Check out our fun, found infographic with some interesting facts and non-facts about those pesky little blood suckers.
Yes, this is our favorite boy. Okay, ONE of our favorites. His name is Ivan, he’s a Turkish Van filled with love and a great personality. Did you know, when you have a Turkish Van you have to give them a name with “van” in it. Hence, Ivan. However, Ivan acquired a nickname somewhere along the way… “Blimey!” Oh, and you have to say it with an excited British accent, it seems to fit him.
Anyway, Blimey is our official Route Fifty Campers cat. And he would be so fun to take on a camping excursion, except for one thing, all that fur! Just imagine the vacuuming and sticky tape involved in that clean-up. Sorry Blime (another nickname, I guess), the only canned ham for you is in the kitchen cupboard. It’ll be your treat when we get home.
The FAN Coach Company was founded in May 1954 by Franklin A. Newcomer somewhere in Indiana, the exact location seems to be somewhat of a mystery, but probably northern Indiana. Newcomer used his initials to name the company and set up the first factory in a barn. The very first FAN, a 14 ft. model equipped with a 2-burner plate, ice box, 10-gallon water tank, and a pump by the sink, took three weeks to build.
Two years later the demand for FANs had grown so much the company expanded their facilities and moved to Wakarusa, Indiana. The FAN travel trailer became quite a success in the following years. It was not uncommon to know of someone who owned a FAN. As their business changed they moved a couple more times, grew, sold and resold. But mismanaged changes finally caught up with the FAN and their doors closed in 1980.
Our FAN built in 1958 almost certainly came from the factory in Wakarusa, which lies on the Northern border of the state of Indiana. No wonder the FAN was built with an on board furnace. We chose to update her by adding an air-conditioner, since she is now living in Cincinnati!