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Mayflower RV Picks Up the Pieces after Tornado

April 29, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Mayflower RV owner John Ward surveys the damage from Sunday's tornado (AP photo)

Mayflower RV owner John Ward surveys the damage from Sunday’s tornado (AP photo)

Editor’s Note: The following was reported by freelancer Rick Kessler, exclusive to RVBUSINESS.com.

Owner John Ward and employees of Mayflower RV/Auto have begun the long process of picking up the pieces after a tornado completely destroyed their Arkansas dealership Sunday night (April 27).

In the wake of the storm, employees at the dealership’s two other locations in Sherwood and Van Buren Townships have been helping their Mayflower co-workers sift through piles of twisted travel trailers, overturned motorhomes, autos and other debris.

To view the devastation, watch this aerial video on YouTube.

The Sherwood location is serving as a drop-off site for people to donate water, food, clothing and other supplies for victims of the tornado. One employee there said a flatbed truck loaded with bottled water had already been dropped off.

A message was delivered to Ward seeking comment, but RVBUSINESS.com was told Ward was understandably too busy to return phone calls. A KATV television reporter, speaking live Monday morning from what used to be the Mayflower RV main building, said employees were also too busy to talk on camera because they were cleaning up the 70 RVs and dozens of autos that had been scattered like toys.

People took to social media to pass along their best wishes to Ward and the Mayflower RV employees.

“We bought our camper from ya’ll 3 years ago, please know our prayers are with all of you & your employees! So sorry for your loss, we hope recovery is fast for you. God Bless,” stated Christy & Bob Utterback of Clarksville, Ark., on Mayflower RV’s Facebook page.

The tornado that hit Mayflower could be rated as the nation’s strongest twister to date this year, according to the National Weather Service. NWS meteorologists reportedly have confirmed it will be rated no lower than EF3, which has winds greater than 136 mph. At least 16 people died, and dozens of homes were leveled.

The tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction as it passed through or near several suburbs north of Little Rock, including Mayflower, The Associated Press reported. It grew to be a half-mile wide and remained on the ground for much of that route, authorities said.

No one was injured at Mayflower RV. An employee on the property surveying damage Monday morning said three people who stayed on the property — two in a mobile home and one in an RV — made it to a basement inside a building that was destroyed and escaped unhurt.

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) reported that the Red Cross and Salvation Army are directing relief efforts for the area.

Go to RedCross.org/arkansas or text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to disaster relief through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to the following month’s cellphone bill.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by phone at (800) 725-2769), or by texting “STORM” to 80888 for a $10 donation. Checks made out to Arkansas tornado Relief may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 738, North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738.

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Tornado Levels Mayflower RV Site; No One Hurt

April 28, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Travel trailers and motorhomes are piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV (AP photo)

Travel trailers and motorhomes are piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV (AP photo)

An RV dealership was destroyed as tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma Sunday night (April 27), killing at least 16 people.

The largest of the twisters, estimated at an EF3 or greater on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with wind gusts up to 160 mph, touched down Sunday evening about 10 miles west of Little Rock. It “carved an 80-mile path of destruction as it passed through or near several suburbs north of the state capital, including Vilonia,” The Associated Press reported. It grew to be a half-mile wide and remained on the ground for much of that route, authorities said.

On the east side of I-40 in Arkansas, the tornado’s strength was evident at Mayflower RV/Auto on Interstate Drive. The dealership was completely destroyed, with RVs tangled into a billboard and thrown into nearby woods and service bays reduced to piles of mangled rubble.

No one was injured there. An employee on the property surveying damage Monday morning said three people who stayed on the property — two in a mobile home and one in an RV — made it to a basement inside a building that was destroyed and escaped unhurt.

Mayflower RV also operates has Arkansas outlets in Sherwood and Van Buren.

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) reported that the Red Cross and Salvation Army are directing relief efforts for the area.

Go to RedCross.org/arkansas or text “redcross” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to disaster relief through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to the following month’s cellphone bill.

The Salvation Army is accepting donations online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by phone at (800) 725-2769), or by texting “STORM” to 80888 for a $10 donation. Checks made out to Arkansas tornado Relief may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 738, North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738.

 

 

 

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Mayflower RV Aligns With RV Warranty Forever

February 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Warranty Forever named Mayflower RV its exclusive dealer in the state of Arkansas, according to a press release.

“Every new and gently preowned unit (up to two model years old) will now come with a lifetime warranty,” said Danny W. Brown, owner of Mayflower RV with locations in Mayflower, Sherwood and Van Buren. “We believe that we will now be able to provide our customers with the peace-of-mind they want when making a decision to buy an RV. It is coverage that each customer shouldn’t be without.”

In the event of a breakdown of a covered component, the repairs will be completed at no charge to the customer.

“Mayflower RV has been an excellent partner and understands the value the RV Warranty Forever program brings to the dealer and the customer,” said Kelly Price, president of parent NWAN Inc. “We are confident that Danny W. Brown and his entire team will represent the program with honor, which will allow them the growth they are looking for.”

The RV Warranty Forever program is marketed by National Automotive Experts (NAE) located in Strongsville, Ohio, and is backed by an “A” rated insurance carrier, the company said.

For more information visit www.rvwarrantyforever.com.

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Dealer Files Suit; Lost Sales in Oil Spill Cleanup

November 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The owner of an Arkansas recreational vehicle dealership has filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, among others, as result of a March 29 oil spill, which the owner says resulted in a steep decline in business.

The suit was filed by Mayflower RV in Faulkner County Circuit Court. The suit names ExxonMobil, Mobil Pipeline Co., ExxonMobil Corp. and four individual pipeline maintenance workers as defendants. The suit claims the defendants were negligent in their operation and maintenance of the Pegasus pipeline.

According to the complaint, Mayflower RV is located on Interstate Drive, next to Interstate 40. It’s the same road that the dealership says was used by and blocked off by the defendants, which resulted in a “significant business disruption and economic losses” to the dealership.

“The police checkpoint, with long lines and tents, stopped traffic up to 25 minutes at times, deterred traffic and customers from visiting Mayflower RV,” the complaint states. “And led to a loss of business for Mayflower RV, including a decrease in RV sales and service.”

Between March 30 and May 30, the RV dealership says sales were down almost 75%, or more than $268,000, from the same period in 2012.

To read the entire article click here.

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