Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, is proud to announce it now carries motorhomes from Newmar Corporation at Tom Stinnett’s Campers Inn RV in Clarksville, Ind./Louisville, Ky.
"Newmar is thrilled to be partnering with a quality dealer like Jeff Hirsch and his team at Campers Inn RV in the Louisville market, " said John Sammut, VP, Sales and Marketing, Newmar Corporation. "Their core values centered around customer service line up with those of our company very nicely."
Newmar, based in Nappanee, Ind., is one of the industry’s most ambitious manufacturers, producing high-quality, handcrafted gas and diesel motor coaches for 50 years. With over 11 coach lines, Newmar was one of the first to offer power and flush-floor slide-outs in Class A motorhomes. This has led to them being leaders of innovation in the motor coach segment, including being the first to provide wheelchair-accessible Class A motorhomes.
“We are thrilled to be featuring Newmar motorhomes at our Louisville dealership,” said Ed Unger III, Regional Vice President of Northern Operations, Campers Inn RV. “Newmar has a history of building quality, luxurious motorhomes, as well as a commitment to providing great customer service after the sale. This makes them a perfect fit for Campers Inn RV.”
The addition of Newmar motorhomes furthers Campers Inn RV’s efforts to provide its customers with the industry’s most acclaimed products.
February 6, 2018
Campers Inn RV Sponsors Inaugural Season of Local Pro Hockey Team, the Jacksonville Icemen
Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, is proud to announce it is sponsoring the inaugural season of the Jacksonville Icemen, a professional hockey team associated with the ECHL league.
“As a Jacksonville-based company, we are proud to support our city’s newest pro sports team,” said Ben Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer, Campers Inn RV. “We are thrilled hockey is back in Jacksonville, and we believe strongly in the Icemen’s commitment to bolstering our local community. We feel their values mirror our own, and we know our investment in the team will help them continue to offer fun activities for Jacksonville families.”
Campers Inn RV, which is headquartered in Jacksonville, is an Official Jersey Sponsor and an Official Tailgate Sponsor of Fanfest, the team’s outdoor pre-game celebration, for the 2017-8 season. Campers Inn RV shares the team’s community-oriented values, and it is excited to support another local business’s efforts to enhance the city’s downtown atmosphere, as well as provide more opportunities for family entertainment.
The Jacksonville Icemen, who play at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, were launched in October 2017 as the first ECHL franchise in the city since 2000. The team aims to provide an affordable family experience featuring competitive, high-level hockey. It is affiliated with the NHL Winnipeg Jets and the AHL Manitoba Moose. Players are coached to fight to reach the next level, so fans have the opportunity to watch the next generation of top hockey talent hone their skills.
“Campers Inn RV is a great example of how local businesses have supported the return of the professional hockey in Jacksonville,” said Bob Ohrablo, Team President. “We ask our thousands of loyal fans to support Campers Inn RV and make sure that you are a part of the Icemen family as well.”
Meet the Jacksonville Icemen and their mascot, Blizzard, at the Campers Inn RV display during the Jacksonville RV Show, Feb 8th, 9th and 10th, 2018 from 2-3 pm.
The Jacksonville Icemen, proud affiliate for the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, announced they were awarded an ECHL membership in February 2017, beginning with the 2017-18 season. The Icemen host 36 home games at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. Single game, group and season tickets are on sale now by calling 904-602-7825 or visiting JaxIcemen.com.
February 6, 2018
Campers Inn RV To Sponsor Carolina Country Music Fest
Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, is proud to announce it is the Official RV & Motorhome Sponsor for the 2018 Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), June 7-10, 2018, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The Carolina Country Music Fest is the largest three-day outdoor country music festival on the East Coast, and it draws attendees from across the country. The star-studded event will be held in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach, and it will feature over 30 country artists, including Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Cole Swindell and more.
“We are proud to partner with this premier festival,” said Larry Peter, Regional VP of Southern Operations, Campers Inn RV. “So many of our customers and fellow RVers are huge country music fans, and we are excited to support a thrilling concert experience we know they will love.”
Leading up to the event, Campers Inn RV will be hosting a number of ticket giveaways at its stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and more, including the “Ultimate Vacation” package featuring one pair of Super VIP tickets and lodging in an RV for the festival. It will also be showcasing an RV on-site at the festival. Giveaways and other activities will be announced on CCMF’s and Campers Inn RV’s social media channels, as well as on TV, radio and in dealerships.
“We are honored to partner with a company like Campers Inn RV,” said Bob Durkin, President of Carolina Country Music Fest. “The combination of the beach, camping and country music truly makes Campers Inn RV the perfect partner.”
Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF), the East Coast’s largest outdoor country music fest, is located on the shores of Myrtle Beach. A unique blend of today’s country headliners and up-and-comers, CCMF is host to the industry’s biggest stars. With the combination of country music and the scenic Myrtle Beach backdrop, this family-friendly, three-day fest is a summer vacation destination.
November 1, 2017
Campers Inn RV Purchases Florida RV Dealership Tradewinds RV
OCALA, FL Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, and Tradewinds RV, a longtime dealer in Florida, today announced that they have joined forces in the Ocala market. The dealership will remain open, and Campers Inn RV plans to retain the staff as the store transitions into Campers Inn RV of Ocala.
“We are excited to be expanding our presence in Florida and that Rick Couch, owner of Tradewinds RV, has agreed to join the Campers Inn RV family,” said Jeff Hirsch, Campers Inn RV CEO. “Couch runs a great family-operated dealership, and we will make it our priority to continue their tradition of excellent customer service. In addition, with this new dealership, we will have two locations in the Ocala market to solidify our place as the RVer’s Trusted Resource and the area’s largest dealer.”
