Camping World Acquires Nelson Family RV Business
Nelson’s RV of Boise, Idaho, has announced that it was acquired by Camping World, the nation’s largest network of RV retail locations, after more than 33 years of serving Treasure Valley customers. Nelson’s RVs was founded in 1983 by Byron and Donna Nelson, Wilma and Roy Petersen, and Karen and Tom Nelson. Since then the company has sold approximately 27,000 trailers, campers and motorhomes. Many of those sales were to repeat customers who kept coming back for the special care that was Nelson’s specialty. This attention to customer service helped make Nelson’s RV one of Idaho’s largest-volume dealers.
The sale, which was finalized on April 6, includes three Nelson’s locations – two in Boise at 4911 and 5309 Chinden Blvd., and one at 5500 E. Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell. The transaction includes inventory of nearly 500 RVs; two fully-equipped, state-of-the-art service departments; two newly expanded parts departments; and a full truck, hitch and accessory shop. The terms of the transaction were not announced.
The acquisition increases Camping World’s presence in Idaho to five locations, including two supercenters in the Meridian and Idaho Falls areas. Camping World will continue to operate the two Boise locations as Nelson’s RVs, while rebranding the Caldwell location as a Camping World RV SuperCenter. Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World, said the Nelsons and their team “have served Idaho and Eastern Oregon with premier recreational vehicle services for over 33 years. We look forward to continuing their high standards of quality and service and solidifying our leading position in the state of Idaho.”