The Top 3 Fall Foliage Spots in Oklahoma

Fall doesn’t get enough credit in the Sooner State. Milder temperatures, uncrowded roads and breathtaking fall scenery are enough to rival the hotter days of summer. Fire up your RV and cruise down to these three destinations in Oklahoma for some of the best fall foliage our country has to offer.

Talimena National Scenic Byway

The Talimena National Scenic Byway is Oklahoma’s most popular scenic drive, and fall is the best of time of year to cruise along it in your RV. The 54-mile-long route weaves through the brightly-colored trees of the Ouachita National Forest while offering breathtaking views of the tallest mountain range between the Rockies and Appalachians. Don’t forget your picnic supplies, because the Talimena State Park is an ideal place to stop and stretch your legs.

Robbers Cave State Park

Why admire the fall colors from your vehicle when you can spend days camped among them? Robbers Cave State Park, just 5 miles north of Wilburton, offers the vibrant fall colors of the Sans Bois Mountain Range. Hiking, biking, camping, repelling, fishing and snapping stunning photos are just a few of the activities you can enjoy in this scenic atmosphere. Even better, you can park your RV at one of the state park’s RV campsites and take in the sights for days.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area

The Chickasaw National Recreation Area, in southern Oklahoma, offers a breathtaking backdrop and so many outdoor activities that you’ll never want to leave. Admire the leaves as they fall along the Lake of the Arbuckles’ 36 miles of coastline or explore the park’s countless other lakes and streams. And don’t miss a trip to Turner Falls, where you’ll watch crystal clear water cascade 77 feet down into a natural pool.

Travel Throughout Oklahoma in Your RV

There’s no better way to admire Oklahoma’s fall foliage than in the comfort and convenience of an RV from Leisure Time RVs in Oklahoma City. Stop in and see us to start your new RV lifestyle today.

Fulltime RVing Tips with Your Spouse

Traveling the country in your RV with a partner is one of the most enjoyable things in the world… or one of the most frustrating! Depends on the day, really. While you might get along most of the time, there’s something about being in close proximity with another person for days, weeks, or even months without pause that can really leave you feeling like your buttons are being pushed.

RVs mean unrivaled intimacy due to the face that they’re both your means of travel and your living quarters all in one compact package. To prevent yourself from becoming tired of your partner, it’s important to practice certain habits to distance yourself when need be.

Headphones Are Everything

There’s nothing better at creating an immediate barrier between yourself and another person than a good pair of headphones. Whether you need to cool off or simply need some alone time, headphones provide it. Listen to some music you like, catch up on an audiobook or podcast, or watch some videos. After some “alone” time, you can rejoin your partner by simply pulling the earbuds out.

Have Your Own Interests

Sure you’re traveling together and doing pretty much everything else together, but you should definitely bring along some personal hobbies with you on the road. Just like practicing them at home, your hobbies allow you to have that stress relief that only comes from doing something you love on your own. Whether it’s calligraphy, photography, writing, scrapbooking, knitting, or whatever else, don’t leave your hobbies behind.

Keep Lines of Communication Open

No matter how annoyed you are or even angry, it’s crucial that you keep communication open with your partner. While the silent treatment might sound appealing, there’s no chance that fences will be mended if you don’t talk. On that note, don’t stay angry with your partner. You’re on the road with them with nowhere to go, so make the best of any situation and let go of any anger you’re harboring.

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.

Tips for RV Beginners from the Experts

There’s no better place to learn about RV living than from travelers who have lived life on the road. And these must-have tips have been compiled by some of the most experienced RV travelers in the country. So next time you hit the road, keep these helpful tips on hand to help your RV travels roll along more smoothly.

