Enjoy Being ‘King of the Road’ with the Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T

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Enjoy Being 'King of the Road' with the Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T

What good is spending $200K on a land yacht if you end up RVing down a scary rut road that winds through the middle of Deliverance country?

Sure, you could buy one of those huge atlases that they sell at every truck stop on the interstate, but this is the middle of 2011! Any self-respecting captain should have the finest navigation tools at his fingertips! And as much as we all love convergence, that doesn’t mean placing your smartphone on a mount in the middle of your 7′ wide x 5′ tall windshield — squinting at its 4″ screen — and calling it “good”.

What you need is a larger-screened dedicated GPS device that allows you to see where you are headed without taking your eyes off the road; one that also allows you to customize your routes based on your vehicle length, width, weight and height. Can your phone do that? No, I didn’t think so.

The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T has a 7″ touchscreen, and it includes the “Good Sam Club Trailer Life directory” which is your “one-stop RV resource for every aspect of RVing experience”. And look, if you just can’t stand the idea of not having your smartphone involved somehow … well, you still can. You can connect your phone to the GPS’s Bluetooth connection, which will turn the RoadMate Pro into a hands-free speaker phone.

The Magellan® RoadMate® Pro 9165T GPS will be $399 in August, and it will be available from will be available the Good Sam Club, Camping World and other Magellan’s Retail Channels.

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Magellan, The Good Sam Club Team Up on GPS Unit Designed for RVers

The New Magellan® RoadMate® Pro 9165T GPS Features 7 – inch Display, Locates Good Sam Certified Destinations, Features Free Lifetime Traffic Alerts

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – 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.

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.

The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T GPS also features special route preference settings for RVs and large vehicles. After the user enters the vehicle’s height, width, length and weight into the Magellan RoadMate Pro device, the unit will help the driver avoid such obstacles as low bridges, narrow roadway, and weight-limited streets.

“The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T GPS has all the features to make navigating a large vehicle, like an RV, easier and more enjoyable,” said Stig Pedersen, Senior Director of Product Management, Magellan GPS. “The device alerts drivers to traffic problems, calculates the best possible routes for their oversized vehicles, and promotes safe driving. We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the Good Sam Club and Trailer Life Directory to incorporate features that are important to RVers, and help them find quality campgrounds wherever their travels take them.”

The Magellan RoadMate Pro features highway lane assist, spoken street names, multi-destination routing, and Magellan’s customizable OneTouch™ menu for favorite places and searches. It includes Magellan’s proprietary, built-in directory of more than 6 million points of interests in North America and Canada, from accommodations, coffeehouses and restaurants, to gas stations, shopping and health services. An A/V input in the device enables easy connection to back-up cameras, DVD players and iPods.

“The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T GPS is the ideal navigation tool for RV drivers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “Not only is it designed with features that make driving large vehicles more enjoyable, it helps campers find Good Sam certified campgrounds quickly and easily, so they can take advantage of their member discounts as they travel.”

The Magellan RoadMate Pro 9165T GPS will be available August 1st at Good Sam Club, Camping World and Magellan’s Retail Channels for an MSRP of $399.99. To learn more, please visit www.magellangps.com/RV or www.goodsamclub.com/GPS

About MiTAC Digital Corporation
MiTAC Digital Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation and promotes and sells products and services under the Magellan brand name. Magellan assists people to travel, work and play with leading portable navigation and positioning solutions across multiple consumer markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, the company is the producer of the award-winning Magellan RoadMate series portable car navigation, Outdoor and Mobile navigation devices. MiTAC Digital Corp. is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.For more information on Magellan, visit http://www.magellangps.com.

About The Good Sam Club
The Good Sam Club, www.goodsamclub.com, is the world’s largest RV owner’s organization with nearly 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 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.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.