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Good Sam to Launch an Auto Buying Program

April 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Program will launch in July.

Building on its commitment to provide maximum value and savings to its members, Good Sam, the world’s leading provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, today (April 15) announced it will launch a new auto buying program to provide their more than 1 million members with pre-arranged savings on the purchase of autos, as well as on boats, ATVs and other powersports vehicles.

With Good Sam Club members able to save thousands on purchases, the auto buying service is already attracting attention, even though it launches in July, according to a news release.

“Our focus is simply for our Good Sam members to have a great, seamless buying experience,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam and Camping World. “With the Good Sam Auto Buying Service our members will receive value and top-notch service on their purchase of a vehicle that would complement their RV lifestyle whether it is a new car, truck, van, sport utility, motorcycle, boat or ATV.”

Featuring up-front, hassle-free, pre-arranged pricing on many makes and models of autos, boats, and powersport vehicles, the Good Sam Auto Buying Service is unmatched in the industry. “No other camping or outdoor organization offers anything close,” said Lemonis, “We continue to provide Good Sam Members with serious savings — while they RV and throughout all aspects of their life. We will be adding more and more savings programs for our members.”

Building on relationships with more than 2,000 dealerships representing leading brands from Ford to Jeep, Toyota to Mercedes and many more, the Good Sam Auto Buying Service will offer members the ability to configure the exact vehicle they are interested in and to enjoy pre-arranged, discounted prices — with no negotiations needed. All prices are guaranteed and club members will work directly with dedicated, specially trained, dealer staff to complete their vehicle purchases. The program provides more than just lower prices and hassle free buying experiences, it includes the best customer service, all backed by Good Sam.

“The Good Sam Club is built upon helping people, and helping people save money is something we take seriously,” said Lemonis. “Members already save millions of dollars every year at campgrounds, at Camping World and at Pilot Flying J. Now, they will save even more at car, boat and powersports dealerships across the country. Our Auto Buying Service lets members focus on the excitement of their vehicle purchases, while saving thousands of dollars. We have pledged to bring maximum value to our members and we are delivering on that promise, again.”

With the service set to launch on July 1, Good Sam has already received such a high level of interest that they are offering Club members the ability to sign up on www.goodsamclub.com/autobuying to be notified as soon as the program is ready.

The Good Sam Buying Service will also help members choose the specific vehicle that is best for them. With side-by-side comparisons and thousands of pages of descriptions, photos and specifications, the Service provides a one-stop location to manage the entire vehicle research and purchase experience — all with pre-arranged discounted pricing.

About Good Sam Enterprises LLC

Good Sam Enterprises LLC and its wholly owned subsidiaries is the world’s largest provider of products and services that enhance the RV and outdoor recreation consumer experience. Our products provide savings, safety, security, comfort, and convenience, making RV ownership and the outdoor lifestyle more enjoyable. GSE corporate headquarters are located in Lincolnshire, Ill., with subsidiary operations and divisions located in multiple locations throughout the United States.

 

 

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Camping World/Good Sam Buy Florida Retailer

March 26, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Holiday on Wheels, an existing RV dealership in Panama City, Fla., in the next 90 to 120 days with an official grand opening a few months later.

According to a news release, plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state-of-the-art collision center.

“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of Holiday on Wheels and expand our market share throughout Florida,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “We are no stranger to the state of Florida and with all the activities Panama City offers — shopping, boating, hiking, fishing, state parks, and so much more, bringing a full-service RV supercenter to better serve the RV industry makes sense and completes our presence in the Panhandle.”

The new location will be officially named Camping World of Panama City and represents the third Camping World RV supercenter in the Panhandle, with nearby locations in Tallahassee and Gulf Breeze.

“We expect the Panama City market along with its close proximity to the major tourist areas of Destin and Fort Walton to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market,” continued Lemonis.

The new outlet will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country. The company will also be adding new positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support to join current employees at the Holiday on Wheels location as the facility expands.

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Camping World/Good Sam Buy American RV

March 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced the signing of an agreement to acquire American RV, an existing RV dealership in Olive Branch, Miss., in the next 60 to 90 days.

According to a news release, plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state-of-the-art collision center. The company has nearby RV supercenters in the Little Rock, Nashville and Calera markets and a total of seven stores in the greater regional area. American RV is owned by Peter Albano, who previously served as Convention/Expo Chairman for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of American RV and expand our market share throughout Mississippi as well as nearby Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “We expect the greater Memphis market to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market.”

Lemonis continued, “Our goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase our presence in the market, and grow the work force. The greater Memphis area is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts to fish, hike, camp, and swim and just enjoy life. We are excited to begin serving this market. “

The new location, officially named Camping World of Memphis, is the first full-service location in Mississippi for the company. However, Camping World, Lemonis and his family have long-standing ties to the nearby Memphis area with its continuous support of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

The new outlet will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country. The company will also be adding new positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support to join current employees at the American RV location as the facility expands.

