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The latest edition of the official campground directory of the Good Sam Club is now available for purchase.

The 2012 Trailer Life RV Parks and Campground Directory is the most comprehensive campground directory on the market, filled with more than 11,800 RV parks, campgrounds, travel services, and things to see and do, according to a news release.

In celebration of its 40-year anniversary, Trailer Life Directory put together a list of everything that has changed over the past 40 years, plus a list of an RVer’s Top 40 Destinations.

Also, the directory features a new section filled with RV coupons to help RVers save money on the road.

July 11, 2011 — Recreational Vehicle enthusiasts preparing to hit the highways this summer will appreciate the special features built into the Magellan® RoadMate® Pro 9165T GPS navigation device, a portable unit designed especially for RVers.

The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T is a full-featured, GPS navigation device designed for RV travelers with a high-definition, 7-inch touch screen; Heavy duty extension mount, Bluetooth connection to enable hands-free calling through the unit’s speakerphone; and free lifetime traffic alerts that warn drivers of delays and suggest alternative routes.

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The new GPS device combines the core strengths of Magellan, the Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV Owner’s organization and the Trailer Life RV Parks & Campground Directory. The Directory, a must-have tool for RVers, provides over 11,700 comprehensive listings for the U.S. and Canada which includes: WiFi and internet access, pet-friendly campground locations, the Good Sam Club discount locations, Trailer Life’s exclusive triple rating system, and other points of interest specific to RVers.

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Affinity Group, once a major employer in Ventura, has made layoffs and restructured, putting its massive ocean-view headquarters campus up for sale for $9.7 million.

Affinity owns the Good Sam Club recreational vehicle club, the chain of Camping-World retail stores and a stable of niche publications focused on boats, trailers and motorcycles. The company faced as much as $700 million in looming debt payments and struggled to refinance as bond markets froze in 2008 and 2009.

But late last year, Affinity Group secured $333 million in a private placement — the source of the funds wasn’t disclosed — to refinance its debts. The company also appears to have restructured. CEO Michael Schneider has stepped down, and some of the magazine titles were sold, according to people familiar with the company.

Now, Affinity’s 72,649-square-foot corporate headquarters on 9.3 acres of land on Vista Del Mar Avenue in Ventura are up for sale. It is unclear how many jobs were housed there. In total, Affinity had about 460 non-retail employees in 2009, according to public filings. It is not known how many were laid off, but a former employee at one of the group’s magazines said operations were tightened to focus on RV-centric lines of business, such as the Good Sam Club and Camping-World stores.

“The way they’ve downsized at the company and eliminated various things — like my magazine that didn’t fit into their RV focus — it doesn’t surprise me that they wouldn’t want to stay in that building,” the former employee said. “It’s not a very warm environment because there have been consistent cuts. It’s been that way for years.”

Affinity has been in the building since 1994 after putting a major refurbishment into it.
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