The Register-Guard reported that Camping World describes itself as the nation’s largest recreational vehicle and outdoor retailer and the Good Sam Club as the world’s largest RV owners’ group.
Camping World of Eugene offers new and used motorhomes and towable RVs from some of the industry best-known brands.
On the accessory side, it offers products ranging from appliances to water filters from vendors such as Honda, Coleman, Champion and Weber, and a private line of products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.
The grand opening is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. today (April 4) and run through April 13, the company said. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. On April 17, the store will move to spring and summer hours, staying open an hour later Monday through Saturday.
For more information about Camping World of Eugene, go online to www.CampingWorldofEugene.com .
The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory announced its list of Top Destination RV Parks for 2014. According to a press release, the RV parks stand out for their proximity to top tourism attractions, from national forests to amusement parks.
While welcoming travelers to some of North America’s most popular destinations, these parks often help guests arrange tours and provide information to points of interest. Click here to view the guide’s complete list of Top Destination RV Parks.
Highlights from the List:
• Many parks on the list serve as jumping-off points to nearby attractions. Memphis Graceland RV Park and Campground, for example, is situated just two minutes from Elvis Presley’s legendary home and is linked to the “official site of the King of rock ‘n’ roll.”
• Several destination RV parks are directly affiliated with an attraction like Camping at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which offers camping in the infield of the South Carolina raceway.
• Some parks enhance the customer experience by facilitating visits to nearby destinations. For example, the staff at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario, provide tour packages for guests seeking spectacular views of the nearby falls.
Facts about Destination RV Travel:
• The most popular travel destination in the United States is Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by New York City and Orlando, Florida, according to Business Insider magazine.
• The most popular destinations to visit in Canada are Vancouver, British Columbia, followed by Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.
• Not surprisingly, RV parks can be found in high concentrations in or around popular destination, while others parks are found the travel corridors leading to popular destinations.
RV travelers can find more insights into RV parks in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, which contains detailed information on more than 8,000 private RV parks across North America; each one is personally rated by Good Sam’s review teams.
The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Readers can take a “Trip of a Lifetime” and learn about camping in and around NASCAR venues. Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico.
The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has released its list of Top Holiday Parks for December.
RV travelers can find cheer and festivities in destinations as diverse as Florida and Arizona by staying at parks chosen by the publication’s editors and consultants.
Parks who made the list boast one or more of the following qualities:
• Festive decorations and special Holiday-themed events for guests.
• Public Holiday celebrations in the surrounding communities.
• Holiday-themed entertainment from special shows to parades
Click here for the guide’s complete list of Top Holiday Parks.
RV travelers can find more insights into Holiday RV parks in the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, which contains detailed information on more than 8,000 private RV parks across North America; each one is personally rated by Good Sam’s consultant teams.
The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Readers can take a Trip of a Lifetime and learn about camping in and around NASCAR venues. Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico.
The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has just released its list of the “Top Extended-Stay RV Parks in North America,” according to a press release.
Compiled by the guide’s editors and consultants, the list is tailored for travelers seeking RV resorts that provide amenities and social activities for vacations stays in some of North America’ most popular regions. To view the entire list click here.
Located across North America, extended-stay RV parks provide guests with all the amenities needed to enjoy a long vacation in one place. While some RV parks put strict limits on how long guests can stay, many parks cater to seasonal visitors, even providing special sections long-term guests.
Snowbird parks commonly embrace long-term guests, as more than 1 million RVers trek to the Sunbelt every year to spend their winters away from the snow. However, parks like Brookhollow RV Park in Kelso, Wash., remain open all year and give guests a chance to enjoy the Pacific Northwest all four seasons.
RV parks that accommodate RVers for long periods give guests a reason to stay. Ocean Lakes RV Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., has a church, 12,000-square-foot market, bicycle rentals and a recreational building. The resort’s 12-month activity calendar features events like a family scavenger hunt, entertainment and a New Year’s Eve Party. At Sun Vista RV Resort in Yuma, Ariz., guests can enjoy in-park hair stylists, massage therapists, ballroom dancing classes and regular entertainment. Guests also have access to locked mail boxes and free forwarding services and can get toned at the park’s two-story fitness center.
More information about extended-stay RV parks is available in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, which combines two of the RV industry’s most popular and respected brands — the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s Campground Directory — into one comprehensive volume. The guide contains detailed information more than 8,000 private RV parks across North America; each campground is personally inspected and rated by the Good Sam’s consultant teams.
Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (Oct. 21) announced their 2014 forecast for expansion and future development to meet customer needs for product and service in new markets. According to a press release, the new markets will raise the total number of supercenters to just shy of 120 nationwide. Additionally, the company is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions that will be announced over the next six months.
