Original North Trail Dealership

0ver 35 years of passion

A DEALERSHIP BUILT BY FAMILIES FOR FAMILIES

Founded by Al Erp in 1986, North Trail RV Center is the premier RV dealership in South Florida. Al loved nature and the great outdoors. He enjoyed camping and the RV lifestyle, as well as hiking, hunting and fishing. Al was an experienced entrepreneur having created several successful businesses before moving to Southwest Florida to start North Trail RV Center. Because of his past experiences of fun and adventure camping and RVing with his family, he decided to follow his passion and open an RV dealership.

From its humble beginnings as a small RV and park model dealership on US 41 in North Fort Myers, Florida, it grew exponentially over the years and eventually moved to its current location on Interstate 75 in Fort Myers. Several expansion projects later, North Trail now boasts an impressive 100 bay Service Department, an ultra-modern Sales Department, RV Parts Megastore, Spartan and Freightliner Chassis Centers, Collision Center, Tire and Alignment Center and soon to be open Luxury RV Resort.

We are fueled by our commitment to providing world-class experiences for our customers. While many things have changed throughout our history, the purpose of our company has always been to help customers make lifelong memories. We have stood beside our employees, customers, and partners for over 30 years – through good times and tough times. We’ve weathered every crisis, because we’ve invested in the long-term stability of our family-owned company. While many businesses have downsized or closed, North Trail RV Center continues to grow. Like most things in life, our success is about treating people right and dedicating ourselves to making you a truly happy camper. We make getting your next new or used RV easy. We have invested in our community and our customers by building a state-of-the-art showroom and a parts and service facility that employs well over 200 people. From sales and finance to service, collision, and parts, North Trail RV Center has your back through every stage of the RV ownership process.

THE NORTH TRAIL TIMELINE

We've accomplished a lot in the last thirty years. Find out more about where we came from and where we're headed.

Original North Trail Dealership 1986
Original North Trail Dealership 1986
Original North Trail Dealership Renovated
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1986

Combining the passion for RVs, camping and adventure with the love of outdoors and traveling, North Trail RV Center was created. It started out as a small RV dealership on U.S. 41 in Fort Myers, Florida. The name comes from the street it sat on known locally as "North Tamiami Trail". Hence the name "North Trail" RV Center.

Exit 141, State Road 80/Palm Beach Blvd
Site of New Location next to I-75
Site of New Location next to I-75
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1993

After seven successful years at the U.S. 41 location, quick growth and opportunity enabled us to move our operation to a larger, more visible location next to I-75 Exit 141 on State Road 80 in Fort Myers, Florida. This new location provided us with more room for inventory and area for future expansion.

Beginning of construction on Collision Center location
Construction process on Collision Center location
Completed Collision Center
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2001

A few years later, we had the opportunity to open an additional location two miles South, just off I-75 at Exit 139. After a massive renovation and additional square footage was added, this became the North Trail RV Collision Center. A full RV paint and body shop with part fabrication.

Beginning construction on our new Parts & Service Center
Parts & Service Building Construction
Our State-of-the-Art Service & Parts Department
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2015

Rapid growth demanded additional expansion at our I-75 Exit 141 location. Dealership-wide construction began on our new state-of-the-art service and parts departments. Our service department now has 100 service bays and our RV parts megastore offers over $2,000,000 in OEM RV parts.

Breaking ground on our new top-of-the-line Sales Center
Sales Center construction process
North Trail RV Center Sales Center
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2016

Construction on our brand new state-of-the-art Sales Center began. We made sure to included every amenity available to give our guests a beautiful and relaxed setting when making their RV purchasing decision. Now with over 200 employees, we are yet again poised for even more growth and expansion.

Airstream of South Florida Inventory
Airstream of South Florida stand alone dealership
Airstream of South Florida Sales Office
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2016

After the completion of our new sales center and showroom we were awarded with a stand-alone Airstream dealership. We moved all our Airstream product across the street, set up shop and Airstream of South Florida became one of the top-performing Airstream dealerships.

RV Park construction process
RV Park construction process
RV Park construction process
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2020

After selling RVs for so many years, we decided to break ground on a brand new luxury RV park adjacent to our service and parts building. Add information about RV pads and rental spaces along with features and amenities and the grand opening dates.

Our mission at North Trail RV Center is as follows:

Treat Every Visitor to Our Dealership as an Honored Guest in Our Home.
Every Day, Every Time, Without Fail - No Exceptions!

As North Trail RV Center grows, we will never forget why the company was originally started – because of one man’s passion for adventure and commitment to ensure that every customer is treated fairly and with respect. Our success is built upon total customer satisfaction. While we may be bigger, we endeavor to remain the hometown dealership where every customer feels like family and where every customer is a North Trail RV Center customer for life. We believe in family values and our dealership offers families value when they purchase or service their new or used RVs at North Trail RV Center. We are now into our fourth decade in the business and are more committed than ever to our customers.

Thanks for visiting our store. We are grateful that you have chosen North Trail RV Center as your RV dealer.

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