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Just Do It: The Active RV Lifestyle

5/27/2015 9:32:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

You’ve been working hard all your life and now as retirement approaches, so do the day dreams of RVing around the country, wandering two-lane back roads, visiting small town America, exploring our national parks, boondocking in the forests and deserts, and snoozing in a camp chair by a babbling brook full of rainbow trout.

On the Road RV Security

5/20/2015 12:09:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Personal security for ourselves and family is something people need to be very aware of while travelling in an RV nowadays. While controlled campgrounds offer a more secure environment for a night’s sleep, the same cannot be said for dry camping in the boonies, parking lots or rest stops. When electing to boondock in one of these, it may be wise to observe the old saying “There is safety in numbers.” That is to say, select based on other similar travelers doing the same at that location. Parking overnight in a vacated remote area that you are not familiar with may attract trouble.

Reducing Your RV’s Fuel Consumption

5/13/2015 12:00:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Reducing your RV’s fuel consumption is not only a financial gain but also contributes to a cleaner environment. We pretty well all know the basics of increasing our RV’s fuel mileage. They include reducing travel speeds, avoiding rapid acceleration and reducing engine idling time. But, there are other ways to conserve the cost of your RV’s fuel needs. Let’s take a look at some.

Care For Your RV’s Roof

5/6/2015 1:27:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

RV rubber roofs get punished by the elements on a regular basis. From the sun’s brutal UV rays to the freezing temperatures of winter, Mother Nature has no shortage of weapons to hurl at your prized vehicle.

Buying Tires for Tow Vehicles

4/29/2015 9:32:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Over the years we have owned five RV’s. First there was a small pop up, then a travel trailer, then a bigger travel trailer, a Type C motorhome and currently our Type A motorhome. I have always owned and driven a truck that is capable of towing a good size trailer. I don’t tow trailers as much as I used to, but just the nature of my business requires that I have a truck that can tow a trailer.

RV Slide Out Problems and Headaches

4/22/2015 2:20:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

There are many different RV slide out designs and mechanism configurations, making it somewhat impossible to summarize the do’s and don’ts of each. However, there are tips that can help eliminate RV slide out problems and headaches that may be encountered on all of these makes.

What’s Your RV Emergency Weather Plan?

4/9/2015 10:23:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

I love the freedom of the open road. There is nothing like exploring the back roads in your RV. You can go where you want and when you want in your house on wheels, and because of this often times you find yourself at a new destination every day. Something many RVers do not take into consideration with this freedom to roam is the weather conditions where you are traveling, or spending the night. RV’s are great, but they are not safe in severe weather, like lightning and thunderstorms with high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes.

RV Spring Checks, Don’t Forget Safety Stuff

4/8/2015 9:33:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

We recently took our RV out for the first camping trip of the season. I prepped the RV for the trip by making the normal checks I make each spring. During these checks I found some small problems that I was able to correct right away, and I found at least one bigger problem that would require a visit to the dealership when we returned back home.

7 Must-Haves For RVers On The Road

4/1/2015 3:57:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Do you have a checklist of things you need to pack, load, or check your on-board inventory for whenever you take an RV trip? Most of us RVers do, even if that checklist is only in our heads. And, of course, those of us that rely only on our minds sometimes fall a bit short of remembering the complete list.

De-Winterizing Your RV

3/25/2015 2:03:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

De-winterizing your RV is generally done in the spring when freezing temperatures are no longer an issue or when heading down out of cold weather to warmer climate destinations. If you used RV antifreeze, as opposed to purging the lines with compressed air, you will need to rinse the lines thoroughly. Do not open the water flow to the heater at this time. However, you can reinstall the drain plug or element that was removed to drain the water heater in the fall. Again, leave the water heater by-passed at this time.

Pesky RV Critters

3/11/2015 10:35:00 AM

It’s that time of year again, when your RV is sitting in storage and those pesky RV critters decide to make it their winter home. Usually around this time of year I get asked a lot of questions about what can be done to control rodents from getting in your RV when it’s in storage. Now understand, I am by no means an expert on pest and rodent control but after researching the subject I can offer a few ideas that other RVers use to keep rodents out of their RVs. You can be the judge on what works and what doesn’t.

Lesser Known RV Maintenance Tips

3/4/2015 1:59:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

There are some lesser known RV maintenance tips, or at least lesser practiced ones. While these exist in all the RV types and configurations, we will focus on those that apply to diesel pusher motorhomes.

Tips For Driving Large Vehicles

2/25/2015 2:55:00 PM

There is so much freedom when it comes to traveling in an RV. However, getting behind the wheel of one for the first time can be intimidating. It is not just the size of an RV that takes some getting used to—it is being aware of the challenges that come with piloting a big rig. Here are six valuable tips for driving large RVs that will keep you and your rig safe.

A Brief History of RVing

2/18/2015 8:29:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

For almost as long as there have been automobiles, recreational vehicles have been traversing America’s roads. The history of RVing starts in the early 20th Century. In 1910, there were few gas stations, few paved roads, and no highway system. But there were RVs. 1910 is the year that America’s leading RV historians cite as the beginning of what has become the modern RV industry.

Highs and Lows of Winter Camping

2/11/2015 3:43:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Winter camping with your trailer or motorhome can be a wonderful experience. The cold weather and a little snow can heighten the senses of true camping. The lack of other campers in the park can add to the changes you might otherwise not encounter. The managing of the heat, power and water supply can provide a sense of accomplishment.

Famous RVs

2/4/2015 11:46:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

The RV lifestyle has been adopted by people involved in a variety of different professions. From entertainers and professional athletes to sports commentators, some of the best known and famous celebrities make use of RVs for a variety of reasons.

Packing Tips For Cold Weather RVing

1/22/2015 7:50:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Cold weather RVing has its challenges. These can be minimized if you follow a few packing tips as you prepare to leave for your outing. Advance preparation will help to ensure the best possible experience if you believe there is potential for cold or even freezing weather.

What To Do If Your RV Doors or Windows Freeze

1/21/2015 7:57:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Winter’s bitter winds can freeze RV door locks, windows, and doors. It’s important to know what to do if your RV doors or windows freeze and how to prevent this from happening. Use these quick and easy tips to combat the ice.

Beautiful Winter Destinations

1/7/2015 2:58:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

For the last two years we have chosen to spend our winter holidays on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida with its sugar white sand beaches. With depths of snow measuring in multiple feet already burying some northern states, our choice seems well advised. We have experienced during our time in this beautiful holiday destination that the really cold weather seems to generally stop just north of Tampa, so we looked for an RV park within a 50-mile radius of Sarasota.

Common RV Issues During Winter

12/31/2014 8:41:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Cold weather prompts issues that need attention to recreational vehicles. Let’s look at some of the most common RV issues during winter. One of the first things, and very obvious, cold weather RV issues is tire inflation. While oxygen molecules escape through the tire’s structure slowly over time, ambient temperatures also add to the pressure loss. This requires topping up the tires at a greater frequency than that of the summer.

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