Vintage Shasta Travel Trailer

1954 Shasta (left) and 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc (right)

The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum’s newest exhibit features a retrospective on the evolution of the iconic brand of Shasta travel trailers, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall).

The display includes a 1954 Shasta that’s been in the museum’s inventory for years and a 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc, courtesy of Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and a member of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors.

While the reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc has the look and style of the 1960s model, it is fully equipped with modern features and appliances, including a full bath.

Searer noted, “Shasta has a rich heritage and is the industry’s longest producer of RVs.  The brand has been in continuous product since its founding in 1941.

“When Californian Robert Gray built the first Shasta ‘house trailer’ to be used as mobile military housing, he had no idea his homes on wheels would play a major role in establishing a billion-dollar industry–or that the little trailers would spark wanderlust in Americans that would carry them across the miles and into the next century.”

The evolution of the Shasta display in the museum actually began when Mark Lucas, president/general manager, Shasta RV, a division of Forest River, noticed a red 1961 Shasta for sale sitting in a front yard, just up the road from his office in Middlebury, Indiana.

Lucas said, “I’ve always been a car guy.  I’ve restored and customized a bunch of older cars.  My wife has a 1960 Cadillac convertible with a white interior.  So when I ran across that 1961 Shasta I envisioned towing the restored 1961 Shasta behind my wife’s car. I bought it and brought it to the factory.”

Shasta President Mark Lucas’ wife’s 1960 Cadillac towing the reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc

As it turns out, a restoration was not as easy as Lucas first thought.  He continued, “We started to pull it apart and discovered it had aluminum water tank and aluminum water line, so I said, ‘Pull it out and we’ll replace it.’  They said, “It’s got that old style wiring,” so I said, ‘Pull that out and replace it.’

Lucus’ crew kept pulling it apart until they ended up with a bare frame.  He laughed and added, “That wasn’t part of the plan–my wife’s going to be pretty mad.  I got with our engineer Mark Dunnison, and we started researching parts and found that about 80% of what we needed was readily available.”

Dunnison suggested to Lucas that they just build a brand new one for him.

But rather than just building one, they came up with the idea of building 1,941 in honor of Shasta’s first year.

Lucus said, “There were some things that were hard to find.  We had to get a casting made for the Shasta emblem on the front, and we replicated the door handles. Vendors really stepped up for us. For example, Hehr International, an RV window manufacturer, remade those awning style windows for us.”

Lucus unveiled the 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte on the opening day of 2014 RV Open House, and by noon the next day, the complete product run was completely sold out.

It was during the RV Open House that board member Mick Ferkey noticed the product and fell in love with it.  Ferkey knew the museum already owned 1954 Shasta and thought a display of the 1954 Shasta alongside the reissue of the 1961 could be an exiting and educational exhibit for museum visitors.

The problem was that Shasta limited sales of the new model only to its own dealers, and Ferkey was not a Shasta dealer.

Ferkey talked to Lucas about his idea and ended up convincing him selling him one for display in the museum.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lucas said.  “One thing that I’m honored to do is to direct such an iconic brand such as Shasta.  So to have our reissue of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte sit beside a 1954 Shasta at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is exciting, and it’s also humbling.”

Museum visitors will find the new exhibit in the Go RVing Hall and will be able to compare the advances in enhancements to the RV lifestyle between these two historic travel trailers.

RVWest Awards logoFrom RV destinations to RV dealerships, events to attractions, this list is  a great starting point if you’re wanting ideas for future travels.

According to RVWest Magazine, Arizona, California and Nevada are perennially popular snowbirding spots, but a number of new destinations showed up on the 2015 list.

Our readers have made suggestions for choice places to point your RV in states as far north as Alaska and as far south as Georgia. Montana, Utah, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming also make an appearance on this year’s list.

In Canada, Yukon in the north and the western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba all attract avid RVers.”

