Roy Sampson Sr., the founder of Arizona-based dealership Little Dealer, Little Prices, passed away Monday (April 30). He was 81.
Sampson, an avid camper, and his wife, Vivian, founded the company in 1966 in Mesa under the name Arizona Trailer Sales Inc. Inspired by Vivian, it was later changed to Little Dealer, Little Prices. According to the dealership’s website, “Most businesses were advertising they were the biggest so we advertised that we were small and so are the prices. When customers started to think of us as Little Dealer Little Prices, we began using this as our name.”
The Phoenix-based dealership grew under Sampson’s leadership, currently operating three locations in Arizona. Eventually, his daughter, Debbie Brunoforte, took over as president and in 2009 she served as chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
Four generations of the Sampson family have worked at the dealership and the family still owns and operates the company. On any day you may see three generations of Sampsons helping customers.
In recognition of his contributions to the industry, Sampson was listed among the “100 Most Influential People in the History of the RV Industry” as published in the May/June 2010 issue of RV Business magazine.
Sampson is survived by his wife Kay Evon Sampson and his seven children and spouses: Roy (Tammy) Sampson Jr., Debbie (Paul) Brunoforte, Judy (David) Fowler, David (Norma) Sampson, Larry (Cassie) Sampson, Vicky (Mike) Tolsdorf, Danny (Tamara) Sampson and numerous grandchildren. Vivian Decola, Roy’s ex-wife, co-founder of LDLP and mother of his children, still works with Little Dealer Little Prices.
Services will be held May 6 at 1 p.m.
MVP RV Inc., Rivreside, Calif., has announced that it has reached an agreement with Little Dealer Little Prices, located in Phoenix, Ariz., to retail Tahoe Class C RVs.
“We are very excited to be representing this new line,” Debbie Brunoforte, president of Little Dealer Little Prices, said in a news release. “We took our time before making this decision. We had other Class C’s brands available to us, but in the end, Tahoe’s price/value relationship, attention to detail, and West Coast production facility made them the clear choice for us.”
“We are very proud to be adding Little Dealer Little Prices to our growing MVP RV family,” said Niles Whitehouse, Tahoe’s national sales and product manager. “Little Dealer is a family owned and operated RV dealership that has been in business for over 40 years. Their commitment to customer service, attention to detail, support of our industry and reputation for selling quality products made them the obvious choice for us. We could not be more excited.”
The all-new 2011 Tahoe comes standard with a 4.0 Onan generator, three-burner range with oven, deep-double bowl stainless steel galley sink, 83-inch interior height throughout, hardwood drawers with full-extension roller bearing guides, pass-through storage on all models, Ford V-10 engine and 32-inch LCD TV. MSRPs start at $61,544.00
Watch today’s Featured Video to learn more about the following story from KSAZ-TV, Ch. 10, Mesa, Ariz.
More people getting ready for their summer vacations are packing into RVs. There’s a boom in RV rentals and sales this year, and it’s because families don’t want to spend a bundle on pricey airline tickets.
And what’s unusual, is the demographic of people choosing a home-on-wheels. The fastest growing group of purchasers is those aged 35 to 47.
“With the economy, I think people are trying to be more economical when they’re vacationing,” says Tina Munford. “This is a great way to do it, rather than go hotel to hotel.”
Debbie Brunoforte from Little Dealer Little Prices in Mesa says sales in 2010 have been much stronger than 2009. She says the ultralight-weight trailers are selling the fastest.
Some of the lower-end models run from $7,000 to $10,000. A premium trailer costs $47,000.