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Camping World completes acquisition of American RV

Camping World completes acquisition of American RV

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings has announced the closing of its acquisition of American RV located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“We remain focused on brand expansion and top notch customer service, as we continue to grow in the Michigan market with the successful establishment of American RV joining the Camping World family,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World. “We look forward to providing customers with the high level of service they deserve and fulfilling all of their outdoor, camping and RV needs; from offering thousands of accessories, to quality RV sales and service.”

Camping World currently operates a RV SuperCenter in Houghton Lake and retail accessory stores in both Belleville and Grand Rapids, Michigan. With the American RV acquisition, the Grand Rapids retail accessory store will now convert into a full-service Camping World SuperCenter, further expanding the market footprint, and increasing Camping World’s current presence in the state of Michigan.

“We will maintain both companies’ commitment to superior sales and service while expanding on our success in this market,” said Brent Moody, Chief Operating Officer of Camping World. “This important acquisition reinforces our commitment to planned expansion in the state of Michigan and our focus on increased market share with our country-wide expansion.”

Source: Camping World Holdings press release

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

11 comments

  1. It’s with sadness and disappointment when today I saw the American RV sign being replaced and the signature Camping World flag pole being erected. I worked at American RV since 1993 for the Neff family (semi-retiring early) I left in the fall of 2016. I must say I did not see this coming, however, I am very grateful for the opportunity to have been part of a small business and be allowed to grow (personally as well as the parts & service department). I have spent my entire career in the retail customer service business working for and helping to grow smaller family owned businesses. I have battled (very successfully) the big box stores and worked very hard at establishing and nurturing relationships with our suppliers and customers. I know first hand how difficult it is to provide good customer service and maintain that reputation.
    While I am disappointed that Mr. Neff sold out to Camping World he has every right to do so. Things will be very different there now. We all know the changes in personnel and work place environment command this change. I am sure it will be ok for some, probably not so much for most.
    I wish the best to ALL my co-workers, we really were a big family.
    Scott

  2. Thankfully, CW in Myrtle Beach has been great to me and my last 3 campers. Not every CW is as good as the MB locations. Not everyone can succeed in a corporate environment. Hope this purchase sworks out for everyone!

  3. Rudolph Rodriguez

    I’m writing to mention that its great R.V.
    CAMPWORLD provides camping good products.
    As I traveled through-out the U.S.A., I noticed that every Camping Park have different sizes of Sewer Cleanout Plugs for R.V.’s.
    Well the tool I had, was not doing the job to remove the Sewer Cleanout Plug.
    So I had a piece of board and carved out the shape I needed and it fit on the Sewer Cleanout Plug.
    Next day I stay in different Camp Park, again a different Sewer Plug,, and again I carved the Sewer PLUG shape.
    Well, I ended creating what I call THE RUDY TOOL, it removes 13 differant shapes 4 inch and 3 inch Sewer Cleanout Plugs and two will shut water slotted turn styles.
    I will be selling THE RUDY TOOL at the Flea Markets in my travels.
    Feel free to E-mail me for any questions or show my location or just to exchange information.
    Thankyou
    Rudolph Rodriguez

    • What are you selling these for pricewise and is it something that you have stock of? would it be possible to see a picture of them?

  4. “We remain focused on brand expansion and top notch customer service, as we continue to grow in the Michigan market with the successful establishment of American RV joining the Camping World family,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World. “We look forward to providing customers with the high level of service they deserve and fulfilling all of their outdoor, camping and RV needs; from offering thousands of accessories, to quality RV sales and service.”

    This statement sounds great but Camping World is again, for the second consecutive month, in the top 10 most complained about companies. GOOD JOB CW!

    http://www.pissedconsumer.com/most-complained-companies.html

  5. Who can I contact to help change and improve the RV industry.
    I am a brand new owner of a 2018 Coachman Galleria, that we purchased Aug. 24,2017. and I AM already getting sick of what I am being told from not only MHSRV (purchased from) but also from every dealer in Katy, Tx. about getting my unit repaired during the first year.
    This is what we are being told, is that the ONLY place that we can get the unit serviced is at the dealership that we purchased it from.
    Therefore the consumer is force to a dealer that is not giving the consumer the best deal he can find for his money, therefore you are being tied to a dealer in our area only, for purchasing and service, this is the biggest fallacy, with the idea of purchasing an RV.
    The dealers in Katy not only did not have the same unit, the price was higher on a 2017 than what we got a 2018 unit for, also the interest rate was much higher at the dealers here in Katy.
    With this said how is one to fill good about buying a RV. or to be associated with the industry that is not willing to let the consumer determine where he makes his purchase and gets the unit serviced.
    With this in mind something needs to get changed to improve the industries reputation, to truly show that the manufacturer and Dealers care about the individual that purchase a RV.

    • You bought a Coachmen.. You better find a good shop to take it to because it will spend more time there than in your possession. Coachmen is nothing more than trash.

    • Pretty much ANY forest river dealership CAN do your warranty repair IF they want to.
      They do not have to do the repairs though.
      Most GOOD smaller dealers will help you though, but you will have to be patient with them, they’re doing you a favor if they chose to help you.

  6. We have a Heartland Sundance. It has been in the shop more than we have used it. Called them in early Sept but can’t take it in till Oct 17. They eat your warranty time up then say the extended warranty won’t cover. It seems to be only the fifth wheels. We had a Rockwood pull trailer and it was amazing. You can take it to any dealer that is the same company you bought it from like ExploreUSA. Good luck.

  7. This is something everybody who buys an RV better understand. The only person who even might possibly,maybe care to do warranty work on your rig is the dealer you bought it from. Nobody else will give you the time of day unless it’s a smaller dealer/shop.
    Dealers love to give people who don’t live near their dealerships good prices/great deals, the farther away the better the price because the KNOW you’ll never bring it in for warranty work thereby saving them money and service bays for cash paying customers. We bought a 5th wheel from a dealer in Oklahoma and hauled it back to MT. Yep, it was a killer deal that no other dealer I stopped at on the way there would/could meet or beat.
    Sadly, there were some issues with the rig when I got it back home and when I went to my local dealer they flat out told me “well, you saved yourself lots of money going all the way across the country to buy it, how’s that savings working out for you now? I guess you should have thought about that and bought it here. We’re NOT going to service it now get it the h#*& off my lot”.

    Sadly we faced this situation all the way from MT to AZ where we found an outstanding smaller dealer who was very willing to work on it, highly capable and had top notch customer service. They ended up making about $5k off of the warranty work needed.
    Given the state of the products manufactured nowadays I’d NEVER ever buy new again and if I did happen to have a lapse of judgement and buy new I’d certainly never again chase a “good deal” that far away again unless I was certain I’d be able to go back to that dealer and get it serviced or had a signed in blood promise from a local shop to do the sure to be plenty warranty work.

  8. Your a idiot! What else is there to say!

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