By William Jacko
Special to The Laker/Lutz News
With several large RV dealerships in the area, Optimum RV in Zephyrhills has found its niche specializing in used recreational vehicles.
“We sell late-model, quality used products that are close to like-new condition, but priced dramatically less than what a new RV would cost,” said Zachary Crandell, general manager. “All the big stores on I-4 are 85 percent new and 15 percent used. We’re the exact opposite — 85 percent used and 15 percent new.”
You will likely meet Crandall when you visit Optimum RV, because Crandall enjoys talking with customers — something that’s unusual for a general manager.
“When you go to one of the bigger stores, the customer is never going to see the general manager,” Crandell said. “I talk to almost every single customer, and sit down with them and do a deal. You can’t do that anywhere else.”
Another benefit to buying from Optimum RV is that customers sees the same friendly faces every time they visit.
“It’s nice when you come here, because you’re always going to see the same people,” said Crandell. “At bigger stores, you will likely talk to a different person every time, whether it’s in sales or service.”
Optimum RV sells travel trailers, motor homes, fifth wheels, and towable trailers. It sells more fifth wheels than any other types of RVs because east Pasco County is saturated with trailer parks and snowbirds, who want to pull their RV behind their vehicle. Small travel trailers are also in demand, and are especially popular with families with children who like to camp out and hunt.
Optimum RV takes care of its customers after the sale with a full-time service department that works on most makes and models. It also repairs generators, air conditioners and just about anything else found on recreational vehicles.
As a small, family-owned business, Crandell considers small businesses like Optimum RV important to keep market prices low and give people choices.
“Small business keeps the big guys honest,” Crandell said. “Maybe some customers wouldn’t get a fair shake if it wasn’t for smaller stores like us. We’re only 15 miles from the big stores on I-75, and they often have the same exact make and model as we do, but their prices are $10,000 to $15,000 more.”
Who should consider buying an RV? “If you like being outside, and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you will probably enjoy owning an RV,” Crandell said. “Traveling in an RV is a comfortable way of seeing the country, and there are a ton of nice RV parks everywhere that are clean and affordable.”
www.OptimumRV.com • 813-779-1010 • 813-629-3334
3332 Paul S. Buchman Hwy, Zephyrhills, FL. 33540