The tiny town of Bevington, Iowa, now has a full-service used recreational vehicle dealership.
Diamond Trails RV, a dealership owned by Douglas and Jodi Molone of Indianola, opened its doors March 2. The 6,100-square-foot tan building with bright red trim sits on 26 acres of land at the intersection of Interstate Highway 35 and Iowa Highway 92 in Bevington, population about 52, according to The Des Moines Register.
The Molone family celebrated the dealership’s grand opening with a crowd of more than 200 visitors earlier this month.
Douglas Molone, 47, and his son Lyndon, 20, are the shop’s two full-time employees. They sell used recreational vehicles, stock a wide range of parts and perform almost any kind of repair.
“There are very few things we won’t do,” Lyndon Molone said. “And we have one of the biggest parts inventories around here.”
The Molones sold seven RVs in their first week of business and sales have remained strong, Douglas Molone said.
Douglas Molone was pastor for churches in Texas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Iowa before leaving the ministry in 2001 to pursue management and sales jobs. Between 2004 and 2008, he worked in sales and repair for recreational vehicle dealerships in Iowa.
Lyndon Molone graduated from Indianola High School in 2007 and studied for a year in college before he decided to work full-time with his father.
“We get along pretty good,” Lyndon Molone said. “Good enough to where we can stand each other for a day.”
Diamond Trails is named after a Western Stagecoach line that once ran across Iowa. The decor inside the dealership includes carved wooden stagecoaches and other memorabilia, black leather couches and hardwood countertops
Marilyn Elliott, 68, of Prole has stopped into Diamond Trails RV several times for parts since the business opened.
“I’ve got kids who can never keep track of how much propane that’s in their tanks,” Elliott told the Malones as she entered the business May 12. “I hear you have something for that.”
The shop carried just what Elliott needed – a pair of pressure gauges, each priced at just over $2. Elliott and her children have been camping together for more than 45 years. She was glad to have a local outlet for supplies.
“I’m a firm believer in buying local,” Elliott said. “Within a few trips, you’re going to know who I am.”