Paul Evert’s RV to Appeal Defamation Judgment

January 24, 2014 by · Comments Off on Paul Evert’s RV to Appeal Defamation Judgment 

Lawyers representing Fresno, Calif.-based Paul Evert’s RV Country said Wednesday (Jan. 22) the dealership will appeal a $4.5 million defamation judgment against the company and some of its employees, according to a report by the Fresno Bee.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Jeff Hamilton ruled that Paul Evert’s RV Country and three of its employees — owner Paul Evert, vice president and general manager Charles Curtis and finance manager Aaron Lyon — tried to put Bob Brewer’s companies, which included Clovis RV and Fresno RV, out of business by spreading rumors they were under investigation by state regulators.

On Wednesday, the law firm Wild, Carter & Tipton said in a statement that Paul Evert’s RV Country “denies that it engaged in such activity.” The statement added that “it is Paul Evert’s RV Country’s contention that this case — and the conduct in question — largely revolves around fraudulent, unauthorized acts by third party, Aaron Lyon.”

According to the statement, Lyon had convinced Paul Evert’s RV Country that Brewer was engaging in fraudulent business practices.

“It is believed that Paul Evert’s RV Country was largely targeted because of its deep pockets and that the punitive damages in excess of four million are excessive,” the statement said.

In his initial ruling last October, Hamilton concluded that Fresno RV had been defamed and awarded the company $500,000 in damages. Last Friday, Hamilton awarded $4.08 million in punitive damages. Evert was ordered to pay $3 million, Curtis’s share was $1 million and Lyon was ordered to pay $80,000.

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Navistar RV Announces Top Retailers for 2012

December 17, 2012 by · Comments Off on Navistar RV Announces Top Retailers for 2012 

Navistar RV, a subsidiary of Navistar International Corp., announced its top dealers for 2012 at a special luncheon held on Nov. 27 during the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

“Our dealers play a critical role in our success, displaying an outstanding commitment to the partnership between manufacturer, dealer and consumer,” said Mike Snell, vice president of sales for Navistar RV, in a press release. “We’re very proud of all our dealers. This year, a few dealers in particular stood out based on sales, service and customer satisfaction, and we’d like to recognize their achievements.”

Navistar RV’s top dealers for 2012 include:

Holiday Rambler

Top Dealer

• Paul Evert’s RV Country – Fresno, Calif.

Top Performers

• Alliance Coach – Wildwood, Fla.

• La Mesa RV – San Diego, Calif.

• McMahon’s RV – Westminster, Calif.

• Motorhome Specialist – Alvarado, Texas

Monaco Coach

Top Dealer

• McMahon’s RV – Westminster, Calif.

Top Performers

• Alliance Coach – Wildwood, Fla.

• Lazydays – Seffner, Fla.

• Motorhome Specialist – Alvarado, Texas

• Paul Evert’s RV Country – Fresno, Calif.

Paul Evert’s RV Country, the top dealer for Holiday Rambler and a top performer for Monaco Coach, serves customers out of its flagship store in California and locations encompassing every West Coast state (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Nevada). The Evert family has been in the RV business for more than 50 years and has applied its extensive experience to create full-service facilities that offer daily sales specials, maintenance and repair, master certified technicians, and a dedicated and caring staff.

“RVing is one of the most wholesome and family-oriented activities I can think of, and it has been my pleasure to be involved in this rewarding business,” said Paul Evert, owner. “We love the customers, the products and the special relationships we’ve forged with the Navistar RV staff – and the overall reputation. The floorplans, color schemes, driveability and reliability are all top notch, and we couldn’t be happier.”

McMahon’s RV, the top dealer for Monaco Coach and a top performer for Holiday Rambler, has been in the RV business for more than 12 years and quickly became the top-selling Monaco dealer after taking on the brand in 2004. The company currently has five locations in California and Arizona, with additional seasonal stores at Parker, Quartzsite and Yuma, Ariz. McMahon’s offers a variety of incentive programs such as Thousand Trails, which gives customers a year of free camping at participating campgrounds.

“We strive to deliver the highest levels of satisfaction, so our customers drive away completely satisfied and ready to see our great country. Whether their needs are to buy, consign, trade or service an RV, we want to provide the best possible experience,” said Brent McMahon, president/CEO. “At McMahon’s, we know RVs are vessels for adventure for families and friends, and we’re excited to help get people on the road.”

