Good Sam Camping Blog
TEST Header
Month: February 2010

The “New” 2005 Travel Trailer

February 28, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Woodall’s vision for the blog section on their web site is to provide a focus on family camping.  Both new and seasoned campers should be able to find information here that can enhance their pleasure when camping – especially family camping. For me to be writing here is somewhat of an anomaly.  The vast majority of my writings have been technical – both professionally and pleasurably.  I typically write articles about solar power, generators, batteries, satellite TV, and most anything else that uses electricity or some sort of containerized fuel.  I build things, lots of things – many specifically related to our camper.  In fact, for me much of the pleasure of RV’ing is the opportunity to make or improve something we use when taking our RV out that works a little better or offers a little more than the standard provided by RV manufacturers and accessory vendors. Hold that thought a minute while I completely change topics: Our children are grown and gone.  We are now... [Read more...]

RV Roadschooling

February 28, 2010 by · 11 Comments 

RV Roadschooling

While we have always homeschooled our children, now that we are full-time r.v.ers, we have found that Roadschooling (homeschooling on the road) presents some unique challenges as compared to when we homeschooled in a sticks & bricks.   Being on the road has given us a chance to visit some wonderful historic locations that we would not have been able to otherwise afford to go to without our r.v.  We love to tailor our curriculum to where we are visiting; especially for history, writing, and science, but traveling full-time makes it difficult to always have, on-hand, the learning tools that we enjoyed in our house.  We have found having a laptop and printer on-board indispensable to our destination tutoring!  Of course, if you are going for a short trip, it would be very easy to find applicable information before you leave home, print it out there, and take it along.  There are some great websites that provide details and worksheets about states, historical destinations,... [Read more...]

Making Lists

February 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

     I have always made lists.  I have never been able to be a “fly by the seat of my pants” kind of girl.  As I prepare for our camping trips this spring, I am making lists.  I am using them to keep myself organized and to keep my camping equipment purchases under control.  I mentioned in my previous blog entry that when my son and I visited our local Coleman outlet, we were practically drooling on the showroom floor because of all of the camping goodies we found.  My first thought was to load up the cart with one of everything.  Of course that wasn’t practical from a financial or logistical standpoint. Our vehicle won’t hold one of everything we found at this well-stocked store, and if I had purchased one of everything, I could never have justified to my husband why I spent the equivalent of the Gross National Product of a small country on camping supplies.  I did make one major purchase that day, but we will talk about that later.      For now, let me share... [Read more...]

Want to Lose Weight in 2010? Popcorn! by Debbie Block

February 25, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Want to Lose Weight in 2010? Popcorn! by Debbie Block

Snacks are an important addition to our well being and are a popular RV ritual for most travelers. Trying to lose weight for 2010? If you like popcorn, you have to try this! Just pop ½ cup popcorn in your hot air popper. While it is popping out into a bowl, lightly spray it with olive oil spray. Add salt and one or two packets of stevia or your favorite “fake” sugar or even 1 Tbsp powdered sugar. A little sugar is not that bad on a diet. Add a light sprinkle of cinnamon if desired. This tastes so much like kettle corn you won’t believe it!  Be careful, because it is addictive! I keep a bag of powdered sugar mixed with salt and cinnamon and I make this popcorn with a Tbsp of that mixture and just shake it through a strainer while shaking the popcorn around. This video shows how easy it is. My friends Fred and Joanne gave me this idea and I’ve been hooked on it since then.  Popcorn is great because it feels like you are getting a really BIG snack, but it’s really... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Skyline Nomad

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2009 Skyline Nomad

2009 Skyline Nomad Previously $23,033 – Now $22,805 24 ft. trailer sleeps 7. Features Rear double bed with bunk above. Front booth dinette w/ overhead cabinets, sofa slide out, center kitchen w/ double sink and 3-burner range, and more! Offered from Clear Creek RV Center in Silverdale, WA. Learn more about this 2009 Skyline Nomad! Find more great RV sales on

Do Lancaster PA Like a Local

February 22, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Do Lancaster PA Like a Local