“Camping World and Good Sam cater to travelers from all over the United States seeking quality outdoor products and services. We are proud to continue our commitment to the U.S. market with the opening of these new supercenters and look forward to having customers in these regions visit their new one-stop location for everything outdoor and RV,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “As part of Camping World and Good Sam’s growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From facility upgrades to new store openings, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving our customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs.”
Plans are underway to expand the company footprint with additional locations in high-traffic, outdoor-centric markets within the following areas: Pittsburgh, Pa.; Lexington, Ky.; Erie, Pa.; Des Moines, Iowa; Rapid City, S.D.; Minot, N.D.; and San Antonio, Texas.
These new markets are in addition to highly visible locations slated for first quarter 2014 that include:
• January 2014 – Coburg (Junction City area), Ore.
• January 2014 – Fresno, Calif.
• January 2014 - Lake Park, Ga.
• February 2014 - Saukville (Milwaukee area), Wis.
• April 2014 – Rossford (Toledo area), Ohio
This new market expansion is on the heels of new supercenters that have opened and /or had major renovations or relocations in the last year in the following markets:
• October 2012 – Kingston, N.Y. (new location).
• October 2012 – Spokane, Wash. (new location).
• February 2013 – Hanover, Pa. (new location).
• February 2013 – New Port Richey, Fla. (new location).
• May 2013 – Kansas City, Mo. (new location).
• June 2013 – Columbia, Mo. (new location).
• July 2013 – Lubbock, Texas (new location).
• October 2013 – Cedar Falls, Iowa (new location).
• October 2013 – Panama City, Fla. (new location).
• October 2013 – Berkley, Mass. (new location).
• August 2013 – Tampa, Fla. (relocation).
• April 2013 – Jacksonville, Fla. (relocation).
• September 2013 – Ocala, Fla. (relocation).
• September 2013 – Tucson, Ariz. (relocation).
All new locations will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. It will feature motorhomes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Crossroads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen and many more.
On the accessory side the new locations 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, ASA Electronics, 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 its own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.
“This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities. These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company,” continued Lemonis. “We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”
Camping World Inc. and its Good Sam Enterprises LLC affiliate apparently made good on a promise this past weekend (Oct. 17-20) to bring thousands of RV enthusiasts together “to experience world-class evening entertainment, warm southern hospitality and to shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products and camping accessories” by drawing 2,717 consumer coaches to the surrounding lots and infield of the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
All things considered, the Rally, which ended last night with a concert by the Vogues, a 1950’s group well suited for the event’s older demographic, also drew about 500 walk-in attendees a day, Vice President of Media and Events Mark Boggess told RVBUSINESS.com.
He said things actually couldn’t have gone much better, especially considering that the Rally drew about 6,000 people for a Friday night concert by the legendary Beach Boys and another 5,000 for Saturday evening’s performance by C&W entertainer Vince Gill. “It was awesome, and we had a great turnout here,” said Boggess as CW/GS’s staff was preparing to wrap things up last night.
“This was our first time here at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and, you know, all the venues are different, and I’d say probably the best part of this event here was the ability to park rigs. I mean, this place was really easy for consumers to access, and we heard it a lot at registration about how easy it was for people getting in and how they didn’t have to wait in line. So, that was a big thing as far as impressions and people came in happy. That was a good thing.”
While consumers, with the exception of the handicapped, were parked outside the speedway facility, all of the supplier and OEM displays were located in the infield, with Camping World alone showing 160 units while the number of commercial rigs on hand in the outdoor displays totaled around 300. Activities during the included about 20 seminars a day plus a veterans’ salute, Huey helicopter rides, dog Frisbee performers plus presentations by Food Network’s “Surreal Gourmet” Bob Blumer and tours of Antebellum homes, the CNN Center and the “World of Coca-Cola.”
From a commercial standpoint, Boggess says the exhibitors at the Rally were pleased with the pace of business.
“We filled two NASCAR garages and a Camping World tent at least 80 feet long with Camping World and Good Sam product,” Boggess reported. “We had over 300 indoor exhibitors sold. We even spilled over into the outside areas. People wanted to be at this Rally, so it was a huge success, and all the manufacturers did very well – Jayco particularly in the towables, as well as Keystone and Heartland.”
He added, “As for motorized, we heard nothing but great comments from Winnebago, Thor, Fleetwood and Newmar. They were all in the infield. So it made it very convenient for the handicapped people in particular to get to their exhibits. Then we shuttled people by tram and bus from all the parking around the Atlanta Motor Speedway venue through the tunnel, and that went very smoothly, too.”
Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced their forecast for expansion and future development to “meet customer needs for product and service in new markets,” according to a press release.
The new markets will raise the total number of supercenters, just shy of 115 nationwide. Additionally, the company is in discussions with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions that will be announced over the next six months.
Plans are under way to expand the company footprint with additional locations in high traffic, outdoor-centric markets within the following timeframe and markets:
• August 2013: Panama City, Fla.
