Boondocking Cooking Tips

Campfire cooking when you boondock.

Boondocking means that you’re camping off the grid outside of designated campgrounds and RV sites. This means that you’re not going to have any hookups of any kind. This requires that you approach your RVing a bit differently, especially when it comes to resource management. One area in particular that’s affected by this more intensive resource management is cooking: it takes energy, gas, and water to cook most meals, all of which are finite resources in your RV when you’re out in the woods. But there are ways around this that a smart RVer can employ to conserve resources while still making delicious meals. Because let’s be honest, no one wants to eat bread and peanut butter everyday.

Use a Campfire to Cook

Cooking over a campfire isn’t really about getting closer to the land or anything like that (not that it doesn’t!). It’s more about conserving your resources. If you don’t cook in your RV’s kitchen, you’re saving both electricity and gas.

Minimize Cleanup

You’ll want to do what you can to minimize cleanup when you cook. This means that you’ll want to use as few dishes as possible for whatever you make. If you can get it down to one pot or pan, then you won’t have to clean as many dishes. Try looking up one-pot recipes, especially ones that you can cook over a campfire.

This doesn’t just save you time and effort, but water as well, which is critical when you’re boondocking since your water supply isn’t as easily replenished. You can further minimize cleanup by using paper plates and plastic utensils. While not as “green” as using regular plates and utensils, for the purposes of conserving resources, disposable plates and utensils are a great idea. You might be able to get away with making an entire meal and only dirtying one pot and a serving utensil.

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Tips for Setting Your RV Up

setting up at the rv camp or park

If you just bought an RV from Leisure Time RV this winter and it’s your first time out in your new RV, you may be daunted by the idea of setting up your RV at the campsite or RV park.

We’ve got you covered – here’s everything you need to know when setting up at your destination.

Getting Your RV Situated at Your Assigned Site

It’s pretty standard to check-in at the campsite or RV park front office just like you would at a hotel. When you get there, you can ask if they’ve got an escort service. This serves to not only guide you to where your site is located, but they’ll be able to help you get your RV setup as well, including getting it parked and leveled.

Once you get there, regardless of an escort, you’ll need to either back your RV up or pull it through. Whether it’s back up or pull through, just make sure that your hookups are roughly aligned with their outlets at the site.

Once you’re satisfied with your positioning, apply the parking brake if you’re in a motorhome.

Now it’s time to level your RV. Not all sites will be perfectly flat, so use blocks and stabilizing jacks to get your RV flattened out. Once that’s done, chock the wheels so that there’s no chance your RV will slide or roll.

Next, go ahead and extend steps, slide-outs, and awnings.

Water and Power

Connect your electric cord to the site’s outlet that matches your RV’s required amperage and don’t forget to switch your fridge from propane to electric or you’ll run out of propane real fast.

Your site ought to have at least a clean water hookup, but many also have sewage. Ask for help if you’re unsure how to connect your RV to these hookups.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Now it’s up to you to make your site feel like home. This part is up to you, but you might want to set out some lawn furniture, mats, decorations, etc.

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Tips for Washing Your RV

washing your RV

Spring is fast approaching and that means warmer weather and Spring Break! But it also means spring cleaning. While this usually applies to your house, as an RVer you can’t forget your home on wheels. While you may need to do some interior organization and cleaning, you can’t neglect washing the exterior of your RV, especially if you’ve had it in storage for the winter.

Tackling the task of washing your RV is no small feat. Your RV is big and it’s got a lot of surface area to clean. If you’re a newer owner and haven’t given your RV a proper wash before, here’s what you should keep in mind.

Change Your Water Frequently

Your RV is large and, possibly, quite dirty. If you try to wash the entire RV with one bucket of water, that bucket is going to be filthy before you’re done with even half a side. There’s no point in cleaning with dirty water and there’s even a chance that dirty water can cause damage to your paint job. Think about it: small rocks and gritty sand caught up in your water and scrubbed on to your RV could lead to scratches. Have a ready supply of water on hand and don’t be afraid to refresh your bucket.

