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20 • RV PRO • April 2020 rv-pro.com Thibodeaux gave two presentations about Starlink during the February Houston RV show. "That's the kind of stuff we stay on top of," he says. "We're cutting-edge, early adopters and that's bit me on the behind a few times, too. But this looks like it's real. Although Thibodeaux has been in the business since the late 1980s and recently turned 65, he doesn't necessarily plan to hang up his wrenches anytime soon. He says his stepson and another employee are interested in working with him to come up with a succession plan for the busi- ness, but adds he isn't ready to get completely out of the business. He says that when Helen reaches age 65, the two of them will probably take some time away from the business to do some serious RVing and get away for a while. "Then I might just like to come back and just work for them," he says. "That is in the plans, but it's not going to happen tomorrow." But that's probably to be expected. A lifetime of learning through the ups and downs of the RV industry and a lifetime of passion for the product doesn't just go away. There's still time to pass that learning along to the next generation. "I've made a lot of mistakes, but that's just the way it is in the modern time," he says. "There's a saying that goes, 'A smart man learns from his mistakes and everybody knows that. But a wise man learns from other people's mistakes.' And I started noticing the mistakes of others – and that knowledge has been very fruitful." Above: Billy Thibodeaux and his wife, Helen, are the mom and pop of a truly mom-and-pop business that has grown a reputation that brings customers in from all over North America. Left: Thibodeaux says he has been through the ups and downs of the RV industry throughout his career, but has always been willing to share his knowledge and experiences to those who service the industry.

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