The History of Campers


Campers have been around in some form or another for quite some time. While covered wagons might technically count, the first modern campers (those with modern sensibilities and amenities in mind) are a little more recent.

Campers, known by various names (such as camper vans, caravans, motorhome and, of course, RV or recreational vehicle). In the United States, RVs had their advent fairly soon after the automobile. It didn’t take long for innovators to realize that you could build a house on wheels if you were creative enough. These initial companies usually called these novelties house trailers or trailer coaches. Many of these early campers were manufactured by small businesses, sometimes out of garages or backyards. One of these early ones is still around. You may have heard of it… Airstream. These early campers were primitive by today’s standard (generally little more than spaces to lay out to sleep with maybe a rudimentary cooking area), but were cutting edge for the time.

It wasn’t until the 1950s that self-contained motorhomes were developed, which had their own onboard engines and didn’t need towing vehicles.

Ready for Your Own Modern Camper?

If you’re ready to own your own RV, head to CCRV in Corpus Christi to check out our inventory. You’ll be able to tour our selection of models and get the chance to ask your sales associate any questions you have about RVs, the RV lifestyle, or the purchasing process.


Season of Hope at CCRV


CCRV and its convenient South Texas location on Interstate 37 is the place to go for RV enthusiasts as well as newcomers to the nuances of the on-the-road lifestyle. The center carries an extensive inventory of new and used RVs, has a state-of-the-art service center with certified technicians, and carries the necessary parts and accessories to help make all of your travel adventures safe, secure and comfortable.

Another focus of the friendly folks at CCRV is their proud and ongoing sponsorship of the annual Season of Hope event held each holiday season to help families, adults, and children in need of a helping hand.

The Season of Hope is all about people giving back to the community by being actively involved, engaged, and showing pride in the community. Through sponsors and charity partners, the goals are to inspire through motivation, create visions everyone understands and relates to, and educate residents about how they are needed and what they can do to help.

Supporting local charities is a main focus of the event. Featured charities for the 2013 campaign include the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, and Marine Toys for Tots.

The Women’s Shelter has provided assistance to adults and children who’ve been victims of violent acts. The private shelter has been maintaining its service to the community for 34 years.

The Food Bank of Corpus Christi hopes to surpass its 2012 stats of 2800 requests received for food for Thanksgiving with even more food donations to share for the Christmas holidays.

Toys for Tots have brought big smiles to the faces of children for many years. In 2012, the donation boxes overflowed with 35,553 new, unwrapped toys distributed throughout the South Texas region.

Donations will be accepted at participating sponsor sites. Whether it’s a new stuffed animal for the Toys for Tot collection box, a gift card for the Women’s Shelter, or a bag full of groceries from the local market, are all appreciated.

If you’re visiting our center at CCRV for your RVs service check or accessories or you want to give us a call to find out more about the Season of Hope event, our helpful staff will let you know how you can help with a donation.

You Can Help Us Raise Money For The Make A Wish Foundation!

Yesterday, July 9th- we launched our $1 Per Fan promotion benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. Many of us here at CCRV, your Corpus Christi RV Dealer have been planning/organizing this promotion for weeks now and it was very important for us to find the right charity to raise funds for. Last month we chose to benefit Maddie Sue, the granddaughter of one of our employees, who was born with a birth defect which caused a bilateral cleft lip and palate. This month we decided we wanted to choose a charity that would also benefit children.


How Does The Promotion Work? Good question! It’s actually very simple! From July 9, 2012 till July 27, 2012 we will donate $1 for every new fan we acquire to the Make A Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. We chose to work with this local chapter because we wanted to help a local Texas child.

About The Make A Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas: According to the chapter’s website, they “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” If you aren’t familiar with the Make A Wish Foundation it is a national organization that is well known as being the nations largest wish granting organization. The chapter is a 501(c)(3) non profit. The goal is to show the community how powerful sharing a wish can be.

Wish Granting Process, How Does It Work? The process starts with a referral, which can come from the child, the child’s family, a physician, or a social worker. After the referral is received, the child’s primary physician must fill out a medical authorization form. Volunteers then visit the child and a wish is selected. The volunteers are made up of enthusiastic and caring individuals who try and inspire the child to be creative and honest about their wish. Once the actual wish is requested and the funds are available- the wish is granted! This chapter has recently made wishes that include sending Mason (a 7 year old child from Austin who suffers from cancer) to Hawaii and also sending Christen (a 9 year old child from Austin who suffers from Leukemia) to Disney World.

How Can I Help? You can help more than you know! Sharing this promotion with your friends and family will do wonders. When we post on Facebook you can hit the share button and share the post on your Facebook Timeline. This will make it easy to let your Facebook friends know that with a simple “like” of our page they can help increase our donation to the Make A Wish Foundation. Word of mouth will also be very effective in promoting this fundraiser!

All of us here at CCRV would like to thank you for your help- we look forward to helping the Make A Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas to grant a wish for a child who truly deserves it!