National Park Adventures

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Our country’s national parks are some of its greatest, wildest features. And with the busy season for national parks slowing down, there’s no better time to pack up your RV and head to one than now. Start planning your getaway to one of these incredible national parks today.

Yellowstone National Park — Wyoming

Yellowstone gets crowded with tourists in the summertime, but fall visitors gain access to some of the best scenery and seclusion. As the world’s first national park, Yellowstone has become a must-visit for RV enthusiasts. And with over 2,000 campsites in 12 different campgrounds, you can be extremely picky when choosing where to park your home on wheels.

Zion National Park — Utah

Escape the hustle and bustle of Oklahoma City to the outdoor paradise of Zion National Park. Zion offers endless hiking opportunities for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts and three campgrounds with reservations highly recommended. Utah summer days can be stifling hot, so fall offers a more comfortable alternative for hikers and campers who don’t want to brave the heat.

Grand Canyon National Park — Arizona

If you haven’t visited the mystifying Grand Canyon yet, there’s no better time to visit than in the fall. The Mather Campground on the South Rim in Grand Canyon Village is open year-round, but the North Rim Campground is only open until Oct. 15. Since most people visit the South Rim of the Grand Canyon it’s best to make a campsite reservation ahead of time.

Sequoia National Park — California

Sequoia National Park is home to some of the best hiking and outdoor exploration in the country, but visiting General Sherman — the largest tree by volume in the world — is simply a must. Most of Sequoia’s facilities remain open well into fall and the majestic Crystal Cave doesn’t close until late November.

Get Your Camping Supplies at Leisure Time

Stock up on camping supplies for your national park getaway at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City. We’re your No. 1 place in Oklahoma to shop for new and used RVs, have service performed on your existing RV or to find all of the parts and supplies you need to enjoy your RV lifestyle.

Fun Camping Activities

While you might not be able to wait to go camping for some peace and quiet, that very same peace and quiet will bore the kids to death. Before you leave, you might want to come up with some games to keep the kids occupied – and you might even have fun with some of these games. Since you are going camping to relax, you’ll most like have a few days where you’ll stay at the camp site instead of going sightseeing.

No matter the size of the RV you bought – or are thinking of buying – from Leisure Time RV, the supplies for these games should fit in basement storage or under bed storage and won’t take up a ton of space.

  • Noah’s Ark: This is a memory game and is fun for the entire family. It’s a great game to play around a campfire, too. Sit in a circle, and then take turns listing the animals in Noah’s Ark – in alphabetical order. The first person says, “I’m going on Noah’s Ark and I’m bringing two apes.” The next person has to say the animals the previous people did, plus add his or her animals. For example, the next person would have to say, “I’m going on Noah’s ark and I’m bringing two apes and two birds.” If a person makes a mistake, he or she is out of the game. The last one in the circle wins the game.
  • SPUD: You’ll need a soft ball for this – a sponge ball will work perfectly. Form a circle with one person in the middle. Each camper is assigned a number. The person in the middle throws the ball straight up and yells a number. Everyone scatters except the person whose number was called. That person has to catch or pick up the ball. As soon as that person gets the ball, he or she yells “Spud.” Everyone freezes. That person can take three huge steps toward any other person and throws the ball at the other person. The other person must avoid the ball by moving any part of his or her body – except the feet. If the person gets hit, he or she gets an “S.” If not, the thrower gets the “S.” When a person gets all four letters (S-P-U-D), he or she is out of the game. The person with the least letters or the last person left is the winner.

There are many other games you can play with children of all ages – even the “adult children.” Make camping in your Leisure Time RV fun and relaxing for everyone – and be sure to stop by to pick up any supplies or to show us pictures of your trip.

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RV Dessert Recipes

When you are on the road, whether for the weekend or you’ve decided to take a year-long – or longer – extended vacation, you’ll want to make something special or different. If you’re traveling and in an area where fresh produce is in season, you can also save money by getting the produce at farm stands along the way.

Before you leave on your trip or if you’re traveling through Oklahoma City, stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any accessories you might need for the trip. If you’re traveling through the area and need your RV checked or repaired, visit our service department.

Strawberry Shortcake

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  • Your favorite biscuits or sponge cake
  • 4 cups strawberries, halved (quarter them if they are huge)
  • ½ cup water
  • Sugar
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • 2 T. cold water

If you are making the biscuits or sponge cake from scratch, prepare that and set it aside. You can make them the day before – or even before you leave home if you are going on a short trip – and store them in an airtight container.

