The Fayetteville/Wade KOA Campground and Bill Plemmons RV World are teaming up for a special RV show May 13-15 at the campground at 6250 Wade-Stedman Road in Wade, N.C.
More than 15 new travel trailers, fifth-wheel units and motorhomes will be available for inspection during the three-day event, according to a news release.
The event will also serve as a celebration for the completion of nearly seven months of renovations and improvements at the Fayetteville/Wade KOA, according to manager Tom Dreyer.
“We’re happy to announce that we’ve doubled the size of the KOA,” Dreyer said. “We now have 160 full-service sites available for our local, regional, national and international travelers.” Other improvements at the spacious campground include a second swimming pool with bathhouse, laundry facility and pavilion.
The Fayetteville/Wade KOA Campground is an award-winning campground in the North American KOA system, which now totals 475 locations. The KOA is a favorite spot for campers traveling along Interstate 95, and its proximity to Fort Bragg makes it popular with military personnel and those working in the Fayetteville area.
The RV Show will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Campers are urged to make their reservations for this special event as soon as possible by calling (800) 562-5350 or visiting www.KOA.com.
The Fayetteville/Wade KOA is managed by Tom Dreyer, and operated by RV Management Services Group, which also operates the Richmond North/Americamps, Virginia KOA and the Pine Grove/Twin Grove Park KOA in Pennsylvania.
North Carolina’s Bill Plemmons RV World, with locations in Rural Hall, Raleigh, Salisbury and Mocksville, has announced the addition of the Apex travel trailer by Coachmen RV to its dealership product lines.
The Apex is the only expandable model on the market today with a queen bedroom suite design plus a unique floorplan that allows complete privacy in the queen bedroom, the dealer noted in a news release. Other Apex standard features include lamination surround construction, Azdel composite sidewall construction, bronze tint safety glass windows, radius roof with one-piece seamless membrane protection, double-entry step on all models, enclosed hinge baggage doors, aluminum wheels with nitro filled radial tires, 6-inch I-beam steel frame, two-tone maple cabinet doors, high definition laminated residential counter tops and under-mount, double-bowl kitchen sink with cover.
“We believe this new travel trailer line completes our selection and offers the travel trailer shopper a state-of-the-art expandable unit in a price range that’s easy on the pocketbook,” said Greg Bobbitt, general manager of Bill Plemmons RV World. “The Coachmen product is a proven winner and the Coachmen name is a household name that is trusted. Plus, the Apex travel trailer is a quality unit priced affordably.”
Bill Plemmons RV World is a 2nd generation RV dealership and is the current recipient of the Top 5 Blue Ribbon Award recognizing the company as one of the top five dealerships in the United States and Canada. The company has been in business since 1951 and is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. The company specializes in service, parts and sales of America’s top RV brands in both towable and motorized RVs representing over 83 RV model brands overall. To learn more, visit www.BillPlemmonsRV.com.
Bill Plemmons RV World announced today (Dec. 29) the opening of its fourth North Carolina dealership. The new store, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary celebration, is located in Mocksville and, according to owner Steve Plemmons, will feature a full line of towable and motorized RVs.
Founded by the late Bill Plemmons in 1951 in Winston-Salem, the original dealership eventually relocated to Rural Hall. The company also operates dealership locations in Salisbury, to cover the Charlotte market, and Raleigh.
“We’re proud to honor our company’s 60th Anniversary with the addition of our fourth location in Mocksville,” said Plemmons, who first went to work at the dealership at age 8, policing the grounds, and acquired full ownership of the family-owned business in 2004. “This location allows us to service our universe of customers more towards the west conveniently.”
The Mocksville location is the third dealership opened by Plemmons in what has otherwise been a bleak economic era for RV retailers.
“Since 2007 — and while in a downturn economic condition — Bill Plemmons RV World has successfully expanded from one to four locations and has increased from a base of 55 employees to a current 87 and still growing,” Plemmons noted in a release. “That’s a 58% growth in employment, which we believe is our small part in helping those communities with jobs.”
Bill Plemmons RV World sells and services both towable and motorized RVs and represents nearly 100 RV model brands overall. For more information, visit www.BillPlemmonsRV.com.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Leadership prayer breakfast guest speaker Don Teague shared a story with attendees about listening to God and how it affects people’s lives. Teague, an Emmy award-winning CBS News correspondent, spoke to an audience of about 200 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel this morning (Dec. 1) during the 48th Annual RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
According to a news release, though he started his remarks with wit and laughter, Teague’s retelling of his ordeal in Iraq while reporting for NBC on the war was also compelling to the audience, and at times Teague himself was brought to tears when he spoke of intense experiences such as a bombing at a newly rebuilt school in Baghdad and witnessing the spiritual rebirth of Rafraf Barrak, a young woman who served as a translator for the news crew on site and whom Teague befriended. He said was so moved by her courage and her plight – she received routine beatings at home for even the most casual contact with males and was told from the age of 5 she was “bad” – he decided to try and bring her to America with him and make her part of his family.
