Good Sam Extended Service Plan Resources

Brrrrr! Getting To Know Your RV Heating System

11/10/2015 7:49:00 AM

Trailers and motorhomes are built to be comfortable, even when the temperatures drop. This extends the camping calendar and allows people to enjoy the quieter off-season campground atmosphere. Also, this can result in more availability and reduced prices. So let’s look at just what keeps the living quarters at a comfortable temperature during those cold nights.

Vancouver: A Different Type of Winter Escape

11/2/2015 11:19:00 AM

Most Snowbirds think of flying south when planning a winter getaway, but have you ever considered flying to the West Coast? British Columbia is called “Beautiful British Columbia” for a reason, which doesn’t fall short of expectations.

Winterizing Your RV

10/26/2015 10:00:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

The shorter days and cooler nights are a sign that seasonal changes are afoot. It soon will be time to get your RV ready for the cold grasp of winter. This means winterizing the unit for its long off-season hibernation.

Gas Vs. Diesel

10/16/2015 1:58:00 PM

Gas vs. diesel, when it comes to comparing engine choices in an automobile or light truck, is fairly straight forward. However, the same can’t be said about such a difference when we are discussing today’s class “A” motorhomes. The engine type and fuel are only a small part of the differences. They are totally two separate animals, each with their advantages.

Campground Halloween Spooktaculars

10/12/2015 9:17:00 AM

It’s almost time for mummies, daddy’s and li’l monsters to enjoy all the frightful fun of Halloween weekends and Spooktaculars that make fall camping so popular! As the days get shorter and the cooler weather sets in, many campgrounds gear up for the last rush of campers for the season and set the stage for their annual Halloween-themed weekends and fall festivals! At Sun RV Resorts, many of our campgrounds, especially in our northern locations, host these weekends with fun and festive activities that will get the whole family in the Halloween spirit!

Slide Roller Floor Protection

10/5/2015 7:54:00 AM

Slide-outs are a popular feature on pretty well every make of motorhome today. Originally developed by Newmar Corp., they can now be found on all makes. Depending on the manufacturer, these living-space expanders may be hydraulically or mechanically actuated. Like nearly all great features, slide-outs come with some possible trade-offs.

RV Overhead Clearance Issues

9/28/2015 2:50:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Negotiating tight turns in busy urban environments with large RV’s can be very challenging. Most commonly we think of making our way through narrow roads that are lined with parked cars and turning wide enough to avoid striking the curb or other hazards. The driving stress level fades as we leave the populated areas for the open highways of the country.

Great Hot Meals Ready Whenever You Arrive

9/21/2015 3:11:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

When travelling on a cross-country motorhome journey, evening mealtimes are difficult to predict. Will you find a suitable campground early enough to prepare a nice hot meal, or will you just settle for a quick-fix dinner if the arrival time is late? Well, if you are trying to make a good day in distance, the latter will more than likely be the case.

RV Storage Issues

9/8/2015 2:09:00 PM

One of the considerations when buying a recreational vehicle is where to store it when it is not in use. Many owners are able to park in their driveway or in an outbuilding on their property. There are advantages to this, which include the ability to keep the unit plugged into an electrical outlet, generally better security being at the owner’s home, the owner can clean and work on it at any time and, of course, no monthly storage fees.

Repel A Raccoon Invasion

8/27/2015 12:43:00 PM

Awwww. That raccoon is so cute. Look at how he rips the grocery bag apart and scatters the food everywhere, and how clever he was in removing the lids off the trash cans and spreading the contents across the campground. If you’ve had any of these raccoon escapades happen at your home or in your campsite, you know how hard it is to get the critters to move to other foraging grounds once they discover that source of food. Shushing them away with a broom is only temporary, and unless you like staying up all night shushing every 15 minutes, you may soon become discouraged.

10 Tips For Staying Alert Behind The Wheel

8/20/2015 2:59:00 PM

We would all like to think that we are safe drivers, able to quickly make the right decisions, react to hazards and dangers instinctively, and avoid impaired thinking due to drowsiness. But “sleep is a powerful biological drive—one that can overtake even the best driver,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. ” Rolling down the windows and turning up the radio volume—these tricks don’t work.”

Demystifying Some Common Misconceptions About RV Travel

8/13/2015 2:35:00 PM

All groups and occupations have jargon that confuses outsiders and newbies alike. The camping community is no different. If you sometimes are a jargon-challenged RVer, think what new or wannabe RVers must think when they hear the confusing utterances of RV industry insiders and bloggers. So let’s clear things up—or maybe not.

Organizing Motorhome Basements

8/6/2015 3:54:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Basements in motorhomes are life-savers when it comes to storage. They can store so many needed items, some that you just would not want to store within the living quarters of the coach, like a spare tire, oil, antifreeze, tool chest, lounge chairs, beach umbrella, hoses, electrical extensions, etc. But how much you can store does not just depend on the available basement volume, but really relies on exactly how you store those items.

RV Generator Maintenance

8/5/2015 9:44:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Many RVs are equipped with generators: gas, diesel or propane fired. Some RV AC generators operate at a fixed revolution speed of 1800 or 3600 RPM. Others are wound for DC current and operate at a veritable speed. These are equipped with a built-in inverter to convert the power to AC current. Regardless of the type and configuration, they all need regular servicing and proper operational care.

Towing 4Down Vs. Dolly/Trailer

7/29/2015 10:26:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Many motor home owners tow their dinghy four wheels down or employ a dolly, two wheels down. The four down requires a mounting plate adaptor to be installed on the front of the vehicle. This adaptor plate connects in two places to a tow bar that is attached to the motor home’s trailer hitch. The towed vehicle’s steering must be free of any locks so it can move freely. Due to the caster and camber designed into vehicle front ends, the towed vehicle will naturally follow the direction of the tow.

AC Maintenance Tips To Keep You Cool

7/22/2015 9:06:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Air conditioners are a welcome feature on your RV on a hot afternoon or evening. They only have to fail once on a hot humid day to remind you just how great they are. So it is important to maintain and care for these workhorses to ensure their efficiency and longevity.

Bear Necessities: Handling Encounters with Big, Furry Visitors

7/10/2015 2:32:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

If you enjoy walking in the great outdoors, sooner or later you may discover a bear browsing in a blueberry patch or ambling along on the same trail. What should you do? The standard answer nationwide, according to the North American Bear Center, is, “Speak calmly and back away slowly.” According the center, this approach “identifies you as a person, shows that you are non-threatening and gives the bear space.”

Tornado RV Safety

7/2/2015 10:54:00 AM

If you live in a region that may be in the path of a tornado, you should have a plan to ensure your family’s safety. Such a plan should involve preparing for the storm’s full force as well as the best location to ride it out. The preparation can start as early as the NOAA “Tornado Advisory” announcement, but definitely immediately upon an upgrade to a “Tornado Warning.”

Barbeque Tips From Grill To Plate

7/1/2015 7:53:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

For RVers, barbecuing is as much a part of the RV Lifestyle as camp chairs and campfires. The two most popular ways to barbecue are with charcoal and gas. Aficionados defend their methods, but either way will produce tasty barbecued food, though there are a few fine points that differ between them.

Camping At The Beach

6/24/2015 3:25:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Camping at the Beach is my number one choice for camping, period. For one thing, you have the refreshingly cool breeze that blows off the ocean. Then you have the view, particularly the gorgeous sunsets (on the west coast). Then consider all of the exciting activities you can do while at the beach: surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, strolling, etc. The list is endless.

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