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ptions for travel in today’s world are relatively unlimited. You can take a train, fly in a plane, hop on a boat, or jump in a car. For families in Oklahoma, traveling by RV could be the wisest choice economically while offering a unique perspective of the countryside. Oklahoma offers many privately owned RV parks, and there are about 13,000 across the entire United States. Many places across Oklahoma offer RV accommodations on site at casinos. Oklahoma is one of few states that offer an association strictly for RV dealers. “There are associations on the national and international level,” Sheryl Vergara, RH Power and Associates, said. “But even with that, having the association on the state level really gives our dealers a good edge.” Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association is backed by RH Power and Associates and exists purely to bring dealers together under the same ideals. “[The dealers] have a great relationship because they all belong to the same associa- tion and have that common denominator,” Vergara said. “They’re all committed to not only bettering the RV industry in general, but also to helping improve on a state level.”


This association operates within a mission


“to achieve total customer satisfaction through education, cooperation, proactively influencing legislation and market expan- sion,” Vergara said.


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Dave’s Claremore RV, a 30-year-old deal- ership located in Claremore, Okla., is an ac- tive member of the Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association.


“We have a great group of RV dealers in Oklahoma; and it is wonderful to have the opportunity to work together, as competi- tors, toward the common goal of maintain- ing a strong RV market throughout our state,” Stephanie Sobkowiak, director of ac- counting and marketing at Dave’s Claremore RV, said.


She said the association has helped her dealership in many ways, from keeping them informed about industry changes to working together with other dealers to enact change. Oklahoma RV Association holds an an- nual convention every year that brings dif- ferent dealers from across the state together underneath one roof. The convention is designed to offer educational improvement, training and seminars for the members of the association.


“All of the dealers work proactively as a big team, and that’s pretty unique,” Vergara said.


Each dealer keeps busy serving a wide range of customers.


“Our customers range from young cou- ples and families to retired full-timers,” Sobkowiak said. “Most of the time, once people get their first RV, they are hooked for life. It’s such a fun lifestyle and there’s no better way to have quality time with your family than traveling in an RV.”


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