Lerch RV History 101

I wanted to let everyone know a little history behind Lerch RV‘s 33 years of business.  After owner and founder, Ed Lerch graduated from Penn State University.  This PSU alum began his career in business to establish what has become one of Pennsylvania’s largest and most successful RV dealerships.

Ed Lerch started in business in 1977, when he opened Seven Mountain Truck Caps and Lerch’s Arco gas station. Then in 1978 Ed changed the name of his business to the now well known Lerch RV. With changing the business name, Lerch RV began to offer Prowler travel trailers & fifth wheels, the #1 selling trailers at the time. Shortly after-wards Lerch RV began making Prowler’s top ten list of east coast dealerships.

In 1980 Lerch RV moved to a bigger dealership location, west of Lewistown near the entrance to the Mifflin County Industrial Park, along Route 522/22. The dealership became a full service RV dealership selling travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motor-homes, discontinuing the sales of truck caps and gasoline. During the 1980’s and continuing through the 1990’s the dealership was at this location, Lerch RV became a dealer of Winnebago, Southwind, Coleman, Tioga, Yellowstone, and Alpenlite to name a few. In the early part of the 90’s Lerch RV even developed and built a small handful of customized travel trailers in our own shop.

Milroy, PA Location

Visit us off the Milroy Exit

After 20 years of doing business at the location west of Lewistown and after the successful completion of construction of the existing four lanes of Route 322.  Lerch RV moved to the present location it now occupies in Milroy, PA. The new location offered the business room to grow. With a larger amount of service bays and a larger parts store, the new building has enabled Lerch RV to become one of the largest dealerships in Pennsylvania. The inventory the dealership now has to offer at the current location is built by the largest, most reputable manufacturers in the RV industry, Keystone RV Company and the Open Range RV Company. Along with offering a large selection of pre-owned RVs.

The lot at Lerch RV

Complete line of Sprinter travel trailers

Over the thirty years the dealership has been in existence Lerch RV has sold over 7,000 RV’s. Lerch RV was one of the first RV dealerships in PA to offer a toll free number for its customers and has been a leader in dealership computerization, starting in 1979, with many applications being developed in house. The dealership has been owned and operated by Ed Lerch since its inception. Lerch RV is a ‘true’ family business, with Ed’s daughters and their husbands joining him in the continuing growth and operation of the dealership. In fact the owner comes to work everyday, works every show, and occupies the smallest office at the dealership. The average employee at the dealership has been with the Lerch RV family for over fifteen years. Our professional staff makes your buying experience here at Lerch RV easy. We will always do our best to take care of your concerns. You can take comfort knowing that you bought the best at Lerch RV.

As the ever changing landscape of the RVing community changes, Lerch RV is committed to staying ahead of the curve. After having a very successful year, you can count on us to continue to offer the best brands and best prices around. Our low overhead and high volume purchasing has allowed us to offer the lowest prices to our customers.. Our straight forward, low pressure sales team is one of the best around. So when you are ready to purchase your next RV, stop by our dealership and allow us to assist you in making that purchase fun and exciting.