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Month: March 2013

Top-Rated Parks Selected by Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory

March 21, 2013 by · 9 Comments 

The staff of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has picked the cream of the crop of RV parks for our list of Top Rated Parks for 2013. The list was pulled from our database of more than 14,000 RV parks, which are listed in the 2013 edition of the print directory and can be found online at GoodSamCamping.com. The Top Rated Parks list is comprised of RV parks that have each earned a combined Good Sam Rating of 28 points or higher. The Good Sam Rating System grades campgrounds in three categories: amenities, cleanliness and environment. A park that has scored a perfect 10 in each of our three ratings categories, for example, has a combined score of 30 and appears on the list. A park that has scored a 9 in amenities, 10 in cleanliness and a 7 in environment has a combined score of 26 and won’t appear on our list. Gauging Park Quality Parks with high ratings offer a complete experience for RVing guests. For example, the first number of the ratings system evaluates the level... [Read more...]

Mark, My Words: Q & A with Mark Nemeth – March 2013

March 21, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Hi, Mark, While visiting an RV parts place, I heard a customer going on and on about the virtues of adding liquid Drano [or similar product] to the black tank.  He stated that the stuff will clean out the tank, clean off the sensors, and clean and lube the waste drain valve.  The idea sounded useful to me.  I asked the parts counter guy about the idea.  He did not want to answer my questions.  Can you provide some insight as to the benefits and/or dangers of using this stuff in RV holding tanks?  Thanx, Brent & Barb   Hi, Brent & Barb, I would not recommend Drano for regular use in an RV holding tank. It is not designed for that kind of use and, over time, it might cause problems as it is a very strong caustic agent. OK, now I’m really going step WAAYYY out on that proverbial limb and talk about what to put in your holding tank. The reason that this is such a controversial topic is that absolutely everyone has a favorite toilet chemical. They are also certain that... [Read more...]

Great RVer Spectator Event: the Salomon Freeride Championships!

March 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Great RVer Spectator Event: the Salomon Freeride Championships!

I have published many posts about the wide variety of activities there are for campers and RVers in northern New Mexico during the summer and fall months. Little did I know, in winter this area can be as entertaining as it is during warmer weather. I have written about cross country skiing at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski are in Red River and  hiking in winter, but this weekend, I discovered an event that brings new meaning to the word “excitement:” The Salomon Freeride Championships. Now, you must understand, I am not really a downhill skier. I have only gone downhill skiing once, at Sipapu, a nearby resort and stuck with the bunny hill and the “Magic Carpet Ride”, the baby chairlift, the entire day. The Salomon event takes place up in the Taos Ski Valley, also known as the “Taos Steeps” as the mountain peaks resemble those in the Austrian Alps, perfect terrain for serious downhill competition. They are not for the faint of heart, intimidating even to look at. I will... [Read more...]

More Parks with Creative Accommodations

March 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

More Parks with Creative Accommodations

You don’t need to drive a recreational vehicle to enjoy the RV resort experience. Kate s Lazy Desert Vintage Airstream Hotel: Yellow Stripe Hairstream Just mix one or more icon symbols of freedom and adventure on American highways with a creative mind. Add in a generous helping of awe-inspiring scenery, and you have a man-made curiosity and a one-of-a-kind resort. In an earlier post, the Good Sam Team selected five top RV Parks with creative accommodations. In today’s post I report on two additional resorts with non-RV accomodations— an Airstream motel and Drive-in Airstream and RV park. Kate’s Lazy Desert Airstream Motel Fans of the B-52s might be inspired to roam — if they want to — all the way out to the Mojave Desert. That’s where the lead singer of the quirk-pop act has brought her bee-hived sensibility to a new Airstream hotel that opened in November, 2012. Co-owned by B-52s vocalist Kate Pierson, Kate’s Lazy Desert invites visitors to “rocket through the wilderness”... [Read more...]

Trailer Life Magazine App

March 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Trailer Life Magazine App

As spring is just around the corner (March 20th), people with RVs are hitching to go open it and get on the road.   I know our family is looking forward for our camping season.   Knowing that our campground is installing a zip line makes it a bit hard for the kids to wait.  But it won’t open until May so in the meantime we plan our summer as best as we can.  For me it means I am starting to think of the titles I would like to read during the summer time.  Having an iPad, I have the opportunity of bringing as many books as I would like without worrying of limited space.   Some people prefer to bring magazines with them when going camping.  Apart of my Homeschool magazine (which is now digitalized and completely free – I download a PDF format which I upload on my iPad), my eyes don’t feast much of that kind of reading material. However, for people on the road and used to read the Trailer Life Magazine, you can now bring with you a digital version of the magazine with you.  ... [Read more...]

