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The Great Lakes region is as distinct as it is magical; a unique area that you have to experience to truly understand. Rich in nautical history and natural beauty, there is always something new to discover and enjoy along the vast coastlines of the Great Lakes – the perfect playground for any age. Spend a day at one of the countless beaches where the family can play in the golden sands or swim in the cool blue depths of these freshwater lakes. Cast your line out for some of the best freshwater fishing ever and hook native species like lake trout, salmon, walleye, perch, smallmouth bass and steelhead. Visit quaint coastal towns where you can enjoy gorgeous lake views, boutique shopping and fabulous fresh cuisine.
Sun RV Resort Westard Ho, Glenbeulah, WI
Stay at one of these RV resorts in the Great Lakes region. On the western shoreline of Wisconsin, right on Lake Michigan, is the city of Sheboygan, known as “the spirit of the lake.” Sheboygan offers fantastic beaches, fishing, shopping,... [Read more...]
August 1, 2014 by Rex Vogel · 1 Comment
RV travel is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways to vacation and August is prime camping season. The timing could not be better.
The Valley of Fire derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Valley of Fire State Park is located near Lake Mead RV Village on Echo Bay. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.
Each journey represents a passage, whether it’s an adventure to a new state, a new attraction, or an outing with friends. Natural beauty abounds when least expected, and surprises wait at every turn of the road. The distance doesn’t matter. It’s what you see out your window in the morning that counts.
But finding the right spot to park your RV can be a headache for any owner—especially if you want a spectacular view.
Check... [Read more...]
Heath and Alyssa Padgett are newlyweds on an RV honeymoon across America.
I know what you’re thinking.
What guy in his right mind would take his newlywed wife and travel the country in an RV?
The first year of marriage can be tough enough without adding broken pump lines and the stress of learning the RV lifestyle. But, to be completely honest, it’s been the adventure of a lifetime.
My wife and I are on a fifty-state, seven-month RV honeymoon across America in our 1994 Coachmen Leprechaun. Here’s what I’ve learned in the first 60 days of being on the road full-time in an RV.
Grace. I’ve learned to give my wife grace for her mishaps. After all, we are within 29 ft of each other 24 hours a day. It would make for an extremely long seven months of travel if you never learn to forgive and forget. I’ve also learned to allow grace for myself. I’ve broken a toilet seat, flooded the RV, and backed into a car at a grocery store. If I spent all my time being upset at what a screw-up... [Read more...]
Two RV Lifestyles
There are many different ways to RV, but today we’re going to discuss two RV lifestyles. There are RV touring folks and there are RV destination campers. RV destination campers go to a given destination for their entire vacation. Touring folks spend their time traveling from one location to another. The latter group of “Rolling Stones” may feel they find it more adventurous to keep moving, spending only a night or two at each stop. Many of them do not reserve a site, except an occasional same day phone call during busy times.
Those people that choose to remain at one campsite for extended periods of time may have a larger family accompanying them. Children, for example, get bored quickly while motor touring and would far prefer playing outside or perhaps swimming at a beach or on-site pool. This method of RVing is generally less costly as you are not continually consuming fuel moving to the next site.
These two types of RV campers gravitate naturally... [Read more...]
Negotiating turns in an RV can be tricky. These RV driving tips are crucial to safe travel on the road. Whether you are driving a large motor home or pulling a large trailer, safely negotiating sharp turns is a necessary skill. Due to the excessive length of these vehicles, right turns in tight quarters can be quite challenging and sometimes impossible. For these events, it is important that the operator use good judgment in assessing if such a turn can be done safely or not. Three left turns under most circumstances will deliver the same results as one right turn, and in many cases, can be far safer.
To fully understand this, we must look at the procedure required to make a 90-degree turn in a long vehicle. The safest manner to accomplish this requires the driver to delay turning the vehicle until he, or she, is looking straight down the lane they will be in after the turn. At that time, a full turn should bring the unit squarely down the targeted lane while the... [Read more...]
