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Choosing Who You Camp With

June 12, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Choosing Who You Camp With

My favorite campers! How do you go about choosing who you camp with? Is it something you do as a family tradition, every Fourth of July at the same place with the same family, year after year? Do you plan your summer camping trips based on who can go where, when? For me, I like to go camping with the friends and family that I feel most comfortable with and who also enjoy the outdoors as much as (or more than) my own family does. Since I have young kids, it is also ideal to go camping with friends and family who also have young kids my children play well with.  Most important thing to consider is: who do you want to make lifelong memories with? I am fortunate that my husband and children (my favorite people to camp with) enjoy the outdoors as much as I do. We enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and of course, camping! It is ideal to go camping with families that have similar interests as us. That way, we can all go hiking together, kayaking together, and so on. I grew up camping at the beach with... [Read more...]

RV Resort Requirements

June 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Resort Requirements

When planning a trip to a new destination, there is no better tool than the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory to have at your fingertips. Things like resort amenities and local attractions are but a few key benefits from trip planning with the Campground Directory. If you do not have a campground in mind, but are looking for a new adventure, head over to www.goodsamcamping.com and click on the “Explore” tab. This will take you to a page to select the state you wish to visit. For example, on a recent excursion to the site, I selected Alaska, a place I have always wanted to visit. Immediately I was taken to a page containing several helpful links and information about Alaska. In addition, a number of Good Sam rated campgrounds was included. I selected one of these to view, the Golden Nugget appealed to my sense of Alaska adventure. Once on the Golden Nugget RV Park page, I was able to view a complete list of campground amenities, including site dimensions and features,... [Read more...]

The Joys of Tent Camping

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Joys of Tent Camping

Though we have graduated to our 18’ camper, complete with actual mattresses and a stove, my husband and I spent many years tent camping with our three children. We cherish many fond memories of those times, from our son’s first camping experience at six months along side a quiet lake in northern Wisconsin, to the many wonderful times we had visiting beautiful national parks. With only a stretch of canvas between us and the great outdoors, we made many wonderful memories tent camping together. There is something special about tent camping. Just the idea of erecting your abode in a matter of minutes to create a substantial and comfortable home for a week or more is amazing. You can travel almost anywhere with a tent and the world is yours to explore. I will always remember one of our last tent camping adventures. We headed from Wisconsin to Yellowstone, then moved on to Grand Teton National Park and ended up at Glacier. We had been on the road for nearly a week and a half as we raced... [Read more...]

Dealing With Noisy Neighbors

June 3, 2014 by · 11 Comments 

Dealing With Noisy Neighbors

At some point in your RVing life, you will encounter noisy neighbors on the campground. They play their TV too loud, their dog barks at everything that moves, and they stay up late into the night around a ginormous campfire talking and laughing. Whatever your noisy neighbors do, the one thing you don’t want them to do is spoil your camping trip. So, dealing with noisy neighbors directly, as undesirable as that prospect might be, can be the more desirable of alternate options – like calling the cops, complaining to management, or storming around your RV with a reddening face and smoke coming out your ears. The most effective method for dealing with noisy neighbors, is to not park your rig next to them in the first place. This requires a bit of profiling of your potential neighbors before you pull into a campsite. If you are an older, retired couple that goes to bed by 10 o’clock, you might want to choose a campsite between other similar RVers who are unlikely to party around the... [Read more...]

RVing Vancouver Island

May 31, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RVing Vancouver Island

RVing on Vancouver Island, the Pacific Jewel of British Columbia, Canada can offer something for everyone.  Heavily forested mountains, rugged sea coasts and quaint villages await.  It can be accessed with your RV only by ferries that operate from Horseshoe Bay (North Vancouver), Tsawwassen (South of Vancouver),Anacortes , Washington or Port Angeles, Washington.  While it is not a cheap fare, the island offers less travelled land to explore. If you prefer a lot of activity, Westbay Marine Village RV Park is where you may want to be.  Located on the shores of the city of Victoria Harbour, this downtown park provides front row seats to watch floatplanes landing and taking off while ships and boats sail by.  All of this with the beautiful backdrop of Victoria, the capital city of B.C., with its illuminated iconic Parliament Buildings, Empress Hotel and skyline. Perhaps you like RVing Vancouver Island a bit more laid back.  There are several oceanfront RV parks located in the Campbell... [Read more...]

