1800s until 1952
Our current Vermont property was once the Thibault Farm. It consisted of a farm house, barn, and several outbuildings on a 4.3 acre lot.
August 22, 1952
Peter and Trudy Dispirito purchased the property and started a welding business as well as travel trailer sales called Pete's Trailer Mart. They built a 2 bay metal building as their shop.
March 23, 1973
Richard and Virginia Compagna purchase the business and real estate continuing to sell RVs until December 1983.
December 20, 1983
Terry and Mary Shepard purchase the business and real estate. They operate it until 1986.
November 28, 1986
David McGinnis and Larry Shepard bought out Mary Shepard and became partners with Terry Shepard. The company was renamed Pete's RV Center. See related and highly interesting story on the Pete's RV ownership team.
Pete's RV builds Vermont's first climate-controlled indoor showroom (5,544 square feet!).
Beginning with Springdale, Cougar and Sprinter, Pete's RV becomes a Keystone RV dealer.
Pete's RV completes construction of their new 20,600 square foot state-of-the-art RV dealership on their current Vermont location. The all new steel building is outfitted with modern wiring, security, sprinkler, and heating and cooling systems. The service center gets new shop equipment including heavy-duty vehicle lift. On the exterior, the lot is leveled, paved, and high-intensity lighting installed.
The new PetesRV.com website is unveiled. It allows visitors to easily search our entire inventory as well as get better acquainted with the dealership's sales, service, and parts and accessories departments. The Pete's RV Info Blog is incorporated into the site and provides helpful information and news on everything RV!
Pete's RV acquires a second location in Schererville, IN. The former Rollin-On RV was an established, family-operated RV dealership serving Indiana and the Greater Chicago, IL area since 1977. The new location will help expand our presence in the Midwest and beyond!
2011 - 2014
Pete’s RV Center named the number one Vermont dealer by Statistical Surveys. A significant portion of the travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes purchased in the state are sold at the South Burlington dealership.
August 22, 2012
Pete's RV celebrates 60 years in business.
Along with adding Keystone RV brands Bullet, Outback Terrain and Passport Elite, Pete's RV doubles inventory selection taking on Forest River's Vengeance; Heartland's Bighorn, Silverado, Prowler and Sundance; and Crossroads' Sunset Trail, Hampton and Gateway-branded campers. In late 2013, they ramp up for 2013 by adding Evergreen Bay Hill, Crossroads Rezerve, Forest River Wildwood, R-pod, and Coachmen Clipper.
South Burlington location expands its lot by 12 acres allowing for another 200-plus units to be stored and displayed at the dealership.
South Burlington Business Manager Kyle Williams ranks in the nation's top fifty administrators of EasyCare's Vehicle Extended Service Contracts for 10 straight years--twenty-fourth overall in 2012 and number one for RV warranties seven out of the last ten years.
The Pete's RV YouTube Channel surpasses 1,000,000 views. No small feat for a RV dealer, pRV-TV does it with a large library of informative RV buyer and service tips videos.
Gearing up for 2015, Pete's RV takes on Cherokee and Grey Wolf travel trailers from Forest River and Oakmont fifth wheels from Heartland.
Pete's RV Center named to the 2014 Top Ten Club by Evergreen Recreation Vehicles. The honor goes to them for the combined sales of Evergreen RVs at both dealership locations. In addition to strong sales with Bay Hill fifth wheels, is also selling Evergeen Sun Valley and I-Go travel trailers.
Also in November, Pete's RV is presented with a Thirty-Year Membership Award from The National RV Dealers Association (RVDA).
With the retirement of Terry and Larry Shepard, and David McGinnis, the second-generation ownership team consisting of Chad Shepard, Todd McGinnis and Scott Borden take over at the helm. The trio start their tenure with nearly 100 years of combined experience in the family business.
Pete's RV presented by Forest River with the 2014 Largest Vengeance Dealer in the Northeast United States Award.