River Rim Teardrop Trailers

By Malia Durbano

Tim Rossiter and his wife Peg, love to camp and hike. They bought a cargo trailer and turned it into a camper. In researching their design, they discovered a “big movement for people who wanted a small footprint.”

In March of 2013, they started researching and planning a design for a teardrop camper. Their vision was to create a custom product with quality materials and craftsmanship. The Rossiters met with Joe Keck several times, who, “pointed them in the right direction.” Tim, a former registered nurse, appreciated the extensive advice on a wide variety of topics that Joe Keck provided.

“Joe did lots of research and provided lots of information on marketing. It was really helpful.” Tim also worked with advisor, Cindy Dvergsten on his business plan and financing. She explained what they needed to know and outlined the progressive steps needed to launch a successful business.

Tim now loves what he’s doing. “Our web site gets hits from all over the world. We primarily sell to Denver, Albuquerque and Phoenix.” In 2013, they built and sold three custom teardrops. To date in 2014, they sold five, and Tim just ordered materials to build eight more.

The company motto is: “We build them the old way because the old ones are still around.” They love the retro style and custom build their teardrops with the highest quality materials for people who want something that is going to last.

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