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Old 09-06-2016, 12:41 PM   #1
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Passing of Duane Eveland of Scamp fame

Obituary For: Duane Eveland | Kline Funeral Home
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Old 09-06-2016, 05:26 PM   #2
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He left a very good impression on this world. He will be missed.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:11 PM   #3
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I have written quite a bit on this forum about my experience in buying a new Scamp last year - for the most part documenting some problems I have had. But no one can deny that the Scamp Camper is the iconic travel trailer. It is desired by artisans and pragmatics alike – a unique blend of practicality and style. And the business has survived a devastating fire, and economic downturn. It now continues with more orders than they can fill except in a time-frame of many months. This is quite a legacy for Duane Eveland, even by itself.
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He is remembered and definitely appreciated by many here for having created a great product and an enduring enterprise.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:56 AM   #5
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And with corrected spelling:


I have written quite a bit on this forum about my experience in buying a new Scamp last year - for the most part documenting some problems I have had. But no one can deny that the Scamp Camper is the iconic travel trailer. It is desired by artisans and pragmatists alike a unique blend of practicality and style. And the business has survived a devastating fire, and economic downturn. It now continues with more orders than they can fill except in a time-frame of many months. This is quite a legacy for Duane Eveland, even by itself.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:04 AM   #6
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Thanks

I never met Duane but did meet Kent and perhaps other Evelands when visiting the factory in Backus a couple years ago. I am certainly appreciative of his accomplishments and really enjoy our Scamp 16.
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I have written quite a bit on this forum about my experience in buying a new Scamp last year - for the most part documenting some problems I have had. But no one can deny that the Scamp Camper is the iconic travel trailer. It is desired by artisans and pragmatists alike a unique blend of practicality and style. And the business has survived a devastating fire, and economic downturn. It now continues with more orders than they can fill except in a time-frame of many months. This is quite a legacy for Duane Eveland, even by itself.
Very good post Gordon.
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While Duane Eveland didn't create the design, he certainly deserves credit for (1) recognizing a great idea, (2) building a sustainable manufacturing operation, and (3) staying faithful to the original vision of a simple, lightweight, durable, and affordable entry-level travel trailer. Under his stewardship, Eveland's Inc. became the oldest molded fiberglass travel trailer manufacturer in continuous operation.

Their top-selling model, the Scamp 13 is the longest running and most prolific molded fiberglass model ever made. It's the VW Beetle of the RV world: classic shape, simple design, incremental change, user serviceable, infinitely customizable, charmingly imperfect. I feel privileged to be the custodian of one.

I have often wished Backus were more conveniently located, but I respect Eveland's commitment to the small town of his roots. In an age of mega-corporations whose only loyalty is to faceless shareholders, I believe the world needs more businesses like this one and more men (and women) like Mr. Eveland to build them.

His rest is well-earned.
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