About Us

The Denver Area's Premier Towable & Truck Camper Dealer
Founder, Johnny Ketelsen
Our History

Our Founder, Johnny Ketelsen lead a diverse and exciting life! From a farming background in Iowa, Johnny emerged to become a popular Country & Western musician in the Midwest. As a member of the famous Tom Owens' Cowboys, Johnny traveled extensively, entertaining with the major Country & Western stars of the 50's and 60's. A guitar player and singer, Johnny performed in all the major ballrooms throughout the Midwest. The band appeared regularly at the famous Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The band evolved from the Tom Owens' Cowboys to the Johnny Ketelsen Band in 1955. Heard daily for over 20 years on WMT radio in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the band holds the National Broadcasting record of 6,500 live radio shows (the most of any musical group in history). Johnny appeared regularly on his own TV shows on WMT-TV and KCRG-TV for many years.

In 1962, Johnny embarked on a new "career" in selling campers. Still performing nightly with the band, Johnny enlisted the entire Family to help promote the fledgling business. As a pioneer in the emerging industry, Johnny helped forge the framework of what today is known as the Recreational Vehicle Business.

On August 3, 2000, Johnny was inducted into the prestigious RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana. The following is the text of Johnny's introduction at the Hall of Fame ceremony:

Our next inductee is John R. 'Johnny' Ketelsen of Ketelsen RV, an RV retailer from Marion, Iowa and Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Johnny's orientation to RVing began in 1938 when, as a teenager, he traveled throughout the western states in a home-made RV. A 38-year RV dealer, he is a founding member and past Secretary of the national RV Dealers Association and is a 28-year member and officer. He is the founder and Past Chairman of the Iowa RV Dealers Association. He is recognized as a prime example of impeccable business values and ethics and as a mentor for RV retailers nationwide. He and his western swing band hold a national record of over 6,500 appearances on live radio. Please welcome Hall of Fame member Johnny Ketelsen.

Our entire family at Ketelsen Campers is proud to walk in the footsteps of our founder, father and friend - Johnny Ketelsen.

