March '19

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rv-pro.com March 2019 • RV PRO • 81 campers?' My sales manager said, 'We can get them for you, which one are you looking at?' She told us what she wanted and said, 'You know what? I don't want to pay over this much.'" When he figured they'd only make $900 on the deal, he called Travel Lite. "I did more research on Travel Lite and I found out they're the half-ton king," says Mericle, who opened the dealership selling Forest River towables. "My wife and I prayed about it and I said, 'Let's try it.'" He soon ordered five with one pre-sold and then waited to see what would happen; within two-and-half months, they sold them all. "We went ahead and bought five more, and then after that I bought 15 and then I did an order of 10 after that and we haven't looked back since. It's been awesome." Mericle RV has since become Travel Lite's biggest Colorado dealer, selling both the manufacturer's stylish truck campers and its sleek travel trailers. At the Colorado RV Adventure Show in January, Mericle showed a pair of new Evokes, the manu- facturer's stunning top towable. One was sold at the show and Mericle took orders for eight more. Of the 147 units Mericle sold last year, 80 percent were towables and truck campers while the balance consisted of used motorhomes. Moving forward, he's looking to offer new coaches, too, along with teardrop trailers and toy haulers. He already told a sales representative from one manufacturer there's no space for their products yet; another manufacturer has even offered to purchase land for him to display its units. "I want something for everybody. I just won't go out and get anything. I want to make sure it's got good quality, it's got a good reputation," he says. "I'm trying to make sure that there's a need for it." Top: RV techs Big Jim Kramer (left) and James Shanks polish a metal tile that will be placed into the roof a motorhome. Above: RV tech Johnnie Mascarenas (left) and Kramer and Shanks are pictured in front of an Airstream Land Yacht motorhome. The dealership is doing a near total restoration to the motorhome.

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