Tradewinds RV was founded 25 years ago, and it remained family-owned through three generations. The company became known as a towable specialist with a stellar reputation in Central Florida. It features 15 acres of top brands like Grand Design, Jayco, KZ, Keystone and Open Range, as well as 10 service bays and a large RV parts store. Campers Inn RV is excited to integrate the dealership staff’s strong values and work ethic into its organization, and it looks forward to continuing the exceptional customer service Tradewinds RV is known for. Tradewinds RV owner and manager, Rick Couch, will continue to serve as the General Sales Manager for the new dealership.
"I am truly excited about the opportunity to partner with the Campers Inn RV family of dealerships,” said Rick Couch, Owner of Tradewinds RV. “Over the last 25 years at Tradewinds RV, we have built bonds of trust and service with our family of customers and employees. Campers Inn RV offered a unique opportunity to join with like-minded RV professionals, and we will be able to build a solid future for Tradewinds by expanding opportunities to serve our customers and the public. I view this as a win-win for all of us, as we will be able to offer a larger RV selection, increase the number of service locations for our customers and provide professional growth opportunities for our staff. We appreciate all the individuals over the years who have helped to make Tradewinds RV a successful organization. We can now move boldly into the future with the confidence and assurance that comes from our relationship with Campers Inn RV."
With this acquisition, Campers Inn RV grows to 19 dealerships in the Eastern US, including three in the state of Florida. Campers Inn RV previously announced new dealerships in Northern Virginia and Atlanta, both of which will be open in early 2018. The company sees Tradewinds RV as an excellent opportunity to strengthen its reputation as the RVer’s Trusted Resource in the state, and it will allow the company to offer increased support for the local RV community and customers traveling from other regions.
Rick Chynoweth, Campers Inn RV’s Director of Acquisitions, said, “I have known Rick Couch for 16 years, and he and the dealership have an outstanding reputation. We know many of the dealership’s employees, and this should be a seamless transition over the next few months. This organization shares our core values and has a fantastic reputation for customer service. I am looking forward to growing the dealership and expanding our footprint in the market.”
September 19, 2017
RV Leaders Martin Zonnenberg, Joel Cline and Campers Inn RV Team Up to Launch New Dealership in Atlanta Market
ATLANTA, GA. — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest chain of family-operated RV dealerships, announced today it is teaming up with top RV industry leaders Martin Zonnenberg and Joel Cline to open a new dealership in Acworth, Ga., under the Campers Inn RV flag. The partnership will combine decades of knowledge and success as the team looks to tap into the growing RV market in the Greater Atlanta region.
Zonnenberg and Cline will be leading the development of the new site. Zonnenberg has previously owned three highly successful RV dealerships in the Atlanta market and was named RVDA Top Quality Dealer of The Year in 2004. Cline, who served as Regional Vice President for Camping World, headquartered in Bowling Green, Ky., will lead the new store as a managing partner and serve as director for Campers Inn RV’s Atlanta market.
“This is an great time for Campers Inn,” said Jeff Hirsch, President and CEO, Campers Inn RV. “Though the prospect of continuing our growth in the Atlanta market is exciting, I'm especially pleased with Martin Zonnenberg and Joel Cline joining our organization. Martin is one of our industry’s visionaries. He's pragmatic and a master of detail with a strong desire for opportunity. He will be instrumental in further developing our growth strategies in the South and serving in an advisory roll to help guide our future. Joel is an industry veteran who has enthusiastically embraced our culture and vision. He understands dealership management and will be a welcomed addition as we continue to build our all-star team to further expand our network and acquisitions.”
The facility, located on 15 acres, is currently under construction. It will include 16 service bays and over 40,000 square feet of showroom and parts and accessories space. It is slated to open in the first quarter of 2018. Campers Inn RV currently operates 16 dealerships in the Eastern U.S.
“This partnership makes good business sense,” said Cline. “The immediate benefit of launching a new dealership alongside a well-established company will allow us to hit the ground up and running. The Northwest Atlanta market is growing and our goal is to be a responsible addition to this vibrant community by providing the best RV products and services. There will be an emphasis on positively changing the RV service culture by using empowered people, new tech and a more aggressive approach than the traditional industry standard. Alongside Zonnenberg and Hirsh, two names that are synonymous with integrity and success in the RV industry, we will do it in a manner that will make the local community and RV community proud. We will be expanding into new markets more quickly, which will allow us to create more jobs with attractive career paths. Aside from the incredible opportunity the partnership will provide, we all share a vision and a firm stance on core values in our now strengthened Campers Inn RV dealership network. Combined with a healthy balance sheet, impressive personnel and infrastructure, the organization is poised for growth.”
Campers Inn RV first entered the Atlanta market in 2014 when it acquired Peco Campers in Tucker, Ga. Based on the success of that store, and the strength of the local RV community, the company saw great potential in increasing its investment in the region. The new dealership will allow the company to better serve RVers north of Atlanta, and it will be located near numerous outdoor recreation areas including Lake Acworth, Lake Allatoona and the North Georgia Foothills.
“Our partnership in Atlanta is truly a win for all members,” said Zonneberg. “The Campers Inn RV team, Joel and myself share similar values, and with Campers Inn RV’s strong balance sheet, resources and our intimate knowledge of the Atlanta and Southeastern U.S. markets, we have many exciting opportunities ahead of us.”
November 30, 2016
Campers Inn RV Acquires Tom Stinnett Derby City RV
CLARKSVILLE, IN — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in Clarksville, IN. Campers Inn RV is excited to serve the Louisville RV market, and it plans to retain Derby City RV staff and integrate its operations into its corporate infrastructure.
“This is a very proud day for myself and the Campers Inn RV organization,” said Jeff Hirsch, President-Owner of Campers Inn RV. “We are aligning with one of the premier dealers in the US, as well as an industry titan. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to further our quest westward with this acquisition. As we continue our expansion efforts, we look forward to developing more Campers Inn RV stores in the Midwest.”
