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RV Dealer Unloading Unique ‘Trade-Ins’

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April 8, 2010 by   Leave a Comment

123361603665877Frank Bates says he will take anything in trade at his RV dealership at McIntosh Road and Interstate 4 in Dover, Fla., according to the Tampa Tribune.

Over the last five years, he’s taken in quite a collection – from slot machines to a stuffed marlin – and now it’s time to unload it all, he said.

On Saturday, auctioneers will offer the merchandise to the highest bidder. The preview starts at 9 a.m. and the bidding at noon at Bates RV, 4656 McIntosh Road.

Bates said with the exception of some guns from his personal collection, all the 300 items were taken in on trade from customers who bought recreation vehicles.

If a customer haggles on price, “we say what else do you have to trade,” he said.

That’s how he ended up with items ranging from the practical, such as cars, to the offbeat, such as a Corona bar clock.

Everything is on site, except for two unused mausoleums and a 41-foot boat.

Bates expects a camera crew that will film the auction for a new reality show.

Bates is perhaps best known for his Airstream Ranch, a collection of travel trailers buried nose-first off I-4 west of his dealership. He created Airstream Ranch two years ago to emulate the more famous Cadillac Ranch in Texas.

The Airstreams that make up the ranch won’t be part of the auction, he said.

For information call (813) 659-0008. A complete list of the auction items is at www.batesrv.com.

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