Actor John Ratzenberger to Attend Elkhart RV Open House

John Ratzenberger

Best known as Cliff Clavin on the hit sitcom “Cheers” and for voicing iconic characters in nearly every Pixar film, actor John Ratzenberger will be attending the Elkhart Dealer Open House on Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, as a guest of Xtreme Outdoors, the owners of Little Guy Trailers. Xtreme Outdoors’ display will be located on the north side of Executive Pafrkway.

Besides his acting career, Ratzenberger also an avid outdoorsman and RVer. As the creator and host of the Travel Channel show “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America,” Ratzenberger featured the RV industry on the show and the skilled men and women who are the foundation of RV manufacturing. In 2004, he was awarded the RV Industry Association’s Sprit of America Award for increasing public awareness of RVing as an all-American pastime.

But his love of RVing started long before then.

“When Cheers ended, I moved my family to the pacific northwest where my kids could be surrounded by nature. I also wanted to spend as much time with them as I could before they flew the nest. We bought an RV and hit the road every chance we could. I truly believe it changed the trajectory of my children’s lives, and mine, for the better,” said Ratzenberger.

Like many Americans during the height of the pandemic, Ratzenberger wanted to continue to travel, but in an environment he could control. So, he started shopping for a new RV. As a journeyman carpenter by trade (he actually helped build the stage at Woodstock), Ratzenberger wanted the highest quality craftsmanship available. After researching dozens of manufacturers and reading hundreds of reviews, he chose the Little Guy Max.

“I originally wanted an RV I could store in my garage and the Micro Max fit the bill. But once I saw the Max, that was it. I picked it up at their manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania earlier this year and camped across the country. When Joe Kicos invited me to the Open House, I was all in,” added Ratzenberger.

Ratzenberger will be at the Little Guy Booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Monday, Sept. 26, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27. If you’re a Little Guy dealer, there will be select opportunities for Ratzenberger to visit your dealership during the year ahead based on his camping travels.