One of the largest RV dealerships serving southern Indiana and northern Kentucky is downsizing. Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center in Clarksville, Ind., is expected to be in a new smaller location by the summer, WDRB-TV, Louisville, reported.
It has been in its current location, a highly visible site along I-65, for many years. Billed as the nation’s largest indoor showroom with 2 1/2 acres under one roof, Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center will soon be moving to a new location.
“The RV business has shrunk, especially in the high end merchandise,” says RV dealer Tom Stinnett, “so we’ve decided it’s in our best interest to build a little smaller building, a little smaller facility.”
Stinnett plans to move about a half-mile north on a vacant lot on Kopp Lane that is also next to the interstate. It will be about a quarter of the size of the current location, but will still have a parts store, a repair center, and eventually a new showroom.
“We project it will come out to about 30,000 square feet versus 120,000 square feet at our current location,” says Stinnett.
Stinnett hopes to open his new location by summer. His current location, which was once an indoor tennis center and an ice skating rink, is for sale with an asking price of just over $5 million.
The RV industry took a hard hit during the recession. Business is bouncing back but it’s different now. “Business has actually been pretty good lately, financing has improved, people are buying smaller units, less expensive units, and pre-owned units,” says Stinnett.
While Stinnett still sells a few of the luxury high end RVs, most of his sales have shifted to the smaller size campers, so he doesn’t need as much space as he used to.