Every one of our customers has a great story.
Usually, they come to us because they want to share a one-of-a-kind experience with the people they love. They pick their site, plan and pack for their meals and adventures, all in an effort to do something special – and spend time together. But every now and then one of these stories stands out.
Yesterday we got a call from a woman in North Carolina. She explained that she and her family (Mom, Dad, and brother) have a sister in Cincinnati who is turning 50. But because their family, like many others, is scattered throughout the country – they can’t be here to celebrate with her. They know how hard she works, taking care of her family, raising and home schooling her children – they figured what better gift than a break from Mom-time. Their request? Deliver the 1958 FAN to her home, park it in her driveway for a couple of days to serve as her own private get-away. A place to quietly read a book with a glass of wine, or just take a nap in peace!
So, while most of the time our trailers are used to bring people together, they can also used for some time apart… you know, to refuel. We agree (and know first hand) that at 50-years-old, every once in a while a break from Mom-time for a little me-time is definitely in order!
We’re really looking forward to getting out in front of some savvy mid-century modern moguls at this year’s 20th Century Cincinnati Show at the Sharonville Convention Center. We know folks displaying and attending are into mid-century, not sure about camping, but we should turn some heads none-the-less. We’re working closely with the organizers to get a camper on the convention floor.
Do-able… yes. Enough space… don’t know yet! Yay – we have the space! Take a tour of the FAN while you’re at the show!
I’m sure some mid-century lovers don’t camp. Perhaps now they’ll entertain the idea because of our cool mid-century space (we refer to our product as mid-century modest). Or, we might come across some try-before-you-buy folks. We’ve met them before, awesome idea – you’re interested in rehabbing a vintage trailer, but you don’t know the first thing about it. A vintage camper rental is a great place to start. Plus, we’re happy to answer any questions.
Being at this great event all day for two days is going to be dangerous for us at Route Fifty Campers. We’re going to come across all kinds of wonderful items that will be perfect inside one of our trailers or office or home… or car for that matter.
However this plays out we’re ready to get out and meet some interesting folks. See you February 20 and 21 at the Sharonville Convention Center, I-75, exit 15.
We love Christmas at Route Fifty Campers. It seems to bring out the creativity in people and, consequently, how they use our campers.
In the beginning of November, a couple portrait photographers took advantage of our vintage style and used the FAN as a backdrop for family Christmas portraits. We hauled the trailer deep into the woods in Lawrenceburg, Indiana where Tabitha, from Burning Chair and Sonja, from Sonja B. Photography studios dressed it up with vintage props. It looked beautiful and apparently the “Christmas Mini Sessions” were a huge success!
And, for the second year in a row, the FAN will be utilized as an onsite Christmas Tree lot office for Caruso Christmas Trees in Green Township. Last year, Tim from CCTs had the idea to use the trailer to stay comfortable while making sales and to draw attention to his business. We’re happy to say it was a successful pairing and they’re doing it again this year! Their trees are beautiful and so fresh, we recommend buying yours from Caruso. And when you’re there, check out the great office!
Very interesting I tell ya… Most of our renters are planners. They call in advance to discuss various details on camper functionality, pricing, inventory items, and meet up times. They book, on average, 3 weeks out.
This weekend that has not been the case. We got our first call for a trailer rental 2 days before delivery. We got a second call for a trailer the day before pick up. And, since we only have 2 trailers… we couldn’t help the third person who called wanting to take a trailer that same day!
Really interesting, since I’m assuming we all know about this long weekend way in advance. Three people waited until the last minute.
I hope I don’t sound like I’m complaining, or passing judgement. Because I don’t mean to. I am very much like these folks. It’s just interesting. We’ll have to see if this is some kind of pattern and try to plan for it in the future.
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!