"RV Business Magazine" has selected Ketelsen Campers of Colorado as one of the Top 5 RV Dealerships in North America for 2015
  • Named a KZ Diamond Status Dealer – 2016
  • Named #1 Dealer for Travel Trailers in Colorado – 2015
  • Earned Platinum Dealer Award from K-Z – 2015
  • #1 Lance Dealer in USA – 2015
  • Named a Top 5 RV Dealership by RV Business Magazine – 2015
  • Named a KZ-RV GOLD status dealer for 2014
  • Randy Ketelsen earns Larry Coker Memorial Award from Route RV Network – 2014
  • Randy Ketelsen interviewed in RV Business Magazine - 2013
  • Received Inaugural Dealer Award from Venture RV - 2013
  • Named #1 K-Z Dealer in USA - 2013
  • Received Top Ten Lance Truck Camper Dealer award - 2013
  • Received Top Ten Lance Travel Trailer Dealer award - 2013
  • Service Manager participates in RVIA Service Training Roundtable - 2013
  • Received #1 Overall Lance Dealer in U.S. Award - 2013
  • Service Advisors/Warranty Clerk attain RVDA/RVIA certification - 2013
  • Named #1 Dealer of Camping Trailers in Colorado -2012
  • Named #1 Dealer of Camping Trailers in United States - 2012
  • Parts Department attains PRO certification in retail professionalism - 2012
  • Named Lance Top Ten Camper Dealer - 2012
  • Received Outstanding Service Award from K-Z - 2012
  • Received “Top National Dealer” Award from K-Z - 2012
  • Named #1 Lance Trailer Dealer in U.S. - 2012
  • Named Top Overall Lance Dealer in U.S. - 2012
  • Named #1 Dealer of Camping Trailers in Colorado - 2011
  • Named #1 Dealer of Camping Trailers in United States - 2011
  • Named Top K-Z Dealer in Western U.S. - 2011
  • Named #1 Dealer of All Recreational Vehicles for Colorado - 2010
  • Named #1 Dealer of Camping Trailers for Colorado - 2010
  • Named Gulfstream Ameri-Lite West Dealer of the Year - 2010
  • Ketelsen Family named one of 100 Most Influential People in RV History by RV Business Magazine - 2010
  • Named a National Top 10 Carriage Dealer - 2010
  • Received Top Dealer award from K-Z, Inc - 2010
  • Company founder Johnny Ketelsen eulogized in RV Business Magazine - 2009
  • Named a national Top 50 RV dealership by RV Business Magazine - 2009
  • Received Dave Altman Award posthumously for contributions by Johnny Ketelsen to RV industry - 2009
  • Named a Blue Ribbon Top Ten RV Dealership by RV Business Magazine - 2009
  • Received Outstanding Performance Award from Lance for 2008
  • Largest volume selling RV dealership in Colorado for 2008
  • Largest volume selling Folding Trailer Dealer in Colorado for 2008
  • Randy Ketelsen interview published by RV Business Magazine November 2008
  • Named a national Top 50 RV dealership by RV Business Magazine - 2008
  • Received Outstanding Service Award from K-Z, Inc - 2008
  • Randy Ketelsen interview published by RV Industry News - July 2008
  • Top volume K-Z Coyote dealership in North America - 2008
  • Largest volume selling RV dealership in Colorado for 2007
  • Largest volume selling folding trailer dealer in Colorado for 2007
  • Named #1 Lance Truck Camper Dealer in North America - 2007
  • Received Fleetwood Folding Trailers Circle of Excellence Award - 2007
  • Named #1 Fleetwood Folding Trailer Dealer in North America - 2007
  • Dealership profiled in Truck Camper Magazine - July 2007
  • Received Jefferson County Community Involvement Award - April 2007
  • RVDA/RVIA Certification awarded to Service Managers - March 2007
  • Randy Ketelsen honored in RV Business Magazine - Feb 2007
  • Largest volume selling RV dealership in Colorado for 2006
  • Largest volume selling travel trailer dealer in Colorado for 2006
  • Largest volume selling folding trailer dealer in Colorado for 2006
  • Named a Top Ten Starcraft Travelstar Trailer Dealer - 2006
  • Named #1 Fleetwood Folding Trailer Dealer in North America - 2006
  • Received Wheat Ridge Community Involvement Award - 2006
  • Factory Authorized Lance truck camper dealer as of July 2006
  • Largest volume selling RV dealership in Colorado for 2005
  • Largest volume selling travel trailer dealer in Colorado for 2005
  • Largest volume selling folding trailer dealer in Colorado for 2005
  • Salespeople certified in Customer Service Training - Dec 2005
  • Dealership profiled in RV Pro Magazine - October 2005
  • Named #1 Fleetwood Folding Trailer Dealer in North America - 2005
  • Invited to join the Route 66 RV Dealer Network - 2005
  • Named #1 Ameri-Camp Dealer in North America - 2005
  • Service Techs pictured on cover of RV Training Institute Newsletter - June 2005
  • Voted Best RV Dealer by Colorado Community Newspapers readers poll - 2005
  • Service Techs attain RVDA/RVIA Certified and Master Technician status - 2005
  • Largest volume selling RV dealer in Colorado for 2004
  • Largest volume selling travel trailer dealer in Colorado for 2004
  • Largest volume selling folding trailer dealer in Colorado for 2004
  • Received Wheat Ridge Community Partnership Award - 2004
  • RVDA National Top Quality Dealer of the Year - 2002
  • Dealership profiled in RV Trade Digest Magazine - March 2002
  • Named a Top Ten RV Dealership in USA by RV Trade Digest - March 2002
  • Johnny Ketelsen profiled in RV News - September 2000
  • Founder Johnny Ketelsen inducted in the RV/MH Hall of Fame - 2000
  • Ketelsen Campers sales department profiled in RV Trade Digest - March 1998
  • #1 Towable RV Dealer in Colorado 1991 - 2006
  • #1 Coleman / Fleetwood Folding Trailer Dealer in North America 1987 - 2010
  • Fleetwood Customer Satisfaction Award Winner 1990 - 2006
  • Coleman Chief Executive Award Winner 1991 - 2003
  • Coleman Folding Trailer Best First Year Dealer Award - 1986

Please read some of the wonderful things our customers have had to say about their experiences at Ketelsen Campers of Colorado below.

