re not going somewhere within a couple hours for just two or three days. Even so, the RV has benefits that staying in a hotel or motel doesn’t provide, such as the comfort of knowing your “room” is clean, there are no bedbugs, and you can have a home-cooked meal if you want.

Let’s look at some numbers. For a family of four, you can expect to spend at least $2,000 on airfare, and that’s if you’re going somewhere nearby. Once you are at your destination, you’ll need a way to get around. Rental car costs for three days is about $150. Fuel costs would depend on how much driving you expect to do. There’s no sense in going on a vacation if you’re going to sit in a hotel the entire time, so you can expect to fill the tank at least once. At $1.69 per gallon for a 20-gallon tank, that’s just under $34.

Meals out for a family of four would average $40 for breakfast, $60 for lunch and $100 for dinner if you keep it to less expensive places. Multiply that by 3 for each meal and you’re at about $600 for food.

Now add in the hotel rooms. If you find a place for about $75 per night, inclusive of taxes and fees and the kids share a room, you’re at $150 per night. That’s over $3,000 for three days and two night – and that’s being conservative.

On the other hand, if you have an RV, you can save tons. Assume the cost of ownership of the RV, including payments and insurance is about $500 per trip. Gas for a 700-mile trip would be about $250. If you choose to eat out for every meal, you wouldn’t save money there, but if you choose to make home-cooked meals, food for three days might cost $100 if you get just a little bit crazy and buy stuff that you might never buy because of the cost. This drops your price for a three-day weekend for four people to about $850. Even if you spent $500 more than you expected to, that is still a savings of over $1,650.

The best thing is, when you pay off the RV, the cost of ownership drops considerably, thus further reducing the cost of a family trip.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through the many floor plans we have available, including RV models available for payments under $149 per month – which significantly reduces the cost of ownership.

Your Guide to RV Camping in Oklahoma

If you’re new to RVing, new to Oklahoma, or new to both, this quick guide is for you. Oklahoma is a fantastic state for RV travel and camping and possesses hundreds of opportunities to RVers.

Part of the reason why Oklahoma is such a great state for RVing is that it contains the longest stretch of preserved Route 66 anywhere in the country. The old roadside charm of Route 66 is still in full force in Oklahoma and makes a drive along its length one full of leisure and fun, especially if you’re in an RV.

Oklahoma also has over two dozen state parks and all of them welcome RVers with sites that are big enough for any rig. Most even have hookups for your RV’s systems and utilities.

Some of Oklahoma’s best RV spots include Lake Eufaula or Beavers Bend State Park (both are full of natural beauty), Winstar RV Park (located near Winstar World Casino), and Corral Drive-In Theater and RV Park (where you can catch a movie like you would at a regular drive-in from the comfort of your RV).

You may additionally want to check out Marval Family Camping Resort for glamping (glamorous camping) enhanced by a mini golf course, game room, swimming pool, and standard luxury amenities for every RV site.

Then there’s Lake Thunderbird State Park, which is regarded as Oklahoma’s mountain biking capital. There are over 18.5 miles in the biking trail network through some of Oklahoma’s most thrilling landscapes.

If you plan on fishing anywhere you visit in Oklahoma, make sure to have a current Oklahoma fishing license if you are over 16 years of age.  You can purchase your Oklahoma fishing license online, or at bait/tackle shops, convenience stores and some grocery stores.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Wherever you’re headed in Oklahoma, you’ll definitely want to add Leisure Time RV to your list of stops. We can help get your rig in good shape to handle anything Oklahoma can throw your way or even show you some of our units for sale if it’s time you got into your own RV.

What You Should Know About Boondocking

RVing is the most comfortable method of road travel, bar none. Don’t be tricked, however, into thinking you only have to camp at luxurious resorts or campgrounds. If you don’t mind roughing it or getting back to nature a bit, boondocking could be for you.

Boondocking is essentially free camping out in the wild without your typical picnic tables, parking pads, and fire pits. You find a secluded place in an area of your choosing, given the area is suitable, and camp out without paying a dime.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? We should mention that there are some caveats to keep in mind, mostly to do with a lack of creature comforts that you might be used to if you only park your RV at parks.

It’s not for everyone, but for those who have experience or want a different sort of family vacation, why not try it out? There are a good few websites that have information on places to go and sights to see. But before you head off and try your hand at this, there are a few tips and rules that can aid you in your quest.

First, make sure you keep three things in mind when looking for a spot to boondock: make sure that there is enough turn around space, that the ground is firm, and that you can access the area with no issues. There’s no sense in getting stuck just trying to find a good place to camp for free.

Next, you want to keep a few terms in mind when hunting down that perfect area. If you’re using a website to help you, you might come across BLM or WMA. If you are new to camping and aren’t sure, here’s what they mean.

BLM is the Bureau of Land Management. This is usually owned by the government and 1/8 of the total amount of land in the US is owned by them. They do lease out areas to companies but you are welcome to squat on the land for up to 14 days given there are no signs posted to the contrary.

