The Recreational Dealer Cooperative Association (REDEX), rebranded as the Priority RV Network, announced today (Jan. 7) that it had partnered with Canada-based RV Care Network Ltd. to form “the largest RV dealer system in North America.”
According to a press release, the arrangement allows customers buying vehicles from RV Care or Priority RV Network to receive emergency service for major breakdowns at any member dealership in the U.S. or Canada.
“This alliance will enhance the traveling experience for all RV Care and Priority RV customers,” said Earl Manning, managing vice president of RV Care.
Corey Ruzicka, executive director of Priority RV Network, added, “More than 154 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada will offer a major selling advantage for the buying customer. No dealer or dealer group in either country can offer this to the RV consumer except RV Care in Canada and Priority RV Network here in America. We feel this alliance will increase sales for the dealers in both groups.”
Both RV Care and Priority RV Network will continue to operate as separate entities. RV Care currently consists of 60 full-service RV dealerships in the 10 provinces across Canada while Priority RV Network has 94 dealerships in 41 states.
“A lot of Americans visit Canada in their RVs,” said said Bill Redmond, president of RV Care Network and Bucars RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta. “And a lot of Canadians travel to the U.S. on RV vacations and as snowbirds during the winter. Now, our customers will have peace of mind for service and parts when they travel on both sides of the border.”
Both groups offer a variety of additional benefits for their dealers. This alliance may also open the door for exciting new opportunities with industry suppliers.
“They have dealers from ocean to ocean, as we do,” said Michael Peay, president of the Priority RV Network and Holiday World of Houston. “Why would a consumer buy anywhere else? Our customers who vacation in Canada will be excited about this alliance.”
The RV Care Network is the largest network of independent RV dealers in Canada with 60 locations from coast to coast who are all committed to helping the traveling customers of the other RV Care dealers, and now the dealers of the Priority RV Network. RV Care also works with a selection of industry partners to provide products and services to the RV Care dealers which help them provide top quality service and value to their customers. For more information, visit www.rvcare.ca.
The Priority RV Network provides innovative, convenient, value driven programs to an exclusive nationwide dealer network creating a competitive advantage for its members while providing value to their customers. Priority is run by a seven-member dealer board of directors. It also boasts of its strong, independent dealership service network referred to as the Priority RV Network. For more information, visit www.priorityrvnetwork.com.
The RV Care Network has reached a milestone to start the 2012 RV season with a total of 60 RV Care dealer locations across Canada, according to a press release.
“We have more than doubled in size over the past four years,” said Earl Manning, vice President of RV Care Network. “Each year we look for dealers who are committed to the high standards of customer service and professionalism that the RV Care Network represents to the RVing public. We add new dealers in the winter and launch the new RV season with our expanded network at the retail shows that start in January.”
This year the RV Care Network added the following RV dealerships:
• Candan RV Centre in Langley, BC
• Country Camping Leisure Products in Salmon Arm, BC
• Islander RV in Grand Fall-Windsor, Newfoundland
• Islander RV in St John’s, Newfoundland
• South Thompson RV in Kamloops, BC
• Traveland RV Superstore in Langley, BC
A map and complete list of the 60 RV Care locations are available on the website at www.rvcare.ca.
The RV Care network of dealers in Canada has grown by 12% since last year, bringing the national network to 54 full service locations.
The following dealers joined RV Care over the winter months, according to a news release:
- Horizon Lussier, Marieville, Québec.
- Moncton RV Center, Moncton, New Brunswick.
- Nor-Burd RV Sales & Service, Terrace, British Columbia.
- Roulottes MLR, Chicoutimi, Québec.
- RV World, Waasis, New Brunswick.
- Travellers Rest RV Center, Kensington, Prince Edward Island.
Every RV Care dealer is committed to ensuring that if a customer from another RV Care dealer anywhere in Canada stops in while traveling in their RV and needs help, they’ll receive the highest possible priority service in order to get them back on their way to safely complete their vacation.
“When you look at the map of where RV Care dealers are located, you can see that our strategy is developing well to have locations along all major RV routes and destinations across Canada” says Earl Manning, vice president of RV Care. “We continue to look for the right dealers in the right locations to grow the RV Care network for our traveling customers.”
As well as the added value that the national service network provides in the selling process, RV Care dealers also enjoy the benefit of strong relationships with a variety of top quality suppliers to the Canadian RV industry. This past year RV Care and GE Capital announced a new partnership program to help strengthen their dealers’ floorplan operations.
Just last month it was announced that RV Care dealers are the featured retailers across Canada for the public launch of the EFOY Fuel Cells that provide reliable off-grip power while producing no emissions and no noise.
The early retail shows are giving every indication that the RV Care dealers across Canada should be gearing up for a busy and profitable year in 2011.
For more information visit www.rvcare.ca.
Brunnthal, Germany-based SFC Energy AG and the RV Care Network announced today (Jan. 20) their collaboration to distribute SFC’s EFOY eco-friendly fuel-cell generators through RV Care retailers throughout Canada.
The announcement was made this morning (Jan. 20) during the opening day of the Toronto RV Show & Extravaganza at the Toronto Congress Center.