Wash Your RV Gently

While the temptation to use a pressure washer may be great (it would take less time, after all), the proper way to wash an RV is to patiently and thoroughly wash it by hand. Unlike brick or concrete on a house, your RV is more akin to a car. While it’s certainly solidly constructed, there are numerous parts all over your RV that could be damaged through the direct application of pressurized water. Stick to a sponge and the gentle spray from a standard hose when cleaning.

Don’t Forget the Top

Your RV’s roof is probably as dirty, if not more, as the rest of your RV. If your RV’s roof is walkable, you’ll have a pretty easy time cleaning it. Make sure you know whether your RV’s roof is able to bear your weight or not. If it can, you can simply clean it on hands and knees as you would a floor. Just watch your step. If your RV’s roof is not walkable, you’ll have to access it with a ladder and move around the roof’s perimeter cleaning as you go. It’s painstaking, but worth the effort.

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Smart Shopping in Your RV

Saving money is something we all want to do, whether we’re at home or on the road in the RV. Maybe especially when you’re out on the road in your RV. If you’re looking for ways to tighten your budget and live more frugally as you travel, try one of these helpful money-saving techniques.

Buy in Bulk

You might think that buying in bulk is impossible in an RV. After all, even in a roomy motorhome, your storage space is more limited than at home. But those bulk prices sure are tantalizing. If only there was a way to get those bulk savings without having to find a place for all of the product to go.

Try this: meet your neighbors when you arrive at a new RV park or campground and see if they’d like to go shopping with you at the nearest wholesale store, like Costco or Sam’s Club. It will be on you to have the membership, but that won’t stop you from splitting the cost. Divide up the products into equal parts and share the costs equally. That way you have to store less in your RV, but you still get the bulk prices. You’ll also end up meeting new people wherever you go, so win/win.

Buy Items on Clearance or Off-Season

Always be on the lookout for a deal. Whether it’s the clearance rack/shelf or buying swim trunks in December, there are plenty of deals out there to snag for those willing to look. Take some more time when you go shopping for clothes or groceries and seek out items that aren’t full price.

Coupons and Discounts

Not many people want to hunt for coupons, much less try extreme couponing, which is a big time sink, but some couponing is definitely beneficial. You may not always get your favorite brands and you might buy things when you didn’t expect to buy them, but using coupons can save you potentially hundreds of dollars over the course of a year. That kind of money really adds up.

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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.

Tips to Enhance Your RV’s Fridge

Your RV’s fridge isn’t any better or worse than the one you’ve got at home, but it does operate under stressful conditions. The bouncing and jarring as you travel down an uneven road, the variations in weather that you experience, being hit by direct sunlight since an RV interior is smaller than a house… all contribute to your RV’s fridge getting overworked and cutting its efficiency.

Instead of resigning yourself to inefficiency, do yourself and your food a favor and take measures to help your fridge out.

Install Plastic Sliders

There are relatively cheap plastic and rubber sliders that you can install in your fridge to keep things from moving about. They’re not normally useful in a house, but in RVs they’re ideal for keeping things in place while you drive. Many a novice RVer has come to the end of driving for the day, opened their fridge for a soda or snack, and found the juice box or milk carton falling out the door right on top of them. Prevent it from ever happening by holding loose items in place.

Level Your Rig and Keep the Sun Off the Fridge

When you stop in at a campsite or RV park, especially the uneven ground of the former, take some time to get your RV nice and level. You want your RV to be level anyway for purposes of comfort, but did you know that a level RV helps your fridge to operate better too? Another thing you can do when parking is to take into account where your fridge is located within your RV. Place your RV such that the sun, whether it’s coming up or going down, doesn’t shine through a window and hit your fridge directly. Not only will it cause a slight temperature spike from mere contact alone, but it can also hit your condenser coil and overwork it, causing cooling inefficiency.

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Here at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma, we know all of the tricks — big and small — to helping maximize every aspect of your RV lifestyle. Give us a call, visit us online, or stop in and see us to upgrade your RV for the season ahead.

