Editor’s Note: Darin Nelson, sales manager for Outdoors RV Manufacturing, provided this release on the health of Ron Nash, founder and president of Northwood Manufacturing Inc., who suffered a stroke on Jan. 12 and was hospitalized in La Grande, Ore.
After his condition stabilized, Ron entered a rehabilitation facility in Boise, Idaho, where he is working daily with speech and physical therapists. He has been communicating regularly with his family and company management, and is expected to make a complete recovery. Ron would like to thank all the employees, customers and friends who have sent expressions of concern and well wishes.
During Ron’s absence, Northwood and Outdoors RV continue to operate on a normal basis under the guidance of an experienced management team. The company has nearly 400 employees at its two manufacturing facilities in La Grande, making it one of the largest private employers in the area. Northwood and Outdoors RV products are distributed by dealers throughout the Western United States and Canada.
Nash founded Northwood Manufacturing in 1993 and the company has grown steadily under his leadership. Northwood manufactures travel trailers, campers, toy haulers and outdoor support vehicles. In 2009, Nash purchased the Fleetwood Travel Trailer plant in La Grande and formed Outdoors RV Manufacturing, which produces four popular travel trailer models.
Outdoors RV Manufacturing, LaGrande, Ore., announced the first production shipment of the Tamarack Trail travel trailer. The Tamarack Trail 260RKSS is the perfect example of the next generation of RVs being looked at by today’s consumers, according to a news release. Due to five-sided aluminum framing and lightweight steel roof trusses, this 29-foot travel trailer weighs in at just over 5,000 pounds fully equipped. The Tamarack Trail product line starts with floorplans just under 17 feet and 2,145 pounds. dry weight so they can be towed by a variety of today’s smaller tow vehicles.
Bob and Carolyn Thompson, owners of Thompson RV in Pendleton, Ore., took delivery this month of the first TimberRidge travel trailer produced by new RV manufacturer Outdoors RV Manufacturing, LaGrande, Ore. Present for the ceremony were (from right) Carolyn Thompson, Burt Thompson, Bob Thompson, Corrin Thompson, Justin Harvey and Darin Nelson, Outdoors RV sales manager. Thompson RV is a family-run business that started back in 1973. Last year, it was recognized by RVBusiness as one of the Top 50 Dealers in overall customer satisfaction. Outdoors RV is operating from the former Fleetwood plant in LaGrande. As of today, over 100 former Fleetwood employees have been put back to work and the company expects to continue the hiring process as the demand for products designed for the Northwest and Western Canada is on the rise.
Outdoors RV Manufacturing, a new firm based in LaGrande, Ore., delivered its first unit, a Creekside 18CK, on July 1 to John and D’Ann Ramsey, owners of Broadmoor RV in Pasco, Wash., the company has announced.
Outdoors was started by Ron and Sherry Nash, owners of LaGrande-based Northwood Manufacturing Inc., builders of Nash, Arctic Fox and Desert Fox RVs. The Nashes purchased the Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. travel trailer plant in LaGrande on May 13 along with the rights to the Fleetwood travel trailer designs and prints. In just over a month the first new unit rolled off the production line.
Outdoors RV will be focusing on the heart of the market in producing the following brands: CreekSide (designed for first-time buyers), SummitTrail (ultra-lite buyers), TimberRidge (first-time fiberglass buyers) and WindRiver (luxury-lite mid-line buyers), according to a news release.
The management team is led by Jim Croxton as the general manager and Darin Nelson as the sales manager and has a combined experience of over 160 years. Industry veteran Rod Glass is heading up Canadian sales. “All of this experience has benefitted Outdoors RV in obtaining an order backlog that virtually goes out six months along with a waiting list for dealers that want to be able to merchandise the products,” according to the news release.
“The focus of this company is to design RVs for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, merchandise the products with a hand-selected group of dealers with our end goal of having our customers enjoy an outdoor experience like no other. This area has an incredible percentage of people that enjoy the RV lifestyle and why wouldn’t they with the outdoors right outside most people’s backdoor. Outdoors RV’s goal is not to be the largest manufacturer in the country nor follow market share graphs. We simply want to design and build great RVs.”
For dealer and customer inquiries call the production facility at (541) 624-5500 or directly at the following: Darin Nelson, U.S. sales, cell (541) 215-3902 or Rod Glass, Canadian sales, cell (403) 391-1777. The website, www.outdoorsrvmfg.com, is scheduled to be up and running soon.
Shown in the photo below are (from left) Henry Quint, Darrin Nelson, U.S. Rep. James Walden, R-Ore., John and D’Ann Ramsey, Ron Nash and jim Croxton.