Five Things You Need to Know Today: March 2

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Virginia State Parks app available

Virginia State Parks are now as close as your smartphone with the introduction of the new Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger app. Developed collaboratively by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and ParksByNature, the new Pocket Ranger Mobile Tour Guide is available at no charge thanks to the Virginia Association for Parks and Imperial Multimedia.

Virginia is the latest of 12 states to partner with ParksByNature in developing official state park mobile tour guides. In other states, there is a basic guide and one with advanced GPS technology available at an additional charge.

Thanks to the VAFP and Imperial Multimedia, there is no charge for the advanced Virginia app. The partnership is also finalizing details on a sponsorship plan so that users are supporting Virginia State Parks each time they use the app. The mobile guide is available for Apple and some Android devices.

To download the Virginia State Parks Pocket Ranger app, go to stateparkapps.com. It can also be downloaded by visiting Apple iTunes or Android Market.

2. Save with Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card

Members of the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over 1.3 million members across North America, now enjoy a new exclusive money-saving benefit with the Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card.

Good Sam Club members can apply for their Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card which will allow them to save up to $.06 on each gallon of gasoline purchased and $.08 on diesel fuel purchased; 10 cents per gallon on bulk propane purchased, and 50 percent on holding tank dump station charges at all applicable Pilot Flying J locations in the United States.

Member discount is tied to length of time as an active Good Sam Member. The longer the card holder has been active member, the larger the discount.

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3. Newell Aligns with Tom Johnson Camping Center

Miami, Oklahoma-based Newell Coach Corp. and Tom Johnson Camping Center have joined forces to provide expanded motorcoach sales and service to their respective customers.

The partnership allows Tom Johnson Camping Center, based in North Carolina, to assist their customers in the purchase of new and used Newell motorcoaches, and to also provide warranty and other services to Newell motorhome owners.

“A number of our customers are interested in the type of large, ultra-luxury, innovative motorhome Newell manufactures,” said Tom Johnson, president of Tom Johnson Camping Center.

“The Tom Johnson organization’s commitment to customer satisfaction will be a valuable asset to existing and prospective Newell coach owners, especially those in the Eastern U.S, and those near Marion and Charlotte, North Carolina, where the two Tom Johnson Camping Centers are located,” said Newell Coach President Karl Blade. “The partnership will also offer Newell’s autoracing customers expanded levels of service.”

4. Pipeline Proposal a Boon for RV Parks

More than 1,000 jobs would come with the construction of a new pipeline in Oklahoma, KTLU reports.

TransCanada was turned down last month by the President when it comes to the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline, but the company is going ahead with one leg of the pipeline. The company does not need presidential approval for the stretch between Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast.

In the oil industry, you move where the work is.

“We are supposed to be the pipeline capital of the world where all of the pipelines cross,” says Cushing City Manager Steve Spears.

With this new pipeline project expected to finish sometime in 2013, the community and state will see jobs come in.

“Somewhere between 1,200 to 1,500 jobs in the Oklahoma market,” says Spears, who says that includes welders, inspectors, land men and safety inspectors.

5. How to Locate a Dump Station?

RV owners periodically find themselves needing to locate an RV dump station.

This may be a result of dry camping with no sewer service or dump station available, spending the night at Wal-Mart or a truck stop or the weekend at a public recreation area without dumping facilities, or trying to get on the road quickly without taking the time to use the campground dump station.

Also affected are RVers that work on the road, tailgate at college and pro games, NASCAR races, agricultural fairs and exhibitions, dog shows, and other local and national events.

Finding an RV dump station along your route, near your destination, or in your home town can be a major challenge.

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Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Destination is merely a byproduct of the journey.
—Eric Hansen

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: February 10

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Even in Nature, There’s an App for That

Even in nature, “there’s an app for that.”

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced a new mobile app for both iPhones and Androids. The Georgia DNR Pocket RangerMobile Tour Guide uses some of the most advanced GPS smartphone technology to provide outdoor enthusiasts with features to enhance their visits.

