Good Sam Extended Service Plan Resources

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.

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.

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