It doesn’t take long to figure out why the motto of Berks-Mont Camping Center is “Where Families Travel.” Family values are very important to the company’s co-owners, Henry and Joan Shellenberger, and this is one of the reasons this husband and wife team stepped into the RVing business. Henry feels that families need time away from the routine to enjoy the great outdoors.
Joan and Henry’s own experience with family-owned dealerships proved key in determining the path they took. Joan was raised in an RV dealership family and Henry worked for a family owned dealership for 10 years. Henry believes that his “top-notch training at that dealership” along with an opportunity to take over a well-established family dealership in Boyertown, Pa. was the perfect formula for success.
So in 1998, the Shellenberger’s purchased Reppert’s RV dealership, which was the oldest dealership in Pennsylvania. The Shellenbergers recognized the value of the dealer’s existing reputation and had every intention of building on it. Henry knows that it is important to maintain and keep that reputation alive. Henry feels that for new business owners, it is much easier to build on a successful business that already has a solid history rather than starting from scratch.