The nation’s largest single-location RV dealership, Lazydays RV Supercenter, Seffner, Fla., was preparing Friday (Sept. 3) to move several dozen travel trailers to Florida’s eastern seaboard to assist Floridians who may be left homeless after Hurricane Frances passes through the state.
“We are being proactive and looking for a second satellite facility on the East Coast if that is where the damage is at,” Lazydays Chief Marketing Officer Stewart Schaefer said. “We’ll be ready to move in as soon as the storm passes.”
In the last two weeks, Lazydays, located near Tampa in western Florida, has sold or leased more than 125 units to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) or insurance companies from a temporary facility in Florida’s Charlotte County, which received the brunt of Hurricane Charley.
Charley killed 27 people and destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, causing $8.5 billion to $11 billion in damages.
Florida officials ordered the evacuation of 2.5 million people in advance of Frances, which was expected to hit Florida’s east coast sometime Saturday.
Unlike Charley, Frances lost some of its punch as it approached the Sunshine State, although as of Friday afternoon it was still packing winds topping 120 mph.