The Essentials for Going Off the Grid in Your RV

If you’re like the majority of RV campers, you likely stick to well established campgrounds and RV parks when you’re looking for a place to moor your rig. Maybe you sometimes overnight in a parking lot, but that’s about it. There’s another way to camp, though: it’s called boondocking and it involves going off the grid with your RV in order to get more freedom and solitude and to get closer to nature. It’s a fun alternative, but it takes some preparation to pull off. Here are some indispensable items if you’re going to go camping off the grid in your RV.

An Energy Source

Above all else, you need to be able to power your RV and its systems, lest you downgrade to camping in a tent. You can manage this by installing some solar panels and/or bringing along a generator. A combination of the two often works best, but if you’re only planning to boondock for a short period of time, you can get by on a solar panel configuration alone. Generators are recommended if you plan to put down anchor for an extended period of time.

Bring several spare batteries. Your RV has a some installed, but the juice might run out while you’re off the grid. You can rotate fresh batteries in while using your solar panels/generator to recharge the empty batteries.

Lighting

If you want to continue to do things after the sun goes down, you’re going to want to have some lighting along. Remember, if you’re off the grid there won’t be streetlights nearby (unless your idea of boondocking is the backyard!). Bring solar lights, which offer one of the easiest lighting solutions for boondockers. They charge during the day and provide ample light for the evening. Just be sure to shell out enough money for quality lights.

Climate Control

Using your RV’s onboard A/C system hogs a lot of energy and drains batteries very quickly. While it’s not a problem with an electric hookup, out in the sticks you’re going to see that your power reserves drain at an alarming rate if you’ve got your cooling or heating on. Bring a low-volt fan along for cooling purposes. There are 12V fans available that will have minimal impact on your power supply. For heating, try a propane powered unit.

Save on Water

Your water supply is a commodity when boondocking. Conserve it as much as possible by installing water saving devices, such as a shower heads and faucets that aerate water or slow down the flow of water so that you’re using less water when you turn on the tap.

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If you’re ready to start your own RV adventures, on or off the grid, stop by Leisure Time RV to tour motorhome and travel trailer floorplans and find the RV that’s right for your family. Take the comfort of the indoors with you wherever you go with your own RV from Leisure Time RV! If you need supplies for boondocking, we’re just the place to pick those up.

Keeping Warm in Your RV

RVs aren’t typically designed for frigid weather. However, that doesn’t mean you have to own a costly four-seasons RV to stay warm in cold destinations. These few, helpful tips will ensure you stay warm when you’re venturing throughout the country this fall and winter.

Keep Drafts at Bay

RVs have a tendency to feel drafty, and small leaks are what cause those drafts. Use silicone rubber or spray foam insulation to patch those tiny spots where cold air is seeping inside.

Larger drafts require larger treatments. Insulated “snakes,” or the long, stuffed insulating tubes you see at the hardware store, help keep warm air inside when placed in doorways. Painters’ tape is another easy fix for temporary use. Place the tape over the leaks behind your appliances and cabinetry for short-term stays in cold destinations.

Keep the Shades Closed

Another easy way to keep the interior of your RV warm in the winter months is to keep your curtains and shades closed. Closing the shades will trap a layer of air between the shade and the window that serves as an insulator. It won’t warm your RV to a higher temperature, but it will keep the temperature from dropping rapidly.

Use Plenty of Rugs

Waking up in a cold RV can be dreadful, especially when you know you have to walk along laminate floor. Use throw rugs to insulate the floors of your RV more thoroughly and save your feet from those freezing winter mornings.

Consider a Space Heater

A quality ceramic space heater can make the difference between comfort and discomfort in the cold months. Use the space heater in addition to your RV’s furnace to assist the furnace and save you big bucks on hefty propane costs.

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Here at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma, we know all of the tricks — big and small — to helping you stay warm in your RV in the winter. Give us a call, log online or stop in and see us to upgrade your RV for the winter ahead.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.