Hubby said no we could not put some of these in our back yard Lancaster County in Pennsylvania is a destination for many. It’s home to a large cloister of Amish families and farms, there’s Strasburg Railroad, Dutch Wonderland ( a nice small amusement park for younger children) and outlet shopping, there’s something for everyone in the family to do. Since it’s such a beautiful area with much to do, there are also a bevy of campgrounds to pick from. Just check out Woodall’s Lancaster campgrounds to find a campground that suits your needs. For us Lancaster is close enough for a weekend trip and since I have a sister there, it’s a great way to visit and not take over her house for the whole weekend. Also we’ve been able to explore, some with my sister and some by ourselves, and find some great local things to see and do in the area. I listed many of the tourist things to do, but with touristy things comes lots of people and sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy a slower pace. Taking... [Read more...]

Family Friendly RV: 2005 Starcraft Aruba 28RSQB

February 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family Friendly RV: 2005 Starcraft Aruba 28RSQB

2005 Starcraft Aruba 28RSQB Previously $15,995 – Now $14,995 29 ft. trailer sleeps 10! Features 2 Doors with Double Steps, Porch Light, Exterior Speakers, Exterior Shower, Spare Tire, 30 Amp Service, jack-knife sofa, booth Dinette, Rear Queen Bed, Front Bunks, Central Ducted A/C, and more! Offered from Dennis Trailers Inc. in Harrisville, PA. Learn more about this 2005 Starcraft Aruba 28RSQB! Find more great RV sales on

Camping Rules and Etiquette – Keeping Children Safe

February 21, 2010 by · 9 Comments 

Taking a child or children on a camping trip should be an exciting and rewarding experience for both the adults there to supervise and the youngsters. Did you note the word supervise? Children are naturally adventurous and playful.  Unfortunately, the rules of etiquette that make children good campers are not always properly emphasized by the adults responsible for their care.  This behavior, of course, exposes the children to an unnecessary risk to their safety and can dampen the enjoyment of the camping experience of other campers. It is possible that some first-time adult campers are not familiar with all of the expected courtesies one camper should extend to another.  Therefore, it might be wise for adults to review the “rules” as well..  One of the rules of etiquette that all campers should respect is to not cut through someone else’s camping site when common walking paths are available.  Of course, proper care of pets and respect for the campground’s quite hours should... [Read more...]

The Romance of Leadville

February 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Romance of Leadville

While we were out climbing Colorado mountains and sleeping in beautiful campgrounds littered with glacial lakes last summer, we happened upon the sleepy town of Leadville, Colorado. Certainly an afterthought on our journey, an unplanned adventure, it has become a highpoint in our memories of that trip and a place we plan to revisit. Nestled among the soaring peaks in the Sawatch Range, the highest mountain range in the Colorado Rockies, Leadville is, at 10,152 feel above sea level, the highest incorporated city in United States. It is also one of the most historic towns in Colorado replete with Victorian architecture, historic landmarks and spectacular views. Leadville’s historic district encompasses 70 square blocks containing six museums, a large selection of specialty shops and galleries as well as an elegant Victorian hotel. In addition to the National Mining Hall of Fame, visitors can tour the Dexter Cabin, a plush 1870’s log cabin built by James Dexter, Colorado’s first millionaire... [Read more...]

Top 5 Tips for Peaceful RV Traveling with Children

February 20, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Top 5 Tips for Peaceful RV Traveling with Children

ARE WE THERE YET? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if those words had never been invented! Traveling with children a long distance can be a real trial, but it doesn’t have to be. I have raised four children and have six grandchildren and I love taking them with me. I have learned what works well, what works for a while and what not to bother trying. (Don’t bother telling them to be quite or still! They really can’t do either very long.) Here are my top 5 suggestions of how to keep them happy and yourself sane on a family trip. Preparations for Traveling with Children Snacks Children are always hungry and thirsty. It will cut down the whining if they don’t have to go hungry and thirsty the whole trip. When packing for the family trip plan mess free snacks, stay away from chocolate or any other melty sticky gooey food stuff that you don’t want to clean off the seats, floors and windows. Bring bottled water, and a felt tip pen to mark names on bottles. Don’t bring anything... [Read more...]

Next Page »