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RV Options: Enhancing the Comfort and Value of Your Vehicle

Recreational vehicles come in many types, makes, and models. This can make it difficult for people to choose a unit that would best fill their needs, application, and desires. In addition, they must fit it into their budget. This selection holds true whether a potential buyer is seeking a new or a used RV. Options are critical to this decision.

For those purchasing a new rig, there may be more financial discissions to make as optional equipment and possible add-ons are offered. Some of these optional extras are not only a great feature but may also increase the down-the-road resale value. Let’s look at some of the choices that may be available and worth consideration.

Hydronic Heating. Photo: Peter Mercer

Hydronic Heat System

In lieu of an RV furnace and a hot water tank, the hydronic heating system can deliver both interior heat and hot water when needed. The forced air heat is supplied by the circulation of glycol to strategically installed fan-driven air movers. This is a far superior RV heating system in its air distribution. For house hot water, this can supply a near-continuous flow. While this is a somewhat pricey option, it has a substantial return on resale value.


While seemingly not a needed appliance for a trailer or motor home, it can deliver worthwhile benefits. A dishwasher can alleviate the need to wash dishes every day while keeping the sink and galley tidy. Additionally, it will reduce the freshwater quantity due to only requiring one wash every few days.

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Picking the Perfect RV Campground

An off-grid campsite can be terrifying for those who get spooked by the remoteness, while the busyness of a luxury campground can annoy those seeking serenity. My family is somewhere in the middle — and chances are, yours might be, too. How do we go about evaluating campgrounds to find the right spot for us? Check out these tips for picking the perfect park for you:

Know Your Style

Know thyself. The ancient Greeks understood that knowing yourself was the first step to finding wisdom. This happens to be great advice for evaluating campsites. Finding the perfect park starts with knowing your own preferences, which vary widely from person to person.

As you travel, pay attention to campsite and campground features and environments, and you’ll begin to notice some patterns in your preferences. 

Is the campsite’s size and location suitable for your needs? Photo: Kerri Cox

Here are some elements to consider:

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10 Rules for RV Camping Etiquette

Getting into nature is easy, but following good RV camping etiquette takes practice. Now that more people than ever are discovering the joys of RVing, the time is right for all of us to practice good manners at the campground. Here’s how to make summertime camping experiences positive for everyone we encounter.

I love the freedom to shake up my routine with RV living. To wake up with the sun, go to sleep with the moon, and explore a gorgeous destination without the worries of routine living. RV trips can be filled with joyful opportunities that bring out the kid in all of us, but unfortunately, some folks forgot their manners. According to Facebook’s largest group of workampers in the U.S., more RVers than ever are making a bad impression at campgrounds.

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The State of RV Camping Etiquette

As a moderator of the Workamping group on Facebook, I recently polled members about their experiences with campers’ behavior since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The majority of poll takers (103 out of 126) indicate that RV camping etiquette could use some improvement. Workampers in the group are working at public parks and private RV resorts, and all report encountering the same bad camping manners, such as:

Late night arrivalsTrash piles left in fire pitsNoisy campfire partiesUnsupervised kids and dogsNot respecting campsite boundariesIgnoring check-out time rules

“For the most part, people are respectful. They are made aware of park rules ahead of time as well,” says Carrie Tuttle, a workamper since 2018. “Every season though there are a few who think the rules don’t apply to them and test the waters.” Tuttle believes the majority of guests know what good RV camp etiquette looks like.

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June RV & Camping News

This week in the Good Sam camping news spotlight, we’re taking a look at how campers are adopting AI as a means of trip planning, how you can earn $70 towards your next stay at a campground, and how the RV rental market is at an all-time high.

Campers are quickly adopting artificial intelligence

According to a recent study by KOA, 32% of campers claim to have used artificial intelligence as a means of trip planning, with another 22% of the survey intent on using AI for future travel. Primarily, most campers see AI as a helpful tool for finding well-reviewed parks, gathering information, or even just crafting an itinerary for upcoming trips. The study seems to suggest that campers are adopting AI technology quicker than any other group of recreational travelers. With an estimated 22 million households planning on camping over the 4th of July weekend, the data suggests that AI will be a pertinent part of many people’s summer plans.

