Magellan RoadMate RV GPS Navigators Available

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a supplier of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, outdoor, and mobile navigation, announced the availability of new Magellan RoadMate RV GPS navigators designed to address the safety and distinct navigational needs of people who enjoy traveling in recreational vehicles.

Magellan and Good Sam have teamed up to produce the all-new RoadMate RV 9145, the GPS navigator designed just for RVers.

The new Magellan RoadMate RV9145, RV9145-LM, Pro9165T, and RV9165T-LM models are pre-loaded with the Good Sam Trailer Life Directory and Good Sam discount locations, according to a company news release.

These RV travel resources feature comprehensive North America campground information to facilitate locating RV services, pet-friendly campgrounds and parks, Wi-Fi, and more than six million points of interest.

“The Magellan RoadMate family of RV GPS devices, coupled with Good Sam Club discount locations and the Trailer Life Directory, are the ideal RV travel companions for a safer, more enjoyable, and less stressful RV road trip,” said Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan.

“We know just how challenging it is to drive over-sized vehicles on varying roadways, and have equipped the new Magellan RoadMate RV devices with the best features and content to assist drivers before and during their journey.”

The Magellan RoadMate RV9145, RV9145-LM, Pro9165T, and RV9165T-LM RV GPS models include extra-large, high-definition seven-inch touch screens, featuring a 50 percent larger display area than standard 4.3-inch screens.

Versatile, heavy-duty extension mounts designed for vehicles with deep dashboards are also included to provide fully-adjustable, personalized comfort, and safe viewing.
RV drivers can plan and customize their routes based on the vehicle’s height, width, length, and weight and navigation preferences.

Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM
Magellan RoadMate RV9165T-LM

Other features include Highway Lane Assist and an A/V input for connecting external devices such as a back-up camera or DVD player.

Highway Lane Assist guides RV drivers towards the correct lane when approaching interchanges and exits.

For additional safety, the Magellan RoadMate Pro9165T and RV9165T-LM models include built-in Bluetooth technology that turns the GPS device into a hands-free speaker phone.

Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts notify the driver of traffic incidents on their route and suggest an alternative route.

As part of its Safety Series, Magellan also offers a Wireless Back-up Camera ($149.99) as an ideal safety companion for the new RoadMate RV GPS Navigators. When the RV is in a reverse-mode, the Magellan navigator will automatically switch from navigation-mode to become a rear-view monitor that allows the driver to see what is behind the vehicle, including children, pets, and toys.

‘OneTouch(TM)’, another Magellan-exclusive feature, lets RVers bookmark and assign a button to their favorite destinations or searches for faster access.

Available now from Camping World, Good Sam Club, and Magellan’s retail and online channel partners, MSRP prices are RV9145 ($349.99), RV9145-LM ($379.99), Pro9165T ($399.99) and RV9165T-LM ($429.99).

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Magellan

Headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation consumer electronics devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Recognized as an industry pioneer, Magellan globally markets its award-winning portable navigation devices including the Magellan RoadMate series for autos, RVs, fleet and commercial vehicles, and GIS, the eXplorist® outdoor series for hunting, fishing, hiking and geocaching enthusiasts, and mobile apps and accessories for smart phones.

Website: magellangps.com/

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2012 Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory Now Available

Trailer Life publications, publisher of the most comprehensive and reliable directories for RV parks, campgrounds, and services, recently released its 2012 Trailer Life RV Parks & Campgrounds Directory.

Recognized as the number one preferred campground directory by RVers in North America, the Trailer Life Directory is the “Bible” for RVers on the road, according to a news release. It is the official directory of the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization, and includes all Good Sam discount locations.

The new Directory provides expanded listings for more than 12,000 RV parks and 900,000 RV sites, including locations with Internet access, updated campground fees, and other easy-to-use information.

For 2012, the Trailer Life Directory celebrates its 40th anniversary, and commemorates the occasion with a special section highlighting RV history and looking toward the RV future.

Also new in the 2012 edition are RV coupons for savings on-the-go, RV Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks, and Bilingual Parks At-A-Glance, which points out parks that support foreign language needs.

“We strive to provide RVers and campers with the most updated travel tools to make visiting parks and campgrounds easy and accessible. The Trailer Life Directory and its new features help travelers keep up with changes to routes, campgrounds and services,” said Ann Emerson, Vice President and Publisher.

“We are excited about the 40th Anniversary of the Trailer Life Directory and bringing it to our loyal readers.”

In conjunction with the release of the new 2012 Directory, Trailer Life Publications has also released North America’s top 100 Good Sam Parks. This year, 33 parks scored a coveted 30 out of 30 points under the highly regarded Triple Rating System.

The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course, Borrego Springs, California. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Trailer Life Directory’s exclusive Triple Rating System is the industry standard and is trusted by travelers across North America to provide them with accurate, unbiased information.

Each year, trained Trailer Life representatives inspect and rate all private parks and campgrounds based on completeness of facilities, visual appeal, and other key factors. The thoroughness of the inspection process provides campers and RVers with the assurance that Parks will always meet their expectations, whether it’s a first-time visit or if they have been back year after year.

