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Route 66 Dealer Network – What Does It Do for You, and What Does it Mean to the Dealer?

Route 66 – what does it do for you, and what does it mean to the dealer? Apache Camper Center is a dealer member of the network known as Route 66.  That statement in and of itself doesn’t really set your heart aflutter does it?  Well, I thought it was well past time to explain the benefit of belonging to a group like this to your customer experience. Route 66 is a group of what I like to term “Elite” RV dealerships.  It is a group of dealerships that are independently owned and operated, and want to enhance their customers’ experience as RV owners.  Each dealer has to adhere to a code of ethics, and has to be invited to join the network.  . . . Read more

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Route 66 Dealer Network – What Does It Do for You, and What Does it Mean to the Dealer?

Route 66 – what does it do for you, and what does it mean to the dealer? Apache Camper Center is a dealer member of the network known as Route 66.  That statement in and of itself doesn’t really set your heart aflutter does it?  Well, I thought it was well past time to explain the benefit of belonging to a group like this to your customer experience. Route 66 is a group of what I like to term “Elite” RV dealerships.  It is a group of dealerships that are independently owned and operated, and want to enhance their customers’ experience as RV owners.  Each dealer has to adhere to a code of ethics, and has to be invited to join the network.  . . . Read more

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Starting Out, Downsizing, Whatever You Call it – it’s Small!

Lately, we have seen a definite surge in the number of customers who are looking for what I lovingly call the “cute and cuddly” campers.  I think a lot of this has to do with the push on the tiny house phenomenon.  Once people see the amount of money that people spend on the tiny houses it finally clicks that buying a camper makes more sense. However, there are pitfalls with people looking to fit a camper into the tiny house mold.  Most of their expectations are unrealistic.  Many of these people think that they can live in Nebraska (or anywhere in the upper Midwest) in a small camper.  What they don’t understand is that these campers for the most part . . . Read more

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Jayco Camping Club Lazy J Covey newsletter

Fall is coming around the corner, and I thought that I would post the latest newsletter from our camping club.  As an introduction, our club was founded over 25 years ago and was based around the Jayco product.  The members must own a Jayco in order to participate.  They are a great group of campers, and have grown over the years to now include many 2nd generation members.  Members range in age from birth to campers in their 80's.  I thought that everyone would like a little sneak peek into the camping club life.  Enjoy the newsletter! Summer is dwindling and fall is peaking around the corner, and that means our official camping season is winding down. But, there . . . Read more

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The Passing of Yet Another Era – In My Opinion

It is truly a sad day in the RV industry this July 1.  As I write this I am still in shock over the news of Thor acquiring Jayco.  Jayco was the shining light in the morass of manufacturers who had “sold out” to the big guns of Forest River, Thor, and others.  It was the manufacturer that I saw as holding the banner for all the independent manufacturers in the industry.  Now, we look at the landscape of the RV manufacturing industry, and I see very few sparkles left. Over the years, we have seen manufacturers (and dealers) who have shuttered their doors due to circumstances beyond their control.  Factors like the gas crisis in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s, . . . Read more

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Exploring Smith Falls State Park

Exploring Smith Falls State Park Summertime is here and in full swing. If you’re not sure how to spend your time this summer, than we suggest you check out Nebraska’s Smith Falls State Park. Tucked away, 18 miles east of Valentine, is a gorgeous cascading waterfall, making it the highest waterfall in the state. This destination offers your perfect mix of beauty and adventure all in one place! Camping Smith Falls State Park offers great camping spots with tent camping, picnic sites, concession and pay showers. The camping site sits right along the Niobrara National Scenic River. Unfortunately there are no RV facilities available but you can still stop by the state park and explore . . . Read more

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RV’s – the Original Tiny Houses

RV’s – the Original Tiny Houses As an RV dealer, I have seen many fads in the camping industry come and go.  Recently however a show on HGTV caught my interest showing the new tiny houses phenomenon.  I watched a few episodes, and after hearing the prices on these tiny houses, I was in amazement that someone wouldn’t be looking into a nice travel trailer or fifth wheel instead.  So I went on a quest to answer all the questions that popped up in my mind some educated, some silly.  After doing some research, I found a lot of misleading information out there.  Several sites described RV pricing being an average of $125,000.  What that tells me is . . . Read more

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Nebraska Neighbors: Wyoming

When it comes to Wyoming, there isn’t a shortage of beautiful sites to see. Wyoming is the home to many national treasures such as Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and the wondrous town of Jackson Hole. The tenth largest state in the United States, there are plenty of underrated sites for you to see! Granite Hot Springs  Wyoming has tons of hot springs that have been around for centuries. Native Americans used to settle along the hot springs of the North Platte River. In fact, they would even camp near rival tribes in order to be near the waters they believed to have healing powers. The most popular hot springs in Wyoming are probably the Thermopolis Hot Springs. If you want a more secluded . . . Read more

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