RV rental market is at an all-time high

A recent report from Outdoorsy claims that the rental market for RVs is the highest it’s ever been, with 76% of their bookings coming from first-time customers. Additionally, renters are taking longer trips than in previous years (about 1 to 2 more days on average), with many expecting this trend to continue growing. One of the suggested factors for growth stems from inflation in the hotel industry, with the average cost of a room increasing by 54% in the past year. Other reports even predict the RV rental industry to be worth over $1 billion as soon as 2031.

RVshare and Hipcamp giving away $10 million in overnight stays

To commemorate their 10 years in business, RVshare and Hipcamp have announced a partnership and are planning to give away up to $10 million to RVers for overnight stays to celebrate. The relationship between the two companies will mean further integration between Hipcamp’s and RVshare’s inventory. As of last week, customers who book rentals through RVshare’s website or app can claim a promo code worth $70 for a Hipcamp booking. Note that the offer will only be valid for stays falling between June and December of this year.

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First Aid Best Practices While Camping

Obviously, nobody plans for an emergency, but try as we might, accidents will still happen. With that, it’s imperative that you respond quickly and appropriately to mitigate further disaster in the event of a camping fiasco. To ensure the most safety and enjoyment, here are some best practices for first aid while camping. 

Prevention and first aid basics 

When it comes to first aid, the best offense is a good defense (or something along those lines). The best course of action is to anticipate disaster and prepare for the worst before it actually comes to fruition. Take it upon yourself to research any potential hazards, wildlife, poisonous plants, or weather-related risks that could affect your trip, as well as stocking up your first aid kit with essentials for any scenario.

For example:

Adhesive bandagesSterile gauze padsAntiseptic wipesTweezersScissorsHeat reflective blanketHand sanitizerThermometerPain relieversCPR maskCotton swabsPersonal Medications

Additionally, you would do well to familiarize yourself with fundamental first aid techniques such as CPR, the Heimlich, or cleaning wounds.

Common camping injuries 

Let’s break down the more common camping accidents with some quick tips for remedying the situation. Keep in mind that this list is for minor injuries that can be self-treated. In the event of an actual emergency, be sure to seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.

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Circle CG Farm Campground: New England at Its Best

Camp within reach of New England’s most celebrated destinations. Circle CG Farm Campground in Bellingham, Massachusetts, sits less than an hour away from Boston, Cape Cod, and other popular Bay State spots. Spend the day visiting places like the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park, then relax at a highly rated (9.5/9.5*/10) resort with ample amenities. 

Travelers who prefer to stay local can enjoy the campground’s many activities, from Christmas in July to live music. The campground’s lush, wooded setting completes the picture for a relaxing vacation.

Circle CG Farm Campground.

Camping Comfort

Occupying 30 acres, Circle CG Farm Campground sits amid ample shade trees in rustic surroundings. Recreation abounds here, with a pool, rec hall, and other spaces where campers can congregate. Guest can unleash their competitive spirit in the game room or hit the miniature golf course. Go fishing in the pond or hit one of the nature trails that stretch through the rustic property. 

The resort supplies travelers with all the stuff they need, including metered propane, ice, pet supplies, and firewood. The country store sells groceries, and restrooms and showers in the park have a starred rating for cleanliness.

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5 Stunning American Photo-Ops You Need to See for Yourself

We’re truly fortunate to live in a country brimming with natural beauty. With a wide range of aesthetic and ecological diversity ranging from coast to coast, the United States offers a lifetime of photo-worthy opportunities. To help you plan your next adventure, here’s a starter list of 5 stunning photo-ops you need to see for yourself, as well as a list of nearby campgrounds.


The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Likely at the top of most people’s bucket lists, the Grand Canyon is among the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of the world, let alone the United States. Carved over the course of millions of years by the Colorado River, the massive canyon offers plenty of hiking, whitewater rafting, and breathtaking panoramic views.

Nearby campgrounds:

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Getting the Most Out of Your RV Air Conditioner

The warming spring temperatures have ushered in another camping season along with the promise of hot, lazy summer days. Thoughts of spending hours enjoying hiking, fishing, or exploring nature’s secrets in the backcountry come to the forefront of your mind. Yes, it’s time to get the RV on the road with an eye toward air conditioning performance.

The heat of summer is welcoming for many as each day unfolds with higher temperatures. But while evening temps cool down significantly, there are some campers who find the overall climate too warm. For these folks, air conditioners in trailers and motorhomes are both needed and appreciated.

However, having an air conditioner might not be enough. Having an efficient air conditioner capable of producing a steady flow of cold air is needed to complete the summer camping picture.

