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Renting An RV

October 9, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Renting An RV

    Renting an RV is one of the best ways to try out the RV Lifestyle without having to shell out the investment required to purchase a vehicle for camping. Several styles and floor plans of RVs are available to rent from the company-owned fleets of Camping World. Smaller rental companies that do not own their own rental fleets utilize privately owned vehicles for their rentals and you will likely find a larger variety of floor plans but few identical RVs so that finding a specific floor plan may be more difficult than when renting from companies with their own fleets. You will also find that the availability of certain types of RVs may not be available in rental fleets, such as  vacation trailers and fifth-wheels. Most of the types readily available fall into the Class A and Class C motorhome style (a class A, or bus type, is built from the chassis up, while a Class C starts with a cutaway van chassis and usually has sleeping quarters in an extension above the driver and... [Read more...]

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Inaccuracy of The RV Fuel Gauge

Dash instrumentation has become more and more precise over the years.  Complex, informative data can be displayed with near pinpoint accuracy.  Digital readouts have become commonplace in everyday automobiles over the past decade.  Engine temperatures can be observed to the single degree as can speed, engine RPM, manifold pressure, boost pressure, transmission temperature and much more.  In the average vehicle, these multitude of real time data information readings are of little value. In most cases “Idiot Lights” would probably suffice. However, for large vehicles, like heavy motor homes and truck trailer combinations, this information can be vital and of great value.  Observing various data trends and digital readout behavior while travelling, can reveal issues that require attention.  That attention may necessitate an operation strategy change, or, if necessary, a physical investigation. But, there is one instrument that every vehicle has and is used daily.  It has not really... [Read more...]

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Lost and Found on Hatteras Island Outer Banks

Get away to a place unlike any other…Hatteras Island is exquisitely scenic and pristine.  Visit Rodanthe or Hatteras on the lush Hatteras Island in North Carolina for a one-of-a-kind vacation. Rodanthe The U.S. Coast Guard was essentially founded in 1874 in the Village of Rodanthe, on Hatteras Island, at the famous Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station.  Considering this laid-back island boasts seventy-two miles of unspoiled beaches with ideal, temperate weather, excellent surf, and warm water, you’ll likely find yourself enjoying some relaxing time in the sun while you are here.  Whether for a fun, recreational activity in the refreshing water or to pursue a warm, relaxing spot to unwind; this gorgeous coastline offers the best wide, sheltered, and sand dune-spotted beaches, that sidle up alongside vast natural marshlands.  Also nearby, for after the beach, are the Water Fall Amusement Park, 850-foot long Hatteras Island Fishing Pier, and eclectic Surf shops for your perusal.  You... [Read more...]

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

March 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Outer Banks Restful Retreats

Ready for a break from your life? Want to get away for a while?  Kitty Hawk and Manteo offer just the right combination of blissfully natural settings, historic venues, rolling dunes, and endless beaches. On the northernmost beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Kitty Hawk is a charming town that offers a quaint, relaxing environment that boasts a traditional village, cottage-filled beach community, and the Kitty Hawk Woods, a massive maritime forest.  To this day, the origin of the name of the town is a matter of local debate and happens to be where the Wright brothers opted to perform their aviation experiments.  It is not really all that surprising, once you consider the ideal conditions that exist here for glider launching: steady winds, gently rolling hills, and remote sandy location.  Today you can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial Park and Museum, where for four years they experimented and finally perfected the art of soaring and controlling an aircraft, back... [Read more...]

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

March 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Outer Banks– North Carolina

Rest and Relaxation await you at the gorgeous Outer Banks in exquisite North Carolina…pack up the RV, its time for a vacay like no other! Just off the Coast of North Carolina, lies a 200-mile stretch of picturesque barrier islands.  With its rich history and extraordinary lay out, the Outer Banks offer unique experiences for the adventurous and the relaxed, alike.   Set up camp at one of the award-winning RV resorts or stay over at a cozy bed and breakfast.  You will no doubt go from frolicking in the warm surf at pristine beaches to experiencing interesting museums and historic lighthouses.  The Outer Banks will take your breath away with its pristine beauty.  Like a small child in a candy store, you just won’t be able to get enough of each place you stop and see along the majestically scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina. From the First Flight and the Lost Colony, to the exquisite Elizabethan Gardens, there is much to discover, experience, and appreciate, including the “Graveyard... [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...]