The following private RV parks and campgrounds were singled out by the magazine’s readers:

British Columbia

  • Platinum: Radium Valley Vacation Resort in Radium Hot Springs
  • Gold: Living Forest Oceanside Campground & RV Park in Nanaimo
  • Silver: Holiday Park Resort Community in Kelowna
  • Bronze: Camperland RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Rosedale
Alberta

  • Platinum: Dinosaur Trail RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Drumheller
  • Gold: Bridgeview RV Resort – Holiday Trails in Lethbridge
  • Silver: Gas City Campground in Medicine Hat
  • Bronze: Lost Lemon Campground in Crowsnest Pass
Saskatchewan

  • Platinum: Manitou & District Regional Park & Campground in Watrous
  • Gold: Prairie Oasis Tourist Complex in Moose Jaw
  • Silver: Northern Meadows Golf Club & RV Park in Goodsoil
  • Bronze: Lampland RV Resort in Saskatoon
Manitoba

  • Platinum: Rubber Ducky Resort & Campground in Warren
  • Gold: Traveller’s RV Resort & Campground in Winnipeg
  • Silver: Meadowlark Campground & RV Park in Brandon
  • Bronze: Green Acres Campground in Swan River
Arizona

  • Platinum: Sunscape RV Resort in Casa Grande
  • Gold: Meridian RV Resort in Apache junction
  • Silver: Orangewood Shadows RV Resort in Mesa
California

  • Platinum: Orange Grove RV Park in Bakersfield
  • Gold: Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet
  • Silver: Anaheim Resort RV Park in Anaheim
  • Bronze: Rio Bend RV & Golf Resort in El Centro
Nevada

  • Platinum: Nevada Treasure RV Resort in Pahrump
  • Gold: The Las Vegas KOA at Sam’s Town in Henderson
Other

  • Platinum: Rocky Mountain “Hi” RV Park in Kalispell, Mont.
    Gold: Hailstone Campground in Heber City, Utah
  • Silver: Chicken Gold Camp & Outpost in Chicken, Alaska
  • Bronze: Seven Feathers RV Resort/Casino in Canyonville, Ore.

For the full list of award winners and for a link to previous award winners, click here.

Cruise Inn RV ParksCruise Inn℠, an innovative brand of RV Parks, campgrounds and cabins benefiting owners and guests, continued its nationwide development by adding Swan Bay Resort – 1000 Islands Premier RV Park & Marina in Alexandria Bay, NY – its first park on the East Coast. Cruise Inn now totals 21 parks open or in development in California, Colorado, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Swan Bay Resort – 1000 Islands Premier RV Park & Marina offers fantastic views of the St. Lawrence River, close proximity to all the attractions of the 1000 Islands Region, and four-star service. Guests can choose from daily, weekly, monthly or seasonal waterfront, water-view or off-water RV site rentals, as well as chalet cottage and park cabin rentals. Designed with the discriminating traveler in mind, Swan Bay provides best-of-class amenities, including a resort-style pool; exclusive marina access; retail RV, camping and marine supply center; and Wi-Fi access throughout the whole resort.

The park is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. When fully completed in 2017, it will offer a total of 280 full-service, oversized RV sites all with 20/30/50 amp service; village water and village sewer; 120-slip marina with full hook-ups available; 40 tent sites complete with an in-ground pool facility with expansive deck area; tiki bar; volleyball courts; playground; walking trails; waterfront pavilion; 115 self-storage units; maintenance/storage building; five chalet cottage rentals; five park cabin rentals; bath houses; on-site restaurant; retail RV, camping and marine supply center; and watercraft rentals.

Phase 2, which is underway now and will continue through spring and early summer in preparation for the beginning of the 2015 season, will offer the first 70-full service sites with 20/30/50amp service, village water and village sewer all on approximate 35×90 oversized sites each with a 15×40 concrete pad with a 10×15 paver patio, paved driveway, picnic table and fire ring, marina facility with 60 slips with full hook-ups available, boat launch and watercraft rentals, 30×90 waterfront pavilion tent, 38 self-storage units, in-ground pool facility with expansive deck area and tiki bar, volleyball courts, five chalet cottage rentals, five park cabin rentals, retail RV, camping and marine supply store, and a bath house with laundry facilities.

About Cruise Inn
Cruise Inn was launched in late 2013 as an outdoor hospitality brand for independent RV Park owners in the outdoor hospitality industry. The brand was founded by experienced hospitality professionals seeking to provide brand membership opportunities to RV Park and campground owners and developers. For more information about becoming a Cruise Inn member, please visit www.cruiseinns.com or call 888-222-4191.

Source: Press Release

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