About Us

#1 RV Dealership in the Nation!
Tom Johnson lifestyle

At Tom Johnson Camping Center, we strive to be more than just an RV dealership, we provide customers with the superior service, reliability and quality that are synonymous with our company name. Experience the Tom Johnson Camping Center difference - here, you're family!

Since 1967 thousands of customers have made Tom Johnson Camping Center their choice for a new or preowned/used RV for a variety of reasons. But when you combine those reasons you have what we call, The Tom Johnson Camping Difference.

  • Tom Johnson Camping Center is a volume dealer and passes on our buying power savings to you.
  • Every RV purchase comes with either 3 or 5 nights of free camping at our Marion, NC campground at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Tom Johnson stocks over 95 brands of New RVs from pop-ups thru travel trailers, toyhaulers, fifth wheels and up to the highest end luxury motorhomes.
  • As a volume dealer we sell a lot of new RVs which guarantees us a great supply of preowned models. We pick and choose the best of the lot and present them for sale.
  • On most days you will be able to shop from over 1,000 RVs on our website ensuring that we have the right floorplans for you.
  • Tom Johnson Camping Center has invested to ensure that we offer the largest dedicated RV service facilities from Florida to Maine to ensure that our customers units stay on the road not in the shop.
  • Our Sales, Parts and Service personnel are constantly being trained by the factory representatives, OEM suppliers and industry experts to ensure the best possible knowledge for our customers.
  • We continue to increase our technological capabilities in the shops like laser alignment tools to ensure we service RVs to todays high expectations.
  • Our employees are long-term employees who are committed to ensuring that our customers receive the best possible experience.
  • Each year we throw a party and host a three night complimentary customer appreciation BBQ which allows us to interact with and further understand the needs of our customers.
A business venture begins...

In 1967, an outdoorsman and a school principal named Tom Johnson decided to forgo his career in the Marion, NC school system to pursue a new business he was passionate about: RVs and the RV lifestyle. What began with five pop-up campers sold and serviced out of Tom's front yard has evolved into one of the largest and most respected RV dealerships, campsites and RV service centers in the nation - Tom Johnson Camping Center. Although the company outgrew its initial humble location, its staff remains true to the original passion and foundation established in its home-grown beginnings: at Tom Johnson Camping Center, customers are family. Commitment to quality and customer satisfaction are the cornerstones of the Tom Johnson Camping Center philosophy - and this philosophy is the difference our customers see and experience every day.

Growing with the times...

The original Tom Johnson Camping Center location in Marion, NC opened in 1987; people responded to our down-home approach and focus on customer service, and business flourished. The Rally Park was added to this facility in the 1990s for RV conventions and groups, and it is also home to one of our two "family reunions" - our customer appreciation Annual BBQ which draws nearly 6,000 people each year. In the summer of 2000, a second Tom Johnson Camping Center location was opened in Concord, NC to ensure the best customer service to our NASCAR clientele, along with our other customers in Charlotte and Eastern North Carolina. This site is home to our newly introduced customer-appreciation event, the Annual Spring Fling, which offers the same family friendly food, fun and entertainment as our Annual BBQ. As the years passed, Tom Johnson Camping Center has evolved and expanded, but it remains family-owned and operated, and we continue our dedication to providing the superior level of service and quality our company is renowned for. An example of this unparalleled service can be found in our recent expansion of the Marion, NC location. To best serve our customers, we expanded our service capabilities, opened a new Customer Service Lodge and a luxury campground in fall of 2006.

The tradition continues...

Today, Tom Johnson Camping Center has 300 employees, nearly 200 acres spanning two convenient locations with a variety of luxurious amenities, 69 service bays operated by master certified RV technicians and one of the largest, most comprehensive stock of RV products, parts and accessories in the nation. Visit one of our locations to enjoy the expertise, quality and selection of a large, nationally renowned dealership, coupled with the charm and award-winning service of small, family-owned company. Experience the Tom Johnson Camping Center Difference.

Top RV Business Award

It is with great pleasure that we inform our "family" that Tom Johnson Camping Center has received the first-ever Dave Altman Award as the Nation's Premier RV Dealer. The award is the highest honor bestowed on a dealership as part of the RV Business Top 50 Dealer Awards and recognizes the exceptional business operations, customer service, and professionalism of our dealership.

