RVers On The Road: Who, What & Where?

An RV is a vehicle that combines transportation and living quarters for travel, recreation, and camping purposes.

Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In this post, we take a look at some RV fun facts, top destinations, and budgets of the estimated 9 million RVs currently on the road.

Fast Facts About RVers

Estimated 9 million households own an RVs

The average RVer is 48 years old

And own their home

39 per cent have children under 18 living at home

Spend an average of 3 weeks traveling annually

Travel an average of 4,500 miles on their RV annually

Medium income: $62,000

Fastest growing segment: 35-54 years old

Intent to buy another RV: 70 percent

Whiskey Flats RV Park, Hawthorne, Nevada © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The whole concept of RVing is to have fun and enjoy your leisure time. Camping at Whiskey Flats RV Park, Hawthorne, Nevada © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Own their own RV: Average 8.4 years

On their RV over 10 years: 30 percent

Camping clubs had their start with the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920s and 30s who camped on roadsides, using gas stoves to heat food in tin cans and bathed in cold water

Good Sam Club had its start 49 years ago in 1966

Good Sam Club is the world’s largest RV organization with over one million members

RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Elkhart, Indiana

Fast Facts About the RV Industry

Produced 1.1 million RVs in the past 4 years

More than 12,000 RV-related businesses in the U.S. with combined annual revenues of more than $37.5 billion

Employs more than a quarter million Americans

Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Over 60 percent of all RVs are manufactured in Elkhart County, Indiana

Where Are RVers Going?

Most Popular RV Travel Destinations

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Yosemite National Park, California

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Disney World and Orlando theme parks, Florida

Fall Foliage Tour

Utah Grand Circle Tour

Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

An RV For Every Budget

RV vacation for a family of four is 27-62 percent less expensive than vacations that include hotel, airfare, and restaurant costs.

There is an RV for everyone’s lifestyle and budget

Folding camping trailer

Truck camper

Travel trailer

Fifth wheel trailer

Class A gas motorhome

Class A diesel pusher motorhome

Class B motorhome or camper van

Class C motorhome

Cherohala Skyway
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons especially along the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway, North Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Toy hauler or sports utility RV

Let’s Go RVing!

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home.

We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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2015 RV Rallies

RVing can be even more memorable when it’s shared with other RVers at a rally.

Freightliner Club Rally
Freightliner Club Rally held at Lazy Days in Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

There are several different types of RV rallies including Good Sam Club National and Chapter rallies, manufacturer club rallies, and club rallies for RVers of similar interests.

Good Sam Club Chapters embrace RV fellowship and make lasting friendships through a shared sense of community and a love for RVing. Chapters hold campouts, plan social events, and organize community volunteer opportunities. There are nearly 1,500 Good Sam Chapters across North America.

Manufacturer clubs enhance the enjoyment of ownership by providing connections with others of similar interests. In addition to a national RV rally, most of these RV clubs and manufacturers host regional and local chapter rallies. The brand club rallies for owners of a specific brand of RV typically offer technical and lifestyle seminars, crafts, new RV displays, and opportunities to socialize.

Many RVers enjoy gathering with friends who have special interests or common goals. Similar interest clubs include Escapees RV Club for full-timers and Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) for motorhome enthusiasts. From singles clubs to an organization of military personnel, chances are good that you can find a club that’s just right.

FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California
FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

With the numerous RV Shows and club rallies scheduled in Sunbelt regions you’re bound to find one that enhances your RV lifestyle.

