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2014 Top Parks Announced by Good Sam RV Travel Guide

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

2014 Top Parks Announced by <I>Good Sam RV Travel Guide</I>

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its monthly Top Parks lists for 2014. Every month, the guide will release an article and press release that focuses on RV parks that stand out in a particular category, ranging from RV parks with great golf facilities to parks with great scenery. Top Park categories: January Top Snowbird RV Parks This roundup recognizing RV parks in America’s sunbelt that cater to RVers who travel south during the winter. Parks on this list offer amenities and services designed for long-term snowbird visitors. Click here for the full article and list of parks. February Top Pet Friendly RV Parks These parks allow pets and offer animal-friendly amenities and services, including dog runs, treats and other perks tailored for pet owners. Click here for the full article and list of parks. March Top Destination RV Parks These parks are located in or within close proximity to popular travel spots, such as Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, and... [Read more...]

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

January 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Houston Zoo – Fun for Everyone…

This past week, we enjoyed a lovely day spent touring the Houston Zoo, enjoying their varied exhibits, and getting to see and learn about animals from all over the world.  The park has an area devoted just to unique and tropical birds, and another to different kinds of primates.  There is everything from Asian Elephants to African Kudu, Grizzly Bear to Cheetah.  We all had favorite areas in the zoo – Caleb, our 2 year old, loved the aquarium – it was all we could do to get him to move on to check out the other animals.  The reptile house, with it’s albino alligator, and extensive collection of poisonous snakes was popular with our boys and Peanut (our 6yo girl), while the other little girls liked everything in the Children’s Zoo! The zoo is a great place to visit whether it’s summer or winter - with plentiful shade in the warmer weather, and climate controlled buildings to visit in the cold (or a/c when it’s hot out), there is always a place to... [Read more...]

Christmas 2013

December 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Christmas time…. Yesterday as I was thinking at what I should write for my post this close to Christmas I was wondering what to write about.   I had no clue what I could write. The snow was falling like crazy outside, my oldest son went three (or was it four?) times to shovel during the dayVing is not on our mind much when snow is surrounding us.  Though we do dream of place we would like to go. So as I was thinking of Christmas, decorated trees and making the almond bars that my family loves so much, I was pondering of my options.    And then it dawned on me.   How do RVers celebrate Christmas?   Do they have a Christmas tree? Can you find a nativity  scene in their RV?   Do they decorate with Christmas lights?   And finally, if I was on the road with my family how will I make the Christmas time special? Last week, the kids decorated some gingerbread buildings and a tree.  Last year, I stumbled on some interesting Gingerbread creations.  While my kids were icing,... [Read more...]

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Holiday Parks of the East

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Spend your holidays at one of the jolly RV parks in America’s eastern states. Florida’s fabulous resort communities ring in the season in spectacular fashion. At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, guests can take a bus to nearby Disney World and watch the annual Christmas Processional, in which the story of Christmas is told by a celebrity narrator and is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir. Past narrators have included Jim Caviezel, Neil Patrick Harris, Geena Davis, Susan Lucci and Marlee Matlin. Toast holiday cheer in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Asheville Bear Creek RV Park in Asheville is located near the famous Biltmore House, an opulent mansion that was built by the Vanderbilt family and now open to the public. During the Holidays, the house is festooned with lights and can be seen from the park. Raleigh Oaks RV Resort & Cottages in Four Oaks provides guests with a great Holiday settings.... [Read more...]

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s Top Holiday Parks of the West

December 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Rayford Crossing, The Woodlands, Texas Go West during the Holidays and celebrate the season in these great RV parks and resorts. Arizona parks serve up the Holidays with a distinctly Southwestern flavor. At Palm Creek Golf and RV Resort in Casa Grande, guests can savor a nostalgic Christmas celebration. Gather ’round the Christmas tree and sing carols with campers who share the Holiday spirit. Join Santa for a Polar Express ride when staying at Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams. Guests enjoy dinner and breakfast buffets with kid-friendly selections and special desserts at the Railway’s Grand Depot Café. In Colorado, majestic scenery gets even better during the Holiday season. At Glenwood Canyon in Glenwood Springs, guests can see in the Holidays in the award-winning Canyon Club Event Center, which has a wide range of facilities for any size group. Enjoy the surrounding views as you toast the season. Breckenridge’s Tiger Run RV Resort sits in the heart of the beautiful Ten... [Read more...]