WMA is the Wildlife Management Area and rules vary from state to state on where and how long you can camp. These lands are usually for hunting and fishing.

NPS is the National Park Service and they manage all 58 national parks in the United States. Boondocking is not allowed in these areas, however.

USFS stands for the United States Forest Service and free camping is permitted up to 14 days.

Remember that no matter where you go, leave things as you found them. Use the “Leave No Trace” rule and be respectful of your surroundings while out in your RV.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this fall to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your boondocking adventures. If you’re not on the market for an RV, you can still stop in at Leisure Time RV to schedule service, to learn more about RVing, or to shop for parts and accessories.

Recovering from the Holidays

The holidays are about time together with family and friends of course, but they’re also about eating lots of delicious food! If you went a bit overboard these past weeks on the pumpkin pies, potatoes and gravy, and turkey with stuffing, you may need to find ways to recover, especially if you’re tipping the scales heavier than you were back in October.

Here are easy ways you can bounce back in the New Year while you travel in your RV from Leisure Time RV.

Pull Over and Hike

Wherever you are in the country, use the Trails.com app to locate a hiking trail near you, pull over your vehicle and go for a hike. It doesn’t have to be a long adventure that throws off your travel schedule. Even a short 20-minute hike can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and even stress.

Fitness Without the Gym

Afraid you won’t be able to work out because you’ll be away from your local gym? There are plenty of exercises you can do on the road without any equipment at all. Jumping jacks, squats, burpees, side-to-side hops and push-ups can all be done right there inside your RV.

For a tough daily workout, set a timer for one minute and do as many repetitions of one exercise as you can within that minute. Move on to the next exercise for another minute, until you’ve performed a full minute of each exercise without a break between. Repeat the entire cycle three or four times with a 90-second rest between each cycle.

Snack Smarter

Although you may have been showered with homemade cookies, fudge and other treats from family and friends during the holiday season, try to resist eating them as snacks. Keep fruit, nuts, granola bars and yogurt on hand in your motor home, so you can reach for them instead of the cookie jar.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick out a new RV or to have your current RV serviced if you haven’t done it recently. Also, pick up any necessities and accessories you may need for your next trip.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Your RV

New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it so if you have plans to celebrate in your RV, now’s the time to get started with a quick maintenance check at Leisure Time RV before you go. With a tune-up to ensure everything’s running like a charm, you’ll start the New Year on a positive note no matter where you’re celebrating.

Like others who will be waiting for the midnight hour to ring in the New Year, there’s plenty of celebrating to be done beforehand. Whether you’re staying at a RV campground or resort or you’ve made your way to a friend or relative’s house and parked in the driveway, have a plan of action so everyone will enjoy the night.

Decorations are part of the New Year celebration and what better way to turn your RV into a rolling party than by adding some creative decor. Here are a few suggestions to get the party started.

  • Let people know you’re anticipating the New Year with a plaque on the front grill.
  • Once you’re parked at your destination, break out the twinkling lights and decorate the exterior of the RV and any surrounding trees or bushes. Make it lively with color.
  • Blow-up characters make folks think of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Find applicable New Year’s items and place around the campsite.
  • In order to celebrate, you’ll need party favors to make lots of noise at midnight. Stop at a shop that sells nothing but party favors to get hats, noisemakers and masks.
  • If allowed, bring some sparklers. Ask first, before setting off any type of fireworks, no matter how small they may be.
  • Decorate the interior with more twinkling lights, a New Year’s Eve banner, candles (battery operated are much safer,) scented potpourri, and don’t forget the mistletoe.
  • Have a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine or Champagne on hand and chilled glasses to toast the incoming New Year.
  • Provide non-alcoholic punch served in flutes for guests.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Call our office and set up an appointment at Leisure Time RV for a service check and take a moment to peruse our helpful RV accessories. Take a look at the outgoing inventory and the new arrivals and consider starting the New Year off with a bang by taking advantage of super saving deals.

Tips for Frugal RV Living

Taking a road trip with the family is fun, but it can also be expensive. If you’ve ever come back from a road trip and loved the experience but regretted the expense, you could benefit from some money-saving tips and tricks on your next outing.

Plan Your Trip Meticulously

Though there’s joy in spontaneity, discovery doesn’t hinge upon it. You can still be awed during your travels even if you’ve planned everything down to the letter. The advantage to this (even if you dread the homework it requires beforehand) is that you can save a lot of money. By planning everything, you can also know exactly how much you’re going to spend. If you know your budget as well, you can plan so that your trip doesn’t exceed your budget.

Create a Budget

Speaking of that budget, it’s important that you make one and stick to it. If you’re concerned about how much money you’ll spend, a budget will set a hard limit to how much you spend if you allow it. Know how much you’re willing to spend, plan where you’ll spend it, and stick to it. Creating a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, just that anything you consider doing on your trip has to be duly considered and weighed. Is it worth X amount of dollars?

Find Affordable Activities

To further the point on deciding what you do and see during your trip, try to find things that are affordable or, better yet, free of charge. Wherever you go, there are bound to be museums, parks, and tours that are free of charge. Try to capitalize on such opportunities to maximize your fun while minimizing your out of pocket expense.

