The 2016 RV and Boat Show in Billings, MT is going to truly be an amazing event. There is going to be food vendors, local orgnizations and non-profits, Montana's top RV and boat dealers, family fun and games, free giveaways, very low cost show discounts, and more! Dealers offer customers and potential customers prices that aren't typically seen on their lots and are exclusive to the Billings Metra RV & Boat Show and Sale. A list of this year's vendors, dealers, and organizations.
More About The RV & Boat Dealers
In 1967 Frank and Vi Bretz opened Bretz Trailer Sales & Rentals. Business was conducted from a leased service station with a focus on renting small travel trailers. This was a new opportunity for local families to have great summer outings at affordable prices. Parts were readily available from the back of a pick-up truck complete with a canopy. From these meager beginnings, Bretz RV & Marine has blossomed into one of the premiere RV and Marine dealerships in the Northwest and the nation!
The business grew into its first building in 1970 on Kensington Ave, the south side of Missoula. It was slightly over 2000 square feet and sat on about 2/3 of an acre of land. The building was designed to hold the largest travel trailer being sold, with a tow vehicle hooked up to it. This dimension was only 40 foot, a size that ultimately would not even hold the largest vehicle they now sell, excluding the tow vehicle. In 1984 an addition of almost 1000 square feet was added to this building for office and retail space.
In 1987 it was time to move again. The Kensington location was sold and a new property purchased. This new location on Mullan Road had a much needed four and a half acres of land and a 10,000 square-foot building. By 1990 it was time to expand with an addition to the shop of 6,000 square feet. With the purchase of two additional acres in 1992, the building was remodeled, customer parking increased, and the sales lot enlarged.
Business continued to grow and after operating in a very crowded lot for several years, the decision to purchase 30 acres was made. During the summer of 1998, ground was broken for Bretz RV & Marine's current facility. Features include a dump station, as well as power and water hookups for customers. Service bays are outfitted with 50, 30, and 20 amp electrical services, water, sewer drains and other equipment to provide top-notch RV service.
Bretz RV & Marine is continually growing, expanding, and leading the way in the industry. From more recent expansions of their service department in 2003 from 12 fully equipped bays to 26 bays, to adding a 15,000 square foot indoor showroom at their Missoula location in 2015 (be expecting some more, amazing RV and Boat shows here), things are always growing. In Montana, they are proud to have the most RVDA certified technicians under one roof, offering great service, detailing, painting, and much more.
Bretz RV & Marine headquarters are at 4800 Grant Creek Road *Missoula, MT 59808*.
Big Sky RV was founded in 1988 outside of Bozeman, Montana with a few consignments, no salesman and a dream to build something that they could be proud of. Big Sky RV has always operated under a win-win philosophy of doing business. They, as a family-owned company need to make a fair profit to remain in business and their customers needed to receive a fair deal each and every time. This business philosophy has taken them far from their humble beginnings. They now have a beautiful, full RV Service facility in Bozeman, MT and a smaller operation in Billings, MT, and a team of employees who all believe in that "win-win" policy and customer service.
As the third generation of Frederickson family is starting to enjoy and love the RV lifestyle, they love to see the generational fun of RVing being passed down in front of their eyes. As Wayne Frederickson, owner, always says, "There is no feeling like the feeling you get when you are heading out of town in your RV".
Big Sky RV headquarters are at 8466 Huffine Lane *Bozeman, MT 59718*.
At its present location since April of 2004, I-90 Motors and RV continues to grow in the Billings and surrounding area. Their stubborn determination not to be like other dealers is demonstrated in nearly all aspects of their business operations. Garry Hellyer, who has extensive experience managing new car franchises over his career, now makes his home at I-90 Motors and RV. His positive attitude and high energy make him a perfect fit managing the sales department where his vast experience in automotive financing has helped hundreds of customers obtain financing for their automotive needs. Garry's off time is spent training race horses where he frequently races and wins.
Howie, a certified automotive technician for over 25 years brings a vast amount of knowledge to I-90 Motors. Kara Truesdell manages the office and accounting and keeps the difficult task of managing several aspects of the business organized and accurate. Owner Jewel Sternad continues to wear many hats and insists on managing all aspects of his business including service and repair details. "The RV business is a challenging venue with high demands from customers and a compressed time frame to do it all in." Never having worked in a large dealership, his detest of the high pressure approach and corny sales people is evident in the style of the organization. "Our people are normal folks who are successful because they treat people with respect and as friends. There are no theatrics or gimmicks with pricing or any other deceitful tactics. That’s the way we like it and we sincerely believe you will to."
I-90 Motors & RV headquarters are at 8810 SUNDANCE DR *Billings, MT 59101*.
Their newest improvement has been the addition of a more diverse array of accessories for a boating lifestyle. Missouri River Marine has expanded their accessory showroom to over 4000 square feet of neatly stocked shelves and displays from manufactures like Minn Kota, Cannon, and Bottomline, to name a few. As a member of the Boat Smart National Dealer's Alliance, they are able to price their accessories at rates that compare to catalogs and warehouse chains, while still giving the special know how that only comes from a specialty shop.
On their website, they say that it is their commitment to ensure that their customers will get nothing but the best when they leave their investment in their hands. Their service writers will address all needs, from general maintenance and winterizations, to diagnostic and insurance work. The Missouri River Marine complex is located on Historic White Bear Island in the Missouri River, approximately 3 miles south of Great Falls, Montana.
Missouri River Marine's headquarters are at 4250 Lower River Road *Great Falls, MT 59405*.
Food Vendors, Organizations, and More
Fundraising and non-profit work is important to us. That’s why we’ve placed our focus on inviting various organizations around Montana to partner with Billings Recreational Showcase all weekend long! Just like others, we want to show our support for preserving the beautiful state of Montana and helping those who live in it.
Forget the chain restaurants and big-name brands, we’re all about supporting the local community in Montana (and eating some amazing food)! Whether your favorite snack is some home-cooked almonds, mouth-watering kettle corn, or small-town BBQ just the way you like it, we’ve got some great aromas brewing while you browse the RV & Boat show.
Some more of the food vendors, organizations, and more that are attending this year's event include: Big Guy BBQ, The Greek Station, Mountain Mudd Espresso, The Nut Shack, Zoo Montana, Montana Wildlife Federation, Montana Wilderness Association, and many, many more.
308 6TH AVENUE NORTH * BILLINGS, MT 59101 *
RV & Boat Show Schedule
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 25TH 10AM-6PM
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 26TH 10AM-8PM
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27TH 10AM-8PM
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28TH 10AM-6PM
We look forward to seeing you there, you won't want to miss this amazing RV & Boat show and family-friendly, fun event!