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Old 11-21-2010, 08:42 PM   #1
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It seems like every day or so you see a news story about "Affinity Group, Inc" (Camping World, Good Sam,etc) is in financial problem. In the past week they sold over $300million in bonds to cover their debt.

How many millions of dollars would they save if they would quite sending out tons of junk mail every month?

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Old 11-21-2010, 09:08 PM   #2
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Camping World closed their Bolingbrook, IL location last year and moved everything to their Grayslake, IL location, which takes well over an hour to get to by car. There is no easy way to get there from the metropolitan Chicago area. I think Corporate looked at Illinois and said "why do we need two locations in Chicago" without doing the research to find out where their customers came from.
Its poor business decisions like that that kill companies.
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:59 PM   #3
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It's bad that one of the leading sources in the RV industry just cannot seem to see the fire for the smoke. I mentioned the excessive mail out to the "PR" department @ corporate about 3 years ago, and I still get the garbage. They could pass some savings to their member's in liew of this, but they just don't get it. JMHO
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:33 AM   #4
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You can sign up on GS web site and get almost all mail stopped.
worked for me.

Bolingbrook installed awnings, Banks exaust, US Gear overdrive, Mean Green starter and other items for me over the years when I lived in IN. and went to them from the south via Joliet.
At the time they had no stores in IN.

I would never drive to their place in N. Chicago now.
But they have one S. of Indy since they closed the one at Elkhart, IN. I don't understand why that one couldn't make it.

Now if I need something installed I have it done at their new Bowling Green, KY store, Fort Myers, FL or the Indy one.
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Old 11-26-2010, 08:07 PM   #5
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Remember, Good Sam is a lot like the AARP. They are really an insurance/financial company in disguise. slo-mo
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Old 11-27-2010, 09:06 AM   #6
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You can sign up on GS web site and get almost all mail stopped.
worked for me.

Bolingbrook installed awnings, Banks exaust, US Gear overdrive, Mean Green starter and other items for me over the years when I lived in IN. and went to them from the south via Joliet.
At the time they had no stores in IN.

I would never drive to their place in N. Chicago now.
But they have one S. of Indy since they closed the one at Elkhart, IN. I don't understand why that one couldn't make it.

Now if I need something installed I have it done at their new Bowling Green, KY store, Fort Myers, FL or the Indy one.
As a non-member, I couldn't get Good Sam's to stop sending me tons of junk mail. I was offered a super duper cut rate membership that ended up costing me a net of $2.75. The one and only thing that I did with that membership was to sign onto their website and request that the junk mail stop. The next year, I let the membership lapse but the junk mail never restarted.

For Camping World, everyone's experience seems to be different. They carry some items that no one else in my area has so I still shop there occasionally. They will never work on my RV again because of a bad experience that I had with them. I complained to their management while the work was underway and after they had taken my vehicle apart so that it couldn't be driven. They pretty much told me to "stuff it." My response to them has been the same since.
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We have one about 35 miles from us on the south side Cleveland Ohio. I have seen a few sale items that we would stop for only if we were going to be in that area. Otherwise their flyers keep coming. I'm on the SE side of Cleveland and the will travel 20 miles to All Seasons RV for a part or supply. They are part of the Route 66 RV Network and usually are very helpful in what I need. I also will browse rvupgradestore.com if I know we will camping with Bill R.(Warpath). Instead of shipping my purchase, he (Owner) will just bring it along. That reminds me, I need to get more Aerospace 303 tire protectant It's the only one I found that is water based (not oil). It's not super shiny, just makes the tires look new. And it will last for a few weeks and or washings.
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With our experience with camping world rv sales in mesa, az, the last 6 months, I can surely understand why the organization is losing business and in trouble. Even though we have until June '11 for warranty work, our trailer will never cross their lot again. If you want it done right nowadays, you have to do it yourself. I hope they sink like a stone.
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I have never liked Camping World. They seem over priced from what I can find at other places. Just need to do my own research.
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We had an experience similar to Chasfm11. Still checking on what avenues would be best to pursue....BBB???, Corp Commission?? Not sure that we are ready or willing to just let them get away it.
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I fondly remember the Camping World of years past. A place that specialized in hard to find camping and RV needs. Smaller appliances, light weight products, folding and easily stored things. Today, most of these items can be found in many major stores or on the internet, often at lower prices. The bulk mailing is annoying but I have a large recycle bin, so it's no big deal. My complaint is over the last two years, every time I have tried to call my local Camping World in Valencia to stock check a part or ask about an item I get an electronic phone tree, and a live person never picks up the phone. I'm not about to drive 30 minutes to find an item out of stock. I recently needed to replace all six tires, I tried to call to check stock, with no response from the store. I purchased elsewhere.
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With our experience with camping world rv sales in mesa, az, the last 6 months, I can surely understand why the organization is losing business and in trouble. Even though we have until June '11 for warranty work, our trailer will never cross their lot again. If you want it done right nowadays, you have to do it yourself. I hope they sink like a stone.
I find this to be true of most RV shops. were we live there are about 10 RV salea/repair shops. I wanted to have air extensions installed on our class a and got prices from $260 to $400.00. Bought a set for $65.00 and took my coach to a truck tire shop. For $80.00 labor they installed the extensions.
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I fondly remember the Camping World of years past. A place that specialized in hard to find camping and RV needs. Smaller appliances, light weight products, folding and easily stored things. Today, most of these items can be found in many major stores or on the internet, often at lower prices. The bulk mailing is annoying but I have a large recycle bin, so it's no big deal. My complaint is over the last two years, every time I have tried to call my local Camping World in Valencia to stock check a part or ask about an item I get an electronic phone tree, and a live person never picks up the phone. I'm not about to drive 30 minutes to find an item out of stock. I recently needed to replace all six tires, I tried to call to check stock, with no response from the store. I purchased elsewhere.
Ditto on CW Valencia, I orderd a part that was to be shipped in from the supplier. The woman on the service counter kept telling me, for four weeks, that the part was not in. Finally I spoke with someone else and they said, Yes it is here, it's been here for four weeks. Forget their phone service. your fingers will bleed from pushing buttons !!
Sorry Mr. Limone, I hope you start being a CEO before it's too late.
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Here is a Link to my experiences with Camping World Indianapolis one year ago.
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