RV Living Tips From the Experts

  1. Always keep wheel locks on hand.
  2. Invest in a high quality sewer hose or two and have the correct connectors on hand.
  3. Check the condition of your tires and the tire pressure before each journey.
  4. Create a checklist for all of your departures.
  5. Know how to maintain your chassis and house batteries and check them often.
  6. Keep more than one fire extinguisher in your RV.
  7. Don’t travel with any items that have less than two uses.
  8. Throw your toilet paper in the trash instead of the toilet to save room in your black water tank.
  9. Scott’s single-ply toilet paper is less expensive and more comfortable than special RV toilet papers.
  10. Buy small surge protectors for every appliance in your RV.
  11. Turn your water heater on roughly 30 minutes before you plan to use hot water.
  12. Let your black water tank fill at least halfway before you empty it.
  13. Always keep bottled water or a water filter in your vehicle in case the campground’s water is not drinkable.
  14. Take your time and see the sights. There’s no need to race to the next destination.
  15. Volunteer at your destinations to meet new people and get involved in new communities.
  16. Keep a magnetic key somewhere on your rig, so you never have to worry about being locked out.
  17. Travel to a number of RV campgrounds before you choose to join an RV campground organization.

Find All of Your RV Needs at Leisure Time RV

We’ve got everything you need to enjoy the best RV lifestyle possible right here at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma. Stop by today to tour a new or used RV, from trailers to motorhomes, and find the one that’s perfect for you.

Float the River at Tahlequah, Oklahoma

While it may officially be fall, the weather here in Oklahoma doesn’t feel like it yet. That means there’s still time to get in some last second water-based adventures. From swimming holes to leisure days at the lake, Oklahoma has got you covered.

Maybe you’re more into canoeing, kayaking, and rafting? Head over to where the Illinois River passes near Tahlequah for some quality time on the river in your watercraft of choice.

It’s good time on the water for people of all ages and skill levels since the water is so gentle. That means it’s the perfect spot to take the whole family if you’re looking for a quick trip that everyone will enjoy.

The Illinois River in this area represents 60+ miles of scenic waterway as it winds through the Cookson Hills of northeastern Oklahoma. The area specifically around Tahlequah is made for a relaxing float down the river. There’s a high concentration of outfitters in that region along with plenty of extracurricular recreational opportunities, so all you have to do is show up and let the outfitters figure out the rest.

How you see the river is up to you, though canoes, kayaks, and inflatable rafts are the most popular.

Kayaks are a great option if it’s just you and another person since they’re the perfect size for two and are highly maneuverable.

Canoes are good for parties of about three and are also easy to maneuver.

Rafts are the go-to if you’ve got a big party and you’re not worried about getting anything done fast.

In any case, head out there the next time you’ve got some time off. It’s a great weekend or day trip that everyone will love.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Before you hit the road this fall for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Leisure Time RV so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Leisure Time RV and find one that’s right for you.

 

Check Out These Oklahoma Swimming Holes

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Though summer has ended and fall is here, the weather has yet to take a turn for the colder. Seize this opportunity to take one last little trip to your favorite Oklahoma swimming hole and eke out that last bit of summer.

Turner Falls Park

One of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor destinations, the park also draws visitors from nearby states. This isn’t a surprise if you’ve ever been to the park. The scenery includes mountains, waterfalls, and natural pools. Some of the pools actually have caverns behind their waterfalls, so you can swim on back and sit behind the falls in the shade. There are also hiking trails and caves to explore. Head towards Davis, Oklahoma, if you’d like to visit.

Blue Hole Park

Serving the Tulsa area for generations of swimmers, this popular swimming hole destination is a hit with families. With shallow areas for kids, concession stands when hunger strikes, and RV sites for extended visits, it’s a great place for some last minute fun.

Gage Artesian Beach

Created in the early 1900s when an oil drilling crew struck an underground spring, Gage Artesian Beach offers cool waters in natural form. After a brief time as a health resort, the beach is now better designed for swimming with cement boundaries and a sandy, lake-like bottom.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this fall to tour a new or used RV motorhome or travel trailer. Find an RV that’s perfect for your family and travel goals at Leisure Time RV and hit the road!

