TAnyone who’s played “Hungry Hungry Hippos” knows the rules. Push the spring-loaded tail fast to catch as many marbles as possible. To gather more marbles than opponents, collect more. Most points wins. Camping World, General RV, and Lazydays acquire up smaller RV stores due to a component scarcity. The game resembles dealership takeovers. When done well, acquisitions benefit RV companies.
Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World, discussed growth in May 2021. Their 170 sites encompass 38 states as they want to operate in all 48 contiguous states.
General RV’s 13th Mid-Atlantic site is Ashland, Virginia. Ed McNamara, General RV’s General Manager, places dealerships strategically. Ashland is along I-95 near Canada. 48 percent of the country’s population is within a 10-hour trip.
Lazydays has grown quickly in Tampa Bay, Florida, in three years. When Lazydays bought Chilhowee RV near Knoxville, Tennessee, it first entered the Smoky Mountains. The strategic acquisition put its brand in a hotbed for RV camping trips. 16 dealerships are anticipated by 2022. Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Tennessee, Texas, and Nevada will be first. Seffner-based Lazydays RV began in 1976. Well-known for service, selection, and components. Travel Channel programme “Big Time RV”
Jon Ferrando leads a Fort Lauderdale RV dealership. His startup uses principles he gained as an AutoNation EVP at 33 RV stores in 8 states. RV Retailer offers RVs in Florida, Iowa, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Half of their sites are in Florida and Texas, where they hope to grow.