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Livin’ Lite Increasing Production to Meet Demand

January 16, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Livin' Lite's CAMPLITE trailer with radius front

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, Wakarusa, Ind., reports substantially increased consumer interest and sales in response to their recent product upgrades, including a radius front profile on their all-aluminum and composite CAMPLITE travel trailer line, as well as a new “wood-look” interior package featuring Azdel composite material with a rich, wood-grain pattern laminated on the surface.

“Response has been tremendous from both consumers and dealers. Our website and Facebook pages have nearly doubled in traffic since we made these changes public,” Greg Dischler, national sales manager, said in a press release.

Dischler also noted that additions to Livin’ Lite’s all-aluminum and composite truck camper line have resulted in increased retail orders. “We have seen our truck camper production double in the last eight weeks as our new models and upgraded features hit the market,” he said. “When you combine our ultra-lightweight construction with metallic exterior colors that match the consumer’s truck, our campers really stand out from the crowd.

He added, “Both consumers and dealers alike are excited about the uniqueness of the product and we are doing everything we can at the factory to try to keep up with demand.”

Livin’ Lite has been named to the INC. Magazine’s Top 500 fastest growing privately owned companies each of the last two years, and owner Scott Tuttle reports that 2012 is shaping up to be yet another banner year.

“After three years of tremendous growth, we are set up now with four separate production lines that will allow us to better manage our increased production as we move into the 2012 season,” states Tuttle. “Our goal is to continue to get better at what we do and to continue to improve our campers. As we do that, our sales continue to increase. We believe it is in direct response to what we are doing to fine tune our already unique products, and making sure that our dealers have nice sized territories so they can protect their profit margins.”

For information on LIVIN LITE’s unique products, visit their website at: www.LIVINLITE.com or contact Greg Dischler at greg.d@LIVINLITE.com, or 574-340-2369.

 

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Livin’ Lite Expands Camplite Truck Camper Line

November 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Livin' Lite's new Camplite truck camper

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC has expanded its Camplite truck camper line with the new 6.8 model designed specifically for short bed, half-ton trucks.

According to a press release, the new model is a self-contained unit with all the amenities of a much larger truck camper while still fitting into a 6-foot, 6-inch bed with no overhang. The 6.8 Camplite truck camper also includes a unique exterior garage area that can hold a small generator and a number of other tools and items on its hanging rack system.

Other introductions by the Wakarusa, Ind.-based builder scheduled for the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., include:

• A new “Orbit” profile on the popular Camplite travel trailer series, which combines a painted exterior metal to “form a one-of-a-kind exterior look” in an ultra-lightweight camper.

• A “wood look” interior package featuring Azdel composites. The cabinetry is still framed with welded, tubular aluminum and the cabinet doors are still made of aluminum, but the faces feature Azdel with a wood-grain pattern. President Scott Tuttle noted, “While our all-aluminum construction remains the foundation of our long-lasting, ultra-lightweight design, we have had some customers ask for a richer interior look that only wood can provide.”

 

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Livin’ Lite Honored in Indy With ‘Spotlight’ Award

August 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Five Indiana companies, including Wakarusa-based Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, were recognized as “Spotlight” award recipients at the fourth annual “Companies to Watch” ceremony in Indianapolis Thursday (Aug. 25), according to a news release.

The accolade, presented by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., its Small Business Development Center network, Purdue University and the Edward Lowe Foundation, recognizes past “Companies to Watch” honorees that have demonstrated continued growth, success and commitment to Indiana.

In addition to Livin’ Lite, Greenfield-based Lee and Ryan Environment Consulting Inc., a construction and environmental consulting firm, Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc., a sports merchandising and marketing firm, Columbia City-based Micropulse Inc., a medical devices firm, and Indianapolis-based POLARIS Laboratories LLC, a fluid analysis testing laboratory, were honored.

“‘Spotlight’ award winners are shining examples of the growth and ongoing impact that ‘Companies to Watch’ recipients have in their communities and beyond,” said Mitch Roob, Secretary of Commerce and chief executive officer of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “These five companies deserve our congratulations and our thanks for exemplifying the many strengths of Hoosier businesses.”

Livin’ Lite, a 2009 “Companies to Watch” recipient, weathered the RV industry storm and grew from approximately 51 to 77 employees in 2011. With 200% revenue growth in 2010, the RV manufacturer expects an 88% revenue increase this year due to its new light-weight RV model.