FMCA Western Area Rally, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California, January 7-11

Winnebago 2015 Preview Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, January 9-11

Newmar Kountry Klub Florida RV Show Rally, Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida, January 13-18

Newmar Kountry Klub Gathering in the Desert, Quartzsite, Arizona, January 14-20

American Coach Eastern Regional Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, January 14-18

Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair, January 16-18, The Island Golf Club at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, January 16-18

FROG (Forest River Owners’ Group) Rally, Sherwood Forest RV Resort, Kissimmee, Florida, January 19-25

American Coach Western Regional Rally, Las Vegas Motorhome Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 29-February 2

FMCA Rally at Perry, Georgia
FMCA Rally at Perry, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally, Turner Agri Civic Center, Arcadia, Florida, February 8-15

Born Free Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, February 9-11

FMCA Southeast Area Rally, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota, Florida, February 11-14

Passport America Fun Rally, Sarasota County Fairgrounds, Sarasota, Florida, February 17-20

Entegra Coach Rally, Lazydays RV Campground, Seffner, Florida, February 20-22

The Rally/Good Sam Phoenix Rally, Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, Arizona, February 26-March 1

Escapees RV Club Escapade, Pima County Fairgrounds, Tucson, Arizona, March 8–13

Nevada Good Sam Samboree, Nevada Treasure RV Resort, Pahrump, Nevada, March 11-14

Monaco International RV Club Rally, Pahrump, Nevada, March 17-21

WIT (Winnebago Itasca International) Club Florida State Rally, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida, March 19-22

Passport America Fun Rally, Escambia County Equestrian Center, Pensacola, Florida, March 23-26

Commercial displays and sales are part of most RV rallies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.
Commercial displays and sales are part of most RV rallies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Tiffin Allegro Club Rally, Central Florida Fairgrounds, Orlando, Florida, March 23-27

FMCA Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase, Fairplex, Pomona, California, March 26-29

Worth Pondering…

I would like to share this one for today with you…

Live one day at a time–

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they leave no time to enjoy today!

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment.

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Date Changes for The Rally (2015)

In an earlier story on Vogel Talks RVing, I reported that The Rally would return for 2015.

2015-Rally-web-banner_AZ-5.7.14Good Sam has recently announced a date change for the upcoming Good Sam Phoenix Rally, which was originally scheduled for March 19 to 22 at the Phoenix International Raceway. The date change comes on the heels of the release of NASCAR’s upcoming 2015 Sprint Cup Series race schedule.

The race schedule, which was released August 26, 2014, outlined that the Phoenix International Raceway requested the race be held at the track on March 15 instead of the original date of March 1. This new date of the Phoenix race affects the scheduled Good Sam Phoenix Rally, and the event has now been advanced to February 26 to March 1, with early bird arrival dates of February 24 and 25.

“With the new date of the NASCAR Phoenix race, we are left with no choice but to advance our event in order to ensure a successful event while considering the planning and logistics of this rally,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam.

“We are extremely disappointed with this change and the fact that we were not informed until late August, after we had already published our rally dates in May. We had begun discussions with the track personnel in April and locked in the original dates at that time, while it was not mentioned to our organization that the Phoenix International Raceway was in discussions with NASCAR to change their original scheduled race date.”

The RallyThe Good Sam Club boasts a combined 14 years of experience hosting rally events. Ten days before the attendees arrive, staff are on-site setting up tents, building stages, and laying out the parking site grids, including full electrical hook-ups, for an anticipated 3,000 attendees. For the convenience, safety and security of all those attending, the planning committee expressed concerns that scheduling the event within 3 days of the race would not be sufficient, he explained.

“We are committed to providing our rally-goers the best experience possible with the latest in RV models and outdoor products, new and improved RV and camping seminars and activities, and world-class entertainment,” said Lemonis.

“We want our rally goers to know that if this could have been avoided we would have made other arrangements to alleviate any confusion and inconvenience to our attending members and guests. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our guests.”

Details

The Rally

Visit The Rally website to register online and to stay up to date on entertainment and daily activities as plans fall into place over the next several months.

Phone: (800) 701-1399 (toll free)

Website: www.therally.com

Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s number one source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over100 Super Centers nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.

Websites: www.CampingWorld.com and www.GoodSam.com

Worth Pondering…

Happy is the man who can enjoy scenery when he has to take a detour.

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The Rally Returns for 2015

Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owner’s organization, announce the return of The Rally for 2015.

