Camp-Land RV History

In 1961, a resourceful “mom” and “dad” searched for an economical way to introduce their four children to the fun and joy of camping. At that time, tent trailers were the answer. 

In the early days of business, a dealer could purchase a pop-up camper in a crate and assemble it before it could be sold. Apache was the brand selected. Three were purchased with the idea that the sale of two would help pay for the third. Upon assembly of the three, Pat and Al Paschen (Founders of Camp-Land) found that the demand outstripped the supply, and soon three more Apache campers were on order.Camp-Land History Photo

Camp-Land RV 1968 Aerial ViewIn 1961, the first year in business, what was then known as “Valparaiso Apache Sales” sold 15 campers. In their second year of business, the business’ name was changed to Camp-Land, and the number of sales grew to over 60 pop-up campers.

To meet the growing demand, the business moved to Merrillville, Indiana in 1963, where it continued to grow and flourish. At first, known mainly as a pop-up camping trailer dealer, Camp-Land began selling travel trailers and motorhomes, and gradually gained a reputation as the leading motorhome dealer in NW Indiana. In 1968, it was time for a specially designed RV Dealership building, one of the first in the country. It was constructed on US 30 in Merrillville, where it was a landmark for 30 years.

In 1998 Camp-Land was again expanded and moved, this time to Burns Harbor, Indiana on I-94. The business went from operating on two and a half acres of ground, to a brand-new building on a six-acre lot. The extra space permitted more emphasis on travel trailers and fifth wheels. Camp-Land RV is now known as much as a leading travel trailer and fifth wheel dealer as it is for motorhomes and camping trailers.

In 2000, the facility was enlarged to twelve acres and the service center expanded to 16 bays. 6 of those service bays are used for new RV check-ins and new customer RV use demonstrations. The other 10 bays are utilized for servicing all types of RVs. RV parts and camping accessory inventories were expanded, in addition to the selection of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers. Also, more sales lot area was paved and lighted for motorhomes and trailers. In 2019, the lot lights were converted to LED lights for their energy and cost savings and the Camp-Land RV road signs got a facelift, incorporating the new.         

Today, one of the four children remain active in the daily management of Camp-Land RV, in addition to her daughter and son-in law.