Cooking Around the Campfire: Simple Recipes

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Although you’ve got your RV’s kitchen, sometimes there’s an appeal to the idea of starting a campfire and cooking a rustic meal over it. If you don’t have experience doing this, however, it can be a little daunting to know if you’re doing it correctly. It’s tough enough to properly tend a fire, much less to attempt to cook something over it. If you’re a beginner, try one of these two easy campfire recipes to get the basics down and build your confidence.

Camper Donuts

Ingredients

  • Biscuit dough
  • Melted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • Metal skewers

Directions

Pop open a can of refrigerated biscuit dough and cut each biscuit into thirds.  Roll each piece of dough into a ball and then thread onto metal cooking skewers, leaving about ½ inch of space between balls of dough.  Cook the dough over hot coals or your campfire, turning constantly until they’re golden brown, about seven minutes.  Being careful not to burn your hands, slide the dough balls into melted butter and toss with cinnamon and sugar.

Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cans baked beans
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 package biscuit dough

Directions

Cook bacon in a deep cast-iron skillet or dutch oven on a grill over your campfire. Drain, crumble and set aside.  Add hamburger and onion to the skillet and cook until done.  Drain off the drippings.  Add the bacon back to the pan with the hamburger along with the baked beans and barbecue sauce.  Bring everything to a boil.  Place biscuits over the bubbly mixture in a single layer, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes until the biscuits are done.  Place cooked biscuits on a plate and spoon beans over.

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Road Trip: The Chisholm Trail

If you’re planning on an RV road trip through Oklahoma in the coming weeks or months (or even if you’re here already and looking for somewhere to go!), you should definitely consider following the path of the old Chisholm Trail.

Located along the length of what is now US 81, the Chisholm Trail is an iconic cattle drive trail used more than a century ago during the historic cattle drives that fueled the western cattle industry. The trail served Texan ranchers as they drove their cattle stock up north to buyers. The route today passes through historic towns with both charm and culture.

Starting in Duncan, you can check out the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, which will introduce you to Jesse Chisholm, who was the trail’s namesake. There’s even a life-size diorama of cowboys and longhorns that replicates the terrain of the old trail, which visitors are welcome to enter for an up close view of what it would have looked and felt like. Other interactive exhibits include trying your hand at lassoing or riding a (mechanical) bucking bronco.

Move on to Marlow afterwards to learn something about outlaws and cattle rustlers along the Chisholm Trail. Marlow is actually named for the Marlow brothers, an unfortunate tale of brothers who were wrongly convicted of cattle rustling. The Marlow Area Museum includes artifacts from the Marlow family and the trial. The museum even displays the original tombstones for Alfred, Boone, and Lewellyn Marlow.

Other stops can include Yukon, Kingsfisher, and Enid, each of which has a special connection to the Chisholm Trail.

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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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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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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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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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Vacation Costs: RV vs. Non-RV

When you compare the costs of staying in a motel or having an RV, the RV vacation is much cheaper, assuming you’re not going somewhere within a couple hours for just two or three days. Even so, the RV has benefits that staying in a hotel or motel doesn’t provide, such as the comfort of knowing your “room” is clean, there are no bedbugs, and you can have a home-cooked meal if you want.

Let’s look at some numbers. For a family of four, you can expect to spend at least $2,000 on airfare, and that’s if you’re going somewhere nearby. Once you are at your destination, you’ll need a way to get around. Rental car costs for three days is about $150. Fuel costs would depend on how much driving you expect to do. There’s no sense in going on a vacation if you’re going to sit in a hotel the entire time, so you can expect to fill the tank at least once. At $1.69 per gallon for a 20-gallon tank, that’s just under $34.

Meals out for a family of four would average $40 for breakfast, $60 for lunch and $100 for dinner if you keep it to less expensive places. Multiply that by 3 for each meal and you’re at about $600 for food.

Now add in the hotel rooms. If you find a place for about $75 per night, inclusive of taxes and fees and the kids share a room, you’re at $150 per night. That’s over $3,000 for three days and two night – and that’s being conservative.

On the other hand, if you have an RV, you can save tons. Assume the cost of ownership of the RV, including payments and insurance is about $500 per trip. Gas for a 700-mile trip would be about $250. If you choose to eat out for every meal, you wouldn’t save money there, but if you choose to make home-cooked meals, food for three days might cost $100 if you get just a little bit crazy and buy stuff that you might never buy because of the cost. This drops your price for a three-day weekend for four people to about $850. Even if you spent $500 more than you expected to, that is still a savings of over $1,650.

The best thing is, when you pay off the RV, the cost of ownership drops considerably, thus further reducing the cost of a family trip.

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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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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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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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