April '20

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16 • RV PRO • April 2020 rv-pro.com Life Magazine, but also partly by conducting educational seminars at RV rallies and shows around the country. He has narrowed those events down to just the mid-Feb- ruary Houston RV show, but he still can't help but reach out to RVers he meets across the country. Thanks to that kind of network, Thibodeaux has pretty much all the work he can handle. He estimates he and his small staff service well more than 100 vehicles per year. That staff consists of Thibodeaux, his stepson, Phillip Lander, and technician Blake Boulee, who both started with the business in 2015. Thibodeaux's wife, Helen, handles the office work and bookkeeping "We're literally a mom-and-pop shop and I've been that way pretty much all my life," Thibodeaux says. "So, what we're offering now is my favorite thing to do anyway." Even when he isn't working on RVs, chances are Thi- bodeaux and his wife are out enjoying the RV lifestyle. "I've been concentrating solely on the RV industry since the '90s," he says. "So, it's been my bread and butter. And we love the lifestyle. Helen and I own an old '94 Barth motorhome that we travel in. It's not just a matter of fixing them and selling products. We actually live the lifestyle, too." Living the RV lifestyle makes Premiere RV more than just a business and more than just a way to make a living for Thibodeaux. "I do a lot of the things I do just to promote the RV lifestyle," he says. "There's a lot of fellowship in the industry. Blake Boulee, Phillip Lander and Billy Thibodeaux (from left) make up the technician staff at Premiere RV. Thibodeaux's wife, Helen, handles much of the paperwork and business operations.

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