Skyline Corp. has signed a letter of interest for Middlebury, Ind.-based, towable RV builder EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC to acquire substantially all of the assets of Skyline’s Recreational Vehicle Division.
The release stated that the obligations of Skyline and EverGreen under this letter of interest are “contingent upon the negotiation, execution and delivery of a definitive asset acquisition agreement satisfactory to both parties.”
The tentative transaction includes some real estate, EverGreen spokesmen confirm.
“I am very excited to be acquiring the RV division from Skyline,” Kelly Rose, chairman of EverGreen RV, stated in a press release. “(Skyline founder) Art Decio has been a longtime friend of mine and a person who I hold in the highest esteem and respect. As everyone knows in our community, as well as our industry, Art is an icon and legend in the manufactured housing and RV industry.
“I consider this a great honor to accept the reins from Art and carry on a longtime tradition of quality and integrity that Art has instilled in his companies over the years,” said Rose, who has established a pretty rich legacy of his own in the RV industry that includes ownership of the former Starcraft Corp., several supplier companies and, most recently, majority partner in EverGreen, a six-year-old, 350-employee RV builder.
Rose added, in prepared remarks, that the EverGreen management team, led by CEO Mike Schoeffler and President and COO Mark Boessler, are “extremely excited” about the challenges of merging the two recreational vehicle brand portfolios.
“Obviously, the most important issues that face us immediately are retaining the very loyal employees of Skyline as well as solidifying and building on the tremendous dealer body that has partnered with Skyline over the decades,” stated Rose.
“The (Skyline) brand names of Nomad, Layton and Aljo,” added Schoeffler, “have been in the marketplace for 50 years, and remain our focus on continuing building on the great image.”
Spokesmen for Skyline were unavailable for comment.
Founded in 1951 in Elkhart as a manufactured housing builder – a business sector that remains the company’s strength today — Skyline opened its first travel trailer plant in 1960 and generally focused on affordable lines over the years. The publicly traded company operated for decades in the black, and, for about five years during the late 1980s and early ‘90s, built Class C motorhomes.
But Skyline, which was posting sales of as much as $645 million in 1996 versus net sales of $191.7 million in fiscal 2014, clearly hadn’t performed up to expectations in recent times.
Net 2014 sales for Skyline’s RV segment totaled $45.9 million compared to $66.5 million for the same period in fiscal 2013. For fiscal 2014, the companywide net loss was $11.9 million compared to a net loss of $10.5 million a year earlier.
However, Skyline’s RV division was in the midst of a turnaround effort that included an all-new lineup of Trident, Javelin and Dart towables on display at the recent Elkhart County RV Open House. Skyline, meanwhile, has retained a viable second place market share in the manufacture of park model RVs, with a 12.4% share of that niche market.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced the introduction of its new lightweight Reactor travel trailer toy hauler, offering five innovative 19- to 24-foot floorplans.
According to a press release, the lightweight design creates a versatile and spacious interior. A 102-inch widebody design coupled with standard 101-inch barreled ceiling provides an open concept similar to a fifth-wheel, but at an affordable travel trailer price. Reactor has all the essentials, from the kitchen, bathroom and sleeping arrangement to the garage, along with a resort style shower with a large rounded door for additional space.
“We’re always looking for a way to do things differently,” explained Reactor Product Manager Will Gonyon. “We wanted to give more people the opportunity to own a toy hauler, so we created the Reactor line. It’s lightweight and innovative design has all the essentials our consumers want and need. This is built for anyone who needs a smaller, lighter, more affordably priced toy hauler but still want the quality construction of an EverGreen.”
Key features include:
• Jensen entertainment system with indoor and outdoor speakers along with an optional touch-screen stereo with Kicker speakers/subs and amp. The Reactor is also provides an exterior TV hookup.
• A variety of sleeping arrangements include a private bedroom with queen-sized bed on the Reactor 24FQS, 21SA and 23FSB. A HappiJac system lowers a queen-sized bed at the rear of the garage to create a bunk bed with the sleeper sofas below. With the two additional sleeper sofas, the Reactor can sleep eight adults comfortably, depending on the model. A rear roll-down screen allows campers to enjoy the nighttime air.
