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!
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!