Use a Dutch Oven for the Perfect Fall Camping Food

Use a Dutch Oven

Cooking In A Dutch Oven

Autumn is perhaps the best season for camping. It’s not too hot and not too cold; it gets dark a little earlier so you can cozy up to the bonfire. The leaves change to beautiful colors. It’s also the perfect time to try out new fall recipes — no grill necessary. Instead, invest in a Dutch oven to cook some scrumptious food over the campfire.

How To Use A Dutch Oven

Dutch ovens date back to the early 1700s in Holland. For camping, use a Dutch oven that is an outdoor-safe cast iron Dutch oven with a flat bottom and ideally three short legs. It also needs a strong wire handle for hanging above the fire.

Jayco® offers up three delicious fall-time recipes you can make in a Dutch oven.

Breakfast

The RV brand recommends trying a Dutch Oven Breakfast Scramble, which mixes your favorite breakfast meat with eggs, veggies, and cheese. You cook it all together and serve it with toast and potatoes.

Dinner

Jayco suggests Dutch Oven Pizza with any combination of your favorite toppings.

Dessert

Jayco recommends baking Dutch Oven Monkey Bread instead of the same old s’mores you have been eating every night.

You can find all three recipes here. We at RVs of West Texas near Abilene, TX love sharing our favorite camping recipes, and can teach you more on how to use a Dutch Oven.

Why RVing Is Healthy for Your Family

Why RVing Is Healthy for Your Family

Why RVing Is Healthy for Your Family

RVing is a great way to spend time with your family. Exploring the great outdoors and bonding over a camp fire have a certain appeal that can’t be denied. But, did you know RVing is also healthy for you? Let’s outline a few reasons why RVing is healthy for your family.

The outdoors are good for you. There have been many studies done that show spending time outdoors can help you be healthier, whether it’s decreasing your risk of mental illness or enhancing your overall wellbeing. Plus, not only do you get to enjoy the beauty of nature, you will also be burning calories at the same time. At a campground, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure, from kayaking and cycling to hiking or swimming.

It’s easier to eat healthy. Cooking from scratch is easy when you’re in an RV and the distance the campsite is from your favorite fast-food restaurants means you’ll likely be eating more homemade meals. This means you’re consuming less calories.

You have complete control. A lot of travel stress comes from feeling like your travels are out of your control. For instance, if you happen to have a delay on your flight. In an RV, you can set your own travel pace and schedule without having to worry about these external factors.

For a healthier, memorable vacation, spend it in an RV from RVs of West Texas.

4 Fun Ways to Save Your Travel Memories

With an RV, you can experience the world in a truly unique way, leaving your home for weeks or even months at a time to explore all this country—or continent—has to offer. But how can you save your travel memories forever? We have a few suggestions.

Take up journaling 

Spend 5 or 10 minutes at the end of each day—or perhaps the next morning over your coffee—recounting your experiences in your own unique voice, then look back over those journals years down the road to relive the experiences. Alternatively, take up blogging to post your travels online.

Purchase postcards

Some travelers purchase a postcard in every location they visit. Postcards are incredibly affordable, and you can easily hang them all up on a cork-board inside your RV. Just be sure to write a memory about the place on the back to reflect on later.

Mark your maps 

Nowadays, we use our phones to navigate on the road. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still purchase a road atlas, if for no other reason than to highlight the routes you take on your adventures.

Print your photos

Don’t just post your favorite photos to social media or store them on your phone. Have them printed out and hang them up at home!

When you buy an RV from RVs of West Texas, you’re preparing yourself for many adventures to come—adventures you’ll want to preserve.

3 Reasons to Buy a Toy Hauler

2018 Jayco Octane Super Lite 222

2018 Jayco Octane Super Lite 222

If you are in the market for a new (and perhaps your first?) RV but aren’t sure which to choose, consider a Jayco toy hauler model. Why? There are several reasons to buy a toy hauler, including the following.

