RVB Announces ‘Top 50 Dealer’ Award Winners

The newest class of U.S. and Canadian recreational vehicle retailers slated to receive 2014 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas is a virtual “Who’s Who” of U.S. and Canadian RV retailing — from smaller family-held stores to emerging independent chains during an era of rapid industry consolidation.

At the head of the class, selected by a panel of industry experts that convened in September for some rather intense deliberations gaveled by BJ Thompson Associates at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., are five Blue Ribbon dealers tabbed for their well-documented commitment to best practices in most every professional aspect of their retail stores — profitability, employee relations, technician training, charitable giving and especially for placing a high priority on consumer care.

The Blue Ribbon dealers (in alphabetical order) are:

• ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

• Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.

• ExploreUSA RV Supercenter, Plano, Texas

• Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

• Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

Also receiving special recognition at Bally’s on the Strip in Las Vegas as part of a program underwritten by 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 Stag-Parkway Inc. are these two Top 50 retailers:

• Thompson Family RV, Dubuque, Iowa, which is to receive the “RVB Top 50 Spirit Award” sponsored by Ally Financial for exceptional charitable outreach.

• Campers Inn, Kingston, N.H., recipient of the “RVB Top 50 Innovation Award” underwritten by Lippert Components for outside-the-box business creativity.

RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards candidates were first nominated by the manufacturers they represent based on dealers’ professionalism as well as sales acumen. Dealers then submitted extensive applications providing input on both quantitative and qualitative matters regarding their operations.

“This program is unique in that it doesn’t focus solely on sales,” reports RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg on behalf of the Elkhart-based trade journal co-owned by RVB Vice President of Sales Beverly Gardner. “We understand what makes a dealership truly great is not just what it does, but how it gets the job done. These dealers were selected for outstanding personal customer service, along with sound business practices and forward-thinking philosophies.”

Here’s a look at the entire 2014 class (in alphabetical order):

• Alliance Coach RV Sales & Service, Wildwood, Fla.

• Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.

• American RV Sales & Service, Grand Rapids, Mich.

• ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta

• Beckley’s Camping Center, Thurmont, Md.

• Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.

• Bob Ledford’s RV & Marine, Greer, S.C.

• Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta

• Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, Wis.

• Campers Inn, Kingston, N.H.

• Carolina Coach & Camper, Claremont, N.C.

• Chemo RV Sales & Service, 150 Mile House, Alberta

• Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales, Ellwood City, Pa.

• Coachlight RV Sales, Carthage, Mo.

• Coates RV Center, Columbus, Minn.

• Colonial RV, Lakewood, N.J.

• Crestview RV Center, Georgetown, Texas

• Curtis Trailers, Portland, Ore.

• Dandy RV Superstore, Anniston, Ala.

• ExploreUSA RV Supercenter, Plano, Texas

• General RV Centers, Wayland, Mich.

• Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City, Ore.

• Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, Wheat Ridge, Colo.

• La Mesa RV Center, San Diego, Calif.

• Lazydays RV, Seffner, Fla.

• Lifestyle RVs, Grain Valley, Mo.

• Little Dealer Little Prices, Phoenix, Ariz.

• McClain’s RV Superstore, Sanger, Texas

• Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

• Minard’s Leisure World, Weyburn, Saskatchewan

• Modern Trailer Sales, Anderson, Ind.

• Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, Ind.

• Noble RV, Owatonna, Minn.

• Parkview RV Center, Smyrna, Del.

• PleasureLand RV Center, St. Cloud, Minn.

• Poulsbo RV, Kent, Wash.

• Richardson’s RV Centers, Menifee, Calif.

• RV City, Morinville, Alberta

• Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, Minn.

• Tacoma RV Center, Fife, Wash.

• Tennessee RV Supercenter, Knoxville, Tenn.

• Thompson Family RV, Davenport, Iowa

• Tom Johnson Camping Center, Marion, N.C.

• Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, Clarksville, Ind.

• Topper’s Camping Center, Waller, Texas

• Veurinks’ RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.

• Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind.

• Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc., Bath, N.Y.

• Windish RV Center, Lakewood, Colo.

• Woody’s RV World, Calgary, Alberta

Look for coverage of the RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards program in both the Nov./Dec. and Jan./Feb. issues of RVBusiness, on RVBUSINESS.com and through an array of other print and online trade and consumer media outlets.

All RVDA Con/Expo showgoers with a convention registration badge are welcome to attend the special 5:30-7:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres & cocktails reception honoring the RVB Top 50 awardees during an education-centric convention co-sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada.

For questions on the Top 50 program, contact Sherman Goldenberg at (574) 457-3370 or (574) 457-6637 or B.J. Thompson at (574) 255-5000, extension 501.

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