Editor’s Note: Lazydays RV center in Seffner, Fla., was mentioned in a recent St. Petersburg Times story on company perks to areas businesses. Here is an excerpt from that story.
The economic slump has socked wages and commissions at Seffner’s Lazydays RV Center. But nobody’s messing with the free camping excursions to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
How popular is the benefit among the RV center’s 520 employees? Let’s just say the camper is booked 52 weeks a year. Reservations are literally apportioned by monthly raffle.
“That’s one thing that’s really untouchable,” executive Debbie Dube said of the perk dreamed up by the company’s sales manager six years ago. Lazydays keeps the camper, called a “fifth wheel,” in a prime spot at the Disney resort. Employees can walk to Fort Wilderness’ attractions, including nightly campfires, the pool and the lodge.
The losers of the monthly raffles needn’t despair. Lazydays also discounts employee stays on its own 300-site campground on 120 acres behind the Interstate 4 sales center.
Unlike the Disney resort, the Lazydays campground doesn’t feature campfire sing-alongs by cartoon chipmunks Chip ‘n Dale.