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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 · 1 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...]

How to be prepared for a medical emergency while traveling

August 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Medical emergencies can happen while traveling just as easily as they can at home. Be prepared for an illness or injury away from home with this checklist. Bring copies of your passport, driver’s license or ID card, insurance card, and your itinerary. Give copies to a friend or family member at home Bring your primary care physician’s contact information and information on medical conditions, medications, and allergies Know how to locate medical facilities and/or pharmacies around your travel destination If you will be traveling to areas where infectious diseases are a concern, make sure you are fully vaccinated Check in with family or friends regularly Pack a first aid kit Make sure your Good Sam TravelAssist card is in your wallet With Good Sam TravelAssist you can rest assured that you’ll receive comprehensive emergency medical and travel assistance if you get ill or injured while traveling. Membership allows you to travel confidently knowing that you have a team available... [Read more...]

Top Golf Parks for RVers in the North

August 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Heading North? Make sure you set aside time to hit some of the spectacular golf courses in America’s upper latitudes, where sprawling fairways and beautiful greens rival the courses found in the Sunbelt. In Manistee, Michigan, the luxurious Little River Casino RV Park sits in proximity to some of the best courses in the Midwest. It’s no wonder that the region is often referred to among golfers as a “hidden gem.” Hit balls against a backdrop of 10,000-foot mountain peaks in Anaconda, Montana, where Fairmont RV Park and Campground serves as a great jumping-off point for duffers. Several fine golf courses await travelers looking to hit balls in the fresh mountain air.

RV Road Trip Planner Shows the Way

August 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Find your way online with the RV Road Trip Planner, powered by Rand McNally and showcasing the 2,200-plus Good Sam Parks. Launched this summer on the GoodSamClub.com website, the Road Trip Planner maps out travel routes throughout the United States and Canada. RVers simply input the trip’s point of origin and destination, and the Road Trip Planner creates an itinerary that suits their travel tastes. The Road Trip Planner’s Search feature allows RVers to find new places to stop along the way, and the Campgrounds button lets them look up RV parks along the route. Filters let users select only Good Sam Parks, indicated by pins that bear the distinctive red Good Sam logo. The Things to Do button shows the locations of Camping World stores, restaurants, museums, sporting venues and other attractions. The Trip Manager feature makes it easy to add or subtract stops along the route and choose routes that avoid highways or toll roads. Estimated mileage and drive times are also provided, and... [Read more...]

Top RV Parks for Golfers in the West

August 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to golf in the western states, the opportunities seem endless. Choose from desert vistas, mountain retreats or coastal views in a temperate climate. California’s Coachella Valley combines golf with a dramatic desert backrop, and the Motorcoach Country Club, in Indio (pictured) provides that in abundance with a private 9/18-hole course. The stunning Lake Course has hosted Pro-Am events and is only open to owners and guests. In nearby Desert Hot Springs, the Sands RV & Golf Resort boasts a 9-hold executive course, the second longest of its kind in the greater Palm Springs area. Warm up on the driving range and chipping and putting green before heading out to the surrounding courses. The Lakes RV & Golf Resort in Chowchilla is located within driving distance to San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Wine Country and Yosemite National Park, but guests might prefer to stay local and enjoy a round at the stunning Pheasant Run Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course that boasts... [Read more...]

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