Thursday, November 11, 2004

RV megadealer Lazy Days sells up to 8,000 RVs a year

Tired of farming tomatoes and corn in northeastern Tennessee, young Donald Wallace bought a house trailer and moved to Tampa to start a landscaping business with his father and brother. After cleaning it up a bit Wallace later sold the trailer at a $500 profit-a windfall in 1976. He tried this arbitrage a few more times, with good results. Soon the family was in the recreational vehicle business. "Our plan was to sell two units a month," he says.

Today Wallace moves 2.5 units each and every hour he is open for business at his gargantuan Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner, a backwater just east of Tampa, Fla. That adds up to 8,000 RVs a year at prices from $5,000 for a small used trailer to $1.2 million for a 45-foot, 20-ton diesel coach. Full Story...

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