Christmas Fun: Crafts and Games in Your RV

While traveling for the holidays, kids, though excited, are often antsy because they want to arrive at their destination now. To keep them from beating each other up and to keep your sanity, give them something to do while you are on the road. Be sure you have everything you need before you leave, including any accessories you may need to pick up at Leisure Time RV.

Make Christmas Tree Ornaments

With just some popsicle sticks, glue, and simple crafting supplies, you can make some cute Christmas tree ornaments for the tree in your RV. Just make a tree shape with the popsicles (a triangle for the leafy parts and a stick for the trunk) and then glue on beads, glitter, and anything else that can represent ornaments, tinsel, and lights. Each member of the family can make one so that everyone is represented on the tree.

Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

Have the kids twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane decorations. To make the craft last a while, make a game of it. Whoever sees a yellow car must yell “Yellow car!” That person can make a candy cane. Though taxis and school busses usually don’t count, for this game, you can let them count.

Cardboard Gingerbread People

Before you leave, make gingerbread people cutouts from cardboard. Cut out decorations and faces for them from construction paper. Get each child a glue stick – they are less messy than regular glue and won’t spill – and let the kids make gingerbread ornaments on the trip. When they are done, you can string them together to make a garland to decorate the RV.

Christmas Memory Game

This is a typical memory game, but you can make it more fun by providing a pattern for Christmas trees. Instruct the children to trace the pattern on green construction paper, and then cut out the trees. Glue a button on one side of each tree. Then, on the other side, put the memory clues. You can use the alphabet if your kids are just learning that. You can match a math problem with an answer. Or you can match a color word with the actual color. Adapt this game to whatever the kids are learning.

It’s probably a good idea to make the trees and put the text on them before the trip – this would be something that will get the kids excited for a trip and excited to play a new game.

Stop by Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any necessities or accessories you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV but are considering one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans. If you are still undecided, you can always rent an RV to see if RVing is something you would like to do more often.

Top Things to Do in OKC

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Whether you’re visiting Oklahoma City or live here, like us at Leisure Time RV, it’s good to get out and see what the city has to offer. Here are some of the best diversions that OKC has to offer.

Oklahoma City Zoo

People of all ages will enjoy the Oklahoma City Zoo; and children will love the Children’s zoo where they can pet barnyard animals and feed nectar to the lorikeets. The Oklahoma City Zoo features more than 2,500 animals on 110 acres. Exhibits include the Great EscApe exhibit, Elephant Habitat, Cat Forest and Lion Overlook.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art

With three stories of permanent and special exhibits, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art houses an expansive collection of American and European artwork. On Saturdays between 1 and 4pm, you and your family can drop in and create your own art in a fun guided workshop meant to inspire creativity and connect participants with art and art movements more intimately.

The Science Museum of Oklahoma

For those who want to learn more about the world around them, the Science Museum of Oklahoma offers a full day of fun and learning. The special CurioCity exhibit is a favorite, comprising 20,000 sq. ft. of hands-on activities that help bridge the gap between fact and fun.

The Oklahoma History Center

Bring Oklahoma’s history to tangible life, the Oklahoma History Center demonstrates how much Oklahoma and Oklahomans have contributed to the country. From oil barons and pioneers, to cattle drivers and native Americans, the history center sprawls over 215,000 sq. ft. bringing the past to life with its exhibits, interactive installations, and artifacts.

Bricktown Entertainment District

If you just want a night out on the town dining, shopping, and generally having fun, head to Bricktown Entertainment District, OKC’s premier destination for nightlife. Located in the city’s revitalized downtown warehouse district, Bricktown is a charming district full of brick-lined streets, winding canals, dance halls, bars, restaurants, and theaters.

Visit Leisure Time RV

If you’re a visitor to OKC in your RV, make Leisure Time RV your RVing headquarters as you explore OKC and beyond. If you’re a local, why not hit the road in your very own RV from Leisure Time RV? Come see us today for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories!

Choosing the Right RV For You!

