Sale of the company Dethleffs to Messrs W. Thrun and Jakob Eicker
Wolfgang Thrun, the gifted self-made entrepreneur, the company belonged Thrun-Eicker together with the successful cabinetmaker Jakob Eicker - built caravan in Oedt. Both had their own, young companies "Kiel" and "Eicker" merged, which had been established in the postwar period. Wolfgang Thrun was not only entrepreneurs, but also a born salesman. While most caravans companies sold their cars to dealers, Thrun built up its own subsidiaries. Thrun-Eicker was able to sell more caravans than he could produce. Therefore sought Thrun-Eicker an additional factory for caravans. Dethleffs but wanted only a partnership with a company that could also sell the Dethleffs caravan. So - they hoped - Dethleffs would rehabilitated and have secured the future of her daughter Ursula. Thrun-Eicker disagreed. They wanted Dethleffs fast constructive change and produce cheaper. The discussion with the conservative holders they wanted it out of the way. It led them to success faster, only Dethleffs buying completely. At the end of the talks Arist, Fridel and Ursula accepted the offer of Thrun-Eicker. With the proceeds they built their daughter, the artist Ursula Dethleffs, a large studio with a gallery next to their house. This should secure the future of the subsidiary. Was it realistic? Artists can work undisturbed in Isny. But an art gallery must sell - how can that be possible in Isny - far away from the centers of Berlin, Munich, Basel etc.? Until the sale of the company's finances were not a problem. But after that the constant inflow of funds was terminated from the profit of the company. Through its own efforts survival was possible only by a miracle. To search for sponsors, was just as difficult. The sponsors remembered the white BMW with red leather upholstery. Therefore, everyone believed: Dethleffs but has money enough. it would have been nice. The miracle did not take place.