Lazydays RV CFO Responds to Camping World

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June 11, 2012 by   3 Comments

Lazydays RV SuperCenter CFO Randy Lay said that his company brought legal action against Camping World Inc. around two months ago, according to a report in the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

The statement came in response to a press release issued by Camping World, a retailer of RV aftermarket products, on Friday (June 8) stating that the company had severed its “cooperation agreement” with Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays, citing breach of contract.

Lay told the Tampa Bay Business Journal that some of the agreements with Camping World date back to the mid-1990s when the companies weren’t direct competitors.

“It made sense to assist with each other’s businesses,” he said.

But two months ago, Lay said a Bartow, Fla., RV dealership changed its name from Dusty’s RV to Camping World RV Sales, and that violated the agreement Camping World referenced in its statement.

Lazydays brought legal action in Tampa, which is ongoing, he said. Lay added that the company has a policy of not conducting litigation via written statements, citing a need to be “circumspect in his comments.”

In the Camping World press release, Marcus Lemonis, CEO and president of Bowling Green, Ky.-based Camping World, said, “I will not stand by and watch an agreement that was entered into in good faith between (former Lazydays owner) Don Wallace and my predecessors, and which has worked beneficially for several years, be shamefully violated.”

In an e-mail to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Lemonis said Camping World does not own or operate any RV dealerships anywhere in the country. Dusty’s was acquired by a sister company in 2003 along with 60 other dealerships over the years, he wrote.

“The sister company simply licenses the name Camping World RV Sales but the legal entity with the DMV and the State of Florida is not Camping World or any company owned by Camping World,” he said in the email.

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3 Responses to “Lazydays RV CFO Responds to Camping World”

  1. Ralph Bowen on June 12th, 2012 2:23 pm

    Why don’t these two CEO’s sit down and iron out their difficulties instead of acting like a couple of kids. If you want to do business together, say so, and do something about it! Come on guys, act like you’re businessmen. I know you can both improve your companies because I’ve dealt with both of you and you can use some big improvements!

  2. Tom Horn on June 12th, 2012 5:06 pm

    Could see this coming years ago when Camping World started selling rolling stock

  3. Toni on July 7th, 2012 2:35 pm

    Sorry Camping World but if it hadn’t been for Lazy Days bringing you into their property, you would never have grown as big as you have. When CW was in the area before they moved to LD, it was almost impossible to find them. They were at an out of the way location that was difficult at best to get to.
    Ld brought them in and then other dealerships followed with that idea. I for one will avoid CWs from now on as I see this as pure greed and really quite rude to do to the company that helped them become so big.