Camping Discounts For Veterans And Disabled Service Members

One hundred years ago, the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. A year later on the first Armistice Day, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the American People which in part said,

“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations.”

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Thank you, veterans. All photos via iRV2 Forums

Since that first address in 1919, America and other countries have remembered those who have served in the armed forces via Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, and since 1954, Veterans Day. RVers owe the freedom we enjoy today to those that fought to keep America free.

In some ways, we also owe it to Veterans for the rise of the RV industry as it was G.I.s returning from World War II looking for time away with their family that drove the growth of trailers and truck camper manufacturers in the 1950’s and 1960’s.

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I am thankful for those that have served this great country and I hope those of you reading this are too. Many of the fifty states that comprise the United States also wish to thank vets and/or disabled vets by offering them special camping rates to state-operated campgrounds.

By clicking here you can view an alphabetical listing of all fifty states to see what discounts, if any, are offered to veterans or the disabled and what the requirements are to receive the discount.

Are you an RVer who served in the armed forces? Please share what branch you served in and where you served. Thank you for your heroism, service, and sacrifice.

RVing in the home of the brave and land of the free, one of the best adventures in RVing!

See also: New RVs Donated To Tents For Troops



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RV Dealer With Great Customer Service: Motor Home Specialist

Motor Home Specialist is proud to sponsor this article.

So you’re thinking about buying a new RV. How do you know what place is going to give you the best deal on the right motorhome or trailer?

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Motor Home Specialist is the top volume-selling motorhome dealer in the world. All photos courtesy of Motor Home Specialist

You’ll want to look for a few things besides low prices or a convenient location.  Take Motor Home Specialist near Dallas-Fort Worth for example.  They’re the top volume-selling motorhome dealer in the world and the leading RV dealer in all of Texas for good reason.  These are some key ways they go the extra mile for customers and set the bar high in the industry.

RVs that are worth your money

At Motor Home Specialist, every RV that comes in from the manufacturer is cleaned and detailed inside and out and given a thorough 200-point inspection.

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Every RV that comes in from the manufacturer is given a thorough 200-point inspection

Their vast complex in Alvarado, Texas includes 30 service bays, 60 fully-covered service and delivery pads, a multi-million dollar coach wash, and perhaps the industry’s only automated high-pressure rain booth test, which helps detect leaks before delivery.

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MHSRV has a multi-million dollar coach wash and a rain booth test to detect leaks before delivery

Unlike many dealers, Motor Home Specialist does not charge a fee for their prep service—it’s all part of their dedication to delivering the best motorhomes possible.  They also have a team of highly qualified technicians who walk customers through all of the features in their new motorhome at no cost as well.

A wide selection—and a low-pressure sales approach

Shopping at a large dealership like Motor Home Specialist also makes it easier to find the specific make/model you want without having to wait for a special order.  They have a wide selection of new and used RVs with prices ranging from around $19,000 all the way up to multi-million dollar coaches and every price point in-between.

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Their huge 180-acre complex in Alvarado, Texas, just outside of Dallas and Fort Worth

Since their property is so large, Motor Home Specialist has 50 courtesy carts that customers can drive around to browse all of their vehicles for sale.  You can take them out to browse freely or a staff member can join you to answer any questions you may have.

In addition, their entire inventory and information about each motorhome can also be found online and purchased from the comfort of your own home. Talk about a low-pressure sales approach!

Cold bottled water is available in the motorhomes for sale, a refreshing bonus when you’re shopping in the Texas heat.  They’ll even serve you a free lunch at their cafe if you stop by on a Saturday afternoon.

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Grab a bite to eat at their on-site cafe

They go the extra mile in customer service

Another way that Motor Home Specialist gives back to their customers is with their free shuttle service.  When you fly in from out of town to pick up your new motorhome, MHSRV will pick you up from DFW Airport at no extra cost.

You can even stay the night for free in their delivery park to get comfortable with your RV and to make sure there are no repairs that need to be taken care of before driving off their lot.

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Delivery pads at Motor Home Specialist

They not only give back to their customers but also their community.  Motor Home Specialist has donated over $1.5 million back to veterans, elderly, and children in need and they are proud to have sponsored with Cook Children’s Hospital, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Ronald McDonald House, Meals On Wheels, as well as other local and national charities and law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

Great reviews

You can also learn a lot about an RV dealer or any business by reading their reviews.  Motor Home Specialist has over 4,000 five-star reviews from RVers on their website like these:

“Customer Service was top notch and more extensive than any other dealership we visited – from the lunch, golf cart options, no stress/pressure to buy. Staff accessibility (available via cell), the walk-through process and the option to stay overnight to test everything. We are extremely pleased. Thanks!”

“Thank you for taking so much care in preparing for our arrival, for having the rig ready, and for making us feel valued. You guys are awesome! Lunch was great, actually every part was very pleasant. We appreciate that you are not high pressure and that the process isn’t annoying or labor-intensive.”

Motor Home Specialist is located in Alvarado, Texas just outside of Dallas and Fort Worth.  You can see their entire selection on their website at MHSRV.com or feel free to call 800-335-6054.

See also: You Won’t Believe These Luxurious New Motorhomes



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Customer Service Tips That Generate Referrals

How do you define good customer service? Does that simply mean the satisfactory marketing and sale of a product or service to a customer or does it mean something else? Is providing good customer service, good enough?

In these days of below average customer service, you may think providing good service will set you apart from the pack. Well, I am here to tell you that nothing less than exemplary service will help you succeed. By incorporating the “wow” factor into every successful sale, you will achieve greater profits and better customer satisfaction.

To achieve the “wow” factor, you must be honest, knowledgeable, friendly, professional and deliver on your promises. Do not over promise, but do not under promise either.

In addition, you must be able to provide a high level of service to everyone who comes in contact with your business. If you do, you’ll also get more referrals from your satisfied clients.

“Wow” everyone who comes into contact with you and your business. You want people to be blown away by the extraordinary level of service you deliver to your clients. Demonstrate your exceptional level of customer service by showing your generosity through gift giving. Your goal should be to deliver such a high level of service that your clients can’t wait to tell their family members, friends and co-workers about your company.

Everyone who comes into contact with your business is a potential client or referrer. Reward those who refer people to you by offering them a gift. Send gifts to all business associates in order to gain favor. This is a great way to build relationships with the people you rely on to do business. Look for a reason to send these people a thank you card along with a gift.

So, what types of gifts should you send? I’ll leave that up to your imagination, but here are some ideas to help you get started:

Movie passes

Starbucks cards

Flowers, houseplants

A ticket for a free car wash

Gift candles

Favorite recipes

Gourmet chocolates or gourmet popcorn

Successful sales people always make sure their faithful referrers are regularly and consistently rewarded. Set aside the best rewards for your top referrers. This may include:

Dinner for two at a fancy restaurant

Tickets to the opera or to a rock concert

A gift card

High end fruit or gift basket

Potted plant or flower arrangement

A personally inscribed pen

Yes, when it comes to gift giving the sky is the limit. The more personal the gift, the more likely it will be remembered and it will serve as a thoughtful reminder to your best referrers the next time someone is in need of your exemplary services.

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