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Old 01-13-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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Bates RV dealership in FL sold

Came across a brief mention that Bates RV, the A/S dealer in Florida, has been sold. Their main location was on I-4 a few miles west of Tampa.. Also known for the "Airstream Ranch" which was a half dozen old A/S planted in the ground like tomb stones. New dealer name is Tampa RV. New owners are 3 brothers from upstate New York with family ties to the RV business. Looks like the location will stay the same. No idea how this will impact sales/service. We bought our 2011 International from Bates & haven't had much contact since the sale, but all went well for us. So, I guess time will tell how the new change of ownership goes for this A/S location.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:08 AM   #2
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My husband and I were just driving down 75 yesterday and wondered where all the Bates hightway billboards had gone. Guess that's why.

Those billboards were what got us into Airstreams. We were driving down the highway one day and kept seeing them as tere we so many. Since neither of us had ever looked in an Airstream we decided to go by and "look". We were blown away by the interiors as we had been looking at regular trailers with horrible interiors (who picks those fabrics anyway?)

Will be interesting to see what happens.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:34 AM   #3
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East of Tampa, west is in the gulf. There are now 3 AS dealers in Fl., I believe. JDSanders in alachua just north of Gainesville and one in Ft Myers.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:51 AM   #4
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Lazy Days RV in Seffner also sells Airstreams now. Their location is very close to the former Bates RV lot. Also, CampingWorld that used to be next to Lazy Days has a new location at the next exit (I believe) east and they are selling RVs -- but not Airstreams. There is some very good competition in the area now.

As for me, it's JD Sanders RV in Alachua even with the two hour drive. It's a great family run business with employees from sales to service to management who are intent on serving customers at a reasonable profit rather than lining their pockets with money.
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:27 AM   #5
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Lazy Days RV in Seffner also sells Airstreams now. Their location is very close to the former Bates RV lot.
They're not listed on Airstream's dealer locator page. For Florida, they only list JD Sanders, Alachua; North Trail, two locations, Ft. Myers & Ft. Lauderdale; and Tampa RV, Dover (formerly Bates). Could it be that Lazy Days only sells used Airstream trailers, not new ones?
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:44 AM   #6
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I pass by North Trail RV in Ft. Meyers when I service my RV parks in Ft. Meyers. Noticed the Airstreams there a couple of months ago. They wanted to sell the Interstates, and became a full line Airstream dealer.

From my past experience with many of my clients that buy their larger motorhomes there, they are a good place to buy but definitely beware of their service department (this statement is made from what my clients have passed on to me, and from what I have personally seen of their service work that needed corrective action my me).

North Trail is in the midst of a very large expansion at their Ft. Meyers location. Don't know where they will be getting all of the new service techs that will be needed for that expansion, but I'm sure that my call volume will be increasing as well!
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Old 01-13-2014, 09:50 AM   #7
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There are 22 new Airstreams listed on Lazy Days' website right now. I'm not sure why the corporate website doesn't list them.
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2 dealers that close together seems odd, or did I miss something? Jim
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:48 PM   #9
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There are 22 new Airstreams listed on Lazy Days' website right now. I'm not sure why the corporate website doesn't list them.

The Airstreams you see listed for Lazy Days are at their Arizona Location ..Not Florida
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:11 PM   #10
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Bates RV dealership in Fl sold

Ah, well that explains it.
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I stopped at Bates a few weeks ago after I visited Camping world which is almost next door and found that there was nobody there other than workmen doing construction of a new office. Now it all makes sense.
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I was just sitting in the LazyDaze lot as I typed this.... didnt see a single riveted anything anywhere! Moving on.... nothing to see!
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Be aware that Bates still has a presence in Fl. That presence in in Venice just south of Sarasota, right on Rt 41 in Venice. This location is I think the original Bates location or one of the locations they have had in Western FL. They have Airstreams and SOBs there right now for sale. I think new and used. I haven't been in there since I heard about the Rt 4 location being sold. I also was at North Trails in FT Myers, I think they will be a plus for Airstream.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:48 PM   #14
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Ah phooey! We JUST bought Pete there in early November! Our transaction smelled a little like something was up, but I figured they don't sell 30 of these a month, so maybe the whole process is a little bumpy.

Not a big deal for us from a sales perspective because we plan on keeping this coach for like the rest of our lives . But I was impressed with their service staff and their experience with Airstreams. A lot of talent and know-how there..........

I hope the new owner(s) carry the brand! Or, I will be driving North instead of South for any warranty work.
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