Coachmen RV Company History Timeline


In 1964, three brothers with varied backgrounds decided to start a trailer company.

Coachmen RV products have been on North American roads and in North American campgrounds since 1964.


In 1968, as they continued to grow, they acquired the Viking Recreational Vehicles line of folding tent campers.

In fact, when Coachmen Industries, Inc. acquired Viking in 1968 it was not known as Viking RV. Rather, the company's name was Viking Boat Company.


During 1970 the production line was expanded to include fold-down camping trailers.


During 1970 the production line was expanded to include fold-down camping trailers. As a result, in 1974 the fold-down camper manufacturing facility was moved from Middlebury, Indiana to its present location in Centreville, Michigan occupying Wheel Camper’s old facilities.


In 1976 the Viking Recreational Vehicle division was technically established; its purpose was to manufacture lightweight, durable fold-down camping trailers and truck campers.


After Steury Boat Company's operations were shut down in 1979 the Viking Boat Company's operations were moved to Goshen, Indiana occupying Steury's manufacturing facilities.


They also bought the Sportscoach brand in 1981, bringing a high-line motorhome into its stable.


Viking Boat Company was retained as a separate division until it was sold to Murray Chris-Craft in 1982.


In 1996, Tom Corson was recognized as “Indiana Master Entrepreneur of the Year” and received an award co-sponsored by the professional services firm Ernst and Young and the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.


In December of 2008, Coachmen RV became a proud brand of Forest River, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company.

In 2008 Coachmen Industries was purchased by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway and became a part of the Forest River family.

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