• September 2013: Ocala, Fla., relocation; Tucson, Ariz., relocation; Cedar Falls, Iowa.
• November 2013: Berkeley (Boston area), Mass.
• January 2014: Coburg (Junction City area), Ore.; Fresno, Calif.; Harrisburg, Pa., retail store expansion; Lake Park, Ga.; February 2014 – Saukville (Milwaukee area), Wis.; Olive Branch (Memphis area), Miss.
• April 2014: Rossford (Toledo area), Ohio; Rapid City, S.D.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Jackson, Miss.
“We are proud to continue our commitment to the U.S. market with the opening of these new supercenters and look forward to having customers in these regions visit their new one-stop location for everything outdoor and RV,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World. “As part of Camping World and Good Sam’s growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From facility upgrades to new store openings, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving our customers’ outdoor, RV and camping needs.”
He continued, “These recent acquisitions increase our presence in existing markets and new territories and are in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company. We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”
Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises Inc. announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Ace Fogdall RV, an existing RV dealership in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in the next 30 to 45 days.
According to a press release, plans are for the location to undergo a massive 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. Camping World currently has nearby Midwest area supercenters in Madison, Wis., Chicago, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and three locations in Missouri.
“We are pleased to begin the acquisition of Ace Fogdall RV and expand our market share throughout Iowa and the greater Midwest area,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. “For over 50 years, the Fogdall family has proudly served the Cedar Falls area with top-notch service and the best products. Jim Fogdall is a pioneer in the RV industry and has been chairman of the board of the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association and inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame. The Fogdall family’s achievements speak volumes of the legacy they have made in the community that we are proud to continue.”
The supercenter, officially named Camping World of Cedar Falls, is the second full-service location in Iowa and will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. It will also feature motorhomes and towables from high profile manufacturers along with an array of products and accessories. Camping World also carries and creates its own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.
Lemonis continued, “We expect the Midwest market to allow us to broaden our customer reach, build upon our market leadership position in recreational vehicle sales, and make Camping World the leading retailer in the growing outdoor market.”
The new store in the Cedar Falls market will add to Camping World’s future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country. Camping World of Cedar Falls will also be adding additional positions for seasoned and professional RV sales associates, technicians, and retail support as the facility expands and is pleased to have the current employees at the Fogdall RV location join the Camping World staff.
Millions of families across North America are hitting the road in a recreational vehicle and leaving airlines and hotels in the dust. According to a press release, the Recreational Vehicle Industry (RVIA) recently reported that the number of RV-owning households in the United States has risen to a record 9 million, and roughly 40% of these have kids that are 18 years old or younger.
To help RVers find the parks best-suited for family play and relaxation, Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has compiled a list of the top family RV Parks for 2013. Boasting campgrounds from Alberta, Canada, to the Emerald Coast of Florida, this list of 52 RV parks is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that help them get away from the stresses of everyday life.
Each park on the list boasts unique qualities that make it a special vacation destination. At Normandy Farms Family Campground in Foxboro, Massachusetts, families can participate in an Easter egg hunt, a Mother’s Day weekend and Fourth of July celebration. In Warrens, Wisconsin, the staff organizes themed activity weeks, such as Wild West Week and Yogi’s Birthday Week. Some RV parks create a whimsical environment.
To view the list click here.
Hundreds of couples lined up early at the New York State Fairgrounds last week to get hitched, again.
The Post-Standard, Syracuse, reported that the people who crowded into Chevy Court with the goal of setting a new world record for largest wedding vow renewal were camped out at the fairgrounds for the Camping World/Good Sam Rally, which bills itself as the biggest and best RV event in North America.
As couples filed through turnstiles and volunteers collected signatures from each couple renewing their vows, video cameras on stage recorded every moment of the event.
The cameras, turnstiles and signatures were necessary for Guinness World Records, Mark Boggess, an event organizer said. The current record for most couples renewing their vows at once is 1,087, he said.
While it won’t be known for some time if a new record was set, that fact hardly seemed to weigh on the minds of the thousands of people drove and towed nearly 3,000 RVs and campers to the fairgrounds for the four-day event.
“It’s just about having fun,” Boggess said. “They came here to have a good time.”
RVs and campers of all shapes and sizes packed into every corner of the fairgrounds, ranging from small popups and tow-behind campers, to travel trailers and monster RVs.
Punishing rainfall over the last few weeks made several RV parking areas into little more than ponds, forcing organizers to send about 400 RVs to a parking lot nearby at Destiny USA.
“But it hasn’t stopped people from having a good time,” Boggess said.
The weather didn’t stop salesmen from hawking their wares: RVs, campers and accessories.
Accessories for RVs and campers run the gamut from practical to novel. Lawn furniture, satellite dishes, and fireplaces are options, as are flagpoles, on-board generators and built-in exterior grills.
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