On Giving Thanks…

November 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On Giving Thanks…

As is typical for me, and I assume most people this time of year, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I started thinking about all of the things I have to be thankful for. Research has shown that if we regularly become aware of and express our gratitude for all that we have, we tend to be happier and more contented people. Thus this is a good practice to engage in more than just once a year. Also, while my list changes slightly every year, there are some staples that I remain thankful for every time they are in my thoughts. Kate and Meghan, with my grandpuppy Maddie in the background The most obvious of these are my children. Each a wonderful human being in their own right, I am humbled that I have had but a small part of bringing these beautiful people into this world. Kate is extremely bright, but also a warm human being who can make me laugh in an instant. Ryan, also incredibly bright, is our adventurer; always game for a new hike, camping trip or mountain climb. He pushes us... [Read more...]

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Mod – a new entertainment center for our toy hauler!!!

Our family of 12 (there are 2 more grown and flown…) fulltimes in a 40′ toy hauler.  Needless to say, our RV, nor any RV for that matter, are made to accommodate our family comfortable.  Necessity has been the mother of many of our many mods!  Our latest one is done for both functionality and aesthetics.           The stock entertainment center in our rv was an eye sore.  Partly because we use things hard, and partly because it was designed for ease of assembly and made of junk wood.   We were missing a cabinet door as we had given it to a cabinet maker last fall, so he could build us some matching doors we wanted; his shop burned down shortly after, with our door in it.  There was square feet of wasted space, splitting face wood, miles of extra wiring, 10 lbs of amplifier that we didn’t use, and the design forced us to put the loft ladder in front of the ‘garage’ (aka boys’ room in our RV) door.  The ladder was a constant... [Read more...]

Smarter Ways to Hit the Road

August 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Many people find that one of the most enjoyable parts of a road-trip adventure is the planning. Daydreaming about new routes and destinations, discovering unusual activities, and putting together a full, exciting day – or a relaxing one – can be almost as fun as the trip itself. In the past, we felt ready to go if we had a folded paper map showing little tree-and-tent icons to indicate opportunities for camping. But now, technology helps make road trips better, even before we’ve left the driveway. Microsoft Streets & Trips is travel planning software designed for planning the perfect road trip from start to finish. The 2013 edition features an updated design 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. Travelers might choose to customize their trips by planning to avoid main highways, dine at seafood restaurants, or visit as many national... [Read more...]

Fires Destroy 7 RVs

August 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Fires Destroy 7 RVs

Whether camping or just relaxing in your recreational vehicle, fire safety is essential. Propane blast destroys RV in Oklahoma (Courtesy: Dylan Goforth/Muskogee Phoenix) It is critical that every member of your party know what to do in a fire or other emergency. If you are one of the millions of RV enthusiasts who love to take to the road and explore the country, ensure your family’s safety while traveling in your RV. Recent media reports detail seven separate fires involving recreational vehicles. Florida: Garbage Truck Fire Destroys RV The News-Press reports that a garbage truck fire spread to an RV and destroyed it at Red Coconut RV Park in Fort Myers Beach. The garbage truck caught fire as the result of a mechanical failure. According to Dale Reisen, Chairman for the Lee County Arson Task Force, the fire started low, behind the cab and worked its way up very quickly. When the garbage truck went to pick up a dumpster, a fuel or hydraulic line broke and sprayed liquid onto the truck’s... [Read more...]

Camping on the Fly: Good Sam Camping App

August 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping on the Fly: Good Sam Camping App

There is nothing as fun about RVing than driving off into the sunset to your next destination. Of course, that sunset sometimes goes down faster than you expect and it often results in making some last minute decisions. As convenient it is to boondock, if I had my choice I’d opt for the conveniences of an RV park. I’d also like one where I could use my Good Sam discount. The ability to view what the campsites actually look like was my favorite feature. Seen here Circle Creek RV in Seaside, OR That was exactly the problem I had on my summer road trip this summer. Heading south from Yellowstone I perfectly expected to reach Las Vegas in one day. Maybe that was too optimistic. I’m not the speeding college student in the little Honda Civic I used to be. At some point in the middle of UT (aka the middle of nowhere) I realized that the sun was going to beat me to my destination. I also started to yawn….badly. My spouse started to “kindly” nudge me that maybe driving through... [Read more...]

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