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Fri Apr 7, 2017
Boise, Idaho – The Nelson family of Boise, Idaho, has announced the sale of Nelson’s RVs to Camping World, the nation’s largest network of RV retail locations, after more than 33 years of serving Treasure Valley customers.
Nelson’s RVs was founded in 1983 by Byron and Donna Nelson, Wilma and Roy Petersen and Karen and Tom Nelson. Since its inception, the company has sold about 27,000 trailers, campers and motorhomes. Many of those sales were to repeat customers who kept coming back for the special care that was Nelson’s specialty, according to a press release.
Over the years, many family members helped the company grow into one of Idaho’s largest-volume dealers. They include Nola and Natalie Nelson; Cliff Robinson, another family member, who has been with the company for 12 years and manages the Caldwell location; and Cynthia Nelson, who recently retired after 23 years.
The sale, which was finalized on April 6, includes three Nelson’s locations – two in Boise at 4911 and 5309 Chinden Blvd., and one at 5500 E. Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell. The transaction includes inventory of nearly 500 RVs; two fully-equipped, state-of-the-art service departments; two newly expanded parts departments; and a full truck, hitch and accessory shop.
The acquisition increases Camping World’s presence in Idaho to five locations, including two supercenters in the Meridian and Idaho Falls areas. Camping World will continue to operate the two Boise locations as Nelson’s RVs, while rebranding the Caldwell location as a Camping World RV SuperCenter.
“It has been a pleasure to help Treasure Valley families enjoy the great outdoors for all these years,” Nelson's RVs President Tom Nelson says. "In addition to providing our courteous, ethical and professional service, we have enjoyed providing the best products in the RV industry, serviced by the best people in the business. We’re very proud of our staff and our loyal customers, many of whom are now our friends. We will miss them all.”
The Nelson family opened the first dealership in 1983 at 5309 Chinden Blvd., which continues as a sales and service building managed by Tyler Nelson. Tyler retired along with Tom when the sale was completed April 6. Byron Nelson is now chief financial officer and founding partner of the Air Filter Superstore Wholesale in Boise. Other family members have gone on to various ventures over the years.
Since opening the first dealership at 5309 Chinden Blvd., the family has built additional service and showroom facilities in Boise and recently opened the new state-of-the-art facility in Caldwell.
“We outgrew our Caldwell facility,” Tom and Tyler say. "It was time to expand to provide our customers in the western valley and eastern Oregon with a premium service and buying experience without having to drive to Boise.”
Overall, the company has 75 employees. Tom and Tyler say the RV industry has come a long way since the family opened the first store.
“Today’s RVs offer so many more great features at very reasonable prices," they say. "It truly has been a joy to get to know our thousands of customers and hear about their family adventures. We know that our business will be in good hands with Camping World.”
"The Nelsons and their team have served Idaho and Eastern Oregon with premier recreational vehicle services for over 33 years," Camping World Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis says. "We look forward to continuing their high standards of quality and service and solidifying our leading position in the state of Idaho.”