Leland “Bish” Jenkins built his family business based on the principles of honesty, fair dealing, and treating customers right. Beginning in Eastern Idaho in the 1940’s with the sale of livestock, Bish Jenkins and his sons and grandsons expanded the family businesses into clothing, saddles, tack and horse trailers.
In 1989, one of Bish’s grandsons wanted to purchase an RV from a local dealer. When he didn’t like the offer the dealer gave him, he called up the manufacturer and tried to buy one. But to buy from the manufacturer, you had to be a dealer, so he bought six of them and Bish's RV was born!
For over 30 years, Bish's RV has expanded from its original location in Idaho Falls, ID, to a thriving group of dealerships with locations across the United States. We’re a different kind of RV dealership dedicated to helping families find the perfect RV to help them create memories that will last a lifetime, while also delivering exceptional customer service and treating each customer like family.
So, no matter where you live, no matter where you camp, no matter which highway you may travel, you are an important part of the Bish's RV family of satisfied customers. This is “Where Memories Begin!”
BISH’S RV VISION
To be the place that employees choose to work, customers choose to shop, and vendors choose to partner with.
Our Success At Bish’s RV Is Based On These Four Pillars.
1940s — 1950s
Leland “Bish” Jenkins got his start as a young entrepreneur, buying and selling livestock. Later, his sons, Tim and Jack, joined the business. Along with livestock, they began buying, selling, and trading horses. Some of the horses they sold appeared in Hollywood movies including Ben Hur, McKenna’s Gold, Black Beauty, and The Cisco Kid.
1960s — 1970s
In the mid-60s, Tim started the Lewisville Saddles Shop in Idaho Falls, ID, which later became Bish’s Western Wear. The name change reflected their expanded product offerings of clothing, saddles, tack, horses, and horse trailers.
Tim’s sons, Tadd and Ty, join the family business.
Bish’s RV Is Born
In 1989, Tadd was unable to find a good deal on an RV, so he contacted the manufacturer directly. He became a dealer and purchased six RVs with the intention to sell five and keep one for himself. In the end, he sold all six RVs, and Bish’s RV was born in its Idaho Falls, Idaho location.
November 24, 1995
Bish Jenkins passes away. He leaves his business in the capable hands of his family to carry on his name and his business philosophy.
In an interview from Bish in his later years, he reflected on his success with great gratitude. He said, “Maybe I’m the luckiest man in the world. If every man in this country could get to my age and have a family like I have… something to look at—not to worry about—it would be a hell of a good world.”
In 2005, in a joint effort with Idaho’s Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Bish’s RV successfully facilitated an economic development pitch to bring a Jayco manufacturing facility to Twin Falls, ID.
The Twin Falls, Idaho dealership opens.
The Twin Falls, Idaho dealership opens.
Troy Jenkins, Tim’s Son, joins the family business
Seventh Heaven RV becomes Bish’s RV of Nampa, Idaho on January 1, 2011.
Bish’s RV acquires Brockman’s RV in Jerome, Idaho, merging the Brockman’s location into the current Bish’s RV of Twin Falls dealership. Bish’s RV now sells Jayco across all locations.
The Nampa dealership relocates to Meridian, Idaho.
Jolley Roger‘s RV becomes Bish’s RV of Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 15, 2019.
Apache Camper Center becomes Bish’s RV of Omaha, Lincoln, and Kearney, Nebraska on January 1, 2020.
Gardner’s RV becomes Bish’s RV of Great Falls and Kalispell, Montana on June 15, 2020.
Terry Frazer’s RV Center becomes Bish’s RV of the Quad Cities, located close to Davenport, Iowa on December 14, 2020.
Access RV becomes Bish’s RV of Salt Lake City, Utah on January 25, 2021.
Bish’s RV opens a new dealership in Center Point-Urbana, IA on March 8, 2021.
Bish’s RV acquires Guaranty RV in Junction City, OR on July 5, 2021 with the blessing of the Nill family. Bish’s RV retained hundreds of Guaranty employees to ensure the same great service from the same great people for its nationwide RV customers.
Bish’s RV acquires Haylett RV in Coldwater, MI on December 29, 2021 after Mr. Haylett retires. Bish’s RV checked all of the boxes that the Haylett family required to ensure their legacy of quality customer service and taking care of their employees continues in the Coldwater area.
Bish’s RV acquires Fun-N-Sun RV in Coopersville, MI and Ludington, MI in on January 5, 2022, carrying on its legacy of great customer service.