Teague relayed he went to Iraq after much prayer from his wife and himself, believing it was what he was called to do.
“I felt something really important would happen there,” he said. Even though he was afraid for his safety, he said he knew he would be protected, thinking, “It’s time to press into God. He’s faithful and He’ll be there with me.”
Teague said his faith was upheld when two bombs were planted at the school but miraculously, no one was hurt. Additionally, he said Barrak herself was kidnapped by a group of extremists with the intent to kill her, but she managed to dive from the fast-moving car and escape in the car of another motorist. After completing the “insurmountable task” of bringing a Shiite Muslim Iraqi to America, Barrak now lives with his family in Texas, where she has become a Christian and is an active member of their church.
“God always finds a way,” Teague declared. “Rafraf thought she was just lucky until she realized God was pursuing her. He does that to all of us. Listen to God; he’s pursuing you.”
This is the first year the prayer breakfast returned after a hiatus last year due to the economic downturn.
“It was wonderful to be able to hold the breakfast again,” said Carl Pletcher, coordinator of the event for RVI Leadership. “Don was a fantastic speaker and we enjoyed his story immensely.”
The master of ceremonies for the event was Steve Plemmons, CEO of Bill Plemmons RV World. The invocation was said by BJ Thompson, president of BJ Thompson Associates, while Jim Huebner, president of Huebner Petersen, read scriptures and Jack Enfield, sales and marketing manager at MOR/ryde, conducted the prayer.
Gold sponsors were Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco chairman of the board and CEO; Matthew Miller, Newmar Corp. president; John Wuori, Fabric Services president and CEO; Thetford/Norcold; BJ Thompson; Marzahn & King Consulting Inc.; John Regan, Fabric Services chairman of the board; and Jim Huebner.
Silver sponsors were Jack Enfield; Steve Plemmons; John Spader, Spader Business Management Inc. president; Carl Pletcher; and Mike Keller, Keller Marine and RV president.
Bronze sponsors were Chris Craft and Chad Stoltzfus, Lake City Bank, senior vice presidents of commercial banking; Gary Shuder, Newmar Corp. vice president of finance; and Statistical Surveys Inc.
“We are so grateful to our sponsors who supported the event this year. We would not have been able to bring it back without their generosity,” Pletcher stated. To be included on the mailing list or become a sponsor for next year’s event, contact him at (574) 215-7173 or email@example.com.
A luxury motorcoach worth more than $1.5 million will headline the North Carolina RV & Camping Show which opens a three-day run Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center, but show organizers say there will be bargain-priced recreational vehicles available also, according to the Charlotte Observer.
A 14-foot-long recreational vehicle called the K-Z RV Sportsman Classic sells for $5,995 and features what show organizers say is a retro look.
“You’ve got to see this RV to believe it,” said Steve Plemmons, president and CEO of Bill Plemmons RV World, one of the Carolinas’ major recreation vehicle dealers. “It is so lightweight and compact, and the low price makes it obtainable for more RV’ers than ever.”
But also on display will be the Featherlite Luxury Coach, brought to the show by Tom Johnson Camping Center, another major RV dealer. It is 45 feet long and features Corian countertops, a fully equipped kitchen, marble flooring, a 42-inch LCD television, custom fiber opting lighting, and more.
The 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show, which took place this past weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, boasted increased attendance and strong sales among participating RV dealers.
With over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, including a 10% expansion in outside space, the show offered a wide variety of products and services to RV and camping enthusiasts looking to explore the great outdoors, according to a news release.
Regional Show Manager Anthony Tedesco reported an increase in attendance over last year’s show. “The response from dealers and exhibitors was extremely positive,” said Tedesco. “Show attendees were definitely excited about the RV lifestyle and that really showed. Several RV dealers reported significant growth in sales and felt very positive about the upcoming year due to this event.”
Jeff Haughton, vice president/eastern region at Affinity Events division of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), continues to emphasize a positive outlook in these challenging times. “The consumer response to this event reaffirms the fact that the RV lifestyle is attractive and affordable during these uncertain economic times. RVing continues to be a great option for families, those with pets and people who enjoy exploring the country back roads and highways.”
Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center, is a perfect example of the show’s success. “Not only did we see our sales rise 30% from last year, we also saw people who were excited to explore all the RVs and discover how much fun RVing can be. It was an amazing event and even with the freezing temperatures, it was amazing to see just how many people came to the show.”
Steve Plemmons, owner and president of Bill Plemmons RV World and president of the North Carolina Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), confirmed the show exceeded his expectations on every level. “This was a great show for us,” said Plemmons. “The signs were very positive with our sales up 14%, high traffic count and attractive RV displays — we’re really excited for the upcoming Affinity Events shows in Charlotte and Raleigh.”