The second annual field of “Spotlight” award winners were honored along with this year’s 43 “Companies to Watch” recipients, that included Elkhart, Ind.-based RV supplier Dicor Corp., at a ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom yesterday. Companies recognized as “Companies to Watch” are privately held businesses incorporated in Indiana, employ six to 150 full-time employees and have between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

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Livin’ Lite Launches New Revamped Website

December 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Livin' Lite's website homepage

Livin' Lite's website homepage

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC has launched a completely revamped website  at www.LIVINLITE.com which showcases its now four distinctively different product lines in separate “sub-site” formats, Scott Tuttle, president of the Wakarusa, Ind-based manufacturer, announced in a news release.

“We have been working on this new site for a while now and are excited to finally have it go live,” reports Tuttle, “It will be much easier for customers who are interested in our all-aluminum construction to quickly chose between the four distinct product lines that we offer and click through to those particular areas of the site.”

Livin’ Lite, which was named to the INC Magazine’s Top 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America for 2009, builds Quicksilver automotive tent campers, Camplite travel trailers, VRV toy haulers and tthe recently introduced line of Camplite truck campers.

Tuttle reported that unique visitors to the Livin’ Lite site continues to grow dramatically each month as the company has experienced another 200% sale growth in 2010.

For more information, contact LIVIN LITE Recreational Vehicles at 574.862.2228, or visit their website at www.LIVINLITE.com.

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SEMA Show Drew Huge Throngs to Las Vegas

November 4, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Crowded aisles at this week's SEMA Show

Crowded aisles at this week's SEMA Show

The SEMA Show, which ran from  Nov. 2-5 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, drew more than 110,000 trade-only attendees from 100 countries – well ahead of last year — to what is widely held as the “premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world.”

And the general atmosphere on the street, according to those walking those streets last week in Las Vegas in search of new business in the automotive, truck and SUV and RV markets represented by the sponsoring Specialty Equipment Market Association, is decidedy positive.

“This place has been humming,” says Terry Thompson, vice president of sales for Affinity Media/RV, which includes RVBusiness and RVBUSINESS.com as well as Trailer Life, MotorHome and Highways magazines. “The crowd’s are big and guys that we talk with are taking orders. As compared to last year and the year before that, they say it’s really been terrific.”

Adding to the draw of the 43-year-old SEMA Show, the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry, was the dual impact of AAPEX 2010 – Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo. AAPEX, a separate but overlapping convention organized by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, is located a shuttle bus drive away at the Sands Expo Center.

All things considered, it all made for a huge week in Las Vegas, a resort/convention destination that has taken some serious hits in the recession.

The massive SEMA Show’s displays – including a wide variety of companies that sell into the recreational vehicle market — were segmented into 12 sections while a “New Products Showcase” features thousands of newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events and networking opportunities.

Among the numerous RV industry-related exhibitors were Hopkins Mfg. Corp., Emporia, Kan.; Blue Ox, Pender Neb.; Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc., Fort Lupton, Colo.; CURT Mfg. Inc.. Eau Claire, Wis.; Roadmaster Inc., Vancouver, Wash.; Cequent Performance Products, Tekonsha, Mich., Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC,  Wakarusa, Ind., and BD Diesel Performance, Sumas, Wash.

Livin’ Lite’s Jeep Camping Trailer, a photo of which is featured with this story, is a private-label, all-aluminum Jeep-branded popup — manufactured by Wakarusa, Ind.-based Livin’ Lite — that Chrysler Group LLC began marketing in August through its Mopar division.

Licin' Lite trailer shown at last week's SEMA Show in las Vegas.

Livin' Lite trailer shown at last week's SEMA Show in las Vegas.

“I’m real happy with it,” said Blue Ox President Jay Hesse of his experience as a SEMA exhibitor this year, having brought a staff of five. “In fact, we’re going to maybe expand our role next year. I’m just extremely pleased in the results, a lot of new prospects, a lot of people to close on.”

SEMA’s New Products Showcase Awards, presented earlier in the week at the New Products Awards Breakfast, which served as a kickoff just prior to the official opening of the show, recognizes the most cutting-edge automotive products either on the market or about to hit the market. This year, there were more than 2,000 new products, largely in the automotive performance arena, submitted for consideration.

Criteria that ranked high on the judges’ selection for the New Product Showcase Awards included superiority of innovation, technical achievement, quality and workmanship, consumer appeal and marketability.

