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Month: November 2012

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

November 30, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Stairs: The Hidden Danger In RVs

The day after Thanksgiving, the full day of eating whatever we want; we set out for a fun weekend of camping at the beach. The beach camp spot my aunt reserved this year was at Leo Carrillo State Beach, a scenic stretch of canyon leading to gorgeous coastline, where the Santa Monica Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean.  You access it from the Pacific Coast Highway, just south of where we live.  My dear aunt was only one day late in reserving our typical spot at Carpinteria State Beach and, lo and behold, there were no spots left!  So we settled for second best: Leo Carrillo, where I grew up camping and loving every second of it. Leo Carrillo is just off a narrow, windy stretch of highway along the coast with no bike lane, so bicycling with our kids in tow to the campsite was out of the question (although we did enjoy riding around the campground and over to the beach side)! We packed up our bikes and set off with the RV and a handful of tents for two nights at Leo Carrillo State Beach... [Read more...]

The hidden advantage of owning an RV

November 30, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The hidden advantage of owning an RV

This blog post could probably be titled – How an RV can help you while looking at starting a new job or moving.   Let me tell you why… A few months ago, my husband got a contract at a business in the Toronto area.  The RV was a blessing since we were able to packed it up and move temporarily for the duration of that contract.    It was also a blessing that we were homeschooling our kids because it was during the month of May.   Another advantage of this temporary move was that the campground was opening at the beginning of the month of May.   We saved money in taking a spot for the whole month.    In the midst of the contract, my husband got offered a permanent job with the company.   The contracting market in the National Capital had slowed down with all the changes that occurred in the past three years or so. After much prayers and sensing we needed to go through this, we proceeded to packed, put our house for sale and move with the RV while waiting for our home... [Read more...]

Henry Horton S.P., Tennessee

November 30, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

As winter approached and sub-freezing temperatures were just around the corner, I still had some winterizing left to do with my Fun Finder trailer. After flushing the tanks as we left Top Sail RV Park in Santa Rosa, Florida months ago, we ended up having to use the toilet on the way home. When it came time to winterize I was not going to do it if there was any waste in the system. So-o, we needed to find a dump site and clean out the tanks properly. We decided that it was a good time to check Tennessee’s state park system, which is purported to offer full facilities at their campsites. Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, Tennessee is only 27 miles from our new home. We headed there one cloudy afternoon, planning on an open-ended stay at the campsite (a benefit of retirement) and a thorough cleaning of our black and gray water tanks before we left. Henry Horton is a 1,532-acre state park named after Governor Horton (1927-1933), 36th governor of Tennessee. The park features... [Read more...]

Georgia on My Mind: Cumberland Island Turns 40

November 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Georgia on My Mind: Cumberland Island Turns 40

Cumberland Island National Seashore recently (October 23) celebrated its 40th anniversary. Access to Cumberland Island is by a concession operated passenger ferry, The Cumberland Lady. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved When President Richard Nixon signed federal legislation creating the national seashore off the coast of Georgia in October 1972, it culminated what Park Service officials said was “a long and complex process of obtaining support from various individuals and groups to make Georgia’s largest barrier island one of America’s national parks, reports nationalparkstraveler.com.” Before the National Park Service acquired most of the island for a national seashore, 90 percent of it was the private domain of Lucy and Thomas Carnegie (brother of Andrew) and their descendants. The Carnegies bought the island in the 1880s and built five mansions on it during the next two decades. The most superb house was the opulent 59-room, Queen Anne-style Dungeness on the island’s... [Read more...]