Tom Stinnett founded Tom Stinnett Derby City RV in 1978. Since then, it has grown into one of the premier RV dealerships in the Midwest, and it boasts the largest interior showroom in the US. RV Business honored the dealership with a Top 50 award in 2014, and it has received numerous Top Dealer awards from a variety of manufacturers. Stinnett has served as Chairman for the RVDA and RVAC, and he has been a member and Co-Chairman of GoRVing.
"I am extremely pleased to be adding Tom Stinnett Derby City RV to the Campers Inn RV family,” Stinnett said. “Their culture, integrity and business model are a perfect fit for our dealership and our employees. I look forward to assisting Jeff and his team at Campers Inn RV in reaching their expansion goals.”
Co-Owner Paul Cunningham, a long-time RV salesperson and manager, partnered with Stinnett in 2010. Cunningham will serve as the General Sales Manager for the new dealership. “With Tom, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside a great partner and a true force in the RV industry,” said Cunningham. “I’m looking forward to continuing working with Tom, as well as the Campers Inn RV team, who are another group of industry leaders.”
This dealership will become the 16th location operated by Campers Inn RV. The new store represents the company’s ambition to grow its dealerships beyond the East Coast, as well as expand the network of resources available to customers traveling the country.
The dealership will be under the direction of Regional Director Ed Unger III. “I am excited to be working again in the Midwest RV market,” Unger said. “I am looking forward to helping Tom Stinnett Derby City RV join the Campers Inn RV family. I have always held Tom Stinnett and his team in high regard. Tom has built a fantastic dealership, and he has been a great leader in the RV industry for many years. This is a great location to continue to build the Campers Inn RV brand, and it will help us to achieve our goal of being the trusted resource in the marketplace.”
June 27, 2016
Campers Inn RV Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for Myrtle Beach Store
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership, today announced it will host a ribbon cutting ceremony along with RV service and parts provider, Camping Connection, for their new stores in Myrtle Beach, SC on June 29, 2016 at 2:00pm. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will join the dealership for the event, and the ribbon cutting will feature food, entertainment and guest speakers from Campers Inn RV corporate management.
“We are honored we could share this important milestone with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,” said Jason Hoyle, general sales manager, Campers Inn RV of Myrtle Beach. “We look forward to being an active member of the Myrtle Beach business community, and we are thrilled to meet all the RV lovers who will visit this amazing vacation destination.”
“The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is excited for the grand opening of Campers Inn RV of Myrtle Beach. We want to welcome Campers Inn RV to the area and your chamber is looking forward to working for and with you,” said Shannon Furtick, MBACC membership retention & services manager.
Opened in May 2016, the Myrtle Beach store is Campers Inn RV’s 14th location, and it is sharing a facility with Camping Connection, which offers RV service, parts and accessories. To help celebrate, the dealership will be grilling hotdogs, and it has brought in Tim the Balloon Man to make balloon animals and DJ Cecil Chandler to provide music. Chief Operating Officer Ben Hirsch will give a speech along with additional corporate managers and representatives from Camping Connection.
May 31, 2016
Campers Inn RV and Camping Connection Celebrate Grand Opening of Myrtle Beach Stores
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership, and Camping Connection, an RV parts and service center, will celebrate the grand opening of their newest stores in Myrtle Beach, SC from June 1st to June 5th. The joint event will feature special pricing, prizes, music, food, and activities for the family. On June 29th, the stores will welcome the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce for an official ribbon cutting ceremony.
“We are thrilled to start the summer by launching our newest store in beautiful Myrtle Beach, SC,” said Alan Good, Campers Inn RV Regional Sales Director. “This is one of America’s premier tourist destinations, and it draws RVers from all across the country. It’s an honor to join this community, and we are excited to become the trusted RV resource for locals and visitors alike.”
"We are extremely proud of the service reputation that store manager Roger Cunningham and our dedicated team has created here in Myrtle Beach." said Rob Cochran, owner of Camping Connection. "Teaming up with two other first-class operations like Campers Inn RV and Lakewood Camping Resort was an opportunity we couldn't pass up. We are excited about creating an atmosphere where our customers can benefit from three family-owned companies that are committed to providing you an outstanding RV experience."
Campers Inn RV and Camping Connection will share the Myrtle Beach facilities. Campers Inn RV will offer RV sales and Camping Connection will offer RV service and parts. The location is the 14th store operated by Campers Inn RV and the 2nd store operated by Camping Connection. To celebrate the event, the Grand Opening will feature the following activities:
- Special Grand Opening Pricing, June 1, 2016 through June 5, 2016. Amazing deals on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and RV parts and accessories.
- Door prizes, June 1, 2016 through June 5, 2016. Every hour from 12pm to 3pm.
- Lunch, June 1, 2016 through June 5, 2016. Hotdogs from 12pm to 2pm.
- Tim “The Balloon Man,” Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2016. Balloon animals and more from 12pm to 3pm.
- Cecil Chandler – Live DJ, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, 2016. 12pm to 3pm.
- James from the Gator 107.9 morning show, Saturday June 4. 2pm to 4pm, live remote with contest for tickets to Carolina Country Music Fest June 10-12th featuring Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and more!
- Grand Prize Giveaways.“Campfire Package” valued at $272.00, 2:30pm. Package includes 2 green directors’ chairs, Tipsy Stix drink holder, small aluminum side table, 6’ x 9’ green mat, and portable propane campfire.
- Ribbon cutting with Chamber of Commerce, June 29, 2016.
