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Tuner tries to go mobile

MINTURN — Eric Clemmer thinks he has a big idea. Now he needs help to fund it.

Clemmer’s been a valley ski tuner for the past decade, working both in ski shops and on his own at the Minturn Tune Shop. After taking some time off before the ski season started, he was surprised to learn that his old shop location in Minturn had become an apartment. Having lost his shop space, Clemmer is again working at a ski shop this season, and doing ski and snowboard tunes on the side from his home.

Losing his shop space has convinced Clemmer the time is right to launch a service he and other area tuners have been talking about for a few years now — a mobile shop that would set up in parking lots at restaurants and similar businesses, providing ski tunings on the go. He’d like to convert a camp trailer or recreational vehicle into a mobile shop, then haul the thing from place to place.

To help fund the idea, Clemmer has launched a campaign at http://www.FundRazr.com. His goal through the campaign is $1,000, about one-third of the amount he believes he’ll need. With just a few days left, the campaign has raised about $300, but the support he’s had so far has been encouraging, he said.

The folks at Weston Snowboards have contributed, he said. And he said he’s had commitments from a handful of local restaurants to use their parking lots.

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So what do investors get in return for helping Clemmer set up a mobile shop? Deeply discounted tuning services, for the most part. And Clemmer’s running some discounts of his own through the shop.

If he meets his goal, then he hopes to have the new business running fairly soon.

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