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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 a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report and can be reached at greg@rvdailyreport.com.

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