Dutch Ovens Are an RVer’s Best Friend

When you’re loading up your RV for your next road trip, you may be tempted to pack all of your kitchen’s gadgets so that you’re not without your most prized cooking tools. The problem is, there’s probably not going to be enough room for all of them. You’ve got to keep it simple when you RV and no cooking tool is simpler than the humble dutch oven.

The dutch oven, if you’re unacquainted, is every RVer’s best friend. This heavy, flat-bottomed kettle comes with a lid, legs, and a handle. It doesn’t look like much, but having this one tool is like bringing your kitchen stove along for the ride. They excel when it comes to campfire cooking, something you’re likely to dabble in when you’re on the road.

If you’re sick and tired of frozen, processed, dehydrated, and vacuum-sealed foods, just get yourself a quality cast iron dutch oven and bring some life back to your meals on the road. The dutch oven has a long and storied history in the United States, used by such figures as explorers, pioneers, cowboys, trappers, and mountain men. You can make nearly any meal in a dutch oven that you could make in a regular oven.

The design of a dutch oven allows you to cook complete one pot meals over any open fire. The thick cast metal of a dutch oven absorbs heat, retains it, and distributes it evenly over the inside surface. They’re kind of heavy, which means that taking one on a backpacking trip would be quite difficult, but, as an RVer, you don’t have that problem. Before your next trip, do yourself a favor and acquire your own dutch oven. You’ll find it’s not just a welcome addition to your kitchen, but your best mealtime friend.

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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 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.

Best Camping Games for RVers

Huddling around a campfire with your friends and family is always fun, but campfire games make it even more enjoyable. These five campfire games are fun for all ages, and they don’t require any accessories, so you can play them whether you’re tent camping or at the RV park with your motorhome.

1. Name That Tune

This game is simple, and it’s even more fun if you have a musician in your group of campers. Have your musician begin playing a song or play the beginning of a song on your phone or MP3 player. The first person to guess the name of the tune wins a point, and the person with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins.

2. Telephone

Telephone is a game that always ends in a lot of laughs. Start with one person in your group and have them think of a phrase. The phrase is then whispered from one person to another around the campfire. The last person will then recite the final phrase. Hint: It is often much different than the original.

3. The No Game

The No Game is played by forbidding everyone at your campfire to say the word “no.” Campers can ask each other questions and make comments to get each other to say the word. Each person who says “no” is eliminated, and the last person standing wins.

4. Charades

Charades is a campfire game guaranteed to make you laugh. Have one person come up with a topic and attempt to act it out. The first person to guess correctly wins.

5. Pass the Ghost Story

It’s not a campfire without a ghost story. Have one player start the ghost story with one sentence then let every person in the circle add a sentence. Make it around your circle at least twice before finishing the story.

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Apps Every RVer Should Download Before Their Next Trip

Although long journeys through the great outdoors may make you want to turn off your smartphones and tablets for a while, you may not want to unplug just yet. A number of RV-friendly apps are available to help you with directions, finding the best campground and even enjoying a variety of stops and sites along the way. Download these apps before you fire up your RV for your next adventure, and you’ll definitely be glad you did.

Camp and RV — Campgrounds Plus

If you’re only going to spend money on one RV camping app, Campgrounds Plus should be it. For what may seem like a high $10 price tag, you will get the best camping app on the market. Not only can you locate the campgrounds, RV parks and parking lots that suit your specific RV camping needs, you can find RV-related services and maps without an internet connection.

RoadNinja

Sick of eating gas station food every time you hit the road? RoadNinja can help you locate everything from grocery stores to roadside attractions and tons more. And when you are actually seeking a gas station, RoadNinja provides the current price for gas stations near your locations, so you can travel wisely and economically every time.

GPS CoPilot

You may think you’re good-to-go with the Google or Apple Maps application that came installed on your smartphone, but it’s best to be equipped with GPS CoPilot as well. Unlike other map applications, this one can be used offline, so you can know where you’re going even when you don’t have an internet our cellphone signal. If you’re an RV traveler who likes to head off the beaten path or even into other countries, you’ll find that GPS CoPilot’s offline maps become some of your favorite travel tools.

Before You Hit the Road

Before you fire up your RV for the first road trip of spring, don’t forget to stop by Leisure Time RV. Whether you need to shop for your next RV, make some repairs on your current one, or shop for parts and accessories, Leisure Time RV can help.

