A fire that heavily damaged the Recreational USA dealership in Clermont, Fla. on April 29 destroyed five customer-owned RVs and two pieces of new RV unit inventory, according to Steve Rowin, manager.
Investigators believe an exploding propane tank on one of the units parked in a service bay started the fire, which destroyed the service center and sales office.
All five customer-owned RVs were in the service center.
Authorities told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper that the origin of the fire “does not appear to be suspicious.”
Fortunately, the fire occurred on a Sunday, when the dealership was closed, so no one was injured, Rowin said.
There were no uninsured losses due to the fire, Rowin added.
The fire also forced the evacuation of the nearby Royal RV Resort for a few hours on April 29, according to the newspaper.
Sales activity is continuing at the Clermont location along with some service work. In certain cases, customers seeking maintenance or repair service are referred to other Recreation USA dealerships in central Florida.
The accessories store also remains opened in Clermont, although it is crowded because some sales people will use it until their new offices are completed.
It might take six months before everything is back to normal at the Clermont location, according to several employees.
Recreation USA is a 14-location RV and boat dealership chain with stores in Florida, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, New Mexico and California.