Serving Others on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is next week and, if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably going to celebrate in some fashion regardless of whether you’re at home or out on the road in your RV.

Keep in mind though that it’s one thing to give thanks and another to give others reason to be thankful. If you want to give back this Thanksgiving no matter where you are, consider taking on one or more of these tasks.

Extend an Invitation to a Neighbor

It doesn’t matter if you’re home, at an RV park, or out at a campground: if you notice a neighbor who looks lonely on Thanksgiving, see if they’d be interested in celebrating with you and your family. Adding that one extra seat at your table could make the holiday for someone.

Donate to a Local Food Bank

There are hungry folks all across the country and there are food banks that are trying to keep them fed. It would be a hopeless task if not for the continuing generosity of Americans all across the country. Giving to a food bank is a simple yet effective and direct way to help the needy this Thanksgiving.

Visit a Hospital or Retirement Home

Not everyone in a hospital or retirement home will have someone to celebrate Thanksgiving with. Some of them may not have anyone at all. Drop in at either establishment and see if they allow volunteer visitors. What may be a simple visit and conversation for you may make someone else’s month.

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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 full-time aspirations. 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.

Make the Best Pumpkin Pie in Your RV

If you’re out on the road this Thanksgiving in your RV, that means that you can make an entire Thanksgiving meal in your RV’s kitchen. With just a bit of planning and preparation, cooking in your RV is no more difficult than cooking at home. When it comes time for dessert, try this pumpkin pie recipe. It’s the perfect end to the perfect Thanksgiving feast, no matter where you are!

You Will Need:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
  • 1 10-inch deep dish pie crust

Homemade Whipped Cream

Whip 2 pints of heavy cream until the soft peak stage. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and whip until the cream is stiff. Fold in confectioner’s sugar to taste, starting with ½ cup.

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in a small bowl. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the pumpkin and the spice mixture until the mixture is well-mixed.

Add the evaporated milk a third of the can at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Place the pie shell on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Pour the mixture into the pie shell.

Bake the pumpkin pie at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the pumpkin pie for 40 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the pie on a wire rack for at least 2 hours.

If the crust is browning too fast, cover just the crust with aluminum foil. About 10 minutes before the pie is finished check the crust. If you want it darker, remove the foil.

Garnish the pie with whipped cream.

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Getting Rid of Terrible Black Tank Odors

So you’re dealing with a stubborn odor from your black water tank on your RV, but you’re not sure why it started or how to get rid of it… all you know is that you need to get rid of it as soon as possible. While you might have to take it in for service, there are a number of DIY solutions that can either solve the problem entirely or at least serve as a stopgap until you can get to an RV technician.

Try Adding Fabric Softener to the Tank

This is super easy to do and you’d be amazed at how many odors some fabric softener can dispel. Just add two caps full of liquid fabric softener (the brand and scent don’t matter) to your black water tank. This will work if the issue you have is a lack of tank deodorant as the fabric softener will serve this function perfectly well. If the odor persists, move on to more comprehensive methods.

Make Sure Your Toilet Bowl if Full

Just like in a toilet at home, the water in the bowl controls odors from entering the room. If your RV’s toilet bowl is empty or has very little water, it’s no wonder you’re getting odors from the black water tank. If your toilet doesn’t automatically fill with water, as some RV toilets don’t, you can just remember to add some water from your sink by using a cup after every flush.

Check Your RV’s Components

If neither of the above solutions helps, you need to start checking other areas. Your black water tank probably vents to the roof through a pipe. There’s a filter there that, if clogged, could be backing up odors into your living area. Either clean it or replace it. You can also check the tank itself if you still can’t find the problem. It could simply be that there is debris that has failed to drain at the last dump station. You can use pressurized water from a hose to spray it out.

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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 full-time aspirations. 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.

If you’re having problems with your black water tank that you can’t solve on your own, be sure to mention your issue to an RV technician at Leisure Time RV.

Check Out One of Oklahoma’s Most Delicious Landmarks

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When you’re cruising Oklahoma in your RV this fall or winter, we imagine you’ll be on the lookout for cool places to stop. After all, while the destination is always your goal, the journey along the way can get pretty stale if you never stop to smell the roses.

This delicious landmark has graced Oklahoma for over a century, but you can easily pass it by if you don’t know to look for it. It’s in a pretty nondescript building and doesn’t go out of its way to advertise and missing out would be a real shame.

Eischen’s Bar in Okarche is billed as Oklahoma’s oldest bar, founded in 1896, and it’s still going strong. Every day and night it’s got locals rubbing elbows with tourists, though everyone is there for the same reason: the simple yet delicious menu.

