Good Sam Camping Blog
TEST Header
Category: Comfort at Camp

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Ingredients for a Great Campfire

There is nothing that makes a night of camping more ideal than the perfect campfire. But there are requirements to creating the perfect campfire and the ideal fire environment. First of all, you must have the appropriate area. In most campgrounds or RV parks, there are campfire rings in which you build your fire. If you are in a natural area, be sure you have a cleared area, ideally bare ground, on which to build your creation. The other essentials are simple: 1)     Firewood, preferably dry—It is possible to get wet or damp firewood to burn with the right combination of kindling, matches, newspaper and luck, but it can be difficult. A perfect campfire requires dry firewood. In much of the country, our best campfires were made from dry maple or oak. In the southwest, the best campfires are made with dry fir and ponderosa pine, with a fine bit of pinon pine to add the perfect campfire (or fireplace or woodstove) smell. Delicious! When building your fire, you will form a teepee with... [Read more...]

RVing With Pets

August 5, 2014 by · 9 Comments 

RVing With Pets

Pets on the road by Harry Gephart. In just a short time, Americans traveling and RVing with pets has become as accepted as traveling with kids. That does not mean pets in campgrounds should be considered a right and not a privilege, even though many Good Sam campgrounds display that little terrier symbol for “Pets Welcome.” When traveling with a pet, it is imperative to remember that you are an ambassador for all pet owners and your pet’s good behavior will help ensure continued access to campgrounds in the future. So take the campground rules seriously. As hard as it is for pet lovers to believe, not everyone loves dogs, and dog owners are still fewer in number than non-dog owners in America. A well-behaved pet is one that feels safe and secure. Never leave a pet alone in a campground, even if it is one you have visited many times before and she knows the territory. Before leaving home, pack familiar bedding and blankets, a supply of your dog’s regular food, and... [Read more...]

RV Space Saving Tips

July 8, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

RV Space Saving Tips

Organizing your recreational vehicle and saving space go hand in hand. That’s why RV space saving tips are always helpful in organizing your rig. Your imagination is the limit! Set aside a day where you spend the first quarter taking everything out of the cabinets and storage areas, the second quarter thinking about the multi-functions of each item, and the last half of the day storing and stacking your chosen items. Instead of storing T-shirts on top of each other so that you have to pull out a whole stack to find one shirt, vertically fold them  almost like a bookcase or filing cabinet, so the folded “spines” of the shirts are visible. This is what a stack of them in a drawer (or a storage box) looks like: (Source: tumblr.com) Nest, nest, nest. And think vertical storage whenever possible. Collapsible/compact bowl sets use 2/3 less space than standard bowls. These bowls are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe, and stack on top of each other to save space. They are... [Read more...]

Staying Cool In Your RV

June 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Staying Cool In Your RV

  Staying Cool In The Summer Staying cool in your RV during the summer is a direct result of regular air conditioner maintenance.  Though there are both roof and basement AC units used by RV manufacturers, we will address the most common, roof mounted unit. The first and most frequent item that needs attention are the filters; that screen the intake air at the AC unit, or if ducted, the ceiling intakes.  These are the most common efficiency robbers and should be cleaned every couple of weeks during the season.  Keeping these clean cannot be over stressed. Always check your incoming A/C voltage when arriving at a new site and from time to time thereafter.  This should be read while the air conditioner(s) are operating.  Voltage of less than about 104 volts can reduce efficiency and do damage to the motors.  This can be read and monitored using a simple plug-in A/C meter. Staying cool in your RV requires the AC unit(s) be thoroughly serviced, at least every two years, depending... [Read more...]

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

June 21, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Electronic Keypad RV Entry

Electronic keypad RV entry is an option that is definitely worth purchasing. No, not the key fob that electronically unlocks the door or arms the alarm system, we are talking about a user keypad that locks and unlocks the entry door. While there is nothing wrong with key fob entry for your car, your RV may require entry by your family members without the need to be confined to locating the key holder. Each member of your family can exit and enter without the risk of losing the key or the need to locate the key holder. Conventional key operation is available on all models should the unit need to be overridden due to a dead battery or other system failure. Electronic keypad locks have been a lifesaver is some emergency circumstances.  One such situation involved a couple that had left their pet in their RV for the afternoon in a campsite. While out that day, they were involved in a serious automobile accident. They were transported to a local hospital where they would both be held at least... [Read more...]

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

May 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Installing Your Auto Start Generator

Typical RV Generator Auto start generator controllers are a great feature.  But, like any other product, you have to understand it to get the most out of it.  We will look at the primary purpose of this machine and discuss setting up your auto start generator. Basically, this device constantly monitors your house batteries to determine their state of charge.  At a given charge state, it will automatically start your generator to supply charge to the batteries.  When the battery charge state has reached a measured full charge, the controller will shut down the generator. This all sounds simple enough, but to do this efficiently requires correct parameters be preset. To set up your auto start generator, this control device must be calibrated to exactly what voltage it should start the recharge sequence.  To know the correct cut-in voltage, we must know what the high and low voltages in the house bank are.  A fully charged battery in a rested state should be 12.7 volts or have a... [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...]

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

April 19, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Three Key Tips for Comfortable Spring Camping

If you are anything like me, you are eager to get out camping for that first trip of the year. In most parts of the country, that means camping when the weather is decidedly cooler than when camping in summer. It can also be some of the best camping of the year as the crowds are smaller and you may very well have the campground or RV park to yourself.  So, don’t be afraid to venture out in less desirable weather. And there are some simple things you can do to ensure your comfort during these times: Your moisture wicking base layer will keep you warm and dry 1)     Layers—Dressing in layers is your best hedge against cold. If you start with a base layer of some moisture-wicking fabric, then top that with a mid weight layer, you should be warm in most places with a light jacket. The moisture-wicking component is important in the event you become too warm. This type of fabric is designed to wick moisture away from your body. Cotton, on the other hand, formerly my first choice for... [Read more...]

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

April 15, 2014 by · 8 Comments 

Lifestyle Tech Tips: Campfire-in-a-Carton

Campifre-in-a-Carton I learned a trick from a park ranger at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee; he taught me how to make homemade fire-starters. You’ll need lint from a clothes dryer; a cardboard egg carton; and a taper candle. Place a little of the clothes-dryer lint into each of the egg-carton compartments. Light the candle and carefully drip the wax on top of the lint in each compartment to seal the components. Now you have fire-starters at a bargain price. To use, simply cut the individual egg sections apart and store them in your RV. When you’re ready for a campfire, place a section under the kindling and light a corner of your homemade fire-starter. Soon you’ll be talking of the day’s adventures by the warmth of a crackling fire. Debbie Hale, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

April 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

3 Must-Have Summer Camping Items (On Sale NOW)!

Three Must-Have Summer Camping Items at a discount price for the SALE (going on right now!) at the online Camping World store.  Check out my 3 favorite must-haves (and the awesome savings) below!   Slumber Hammock This comfy hammock is the perfect item for relaxing on sunny summer afternoons! Slumber in the sunshine outside your RV and enjoy a quick nap or simply lounge while reading a book.  My uncle has one of these and we always fight over who gets it as it’s the perfect spot to lie while resting outdoors after a big midday meal.  Plus the kids love it! It even folds up nice and tidy, while fitting into a convenient carrying case.  If you order soon (while the sale is going on), you can save almost $25 off the asking price at Camping World.com!   Folding Camp Table with Storage Bins Having additional counter space outside the RV while camping is always useful.  This light-weight fold-able table offers just that with the versatility of folding in half and also has a... [Read more...]

« Previous PageNext Page »