Tom Johnson is No. 1 N.C. Retailer for 23rd Year

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson Camping Center announced that Statistical Surveys Inc. reported the company as the No. 1 RV dealer in North Carolina for 2013.

According to a press release, the longtime RV retailer led sales in the following categories for the state of North Carolina: combined motorhomes, Class A motorhomes, Class B motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and camping trailers.

“Tom Johnson has always stressed that everything we do needs to be for the customer and we cannot thank them enough for their support.” said Vice President Gary Stroud. “We are just very grateful to all of our customers, whom we feel are part of our family.”

Tom Johnson Camping, founded in 1967, has been the No. 1 RV dealer in the state for 23 consecutive years, according to Statistical Surveys.

“We want to offer something for everyone at Tom Johnson Camping which is why we stock over 95 brands of new RVs from pop-ups to custom motorcoaches,” said Stroud. “We stock hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs to offer the best selection that we back with the largest RV service center in the Mid-Atlantic.”

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Tom Johnson RV Donates to Shriners Hospitals

April 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

North Carolina-based dealer Tom Johnson Camping Center announced today (April 10) the donation of $13,841 to Shriners Hospitals for Children. According to a press release, Tom Johnson Camping Center set aside March to be “Shriners Hospitals for Children Month” and is donating a portion of the proceeds from its RV sales.

“We are extremely excited to accept this donation from Tom Johnson Camping Center,” said Illustrious Sir H. Mike Cook, Potentate, Oasis Shriners. “Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care to children in many key areas and performs valuable research and instruction for the medical community and this donation goes a long way towards assisting in these efforts.”

“Tom Johnson Camping Center was only able to raise these funds by the grace of our customers and hard work of our employees,” said Tom Johnson, president, Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Thanks go to all of those individuals for making this possible and providing these funds to aid Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other specialized healthcare needs. In addition, they are leaders in research and the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals in caring for these medical conditions. For more information on Shriners Hospitals visit

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Tom Johnson Carrying Handicap-Ready V-Cross

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson Camping Center today announced it will be carrying Forest River’s Inc.’s line of handicap-accessible V-Cross travel trailers.

“We are very excited to add the V-Cross handicap model to our extensive line of recreational vehicles,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center, in a press release. “It is rewarding for us to be able to open RV travel to individuals who the past have missed out on the RV lifestyle.”

The V-Cross handicap-access model is built with wider entry doors and hallways, handicap-accessible bathroom features, large bedroom areas with grab handles, wiring for lift system, available remote controls for slideouts, power jacks and awnings and modifications to the kitchen areas. The V-Cross also has a unique front end that assists in aerodynamics and eases towing.

“While we have been offering access model motorhomes from Winnebago for years, this addition of affordable towable RVs greatly expands our offerings for our customers,” stated Stroud. “As we have increased our support of Shriner’s Hospitals for Children we have continued to grow our customer base of parties interested in these access model RVs.”

Founded in 1967, Tom Johnson Camping Center has locations in Concord and Marion, N.C.


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Newell Aligns with Tom Johnson Camping Center

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Miami, Okla.-based Newell Coach Corp. and Tom Johnson Camping Center have joined forces to provide expanded motorcoach sales and service to their respective customers.

According to a press release, the partnership allows Tom Johnson Camping Center, based in North Carolina, to assist their customers in the purchase of new and used Newell motorcoaches, and to also provide warranty and other services to Newell motorhome owners. In addition, the partnership will benefit both companies’ customers, including a significant number who are members of the region’s motorsports racing community.

“A number of our customers are interested in the type of large, ultra-luxury, innovative motorhome Newell manufactures,” said Tom Johnson, president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “After carefully evaluating Newell’s product and their history of integrity in their relationships with customers and business partners, we concluded that our two organizations were especially well suited to working together.”

“The Tom Johnson organization’s commitment to customer satisfaction will be a valuable asset to existing and prospective Newell coach owners, especially those in the Eastern U.S, and those near Marion and Charlotte, North Carolina, where the two Tom Johnson Camping Centers are located,” said Newell Coach President Karl Blade. “The partnership will also offer Newell’s autoracing customers expanded levels of service.”