When we say simple, we mean there aren’t that many options on there. There is, however, a specialty: their famous whole fried chicken. At $11, you get 8 pieces of fried chicken with bread, pickles, and onion on the side. Eischen’s cooks over 4000 birds a week and gets visitors from all over the U.S. and beyond. There’s also BBQ and chili available at Eischen’s if you’re not big on fried chicken and, of course, plenty of beers on tap.

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Before you hit the road this camping season, don’t forget to stop in and see us at your one-stop RV shop — Leisure Time RV. From new RVs to service, parts, and accessories, Leisure Time RV has got you covered.

Drive the Talimena National Scenic Byway

The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation as an official National Scenic Byway, the Talimena Drive was built specifically to highlight the area’s beautiful foliage and spans one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.

Weaving through the brightly-colored trees of the Ouachita National Forest, Talimena National Scenic Byway is the perfect route to take in your RV this fall as you travel through southeast Oklahoma. The views don’t get better than this. Don’t forget to pack your picnic supplies, because there are numerous overlooks to stop at and stretch your legs and to enjoy a good meal.

Stretching between Talihina, Oklahoma, and Mena, Arkansas, the Talimena National Scenic Byway hugs the slopes and peaks of the mountains as you travel it, offering stunning panoramic views of fall forest sprawling to the horizon in all directions.

Awash in vibrant shades of red and gold, the forested slopes that surround the Talimena Drive have made this scenic byway an autumn hot spot and the crown jewel of the region. Numerous viewpoints and scenic turnoffs along the Talimena National Scenic Byway provide visitors with spectacular views of the fall color change. Stop at one of the 22 designated vistas along the route and take full advantage of the route’s interpretive signage as you take in the beauty of the area’s endless fall foliage.

 

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.

Tips for Buying an RV

When purchasing a new RV at Leisure Time RV, you consider the obvious things such as sleeping arrangements and holding tank size, but you should consider several other things. When you first discuss purchasing an RV, stop by Leisure Time RV and walk through some of the models to get some ideas of what you should consider.

Kitchen: If you are not big on cooking outside, you may want to consider an RV with a three-burner stove and an oven instead of a two-burner stove. Many RVs do not have an oven, though some of those – usually the more expensive trim levels – do have a convection/microwave oven. If you plan on baking casseroles or desserts, you will need one or the other.

Privacy: In addition to sleeping arrangements, you need to consider privacy. Some RVs have no door to the master bedroom area and some have folding doors while others have “real” doors. If you are camping with friends or children and prefer the privacy, you may want to consider an RV with some type of doors.

Bathroom: Pick an RV with a bathroom that suits your bathroom habits. If someone always seems to have to use the bathroom while another person is in the shower, you may want to consider a floor plan with a separate shower instead of a floor plan that has a conventional bathroom.

Storage: A huge consideration is storage. If you are going on short weekend trips, storage is not a huge issue. However, if you are using the RV for longer trips or to travel across the country, you will need large pass-through storage. You can use the storage to stow hunting and fishing equipment, patio furniture, extra luggage and dirty laundry. You can also stow extra dry goods in the pass-through storage, thus minimizing your shopping trips.

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Before you purchase a new RV, be sure you stop by Leisure Time RV, an Oklahoma RV dealer, to check out different brands and floor plans. Ask a salesperson about specific upgrades if you find an RV you like but it is missing that one thing you need.

Tips for RV Driving and Brake Safety

As any veteran RVer will tell you, driving an RV isn’t as hard as it might look. Despite their larger size, they’re not difficult to operate. That said, they are larger, so driving and braking an RV is different than what you’re used to in a car, truck, or SUV. Keep these tips in mind for safer driving in your RV on your next road trip.

Know Your Weight Limits

While you probably internalized the height of your RV at purchase, you may not have done the same with its weight or the towing limits of your towing vehicle. For the purposes of safe driving and braking, it’s critical that your towing vehicle is up for the task of towing your specific trailer. If you have doubts about your current setup, visit an expert, like one at Leisure Time RV, to have your setup inspected and evaluated.

Don’t Speed

While it’s tempting to push yourself on the road in order to reach your destination faster, for the purposes of safety it’s best if you stay at or under the posted speed limit. The slower you go the better your brakes will perform if suddenly called upon. The simple fact of the matter is that your RV, regardless of size, weighs much more than nearly any car, truck, or SUV, and that means that time to stop is significantly increased.

Get Your Brakes Checked Before a Long Drive

Before you embark on any long trip, it pays to stop by your local Oklahoma RV dealership and get your brakes checked out. By keeping a close eye on the wear and tear of your brakes, you can catch potential problems before they develop into an emergency during the upcoming drive.

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 full-time aspirations. 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.

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.

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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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!