2015-Rally-web-banner_AZ-5.7.14Back by popular demand and bigger than ever before; the Camping World/Good Sam Rally will make its grand re-entrance to the industry in Phoenix, Arizona from March 19 through 22 at the Phoenix International Raceway.

With the tremendous growth the Good Sam Club has experienced over the past few years, expanding to over 1.5 million members in the United States and Canada, attendance at the Rallies has soared as well, limiting the number of locations that can host such a large RV gathering, according to a news release.

“Many Good Sam Club members and RV industry personnel have been inquiring about the absence of the Rally in 2014,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises.

“In order to continue to provide the best experience to rally-goers, it was necessary to take time to reevaluate our options and search for the right locations to accommodate and meet the growing number of members’ needs for these events,” explains Lemonis.

The March 2015 Camping World/Good Sam Rally location was determined based on the terrific response received from both members and exhibitors and overall success of the event at the previous rally held in Phoenix in 2012.

The 2015 Rally will have even more to offer rally-goers with the latest in RV models and outdoor products, new and improved RV and camping seminars and activities, and world-class entertainment.

The Rally-Small-Screen-Shot-2014-05-08-at-10.21.05-AM“It is our pleasure to facilitate an event that brings together thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country to celebrate the RV lifestyle, enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes, and quality time with family and friends,” said Lemonis.

“We are excited to announce the return of America’s largest RV Rally to the RV community.”

Details

The Rally

Visit The Rally website to register online and to stay up to date on entertainment and daily activities as plans fall into place over the next several months.

Website: www.therally.com

Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s number one source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over100 Super Centers nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.

Websites: www.CampingWorld.com and www.GoodSam.com

Worth Pondering…

Oh, what a beautiful morning’,

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin’

Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day!

—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma

The weather and setting for The Rally 2015 will befit Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous lyrics.

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Camping World/Good Sam Announces 2014 Expansions Plans

Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world’s largest RV owners organization, announced their 2014 forecast for expansion and future development to meet customer needs for product and service in new markets.

Camping World Good SamThe new markets raise the total number of SuperCenters, just shy of 120 nationwide, according to a news release.

Additionally, the company is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions that will be announced over the next six months.

“Camping World and Good Sam cater to travelers from all over the United States seeking quality outdoor products and services. We are proud to continue our commitment to the U.S. market with the opening of these new SuperCenters and look forward to having customers in these regions visit their new one-stop location for everything outdoor and RV,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World.

“As part of Camping World and Good Sam’s growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From facility upgrades to new store openings, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving our customers’ outdoor, RV, and camping needs.”

Plans are underway to expand the company footprint with additional locations in high traffic, outdoor centric markets within the following markets:

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Minot, North Dakota
  • San Antonio, Texas

These new markets are in addition to highly visible locations slated for first quarter 2014:

  • January 2014 – Coburg (Junction City area), Oregon
  • January 2014 – Fresno, California
  • January 2014 – Lake Park, Georgia
  • February 2014 – Saukville (Milwaukee area), Wisconsin
  • April 2014 – Rossford (Toledo area), Ohio

This new market expansion is on the heels of new SuperCenters that have opened and / or had major renovations or relocations in the last twelve months in the following markets:

  • October 2012 – Kingston, New York (new location)
  • October 2012 – Spokane, Washington (new location)
  • February 2013 – Hanover, Pennsylvania (new location)
  • February 2013 – New Port Richey, Florida (new location)
  • May 2013 – Kansas City, Missouri (new location)
  • June 2013 – Columbia, Missouri (new location)
  • July 2013 – Lubbock, Texas (new location)
  • October 2013 – Cedar Falls, Iowa (new location)
  • October 2013 – Panama City, Florida (new location)
  • October 2013 – Berkley, Massachusetts (new location)
  • August 2013 – Tampa, Florida (relocation)
  • April 2013 – Jacksonville, Florida (relocation)
  • September 2013 – Ocala, Florida (relocation)
  • September 2013 – Tucson, Arizona (relocation)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)

All new locations will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. It will feature motorhomes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Crossroads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen, and many more.

