Camping World

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Camping World
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryRetail
Founded1966
Founder(s)David Garvin
HeadquartersBowling Green, Kentucky
Number of locations75+
ProductsHunting, fishing, and outdoor merchandise
ParentGood Sam Enterprises
 
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Camping World
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryRetail
Founded1966
Founder(s)David Garvin
HeadquartersBowling Green, Kentucky
Number of locations75+
ProductsHunting, fishing, and outdoor merchandise
ParentGood Sam Enterprises

Camping World is an American corporation specializing in selling parts and service for recreational vehicles and supplies for camping. The company is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and is privately held. Camping World has 70+ retail/service locations throughout the United States, and also sells goods through mail order and online. It claims to be the world's largest supplier of RV parts and supplies. The company is also the title sponsor for the NASCAR Camping World East Series, NASCAR Camping World West Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

History[edit source | edit]

Camping World began in 1966 with a small store in Beech Bend Park, an amusement park outside of Bowling Green which billed its campground as the world's largest. Campers at the park were requesting a store where they could buy supplies, so David Garvin — son of the park's owner — took out a loan and opened the store. Garvin amassed a large customer list as the years went by, which proved to be a windfall later when he added a mail-order division to the company. That division thrived, fueling the company's growth for years to come.

In 1997, Garvin sold the company to the current owners, Affinity Group Inc., of Ventura, California.

In 2005, Garvin announced plans for a huge development near Franklin, Kentucky called "Garvin's." The development, described by Garvin as "a combination of Disney World, Camping World and Bass Pro Shops," will feature a large Camping World store with RV 250 service bays; a five-story, 650,000 square foot (60,000 m²) permanent RV trade show and exhibition area; a "free range" campground with dry-camping sites; a camping museum; and much more. Due to the recession however the venture never got off the ground and much of the land proposed for development was sold at auction in October 2011.[1]

Operations[edit source | edit]

Under the FreedomRoads brand, the company sells RV's through a network of about three dozen independent dealers.[2] In 2007, the company opened the Camping World RV Sales dealership; formerly known as Stout's RV, it is located on Interstate 65 south of Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the company's only owned-and-operated RV dealership.[3][4]

The company also operates RVs.com. [2]

Auto racing[edit source | edit]

Camping World has major sponsorship involvement with NASCAR and the Indy Racing League, both for races and teams.

NASCAR Camping World Series[edit source | edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit source | edit]

Camping World has been sponsoring NASCAR's Truck Series since 2009, including the race shown here at Rockingham Speedway.

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