Jessica E was amazing. My wife and I have been looking at travel trailers for a few years and almost got one from a different dealership but it just didn't feel right. Jessica made the experience fun and was very knowledgeable. We came into look at a Lance all though very nice and a perfect camper was a bit out of our price range. Jessica showed us a few campers and we found the perfect one for us and our budget. She never pressured us or forced something on us we couldn't afford. After purchasing a KZ connect and while we waited for our trailer to come from the manufacturer we would show up and look around and she took the time to talk with us and made us feel like we were a part of the Ketelsen family even after she made the deal. We even came up to see it before it was prep for delivery and she was there to say hello and walk us to see it. Upon pick up, Jessica even slapped a big red bow on it. It's the little things that show that Jessica and Ketelsen really care about you and your purchase. This being our first camper, Jessica and the people at Ketelsen really made our time there enjoyable and worked with us on answering any and all questions we had. It was a great experience.

- Allan B. (Facebook)

Hello, We want to send our appreciation for the efforts of Jamie Neel in your parts department. His efforts and dedication made the recent repair of our Glacier Peak 5th wheel a little less stressful. He researched and obtained the decals for the repaint of the endcap. He provided support and professional spirit when the decals were incorrect. He was understanding, resourceful, and supportive. He was a pleasure to work with. Ketelsen has a fine employee in Jamie Neel who reflects a good reputation for Ketelsen Campers. Thank You!

- Mike and Cathy (Sedalia, CO)

HI Brad. Great to hear from you. Our 2185 has been great. We're very pleased with it. It's all buttoned up for winter. Looking forward to another great season with it. While the Lances seem to scare folks that I know because they're ~slightly~ higher priced than other trailers it seems that 2 of my coworkers who own RVs have nothing but trouble. I'm working on convincing them that Lance products are worth the extra money. One coworker carries an ample supply of fuses since they blow fuses in their trailer on EVERY trip! The other bought a Class C from a well known company. But the generator won't run the AC and TV at the same time. Holding tanks are too small. Problems with the entry door. Not enough battery for boondocking. His list goes on and on. Anyway. One of your best sales strategies are your products and their happy owners. We're out there and always happy to point folks in your direction. If I have someone heading your way from a direct referral I'll be sure to have them look you up. Enjoy the lull. The RV show is coming and spring is not far behind!
When we were looking at trailers with you the new Carefree Latitude awning was a bit of a concern. But after living with it this year I'm very pleased. I adjusted the arms so that the front arm clears the front door of our 2185. It used to hit the door if the door was open. I've adjusted the overall pitch of the awning so there's no concern of collecting too much rain water and over stressing or breaking the arms. I really enjoy the open space created by eliminating the angled support arms of traditional awnings. The built in LEDs are a very nice touch. I've never tripped the wind sensor typically because we don't leave the awning out when we're not at the trailer. Anyway. That might be useful as I'm sure others might be concerned like I was.

- Mark (Parker, CO)

Steve, I just wanted to take a few minutes to say thanks for all your help. The camper is great. The kids love it and I’m very happy with the purchase. Thanks for making it easy for me to get everything as quickly and efficiently as you did.

- Dr. Collins (Glenwood Springs, CO)

Hi Bob,
Shakedown trip went very well. Love the Trailer. Truck pulled it just fine although I did notice a big difference between the new trailer and the old pop-up. Only thing, where is the garbage disposal, haha. Your guys at Ketelsen’s are great. I will recommend Ketelsen’s to others I meet interested in Camping Vehicles.

