Byerly RV, considered the center of the RV world, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, according to a report by the Webster-Kirkwood Times.
It all started in the 1940s, cabinet maker Walter Byerly began building travel trailers in the basement of his Kirkwood home. By 1948, Byerly Trailer & Manufacturing Company was operating out of Des Peres.
The company was sold to John Patton in 1967, and his son, Russ Patton, purchased it from his father in 1984. In 2020, Russ officially retired after transitioning ownership to his son, Warren Patton.
Over the years, Byerly RV grew to focus on providing quality RV parts and service, carrying many difficult-to-find accessories. The store motto was: “We have it, can get it, or it ain’t.”
In 1999, Byerly completed construction of its current headquarters in Eureka and coined the slogan: “The Center of the RV World.” The Byerly employee family has grown to over 90 employees and has been recognized five years running as one of the “Top 50 RV Dealerships in North America.” For their 75th anniversary, Byerly RV is expanding business again. A brand new state-of-the-art service facility and indoor RV storage facility will open in August.
“We have employees with over 30 years of experience on our sales, parts and service teams,” said Warren Patton. “Byerly RV has more staff dedicated to RV service than many competitors have in their entire dealership.”