SHOP CENTRAL RV| 785-242-2585

Central RV, INC. was founded in 2005 by Nicholas Ford. In June 2008 Nicholas Ford moved the location from Baldwin City, Kansas to Ottawa Kansas when RVs sparked his interest. Since then he has expanded to the 2324 East Logan Address and is currently GROWING again! Central RV has a reputable crew that gets the job done. We pride ourselves in customer service, friendly, family environment, not just today, but for life. Customer satisfaction is important to us; all of your needs will be satisfied the best way possible. Service has grown recently due to accommodating a new parts room. This new room features an extensive inventory of parts and if you do not find what you need, we can special order it for you. We provide assistance with whatever you need, including: RV service, restoration, insurance claims, updates, installation of slide-outs, detailing your RV and storage. We handle any problems you may encounter. We will take you step by step through your new unit – making sure you feel confident, comfortable and will enjoy all the features your new RV has to offer. We know RVs because we RV.



Was born and raised in Wellsville, Kansas. Nick is the owner of Central RV and puts in an ample amount of time keeping the company on its toes. He specializes in sales and can answer any question that comes up. Nick has been an RV technician for over ten years. He has extensive knowledge on RV’s. When Nick finds some free time away from the shop he enjoys riding ATV’s, boating, and RV’ing.

HEIDI NICHOLS - Accounts Payable/Receivable

Heidi has been with Central RV for too long to remember! She keeps our books balanced and our budget on track. In her free time, Heidi enjoys entertaining for her family, vacationing with her husband and 2 children, and camping in luxury RV’s.

JAMIE KIMMI - Office Manager

Jamie has been a valued asset to the Central RV family since 2016. She helps to guide our Central Team, with her spot on cheerful disposition and readiness to help with any of our needs. In Jamie’s free time she enjoys camping in the woods with her family.

KAYLA KRATZER - Marketing Manager

Kayla's passion for photography and the outdoors goes hand in hand for her position at Central RV. She brings several years of marketing experience to the team. When not at work, you can find her on the water, in a tree stand, or camping in her RV.

BAILEY NICHOLS - Customer Relations

Bailey is our customer relations "go to" girl. She greets all customers and makes them aware of all our products. She will even hold your hand and show you around.

NED FORD - Shop Technician Foreman

Ned has been a master technician since 2007. Ned specializes in cabinetry, framing, awnings, structural damage and aftermarket electronic accessories. He has a passion for RV’s and loves spending time fixing them up. Ned is a fun-loving fixture here in our Central RV family and always has an answer to all service questions when asked. When he is off the clock he enjoys riding ATV's playing video games, and fixing up lawnmowers.

AUSTIN BAILEY - Master Technician

Austin has been at Central RV since 2014. Austin is a key cog in how our daily Sales and Service run faster than most. He is an attention to detail guy and leaves nothing unchecked top to bottom from start to finish! Austin specializes in detail, inside and out. When we rent out an RV, Austin can explain every bell and whistle to our customers so they get the most out of the rental. His general Knowledge is rivaled by few, THIS is what makes Austin the go to guy in our RV family! In his free time, Austin can be found with his wife and 4 children at a dance recital, or escaping for fishing dates with the wife!

ETHAN WHITTAKER - Master Certified Technician

Ethan is a master certified technician and has been an RV technician for ten years. He takes care of most of the electrical work in an RV. Also like to work on cabinetry and trim. When he is not working on an RV he likes to go camping, fishing and kayaking.


Vanessa is a great asset to Central RV. She jumped right in and got to work instantly! When she is not working, Vanessa likes to load up the kayak and head to any body of water with her kids. Camping has always been a family ordeal for them!


When you are a mom of four, you bring superior cleaning skills to the table! Virginia jumps right in and gets the units looking fabulous. When she is not working, she enjoys fishing, hiking, and playing softball.

WILL WRIGHT - Technician

Will has been with Central RV since 2017. Will is always available to help where needed and specializes in finish work, Trim and Cabinetry. Will attention to detail makes him a true company asset. When Will isn’t working, he likes to head to the nearest marsh and hunt duck!

RUSTY "HANDLE BAR" CHANEY - Maintenance Technician

Rusty has been with Central RV since 2017 and is a VALUABLE asset! Rusty is our all-around fix it guy, he is what keeps the lights from flickering, and all things working smoothly. In Russ’s free time he like to get that mustache in the wind, hunting, fishing and camping! Rusty is the Grandpa to 12 wonderful Grandkids in which he tries to spend as much time as he can!


Tony has been with Central RV since 2017 and is our GO TO paint guy, Tony works hard to get the jobs done at hand. In Tony’s free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and Kids, he enjoys dirt bike racing and cooking on a camp fire!


She is our customer greeter and shop dog. She also goes on all of our vacations.


Brett has been with Central RV Since early 2017. He is an asset to our team with his reliability, willingness to stay until the job is complete and knowledge of all things RV. Weather it’s a phone call to talk your RV issue, or getting your ticket in to get you back on the campsite, BRETT is your guy! In Brett’s Free time he like to mountain bike, build campfires and OF COURSE, Luxury RV'ing!

JAMES "AUSSIE" SEARLE - Service Director

James joined our Central RV Team in early 2018! He comes to us with TONS of service writing experience and know all the in’s and outs to make you visit smooth! James KNOWS RV’s ..inside and out! In his free time James enjoys a nice campfire, and being out and about the campsite! He is quickly becoming our resident "Tech Geek" and can help you with any TV, Stereo, DVD Player or any other technical issue you might be having! James also thrives in the BIG BOYS! He loves the FOREST RIVER XLR, the MOBILE SUITES Tradition!!



Darren has been with Central RV since early 2018 and has proven to be a great asset! From jumping right in on big projects, to not being afraid to get down and dirty if need be, Darren is one of the people that make Central RV tick! In Darren’s free time he is the father to daughters! Him and his wife enjoy getting them outside the “city” limits to enjoy hunting, fishing and RV’ing. Darren started in the RV community in a pop-up, moved to a small bumper pull and is currently looking for “The next BIG thing”. Help us Welcome Darren to our team!