On the accessory side the new locations will feature new and innovative products including interactive displays and customer experiences from the top vendors such as Dometic, Honda, Thetford, Goodyear, Winegard, ADCO, Camco, Roadmaster, Husky, Reese, Cequent, Exide, Ultra-Fab, Coleman, Valterra, Dicor, Champion, Rand McNally, Max-Air, BAL, Furrion, Select Comfort, ASA Electronics, Cummins, Onan, WFCO, Weber, HWH, Presto-Fit, Stromberg-Carlson, Atwood, RDK Products, Magellan, King Controls, Charbroil, Amerigas, Exxon Mobil products, Norcold, and many more.

Camping World also carries and creates its own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor, and home markets.

“This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities. These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company,” continued Lemonis.

“We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”

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Camping World & Good Sam

Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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Atlanta to Host The Rally in October

America’s largest RV rally celebrates fall in the southeast October 17 through 20 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, a first for the infield of Atlanta’s famed 1.54-mile quad-oval track.

The RallyThis event, hosted by Camping World/Good Sam, will bring thousands of RV enthusiasts together to experience world-class evening entertainment, warm southern hospitality, and to shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products, and camping accessories. While celebrating the RV lifestyle, attendees will enjoy fun activities, great food, prizes, and quality time with family and friends, according to a press release.

“We look forward to introducing new outdoor products and family fun to attendees of the Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC, who is also starring in “The Profit” on CNBC.

“We are thrilled to offer a wide variety of towable and motorized RVs, as well as outdoor and RV products, to not only RV enthusiasts, but also to Georgia residents who are curious about the lifestyle and want an opportunity to learn more.”

Attendees who arrive early on October 16 will get a sneak peek at the showcase of recreational vehicles. With the RV market at its best in the past seven years, an all-time high attendance is expected. Rally-goers will also be presented with many opportunities to learn about RVs and the RV industry from manufacturer representatives on-site and seminars.

Entertainment peaks at night with shows starting October 18 as the iconic Beach Boys, with front man Mike Love, will perform the group’s classic surf tunes.

On October 19, 20-time Grammy winner Vince Gill takes the stage. As a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music with over 26 million albums sold and various CMA and Academy of Country Music awards. This will be Gill’s second rally appearance, performing at the Oregon Camping World/Good Sam Rally in 2011.

The Rally indoor exhibits
The Rally indoor exhibits

Back by popular demand, Bob Blumer, host of “Surreal Gourmet,” “Glutton for Punishment,” and producer and host of “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” on the Food Network, will perform Friday and Saturday at the “Day Stage.” Blumer shares his culinary skills by transforming ordinary ingredients into inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods, sponsored by Camping World.

Dog lovers can participate in the “Release the Hounds” dog show sponsored by Camping World and Good Sam Pet Insurance, and enjoy a professional performance by the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show, which includes the largest meet and greet pet area, the fastest Frisbee dog in the world and the first daredevil dog agility.

An array of optional activities are also organized by the rally, such as an excursion through Atlanta’s historic landmarks, rides in a Vietnam-era helicopter, RV safe driver training, and tours of the World of Coca-Cola and the CNN Center.

Rally-goers are encouraged to get involved as “Blanketeers” for the 2013 Rally Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus. Camping World/Good Sam is partnering with Project Linus to collect blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Campers can participate by knitting, crocheting, quilting, or creating “no sew” fleece blankets.

On October 20, rally guests can partake in the Salute to Veterans, which has previously had over 600 veteran participants included in the moving tribute. All military veterans are invited to join in the longstanding tradition of pass and review and are encouraged to wear any part of the original uniform.

The Atlanta Camping World/Good Sam Rally officially opens October 17 at the Atlanta Motor

Speedway. Gates open each day at 9 a.m. for the rally. Registration starts at $199 which includes four days of RV camping and all festivities. Passports are available to purchase for those that want to enjoy the festivities without camping onsite. Day passes start at $10 per person. Children 17 and under are free.

