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Old 09-22-2011, 09:41 AM   #1
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Like several other members here on Airforums, I have taken this Airstream obsession to a new level. I have decided to start an Airstream RV dealership. Currently I own an automobile dealership and we have some land, about 3 acres, next that business. We will be remodeling a building for sales and parts, and will be building a service department. Both should be completed in the spring. In the mean time, we have facilities for sales, parts,and service.

The official name of the new business is: Foley RV Center and Airstream of Mississippi. We will do all of our Airstream marketing as Airstream of Mississippi. In addition to Airstream, we will also carry the Thor brands of Dutchmen and Coleman, We are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, about half way (70 miles) between New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL.

We will carry both Airsteam Travel Trailers and Touring Coaches and we already have about 15 Airstreams in stock ready for sale. In fact, we sold our first Airstream last week!

We'll keep everyone everyone informed as we proceed with this new business venture!
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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Wow Rick - that is pushing aluminsanity to the max. Congratulations and best wishes!
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Old 09-22-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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Great news!

We love southern Mississippi and the Gulf area. Good to hear they will be getting some more jobs down there.


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Congratulations!

Gulfport should be a great location for a dealership. Great area and right on the way for lots of travelers.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:06 AM   #5
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COOL! A local 'Stream dealer! We will be stopping by to say Hi...
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well, that's one way to get a discount on your parts ;-)

best wishes to you on your new venture!
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:45 PM   #7
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Great news!

We love southern Mississippi and the Gulf area. Good to hear they will be getting some more jobs down there.


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Maggie,

Thank you! We're starting off small, we have hired 3 new employees and are looking for about 2 more (our automobile dealership has 95 empoyees).

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Congratulations!

Gulfport should be a great location for a dealership. Great area and right on the way for lots of travelers.
Thank you! We are only 1 mile north of I-10. We will have 3 sites with full hookups for customers and travelers. Out-of-town service customers will able to spend the night in their RV and so will customers purchasing an Airstream-to make they know how everything works and that it's operating properly.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:54 PM   #8
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Rick,

Do you know about Canopener just after the new year over in Santa Rosa/Destin area?
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f288...8-a-79732.html
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Foley....Don't know what auto dealership you have, but maybe you should hook up some upscale tow vehicles to a couple of those Airstreams and offer a special 'turn key' or drive-a-way unit - have some of the trailer essentials stowed away inside, so an inspired buyer could pay up, hop in, and drive away on their adventure of a lifetime!

Good luck on your new 'adventure' in the RV world - takes a lot of guts to pony up the $'s these days to begin such a venture...
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:00 PM   #10
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Do you know about Canopener just after the new year over in Santa Rosa/Destin area?
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Yes, I do know about the Canopener rally, it's about 4 hours east of us. We are signed up to go this year & will be in site #129. It should be a great time, we went four years ago.
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I have decided to start an Airstream RV dealership . . . The official name of the new business is: Foley RV Center and Airstream of Mississippi. We will do all of our Airstream marketing as Airstream of Mississippi. In addition to Airstream, we will also carry the Thor brands of Dutchmen and Coleman, We are located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, about half way (70 miles) between New Orleans, LA and Mobile, AL.

That's great news for all of us in the gulf coast area. Will you be primarily new coach sales or will you also be handling parts for vintage units?

Best of luck with your new venture.

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We will have 3 sites with full hookups for customers and travelers. Out-of-town service customers will able to spend the night in their RV and so will customers purchasing an Airstream-to make they know how everything works and that it's operating properly.

This is an invaluable service, and something every dealer should strive for. It is so hard to find an overnight spot close to your 8am service appointment.

Great that you are being so thoughtful and thorough, and this will encourage travelers through your area to come by for service work.

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That's great news for all of us in the gulf coast area. Will you be primarily new coach sales or will you also be handling parts for vintage units?

Best of luck with your new venture.

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We're in Mobile and we look forward to visiting y'all!
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