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Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, outdoor and mobile navigation, today 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. 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. These RV travel resources feature comprehensive North America campground information to facilitate locating RV services, pet-friendly campgrounds and RV parks, Wi-Fi and more than six million points of interest.

Magellan Announces New RoadMate RV GPS Navigators

New RoadMate RV GPS Navigator

“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 7-inch touch screens, featuring a 50% 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. Highway Lane Assist guides RV drivers towards the correct lane when approaching interchanges and exits. An A/V input is included for connecting external devices such as a back-up camera or DVD player. 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™’, another Magellan-exclusive feature, lets RVers bookmark and assign a button to their favorite destinations or searches for faster access.

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.

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).

A weekend vacation and a book don’t often combine to create life- and company-changing experiences. But that’s what happened when Chris Gage, vice president of operations for pharmacy point-of-sale company Retail Management Solutions, visited a friend at an RV park just after reading Live a Thousand Years.

The book, written by Giovanni Livera, urges readers to mark the passing of life through experiences, not time. The parable had been given to her by RMS president and CEO Brad Jones, who mentored each member of his staff personally through the book’s “Life Documents.” Some in the company made dramatic changes in their personal lives, resulting in a less stressful work environment.

But Gage took it a few thousand miles further, thanks to that experience in the campground. “We were sitting around, all of us in our early 40s,” she says, “just dreaming about what we would do with our lives as we get closer to retirement.”

With the book as an inspiration, she decided not to wait to achieve her goal of seeing the country. She pitched Jones on an idea that would allow her to travel and connect with RMS’s customer base: She would live in an RV for two years, visiting customers and vendors while touring the country. She already worked remotely quite often from her home, 100 miles from the company’s Olympia, Wash., headquarters.

“I thought, ‘I could be sitting somewhere sunny with a laptop and wireless connection, doing my job wherever, not sitting in rainy Washington state,” she says. “I could be on the road experiencing great weather for my personal satisfaction, but in a way that would benefit the company.”

She put together “a plan of attack” and presented it to Jones. He was intrigued, but probed her commitment to the idea since she’d never lived in an RV before. “I didn’t want her to get two or three months into it and say, ‘What did I do?’” Jones says, but “she’s got the right personality and this was something she really wanted.”

Within six months, Gage had sold her house, bought a 40-ft. motorhome, packed up her pets and headed south. Now, she plots out a place to park for a few weeks at a time, and visits customers several days a week (in a Jeep towed behind the RV), spending a few hours with each customer.

Still early in the process, Gage isn’t yet thinking about what will happen when her two years are up, or how she’ll go back to living in one location. But the experience has already transformed how she approaches her job.
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