• Viking tent is a family business where Find Haakon Grouse was the founder, his wife Wenche participate in production, and the next generation, Ive Mikkelsen, is the general manager.
    Viking tent is a family business where Find Haakon Grouse was the founder, his wife Wenche participate in production, and the next generation, Ive Mikkelsen, is the general manager.
  • Tent of PVC fabric with windows of tempered glass is the main article of Viking tents.
    Tent of PVC fabric with windows of tempered glass is the main article of Viking tents.
  • Wenche welcome in the tent, which, thanks to insulation in the roof, stays dry and fine regardless of temperature changes.
    Wenche welcome in the tent, which, thanks to insulation in the roof, stays dry and fine regardless of temperature changes.
  • Camp is winter insulated and heated room where the dog has found a resting place.
    Camp is winter insulated and heated room where the dog has found a resting place.
  • One of the workers measure up PVC fabric.
    One of the workers measure up PVC fabric.
  • Cutting machine came from the manufacturer of leather interior for BMW.
    Cutting machine came from the manufacturer of leather interior for BMW.
  • Find Håkon shows welding machine which he learned to use to create the best possible seams.
    Find Håkon shows welding machine which he learned to use to create the best possible seams.
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Text and photo: Bjarne Eikefjord
Motorhome and Caravan magazine, No. 2, April 2016

Viking tent in Hurum: Termotelt in the luxury class

At Watches Stua Hurum country is a small business that since 2008 has delivered Norwegian produced awning of top class for caravans. There you BoCM the slogan "the whole family at work" are still valid.

"It began in 2007 when I had sold a business and may have something to do", says founder and principal owner, Finn Håkon Grouse. And that "something" was to create an awning of PVC fabric to a couple of friends of his who were not completely satisfied with what existed on the market. So almost "stumbled" he of Caravan Fair in 2008, and stood by participating with a tent and a couple brosjyerer, which obviously ignited interest. Today Viking Tent been a family business where the father, Finn Håkon Grouse, Wenche Grouse and daughter Ive Mikkelsen, along with 9 employees cutter, cutter, welder and extends year-round tent of PVC fabric and sandwich plates under 20 million a year . How can it therefore be when an enterprising entrepreneur need something to pass the time with.

family business

Like so many businesses in the camping industry, is also Viking tent a family business that puts the whole family to work. Kona Wenche Grouse is active in production and daughter Ive Mikkelsen has got the job as general manager. That she needed rest some thinking time, but emphasizes that it has gone very well. And both entrepreneurs and employees be so good to follow the control signals, and so it must be, it sounds coherent from the sofa where the family has taken a few moments to rest.

tailoring

"The recipe for success is to create year-round tent adapted to the individual customer's needs," says Finn Håkon. This poses major challenges for design and innovation, and the price is often a little higher. But in return you get buyers quality and customization to meet your needs. Your imagination is the limit, experience shows that customers are willing to pay a little extra to get everything just right. Basically fire retardant PVC fabric stretched over a framework of aluminum barge. All joints are welded. Find Håkon tells how he acquired a welding machine for PVC fabric, and learned how to use it properly. The fabric must be cut exactly and Finn Håkon says with a smile that the slitter once created interiors for BMW. So product quality will not be much to gripe.

roof insulation

The ceiling in the tents of PVC fabric consists of 3 cm denser insulation, then a gap of 5 cm up to the canvas pulled tight over the framework. This avoids condensation and humidity inside the tent. The doors are made of profiles and moldings to ensure good stability, and the windows are basically tempered glass. But here Viking Tent met many local rules at random. For example, there are some places that require that there should be tempered glass, but transparent mesh in windows and doors. "Well, we'll make it then" says Finn Håkon, but adds that purely technical fire is tempered glass far preferable. He is looking forward to putting in place a comprehensive regulatory framework and regulations for campsites, so as to avoid such local snurrepipperier that have no function other than to make life sour for manufacturers and not least caravanners who will use the equipment.

Fire safety

Find Håkon is concerned fire safety, and look forward to establish uniform rules for security clearances of campsites. 4 meters, which NBCC has suggested sounds good, he says. But adds that with today's technology, should every pitches have a wireless fire sensor that will immediately notify holders or directly to the fire department if something catch fire.

element houses

For a couple of years ago, Viking tent up making so-called "element cottages" or isolated awnings as they are also called. These consist of aluminum sheets with insulation between the so-called sandwich. Sales of these took off in 2015 whole 50 units delivered. But the tents of PVC fabric keeps still going strong with about 100 units in 2015. Viking tent is also investing aggressively forward. Cues are good design, quality, durability and finish, says CEO Ive Mikkelsen. She points out that it is important to be on top in the entire value chain from development, continuous improvement of sales, delivery and follow-up. She points out that in some turbulent economic times must be sober and tolerate little opposition. "We are rigged for growth and good future with excellent products" concludes Ive Mikkelsen and smiles.

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