Small Iowa Dealership Moving to Larger Facility
Fedders Marine & RV will be moving into a larger location in the coming year, according to a report by the Le Mars Daily Sentinel.
“We’ve been growing, our sales are up and we are just running out of room here,” said Matt Fedders, CEO for the Le Mars-based towable dealer. “The campers are getting bigger and the building is not tall enough any more, so we need a bigger facility that will accommodate the bigger campers.”
Serving customers is the focus of the move for Fedders, which offers RV sales and service along with boat repair. “I think it’s going to be easier to serve our customers with more space, easier parking and easier access,” Fedders said.
Fedders said he has been considering a move for a few years and decided on a location near the Highway 75 bypass, which will give the dealership higher visibility.
“I’m hoping the bypass will attract passersby because I think we lost some of that when we had the bypass come around Le Mars,” Fedders said.
The new location will also provide more space, said Micah Salter, Fedders sales and finance manager. “That’s definitely going to be the biggest benefit and it’s going to be easier for people to pull in with the big RVs,” Fedders explained.
With new buildings and an inside showroom, Fedders plans to increase inventory for the business, which has customers nationwide.
“We’ll carry more products for customers to look at,” Fedders said. “One of our main goals is to have 30 units in an indoor showroom.”
Other plans for the new location include eventually having storage for RVs available year-round and to offer campsites. “We might sell a camper to somebody from Washington state,” Salter said. “They can come, stay in their RV overnight to try it out and travel on home.”
A Midwest location has been a plus for his business, Fedders said.
“Regardless of what everybody says about the economy, our RV business has been strong,” Fedders said.
RV manufacturer Crossroads Inc. just named Fedders Marine & RV the largest Cruiser RV dealer in the nation, he said.
He attributes the popularity of recreational vehicles to family.
“You can buy a camper and camp the whole summer every weekend going out and having fun,” he said. “When you take a trip to Disneyland, your vacation money is spent for the whole summer.”
His father, Marv, started the business 60 plus years ago, Fedders said. “We’re a family-run business and we try to treat everyone like family,” he said.
Currently, there are five full-time and two part-time employees. In addition to support from his wife, Julie, Fedders said the staff includes Leroy Walhberg as service manager and Glenda Fedders as title clerk.
“We’re hoping the change in location will allows us to better help our customers with their needs,” Salter said.