Plemmons also exhibited a “green” RV, the EverGreen Ever-Lite travel trailer, manufactured by Elkhart, Ind.-based company, Evergreen Recreational Vehicles LLC. Attendees were excited to see the first-ever environmentally certified RV with its use of composite materials, rather than traditional wood products.
The success of the show is no surprise to those who love RVing. Shipments of RVs in October 2009 totaled 16,600, an increase of 23% over October 2008 shipments. Although the current economic climate has been a challenge for the recreation industry as a whole, RVing has remained popular, as it is a more affordable alternative to many other forms of travel.
Affinity Events will welcome RV enthusiasts to get ready for the great outdoors in February with the Charlotte and Raleigh RV & Camping Shows. These shows will feature a variety of RVs, campground information and accessories along with expert advice and entertainment.
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Bill Plemmons RV World, with three locations in Rural Hall, Raleigh and Salisbury, N.C., just released their latest sales figures for 2009 year-to-date.
In a period of acknowledged tough economic times, the dealership group was able to achieve an impressive increase of 22% in total unit sales compared to the same period in 2008, according to a news release.
“This year’s sales to date has already broken our longtime company record set years ago during much healthier economic times,” said Steve Plemmons, owner of Bill Plemmons RV World. “In October alone, our Rural Hall store is up 190% compared to the same month last year.”
Healso reported that the Raleigh location increased 100% in October over last year and that although only open for just three months, the Salisbury location is already exceeding initial projections.
“It makes all of us excited to bring in the new year,” Plemmons continued. “We believe this trend will continue to grow into 2010 and we will also improve our overall market share.”
Due to the growth in sales, the company also increased their staff size by by 10 people. This increase boosted their overall employee base by 15% and created several new positions within the dealerships.
“We added several new product lines this year which made a big difference in the selection we are able to offer to our customers,” Plemmons said. “But mostly, I credit our team and our new employees for this success. They stepped up their commitment to superlative customer service and our improved sales numbers exemplify their efforts. I’m really proud of the job they’ve done this year.”
Bill Plemmons RV World is a second generation RV dealership which has been in business since 1951. The company sells both towable and motorized RVs and represents 81 RV model brands overall. To learn more, visit www.billplemmonsrv.com.
The 8th Annual North Carolina Fall RV Show & Sale, which took place last weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum, boasted increased attendance and strong sales.
This year’s sale attracted numerous RV enthusiasts optimistic about the economy and ready to purchase their next RV, according to a news release from the sponsor, Affinity Events. The low prices on new 2009 and 2010 RVs along with special tax deductions for qualified buyers brought thousands of attendees to the sale.
“The majority of the dealers participating in the show reported having met their sales goals and they were all very happy with the quality of traffic throughout the show,” said Anthony Tedesco, show manager. “With all the discouraging news we are seeing about the economy, we were excited to have so many people come to the sale intent on making a purchase. It was great to see the dealers do so well.”
Steve Plemmons, president and CEO of Bill Plemmons RV World, reported strong sales and plenty of great interest from show attendees around one of his newest offering, the KZ RV Sportsmen Classic, a retro-design travel trailer retailing at $4,995.
“Attendees were very excited about the KZ model and its great price. We were even able to sell a few on the spot at the show,” reported Plemmons.
Plemmons wasn’t the only dealer who did well. Alan Good, sales manager with the RV Superstore, also reported strong sales. “We were also able to talk face-to-face with a lot of people, avid RV enthusiasts as well as people who were looking at purchasing their very first RV,” he said. “That is something that we really enjoy about participating in events with Affinity. We always expand our reach and meet lots of new potential customers at the sale.”
According to Jeff Haughton, vice president of Affinity Events, the success of the sale can be credited, in part, to the strong connections Affinity creates with RV enthusiasts through its many clubs, services, media outlets and events. “Affinity is proud to produce sales events that play an important role in the process of getting loyal RV enthusiasts behind the wheel of the RV of their dreams,” Houghton said.
Bill Plemmons RV World also premiered the first ever “green” RV on the market, the Evergreen Ever-Lite. The Ever-Lite is revolutionizing the RV industry through the use of composite materials (rather than traditional wood products) to help eradicate formaldehyde and out gassing to make a healthier, more environmentally sound RV. The model is also much more resistant to water leaks and rotting, which makes for much a higher resale value in the long run, an important feature for many buyers.
RV enthusiasts throughout North Carolina and the surrounding regions will have one more opportunity to take advantage of discounts on a new RV before the summer ends at The Charlotte Fall RV Show & Sale. The event will take place Sept. 25-27 at The Park (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart).
For a complete list of exhibitors and additional show information, visit www.agievents.com or call (800) 441-0013.
Affinity Events is a subsidiary of Affinity Group Inc., publisher of RVBusiness and RVBUSINESS.COM.