After personally traveling in an fifth wheel for 5 years, Charles Langdon opened an RV service business in 1983. This first RV venture was done in the West Sacramento KOA out of the back of his service/pick up truck. The business grew rapidly and it became apparent that he was going to need a place to do business. He rented a small warehouse with one roll-up door and began CVL RV. Within a couple of years he had expanded to 3 service bays.
In 1985, Charles came to Rancho Cordova to visit a dismantler and saw a property available for rent. He negotiated a lease on a new concrete tilt-up on South Sunrise. Charles had very little capital so the expansion was financed by credit cards. Charles was still doing mainly service and parts and selling an occasional Used RV.
After the move Charles thought that rentals would go hand in hand with the service business. At one time he had approximately 40 units available for rent. One day, around January 1989, he received a call from a banker saying that a nearby RV dealer in Rancho Cordova had closed their doors. He offered Charles an opportunity to purchase their RV's and he accepted. Now CVL had expanded to sell New RV's.
Charles had another opportunity present itself in 1990. An RV dealer in Sacramento was retiring and Charles was offered their site for rent to open a second location. Charles negotiated the deal and a second location was opened on El Camino Blvd. in 1990, Charles quickly realized that running a second location was a handful. That year interest rates sky rocketed and the economy slowed and after a year and a half of struggles everything was consolidated back to the Sunrise location. He gained control of business and once again it prospered. It was obvious that the space at Sunrise was inadequate to operate in.
A temporary sales lot was opened on Folsom Blvd. and Hwy 50 in 1994. This alleviated the space problem but made it difficult to do business with split locations. So once again everything was consolidated back to Sunrise. Charles began to look for another location that would fit the space requirements and also give the business more visibility. In 1996, he started negotiations on the current location. In May of 1998 construction was started and in July 1998 Folsom Lake RV opened the doors of the new location.
Folsom Lake RV's goal was to open the new store with a friendly, warm feeling that make both customers and staff feel welcome. Another benefit was the great freeway location. 25 years later, Charles and Debbie run the day to day operations of Folsom Lake RV with the belief that our customers are family and Folsom Lake RV will always be there for all of your RV needs – Come Camp with Us – it is as true today as when the doors opened in 1983.
11373 Folsom Blvd. Rancho Cordova, California 95742 • www.folsomlakerv.com • (916) 635-4545 • (800) 226-7453