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RV Parts, Accessories Business Relocates to Montana, Idaho Border

Wed Jun 13, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

Highway 93 RV Parts and Accessories is open for business in Victor, Montana, which is about 35 miles south of Missoula.

Owner Eric Stark has been in the RV industry for more than 35 years; his family-owned business was previously known as Arizona RV Parts Center.
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“We sell RV parts and accessories and just about anything for an RV is available to us,” Stark told the Ravalli Republic newspaper. “We have catalogs to go through-–if we don’t have what customers need we can order it.”

In addition to parts and accessories, sunshade products and marine lines, Stark specializes in awnings for RVs.

“It’s kind of our little niche,” he says. “We make slide-out awnings, patio awnings, any type of an awning on an RV. We make slide-out awning fabrics here.”

Stark's store is filled with parts and products, but in the back of his business, you'll find a cutting and welding table and sewing machines. A computer-guided digital table is set for custom cuts of windshield covers that fasten on vehicles with twist lock eyelet, snaps or door pockets, the Ravalli Republic reports.

“Everything that we make is precision,” Stark said. “We have a variety of slide out awnings fabrics and we weld the beads in rather than sewing them. We have a welder that sits on the table and goes down the track.”

The company also makes brightly colored polypropylene braid lines, also called dock lines or anchor lines for boats. They are strong enough to hold a hundred-foot boat.

Stark has found that his specialty has become appealing to customers seeking products outside of the RV and marine sectors, some of them the four-legged variety.

“We get people who call us to make dog leashes of these great colors,” Starck says. “Then if they are at the lake and their dog is running around and goes in the water they aren’t dragging so much weight. These float but regular ropes get wet and all of a sudden a dog is pulling 20 pounds.”

“We also do eclipse sun shades that are retractable for vehicle windshields,” Stark says. “They keep the sun out, keep the interior cool and offer privacy.”

Stark sells his products through several websites and also produces podcasts about RV maintenance at RadioArizonaRV.com.

“We are very pro ‘do-it-yourself,’” Stark says. “We want to get classes going here. Like say you have an RV and you want to replace a water heater and you don’t want to tackle it on your own. We schedule it for a class and you do it here with others watching and learning with the help you need to get through it.”

Classes are expected to begin in July.

Stark’s career in distribution and manufacturing began when he manufactured a product called “Pure Power Blue” for RV holding tanks. He later sold the product to a large distributing company called Valterra.

“We got it every RV store in the United States and Canada and then they came to us and wanted to buy it,” Stark says. “One of my brother’s invented the formula for it.”

While his customer base is primarily in the U.S. and Canada, that doesn't stop him from shipping products worldwide.

“A guy in Belgium wants a windshield cover, we ship to Sweden, Russia, wherever,” Stark says. “Our custom ropes often go to Australia. We always put our logo on-–it’s our brand.”

Stark and his wife Karen moved to Montana from Arizona to be closer to family members struggling with health issues, he says.

Arizona RV Parts, Inc. relocated to Victor in May, just ahead of the summer season.

"We chose the name Highway 93 RV because Highway 93 runs from Wickenburg, Arizona, through Arizona, Nevada, and the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and ends at the Canadian border," Stark says on his website. "It is a historical highway covered with rich scenery and animal life and a vivid view of the past and how it connects with today. Although Highway 93 starts 120 miles from Wellton we still thought it was an appropriate name to use and help identify us as a local Montana business."

Highway 93 RV Parts is at 1345 U.S. Highway 93 North, Suite 2B, in Victor, Montana. For more, call (406) 961-8688, email eric@highway93rv.com or visit Highway93RV.com.