• Aggressive, cutting-edge graphics package, including a large Reactor logo on the front cap and the rear ramp door. Orange, black and rust stripes sweep the reflective white base color.
“When you think of toy haulers, you don’t usually think lightweight,” said Vice President of Marketing and Sales Doug Lantz. “Our Reactor opens up so many avenues for people looking for a toy hauler that can be towed with a smaller vehicle but still has the valuable garage space and necessary equipment.”
Although lightweight, the Reactor garage is full of quality standard features. Garages range in length from just over 11 to 14-feet and offer a 7 1/2-foot ramp door. Two welded frame toy locks and 6,000-pound D-ring tie-downs are mounted to the frame and an 18-gallon fuel tank and pump system is standard.
The Tesla toy hauler fifth-wheel series from EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC now has a model featuring an extended garage.
According to a press release, the T3914 joins the Tesla lineup with standard features to satisfy both motorsport enthusiasts and campers looking for an elegant, high-end coach. Amenities include an island kitchen, extra pantry and entertainment center complete with fireplace. An additional two feet of garage space increases the garage length to 14 feet, making room for several upscale garage features that include:
- The 14-foot garage length provides plenty of room for “toys” like ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles, as well as extra storage for all the necessary equipment.
- Heavy-duty, 8-foot-long ramp door with Infinite Hinge is rated at 3,000 pounds and comes standard with Beavertail to make loading and unloading safer and easier.
- Loft area in the garage can sleep an additional adult and offers excess storage during the day.
- Half bathroom off the garage is the only 14-foot garage with a half bath. Its convenient location keeps the dirt and grime from a hard day at play from the living quarters.
- Washer and dryer prep in the garage allow you to keep the laundry separate from the sleek, clean living area.
“I am incredibly proud of our team and everything they’ve put into the Tesla brand,” stated President and COO Mark Boessler. “We’ve listened to our customers and we know what the market is missing. The constant feedback from our customers keeps us ahead of the game and allows us to build exceptional products that the market is hungry for.”
The newest Tesla is as luxurious on the inside as it is tough on the outside. Barrel ceilings open the interior height to 13-feet 1-inch accented by ceiling crown moldings. A large living room slideout houses a 105-inch recliner sofa for optimal seating to see the built-in entertainment center with a fireplace and optional 50-inch TV.
A kitchen island layout is great for entertaining and provides an added pantry. Storage continues throughout the T3914 with solid wood doors and residential cabinets throughout. Standard kitchen equipment includes a three-burner range with oven, double-door refrigerator/freezer and microwave, all in stainless steel. A residential refrigerator with ice and water dispenser is optional. Padded, “no-crack” vinyl flooring adds a residential feel that is durable as well.
An 80-inch Black Label innerspring pillow top mattress in the master bedroom is the ultimate in comfort. The garage converts to a relaxed sleeping area with two sofa beds, a queen bed above and a loft area that sleeps one. The attached half bath gives guests privacy and is convenient for cleaning up after a day out on the trails.
The T3914’s exterior offers LED lights under the awnings, outdoor speakers and an LCD TV bracket. The finished and lighted pass-through storage compartments underneath provide ample storage for all the necessities.
The lightweight i-GO travel trailer from EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has been redesigned for the 2015 model year, featuring a new high-gloss front cap, a variety of exterior graphics package choices and new interior layouts.
Already lightweight, the i-GO’s new aerodynamic front end allows for even easier towing by smaller vehicles, including sedans, small pickups and mid-sized SUVs. The smooth exterior combined with the narrower 8-foot width reduces drag for improved fuel economy while a distinctive array of new graphics packages accentuate the i-Go’s sleek exterior.
The i-Go is available in eight floorplans, giving the brand one of the greatest selections in the EverGreen family. Larger families will appreciate the bunkhouse models that can sleep up to eight adults comfortably, while models with bike lockers, added storage and outside kitchens will appeal to the most active families.
