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The History of the Coleman Camper
« on: April 19, 2011, 01:31:43 PM »
There are many sites that discuss Coleman popup campers and the history of many years of campers.  Here is some of that infomation.

1967 - Started building folding camping trailers (pop-ups) in Somerset PA

1967-70 were all CT series campers.
1967: CT-160, CT-161, CT-170, CT-171, CT-172, CT-180, CT-190

1968: Pretty sure all the models carried over.

1969: CT-360, CT-370, CT-380, CT-381, CT-382, CT-390.

1970: CT-460, CT-470, CT-480, CT-481, CT-482, CT-490.

1971: 570, 580, 581, 582, 590, 596. (In 1971 the CT was dropped and just numbers were used.)

1972: First year for names. Not sure of the line-up but I know this was the first year the name Valley Forge was used.

1973: Somerset, Valley Forge, Brandywine, Brandywine ll, Yorktown.

1974: Models Carried over from '73.

1975-1977:   Brandywine, Minuteman, Settler, Yorktown, Lexington, Patriot, Valley Forge

1978: Brandywine, Gettysburg, Saratoga, Valley Forge, Concord, Rebel, Ticonderoga, Yorktown

1979: #1 Folding trailer manufacturer

1980: Sun Classic, Sun Sprite, Sun Haven, Sun Lite (3 models)

1981: Colonial, Niagara I, Niagara II, Shenandoah, Williamsburg, Sequoia, Sun Valley

1982-1981: +Redwood, Liberty

1983: Colonial,  Colonial XL, Columbia, Jamestown, Sequoia, Sun Valley,   Jamestown, Royale, Shenandoah, Williamsburg

1984-1983: + Cape Cod

1985: Aspen, Columbia, Newport, Royale, Sequoia, Sun Valley, Williamsburg, Chesapeake, Jamestown, Redwood, Savannah, Shenandoah, Tara

1986: Chesapeake, Columbia, Laramie, Redwood, Sequoia, Sun Valley, Williamsburg, Colorado, Jamestown, Newport, Savannah, Shenandoah, Tara

1987-1986: (minus Redwood, Jamestown)

1988: Chesapeake, Columbia, Laramie LTD, Plantation,, Shenandoah, Williamsburg, Colorado, Laramie, Newport, Sequoia, Sun Valley

1989: Chesapeake, Columbia, Newport, Sequoia, Sun Valley, Colorado, Laramie LTD, Plantation, Shenandoah, Williamsburg

1989: Fleetwood RV buys Coleman trailer rights

1990: Chesapeake, Columbia, Newport, Roanoke, Sequoia, Sun Valley, Colorado, Laramie LTD, Plantation, Roanoke Roayale, Shenandoah, Williamsburg

1991-1990: (+ Roanoke CD)

1992: AMERICANA SERIES (Brandywine, Grandview, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Williamsburg) COLORADO SERIES ( Colorado, Colorado Sport) DESTINY SERIES (Cedar, Roanoke, Royale) PIONEER SERIES ( Arcadia, Chesapeake, Newport, Sedona, Seneca)1993   Cape Cod, AMERICANA SERIES (Grandview, Sequoia, Williamsburg) DESTINY SERIES (Cedar, Rio Grande, Roanoke, Royale) PIONEER SERIES (Arcadia, Chesapeake, Evergreen, Newport, Sedona, Seneca)

1994: AMERICANA SERIES (Sequoia, Williamsburg) DESTINY SERIES (Cedar, Cedar XL Montauk, Rio Grande, Roanoke, Royale, Stoney Creek) FOUR SEASON SERIES (Cape Cod, Yosemite) PIONEER SERIES (Arcadia, Avalon, Chesapeake, Columbia)

1995: AMERICANA SERIES (Sequoia, Williamsburg) DESTINY SERIES (Cedar, Cedar XL Rio Grande, Roanoke, Royale) FOUR SEASON SERIES (Cape Cod, Hatteras, Utah Yosemite) PIONEER SERIES (Arcadia, Avalon, Chesapeake, Chesapeake CP, Columbia)

1996: DESTINY SERIES ( Bayport, Cheyenne, Laredo, Santa Fe, Sedona, Sea Pine, Westlake, Taos) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Key West, Laramie, Niagara, Shenandoah, Sun Valley, Yukon)

