July '19

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98 • RV PRO • July 2019 rv-pro.com D E A L E R S K eith Foulds and Mike Vrzich went from being competitors to partners in a California RV endeavor almost accidentally. Each of the two men had bought an RV-related business in 1988 – Foulds purchased Ty and Bud's Hitches and Welding in El Cajon, and Vrzich acquired El Cajon Hitches and RV Repairs not far away. Once they came together with County RV Service Center, they say they weathered the Great Recession and all the changes in the industry during the past 26 years by focusing on some old-fashioned values along the way. "If you build something that is solid, if you build something that's built on integrity, and you take care of your customers and your employees, too, you're going to grow," says Foulds, co-owner of County RV Service Center in Santee, Calif. The company offers a wide range of services, including RV repairs, body work, mechanical and engine service, tow packages, and fabrication. County RV also maintains a parts department that stocks hard-to-find parts. Two Businesses Became One Foulds says the lease on his building was up in 1992, and he wanted to get out from under annual rent increases and having to deal with a landlord. He and Vrzich had become friends, so he Keeping SoCal on the Road Born of competing RV businesses, County RV has stayed in business by avoiding debt, keeping its workers happy and taking care of its customers. By Craig Young The County RV building, measuring roughly 7,000 square feet on a 1-acre lot, has four service bays inside, three lifts, three open-air bays under roofs, and "a pad where the mechanical guy works." PHOTOS BY NANCEE E. LEWIS / NANCEE LEWIS PHOTOGRAPHY

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