Parking is free

Details

The Rally

Take a lap around Atlanta, the capital city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the cultural center of the South.
Take a lap around Atlanta, the capital city that rose from the ashes of the Civil War to become the cultural center of the South.

Address: P.O. Box 8535, Ventura, CA 93002

Phone: (877) 749-7122

Website: therally.com

Worth Pondering…

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through

Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Georgia, Georgia, a song of you

Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

—words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

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Good Sam Introduces RxSaver Discount Prescription Card Program

Building on its commitment to provide maximum value and savings to its members, Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, announces it has launched the Good Sam RxSaver Discount Prescription Card program.

Good-Sam-logo-NewThis new program from Good Sam helps members save up to 65 percent on each prescription filled and overall savings of up to 40 percent annually on medications at 59,000 pharmacies nationwide including most national chains and many independents.

There are NO enrollment forms, NO membership fees, NO pre-existing exclusions, and NO privacy issues.

NO personal information is required or collected to get your Good Sam Rx Saver Discount Prescription Card and/or use our Pharmacy Locator and Drug Pricing tools.

You can use the Good Sam Free Discount Prescription Card as often as you like whether you have insurance or not.

There are no restrictions and no limits on how many times you may use your Free Discount Prescription Card.

Good Sam RxSaver program is NOT insurance and is NOT intended to replace insurance.

Good Sam RxSaver program features include:

NO deductibles

NO membership fees

NO waiting period

NO pre-existing exclusions

EVERYONE qualifies

This benefit is available to all Good Sam Club members starting TODAY!

Using Your Discount Rx Card

Good Sam RX-Savings-HdIf you do not yet have a card, print your card.

You may cut it out or simply take the entire page with you.

Take your card to your preferred pharmacy.

In most cases, your current pharmacy will be part of the network. If they are not, you may ask them to join the network or select another pharmacy using the convenient pharmacy locator tool.

Present your card when you order your new prescription or request a transfer of an existing prescription.

The card includes all of the information that your pharmacist needs to give you your discount. If the pharmacist has any problems in connection with the card, ask them to call the phone number on the card so that you may receive your discount.

What if I lose my card?
If you go back to a pharmacy where you have already used your discount prescription card, your card information will be maintained in their system and you will continue to receive savings.

If you are going to a new pharmacy, simply print a new card to present with your prescription at your pharmacy.

Tips for Saving on Prescriptions

  1. Use the Good Sam Free Discount Prescription Card
  2. Ask for Generic
  3. Shop Around
  4. Consider Good Sam RxSaver Mail-Order Services and fill maintenance medications once every three months

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Camping World Good SamGood Sam Rx Saver Discount Prescription Card Program

Simply visit the Good Sam Saver website (SEE link below), print your discount card, and present at any participating retail pharmacies (most national chains and many independents).

Use the exclusive Pharmacy Locator and Discount Drug Pricing tools for more information about pricing and pharmacies near you.

Savings are available on both brand and generic prescriptions.

If your medication is not listed in the drug pricing lookup or has no price shown, check with your local pharmacy for current pricing or phone (888) 479-2000 (Option # 5) for even lower pricing and free home delivery.

Some diabetic, inhaler, blister pack, unit dose, liquids, injectables, and cream prescription drugs may not be listed in the drug pricing lookup even though a discount may be available.

Website: GoodSamClub.com/RxSaver

Worth Pondering…

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
—Maya Angelou

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Good Sam Purchases RV.com Domain Name

Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, announced that it has purchased the RV.com domain name from Dometic Group.

Camping World Good SamRV.com, the most recognizable URL in the RV industry, will be used by Good Sam to make it easier for RV and outdoor lifestyle consumers to learn about everything RV, from how to select and buy an RV that suits their lifestyle, to researching and reserving a campsite to interacting with fellow RVers, according to a news release.

