Category: Good Sam
We all likely agree that there are several safety accessories that every RVer should have, but there might be some disagreement on what those accessories are. One RVer might consider a shotgun a must have safety accessory, while another might rate an alarm on his temperature-controlled built-in wine storage compartment a necessary safety accessory. However, assuming that there is little likelihood of having to defend ourselves from attack or spoilage of our Grand cru Bordeaux collection… Eight Safety Accessories Every RVer Should Have 1. Cell phone – Even though a cell phone is not a 100% guarantee of help in case of emergency (out of range, dead battery, broken or lost) a cell phone is the best and quickest way to get help in whatever situation you find yourself in. Program emergency numbers into your contact list for fast retrieval. Cell phones are also helpful to have when under stressful conditions like a traffic accident or injury. 2. Fire extinguishers (note the plural)... [Read more...]
There are a few items that every RVer must always take with them before they leave for any trip of any duration and we discuss those items in this video.
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The thought of Thanksgiving and the holidays conjures up so many wonderful ideas – turkey roasting, falling leaves or snow, spending time with family and friends. These days, though, many of us are spread out across the country or even across the world. That means we may be spending time before the holidays traveling to be with our loved ones, and we all know that holiday travel isn’t always as easy as (pumpkin) pie. With that in mind, we’re sharing a few tips to help make your holiday travel a bit easier so you can arrive in a festive rather than frazzled mood: Allow extra time not only after you get to the airport, but also to get to the airport. To make sure you have plenty of time despite heavy traffic and slow security lines, be there at least two hours early. If you live in a busy metropolitan area, be sure to account for congested roads in your travel time. Put your essentials in your carry-on. This includes an ample supply of necessary medications. Increased volume at the... [Read more...]
Are you tired of climbing over seats and dash to spread the curtain around your RV’s front window at night? I was – so I made a rod to guide the curtains along the track and across the windows. At the hardware store, I purchased two dowel rods, each about 24 inches long, and two screw eyes. Screw the eyes into one end of each dowel (first drilling a small pilot hole). To install, unhook the first hanger on your curtain, pass the screw eye over the hanger wire and re-hook the hanger. The wand hangs down alongside the curtains when not in use. It can be sanded and painted to make it more appealing. Credit: Jerrold Reimer, Milton WI
Monica and her husband Victor decided to take a much-needed vacation to Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Unfortunately, their morning swim went terribly wrong when Monica felt an excruciating sharp pain in her ankle. She had been stung by a stingray. Victor managed to get the attention of a lifeguard, who arranged for a ground ambulance to a small clinic near the beach. Monica was unable to walk and in severe pain, and both she and Victor were feeling uneasy about the quality of care at the clinic. They decided to contact Good Sam TravelAssist for help. TravelAssist conducted a medical consultation by phone with the treating doctor at the clinic, and decided to transport Monica to a nearby facility that was better equipped to handle her injuries. After coordinating the transfer, Good Sam TravelAssist stayed in touch with Monica, her husband, and the local medical team. A few days later, it was determined that Monica needed to return home for extended care as the sting had damaged a tendon. Good Sam... [Read more...]
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...]
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...]
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...]