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.
David Dandurand has been named the new location manager for Campers Inn of Merrimack, N.H, effective Oct. 1.
According to a press release, Dandurand is a RV industry veteran who has been with Campers Inn since mid-2007. He is currently controller of the company and will continue in that role. Prior to Campers Inn, Dandurand was employed for 2 1/2 years with Freedomroads as controller for the Syracuse, N.Y., Lakewood, N.J., and Chichester, N.H., locations.
“First of all, I want to sincerely thank Campers Inn for giving me this opportunity and entrusting me to be part of their continued success,” Dandurand said. “I believe with all my heart that I will bring a unique perspective to our Merrimack location given my background. I have spent many years eliminating, mitigating and managing risk from a financial prospective which will now allow me to impact operations and furthermore, promote our mission, vision and core values.”
Scott Hayden, Campers Inn director of operations noted, “The foundation of Campers Inn’s success is its employees. Allowing our staff to grow and being able to promote from within is very rewarding. I am excited to see David take on this position and I am confident that he will be extremely successful. The future for Campers Inn is bright as we continue our growth initiative and continue to acquire and develop additional locations.”
For more information regarding David Dandurand or Campers Inn call (574) 343-2272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Chynoweth was named the new Florida director of operations for Campers Inn.
“We see tremendous growth potential and opportunity in Florida and we feel that there is no one better who knows the market,” Scott Hayden, director of operations for Campers Inn, stated in a news release. “Rick’s immediate focus will be to assist Patti Parenteau with the ongoing expansion of our Leesburg location that was started last year. Now that the physical property has grown we need to further build and develop product lines that will increase our market share. At the same time we will continue to pursue potential locations that will enhance the Campers Inn family of dealerships which will fall under Rick’s direction.”
Chynoweth began his RV career in 2002 at Suncoast RV where he opened the Ocala, Fla., location in June of that year. In January 2008 he became vice president of operations while business was very difficult and stayed in that position until business stabilized in late 2010.
Prior to Suncoast, Chynoweth spent seven years in the automobile business and another seven years in the boat business. Chynoweth grew up in the RV business at his family’s RV dealership through 1982.
Chynoweth is excited about the position stating, “I will bring a lot of experience to Campers Inn and intend to capture more of the Florida market. Campers Inn already has a great reputation not only with their customers but throughout the industry. I am proud to say I am now part of the team and want to help take Campers Inn to the next level.”
Chynoweth is committed to the Campers Inn purpose of “Making sure that our customers feel so good about the product they bought and their decision to buy from us that they become our customers for life.”
For more information regarding Rick Chynoweth or Campers Inn please contact by phone: (574) 343-2272 or by email email@example.com.
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.”
For more information regarding Campers Inn please contact by phone at 603/883-1082 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
For more information regarding Campers Inn please contact by phone at (574) 343-2272 or by email email@example.com.
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.”
For more information regarding Gary Weber or Campers Inn Mocksville please contact by phone, 574-343-2272, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
For more information regarding Tim Schuyler or Campers Inn Mocksville please call 336-753-0014 or e-mail email@example.com.