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RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1148

From the editors of, “The RVers’ Voice of Reason.”

Monday, August 12, 2019
Welcome to another edition of RV Travel’s Daily Tips newsletter. Here you’ll find helpful RV-related and small-space living tips from the pros, travel advice, a handy website of the day, tips on our favorite RVing-related products and, of course, a good laugh. Thanks for joining us. We appreciate you.

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Today’s thought

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” —Robert Louis Stevenson

Need an excuse to celebrate? Today is National Middle Child Day.

Tip of the Day

Don’t drive distracted
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. Using a cell phone while driving creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads.

In 2017 alone, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Your state legislature and governor make the laws regarding distracted driving. Many states now have laws against texting, talking on a cell phone, and other distractions while driving. You can visit the Governors Highway Safety Association to learn about the laws in your state.

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Helpful resources


Did you buy a lemon RV? Here’s more about RV lemons and lawyers who will represent you if you need help.

Website of the day

Class Action Lawsuits: Get money that’s owed you
Every day, new class action lawsuits are filed, and most consumers never hear about them. It’s entirely possible you would qualify to participate, and maybe be entitled to a cash settlement. This website will keep you posted.

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Shocking: Many RVers “upside down” on RV loans.
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Focus on “Stray Voltage.” What is it and why should you care?

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Nearly 59,000 people in Los Angeles County live in vehicles. Officials recently counted 9,981 cars, vans and RVs acting as shelters for a staggering 16,525 people in 2019. To the north, 1,794 people in San Francisco are living in their vehicles in 2019. Across the bay in Alameda County, home of Oakland, officials counted 2,817 individuals living out of vehicles – more than double the 1,259 they counted in 2017. —The Guardian

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Scott Alvar
3 years ago

Mine truly was free. I received my lifetime membership as a gift from my father. At the time, life members could gift family members for $50? (Might have been only $20?) Whatever, it was pretty reasonable for Dad. 🙂

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

I don’t even take time to open them, just toss them in the trash can.

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago

We joined three years ago when we bought our trailer and have not renewed but have gotten the last two years at no charge.

3 years ago

We renew our CW membership and get Good Sam included. So no, we don’t pay for it. Progressive does what good sam says it will do and more. Good people to talk to.

3 years ago

We bought our Lifetime Membership 12-13 years ago. It has more than paid for itself in diesel discounts, campground discounts and, for a while, CW discounts (we don’t shop there any longer). We bought the lifetime just for the diesel discount offered by Flying J and still use it often so I guess you can say we got what we paid for.

3 years ago
Reply to  Goldie

Also a life time member but got it free 17 years ago have saved for many discounts.

Jim and Deanne
3 years ago

I get it free with my Coast to Coast.

3 years ago

Paid for one year, but got another 3 years for buying a new TT at CW. Only benefit I use is fuel and rarely camping discount.

3 years ago

Bought our Life Membership about 2005. At that time it was a real club with rally’s, and real benefits for members. It’s eroded to the point of little or no value for us. We dropped their roadside assistance years ago in favor of Coach Net. Discounts are no better than AARP, AAA, or whatever. Still occasionally check them for a RV Park, and if we are in a place with a CW store we’ll sometimes wander through to look at what they have. Will avoid them for service because of their less than sterling reputation. Guess it’s a sign of the times.

3 years ago

While the “Good Sam” club isn’t what it used to be, we bought our lifetime membership about 30 years ago. Campground discounts paid for the cost ($199) in less than 10 years. The Highways magazine was always a good value. We got one for a daughter when they were going to double the cost. Now most supplies we use Amazon or Walmart because we are rarely near a CW store when we need something. We did save almost $100 (based on other retailers) on a satellite dish several years ago. It was a good value then but has eroded over time.

Gene Bjerke
3 years ago

Paid for a membership years ago. I don’t know if I am a member still or not. All I ever got out of it (other than 10% off at campgrounds, where they don’t ask for proof of membership) was a lot of advertising for things I don’t want or need.

Wayne Caldwell
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Bjerke

I don’t even take time to open them, just toss them in the trash can.

Kenneth Serr
3 years ago

I was given a free membership this year because i have been a member for some years. I think the free membership came to be because i have not signed up for another year, no matter, i don’t visit Camping World for parts and accessories because of the neat site you have through Amazon. I am not impressed with how Camping World operates so i have gone else where. Keep the information coming!
Pastor Ken

3 years ago
Reply to  Kenneth Serr

We find that they sell the special dog food we can’t anywhere else except to drive for. So CW pays for itself. We love CW and well we are buying local and keeping the money in the local economy. Not Amazon pockets unless we can’t get it anywhere else. So buy local and then reach out to Amazon. Although I found something I was looking for and drove for it keeping it in Michigan economy. I am an amazon lover but buy local when I can.

Tom Anderson
3 years ago

I received a free one year Good Sam membership after letting mine expire. Having been a member since 1988 I decided to let it go after they discontinued the trip planning service that I could upload to my gps. Who in their right mind removes a great tool from use while a newer version is being developed. They did not do that the last go around.

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY
3 years ago

We purchased our Life Time Good Sam Membership many years ago for what at that time was a very low price. If there is something we see at Camping World that we like, we always find it on line at a lower price and Camping World has always honored the lower price. We do not visit Camping World as much as we used to in the past and have never even considered purchasing an RV from them. The internet has effected them just as it has any other brick and mortar store. We do visit them at their free lunch open house events.

Kaeleen Buckingham
3 years ago

We got Good Sam when we bought our MH from CW.

patti panuccio
3 years ago

No longer a Good Sam member should have been on the poll. I sure miss the old club.

3 years ago

Good Bye Good Sam. Hello Coach-Net.

Bruce Besmen
3 years ago

Bought a lifetime membership years ago (about 15). Been a member for over 20 years.

Bob p
3 years ago

Joined GS back in 1978, let lapse a few years later, rejoined in the early 90s, became a life member in ‘93 when I was elected to President of our local chapter Alatop Sams in N.AL. The way it is now it was a waste of money since Lemonis bought it.

Jere L Engelman
3 years ago

I joined Good Sam over 15 years ago and used to pay the annual premium. However, the past 5 years or so I have been able to renew for ‘free’ as a ‘reward’ for viewing all the Camping World displays at the World’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA

3 years ago

Got it free , never renewed

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