Camping World acquires Coates RV in Minnesota

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LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Camping World Holdings today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Coates RV with locations in Hugo and Cloquet, Minn.

“For more than 80 years, Coates RV has earned its customers’ business by providing quality products and service backed with a highly experienced team and reliable RV care,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman of Camping World Holdings.

“Attention to detail has made them leaders in the RV industry and we look forward to the team, many of which have over 10 years’ experience, joining our network of RV supercenters, he added.”

The acquisition of Coates RV is in line with the company’s future RV dealership growth plans, the release explained. Camping World expects to continue expanding in Minnesota and other new markets throughout the country this year, including three additional Gander RV locations in Forest Lake, Hermantown and Baxter, opening spring and summer of 2019.

“The two Coates RV locations will allow us to expand our footprint in the state of Minnesota while continuing to deliver a high standard of customer service and integrity in the industry,” said Brent Moody, president of Camping World Holdings.

“We currently operate a location in Monticello, Minn., that specializes in RV sales, service, and accessories,” he added. “With the Coates RV locations, we increase our presence in the state to three RV supercenters, and we look forward to the expansion of the Gander RV dealerships in Forest Lake, Hermantown and Baxter.”

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Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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  • Steve says:

    I hope those employees with 10 years or more experience know they will not be working there in 6 months. Lemonis continues to destroy the future of the RV business.

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