Hiking with Kids is a fun activity families can do together. My kids love to hike and are always ready to don their hiking shoes and hats! Here are five must-have items to bring along when hiking with kids:
1. Snacks, snacks, and more snacks!
You never want to run out of snacks while hiking with the kids. When kids get tired AND HUNGRY, beware, you are in tantrum territory!
2. Lots of Water ( and a huge plus if you have Propel, Gatorade or another electrolyte replenishing drink)
While the kids love hiking, you want to ensure they are drinking plenty of H2O along the trail or they might get dehydrated, which increases risk of heat stroke.
3. Sun Hat with UPF for optimum sun protection
Make sure you buy one that has a strap so that it won’t come off easily. Also breathability is a must so their little heads don’t get too hot and sweaty.
4. Sunblock (sweat proof and waterproof a... [Read more...]
While hanging around the campground, what better way to spend your afternoon than playing games and camping? From horseshoes to bags to shuffle board, there are plenty of camping games to choose from. Many RV Parks also offer billiards, a pool, and horseshoe pits. If you are lucky enough to have children to entertain, there are many options for having fun with kids at the campground as well.
Here are a few of my favorite games to take with you camping (with links to where you can buy them online).
Travel Scavenger Hunt Card Game– this card game has items for the players to spot, whether you are playing while on the road or hanging around the campground. This is great for young kids, age 7 and up. Also includes “Hear It,” “Feel It,” “Smell It” cards to encourage players to use their senses as they are traveling.
Double LadderBall– An exciting game for 2 or for larger teams; it includes 3 bolas for each... [Read more...]
Enhance Your Traveling With Good Sam Emergency Roadside Service; trips are worry-free!
By Jim Brightly, KF7SCT
You wouldn’t think of driving your car or taking your RV on a tour without liability plus collision and compensation insurance, would you? Well, Good Sam Emergency Roadside Service is insurance. Insurance that assures that your trips can continue even if something untoward should happen along the highway. It provides assistance should a flat tire occur, fuel if for whatever reason you should need it, a battery for a quick start, and a tow if that should prove necessary as well.
An RV is a wonderful and exciting tool! A tool that can take you places you’d probably never visit if you weren’t an RVer. Not only can you visit new wonders in your RV, you can also enjoy your own bedding, your own pillows, and your own bathroom in your own RV. For some of us, these are important aspects of a comfortable life. But even the strongest tool can bend or break, and then assistance... [Read more...]
Founded in 1976, Sun Valley Campground specializes in treating guests right. Now in its 38th year as a Good Sam Park, Sun Valley, located in Chillicothe, Ohio, boasts 50 spaces, a game room, rec room, playground and pond. The RV park caters to larger motorhomes, and offers 50-amp power in addition to 30-amp sites. Plans are in the works for expanding their amenities for bigger coaches.
Owner Norma Gartner says that understanding the customer is key to longevity of the park. “I treat people the way I want to be treated,” says Norma. “We give them a safe, clean environment with reasonable rates.”
Gartner says she always strives to provide a creating a clean, fun place where families and couples can feel welcome and comfortable during their travels.
“We have playground have two shelter houses for family reunions, birthday parties and wedding receptions,” explains Norma. “We love people and love to see families have a good time.”
Guests at Sun Valley can go fishing at the pond,... [Read more...]
July 16, 2014 by Bob Difley · 1 Comment
Don’t ignore the potential effectsof too much time in the sun
During the hot days of summer when your family is having fun RVing in the great outdoors, they often do not want to curtail activities even in the most extreme heat of the day. However, staying in the sun can put you and your family at risk of heat stroke if you do not take steps to prevent it.
Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating. If your body temperature rises to 104 F or higher, you may experience damage to your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. Prevention and quick treatment are key to avoid heat stroke.
