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By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Oak Lake RVs to open Moose Lake location

 

Lois E. Johnson

Diane Bloom, Dan Hoffman, with his son, Blake (front), Alan Hoffman and Norma and Henry Hoffman in front of a line of fifth-wheel RVs they will bring to their new Moose Lake location.

A new business is coming to Moose Lake. The owners of Oak Lake RVs has bought the former auto auction building and grounds across from Shopko on County Road 10 and will be moving to the site in November.

"We plan to move most of the RV (recreational vehicle) sales to that area," said owner Henry Hoffman in a recent interview at the office at their current site on the shores of Oak Lake, located east of Moose Lake. "We filled the cracks in the blacktop and graded the parking lot there. We will be installing yard lights to light the lot."

Hoffman explained two rows of RVs will be on display in the large paved area in front of the building and others will be on display in the fenced area.

"We are doing fine in our current location, but the Moose Lake location will make us more easily accessible," he added.

"We have 103 units on display on the grounds currently," he added. "Three dozen are on order. We also offer service on the RV units."

Both sales and service will be offered at the Moose Lake location.

"We'll have room to display units inside of the building and we'll offer service there, too," he said. "There is 37 acres with the 80-foot by 200-foot building. Part of the building is a double story. There are offices and an apartment on the top floor."

Henry and Norma Hoffman started Oak Lake RV Sales and Oak Lake Campground in 1969.

"I actually grew up on this property," said Henry. "I left when I was in the service and for a year or two afterward.

"We bought 51 acres in 1993, and we bought the campground on the other side of the lake in 2012. Now we have 208 campsites."

The couple has three children and they are involved in the business. "Alan has worked here since 1992," said Henry. "Diane has also worked here for a long time. Dan worked here before and he will be returning after Thanksgiving to operate the Moose Lake location."

The business currently employs 19 people, said Henry. More staff will be hired for the new location.

Oak Lake RVs has several lines of new RV units for sale, but also has park model cabins and marine units, such as pontoons and boats.

"We carry all Force River products, the Berkshire Hathaway Division, Rockwood, Coachman, Freedom Express, Chaperone and also Palomino pickup campers," said Hoffman. "We have four models of the smaller Orion motorhomes. We are also picking up a new line of small Rockwoods.

"We take a lot of consignment units that people bring to us to sell for them. Our stock is good-sized."

The business has been online since 1999.

"We do most of our advertising online," said Hoffman. "We also advertise in the RV Trader, on Craigslist and on our two websites for the RV sales and campground. People come a long way for an RV."

Servicing RVs is a big part of the business.

"We offer superior service, second to none," said Hoffman. "We make sure the RVs are in perfect shape before they go out. We also offer mobile service within 60 miles. We can go to campgrounds and service the units."

A new billboard located on Interstate 35 north of Sandstone tells of the two locations for Oak Lake RV Sales, Hoffman said.

Henry and Norma Hoffman are looking forward to moving part of the business to Moose Lake.

"I've always felt that Moose Lake was my home town," said Henry.

"I graduated from Moose Lake High School," said Norma. "And so did the kids."

"It's going to be interesting to be going to a bigger area," said Henry. "I think we are going to grow a little bit. We are going to enjoy being in Moose Lake."

Their son, Alan, agreed.

"I think what is interesting is that we have flourished where we are," he said. "We have been highly successful in the middle of nowhere. I can't wait to see how we do in town."

"Moose Lake is the gateway to outdoor adventure," said Dan.

"It is going to be a new adventure for us," Henry concluded. "Stop in and say hi after we get moved in."

For more information, visit the websites oaklakerv.com or oaklakecampground.com, or call (218) 496-5678.

 

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