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.

Recipe for a Simple RV Breakfast

When you’re out on the road in your RV, it’s good to keep meals simple and straightforward. Of course, you don’t want to sacrifice flavor or portion sizes, especially when it comes to breakfast. If you’re going to fuel up for the coming day of fun and recreation, you need a breakfast recipe that’s up to the task. Try these handy breakfast bowls the next time you need a simple, filling breakfast for every person in the RV.

Rise and Shine Breakfast Bowls

Ingredients

  • Whole grain bread, 12 slices with crust taken off
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 package bacon
  • Butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin tin with butter and place one slice of bread into each hole pressing down in the middle.
  3. Crack one egg directly onto each slice of bread.
  4. Cook bacon in skillet or bake in oven, then place one cooked slice into each egg.
  5. Bake until egg is just cooked, or until desired consistency (yolk runny, about 10 minutes; slightly runny, about 13 minutes; cooked thoroughly, about 17 minutes).

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April Adventures in Oklahoma City

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Spring is here, and the temperatures are rising in Oklahoma City. This perfect weather means there are tons of outdoor activities and events on schedule for the month of April. Fire up your RV and cruise to some of these unbeatable events throughout OKC this month.

The Auto Alley Shop Hop

The Auto Alley Shop Hop takes place on the third Thursday of every month, but April’s mild temperatures make the event even more enjoyable. Head down to Automobile Alley for extended shopping hours at local retailers, open houses at numerous shops, tons of kids’ activities, delicious eats, street artists and free live music for everyone to enjoy. The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and is free to the public.

Weekender Keeper Connections

Take the whole family down to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens on any Saturday or Sunday in April for unique zoo presentations by the zoo keepers themselves. Keeper Connections are held around the zoo at numerous habitats throughout the day. Log onto the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens website to see a list of Keeper Connections times and locations. The event will continue through October, but you can beat the heat and the crowds by visiting this April.

First Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art

The First Fifty Years of Oklahoma Art exhibit at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum will come to a close on April 25. The exhibit has been available for viewing every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday since January, and the final chances to view it are now. A lecture will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., to discuss the history of Oklahoma art dating back to the state’s first 50 years. The Gaylord-Pickens Museum is located at 1400 Classen Dr.

Start Your Journey at Leisure Time

Leisure Time RV is your local Oklahoma City RV dealer. We’re here to help with all of your Oklahoma RV needs whether you’re interested in a new or used recreational vehicle, service or simply a few camping supplies.

Take a Hike!

Literally.

November 17 is “Take a Hike Day” and we challenge you to do just that. Put down the TV remote, the iPad, or video games and get ready to soak in the sunshine.

Whether you’re a full-timer or just doing some traveling with the family in your trailer, plan on taking a hike this Sunday. This is a great way to spend quality time with your family, get some exercise, and to have a little adventure.

Grab your hiking boots, a few walking sticks, fill up your camel pack with water, and hit the trails. Promoting good health and physical activity is the best part of this day.

If you’re looking for a trail to hike, here are a couple of good ones:

If you’re close to Lawton or want to take a drive from Oklahoma City, stop by the granite domes of Elk Mountain located in the Wichita Mountains. This area is great for hiking and/or climbing. The summit shows off a 270 degree view of the surroundings.

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If you’re into a short day trip this is the trail for you at 1.1 miles long. If you’re looking for something a little longer for an all day adventure you can travel to one of the most popular parks in Southern Oklahoma.

Beavers Bend State Park is North of Broken Bow, and trail-head to trail-head is six miles long. This incredible hike will take you in a loop to the top of the bluffs and ridgelines. There are breathtaking views, and even though the elevation is only 500 feet, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.

While you are out and about getting physically and mentally healthy on Take a Hike Day don’t forget the Hiker’s responsibility code.

Always let someone know where you are hiking, understand how to use any gear you are bringing with you, your whole hiking gang should stay together, turn back if the weather starts to change, and remember it’s your responsibility; be prepared.

Here at Leisure Time RV we promote good old healthy leisure time, so please enjoy Take a Hike Day!

Pork Chops along with Roasted Apples and Onions

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It’s the time of year for a little autumn leisure time. This is a great season to be an Oklahoma RV owner and to take advantage of cooler temperatures and some fall colors. It is also an opportunity to take advantage of some fruits and vegetables that come into season this time of year. Here is a recipe that uses apples to help bring in that fall feeling.

Pork Chops along with Roasted Apples and Onions

You will need 2 ½ teaspoons of canola oil

1 ½ cups of frozen pearl onions that have been thawed out

2 cups of apple wedges

1 T butter (divided)

2 t of fresh thyme leaves

1 ½ t salt (divided)

½ t black pepper (divided)

4 pork chops (bone-in and about ½ inches thick)

½ cups of chicken broth

½ teaspoons of flour

1 t of cider vinegar

First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Then add 1 teaspoon of the oil to an ovenproof skillet and heat over medium heat. Make sure the onions are dry and then add them to the skillet and cook them for about two minutes. Next add the apples to the pan and put the skillet in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the apples are tender. Then put two teaspoons of the butter, the thyme, ¼ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of the pepper in and stir.

