Camping World began as an amusement park outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1966. Originally nothing more than a campground without RV hookups, the visitor’s to the amusement park used to inquire where they could obtain camping supplies. The son of the amusement park’s owner, Dave Garvin, took out a small loan and opened his store.
Today, Camping World is one of the largest RV and camping supply stores in the U.S., with more than 100 locations and 2,000 employees. The company had annual revenue of $3.527 billion in 2016. Garvin sold the company to Good Sams Enterprises in 1997, whose CEO is Marcus Lemonis. The company still offers online sales and catalog orders by phone.
In October 2016, Camping World had an IPO (Initial Public Offering) which raised $251 million. The company is publicly traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol: CWH.
In June 2019, the CEO of the company says that local ordinances prohibiting the size of an American flag is unconstitutional.
Camping World is one of the largest supporters of NASCAR racing and the Indy Racing League.