Thoughts On Hiking Alone…

March 10, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Thoughts On Hiking Alone…

Terry and I are what I would consider avid hikers. Whenever we are planning an RV or camping trip, it is usually around a hike we want to do or a peak we want to summit. Nearly all of our hiking is done in tandem. At least once every week we head out for a hike lasting anywhere between two and five hours. The last weekend in February, however, he was in Wisconsin with our son skiing his 32nd Birkebeiner 52K Ski Race and I was alone with the dogs for the weekend. A beautiful Saturday morning (our usual hiking time) dawned and I was unable to resist the urge to head up one of our favorite peaks. We have hiked this trail many times, including every weekend this year thus far and many weekends from October through December. It is the ideal winter hiking trail as it is located on the sunny side of Taos Canyon, ten minutes from our home. It is also a strenuous climb so it is a terrific workout no matter how often we have done it. In addition, the intense sunshine and sparse tree cover mean it... [Read more...]

Top RV Parks with Creative Accommodations

March 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top RV Parks with Creative Accommodations Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory You don’t need to drive a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel to enjoy the RV park experience. More than one third of RV parks across North America offer alternative accommodations, from park models to yurts, enabling travelers to participate in the campground community without bringing their own set of wheels. To help travelers find the RV parks that offer the best RV accommodations without wheels, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the top RV Parks featuring park models or other stationary dwellings. Featuring parks from across North America, the list is tailored for travelers who don’t arrive at the park in an RV or would like non-RVing friends... [Read more...]

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

March 9, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Digital Photography and RVing: A Natural Fit

The only thing better than ‘right now’ will someday be the memories of right now! Digital is not difficult to shoot and good results are achievable, but one must know the basics of photography as the fundamentals remain the same, irrespective of the recording medium. Pictured above is Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved You’ve probably an RVer because you love to travel, you want to see the natural and manmade wonders of North America, or you just don’t like being tied down to one place. Whatever the reason, are you keeping a visual record of your RV travels? Do you take photos of your RV memories? If not, why not? Traveling in an RV allows us to move at a slower pace, which gives us a chance to see things that often times go unnoticed. RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. In addition to hiking, biking, boating, nature study, and birding; photography is a natural activity to... [Read more...]

Getting Ready to Head Out? Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

March 7, 2013 by · 5 Comments 

Getting Ready to Head Out?  Don’t Forget the Final Check on your RV!

Have you ever forgotten to do the final check on your RV before driving away from your house or campsite? I have an uncle, whom I love dearly, who drove out of his driveway with his RV still plugged into the wall of his house.  As a fairly new RV-owner and having felt rushed for time when departing, he enjoys amusing  his listeners with the retelling of this story… They were headed to New Mexico from Los Angeles, to visit their son and his family, when it happened.  He didn’t realize it at first, but he was dragging the long electrical cord and cover from the wall, behind him for some time.   At first when he spotted the kids pointing at his RV, he thought smugly to himself: “Yep, they must be impressed with my nice Class-A.”  Only once he noticed that they were actually laughing and pointing, did he begin to think something must be up. Then it occurred to him to check all of his mirrors to make sure everything was as it should be.  This is when he spotted the... [Read more...]

Life’s Seasons

March 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Life’s Seasons

Have you ever had one of those days?  When it feels like everything that could possibly go wrong, goes wrong?  And no matter how hard you try to turn it around, it just keeps going downhill?  This has been the story of my life recently. From the moment I woke up and realized I had overslept, I should have just called in sick and said “forget it!”  Instead I went to work and got some incredible life-changing news.  Rather than coming home and going straight for the bottle or chocolate (like many women I know would), I chose to take a nice long run.  For me, a long run used to entail 6+ miles, nowadays it means more like a measly 2-3 miles, if I’m lucky. With the baby in the Bob jogger and daughter on the bike that connects to my husband’s bike, we all went out to burn some calories, have some quality outdoor time together, and even hit the park on the way home.  This evening’s weather was mirroring my mood in the most remarkable way: complete with dark, threatening... [Read more...]

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