Host Ind. Taps Foreign Market, Enriches ’13 Line
Host Industries Inc., a niche builder of high-end custom truck campers and 4-wheel drive Class C coaches, is looking to leverage an unsolicited demand for its products in the international market that surfaced during the past year.
“People found us,” stated Randall Pozzi, general manager for the Bent, Ore.-based company. “It’s because our products are unique and we are able to custom-build to meet their needs. We’ve been approached by dealers and consumers alike.”
Pozzi reported that Host shipped four units in 2011 to individual buyers in Australia, China and Germany. But he said the company is looking to expand its overseas presence this year to bolster domestic sales.
“Like everyone in the industry, it’s been tough for the past few years, especially being in such a specialized, upper-end market,” Pozzi said. “We’re beginning to see that market come back, but we also are looking to capitalize on that experience we gained shipping those units overseas. We have a few deals in the works and are hoping to build our international sales.”
Pozzi said that one of the challenges is being knowledgeable in the varying codes that are required by different countries. “Lots of items change for overseas shipment, like voltage, wiring, receptacles, LP gas, tail lights, TVs and antennas,” he said.
The 11-year-old company, founded by Jim Hogue and Frank Storch whose fathers pioneered the legendary Beaver brand, built its name on high-quality construction and the ability to accommodate custom requests by buyers.
All of Host’s campers feature multiple slides and 8-foot-wide floors, along with roomy, comfortable interiors. Motor coaches, which are not part of Host’s international plans at this point, are built on Ford F550 crew cab chassis and are designed to handle most terrains.
Pozzi reported that 2013 models would offer several new luxury amenities while also addressing a growing demand for “green” products.
As part of its new lineup, Host is including an all-LED lighting package, insulated windows with Solar Cool glass, pleated shades for better insulation and either a 145-watt or 290-watt solar power system.
Keying in on the trend toward residential amenities, Host has added an upgraded stereo, including a 10-inch subwoofer with a built-in amplifier, and an outside entertainment center featuring a 12-volt, 22-inch flat screen TV with a built-in DVD. Host’s standard camper furnace is now 30,000 Btu.
Interiors will feature four fabrics, four selections of ultra-leather, two countertop colors and two flooring options. Two cabinet colors will also be offered with three door-style options.
“Whether you’re retired and live in your RV most of the year, or you use it for short trips and vacations, you deserve the high quality, durable construction and creature comforts of a Host RV,” said Pozzi. “We may not be the biggest in the industry, but we are definitely among the best.”
For more information, visit www.hostcampers.com or call 541-330-2328.