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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visit Leisure Time RV

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.

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.

Visit Leisure Time RV

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.

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.

Check Out These Oklahoma Swimming Holes

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Though summer has ended and fall is here, the weather has yet to take a turn for the colder. Seize this opportunity to take one last little trip to your favorite Oklahoma swimming hole and eke out that last bit of summer.

Turner Falls Park

One of Oklahoma’s most popular outdoor destinations, the park also draws visitors from nearby states. This isn’t a surprise if you’ve ever been to the park. The scenery includes mountains, waterfalls, and natural pools. Some of the pools actually have caverns behind their waterfalls, so you can swim on back and sit behind the falls in the shade. There are also hiking trails and caves to explore. Head towards Davis, Oklahoma, if you’d like to visit.

Blue Hole Park

Serving the Tulsa area for generations of swimmers, this popular swimming hole destination is a hit with families. With shallow areas for kids, concession stands when hunger strikes, and RV sites for extended visits, it’s a great place for some last minute fun.

Gage Artesian Beach

Created in the early 1900s when an oil drilling crew struck an underground spring, Gage Artesian Beach offers cool waters in natural form. After a brief time as a health resort, the beach is now better designed for swimming with cement boundaries and a sandy, lake-like bottom.

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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!

The Best Ways to Bake in Your RV

The RV lifestyle requires travelers to make some changes, and a lot of those changes come in the kitchen. Cooking in an RV’s compact space and with limited appliances can seem impossible at first. Fortunately, a number of RV living experts have been baking in gas ovens for decades, and they have some helpful tips to offer.

Follow these simple pieces of advice to bake better treats and meals in your RV’s gas oven.

  • Always preheat the oven. It’s easy to skip the step of preheating your RV oven because you don’t want to waste propane; however, preheating is essential to cooking your meals and baked goods correctly. Not all RV ovens are equipped with signals to let you know they’ve preheated to the correct temperature, so you’ll have to use an oven thermometer.  Your oven thermometer will also come in handy for cooking, because your RV oven’s temperature gauge is probably not accurate.
  • Don’t forget to rotate your pan. When your dish is halfway through baking, rotate it to ensure a more even cook.
  • Use unglazed tiles to even out your RV oven’s heat distribution. Place an unglazed tile (or several) directly on your oven’s metal shelf to provide better distribution and allow your meals and baked items to cook evenly.
  • Don’t be afraid to move the wire rack. Move your wire rack up higher, so your meals aren’t cooking with such intense heat. This will help prevent the burning that often occurs in RV ovens. Whenever possible, don’t place your baked goods on the bottom shelf — they may not rise properly!

Prepare Meals in a Residential RV Kitchen

Cooking in your RV doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you buy a top-quality new RV from Leisure Time. Our lot is stocked with a huge selection of motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheels that are equipped with full, residential kitchens to help you enjoy even better meals (and desserts) on the road.

Check Out Oklahoma’s Route 66 Attractions

Driving the course of Route 66 has almost become an American pastime. Did you know that there’s a fair chunk that rolls right through Oklahoma? There’s some pretty good stuff to see along Route 66’s Oklahoma stretch, so you’re in luck if you’re starting out here in Oklahoma City with Leisure Time RV.

Cain’s Ballroom

Celebrate the evolution of American music at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. From hard rock to blues to honky-tonk, this converted garage has turned into a musical center in Oklahoma. Stop in and visit for a dance or just to learn more about the evolution and culture of American dance halls.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Stop in at Oklahoma City, home of Leisure Time RV, to check out the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. With over 8,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum is a comprehensive look at what cowboys were really like through authentic items that were actually used back in the day. There’s also a gallery of world-class Western art pieces, including works by Remington, Russell, Moran, and Bierstadt.

Oklahoma Route 66 Museum

Located in Clinton, the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum is a must-see if you’re about to travel Route 66 or are just wrapping it up. Take a step back in time with interactive displays that will give insight into the history and lore of the route, especially as it pertains to Oklahoma.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Whether you’re headed east to west, west to east, or even starting here in Oklahoma City, 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 Route 66 beyond Oklahoma or even show you some of our units for sale if it’s time you got into your own RV.

Visit Robbers Cave State Park

Located in Latimer County about 5 miles north of Wilburton along State Highway 2, Robbers Cave State Park offers scenic views of hilly woodlands and of the Sans Bois Mountains. It’s a favored park with rappellers, equestrians, and hikers especially. Hikers love the park due to its fantastic trail system. Some of the better trails include:

Coon Creek Ridge Trail – This trail is about 2 miles and loops with some moderately difficult slopes. It’s well marked though, so you don’t have to worry about losing the path. The trail runs through some heavy woods interspersed with large rock formations. There’s also a scenic overlook of Coon Creek. The trailhead starts at the information office and is a good place to start your hiking adventures at the park.

Robbers Cave Nature Trail – This trail takes you right past the eponymous Robbers Cave, so it’s a visitor favorite in the park. Besides Robbers Cave, there are many others to see as well. It’s only 3/4 miles long, but it links up with several other trails, so you can lengthen your hike simply by hopping onto another trail along the way. There are some steep grades at the beginning, including stairs, so this trail isn’t the most accessible trail in the park, but it eases up after the climb.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to shop for a new or used motorhome or travel trailer. Find one that’s perfect for your travel goals and for your family. Not looking for a new RV this summer? Let Leisure Time RV help you with RV maintenance then. If you’re going to embark on a road trip in your RV this summer, it’s a good idea to let a technician look it over to make sure that it’s in good shape before you hit the road.

Visit Medicine Park this Summer

Medicine Park is one of Oklahoma’s best small towns, though you wouldn’t guess so from the limited number of tourists that the town gets. It definitely flies under the radar and doesn’t get as much attention as some of Oklahoma’s flashier attractions.

Medicine Park is that unique combination of quaint and worldly. Right next door to the town is the stunning Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge, which is an awesome place to go after you’ve had your fill (or merely wish a break) of exploring Medicine Park.

At the center of Medicine Park is Cobblestone Row, which is probably the cutest main street you’re going to see in Oklahoma. It’s lined with shops and restaurants that lend their special something to the fabric of the town. You can easily burn an afternoon just exploring Cobblestone Row and the businesses that line it. The road is very charming due to the fact that every building features cobblestones in their construction.

The town is also ideal for hiking and biking. There are numerous trails that run along the picturesque Medicine Creek, which winds its way directly through Medicine Park.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Stop by Leisure Time RV this summer to shop for a new or used motorhome. Whether you need a big Class A for full-time RVing or a modest travel trailer for summer road trips, Leisure Time RV has got an RV for you. Drop in and tour some units today!