Good Sam Extended Service Plan Resources

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.

Discover Nature’s Bounty In Farmers’ Markets

6/17/2015 1:17:00 PM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Among the best perks of living the road-wandering RV Lifestyle is finding and trying local foods wherever we travel. With the variations between America’s climates, soil composition, rainfall patterns, and temperature ranges it should not be surprising that you will find a wide assortment of locally grown fruit and produce, some of which you may never have eaten – or even recognized.

How Much Wind Is Too Much For Your RV

6/10/2015 8:15:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Most owners of motor homes and large trailers have probably experienced the challenge of driving in high gusty winds. Add some passing semi’s and it can soon turn into what could only be described as a “White Knuckle” drive.

Tips For an RV Spring Cleaning

6/3/2015 8:35:00 AM – Good Sam Extended Service Plan

Have you been twitching with excitement about the beginning of RVing season? But somehow you just can’t seem to get started on your RV’s Spring cleaning and prepping for your first Spring camping trip. The hardest part is getting started. Once you’re hands on with the chore, you will get a roll on. So to help you get started, here is a brief list of tips. Pick the item that is the most palatable to start with, and after you check it off the list you will easily transition to the next, and the next, and the next.

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.

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