Inside, 42-inch deep slides house dinettes, opening up the living area for the feel of a full-sized camper. Some models also have a sofa in the slide for added seating and entertaining space. A new galley style kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, three-burner range and double door refrigerator– all standard.
Other features include new window treatments, decorative window valences in the kitchen and living rooms that hide pull blinds when not in use, and a new entertainment center with radius sides and no sharp corners.
Built with the DuraLite six-sided double welded cage construction, the i-GO has a secure frame for durability. Underneath, the ducted, heated enclosed underbelly isolates electrical lines and mechanicals from dust, road grime and pests, while also helping to keep tanks from freezing.
The i-GO trailer also is equipped with a “one-of-a-kind” TPO roof, mechanically applied to prevent bubbles or lifting. It requires no maintenance or special dressings to save your family time and money, according to the company.
The new Alfa Gold 3405RK fifth-wheel from Lifestyle Luxury RV accommodates “families who love to gather in the kitchen” with a spacious rear kitchen equipped with a large corner range hood, pantry and kitchen window. Luxury Lifestyle RV is a division of Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC.
“We wanted to give full-timers a coach that was not only built to withstand year round travel, but also feels like home,” explained Dymon Farrer, general manager of Lifestyle Luxury RV, in a press release. “The 3405RK is a unique mix of residential function without losing luxury in the details.”
Other features of the gourmet kitchen include:
• Pantry with etched glass door, frosted glass and an intricate design provides additional kitchen storage.
• Bronze range hood.
• Solid wood cabinetry is more durable and designed for year round use.
• Corian countertops are attractive while also holding up to everyday use.
• Eat-in bar is opposite the stainless steel sink with gooseneck faucet. Two upholstered bar stools are the perfect seat for eating breakfast or lounging.
• Stainless steel appliances are easy to clean and have a custom kitchen look. Standard appliances include a 12-cubic foot refrigerator, three-burner range with oven and built-in microwave.
The spacious interior of the 3405RK offers a raised roofline and dual slideouts in the living and kitchen areas along with a wide-body configuration. Large windows in the extra tall slides allow more natural light, adding to the open concept.
The reclining sofa with pullout bed is housed in the slide opposite the dining area and kitchen slide, making it a great place to lounge. Every seat in the house is optimal for watching the LED TV in the built-in entertainment center, which sits over a fireplace. The bathroom area features a large residential size shower.
Other upscale amenities include ceiling crown moldings and a staircase leading to the master bedroom. The wide-body design allows for a three-foot hallway between the living area and bedroom with enough space for an additional linen closet. The functionality of the large storage area in the finished pass-through, bedroom wardrobe and kitchen pantry, combined with the high-end decor make it a coach designed for full time use.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the 28RLSS floorplan in its Element travel trailer line, offering lighter weight and spread axles for easier towing, and an affordable price point.
According to a press release, the 28RLSS model features EverGreen’s signature vacuum bonded components with a DuraLite double-welded aluminum structure. Smooth, low-drag fiberglass caps contribute to the aerodynamics for easy towing and improved fuel economy. The clean look continues at the front and rear of the coach with automotive grade painted caps and diamond shield stone guard for protection and easy maintenance.
Other features include:
• Spread axle design for improved stability and straighter tracking.
• Equa-flex suspension absorbs road shock and reduces chucking for smooth towing with less transfer of vibration.
• Automotive grade aluminum wheels and upgraded radial tires with nitrogen increase tire mileage and speed ratings.
• Full, low drag fiberglass front caps improve gas mileage and give the Element a true automotive feel.
• Barreled, ducted, laminated roof for better water runoff and increased airflow through the coach.
The 28RLSS is equipped with two entry doors and dual sliderooms. At the rear of the living area is an upholstered wrap-around sofa with storage underneath while full-pull curtains offer a residential feel. The dinette is situated in the slide opposite the kitchen to provide added seating without taking up valuable living space.
