Texas-Based Fun Town RV Rises From the Ashes
Fun Town RV employees liken the Cleburne, Texas, dealership’s recent trajectory to a phoenix rising from the ashes, and they had plenty to celebrate on Wednesday (March 26).
The Cleburne Times-Review reported that four years ago the dealership, then called FunTime RV, shut its doors and left 115 employees jobless. The dealership, at that time the largest volume dealer in the U.S., fell victim to adverse economic conditions and left RV manufacturers scrambling to redistribute several hundred units of FunTime’s huge inventory.
“It was definitely a dark day to those whose livelihoods depended on it,” said Jarrod McGhee, former FunTime employee and current Fun Town owner. “We had many good employees at FunTime and I knew I had to do something to help.”
Hoping to revive the Cleburne dealership that began in 1987, McGhee contacted Bill Brown and Basil EL-Masri, owners of Angelo RV in San Angelo.
The three opened a lot on North Main Street in Cleburne and secured product lines from Forest River, a Warren Buffett-owned company and the U.S.’s largest RV manufacturer.
With a substantially smaller inventory and staff, Fun Town officially opened Aug. 1, 2010, with a commitment to provide a great product at a low price and superb customer service.
“We were just getting off the ground as winter was approaching, and that is traditionally a slow time for the RV industry as a whole,” said Raul Ramirez, Fun Town general manager. “But we never slowed down. We kept on cranking out the units all the way through until the spring. It was unbelievable. We were hiring back old FunTime employees just to keep up with the demand of how many we were selling.”
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