The Best Ways to Bake in Your RV

The RV lifestyle requires travelers to make some changes, and a lot of those changes come in the kitchen. Cooking in an RV’s compact space and with limited appliances can seem impossible at first. Fortunately, a number of RV living experts have been baking in gas ovens for decades, and they have some helpful tips to offer.

Follow these simple pieces of advice to bake better treats and meals in your RV’s gas oven.

  • Always preheat the oven. It’s easy to skip the step of preheating your RV oven because you don’t want to waste propane; however, preheating is essential to cooking your meals and baked goods correctly. Not all RV ovens are equipped with signals to let you know they’ve preheated to the correct temperature, so you’ll have to use an oven thermometer.  Your oven thermometer will also come in handy for cooking, because your RV oven’s temperature gauge is probably not accurate.
  • Don’t forget to rotate your pan. When your dish is halfway through baking, rotate it to ensure a more even cook.
  • Use unglazed tiles to even out your RV oven’s heat distribution. Place an unglazed tile (or several) directly on your oven’s metal shelf to provide better distribution and allow your meals and baked items to cook evenly.
  • Don’t be afraid to move the wire rack. Move your wire rack up higher, so your meals aren’t cooking with such intense heat. This will help prevent the burning that often occurs in RV ovens. Whenever possible, don’t place your baked goods on the bottom shelf — they may not rise properly!

Prepare Meals in a Residential RV Kitchen

Cooking in your RV doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you buy a top-quality new RV from Leisure Time. Our lot is stocked with a huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels that are equipped with full, residential kitchens to help you enjoy even better meals (and desserts) on the road.

Preparing Your Home While You Are Out on the Road

If you’re planning on hitting the road this fall for a long road trip, you’re going to be leaving your house uninhabited for a while. Leaving for an extended period of time in your RV is identical to leaving your home for any other vacation: it just takes a little bit of planning and prep to make sure that your house is in as good shape when you return as it was when you left, whether you’re gone a month or half a year.

Cut Off the Water Supply

The same goes for water: head to your main water valve and turn it off. You’ll lessen the chance that flooding will occur while you’re away and prevent money from dripping from your faucet one penny at a time.

Make Arrangements with Someone You Can Trust

Whether a neighbor, friend, work buddy, or family member, make arrangements with someone you can trust to go by your house periodically to check for mail, water your plants, and ensure that the house remains locked up tight. They can also inspect the house every once in a while to make sure that no disasters have happened.

Unplug and Turn Off

Not only should you consider turning off your fridge, but most any electronics as well. Go through the house and unplug lamps, televisions, appliances, and anything else that can draw power while you’re gone. No one will be using them, so why leave them plugged in? Unplugging helps to reduce the chances of an electrical fire as well. This step both saves money and helps to safeguard your house.

Throw Out Perishables

If you’re going to be gone a while, chances are that everything in your fridge is going to spoil. You don’t want to come back home after months away to find that your fridge is a toxic waste dump. Either throw out everything that’s perishable before you leave or take some of it with you so that you can eat it during your first week out on the road. Either way, consider shutting down your fridge completely if you want to save a bit on electricity.

As a side note, go over your non-perishables as well. Make sure your pantry is in order and that everything you’re leaving in there is sealed up tight. Eliminating sources of food goes a long way to ensuring that rodents won’t find your home to their liking.

 

 

Visit Leisure Time RV

Before you hit the road this fall for any destination, be sure to stop by and see us at Leisure Time RV so that an RV technician can give your rig an inspection. It’s important that your RV is in good shape before you embark on any long journey, as it reduces the chances that you’ll encounter an issue that can derail your entire trip. If you’re looking to get into the RV lifestyle, come by and tour any unit at Leisure Time RV and find one that’s right for you.

 

Check Out Oklahoma’s Route 66 Attractions

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. Stop in and visit for a dance or just to learn more about the evolution and culture of American dance halls.

