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Minnesota man starts company to build teardrop trailers

(July 30, 2010) -- When Craig Edevold lost his job, he and another plant employee, Cary Winch, started Petenwell Industries to sell their 5-foot-wide, 4-foot-tall, 8- to 10-foot-long Camp-Inn Travel Trailers with an array of options including a queen-sized bed, a couch that converts into a children's bunk bed and a chuckwagon-style kitchen, accessible from the outside, that offers a counter, sink, propane stove, cooler and cupboards.

NECEDAH, Wisc. — When Craig Edevold, a mechanical engineer, wanted to buy a travel trailer for a 2002 vacation trip to the Grand Canyon, everything he looked at was too heavy for his vehicle to pull — until he saw an ad for a vintage “teardrop” trailer.

But, he wanted a bit more comfort, so he built his own teardrop with a queen-sized bed, a stove, a sunroof and a few windows to minimize any claustrophobic tendencies, the Star Tribune reported.

“Everywhere we stopped on the trip, people gathered around,” Edevold said. “It’d take an hour to get away when we stopped for gas.” He knew he was on to something.

So, when his employer closed its Necedah plant, he and another plant employee, Cary Winch, started Petenwell Industries to sell their 5-foot-wide, 4-foot-tall, 8- to 10-foot-long Camp-Inn Travel Trailers with an array of options including a queen-sized bed, a couch that converts into a children’s bunk bed and a chuckwagon-style kitchen, accessible from the outside, that offers a counter, sink, propane stove, cooler and cupboards.

To read the complete story in the St. Paul Star Tribune, click here.

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Greg Gerber is the editor and founder of RV Daily Report. A native of Madison, Wis., he moved to Phoenix in 2009 to escape the endless winters and wicked humidity of the six-week "summer" season. He's a DODO -- Dad of Daughter's Only -- who would crawl across the desert on his hands and knees for an In-N-Out Double Double. He has visited every state except Hawaii and is anxiously waiting for some RV company to host a conference in the Aloha State.

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