RV Organization Tips

May 27, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

RV Organization Tips

The open road… The only thing separating you and your adventure is getting everything in your recreational vehicle organized. Tips for organizing your RV (Credit: rv-roadtrips.com) RV organization tips can save you tons time and stress on your next road trip. Whether you’re heading to a national park or a camping trip to the lake, by organizing your RV you can save yourself the headache of scrambling to pick up last minute items. Organizing your RV can be fun and frustrating though. There never seems to be enough space and you will most-likely re-organize your cabinets and storage areas numerous times before you’re satisfied. Remember, anything you put in the RV adds weight. When packing your RV stay within the manufacturer’s recommended weight ratings and balance the weight from side to side and front to back. This is important for driving stability and safety. Following are a few RV organization tips that will simplify your life on the road and help you spend less... [Read more...]

Fun Campground Activities

May 12, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

Fun Campground Activities

It can be simple to entertain kids at camp with the many games and toys available today, but when left to their own devices, you may not have much contact with them. There also comes a time in every family camping trip when the kids are bored and toys or games no longer appeal. Below are a few fun ideas for those times. They require minimal equipment, most of which is already found in a campground or RV park and they actually involve learning. Playing these games, your kids will absorb new information without realizing it! Set Up a Scavenger Hunt. This will require preparation ahead of time, but mostly involves making lists of items easily found in and around a campground. Campers should be divided into teams that will compete to see how many of the list items each can find. Some suggested list items include: a flashlight, a maple leaf on the ground (if there are maple trees in the vicinity), a marshmallow, an acorn (if there are oak trees about), 1 sheet of toilet paper, and the like.... [Read more...]

The Five Best National Parks

May 7, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Five Best National Parks

For many years, our country’s beautiful national parks have been a favorite destination for camping trips. Below is a list of a few well-known national parks for RVing, based on scenery and activities, which we hope will aid in the decision of your next RVing trip. 1)     Glacier Hiking Logan Pass, Glacier National Park Located in northeastern Montana, Glacier National Park is one destination worth a couple visits. The North American RV Park & Yurt Village is a great place to stay and it’s not far from Sun Road, the most scenic road in America. There are activities abound as well, such as hiking Logan Pass, and Grinnell Glacier. 2)     Yellowstone Old Faithful alone would be enough to make this a top national park, but there are many other geysers, mudpots and natural features. All will be amazed at the natural elements in this park. Conveniently located just outside the park, Sierra Meadows RV Park is a great home base for exploring this region. 3)     Rocky... [Read more...]

Tips for Family Camping

May 5, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Tips for Family Camping

You’ve completed the planning and preparation for your family camping vacation and are ready to embark on the road trip―one you will remember for a long time.  Cajun Palms RV Resort in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, boasts a water slide, fully stocked arcade, and pool with inflatable toys, and a recently added Prehistoric Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved Family campground amenities vary greatly, as do the prices campers pay to use them. Remember, the most visited places tend to be more comfortable, more sought after, and more expensive. Whether you plan to stay one night, a weekend, or longer, there are many family campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada to meet your needs. All are unique. No two parks are exactly the same. There are numerous ways to locate and research the best family campgrounds. A good place to begin is the online Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The easiest way to choose a destination is to reference our Top Family RV Parks for 2014. This... [Read more...]

Easy RV Cooking

May 4, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Easy RV Cooking

One important consideration in planning any camping trip is the food and cooking supplies you take with you. This is especially important when camping with kids. One way to master RV cooking is to minimize your grocery items and you can do that by limiting the number of ingredients in the meals you cook to no more than four. If you are like me, your camper is stocked with a number of staples. We always carry several packages of pasta, cans of diced tomatoes and chicken broth, olive oil, onions and garlic as well as basic spices that we use regularly such as salt and pepper, basil and oregano. By combining these already stocked ingredients with a few items you have packed for the trip, you’ll eliminate any wasted space with unnecessary items. Furthermore, if you’re ever in need of a quick meal, these staples alone can be combined into a delicious meal. To do this, combine the pasta, tomatoes, onions, garlic and basil in a large stockpot (another staple I never travel without): 12... [Read more...]

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