Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based RV Retailer LLC announced July 2 that it has acquired Alvarado-based Motor Home Specialist, the No. 1 volume motor home dealership in the world, from the O’Banion family.
Donny O’Banion will continue to lead Motor Home Specialist as CEO and will retain an ownership stake in the business. Donny is the son of Doug O’Banion, who founded Motor Home Specialist over 20 years ago.
Motor Home Specialist retailed over 2,200 RVs in 2017, generating over $275 million in revenue, according to a news release announcing the acquisition. Motor Home Specialist retails new and used motor homes and towable RVs from its flagship 80-acre RV dealership facility located in Alvarado in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Motor Home Specialist also provides service and parts and customer financial services to its customers.
“I am thrilled to partner with Jon Ferrando and the RV Retailer team as we lead Motor Home Specialist to new heights,” said Donny O’Banion, CEO of Motor Home Specialist. “Collectively, we are in a great position to capitalize on significant growth opportunities for the business while providing excellent career opportunities for our associates. I also look forward to continuing our outstanding relationships with our valued RV manufacturer partners. We will continue to drive the business using our industry-leading web site with great customer tools, our professional sales and service team, and our transparent customer approach with everyday low prices.”
“I am extremely pleased to put this transaction together with the RV Retailer team,” said Doug O’Banion, founder of Motor Home Specialist. “While it was difficult for me to retire from the business, it was important for me to secure the future of Motor Home Specialist under the leadership of my son Donny O’Banion and with the right business partners. I am excited for our associates and confident that Motor Home Specialist will continue as the No. 1 motor home dealer in the world.”