Pete’s RV Named Top Ten Jayco Towable Dealer

Announced during the awards dinner at Jayco, Inc’s annual Dealer Homecoming, Pete’s RV Center was announced number three in the category of Top Ten Towable Dealers for Model Year 2018.

IMG_4586Pictured Left to Right:  Matt Thompson, Wilbur Bontrager, Phil LeClair, Chad Shepard, Nick Campbell, Rocky Holman, Randy Murray, Bertha Bontrager, Derald Bontrager.

Their South Windsor, CT store led the charge with the sale with a combination of nearly seven hundred Jayco travel trailers and fifth wheels.  An outstanding achievement considering Pete’s RV Center was not ranked in the top ten last year.

“It was difficult walking out of the awards ceremony last year knowing we had just missed the cut for top ten.  That disappointment diminished with this year’s announcement”, reflected co-owner Chad Shepard.  “It was a thrilling moment accepting the award from Jayco’s founding family, the Bontragers.  I did so on behalf of everybody at Pete’s RV who worked so hard to help propel us into the number three ranking.”

Established in 1968, Jayco, Inc., manufactures and markets towable and motorized RVs through its Jayco, Starcraft, Entegra Coach, and Highland Ridge RV divisions.

Pete’s RV Center is an extraordinary recreational vehicle dealer group with three New England locations and a fourth in Schererville, Indiana.  A RV sales and service provider since 1952, Pete’s RV Center carries an extensive inventory of Keystone, Forest River, Airstream, and of course, Jayco-branded campers and motorhomes.

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Pete’s RV Center Officially Retires Van’s RV Center Name on Connecticut Store

Pete’s RV Center acquired Van’s RV Center in South Windsor, Connecticut back in September 2015, but did not publicly change their name until a recent grand re-opening sales event.  In June, the transition was finalized with the Van’s RV Center sign being lowered for a Pete’s RV Center replacement.

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The storefront with new Pete’s RV Center sign located at 417 John Fitch Boulevard in South Windor, CT.

“It was an honor for us to continue operating under the Van’s RV name beyond acquisition,” says marketing manager Phil LeClair.  The family ownership ran an outstanding business since 1963.  They were a fixture in the community and reached thousands of customers throughout New York and New England.  We are delighted to be carrying on their legacy as Pete’s RV.”

The Connecticut location is Pete’s third dealership.  The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952.  A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011, and a fourth in Plainville, Massachusetts in February 2018 from Macdonald’s RV.

Pete’s RV Center Acquires Massachusetts Dealership Macdonald’s RV

On February 1st, Vermont-based Pete’s RV Center officially assumed ownership of Macdonald’s RV Center in Plainville, MA.

KarenMac_PetesOwnersKaren Macdonald shown in photo with Pete’s RV owners (left to right): Scott Borden, Todd McGinnis, and Chad Shepard.

Located just short drives from Boston and Providence, Macdonald’s RV served thousands of customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and throughout New England since opening its doors in 1947.

Looking to retire after many successful years at the helm, owner Karen Macdonald explained the acquisition as being well-timed and an appropriate fit, “I’m excited for another established family business to take over management of Macdonald’s RV.  I see only positive things coming for our loyal customers, employees, and the local community.  I leave the business in good hands with Pete’s RV, and look forward to spending more time with friends, family, and being a grandmother.”

Upon acquisition of the celebrated Massachusetts location, Pete’s RV significantly increases accessibility to their southeastern New England customer base.  “For three generations, the Macdonald family worked tirelessly to maintain a highly reputable business.  We share the same mentality and look forward to building on their successes in this region and beyond,” added Pete’s RV co-owner Chad Shepard.

Macdonald’s RV is Pete’s fourth dealership.  The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952.  A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011, followed by Van’s RV in South Windsor, Connecticut in September 2015.