Over past five decades, multiple companies have owned the “Holiday House” brand, but none have continued production of recreational vehicles under the name. Certain features and some styling have been “borrowed” by other companies, some to a larger extent than others, but none have followed Mr. Holmes’ lead of “built first class and equipped first class”. With the exception of only a few, most current RV manufacturers use similar, lower quality construction methods and bland exterior styling. These companies choose speed, efficiency and profit margin over style, quality and reputation.
This all changed in 2014, when ownership once again transferred, this time with the sole intent of building RV’s and honoring the tradition, style and allure associated with the “Holiday House” brand. The new owner is passionate about recreational vehicles and has an appreciation of classic design, especially when combined with mechanical and vehicular components. This is the same passion and interest which drove David Holmes to start Holiday House back in 1959.
A team of veteran designers, engineers and product managers was assembled, and the “Holiday House” Continuation Series was created. Production began in August 2017 of the 18 foot model, picking up where the original team left off. These first units were produced on a contract basis, utilizing an existing production facility and workforce.
Not intended to be a clone or copy-cat, these travel trailers are redesigned from the ground up. Very similar to the original in look and feel, most casual RV’ers won’t know if it is an original or part of the Continuation Series. The owners however, will know it’s built upon an all-aluminum welded chassis and riding on torsion axles. The walls roof and floor are also welded aluminum, and create a structurally sound, six-sided cage. Again, the hardwood paneling and cabinet and drawer fronts are consistent with the original, but the modern appliances, air conditioning and full bathroom add to the luxury.
Most importantly, the signature “World View Wrap-Around” window is prominently positioned at the front of each model, and the exterior “log cabin” style metal is true to the original. The objective is not to replace the original Holiday House trailers or to take away from their place in history, but rather continue in the founder’s footsteps and allowing many more to experience the thrill of ownership. You need to look no further than the automotive industry as an example… Just as Chevrolet re-introduced the Camaro and Dodge re-introduced the Challenger, Holiday House will ignite the passion in multiple generations of enthusiasts.
Additionally, several companies have reproduced AC Cobras (Carroll Shelby himself produced “Continuation cars”) which have cemented the original AC Cobra’s place in history and caused values to skyrocket. Through the “Continuation Series” there will be a significant increase in awareness and focus on the founding principles of “Holiday House”.
In March of 2018, the owner of the Holiday House brand relocated the operation to a dedicated facility in Elkhart, IN. The enthusiasm generated by its introduction at the 2017 Elkhart Open House attracted new investors and a production partner with over 40 years of experience in building quality RV’s.
The Continuation Series