Nationwide collision center

OWLING GREEN, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Camping World, America’s largest retailer of RV supply and outdoor accessories and recreational vehicle sales, today announced that it has been selected as a Nationwide Insurance Blue Ribbon collision center. This is a historic arrangement in that no other repair network has direct repair status (DRP) commonly found in the automobile collision repair industry.

Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world and kicked off their new Recreational Vehicle insurance program this year. The program with Camping World, which began June 25, will be available at the following Camping World Collision Centers:

Sirpilla RV in Akron, OH
Camping World Collision Center in Belleville, MI
Holiday Kamper in Colfax, NC
Holiday Kamper in Statesville, NC
Dusty’s Camper World in Bartow, FL
Camping World in Kissimmee, FL
The Blue Ribbon Claims Service is a great advantage to RVer’s making claims for repairs as the process will now be fast and hassle free with focused, efficient and excellent service provided to Nationwide and Camping World customers. The program is also designed to better manage costs while providing quality repairs, and to set the standard for trust and teamwork within the insurance industry. As part of the program with Nationwide, Camping World will be the first RV Collision Network to use the new Mitchell RV Estimating Program to estimate RV damage.

John A. Sirpilla, EVP Operations & Initiatives, commented, “We’re very pleased to have such a solid, respected partner like Nationwide which Camping World customers in need of repair can trust and count on. This Blue Ribbon status is truly an honor and it is validation of our quality, reputation and accessibility. We’re looking forward to collectively moving the industry forward in this arena.”

About Camping World/FreedomRoads

Founded in 1966, Camping World Inc., is America’s largest direct marketer and specialty retailer of RV and outdoor camping accessories and services. Over 8,000 quality products are available through nationwide SuperCenters, a well-established catalog call center and an award-winning Web site. The company has grown from a single store in Bowling Green, KY to more than 75 SuperCenters with more than 500 service bays, in 25 states and plans to reach the 100 mark by 2008. Select stores also retail a wide range of RV’s through its Camping World RV Sales Brand. Product offerings will feature top manufacturers as well as private label vehicles.

Camping World also provides expanded products and services to enhance and protect the RV lifestyle including: the President's Club customer loyalty program; in-store Resource and Performance Centers featuring RV and Car Insurance and Roadside Assistance Service; Camping World RV Institute technical certification/training program; Goodwill Ambassador program; and the new campground discount program, Camp Club USA.

FreedomRoads is a dynamic national network of well-established local and regional RV dealerships that have united to benefit customers, employees, suppliers and the RV industry. FreedomRoads operates as a multi-store retail chain engaged in the retail sale, finance and service of recreational vehicles.

FreedomRoads is America's largest RV retailer operating nearly 60 locations in 23 states including: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington.

FreedomRoads stocks over $350 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing over 40 manufacturers.

For additional information, please visit, where the largest selection of recreational vehicles is available for sale.

Camping World also has an active Motorsports program with NASCAR sponsorships which will include over 60 events in the 2007 Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series with co-sponsor Team drivers include Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Cale Gale, Ron Hornaday, and Dave Blaney. In addition, Camping World is the title sponsor the Busch Series event in Louden, New Hampshire.