Dan Gamel RV Centers, a multilocation dealership company in California, opened its first “Dan Gamel Camp America Fleetwood Service Center” near Redding, Calif., in April, the dealership announced.
The facility is on 50 acres about 12 miles south of Redding along I-5, and it will be the first of several “destination-point regional RV centers” by Gamel RV, said Jim Amen, assistant vice president of marketing for the company. Similar destination dealerships are under construction now in Rocklin and Modesto, Calif.
Gamel RV, an exclusive Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. dealership, might build Camp America centers in California where it does not currently operate dealerships and it might also open locations outside of California, Amen said.
In addition to Redding, Rocklin and Modesto, Gamel RV also has locations in Fresno, Morgan Hill and Dublin, Calif.
The Dan Gamel Camp America Fleetwood Service Center near Redding will include: overnight campsites with full hookups; a cafeteria with smoothie and coffee bar; a customer lounge with high-speed Internet access for e-mail access; tire, wheel, brake and a quick oil-lube-filter service; free automated drive-through RV wash; and a drive-through dump station and propane fill station. It also will have a retail store with competitive prices on all RV accessories, including camping, fishing and hiking gear, home-store products such as dishes, cookware and linens, camper shells and “toys” such as bicycles, scooters and inflatable watercraft.
The dealership south of Redding opened on Feb. 24 and the service center opened in April. The RV wash and overnight campsites are scheduled for completion by late summer, Amen said.
Gamel RV had around $200 million in sales revenue in 2002 and estimates its 2003 sales will exceed $250 million, Amen said.
Late last year, the Fresno Bee reported Gamel RV planned to open a new dealership in Bakersfield, Calif., but Amen said that project now is “on the back burner.” Opening a location in the Los Angeles Basin remains a long-term goal of Gamel RV.
Amen said, however, “We may skip Bakersfield in the process.”