Heat another skillet over medium heat and add pork chops. Sprinkle the pork chops with the last of the salt and pepper and cook for three minutes on each side or until done. Remove the pork chops and keep them warm. Whisk the chicken broth and flour in a bowl and add this mixture to the skillet you browned the pork chops in. Make sure you scrape the bottom of the skillet to pick up the brown bits. Cook this mixture for about one minute or it is reduced to ¼ cup. Then stir in the vinegar and the last teaspoon of butter.

Now plate up the pork chops and apples and onions and drizzle the sauce over all. It’s a yummy dinner with a slice of fall inside!

If you are in search of a new Oklahoma RV dealer we invite you to Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. The 2014’s are here and we’ve got amazing deals on our remaining 2013’s. New or used, come see us at Leisure Time RV.

October Events near Leisure Time RV

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October is a beautiful month that serves as the transition between the heat of summer and the colder winter months ahead. It is also surprisingly full of activities. Leisure Time RV has put together this list of some of the fun things to do in the OKC area in October.

October 4 thru November 2

FrightFest is going on at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd, Oklahoma, City) that features a haunted house, scare zones, entertainment, the BooVille Trick-or-Treat Trail and more. FrightFest is free with park admission. Extra charges apply for the Haunted House. Friday hours are 6-11pm; Saturday, noon-11pm; Sunday, noon-10pm. For more information call 478-2140.

October 11 thru 31

Pumpkinville at the Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City) helps you celebrate pumpkins and everything fall. There will be hundreds of pumpkins on display, hay-bale mazes, scarecrows and other activities.

October 23 thru 30

Storybook Forest at Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake. This is a not-so-scary walk through trick-or-treat path featuring storybook characters. It also includes hayrides, games and a campfire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Hours of Storybook Forest are from 5:30-8:30pm. Call 216-7471 for more details.

October 26

This is the date of the Kaw Lake Fall Festival at Camp McFadden in Ponca City. It features pumpkin decorating, hayrack rides, a craft show and haunted cabins. If you want more details you can contact 580-762-9494,

October 26 thru 31

Haunt the Zoo. The Oklahoma City Zoo is home to this annual event at 2000 Remington, in Oklahoma City. There is trick-or-treating and lots of Halloween related fun. Adults are admitted free. $7 per child or $6 with tickets purchased in advance. Hours are 6:30-8:30pm.

October 27 thru 31

HallowMarine at the Oklahoma Aquarium. This unique event has indoor trick-or-treating, a treasure hunt, games and a mermaid and pirate dive show. Hours are 6:30-9pm. More information is available by calling 918-296-3474.

October is the favorite month for many people. It brings crisp air and loads of color. Enjoy the season and have a safe Halloween from all of us at your Oklahoma RV dealer, Leisure Time RV.

Visiting Quartzsite, AZ, For A Winter Trip

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There are literally millions of destinations to visit in your Oklahoma City RV, but not all of them are attractive and welcoming in the winter. Travelers tend to stick to the extreme south and southwest when planning for camping or boondocking after October. If you have never traveled to a mecca for camper and fifth wheel travel before, Quartzsite, AZ should be your next destination.

A Ghost Town

This very small town remains desolate and nearly empty through the summer, except for a few brave fulltime residents. However, falling temperatures and frigid snows drive thousands of people to seek out the winter warmth of Arizona. The town itself is home to numerous well-equipped campgrounds, but boondocking and dry camping out in the desert is also very popular. The area first became popular due to its high level of gemstone deposits – hence its name. Many campers who winter in Quartzsite now could care less about rocks, but instead seek out the warmth and companionship offered by such a large gathering of RV lovers.

Big Time Boom

RV Adventuring reports that the AZ Highway Department estimates that nearly a million people visit this spot for the annual vacation and RV show that has been put on for over 40 years. There are also other gatherings and events held during the winter, including a gemstone show and car shows for classic auto lovers. The entire destination is geared towards people who love traveling and who don’t want to sit indoors through winter. Hiking, boating, and other outdoor sports can all be enjoyed during the mild temperatures.

Near The Attractions

Quartzsite, AZ is the ideal stop for travelers that love the wilderness. There are thousands of acres of Bureau of Land Management space to explore, in addition to the Imperial National Wilderness Refuge and Kofa National Wilderness Refuge. Finally, don’t forget about Lake Havasu. It’s 50 miles north of the town, but its sparkling waters are well worth a day trip in your Oklahoma RV. The town itself is full of small shops and temporary buildings to cater to visitors, and grocery stores and other suppliers can be found within just 15 to 25 miles down the highway.

