Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dealer's License for Floyd's Denied by Vehicle Commission

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dealer's License for Floyd's Denied by Vehicle Commission

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Drawing a parallel between converting vans into recreational vehicles and pick-up trucks into towing vehicles, the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission Tuesday denied a dealers license to Floyd's Campers Inc. of Norman.

The recreational vehicle dealer had applied for a license to sell Toter tow vehicles manufactured by Carriage Inc. of Millersville, Ind.

Carriage purchases standard pick-ups and converts them into vehicles designed to tow gooseneck or fifth-wheel trailers, then awards franchises to recognized dealers. The Carriage name is on all the vehicles sold.

Commission members said granting a license to Floyd's Campers would allow that company to compete against franchised dealers of other brands of pick-up trucks.

"I object to this," said Commissioner Mike Johnson of Kingfisher. "It could lead to recreational vehicle and conversion dealers taking away from franchised dealers their exclusivity."

The question, said Chairman Jack Clark, is whether vehicle conversions should come under regulations of the Motor Vehicle Commission or whether regulations dealing with the original vehicle is sufficient.

"My question is where does it stop?" he said. "It could get to the point where somebody could buy a bunch of cars, put sunroofs in them and sell them as conversions. By doing that, the conversions could be sold across the street from a franchises dealer.

"My fear is that the franchised system of distribution could be in jeopardy. …

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