“No, the RV didn’t crash. No one was injured. And it’s not going to explode.”
But the upside-down Winnebago at All Seasons RV in Wenatchee, Washington has received comments and queries like those from customers and passers-by for the last 12 months, according to Wenatchee World.
January is the one-year anniversary of the installation of the upside-down 32-foot 1986 Winnebago Elandan at the entrance to the RV dealership—which last year celebrated its 40th year in business.
Gene Halverson Jr., president and owner of the dealership with his parents, Gene Sr. and Pauline, said the idea for the axles-up motorhome came to him in his sleep one night. He had been trying to figure out an easy way to mark All Seasons’ location—something foolproof, something a person just couldn’t miss.
Several months earlier, he had received the Elandan back from a customer who couldn’t make the payments. So Halverson and employees stripped out and sold the motor, transmission, interior furnishings, and other parts to help pay off the RV’s outstanding credit. The result was what amounted to a perfect RV on the outside but an empty shell on the inside.
“I woke up in the middle of the night and thought, ‘Why not do something different?’” said Halverson. You mean like offer a free toaster with every sale? Or introduce a snappy radio jingle?
No, he thought, let’s flip a Winnebago on its back and install it roadside to make anyone passing by slow down and say wow.
Halverson and staff built a special rig that resembled a giant RV rotisserie to hold and lift the Winnebago Elandan at each end. Then slowly they rolled the motorhome over. The entire flip took nine minutes.
The upside-down Winnebago calls to lovers of old RVs and of weird things in general. It gets washed just like one of the normal RVs on the sales lot. And it’s the perfect place to string promotional banners (“You Will FLIP Over Our Deals!”) and Christmas lights.
“And it makes it a lot easier to describe to folks how to find us,” said Halverson.
In fact, when employees answer the phone, they say, “All Seasons RV—home of the upside-down Winnebago!”
“That always gets a caller’s attention,” said Halverson.
All Seasons RV
All Seasons RV has been a family owned recreational vehicle business since 1971. They moved to Highway 97A “The Chelan Hwy” in 1974 and built a 4,800 square foot showroom and shop.
The dealership continued to grow and in 1998 added a new 14,700 square foot parts and service center.
All Seasons RV sells new Komfort and Surveyor by Forest River trailers, Leer truck canopies, and pre-owned RVs.
Open: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Closed Sunday
Address: 4182 Chelan Highway 97A, Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 663-6551
I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.
—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo