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In 1982 Rodney Brazel and son Steve partnered to open a Chevron service station in Olympia, Washington. In 1991 Rodney decided to retire and leave the thriving business to his son. Steve soon realized that automotive and RV repair was the direction he wanted to take the business. With this new direction in mind, he found the original facility was in need of expansion. In 1997, he decided to relocate to the Olympia Auto Mall. That facility was built to accommodate the RV customers as well as automotive. A heavy duty rack was installed that had the capability of lifting a 40’ motor home in the air to be serviced. At that time, this made Brazel’s unique, as it was the only facility in the Puget Sound that had that capability. Steve noticed the RV repair was proving to be in far more demand than anticipated, so he decided to relocate, and purchased a piece of property in Centralia, Washington. It was located just off of the I-5 corridor and was plenty big enough to accommodate the influx of RV’ers. Thus was born Brazel’s RV Performance.
We spared no detail on the Centralia facility. We installed two pit bays, a four wheel alignment rack and a dynamometer. Shortly after opening the Centralia location, we decided to construct an RV park adjacent to the shop. This would provide the opportunity for customers to come the night before their appointment, or stay longer if needed to complete their repairs. This was a great benefit for customers who were coming from a long way away.
With the modern tools and equipment such as the dynamometer combined with the collective knowledge from the team, Brazel’s has had the opportunity to develop several products to enhance performance and comfort and ensure safety on the road. The team at Brazel’s developed the following product lines: UltraPower; which aims to provide performance enhancements as well as fuel economy gains. UltraTrac; which is aimed to provide products that help keep your coach between the lines, and reduce "white knuckle" driving. UltraStop; this line is developed to correct issues and enhance performance of brake systems installed on RV's, such as Automatic Applying Parking Brakes, and Transmission Braking. Our products are developed either entirely in-house or in partnership with other industry leaders.
We believe in producing quality work, treating everyone with courtesy and respect, and making our customers feel like part of our family. Our goal is to provide safety and comfort, as well as “Caring Quality Service” to RV'ers on the road today. The staff at Brazel’s is knowledgeable and dedicated to making our customers' experience at our shop worth the drive, whether they have traveled over several states or come from just around the corner. We hold customer satisfaction in the highest regard and feel that word of mouth from our satisfied customers is the best advertisement. We strive to ensure the most safe and comfortable ride on the road.
The family of Brazel’s RV Performance is comprised of three departments; Parts Department and Web Sales, Service Department, and Manufacturing and Development Department. All of these are operated by a crew of very talented, courteous, and educated people. This includes: Steve Brazel (Owner/President), Alan Sanders (Vice President/General Manager), Jon Brazel (Parts Manager), Barbara Draper (Service Writer), Jennifer Malay (Parts Lead), Abby Eitel (Parts Associate), Jay Latham (Parts Associate), Brady Loney (Warehouse Manager), Ben Taylor (Lead Aqua-Hot and Mechanical Technician), Wyatt Crownover (Lead Coach Technician), Blake Markva (Chassis Technician) and Sam Wilcox (Assistant to the Shop Foreman). Our technicians, service writers, and assistants have completed training from facilities such as Aqua-Hot, SuperSteer, Workhorse, Spartan, Roadmaster, Banks Power, ASE and RVIA and more.