May 4, 2016
Campers Inn RV Celebrates Grand Openings of Penn. and Virginia Stores
KINGSTON, NH — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-operated RV dealership, will celebrate the grand opening of its Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and Fredericksburg, VA locations from May 9th to May 15th. The company acquired these stores in the fall of 2015, and it is excited to launch its first full summer season in these markets with festivities, giveaways and special pricing on a range of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more.
“Since we began operating these stores this fall, we have been working hard to become the trusted resource for the local RV community,” said Eddie Unger, Regional Sales Director for PA/DC region. “We have been honored to meet so many new RV enthusiasts, and we look forward to an amazing summer spreading the joy of the RV lifestyle even further.”
Campers Inn RV acquired its Philadelphia store from Media Camping Center, and its Pittsburgh and Fredericksburg stores from Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales. Much like Campers Inn RV, both Media Camping Center and Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales were long-time family operated organizations, and Campers Inn RV has strived to maintain the values and legacy associated with the previous owners. As an appreciation for its past, present and future customers, the company has planned a number of activities and events for each location, including:
- Special Grand Opening Pricing—ALL LOCATIONS, May 9th to May 15th. Amazing deals on motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels and more. Ice maker included with any purchase during sale.
- Service seminars – ALL LOCATIONS, 11am, May 9th to May 15th. Seminars will feature instruction on topics such as winterization, de-winterization, preventative maintenance and more.
- Free lunch—ALL LOCATIONS, 11am to 2pm, May 9th to May 15th. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other goodies.
- “Drive a Race Car” giveaway—ALL LOCATIONS, May 1st to May 31st. Enter to win a gift card for two to drive at a local professional race track. (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter. Content ends May 31st. See dealership for details).
- Additional contest giveaways—ALL LOCATIONS, May 9th to May 15th. Enter to win an RV, Yeti cooler, flat screen TV or fishing pole. (No purchase necessary. Must be 18 or older to enter. Content ends May 15th. See dealership for details).
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony—FREDERICKSBURG, May 9th. Special guests include the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony—PHILADELPHIA, May 13th. Special guests include manufacturer representatives from Forest River (May 13th to May 14th) and Columbus/Palomino (May 12th to May 13th).
- Live Radio Broadcast with Y108—PITTSBURGH, May 13th, 11am to 1pm.
March 9, 2016
Campers Inn RV Announces New Store in Myrtle Beach
MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family operated RV dealership, is continuing its expansion plans by opening its newest location in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Myrtle Beach store will serve as Campers Inn RV’s 15th dealership, and it will open in time for the 2016 summer season. The company will also be opening a dealership near Raleigh, North Carolina, as previously announced, as it solidifies its East Coast presence.
“We found that many of our customers were already RVing in Myrtle Beach and opening a store there was a natural next step,” said Ben Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer of Campers Inn RV. “We are excited about being able to continue to solidify ourselves as the RVer’s Trusted Resource in the Eastern US, and the Raleigh and Myrtle Beach locations will be important parts to that strategy in 2016.”
Campers Inn RV of Myrtle Beach will be located in the heart of one of the East Coast’s largest tourist destinations. The dealership will be situated near a variety of campgrounds and RV parks, and it will serve the local RV community and visitors alike. The store will be under the direction of Alan Good, Campers Inn RV’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. Jason Hoyle will be the location’s General Sales Manager.
“I am thrilled by our growth in the Carolinas. It is an exceptionally vibrant area for RV lovers and outdoor enthusiasts,” said Good. “I know Jason will be a strong leader for our team, and he will further build our reputation in the marketplace.”
“I am proud of the opportunity to make Campers Inn RV of Myrtle Beach a success,” said Hoyle. “I look forward to the long-lasting relationships we will create with campers and future campers in the state and beyond.”
“I see this new location as a great opportunity to strengthen our brand,” said Jeff Hirsch, President of Campers Inn RV. “My family has enjoyed the Myrtle Beach area for years, and we have seen RVers visiting from all across the country. I look forward to spending time at Myrtle Beach’s many attractions, including its wonderful golf courses, and I can’t wait to guide our newest location to success.
“Furthermore, as we continue to cultivate our East Coast presence, we are also moving forward with our intentions to expand westward. We see amazing possibilities throughout the entire country, and we are on the lookout for compelling opportunities."
February 9, 2016
Campers Inn RV Announces I-95 Expansion Plans
Kingston, NH — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family operated RV dealership, is moving ahead in its plans to expand its network of dealerships along the I-95 corridor. The company is pleased to announce that Campers Inn RV of Raleigh will be opening for the summer season, and this location is situated along Interstate 95 in Selma, North Carolina. In addition, the company is currently seeking other opportunities along I-95 in the region.
“The market along I-95 in Virginia and North Carolina has great potential, and we see tremendous growth opportunity along this corridor,” said Ben Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer of Campers Inn RV. “Just as we have in our other markets, we will provide greater choice to the customer in order to become the RVers trusted resource in this region.”
Campers Inn RV Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Hirsch stated, “When we were purchasing the Clem’s dealerships, we were initially unsure of the long-term potential of the Fredericksburg location due to the capabilities of the facility. However, we were delighted to see the overall reception of the marketplace. We see growing within this market as key to continuing to serve our customer base as they travel the eastern seaboard.”
Campers Inn RV of Raleigh will be under the direction of Alan Good, Campers Inn’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, and Jon Cooper will be the location’s General Sales Manager. “This is an exciting time for Campers Inn RV,” said Good. “We are glad to have Jon leading the team at this new store, and the Raleigh location will not only serve Eastern North Carolina, but well into Virginia and South Carolina. Campers Inn RV in the Mid-Atlantic will continue to grow and be the region’s premier dealership.”