Developed by ParksByNature Network, the free app is available by visiting Apple iTunes, Android Market, or StateParkApps.com.

From activity searches and park descriptions, to current weather reports and trail maps, Pocket Ranger has a wide range of benefits. App users can find state parks near them, browse events, apply for boat registration, see campground maps, and more.

Agency leaders also hope that Pocket Ranger will help incite a love of nature in children who typically spend a great deal of time inside with electronics. By using the app, parents can involve the whole family in deciding which state parks to explore during free time.
To learn more about the free app, click here.

2. Determining Proper Tire Pressure

Let's Go RVing to San Antonio. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

To determine the correct tire pressures for your motorhome, neither Michelin nor Goodyear recommends using the inflation pressure (psi) imprinted on the tire sidewall. That psi is correct only for carrying the maximum weight, which is also imprinted on the sidewall.

Instead, motorhome owners should consult the RV tire guides provided by the respective tire manufacturer. You will see that these companies do not have a single recommended tire pressure for each size tire. They provide a chart wherein the correct pressure is based on the actual weight supported by the tire.

3. RV|ID System Assists Highway Patrol to Nab Motorhome Thief

A stolen motorhome worth nearly $100,000 was recovered and the thief who took it apprehended in less than two hours because the vehicle was equipped with an inventory monitoring service that allows dealers to monitor inventory in real time, according to a news release.

Let's Go RVing to Quartzsite. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Pleasure-Way Excel motorhome was taken from the dealership in Irvine, California, by a woman identified as 51-year-old Terri Gibson. The Irvine resident had been on a test drive, but when the salesman briefly left the vehicle, Gibson drove away.

After contacting the police, McMahon’s used the RV|ID monitoring system to pinpoint the RV’s precise location as it traveled north through the Mojave Desert at a high rate of speed. This information was communicated to law enforcement in real time enabling the California Highway Patrol to apprehend the surprised thief and recover the RV within two hours of its theft and less than 20 miles from the Nevada state line.

4. Save with Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card

Members of the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over 1.3 million members across North America, now enjoy a new exclusive money-saving benefit with the Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card.

Good Sam Club members can apply for their Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card which will allow them to save up to $.06 on each gallon of gasoline purchased and $.08 on diesel fuel purchased; 10 cents per gallon on bulk propane purchased, and 50 percent on holding tank dump station charges at all applicable Pilot Flying J locations in the United States.

Member discount is tied to length of time as an active Good Sam Member. The longer the card holder has been active member, the larger the discount.

The RV Plus Card must be used as the method of payment in order to receive the fuel discounts.

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5. Jasper Park Glacier Walk Approved

Let's Go RVing to Jasper National Park in Canada's Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A controversial multimillion-dollar interpretive glacier boardwalk will go ahead in Alberta’s Jasper National Park, the environment minister said yesterday (February 8).

The proposal by privately owned Brewster Travel Canada received a vigorous environmental assessment, substantial input during open houses, and consultations with aboriginal groups, Peter Kent said in Ottawa.

“Brewster Canada is a model corporation in Canada’s mountain national parks,” he said.

The company’s “Glacier Discovery Walk” consists of a 1312-foot trail with a glass-floored observation deck extending 98 feet into the Sunwapta Valley near Highway 93.

Once finished, the boardwalk is expected to be a large tourist draw and become an “iconic” destination for visitors, Kent said.

Brewster’s plan was criticized as a step toward the privatization of Canada’s national parks.

Parks Canada will retain ownership of the site, but it will be operated by Brewster.

Pardon me while I rant.

To the purists who are about to have a heart attack because of this walkway, take a look at the one that was built in the Grand Canyon. The canyon has not been destroyed, and the planet has not stopped turning. The opposition is basically driven by xenophobia, international activists, and by green socialism which is trying to take us back to agrarian days in the early 19th Century. Get a life!

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Got a dream, a long-held wish of traveling to a special place you hope to see—someday? If so, you’re like many of us, waiting for mañana; for tomorrow or next month or next year—always waiting for the right time. Question is, will there ever be a time that’s right?

