Multi-location dealer Campers Inn is looking to add more outlets, according to a press release.
Founded in 1966 by Art and Fran Hirsch, Campers Inn has grown to seven dealerships located in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts and its headquarters in New Hampshire. The company reported that due to the success of its two newest dealerships in Elkhart, Ind., and Mocksville, N.C., Campers Inn is looking to acquire additional dealerships east of the Mississippi to expand its dealer network.
“We have made a commitment to look at every opportunity that is presented to us,” said Campers Inn Director of Operations Scott Hayden. “It is our intent to secure locations that complement existing stores and will enhance the sales and service experience of our customers. We believe employees are our biggest asset, we are committed to retaining the acquired dealerships management and staff and will make every effort to integrate them into our Campers Inn family.”
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The RV industry is showing signs of improvement in Indiana’s Elkhart County, as evidenced by the latest report from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) showing an 8.6% increase in year-over-year shipments through the first five months of 2012.
WSBT, South Bend, reported that the trend is a welcome change for workers like Barry Hyser who found himself without a job when the economy, and the RV industry, tanked in 2008. “A lot of the RV industry was closed and certainly a lot of us were unemployed for a period of time,” says Hyser. “It has changed a lot since then.”
Hyser is back to work, landing a position as the location manager at Campers Inn in Elkhart. The two-year-old dealership is seeing steady sales, including selling out of its Class C motorhome inventory in May.
“We are seeing about a 20% growth for May and June over last year, so it is picking up again,” says Hyser. “That is really good news for Elkhart, and of course good news for Campers Inn.”
It is good news for anyone in the RV industry. Especially for companies like Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC.
Livin’ Lite specializes in lightweight towables and General Manager Troy Andrews says families are looking for fuel and cost-efficient options.
“The big trucks are gone, everyone is driving more economic vehicles and our product leans toward that,” says Andrews. “It makes sense. They don’t have to go buy a big truck, they can use what they already have. A mini van is a perfect vehicle for most our products.”
In 2008 Livin’ Lite employed 13 people and produced one or two RVs a day. Now 100 people work in the two Wakarusa plants and they’re building seven to eight units every day.
Campers Inn, Merrimack, N.H., was recently named as a Top 20 Winnebago brand dealer, according to a press release.
“We are pleased to recognize Campers Inn as a Top 20 Winnebago brand dealer for 2012,” said Winnebago Industries General Sales Manager Dennis Shaw. “We value our partnership with Campers Inn and congratulate them on their sales leadership for 2012.”
Founded in 1966 by Art and Fran Hirsch, Campers Inn is one of the largest family owned RV dealerships in the country with seven locations across the East Coast and Midwest. The company, now owned and operated by Jeff Hirsch, has also been recognized as a Top 5 Blue Ribbon RV Dealer in the U.S. for its “dedication to customer service.”
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Campers Inn has named Patti Parenteau as the new location manager for its Leesburg, Fla., dealership. According to a press release, Parenteau has been a part of the Campers Inn Leesburg team since the dealership opened in 2005.
Parenteau is a long-time RV industry veteran of 30 years, starting out with her family’s business, New Hampshire Coach and Camper. She later worked for Gary’s Sports and RV Center before joining Campers Inn at its Merrimack, N.H., location in 2004.
“I have played a major role in growing Campers Inn of Leesburg to what it is today,” she said. “We are a very close knit family at this location and we strive to for the best. We are here to welcome each and every customer that comes to our facility.
“I want our dealership to grow, provide the learning tools for each team member to grow in their position and to make the customer feel extremely happy with their experience with us.”
Scott Hayden, Campers Inn operations manager noted, “It’s great to see a team member advance within the company. This is a step towards Campers Inn’s continued commitment to the industry as we grow within each community.”
RVs have had a strong presence in the media this spring as the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) continues its aggressive media relations outreach. Media reports reflect messages promoted by RVIA about the benefits of RVing and the RV industry’s recovery.
RVIA President Richard Coon appeared in a live interview on Fox Business on May 25 to discuss the resurgence of RV sales. Coon attributed the industry’s recovery to consumers responding to innovative new products being offered by RV manufacturers, according to a news release.
