Guaranty RV Super Centers

We have offered guaranteed savings to our customers for more than 50 years! From the moment you contact us until after you find your perfect RV, we strive to give you the best customer service in the industry. Stop by one of our showrooms in Junction City, OR. We'd love to share a cup of coffee and learn more about how we can help you.
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At Guaranty, we love RVing! We know we’re lucky—we get to spend all day every day thinking about RVs, researching the best makes and models, learning about great road trips and campgrounds, and generally keeping up on the latest RV-related trends, news and lifestyle tips. Best yet, our team of RV-enthusiast bloggers get to share all of that with you! If you’re curious about the latest and greatest in RVs and RVing, we invite you to visit the Guaranty Blog. Be sure to check back with us regularly for updates.

Buzz Words Don't Fly At Guaranty

Is it just me or does it seem like time goes by faster everyday? I remember hearing “time flies when you’re having fun!” as a kid, but now time seems to fly no matter what kind of time we’re having. To keep up we use abbreviations and acronyms and boil subjects down to slogans and catch phrases. There is little time for deep analysis and no time for real introspection. Empty phrases are bandied about, company culture, customer experience, competitive advantage, etc. without ever defining them. Like an increasing segment of our modern world these phrases sound robust, but have very little substance as mere talking points. It is easy to talk about creating a “competitive advantage” over the competition through a “company culture” that emphasizes the “customer experience”, but if there is no action plan these are now just corporate buzz words. Here is a bit of a duh moment, but a company with a clear idea of what the customer experience they want to foster is, beginning the moment a guest walks into the business through the conclusion of their visit, provides a better experience for both that customer and for the employees. It is easy for an employee to live up to standards that are clear, and those clear standards give each guest a predictable and hopefully enjoyable “customer experience”.

Not all places we do business with understand. That’s why we usually do business with them once. Instituting change is hard. But often what is much harder, is talking about or even acknowledging the need for it. It is far too easy to stay in the “this is how we have always done it” lane and become comfortable in complacency.

Luckily at Guaranty Chevrolet and RV Super Centers our leadership has valued the message behind company culture and customer experience since well before they became the phrases de jour. From day one, in late October 1966, Guaranty has understood that the customer experience is the result of the company culture. Our founder, Herb Nill, was famous for drumming up business wherever he went. He was quick with a business card for potential customers and was known to leave more than one note on vehicles he thought could use an upgrade. Nothing novel in the practice, businesses have been trying to increase their business since the history of businesses, but it is what happens once you’re here that was ahead of it’s time. Even in the hay day of the white picket fence, 2.5 kids, and a car in every driveway Guaranty embraced it’s small town roots and it’s family business principles. In today’s hurly burly world these practices seem refreshing and nostalgic, not in an old fashioned or outdated way, but in an it’s just the right way to do things way. We Do Whatever’s Right! after all.

I have worked in a multitude of retail and wholesale capacities in the RV industry over the past twenty five years and each of the companies I have worked for have all had some version of the “the customer is always right/we treat our customers right" slogan. They have all proudly touted this philosophy until the customer being right got expensive, then the customer was no longer right. Not so in my six years of experience at Guaranty. While I have seen several examples where doing what’s right after something goes awry became expensive I am most impressed with Guaranty’s desire to do what’s right before things have a chance to turn south. That’s a convoluted way of saying it’s just as important, if not more, to do what is right when things are good as it is when they are not. That’s a big reason why the fancy word cloud you see here just reinforces my fellow employee’s appreciation for our guests and our desire to treat them to a world class experience. It is a computer algorithm thingy that takes the most common words from our multiple reviews and creates this collage with them.



While some word origins are related to our business; truck, motorhome, Chevrolet, RV, purchase etc. many words come from customers descriptions of their experiences with Guaranty. The low hanging fruit is obviously words like experience and service, but if you look a little closer you see words that resonate a little more. Words like pleasant, helpful, and awesome speak to a customer experience we should all be proud of. Dig one layer deeper and you begin to see words like love, and family, and maybe the most telling you begin to see the names of the wonderful people who work here and strive to make your customer experience world class by doing whatever is right.

Company culture also directly influences the retention of quality employees and the fact that there are dozens of Guaranty Employees who have enjoyed twenty plus year careers here speaks volumes about our culture. Another indicator is the multiple family members, both sibling and multigenerational, that work in the various departments found across our dealerships. Our company culture is reflective of the values of our ownership, which started with Herb Nill and are now carried on by his sons. Hard work, honest dealings, and treating customers right have served Guaranty well and have kept us ahead of our time in creating a “competitive advantage” over the competition through a “company culture” that emphasizes the “customer experience”. Don’t worry, these are not empty promises at Guaranty, stop by any time for a cup of coffee and let us prove it.

Taking on a Full-Time RV Lifestyle: How to Choose the Right RV, Part 1

When it comes to RVs, we know you love adventure. We do too! That’s why we’re so passionate about RVs, whether it’s keeping an eye on the latest models, checking out remodels done by our customers, or learning more about those who live a full-time RV lifestyle.

We often have customers interested in learning more about not just owning an RV and using it to go camping, hunting, and more, but living in an RV full-time. Is it possible? Is it difficult?