November 11, 2015
Campers Inn RV Named Top 50 Dealer by RV Business
KINGSTON, NH — Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-owned RV dealership, today announced it has received RV Business’ 2015 Top 50 Dealer Award , which recognizes RV dealers in the United States for excellence, professionalism and business acumen. Campers Inn RV has received the award four times in the five years it has been presented. Campers Inn RV president Jeff Hirsch also received the RVDA Chairman’s Service Award, which is presented to those who make a significant contribution to the RVDA and the industry.
“We are honored to be selected as one of the Top 50 RV dealers in the country, and we thank RVBusiness and the RVDA for their support,” said Jeff Hirsch, president of Campers Inn. “We owe this award to our dedicated employees who commit themselves to giving our customers an incredible experience and helping them realize the dream of the RV lifestyle.”
Launched in 2008, the Top 50 Dealer Award is chosen by industry experts from a pool of 300 nominations. RV manufacturers of the US and Canada submitted nominations based on which dealerships they believe most exemplify excellence in their field. Nominees were invited to fill out comprehensive applications based on long-standing guidelines covering all aspects of their businesses, such as customer service and satisfaction, employee training and education, sound planning and property management. An independent panel of veteran industry experts convened for judging at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., the unofficial “RV Capital of the World,” to select the Top 50 award recipients.
“The applications we received this year were, by and large, the most thought-out and thorough that we’ve seen in the five years we’ve done this. And that’s a direct reflection of the quality of the applicants themselves,” stated Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness magazine and founder of the Top 50 program. “More and more top-notch RV dealers have really set their sights on getting this award and are working harder to earn it – this year’s competition was the toughest it’s ever been. Our 2015 winners should be especially proud of their achievement, and we sure are proud to have them.”
RVBusiness presented this year’s Top 50 awards during the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association International Convention Award Reception in Las Vegas on November 4, 2015. Campers Inn RV received the award in 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015 (no award was presented from 2011 to 2013). In 2010, the company was honored as a “Blue Ribbon Dealer” for being among the top 5 dealers in that year’s class. In 2014, the dealership received the Innovation Award, sponsored by Lippert Components, for its customer service initiatives and digital marketing content strategy.
Campers Inn RV operates 13 RV dealerships throughout the eastern United States, and it is celebrating its 50th year in business in 2016. The company is continuing to expand its footprint, and it has opened four new stores in 2015 in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia. It also celebrated the ribbon cutting of a location in Union, CT.
“As we grow and add new locations, maintaining our core values and a close connection to our customer and employees becomes ever more important,” Hirsch said. “This award will serve as a reminder of the standard of excellence that we strive to achieve across the company, and its principles will guide our future expansion plans.”
August 10, 2015
Campers Inn RV President Jeff Hirsch and His Family Embark on an Epic RV Adventure
KINGSTON, NH—With Campers Inn RV’s 50th Anniversary is just around the corner, Campers Inn RV President Jeff Hirsch and his family round off the 49th year of business with an epic RV adventure across the United States.
The Hirsch family began their journey on Friday, August 7 in their black 2016 Jeep Wrangler and will travel down to Alabama to pick up their brand new, custom-ordered Tiffin Phaeton QKH Class A motorhome. From the Tiffin factory in Alabama, the Hirsches will begin the RV adventure of a lifetime.
The Hirsches’ cross-country road trip will last the entire month of August. They’re following a loose plan to visit a number of noteworthy destinations including the Pacific Coast, The Wave in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park and many other beautiful locations.
However, only a few days into their adventure, the trip was off to a bumpy start. Here’s a report from Jeff and the family:
“We got a late start to our trip on Friday at 5 o’clock, but we were full of anticipation and excited for our journey,” said Jeff. “We departed from Kingston, NH and got as far as Milford, PA last night, when we quickly realized the Jeep doesn't allow for night driving comfort. The girls tried every configuration known to man to find sleeping comfort, and I soon realized it was time to pull over—let me correct that: my wife, Deb, decided we should pull over. Unfortunately, our room's air conditioner didn't work, and we had a tired family. We've all concluded we can't wait to get to the comfort of our new Tiffin.”
Here are the destinations the Hirsches have visited so far on their way to Alabama:
8/8 — Shenandoah National Park and Luray Caverns in VA
8/9 — Nashville, TN
July 21, 2015
Campers Inn RV Names Ed Unger III Regional Director
Campers Inn RV, a family-owned RV dealership headquartered in Kingston, New Hampshire, today announced the addition of Ed Unger III as Regional Director. Unger will oversee three newly acquired Campers Inn RV locations in Hatfield, PA; Ellwood City, PA; and Stafford, VA. These three locations represent Campers Inn RV’s latest expansion into new regions of the eastern United States.
“We are delighted to welcome Ed aboard to drive our expansion into Pennsylvania and Virginia,” said Jeff Hirsch, president of Campers Inn RV. "He has a wide range of experience in the RV industry, and our new acquisitions will benefit greatly from his knowledge and proven leadership abilities.”
Unger joins Campers Inn with 16 years of experience in the RV industry, where he performed multiple roles for Tom Raper RVs and Camping World, including finance, sales and IT director. Most recently, he served as a corporate sales manager responsible for managing three locations in Indiana and Ohio.
“My goal is to grow these stores, see them reach their potential and continue our expansion into new areas,” Unger said. “I am looking forward to building partnerships with both manufacturers and customers, as well as ensuring Campers Inn RV’s commitment to being a trusted resource in the industry.”
“The entire staff has been very welcoming. I believe the Hirsch family runs this business with integrity, and they care deeply about their customers and employees,” Unger added. “I am excited about the opportunity to be a regional director and contribute to the future growth of the company. My faith is very important to me, and I believe the Lord has led me in this direction.”
