Camping World Agrees to Acquire Tom Raper RV

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Richmond-based Tom Raper RV has reached an agreement to be sold to a nationwide company. Illinois-based Camping World's deal involves the Richmond and two Ohio locations. The well-known Wayne County dealership has been in business since the mid-1960s. Raper RV Owner David Bane tells the Palladium Item the three stores employ more than 180 workers.

He tells the publication the deal is expected to be complete between now and March.

Sources: Camping World and The Palladium Item

January 7, 2015

News Release

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. (January 5, 2015) - Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, and Good Sam, the world's largest RV owners organization, announce that an agreement has been signed to acquire the three existing dealership locations of Tom Raper RV, in Richmond, IN and Fairfield and London, Ohio. Over the next several months, plans are for the locations to undergo renovation to feature additional service bays, a Camping World retail store and state of the art collision centers preparing the dealerships to join over 100 other Camping World SuperCenter locations across the U.S.

"Under David Bane's leadership, Tom Raper RV has established itself as one of the most successful and well-known RV dealerships in the nation," said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam. "We are pleased to begin the acquisition of their three dealerships and continue our market share expansion throughout the greater Midwest area."

The acquisition of the Tom Raper RV dealerships are in line with Camping World's future growth plans and the company expects to soon announce several additional markets of expansion throughout the country in 2015.

About Camping World & Good Sam

Both founded in 1966, Camping World is America's #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair and Good Sam is the world's largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast. Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at over 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure. Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions. Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

For more information, visit www.CampingWorld.com, www.GoodSamClub.com & www.tomraper.com

Source: Camping World