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Georgia RV Dealer Hoping for Help to Rebuild

May 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Gene Meehan (left) confers at Sunny Side RV and Truck Sales, where the storm destroyed 18 vehicles near Griffin.

Gene Meehan (left) confers at Sunny Side RV and Truck Sales, where the storm destroyed 18 vehicles near Griffin.

Last week’s tornado caused an estimated $1.5 million damage to Sunny Side RV and Truck Sales, located in Griffin, Ga. The following short story and photo are courtesy of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution.

“I got here around 3 on Thursday morning and saw that one out in the middle of [U.S.] 19/41,” Sunny Side RV general manager George Smith said, pointing at a balled-up hunk of white metal pushed alongside the road that once was a pull-behind camper.

Sunny Side RV had been in business on U.S. 19/41 for eight months. Friday, 15 trailers, campers and RVs averaging $155,000, as well as a yacht, were strewn about the lot. Each one had been tumbled about, torn through or flattened.

“I don’t have any inventory,” owner Jason Miller said. But the business was surviving, taking on two RV repair jobs Friday.

“We’re going to try to stay open,” Smith said.

And recovery? “Hopefully, the finance company will work with us a little while,” Miller said. “And FEMA and GEMA will help.”

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