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Paul Evert’s RV Earns People’s Choice Award

March 29, 2011 by · Comments Off on Paul Evert’s RV Earns People’s Choice Award 

logoThe citizens of the California Central Valley were polled by the Fresno Bee and have bestowed the People’s Choice Award upon Paul Evert’s RV for the 2nd consecutive year.

The award comes at the same time that they are celebrating their 50th anniversary. Abiding by their motto “We sell fun for less” and providing online resources for their customers on enjoying the RV lifestyle, has again propelled them to the top of their market, the newspaper reported.

Paul Evert started in business in 1961, selling used cars on Abby Street in downtown Fresno. Since then, the business has grown to include a 30,000-square-foot sales office and showroom, 40 service bays, a fully stocked in-house parts store and a park-like area for those who need overnight service.

“We are so proud to be recognized by our community as the People’s Choice for RV Dealer of the Year in Fresno. As a native Fresnan, building a family owned business which employs nearly 60 people and promotes one of the most wholesome family oriented activities, has brought me great joy throughout the years,” said Paul Evert, president and partner.

Paul Evert’s RV Country specializes in all types of RVs including motorhomes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and tent campers. Having locations in Oregon and Arizona in addition to their flagship location in Fresno allows for an expansive inventory selection for their customers. They are a full-service dealership selling parts, service, new and used RVs and RV storage.

For more information about Paul Evert’s RV Country or their products visit or call (800) 959-6485.

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Oregon’s FMCA Convention Now Underway

August 12, 2010 by · Comments Off on Oregon’s FMCA Convention Now Underway 

The inside of the 2011 Itasca Ellipse motorhome on display this week in Redmond, Ore., looks like a living room.

On one wall, the coach has a sectional sofa and coffee table. A ceramic tile floor with granite inserts extends down the middle, and against the opposite wall sits a fireplace, lounge chair and computer desk.

“Looks like a small condo,” Mark McLaughlin, product trainer for Winnebago Industries Inc., which makes the Itasca line, told The Bulletin, Bend, Ore.

The layout on display at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center used the added space provided by the slideouts, the RV sections that pop out when it’s parked. As outfitted, it costs close to $345,000, said McLaughlin.

The 2011 Ellipse, new models from Monaco RV LLC, Entegra Coach and other manufacturers and motorhomes belonging to members of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) were among the expected 2,000 RVs filling the fairgrounds for the association’s annual convention.

It’s the fourth time the convention, which officially began Wednesday (Aug. 11) , has been held at the fairgrounds since 2001, and it’s expected to draw more than 6,000 people.

In the three years between this year’s show and the last convention in Redmond in 2007, the motorhome industry has traveled through tremendous turmoil, along with nearly every other industry.

From 2006 to 2009, shipments of all recreational vehicles fell about 58%, according to figures from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

In 2009, four manufacturers — Rexhall Industries Inc., Country Coach LLC, Monaco Coach Corp. and Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. — filed for bankruptcy.

Coburg-based Monaco, which owns the Beaver coach line once made in Bend, was acquired by Navistar International Corp. the same year, and is now Monaco RV LLC.

Through June of this year, however, production has been increasing, according to the RV association, and officials from motorcoach manufacturers and dealers expressed guarded optimism Wednesday at the convention.

New models, accessories and components were scheduled to be in the spotlight Wednesday night and today. FMCA members, however, also have many seminars, sightseeing tours and opportunities for socializing throughout the four-day event.

Some manufacturers featured new slimmed down, higher-mileage models, while others mentioned the certified green factories where their vehicles are made, and nearly all will be touting emissions-reducing technology that will help diesel-powered motor coaches meet new federal emissions regulations.

Monaco has its newest model, the Vesta, on display. Monaco and Navistar jointly developed the vehicle, which they unveiled July 29. The motorcoach is supposed to get 15 to 18 mpg, according to comments company officials made to RVBusiness magazine.

The Vesta, which will be made in 32- and 35-foot models, comes with cherry wood cabinetry, marblelike countertops and other high-end details usually only found in the larger coaches, said Pat Fraser, of Paul Evert’s RV Country, in Fresno, Calif.

“To get this kind of luxury, you usually have to go to a larger vehicle,” Fraser said.

Entegra’s Anthem 42-foot motorcoach has those details and more. It has 1 1/2 bathrooms, a full-size Whirlpool refrigerator, separate, stackable washer and dryer, a cedar-lined closet and four flat-screen televisions, one of which is on the exterior of the RV.

It’s located under a flip-up panel, part of an entertainment center that includes a stereo, speakers and, of course, the remote.

One of the newest features for many of the motorhomes is mostly hidden.

