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Campers Inn Acquires Tom Stinnett Derby City RV
Multilocation dealership Campers Inn RV announced the acquisition of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in Clarksville, Ind. According to a press release, Campers Inn plans on retaining Derby City RV staff and integrate operations into its corporate infrastructure.
“This is a very proud day for myself and the Campers Inn RV organization,” said Jeff Hirsch, president/owner of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Campers Inn RV. “We are aligning with one of the premier dealers in the U.S., as well as an industry titan. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to further our quest westward with this acquisition. As we continue our expansion efforts, we look forward to developing more Campers Inn RV stores in the Midwest.”
Tom Stinnett founded Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in 1978. Since then, it has grown into one of the premier RV dealerships in the Midwest, boasting the largest interior showroom in the U.S. RVBusiness honored the dealership with a Top 50 award in 2014, and it has received numerous Top Dealer awards from a variety of manufacturers. Stinnett has served as chairman for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and the RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC), and has been a member and co-chairman of GoRVing.
“I am extremely pleased to be adding Tom Stinnett Derby City RV to the Campers Inn RV family,” Stinnett said. “Their culture, integrity and business model are a perfect fit for our dealership and our employees. I look forward to assisting Jeff and his team at Campers Inn RV in reaching their expansion goals.”
Co-owner Paul Cunningham, a long-time RV salesperson and manager, partnered with Stinnett in 2010. Cunningham will serve as the general sales manager for the new dealership. “With Tom, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great partner and a true force in the RV industry,” said Cunningham. “I’m looking forward to continuing working with Tom, as well as the Campers Inn RV team, who are another group of industry leaders.”
This dealership will become the 16th location operated by Campers Inn RV. The new store “represents the company’s ambition to grow its dealerships beyond the East Coast, as well as expand the network of resources available to customers traveling the country,” the release stated.
The dealership will be under the direction of Regional Director Ed Unger III. “I am excited to be working again in the Midwest RV market,” Unger said. “I am looking forward to helping Tom Stinnett Derby City RV join the Campers Inn RV family. I have always held Tom Stinnett and his team in high regard. Tom has built a fantastic dealership, and he has been a great leader in the RV industry for many years. This is a great location to continue to build the Campers Inn RV brand, and it will help us to achieve our goal of being the trusted resource in the marketplace.”