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The Good Sam Camping App

June 19, 2014 by · 4 Comments 

The Good Sam Camping App

In a recent post, I highlighted the Good Sam Camping smartphone app and discussed using it to plan our next camping adventure (see “Planning our 2014 Travels with the Good Sam App”). Loaded with a multitude of handy features, this app has become the only way I plan our camping trips, but it has another use. There have been times (refer to my June 4th post on “The Joys of Tent Camping” for example) when it would have been smart to stop for the night earlier than planned. One of the reasons that didn’t happen is that the thought of driving around a strange town in search of a campsite didn’t appeal to us. With the Good Sam Camping App, however, we can all easily find a Good Sam Campground and a site for the night, even while on the road. Say you’re headed to your reserved site, but are still six hours away and the sun is beginning to set. You know you should stop for the night and want to find an campground, but don’t know the area. Once, we... [Read more...]

GPS Navigation In RVs

June 10, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

GPS Navigation In RVs

GPS Nav. System Is a GPS nav. system a worthwhile option?  To answer this question, I think we need to look at what possible benefits it may provide. First of all, basic point “A” to point “B” geographical guidance.  This is the primary use for most passenger automobiles, but what about the uses in a recreational vehicle application?  Here, they are somewhat broader and appear to derive more benefits from the features they offer.     Now we have to remember that most GPS navigation systems are configured to normal automobile travel, not recreational vehicles that may have height clearance issues.  So, in large Class C’s, tall 5th wheel trailers, and with Class A motor homes, these may be less than ideal. There are, however, user configurable units available today. One of these programmable systems is the Rand McNally GPS.  It can be user configured to exactly the specifications of your RV type and size. This feature is not only extremely convenient, but also... [Read more...]

Working While Traveling in an RV

June 5, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Working While Traveling in an RV

As RVers seek ways to enjoy their lifestyle many have turned to working while traveling as a way to support their lifestyle and as a means to supplement their pensions. Being a work-camper is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, one that is actively pursued by more than 80,000 RVers throughout the U.S. and Canada. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved There are many ways for RVers to use their skills and talents to earn an income while living in an RV. Working while traveling in an RV can offset the cost of the RV lifestyle by exchanging their knowledge, skills, and labor for a free camping site and occasional minimum wage pay. Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts. Opportunities for work-camping are also available at amusement and theme parks, museums and art galleries, and other outdoor recreation facilities and attractions. Many RVers working while traveling are on the road full-time, moving from place to place. Others stay long-term in one location or... [Read more...]

Choosing Options For A New RV

May 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Choosing Options For A New RV

So, you have finally selected a make and model of your next RV.  Ordering a new RV, as opposed to buying off the lot, allows for customization.  The color, trim and which options you desire can be individually picked out.  While colors for exterior and interior generally are non-financial decisions, the same cannot necessarily be said for trim levels and non-standard options.  So, how does one access which options that should be ordered?  Some of the selection techniques involve personal needs, necessities, resale value and just plain taste. All of these need to be weighed against the increase in the capital cost. But what if I’ve never gone through this process before? Custom ordering every item prior to a factory build can be mind boggling, given the number of available options offered today.  This led me to develop what I found to be an easier method of determining the final options that would be specified. Instead of picking out each item that I would like to have, I started... [Read more...]

The RV Road Trip Planner

May 1, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

The RV Road Trip Planner

An RV road trip isn’t about getting from Point A to Point B. It’s about the people, places, and things you meet and experience along the way. Good Sam’s Trip Planner features tools and information designed to help you have the best road trip. If you are going on a family road trip, planning is essential. With some simple preparation, the road trip can be one you will remember for a long time. When you think of what you’ll need for a road trip, a common list unfolds. Food, beverages, (healthy) snacks, paper products, lawn chairs and recliners, maps, and Good Sam GPS are all items you might bring along. Using a checklist is an excellent way to ensure you have everything you need. Checking off items as you pack your RV will ensure you don’t find yourself in the middle of nowhere brushing your teeth with your finger. There are some items you CANNOT do without while RVing and these should be at the top of your list. It’s important to take sufficient drinking water, a well-stocked... [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...]

GasBuddy is an Innovative Way to Save on Gas

April 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

GasBuddy is an Innovative Way to Save on Gas

In the last few years, we have seen gas prices climb on both side of the border.  One of the apps we often use nowadays is the GasBuddy app on my husband’s iPhone.  This free app will help you find the cheap gas prices when you are traveling. From the main screen of the app, you can find the cheapest gas near you by entering the city, state or zip code.  When traveling in Canada, you can do the search by city, province or by postal code.  Once you have entered the information, you can click on the “Find Gas Near Me” button in the middle of the screen. You will automatically get a list of the various gas stations in the neighborhood. This will indicate within seconds which gas station offers the cheapest gas. You can obtain this information as a list or on a map. From the list view, you can select one specific gas station and report the prices offered in order to help fellow travelers to find cheap gas.  By doing so, you allow earn points and awards as well as get a chance... [Read more...]

Click and Explore North America

March 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Click and Explore North America

Use Good Sam Camping’s Explore tool for travel itineraries, tourism info and great destinations in every state and province in North America. Select your destination on our handy interactive map and start planning your adventure today! From the Explore Tab home page, find your desired state or province on the interactive map and click (you can also choose a state from the list on the right-hand side). Each state/province page gives you three ways to learn about your destination: • The Welcome section provides an overview of the state you’re visiting. Learn about each state’s regions and get a sense of your destination’s climate and character. The Arizona Welcome section, for example, covers the state’s northern region, popular snowbird roosts and Native American heritage. • The RV Trip of a Lifetime section suggests itineraries to some of the most compelling attractions in each state and province. Check out great steaks along the Oklahoma leg of the Chisholm... [Read more...]

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

March 15, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

A GPS Solution—Lifestyle Tech Tips

My idea for a less invasive way to attach the suction cup mount of my GPS was similar to Carroll Manning’s of Sonora, California (Quick Tips, July), except I purchased an 85-cent, 3-inch round of clear acrylic from TAP Plastics (www.tapplastics.com). The company sells several sizes for various uses. To attach the acrylic disk, I used a couple of UHU Tac adhesive removable putty squares, flattened them out as thin as possible to the bottom of the disk, then cleaned the vinyl spot on the dashboard with alcohol and pressed the disk to the vinyl. UHU is used for temporary posters, decorations, etc., and can be purchased at most art supply stores. Bill Wright, Santa Rosa, California

Why We Travel With a Laptop and Printer

February 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Why We Travel With a Laptop and Printer

In this day and age, it’s easy to have devices that allow you to stay in contact with your family and friends as you travel. Think of all the tablets and cellular phones used throughout North America and you’ll know what I’m talking about. However, in this blog post, I will share the advantages of having a laptop as well as a small printer available in the RV when you are on vacation. What? You might wonder why I’d like to bring a laptop and a printer with us when we travel. Well, it’s true that we are business owners and having such a device will help us if a client contacts us. But apart from the business side of things, I seriously think that traveling with a computer and a small printer has advantages. The main reason why we have a laptop with us is for the ability to watch movies—without relying on shaky Internet connections—when the kids are in bed. How can we do this?  It is quite simple, really—with the help of headphones and the DVD player included... [Read more...]

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