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

“I think we have found the right partner in Pilot Flying J,” said Good Sam Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis.. “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.

About The Good Sam Club The Good Sam Club, Join the Good Sam Club Today!“>www.goodsamclub.com , is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with over one 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 & 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. Extremely committed to its RV members as well as to the environment, the club is a founder of the annual National Cleanup Day program and an advocate of public land access, Adopt-A-Highway programs and Adopt-A-Park programs. The newly-expanded Good Sam Club offers members advantages unmatched by any other RV and camping organization. These include savings of up to 30% on merchandise, installation and service at Camping World; 10% savings on nightly fees at over 1,700 Good Sam RV Parks and campgrounds in the U.S. and Canada; preferred rates on roadside assistance, insurance and extended warranties; exclusive member-only savings on the Trailer Life Directory and more.

About Pilot Flying J Pilot Flying J, the driver-driven company, is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and 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 in North America. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.

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A line of severe storms pounded residents across upstate South Carolina Wednesday evening.

The storms produced heavy rainfall, frequent lightning and strong winds that uprooted trees, flipped over vehicles and damaged property. In at least three cases, drivers were also the victim’s of the violent storms as they drove into the path of fallen trees.

The storms were powerful enough to topple several RV’s at Bob Ledford’s RV World in Greer. Some were turned over on their side, while others were completely flipped over.
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The last few years have not been kind to the RV business. Sales across the country of that very discretionary toy dropped by almost half from 2007 to 2009. In Jacksonville, they dropped more than that.

“For two and a half years, you couldn’t give them away,” said Richard Gore of Dick Gore’s RV World.
But things have changed. Consider:

– Three months ago, Gore opened a new location in St. Augustine.

– In Orange Park, General RV is expanding its dealership from five to 25 acres.

– Rivers RV delivered two units each in December 2008 and December 2009. In December 2010, it delivered 14 and signed contracts on twice that many.

“I’m flat-out speechless,” said Karen Schaffer, sales manager at Rivers RV.

Gore said he started to see things pick up last year.

“My customers said they were tired of listening to Fox and CNN and they were going to go out and have some fun,” Gore said. “People are feeling better.

“But it’s not like it was,” he said. “We’ve still got problems.”

Sales of new RVs last year in the Jacksonville area were still less than half of what they were three years ago.

But they all agreed that the buyer is changing.

“Back in the early 2000s,” Schaffer said, “the average demographic was the retired couple, with only the occasional 30s and 40s.”

Though retirees still buy the bulk of the large motorhomes, younger buyers are now a bigger chunk of the market.

“If you’ve got a young family,” said Dennis Anderson with General, “it’s a lot more affordable to camp in a travel trailer than it is to rent a condo or getting in an airplane and flying somewhere.”

In addition to consumer confidence, Schaffer said much of the improvement has come because banks have started loosening up on loans.

Gore said his father, who started the business in 1985, made this observation years ago: “He said ‘The RV business is the first people to feel a recession and the first to come out of it.’
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