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Keeping Your AC Unit Cool

So, how should we go about making sure we are getting the most from our RV air conditioner? Well, before embarking on your first season’s trip, a basic operation test should be made on the air conditioner(s). This involves merely running the air conditioning and measuring the incoming air temperature. A probe thermometer or infrared temperature gun can be used for this. As a rule of thumb, a reading of anything between 16 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit lower than that of the air entering the AC unit is an acceptable result. During this trial run, the functions controlled by the thermostat can be tested and set.

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Why You Should Rent Out Your RV

With over 35 million people looking to rent an RV each year, there’s never been a better time to list your RV and make some extra cash. That being said, for many, their RV is one of their most expensive possessions, and the idea of renting it out can be a little daunting. That being said, the upside is definitely worth it. To help illustrate the point, here are a few reasons why you should rent out your RV.


Earn extra income from your RV

Let’s start with some compelling financials. 

On average, renting out an RV could annually bring in somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 of extra income, with some even earning up to $52,000 a year.

Last year alone, the RV rental market grew 7.4%, with many speculating that it could even eclipse a billion-dollar industry within the decade. More and more folks have been taking to the outdoors since 2020, and with a looming sense of economic uncertainty, that trend is very likely to continue.

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5 Considerations Before Buying Your First Travel Trailer

We bought our first travel trailer in 2014, and we quickly discovered we weren’t prepared for the process. Since we had purchased many automobiles in our lifetimes, we thought the steps for our RV purchase would be fairly similar. But we soon learned that buying an RV is quite different from buying an automobile. Before you buy your first travel trailer, consider these five items:

Weights and Measurements

Before purchasing our first travel trailer, we knew we needed to consider whether the weight and length of the trailer would work with our tow vehicle. Later, we came to realize there’s a lot more to it than that.

Start reading about towing, and you’ll see a lot of unfamiliar acronyms, like CCC, GVW, UVW, GCWR, and more. Before buying an RV, research the various weights and measurements you’ll need to understand to determine if you’ll have a good fit between the RV and your tow vehicle.

Consult the RV towing guide to see the capacity of your towing vehicle. 

Check out this helpful guide to understanding RV trailer weights. 

RV Loans

When buying automobiles, I hop online and apply for financing if the dealership tries to saddle us with a high-interest rate. I thought I’d be able to do the same thing when purchasing our travel trailer. Unfortunately, I learned that RV loans are different from automobile loans, and the process isn’t quite as easy or competitive. If you are looking to buy an RV, talk to your bank or credit union and look into specific companies that finance RV purchases before you make a deal.

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Take a Trip to the Best Bryce Canyon RV Parks

Pack your bags, load up the RV and take your travels to a place where you can marvel at fascinating hoodoos, hike through unique slot canyons, bike through Ponderosa pines and take some picture-perfect photography.

Welcome to Utah’s Bryce Canyon Country!

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This area is filled with amazing RV parks for every kind of adventurer. Are you ready to start planning your next trip? Hop in and buckle up!

Ruby’s Inn RV Park

The first park on our roundup is at historic Ruby’s Inn, right across from the gates of Bryce Canyon National Park. This is the closest RV park to the national park and has 250 spots with full hookups for water and electricity. Visitors to this park will also be able to enjoy all of the amenities provided by the larger Ruby’s Inn resort. Spend your days exploring Bryce Canyon or staying cool by the pool, and spend your nights surrounded by ponderosa pine trees and thousands of stars.

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The Importance of a Multi-Point Inspection


Regular maintenance is the only surefire way to extend the life of your RV. That’s why many RVers can benefit from having their motorhome or travel trailer inspected annually. Spring is a great time for an RV inspection. You can address anything that requires attention before camping season. This, along with an inaugural, close-to-home trip or overnight stay, preps you for longer summer trips further from home.

Along with many other benefits, Good Sam Elite Members receive an annual Good Sam multi-point inspection. Below, we’ve outlined what you can expect when you bring your RV to a Camping World location to have it scoped out and inspected. If you’re not a member, you can still schedule a routine inspection at your local Camping Word. Learn more about that process here.

Why a multi-point inspection?

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5 Archeological Spots to Visit in the U.S.