Pack With Purpose

Don’t just throw in some items willy-nilly the night before you’re set to embark. This is likely to create gaps in your needs, which will lead to a shopping trip while you’re on the road. Don’t find yourself 200 miles from home without socks or a toothbrush. Make a checklist of clothing items you’ll need, hygienic tools, etc. and make sure that they all make their way into your luggage a good few days before you leave.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Another great way to make a family road trip more affordable (not to mention more comfortable and fun) is to purchase an RV. If you are in the market for a new RV, stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through the many new and used RV floor plans we have available. Whether you are buying your first RV or are upgrading to something newer, we have something for you.

How to Get the Best Internet Access on the Road

Staying connected while living the RV lifestyle may seem difficult at first. Campground WiFi is never as reliable as most travelers would like and emailing from coffee shops gets expensive quickly. However, many RV travelers have discovered how to stay connected with fast, wireless internet on the go. The following are a few tricks of the trade to help you get the best internet access while traveling.

Use a Hotspot

Using a wireless internet hotspot is the best way to stay connected anywhere that has cellular phone service. Hotspots can be created on most smartphones and tablets, then all you have to do is tether you computer to the hotspot. Verizon and AT&T both offer nationwide coverage that makes it easy to connect in some of the most remote places.  Hotspots do chip away at your monthly data allotment, so it helps to speak with your provider about a data plan that will work for you.

Use a WiFi Booster

Many campgrounds across the country now offer free WiFi to campers. The only downfall is that the wireless internet access they provide is often weak and unreliable. A WiFi booster can improve the internet access at places with free WiFi, so you don’t have to use your phone’s data. The Wifi Ranger Elite Pack is an affordable option for boosting signals at places with unreliable internet.

Use the Wi-Fi Finder App

It seems like every place you visit offers free WiFi until you’re really in need. The Wi-Fi Finder app can help you locate places that offer free WiFi, so you don’t waste time or money at places that don’t offer internet access. If you’re not interested in using an app, a simple call to the campground, restaurant or other site you’ll be visiting can help you determine if it will be a place with reliable internet access.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City for all of your RV travel needs this holiday season.

Drive Route 66 This Winter

Old Route 66

Driving the course of Route 66 has almost become an American pastime. Did you know that there’s a fair chunk that rolls right through Oklahoma? There’s some pretty good stuff to see along Route 66’s Oklahoma stretch, so you’re in luck if you’re starting out here in Oklahoma City with Leisure Time RV.

Cain’s Ballroom

Celebrate the evolution of American music at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. From hard rock to blues to honky-tonk, this converted garage has turned into a musical center in Oklahoma.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Stop in at Oklahoma City, home of Leisure Time RV, to check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With over 8,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum is a comprehensive look at what cowboys were really like through authentic items that were actually used back in the day. There’s also a gallery of world-class Western art pieces, including works by Remington, Russell, Moran, and Bierstadt.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

Located in Clinton, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a must-see if you’re about to travel Route 66 or are just wrapping it up. Take a step back in time with interactive displays that will give insight into the history and lore of the route.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Whether you’re headed east to west, west to east, or even starting here in Oklahoma City, you’ll definitely want to add Leisure Time RV to your list of stops. We can help get your rig in good shape to handle Route 66 beyond Oklahoma or even show you some of our units for sale if it’s time you got into your own RV.

Keeping Your RV Interior Clean

Cleaning the RV while you are on the road isn’t the easiest of things since you usually don’t pack up the vacuum cleaner. However, if you do need to clean a spot on the rug or get something sticky off the floor; or even if you need to clean the windows while you are on the road, you can pack an effective spot cleaner and other cleaners that don’t take much space.

Spot Cleaner for Carpets

Keep vinegar and baking soda on hand for the carpet. To clean a spot, soak up any excess liquid from the spill. Rub baking soda into the stain and let it set for a few minutes. If the spot is dry, add a little water – just enough to make the baking soda damp. Using a damp rag, pick up the baking soda. To get rid of any smell, rub the area with vinegar and then “rinse” it with a wet rag. Don’t soak the rag unless the mess is really bad. If you do have to use more water, have towels or rags ready to soak up the excess water. If the spot is really bad, you may have to repeat the procedure.

Great Cleaner for Counters and Floors

Grab a small container of Clorox wipes. They clean just about anything including appliances, the counter tops and even floors if you spill something. They are great for something you missed and is stuck to the floor, such as spilled juice from the kids and even cooked on spills on the stove.

Window Cleaner

Use an aerosol window cleaner instead of the spray bottle cleaner. The aerosol can takes less space, and if you find a non-streak brand, it takes less of the chemical to clean. And, this is useful for cleaning the outside window of the microwave and to give appliances a shine.

Visit Leisure Time RV

If you are in the market for a new RV, stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through the many new and used RV floor plans we have available. Whether you are buying your first RV or are upgrading to something newer, we have something for you.