Campers Inn, a New Hampshire-based dealership with locations across the East Coast, announced that its newest location in Jacksonville, Fla., is officially open for business.
According to a press release, the former Rivers RV site was reopened on Jan. 28 as Campers Inn. The company, which retained 95% of the existing staff, said it has spent the last few months rebranding the dealership and training employees to ensure a smooth transition.
Campers Inn of Jacksonville will have an official grand opening at the start of the camping season this spring and will also participate in the upcoming Jacksonville Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) Show in February.
With Campers Inn’s goal of continued growth in 2014, CEO and owner Jeff Hirsch stated, “Larry Schaffer (Rivers RV owner) and I had a great working relationship through this transition. This was an exciting time for both companies, and we look forward to the future. As Campers Inn continues to grow we hope to provide choice for those RV pioneers’ when making the decision to retire or leave the industry, and we believe we will serve the industry well with choice.”
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Multilocation dealer Campers Inn announced it is looking to hire an experienced professional as the company’s national service director.
According to a press release, the new hire will oversee the service operations over all nine of the company’s locations. Ben Hirsch, Campers Inn’s COO, stated, “Our national service director will be working with the regional service directors to spread best practices, implement standards, help grow the service departments, develop organizational training plans, acquire resources, and help make Campers Inn’s service the best in the industry.”
Campers Inn, which has been on the growth mode in recent years, looks to continue to expand its footprint. “The national service director will also be responsible for assisting the company in quickly bringing new stores into the Campers Inn team,” Hirsch noted.
Candidates must be willing to work out of the company’s headquarters in Kingston, N.H. Those interested should contact Hirsch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For other position openings at Campers Inn visit the employment page on dealer’s website at www.campersinn.com.
New Hampshire-based Campers Inn today (Dec. 2) announced the the acquisition of Rivers RV in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a press release. With the addition of Rivers RV, Campers Inn now operates seven locations across the East Coast.
Rivers RV, with more than 35 years of operation, is situated on a 20-acre lot equipped with a delivery camp area, 14-bay service department, fully stocked RV parts department and body shop.
Jeff Hirsch, Campers Inn’s owner and CEO, stated, “Rivers RV is simply a great fit for Campers Inn. We have perfect alignment in both our family oriented cultures and our core values. When (owner) Larry Schaffer indicated his desire to see his company sold we were able to reach an agreement in just three weeks. Working with Larry in helping with the next phase of his life has been an absolute pleasure, and we intend to make Larry proud.”
Schaffer added, “I wanted to ensure that Rivers RV partnered with the right company. Campers Inn is that company and I know that their organization will ensure that Rivers RV will strengthen and grow to better serve this great market.”
Hirsch noted that Campers Inn will remain in acquisition mode heading into 2014. “Campers Inn will continue to seek out expansion opportunities,” said Hirsch. “As we know, up until now there has not been a lot of choice for these RV pioneers’ when making the decision to retire or leave the industry, and we believe we will serve the industry well with choice.”
Rivers RV is expected to be rebranded as Campers Inn of Jacksonville — with an associated job fair — in January.
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N.H.-based multilocation dealer Campers Inn announced the promotion of Ben Hirsch to the position of COO.
According to a press release, Hirsch grew up in the business working at the original Campers Inn location in Acton, Mass. He went to college at West Point, and then was an Army officer serving as a helicopter pilot, speechwriter and multinational commander.
He decided to rejoin the Campers Inn team and took on the role of director of fixed operations where he has worked on many projects including best practices manuals, employee training and the standardization of company operations. In addition, Hirsch has led numerous other projects that were outside of his fixed operations role, and he is currently pursuing his MBA from Wharton Business School.
“As our company has grown, I have learned that my attention and focus must be on the company’s culture, vision, relationships and strategy,” said Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch. “However, these responsibilities have taken a great deal of time and I have had to delegate more of the operational responsibilities. I am confident that Ben will ensure that our operations continue to improve, and all employees will experience the quality support from corporate that they deserve.”
Ben Hirsch added, “I am honored to have been selected for this great position. I look forward to working with Campers Inn and the industry, and I will do my best to help carry on Campers Inn’s legacy as the campers trusted resource.”
New Hampshire-based multilocation dealer Campers Inn will be exiting the Elkhart, Ind., market.
“Campers Inn has greatly enjoyed serving the Elkhart and Northern Indiana community for the past three years,” said Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch. “From the beginning, we have sought to provide a high-value, full-service dealership focused on taking care of our customers during their entire RVing experience – from the research process to purchasing an RV to after the sale. Regretfully, we have decided that continuing to serve the Elkhart community is no longer in the best interest of either our customers or the company.”
Hirsch said that the Elkhart location did not fit into the company’s model of serving customers within a relatively local proximity.
“Over the past few years, Campers Inn has found that in order to achieve a sustainable level of business, we would have to seek and acquire customers from well outside the local area,” he said. “While this is feasible, it does not fit our model. We do not feel that we would be able to provide the excellent service and value if we actively seek out the long-distance customer by targeting other dealers’ local markets.
Hirsch reported that Campers Inn will remain in the Elkhart area through August.
