October '17

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40 • RV PRO • October 2017 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S T o see Tacoma RV Center today, with its bustling 110-employee staff and ideally positioned 6-acre campus off Highway 5, one might be tempted to believe that the company's position as the leading towables dealer in Washington had been in the cards from the start. What lies behind that industry-leading success, though, are decades of hard-fought and hard-earned best practices and insights. Owner Ladonna Meadows, who founded the company in 1987, reflects on the dealership's 30th anniversary with plenty of pride, but also acknowledges more than a few hard lessons learned. "In the first few years in business you make mistakes. It's around the fifth year that they start to catch up to you," she says, with a laugh. "I had worked in the RV business for 10 years prior to opening Tacoma RV Center, so I had a good deal of experience about the industry, but I also had a lot to learn about running a business when I went out on my own." Hard Lessons Learned Since she took the leap and became an owner herself, Meadows and her team overcame a few critical challenges along the way to becoming a successful dealership. Decades of consistency and continuous improvement – both in leadership and business approach – have created Washington state's leading towable RV dealership. By Jake Rishavy PHOTOS BY KELLI HODGES Tacoma RV Center stocks the entire line of Keystone towables, including the Montana fifth wheel. The Grittman family stands with their Keystone Outback travel trailer at Tacoma RV Center. Tacoma RV Tops in Towables

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