When Jamie MacKay approached RAY-CORE regarding the use of their SIP panels for a project in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming area, RAY-CORE knew that they were going to be a part of something special!Realtor, campground owner, environmentalist and entrepreneur Jamie MacKay had plans to offer a more luxury form of “camping” through custom built recreational park trailer (RPT) rentals. Less interested in “roughing it” in a tent and more interested in “comfort and convenience” while getting “away from it all”, Jamie knew that these unique units would be just what today’s younger generation of campers would be looking for. Sitting in the shadows of the elite Jackson Hole Ski Resort, this was the perfect location for such a project.
“Glamping”, “the new term being used for upscale – or glamorous – camping”, as referred to by New York Times Travel reporter Jennifer Conlin, is the “…eco-friendly idea of falling asleep under the stars and roasting marshmallows around a campfire”, without the reality of “pitching a tent and sleeping on a bumpy ground”. In a 2011 article published in the Jackson Hole News and Guide, Jamie MacKay described the trailers as part of his new “Green Camping” initiative, working “to produce a more sustainable lodging/camping option at the Jackson Hole Campground.” He reports that the trailers reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, and he intends to use 100% purchased wind power. The project also includes reclamation within the park through the seeding of native grasses and planting 100 new trees on the site.
In an interview with Kent Griswold posted on the “Tiny House Blog”, Jamie stated, “It took me a while to come up with the finalized deign, working with small spaces is a difficult process. The “Park Model” is built out of SIP panels and SIP roof system, 4″ walls and 6″ roof, keeping heating and cooling costs down. The exterior of the unit is a mixture of rusty metal and cedar siding that was stained to look like barn wood. One could use barn wood although it would be 4x the cost.” With the intention of making these units available to other campgrounds nationwide, MacKay states “I am currently working on building more of these units and will ship to quite a few this summer.”
The SIP panels and SIP roof system Jamie referred to are panels produced at RAY-CORE’s Idaho Falls, Idaho manufacturing facility. RAY-CORE Structural Insulated Panels SIPs, a patented, super-insulating polyurethane structural insulated panel with integrated studs is wrapped in a foil radiant vapor barrier, providing an impenetrable barrier that will withstand the harsh elements of Wyoming winters and summers. For more information about RAY-CORE products, click the green bar to the right of this article or call toll free 1.877.552.2440. You can learn more about “The Wedge” and Jamie MacKay’s Jackson Hole Campground Fireside Resort, visit www.firesidejacksonhole.com or call 1.877.660.1177.
New York Times Travel, Jennifer Conlin, September 14, 2008 http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/travel/14green-1.html
Tiny House Blog, Kent Griswold, June 9, 2010, http://tinyhouseblog.com/park-model-homes/mountain-modern-park-model-rv/
Jackson Hole News and Guide, Cara Rank, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/article.php?art_id=7304