To make the sauce, put the strawberries, water and sugar in a sauce pan. Heat the mixture to boiling on medium high while stirring constantly. Turn the neat down to medium and let the berries simmer for a few minutes.

If this is thick enough for you, let it cool. If you like the strawberry sauce thicker, mix the cornstarch and water, put the pan back on medium heat, then add the cornstarch mixture. Stir constantly and let the mixture come to a simmer. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Let the mixture cool.

Store any unused berry sauce in the fridge.

Peach Dumplings

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  • 2 whole large peaches or 2 cans of peaches
  • 2 8-ounce cans crescent rolls
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Cinnamon, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste (optional)
  • 1 12-ounce can mountain dew

If you are using fresh peaches, peel and pit them. Cut them into eight slices. If you are using canned peaches, drain the peaches.

Line the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan with foil – this makes easier cleanup.

Roll each peach slice in a crescent roll. Space all crescent rolls/peaches evenly in the pan. All of them will fit and they will be somewhat close together.

Melt the butter, then add the sugar. Stir it just enough to incorporate the sugar. Add the vanilla and stir the mixture just enough to mix the vanilla in thoroughly.

Pour the mixture over the peaches. Pour the Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar if desired.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Be sure you stop by Leisure Time RV to pick up any accessories you might need, including kitchen accessories and baking pans.

RVing in the Movies

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From hilarious comedies to action-packed thrillers, RVs make more appearances on the big screen than you may think. And there’s no better way to get excited about an upcoming RV trip than to watch an RV movie. So whether you’re preparing for your next RV adventure or you’re already out on the open road, check out some of these RV-related flicks that are perfect for any rainy day.

About Schmidt

Jack Nicholson is absolutely hilarious in this comedy-drama where a disgruntled retiree embarks on an RV road trip to his daughter’s wedding.

The Incredibles

When you’re in need of a family-friendly flick, The Incredibles is guaranteed to please kids and adults alike. This computer-animated comedy, released in 2004, features an RV that free-falls from the sky into a city and rolls, slides and dodges its way perfectly into a parking space.

Meet the Fockers

In this sequel to Meet the Parents, Jack Byrnes (Robert DeNiro) decides to forego his family’s plan to take a plane to visit Gaylord Focker’s parents, and they travel in their state-of-the-art RV instead.

Judgment Night

This action-thriller film dating back to 1993 features a group of friends who take a detour on a road trip in their luxurious RV. They end up in a slew of trouble including hitting a pedestrian and witnessing a murder.

Paul

RV enthusiasts who like comical zombie films will fall in love with this flick featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The movie follows these two hilarious nerds as they travel around the country in their RV and get into some ridiculous circumstances. Not only do they run into an alien near Area 51, they end up taking him in and attracting a number of agencies who want to catch them.

Get Your RV at Leisure Time

Some of these movies may make you want to upgrade your RV lifestyle, and there’s no better place to do that than your local Oklahoma City RV dealer — Leisure Time RV. Not only do we offer a wide selection of top-quality new and used RVs right here in Oklahoma, but our certified RV technicians are also here to ensure your RV is in top shape every time you hit the road.

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Fun on the Road

Long distance trips can get boring, even for adults. You can find different things to do while you are on the road. Even with rest breaks, the driver can get tired of driving after a while. Switching drivers helps to keep everyone going. Games also help to keep the driver alert after several hours of driving. Whether you are driving in a Class A motorhome or hauling a fifth wheel or travel trailer from Leisure Time RV, you’ll enjoy the trip more when you keep yourself occupied.

Keep track of license plates. One person tallies the plates everyone sees – whoever sees a certain plate first gets a point. Add more points for specialized plates. For example, if you see a Vietnam Vets plate from Tennessee, the person who spotted it will get an extra point. You can also add extra points for plates from longer distances. For example, if you are traveling in Oklahoma and see a Maine plate, that might be worth 5 points while a plate from Missouri would be worth 2 points. Use a map of the United States to help determine how many points per plate each player will get. At the end of the day, the person with the most points might get a special treat.

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Yellow car is another favorite. The first person to call out “Yellow Car!” when he or she sees a yellow car gets a point. Taxis and school buses don’t count. You might add extra points for old-timey cars such as a banana yellow 69 SS Chevelle.

Those who get to ride in the back of an RV can also play card games or other games. Choose games for the whole family such as Go Fish or Uno.

