Sumner RV is setting up shop after signing a two-year lease on a former dealership in Poulsbo, Wash., the Kitsap Sun reports.
Steve Cohn with Sumner RV said the company saw Poulsbo as a prime location to tap into the West Sound market.
“The reason why we chose Poulsbo was the growth,” he said. “The growth over the last five to seven years has been phenomenal, from Bremerton north.”
Cohn said Sumner RV could eventually stage as many as 60 rigs at the lot, though its inventory will be smaller in the beginning. The dealer will offer Forest River products including Sandpiper fifth wheels, along with several models of Apex travel trailers. Used and consignment RVs also will be available.
Scott Foreman, who will serve as sales manager in Poulsbo, said Sumner RV recently experimented with a satellite office in Fife but had trouble drawing traffic. He believes Poulsbo will be a better fit.
“It’s a good location,” Foreman said. “We draw a lot of our customers over to Sumner from the peninsula.”
Sumner RV will become Viking Avenue’s first permanent recreational vehicle dealer since Poulsbo RV departed its namesake city in 2008. Poulsbo RV still owns property on the east side of Viking Avenue and attempted a brief return last fall with a pop-up show. A Poulsbo RV representative did not return a call last week to discuss the company’s long-term plans on Viking.