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Campers Inn Opens Elkhart, Ind., Sales Site

Posted By RVBusiness On July 20, 2010 @ 8:33 am In Breaking News | 1 Comment

Campers Inn, an RV dealership based in New Hampshire, has opened for business in Elkhart, Ind.

The opening marks the family-owned company’s sixth location in the U.S. and the first dealership off the East Coast, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Scott Hayden, director of operations, said the company is thrilled to open a location in the “RV capital of the world.”

“Keeping this area alive and moving is important to us,” Hayden said. “The truth is, we were extremely impressed with the growth potential this area has, especially amongst the recession.”

He expects a slower startup than usual and is only hiring a total of 10 people, but hopes to have 40 to 50 employees when the economy picks back up.

Campers Inn will focus on sales, service and parts for Forest River Inc. brands and is in the former facility of Michiana RV on Cassopolis Sreett.

Two million dollars was spent acquiring the building, and another $5 million purchasing inventory for the location, he said.

“We’re in it to win it,” Hayden said. “We hope to make this our flagship store.”

Other sales locations are in Kingston, N.H., Leesburg, Fla., Merrimack, N.H., Raynham, Mass., and Macon, Ga. The dealership is owned by Jeff Hirsch. The dealership has been honored by RVBusiness magazine as a Top 50 RV Dealer.

Campers Inn had been looking to expand in Elkhart for the last year, but didn’t start aggressively pursuing the area until about 90 days ago.

Hayden said Elkhart city officials bent over backward in helping the company with the application and zoning process.

“They were very welcoming and excited to have us,” Hayden said.

He’s confident that Campers Inn can establish itself as one of the premier RV dealerships in this area.

Northern Indiana is still a very viable RV market, he said.

“The RV industry didn’t close down here,” Hayden said. “It just took a vacation.”

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#1 Comment By DAVE On July 21, 2010 @ 10:17 am

The number of RV dealers in Elkhart has been drastically reduced. The down turn in the economy has culled out the over abundance of dealerships. The attempts at “factory” stores have failed in Elkhart, as well as many other locations of factory stores. Selling at no gross internet prices and providing the needed service for the Rvs to their customers of these stores is a formula for failure. I’m not sure an absentee owner on the East Coast will work any better than it did for Hart City when it fell under the Freedom Roads umbrella.


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