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Camping World Rolling Stock ’12 Sales Up 29%

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Camping World RV Sales today (March 20) reported 2012 revenue on rolling stock sales of $1.48 billion, a 28.8% increase over 2011.

According to a news release, income from operations for the year totaled $67.4 million, an increase of 74% over 2011 results.

The company noted that the results do not include revenue or income from operations of the company’s affiliate Good Sam Enterprises LLC.

 

 

 

 

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Camping World/Good Sam Worker ‘Big’ Winner

March 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

An employee of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC was declared the winner on “the Biggest Loser: Challenge America,” the NBC reality weight-loss competition currently in its 14th season. According to a press release, Danni Allen, a 26-year-old advertising coordinator from Wheeling, Ill., lost 121 pounds while competing on the show.

“From Day 1, I did not know this was in me,” she said. “I was a scared, self-conscious person. I did not know I could be here. I did not know I could get past the first workout. I didn’t know that my dreams were possible and I finally feel like my dreams come true… I feel amazing.”

When she started on the show, Allen weighed 258 pounds. She finished at 137 pounds and lost 46.9% of her starting body weight by eating healthy and plenty of daily exercise.

Besides taking the “Biggest Loser” crown, Allen took home the $250,000 cash prize.

“As a company we are pleased to share in Danni’s achievements in reaching her health and fitness goals,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “She is a shining example of corporate wellness and the entire company and the RV industry was rooting for her from the beginning.”

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Camping World/Good Sam Buys Texas Retailer

March 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (March 14) announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Camper Coaches, an existing RV dealership in Lubbock, Texas, in the next 30 to 60 days. According to a press release, plans are for the location to undergo expansion to renovate into a larger facility including additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state of the art collision center.

“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of Camper Coaches and expand our market share throughout Texas as well as nearby New Mexico and Oklahoma,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “We expect the Lubbock market to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market.”

He added, “I always look for three things – people, process and product – in relation to enhancing our Camping World and Good Sam presence. Our goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase our presence in the market, and grow the work force.”

Camping World of Lubbock, with easy access off Interstate 27, will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. It represents the fourth full-service location in Texas for Camping World along with outlets in the San Antonio, El Paso and Houston markets as well as two stand-alone retail stores in the state.

Lemonis said the new supercenter  will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion in the state of Texas. Camping World of Lubbock will also be creating additional positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support as the facility expands, joining the current employees at the Camper Coaches location.

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Camping World/Good Sam Buys Nationwide RV

March 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. (CWI) and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (March 13) announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Nationwide RV, an existing RV dealership in Grain Valley, Mo., in the next 30 to 60 days.

According to a news release, plans are for the location to undergo expansion including adding additional service bays, a new Camping World retail store and a state-of-the-art collision center.

“The acquisition of the Kansas City location is a perfect strategic fit for us in terms of the location being contiguous to our existing business as well as allowing for expansion and broadening our market share throughout Missouri as well as nearby Kansas and Iowa,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “I always look for three things – people, process and product – in relation to enhancing our Camping World and Good Sam presence. Our focus is to increase our representation to existing and prospective RV owners and expand our service and product offering.”

Camping World of Kansas City represents the third location in Missouri for the national chain. The company has a supercenter in the Springfield market and recently announced the opening of a new location in Columbia in May.

Offering easy access off of Interstate 70, Camping World of Kansas City will carry a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast while showcasing motorhomes and towables from the industry’s leading manufacturers. On the accessory side, the new location will feature new and innovative products including interactive displays and customer experiences from the top vendors.

Camping World said it expects the new supercenter to be one of its best and is pleased to have the current employees at the Nationwide RV location join the Camping World staff. The location will also be adding additional positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support.

The company is also set to soon announce acquisition of additional RV dealerships across the country. Camping World said its goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase their presence in the market and grow the work force.

 

 

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New CWI Ga. Outlet to Feature Good Sam Park

March 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. (CWI) and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (March 8) announced plans to open a new supercenter in the Valdosta, Ga., market in November.

According to a press release, Camping World of Valdosta will feature the first co-located, co-branded 150-site campground and rally park for the company. In addition, the store will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast.

The new supercenter will join almost 100 other locations across the U.S., including four Georgia stores in the Atlanta, Macon and Savannah markets. Camping World of Valdosta will be located off I-75, exit 5, in Lake Park.

“We are excited to bring the Camping World one-stop shopping experience to Valdosta with our full-service RV lifestyle center that includes our proto-type Good Sam licensed RV campground,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “City leaders and landowners have embraced our recent acquisition because it puts money directly back into the local economy, brings jobs and helps to build revenue for businesses. Everyone wants to see success in their community.”

