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The Journey Begins
First Camping World store opens inside Beech Bend Park after founder David Garvin successfully launches business selling RV parts and supplies from the back of a pickup truck in the park's campground. Corporate offices are located in an old farmhouse nearby. A simple black-and-white catalog is printed and mailed to customer addresses collected in the store and at the campground.
Trail-R-News, a small RV lifestyle publication, receives a letter suggesting that the magazine provide bumper stickers enouraging RVers to assist each other on the road. The magazine's publisher conceives the idea of the Good Sam Club.
Hi-Way Herald is launched, providing news for members of the Good Sam Club. Today, club news is available in Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines.
Trail-R-News and the Good Sam Club are acquired by publisher Art Rouse. The magazine is renamed Trailer Life and is later joined by sister publications MotorHome magazine and the RV Buyers Guide.
The Ute Salt Shakers from West Valley, Utah, becomes the first Good Sam chapter. Today, chapters are in almost every state and province.
Good Sam launches the first comprehensive RV insurance program. Today, Good Sam provides a wide choice of insurance products.
Mail order catalog becomes full color, featuring more pages and more products for camping and RVing.
Good Sam publishes the Good Sam Club's 1972 Recreational Vehicle Owners Directory, which lists RV parks and businesses that offer discounts.
The first Samboree started at Devonshire Downs, North Ridge, CA and ended at Lion Country Safari offering an old-fashioned 4th of July picnic, fireworks, seminars and a giant Caraventure that stretched 10 miles along the freeway.
New Camping World store with four service bays and offices opens on Beech Bend Road, a short distance from the park. First store outside Bowling Green opens in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. First Florida store opens in Kissimmee.
The Good Sam Club adopted Dogs for the Deaf as its official charity.
14 more Camping World Stores open in six states including the first one in California.
The first Action Line letter is sent to Good Sam. Since then, Good Sam's Action Line program has netted more than $1 million for customers seeking to resolve disputes with RV companies.
Good Sam launches Emergency Road Service to help stranded RVers. Over its 32-year history, Roadside Assistance has aided more than 2 million RV travelers.
A Mobile RV SuperCenter provided products and services at off-site events, utilizing a team of Camping World crewmembers and service technicians.
New warehouse facility and corporate office built on Three Springs Road in Bowling Green, KY, adjacent to warehouse.
The President's Club is launched, offering members savings of at least 10% off every item sold by Camping World, installation discounts, special members-only savings event, product testing and more.
Camping World's nationwide network of retail stores and service centers expands by another 17 locations in 13 states.
At Camping World, professional technicians take a new approach to their work with the introduction of the comprehensive RV ProCare Service Program.
GoodSamClub.com launches. Today, the site helps member plan trips, find events, connect with other members, locate Good Sam Parks and so much more.
Camping World opens its 25th store!
1996 CampingWorld.com is lauched, giving customers the opportunity to shop thousands of RV, camping and outdoor products and accessories online 24/7.
Camping World joins the Affinity Group family of outdoor, travel and RV lifestyle enterprises.
The President's Club grows to 500,000 members who save at least 10% every day on Camping World products and services.
The inaugural Rally opens its gates in Gillette, Wyoming.
The President's Club celebrates its 15th year anniversary.
Camping World expands into new and used RV sales at select locations.
Camping World opens its 50th store!
Camping World becomes the title sponsor of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ™ racing.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series logo and wordmark are used under license by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. and CWlm Inc.
The President's Club and the Good Sam Club merged together to form the world's largest RV lifestyle organization, with 1.6 million members.
Camping World opens its 100th store!
The Camping World mobile app launches, offering smartphone users access to products, services, locations and more.
Good Sam debuts RV Parks and Campground Reviews for members, enabling RVers to share their experiences at RV parks on GoodSamClub.com.
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