There’s something about that sense of freedom that comes with hitting the open road. Whether you have a set destination in mind or prefer to land wherever your travels may take you, summer is the perfect season for adventure-seeking.
More and more people are creating customized vacation itineraries with the flexibility afforded by RVs, which have become as popular amongst younger generations as they are with families and older travelers. Exploring new places while maintaining control over your environment offers a universal appeal for vacationers.
RV ownership has boomed over recent years, with a record high of 11.2 million households owning an RV in 2021, up 62% since 2001.
For residents of the Orange County area, OCRV, owned by Art and Bonnie, is known as the premier, one-stop-shop for any services you need to get your RV road trip ready.
Art Ashley has been a highly successful body shop owner for over 37 years. Since his teenage days spent working on streetcars, Art has sharpened his skill set into what it is today. After building two body shop facilities from the ground up and turning them both into thriving businesses, Art decided to tap into the niche market for repair and paint for RVs, large trucks, and emergency vehicles. In 2010, he sold the car portion of his business to open OCRV—and the rest was history.
From day one, Art committed to delivering unmatched customer service through OCRV. “We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of RV services, so our customers can benefit from the full experience in one location. We are fully qualified to undertake all kinds of repair work and any remodeling services you send our way. When your vehicle leaves our RV center, it will be as good as new,” he says.
There’s no task too big or too small for OCRV to execute with flawless precision. If you’ve been involved in a collision, no matter the extent of the damage, OCRV’s expert technicians work to provide timely, efficient repair services in their state-of-the-art, 38,000-square foot facility.
Does your RV need a makeover? OCRV can give your recreational vehicle a top-to-bottom upgrade at a fraction of what you would spend purchasing a new RV. From 4-55ft spray booths that enable unrivaled turnaround times to high-tech upholstery machines, custom-built furniture, and equipment for woodworking, fabrication, and flooring, OCRV utilizes the best professional tools of the trade to achieve superior results.
No matter how grand your interior or exterior renovation plans may be, OCRV will give your vehicle a unique, customized look that you’d never be able to find straight from the factory.
In addition to making customers’ RV visions a reality, OCRV delivers exceptional repair, paint, and service work for first responders, primarily fire and rescue vehicles. Municipal clients include Orange County Fire Authority, City of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, and Orange and Anaheim Fire Departments.
It’s not all business and no pleasure for Art and Bonnie, however. Along with their son, AJ (OCRV’s Estimating Manager), daughter, Addison, and dog, Kuiper, who doubles as the official OCRV mascot, the Ashley’s prioritize quality family travel time.
“Our love for traveling began with our love for the ocean—boating, fishing, and then to the desert and high mountains, RVing, and off-roading with family and friends. From ocean yachts to ‘land yachts,’ adventure with your loved ones is why we do what we do. We want our customers happy and out on the road, traveling safely in their perfect RV environment,” says Bonnie.
Next up for the Ashley family is the launch of an exciting extension of OCRV—VANaholic! VANaholic is a DIY van conversion kit for Mercedes Sprinter Vans, RAM ProMaster, and Ford Transits. Transform your van into a vacation home on wheels with VANaholic’s forward-thinking technology. With four kits available in four different colors, OCRV can install and customize your kit for you, or it can be sent to you anywhere in the USA—the possibilities are endless.
According to Art & Bonnie, “If you can dream it...we can build it!”