Pete’s RV Center Wins Plethora of Awards for #1 Vermont RV Dealership

Pictured: Vermont sales team.

2020 marked another year of happy camping for Pete’s RV Center, whose Vermont dealership won seven #1 Dealer Awards from Statistical Surveys.

Despite being closed from mid-March until May 18th 2020 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Pete’s ended the year stronger than ever. The Vermont sales team collected seven #1 Dealer awards, including #1 Dealer of All Recreational Vehicles for the State of Vermont. The other #1 Dealer in Vermont awards Pete’s RV received were for motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, Class ‘A’, Class ‘C’, and towables.

Pete’s RV Center purchased a fifth dealership in Mountville, Pennsylvania just one week before the pandemic hit, and all five locations thrived alongside the original Vermont dealership upon their post-lockdown re-opening.

Throughout the United States, the RV sales flourished in 2020 as other industries withered, with many manufacturers reporting record sales in multiple months.

Pete’s RV Center’s Airstream of Vermont, the exclusive Airstream dealer in Vermont, benefitted enormously from this success, as Airstream reported a 36% increase in net sales in 2020 over 2019, setting a record for the infamous 90 year old company.

Some of the most popular units at Pete’s RV Center in Vermont continued to be Jayco RVs, which the dealership also carries exclusively in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and alongside other brands in Indiana and Massachusetts.

The high quality customer experience at Pete’s RV Center sets the dealership apart in Vermont. With over 60 five star reviews on Google, customers praise the exception service and sales quality at Pete’s RV.

Located in South Burlington at 4016 Williston Road, Pete’s RV has your back for all your RV sales and service needs. With locations in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, we have a RV for every type of camping fan.

Pete’s RV Express Pick-Up Offers A Quicker Route To Camping

The manufacturing delays caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic aggressively affected the RV industry, despite a quick bounce-back of record setting RV sales during the summer of 2020. Some manufacturers have nearly caught up to dealership’s demand for new product, while others, like Airstream, warn of year long delays for consumers between ordering a vehicle and receiving it.

As summer approaches, don’t get stuck waiting weeks or months for your RV to arrive!

At Pete’s RV Center, we have RV’s on the ground ready for purchase, despite all the industry delays. Here’s Chad to tell you more:

Check out some of our most popular express pick-up units here!

Pete’s RV Center has your RV needs in mind, and we know you want to be camping as soon as possible. With locations in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, give us a call today, and be camping sooner than ever!

Pete’s RV Center Sees Huge Success in COVID-safe RV Show

Pete’s RV Center has exceeded expectations for RV shows in a socially distanced world: they created a show of their own.

Eastern States Exposition, more commonly known as “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts, typically hosts the largest camping and outdoor show in New England, with over 200 exhibitors spanning over 270,000 square feet.

But with the February 2021 show cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions against having the usual tens of thousands of people gathered at the show, Pete’s RV Center invented a new way to view their enormous indoor RV selection.

The company took over the Young Building at The Big E for 60 days with the Rolling Into Spring Sale, heating the warehouse-style space and filling it with 100 RVs.

Rows upon rows of organized RVs showed a dazzling number of brands and floor plans.

The biggest change in Pete’s exclusive show from past years of the Camping and Outdoor Show? Appointments.

The Rolling Into Spring Sale was based on customer appointments, where times with RV Lifestyle Consultants were scheduled before people interested in touring RVs entered the building.

This not only ensured social distancing within the RVs, but gave each customer individualized attention not always seen at huge RV shows.

The indoor environment in chilly West Springfield created a comfortable shopping experience that can be challenging to find during a winter RV search. Families were seen happily checking out dozens of RVs, and individuals were able to meticulously compare features.

Hosting the show for 60 days allowed everyone interested in seeing a RV to do so at a time convenient to them, which drew praise from customers.

Pete’s RV Center would like to thank the West Springfield community and The Big E, who graciously allowed us to host the show and were extremely welcoming despite the show’s unusual circumstances.

Recap of the Pete’s RV 3rd Annual Campground Road Show at Bayley’s Camping Resort

During the heart of leaf peeper season, in the coastal town of Saco, Maine, we found ourselves at the luxurious Bayley’s Camping Resort for Pete’s RV Center’s annual Campground Road Show.  For the third straight year, we treated campground guests to a wide selection of this season’s best selling Jayco motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels.

Campers excitedly approach our new display

Typically located by the Troy Pond section of the campground, we found ourselves in a new area this year. Being located next to the parking lot outside of the Little River Complex, the campground guests were treated to a display with even better accessibility. Being able to connect our RVs allowed us to show at their best. So even though we missed out on the beauty Troy Pond provided as a backdrop, the new display space was a hit!

The beautiful foliage around Troy Ponrd

The Jayco product line featured at this year’s Bayleys RV Road Show did not fail to impress. Two of the biggest standouts were the Eagle 332CBOK travel trailer and the North Point 381FLWS. The Eagle 332CBOK travel trailer is a brand new floor plan for 2020 and put campers in awe with its modern farmhouse interior and rustic center bar! The North Point 381FLWS shone bright with its six slide out rooms, and breathtaking front living room with automotive-style windshield. 

The North Point 381FLWS aimed to please!

With another year in the books, the Pete’s RV show crew sends our heartfelt thanks to everyone at Bayley’s Camping Resort for making the event a success. We can’t wait to see you all with our new collection of RVs next Columbus Day Weekend!

We are eager to see everyone again next year!

Pete’s RV Center is an exceptional dealership group serving the United States and Canada since 1952. With multiple locations, Pete’s RV provides sales, service, parts, accessories, and education to our community of RVers all across North America.

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.

Original Release:  https://www.prlog.org/12726431-petes-rv-named-top-ten-jayco-towable-dealer.html

Pete’s RV Center is an exceptional dealership group serving the United States and Canada since 1952. With multiple locations, Pete’s RV provides sales, service, parts, accessories, and education to our community of RVers all across North America.

Pete’s RV Top 10 Basecamp Dealer

Airstream Inc. recently honored its top dealers based on retail units sold between May 2017 and May 2018.

According to a press release, South  Burlington, Vt.-based Pete’s RV earned a No. 6 ranking in Basecamp sales, representing the first time a first-year Airstream dealer had placed in the top ten.
                                                      Pete’s RV achieved the top ten ranking in Basecamp sales in less than the normally allotted 12-month period as the dealer sold its first unit in mid-July. Also during the period, five of Pete’s RV sales consultants achieved Master Sales Certification status for travel trailers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For more information or details on starting your own Airstream adventure, click here.
Pete’s RV Center is an exceptional dealership group serving the United States and Canada since 1952. With multiple locations, Pete’s RV provides sales, service, parts, accessories, and education to our community of RVers all across North America.

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 is an exceptional dealership group serving the United States and Canada since 1952. With multiple locations, Pete’s RV provides sales, service, parts, accessories, and education to our community of RVers all across North America.