Discover Ontario

May 20, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Discover Ontario

Since the traveling season are just around the corner for us in Ontario and that many rvers like to explore new places, I thought I could present my “adoptive” province to you.   I say adoptive because I was born and raised in the province of Quebec but moved to Ontario when I got married. Where is Ontario? Ontario is one of the provinces of Canada and borders the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, Quebec to the east and the USA to the south. What’s to see? Now that you have located my province, let’s consider what you can do in Ontario which is practically    EVERYTHING! The best place to check out what is happening in our province is to go to the Ontario Travel website.  There you will be able to identify places to go, things to do, getaways, family fun and outdoor adventures.   Whether you prefer museums, festivals or just the outdoors, you will find that Ontario has a lot to offer. In the Thing to Do section of the website, you will... [Read more...]

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

February 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Top-Rated RV Resort in Wine Country

For those of you who enjoy wine tasting, large sparkling lakes, and touring historic mansions, pack up the RV pronto-like and head for the Wine Country RV Resort in the picturesque city of Paso Robles, in stunning Central California. The Wine Country RV Resort is a top-rated RV park with 166 spaces that specifically offers outstanding amenities, including: a heated pool, exercise and game rooms, and spa, among countless other necessities. They also boast Wi-Fi and internet at each site, DVD rentals, and an enclosed dog run. My all-time favorite thing about Paso Robles is the close proximity to so many fun day trips.  There is so much to choose from: with the gorgeous lakes just up the road, to the scenic coastline where you can tour the magnificent Hearst Castle, as well as the numerous wine tours and tastings seemingly offered at every turn. Most famous for its vast number of wineries, Paso Robles is home to over 200 wineries and is considered the fastest growing wine region in the nation.... [Read more...]

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

September 8, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

SUMMER TOMATOES AND GASOLINE

We’ve stuck pretty close to the brick and mortar dwelling this summer.  Now that both of us are retired, we are not locked into summer travels when it is often too hot, expensive, and crowded. Knowing we were going to be here during the summer months of July and August, I once again got out the old ’55 Ferguson tractor and rototiller to prepare a planting bed for tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and beans. We generally transplant our tomato plants outdoors sometime after the middle of April when the chance of frost is minimal.  If the weather is good, we can expect succulent, vine ripened tomatoes beginning in late June. A fresh tomato and mayonnaise sandwich is always a summer favorite. When the crop comes in, we have tomatoes running out the kazoo.  There are so many tomatoes we become wasteful, cutting sandwich size slices out of the center of the ripe fruit and throwing away the rest.  We give tomatoes to all our children, neighbors and friends that have none – they often... [Read more...]

A News Flash on Alaska’s National Parks

December 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Exit Glacier, Alaska When I checked my electronic inbox yesterday, I found an informative news release from John Quinley, who is the Assistant Regional Director, Communications and Partnerships, of the Alaska Regional National Park Service. In his release, Mr. Quinley reported that the Alaska region of the National Park Service saw about 2.32 million recreational visits in 2011. This was an increase of about 2% from 2010. The two parks with the largest increases for 2011 were Kenai Fjords National Park, which is headquartered in Seward, and Denali National Park.  Both of these parks are on the road system in Alaska so they are fairly easy to access with a car, trailer, or RV. I have had the good fortune of visiting both of these parks with my children at my side. I first visited them during the summer of 2006.  Our family camping trip to Denali was a highlight that summer and indeed my children still talk about it.  Last July, we returned to Alaska and while we were staying in Anchorage,... [Read more...]

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