Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Camping World location gives way to a fire station

While we often speak of Camping World’s “march for domination,” the big dealer occasionally pulls the plug on one of its sites. Such was the case in Henderson, Nevada, some time back. What do you do with a defunct RV dealership? The answer: Camping World gives way to a fire station.

$6 million for dead dealership

Camping World gives way to a fire station
Derelict Camping World. Photo: City of Henderson, NV

While Google lists the old Camping World in Henderson, Nevada, as “permanently closed,” it will soon be alive with activity. The city of Henderson handed over $6 million to buy the old CW location. Their purpose? Turn it into a much better location for its fire hall. Officials say the location on Boulder Highway near Racetrack Road will give much better response times to emergencies.

“We are committed to making strategic decisions on behalf of our residents,” Henderson City Manager and CEO Richard Derrick said in a news release. “Public safety is one of the City’s top priorities, and we are proud to support the nationally recognized services the Henderson Fire Department provides to our community.”

Faster, less-expensive build

Officials say that when Camping World gives way to a fire station, the end result will be a much faster, less-expensive build than building from scratch. While design work is still not available to bid, the “open date” for Henderson Station 81 is set for 2025.


Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña De Maris
Russ and Tiña went from childhood tent camping to RVing in the 1980s when the ground got too hard. They've been tutored in the ways of RVing (and RV repair) by a series of rigs, from truck campers, to a fifth-wheel, and several travel trailers. In addition to writing scores of articles on RVing topics, they've also taught college classes for folks new to RVing. They authored the book, RV Boondocking Basics.



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KellyR (@guest_260542)
17 days ago

Has no one seen this as; “Camping World, being a Good Sam, has closed its store in Henderson to benefit our friends in Henderson and surrounding areas so they could use the facility as their new Fire Station. – “Being a Good Neighbor, Camping World is no longer there.” ??

Sally Harnish (@guest_260469)
17 days ago

CW has another location in Vegas where there is a stealership. This location that will become a firehouse never seemed to be busy. The display area where all their stuff was, we would often be the only folks in there. Never really bought anything. There was no propane or RV sales at the location. Sort of reminded me of self-destruction. Not surprising.

JAMES (@guest_260467)
17 days ago

That was the store we shopped at every time we go to Vegas, now we shop at Johnny Walker Rv on Boulder Hwy

Bob P (@guest_260420)
17 days ago

IMHO CW got 6 million plus a tax write off, Marcus ain’t going to lose money.

Neal Davis (@guest_260368)
18 days ago

Yikes! What a deal?! Close a store and get $6 million?! Wow!

Bill Byerly (@guest_260361)
18 days ago

IMHO, I think “dead” dealership is a pretty good definition of Camping World…….

Jim Johnson (@guest_260349)
18 days ago

Hilltop RV in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was a family owned company with locations in Escanaba and Ishpeming. CW bought the business when the owners wanted to retire. CW operated both locations for maybe two years, then pulled the plug on Ishpeming – about the time they would experience any local competition. The new RV business opened immediately adjacent to CW. The Ishpeming CW location has sat dark and empty since. Must have needed a tax write-off?

Jeff (@guest_260421)
17 days ago
Reply to  Jim Johnson

Bought a camper from hilltop rv in Escanaba years ago.

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