Johnnie Walker RV, a Las Vegas-based family owned recreation vehicle business, recently attracted national attention on Animal Planet’s cable television show “Tanked.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that on the show, Acrylic Tank Manufacturing constructed a fish tank inside a trailer to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.
“We thought it would be something special for our 50th anniversary and something that would remain here for the next 50 years,” said Darcy Walker-Fitch, vice president of Johnnie Walker RV.
The tank features an array of fish from the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast, including blue chromis, spadefish and foureye butterflyfish and is on display in the dealership’s showroom.
Pacific Coachworks, based in Riverside, Calif., customized a 3,500-pound Econ trailer out of steel to hold the 350-gallon aquarium. The trailer was furnished to be viewable from the inside and outside. In addition, televisions were placed inside the trailer for visitors to watch family-friendly movies, such as “RV” and “Finding Nemo.”
The construction process started in January and took roughly a month to finish, just in time for the 50th anniversary celebration.
John “Johnnie” Walker, Walker’s grandfather, started the family business in 1963 with his son, John Walker. Originally, Johnnie owned a grocery store called Stewart’s Market and soon left that to start a business selling mobile homes. Three years later, the owners decided to try selling trailers, and the rest is history.
The business originally started with one location and has since expanded to three stores along Boulder Highway.
“During the past 50 years we have seen ups and downs for the business,” Walker-Fitch said. “But we’ve managed to stay on track through thick and thin.”
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