In recent years, the full-time RV lifestyle has become more popular. There are entire blogs dedicated to van living, renovating RVs, and the best places to stop across the entire United States. It can be pretty overwhelming to take on, especially if you’re new to the RV world in the first place, but from what we’ve heard, it’s worth all the work it takes!

In this blog post, we’ll go through what the full-time RV lifestyle means, how to make a plan to best suit you and your family, and how to decide on the perfect RV. Part 2 of this blog post will cover everything you need to know about altering your RV to fit your lifestyle needs! Let’s get started.

1. Why Live a Full-Time RV Lifestyle?


There are lots of reasons that people choose to live a full-time RV lifestyle. They might be retired and just wanting to travel for a few years before settling down. They might be young and wanting to see the best parts of the United States. They might be adventure seekers, writers, or young families. Lots of people choose a full-time RV lifestyle and the only thing they have in common is a love of adventure and travel.

There are a few other reasons too. Let’s look at them:

  • Choosing to live a more simple life. When it comes to living full-time in an RV, there is one fact that is indisputable: you have to downsize. For many, this is an exciting prospect. We all tend to acquire a lot of stuff throughout the years. Living full-time in an RV means you spend less time sorting through things and more time experiencing nature!

  • More time for what, or who, you love. This is especially true for retired couples who take on a full-time RV lifestyle: they’ve spent their lives working hard and now they want a break. For many, a full-time RV lifestyle gives them the chance to do the kind of work they want (like writing or remote work) without the stress of other bills (like rent).

  • A love of travel. If you’re someone who has always loved traveling and doesn’t necessarily want to spend their whole life in one place, then the full-time RV lifestyle is for you. You can travel the whole of the United States, visiting the places you’ve always wanted to see.

  • Less stress. We won’t lie, there are some parts of full-time RV living that are just as stressful as owning a home or renting an apartment. But overwhelmingly, people feel freer when they take on a full-time RV lifestyle.

2. Make a Plan


Many who take on a full-time RV lifestyle might be considered spontaneous—but the truth is, there is a lot of planning that goes into making it work. You can’t just jump into it without making a good plan first. Let’s walk through a few things to consider before deciding if the full-time RV lifestyle is right for you.

  • Do your research. If you’re interested in the full-time RV lifestyle, we recommend you start reading a few blogs written by those who live it already. We like Gone with the Wynns, Ditching Suburbia, and Technomadia. Learning the ins and outs and reading the stories of others can help you better prepare for what a full-time RV lifestyle entails—and decide if it’s right for you.

  • What will you do with your current house? One of the biggest issues you’ll run into when you decide to take on a full-time RV lifestyle is: what, exactly, do you do with the house you already own? Many people sell their homes, but some rent them out to cover the mortgage and eventually create another form of income.

  • Do you have enough in savings? Another thing to consider is how you will make money on the road. If you are still working you can start looking for opportunities to work remotely as you travel. Just imagine working from your RV while camping at the Grand Canyon or Yosemite National Park. That sounds like a dream, huh!? No matter what, you want to ensure you have plenty in savings to handle anything that might happen because even the best-laid plans can go wrong in a moment’s notice!

  • Start downsizing. Once you’ve made your choice and you know what you’re doing, it’s time to start downsizing what you own and decide what you absolutely need on the road. This will help you determine what size of RV you need and what features you’re looking for!

  • Decide on an RV. Once you’re ready, it’s time to research RVs. There are many resources that can help you choose the right RV for a full-time RV lifestyle, but we recommend visiting us here at Guaranty to walk you through the available RV options. You can check out both new and used RVs, see them in person, and talk with an RV expert to learn what your costs will be for travel and more. Click here to contact us.

3. Other Considerations


Obviously, when it comes to taking on a full-time RV lifestyle, there’s more than just those 5 steps! Let’s go over some other important things to consider.

  • Staying in touch. Just because you’re leaving your old life behind for a little while doesn’t mean you should leave everyone behind too! Staying in touch with your friends and family will be vital. Many do this through ensuring they have Internet access wherever they are, so they can email and video chat. (This is especially important for those with grandkids!) Another thing to remember is to make sure that all of your important accounts have the correct email set up before you leave—so you never miss a bill or important message.

  • Pets. If you are planning to take your pets along, it’s important to ensure they are up-to-date on all their vaccines, leash trained, and healthy enough for extended travel. Also, familiarize yourself with campsites rules regarding pets.

  • Handling important documents. You won’t want to do without your most important documents. You should have a specific box and storage location for them. Make sure you keep your bank files, birth certificates, and social security cards (and passports, if you’re planning to cross into Canada or Mexico) in a place that is secure and safe. A fire safe box is a great investment to ensure they never get damaged.

  • Mail. Some important pieces of mail just can’t be sent via email. So you’ll need a mailing address. Some choose to use a friend’s address to receive mail, but this doesn’t always work. Some states have easier rules for establishing residency and obtaining a PO box; South Dakota, Texas, and Florida are the most popular options.

Conclusion


Well, has your interest in a full-time RV lifestyle peaked? There are many pros and cons to taking it on and we’re excited to help you make your decision. In next week’s blog post, we’ll cover everything you need to know about picking the right RV and remodeling it to suit your exact needs. Until then, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send them to us.

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