The 2010 New Product Award Winners include:

Best Engineered New Product:

Winner: LOKAR Performance Products, Drive-by-Wire Electronic Throttle Control (ETC)

Runner Up: ISIS Power, ISIS inTOUCH Max Touch Screen System

Runner Up: QA1 Motorsports, Wireless Remote Adjust System

Best New Exterior Accessory Product:

Winner: Pro Comp/Smittybilt, M1 Truck Bumper

Runner Up: Stainless Showworks Inc., 2010-2011 Mustang V6 and GT Mirrored Polished Stainless Steel Engine Compartment Dress Up Kit

Runner Up: MBRP Inc., Mega Tips

Best New Interior Accessory Product:

Winner: Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge, Rugged Ridge Interior Trim Kit for the 2007-2010 Jeep JK Wrangler

Runner Up: B&M Racing and Performance Products, Hurst HardDrive Stick

Runner Up: Spectre Performance, ProFab Door Panels

Best New Merchandising Display:

Winner: Directus, Prodigy One

Runner Up: Cobra Electronics, Cobra iRadar Detection System

Runner Up: Dynojet Research, Power Vision

Best New Mobile Electronics Product:

Winner: Directus, Prodigy One

Runner Up: Cobra Electronics, Cobra iRadar Detection System

Runner Up: Dynojet Research, Power Vision

Best New Off-Road/4-Wheel Drive Product:

Winner: Timbren Industries Inc., Axle-Less Trailer Suspension

Runner Up: Omix-Ada/Rugged Ridge, Tire Carrier Linkage for 1976-2011 Jeeps

Runner Up: Advance Adapters Inc., Deluxe TJ Cable Shifter

Best New Packaging Design:

Winner: Bubba Rope, Bubba Rope

Runner Up: Meguiar’s Inc., Brilliant Solutions Wheel Polishing Kit

Runner Up: AMP Research, AMP Research Bed X-Tender

Best New Performance-Racing Product:

Winner: COMP Performance Group, COMP Cams Phaser Adjustable Locks for the 2011 5.0L Mustang

Runner Up: Holley Performance Products, Holley LS3/L92 Hi-Ram Modular Intake Manifold System, Carb & EFI

Runner Up: BD Diesel Performance, Big Daddy Race Turbo/Diverter Valve

Best New Performance-Street Product:

Winner: McLeod Racing, Mustang Master Cylinder Retro Kit

Runner Up: Painless Performance Products, GM Gen IV Tach Driver

Runner Up: COMP Performance Group, TCI 6X Six-Speed Transmission Package for Ford, Chrysler and Pontiac Applications

Best New Powersports Product:

Winner: AMSOIL, AMSOIL Quickshot SE

Runner Up: Axia Alloys, Modular Roll Cage Clamping System

Runner Up: SSV Works, BM-175S/B

Best New Street Rod/Custom Car Product:

Winner: Dakota Digital Inc., VHX Hybrid Analog/Digital Instrument Systems, GM Tri-Five Applications

Runner Up: Billet Specialties Inc., Billet Deck Lid Hinge

Runner Up: Danchuk Manufacturing, 1957 Front One-Piece OE-style Bumper

Best New Tire and Related Product:

Winner: Continental Tire, Continental ProContact With EcoPlus Technology

Runner Up: Continental Tire, General Grabber

Runner Up: Coker Tire, Excelsior Stahl Sport

Best New Tools & Equipment Product:

Winner: AAC, The Filler Detective

Runner Up: TecMate North America, OptiMate 6-TM-181

Runner Up: Auto Meter Products, BVA-260

Best New Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product:

Winner: Fastway Trailer Products, Fastway Flip-Self-Retracting Jack Foot

Runner Up: Shin Shield, Shin Shield

Runner Up: RBP/Rolling Big Power-A Division of Lexani, RBP Logo Mud Flap

Best New Wheel and Related Product:

Winner: The Ultimate Wheel & Tire Plus Sizing Guide, Bolt Pattern Pro

Runner Up: Kyowa Designs/Concept One, Concept One Executive RS-55

Runner Up: IForged Performance Alloys/Forgestar Wheels, Forgestar CF5

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RoamingTimes.com Invites ‘Green’ Nominees

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

RoamingTimes.com recently commented on its annual “Green RV of the Year Award” winners and what has happened to them.

