Since the early 1970s, Hobo Camper Country has been repairing and customizing RVs, campers and trailers, making it another of Calgary’s most enduring businesses. Longevity, says owner Brent Winkler, is something the company has always taken to heart.
“We’ll work on anything from any era,” Brent says, alluding to how some older RV owners have difficulty finding parts or a technician willing to repair their vehicles. Having been with the company since 1998, he recognizes motorhomes are a big investment and a home away from home. Owners get attached to their vehicles. “We don’t necessarily replace something," says Brent. "If you’ve got an old refrigerator, most places would say you have to put a new one in. We take it and repair it. We save people money. It’s worth it to them.”
The previous owners passed on that ethic to Brent and, in 2014, they passed the business to him, too. He’s only the third owner since the company’s inception. Hobo Camper Country believes in keeping a business working for the long haul, much like the machines it works on.