EFOY fuel cell generators are fully automated battery chargers, which start up when the battery voltage is low, charge and then revert to standby mode when the battery is fully charged. This portable energy source supplies enough electricity to operate the RV’s electric appliances off-grid for several weeks. SFC Energy has sold 20,000 fuel cells in Europe, where 50 European RV manufacturers have provided the EFOY as an energy source to its customers for years.
“We are pleased to be able to provide our customers with an ideal energy supply for their RVs, which is environmentally friendly and available 24 hours a day,” said Earl Mannings, vice president of the 54-dealer RV Care network. “They are now able to self-sufficiently stay in the great outdoors for several weeks, without having to worry about a sufficient energy supply.”
Designed exclusively for recreation and leisure activities, the EFOY fuel cell family comes in five models offering charging capacity ranging from 600 to 2,160 watt hours per day. In Canada, the EFOY fuel cell generator is available in two models with a loading capacity of up to 2.2 kWh per day. The EFOY fuel cartridges, with five liters (1.32 gallons) or 10 liters (2.64 gallons) of fuel, will also be offered by RV Care retailers.
“We are very proud to introduce our EFOY fuel cell generator, a standard in European RV industry, in Canada,” said Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy AG. “Enjoying the great nature of Canada with silent and emission-free electricity on board – this is how the EFOY fuel cell generator enhances the travel experience. We are particularly pleased about our collaboration with RV Care, an excellent partner with a nation-wide retail network, to cover the high demand in the Canadian market.”
Visitors to the Toronto RV Show & Extravaganza, which runs through Sunday (Jan. 23) can see the EFOY fuel cell generator at the Parts Superstore exhibit (area B, booth B-3).
For more information on SFC Energy AG’s EFOY line, contact SFC Energy, Inc., 7632 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855; (240) 328-6688, www.efoy.com/en.
GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business in Canada announced today that it has entered into an agreement with RV Care Network Ltd. of Vancouver, Britsh Columbia, to provide expanded benefits to its inventory financing program for RV Care members, a network of independent recreational vehicle dealers across Canada. This agreement is effective immediately.
“RV Care and GE Capital share a common goal of meeting the financial needs of our dealer network,” said Earl Manning, RV Care vice president. “We are pleased with our new arrangement and look forward to working with GE Capital to provide innovative financing programs and business insights to help our dealers grow.”
GE Capital provides inventory financing to RV manufacturers and RV dealers throughout Canada, offering programs tailored to the unique dynamics of this industry.
“CDF Canada is excited to enter into this agreement, which further evidences our ongoing commitment to provide financing to the Canadian RV industry,” said Peter Ringler, president and CEO of GE Capital’s CDF Canada business. “We look forward to working together and providing smart growth for the group’s dealer network for the long term.”
The RV Care Network was originally formed in 2000. Today the group includes 49 independent dealers across Canada, and is looking forward to adding more dealerships to serve the RV Care customers. The main goal of the RV Care Network is to help RV owners enjoy a safe and worry-free RV lifestyle.
To learn more about RV Care, visit www.rvcare.ca
When news came out about the devastating earthquake that hit the tiny nation of Haiti earlier this year, everyone began thinking of how they could help. The people who make up the RV Care Network of dealers were no different, according to www.soonews.ca.
Ideas quickly grew into plans and within days the commitment was received from a number of RV Care dealers, along with partner supplier Coast Distribution, to provide portable generators that could be used to help the people of Haiti in the long rebuilding process.
After a few weeks, the plan came together for RV Care to provide more than 50 portable generators to a missionary aid organization based out of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The generators, worth over $80,000, are now on their way, along with other important supplies collected by the aid group, to be used by people in Haiti who know what needs to be done to help the locals rebuild their homes and lives.
“RV Care was able to increase the value of a substantial commitment from the dealer group into even greater value using the collective power of our buying group to purchase the generators” said Earl Manning, vice president of the RV Care Network.
The 49 independent RV Care dealers across Canada provide service and support for their customers when they travel. Helping the people of Haiti was something everyone wanted to do as a group, in addition to what each has done on their own.
The RV Care Network announced that it has added six locations to serve traveling RV Care customers across Canada. This brings the RV Care service network to a total of 49 locations from coast to coast.
Joining the RV Care Network are:
- Adventure Sports RV, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
- Chemo RV Sales and Service, Quesnel, British Columbia.
- Chemo RV Sales and Service, Williams Lake, British Columbia.
- Happy Trails RV, Grande Prairie, Alberta.
- Happy Trails RV, Prince George, British Columbia.
- Roulottes E. Turmel, Château Richer, Québec.
“When people travel in the RV they purchased from an RV Care dealer, any of the other 48 RV Care dealers will be happy to treat them like family when they stop by for help, to stock up on supplies, or just for some local information,” according to a news release.
A map and full list of the RV Care dealers across Canada is available on the RV Care website at www.rvcare.ca.
In addition to RV Care providing a added value for customers looking to purchase an RV, the RV Care dealers also have access to a growing list of exclusive partner supplier programs that help save money and provide additional benefits to the dealership and staff. New for 2010 are partner programs with Frontier Supply Chain Solutions for customs brokerage and parts shipping, as well as the RV Care Roadside Assistance branded program that’s powered by Coach-Net. These companies join Coast Distribution, Dometic, East Penn Canada, Great West Life, The SAL Group and TD Financial Services as valued partners of the RV Care Network.