Mau-Mau, A Most Peculiar Cat

November 26, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

My wife and I have always been animal lovers (although I draw the line with snakes and spiders) and have always had pets in our lives. Dogs, cats, birds, and sheep… yes, SHEEP. While we owned several acres of old apple orchard in the mountains of northwestern New Jersey (yes, there are mountains in New Jersey; no, not the Rocky Mountains type of mountains, but maybe foothills to the Rockies kind of mountains), we decided that it might be nice for the kids to raise some farm animals. We chose a couple of Hampshire sheep lambs; Missy and Annabelle. But wait, I’m going off course; this is supposed to be about a cat named Mau-Mau. Mee-Oww!(Please click on picture) Mau-Mau was left behind when a neighbor moved. The day of the move, Mau-Mau freaked out and ran off. The owners searched and searched and cried and cried, but finally had to admit that the cat was gone. A week after the neighbors left, Mau-Mau was seen roaming around the neighborhood, looking hungry and cold. As winter set... [Read more...]

Book Review – Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Book Review – Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World

When you travel with your RV, you sometimes plan where you will end up.   And one of the places we would love to bring our children is definitively Walt Disney World.  My husband and I dream of the day where we can surprise the kids with an extended trip to Florida and explorations to places like Walt Disney World.    I wish I would know when this could happen.  I am hoping  in a near future.   In the meantime, we plan places to visit and where to stay.  We have found a very reasonable place to stay for an extended period of time.  We just need to figure out when we will go now. As part of our planning, I stumbled on an interesting book which highlights the secrets of Walt Disney World.   Here’s my review of it. The Hidden magic of Walt Disney Wold – Over 600 secrets of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom Written by Susan Veness Published at F+W Media About the book Sure, it’s the Happiest Place on Earth, but how much do... [Read more...]

Win $50 in Free Camping by Liking Our Directories on Facebook!

November 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Win $50 in Free Camping by Liking Our Directories on Facebook!

To celebrate the arrival of our first ever Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory, we are hosting a contest! Each month, we will be awarding $50 in free camping to one lucky “Fan” who liked us on Facebook during that month. To Enter, all you have to do is go to our directory’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/GoodSamCamping and “Like us.”

Black Friday Camping with an RV

November 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Black Friday Camping with an RV

Many folks enjoy getting killer deals the day after Thanksgiving.  In fact, some will go to so much trouble as to camp outside of particular stores days in advance in order to get a good spot.  While some will sit in a chair, others will actually pop-up a tent and get themselves extra comfortable since they figure they will be spending lots of time waiting, including at least one night there.  They do this in order to get the first pick of all the amazing deals at a given store, and possibly even come up on a freebie or two. Some 34 percent of American consumers plan to shop on Black Friday, the beginning of the hectic Christmas shopping season, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.  Depending on their shopping list, people will camp outside of Walmart, Best Buy, Target, or any other store that offers the best deals on the items they desire.  More often than not, stores will offer special savings and free stuff for the first 25 (or more) people in line.  The... [Read more...]

Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Magellan Offering a $20 Discount of RoadMate GPS

Magellan contacted us yesterday and asked us to share with you a wonderful Black Friday discount coupon. This week, you can purchase the Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM for $20 off the list price. That’s on top of the $110 off sale that Camping World is advertising for Black Friday. Just use the code: 2488. You can buy yours at CampingWorld.com. Offer good from 11/22 – 11/25.

Giving Thanks On the Road

November 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Giving Thanks On the Road

Fall can be the most beautiful time of the year to camp. The seasons are changing and campgrounds and RV parks are not as packed with vacationers as they may be during summer months. If you are fortunate enough to have the time for travel in late November, you could have the unique experience of celebrating Thanksgiving on the road. However, preparing an entire Thanksgiving feast in a camper or RV can be a daunting task and rife with unique complications. If you travel in a large vehicle with a full size oven, your solution may be obvious and your problems, minimal. However, if you are a tent camper or have a smaller travel trailer, as we do, you could experience multiple issues in attempting to achieve your usual spread. Our small 18’ camper certainly contains an adequate kitchen area to meet our usual camping needs: a two burner stove, a small sink and a refrigerator. Indeed, it feels luxurious after many years of tent camping. However, we have no oven in which to cook the turkey. If... [Read more...]

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