Industry to Honor ‘18 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealers

The 2018 roster of RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards recipients has been released by RVBusiness magazine and its marketing partner, BJ Thompson Associates.

Public recognition of these U.S. and Canadian RV retailers will take place again this year at a Nov. 7 awards reception during the 2018 RV Dealers Convention/Expo co-hosted Nov. 5-9 by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

“As we mentioned in last year’s RVB Top 50 announcement — and it holds true even more so today — we’re pleased with the increased recognition that these awards are garnering in both the U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle markets not only because of the commercial recognition but also the advertising clout that goes with it,” said RVB Publisher Sherm Goldenberg. “But, as many in the industry are well aware, it also provides a unique benchmarking tool for a wide array of retailers to examine their own operations and see how they measure up to industry standards and their own expectations on the brink of the 2019 model year.

“For these and other reasons,” he added, “we congratulate this year’s Top 50 dealers and look forward to seeing them all with their employees and families on stage in Las Vegas.”

An expanded 11-person panel of independent industry insiders, the names of which are not released, met in an intensive two-day session in early September to review the applications and complete the selections in a closed door session at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., said BJ Thompson.

“We were able to field a judging panel that had expanded familiarity and experience with customer service operations at RV dealerships across North America,” reported Thompson, a former long-term chairman of the RV Industry Association’s Public Relations Committee. “The judges were pretty impressed with the quality of the applications; they analyzed and debated and, at the end of the day, had a real tough time paring down the top 50 candidates.

“Some dealers that would usually make the cut didn’t quite make it this year,” noted Thompson. “But it wasn’t because they aren’t great dealers — it’s because other dealers continue to step up their game and did a good job of portraying as much in their respective applications. Many dealers continue to refine the quality of their operations, place even more emphasis on customer service and sharpen their focus on technician effectiveness. It’s pretty impressive how tenacious and creative some RV dealer applicants can be.”

Below (in alphabetical order) is a rundown of the 2018 Top 50 honorees in an industrywide program sponsored by Airxcel, Brown and Brown Insurance, Cummins Power Generation, Dometic Corp., Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp., Lippert Components Inc., Northpoint Commercial Finance, NTP-STAG, Protective Asset Protection and Wells Fargo CDF.

Singled out for their exemplary performances are five Blue Ribbon honorees: Airstream Adventures Northwest, Affinity RV, Pleasureland RV Center, Richardson’s RV Centers and Wilkins RV.

Two other dealers also received special recognition: Burlington RV SuperStore, recipient of the Arthur J. Decio Humanitarian Award sponsored by Wells Fargo CDF for a dealer excelling in charitable endeavors, and Hartville RV Center, winner of the Gaylord Maxwell Innovation Award by Lippert Components Inc. for its creative business strategies.

  1. Airstream Adventures Northwest, Gladstone, Ore.
  2. Affinity RV Service, Sales & Rentals, Prescott, Ariz.
  3. All Valley RV Center, Acton, Calif.
  4. Alliance Coach, Wildwood, Fla.
  5. Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.
  6. ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  7. Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.
  8. Broadmoor RV SuperStore, Pasco, Wash.
  9. Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta, Canada
  10. Bullyan RV, Duluth, Minn.
  11. Burlington RV SuperStore, Sturtevant, Wis.
  12. Byerly RV Center, St. Louis, Mo.
  13. C.S.R.A. Camperland, Martinez, Ga.
  14. Campers Inn RV, Jacksonville, Fla.
  15. Coachlight RV Sales, Carthage, Mo.
  16. Coates RV Center, Hugo, Minn.
  17. Colonial Airstream & RV, Lakewood, N.J.
  18. Crestview RV Center, Buda, Texas
  19. Curtis Trailers, Portland, Ore.
  20. ExploreUSA RV Supercenter, Plano, Texas
  21. Fraserway RV, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
  22. Giant Recreation World, Winter Garden, Fla.
  23. Greeneway RV Sales & Service, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
  24. Guaranty RV Super Centers, Junction City, Ore.
  25. Hartville RV Center, Hartville, Ohio
  26. Hilltop Camper & RV, Fridley, Minn.
  27. Holman Motors, Batavia, Ohio
  28. Lazydays RV, Seffner, Fla.
  29. Little Dealer Little Prices, Mesa, Ariz.
  30. Moix RV Supercenter, Conway, Ark.
  31. Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, Ind.
  32. Noble RV, Owatonna, Minn.
  33. Open Roads Complete RV, White, Ga.
  34. Pan Pacific RV Centers, French Camp, Calif.
  35. PleasureLand RV Center, St. Cloud, Minn.
  36. Princess Craft, Round Rock, Texas
  37. Rangeland RV & Trailer Sales, Rockview, Alberta, Canada
  38. RCD RV Supercenter, Heath, Ohio
  39. Rich & Sons RV Headquarters, Grand Island, Neb.
  40. Richardson’s RV Centers, Menifee, Calif.
  41. Sicard RV, Smithville, Ontario, Canada
  42. Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, Minn.
  43. Tennessee RV Supercenter, Knox, Tenn.
  44. United RV Center, Ft. Worth, Texas
  45. US Adventure RV, Davenport, Iowa
  46. Veurink’s RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  47. Voyager RV Centre, Winfield, British Columbia, Canada
  48. Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind.
  49. Wilkins RV, Bath, N.Y.
  50. Woody’s RV World, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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