The Top 3 Oklahoma Hiking Trails for Fall

The Sooner State is teeming with hiking trails that wind through some of the country’s best fall colors. Whether you’re interested in lakeside trails, trails close to home or those winding through the Wichita Mountains, you’re guarantee to find a new favorite path on every Oklahoma hiking adventure. The following three trails are some of the best throughout the state for admiring the vibrantly-colored scenery that autumn brings.

Black Mesa Summit — Black Mesa State Park

Black Mesa Summit is the highest point in Oklahoma, sitting at 4,963 feet. Needless to say, you’re guaranteed a breathtaking view of fall colors from the top. A 4.2-mile-long moderate hike leads to the top where you’ll admire a rugged type of fall colors provided by scrub oak, rocky buttes, mesas, juniper and other panhandle terrain. The route to the summit and back is 8.4-miles long and there isn’t any water available on site, so be sure to bring plenty of liquids for your journey.

Lake McMurtry — Stillwater

The Lake McMurtry Natural Resource and Recreation Area is open year round, but fall brings more precious scenery than any other time. This family-friendly lake offers a serene setting with breathtaking sunsets behind brightly-colored trees. The park is open to RV and tent campers, and it’s loaded with moderate and easy 6- to 8-mile hikes that will have you sweating enough for a jump in the lake when you’re done.

Bert Cooper Trails — Oklahoma City

You don’t have to venture far from the Leisure Time RVs in Oklahoma City to enjoy some unbeatable fall foliage and hiking trails. The Bert Cooper Trails, formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, are ideal for walkers and bikers with stunning fall views of Lake Heffner as well as countless picnic areas and playgrounds to stop and take in the sights. The 9.1-mile-loop is an ideal way to escape the stresses of city life.

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RV Hacks That Will Make You One Happy Camper

Living the RV lifestyle isn’t always easy. You’re forced to give up some of the luxuries you enjoy at home for a compact home on wheels. Although, you don’t have to have a massive Class A motorhome to enjoy your life on the road. These simple RV hacks will help ensure you and your fellow travelers are all happy campers.

1. Use a Towel Rod to Hold Bathroom Products in Place

Putting all of your bathroom products away before you hit the road can be difficult to remember, and those products can also crowd your small storage spaces. Screw a towel rod to the wall and place your products between the bar and the wall. They’ll stay organized and in place when you’re cruising down the road.

2. Use a Shoe Organizer for More Storage

Shoe organizers can hang from doors, walls, and they can even be cut to hang in compact places. They’re a perfect way to ensure your clothing, cleaning products and other supplies stay organized on the road without taking up your precious storage spaces.

3. Use Glow-in-the-Dark Tape on Your Entry Steps

Entry steps can be dangerous in the dark, but entry lights can be difficult and expensive to install. Place glow-in-the-dark tape on your steps, so you and your guests can easily avoid injury.

4. Save Free Condiments

When you’re living in a brick-and-mortar-home, you probably throw free condiments away. When you’re on the road in your RV, those extra ketchup, mustard and soy sauce packets can come in handy. They take up much less space than full-size bottles and are especially handy if your RV refrigerator is small.

5. Shop for RV Supplies at Leisure Time

Our Leisure Time online parts store is the perfect place to pick up all of the RV supplies you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle. Even better, our online parts store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can always find what you need when you need it.

Stay at Tiny Town While You Explore Broken Bow

Tiny Town RV Park is the perfect headquarters for exploring Broken Bow Lake, Beavers Bend Resort Park, Ouachita National Forest, and the Mountain Fork and Glover Rivers. The area gets moderate temperatures in the fall as the leaves begin to turn, making it a great place to explore this fall camping season.

Tiny Town RV Park is a brand new facility (it just opened in December last year) that offers RV camp sites and rental cabins. Tiny Town is conveniently located just across the highway from the main Beavers Bend Park entrance, Fish Tales Winery, and Adam & Eve Coffee/Sundry Store.

The RV sites include spaces for RV of various sizes. Available are 70×40 foot spaces, 60×30, 40×28, and 30×25. Each site has electric, water, and sewage hookups. The larger sites have private picnic tables and fire pits. Smaller sites have shared picnic and grill facilities. The park has free WiFi, a small playground, and complimentary firewood. There are also shower, restroom, and laundry facilities located around the park.

The address is 6307 N. Hwy 259, Broken Bow, Oklahoma. You can contact the park by calling 580-236-5842.

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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.

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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.

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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 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

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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.