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.

Apps You Should Have for RVing

Before you head out on the first trip of the season, you may want to download some helpful apps. Whether you need to find a retailer in a strange place, information about campgrounds or even find the cheapest gas, apps make your RV trip less stressful if you’re in a new area.

Post Office

If you need a post office to mail something, you could waste a lot of time finding one in certain areas. Instead, just download this free app to find the closest post office so you can replenish stamps and other postal necessities.

AllStays Camp & RV

Find information on 16,825 campgrounds, state parks, national parks, national forests, BLM, private campgrounds and Army Corps of Engineers facilities. It also shows 2,800 truck stops, Sam’s Clubs, Cracker Barrels, Costco stores and Walmart stores.

State Line

This app is helpful if you are traveling from state to state. You’ll be able to find speed limits, driving rules, average sales tax, right on red laws, seatbelt laws, time zones, alcohol laws and more.

Gas Buddy

This free app tells you where to find the cheapest gas at your location.

Hi-Def Radar

Get current weather information from NOAA. In some cases, the moving images are as new as 4 minutes.

Weather Radio

This app is not free, but at $9.99, it’s worth it – Weather Radio gives you storm warnings from NOAA for up to five different locations. Even if your phone is off, it will announce storm warnings.

Walmart

This free app finds the closest Walmart to you; and it provides the store’s phone number so that you can call to ask if it’s okay to park overnight in their lot if you are boondocking.

GPS Apps

Use GPS apps to find places and to find your way. MotionX-GPS Drive finds restaurants and places, but you can put only one segment at a time in. While it’s not the best app for navigation, it is best for finding places.

Premium CoPilot lets you choose your vehicle. This comes in handy when you need to know a bridge height in strange cities. This app supports up to 50 segments for a trip and is great for navigation.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any accessories you may need; and if you don’t have an RV yet, but are planning on buying one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans we have in our RV showroom.

No-Cook Meal Ideas for Your RV

Just because you can cook in your RV doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily want to cook. Sometimes you want to avoid the time, effort, and pile of dishes associated with cooking and just skip straight to the eating. It may not be a matter of laziness either, but one of practicality. Maybe you want to hit the hiking trails earlier or hit the road sooner.

Whatever the case and whatever the meal you need to abbreviate, there’s a simple, no-cook meal with your name on it. Try using one of these ideas the next time you want a hassle-free meal in your RV.

Supplies You’ll Need

Even though you’re not cooking anything, you do need some basic supplies on hand.

  • Can opener
  • Tin foil
  • Sealable bags
  • Cooler
  • Ice
  • Utensils
  • Cutting board

Breakfast Ideas

  • Yogurt and granola: The best way to avoid cooking is to keep things simple. Yogurt and granola is versatile, filling, and easy to make and clean up. Either make your own granola or buy your favorite at a store, then mix it into your granola of choice.
  • Cereal with milk and fruit: Another simple meal for breakfast, just pick your favorite cereal and then add fruits to fill it out with vitamins and nutrients. Bananas, strawberries, and blueberries all make great additions to cold cereals.

Lunch or Dinner Ideas

  • Tuna salad: The ever versatile tuna salad let’s you make it the way you like it and eat it the way you like it, too. Mix with mayo, pickle relish, and whatever else you enjoy, then serve on bread, salad, or crackers.
  • Sandwiches: The sandwich is the epitome of no-cook meals. Pick your favorite type of bread and then let your imagination run wild. Choose from meats, cheeses, vegetables, and spreads to make your perfect sandwich. They’re great for preparing ahead of time and taking with you on a hike or out onto the water.

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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.

Family Friendly Cold Weather Attractions in Oklahoma

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If you own an RV, chances are you try to take it out as much as you can during the year. Of course, you probably still spend most of your time at home, dreaming of the road. If you reside in Oklahoma City, like Leisure Time RV, and are looking for things to do, there’s lots of adventure to be had. Since it’s winter and pretty chilly outside, we thought we’d present you with some of OKC’s best indoor, family-friendly destinations.

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. Both small kids and teens will engage with the interactive exhibits and learn something in the process.

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. See authentic artifacts, historical relics, and finely details exhibits that cover every topic from famous people to Oklahoman arts and culture.

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If you’re ready to start your own RV adventures, 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!

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.

RV Campground Etiquette

If you’re ready to head out on your first RV trip, whether a weekend or you’re hitting the road for a tour of the country, there is some campground etiquette that you should follow so that you get along with your neighbors, however temporary, as best as possible. Since many campgrounds have RVs rather close together, it’s easy for others to hear everything you do.

