David Garvin, founder of Camping World, died Saturday morning after an accident at his Bowling Green, Ky. home. He was working on the roof of his house when he slipped and fell, according the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“I am stunned,” current Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis said, according to RV Daily Report. “In my opinion, he was one of the greatest pioneers in the RV industry.”
Garvin founded Camping World at the age of 23 in 1966 with a booth at the then-Garvin family owned Beech Bend Park and Raceway in Bowling Green and a mail-order business that eventually grew to have 7,000,000 names on its catalog mailing list. Camping World has since become a camping supply and RV dealer with more than 100 stores. It is also the entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s Camping World truck Series.
Garvin was a 2009 inductee into the RV Hall of Fame.
“He revolutionized the marketing of RV aftermarket products and services with customer satisfaction as the guide,” according the RV Hall of Fame. His personal philosophy of ‘No unhappy customers — not one’ helped him to change the face of the RV accessory business in America, leading many RV dealers to change the way they served their customers with aftermarket supplies.”