2012 Top 100 Good Sam Parks with Perfect Ratings

Alabama: Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, Foley

Alabama: Lake Osprey RV Country Club, Elberta

Alabama: Windemere Cove RV Resort, Langston

Alabama: Heritage Motorcoach Resort & Marina, Orange Beach

Arkansas: Catherine’s Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination, Hot Springs

Arizona: Rincon Country East RV Resort, Tucson

Arizona: Distant Drums RV Resort, Foley, Camp Verde

California: The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course, Borrego Springs

California: Jackson Rancheria RV Park, Jackson

California: The Lakes RV & Golf Resort, Chowchilla

California: Premier RV Resorts-Redding, Redding

Florida: Williston Crossing RV Resort, Williston

Louisiana: Cajun Palms RV Resort, Henderson

Louisiana: Paragon Casino RV Resort, Marksville

Michigan: Little River Casino RV Park, Manistee

Michigan: Duck Creek RV Resort, Muskegon

Michigan: Silver Creek RV Resort, Mears

Minnesota: Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort, Hinckley

Nevada: Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort, Las Vegas

Nevada: Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas

New York: The Villages at Turning Stone, Verona

Ohio: Evergreen Park RV Resort, Mt Eaton

Oregon: Seven Feathers RV Resort, Canyonville

Oregon: Pheasant Ridge RV Resort, Wilsonville

Quebec: Camping La Cle des Champs RV Resort, St-Philppe

Quebec: Camping Alouette, St Mathieu Beloeil

Quebec: Du Village Bromont RV Resort, Bromont

Texas: Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, Mission

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Texas: K.E. Bushman’s Camp, Tyler

Texas: Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort, Canton

Texas: Fernbrook Park, Longview

Texas: North Shore RV Resort, Onalaska

Texas: Rayford Crossing RV Resort, The Woodlands

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Trailer Life Directory

The Trailer Life Directory and website are part of the Good Sam Family of publications and services devoted to enhancing the lifestyle of recreational-vehicle (RV) enthusiasts. The Trailer Life Directory, known as “The Ultimate RV Travel Resource” is the official Directory of the Good Sam Club.

Website: TrailerLifeDirectory.com

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The two giants in the camping and RV industry will join forces to inspire travel by bringing the highest quality, most complete and accurate information about RV and camping travel to the most engaged RVers and campers in North America, according to a news release.

On announcing the merger Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Good Sam Enterprises, said, “The consolidation of the two directories into one ‘Super Directory’ will provide our customers with a single source for their RVing and camping travel planning. The coming together of these two brands enables us to serve as more than a directory, and will represent an ‘everything RV guide’ for the consumer to be inspired to fully explore the RV lifestyle across North America.”

“This merger will also allow us to drive more business to our RV park and campground advertisers and to our network of Good Sam Parks,” continued Lemonis. “We know that our success is predicated on the success of our customers, and combining the strength of the industry’s two leading directory brands is just one way in which we can ensure we are serving the needs of our campground, RV park, and resort customers. Advertisers have asked us to consider a unified directory so that they can focus their marketing spend in one powerful vehicle. Thus we made this decision with our park and campground partners very much in mind, to provide them one ‘super directory’ which will be the ultimate marketing showcase for them.”

Beginning with the 2013 edition, a new Campground Directory under the Good Sam brand will emerge from the best of both Woodall’s and Trailer Life Directories, representing nearly 130 years of combined industry service and campground expertise. This new directory will offer higher circulation and even more online and mobile application marketing opportunities to campgrounds and parks. This combined directory will utilize the Trailer Life 10/10*/10 rating system, with some enhancements borrowed from the Woodall’s rating system. The ratings as always will be based on personal visits by directory representatives.

Other improvements to the 2013 Combined Directory will include state and provincial points of interest, the RVers “Bucket List” for 2013, tips to improve your RV and camping lifestyle, 10-Minute Tech Tips, RV maintenance advice, how to buy or sell an RV, dealers and service station locations, games, puzzles, recipes, coupons, and more. The directory will also spotlight the Good Sam RV Park and Resort network, the largest affiliated park network in North America, featuring more than 1,700 RV parks and resorts where Good Sam members can save 10 percent on nightly camping fees.

Both the Trailer Life and Woodall’s brands will continue into 2013 and beyond according to the company. Woodall’s regional directory editions will continue to be published in 2013, in an exclusive partnership with AAA, and Trailer Life magazine, one of the leading RV enthusiast magazines in the industry, will continue to be published on a monthly basis.

Likewise websites, online directory search, and mobile applications will continue to exist for both brands.

The combined 2013 combined directory will not affect the distribution and circulation of the 2012 Trailer Life and Woodall’s Directories, websites, and mobile applications, as both the Trailer Life and Woodall’s 2012 Directory editions will be available to consumers in 2012 just the same as past years.

The 2013 combined directory will take advantage of the previously separate circulation strategies for each brand. The Woodall’s Directory has been distributed through bookstores, mass merchant chains, Camping World stores, RV dealers, and campgrounds, while the Trailer Life Directory has been primarily distributed to the Good Sam Club members and through internet sales. The combined directory in 2013 will utilize both these distribution strategies to reach all the active, affluent RVers and campers that each of these brands reached separately in the past.

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Woodall Publications

Woodall Publication’s is the leading publisher of Campground Directories and Guides plus several specific-interest books and digital publications and applications. Woodall’s has been Everywhere RVers go for 75 years, and enjoys popularity in an array of different segments of the RV and camping marketplace.

Website: woodalls.com

Trailer Life Directory

Trailer Life Directory is part of the Affinity Media family of publications and services devoted to enhancing the lifestyle of recreational vehicle enthusiasts. The Trailer Life Directory, known as “The Ultimate RV Travel Resource” is the official Directory of the Good Sam Club.

Website: trailerlifedirectory.com

Good Sam Club

Good Sam Club is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over one million member families. Founded in 1966, the club offers its members a wide variety of services, including the Good Sam Extended Service Plan, Emergency Road Service, RV and Vehicle Insurance, RV Financing, Good Sam Visa Card, 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.

Website: goodsamclub.com

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