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12 • RV PRO • September 2020 rv-pro.com RV D E A L E R S F amily tradition means many things to different people, but for Andy Nelsen, the owner of A.C. Nelsen RV World in Omaha, it translates to a successful dealership that's spanned more than a century. The company's roots run deep, dating back to 1919, when Nelsen's grandfather, Andrew Carl, aka A.C. Nelsen, founded the business, initially selling used automobiles. When the Great Depression swept across America in the early 1930s, it presented an opportunity for A.C. Nelsen to become a participant in an early iteration of what would even- tually become the RV industry. "With the dustbowl in Oklahoma and people moving west, (my grandfather) stumbled across trailers that were basically home- made," says Nelsen. "He'd stock a few of those along with the cars and sell them to people passing through the region." In 1935, Nelsen's grandfather became a franchise dealer for Indian trailers, further growing the RV line of the business. As the business continued to grow, the elder Nelsen passed the business on to Andy Nelsen's father, C. Clifton Nelsen. From Autos to RVs For roughly 30 years, Nelsen's father continued to run the operation as a second-generation owner until the late 1960s, when he contemplated changing the scope of the dealership's product offerings. Centennial Dealership Still Going Strong 100-year-old Nebraska-based A.C. Nelsen stays relevant with the times by knowing what sells in its market and by placing a premium on customer service. By Mike Clark A.C. Nelsen's management team for its flagship store in Omaha includes General Manager Bob Fielder (left) and Sales Manager Terry Schutz. Starting with one location in Nebraska's largest city, the dealership has grown over the years to include stores in Atlantic, Iowa, and Shakopee, Minn.

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