Fredrick Simson, wow, I had some real serious reading and read over again today. Twice today actually. Now I know why the two different markets--the F/G and the Sticks are entirely two markets. No wonder you do not see them at the RV shows. I heard of Scamp
through the years and a Burro
was seen in the RV show years ago but um, if they were not at the show as I thought, maybe they were gone out of business. It would have today without the internet. Thanks to the internet, I learned there were MORE F/G companies all that time I missed out throughout the years. I only knew the sticks. Even seen Airstream.
Fred, I learned alot through those two forums about Steve and his Genesis
project and Reace and his Escape company.
Really double thanks to you, Fred because I am actually considering getting into the FG market because of that reason I thought of bringing out more to the market. Of course, the sticks are well known out there, FG needs more exposure. Word of mouth.. ok.
Problem is that, Fred, is my other businesses did not do well. I had several. I had my dating service years ago and only relied on word of mouth or flyers at the singles dances. I knew the owner of the singles dances and I was a greeter at her dances. (this is how I met my wife there).. I could not get people to join. It flopped because basically I had no money for heavy advertising. I avoided online dating market for my dating service. Long story why I made my dating service more of a in-person type of dating than computer dating.
Then I went on trying to establish my own design company. Again, much of word of mouth and creative colorful business cards almost none are alike. People love the cards but too few business projects including one for a new tool belt design, a campground for Deaf Christians (all log cabins, etc), among other small stuff. I almost got a contract with Airstream for a series of colorful motorhomes before Airstream cut the motorhome market to focus on its original market--trailers.
How I got to do the Airstream?? I market myself at the Design Forum in Detroit during NAIAS--North American International Automobile Show where all concept cars are. I was one a few responsible to push Chrysler to bring out Challenger because we all complained about the Charger not being so retro. I saw concept vehicles 5 years advance at the shows I went in past.
Since the Great Recession of 2008, I could not find anymore projects! Then I went onto do paranormal investigation and host Ghost Walks. All by word of mouth, Facebook, and free listings in the papers. Most said they found it in free listing in the papers and came for my Ghost Walk but too few people came. Not that successful.
This year I am supposed to have Ghost Walks but no tickets been sold since end of Halloween last year. No one wanted to go and people wanted ghost hunting, not ghost walk. I do paranormal investigation for free. Its a no-no to charge customers for ghost hunting because of Crystal Ball Effect. That is, those gyspies faked prophecies by scamming people for their money. We do not do that.
So, that is where I am heading back to design which is my first love. Been doing this since age 8. I should have patented IFS on snowmobiles in 1972 and Arctic Cat came out in 1979 with the same thing. But I had no money to built and patent.
To make my story short (I am writing my autobio on how hard it is to get a job or start a company or even dating--didnt get married till age 41), I am trying to start my own company. I thought I do with RV since it IS a bit easier to built than a car or a snowmobile.
I thought I try dealer approch with the FG but from I learned. Darn it! I have to use different approch. Like what Steve did.. built prototypes. I am working on having two of them. One for cross country to be at campgrounds, rallies, to large markets are such as Ekhart, Miami, Old Forge, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans, etc. and the other in better shape for rv shows.
From what I read about Steve's, wow, his design is almost like mine but um, entirely different. Mine would fall
in between his Genesis
design and The traditional FG trailers out there. Yes, I designed my RV with an outdoor galley but not on back, on side.. and the other side is seating and table. Porta Potty with Porta John style housing. Yes, both Kitchen side and the seating side of trailer opens up and has tent style screen to keep bugs out, winds cut down, and feel nice air.
My approch is to built 2 then another 2 into 4 into 8 into 16, etc.
I know this is long. I will add another one in a moment.