The previous day, May 24, two Massachusetts television stations aired live reports on the RV travel market ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The Fox Morning Show on Fox 25 Boston toured a Coachmen Class C motorhome and interviewed Brian Sullivan with Campers Inn Raynham about the benefits of RV travel. The “Dan and Kim in the Morning” show on WGGB Springfield interviewed Marc LeBrecque of Diamond RV in-studio about why now is a great time to RV and how to get started.
On Sunday, May 20, The New York Times published a story chronicling a reporter’s week-long West Coast trek in a rental RV. The article described the freedom and flexibility that comes from traveling with your own kitchen and bathroom facilities.
An April 11 broadcast of the PBS Newshour also examined the RV industry’s comeback despite the nation’s economic uncertainty. PBS reported on Elkhart’s drop in unemployment due to RV industry hiring.
Multi-location dealer Campers Inn announced that Gary Weber was named the new location manager for the company’s Mocksville, N.C., store. According to a press release, Weber has been a part of the Campers Inn team since February 2012.
Weber is a long-time RV industry veteran of 26 years and his RV experience includes positions with Colonial Airstream, Sunbird RV and Driftwood RV. Weber has worked in all facets of an RV dealership, including sales manager, parts and service manager and finance manager, according to the release.
“I am enthusiastic about upholding Campers Inn’s 45-year tradition of exceeding guest expectations through Campers Inn core values of integrity, teamwork, excellence and corporate sustainability,” Weber said. “I see a lot of potential in the Mocksville location and I am committed to growing our dealership’s stature in the North Carolina market by reaching our sales goals and helping our customers make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Scott Hayden, Campers Inn operations manager, noted, “It’s very satisfying to attract such great as talent Gary Weber. We constantly strive to employ the best professionals in the industry.”
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Tim Schuyler was named the new location manager for the Campers Inn dealership in Mocksville, N.C. According to a press release, Schuyler has been a part of the Campers Inn team since the dealership’s purchase in November of 2010.
Schuyler is a long-time RV industry veteran of 16 years. Previously, Schuyler was a small business owner and has served in a variety of capacities since joining the RV arena.
After beginning his career in the RV industry as a sales consultant, he migrated toward the “high-line” diesel pusher end of the market, becoming a diesel product manager at a North Carolina RV dealership and later serving as finance manager and sales manager. He also worked for two RV manufacturers, holding positions as southeastern regional sales manager for Junction City, Ore.-based Country Coach Inc. and northeastern territory manager for Newmar Corp., based in Nappanee, Ind.
Schuyler said he is enthusiastic about “upholding Campers Inn’s 45-year tradition of exceeding guest expectations through Campers Inn’s core values (integrity, teamwork, excellence, and corporate sustainability). We will also continue to be an upstanding member of the Mocksville community.”
Scott Hayden, Campers Inn operations manager added, “We really believe in investing in our employees in order to grow our company in a stable manner.”
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Barry Hyser has been named the new location manager for Campers Inn Elkhart, according to a news release.
Campers Inn is a New Hampshire-based retailer with stores in Kingston and Merrimack along with outlets in Elkhart, Ind., Leesburg, Fla., Raynham, Mass., Mocksville, N.C., and Macon, Ga.
Hyser has been a part of the Campers Inn Elkhart team since the retailer opened in July of 2010, serving as sales consultant. With 32 years in the RV industry, he has held positions with Coachmen Industries, Carriage Inc., Four Winds RV, Georgie Boy, Gulfstream Corp. and Holiday Rambler.
Hyser graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree and was a juvenile probation officer for Elkhart County before entering the RV industry.
Hyser said he is enthusiastic about “upholding Campers Inn 45-year tradition of exceeding guest expectations though Campers Inn core values of integrity, teamwork, excellence and corporate sustainability.”
He added, “We provide expert service and repairs for all customers and brands. I am committed to growing our dealerships stature in the Midwest market and helping our customers make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Scott Hayden, operations manager, noted, “It’s great to see a team member advance within the company. This is a step towards Campers Inn’s continued commitment to the industry as we grow within each community.”