  • They go hand-in-hand with outdoor adventures: Most RV drivers buy RVs because their idea of a good vacation is camping by the lake or in the mountains. Toy haulers offer the amenities of a well-appointed RV in the front with the space in the back for storing your favorite outdoor toys for such a vacation, like all-terrain vehicles, bicycles, kayaks, or jet skis.
  • They are great for collectors and antiquers: Do you find yourself making oversized purchases at antique stores and flea markets, especially when exploring new places? The toy hauler gives you all the space you need to safely get your new purchase home.
  • They are perfect for those always on the go: If you need an RV because your job dictates that you are always on the road, a toy hauler might be right for you, especially if you are traveling with equipment or inventory.

Check out a Jayco toy hauler at RVs of West Texas to see if this is the right RV for you.

5 Activities to Do with Your Kids While RVing

Activities to Do with Your Kids While RVing

Activities to Do with Your Kids While RVing

 

RVing is a great way to spend time with your family, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep your kids entertained without them being on their electronic devices the whole time.  Here are five activities to do with your kids while RVing beyond hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

Help them make their own pet rock. Rocks are typically plentiful on a campsite, so why not grab a bucket-full, some paint, and brushes to let your kids make their own pet rocks? Add kooky faces and voila! You have a new special pet – that won’t require feeding – for the day.

Fly paper airplanes. Make sure you pack scrap paper to create some paper airplanes. See which one goes the furthest, if any of them can do cool tricks, and whose has the most creative design.

Have a scavenger hunt. Send the kids out on a scavenger hunt to help them spend time outdoors. You can download a template from the internet or handwrite the list based on things around you.

Build a bird feeder. Birds are abundant at campsites, so consider creating a homemade bird feeder. You can take an orange, cut it in half, and take out the pulp. Then, put two dowel rods through it to provide little stands for the birds. Fill it with bird seed and hang it up with string, then sit back and watch for winged visitors!

Have a squirt gun competition. Use some empty solo cups to create a squirt gun competition that mirrors carnival games. See which kid can knock the most cups off the table from a distance or who can make the cup go the farthest.

For a reliable, comfortable, convenient RV to travel in, check out the selection at RVs of West Texas.

Tips for Prepping Your New RV

Tips for Prepping Your New RV

Tips for Prepping Your New RV

Getting a new RV can be exciting, as it means you’re one step closer to heading out on your big adventure. Before you hit the open road, though, it’s important your new rig is ready. Here are a few tips for prepping your new RV that will make your first trip with it a success.

Get to know your RV. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or an RV veteran, it’s important to remember that not all rigs are the same. Take a day to set up your RV in the driveway and test out its various systems. Open the awning, cool the refrigerator, and use the air conditioning to make sure you know how everything works – and that everything is in working order.

Stock up on everything you need. Stocking an RV might not seem like a big deal, but you don’t want to wait until the last minute, especially with a new travel trailer. Adjust to your new RV’s layout and storage space, and use these amenities to fit your needs. If you’re not sure where to start, use one of these sample stocking checklists to get started.

Make necessary repairs. When you’re getting to know your RV, it’s important you fix any systems or stock that need repair. If your rig is brand-new, it’s likely that these repairs will be covered by your warranty – just make sure you make a repair appointment well before you head out on your next trip.

If your new or used RV needs work done to it, or you need advice on maintaining your RV, contact us at RVs of West Texas. We’d be glad to prepare you for your next trip.

Essential RV Hacks

Essential RV Hacks

Essential RV Hacks

When it’s time to send our customers away with their perfect RV from RVs of West Texas, we like to give them a few tips for the road. Here are some of our favorite RV hacks that will make RV life all the better.

The Perfect Trash Can

  • Keep your RV neat by investing in a small, lidded trash can. Our favorite one is actually a cylindrical cereal container, the kind that have sealed lids with a small opening. You can use a plastic bag to line it, and with the tight-fitting lid you’ll never have to worry about spills.

Saving Water

  • When you’re camping in your RV, you should do your best to conserve water, especially if you’re in a place without a water hookup. We have two tricks to help with this. The first is to turn off the water when you’re lathering up in the shower. Only have it on when it’s necessary. The second is to wipe your dishes down with paper towels before washing them, which will make washing easier and allow you to use less water.

Smart Fire

  • Trying to set up camp but can’t get the fire going? Try using some tortilla chips as a fire starter. Once it’s ablaze, add a little sage on top to help keep the mosquitoes away.

 For even more ways keep your RV organized and to maximize your overall experience in your home away from home, call us at RVs of West Texas.