Tom Johnson Camping Center’s (TJCC) already expansive inventory in its Marion and Concord, N.C., locations is getting a little bigger with the addition of a familiar name – the Catalina from Coachmen RVs.
The Catalina is extremely versatile and loaded with standard features like 5/8-inch tongue and groove flooring, screwed cabinet fascia for added durability, heated and enclosed underbelly for extended camping seasons and minimal drag while towing for increased fuel economy, according to a news release.
Additional standard features on the Catalina include super lube axles for easy maintenance, oversized dinette windows, thermal foil countertops, 60/40 sink with high rise faucet and exterior LP quick connect for adding outside grills and accessories. Plus, with over 15 floorplans to choose from, the Catalina is designed to fit almost any budget and satisfy any buyer – from the first time camper to the RV enthusiast.
“Coachman has been making quality RVs since 1964 and the Catalina is no exception,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Adding the Catalina to our inventory provides yet another option for TJCC customers.”
Catalina travel trailers will be arriving soon at both TJCC locations – U.S. 70 West in Marion and Bruton Smith Boulevard in Concord adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Tom Johnson Camping Center (TJCC) is giving its customers the opportunity of a lifetime this holiday season – free camping every year for life, according to a news release.
Anyone who purchases a new or pre-owned RV now through Dec. 31 at Tom Johnson Camping Center will receive five consecutive nights of free camping per calendar year at TJCC’s Concord or Marion, N.C., locations. The offer lasts through the duration of ownership of the RV, verified by VIN number.
With an RV purchase, customers are also qualified for one year of free Coach Net Service, which covers an RV and personal vehicles, including 24/7 Roadside Service Coverage, Technical Assistance and more.
“We are always looking for ways to give back to our loyal customers,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Offering free camping for life is a fun way to do that – plus it makes an excellent Christmas gift.”
To be eligible for free camping, RVs must be purchased and delivery accepted by Dec. 31, 2010. Subject to availability, blackout dates apply. First come, first served. This promotion cannot be combined with any other offer. Not all vehicles will qualify for coverage by Coach Net, some age restrictions apply.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tom Johnson Camping Center (TJCC) in North Carolina went pink to raise money for the Charlotte Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Throughout the month of October, Tom Johnson Camping Center collected a portion of its gross profits for donation to Komen for the Cure. All transactions at both TJCC’s Marion and Concord locations during October contributed to the total amount raised. In total, TJCC raised over $12,400 for breast cancer research, according to a news release.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the generosity displayed by Tom Johnson Camping Center,” said Jane Cacchoine, representing the Charlotte chapter. “The fantastic thing is all this money was raised locally and 75% of it will stay local, going toward breast cancer screening, treatment, research and education in the Charlotte region. The remaining 25% goes to fund national research projects with other Komen Affiliates.”
“The amount TJCC was able to raise for Susan G. Komen for the Cure exceeded our expectations,” said Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “A big ‘thank you’ to the customers and staff of Tom Johnson Camping Center; without them, raising this amount of money would not have been possible.”
Tom Johnson Camping Center’s already extensive inventory list has just gotten bigger with the addition of Work and Play sport utility RV from Forest River Inc.
Work and Play SURVs, which are available as travel trailers and fifth-wheels, are known for their sturdy build, ample cargo space, comfortable living quarters and flexible floor plans, the dealer stated in a news release. Some additional features available on Work and Play models include one-piece aluminum roofs and full steel 4 1/4-inch C-Channel roof trusses for strength and durability, vinyl interior cargo walls for ease in cleaning, a rear cargo RV door with screen for enjoyment of the outdoors and insulated ceilings for increased efficiency.
“We are excited to offer Work and Play toy haulers to our customers at Tom Johnson Camping Center,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Our No. 1 goal at TJCC is customer satisfaction and part of that is offering the very best products to our customers, and we place a high level of value on the Work and Play line from Forest River.”
For more information visit www.TomJohnsonCamping.com.
