Now that we’re updating our website, we thought now would be a good time to populate the Blog with some content from the past. We have been very fortunate to get some love by some big players here in Cincinnati! This article, published both in the print and online magazine, was accompanied by a great photoshoot and amazing photos by Aaron M. Conway.
Thanks again to Cincinnati Magazine and Brent Coleman for the opportunity.
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!