Cruise America RV Rental Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Milestones and Memories
MESA, AZ--(Marketwire - July 26, 2007) - In a time when RV travel trends come and go, at least one company has staying power: Cruise America RV. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this month, the organization is one of the oldest RV rental and sales companies in the world.
Cruise America has grown dramatically over the past three-and-a-half decades. From its roots in Florida, where Robert Smalley, Sr. -- a former president of car rental giant Hertz -- first opened up shop in 1972, the company has expanded from a small family operation to the largest RV rental company in the U.S., as well as one of the top sellers of used Class C motorhomes.
In 1993 Cruise America shifted operations to Mesa, Ariz., where it is still located today. Now operating 136 RV rental locations and 16 motorhome sales centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, the company has served nearly 1 million rental customers and sold more than 25,000 used RVs over its 35-year history.
Despite its rapid growth and national success, Cruise America still maintains its family-oriented focus. Top executives at the company include Robert Smalley, Jr. and Randall Smalley, both sons of founder Robert Smalley, Sr., with other family members holding key positions as well.
"Family ties have been integral to Cruise America's success since the start," says Robert Smalley, president of Cruise America. "We're a close-knit company, and we believe that this focus makes us better able to serve our customers, many of whom are families as well."
In fact, Cruise America is more than just a family business -- it's a legacy that dates back to the 1920s, Smalley adds.
"My great-grandfather, Frank Couture, was a pioneer in the car rental industry more than 80 years ago," Smalley says. "My brother and I represent the fourth generation of our family to dedicate ourselves to the vehicle rental business, and we couldn't be prouder about reaching this important milestone."
As the company celebrates its 35th anniversary, it plans to hold sales, promotions and specials throughout the year -- including giving a free GPS to RV buyers at any of the company's 13 U.S. sales locations between now and August 31. For details and restrictions on the GPS promotion, customers should visit www.cruiseamerica.com/35.
Cruise America RVs are available in compact, standard and large sizes, sleeping from four to seven people and offering a kitchen, bathroom and living area. For RV vacationers who'd rather drive their own vehicle, Cruise America also offers camping trailers for rent, as well as one-way RV rentals at locations across the U.S. and Canada.
Founded in Florida in 1972 and now based in Mesa, Ariz., Cruise America is the largest RV rental and sales company in the U.S., employing around 300 full-time employees in the U.S. and Canada during peak seasons. Family-owned and operated, Cruise America was founded by Robert Smalley, Sr., and is now led by his sons, CEO Randall Smalley and President Robert Smalley, Jr. Visit Cruise America online for more information or to find hot deals on used RVs for sale and read more about planning your RV vacation.