- Tom (Westminster, CO)

Hey Thomas,
We had such a great time with the camper last weekend that we are booking every weekend day or weekend off that we can squeeze in. We loved it. Kids loved it. It was so much fun and easier than we thought. Now we didn't use the toilet yet but we'll break that in at some point. The only issue we had is that we took the wrong entrance into the park and ended up driving down this steep, steep dirt road. Talk about breaking in the trailer breaks boost function. The ranger was so surprised when we showed up. She said, "you came down drew Hill with that thing!" We discovered the Blackhawk entrance the next day.
Met a lot of cool people at the campsite and they gave us little tips here and there. They loved the R-Pod. I'll be writing you periodically with updates and questions. All your tips help so much. Thanks again for everything.

- Andy (Edwards, CO)

Hello Kristen!
Hope this finds you well! Here are a couple of pictures we took on our first camping trip to 11 Mile State Park! We love our new travel trailer! It is everything that we have hoped & dreamed for! Thank you & Brad for all of your help!
PS: We love the cookies!!!! - Thank you!

- Lacey & Richard (Littleton, CO)

Great delivery process, even though we have owned an rv for 42 years they showed us everything. Great!

- Bill (Lance Survey)

Hey Nancy,
I hope you had a wonderful trip to Mexico. Sorry, we couldn't connect at the closing/pick up, but I wanted to say thank you for the outdoor rug and lantern. It was an unexpected and very appreciated gift and gesture. So, thank you. You guys really do go out of your way to make your customers feel special - even the little guys just buying a pop-up. Looking forward to taking the new Starcraft 1224 for its maiden voyage here in a few weeks. Thanks again. We are glad we chose Ketelsen.

- Josh & Bridgett (Arvada, CO)

My wife and I upgraded our pop-up to the Lance 2295 model travel trailer. After the overall experience I feel compelled to comment on the wonderful experiences we have had dealing with your dealership. Dave Dowling "Double D" has sold us both of our campers and words cannot explain what a pleasant and professional experience it has been in both cases dealing with him. He is truly an asset to Ketelsen and we will always consider your dealership first should we upgrade in the future. Today we came in for our orientation on the Lance and once again feel compelled to write.
We had an appointment at 10:00 and when our originally scheduled tech representative did not show up, the Service department placed us with Aaron who was there in a heart beat to accommodate us. Aaron was the best! A young man who definitely enjoyed what he was doing, extremely knowledgeable of our unit and happy and willing to spend the time with us that we needed to feel comfortable with the unit. He answered all of our questions with regards to the technical aspects of the rig. Please pass along our thanks to Dave, Aaron and staff.
Mr. Ketelsen, having met you on more than one occasion, I further offer my appreciation and respect for your innate ability to run such a wonderful business with such dedicated employees. Our experience is a testament to who you are, your business acumen and dedication to customer service. Thanks again and I will continue recommending your dealership to anyone looking to purchase a camper.
With great appreciation, sincerity and respect

- Ron & Andrea(Evergreen, CO)

Hi Nancy, We're back - Had a great trip to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) towing the Lance! The Lance did great and we loved every minute - Plus it got towed thru wind and rain and snow!!! And we stayed toasty warm and comfortable. Especially after a long day of hiking it was great to come back to our Lance in the campground.

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- Kat & Lee (Denver, CO)

Hi Nancy, We're back - Had a great trip to the Grand Canyon (South Rim) towing the Lance! The Lance did great and we loved every minute - Plus it got towed thru wind and rain and snow!!! And we stayed toasty warm and comfortable. Especially after a long day of hiking it was great to come back to our Lance in the campground.

- Kat & Lee (Denver, CO)

Thanks Wes for everything yesterday, you have a great team that takes pride in their work. It's one of the reasons that I am a return customer. Again thanks for making the purchase of a camper such a great experience.

- Dale (Commerce City, CO)

Everyone has been great. Sales, parts, service and reception. Class act. Don Siravo was great!

- Robert (Broomfield, CO)

Wes, Thanks for the welcome note. I wanted to share that Kyle, Kevin and Kerwin all did a great job introducing us to our camper, getting us set up with a braking system and sway bar that worked best with our Volvo and got us all the gear we needed to get ready to go as first time campers.

