Posts byJeremy P Elder

More and More Families are Camping!

Since 2014, an increase of more than six million North American families have started camping. In 2018, 45% of all camping households plan to increase their camping trips. Millennial families – defined as couples with children – are swiftly surpassing the tried and true camping demographic of older white retirees. These families are not only
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Fun and Camping on the Water

Watersports have grown exponentially over the last ten years.  Waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, water jetting, jetskiing, boating, SUPing, surfing and so much more attract water lovers from coast to coast. These unique outdoors activities are excellent for health and wellness purposes. Additionally, many hobbyists and extremists participate in various watersports regularly. On Good Sam’s website, there
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Tech Review: Treepod Lounger and Cabana

What is a TreePod? TreePod Hanging Habitats is a Colorado-based company that created an amazing and stylish portable chill space that allows you to literally “hang-out.”  The pods blend together features of a hammock, chairs, and tents all in one awesome product.  This offers space to relax, chill-out, study, read, nap and cuddle up, all
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A Dad Outside: Hike to Paradise Falls in Wildwood

Explore the ongoing outdoor adventures of author Jeremy P Elder and his family.

Nestled neatly into the hills of Ventura County, California, Wildwood Park is a hikers paradise. Caves, waterfalls, winding hiking trails, teepees, flower-covered hills and a snaking stream to explore. Wildwood Regional Park packs a shockingly diverse landscape into its 1,765 acres for all kinds of adventures. This last weekend the family and I decided to
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A Dad Outside: Spring Rock Climbing and Hiking at Stoney Point, California

Hello Spring! As I’ve said before,  there is no place with as much accessible nature than Southern California. We have tackled beach camping, an adventurous snow day, and now we welcome Spring.  I couldn’t think of a better way to do that than with a family hiking day. We have had a pretty constant rainfall and/or
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A Dad Outside: Snow Day in Angeles Crest, CA

Baby, It’s California Cold Outside As a Wisconsin native myself, I will be the first to admit that Californian’s have absolutely no concept of “cold.”  Typically if someone from California, especially Southern California where I now live and the Good Sam Club HQ is located, tells you “It’s freezing outside!”; that means its somewhere in
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Best New Attractions in 2019: Closest RV Camping

Is traveling and experiencing amazing new things a part of your New Year’s resolution list? Then 2019 is sure to be an exciting year for various reasons. Check out this list of awesome new experiences and places opening across the United States. Thrillist recently posted their choices for coolest new things coming to America this
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Alexa Your RV This Holiday and Un-limit Your Data!

Hello and welcome to the very first post for our new blog series Smart Life & RV.  In this series, we will review, recommend and test the best, most productive, and most fun tech you can add to your RV and outdoor adventures. Each week I will cover new tech that will enhance and empower
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BioLite Energy: New Energy to Save the World

  There is a company in our industry that has a very particular mission, and that’s their mission of “Energy Everywhere.”  We have recently done field reviews of their BioLite FirePit and CampStove 2 (which will be published after our completed full reviews), but we get so excited about their mission and vision that we
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A Dad Outside: A Camping Legacy for Our Children at Carpinteria SB

A SoCal Boy and His Adventures Growing up as a Southern California boy, camping was a huge part of my childhood. Almost every single Spring break, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and of course summer break memory that I have involves being in the mountains, the beach, lake, river, woods, or even the snow (yep, it actually
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