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.

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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.

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.

Keeping Pests Out of Your RV

Whether you’re a snowbird traveler or will be storing your RV for the winter, there’s no doubt you’ll encounter some pests attempting to invade your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel. However, keeping these pests at bay is easier than it may seem. Follow these simple tricks to keep your RV pest-free this winter season.

Keep Food Contained

Pests often invade RVs in search of food. If you’ll be parking your RV for the winter, be sure to remove any food items from your RV until you’re ready to use it again. If you’re currently on the road, always check to make sure your foods are properly stored and that you don’t leave any food on the counter or throughout your RV to lure small creatures inside.

Seal Your RV

In addition to keeping your food sealed, your RV also needs to be sealed. Rodents and other pests can squeeze through the smallest cracks in your RV, which means it’s time to seal and repair. Use spray insulation to seal areas of your firewalls, where rodents typically like to slip inside. If spray insulation doesn’t work, use scrap metal to create barriers over any gaps.

Water line holes are also common places for rodents to sneak inside. Check the areas where your water lines connect to the inside of your RV and use spray insulation or a piece of wood (or both) to cover those holes.

Keep Moth Balls On Hand

There’s no 100-percent fool-proof way to ensure pests don’t get inside your RV. However, once they are inside, you can do your best to get them out. Keep mothballs on hand to deter rodents and insects. Place handfuls of mothballs in disposable bowls and place them in your RV’s trouble areas.

Let Our RV Technicians Help

Our Leisure Time certified RV technicians are here to help you keep pests out of your home on wheels. Stop in and see us to find out how we can seal your RV and provide other solutions today.

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.

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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.