Wilder RV was founded in the mid 80s by Mr. & Mrs. Al & Edna Wilder. Al owned the Buick dealership in town and decided that he wanted to start dabbling in the RV business. Unknown to him the RV business took off like a wild fire and he soon after he decided that the Buick dealership was going to be a thing of the past.
In 1992 Wilder RV moved from its small location downtown to a larger facility he built specifically for his RV business with the goal of becoming one of the best RV dealers in Missouri. In 2005 Al passed away leaving his legacy to his wife and family. The family continued to run the business with great success but in 2007 they decided that the family business wasn't quite the same without the man who started it all.
The Wilder family approached Gregg Smith "the local Ford dealer" about purchasing the company. Gregg had worked for Al in the late 70's at the Buick dealership before going into business for himself. In September of 1992 Gregg Purchased the Ford dealership which is located right next door to Wilder RV. Al and Gregg had a very close relationship even outside of work. They served on the city council together and Gregg was the only non family member pallbearer at Al's funeral. The Wilder family knew of this relationship and it only seemed right that if someone was going to carry on the Wilder name it needed to be someone that was considered family.