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26 • RV PRO • May 2018 rv-pro.com L ooking back a decade after the fact, the stressful times resulting from the Great Recession – with its mass dealership closings and vanishing customers – seem to be disappearing in the industry's rearview mirror. In many ways, though, the events of the late 2000s are still shaping the business today. For some, it was a devastating time. For others, it was one of great opportunity. Case in point: San Diego-based RV Solutions. In 2009, Tom Fetter, the dealership's current owner, longtime entrepreneur and civic leader in San Diego, had no intention of becoming one of the area's leading RV dealers. In fact, he had no experience in the industry at all. What Fetter did have was a newly developed dealership property, an unexpectedly unsigned lease and, importantly, an entrepreneur's sense for finding opportunity in crisis. Matt Leffingwell, RV Solutions' vice president and general manager, tells the story from a unique perspective: He had been leading negotiations on behalf of the intended tenant back then and today serves as a key member on the team that is now making big waves in Southern California. While many other San Diego dealerships perished during the Great Recession, the team at RV Solutions saw opportunity – and seized it. By Jake Rishavy D E A L E R S Service Advisor Daniel Reid, Technician Rick Garcia and Service Manager Julie Lopez (from left) get details on a unit for a customer at RV Solutions. Offering RV Solutions PHOTOS BY NANCEE LEWIS

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