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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).

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – When Ray Aljets built the campground that later became Jellystone Park Camp-Resort 23 years ago, most of his business was east-west traffic, particularly families from Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis who traveled westward to visit the Black Hills.

Today, however, 65 to 70 percent of the Jellystone Park’s business is families who live within 100 miles of the park.

“We still get the east-west traffic,” said Aljets’ son, Bruce, who now runs the park with his wife, Donna, and their children, Ray and Christina. “But now most of our business is local.”

South Dakota Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

Business is strong, too. Last year, for example, the park surpassed its 2010 revenues by 11 percent, and this year looks to be just as strong as last year, if not stronger, Bruce Aljets said, adding that his park opens for the camping season on April 1st.

But the dynamics are different.

Fuel costs are higher than they used to be, which encourages people to visit campgrounds that are closer to home. Today’s families also have a harder time getting away for extended periods of time.

Both parents usually work and often have a harder time getting their vacations to coincide. Kids also have more sporting activities available to them in the summer than they used to, all of which encourages families to camp closer to home.

The good news, Bruce Aljets said, is that camping is as popular as ever, with one caveat. “People don’t want to rough it,” he said. “They want the comforts of home when they camp. Even tent campers want Wi-Fi so they can watch Netflix movies.”

As a result, Aljets provides his guests with cabins with house-like amenities, including cable TV and Wi-Fi service and hot showers. The campground also has a jumping pillow, pedal cart rentals, a heated swimming pool and spa, an indoor theatre and a miniature golf course. And for those who don’t have a tent or RV, the park provides a dozen rental cabins.

Aljets’ Jellystone Park also has an activities director and provides organized family activities from May through the end of October that are designed to appeal to all ages, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend events; Mardi Gras and Christmas in July celebrations; and Bruce’s favorite, the “Messy Weekend” July 27th to 30th, which includes a chocolate pudding Slip N Slide, bobbing for worms and other messy activities.

Late summer and fall activities include a corn maze and Halloween-themed weekend events, including costume and campsite decorating contests.

A complete listing of activities and themed weekends is available at www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com.

 

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Campgrounds are going hi–tech and high class, giving campers all the amenities they can find in a hotel stay.

When you think of camping you probably imagine family and friends barbecuing and enjoying the great outdoors.

“They just went for a hike. We’ve been cooking. They’ve been making mud pies and we’ll probably play Apples to Apples later,” says David Simmons who was camping at the Colorado National Monument.

But it’s nothing fancy. “There’s flushing toilets, that’s about it,” says Simmons.

Camping is traditionally thought of as roughing it. “Getting out into the wilderness and getting some fresh air,” says Simmons.

But some campers are changing that perception. “If you take a family, you need a bathroom. And it’s nice to have a shower,” says Steven Smiley who was camping at KOA Campgrounds in Grand Junction.

And perks like Wi-Fi are a huge attraction for campers like Smiley. “I will say we’ve never had Wi-Fi before. That was really nice,” he says.

Campsites like KOA in Grand Junction may not be in the most picturesque of locations, but campers say their amenities like the pool, game room and washer and dryers make up for it.

“This is nicer,” says Smiley.

Curtis Pauli is the owner of KOA Campgrounds. He says more and more people aren’t pitching tents. Instead, they’re rolling up in RVs. He’s even converted some tent only spaces into RV spots to keep up with the demand.

“Upper–end RVs are far more prevalent then they were years ago,” says Pauli.

“I think this camping is much better. We have a 25 ft. RV ourselves. It’s very nice and comfortable,” says Bruce Rahn, as he was staying at the KOA Campground.

But for some campers like the Simmons family, no amenity will ever be worth giving up the scenery of the Colorado National Monument.

“I’d like to make this a yearly thing. This is a beautiful place,” says Simmons.

With those amenities comes a higher price too. To pitch a tent at KOA Campgrounds, it will cost $27 a night. An RV $35 and a cabin between $50-90. At the Colorado National Monument, tents and RVs cost $10 a night.
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