July 13, 2015
Campers Inn RV Acquires Clem’s RV and Media Camping Center
Campers Inn RV, the nation’s largest family-owned RV dealership, is pleased to announce the acquisitions of Media Camping Center of Hatfield, Pennsylvania; Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Ellwood City, Pennsylvania; and Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Stafford, Virginia. The businesses will reopen as Campers Inn RV locations serving the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and greater Washington D.C. regions, respectively. Media Camping Center’s location in Media, Pennsylvania is not part of the acquisition and will remain operational.
“By joining the Campers Inn RV family, our store benefits from the resources of being part of a larger organization, and that will present opportunities to better serve our customers,” said Hadden Smith, president and general manager of Media Camping Center. “That’s what excites me, personally. We’ll be able to deliver an even higher level of product and service for RVers in our area.” Smith will continue with Campers Inn as the General Sales Manager of Campers Inn RV of Philadelphia.
Smith’s parents, E. Hadden and Bobbie, founded Media Camping Center in 1965, and they opened the Hatfield location in 1972 as a Prowler travel trailer dealer. The company has dutifully served the camping needs of eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey with its full-service sales, service and parts business.
Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales, founded by steelworker Clemente Giancola, Sr. and his wife Helen, has remained a family-owned business since Clem began selling Bee-Line trailers out of the family’s driveway in 1964. Built into a regional powerhouse by the Giancola family, the business is the nation’s oldest Coachmen dealership and opened its Stafford, Virginia dealership in 2013.
“I’m sure that if I wanted to put the word out that Clem’s was for sale, I would have had many suitors,” said Randy Giancola, president of Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales. “But the more I got to know Jeff Hirsch and understand the similarities in our businesses, it became clear that if there’s anybody who can carry on my mom and dad’s legacy, it’s Jeff and the Campers Inn RV team. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share that legacy of customer service and what the recreational vehicle lifestyle means for families all along the East Coast.”
With the addition of these three new locations to its dealer network, Campers Inn RV grows to thirteen full-service dealerships and extends the company’s ability to provide excellent sales centers, reliable RV service and convenient parts and accessories stores to customers all along the eastern U.S.
“I am extremely proud to welcome these outstanding businesses into our organization, and, as we do so, we are mindful to consider what the Smith and Giancola families created before us,” said Jeff Hirsch, president of Campers Inn RV. “These businesses are built on the foundation of dedication and service to the customer. We are tasked with continuing their tradition of integrity and corporate citizenship, but that is exactly why we chose to acquire these businesses over any others. We are honored to carry that legacy forward.”
April 7, 2015
Campers Inn RV Adds Grasshaven Style
Grasshaven Outdoor, the nation’s first premier RV housewares company announced an expansion of their dealer network today, April 7, 2015. Campers Inn RV, a RV Business Top 50 dealership and premier dealer with 10 locations nationally, is the newest dealership to offer Grasshaven products. Grasshaven’s custom and distinct kiosk filled with hand curated RV housewares and camping offerings holds a place of prominence immediately as the customer enters the newly remodeled parts store of Campers Inn RV’s Merrimack, NH location.
“We are constantly re-evaluating our product offerings to ensure Campers Inn RV Parts and Accessory stores meet the changing needs of our customers,” said Ben Hirsch, Chief Operating Officer of Campers Inn RV. “Contemporary campers are as interested in form as they are in function, and Grasshaven’s line of smartly designed house and kitchenware is perfectly suited to the modern camping lifestyle. We think our customers will be excited about Grasshaven and these products will be a welcome addition to our stores.”
As an RV lifestyle brand, Grasshaven hand selects houseware products that appeal to both the female and male RV buyers. With innovative offerings that are both functional for men to kitchen gadgets and camping-ready dinnerware that appeal to the lady, Grasshaven strives to add more home style to the RV lifestyle. The team at Grasshaven also focuses on providing inspiring camping information, gourmet recipes and stylish tips to help make the outdoors more comfortable and approachable for everyone. Dawn Bitz, noted RV lifestyle and glamping expert, brings a mainstream approachability to the RV’ing experience through numerous media appearances and publication features.
“We are excited to add Campers Inn RV to the Grasshaven family of dealerships,” shares Dawn Bitz, President of Grasshaven Outdoor and outdoor lifestyle and glamping expert. “The entire Campers Inn RV team is dedicated to providing the RV customer a lifestyle experience and Grasshaven products help complete that experience.”
Founded in 1966 by Art and Fran Hirsch, Campers Inn is a family-owned and operated RV dealership with 10 locations on the U.S. East Coast. Campers Inn was recently selected as one of the RVBusiness Magazine’s Top 50 Dealers in North America and honored as the winner of the 2014 Innovation Award. The company had previously been selected as one of RVBusiness’ Top Five Blue Ribbon dealers. For more information about Campers Inn, visit www.CampersInn.com, Like Campers Inn on Facebook or Follow @CampersInnRV on Twitter.
Grasshaven focuses on getting the entire family outdoors through base/car camping; RV'ing and just plain ole overnights in the backyard. Through their website, their flagship retail store in Boulder, CO, retail collaborations with high-end camping resorts nationwide, an expansive nationwide RV dealership network from New England to Idaho, and further expanding sales channels, they offer their customers hand-selected products showcasing their dedication to the outdoor home. To learn more about Grasshaven Outdoor visit www.grasshavenoutdoor.com, call 800.573.5145, Like on facebook.com/grasshaven, or Follow on twitter.com/grasshaven.
Grasshaven Outdoor’s headquarters located at 6655 Arapahoe Rd Ste A-1 Boulder, CO 80303
March 23, 2015
A Message from Campers Inn President, Jeffrey Hirsch
I hope this letter finds you all in good health and good spirit. The camping season will soon be upon us and the outlook for 2015 is bright.
Earlier this month I was honored to be presented with the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Receiving this distinction inspired me to reflect on my career and my lifelong endeavor, Campers Inn. In doing so, I find my thoughts returning time and time again to the same thing — you, our wonderful employees.
