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.

Visit Leisure Time RV

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.

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Sure, you can whip up some decent hot chocolate in a matter of minutes. And that’s fine for most occasions. But if you really want the absolute best hot chocolate, you’ve got to make it low and slow in your slow cooker. If you’ve never tried hot chocolate this way, it’s going to rock your world. Just start it up earlier in the day, go do your thing and have some fun, and then come back to your RV for a relaxing hot chocolate drink.

SLOW COOKER HOT CHOCOLATE

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • toppings: marshmallows, chocolate candies, candy canes, chocolate syrup, salted caramel, etc.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a large slow cooker. Vigorously whisk to get the cocoa powder as mixed in as possible– you don’t want it all floating on the top. Keep whisking for a minute or 2 until it’s all combined.
  2. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Make sure you whisk it every 45 minutes – 1 hour to make sure the chocolate isn’t burning on the bottom.
  3. Serve warm with marshmallows or other optional toppings. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and warm up on the stove or in the microwave.

Visit Leisure Time RV

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.

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.

Giving Back This Christmas

Christmas is coming up soon and, if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably going to celebrate in some fashion regardless of whether you’re at home or out on the road in your RV.

Christmas is the season of giving. If you want to give back this Christmas no matter where you are, consider taking on one or more of these tasks.

Donate to a Local Food Bank

There are hungry folks all across the country and there are food banks that are trying to keep them fed. It would be a hopeless task if not for the continuing generosity of Americans all across the country. Giving to a food bank is a simple yet effective and direct way to help the needy this Christmas.

Extend an Invitation to a Neighbor

It doesn’t matter if you’re home, at an RV park, or out at a campground: if you notice a neighbor who looks lonely on Christmas, see if they’d be interested in celebrating with you and your family. Adding that one extra seat at your table could make the holiday for someone.

Visit a Hospital or Retirement Home

Not everyone in a hospital or retirement home will have someone to celebrate Christmas with. Some of them may not have anyone at all. Drop in at either establishment and see if they allow volunteer visitors. What may be a simple visit and conversation for you may make someone else’s month. Consider bringing some small gifts with you to brighten up their Christmas.

Visit Leisure Time RV

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.

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.

Decorating Your RV for Christmas

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Hanging Christmas decorations is one thing many people love about being home for the holidays. However, your RV can be your home for the holidays too. Use these simple decorating tips to deck the halls of your RV and become one of the most festive RVs at the campground.

Use Icicle Lights

Icicle lights are easy to hang, and they almost always look good. You can hang them from your RV’s awning and roof to create a classy yet festive look. Hang icicle lights around the bottom of your RV to create a unique looking “skirt” for your vehicle.

Hit the Farmers’ Market

Shopping at farmers’ markets along your journey is always a good way to give back to the communities you visit. During the holidays, these markets are filled with wreaths, garlands, and Christmas trees of all sizes. These natural decorations can be used inside or outside of your RV tong bring Christmas cheer, and the pleasant smell of natural pine.

Use Your Outdoor Space

Many snowbird travelers stay at the same RV park all winter long. Staying in one place makes it easy to decorate the campsite surrounding your RV just as you would your front yard at home. Decorate bushes, trees and other items that are within your campsite grounds. You can also place stationary items, like light-up snowmen, Santas and trees, surrounding your RV to create a winter wonderland that all of your fellow campers will enjoy.

Shop at Thrift Stores

It may not seem smart to spend big bucks on Christmas decorations that you won’t want to tote around when the season is over. Forget about buying brand-new and head to local thrift stores to find affordable decorations that you won’t mind giving away when the holidays have passed.

Find the Perfect Holiday Gift

There’s no better gift for an RV lover than a new or used RV from Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. We can help you and your family upgrade your RV lifestyle for an unbelievably affordable price this Christmas.

Healthy Snacks for Holiday Travel

Staying healthy on the road can be especially difficult during the holidays. One of the best ways to stay in shape when you’re on the go is to keep healthy snacks on hand, so you don’t feel inclined to stop at unhealthy restaurants along your journey. These three healthy snacks will help you stay on track during the holiday season.

Choose Nuts

Instead of grabbing a bag of chips from a convenience store, stock your RV with different kinds of nuts. Pistachios, walnuts, almonds and other nuts and seeds provide a healthy combination of fats and proteins. They’ll also satisfy those salty and savory cravings without the need for unhealthy foods like French fries or chips.

Healthy Beverages

It’s easy to grab a soda at a rest stop or convenience store, but sugary drinks can lead to holiday weight gain and fatigue. Choose water, seltzer water, 100-percent fruit juice or vegetable juices instead of unhealthy sodas. Keep a variety of healthy drinks in your RV’s refrigerator or cooler to ensure you opt for healthy options instead of stopping to grab sugary substitutes.

Fresh Fruits

Fruit is always an ideal on-the-go snack option. Plan ahead, and stop by a local farmers’ market to pick up fresh, seasonal fruits for your journey. Prepare the fruit by rinsing and slicing it, so you and all of your fellow travelers can enjoy it conveniently. If you don’t have time to pick up and prepare fresh fruits, opt for single-serving containers of applesauce, dried apricots, raisins or other items. Don’t forget to avoid fruits with pits, which can cause an inconvenient mess while on the road.

Create an Outdoor Lifestyle

Getting outside is one of the best ways to stay healthy during the holiday season. Stop and see us at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City to find your dream RV for an unbelievably affordable price this holiday season.