New Nielson RV location to bring sales, service, rentals

Nielson RV breaks ground Thursday on a new facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
St. George Mayor Jon Pike, third from the right, helps Nielson RV break ground Thursday on a new facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Nielson RV broke ground Thursday on a new 22,000-square-foot facility located on Sunland Drive in St. George.

The new facility will be the second location for the family-owned company which opened the doors on its Hurricane store in 2001.

“We’re building a 7-acre facility with an option of the purchase of 5 acres here to the west,” owner Scott Nielson said.

The new location will feature six 100-foot-wide pull-through bays in the service department.

Architectrual rendering of the nwe Nielson RV facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
Architectural rendering of the new Nielson RV facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

“We’re hoping to bring some awesome service to the Southern Utah region and be able to get these big rigs and stuff in without creating bottlenecks and tight spaces, is our goal,” Nielson said.

The new location will feature sales, service, parts and up to 50 rental RVs, he said.

“We’re going to specialize in those hard-to-find RV parts, that people are going all over the country and trying to get online to find we’ll have it here at our facility.”

The building and associated inventory is expected to exceed $20 million in cost, Nielson said, and the facility is being built in a way that will make it easy to expand.

Nielson RV breaks ground Thursday on a new facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
Nielson RV breaks ground Thursday on a new facility on Sunland Drive in St. George, Utah, July 7, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

“Our goal is probably to add six bays on and do body and repair, fiberglass repair and put a pit in and be able to do the motorized coach oil change and chassis work,” Nielson said. “We’ll be able to do everything RV-related at this facility.”

The new location will offer RV rentals so people can test out an RV before they buy or just take a trip in a trailer or motorhome without having to make a major purchase of one.

“We have been test-piloting our new rental program and it’s been amazing,” said rental manager Doug Griffiths, adding that Nielson’s rentals have been booked solid all summer. “We can’t wait to add 20 more units to the fleet.”

Nielson RV currently offers more than 200 new and used trailers, motorhomes, fifth-wheels and toy haulers, general manager Katie Leavitt said in a press statement. The selection of RVs includes retro, teardrop, wheelchair accessible and expandable models.

The new facility is located at approximately 400 E. Sunland Dr. in St George and is expected to open in November or December 2016, Nielson said.

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