The kitchen is set off by Martha Stewart edition Corian countertops and an island that houses a full-size composite sink. The fully equipped kitchen area includes a three-burner range and oven, microwave, power exhaust range hood and refrigerator with wood grain.
“We know our buyers are looking for the unit with the best quality, most storage, and high-end features all with the smallest price tag,” said Element Product Manager Jeff Terhune. “The Element 28RLSS model offers buyers all the amenities and storage of a larger travel trailer while still allowing them the flexibility of using a small tow vehicle.”
Bathroom amenities include a 48-inch fiberglass shower with a skylight, pocket doors for additional storage, cabinets above the toilet and a linen closet.
According to a press release, Walczak will manage both the Bay Hill and Tesla brands on the Eastern Seaboard, establishing and managing dealer relationships. He plans to develop his territory through training programs and putting his 10-plus years of RV industry experience to work.
“EverGreen is in a strong growth mode,” said Walczak. “By focusing on important business relationships that larger companies usually overlook, they’ve built a reputation of innovative expansion. I have been overwhelmed with the professionalism I have experienced at all levels of the EverGreen organization and I plan to continue that on the Eastern Seaboard.”
Walczak has managed several brands that have received Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) awards from the RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and was awarded numerous dealer awards for his own outstanding service.
“Our regional sales team is built with the finest people in the RV industry,” said Dymon Farrer, general manager of the EverGreen fifth-wheel division. “Bryan is decorated in the RV industry, proving that he has experience and can get results. Adding him to our team is a commitment to our continued growth and success.”
Walczak graduated from Cedarville University with degrees in organizational communication and business.
Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the new T3970 model in its Tesla series of toy hauler fifth-wheels, offering a host of high-end appointments ranging from residential-style floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to an upscale entertainment center.
According to a press release, the triple-axle T3970 combines elegance with EverGreen’s trademark durability, highlighted by a DuraLite double-welded aluminum frame in the walls and floor and outer walls built with EverGreen’s vacuum lamination process.
“We’re proud to offer consumers a fifth-wheel toy hauler that is such a great blend of luxury, toughness and versatility,” saidEverGreen President and COO Mark Boessler. “I applaud the combined work of our engineers, production and sales staff, who brought the T3970 to market. Tesla takes the luxury of home to the remote locations for motorsports enthusiasts”
Living area features include:
• Lighted pantry in kitchen.
• L-shaped sofa located between the front door and kitchen for watching the large TV in the entertainment center or gazing at the fireplace. Under the sofa is plenty of storage space.
• A residential-style vanity in the master bathroom, with open-faced drawers.
• A decorative, yet highly functional cabinet next to the entertainment center. Enclosed in the top of the cabinet is the control panel.
• An optional locker in the garage to store gear.
Like all the Tesla fifth-wheel toy haulers, the T3970 has a garage more than 12-feet long to accommodate “toys” like ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles. True to EverGreen’s policy, the model number reflects the actual box size of the T3970, listed at 39-plus feet. The overall length, when the fifth-wheel hitch and trailer A-frame are included, is 43-feet 6-inches.
The T3970′s sizable length and width dimensions, plus the interior height of 13-feet 1-inch, offer plenty of open space for relaxing, entertaining, cooking, dining and sleeping. The trailer is equipped with three slideout rooms, including a living room slide accommodating an 80-inch recliner sofa and a kitchen slideout that allows room for the L-shaped sofa.
The bedroom slideout is home to an 80-inch innerspring pillow top mattress while the garage converts to sleeping quarters with two sofa beds and a queen bed above. The sleeping arrangements are augmented in the middle by the living room’s recliner sofa.
Entertainment aficionados can choose T3970′s High Voltage Package, which offers Kicker 500-watt subwoofer, amplifier and “Get Amped” interior speakers, along with wireless remote control and several other options.
Standard equipment on the T3970 includes a heavy-duty, 8-foot-long ramp door rated at 3,000 pounds. Beavertail ramp is standard equipment among the other exterior features including a crown roof, LED lights, a door-side patio light, speakers, LCD TV bracket, and a high-gloss gel coat exterior with composite substrate. Finished and lighted pass-through storage compartments add to the great storage capacity found in various other places in this model.