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Whether you’re shopping for the perfect travel trailer for weekend excursions or are looking for an RV to move into full time, choosing the right RV for your travel needs is an exciting and important decision. While there’s no way we can tell you which RV will be 100 percent perfect for your needs, our highly qualified staff at Leisure Time RV are here to guide you in the direction.

What Are Your Travel Goals?

The perfect RV depends on the type of travels you and your family enjoy. Smaller RVs are more ideal for travelers who prefer more rustic stops like state and national parks, because many of these parks were built long before 40-foot motorhomes and travel trailers became popular. Folding campers can be perfect for travelers who want a cozy shelter on weekend excursions to outdoorsy sites.

And if you’re less worried about the wilderness and prefer more space inside your vehicle for those long cross-country hauls and winters spent at RV resorts down south, bigger rigs like a Class A will give you all of the comfort you need to feel at home on the road.

Will You Be On the Road Often?

The amount of time you actually spend driving your RV (instead of parked at the campground) can make a big difference in your decision. Towable RVs offer more interior space for time spent at the campsite, but they can be a bit more of a hassle to tow. When you plan to hit the roads to new destinations every couple of days, a more maneuverable RV with an impressive fuel economy like a Class C motorhome is more fun to drive and budget-friendly.

Come See Us

Here at Leisure Time RV, we want you to make us your go-to Oklahoma RV dealer. We understand that finding the perfect new or used RV for Oklahoma (and beyond) can be difficult, so we’re here to provide all of the information you need to ensure you drive off our lot in your dream RV for a price that fits your budget. Come see us on South Anderson Street in Oklahoma City today.

Getting Rid of Terrible Black Tank Odors

So you’re dealing with a stubborn odor from your black water tank on your RV, but you’re not sure why it started or how to get rid of it… all you know is that you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. While you might have to take it in for service, there are a number of DIY solutions that can either solve the problem entirely or at least serve as a stopgap until you can get to an RV technician.

Try Adding Fabric Softener to the Tank

This is super easy to do and you’d be amazed at how many odors some fabric softener can dispel. Just add two caps full of liquid fabric softener (the brand and scent don’t matter) to your black water tank. This will work if the issue you have is a lack of tank deodorant as the fabric softener will serve this function perfectly well. If the odor persists, move on to more comprehensive methods.

Make Sure Your Toilet Bowl if Full

Just like in a toilet at home, the water in the bowl controls odors from entering the room. If your RV’s toilet bowl is empty or has very little water, it’s no wonder you’re getting odors from the black water tank. If your toilet doesn’t automatically fill with water, as some RV toilets don’t, you can just remember to add some water from your sink by using a cup after every flush.

Check Your RV’s Components

If neither of the above solutions helps, you need to start checking other areas. Your black water tank probably vents to the roof through a pipe. There’s a filter there that, if clogged, could be backing up odors into your living area. Either clean it or replace it. You can also check the tank itself if you still can’t find the problem. It could simply be that there is debris that has failed to drain at the last dump station. You can use pressurized water from a hose to spray it out.

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 you and your full-time aspirations. 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.

If you’re having problems with your black water tank that you can’t solve on your own, be sure to mention your issue to an RV technician at Leisure Time RV.

Tips for Buying an RV

When purchasing a new RV at Leisure Time RV, you consider the obvious things such as sleeping arrangements and holding tank size, but you should consider several other things. When you first discuss purchasing an RV, stop by Leisure Time RV and walk through some of the models to get some ideas of what you should consider.

Kitchen: If you are not big on cooking outside, you may want to consider an RV with a three-burner stove and an oven instead of a two-burner stove. Many RVs do not have an oven, though some of those – usually the more expensive trim levels – do have a convection/microwave oven. If you plan on baking casseroles or desserts, you will need one or the other.

Privacy: In addition to sleeping arrangements, you need to consider privacy. Some RVs have no door to the master bedroom area and some have folding doors while others have “real” doors. If you are camping with friends or children and prefer the privacy, you may want to consider an RV with some type of doors.

Bathroom: Pick an RV with a bathroom that suits your bathroom habits. If someone always seems to have to use the bathroom while another person is in the shower, you may want to consider a floor plan with a separate shower instead of a floor plan that has a conventional bathroom.

