b'Ocean Lakes provides campers with an RV storage and setup service.Ocean Lakes began offering RV repair services decades ago.pand our service business by probably are a hero to them if you can fix it, the rooftops of the RVs it has in stor- 2,900 in season. Today, it takes a fleet300%. Jamison said, adding that addressing age, so that RVs with cracked or disin- of 14 trucks to pull campers on and offJamisonalsoisplanningtohire RV repair and service needs is essential tegrating roof vents can be repaired sites to accommodate guest reserva-more RV service technicians.tokeepingpeoplehappyintheRV beforethereswaterdamagetothe tions. I want at least five certified techni- lifestyle. frame or interior of the RV. People came up to our co-foundercians, and to have at least two of them Jamison said Pismo Coast Village Other longtime RV resort operators and said, We dont want to take ourwho are mobile because there are a lot also is seeing growing demand for roof with their own RV service centers in- camper home. So many guests fell inof things that can be repaired with a repairs, which is partly why it has in- cludeOceanLakesFamilyCamp- love with the park.mobile unit, he said. We wont do vested in a new RV service facility with ground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which So,theJacksonswork on drivetrains, but do repairs on covered service baysso that roof re- openeditsownRVdealershipand alsostartedAn-the living quarters, appliances and ex- pairs can be made indoors. servicecenterColemanSales& nualLeaseSitesteriors of RVs and provide aftermarket PismoCoastVillagesRVstorage Servicein 1972. That was just one in 1973, beginningproducts. Were filling a niche that is business also generates a significant yearafterMaryEmily andNelson withthemobilenot addressed sufficiently in town. volumeofrepairandservicework. Jackson andtheirfivedaughters homesection,Jamison said travelers, in particular, When RVs sit outside for extended pe- opened the park with its first 30 camp- said Barb Krumm,rely on park operators for guidance riods of time, Jamison said, the roof sites and a single bathhouse.OceanLakesdi-when they have a problem with their vents can disintegrate.Ocean Lakes also developed an RV Barb Krumm rectorofmarket-RV. Theyre like a sugar cube. They just storage business in the mid-70s dur- ingandpublicProbably,almostdaily,wehave fall apart, he said. ing the gasoline crisis, which offered relations.somebody whos wanting something. ProblemswithdisintegratingRV guests frequenting 70-plus campsites Krumm said the Jackson family sawIf you have somebody whos traveling roof vents are so pervasive that Pismo an economical service. Ocean Lakes thesynergiesbetweenthecamp-with a heater problem, a water heater Coast Village has staff members who currently has 2,484 campers in storage, ground, the sales and service centerproblem or a slideout problem, you get up on ladders each fall to examine but that number swells to more than and the RV storage business from theWOODALLSCM.com March 2020-35'