Airstream Names Sutton Top Dealer in West
Airstream Inc. has released its list of “Top Ten” dealerships for 2010-2011 and has named George M. Sutton RV “Number Two” behind East Coast outlet, Colonial Airstream, Lakewood, N.J.
Located in Eugene, Oregon’s third-largest city, Sutton RV has sold nearly 100 new and used Airstream products this past year. Coupled with its sales excellence, George M. Sutton RV is Airstream’s West Coast leader in service, parts, and both warranty and body repairs, according to a news release.
Founded in 1996, Sutton RV is a family-owned business, a tradition in the Sutton family since 1921. Both George’s father and grandfather owned and operated George M. Sutton Ford, Inglewood, Calif., for 37 years. The Sutton family was featured in Life Magazine as an example of American Life in December 1956.
In addition to Airstream’s tribute, George M. Sutton was elected president of the Oregon RV Dealers Association (ORVDA) at their Spring Meeting last week in Salem. An association of dealers, suppliers, lenders and associates who are dedicated to promoting the welfare of the RVing public, ORVDA is also focused on legislative issues that affect their ability to do business.
“For example,” explains Sutton, “the laws that define an RV versus a manufactured home are convoluted. Currently, when an RV is larger than 400 square feet, the law says it’s a manufactured home and can’t be sold as an RV in Oregon. That means toy haulers or large fifth-wheels with multiple slideouts have to be purchased out of state. ORVDA is working to clear up that boondoggle as well as other issues that infringe on our ability to do business.”
While Sutton RV is located in a relatively rural area of the country, their customers are far-flung.
“We routinely sell RV products coast to coast,” Sutton says, “and we’ve shipped to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hawaii and Alaska, among other places. We have even been contacted to ship RVs to Japan, following the earthquake and the shortage of housing.”
Sutton’s daughter, Marcy Sutton, designed their highly successful website, www.suttonrv.com, which serves as the gateway for consumers to contact Sutton RV from all corners of the globe.
Airstream, the iconic aerodynamic trailer that was first manufactured more than 80 years ago, is headquartered in Jackson Center, Ohio. George M. Sutton and wife Martha have been invited to participate in the company’s upcoming May Dealer Council meetings. The Suttons have been instrumental in suggesting product improvements, floor plans and continual consumer feedback, which is vital to Airstream’s success.
For more information, contact George M. Sutton RV at (800) 256-9832.