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2015 Good Sam Club RV Shows

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Good Sam RV Show Lineup

Holiday Travel Made Simple

November 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday Travel Made Simple

The thought of Thanksgiving and the holidays conjures up so many wonderful ideas – turkey roasting, falling leaves or snow, spending time with family and friends. These days, though, many of us are spread out across the country or even across the world. That means we may be spending time before the holidays traveling to be with our loved ones, and we all know that holiday travel isn’t always as easy as (pumpkin) pie. With that in mind, we’re sharing a few tips to help make your holiday travel a bit easier so you can arrive in a festive rather than frazzled mood: Allow extra time not only after you get to the airport, but also to get to the airport. To make sure you have plenty of time despite heavy traffic and slow security lines, be there at least two hours early. If you live in a busy metropolitan area, be sure to account for congested roads in your travel time. Put your essentials in your carry-on. This includes an ample supply of necessary medications. Increased volume at the... [Read more...]

Repairing An RV Curtain Rod

November 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Are you tired of climbing over seats and dash to spread the curtain around your RV’s front window at night? I was – so I made a rod to guide the curtains along the track and across the windows. At the hardware store, I purchased two dowel rods, each about 24 inches long, and two screw eyes. Screw the eyes into one end of each dowel (first drilling a small pilot hole). To install, unhook the first hanger on your curtain, pass the screw eye over the hanger wire and re-hook the hanger. The wand hangs down alongside the curtains when not in use. It can be sanded and painted to make it more appealing. Credit: Jerrold Reimer, Milton WI

How To Install An RV Satellite Dish

November 11, 2014 by · 6 Comments 

How To Install An RV Satellite Dish

   

Traveler Gets Injured on Beach Vacation

October 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Monica and her husband Victor decided to take a much-needed vacation to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Unfortunately, their morning swim went terribly wrong when Monica felt an excruciating sharp pain in her ankle. She had been stung by a stingray. Victor managed to get the attention of a lifeguard, who arranged for a ground ambulance to a small clinic near the beach. Monica was unable to walk and in severe pain, and both she and Victor were feeling uneasy about the quality of care at the clinic. They decided to contact Good Sam TravelAssist for help. TravelAssist conducted a medical consultation by phone with the treating doctor at the clinic, and decided to transport Monica to a nearby facility that was better equipped to handle her injuries. After coordinating the transfer, Good Sam TravelAssist stayed in touch with Monica, her husband, and the local medical team. A few days later, it was determined that Monica needed to return home for extended care as the sting had damaged a tendon. Good Sam... [Read more...]

Chapter Life

August 27, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Chapter Life

Good Sam chapters are the building blocks of the Good Sam Club. Best of all, chapters are groups of friends that camp together. Membership in a chapter only requires a Good Sam Club membership. It’s up to the chapter to decide if there are dues or schedules. Indeed, there is nothing mysterious about chapters: There are no entry rituals or secret handshakes. The only thing you need is the desire to camp with more people than your spouse or kids. With chapters, you can travel to places that might seem too far to go by yourself. You can learn great new campground games. You can help your community by volunteering with others for a good cause, or maybe just sit around the campfire with great friends and solve the world’s problems. Currently, there are nearly 1,500 chapters across North America. Chapters participate in Samborees, which are held in almost every state and province and feature great food, fun and entertainment. Some chapters organize theme weekends. Esthermay and I have been... [Read more...]

Maintaining Your RV Refrigerator

August 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maintaining Your RV Refrigerator

RV fridge Some of the most common RV problems stem from refrigerators. Refrigerators in RVs operate using an absorption system, which incorporates a completely different set of principles than those in compressor-driven household units. The RV is far more demanding than the relatively static residential environment. For example, RV refrigerators are required to operate on a variety of energy sources and withstand all the jostling and vibration on highway travel. In order for these appliances to endure well, they must be given special care. However, even with the best of care, it is possible to suffer a variety of malfunctions. There are many simple tricks to help an RV refrigerator deliver better service: Pre-cool the refrigerator by starting it the night before a camping trip. This should be done with no food in the refrigerator. Wait until the refrigerator is thoroughly cold before placing food inside. Pre-cool food in your home refrigerator and freezer. This gives the unit a break... [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...]

2015 Good Sam Rally In Phoenix

June 25, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

2015 Good Sam Rally In Phoenix

Crowds at The 2012 Rally in Phoenix Following its success in 2012, advance planning is already well underway for The Camping World/Good Sam Rally’s return to Phoenix, Arizona in 2015. To be held at the Phoenix International Raceway March 10-22, The Rally will be bigger – 3,000 RVs are expected and better than ever with an expanded seminar lineup, presentations covering all aspects of the RV experience, more on-site activities and off-site tours, activities for youth and big-name entertainment each evening. “It is our pleasure to facilitate an event that brings together thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country to celebrate the RV lifestyle, enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes and quality time with family and friends,” says Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. “We are excited to announce the return of America’s largest RV Rally to the RV community.” I attended the first Good Sam rally in 2000, then called the Great North... [Read more...]

RVing Northern California

June 14, 2014 by · 3 Comments 

RVing Northern California

When most people come to Yosemite National Park they head for the Yosemite Valley and marvel at the granite cliffs that loom over the merced Valley and have taken the familiar names of El Capitan and Half Dome. They attempt to fit America’s highest waterfalls pouring off the surrounding cliffs into a single frame of their cameras. This is sufficient for most travelers, however RVing Northern California has so much more to offer. Fortunately for RVers, whether you are setting up base camp in an RV park or hopscotching from campground to campground, there are more than two dozen Good Sam RV parks sprinkled across the region to plan your adventures in Yosemite. The Map View on Good Sam Camping makes it a snap to plan your trip and call an audible or two once you arrive. One of the best parts about RVing Northern California is the east High Country. It rises to elevations over 13,000 feet. RV parks along Route 395 in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport serve up easy access to these... [Read more...]

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