In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Tom Johnson Camping Center is donating a portion of its gross profits for the entire month of October to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
All transactions at both Marion and Concord locations during October will contribute to the total amount raised, including new RV sales, parts and service. The RV dealership will present the total amount raised at the end of the month to Komen for the Cure, according to a news release.
“Breast cancer is a disease that affects thousands each year,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “Komen for the Cure is a fantastic organization that heightens breast cancer awareness and we are excited to contribute to such an organization here at Tom Johnson Camping Center.”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a global leader in the breast cancer movement, having invested nearly $1.5 billion since its inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, Komen for the Cure works together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. For additional information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure log on to www.Komen.org.
Since opening its doors for business in 1967, Tom Johnson Camping Center has always prided itself on providing customers with superior service. Recently, the locally-owned dealer, with locations in Marion and Concord, N.C., was rewarded for its efforts, being honored with the prestigious Newmar Corp. Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award, according to the Ashville Citizen-Times.
The CSI Award, given annually since 2001, is presented to Newmar dealers who scored in a pre-determined percentile based on results from customer surveys. Tom Johnson Camping Center is the only dealer in North Carolina to receive the award for 2009. Newmar is a Nappanee, Ind.-based RV manufacturer.
“Everyone at Tom Johnson Camping Center is honored to receive the Newmar CSI Award,” said Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center. “We were founded on the principle of outstanding customer service and it has remained a top priority for over 40 years.”
The CSI is another in a long list of honors and awards won by Tom Johnson Camping Center over the years. In 2008, the dealership received the first Dave Altman Award by RVBusiness magazine as No. 1 RV dealership in the nation.
TJCC is among the Top 10 RV dealerships nationwide. With expertise in sales, service, parts and rentals, TJCC offers a comprehensive selection of motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and folding camping trailers.
A luxury motorcoach worth more than $1.5 million will headline the North Carolina RV & Camping Show which opens a three-day run Friday at the Charlotte Convention Center, but show organizers say there will be bargain-priced recreational vehicles available also, according to the Charlotte Observer.
A 14-foot-long recreational vehicle called the K-Z RV Sportsman Classic sells for $5,995 and features what show organizers say is a retro look.
“You’ve got to see this RV to believe it,” said Steve Plemmons, president and CEO of Bill Plemmons RV World, one of the Carolinas’ major recreation vehicle dealers. “It is so lightweight and compact, and the low price makes it obtainable for more RV’ers than ever.”
But also on display will be the Featherlite Luxury Coach, brought to the show by Tom Johnson Camping Center, another major RV dealer. It is 45 feet long and features Corian countertops, a fully equipped kitchen, marble flooring, a 42-inch LCD television, custom fiber opting lighting, and more.
The 21st Annual North Carolina RV & Camping Show, which took place this past weekend at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, boasted increased attendance and strong sales among participating RV dealers.
With over 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, including a 10% expansion in outside space, the show offered a wide variety of products and services to RV and camping enthusiasts looking to explore the great outdoors, according to a news release.
Regional Show Manager Anthony Tedesco reported an increase in attendance over last year’s show. “The response from dealers and exhibitors was extremely positive,” said Tedesco. “Show attendees were definitely excited about the RV lifestyle and that really showed. Several RV dealers reported significant growth in sales and felt very positive about the upcoming year due to this event.”
Jeff Haughton, vice president/eastern region at Affinity Events division of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), continues to emphasize a positive outlook in these challenging times. “The consumer response to this event reaffirms the fact that the RV lifestyle is attractive and affordable during these uncertain economic times. RVing continues to be a great option for families, those with pets and people who enjoy exploring the country back roads and highways.”
Gary Stroud, vice president of Tom Johnson Camping Center, is a perfect example of the show’s success. “Not only did we see our sales rise 30% from last year, we also saw people who were excited to explore all the RVs and discover how much fun RVing can be. It was an amazing event and even with the freezing temperatures, it was amazing to see just how many people came to the show.”
