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Navigate Your Next RV Travel Adventure with the Good Sam GPS and Best of the Road®

June 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

With summer heating up and the search for the Best Small Towns in America around the corner, Rand McNally and Good Sam are helping travelers across the country plan and navigate their road trips. When you hit the road, you want to know that you are safe and have a comprehensive list of towns and points-of-interest to visit as you travel. That’s why Good Sam and Rand McNally teamed up to create the Good Sam GPS, complete with thousands of campgrounds, RV Parks, and Best of the Road towns and places to explore along the way. Fully loaded with over 2,200 Good Sam parks and thousands of additional campgrounds planning where to stay, knowing that each one has been inspected and rated with the exclusive Good Sam 10/10*/10 Rating System, helps you choose the right RV park or campground for you. Not to mention Lifetime Maps, a suite of RV Tools for customized set up, and Wi-Fi Connectivity so you can always be prepared with up to the minute weather information, all displayed on a 7″... [Read more...]

Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

June 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Tefal Actifry – a fabulous appliance to have

May 2013 – Linen Chest, a chain of store in Canada, is having a new contest.   Actually it is their first ever Pin It and Win It contest especially created to celebrate Mother’s Day.   The contest was simple.  All I had to do was to like their contest page, follow their Pinterest account, pin the items I really like from their Mother’s Day Contest, and voilà.    Since I had a Pinterest account, I pinned a few things in a board with my wish list of things I would like to have.   Once I was done I sort of forgot about it… Mother’s Day came and went by.   Fast forward to two weeks ago and I realized that I have a message in my junk folder.   As I check it out I realized that I won the prize for the contest – a 250$ gift card at Linen Chest.  All I had to do was to let them know which store was closest to me.   I emailed them and waited for their reply. Meanwhile, I wondered what we could purchase… New towels?  Costco has better prices on these.  New small... [Read more...]

Cooking Concepts plates review

May 27, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Cooking Concepts plates review

On a beautiful spring day, my family and I decided to drive across the border for a little bit of shopping.   Living in Ottawa, ON we have the privilege to be about 40 minutes from the nearest border crossing in order to get into the USA.   So we packed the kids, brought our passports, and proceeded to go to Ogdensburg, NY that morning.   We occasionally do this trip in order to pick up some groceries and other little things.   Did you know that cheese is way less expensive in the US?   Have huge cheese lovers in the house make the trip itself necessary… So that day, we had a few stop to do apart from the Wal-Mart (which isn’t a Superstore by the way).   One of the stop was the Dollar Tree where my husband was hoping to find some neat things for the kitchen in the RV. We were in need of plates.  But we didn’t want to have ceramic plates because when you are driving well the shock might break them.  I know some people would put something between the plates and bowls but... [Read more...]

National Parks apps

May 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

National Parks apps

This past week-end, I was not feeling too good and battle with a very painful throat.   By Sunday I could barely talk.  So I decided to explore the app Store and discovered some interesting apps for rvers who want to explore the National Parks in the US. The first apps I stumbled upon were the ones created by Chimani.   Actually there are numerous apps for free on the Chimani website. Let’s look at the main app titled – Chimani National Park App . This app contains detailed information on 401 National Park Service units. Through it you can access daily national park news provided by National Park Traveler News (in-app purchase required), create a passport of when you’ve visited any one of the National Park Service units – including each one of the 59 National Parks, view a Photo Gallery which includes 401 photos of each of the units and much more! The interaction with the app is based on the universal national park symbols which makes it a very simple interface.  ... [Read more...]

Attention RV App Users: The New Good Sam Camping App is now available to download!

April 24, 2013 by · 21 Comments 

Attention RV App Users: The New Good Sam Camping App is now available to download!

You can now get more parks in the palm of your hand. The new Good Sam Camping app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices combines the Trailer Life Directory RV Park Finder and the Woodall’s RV and Camping Copilot into one indispensable tool for the RV traveler. The new Good Sam Camping app gives users access to more than 14,000 RV parks listed in the new 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory.  If you already have the Woodall’s RV & Camping Copilot or the Trailer Life RV Park Finder apps, simply launch your current app and follow the simple updating instructions. To get the new app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, you can visit the Apple App Store and download to your device. With an additional 2,000 campgrounds at your fingertips, the Good Sam Camping app gives you complete information on RV parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the 2,100 Good Sam Parks that offer a 10% discount to Good Sam Club members. Users can also look up 100 Camping... [Read more...]

A Smarter Way to Hit the Road with Microsoft Streets & Trips

April 24, 2013 by · 3 Comments 

A Smarter Way to Hit the Road with Microsoft Streets & Trips

Technology continues to make road trips better. USB power adapters for all our gadgets, thermoelectric coolers for food and beverages and affordable cameras that can withstand being dropped in the parking lot or dunked in the pool are helping keep travelers comfortable and connected. Streets & Trips 2013 makes it easy to create inspired, customized travel plans with your computer.But there’s one technology that helps travelers plan a great trip even before putting the pedal to the metal: the map and travel planning software from Microsoft, Streets & Trips. Cover all your bases Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 is designed for planning the perfect road trip from start to finish. The 2013 edition features an updated user interface designed for easy viewing, adds 150,000 more miles of roads in North America, and includes more than 2.5 million points of interest with online ratings and reviews for restaurants and other businesses. Routes, directions and stops are just the start... [Read more...]

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

April 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool

PocketMonkey – World’s Thinnest Utility Tool By Zootility Tools What if I told you that you can have a small tool that would fit in your wallet and that possess about twelve functions that could make your day a little bit easier?  You would probably think that I am crazy and wouldn’t believe me in a second… But wait – this tool does exist now and it is known as the PocketMonkey.   It is made of stainless steel and is about the size of a credit card.  It weighs only one ounce, is about one millimeter think and will fit in any kind of wallet. Now that I got your curiosity, you must be wondering what it can do.   Here’s the list of it’s abilities: Phone kickstand when you insert a credit card.  This will allow you to work at a comfortable angle on your touch phone. Bottle opener if you need it.  Here in Canada we mostly have twist bottles but I guess it’s not the case in the US.  Still you never know when it might be useful…. A flat screwdriver which would be useful... [Read more...]

Good Sam Camping App Puts 14,000 Parks in Your Palm

April 11, 2013 by · 8 Comments 

Have you downloaded the new Good Sam Camping app for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices? This indispensable tool will help you find RV parks that fit your lifestyle with just a few taps on the screen. The app combines the Trailer Life Directory RV Park Finder and the Woodall’s RV and Camping Copilot, giving users access to the more than 14,000 RV parks listed in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. If you already have the Woodall’s Copilot or Park Finder apps, simply launch it and follow the updating instructions. With an additional 2,000 campgrounds at your fingertips, the Good Sam Camping app will give you complete information on RV parks in the United States, Canada and Mexico, including the 2,100 Good Sam Parks that offer a 10% discount to Good Sam Club members. Users can also look up the 100 Camping World locations across America along with tourism destinations. With this app, RVers can search for campgrounds by city and state and can filter their searches... [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...]

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...]

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