NEW YORK — The first meeting of the club wasn’t really a meeting. It was a group of friends sitting around Will Sutherland’s backyard fire ring in Shepherdstown, W.Va., talking about the love they had in common: adapting large vehicles for big adventures on the open road.
There was no call for members on Facebook or meetup.com. Sutherland mentioned the idea to someone, who mentioned it to someone, and one night his driveway was filled with homemade recreational vehicles. Fueled by burning ash logs and cold beer, the gatherers came up with a name that played off the panhandle region of the state. They called themselves the Vanhandlers.
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