Storage: A huge consideration is storage. If you are going on short weekend trips, storage is not a huge issue. However, if you are using the RV for longer trips or to travel across the country, you will need large pass-through storage. You can use the storage to stow hunting and fishing equipment, patio furniture, extra luggage and dirty laundry. You can also stow extra dry goods in the pass-through storage, thus minimizing your shopping trips.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Before you purchase a new RV, be sure you stop by Leisure Time RV, an Oklahoma RV dealer, to check out different brands and floor plans. Ask a salesperson about specific upgrades if you find an RV you like but it is missing that one thing you need.

Tips for RV Driving and Brake Safety

As any veteran RVer will tell you, driving an RV isn’t as hard as it might look. Despite their larger size, they’re not difficult to operate. That said, they are larger, so driving and braking an RV is different than what you’re used to in a car, truck, or SUV. Keep these tips in mind for safer driving in your RV on your next road trip.

Know Your Weight Limits

While you probably internalized the height of your RV at purchase, you may not have done the same with its weight or the towing limits of your towing vehicle. For the purposes of safe driving and braking, it’s critical that your towing vehicle is up for the task of towing your specific trailer. If you have doubts about your current setup, visit an expert, like one at Leisure Time RV, to have your setup inspected and evaluated.

Don’t Speed

While it’s tempting to push yourself on the road in order to reach your destination faster, for the purposes of safety it’s best if you stay at or under the posted speed limit. The slower you go the better your brakes will perform if suddenly called upon. The simple fact of the matter is that your RV, regardless of size, weighs much more than nearly any car, truck, or SUV, and that means that time to stop is significantly increased.

Get Your Brakes Checked Before a Long Drive

Before you embark on any long trip, it pays to stop by your local Oklahoma RV dealership and get your brakes checked out. By keeping a close eye on the wear and tear of your brakes, you can catch potential problems before they develop into an emergency during the upcoming drive.

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 you and your full-time aspirations. 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.

Dutch Ovens Are an RVer’s Best Friend

When you’re loading up your RV for your next road trip, you may be tempted to pack all of your kitchen’s gadgets so that you’re not without your most prized cooking tools. The problem is, there’s probably not going to be enough room for all of them. You’ve got to keep it simple when you RV and no cooking tool is simpler than the humble dutch oven.

The dutch oven, if you’re unacquainted, is every RVer’s best friend. This heavy, flat-bottomed kettle comes with a lid, legs, and a handle. It doesn’t look like much, but having this one tool is like bringing your kitchen stove along for the ride. They excel when it comes to campfire cooking, something you’re likely to dabble in when you’re on the road.

If you’re sick and tired of frozen, processed, dehydrated, and vacuum-sealed foods, just get yourself a quality cast iron dutch oven and bring some life back to your meals on the road. The dutch oven has a long and storied history in the United States, used by such figures as explorers, pioneers, cowboys, trappers, and mountain men. You can make nearly any meal in a dutch oven that you could make in a regular oven.

The design of a dutch oven allows you to cook complete one pot meals over any open fire. The thick cast metal of a dutch oven absorbs heat, retains it, and distributes it evenly over the inside surface. They’re kind of heavy, which means that taking one on a backpacking trip would be quite difficult, but, as an RVer, you don’t have that problem. Before your next trip, do yourself a favor and acquire your own dutch oven. You’ll find it’s not just a welcome addition to your kitchen, but your best mealtime friend.

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 you and your travel plans this fall. 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.

Retiring to an RV

For us working stiffs, RVing is largely a vacation thing. If you’re lucky enough to work on the Internet, you can go ahead and take off and go where you like when you like, but that’s simply not a realistic option for a lot of us. The dream of RVing full time isn’t so far-fetched on any retirement plan so long as you have an idea of how you’re going to make it work, and you’re willing to make the compromises that you need to make in order to stay on the road.

Keeping the House?

One of the big decisions that homeowners will have to make regarding retirement is whether or not to keep their home. The decision of whether or not you’re comfortable relying on an RV as your one and only home is a big one, but, there are other assets that we need to reconsider, as well. We need to expand this question to cover that car that you love, the boat you take out every summer, that acre of land that you own in Arizona. Selling off your assets might allow you to live like a King on the road, but it’s a total severance from the lifestyle that you lived while working, and not everyone is up for that. Weigh your options carefully and spend some time on the road before you decide to unload every major asset you hold.

