Bridgeview Manufacturing LLC, a new Elkhart, Ind., recreational park trailer manufacturer that began production in late February, has shipped its first 10 units.
”Our goal is to build a little more upscale park trailer — a stick-and-tin trailer but with more of a residential look,” said President and CEO Jim Brown, who formerly worked for Starcraft Inc., before serving as president of Elkhart-based park trailer builder Hy-Line Enterprises Holdings LLC.
Bridgeview is operating with 28 employees out of a 35,000-square-foot plant on Elkhart’s north side building park trailers in 15 floorplans in 38- to 42-foot lengths with up to four slideouts and a fiberglass sidewall option.
Features include residential furniture and appliances, 8-foot ceilings, Corian countertops, double crown molding, indirect lighting and staggered cabinets. ”We are looking for the feel of a $200,000 motorhome,” Brown said.
With options, the average price of a Bridgeview recreational park trailer will be about $26,500, Brown said.
Bridgeview has signed 12 dealers and will focus its sale efforts predominantly in the Northeast and Southeast. ”The very first unit we built, we delivered to Canada,” Brown said. ”We will expand sometime early next quarter into the Southwest.”
The company will retail its units through dealers, Brown said, rather than selling factory direct to consumers or campgrounds and resorts. ”Several of the RV dealers that we are going through have their own parks or are park-affiliated,” Brown noted.