Despite the United States only being less than a few centuries old, our country is actually rich in diverse archeological history. From early colonial settlements, all the way back to ancient Native American civilizations, there’s no shortage of stories to tell from our past. If you’re looking for a memorable adventure back in time, here are 5 archeological spots you should consider visiting in the United States, along with nearby campgrounds to stay at.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

Collinsville, Illinois

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One of the largest pre-Columbian settlements, Cahokia Mounds preserves the remnants of one of the most sophisticated Native American civilizations to have ever settled in North America (700 AD to 1400 AD). While you’re there, be sure to take in the exhibit or Climb of Monks Mound for a scenic view of an ancient city. 

Good Sam campground nearby:

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Virginia’s Bethpage Camp-Resort: Family Fun by the Chesapeake

Located by the Chesapeake Bay, Bethpage Camp-Resort doesn’t cut corners when it comes to fun. Visitors immediately notice this as they enter the Virginia resort: As guests drive through the park, they will notice the sprawling waterpark with a towering spiral slide that tempts thrill seekers. Vacationers also notice the beautiful lake with a sandy beach where you can relax your stress away. 

Bethpage Camp-Resort Waterpark

But that’s just scratching the surface of the sprawling resort, which is located in the historic Colonial port town of Urbanna. Last year, Bethpage Camp-Resort added 200 new sites along with a zero-depth-entry swimming pool and fitness center. The resort’s friendly staff ensures that families feel welcome at the resort, and there’s even an escort to your site so that you get settled in without delay.

Bethpage Camp-Resort. Photo: Jerome Braga

Great Entertainment and Good Eating

Keeping guests entertained is a big priority at Bethpage Camp-Resort, and live entertainment and movie nights please every family member. Feeling competitive? The park’s mini golf course will help you hone your putting skills. There’s also cornhole, a rec hall for game lovers, and a basketball court and beach volleyball court. 

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3 Tips for Navigating Rocky Mountain National Park Like a Pro

Colorado is one of the few RV destinations in our country that instantly conjures up images of breathtaking snow-capped peaks, abundant wildlife, and wildflower-carpeted meadows. Summer RV camping at Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best ways to experience all of it in one trip. For that reason alone, it’s one of the busiest parks in the system, but with careful planning, you can have that bucket list trip you’ve been dreaming about. Here’s how to make it happen.

It’s Worth the Effort to Plan for Your Trip

Few national parks define the collective vision of a U.S. state the way that Rocky Mountain National Park does. When combined with pleasant summer temperatures and awesome RV camping, “Rocky,” as the locals call it, has all the features necessary for an unforgettable vacation. The sheer number of people who want to experience it (over 4.3 million in 2022) is why the National Park Service has made some critical changes to the park experience. New rules are affecting when, how, and sometimes if we experience the park at all, so pay attention.

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What to Expect at Rocky Mountain National Park

The biggest changes at Rocky involve trying to resolve guest overcrowding issues and beefing up campsite infrastructure. As an example, reservations are now required just to get into the park as a day-use visitor. Reservations are also needed to take park shuttles that run outside and inside the park. And finally, a major campground closure inside the park will also impact your plans whether you stay outside the park or not. Understanding all of these changes is critical when you’re RV camping near Rocky Mountain National Park. Let’s look at them in detail.

1) Plan for the Timed Entry Permit Reservation Requirement

In 2021, Rocky was the first location in our national park system to place restrictions on when visitors can enter the park. Between Memorial Day through early October, a “timed entry permit reservation” booking is required for all day-use visitors who want to get into the park. Plan for this, by booking your park entry slot at Your pass allows you to enter the park on a certain day, within a two-hour window. You’ll also need a park entrance pass (also reservable at before arriving at the gate. Take care of this detail while making your park reservation and you’ll be set for adventure when you check in. Don’t wait until you get there. Your desired entry day and time will probably be booked.

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Campers Have S’more Fun in Cody Yellowstone

Summertime and the RVing is easy, especially when you’re in Cody Yellowstone. With nearly 7,000 square miles of spectacular landscapes, just 30,000 people, and campgrounds ranging from back-to-nature to maximum comfort, “The Best Western Small Town in America” is a camper’s paradise. (Did we mention Wyoming just ranked No. 1 for best camping in the U.S.?)

Here are a few options to consider for your ultimate summer camping trip in Cody Yellowstone!

In Town

About halfway between the Irma Hotel and rodeo grounds, Ponderosa Campground has 98 RV sites with full hookups and amenities like free WiFi, live entertainment, and a gift shop, a convenience store, and a playground. Plus, there are even cabins and tipis for those who don’t have their own rig.