The award was presented on September 24 at a gala awards dinner in Las Vegas during the Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association's (RVDA's) Annual Convention and Expo. The names of the first 45 honored dealerships were announced in alphabetical order before the five blue-ribbon dealers were announced. A special presentation was then held for the recipient of the Dave Altman Award, honoring the best of the best - Tom Johnson Camping Center.

Every RV dealer boasts that they are the best something. However, few back that up with more than words. In order to separate yourself from the pack, you need to be open to doing things that your competitors cannot do or will not do. Tom Johnson Camping Center recognized this from day one and spent the ensuing 40+ years backing it up with hard work and an unsurpassed commitment to customer satisfaction. This award validates those years of hard work and commitment and we hope that you will continue to shop with us, so that we can maintain our status as the Nation's Premier RV Dealer.

Tom Johnson Camping Center Ranked #1 RV Dealer in North Carolina

Marion, NC, May 29, 2012 - Tom Johnson Camping Center announced today that they have been ranked by Statistical Surveys, Inc. as the #1 RV dealer in North Carolina based on sales volume, for 2011.

"We are very pleased to receive this ranking from Statistical Surveys," said Gary Stroud, Vice President, Tom Johnson Camping Center. "We are fortunate to have great customers who are as passionate as we are about the RV lifestyle."

In addition to the overall #1 ranking, Tom Johnson Camping Center was also number one in Motor Home sales, Class A sales, Fifth Wheel sales and Travel Trailer sales. According to Statistical Surveys, Tom Johnson Camping Center has been the overall sales volume leader in North Carolina every year since 1992.

"We believe there is a combination of factors that contribute to our sales success from the largest selection of RVs to the largest RV service center in the Mid-Atlantic to our staff that is dedicated to customer satisfaction," stated Stroud. "But in the end it is our incredibly loyal customers who recommend us to their friends and associates and their satisfaction is the most rewarding part of our relationship."

Founded in 1967, Tom Johnson Camping Center, conveniently located in Concord and Marion, North Carolina, is the inaugural recipient of the Dave Altman Number One RV Dealer Award. A Blue Ribbon award-winning dealership, Tom Johnson Camping Center is among the top-ten recreational vehicle dealerships nationwide. With expertise in sales, service, parts and rentals, Tom Johnson Camping Center offers a comprehensive selection of motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers and fold downs as well as camping and rally space.

Tom Johnson Camping Center does not set out to win awards or use them to judge our business performance. Our focus remains on the customer and their satisfaction. It is this focus on our customers that has led to many awards, some of which are posted below. Come in today to see the Tom Johnson Camping Center difference, where the focus is on your needs.

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  • #1 RV Dealership in the Nation - First Ever Dave Altman Award Winner
  • 2012 Ranked #1 Again in North Carolina
  • 2010 Top 50 Dealership Award
  • 2009 Top 10 Dealership Award
  • 2008 Blue Ribbon Top 50 Dealership Award
  • Dealer of the Year - RV Business
  • 2009-2010 Newmar RV CSI Award
  • Fleetwood Circle of Excellence Customer Service Award - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Winnebago Circle of Excellence - 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Circle of Excellence is scored in four categories:
    • 1- Purchase and delivery satisfaction study
    • 2- Customer satisfaction study 6 months post-purchase
    • 3- Sales and marketing assesment evaluating a dealerships participation in product training, launch meetings and sales and market share and
    • 4- Service parts assesment that evaluates a dealership's warranty/parts inventory, training and certified technicians and traveling customer care.
  • Winnebago Partner in Excellence Award - 2012
  • Winnebago Top 20 Dealer
  • American Coach Top Dealer Award
  • Top Fleetwood Motorhome Dealer - 2007, 2008
  • RV Business Top Dealer Award 1986
  • Bounder Top 10 - 1987, 1989, 1990, 1998
  • Pace Arrow Top 10 - 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997, 1998
  • Coleman Commander Club - 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998
  • Newmar Essex Top 5 Dealer
  • Prowler #1 Dealer - 1980, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Four Winds Top Dealer Award
  • Sierra Outstanding Sales Performance - 2006, 2007, 2008