Recently, we were contacted by a gentleman in Cincinnati looking for assistance with some maintenance issues on his unique trailer. He described it as a one-of-a-kind trailer created by a very well-known, contemporary artist. He said he uses it as extra space on his property for when guests come to visit. We gave him some ideas and names of a couple of our reliable and talented resources to get him “on the road” as they say!
Since then we been doing some research to learn more about the artist and her creations. Andrea Zittel. Andrea’s works transform everything necessary for life into artful experiments in living. She is influenced by Modernist design and architecture from the early twentieth century and uses this as a basis for works that cover “all aspects of day-to-day living – home, furniture, clothing, food – all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.”
Her spaces are truly inspirational. And, even though they’re not vintage, we fell in love with the trailers that she experimented with in the 90s. From the amazing A-Z Yard Yacht (living here in Cincinnati) to the smaller, but no less beautiful A-Z Travel Trailers. These spaces encompass the very reason we do what we do… help people get out and interact with nature, from an inspired living accommodation created from genuine materials.
All images © 1991- 2014 Andrea Zittel
Back in April, we had the pleasure of sharing some of our campers with Cincinnati Refined. We set them up at East Fork Lake and writer, Hannah Purnell and crew stayed the night exploring. Click here for a great article and amazing eye candy! Thanks to Cincinnati Refined for sharing our story.
Thanks to Heather Rader (OhioGirlTravels.com) we were featured in a great article on Ohio.org. Heather and her husband stayed in Bette right at the beginning of this year’s camping season. You can tell from the pictures the foliage hadn’t quite kicked in yet and it was a little chilly. But they were real troopers and had a great time!
It’s so fun to help people have fun! #OhioFindItHere
We here at Route Fifty Campers are busy gearing up for a great season of camping. Sure, we’ve already seen some campers this year, but we’re typically not in full swing until mid-May. So, until then and in-between current guests we’re painting, re-greasing bearings, checking tires and propane lines, cleaning out water tanks, freshening up linens, buying fun new decor, etc…. We really have to watch that last part, especially, decorating the campers is half the fun (“watch the budget”, says the woman on my right shoulder)!
Anyway, we’re also updating our company attire – new t-shirts! As you can guess, we’re pretty casual here at Route Fifty, (I mean, we’re a camper company after all) but we like to look brand appropriate and unified. We found a great company online that can print our designs at a fairly reasonable price, and you can buy them too, if you’re so inclined. Here’s a link to our store, https://teespring.com/stores/r50c-camp-store. We’ll be updating it and refreshing our offerings from time to time, right now we’re just getting familiar with how to operate the store front. It would be so great to have more useful and relevant, branded items available for our guests!
About 8 months ago Alex Suckow from WLWT put together a really cool r50c promo video that was shared on social media. This short video got us a lot of attention and we still get a kick out of seeing it. It’s fun to see our progress too. At the time it was created our Winnie was still in the shop (she’s a seasoned camper by now)…
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.
Not everybody who camps wants to rough it. Heck, we sure don’t. That’s why we offer gorgeously renovated vintage travel trailers. Unique – check. Comfortable – check. Here are some suggestions to help you live in luxury on your camping trip with Route Fifty Campers.
1. Meal planning and advanced prep. Okay, you might have to do a little work upfront in order to feel pampered at the site. But it’s so worth it. Plan your meals and don’t just bring the ingredients, cut up the veggies, parboil the rice, pick out the spices – pack ingredients for your meals together and label them. Also, find recipes with just 4 or 5 ingredients – they’re great and super easy!
2. Same goes for drinks and treats, don’t forget the treats!
3. Sanitizer, soap, and baby wipes? Yes, baby wipes, sometimes that little extra something is just what you need for quick clean up.
4. A basket filled with toiletries. Keeping everything, from shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush and hairbrush, razors, moisturizer, toilet paper, and towels in one convenient carrier will make camping much simpler.
5. Pack up your electronic tablet with a couple great movies, downloaded and saved for late nights or rainy days in the camper.
6. Get your favorite music together to bring along with you. Crickets and frogs are fine background noise, but hard to dance to.
7. Chargers – don’t forget them, you will be crabby. No luxury in crabby.
8. Check the weather and bring appropriate clothing and shoes. Always be prepared for rain, cool nights, and swimming pools.
9. Sun protection. Sun screen, hat, sun glasses, an umbrella. Remember… comfort.
10. Bring activities and games. Cornhole, badminton, Chess, kayacking, hiking, biking, you might even pick your destination based on your activities – there are some great resources available, like “60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati” by Tammy York, for example.
It’s worth the extra planning up front to help you feel cared for and special once you’re on the road (parked, in the woods).
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!