Treasure hunts are also fun, but these require lots of stopping. If you are on a trip and expect to stop at attractions along the way, make a list of things to find before you leave. Make copies of the list and give them to everyone. Include things that you may see along the highway such as a specific exit number, a certain color car or a specific sign. If you stop at an attraction that sells peanuts, add a peanut to the list. If you stop to gas up at a truck you may want to add something related to trucks to the list.

If traveling sounds like fun and you are considering buying an RV, stop by Leisure Time RV to tour the many floor plans available.

Exciting February Events in Oklahoma City

Ice Skaters

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It’s still winter in Oklahoma City and while it may seem like the cold weather is dragging on, February is the perfect month to get out of the house and explore all that our great state has to offer. From basketball games to theater, music and outdoor activities, it’s time to embrace all of the wonderful things happening in and around Oklahoma City.

Devon Ice Rink

Head over to Devon Ice Rink in the Myriad Botanical Gardens of Oklahoma City for the last couple weeks of ice skating. The rink closes for the season on Feb. 17, so bundle up your kids and get out there for a day of family fun.

The Odd Couple at Lyric Theatre

A perfect comedy for Valentine’s Day — the Odd Couple — will be playing every evening at Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City until Feb. 15. Bring your special someone or even the whole family to this hilarious classic.

The Harlem Globetrotters

Your family won’t stop talking about their experience at the Harlem Globetrotters event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The basketball antics performed by the hilarious and athletic Harlem Globetrotters will take place on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., so get online and order your tickets today.

An Affair of the Heart

Shop until you drop at this huge craft fair at State Fair Park featuring over 800 exhibitors from around the country. Crafters display their handmade jewelry, toys, folk art, carvings and tons of other goods for attendants to view and purchase. Admission is just $7 and includes admission for all three days from Friday through Sunday on Feb. 7-9.

Come See Us at Leisure Time RV

Whenever you’re in the Oklahoma City area, be sure to stop and see us at Leisure Time RV — your local Oklahoma City RV dealer. We’re your one-stop shop for all of your RV needs from new and used RV sales to parts, service and everything to make your Oklahoma RV experience the best it can be.

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New Year, New RV!

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It’s a New Year and time to start thinking about places you want to go, things you want to see, and activities you want to experience. While planes, trains, and automobiles are all available as modes of travel, consider 2014 as the year of the “RV” for being able to plan and go at the drop of a hat.

With your “home away from home,” you can take your time seeing and doing everything on your checklist. You’ll have plenty of time to stop and smell the roses along the way while traveling at your own speed and schedule. And there’s nothing like having ample room to accommodate extra guests, including your pets.

At Leisure Time RV, we can make your travel dreams come true with a new or used recreational vehicle. With our large inventory to choose from including brands from Forest River, Thor, Coachmen, Keystone, and more, you’ll have access to a wide range of RVs ideally suited to your individual needs.

Select the style and type of RV you prefer from fifth wheels, travel trailers, class C, class A or C diesels, folding campers, and toy haulers. We also have the right prices to fit any budget ranging from payments under $149, $199 or $299.

If you’re new to the world of RVing, the staff at Leisure Time will guide you step-by-step through the process from start to finish to ensure you leave with the RV that works best for you. Not only does the center have the right ride for you, we have a large selection of parts and indoor and outdoor accessories from cleaners and covers to lighting and awnings.

Leisure Time is your one-stop destination for all things related to RV traveling. Our expert service staff is on hand to take care of routine and annual service to keep you headed in the right direction. If you currently own an RV and are interested in upgrading, talk to us about trades or consignments. No matter what you need, “we’ll get it done.”

If the travel bug has you itching to head out to parts unknown for a vacation adventure, stop by Leisure Time RV and let us help get you situated in the right RV at the right price.

Halloween Decorating Ideas for RVs

Just because you may be on the road during Halloween doesn’t mean you have to miss out on some of the fun. Part of the RV lifestyle is enjoying the holidays no matter where you are. If you are an Oklahoma RV owner, your Halloween plans don’t have to be elaborate to be enjoyable. Here are some ideas to make Halloween in your RV a memorable one.

Carve a pumpkin. Even if you haven’t done it for years, carving a pumpkin can be a lot of fun. It will bring back a flood of memories. Use a battery-powered light or glow stick inside to give it a spooky glow. You can even clean and boil the seeds in very salty water, and then dry them out for a savory snack. If you don’t want to go as far as carving a pumpkin, at least buy a few small ones for decorations in and around your RV. Pumpkins are an inexpensive way to add to the “spirit” of the holiday.