Earthbound RV was named the winner in 2010 and has now gone from small to having “more than 40 dealers” and David B. Hoefer, Earthbound’s director, says that the RoamingTimes.com award “played a major part in the success.” They added four new dealers to their roster last week and have added distribution channels for Germany and Australia as well.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC was given the first award in 2008 (RoamingTimes.com found no suitable candidate in 2009). Since then, Livin Lite has gone from being very small to being recently named one of INC. magazine’s 500 fastest growing U.S. companies. INC. identified Livin Lite’s three-year growth figure as 611% and cited “Roaming Times’ Green RV of the Year” award.

Livin Lite went on to manufacture other RV products that RoamingTimes.com helped promote. For example, Scott Tuttle, president, cited the company’s CampLite lightweight trailer. Said Tuttle,  “I received a great e-mail today — typical of what I’ve been getting from a lot of potential customers. It said, ‘We just found you on RoamingTimes.com, and discovered that we can pull your trailer with our new Jeep — the only trailer that we found that we can pull with our new Jeep!’” Since then, Livin Lite has produced a new trailer for Jeep.

Meanwhile, RoamingTimes.com is beginning the selection process for 2011 RoamingTimes.com Green RV of the Year honoree and is looking for suggestions from RVers, wannabe RVers, RV manufacturers and dealers as well as from the media. Send nominees to greenRV@RoamingTimes.com.

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‘RV Capital’ Looks Inside Itself for Recovery

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ed Neufeldt introduces President Obama during his visit to Elkhart, Ind in February 2009.

Ed Neufeldt introduces President Obama during his visit to Elkhart, Ind in February 2009.

For 20 months now, Ed Neufeldt has kept the photograph in his wallet as a reminder of a promise made but not yet kept.

The small, scuffed print shows Neufeldt standing next to Barack Obama on Feb. 9, 2009, the day the U.S. president came to this recession-battered slice of the American heartland and assured its anxious residents the economy was soon going to improve, PrimeMedia News reported.

“One of the first things he said to me was, `I’m going to get you back to work,’” recalls Neufeldt, a 64-year-old father of seven. “But I really don’t think he helped me get back to work at all.”

Neufeldt makes this statement more out of disappointment than anger.

Like many other longtime residents in this county of 200,000, located about two hours east of Chicago, Neufeldt had been counting on Obama’s $787-billion stimulus bill to jolt the U.S. economy into recovery.

Known as the “RV Capital of the World,” Elkhart became a symbol of the Great Recession when its signature industry was slammed by a brutal combination of economic factors in 2008 – $4-a-gallon gasoline that sapped demand for gas-guzzling motorhomes, a consumer-credit squeeze and a collapse in Americans’ discretionary income.

The local unemployment rate shot to 18.9% in early 2009 from under 5% in 2007, turning Elkhart from one of the most prosperous industrial areas in the country to one of its most desperate.

“It was dire,” says Dorinda Heiden-Guss, president of the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.

Neufeldt was among the recession’s earliest victims, laid off after 32 years working on the assembly line at Monaco Coach Corp., a maker of high-end recreational vehicles.

He received six weeks in severance pay and then turned to unemployment benefits to support his family.

In all, 1,400 workers lost their job at Monaco – one of several companies to close its doors or slash workforces.

The economic carnage in Elkhart caught Obama’s attention even before he was president. He visited the county twice as a candidate while courting voters in Indiana, a traditionally conservative state that he carried in the 2008 election.

Obama has visited twice more since entering the Oval Office, first to plead for the stimulus shortly after taking office and then again in August 2009 to announce a $39-million grant for the production of electric delivery trucks in the county.

But almost two years after passage of the stimulus, the economic recovery remains uneven in Elkhart — with signs of hope tempered by ongoing struggle.

The county’s jobless rate has fallen amid a welcome upswing in the RV industry and the arrival of some “green” manufacturing jobs. Even with the modest surge in economic activity, unemployment stood at 13.4% in August.

“Consumption has been pretty weak coming out of this recession. Consumers and households have decided to hunker down, and I think they will remain hunkered down for a while,” says Bill Witte, an associate professor in economics at Indiana University Bloomington.

“That will have an impact on discretionary expenditures, which include things like great big RVs.”

In Nappanee, a town of 6,700 in southern Elkhart County, street signs advertise a food drive to aid residents struggling to make ends meet.

“I don’t think the recession is anywhere near being over,” says Larry Thompson, Nappanee’s Republican mayor.