I want to express my deepest gratitude for your commitment to our company’s success. All your hard work and dedication empowers me to devote my time not only to the growth and development of our business, but also to the health of the entire industry.
The Unity Award sends a powerful signal to our partners, clients and competition that supports our ongoing growth strategy. It communicates the culture we’re building every day at Campers Inn and broadcasts the message that our company is an exceptional business partner and industry steward. We have been acknowledged for Campers Inn’s leadership and given the shared responsibility and privilege of paving the way for our industry’s future. We will do this together with pride.
We didn’t choose our work in the hope of receiving awards and recognition. However, the Unity Award is a truly special honor. Let it not be my award alone, but one we share. We should receive this accolade together as a validation of the work we’re doing and the core values that drive everything we do at Campers Inn.
I am invigorated by our successes and inspired for the future of Campers Inn and the RV industry.
March 11, 2015
Hirsch, Floyd Honored at RVIA Annual Meeting
Campers Inn President Jeff Hirsch was honored with the David J. Humphreys RV Industry Unity Award Tuesday (March 10) at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) at the Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Fla. An ardent industry supporter, Hirsch is past chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
The award, presented jointly by the RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), recognizes individuals “who continuously strive to encourage the multiple constituencies of the RV industry to work collectively for the growth and benefit of the industry,” said RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager, president and CEO of Middlebury, Ind.-based Jayco Inc.
“Through his numerous leadership roles within RVDA and as one of the country’s most successful RV dealers, Jeff Hirsch of Campers Inn embodies the spirit of the award,” said Bontrager, who during the presentation was joined on stage by RVIA President Richard Coon, RVDA Chairman John McCluskey of Florida Outdoors RV Center and RVDA President Phil Ingrassia.
Bontrager added that Hirsch, the longest-serving chairman in RVDA’s history, continues “to bridge the differences between RV dealers, suppliers and manufacturers.” Hirsch also has served on the Go RVing Coalition, RVIA Transportation Coalition and RVDA’s RV Learning Center.
“Whether it’s wearing his RV dealer hat, or acting in his capacity as an association statesman, Jeff has always championed the need to work together as an industry so we can all realize the tremendous potential provided by the RV market,” Bontrager said.
Hirsch was gracious in his comments, saying those in the RV industry must all “walk the same path” and realize “our work is never done.”
“For those individuals I served with I will especially be grateful for their openness and sincerity of exploring the possibilities of a greater vision for our industry and most importantly our customer, the end user,” Hirsch said.
In addition, Craig Floyd of TRC – A Southwire Co. received the Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards Award.
“Craig has been involved the RV standards arena for many, many years. His dedication is easily shown by identifying the number of committees Craig has served on,” Bontrager said. Among the many committees Bontrager listed, Floyd has served on the RVIA Standards Steering Committee, RVIA Electrical Technical Subcommittee and the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.
The award presentations took place this morning at the annual conference, along with three seminars, prior to the afternoon Membership Meeting. Nearly 100 people are attending the Annual Meeting, which among other things sets direction for the RVIA efforts for the year.
Today’s seminars included:
• John Bozzella, president CEO of Global Automakers and longtime automotive industry executive, discussed the convergence of technology and mobility and how connected cars will save lives, time and fuel.
• Carlos Alcazar, marketing expert with The Tombras Group in Washington D.C., a digital-centric advertising firm, shared insights on strategies to engage the nation transitions to a more diverse demographic breakdown.
In addition, a Truck & Chassis Seminar featured a panel of experts providing an overview of the RV tow vehicles and motorhome chassis. Panelists include Susan Jagoda, manager, Special Vehicles/Fleets Operations at General Motors Corp., and Ford Motor Co.’s Dennis Bearden, RV & Pool Account manager, NAFLRO, Market Sales & Service.
Sponsors included: Forest River Inc. (First Timer’s Reception); Thetford Corp. (Welcome Reception); Newmar Corp. (Continental Breakfast, Refreshment Break); Allied Recreation Group (John Bozzella Seminar); Jayco Inc. (Carlos Alcazar Seminar); Coach House (Refreshment Break); Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (Group Lunch); Cummins Inc. (Membership Meeting); Dometic LLC (Membership Meeting, Registration Desk); Louisville Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Kentucky Exposition Center (Chairman’s Reception); Thor Industries Inc. (Chairman’s Reception); TRC – A Southwire Co. (Chairman’s Dinner); Dicor Corp. (Chairman’s Dinner); TCF Inventory Finance LLC (Meeting Signage); Richloom Fabrics Group (Program Directory).
In addition, several Level sponsors were acknowledged: Level Four – Freightliner, Newmar and Thetford Corp.; Level Three – Allied Recreation Group, Cummins, Dometic and Jayco; Level Two – Forest River Inc., TCF Inventory Finance, Thor, TRC; Level One – Coach House, Dicor and Richloom; Participating Sponsors – Foretravel Inc. and RVBusiness.
January 9, 2015
Campers Inn Names Alan Good Regional Director
Mocksville GSM Jim Weiss also appointed to Build Team as expanded management positions company for growth
KINGSTON, NH/MOCKSVILLE, NC — Campers Inn, a family-owned RV dealership headquartered in Kingston, New Hampshire, today announced the addition of Alan Good to the company's management team as Regional Director. Good will oversee the Campers Inn locations in Mocksville and Kings Mountain, NC, as well as the recently acquired Peco Campers of Tucker, GA.
Additionally, Jim Weiss, General Sales Manager of Campers Inn in Mocksville, NC, has been appointed to the company's Build Team, which is tasked with the discovery, assessment and execution of expansion opportunities. He takes on the new responsibility in addition to his current role.