“Looking ahead, Campers Inn continues to focus on our growth strategy and we are excited about opening our newest location in Union, Conn., in the coming months,” he said. “We are also excited about continuing many of the partnerships we solidified while operating in Elkhart, such as our outstanding relationship with Forest River. I want to express my sincere thanks to everyone who has made Campers Inn a success, and I know our best years are yet to come.”
Florida-based Campers Inn Leesburg announced the appointment of Ricky Chynoweth as location manager, according to a press release. Chynoweth replaces his father, Rick Chynoweth Sr., who will oversee all Campers Inn locations in the south as well as Campers Inn, Elkhart, Ind.
Ricky Chynoweth has worked in the RV industry for the past seven years. His past experience includes RV sales, Internet management and sales management at Suncoast RV Ocala, Fla., and Camping World RV, Ocala.
He noted, “I feel very gracious to the Campers Inn family for the opportunity to help maintain and grow their business. I am most excited to become part of a family run business whose main focus is customer service and building a relationship that will last for years to come. I look forward to the challenge of helping to developing Leesburg’s customer base and providing leadership to my fellow staff.”
Besides the Leesburg location and its Kingston, N.H, headquarters, Campers Inn operates dealerships in Merrimack, N.H., Raynham, Mass., Mocksville, N.C., Kings Mountain, N.C., Elkhart, and Byron, Ga.
For more information regarding Ricky Chynoweth or Campers Inn Leesburg call (336) 753-0014 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Campers Inn announced the opening of its eighth location in Kings Mountain, N.C. According to a press release, the property is currently being transformed from a Chevrolet dealership into a full-service RV dealership complete with RV parts, service and sales.
Campers Inn Kings Mountain features a five-acre paved sales lot, 10 service bays and a 17,880-square-foot facility. The dealership had a soft opening on Jan. 21 and plans to have a grand opening once renovations are complete.
The outlet will be managed by Jim Fisher who began his RV career in 1989 as F&I manager at his family owned dealership in Washington State. Fisher was also the general manager for Suncoast RV in Tampa, Fla., and national sales manager for the RV manufacturer Trail Manor.
“We want to provide expert service and repairs for all customers and brands,” said Fisher. “I am committed to growing our dealerships stature, and helping our customers make memories that will last a lifetime”.
The service department of Campers Inn Kings Mountain will be managed by Lee Kearney. He received his bchelor’s in industrial engineering from State University of New York at Oswego.
Kearney has been a service manager, parts manager and director of fixed operations for the past 30 years on cars, trucks and RV’s.
“We want to give customers the best possible experience in service after the sale, and to have a long-lasting relationship with the people of Kings Mountain that keeps them coming back,” Kearney said.
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Campers Inn Mocksville, N.C., has expanded its motorhome offerings with the addition of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.’s line of luxury Class A’s.
According to a press release, Red Bay, Ala.-based Tiffin has a long-standing relationship with Campers Inn, featuring its products at several other locations.
Adding Tiffin to its inventory represents “just one step in the long-term growth plan for the dealership,” which features a 22,000-square-foot showroom and 10 service bays.
Campers Inn Mocksville Director of Operations Scott Hayden noted, “We are proud of our ongoing relationship with Tiffin. Tiffin’s core values mirror our own and we continually strive to reach new levels of excellence”.
For more information on Campers Inn Mocksville contact Gary Webber at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (336) 753-0014.
John McKibbin has been named the new location manager for Indiana-based Campers Inn Elkhart. According to a press release, McKibbin is an RV industry veteran, having served for the past six years as GSM for Camping World of Las Vegas, formerly Wheelers RV.
“I’m truly excited about joining the Campers Inn team,” McKibbin said. “Working with a company and people with positive outlooks and attitudes is an opportunity that holds great value to me.”
Scott Hayden, director of operations, added, “John is a strong leader and decisions maker who strives to improve productivity and efficiency of team members. I am happy to have him become part of the Campers Inn family”.
For more information regarding John McKibbin or Campers Inn Elkhart call (336) 753-0014 or e-mail email@example.com
The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) named Jeff Hirsch as its a new chairman during this week’s RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, which concludes today (Oct. 5). Hirsch is president of multilocation dealership Campers Inn headquartered in Kingston, N.H.
Speaking to convention attendees, Hirsch said he intends to emphasize the importance of RVDA membership. “One of my goals this year as your chairman . . . is to help RVDA continue to grow and evolve so that membership is seen as vital,” he said. “We need to reach out and connect with every dealer possible.”
Hirsch also expressed an interest in finding ways to reach the next generation of RV dealers by targeting younger executives and creating programs to serve their needs.
In a move to accommodate Second Vice Chairman Bob Been’s departure from the board due to an unforeseen family issue, Hirsch will serve for two years while Outgoing Chairman Andy Heck of Alpin Haus RV, Albany, N.Y., will remain on the board for another year.
Also, RVDA said that no first vice chairman would be named this year.
Other officers include: Second Vice Chairman John McCluskey, Florida Outdoors RV Center, Stuart, Fla.; Treasurer Brian Wilkins, Wilkins RV Bath, N.Y.; and Secretary Amy Pennington, RV Outlet Mall Georgetown, Texas.
Elected to serve on the RVDA board are Will Jarnot, Pleasureland RV Center Inc., St. Cloud, Minn., and Ron Shepherd, Camperland of Oklahoma, Tulsa.