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Chapter Life

August 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · 1 Comment 

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...]

Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

April 6, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Planning Our 2014 Travels With the Good Sam App!

To continue with my post from February 16, 2014 on planning our major camping trip for 2014, I write today to discuss a new tool in my planning: my Good Sam Camping iPhone app. I downloaded it a few days ago to locate a campground for our trip. You may recall that our plan is to “bag” four fourteeners (Colorado Peaks rising 14,000+ feet above sea level) on our trip this summer. Mounts Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln and Bross can be climbed, one after the other, in one day.  While it takes some strength and determination to do it, the journey is only about eight miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,200 feet. To begin, I simply searched for, then downloaded the Good Sam app, at no charge, from the App Store on my iPhone. This app is also available for Android users for your Android phone. It took only a minute to download and proved simple to use. Knowing the names of the mountains but not where they were located in Colorado, I googled the first mountain we would climb, Mt. Democrat,... [Read more...]

Congrats to Anvil Campground for 60 Years Serving RVers

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Congrats to Anvil Campground for 60 Years Serving RVers

Anvil Campground celebrated 60 years of making great memories for RV travelers during a fun-filled pig roast on March 1 at the Williamsburg, Virginia, RV Park. Guests and staff gathered at the 60 for 60 party to enjoy succulent roasted pork and delicious cake, and to reflect on six decades of fun and family togetherness at the Good Sam Park, which boasts an impressive 9.5/9.5*/8.5 rating in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. On hand were members of the Jump family, who founded the campground in 1954 and own it to this day. Highlights of the event included pork roasting on an open barbecue, comments and recognition from members of the Jump family, and delicious cakes recognizing the milestone. There was even a cake baked in the shape of an anvil! Join us in wishing for 60 more years of great guest experiences at Anvil Campground, located close to Colonial Williamsburg and other area attractions. The Jump family boasts historic ties to the development of Colonial Williamsburg,... [Read more...]

Top Holiday RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory

December 23, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: John Sullaway Content Editor Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory 805-667-4194 jsullaway@goodsamfamily.com Top Holiday  RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory For some RV parks, the Holidays mean more than just stringing up decorative lights and hanging ornaments on trees. A few special parks go the extra mile for guests, throwing fun-filled Holiday parties, organizing festive pageants and conducting gift exchanges to herald the season. To help recreational vehicle enthusiasts find the jolliest places to see in the season, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the Top Holiday RV Parks. With RV parks from across North America, the list is tailored for travelers seeking campgrounds that provide a festive holiday setting for campers seeking seasonal cheer. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Holiday RV Parks are: Arizona Palm Creek Golf... [Read more...]

Top Parks for November 2013

November 23, 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 Extended Stay RV Parks Chosen by the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has just released its list of the Top Extended Stay RV Parks in North America. Compiled by the guide’s editors and consultants, the list is tailored for travelers seeking RV resorts that provide amenities and social activities for vacations stays in some of North America’ most popular regions. The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Extended Stay RV parks are: Mesa Regal RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Sun Vista RV Resort, Yuma, Arizona Val Vista Village RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Valle Del Oro RV Resort, Mesa, Arizona Indian Wells Carefree RV Resorts, Indio, California La Pacifica RV Resort, San Diego, California Mad River Rapids RV Park, Arcata, California Palms River Resort, Needles, California Santa... [Read more...]

Important Notice for RVers – Extended Warranty Rates Increase on November 15th

November 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With 2014 quickly approaching, it’s time to grab hold of Good Sam Extended Service Plan’s lowest rates before your rig becomes one model year older on November 15, 2013 And don’t forget – If your rig is model year 1998, you will no longer be eligible to receive a quote for Good Sam Extended Service Plan after November 15th. If you enroll before this date, you are eligible to renew up to 18 model years. Hurry and take advantage of our lowest possible rates by receiving your free quote before November 15 to lock in 2013’s rates. Your quote will be good for 45 days! Call us at 1-888-787-7683 or click today to let us pay your repair bills! Good Sam Extended Service Plan Benefits include: We pay for your repairs- at any repair facility Multiple deductible options Free Unlimited critical system checkups Rates locked in for at least three years Flexible payment options Backing of Good Sam & an A+ Insurer  

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