Traveling around the United States is a dream that many people have for retirement, with families or solo, and many of those trips start at Lee’s Family Trailer Sales & Service. For over 30 years, Lee’s Trailer has sold new and used towable RVs and used motorhomes. From 13-footers to large 40-foot trailers, Lee’s has helped put customers in the perfect recreational vehicle for their needs.
The first trailer they sold in 1984 was a brand new Corsair 32K travel trailer. In 1985 their 13-foot Scotty trailer no longer worked as an office, so they built the main building. In 1994, they built a service facility with bays big enough to hold large RVs, and in 2004, they opened the retail store, which is now the largest RV store in the state.
The RV lifestyle is no longer for retirees, according to Sheri Huff, general manager of Lee’s Family Trailer. The average age of purchasers is 42. Some start off with pop up trailers or tent trailers and work their way up to bigger units.
“It’s family affordable fun. You can buy a new popup for the amount it costs for a family of four to go to Disney for a week,” Huff said.
Lee’s is not just selling mobile units, they are selling the lifestyle. A Tuesday discussion at the office not only talks about camping, but also what they should serve to their guests on the weekend. Inside the store there is a café with homemade soups, casseroles, desserts and of course hot dogs. “We’re fun, comfortable and people who come in are part of the family,” Huff said.
Huff describes herself as a very proud boss. Lee’s Trailer employs 20 people, many of whom have been with the company for more than 10 years.
Tony Howard, the sales team leader, likes his job. “There’s no one else in the State of Maine or New Hampshire that has more experience…in any job here,” he said.
“It’s a good positive atmosphere. Everyone is here for the team, all covering each other’s backs,” Huff said.
Customers travel from northern Maine and southern New Hampshire, for more than a 100-mile radius, to shop and buy their units. Lee’s Trailer is known for service and a huge inventory, which they will deliver anywhere in the US. In the service department they can do collision repair, insurance estimates, hitch equipment and repair of all horse and boat trailers.
RVing is not weather driven unlike boating,” said Huff. “With RVing, if it rains you can still camp.” Many of their customers buy their trailers to park their units at a campground for the summer and live there.
Lee’s will take almost anything in trade as long as it doesn’t eat, Huff said.
This is the final weekend of Lee’s open house celebration. With Let’s Make a Deal games, free giveaways and of course food, everyone is invited to stop by to see the stock, tour the store and talk about the RV lifestyle with the employees at Route 302 just down from the rotary circle in Windham. There is also a 15 percent discount on most items this weekend only.
“It’s about the good time you can have in the moment, said employee Teresa Springe. Lee’s Family Trailer and Huff are very involved in the Fryeburg Fair and Octoberfest in Windham. They do a lot of outreach with local food pantries as well. They donate a lot of trailers for local businesses and charities, Huff said.
To see inventory and more about Lee’s, visit www.leesfamilytrailer.com. They are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are not open on major holidays.