Holiday RV Superstores Co-founder Joanne Kindlund Passes Away

RVDA regrets to inform the membership that Joanne Weber Kindlund passed away on January 21 after a long fight with cancer.  Joanne was a remarkable entrepreneur, Merchant Marine Captain, and avid world traveler. 

With husband Newt, she co-founded the RV industry’s first publicly-owned national dealer chain, Holiday RV Superstores. During the mid-1980s, Joanne was an executive board member of the Orlando Museum of Art and she served as a parent alumni admissions representative for Phillips Academy Andover for over 20 years.

Joanne was honored throughout her career by Inc. magazine, Fortune, Florida Trend, and various RV industry publications for her business accomplishments.  She and her husband played pivotal roles in developing retail standards that the RV industry still follows today.  Together, they established the Kindlund Family Scholarship program within RVDA’s Mike Molino RV Learning Center.

Joanne is survived by her beloved brother Owen (Donna Weber) and her devoted husband Newton. She was the mother of son Darien (Kathy Wang), daughters Erika (Garry Trigger) and Kirsten (Larry Erdosh), and grandmother of Ian, Wyatt, Francesca, and Gwendolyn.

A funeral and celebration of her life will be held among friends, family, and relatives at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 526 North Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL on Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 am.  Guests can RSVP or comment at