It’s the time of year when Christmas carols fill the air, the smell of fir trees (or cactus or palm trees, depending on your location) waft through the RV, jolly thoughts of eggnog and food—and gifts are exchanged.

Following are 5 gift ideas on what to give the RVer in your life or even add them to your own Christmas wish list.

1. Good Sam Club

1.5 million RV owners are members of the Good Sam Club.

Membership benefits include 10 percent discount on the regular night camping rate at 2,100+ Good Sam RV parks and campgrounds, up to 30 percent discount at Camping World; discount on fuel purchases at Pilot Flying J Travel Centers, and four free issues of MotorHome or Trailer Life magazine. Also, you may join a local chapter, attend Samborees, and enjoy RV caravan tours to a variety of destinations such as the Rose Bowl Parade and Alaska.

A Good Sam Club membership is $25.00 per year. Two and three years memberships are also available for $45.00 and $59.00 respectively.

For additional information or to join Good Sam Club, click here.

2. 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory

Packed with all the travel information, RV tips and tools you need to plan, navigate, and organize your next RV adventure, the new 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campgrounds Directory will get you there.

Updates include: 2,100+ Good Sam RV Parks that offer a 10 percent discount to Good Sam Club members; 13,500 up-to-date listings for campgrounds and RV parks; Rules of the Road, RV specific information on bridges, tunnels, and towing; Know Your RV section for beginner to experienced RV owners; NASCAR feature; and a special snowbird section.

Each private park listed in the directory has been inspected by one of the guide’s 35 teams, who rate each campground’s facilities, restrooms and showers, and visual appearance based on the Good Sam 10/10*/10 Rating System. You will save with over $700 in coupons.

The 2014 Good Sam Travel Guide & Campgrounds Directory is now available online from Camping World for the discounted price of $9.95, a saving of $16.00.

To order the new 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campgrounds Directory, click here.

3. Passport America

Passport America, a family-run business, is the “original” 50% Discount Camping Club. They invented the concept in 1992 and have continued to improve upon it. 1852 participating campgrounds across the Canada, United States, and Mexico currently participate in the Passport America Program.

If you are currently a Passport America member you can purchase a gift membership for the regular rate ($44.00) minus your $10.00 referral commission.

You will receive three extra months ($11 .00 value) free to your current membership with a new ID card.

For details on joining Passport America, click here.

4. Gift Cards and Gift Certificates

Gift cards and gift certificates make great gifts for RVers. They don’t take up any storage space (always at a premium) and can be redeemed for all kinds of handy things.

RV favorites include Amazon.com, Walmart, Costco, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowe’s, LL Bean, Bass Pro Shops, and Camping World; and gift cards from a chain restaurant including Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse, Applebees, IHOP, Ruby Tuesday, Subway, and TGI Fridays.

5. LED Flashlights

RVers often need a flashlight—and many times the batteries are nearly dead. A LED flashlight, due to its low power draw, is the answer. These little powerhouses are small and incredibly bright, and you can never have too many of them. Keep one in the dash, another on the nightstand, one in the toad, and a couple in various bays of your RV. And they are available in a variety of sizes and at all price levels.

Please Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-Part series on Christmas gifts for the RVer

Worth Pondering…

I have a list of folks I know, all entered in my computer,

And once a year about this time, I go and take a look.

And that is when I realize that these names are a part

Not of the computer they’re entered in, but of my very heart.For every name stands for someone who has crossed my path sometime

And in that meeting they’re become the rhythm of the rhyme.

And while it sounds fantastic for me to make this claim,

I really feel I am composed of each remembered name.

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