"We are delighted to welcome Alan aboard," said Jeff Hirsch, CEO of Campers Inn. "He is passionate, experienced, knowledgeable, and will provide added leadership for our existing locations while seeking out other opportunities to expand Campers Inn's presence in the Mid-Atlantic region." Good joins the company with 15 years of sales success in the RV industry, most recently serving as a General Manager and Market Manager for Camping World.
"My most important goals are customer care and customer satisfaction," said Good. "I believe the key to my success has been my direct relationship with customers as well as employees." "Joining the Campers Inn family is an exciting opportunity for me to be part of a growth-focused team with a track record of success behind them," he added. "We have the best product lines, the best staff, and a trusted brand. It's a win-win situation for the consumer."
Campers Inn was recently selected as one of the RVBusiness Magazine's Top 50 Dealers in North America and honored as the winner of the 2014 Innovation Award. For more information about Campers Inn, visit www.CampersInn.com, like Campers Inn on Facebook or follow @CampersInnRV on Twitter.
December 22, 2014
Campers Inn Acquires Atlanta-area RV Dealership Peco Campers
Campers Inn hits growth milestone with its tenth full-service location
KINGSTON, NH/TUCKER, GA — Campers Inn, a family-owned RV dealership headquartered in Kingston, New Hampshire, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Peco Campers of Tucker, Georgia. The dealership, which will be Campers Inn's tenth location, will remain open and will henceforth operate as Peco Campers, A Campers Inn Company.
"Our success has enabled us to grow the Campers Inn family and we are delighted to welcome the newest member, Peco Campers," said Jeff Hirsch, CEO of Campers Inn. "We are excited about the opportunity that comes with entering the Atlanta-metro area and proud to add such an outstanding operation to our business. This acquisition should clearly demonstrate our commitment to a growth strategy that will see us further develop our presence in the Eastern United States."
Founded in 1963 by Guy and Gladys Adams, Peco Campers has remained a family-owned and operated enterprise managed by sons Guy, Ken and Neal Adams. The business moved into its current 10- acre site in 2000, and is located just four miles from Georgia's popular Stone Mountain Park. Peco Campers has been the top-selling towable dealer in Georgia since 2006 when Statistical Surveys started reporting for the state.
"Our companies' histories and principles are quite similar and I have every faith that the Hirsch family and Campers Inn will maintain the standard of value and service we've established in our fifty-one years of business," said Neal Adams, President of Peco Campers. "We wish them many years of continued success."
"Peco's health, longevity and sterling reputation in its community are second to none," Hirsch added. "Campers Inn will surely benefit from the time-tested business culture established by the Adams family, and the incredible work ethic they instilled in their employees. I'm honored to carry on that legacy."
Campers Inn was recently selected as one of the RVBusiness Magazine's Top 50 Dealers in North America and honored as the winner of the 2014 Innovation Award. For more information about Campers Inn, visit www.CampersInn.com, Like Campers Inn on Facebook or Follow @CampersInnRV on Twitter.
November 26, 2014
Campers Inn Named Most Innovative Dealer by RVBusiness
New Hampshire-based RV Dealer Also Selected to the Top 50 Dealerships in North America
KINGSTON, N.H. — RVBusiness Magazine recently honored family-owned RV dealership Campers Inn, with its nine East Coast locations including a flagship dealership in Kingston, N.H., by presenting the company with the 2014 Innovation Award. The Award, sponsored by Lippert Components, Inc., recognizes the company for its creative, outside-the-box marketing and operations. Campers Inn was also named as one of the RVDA's 2014 Top 50 RV Dealers in North America.
"We couldn't be more grateful for this recognition from RVBusiness and the ongoing support of the RVDA, as well as the industry at large," said Jeff Hirsch, CEO of Campers Inn. "With so many exceptional people working in and around the RV industry, this award serves as a testament to the passion of our employees and Campers Inn's commitment to providing outstanding service and upholding our core values."
RVBusiness points to several recent customer service initiatives at Campers Inn that made the company a natural choice for the award. The dealer recently introduced the We Care program, a 24-hour customer service hot-line and email inbox where customer concerns are addressed directly by company management. Additionally, a customer satisfaction survey initiative and a thorough digital content strategy have improved the dealership's client relationships and established Campers Inn as an online resource for RV lifestyle information. Recreation vehicle manufacturers nominated dealers across the United States and Canada whom they believe best exemplify excellence in their field. Nominees were invited to fill out comprehensive applications based on long-standing guidelines covering all aspects of their businesses, such as customer service and satisfaction, employee training and education, sound planning and property management. An independent panel of veteran industry experts convened for judging at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., the unofficial "RV Capital of the World," to select the Top 50 and special awards for Service and Innovation.
"Our judges had a difficult task this year in picking just 50 out of all our very qualified applicants, especially considering the significant consolidation the RV industry has experienced over the past five years, as with many commercial sectors, so the pool of proficient candidates is somewhat smaller than before," stated Sherman Goldenberg, publisher of RVBusiness magazine and founder of the Top 50 program. "Our 2014 winning dealers are unquestionably the cream of the crop. We couldn't be prouder of this year's class."
The RVBusiness Top 50 dealers and special award recipients were honored during the 2014 RV Dealers Association International Convention/Expo at Bally's Las Vegas at a Nov. 12 awards reception underwritten by its sponsors – Ally Financial, Inc., Blue Ox, Cummins Power Generation, Dometic Corp., Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF), Lippert Components Inc., Protective Asset Protection and NTP-STAG – and in cooperation with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada.
For more information about Campers Inn, visit www.CampersInn.com, like Campers Inn on Facebook or follow @CampersInnRV on Twitter. To learn more about the RVB Top 50 and to view the complete list of dealers, visit http://www.RVBusiness.com.