Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LazyDays RV Center

Clark: "So, when did you get the tenement on wheels?"
Eddie: "Oh, that uh, that there's an RV. Yeah, yeah, I borrowed it off a buddy of mine. He took my house, I took the RV. It's a good looking vehicle, ain't it?"
Clark: "Yeah, it looks so nice parked in the driveway."
Eddie: "Yeah, it sure does. But, don't you go falling in love with it now, because, we're taking it with us when we leave here next month."

We bought the Grey Wanderer from LazyDays RV Center, in Seffner, FL, near Tampa. Normally I'd be suspicious of anything for sale in Florida (watch Marx's Coconuts), and especially real estate or RVs. But our experience with LazyDays was more than satisfactory, in every respect. Their goal is to make every customer a “customer for life,” and with us, at least so far, they have succeeded. Our delivery advisor, Chuck, was mostly responsible, coordinating their variety of services and working a miracle or two on the side.

LazyDays does not claim to be the nation's largest RV dealership, although I am sure they must be, at least for a single site. Their campus is 140 acres, the administrative building alone must be 35,000-40,000 square feet. The service bays are in three different huge buildings. They have 700 employees at peak. When you arrive for delivery, they feed you breakfast and lunch in their restaurant and house you in your RV on site for however long it takes. They have three campgrounds on the premises, a rally campground, the Crown Club (for coaches over $350,000), and the delivery campground, where we stayed three nights. (We had some modifications done.) Strong wifi is available everywhere. Most of their business is the big Class A rigs, but, even with our puny, used Class B purchase, we felt we were treated as well as the half-a-million dollar customer might be. A Flying J, a Camping World, and a Cracker Barrel (of course!) adjoin the Lazy Days campus. See pix at http://www.lazydays.com/supercenterphotos.html.
Aerial view of LazyDays RV Center; I was impressed

Wednesday morning class on baking in convection
microwaves (in the Learning Center)

Part of the sales lot; a tiny part

Some of the campus golf cart fleet...

Celebration dinner: my 62nd birthday, and the largest
Rusty Nail I have ever seen; Vicki celebrated her birthday
the 29th at Epcot, with Marie (Disney gives free
admission to birthday persons with appropriate
government-issued identification...)

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