WELCOME TO TENNESSEE RV
Tennessee RV- Your RV Dealer for Knoxville, The Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee!
"Planning your vacation one weekend at a time!"
ABOUT TENNESSEE RV:
In 2004 Tennessee RV was started with the idea that if you treat customers like family, they will stay with you like family for many years to come! This ideal has stayed with the company since its inception and with the growth of our family, has come the growth of our company. We have you to thank! Plan to be pleasantly surprised at Tennessee RV.
Tennessee RV has come from humble roots and started on a small lot in Kodak, TN carrying only a few lines of travel trailers and 5 has grown to the largest RV Dealership in Knoxville and continues to grow every month! Many people ask how and why we have grow so quickly. Like most things in life, our success is about treating people right. We make getting your next New RV or Used RV an easy pleasurable experience.
We offer hundreds of units from the #1 Selling Diesel Motorhome: Phaeton by Tiffin Motorhomes, The #1 Selling Gas Motorhome: Allegro by Tiffin Motorhomes, and the #1 Selling Towable: Jayco travel
trailers, supported by a fine cast of other top selling lines of travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and all classes of motorized vehicles. Tennessee RV has twenty service bays across our locations with
experienced and courteous technicians that are qualified to handle all of your recreational vehicle needs.
We have been family owned and operated from the beginning and would like you to join our family of Ready Vacation owners!
Allow us to help you with your recreational vehicle buying experience in Knoxville because we want you to keep on coming back over your life's adventures...and share them with us!
The bottom line is that folks have many places to purchase and service an RV. The only true difference is the people that serve your RV needs. Give us a try. Plan to be surprised at Tennessee RV Sales & Service.
HISTORY OF TENNESSEE RV
Tennessee RV is a shining example of success built on commitment to excellence, outstanding customer service, employee loyalty, and leadership reflecting the core values of the Knoxville RV Dealer. Coowners Charlie Anderson and Roger Sellers share a long history that ultimately brought about the existence of Tennessee RV.
In true Horatio Alger fashion, Roger Sellers entered the recreational vehicle industry in 1980 as a "runner" for the parts department at Foretravel, a high end motor coach manufacturer based in Texas.A Tennessee native, Roger rose through the ranks emerging as the general manager for the Foretravel factory dealership in Kodak, Tennessee.
In 2004, market conditions forced closure of all Foretravel factory dealerships, although the Kodak location would be among the last to close due to its central location and market strength. Roger wasfaced with a difficult decision. The Kodak RV dealership could not remain open under the Foretravel name, and the people with whom he worked, family he would say, were going to be losing their jobs with no severance pay available. Years of experience would be lost
"I just couldn't bring myself to do it, so I started thinking about what I could do, Roger said. With that statement, Charlie Anderson would enter the equation. Charlie had been a long time and repeat customer with the Foretravel dealership under Roger's leadership, and was living in his motor home while his new home was being built in Kodak. Roger approached Charlie, asking if he would be interested in partnering in a new Tennessee RV dealership, showing him a prospective investor proforma. With both men recognizing the potential of an RV dealership in the Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Kodak, Knoxville, Smoky Mountain area, they basically agreed to enter into partnership with a handshake to seal the agreement.
Tennessee RV was born, and opened its doors in March, 2004 at Sevierville, TN, retaining more than half of the original Foretravel employees who might otherwise have been unemployed. "I'm glad we were able to keep people in their jobs," said Roger.
Quickly recognizing the need for differentiation and growth of market share, Roger starting thinking about combining the dealership with an RV retail store, such as Camping World. A Kentucky based
retailer, Camping World carries a combination of RV specific equipment as well as general camping supplies, a perfect complement to the RV dealership.
Just slightly more than two years later, in June of 2007, Tennessee RV settled into its new home in Knoxville, adjoining a Camping World store. Estimated to bring approximately $40 million in annual
revenue and 60 jobs to Knox county, the new facility is located just off I-40 at exit 398. Tennessee RV is now sited on 11 acres with a 16 bay service center and total facility space at 48,000 square feet. Inventory is usually maintained at approximately 250 RV's, ranging in price from around $12,000 to over $500,000.
Not content to rest on the success Tennessee RV was experiencing, Roger continued his focus on excellence in the industry. This was recognized by Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) in
September, 2008 and again in 2009. Each year RVDA recognizes 50 RV dealers across the nation and honors them with the prestigious award, Top 50 Dealer. This is an award which does not focus solely on sales, it recognizes outstanding personal customer service, sound business practices, and forwardthinking philosophies all characteristics that Roger Sellers exemplifies in his guidance of Tennessee RV.
When asked about long range goals for Tennessee RV, Roger talks about the importance of meeting customer requirements, the expansion of product lines, participation in industry associations, and the
room for growth within the RV industry. These are not idle observations, as Roger demonstrates his commitment to these principles through his actions. He is involved in industry RV associations, and has
implemented changes withinTennessee RV designed to meet changing customer service requirements, e.g., the addition of a second facility to support RV rentals, RV storage and Mobile RV Service.
You are invited to visit Tennessee RV and experience the Tennessee hospitality that will welcome you from the moment you enter the front door.
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