Things were going well before the recession for the RV Corral, which bills itself as the largest recreational vehicle dealer in Eugene, Ore.
The Register Guard reported that across from its main dealership on Eugene’s Highway 99N, it had opened a budget lot selling RVs for $10,000 or less. It set up a branch selling high-end luxury motorhomes in Coburg.
Then came the recession, which battered the RV industry nationwide. 2008 “was when things kind of hit the dumps,” said Jerry McCall, who with childhood friends Rick Neet and Steve Christofferson founded the RV Corral in 1988. “We kind of contracted, brought the reins in for a couple of years.”
The company consolidated operations at its base and it sold its Coburg property.
While sales fell, the service side of the business, which the partners started a few years ago, picked up, helping the company to weather the economic storm, McCall said.
Now, RV Corral is back in expansion mode. It has acquired a neighboring 3.5-acre lot at 3690 Dove Lane from Dorsey Ventures for $750,000, increasing RV Corral’s acreage by about 70 percent. And it is fitting out more service bays on part of the new property, previously used as storage for Bethel School District buses. In the not-too-distant future, McCall said, RV Corral will expand its sales area.
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