September '15

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rv-pro.com SEPTEMBER 2015 • RV PRO • 99 He recalls, "We are outdoor people and were avid tent campers, so when I came back from Iraq we'd go camping every chance we got." It's an old story for tent campers – the older they get, the harder the ground gets. After one such trip, Bowyer told his wife, "I'm done. The only way I'm going camping is with air conditioning, a real bed, a real sit-down toilet and something to keep water and beer as cold as it can get." It was at this point the Bowyers bought their first travel trailer and officially became RVers. Later they upgraded to a fifth wheel and in subsequent years purchased newer, better fifth wheels. From Hobbyist to RV Professional Bowyer's introduction to the RV pro- fession came indirectly. One of his hob- bies was collecting old muscle cars. When Bowyer retired from the Army, his spent his free time restoring classic cars in a little shop he had. JT Bowyer (far left), owner of Lone Star RV, hires military veterans to staff his Central Texas service shop. Pictured, left-to-right, are employees: Ken Bush, AC tech; Bob Volk, service manager; Lonnie Clark, RV tech (kneeling); David Scott, RV tech; Tina Volk, office manager; Mike Orlando, parts manager; and Lynn Blair, ASE chassis tech. All employees are military veterans except for Tina Volk, whose husband is a veteran. Lone Star RV always has a busy parking lot between the many RVs it services for customers along with the motorhomes and towables it sells on consignment. A limited number of pre- owned units are also sold by the business.

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