Optional kitchen features include a double-door refrigerator/freezer, standard stainless steel three-burner range with oven and a power exhaust lighted range hood, stainless steel full-size sink with cover and a stainless steel microwave. The Live Wire Package upgrade offers Corian kitchen countertop and raised hardwood cherry cabinet doors.
The bathroom is equipped with a full tub and shower surround with hand sprayer, recessed vanity light and large medicine cabinet with mirror are standard.
Elsewhere, the interior of the T3970 exudes the rich look of a well-appointed home with solid wood doors, ceiling crown moldings and raised-panel interior passage doors. Padded, “no-crack” vinyl flooring runs throughout the Tesla with furnishings highlighted by residential-style upholstered furniture.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced today (June 25) that it is dedicating over $1 million in assets to a new, 25,000 square-foot customer service and parts center situated on 20 acres in Middlebury, Ind.
According to a press release, the free-standing facility will offer parts, service and warranty software to better serve customers and dealers. EverGreen strategically located the center directly across from the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA Campgrounds to accommodate customers receiving service.
EverGreen’s President and COO Mark Boessler stressed the importance of this new service facility and his company’s commitment to satisfied, loyal owners of the EverGreen and Lifestyle brands.
“Since our Chairman Kelly Rose and our CEO Mike Schoeffler founded EverGreen, our dedication to customer satisfaction and service has been a dominate trait in the DNA of our company,” he said. “Today, with the announcement of our plans for this service facility, and with the purchase of real estate ready for development, our founders have again shown their commitment to providing the best service and customer satisfaction in our industry. This kind of bricks and mortar dedication to customer service is another way we distinguish ourselves as the best in our industry. “
As one of the fastest growing RV companies in the towable RV segment for 2013, Boessler said the new facility and the parts and service fulfillment software to support it will be critical to solidifying loyal customers to the 11 EverGreen brands of travel trailers and fifth-wheels.
EverGreen’s $200,000 investment in the quality-driven customer service and parts software is a key factor in the success of the new EverGreen customer service and parts center.
“I am thrilled about the continued expansion of the EverGreen parts, service and warranty group,” stated Director of Warranty and Service Tony Chupp. “This newly acquired facility will further augment the existing service operations while enhancing the dealer service levels and the EverGreen retail ownership experience. This is truly an exciting time here at EverGreen with the pending release of the customized dealer portal software, the new facility purchase and the addition of key staff members within the group.”
The entire EverGreen manufacturing and business campus at its headquarters in Middlebury has grown to three manufacturing plants, along with corporate offices and the new service center encompassing over 305,000 square feet under roof on over 100 acres.
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced that Jim’s Camper Service will now carry several of the Middlebury, Ind.-based builder’s towable lines, including the Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, Ascend, and Lifestyle Luxury RV Alfa Gold brands.
According to a press release, Jim’s Camper Service has been at its Doon, Iowa, location since 1984 servicing RVs in the area for 30 years. Now, after three decades of building their reputation as a service shop, the company is entering the dealer arena with the select EverGreen brands.
“Being in the service industry for so long has allowed us to determine the quality brands,” said Jim’s Camper Service owner Jim Hoogendorn. “Because we’re just starting to carry new units we wanted to be sure we chose the best. We hand picked EverGreen because we didn’t want to put our name on a junk brand. These are quality products that are competitively priced.”
The Ever-Lite, Sun Valley and Ascend are all built with DuraLite double welded aluminum structure. The durable frame eliminates flexing and is not susceptible to rot like wood frames. The Alfa Gold is also built to last on a special Titan structure frame with double stacked steel tube.
“It’s great to hear that a dealer is impressed by our product, but it’s even better to know that a service shop gave us their seal of approval,” stated EverGreen Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Lantz. “Adding Jim’s is beneficial because they know what quality products are and they aren’t willing to stand by anything less than that.”