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Tom Johnson Selling Sportscoach Cross Country

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Sportscoach Cross Country by Coachmen

Tom Johnson Camping Center announced that the dealership will carry the Sportscoach Cross Country Class A motorhome from Coachmen RV. According to a press release, the Cross Country is the first of select Coachmen motorhomes joining the extensive inventory offerings at North Carolina-based Tom Johnson Camping Center.

“We are very excited to add the Cross Country Class A diesel pusher to our inventory offerings,” said Gary Stroud, vice president. “The Cross Country is a luxurious motorhome, packed with the features desired by today’s buyer, at a value price point.”

The Cross Country motorhome provides excellent ride quality, large storage capacity and a luxurious interior. Presently the Cross Country is offered in four floorplans ranging from three and four-slideout models up to a full-wall slideout floorplan. Interior amenities include solid surface countertops, full extension roller bearing drawers, raised panel hardwood cabinet doors, true flat floor bedroom and side opening storage doors.

“Tom Johnson Camping Center is focused on providing the best value to our customers and the Cross Country adds another option in our extensive offerings to continue to deliver on that promise,” stated Stroud. “We want to be able to provide our diverse customer base with the best product for the best price and this Cross Country will add to our ability to deliver that value to our customer.”

Tom Johnson Camping Center recently began stocking Four Winds Class C motorhomes and Joey travel trailers. The company said additional brands and products will continue to arrive in the near future.


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Tom Johnson RV Assisting ‘Extreme Makover’

December 16, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Tom Johnson Camping Center announced they have donated the use of 12 RVs to “Extreme Makeover:Home Edition” and Bellamy Homes to be used by the designers and builders to increase their productivity.

According to a press release, a mix of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and a Class A motorhome are being utilized as office space allowing the designers and builders to be on-site around the clock during the build in Lincolnton, N.C.

“Tom Johnson Camping Center has continuously worked to better the community and the help ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ provides aligns with that goal,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Marion, N.C.-based Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Whether it’s large efforts like Extreme Makeover, the partnership recently announced with Shriners, or local sponsorships and volunteering, we want to help as much as we are able.”

This is the third ‘Extreme Makeover:Home Edition’ that Tom Johnson Camping Center has participated in during 2011. Previous builds this year included a project outside of Atlanta, Ga., and the Fayetteville, N.C., build that featured First Lady Michelle Obama utilizing a Tom Johnson Camping Center motorhome as an office.

“In addition to the numerous benefits RVs offer in camping, they can also be utilized to increase productivity for business owners and this is a great example of that benefit,” said Stroud. “Business owners come to us for a solution that allows them to be more efficient at work, for better balance of work and family time and even for tax benefits for their business or personal taxes.”

Tom Johnson Camping Center participates in a variety of philanthropic efforts from event sponsorships to charitable auctions. For 10 years, the company has hosted the Relay for Life, supported the South Mountain Children’s Home raising funds and serving on the board, and various employees have supported their local community in roles with volunteer firefighter organizations. In 2010 Tom Johnson Camping Center raised over $12,000 for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.


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Tom Johnson Dealership Aligns With Shriners

October 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson Camping Center today (Oct. 15) announced a new partnership with Shriners International and Oasis Shriners of Charlotte to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

According to a press release, Tom Johnson Camping Center will utilize a number of methods to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children is an institution that helps thousands of children each year for free and we are excited to be assisting in those efforts,” said Gary Stroud, vice president for North Carolina-based Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Not only does Shriners Hospitals for Children care for children they are also on the forefront of medicine in many areas including burn treatment, orthopedics, spinal cord injuries and more.”

Under the agreement Tom Johnson Camping Center will donate a portion of the proceeds from every RV purchased by a Shriner back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. In addition, Tom Johnson Camping Center will donate a portion of a month’s sales proceeds to Shriners Hospitals for Children and provide for space in the company’s booths at RV trade shows to promote the work being done at the hospitals.

“We are extremely pleased to be able to partner with Tom Johnson Camping Center and look forward to raising funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children in this unique manner,” said Ron Valentine, Hospital Coordinator, Shriners International. “Camping is a large part of many Shriners lives and we look forward to a long and beneficial partnership.”


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Tom Johnson, Forest River Give Away New RV

September 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson Camping Center, in conjunction with Forest River Inc., recently gave away a new RV as part of the North Carolina-based dealer’s Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ.