How to identify the signs of heat stroke
The main indication of heat stroke is a core body temperature above 104 degrees Fahrenheit, though fainting may be an earlier sign. Other signs of heatstroke may include:
Lack of sweating despite the heat
Red, hot, and dry skin
Nausea and vomiting
Rapid heartbeat – either strong... [Read more...]
RV Camping is a family affair atThe Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory’s Top Family RV Parks for 2014. The RV parks on this list feature amenities, entertainment and education programs that serve family members of all ages.
These parks cultivate an atmosphere that’s welcoming for families big and small. Whether showing G-rated movies or conducting educational nature programs, these parks enable families to enjoy long periods of quality time together.
All in the Family
Take your family on an adventure in learning, or simply escape on a fun-filled excursion. Here are some of the highlights of the list:
+ Some of the parks affiliated with family-friendly local attractions include Fort Wilderness Resort, which is built in a pine and cypress forest adjacent to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
+ Many RV parks offer family-friendly water features, such as Cajun Palms RV Resort, which boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade and pool with inflatable toys.
+ Several... [Read more...]
Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about exhaust fumes, rubber roofs, leaks, brakes and backing. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Trails!
When I run my generator while driving my class-A, the fumes come into the motorhome, especially into the rear bedroom. Is there a way to prevent this? Debbie
That kind of problem is very dangerous. Please don’t run the generator again until you locate the problem and fix it! I would start by looking at the inside of the generator compartment for any obvious damage or openings that could be allowing the exhaust gases to enter the rig. Also take a close look at the generator’s exhaust system to be sure there are no holes in any of the components, and that the tailpipe and all other parts are intact. If everything around the generator... [Read more...]
If your RV option choices will include a satellite dish, you need to decide which type will best suit your needs. There are at least four styles of RV satellite dishes available.
First, let’s start with the stand-alone portable. These are not really an attached RV option, but more an added accessory. Consisting of a simple tripod, this dish is placed and aimed manually at the desired satellite. The stand-alone is also available in a “Cube” style which features automatic satellite acquisition. These portable units are great for use in heavily treed areas as they can be positioned remotely from the RV in a location that has a clear view of the satellite. From here, a cable connects the dish to the RV receiver.
Next, there are units that remain fixed on the RV roof. They are manual operated antennas that require aiming from inside the cabin. These offer only a single LNB (Low Noise Block) signal feed, meaning only one satellite can be accessed at one time. These... [Read more...]
Working from your RV
When I started fulltiming, Netscape, CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy had yet to be launched, and geeks were trying to figure out how to use Internet connections. When I began writing articles for RV publications, cell phones were just emerging.
Imagine working from your RV and staying connected with work entirely through US Mail (without having a permanent address to receive mail) and public telephones (sometimes parking by a telephone booth for hours waiting for a return call from a publisher).
Today you can stay connected with work on the road with ease thanks to Wi-Fi and Cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud, not to mention cell phone coverage nearly everywhere – even while rolling down the highway in your RV. You can use all of these magical devices right from your desk – whether it is in your office cubicle in a Manhattan high rise, in your RV on the beach at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, or in RedRock RV & Camping... [Read more...]
Take one healthy dose of Good Sam members, add a large heaping of fun, a pinch of games, seminars, and entertainment, stir in food and fellowship, add a dash of crazy themes, and place in a large area, preferably a Good Sam RV Park. Then, allow it to simmer over the average weekend. When it’s over you will have everyone talking the ultimate RV feast—a SAMBOREE!
If you get a group of friends together to camp and have fun, you call it a campout. When you get 200 or more Good Sam members for that same weekend, we call it a Samboree. A Samboree is put on by a state or province one to three times a year. They are usually over a weekend with early bird days on Thursday. The state or province will choose a place large enough to hold all the campers. This can be at a Good Sam RV Park or at a fairground or event field. The activities will vary from state to province but will usually have a theme, games, vendors, seminars, and entertainment.
Esthermay and I have been attending Samborees for... [Read more...]
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