With peak RV selling season approaching, RV dealers are looking to maximize their marketing dollars by investing in marketing programs that deliver a high return on investment and build brand loyalty. Below, courtesy of Jay Perrett of Outpost RV, St. Petersburg, Fla., are five reasons print communication needs to be a part of your 2011 marketing mix:
- Getting Your Customers’ Attention: Have you noticed how many fewer of pieces of mail you are getting these days? Consumers pay more attention to the mail they receive. You have their attention; now give them reasons to buy RVs, parts and service. Campers Inn in Kingston and Merrimack New Hampshire is creative and different. Recently they mailed out an eight-page magazine to all their customers and RV owners within 60 miles of the two New Hampshire locations and sales are “On Fire” since, said Scott Hayden of Campers Inn Merrimack. Try something new. “Customers are waiting in line for the give-aways!”
- Customer Retention: Magazines, fliers and newsletters are excellent ways to tell your customers you care about them and want to earn their business. RCD Sales in Hebron, Ohio, is bold, unique and successful. Each fall they have a Customer Appreciation Rally that “is always a big success” says Brad Haire of RCD Sales with locations in Hebron and Pataskala, Ohio. “They really like the ‘best wing sauce competition’ between our two locations” Other events include a golf outing, margarita night, patio light contest, and the Ohio State football game and NASCAR on the big screen. RCD does a great job staying in front of their customers and creating customers for life.
- High Return on Investment: According to the Direct Marketing Association, direct mail is the most powerful advertising medium available, returning on average $13 for every dollar invested. It is an essential tool for every business. To maximize your ROI, the campaign must be properly targeted and packaged. How do you cut through the clutter? Target the right audience of registered RV owners, have a powerful offer, and make it memorable. Loveall RV’s Annual Open House has been a big success the last two years utilizing creative direct mail campaigns. Owner David Duffy has been able to cut his marketing budget in half and double his return by maximizing his marketing dollars. “Every mailing we have done has resulted in a sizable increase in sales.”
- Print Excites People: I enjoy playing tennis; if I get anything tennis related in the mail, you have my attention. I enjoy reviewing the new 2011 rackets, sneakers, equipment and tennis tips. RV enthusiasts are passionate about their RVs so if you send them a RV flier or newsletter, the new models and parts and service specials will engage them. Lone Star RV, with two locations in Houston, Texas, has consistently sent unique 16-page parts magazines bi-annually for the last 15 years and gets positive feedback on every mailer, said Scott Byrne. “It’s a great way to stay in touch with RV owners in our area. Customers keep the magazine to refer to and bring it in with them to take advantage of our incentives.”
- Unplug: More and more people are choosing to unplug. They turn off the computer to sit down and read your print. Deliver the right message and your RV magazine filled with new 2011 RVs, parts & service incentives may be just what they need.
“My mission is honesty, ambition and providing outstanding customer service,” said Perrett. ”My clients are my partners. My work is dedicated to your business, your brand and your audience.”
For more information, call Perrett at (800) 456-9222 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campers Inn, a Kingston, N.H.-based dealership chain, Monday (Nov. 8) added a seventh store with the acquisition of the RV Superstore of Mocksville in Mocksville, N.C.
”Campers Inn of Mocksville is going to be a full-line dealership supporting parts and service to the RV community,” President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch told RVBusiness.com.
Hirsch’s parents, Art and Fran Hirsch, founded Campers Inn in 1966 selling RVs from their Nashua, N.H., home after having a bad experience attempting to purchase a folding camping trailer.
”Making money was never the intent, although I’m sure he hoped he could do it properly,” Jeffrey Hirsch said. ”But as a result of his experience he wanted to give people a better experience than he had. He wanted to treat people the way they should be treated.”
Campers Inn in October was named one of the Top 50 dealerships in the U.S. by an independent panel of judges on behalf of RVBusiness magazine and was designated one of five ”Blue Ribbon” dealerships in the nation.
The 32,000-square-foot Mocksville facility on 10 acres employs about 30 people and has 10 service bays and an indoor showroom. ”It’s one of the nicest facilities I’ve ever seen,” Hirsch said.
The acquisition was Campers Inn’s second this year after having opened a Campers Inn dealership in July in Elkhart, Ind.
Besides the Mocksville and Elkhart facilities and the Kingston headquarters store, Campers Inn operates dealerships in Merrimack, N.H., Raynham, Mass., Fruitland, Fla., and Byron, Ga.