- Chuck & Chris (Aurora, CO)

Hi Nancy - Just wanted to thank you so much for working with us on the new trailer. And thanks so much for the plates!! I really think they are fun. We are so excited to take our rpod out next weekend. The kids slept in it last night. I really appreciate your service!

- Sue & Tom (Boulder, CO)

We have purchased two RV's from Ketelsen. The first was a 25ft Nash travel trailer that we took to Alaska. It was a very pleasant experience start to finish. Bob Svenson was a great salesperson. Financing was quick and easy and we got a very good rate. The trailer worked out perfect for our trip. Never needed any service. We have since sold that trailer. Less than a month after purchasing the Nash, we stopped by to show it to our daughter. We saw a KZ Durango Gold on the lot. We had purchased a used fifth wheel elsewhere 8 months earlier. We figured looking was safe. Instead we fell in love with the KZ. Ketelsen made us a super deal on the trade-in and the new rig. We have had to take it in three times for service work. They have always been great to work with, took care of everything in a fast, very professional way. We would definitely recommend Ketelsen to anyone in the market for a new or used RV.

- Mick (Denver, CO)

Don, I can't believe how soon we will have had our camper two months. Time has gotten away from me. I wanted to thank you for all your help and support. You made the purchasing of the camper a great experience. We are eagerly looking forward to enjoying Colorado this summer!

- Geri (Evergreen, CO)

Brad, We really enjoyed our experience with you and the rest of the people we were involved with at Ketelsen. We appreciated your responsive, no-pressure service and easy-going demeanor. We visited several dealers since we had a number of trailers that we had researched. While we really did like the Creek Side the best, the knowledgeable, relaxed service that we received definitely influenced us to return to Ketelsen. I’ll be leaving positive reviews for Ketelsen campers.

- Jed & Melissa (Westminster, CO)

Brad, thanks for the kind note. I appreciate all the up-front work you did to help me understand the quality of Lance Campers, from the inside-out. The test with the extended bunk camper hovering over the regular cab truck really helped me see that it is indeed drive-able in that configuration.

- Kirk (Golden, CO)

Great buying experience. Thank you Nancy and gang:-). Traded in our previous camper and bought our first Lance. Last weekend was our first two nights in it - the "shake-out" trip. Love it!!! And kudos to Lance manufacturing and to the dealership (Ketelsen) for the great attention to detail. The only things we found to fix were so minor they are not worth taking time off work to drive it over. So thanks again to all for a job well done on our Lance 2185.

- Kat (Facebook)

Hi Jessica!
I'm happy to report that Joy and I made it back to Glade Park with our Retro Rosie securely in tow. Driving conditions were not too bad until just west of Rifle, when the next weather system started some flurries. Slowing down kept the travel safe, and we arrived home with the only damage being that Rosie needs another bath!
We want to thank you so very much for making our trailer purchase experience so enjoyable, and for the neat bag of goodies. Please convey our gratitude as well to Wes, Jamie, Kristin, Gary, and the many other wonderful Ketelsen staff with whom we interacted. There is a terrific team spirit evident at your dealership, and we are glad to have discovered it.

- Tom & Joy (Glade Park, CO)

Just a note to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed working with Jessica England as we purchased our first travel trailer! We actually preferred a trailer at another location but trusted Jessica and felt that your dealership was excellent for information and services.

- Katie (Evergreen, CO)

Hi Brad, I just wanted to send you a quick note and say that Duke made it home without any problems last night. I am not usually the type of person to make this type of purchase without seeing it myself, but my schedule the last couple of weeks has been crazy, and the camper is great! It is a lot bigger than I was thinking! But from what I could see last night at 10pm it is a very nice camper. Duke and I just wanted to thank you for all of your help and all of the extras you and your crew did! Definitely will be repeat customers!

- Amber & Duke (Brule, NE)

At Ketelsen Campers we have always been committed to making the enjoyment of RV travel available for any family.

David Dowling

David Dowling

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Don Siravo

Don Siravo

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Nancy Vickery

Nancy Vickery

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Brad Powers

Brad Powers

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Dave Potter

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Bob Svenson

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Dave Anderson

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Jessica England

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Aaron Davendorf

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Steve Butler

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