The cantilevered TrailManor — a mix between a folding camping trailer and a conventional hard-sided travel trailer — is now being built in Jacksboro, Tenn., with new owners Robert J. and Cleo Eickhoff.
”My husband has been associated with TrailManor for 18 years as a factory rep,” said Cleo Eickhoff, marketing director for TrailManor Mfg. Co. LLC, with headquarters in Hartington, Neb.
The couple moved into an ownership position after William J. Hulsey, founder of now defunct TrailManor Inc., had health issues. ”That coupled with the fact that the economy had taken a downturn, TrailManor just suffered terribly,” Eickhoff said. ”We moved from Nebraska to Tennessee to try to help Bill, but it just didn’t work.”
TrailManor Inc., then located in Lake City, Tenn., stopped production in September and the Eickhoffs bought the company’s assets two months later and began manufacturing TrailManor travel trailers in a different factory in Jacksboro.
While continuing to build the TrailManor, the company has introduced three TrailManor Sport floorplans in 16- to 24-foot lengths that retail starting at $16,797 – which is about $9,500 less than the traditional TrailManor
TrailManor has 30 dealers nationwide and currently employs 24 people in a 22,000-square-foot factory in Jacksboro. The company plans to start building the traditional TrailManor Elkmont travel trailer, which had been discontinued, in a factory the couple owns in Hartington, perhaps as early as summer.
”We were fortunate that the base core of employees moved to Jacksboro with us,” Eickhoff said.
After opening the factory in Hartington to build the Elkmont, TrailManor and TrailManor Sport will continue to be built in Tennessee, Eickhoff said.