Campsites

Don’t walk through occupied sites. If you want to go into the site to knock on the door, that is fine, but it’s frowned upon to walk through just for the sake of walking through. If you notice that the shades are closed, don’t knock on someone’s door as they may be still sleeping. Many people are on vacation and sleep in every day.

Noise

Many campgrounds put their sites rather close together. Take this into consideration when you turn on the outside television or radio. Keep the volume low. If you must have it louder to hear it, a set of headphones is a great solution.

Pets

Not everyone likes pets. Some people may not like little dogs that yap all the time and some may not like big dogs because they are afraid of them. Even if your pet is the friendliest dog in the world, someone next to you might be uncomfortable with your pet or may even be allergic to your pet. Keep them in your own area, keep them quiet and be sure to pick up after them. It also goes without saying that you shouldn’t bring your pet into another person’s RV unless the pet is explicitly invited.

Smokers

Don’t smoke outside someone’s window. Be sure you are near your RV. While some may think you should smoke in a different area, you are not obligated to walk out of your site. Others may close their windows if needed. While smokers should be aware of the wind and their surroundings, non-smokers should also be polite by not asking a smoker to put out a cigarette unless the smoker is in the non-smoker’s site. Non-smokers can just shut their windows.

Setup

If you notice something wrong with a neighbor’s setup, let them know as they may not have noticed. A connection that is not correct or has come loose, a tire that is low on air or anything else that could be a danger to the occupants should be pointed out.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through our floor plans or give our service department a call to have your RV serviced before you head out for the first time this upcoming season.

Destination: Lake Eufaula

The largest lake in Oklahoma, Lake Eufaula is also one of Oklahoma’s most spectacular natural areas. Covering 105,500 surface acres and boasting 800 miles of shoreline, there’s almost no end when you’re exploring the waters or walking the shore.

If you want to explore the waters, you’re in luck: there are dozens of marinas and rental places dotting the coast, so you don’t even have to drag your own boat out with you. Rental options include houseboats, pontoon boats, ski boats, and paddle boats. The marinas usually, and conveniently, offer accessories and groceries, so they can serve as one-stop-shops for all of your boating aspirations on Lake Eufaula.

Whether you bring a boat or rent one, access to the lake is easy with numerous boat ramps located around the lake. The lake is perfect for water sports, including water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing.

Fishing is also abundant on the lake and can be done year-round. Some marinas even feature heated, fully-enclosed docks for ultimate fishing comfort even on the coldest of days. Fishers can expect a chance to catch white bass, catfish, crappie, and stripers.

If you turn your sights back to the shore, you can plan day hikes along the numerous trails that run parallel to the shore of Lake Eufaula. Many species call Lake Eufaula home and are readily spotted on a daily basis. The trails are open to hikers and some are even open to horseback riding or ATVs.

If you’re a hunter, there are 31,800 acres of public hunting around the lake, where deer, quail, geese, and ducks can all be found.

Two campgrounds, Arrowhead Area and the eponymous Lake Eufaula State Park campground offer 18-hole golf courses if you want to change things up a bit and get away from the lake and hiking trails.

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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.

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.

Recovering from the Holidays

The holidays are about time together with family and friends of course, but they’re also about eating lots of delicious food! If you went a bit overboard these past weeks on the pumpkin pies, potatoes and gravy, and turkey with stuffing, you may need to find ways to recover, especially if you’re tipping the scales heavier than you were back in October.

Here are easy ways you can bounce back in the New Year while you travel in your RV from Leisure Time RV.

Pull Over and Hike

Wherever you are in the country, use the Trails.com app to locate a hiking trail near you, pull over your vehicle and go for a hike. It doesn’t have to be a long adventure that throws off your travel schedule. Even a short 20-minute hike can help reduce blood pressure, heart rate and even stress.

Fitness Without the Gym

Afraid you won’t be able to work out because you’ll be away from your local gym? There are plenty of exercises you can do on the road without any equipment at all. Jumping jacks, squats, burpees, side-to-side hops and push-ups can all be done right there inside your RV.

For a tough daily workout, set a timer for one minute and do as many repetitions of one exercise as you can within that minute. Move on to the next exercise for another minute, until you’ve performed a full minute of each exercise without a break between. Repeat the entire cycle three or four times with a 90-second rest between each cycle.

Snack Smarter

Although you may have been showered with homemade cookies, fudge and other treats from family and friends during the holiday season, try to resist eating them as snacks. Keep fruit, nuts, granola bars and yogurt on hand in your motor home, so you can reach for them instead of the cookie jar.

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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.

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.