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, especially as it pertains to Oklahoma.

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.

Protecting Yourself from Severe Weather During Your RV Travels

Traveling in your RV is a real joy and you generally don’t have a lot to worry about. But, occasionally, you’re going to run into some bad weather, perhaps even dangerous weather. The worst weather phenomenon, like severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, or hurricanes, can cause major to catastrophic damage to your RV if the conditions are sufficiently dire. If you do encounter bad weather, it pays to be prepared and to know how to deal with it, assuming you can’t simply evade it.

Monitor the Situation

The best defense against severe weather is correct and up-to-date information on its severity, current location, and projected path. To this end, make sure that you download some reliable weather-monitoring apps on your smartphone. Check around and find ones that are well-rated. Having a few options at any given time means that you’re not reliant on any one of them for correct information and can cross-reference the apps to determine the situation’s true conditions. You can go a step further and purchase an NOAA radio for your RV. It’s great in areas where there’s poor cell service or when your phone is turned off or the battery is dead. Speaking of dead phone batteries, prevent this by purchasing a portable phone charger. They store charge that can then be used to recharge your phone if the electric grid goes down.

Have Emergency Supplies

Have some basic emergency supplies stocked in your RV. These include food and water rations (non-perishable canned or vacuum-sealed staples and a minimum of 10 gallons of water are a good start), flashlights and extra batteries, heavy-duty blankets (warm, large, and water-resistant), and a well-stocked first aid kit.

Know When to Stay Put and When to Seek Better Shelter

If the weather is something that you can ride out in your RV, be sure to stow all of your belongings and close up your RV. This will reduce the chances that your RV is damaged or that property is lost. Be aware of when the severe weather is going to hit and plan to be stopped somewhere to ride it out. Don’t try to outrun severe weather as you don’t want to be caught out on the road when it hits. If the weather is so severe that you’re likely not to be safe in your RV, immediately seek better shelter in a local town or community. Your RV can always be replaced and you’re better off riding out the worst weather in a brick or concrete structure.

If there’s a longer forecast that predicts severe weather in the next few days, you as an RVer always have the option of picking up and leaving the area before it hits, which is often the best plan.

Find Your RV Supplies at Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to tour a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel and vacation plans and leave the lot in your new RV today. Not on the market for a new RV? Leisure Time RV can also help with RV service, parts, and accessories.

 

National Preparedness Month: What to Keep in Your RV in the Event of an Emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, and with the fall RV season just beginning, there’s no better time to make sure your RV is prepared for emergencies. However, you don’t have to buy a bunch of  expensive supplies to ensure your home away from home is prepared for all types of situations you may encounter on the roads. These few, simple items are ones you should always keep inside your motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

First Aid Kit

The most important preparedness item to include in your RV is a first aid kit. A first aid kit comes in handy when you’re dealing with everything from minor scrapes and bug bites to more serious injuries. The American Red Cross offers a recommended list of items to include in your first aid kit on their website to make building a homemade kit easy and affordable.

Blankets and Sleeping Bags

Whether you’re traveling to Alaska or Florida, it’s important to have your RV stocked with plenty of blankets and sleeping bags for every one of your travelers. Emergencies can happen anywhere along your journey, and you’ll want to be prepared if your RV breaks down or if some of your RV’s features stop working.

Easy-to-Prepare Foods

Traveling in your RV during the fall and winter months means you can run into issues like hurricanes, tropical storms and poor winter driving conditions. This means you may have to stop driving in areas where you weren’t prepared to park. Ensure your RV is always prepared by keeping some easy-to-cook, non-perishable foods in your vehicle. Other ready-to-eat foods like nuts and granola bars are helpful when you don’t have the energy to cook.

Bring Your RV to Leisure Time

Performing preventative maintenance on your RV is one of the best ways to ensure you stay safe on the roads. Bring your home away from home to our certified RV technicians at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City before you hit the roads this fall.