Earthbound RV LLC is teaming up with the City of Marion, Ind., to sponsor a concert this Saturday night (Oct. 16) at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School by ‘60s rock legend Mark Lindsay, former lead singer for ‘60s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Proceeds from the 7 p.m. Mark Lindsay Benefit Concert, tickets for which sell for $10, go to various charities in Marion, a blue-collar city hit hard by the recession to which Earthbound moved from Elkhart County earlier this year.
How did this all come about?
Earthbound President Dave Hoefer Sr., whose 60-employee company benefited from economic development tax breaks in moving to Grant County, about 80 miles south of the company’s former plant in Middlebury, said it all started when the ‘60s rock musician was shopping for a new recreational vehicle and happened upon one of Hoefer’s new upscale Earthbound travel trailers on the web.
“Well, Mark Lindsay was shopping for a unit and, quite honestly, he had been shopping and was going to buy an Airstream and then he saw our web page, and he drove to the factory after going through ‘Brand X’ and elected to buy one of our units,” said Hoefer, who developed the Dutchmen and Four Winds RV brands, among others, over the years.
“We didn’t know who they (Mark and Deb Lindsay) were at first,“ added Hoefer’s son, David B. Hoefer, vice president of sales and marketing for Earthbound. “We had no idea. They’re very down-to-earth people. We took them through he factory. We sat down with them. They put in a few requests — including solar panels and batteries because of Mark’s recording equipment — and obviously they had to find a dealer they could work with and basically just bought a unit like anybody else coming in.”
The Lindsays took delivery of their Earthbound, a line that retails from the mid-$40,000s to low $50,000s, about two weeks ago. “And they are traveling for the next two years in that 30-foot Earthbound, which they are calling ‘The Ark,’” said Dave Hoefer Sr.
Lindsay, whose more memorable ‘60’s hits with Paul Revere and the Raiders included “Hungry” and “Kicks,” keeps his fans up to speed on his latest adventures at national parks and so forth with a traveling blog on his web page. “When they (the Lindsays) get behind something, they get behind it wholeheartedly,” said Dave Hoefer Jr. “It was their idea to put on a benefit concert, and they wondered if we wouldn’t team up with them.”
Earthbound towables range in length from 25 to 30 feet and in price for a 30-footer from the “mid-‘40s to the low ‘50s,” depending on equipment. But that could change soon as the company plans on showing some things at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., that will expand those standard specs “quite a bit.”