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Family opens Vail Valley trailer dealership

Scott N. Miller
Vail, CO, Colorado
Preston Utley putley@vaildaily.comJana Donohue, center, husband Don, right, and son Catlyn, left, have recently opened Diamond D Trailer Sales in Dotsero.
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GYPSUM ” Don and Jana Donohue know a little bit about trailers.

The Donohues, owners of Mountain Valley Ventures, use several trailers in their landscaping and yard care business. Until recently, they’d often go out of state to upgrade and add to their fleet. This spring, though, the Donohues have gotten into trailer sales as a way to create a year ’round family business, and to fill what the family sees as a niche no one else is filling locally.

“There’s a huge need for it here,” Jana Donohue said. “People are always asking us where we get our trailers.”

Until now, that question came with a high-mileage answer. Diamond D is the only trailer dealership between Denver and Rifle, and the Donohues expect to draw customers from Eagle County and the surrounding areas.

After taking several months to finish the paperwork part of setting up a vehicle dealership, the family ” Don, Jana and son Catlyn ” have put a selection of brand-new trailers on a lot next to the Vogelman West stone yard in Dotsero. Besides the trailers, the yard also has parts, tires, and a place to do maintenance.

What’s on the lot ranges from landscaping trailers to vehicle and horse haulers, and are made by companies the Donohues have had good experiences with ” P.J., Big Tex and HaulMark. Those companies have high-quality products and good parts availabilty, Don Donohue said.

Over the last few weeks, several truckloads of trailers have come to the lot, where they’re being assembled by Don and Catlyn.

It can cost a lot to have a big inventory sitting on a sales lot, but Don Donohue said there will always be trailers available for the buy-it-now types. Customers can order virtually anything they need, and HaulMark Trailers, in particular, will custom-build trailers for just about any use.

While there are trailers for just about anything anyone wants to haul the Donohues expect to mostly sell landscaping and agricultural trailers.

“There’s a big demand for dump beds,” Jana Donohue said.

But sales alone don’t make a dealership, and Don Donohue said a service department is going to be the “bread and butter” of the business.

“We’re going to have parts and tires,” Don Donhue said. “We’ll be able to deal with wiring and setting up brake controllers, too.”

It all adds up to a significant boost in the family business. In fact, the family expects to turn at least a couple of their seasonal workers into year ’round employees.

Ultimately, though, “This is a chance to let people shop closer to home,” Don Donohue said.

Business Editor Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.


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