New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions guidelines call for reduced diesel-engine emissions, and different manufacturers meet them in different ways.

The system Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has on display at the fairgrounds uses a catalytic-converter-like system that reduces vehicle emissions to only nitrogen and water, according to the company’s literature.

“It’s actually cleaner going out,” said Ken Nisley, of coach-maker Newmar, referring to the emissions, “than the air going in.”

The rally concludes Saturday.

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Paul Evert’s RV Opening Coburg Dealership

August 11, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

After 49 years of running things from his flagship location in Fresno, Calif., and with nearly 10 years under his belt running a southern store in Bullhead City, Ariz., Paul Evert and his partner, Curt Curtis, have set their sights north and opened a Paul Evert’s RV Country dealership in Coburg, Ore.

Just recently, Paul and Curt were honored to receive the keys to and announce the official opening of  the Coburg store, according to a news release. Jim Hardy, an Oregon native with nearly 20 years of RV experience, will run this new location.

After the closure of many local dealerships, including their own Laughlin, Nev,. store in 2008, Paul Evert’s RV Country is starting off this dealership carefully and slow. This location boasts I-5 access and is just a stone’s throw from Monaco RV.

A wide variety of inventory from diesel pushers, gas motorhomes, fifth-wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers have already been staged and are now ready to be sold. All the same amenities at other Paul Evert’s RV Country locations will be offered such as financing, trades welcome, orientations and free nationwide delivery.

Paul Evert’s RV in Coburg will be open seven days a week during the following hours of operation: Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Evert’s RV Workers Help Rescue Auto Crash Victim

September 29, 2009 by · Comments Off on Evert’s RV Workers Help Rescue Auto Crash Victim 

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Two workers at Paul Evert’s RV Country in Fresno, Calif., helped rescue a man involved in a vehicle crash near the dealership, according to Ch.47-TV, Fresno.

Joseph Cornell of Fresno was taken to the hospital after his careened off of Highway 99. His Honda crashed into a fence at the Central Ave exit and burst into flames.

Luke Fisher, a Good Samaritan, was driving behind him when the accident occurred. He pulled over and helped pull the driver, Joe Cornell, out of the burning car. At first, he thought he was simply helping a stranger, until he saw the driver’s face. As it turns out he was helping a friend. Joe Cornell was a friend from high school.

Fisher had help from two Paul Evert’s RV employees, Narciso Holguin and Carlos Ramos, who were washing RVs when they saw the crash. Holguin suffered cuts on his hand from the broken glass.

Additionally, there is cell phone video from another employee which shows how big the fire had become. Plus, Cornell’s wife commented that the soles of her husband’s shoes were burned and if he had been in there much longer, he would have suffered severe burns.

Doctors suspect that the accident stemmed from a medical condition that made the victim to lose consciousness.

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New Monaco RV LLC Dealer Body Now Tops 100

August 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

monaco-rv-llc-logoMonaco RV LLC has signed up more than 100 dealer partners to date, and plans to continue to further expand its network of motorized and towable dealer partners, the company announced today (Aug.24) in a news release.

In addition, a number of former Monaco Coach Corp. employees have been put to work at Monaco RV building towable and motorized RV units at the new company’s Oregon and Indiana facilities. These new products are currently shipping to Monaco RV’s dealer partners.

“We’re very pleased with the level of progress we’ve made in getting our manufacturing, sales and support operations up and running both in Oregon and Indiana,” said Kay Toolson, president of Monaco RV. “Building the highest quality recreational vehicles at the most competitive prices in accordance with current market demand is a critical focus for our company. We’re laying the groundwork necessary for Monaco RV to set the highest standard in our industry for dealer partnership, product quality, innovation, and customer care.”

Monaco RV sales teams have been working with potential dealer partners for the last few months. “It was important for us to work diligently to sign dealers that we felt would be a good fit for us and would remain committed long-term,” said Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development. “We are focused on ensuring that our customers have the best buying and servicing experience possible, and we believe the dealers we have signed on so far will do just that.”

One such dealer is Paul Evert’s RV Country in Fresno, Cal., a dealership that had enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the former Monaco Coach Corp. since 1992. “We’ve built a strong clientele of diehard Monaco owners over the years,” said Curt Curtis, partner and vice president of Paul Evert’s RV Country. “We’re comfortable working with the people currently at Monaco RV and we’re a firm believer in the products they build.”

Monaco RV expects to sign additional dealers in the coming months to add to its growing roster.

Monaco RV LLC, headquartered in Coburg, Ore., is a Navistar company.

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