June '16

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rv-pro.com JUNE 2016 • RV PRO • 37 cians who've been here a year that are better than others with a decade or more of experience with certification. The difference, he's observed, is attitude. "We might have to take the right guy with the right attitude, supply him tools and pay him differently than we pay other guys just so we can make him into a tech because he would never buy $2,000 worth of tools to take this job as a $15- or $16-an-hour trainee," he says. "We'll get him certified, we'll bump his pay and, eventually, he'll make $20 to $25 an hour so he can make a really good living for his family and have work for the rest of his life." The stand-alone approach isn't cheap; McGhee estimates he's got $2 million into his service center and it hasn't yet turned a profit. Still, he's sure, because of it, Fun Town has a lot of happy customers and it remains one of the best investments he's made. Another great investment has been the flagship site. It was the original home of Fun Time's largest store, where McGhee served as general manager under late owner Sam Kidd. After a financial collapse of some affiliated stores in 2010 that led to Fun Time's demise, the site – with 100,000 square feet of showroom space spread among several buildings – sat vacant for three years. Meanwhile, McGhee and several other ex-Fun Time employees started Fun Town in another Cleburne location. After working with the bank that owned his former workplace, McGhee bought it and wanted one of those showrooms dedicated to parts. "I wanted to get something like a Cabela's Outpost," he says. "I couldn't find anybody who was interested in putting a store in and I wasn't going to do a Camping World thing." Selling Toy Haulers … & Toys Eventually, McGhee realized he'd have to open a store, offering more than just toilet paper, chemicals and satellite dishes, on his own. A fortuitous meeting with NTK Global, a Brazilian outdoor products supplier, yielded an opportunity to bring in camping equipment. A similarly unscheduled encounter with Hisun Motors, a Dallas-based powersports importer that makes products for other brands, brought ATVs to the store. "I thought Coleman produced its own four-wheelers," he says. "I took Mike Tomlin, my operations vice president, up there. We test-drove them; we liked them; I bought 20 of them that day. Most guys don't have enough guts to buy 20 of them and say, 'We're going to sell them.'" Yet ATV sales were a logical extension for Fun Town, which does a brisk business in Vengeance toy haulers, so the company's satellite stores in Hewitt (near Waco), Wharton (near Houston) and Giddings sell them, too. Camptown Outfitters has achieved a retail setting much like Inteli-Power ® 4135 can recharge the battery to 90% in 3-6 hours using our patented Charge Wizard ® technology. 507 Industrial Rd. Marshall, MI 269-781-4241• Fax: 269-781-7802 sales@progressivedyn.com Progressive Dynamics – The Source of Bright Ideas Since 1964 INTELI-POWER ® 4135 www.progressivedyn.com Direct Replacement for WFCO 8735! Progressive Dynamics, Inc. TM Compact All-In-One-System... AC/DC Distribution Panel and INTELI-POWER ® Converter with Built-in Charge Wizard ® Charge Wizard Technology

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