Buy some Halloween lights. You can find Halloween orange party lights at party and department stores. These can be strung around the awning of your RV or even around the edge. Use them around your pad or even on any nearby trees or shrubs. Halloween lights can add a festival and slightly spooky effect to the fall evenings.

Use Halloween colored items. Dollar type stores have a variety of items like table clothes, utensils, paper plates and cups in a variety of colors, including orange and black. They will even have items specifically designed for the holiday. These dollar stores can be a great resource for Halloween decorations on the cheap side.

Use Cornstalks and Indian corn. Many farmers’ markets will have dried corn and cornstalks available that you can easily turn into fall decorations.

Make a ghost or two. Pillow cases can make good small ghosts. Put a small pumpkin or other small round object in the pillow case to serve as the head. Use string to secure the pumpkin “head” inside the bottom of the pillow case. You can hang it from the top or give it a flying appearance by attaching both ends horizontally. Use a sheet and a larger round object if you want something more substantial.

Decorating can be a big part of Halloween in an RV. You can also find out if your campground has a trick or treat evening planned for the kids, or fall dance, or even some sort of spooky attraction nearby. Have a safe Halloween from all of us at Leisure Time RV!

Remember, if you need RV parts or accessories, we are your Oklahoma RV resource. It is never too soon to be thinking about next year and moving up in your RV. We have a nice inventory of 2014’s and some exceptional deals on remaining 2013 models. We invite you to see us at Leisure Time RV, in Oklahoma City.

A Look at the 2014 Raptor 27FS Travel Trailer

If you find yourself at Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma wondering how all these RVs, travel trailers, and fifth wheels perform, you’re going to want to do a little research on the various makes and models on display. There are hundreds of great travel homes out there, but only one is just right for you.

It’s really about personal preference, what your goals are, how much traveling you hope to do, whether you’re traveling alone, and so on. One that you may want to consider if you’re traveling with a partner or a small family, or just a big dog, would be the 2014 Keystone Raptor 27FS travel trailer.

If you have your heart set on an actual all-in-one RV, you might still want to consider your travel trailer options. This Keystone Raptor actually comes with a nine foot “garage” that can be used as a bedroom with double electric bunk beds. If you have kids and you want to take them on the road, this is perfect.

The “master bedroom” actually features a full size queen bed and a wardrobe, while the bathroom’s tub and shower is surprisingly roomy for a travel trailer.

Three range stove top, a decent-sized sink, a dinette, an L-shaped sofa, and a surprising amount of elbow room all help to make the 2014 Keystone Raptor one of the very best new travel trailers for families on the move or solo travelers who like the idea of an extra room for their ATV, visitors, or just having a little storage space.

At just over thirty one feet long and twelve feet high, the trailer is as roomy as some apartments, but lightweight enough to help you save on gas money on those long drives. Basically a great all around travel trailer whether you’re into long hauls alone or short trips with the family.

Come by to see it today at Leisure Time RV of Oklahoma!

RVing with Kids

One of the best reasons to get out in your OK motorhome is to see what people and places have to offer. Since sharing is caring, RVing gets even better when your kids are involved. Watching them discover the world through their own eyes and hands is exciting. If you’re traveling with older children or teens, there aren’t many extra precautions that need to be taken, aside from having enough DVDs or chargers for gadgets. The extra planning comes when you are taking the really small ones. Here are a few tips for bringing the babies.

Car Seats

If both parents are traveling aboard the Oklahoma City RV, chances are they take up the front seats. When there are small children, this could quickly present a problem because of the lack of seat belts throughout the RV. If you have yet to purchase your motorhome, and you have the need for extra seats, make sure to check each vehicle thoroughly to make sure it satiates your needs. Neither a recliner nor a side-facing seat can be used for a child’s seat because it requires a metal base that connects to the body of the vehicle. Remember, dinettes usually have lap belts; which could work in some situations.

Restraints

While you’re probably well versed on how the Oklahoma government wants you to restrain your child, you may have a few things to learn about the state of your destination. Proper restraining varies from state to state so be sure to stay in compliance by checking ahead. Also, motorhomes and cars are different when it comes to procedures so be aware. Perhaps a travel trailer or fifth wheel would suite your needs better if a lack of restraints can’t be remedied.

Are you experienced with bringing along your wee little ones in your Leisure Time motorhome? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below!