“The term ‘RV’ defines not just a type of vehicle, it defines a lifestyle,” said Good Sam Chairman and CEO, Marcus Lemonis.

“We strive to be the one-stop shop for everything in the RV lifestyle and integrating RV.com into our suite of Web-based services for RVers further solidifies our position as the leader in this industry.”

Launching in August 2013, the new RV.com will be content rich and feature tools and services that the Good Sam Club member base and today’s RVers find most useful, including access to new and used RVs for sale, how-to videos, and content offering demonstrations of RV maintenance and use, as well as integrated social media tools enabling RVers to communicate with each other.

RV.com will also serve as a centralized RV trip planning service, with extensive content regarding RV travel destinations and events, RV related gear reviews, and RV park and campground descriptions and ratings.

GSC-Auto-Buying-CarWith 20,000 websites linking to RV.com today, the reach of the new RV.com will be significant from its launch and is expected to grow exponentially as new services and additional content is added.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with the Dometic team in our efforts to increase ease of access to the RV lifestyle,” said John A. Sirpilla, Chief Business Development Officer of Good Sam. “We are always looking for new partners and opportunities that help to increase the enjoyment of all RVers, and that help welcome new RVers into the fold.”

“Dometic’s primary focus within the RV business community is to continue to expand and service our extensive dealer, OEM, and value-added reseller network. We view strategic, long-term relationships like the one we’ve formed with Good Sam as an extension of our global network,” said Frank Marciano, President Dometic Americas.

“We’re pleased Good Sam will be able to better serve the industry with the RV.com web domain and that Dometic will benefit from the added brand exposure and web traffic through this valuable channel.”

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Good Sam Enterprises, LLC

Good-Sam-logo-NewGood Sam Enterprises, LLC (GSE), and its wholly owned subsidiaries, is the world’s largest provider of products and services that enhance the RV and outdoor recreation consumer experience.

Their products provide savings, safety, security, comfort, and convenience, making RV ownership and the outdoor lifestyle more enjoyable.

GSE corporate headquarters are located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, with subsidiary operations and divisions located in multiple locations throughout the United States.

Dometic Group

Dometic is a world-leading provider of innovative leisure products for the caravan, motorhome, and marine markets.

Dometic offers a complete range of air conditioners, refrigerators, awnings, sanitation systems, lighting, windows, doors, and other equipment that makes leisure life more comfortable away from home.

Dometic also provides refrigerators for specific use in hotel rooms, offices and for storage of medical products and wine.

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Good Sam & Camping World Announces Auto Buy Program

Building on its commitment to provide maximum value and savings to its members, Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, announces it will launch a new auto buying program to provide their more than 1 million members with pre-arranged savings on the purchase of autos, as well as on boats, ATVs, and other power sports vehicles.

Camping World Good SamWith Good Sam Club members able to save thousands on purchases, the auto buying service is already attracting attention, even though it launches in July.

“Our focus is simply for our Good Sam members to have a great, seamless buying experience,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam and Camping World.

“With the Good Sam Auto Buying Service our members will receive value and top-notch service on their purchase of a vehicle that would complement their RV lifestyle whether it is a new car, truck, van, sport utility, motorcycle, boat, or ATV.”

Featuring up-front, hassle-free, pre-arranged pricing on many makes and models of autos, boats, and power sport vehicles, the Good Sam Auto Buying Service is unmatched in the industry.

“No other camping or outdoor organization offers anything close.”

Continued Lemonis, “We continue to provide Good Sam Members with serious savings—while they RV and throughout all aspects of their life. We will be adding more and more savings programs for our members.”

Good-Sam-logo-NewBuilding on relationships with more than 2,000 dealerships representing leading brands from Ford to Jeep, Toyota to Mercedes and many more, the Good Sam Auto Buying Service will offer members the ability to configure the exact vehicle they are interested in and to enjoy pre-arranged, discounted prices—with no negotiations needed.

