Jamie L. Evans began working as an RV cleaner in his grandfather Don Barlow’s RV dealership when he was just 13, according to a report in the Wilmington (Ohio) News Journal.
Since then, he has worked in a variety of capacities at three RV dealerships and a year ago at the age of 37 he returned to Wilmington and founded Evans Wholesale Management LLC with the goal of filling a void in the RV industry.
This spring, he expanded the business venture into retail and is selling pre-owned recreational vehicles under the name Evans RV Center. Many of the pre-owned RVs have been refurbished by Evans’ staff.
The market niche of renovating previously owned RVs occurred to Evans when he acquired at auction a motorhome with water damage and had his twin brother, Jeremy, rehab the coach.
After seeing the reconditioned motorhome, Evans said he understood that there it represented a new business opportunity.
He started buying units that had some sort of damage, had them fixed and sold them to RV dealerships. He got a “big crop” of travel trailers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) utilized on-site following Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana.
Evans said he has bought replacement furniture from RV manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind.
In addition to doing refurbishing work for RV dealers and for his own pre-owned RV retail business, Evans RV Center services customers’ RVs and sells RV parts and furnishings such as sofas, bedding, cushions and tires.
“We’re trying to do more and more local business,” said Evans.