“Even those who got their jobs back, they might be getting those jobs back at $10 less an hour than what they were making, and maybe their spouse, husband or wife didn’t get their jobs back at all,” says Thompson.

Debate over whether the stimulus worked — or is working fast enough — has dominated the political conversation here ahead of next month’s congressional elections.

Just two years after Obama won Indiana, Democrats are at risk on Nov. 2 of losing the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

According to a September poll by Rasmussen Reports, Republican Senate candidate Dan Coats is leading Democrat Brad Ellsworth by 16 points. In Indiana’s second congressional race — which includes part of Elkhart County — incumbent Democrat U.S. Joe Donnelly is in a close race against Jackie Walorski, a Tea Party favorite one local resident described as “Sarah Palin on steroids.”

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (right) chats with Mike Huckabee during Huckabee's visit to Elkhart in the spring of 2009.

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (right) chats with Mike Huckabee during Huckabee's visit to Elkhart in the spring of 2009.

“The stimulus is a hard sell to the guy that is unemployed,” acknowledges Democrat Dick Moore, mayor of the city of Elkhart.

“As people go back to work across the country, the first thing they are going to provide for is their needs. What we make here in Elkhart, Indiana, can be considered a want, not necessarily what you need. So we will lag a little bit.”

Still, Moore says the stimulus has provided a vital boost – launching infrastructure projects that are rejuvenating the city’s streets, schools, airport and municipal buildings.

He also credits Obama for raising Elkhart’s national profile – saying it has paid off by driving interest among entrepreneurs looking for a place to locate new businesses.

On a recent morning, the local newspaper reported a start-up recreational vehicle manufacturer was bringing 40 new jobs to Elkhart after receiving tax breaks from the local government.

Think, a Norwegian electric carmaker, has announced plans to begin North American production in 2011 in Elkhart, promising another 415 local jobs.

“We have been through a lot of these cyclical times with the RV industry. We have always survived,” says Moore.

Indeed, there have been other success stories.

Prime Time Manufacturing, a start-up company backed by investor Warren Buffett, has 125 employees and is producing three lines of recreational vehicles in facilities left vacant at the height of the recession.

Challenger Door, which supplies companies making RVs and transit buses, rose from the ashes of another failed firm. It has hired 120 workers in Nappanee.

“Three-quarters of the workers were actually from the old plant and out of work,” says Merlin Yoder, Challenger’s president.

Some local officials say new businesses are thriving despite the stimulus, not because of it. Other companies that sought stimulus funds are still waiting for the money to be released, says Heiden-Guss.

“This county, in particular, has gone around government in order to get things done. They are entrepreneurs,” she says.

Among some local businesspeople, there is grumbling about the administration’s decision to give $39 million in stimulus to Navistar, a large truck manufacturer that acquired Monaco Coach, the failed RV maker.

After Obama announced the money would be used for state-of-the-art “Made in America” electric trucks, it emerged that the first vehicles were largely assembled at a company factory in Coventry, England.

“It was a scam,” says Wilhelm Cashen, vice president of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, a small local company that designs light camper trailers for Jeep.

“The government gave (Navistar) $40 million. They went to Europe and built the truck. They didn’t do anything here.”

Among critics of the stimulus, Neufeldt may be the most surprising. He gained national prominence after being asked to introduce Obama during his first presidential visit to Elkhart.

“I came away feeling he was really going to turn this country around,” Neufeldt says. He felt that way until about three months ago.

Still unable to find full-time work in the RV industry, Neufeldt now juggles three part-time jobs in the town of Wakarusa. He delivers bread to local stores, cleans the office at a local medical clinic and is helping Cashen with the launch of the company making Jeep trailers.

Neufeldt makes enough money to afford the $400-a-month premium to provide health insurance to his wife and two children who remain at home. But he can’t afford the extra $500 a month it would cost to obtain coverage for himself.

“It took me a year to get back to work. I didn’t get back in the RV industry. My first job, delivering bread, had nothing to do with the stimulus at all,” Neufeldt says, who recently attended a Tea Party rally headlined by anti-Obama broadcaster Glenn Beck.

“I think I just did it on my own.”

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Livin’ Lite RV Ranks 491st in Inc. Survey

August 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Livin' Lite trailer on cover of Four Wheeler magazine.

Livin' Lite trailer on the October cover of Four Wheeler magazine.