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Outside of Town

Just five minutes east of Cody is the Cody Trout Ranch Camp, which offers 39 RV sites with full hookups, as well as eight spacious tipis for great glamping on the banks of the Shoshone River.

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5 Big Snags You Might Hit on Your First RV Outing

Something is bound to go wrong on your first RV outing. When you are on vacation and ready to relax, it may be stressful to discover a blown tire or broken appliance; however, most RVers will tell you this is an expected part of RV travel. The good news is there are steps you can take to prepare for your first (or next) RV outing—and any problems that may arise.

Here are five problems you might encounter while RVing and tips for preventing or handling them:


1) Fridge Foods Aren’t Cool Enough

Problem: You get to your campsite, turn on the fridge, and head out to buy groceries. You expect to find a cool fridge when you return, but instead, it seems as hot as it was when you left.

Preparation: On our first trip, I couldn’t tell if the fridge was working at all since I couldn’t hear any sounds. I later learned that RV refrigerators operate differently from home ones, and it’s normal not to hear similar noises.

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How Much Wind is Too Much for Your RV?

Owners of motorhomes and large trailers have likely experienced the challenge of driving in high, gusty winds. Add passing semi-trucks and cars, and your trip can soon turn into what could only be described as a white-knuckle drive. Driving an RV in high winds is a formidable challenge and one you shouldn’t take lightly.

When should you not drive an RV in wind?

While unlikely, driving an RV in high winds puts your trailer or motorhome at risk of tipping. And failure to stop driving when winds get too intense can compromise your safety and those in your RV.

Not all wind or turbulence requires you to pull over. So, how much wind is too much? This depends on the rig design and specific configurations of your RV. Factors such as vehicle weight, departure angle (distance from the rear axle center to the rear bumper), weight distribution, body height, presence of steering aids, correct alignment specifications, and even tire pressure can all affect vehicle handling in high winds. Driver skill and experience also come into play when assessing a safe speed.

Generally, if you feel uncomfortable while operating in strong winds, slow down to the minimum legal speed, providing you don’t impede traffic. When wind speeds rise into the 40-50 MPH range, it’s likely a good idea to pull over, regardless of how fast you drive. If feel uncomfortable with the wind effect at the lower speed, consider stopping at the next suitable place and sit it out. Your RV is for relaxing enjoyment, not stress. Being an RV owner that is late to the next destination is far better than being the “Late RV Owner.”

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RV & Camping News – May 30th

This week in the Good Sam camping news spotlight, we’re taking a look at growing trends within the RV and outdoor community as more and more people opt to save money by renting and vacationing in a motorhome.

Outdoor activities are on the rise (for the third year in a row)

For the third year in a row, research would suggest that more and more people are camping and hiking.

A recent study from Winnebago found that 97% of Americans are planning on getting outside to enjoy nature in some capacity, with listed activities including road trips, RVing, hiking, and camping, just to name a few. 

This number is up 2% from the previous year and seems to be closely linked with economic uncertainty as well as an increased value in mental health. 52% of surveyed participants shared that increased outdoor activity was a reaction to stress, while 26% are looking to cut down on expenses.

This is undoubtedly good news for the RV industry, considering more than 70% of the participants are considering an RV for travel as opposed to flights, rental cars, or hotels. This trend was also validated by a recent KOA report finding that 47% of RVers surveyed suggested that recent frustrations with air travel have also been a catalyst for pivoting to a vacation on the road.

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Best Summer Road-trip Films

Few things feel like summer, quite like taking a vacation or going to the movies. There’s something about the open road that just feels healing, and there’s something about a silver screen and popcorn that just feels right. 

Now, every so often, something magical happens, and we’re treated to a perfect combination of summer pastimes, culminating in a genre that stands alone: road-trip films. 

Stories about cooped-up families, reluctant companions, or cavalcades of muppets seem to resonate with all of us, validating the joys and stresses of our own cross-country adventures – almost as if we’re watching a movie about ourselves.

So, to celebrate the start of the summer season and to help spark some inspiration of what to do (or not do) on your next trip, we’ve put together our list of the all-time best road-trip movies. 

Best summer road-trip films

‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’

Alright, so technically, this isn’t a summer road-trip movie, considering it’s one of the few films set during Thanksgiving, but it’s still the all-time best buddy adventure film. Steve Martin and John Candy were a match made in Heaven, and the jokes still land over 30 years later.

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