With 10 new locations on board and another 10 locations in the works, the ROUTE 66 RV Network is aggressively expanding in Canada.
“We’ve been contacted by interested dealers from Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia” says Rob Merrill, ROUTE 66 partner, in a press release. “And to a tee, what attracts these dealers to ROUTE 66 is the unmatched opportunity to tie their local dealership to one common North American brand that has proven successful at serving traveling RVers.
“With ROUTE 66 dealers in nearly 40 states in the U.S., as well as a rapidly growing team of Canadian dealers adopting the ROUTE 66 brand, we are truly one major brand delivering one common promise: ‘Wherever the Road Takes You … You Can Count on Us’.”
The new ROUTE 66 Canadian dealers currently on board include:
• Triangle RV Centre – Sylvia Thistle-Miller – Sidney, British Columbia
• Chemo RV Sales & Service – Jason Bell – 150 Mile House/Quesnel, British Columbia
Kelowna RVs – Randy Woodside – Kelowna, British Columbia
Arkann Trailer & RV Centre – Ken Friedenberg – Edmonton, Alberta
R.V. Lifestyles – Neil Freidenberg – Calgary, Alaberta
Village RV – Darren Gelowitz – Regina, Saskatchewan
Transcona Trailer Sales – Garth Bromley – Winnipeg, Manitoba
Hiemstra Trailer Sales – Wayne Heimstra – London, Otario
Darren Gelowitz, president of Village RV, sees ROUTE 66 as a natural brand extension to his dealership’s mission and values. “In our 43 years in business we felt no one could look after our customers’ needs as well as we could,” he said. “As part of the Route 66 RV Network, we know that Village RV customers will be treated with the same friendly, experienced service as they travel from member dealers who care.”
Chemo RV’s general manager, Jason Bell, is excited about being a part of ROUTE 66 knowing the strength of the network and its brand in the U.S. “The excellent reputation the ROUTE 66 RV Network has earned in the US gives me a great deal of confidence in joining the network in Canada,” he said. “Partnering with nearly 150 like-minded dealerships in Canada and the U.S., we can rest assured that our customers will be well taken care of — like we would take of them — wherever they travel.”
One of the founding dealers of The Network in Canada, Sylvia Thistle-Miller of Triangle RV, believes ROUTE 66 not only serves dealers’ needs but also the interests of their customers. “Unlike other RV dealer networks, ROUTE 66 seeks to add value to our customers’ experience after they buy an RV,” she said. “They can get savings at nearly 500 KOA Campgrounds in North America, traveling discounts through the ROUTE 66 RV Club and the peace of mind that comes with the new ROUTE 66 Roadside/Tech24 program. They’ve built a true consumer brand.”
Owner/President Ken Friedenberg of Arrkann Trailer sees being a part of a highly recognizable North American brand as a major plus. “This will ensure that any of my customers who travel in Canada or the US will always see a familiar brand that reassures them that they have a friend they can count on,” he said. “ROUTE 66 not only gives us a unique customer benefit, but gives our customers a great deal of peace of mind as they travel.”
Additional dealers will be added to the ROUTE 66 RV Network in Canada with the recommendation from these and other future member dealers. Each dealership’s territory will be clearly defined to ensure every dealership enjoys market exclusivity in offering The Network’s unique dealer and consumer program benefits in the U.S. and Canada.
The ROUTE 66 RV Network encompasses nearly 150 locations in 44 states and provinces.