Wed Nov 1, 2017
OCALA, Fla.—Campers Inn RV and Tradewinds RV, a longtime dealer in Florida, have announced they have joined forces in the Ocala market. The dealership will remain open, and Campers Inn RV plans to retain the staff as the store transitions into Campers Inn RV of Ocala.
“We are excited to be expanding our presence in Florida and that Rick Couch, owner of Tradewinds RV, has agreed to join the Campers Inn RV family,” Campers Inn RV CEO Jeff Hirsch says. “Couch runs a great family-operated dealership, and we will make it our priority to continue their tradition of excellent customer service. In addition, with this new dealership, we will have two locations in the Ocala market to solidify our place as the RVer’s Trusted Resource and the area’s largest dealer.”
Tradewinds RV was founded 25 years ago, and it remained family-owned through three generations. The company became known as a towable specialist with a good reputation in Central Florida. It features 15 acres of top brands like Grand Design, Jayco, KZ, Keystone and Open Range, as well as 10 service bays and a large RV parts store.
Tradewinds RV owner and manager Rick Couch will continue to serve as the General Sales Manager for the new dealership.
"I am truly excited about the opportunity to partner with the Campers Inn RV family of dealerships,” Couch says. “Over the last 25 years at Tradewinds RV, we have built bonds of trust and service with our family of customers and employees. Campers Inn RV offered a unique opportunity to join with like-minded RV professionals, and we will be able to build a solid future for Tradewinds by expanding opportunities to serve our customers and the public. I view this as a win-win for all of us, as we will be able to offer a larger RV selection, increase the number of service locations for our customers and provide professional growth opportunities for our staff. We appreciate all the individuals over the years who have helped to make Tradewinds RV a successful organization. We can now move boldly into the future with the confidence and assurance that comes from our relationship with Campers Inn RV."
With this acquisition, Campers Inn RV grows to 19 dealerships in the Eastern U.S., including three in the state of Florida. Campers Inn RV previously announced new dealerships in Northern Virginia and Atlanta, both of which will be open in early 2018. The acquisition will allow Campers Inn to offer increased support for the local RV community and customers traveling from other regions.
“I have known Rick Couch for 16 years, and he and the dealership have an outstanding reputation,” Campers Inn Director of Acquisition Rick Chynoweth says. “We know many of the dealership’s employees, and this should be a seamless transition over the next few months. This organization shares our core values and has a fantastic reputation for customer service. I am looking forward to growing the dealership and expanding our footprint in the market.”