Cabela’s Inc., a leading retailer of hunting, fishing and outdoor products, has broadened its product line to include fully furnished park model cabins.
“The interest in recreational property for hunting and fishing is growing, and with it the need for cabin options,” said Curt Dinges product manager for the Sidney, Neb., company. “Park model cabins are an affordable, versatile solution.”
Dinges said the company has already received considerable interest in the park model units, which it started carrying in February. The units, which are manufactured to Cabela’s specifications by Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc., are featured in the company’s spring catalog.
Cabela’s 400-square foot park model cabins retail for just under $40,000, and come furnished with kitchen appliances, including a stove, refrigerator and microwave oven. Double bunk beds or a single queen bed are also available as options.
While 30% of park model owners describe themselves as fishing or outdoor enthusiasts, park models have never previously been marketed directly to hunting and fishing enthusiasts by a major retailer like Cabela’s, according to William Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA).
“Cabela’s is truly plowing new ground in the park model business,” said Garpow, whose association represents more than 40 park model manufacturers across the country. “While park models are ideally suited for hunters and fishermen, the product is relatively unknown in America’s heartland. In this respect, we think Cabela’s decision to carry park model cabins will not only help their customers, but help the park model industry as well, particularly in states like Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri where we have never had a significant presence before.”