According to a press release, the winner was presented with a brand new Forest River Flagstaff 176 folding camping trailer. Runners-up were awarded flat screen televisions. The annual giveaway capped off the four day/three night complimentary customer appreciation BBQ, which features nightly live bands, seminars on RV travel and maintenance and activities for kids and adults.

“We are fortunate to have loyal and supportive customers and the Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ is one of the ways we like to say thanks from Tom Johnson Camping Center,” said Gary Stroud, vice president. “The BBQ is a unique event we hold at our Rally Park that allows us to connect with our customers, show our appreciation to them and ensure we are meeting their needs and desires.”

Tom Johnson Camping Center also received an award during the ceremony from Forest River for surpassing sales of over 2,000 Flagstaff brand RVs. Tom Johnson Camping Center has been holding the Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ for 31 years and this marked the third consecutive year the company has awarded a contestant with a new RV.

“Each year has seen the RV being awarded to a very deserving person and it is gratifying to be able to spread joy and expand on our RV family,” stated Stroud. “The RV lifestyle is still the most affordable way to travel and a free RV makes it even more affordable.”

Founded in 1967, Tom Johnson Camping Center, conveniently located in Concord and Marion, North Carolina, is the inaugural recipient of the Dave Altman Number One RV Dealer Award. A Blue Ribbon award-winning dealership, Tom Johnson Camping Center is among the top-ten recreational vehicle dealerships nationwide. With expertise in sales, service, parts and rentals, Tom Johnson Camping Center offers a comprehensive selection of motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and fold downs.


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Fleetwood Recognizes Tom Johnson Dealership

September 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson Camping Center announced that it is being named by Fleetwood RV Inc. as the No. 1 Jamboree Class C dealer in the nation and a Top Dealer Award recipient for American Coach and Southwind luxury motorhomes.

The Tom Johnson store in Marion, N.C. earned the distinction for the Jamboree brand while the Concord, N.C. earned Top Dealer Award for American Coach and Southwind.

“It is an honor for us to be named Top Dealer for American Coach and Fleetwood RV and we are very excited to be the No. 1 Jamboree Dealer in the nation,” said Gary Stroud, vice president. “Fleetwood and American Coach produce high quality products and listen carefully to customer needs. This philosophy of focusing on customer needs aligns with the Tom Johnson Camping Center business philosophy.”

Tom Johnson Camping Center is currently gearing up to host its 31st Annual Customer Appreciation BBQ set to run Sept. 8-10. This annual free event for customers includes a complimentary three-night stay in the Tom Johnson Camping Rally Park at the Marion location, nightly entertainment, seminars and activities, and complimentary breakfast and dinner on Sept. 10.


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RV Repairmen are Busy at Daytona Speedway

February 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Race fans at the Daytona International Speedway

Race fans at the Daytona International Speedway

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of Central Florida News 13, Orlando, Fla., on the following story.

Thousands of recreational vehicles pull into the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Fla., for Speedweeks each year.

Many of them are likely to break down, which is keeping two repairmen making motorhome calls.

News 13 caught up with a repairman visiting John Story, who owns a racing team and recently purchased a $700,000 RV.

It’s parked in the speedway’s infield, but there’s a problem with the RV.

Story said the toilet won’t flush.

“We had a little plumbing problem — a problem that the facilities didn’t work,” Story said.

The race team owner called RV repairman Jerry Laman, who said he’s had his hands full.

Laman said calls have been non-stop and claims he averages up to 30 or 40 calls on a daily basis.

“I mean you’ve got 5,000 motorhomes in this infield,” Laman said. “Just about everybody has my phone number.”

He claims that despite the number of calls, he’s not sitting on a gold mine.

However, Laman will not turn anyone away.

“If they have a, you know, something really bad or major, or a gas leak, or no water or something, we try to get out there and help them as much as we can,” Laman said.

Lahman added many of the issues RV owners call him about can easily be resolved.

But he admits any home going from one point to another is bound to break down.

“People think you pay alot of money for these. Hey, you’re still gonna have some troubles once in a while just by potholes and stuff that we have on the road,” Laman said.

It took Laman sometime to tune in the satellite dish, but Story said the repairman did bring him some relief.

“The bathroom works, which is the most important thing.” Story said.

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