Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Coachmen Dalmatian

Has anyone here wondered why Coachmen uses a Dalmatian as their logo?

I wondered this often - probably because I have such a strong interest in dogs anyhow. 

My RV is a Coachmen & it has a running Dalmatian on it. Actually a couple of them. 

Which caused me to wonder. 

Was this Dalmatian a former pet of the founder?

What was the founder's interest in the breed?

Why a Dalmatian? 

So since Google is our friend (& you must believe everything you see on the internet), I came up with the answer!

PETE! Yes, Pete. Pete was the company dog who could tell the difference between a salesman & an RV dealer. Plus since the Dalmatian is known as "the coach dog", hence the logo stuck. 

I was watching a video on youtube of an older coachmen rig & that one had a standing Dal rather than the running one on my rig. 

Anyhow, just a bit of trivia or info for ya'll. 

I need a life ;-)  

I did change my generator oil this morning!

Ok, yes, I need a life.....

Taken from an article:
By the way, the dalmatian featured in Coachmen’s distinctive logo was Pete, a company watchdog, who, legend has it, could tell the difference between RV dealers and salesmen, greeting dealers happily while growling at salesmen.
With Dalmations also known as “coach dogs,” a drawing of Pete leaping over the Coachmen name became a company hallmark logo.

See the rest of the article here:

So there you have it -- Arf Arf! 

~As always, be kind to your pets, clean up after them on your travels & respect your neighbor~


  1. Hey, that's cool! Now I know! What a nifty bit of info. Thanks, girl! :)

  2. Now that is one "amazing" story. hee hee
    I have seen the dog on the coach and guess I didn't give
    it a thought. I should have, since I learned something from you.

    1. I'm always curious when I see animals as logos...

  3. I guess now I'm ready for the next RV trivia contest, thanks for the info,

    1. You're welcome. You're ready if they only ask you that one question

  4. We learn so much from reading blogs. Thank you.
    I think we both need to get a life. If only the weather here would improve long enough.(have to blame it on something)

    1. Yes, you get to learn useless junk from me! haha! And well, you have had an awful season there. It's not been much fun for sure.

  5. Interesting tidbit. Mostly because I had a Dalmatian during my teen years. Not the best dog I've had in my life tho. We loved him but he was some trouble.

    1. Our neighbors had one when I was a kid. He was mean! He sure did a good job of guarding their place. But of course, that was just him. I've met plenty of good ones too. But yea, one should do their homework in any breed they may have interest in.

  6. Dalmatians were once trained to run alongside horse-drawn carriages to provide protection. Details here:

    1. Yep! That's how they got the title as "coach dogs". See, you are learning something about dogs ;-)

  7. I think it's uber-cool that you use your RV to transport your dogs and you have a dog logo.
    Come on, THAT is cool!!!
    You have an awesome life.. go with what you know. :)

    1. Thank you Ms Minimal! I'd love to take all the decals off my rig, except the coachmen brand name & the dals.

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