RV PRO

July '18

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ARPrv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 ASA Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 BAL RV Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Bio-Kleen Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Blue Ox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-14 BundutecUSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Campers Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Camp-Site RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Carefree of Colorado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Carlsbad RV Service Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Cavco Industries Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 Champion/Athens Park Model RVs . . . . . . . . . . 143 Clean Seal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Colorado Teardrops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Columbia Northwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Conejo Trailer Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Creative Products Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136-137 Cruiser RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 DealerPro RV Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Dometic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18-19 DUO Form Plastics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Dutchmen RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116-117 EasyCare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 Enterprise Robert Thibert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Erwin Hymer Group North America . . . . . . . . . . 48 Forest River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Furrion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 FUSION Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Gleaw Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Grand Design RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Henderson's Line-Up, Brake & RV . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Horizon Global . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Icon Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16-17 inTech RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 ITC Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122-123 Jack Sisemore Traveland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Jayco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Keller Lightning Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118 KING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Lance Camper Mfg Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Laurelhurst Distributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Let's Go Aero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lichtsinn RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142 Lippert Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Little Dealer, Little Prices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128 Meyer Distributing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 MORryde Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 NERVDA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Nevada Mobile RV Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Northpoint Commercial Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 nuCamp RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Oregon Motorcoach Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130-131 Origen RV Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129 Progress Mfg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112-113 Progressive Dynamics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 PullRite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Purple Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Rangitsch Brothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135 REV Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Richloom Fabrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Roadmaster Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110 RV Comfort Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 RVIA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120-121 RVRoof.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Samlex America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Sealtech Mfg USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Steele Rubber Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Stop & Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Stromberg Carlson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Thetford Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Tom Manning & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Torklift Intl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134 Trim-Lok . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 United States Warranty Corporation . . . . . . 30-32 VanDyke Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Vanleigh RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Walex Products Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Wash-Bots of Canada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119 WFCO Electronics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108 Wilkins RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Xantrex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38-40 Company Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page # Company Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page # Company Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page # 10 • RV PRO • July 2018 RV PRO: Origins J U LY S P E C I A L S E C T I O N ✪ RV PRO: Origins How 120 industry professionals began their careers. Compiled by Travis O. Pryor I 'm a huge fan of the Marvel superhero movies. Typically, the best movie of these series is the first one because you hear how the character came to gain their powers, identity, and mission. If you know me, you might think that this is where the idea for this section came from; however, it actually started at last November's National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The RV PRO team was attending the RVIA awards ceremony when dealer Bryan Wilkins spoke at the podium about how he started at his parents' RV store sweeping floors and putting away parts shipments. I had only seen Wilkins as the RVDA chairman of the board a few years earlier and knew him to be a successful businessman and respected leader. I'm sure many folks knew his background, but I was struck by the story of how a young kid helping his parents after school had become the owner of four stores. A lot of people have great stories about how they got into the industry. For some, it was a natural progression (growing up in Elkhart or being part of a family legacy), while for others it was a career change. Regardless, it's always interesting. In a conversation, Tom Manning of AP Products told me he calls it RV anthropology; in this special section we call it RV PRO: Origins. A sincere thank you to all the dealers, repair shops, RV manufacturers, suppliers, distributors and business companies that have helped make this a very special section and our largest ever, at more than 120 submissions. Chris Cieto, publisher RV PRO Magazine Editor's note: In many cases, these listings were edited in order to make them more concise and also to make them fit in the allotted space within the special section.

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