55,000th RV Driver Completes Lazydays’ Driver Confidence Course

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Patricia & Richard Howell of Brandon, Florida Recognized with a Lazydays Celebration of Customers & Employees

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Our classes and seminars are not only popular with new RV owners but we also have customers attend who have owned their RV for years and have learned about our training program through our service department or by word of mouth.

Statistics and record RV sales are tracking a trend of Baby Boomers and retirees embracing the RV lifestyle. While many may gaze longingly as they drive past Lazydays along Florida’s I-4 or along Tucson’s I-10, dreaming of that “bucket list” cross-country vacation, they can be deterred by the thought of driving a vehicle 30 to 40 feet long.

Not to worry! Lazydays, the RV Authority and world’s largest RV dealership, offers a popular RV Drive Confidence Course where one can learn RV driving basics, tips and techniques from an RV driving expert, while gaining confidence behind the wheel of an RV.

Just ask Patricia and Richard Howell of Brandon, Florida. They have earned the distinction of being the 55,000th Lazydays customer to complete the Lazydays RV Driver Confidence Course. The Howells adopted the RV lifestyle over 10 years ago when they purchased a Pop-Up. Since then, they have traded up three times and now own a 32-foot Class A Fleetwood RV Storm that they bought in October of 2014. They enjoy traveling to Florida state parks with six to eight other RVing couples, which they do often.

According to Patricia Howell, the couple has immediate plans for future long-term trips to Texas and Pennsylvania. They took the course together because they felt it was important that she learn how to drive their RV so that husband, Richard, didn’t have to shoulder the responsibility of long-distance driving alone.

The Howells celebrated their recognition with fellow classmates taking the Lazydays Driver’s Confidence Course this morning. All class attendees, including the class at the Tucson dealership, were awarded gift certificates and gifts. In Tampa, the class was escorted into the Front Porch restaurant where a large cake, cupcakes and a party atmosphere awaited them. Joining in the festivities were Lazydays customers and employees, including Randy Lay, Chief Financial Officer, who expressed their appreciation to all customers for their patronage.

According to Bob Bergeron, Lazydays Senior RV Driver Instructor in Tampa, the course begins with a 2-hour classroom training followed by a hands-on-the-wheel instructional session that provides an opportunity for new and seasoned RV owners to sharpen their skills on the RV driving course. The course is available at both Lazydays dealership locations in Tampa, Florida and Tucson, Arizona.

“It is extremely gratifying to me and my training associates when we witness the joy that the RV lifestyle brings to our customers - it all begins with confidence in driving and knowing how to care for one’s RV,” says Bergeron. “Our classes and seminars are not only popular with new RV owners but we also have customers attend who have owned their RV for years and have learned about our training program through our service department or by word of mouth.”

While the course is free and one of the many benefits of purchasing an RV directly from Lazydays, it is also available for a nominal fee to those who have purchased their RV from another dealership. One free refresher course is available within a year of first taking the Lazydays RV Driver Confidence Course. Space is limited for the course, and reservations are required by calling 866-703-3076. Everyone who completes the training (both classroom training and one driving session) receives an official Lazydays RV Driver Confidence Course certificate. Several insurance companies offer special discounts on RV insurance for those who have completed the Lazydays RV Driver Confidence Course.

Lazydays offers everything one needs to enjoy the RV lifestyle, including many seminars and classes such as Introduction to RVing, Cooking with a Convection Oven, Your Chassis, Basic RV Electricity and Electrical Protection, Tire Safety and others.

Lazydays RV Learning Centers:

Tampa Coaches: Bob Bergeron, Jeff Gaston                
6130 Lazy Days Boulevard                        
Seffner, FL, 33584                             

Tucson Coach: Jon Gold
3200 East Irvington Road
Tucson, AZ 85714-1936

About Lazydays
Lazydays®, founded in 1976, is the world’s largest RV dealership. Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, FL since 1996 and over 30 acres in Tucson, AZ since 2011, Lazydays has the largest selection of RV brands in the nation. Lazydays features nearly 300 service bays, more than 1700 new and pre-owned RVs, and 2 onsite campgrounds with over 700 RV campsites. Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise, and as a place to rest and recharge with other RVers. More than a quarter million RVers and their families visit Lazydays every year, making it “their home away from home.” Lazydays has been recognized as one of “Top 50 RV Dealer” by RV Business and one of Tampa Bay’s “Top Work Places.” The Lazydays Employee Foundation, supported by payroll contributions from over 70% of Lazydays’ employees, has contributed more than one million dollars to make many historic changes for at-risk children in the Tampa Bay and Tucson communities. For most people, Lazydays isn't just the beginning of their journey; it's very much a part of their ride. To learn more, visit http://www.Lazydays.com.

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