Tips to Enhance Your RV’s Fridge

Your RV’s fridge isn’t any better or worse than the one you’ve got at home, but it does operate under stressful conditions. The bouncing and jarring as you travel down an uneven road, the variations in weather that you experience, being hit by direct sunlight since an RV interior is smaller than a house… all contribute to your RV’s fridge getting overworked and cutting its efficiency.

Instead of resigning yourself to inefficiency, do yourself and your food a favor and take measures to help your fridge out.

Install Plastic Sliders

There are relatively cheap plastic and rubber sliders that you can install in your fridge to keep things from moving about. They’re not normally useful in a house, but in RVs they’re ideal for keeping things in place while you drive. Many a novice RVer has come to the end of driving for the day, opened their fridge for a soda or snack, and found the juice box or milk carton falling out the door right on top of them. Prevent it from ever happening by holding loose items in place.

Level Your Rig and Keep the Sun Off the Fridge

When you stop in at a campsite or RV park, especially the uneven ground of the former, take some time to get your RV nice and level. You want your RV to be level anyway for purposes of comfort, but did you know that a level RV helps your fridge to operate better too? Another thing you can do when parking is to take into account where your fridge is located within your RV. Place your RV such that the sun, whether it’s coming up or going down, doesn’t shine through a window and hit your fridge directly. Not only will it cause a slight temperature spike from mere contact alone, but it can also hit your condenser coil and overwork it, causing cooling inefficiency.

Visit Leisure Time RV

Here at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma, we know all of the tricks — big and small — to helping maximize every aspect of your RV lifestyle. Give us a call, visit us online, or stop in and see us to upgrade your RV for the season ahead.

It’s Time to Prepare Your RV for Summer

The kids are out of school, the weather is warm and life is just a little bit more relaxing in summer, and that’s why it’s one of the best times to cruise the country in your RV. But before you hit the road for a long summer vacation or even those short weekend getaways, you’ll want to make sure your Oklahoma RV is prepared inside and out.

Spring Cleaning

There’s no better time to prepare your RV for summer than now, so grab the brushes and rags and start cleaning your RV inside and out. A good spring cleaning can help you find any damage that may have been done to your RV in the cold winter months, and it will help you preserve that nice exterior shine.

Cleaning out the interior of your RV will help you find any critters that may have called your RV home for the winter. And don’t forget to remove any excess camping supplies to make room for upgrades and even some new decor.

Time to Redecorate

Does the interior of your RV feel a little more like an old hotel room than the comfy home on wheels you envisioned? Redecorating your RV for summer can really change the way you view life on the road. Simply reupholstering your drab booth seating in a light, summery color with decorative throw pillows, rugs and blankets to match can change the entire interior of your RV for a very affordable price.

And if you’re looking to make some bigger changes, painting your cabinetry, tiling your galley kitchen’s backsplash or swapping that old laminate countertop for a solid surface one can take your RV out of the 90s and into 2014 in just a day’s worth of work.

Upgrade Your RV at Leisure Time

Don’t forget to bring your RV by Leisure Time this spring, so our certified technicians can ensure your RV is in top shape for all of your travels. And if you’re in the market for a new or used RV to make this summer the most exciting yet, make us your go-to Oklahoma RV dealer, and we’ll get you into the motorhome or travel trailer of your dreams.

Photo by Chiot’s Run (Flickr Creative Commons)

Think and Chunky Spaghetti Sauce

New Oklahoma RV

Many of us who love the RV lifestyle love to cook and keep our menus fresh and interesting. Sometimes it is not a matter of re-inventing the wheel, but just putting a new twist on an old standard.

Leisure Time RV, your Oklahoma RV Dealership, offers you this recipe that will add a little more spice and texture to your spaghetti dinner. It is our recipe for Chunky Vegetable Beef or Turkey Spaghetti Sauce that is perfect for fall RVing.

The ingredients you will need include:

1 lb. of your choice of ground beef or ground turkey

1 large onion

1 large green pepper

6 baby Bella mushrooms

1 medium carrot

1 medium celery stalk

2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper flakes

1-24 oz. jar of your favorite marinara sauce

Cut the onions into about ½ inch slices and cut into about ½ inch chunks. Cut the green pepper into ½ inch squares. Cut the mushrooms into 4 pieces each. Slice the carrot and celery stalk into thin slices.

In a large skillet brown the ground beef or turkey. As the beef or turkey begins to lose its pink color, add the cut chunks of onion and green pepper, along with the slices of carrot and celery. Stir in and cook for about 8 minutes until the vegetables begin to show signs of clearing. Add the chunks of mushrooms and cook for 3 or 4 more minutes, continuing to occasionally stir. Sprinkle in the crushed red pepper flakes and add in the marinara sauce. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed and the sauce begins to boil.

Serve this thick and chunky sauce over your favorite pasta, and top with some shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese. Add a side salad and some garlic bread and you will have a hearty meal for 4 or more. If you want a vegetarian edition, simply eliminate the beef or turkey.

Do you have a favorite hearty recipe for fall? Be sure to tell us about it. We are Leisure Time RV, your Oklahoma City RV dealer, and we will be pleased to show you our full line of 2014 RV’s that we now have in stock. For parts, service and new and used RV sales, see us at Leisure Time RV.

Organizing Your Oklahoma RV

Since our new motorhomes are always in motion, our things can easily slide around – quickly creating a mess and a safety hazard. Have you ever been driving and all of the sudden realize that either the brake or gas pedal is jammed? Somehow something has fallen on to the floorboard and rolled its way up to your pedals causing a jam. Or maybe after a long drive, you go to open a cabinet and realize that all of its contents have fallen over or moved around. Now you have to go in and clean up or reorganize the mess.

Luckily, there are several inexpensive and effective things we can do to help prevent things from sliding around in your Leisure Time RV. First thing to do is line all of your cabinets and drawers with non-slip liner. You can find non adhesive shelf liners almost anywhere and they are great because they also cushion and protect your contents. You can also add slide-out shelving in your cabinets with attached baskets. Not only will this help keep your belongings in space, it will also maximize the space your working with. Slide-out shelving is also a great idea for your RV kitchen. Shelves with lips on the end are perfect for your pots and pans and there are even ones you can find that are specifically for food items like cans and sauces.

Another route for cabinets, is to use stacking bins or shelves to divide cabinet or cubby space to further help prevent items from shifting. You can find inexpensive, freestanding drawer units that serve as shelves. Be sure to use ones with lips on the end, though. That way your things won’t be able to slid off the edge. If you have limited space in your RV bathroom, you may want to try using containers with suction cups on your mirror. This is great for organizing and keeps your toiletries in place while you’re driving. Another option is to use a hanging shoe holder to store. There are many other little tricks out there to help keep your things in place while your on the road. Most of which are also space savers. Does anyone else have any tips they can share for fellow Oklahoma City RVers?