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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Stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through the many floor plans we have available, including RV models available for payments under $149 per month – which significantly reduces the cost of ownership.

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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Wherever you’re headed in Oklahoma, 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 anything Oklahoma can throw your way or even show you some of our units for sale if it’s time you got into your own RV.

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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Stop by Leisure Time RV to walk through our floor plans or give our service department a call to have your RV serviced before you head out for the first time this upcoming season.

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Your RV

New Year’s Eve will be here before you know it so if you have plans to celebrate in your RV, now’s the time to get started with a quick maintenance check at Leisure Time RV before you go. With a tune-up to ensure everything’s running like a charm, you’ll start the New Year on a positive note no matter where you’re celebrating.

Like others who will be waiting for the midnight hour to ring in the New Year, there’s plenty of celebrating to be done beforehand. Whether you’re staying at a RV campground or resort or you’ve made your way to a friend or relative’s house and parked in the driveway, have a plan of action so everyone will enjoy the night.

Decorations are part of the New Year celebration and what better way to turn your RV into a rolling party than by adding some creative decor. Here are a few suggestions to get the party started.

  • Let people know you’re anticipating the New Year with a plaque on the front grill.
  • Once you’re parked at your destination, break out the twinkling lights and decorate the exterior of the RV and any surrounding trees or bushes. Make it lively with color.
  • Blow-up characters make folks think of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Find applicable New Year’s items and place around the campsite.
  • In order to celebrate, you’ll need party favors to make lots of noise at midnight. Stop at a shop that sells nothing but party favors to get hats, noisemakers and masks.
  • If allowed, bring some sparklers. Ask first, before setting off any type of fireworks, no matter how small they may be.
  • Decorate the interior with more twinkling lights, a New Year’s Eve banner, candles (battery operated are much safer,) scented potpourri, and don’t forget the mistletoe.
  • Have a bottle of your favorite sparkling wine or Champagne on hand and chilled glasses to toast the incoming New Year.
  • Provide non-alcoholic punch served in flutes for guests.

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Call our office and set up an appointment at Leisure Time RV for a service check and take a moment to peruse our helpful RV accessories. Take a look at the outgoing inventory and the new arrivals and consider starting the New Year off with a bang by taking advantage of super saving deals.

Christmas Fun: Crafts and Games in Your RV

While traveling for the holidays, kids, though excited, are often antsy because they want to arrive at their destination now. To keep them from beating each other up and to keep your sanity, give them something to do while you are on the road. Be sure you have everything you need before you leave, including any accessories you may need to pick up at Leisure Time RV.

Make Christmas Tree Ornaments

With just some popsicle sticks, glue, and simple crafting supplies, you can make some cute Christmas tree ornaments for the tree in your RV. Just make a tree shape with the popsicles (a triangle for the leafy parts and a stick for the trunk) and then glue on beads, glitter, and anything else that can represent ornaments, tinsel, and lights. Each member of the family can make one so that everyone is represented on the tree.

Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

Have the kids twist red and white pipe cleaners together to make candy cane decorations. To make the craft last a while, make a game of it. Whoever sees a yellow car must yell “Yellow car!” That person can make a candy cane. Though taxis and school busses usually don’t count, for this game, you can let them count.

Cardboard Gingerbread People

Before you leave, make gingerbread people cutouts from cardboard. Cut out decorations and faces for them from construction paper. Get each child a glue stick – they are less messy than regular glue and won’t spill – and let the kids make gingerbread ornaments on the trip. When they are done, you can string them together to make a garland to decorate the RV.

Christmas Memory Game

This is a typical memory game, but you can make it more fun by providing a pattern for Christmas trees. Instruct the children to trace the pattern on green construction paper, and then cut out the trees. Glue a button on one side of each tree. Then, on the other side, put the memory clues. You can use the alphabet if your kids are just learning that. You can match a math problem with an answer. Or you can match a color word with the actual color. Adapt this game to whatever the kids are learning.

It’s probably a good idea to make the trees and put the text on them before the trip – this would be something that will get the kids excited for a trip and excited to play a new game.

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any necessities or accessories you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV but are considering one, stop by to walk through the many floor plans. If you are still undecided, you can always rent an RV to see if RVing is something you would like to do more often.

Top Holiday Events Across Oklahoma

Whether you are visiting Oklahoma City or you live in the area, you may want to plan to visit some of our state’s holiday events. Many events are right in Oklahoma City – and you’ll want to pack up the RV to make a weekend or even a week-long vacation for other events outside of the city.

Before you head out, stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any necessities or accessories – or to have your RV serviced before you go. And, if you don’t have an RV but think traveling around the state to attend holiday events sounds like loads of fun, stop by to walk through our many affordable floor plans.

Oklahoma City: Downtown in December

This month-long celebration is in full swing now, so lace up those skates to take a turn around the Devon Ice Rink or grab an inner tube to ride the largest manmade snow slope at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. You’ll enjoy tons more to do at the Bricktown Entertainment District throughout the month including Christmas lights, canal cruises, river cruises, holiday window displays, a horse-drawn carriage ride with a cup of steaming hot apple cider and more. And, don’t forget about Free Museum Sundays!

Tulsa: Winterfest

From now through the New Year, Tulsa’s Winterfest is running in downtown. Check out the 44-foot tree with over 35,000 lights, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, visit the BOK Center – the center of Winterfest, listen to live entertainment, and shop for unique gifts at a holiday-themed marketplace. And, don’t forget about the candy canes and the parade of lights.

Guthrie: Territorial Christmas Celebration

Visit Guthrie to listen to carolers, ride a candlelit trolley, shop and browse store windows decorated with Victorian-era Guthrie living displays. Be sure to catch the Christmas parade and the living nativity event. And, take the Territorial Homes Tour and watch the Victorian Walk in the evenings. If you need to take a break, visit Pollard Theatre to catch a showing of “A Territorial Christmas Carol: An Oklahoma Tradition.”

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Stop by Leisure Time RV to pick out a new RV or to have your current RV serviced if you haven’t done it recently. Also, pick up any necessities and accessories you may need for your next trip.

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.

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.

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.