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Our History

History of Camper & Recreation

"Working with tent campers since 1957." ...

The original pop-up camper developed by Clyde Grambsch in 1954 is displayed in the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Museum in Elkhart, Indiana.

White text under the right tail light reads, "Mfg. by Loyal Trailer Co., Loyal, Wis."

The Big Joke.

Our experience with popups actually began in 1954, when Clyde Grambsch designed and built a camper for use on family trips. He incorporated some unique features such as a screen door and steps (unusual on a tent camper in 1954).

When Clyde had the camper repainted to match his new '56 Ford, the painter (as a joke) printed "Mfg. by Loyal Trailer Co, Loyal, Wis." under the taillight.

A Big Response.

A few weeks after the Grambsch family's next camping trip, the Loyal Post Office began receiving inquiries addressed to Loyal Trailer Co. Clyde realized his innovations had a broad appeal, so in the fall of 1957, he began E-Z Kamper, Inc.

And Now We're the Biggest and Best!

In 1973, Clyde incorporated Camper and Recreation, Inc. - Canvas Replacements and a few years later, bought out his partners shifting the company focus to supplying replacement canvas for popup campers.


Today, we have grown to be the largest and most respected manufacturer and supplier of replacement canvas for the entire pop-up camper industry. Every brand and model is handled by Camper & Recreation back to the very earliest manufacturers of pop-up campers.


Over the years, Canvas Replacements expanded their product line to include all major lift systems and became the exclusive manufacturer of the only Universal Lift-Kit system for pop-ups in 1991.  Our product listing now incorporates just about everything you need to enhance your camping experience including a full line of awnings, mattresses and cushions, as well as all the cleaning and care products to keep your canvas camper looking its best (and lasting longer, too!).

Our Mission

We have received this business as a trust from God. We will operate it as a trust; we will maintain high ethical standards and treat our customers, suppliers, employees and others we contact as we would like to be treated. We will maintain high quality standards and charge fair prices.

If we fall short, we will make it right.  Guaranteed.