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Save with Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card

Members of the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over 1.3 million members across North America, now enjoy a new exclusive money-saving benefit with the Good Sam Club Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card, according to a recent news release (January 5).

Effective immediately, Good Sam Club members can apply for their Pilot Flying J RV Plus Card which will allow them to save up to $.06 on each gallon of gasoline purchased and $.08 on diesel fuel purchased; 10 cents per gallon on bulk propane purchased, and 50 percent on holding tank dump station charges at all applicable Pilot Flying J locations in the United States.

Member discount is tied to length of time as an active Good Sam Member. The longer the card holder has been active member, the larger the discount.

The RV Plus Card must be used as the method of payment in order to receive the fuel discounts.

Since the RV Plus Card is also a method of payment, card holders pay at the pump without having to come inside. This is true for auto, RV, and truck diesel lanes.

When paying the RV Plus Card bill, members can either choose to make a payment manually online or sign up for auto-draft payments.

The recent decision to combine the former Camping World President’s Club and the Good Sam Club into a newly-expanded, upgraded club was a key element in the club’s partnering with Pilot Flying J.

“The extra leverage of our combined member numbers helped make the Pilot Flying J discount possible,” said Good Sam Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis. “Our members have been asking for this benefit for some time, and it is one that we are especially happy to make available to them.”

“The price of fuel represents the single biggest expense in most of our budgets as we enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Lemonis. “Securing discounts on a commodity like fuel is not easy. Finding a provider who has a nationwide network of locations and the facilities to properly serve our members is even more challenging.”

“I think we have found the right partner in Pilot Flying J,” he added. “They have built a great program that provides discounts to our members in addition to offering some of the lowest fuel prices in the market. They also met the tough standards we set for first class facilities in convenient locations when we first started our search of a fuel discount for our members. This commitment to our members naturally led to naming Pilot Flying J the Official Fuel Provider and Travel Center for the Good Sam Club.”

Pilot Flying J’s CEO and President Jimmy Haslam concurred with Lemonis noting, “We value our recreational vehicle customers and are pleased to offer them this exciting new benefit. Good Sam Club is a household name in the RV world, and we’re proud to partner with them in order to best reach the RV owner community, understand their needs and provide them with quality products and services. This is just another way we can thank our RV customers for their loyalty in choosing Pilot Flying J, the driver-driven company.”

Along with savings on gasoline, diesel, propane, and dump services, Pilot Flying J locations offer a wide array of conveniences and services well-suited for RV travelers, including dedicated RV fuel lanes, convenience stores, on-site restaurants, safety, and a clean environment for families.

As part of the exclusive new program for Good Sam members the companies have co-produced an RV Travel Guide which lists all the participating Pilot Flying J locations and the RV specific services available to members at each location.

Additional information and application form is available on The Good Sam Club website.

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The Good Sam Club

The Good Sam Club is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over 1.3 million members. Founded in 1966, the club offers its members a wide variety of services, including the Good Sam Extended Service Plan, Roadside Assistance, RV and Vehicle Insurance, RV Financing, Good Sam Visa Card, Life and Health Insurance and member discounts at parks, campgrounds and RV events. Good Sam Club members also receive a subscription to Highways, the club’s popular RV travel magazine. Additionally, the club represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

The newly-expanded Good Sam Club offers members savings of up to 30 percent on merchandise, installation, and service at Camping World and 10 percent savings on nightly fees at over 1,700 Good Sam RV Parks and campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada.

Website: goodsamclub.com

Pilot Flying J

Knoxville, Tennessee-based Pilot Flying J, the driver-driven company has more than 550 retail locations across North America. Pilot Flying J is also one of the nation’s largest wholesale fuel providers, delivering over 500 million gallons of fuel to thousands of customers in 47 states and eight Canadian provinces. The company employs approximately 18,000 people and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas Website: pilotflyingj.com

Worth Pondering…

The journey not the arrival matters.

—T. S. Eliot

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