The co-located Good Sam park will take affordable family camping to a new level in the greater Valdosta area, according to Camping World. Visitors to the campground portion of the property will choose from 150 full-service campsites, including park models, as well as swimming pools, meeting rooms, pet playgrounds and other standard amenities with special rates for Good Sam Club members.

“We feel especially fortunate to be able to create a multi-business module that serves our southern Georgia and northern Florida communities with a wide choice of products and offering convenience off of I-75, while creating job opportunities,” said Roger Nuttall, president of Camping World Retail Group. “We look forward to serving the local community with high value products with the convenience and service fitting the greater Valdosta community’s recreational lifestyle.”

Camping World is the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer while Good Sam represents the world’s largest RV owners organization with more than 2,000 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Camping World is also the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.

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CWI No. 1 in Motorized, Towable Sales in 2012

February 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For the eighth consecutive year Camping World RV Sales was ranked as America’s No. 1 seller of towable and motorized RVs by Statistical Surveys Inc. for 2012.

“Our 2012 award indicates we continue to head in the right direction with a solid foundation and business plan in place,” said Roger Nuttall, president of Camping World Retail Group. “While we are pleased with our results, we are looking forward to continued sales improvement and are excited about our opportunity for continued growth for 2013.”

Camping World RV Sales projects it will surpass 40,000 total new and used RV sales in 2013. Coming off a strong 2011 sales year that saw unprecedented sales increases, Camping World RV Sales increased towable and motorized sales in the double digits over 2011 and dramatically increased market share in nearly every Camping World retail market.

“We are very pleased with our strong 2012 results which capped off a terrific year for our team,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises Inc. “As evidenced by our aggressive acquisitions in 2012 and continuing in 2013, we look to take advantage of the improving market, our enhanced inventory offering, and continue to be laser focused on improving our customer experience. We are confident in our ability to produce robust sales growth across our RV enterprise in 2013.”

Statistical Surveys reports are based solely on unit volume according to independent data gathered annually.

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CWI Relocating, Expanding Ocala SuperCenter

February 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced the relocation of the Camping World of Ocala dealership to a new 85,000-square-foot facility in Summerfield, Fla. According to a press release, the new facility is just south of its existing location and will feature one of the largest indoor showrooms on the eastern seaboard.

“We initially acquired our Ocala location in November 2011 as part of a multi-store chain acquisition. We have realized great success, however, have not been able to execute our companies’ full offering,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “We knew that by binding both the retail and dealership locations in our network, we would get closer to achieving our goal of truly being the one-stop shopping location for the RV and outdoor enthusiast across the country.”

Camping World expects to open the new SuperCenter in Summerfield in June 2013, which is a short drive from The Villages, a retirement community with over 75,000 residents. The Villages offers 33 golf courses, eight country clubs, a wide variety of family and adult recreational areas as well as activities like archery, painting, pickleball, quilting, scrapbooking, synchronized swimming, tae chi and yoga. In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked The Villages as Florida’s fastest growing small town. Lemonis commented, “This close proximity to the Villages is a match made in heaven.”

Ocala is also known as one of the largest equestrian communities in the country. Camping World’s existing partnership with the annual Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, coupled with this new SuperCenter located in one of the nation’s most treasured equestrian locations, further solidifies Camping World’s position as the leader in serving the horse-loving communities.

As the expansion begins, Camping World/Good Sam will add additional positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians and retail support to assist at this new location to aid its existing employee base. Camping World’s goal is to add more quality manufacturers and brands, increase their presence in the market, and grow the workforce.

Camping World of Ocala will feature motorhomes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Cross Roads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen and many more.

On the accessory side the new location will feature new and innovative products including interactive displays and customer experiences from the top vendors such as Dometic, Honda, Thetford, Goodyear, Winegard, ADCO, Camco, Roadmaster, Husky, Reese, Cequent, Exide, Ultra-Fab, Coleman, Valterra, Dicor, Champion, Rand McNally, Max-Air, BAL, Furrion, Select Comfort, Cummins, Onan, WFCO, Weber, HWH, Presto-Fit, Stromberg-Carlson, Atwood, RDK Products, Magellan, King Controls, Charbroil, Amerigas, Exxon Mobil products, Norcold and many more. Camping World also carries and creates their own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.

“After a thorough search in this part of Florida, which included Ocala, Gainesville, Leesburg, and Inverness we landed on Summerfield because we felt this location best served all of the aforementioned communities,” said Johnny Sirpilla, Chief Business Development Officer for Camping World and Good Sam. “Camping World has a strong history of customer service and we look forward to serving the Greater Ocala area in the near future.”

Camping World is the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer while Good Sam represents the world’s largest RV owners organization.

 

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