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Bonner Sports: Becoming an RV giant

June 2, 2008
By ALISSA EATON - aeaton@sungazette.com
The 125,000 people that visit the Pine Creek Valley can get recreational vehicles, bikes snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles at Bonner Sports & RV.

That store, located at 5335 N. Route 44 in Jersey Shore, was recently bought by Bob Reeder in March and offers customers affordable towable Dutchman RVs and many other items that pertain to outdoor activities and sports.

“The Dutchman name has a lot of brand recognition and next year we are expanding to offer customers more choices,” Reeder said.

Reeder said the Dutchman brand has been an excellent choice because of the diversity within the brand. He said there are RVs that are relatively inexpensive and others that are high end.

“Our least expensive RV is about $16,000,” Reeder said, explaining how affordable they can be for families.

With the price of gasoline increasing, more people are choosing to vacation closer to home and Reeder said RVing is a very family oriented activity.

“When it comes to RVing, gas prices don’t have to be an issue,” Reeder said. “People can bring their RVs up to the creek and it’s a more economical way to vacation.”

Reeder said he has very fond memories of growing up and vacationing in a RV.

“It’s an industry that’s really growing,” he said. “It’s an alternative form of vacationing.”

RV’s can also be serviced on site at the store or mechanics can travel to where an RV may be to fix it.

But the store sells other items for outdoor activities such as bicycling, power sports, outdoor power equipment and is a distributor for snowmobile parts and accessories.

The store is nestled into the heart of the Pine Creek Valley, about five miles away from Route 220.

Surrounded by trees and a few residential homes, the store is not far from the trails associated with Rails to Trials.

The Pine Creek Valley houses the Pine Creek Trail, a 60.5 mile bike path made of crushed limestone.

The Pine Creek Rails to Trails is part of the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative which is a brand developed around 12 counties intended to promote outdoor tourism and recreation for people in and out of the state.

The location in the Pine Creek Valley was what really attracted me to the business,” Reeder said. “That area is getting a lot of attention.”

Reeder bought the store from Butch and Diane Kimble, who still work at the store, for a few reasons.

It gives us the ability to be right in the middle of the Pine Creek Valley,” he said.

Reeder said that he always asks his customers what they will use the bicycles they are buying for and 9 out of 10 people say “Rails to Trails.”

The second reason Reeder gave is the idea of the Kimble name being synonymous with RV and repair within the RV industry.

”The business has a great reputation and its name allows us to instantly get into the RV business and Butch and Diane still work for me,” Reeder said.

Reeder also said the facility is “beautiful” which is another reason why he bought it. “It is 11,000 square feet on four acres,” he said.

The Kimble’s business was family owned before Reeder bought it and Butch’s father built the facility in the 1970’s and still lives in the area.

Reeder intends to keep up the integrity of the family-owned business and will brought nine of his own employees to work in the new building.



Bonner Sports and RV

5335 North Route 44

Jersey Shore, PA

570-753-5702

www.bonnersports.com

Article Photos

Shown here are snowmobiles that are for sale at the shop.

Fact Box

ALISSA EATON/Sun-Gazette
Towable recreational vehicles,
and power sport vehicles are
what Bonner Sports and RV
offers to its customers. Bonner Sports
and RV is located in Jersey
Shore, at 5335 N. Route 44.

 
 
 

 

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