May 6, 2010, was a day that shook the RV industry in Texas as well as the nation. That is the day that FunTime RV closed its doors. Examiner.com reported that in the midst of a struggling economy, 115 employees were left without jobs.
The impact was felt immediately in the small town of Cleburne that had become an RV shopping destination since 1987, as well as in Indiana where many RV manufacturers had to scramble to distribute the hundreds of units left in FunTme’s massive inventory.
“It was definitely a dark day to those whose livelihoods depended on it,” said Jarrod McGhee, former employee of FunTime RV and current owner of Fun Town RV. “We had many good employees at FunTime, and I knew I had to do something to help.”
McGhee contacted Bill Brown and Basil EL-Masri, owners of Angelo RV in San Angelo.
“I had done business with Jarrod at FunTime over the years, purchasing units wholesale to take back out to San Angelo to sell,” said Brown. “I was shocked when FunTime closed, and asked Jarrod if there was anything we could do to help.”
Brown and El-Masri helped McGhee get another lot started across town in Cleburne. While some RV manufacturers were gun-shy about placing another dealer in Cleburne, they were able to secure product lines from Forest River Inc.
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Funtime RV of Tualatin, Oreg., is a new Holiday Rambler dealer, carrying Holiday Rambler’s line of motorhomes, Monaco RV LLC announced today (Nov. 11).
Funtime RV was founded in 1998 on one-quarter of an acre, selling pre-owned RVs with two employees. Since then, Funtime has expanded twice, locating to their current site in Tualatin. The current dealership is now located on 3 1/2 acres, with a large inventory selection, full-service parts and service departments and employs a staff of 18.
“We chose the Holiday Rambler brand of motorhomes as the brand means quality and the Holiday Rambler name is iconic in the RV industry,” this according to Jerry Fisk, president of Funtime RV.
“Holiday Rambler is eager to partner with Funtime RV,” according to Scott Jacobson, Holiday Rambler national sales manager, motorized. “With the addition of Funtime, we are able to build our west coast distribution and continue to establish a strong, diverse network of Holiday Rambler dealerships. Funtime RV understands what it takes to provide quality products and excellent service to our mutual customer. We look forward to a great future ahead with them.”
For more information about Funtime RV and their products and services, visit www.funtimervinc.com.
For more information about Holiday Rambler products, visit www.holidayrambler.com.