Adjusting to the Road Life

Being on the road all of the time can wear you down if you’re not ready for it. Before you decide whether or not you want to become a full time RVer in your golden years, take whatever vacation time you have and spend as much of it on the road as possible.

Repairing Your Ride

If you’re going to sell your home and live in your RV full time, then you can’t afford to rely on others to maintain your vehicle for you. Not only can repairs get expensive, but you don’t want to wait overnight in the middle of nowhere for a mechanic to come meet you. Take the time to learn how to take care of your RV on your own

Full time RVing isn’t for everyone, but if you feel that you are a true nomad at heart, then you may be ready to turn your hobby into your lifestyle.

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 you and your full-time aspirations. 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.

Apps Every RVer Should Download Before Their Next Trip

Although long journeys through the great outdoors may make you want to turn off your smartphones and tablets for a while, you may not want to unplug just yet. A number of RV-friendly apps are available to help you with directions, finding the best campground and even enjoying a variety of stops and sites along the way. Download these apps before you fire up your RV for your next adventure, and you’ll definitely be glad you did.

Camp and RV — Campgrounds Plus

If you’re only going to spend money on one RV camping app, Campgrounds Plus should be it. For what may seem like a high $10 price tag, you will get the best camping app on the market. Not only can you locate the campgrounds, RV parks and parking lots that suit your specific RV camping needs, you can find RV-related services and maps without an internet connection.

RoadNinja

Sick of eating gas station food every time you hit the road? RoadNinja can help you locate everything from grocery stores to roadside attractions and tons more. And when you are actually seeking a gas station, RoadNinja provides the current price for gas stations near your locations, so you can travel wisely and economically every time.

GPS CoPilot

You may think you’re good-to-go with the Google or Apple Maps application that came installed on your smartphone, but it’s best to be equipped with GPS CoPilot as well. Unlike other map applications, this one can be used offline, so you can know where you’re going even when you don’t have an internet our cellphone signal. If you’re an RV traveler who likes to head off the beaten path or even into other countries, you’ll find that GPS CoPilot’s offline maps become some of your favorite travel tools.

Before You Hit the Road

Before you fire up your RV for the first road trip of spring, don’t forget to stop by Leisure Time RV. Whether you need to shop for your next RV, make some repairs on your current one, or shop for parts and accessories, Leisure Time RV can help.

RV Hacks That Will Make You One Happy Camper

Living the RV lifestyle isn’t always easy. You’re forced to give up some of the luxuries you enjoy at home for a compact home on wheels. Although, you don’t have to have a massive Class A motorhome to enjoy your life on the road. These simple RV hacks will help ensure you and your fellow travelers are all happy campers.

1. Use a Towel Rod to Hold Bathroom Products in Place

Putting all of your bathroom products away before you hit the road can be difficult to remember, and those products can also crowd your small storage spaces. Screw a towel rod to the wall and place your products between the bar and the wall. They’ll stay organized and in place when you’re cruising down the road.

2. Use a Shoe Organizer for More Storage

Shoe organizers can hang from doors, walls, and they can even be cut to hang in compact places. They’re a perfect way to ensure your clothing, cleaning products and other supplies stay organized on the road without taking up your precious storage spaces.

3. Use Glow-in-the-Dark Tape on Your Entry Steps

Entry steps can be dangerous in the dark, but entry lights can be difficult and expensive to install. Place glow-in-the-dark tape on your steps, so you and your guests can easily avoid injury.

4. Save Free Condiments

When you’re living in a brick-and-mortar-home, you probably throw free condiments away. When you’re on the road in your RV, those extra ketchup, mustard and soy sauce packets can come in handy. They take up much less space than full-size bottles and are especially handy if your RV refrigerator is small.

5. Shop for RV Supplies at Leisure Time

Our Leisure Time online parts store is the perfect place to pick up all of the RV supplies you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle. Even better, our online parts store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always find what you need when you need it.