Excel Names Its ‘7 Wonders of the RV World’

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July 8, 2010 by   4 Comments

Trailer Park Taj Mahal in Zeba, Mich.

Trailer Park Taj Mahal in Zeba, Mich.

Roadside attractions are hardly recognized at the worldwide level. It takes a special person to seek out the giant balls of twine and enormous fiber glass animals that grace the highways of the United States. To honor these road warriors, Excel Distributors, the purveyor of aftermarket RV mattresses, has created the “7 Wonders of the RV World,” a list of the kookiest, most creative and completely sensational roadside attractions for roadtrippers to visit, according to a news release.

Airstream Ranch in Dover, Fla., is the first of Excel’s “7 Wonders of the RV World.” Two others have a definite RV angle: the Shady Dell RV park in Bisbee, Ariz., and the Trailer Park Taj Mahal in Zeba, Mich.

It’s about time someone has given them Wonder status.

Shady Dell RV park, Bisbee, Ariz.

Shady Dell RV park, Bisbee, Ariz.

“In 2001, Bernard Weber fronted the campaign for the New 7 Wonders of the World to highlight the significant cultural feats of the contemporary world. We loved his vision and decided to spotlight some quirky wonders that didn’t quite make it into his New 7 Wonders,” explains Scott Oster, general manager of Portland, Ore.-based Excel Distributors. “These are the wonders of the road.”

The “7 Wonders of the RV World” span across North America, with one pit stop in remote Alberta, Canada. Every Wonder is a roadside spectacle, be it the wall of Airstream trailers buried nose-down in Dover, Fla., or the eclectic Official Center of the World in Felicity, Calif. Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta is home to the largest beaver dam in the world, a 2,790-foot structure that is visible from space. “Each of the 7 RV Wonders is spectacular, and deserves to be visited,” says Oster.

Airstream Ranch, Dover, Fla.

Airstream Ranch, Dover, Fla.

“We love highlighting such a vivid part of our country’s cultural heritage. RVs have been popular in the United States since the early-1900s, and roadside attractions have been around for even longer,” says Oster. “It’s about time someone has given them Wonder status.”

To read about all seven, click here.

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4 Responses to “Excel Names Its ‘7 Wonders of the RV World’”

  1. Annelle Maddox on July 21st, 2010 3:30 pm

    I’m traveling to Michigan soon and wanted to see the Taj Mahal trailer park but I’m can’t find Zeba, Michigan in my atlas. Can you tell me where it is? Thanks.

  2. Steve Bibler on July 21st, 2010 3:37 pm

    Annelle, It’s in the U.P. I am sending you additional info on this unique place.

  3. doug on July 27th, 2010 4:30 pm

    Wow, wish it were real, but I just went to Zeba Mich in the U.P. and there is no Taj Mahal Trailer Park. I was cyber punked… and had a good laugh over it.

  4. Steve Bibler on July 27th, 2010 5:24 pm

    Sorry about that, Doug.