All prices are guaranteed and Club members will work directly with dedicated, specially trained, dealer staff to complete their vehicle purchases. The program provides more than just lower prices and hassle free buying experiences, it includes the best customer service, all backed by Good Sam.

“The Good Sam Club is built upon helping people, and helping people save money is something we take seriously,” said Lemonis.

“Members already save millions of dollars every year at campgrounds, at Camping World and at Pilot Flying J. Now, they will save even more at car, boat and power sports dealerships across the country. Our Auto Buying Service lets members focus on the excitement of their vehicle purchases, while saving thousands of dollars. We have pledged to bring maximum value to our members and we are delivering on that promise, again.”

With the service set to launch on July 1, Good Sam has already received such a high level of interest that they are offering Club members the ability to sign up on and to be notified as soon as the program is ready (SEE link below).

The Good Sam Buying Service will also help members choose the specific vehicle that is best for them. With side-by-side comparisons and thousands of pages of descriptions, photos, and specifications, the Service provides a one-stop location to manage the entire vehicle research and purchase experience—all with pre-arranged discounted pricing.

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Good Sam Auto Buying Service

GSC-Auto-Buying-CarStarting July 1st, Club members will be able configure the exact vehicle they are interested in and to enjoy pre-arranged, discounted prices – with no negotiations needed. All prices are guaranteed and Club members will work directly with dedicated, specially trained, dealer staff to complete their vehicle purchases.

Website: goodsamclub.com/autobuying

Good Sam Enterprises LLC

Good Sam Enterprises LLC and its wholly owned subsidiaries is the world’s largest provider of products and services that enhance the RV and outdoor recreation consumer experience.

Their products provide savings, safety, security, comfort, and convenience, making RV ownership and the outdoor lifestyle more enjoyable. GSE corporate headquarters are located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, with subsidiary operations and divisions located in multiple locations throughout the United States.

Website: goodsam.com

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Camping World Acquires RV Dealerships in Florida and Missouri

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announces that it has signed agreements to acquire two existing RV dealerships during the next 60 to 120 days: Holiday on Wheels in Panama City, Florida and American RV in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

American RV in Olive Branch, Mississippi

CW-GS-Combo-Logo-Print1Plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store, and a state-of-the-art collision center. The company has nearby RV supercenters in the Little Rock, Arkansas, Nashville, Tennessee, and Calera, Alabama, markets and a total of seven stores in the greater regional area.

“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of American RV and expand our market share throughout Mississippi as well as nearby Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam.

“We expect the greater Memphis market to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market.”

“I always look for three things: people, process and product in relation to enhancing our Camping World and Good Sam presence. Our goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase our presence in the market, and grow the workforce,” he added.

“The greater Memphis area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to fish, hike, camp, and swim and just enjoy life. We are excited to begin serving this market.”

Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)

The Camping World of Memphis is the first full-service location in Mississippi for Camping World, however the company, Lemonis and his family have long standing ties to the nearby Memphis area with its continuous support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases which is headquartered in Memphis, he added.

The new SuperCenter in the Memphis market will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country, said Lemonis.

Holiday on Wheels in Panama City, Florida

Plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state-of-the-art collision center.

“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of Holiday on Wheels and expand our market share throughout Florida,” said Lemonis.

“We are no stranger to the state of Florida and with all the activities Panama City offers — shopping, boating, hiking, fishing, state parks, and so much more, bringing a full-service RV supercenter to better serve the RV industry makes sense and completes our presence in the Panhandle.”

The new location will be officially named Camping World of Panama City and represents the third Camping World RV supercenter in the Panhandle, with nearby locations in Tallahassee and Gulf Breeze.

camping_world_logo“We expect the Panama City market along with its close proximity to the major tourist areas of Destin and Fort Walton to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market,” continued Lemonis.

The new outlet will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country. The company will also be adding new positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support to join current employees at the Holiday on Wheels location as the facility expands.

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Camping World & Good Sam

Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s No. 1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

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