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Pete's Trailer Mart (circa 1989)

Pete's Trailer Mart (circa 1989)
Owners Terry and Larry Shepard, and David McGinnis (circa 2001)

Owners Terry and Larry Shepard,
and David McGinnis (circa 2001) (story)
Pete's RV Center becomes 
Keystone RV dealer in 2001.

Pete's RV Center becomes
Keystone RV dealer in 2001.
Aerial shot of Pete's RV - Vermont (circa 2007)

Aerial shot of Pete's RV - Vermont (circa 2007)
Pete's RV acquires second location in Indiana

Pete's RV acquires second location in May 2011.
number one Vermont RV Dealer

Pete’s RV Center named the number one Vermont
dealer by Statistical Surveys in 2011 - 2014.
60 years in business

Pete’s RV Center celebrates
60 years in business (August 2012).
Forest River
Heartland
CrossRoads
Coachmen RV
Evergreen Recreational Vehicles

Pete’s RV Center adds Forest River, Heartland,
CrossRoads, Coachmen, and Evergreen (2013).
Forest River

South Burlington Business Manager
Kyle Williams recognized for a decade
of excellence (2013).
Forest River

The second-generation ownership team consisting
of Chad Shepard, Todd McGinnis and Scott Borden
take over at the helm (January 2015).
Forest River

Chad Shepard receives Vengeance Dealer
award from Forest River's Sean Ryan (2015).

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.

November 1989

Pete's RV builds Vermont's first climate-controlled indoor showroom (5,544 square feet!).

2001

Beginning with Springdale, Cougar and Sprinter, Pete's RV becomes a Keystone RV dealer.

2004

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.

2009

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!

May 2011

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.

2013

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.

May 2013

South Burlington location expands its lot by 12 acres allowing for another 200-plus units to be stored and displayed at the dealership.

June 2013

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.

July 2014

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.

September 2014

Gearing up for 2015, Pete's RV takes on Cherokee and Grey Wolf travel trailers from Forest River and Oakmont fifth wheels from Heartland.

November 2014

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).

January 2015

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.

March 2015

Pete's RV presented by Forest River with the 2014 Largest Vengeance Dealer in the Northeast United States Award.