Longtime dealer Paul Evert

On Saturday (May 26), Paul’s Evert’s RV Country in Fresno, Calif., will be holding a retirement party for its eponymous owner, Paul Evert, after 57 years in business. As reported by The Business Journal, Evert will be on site to say goodbye to his longtime customers from 1-5 p.m. To view a video click here or scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.

The business isn’t going anywhere, though, as the dealership awaits a new sign that will bear the name RV Country. Curt Curtis, who has been with the company for more than two decades, along with Dale Cantrell and Charlie Power, will soon be the ones in the driver seat as the dealership owners.

Evert, 88, got into the RV business “by accident,” he said.

He originally wanted to get into farming, but losing his arm at 17 upended those plans.

“I had this crazy notion, which I shouldn’t have had, that I couldn’t be a farmer with one arm. That was a mistake,” Evert said. “So, I changed vocations.”

He used his accounting degree from Fresno State to get a job with a distillery while selling new cars with a friend after hours. Pretty soon, he found he was making more money at the dealership than at the accounting job.

In 1961, he opened a small lot selling used, high-end cars, which he said new car dealers steered away from.

“New car dealers back then were afraid of these specialty cars,” Evert said. “I was making a thousand dollars profit per car.”

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