Steve Plemmons, owner and president of Bill Plemmons RV World and president of the North Carolina Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), confirmed the show exceeded his expectations on every level. “This was a great show for us,” said Plemmons. “The signs were very positive with our sales up 14%, high traffic count and attractive RV displays — we’re really excited for the upcoming Affinity Events shows in Charlotte and Raleigh.”
Plemmons also exhibited a “green” RV, the EverGreen Ever-Lite travel trailer, manufactured by Elkhart, Ind.-based company, Evergreen Recreational Vehicles LLC. Attendees were excited to see the first-ever environmentally certified RV with its use of composite materials, rather than traditional wood products.
The success of the show is no surprise to those who love RVing. Shipments of RVs in October 2009 totaled 16,600, an increase of 23% over October 2008 shipments. Although the current economic climate has been a challenge for the recreation industry as a whole, RVing has remained popular, as it is a more affordable alternative to many other forms of travel.
Affinity Events will welcome RV enthusiasts to get ready for the great outdoors in February with the Charlotte and Raleigh RV & Camping Shows. These shows will feature a variety of RVs, campground information and accessories along with expert advice and entertainment.
AGI is the parent company of Affinity Events and RVBUSINESS.COM.
Fleetwood RV Inc. recognized its 2009 Top Dealers and Circle of Excellence award recipients this week during the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
Fleetwood’s Top Dealer awards are given to dealers who have retailed the most units in a 12-month period. The Circle of Excellence is awarded to dealers who have achieved superior customer satisfaction with at least 93.5% of their customers in a 12-month period, according to a news release.
“We have the best dealer network in the industry,” said John Draheim, Fleetwood president and COO. “Our dealers are a crucial part of our success, and the Top Dealer and Circle of Excellence awards help us acknowledge their sales and customer service excellence, as well as thank them for their ongoing support.”
Fleetwood’s 2009 Overall Top Dealer award winners are:
- Lazydays RV SuperCenter, Seffner, Fla., Overall Motorhome Top Dealer (single location) and Overall American Coach Top Dealer (single location).
- Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., Overall Motorhome Top Dealer (multi-location).
Fleetwood RV also presented 2009 Top Dealer awards to eight dealerships who were the No. 1 motorhome brand retailers.
In addition, over 20 dealers achieved Fleetwood’s 2009 Circle of Excellence Award. Particularly noteworthy were Tom Johnson Camping Center in Marion, N.C., and Farnsworth Camping Center Inc. in Elysburg, Pa., both of which have achieved the Circle of Excellence every year since the award’s inception in 1991.
A Florida man accused in what authorities have termed the “most expensive theft in county history” is finally behind bars in North Carolina’s McDowell County six years after they say he committed the crime.
Joseph Roger O’Donnell Jr., 64, of Fort Myers is charged with one count of felony larceny. He was jailed under a $230,000 bond, according to The McDowell News, Marion, N.C.
Sheriff Dudley Greene said O’Donnell is responsible for stealing a motorhome, valued at nearly half a million dollars, off Tom Johnson’s Camping Center’s lot in Marion in October 2003.
The suspect also faced charges in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. He was supposed to be returned to McDowell after disposing of those cases, but, due to an error, he was released. Local authorities learned of O’Donnell’s location and brought him to McDowell earlier this month on the larceny offense.
McDowell investigators recovered the RV in Alabama back in 2003.
The 2004 American Eagle motorhome, valued at $463,000, was shown at an RV sale one weekend in October 2003, brought back to Marion that Sunday and reported missing the following Tuesday.
Later that week, McDowell detectives tracked the vehicle to Nashville, Tenn., but found only the GPS system. The motorhome was gone.
Witnesses in Tennessee were able to ID O’Donnell, and employees at Tom Johnson’s viewed a picture and confirmed that O’Donnell had looked at the motorhome at the RV show just days before the vehicle was taken, according to Greene.
Information about the suspect was entered in a national crime database. Authorities in Georgia located him shortly thereafter and discovered that he was wanted.