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Three Ideas to Expand the Living Space in Your RV

When you walk onto the Leisure Time RV lot, your purchasing decision is going to be severely limited if you’re going in with the attitude that you need an RV as big as Oklahoma in order to live in it in comfort. The reality is that there’s quite a bit that you can do to expand the living space inside of an RV. Here are some ideas.

Remove Unnecessary Furniture

Sometimes all that extra storage space comes in handy, other times you wish you had a little more headroom. If you have any cabinets, nightstands, shelves or other furniture that you don’t need, a little spackle and paint will cover most of the small nail holes left by removing the built in furnishings.

Mirrors

It’s a simple trick but it works: use mirrors to open up a living space. A couple of full length mirrors in the bedroom can really help to create the feeling of space in your RV.

Tear Down the Walls

In most RVs and trailers, you really don’t need to worry about load bearing walls. The weight is all resting on the actual frame itself, not on anything inside of the RV’s interior, so generally speaking, if you want to tear down a wall to expand the living area into the second bedroom or turn the entire RV into a studio apartment, you can safely do just that. Opening the area up really helps to create a sense of breathing room.

Whether you want to expand a small RV, camper, or trailer, or make a big one even bigger, there are a whole lot of neat tricks like these that can help you to do just that. Whether remodeling or simply redecorating, there are a lot of great ways to take your living space in your RV and expand it. Come see us at Leisure Time RV today for more tips, or to check out our inventory to get yourself a new RV that’s downright larger than what you currently have.

2014 Forest River Wildwood 28DBUD

If your tend to travel with a group of family or friends and need a travel trailer with some space, we invite you to Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We are a used and new Oklahoma RV dealer, and we are sure to have the perfect fit for you.

Let’s talk a little bit about the new 2014 Forest River Wildwood 28DBUD for example.

The 2014 Forest River Wildwood is 29’ and 10” in length can sleep up to eight people. It has one large slide out that really makes an impact. For your comfort, this travel trailer has ducted air-conditioning for quick cooling, and a 25,000 BTU Furnace. It also includes a heated and enclosed 40 gallon freshwater tank along with the 6 gallon DSI water heater to keep the troops happy. The waste water tank is 32 gallons and it has a 34 gallon gray water tank. It has a handy central switch command center, and the radius entry door has an extra-large grab handle.

The rear lower bed has an upper bunk. This travel trailer has a toilet and a shower/tub. In the lavatory there is also a built-in medicine cabinet. There is a U-shaped dinette and sofa slide. You’ll love the swivel flat screen television and the comfortable queen size bed. This model has double wardrobes with drawers. In the kitchen area it has a double kitchen sink, a 3-burner range, refrigerator and the are overhead cabinets throughout. It has pass-thru storage, a full 16′ awning an a lot more touches that will make your RV experience more convenient..

If you are looking for space and comfort when traveling with up to 8 people, you should consider the 2014 Forest River Wildwood 28DBUD. You can see it right now on our inventory lot. We also have a fine selection of left-over 2013 travel trailers in stock at some very attractive pricing.

Come on out and take a walk-through of any of our RV’s in stock. See us at 4901 South Anderson in Oklahoma City. Call us toll-free at 1-800-545-0066, or locally at 405-741-9300. See for yourself why Leisure Time RV is Oklahoma’s finest RV dealer!

Hot and Spicy Boneless Grilled Chicken Breasts

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Leisure Time RV once again is pleased to offer you another great tasting RV recipe for the road. We are an Oklahoma City new RV dealer who knows that recipes are at the top of the list for those who enjoy the RV lifestyle. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and to suggest your own recipes.

Today’s recipe is for Hot and Spicy Boneless Grilled Chicken Breasts.

You will need:

4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Italian dressing

2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper

2 tablespoons of crushed cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to season to taste.

In a large zip-lock type bag, add the Italian dressing and other dry seasonings and mix together into a marinade. Add the 4 breasts of chicken to the bag. Make sure all the chicken gets coated in the marinade. Let marinade absorb into the chicken in the refrigerator or cooler for an hour or so.

Fire up the grill, and when hot, place the marinated chicken breasts on the grill. Immediately put some of the left over marinade on the chicken breasts. Cook about 5 minutes. Turn the breasts over for about another 5 minutes and serve with your favorite side dishes.

You can add some sweet to the heat by serving this chicken with a drizzle of honey, or increase the heat with some Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or your favorite hot sauce. This chicken is tender and juicy and has just enough heat to get your attention. This recipe will serve at least 4 people if you can each eat a chicken breast, more if you can’t! You can also cut up the chicken and serve already sliced if you prefer.

If you live in Oklahoma and enjoy the RV lifestyle, we invite you to visit us at Leisure Time RV. We are the RV dealer Oklahoma City has come to depend on for not only great used and new RV’s, but a full service parts and service area. Please feel free to visit us anytime!