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Old 01-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Camping/rv store

Anyone ever thought of starting a rv/camping store. Kind of in a midlife crisis and in a job that may be gone by spring. My philosophy though is Do things debt free as I have done the Dave Ramsey thing for a while so any thoughts on starting small. I'm in a area that really doesn't have a decent supply store for this type of products except Walmart. Would be in the supply and parts first no repair or trailer sales. Maybe expand to consignment and minor repairs If it works. I just have done the same job for 20 years and not sure how brave I am to try this
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Are there enough RV’ers living in your area to support an rv/camping store? Are you living in a warm climate or cold climate? If cold, then your business will be seasonal. Are there many RV dealerships in your area? Most have a parts store along with their RV sales. Walmart sells most of the high turnover items that RV’ers purchase so it would be difficult to beat their price and still make a profit.

I think the only RV related business I would attempt as a startup business would be a storage lot. After the initial costs, operating overhead expenses would be very low and would provide year round revenue.

Just my thoughts of course. Good luck what ever you decide.
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Are there enough RV’ers living in your area to support an rv/camping store? Are you living in a warm climate or cold climate? If cold, then your business will be seasonal. Are there many RV dealerships in your area? Most have a parts store along with their RV sales. Walmart sells most of the high turnover items that RV’ers purchase so it would be difficult to beat their price and still make a profit.

I think the only RV related business I would attempt as a startup business would be a storage lot. After the initial costs, operating overhead expenses would be very low and would provide year round revenue.

Just my thoughts of course. Good luck what ever you decide.
I agree with Oakman. I think the only way you can beat the big store prices is to provide very good personal service. Given the right location and selection of supplies/services you might have a chance.

Good luck and keep us posted regarding this.

Also agree with Oakman about the storage lot. I grind my teeth everytime I pass any kind of self storage place wishing I had gotten into the business awhile ago. To me these places are as close to being a money making place as you can legally get.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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My location has a major east west highway and north south highway in the state of Michigan so I would think I could capture those people heading "north" as we call it here in Michigan.
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I love looking though the larger camping and R.V. stores around me. I love rebuilding used campers so going to these stores gives me ideas. Going to larger supply stores means they have most things in stock. People like me hate the stores that you have to go there order it then go back , might as well order it from my comp. at home and have it sent to the house. So I think unless you go big forget it. Easier and most times cheaper to order it from home. Sorry .... but storing campers and maybe doing yearly maint. on them I think thats a great idea
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:22 PM   #6
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In Michigan, it really depends on the Location as there are Camping Worlds, 3, General RV, 6, they have the whole Southern Michigan pretty much locked up.
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As for those who mention the storage lots, I agree that those things look like money-makers. Most of the storage areas in my area have lots that are absolutely FULL of RV's and boats. I live in a relatively rural area and didn't realize that so many people around here can't - or choose not to - store their recreational vehicles at home. I've just been amazed by the numbers of them. And I suppose some are actually inside the storage units, and I can't see them.
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As for those who mention the storage lots, I agree that those things look like money-makers. Most of the storage areas in my area have lots that are absolutely FULL of RV's and boats. I live in a relatively rural area and didn't realize that so many people around here can't - or choose not to - store their recreational vehicles at home. I've just been amazed by the numbers of them. And I suppose some are actually inside the storage units, and I can't see them.
X2...to the OP, I'd look into investing in an RV storage lot if your looking for a long term investment project
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