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    RV Driving Tips

    July 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    RV Driving Tips

    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...]

    5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

    July 18, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

    5 Must-Haves for Hiking with Kids

    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...]

    Camping Games

    July 17, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

    Camping Games

    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...]

    Emergency Road Service

    July 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

    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...]

    Sun Valley Celebrates 38 Years as a Good Sam Park

    July 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Sun Valley Celebrates 38 Years as a Good Sam Park

    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...]

    7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

    July 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

    7 Ways to Avoid Heat Stroke

    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: Throbbing headache Dizziness, light-headedness Lack of sweating despite the heat Red, hot, and dry skin Muscle weakness Cramps Nausea and vomiting Rapid heartbeat – either strong... [Read more...]

    Top Family RV Parks

    July 15, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

    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...]

    Mark My Words—Q&A With Mark Nemeth, July 2014

    July 15, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

    Hi, folks. This month we’ll talk about exhaust fumes, rubber roofs, leaks, brakes and backing. Remember, you can submit your RVing questions to mmw@escapees.com. Happy Trails! —————————————————————— Mark: 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 Hi, 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...]

    RV Satellite Dishes

    July 13, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

    RV Satellite Dishes

    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

    July 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Working From Your RV

    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...]

    Samborees

    July 11, 2014 by · 10 Comments 

    Samborees

    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...]

    RV Parks with Golf

    July 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    RV Parks with Golf

    Water feature at 18th hole at sunset at the Pheasant Run Golf Club If you enjoy visiting RV parks with golf,  The Lakes RV Park & Golf Resort is a great destination for you.  Located in Chowchilla, CA, The Lakes is a “perfect RV resort” rated 10/10*/10 by Good Sam. The resort offers complimentary golf for two during each day of your stay on an award-winning, 18-hole championship golf course. A short walk from your campsite will bring you to Pheasant Run Golf Course, which has a reputation for being one of the best-maintained golf courses in the San Joaquin Valley.  The course is situated around the many lakes inspiring the name of this RV park with golf and offers rewarding challenges for every golfer. The quick greens and manicured fairways remain lush the entire year because of a unique blend of grass created just for this San Joaquin Valley golf resort.  The fairways are shaped and contoured for a rich golf experience before reaching the course’s smooth,... [Read more...]

    Choosing Rest Stops

    July 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

    Choosing Rest Stops

    While on any road trip, there comes a time when you need to pull over and choose a rest stop.  Whether it is to relieve yourself, give your achy muscles a break, or just witness a beautiful view for more than just a passing glance; the necessity to pull off the highway inevitably presents itself. If you are traveling with kids, this necessity becomes alarmingly more frequent than traveling sans kids.  For this reason, rest stops with kids should be made at different types of places, such as those with play structures, parks and big wide open places where they can exert some energy to help wear out some of their seemingly endless supply.  For example, when traveling on I-10 in California, there are some dinosaurs (that are extremely large and look very real, at least to a kids’ eyes) that are a must-see.  We stopped at them whenever passing, on our way to Texas or Palm Springs, as a kid. I just recently took my kids there this spring on our way home from Palm Springs and they loved... [Read more...]

    RV Space Saving Tips

    July 8, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

    RV Space Saving Tips

    Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

    Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels

    July 6, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

    Travel Trailers vs. Fifth Wheels

    Okay, you have decided your first or next RV will be a trailer.  Now that this decision has been made, there are many more features and options, like 5th wheel or conventional hitch type pull trailer, size and weight, make and model, and of course, the floor plan preferences. Before purchasing, you should know the differences between the two class selections, travel trailers vs. fifth wheels. The Classic Tear Drop Trailer Fifth wheel trailers are the big boys of the RV towable class, in both available length and weight load.  They do, however require a truck to pull them, generally starting at the size of a three-quarter ton unit and going up from there.  As the trailer’s connection to the tow vehicle is directly over the truck’s rear axle, this RV combination generally rides and drives extremely well and is much easier than conventional trailers to back up.  Some of the larger 5th wheel trailers can be tall and therefore require special attention to overhead clearances.  You must... [Read more...]

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