1997: DESTINY SERIES ( Bayport, Cheyenne, Laredo, Santa Fe,  Sedona, Taos) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Key West,  Niagara, Sun Ridge, Sun Valley, Yukon)

1998: DESTINY SERIES ( Cheyenne,  Mesa, Natc
hez, Redwood, Rio, Santa Fe, Sea Pine, Taos, Westlake) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Bayside, Casa Grande, Grandview SP, Grandview Glide-Out, Niagara, Sun Ridge)

1999: DESTINY SERIES (Redwood, Santee, Taos) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Bayside, Cheyenne, Mesa, Nevada, Niagara, Santa Fe, Sea Pine, Sun Valley, Utah, Westlake)

2000-2001: DESTINY SERIES (Fairview, Sedona, Tacoma, Taos, Timberlake) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Cheyenne, Mesa,  Santa Fe, Sea Pine, Sun Valley, Utah, Westlake) GRAND TOUR ELITE SERIES (Bayside, Niagara)

2002: DESTINY SERIES (Cottonwood, Fairlake, Laramie, Sedona, Tacoma, Taos) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Cheyenne, Mesa,  Santa Fe, Sea Pine, Sun Valley, Utah, Westlake) GRAND TOUR ELITE SERIES (Bayside, Niagara)

2003: DESTINY SERIES (Cottonwood, Laramie, Sedona, Tacoma, Taos, Yuma) GRAND TOUR SERIES (Carmel, Cheyenne, Mesa,  Santa Fe, Sun Valley, Utah, Westlake) GRAND TOUR ELITE SERIES (Bayside, Niagara, Monterey)

2003:  Fleetwood stops using Coleman brand

2004: Fleetwood continued to make pop-ups with many of the same familiar names.

2004 the Highlander High-Walled series were introduced and all were named after a type of evergreen tree: Sequoia, Redwood, Hemlock

2008 May: Fleetwood sells the Fleetwood Folding Trailers Division to Blackstreet Capital Partners LLC, which renamed it FTCA (Folding Trailer Company Acquisition Inc.)

2008 Aug: FTCA, Inc. (Blackstreet) signed a trademark licensing agreement with The Coleman Company, Inc.

2011 March:  Fleetwood files for bankruptcy and stops producing folding camping trailers.

2011: Beckley RV, MD purchases all factory campers and parts.

2011: 2 unknown sources purchase Coleman lift system, door and other patents.
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Re: The History of the Coleman Camper
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 07:47:51 AM »
Fleetwood still makes campers I thought. I thought ftca was the one that closed up shop and sold everything.

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Re: The History of the Coleman Camper
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 08:58:23 AM »
You're right.  I think he ment FTCA.  Fleetwood only makes motor homes now, they no longer have any towable model lines.
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Re: The History of the Coleman Camper
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 09:59:37 AM »
I think you're both right up to a point -- I believe:

* It was a division of Fleetwood,  FFT (Fleetwood Folding Trailers), that manufactured the trailers up until it was sold to Blackstreet.
* FTCA was the corporate entity created by Blackstreet to purchase the campers, patents and whatnot, while leaving the liability of the roof issues to FFT. 

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Re: The History of the Coleman Camper
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 11:40:30 AM »
Didn't Forest River buy the stepper door patent?
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Re: The History of the Coleman Camper
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 12:10:05 PM »
Coleman started in Wisconsin by buying a company already making PUs.

11820 W. Ripley Ave
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

•Earliest AD identified so far is from the summer 1962.
•From 1962 to 1964 Trimline Inc. manufactured the Gator line of trailers.
•Use of "Gator", registered trademark of Peterson Bros., Inc. Jacksonville, FL
•Peterson Bros. Inc. was a well-known boat trailer manufacturer
•Mid 1965 Regis Corp. acquires Trimline. Company now known as Regis-Trimline, Inc.
•Acquired mid 1966 by Coleman as their entry into the camping trailer market.

At this time the company profile is unknown. While the Coleman company officially entered the camping trailer market in 1967 they can actually trace their roots back to the acquisition of Regis-Trimline in mid 1966. If you look at Coleman's 1967 brochure you will see the address as 13300 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI. This is the same address for Regis-Trimline for 1966.


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