My name is Tuan Pham. That was me circa 2015 on the last day of my job with the beloved airplane I was privileged to be a part of the team that has helped to create it. I had been working on the project from the very beginning of its design phase until what is now considered the world’s most premier airlifter. What once was an endless challenge of finding ways to solve some of the most difficult problems in a brand new aircraft design, had become a series of mundane paper pushing tasks and managing office conflicts with a group of discouraged team members. When the last few airplanes were leaving the manufacturing floor, my work assignment was scheduled to end along with the manufacturing plant closing down. At the time, I was facing the prospect of seeking work elsewhere in the company or leaving it behind to pursue my own dream. The thought of leaving the security of a highly compensated job with some of the industry’s best benefits was terrifying, yet I had this nagging feeling of yearning for a more challenging environment.
Decades ago as a teenager growing up in Arizona, I camped all over the Arizona Sonoran desert. Back then, camping meant a backpack holding a small tent, a sleeping bag, water, and some food. As I got older and had a family, I’d tried to instill the same sense of adventure into them as well. Unfortunately, any sentence that began with the word ‘outdoor’ was usually countered by “Eww…” and a look of dismay. My wife, whom I dearly love, just happened to be purely a city girl. As a compromise, I’ve searched high and low for something to give my family the comfort of home while still showing them the magnificence of the great outdoors. We’ve rented everything from a 38 foot long luxury class A RV down to the ultra small campers, and anything in between, but it always felt like something was missing. Presently, luxury means a big rig, yet, the places that we went weren’t hospitable to large RVs. As the Tiny Home craze came about, it seemed larger than life, but turned out to be extremely limited in mobility. The final straw was when some clever person invented “Glamping” on the internet with a picture of a “glamorous” tent! That was the moment I knew what I wanted to do next.
So after that fateful day, with the support of my family, I decided to step away from the security of staying with the company that I’ve worked for 27 years.
This is me today circa 2017. I am holding the official copy of the design patent for the RV, the first of several to be awarded by the US Patent Office. After a couple years of toiling away in obscurity and sharpening my skills with metalworking, I am now on the verge of achieving a life long goal of creating something I am so proud of.
My job now is to pursue a singular mission:
To share with the world the most extreme compact mobile luxury home designs in the RV industry.
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