Just as Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC moves into an 18,000-square-foot addition to its factory in Wakarusa, Ind., the small northern Indiana RV manufacturer has been identified as one of the 500 fastest growing companies in the U.S. in the September issue of Inc. magazine.image

Livin’ Lite builds modern-looking lightweight, all-aluminum folding camping trailers, travel trailers, truck campers and utility trailers.

”I think it’s pretty cool for a little company like us in Wakarusa, Ind., to be among the fastest growing companies in the U.S.,” said Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle. ”Next year, our growth will be even more.”

Inc. reported that Livin’ Lite’s revenue growth between 2006 and 2009 was 611% — from $418,000 to $3 million — ranking the company 491st in the magazine’s annual survey. Among manufacturers of consumer products and services, Inc. ranked Livin’ Lite the 30th fastest growing company.

Livin’ Lite’s private-label Jeep folding camping trailer, which became available Aug. 1 through Chrysler LLC’s Mopar parts subsidiary, also was featured on the cover in the October issue of Four Wheel magazine for a story on off-road trailers.

The Jeep popup camper, along with Livin’ Lite’s Quicksilver popup, will be built in the new plant expansion where Livin’ Lite will begin production next week.

With the addition of the new square footage, Livin’ Lite will have 53,000 square feet under roof, and plans to increase the number of its employees by 50 over the next year for a total of more than 80.

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Livin’ Lite Develops Jeep Folding Camping Trailer

March 31, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

IMG00258-20100330-0849A private-label, all-aluminum Jeep folding camping trailer built by Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC debuts today (March 31) at the 2010 Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

The diminutive 9-foot Jeep trailer, weighing about 1,000 pounds, is equipped with Jeep tires and rims, taillights, fenders, bumpers and Jeep logos and is fashioned after Livin’ Lite’s Quicksilver 6.0 pop-up trailer.

”This opens a whole new market for us to build off-road campers. There is a lot of interest,” said Scott Tuttle, president of the Wakarusa, Ind., RV manufacturer.

Tens of thousands of off-road aficionados are attending the Jeep Safari in the Utah desert that began March 27 and runs through Easter Sunday. The Chrysler LLC’s Jeep division is showcasing new products and aftermarket accessories during the annual event — Tuttle’s new camper among them.

Two versions of the new Jeep trailer — one for off-road use, the other for more traditional camping — include a bed and convertible sofa to sleep four people, plus a storage cabinet and removable dinette table.

An off-road package features an enclosed underbelly with a steel skid plate, a pintle hitch that rotates 360 degrees and a lift package that allows for 37-inch tires.

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Full production is to begin in May. ”If they are here, Jeep dealers will be able to place orders,” Tuttle told RVBUSINESS.com while attending the event.

The Jeep trailer has been in development since the first of the year after a Chrysler executive saw a Livin’ Lite Quicksilver folding camping trailer in Australia where they’ve been sold for three years.

Jeep”There was a lot of prototyping with Jeep parts,” said Tuttle, adding that Livin’ Lite has added a special production line to accommodate the Jeep trailer. ”They wanted as much OEM equipment on it as possible.”

Livin’ Lite will begin production of a Quicksilver version of the Jeep trailer — without Jeep’s proprietary equipment — by early summer. ”This will be the first of some off-road vehicles that we will build to get more people camping,” Tuttle said. “That is what’s exciting for us.”

The standard Jeep trailer is expected to sell for $6,500 to $7,500 while the off-road edition will retail for $8,900 to $9,900, Tuttle said.

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Livin’ Lite Shows First Traditional Trailer at Hershey Show

September 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

CampLite trailersLivin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC, Wakarusa, Ind., has introduced the lightweight aluminum-and-composite Camplite travel trailer, the company’s first traditional towable. Still, Livin’ Lite doesn’t do much in a traditional way. ”There is not a splinter of wood in this travel trailer. It is 99% recyclable,” said Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle, whose firm already manufactures the Quicksilver all-aluminum folding camping trailer and and cargo-style VRV utility trailer. The entry-level Camplite, with a base MSRP of $12,900, is available in three 10- to 15-foot floorplans, the longest featuring a combination wet bath and shower. All are equipped with cassette toilets and painted with automotive finishes. The 12-foot bunkbed floorplan — dry weight of 1,500 pounds — debuted this week at the 41st Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show. ”The Camplite sticks with our concept of back-to-the basics,” Tuttle said.

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