Supplier PullRite, Mishawaka, Ind., reports that it sold more RV hitches in 2012 than in any year since 2007 and that new products have produced record sales at five distributor shows already this year.
”We are seeing a dramatic up-trend,” National Sales Manager Scott Later told RVBUSINESS.com during the recent Stag-Parkway show in San Antonio, Texas.
PullRite manufactures fifth-wheel hitches for long- and short-bed pickup trucks.
”We are very, very optimistic,” Later said. ”We’re seeing people who maybe during the downturn really wanted a fifth-wheel but settled for something less. Now, they are going to upgrade and get the unit they wanted.”
New items offered by PullRite include:
· Custom Mounting Kits for all of our ISR (industry standard rail) line of hitches that eliminate any drilling on the truck frame and can be installed by one person.
· OE Series Hitches for Ford trucks, both long and short bed that are purchased with the factory prep kit, where attachment points are already in the bed of the truck.
· A new 24K PullRite hitch for heavier trailers and higher tow rated trucks.
Towing product and hitch supplier PullRite announced the promotion of Scott Later to national sales manager.
According to a press release, Later joined Mishawaka, Ind.-based PullRite as west coast sales representative two years ago, following 12 years as vice president of sales for Carter Distributing in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Denver, Colo.
He will continue to serve PullRite’s accounts on the west coast, as well as taking on additional responsibilities as national sales manager.
PullRite, a company with a 35-year history of providing quality hitches and towing products for the RV industry, also reported that it set new sales records in each of the last two years.
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After the economic twists and turns of the RV industry in recent years, Pulliam Enterprises Inc. and its hitch-making division, PullRite, are enjoying a smooth uphill climb.
As reported by the South Bend Tribune, February was the biggest-selling month for the firm since Andrew and Leota Pulliam moved from California and started the company in the late 1970s — until the March sales came in 20% higher.
That’s on top of a 20% increase in all of last year, says Ronald Pulliam, their grandson, who works in the company’s customer service: “It was our biggest year ever as a company, even better than the high times before the recession.”
The growth landed PullRite on the Indiana Economic Development Corp.’s list of Companies to Watch this year. The current success, like the startup more than 30 years ago, is linked to Andrew Pulliam’s invention.
He started the company with a new style of under-the-vehicle towing system to replace the ball-on-the-bumper arrangement. Andrew Pulliam was a pipefitter who lived in a trailer because his work was transient and knew the problems firsthand.
“It was safer because it towed like a fifth-wheel tows in feeling and handling,” Ronald Pulliam says, explaining that the invention moved the pivot point to reduce dangerous side-to-side sway in older approaches. “That business leveled off because of some of the changes in the marketplace, so we started designing for fifth-wheel trailers as well.”
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Fifth-wheel hitch supplier PullRite reported that dealers attending the Northern Wholesale and Bell Industries distributor shows last week not only had positive outlooks for 2012, but also purchased product at record-setting levels.
According to a press release, several dealers offered positive reviews on PullRite’s product offerings, including:
• Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.: “We’ve proven over the last couple of years that our customers are choosing to buy higher quality American made hitches over cheaper imports. Greeneway sells PullRite’s quality first, rather than offering cheaper hitches that have proven to be disappointing to our customers in the past.”
• Paul and Mark Doughty, owners of North Point RV, Dick’s RV, and Willies RV in Minnesota and Wisconsin: “We really don’t see why we’d sell anyone a manual slider hitch when PullRite offers a higher quality, fully automatic slider hitch at a price that’s so close to those lower quality designs. We know our customers will be happier using the automatic design, and will have fewer frustrations and problems using them.”
• Pat and Mike Noble, owners of Owatonna, Minn.-based based Noble RV: “We’ve seen our sales team enthusiastically selling our customers on the benefits of higher quality features of PullRite, and know that customers who have better products with better experiences are more likely to return to buy again.”
Steve Koehn, national sales manager for Mishawaka, Ind.-based PullRite noted several new products from PullRite were resonating with dealers and consumers, including a new OE Series hitch that fits Ford trucks fitted with the factory prep option and an adapter letting B&W gooseneck hitch owners use PullRite’s SuperGlide hitches for towing fifth-wheels.
Rollin’ On TV has announced the addition of PullRite to the Rollin’ On TV family of sponsors.
PullRite, based in Mishawaka, Ind., is the manufacturer of fifth-wheel hitches, including the Super 5th and their SuperGlide.
This past month Rollin’ On TV also released a new ad it produced for Jayco Inc. titled, “Tough, Tender and Beautiful.” The ad appears on the program’s website, www.rollinontv.com. Click on “This Week’s Show” to view the ad.
Beginning Monday (Aug. 23), Rollin’ On TV launched a “news section” on its website.
All Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members are invited to send their press releases to News@rollinontv.com. This includes product announcements and company information.
Rollin’ On TV is also hosting a contest with SkyMed services and will give away a SkyMed one-year family membership to a lucky winner. A drawing for the winning name will occur on Sept. 20 at SkyMed’s main office in Scottsdale, Ariz. The winner will be announced on Rollin’ On TV’s website Sept. 25.
For more information contact Jose Moniz at email@example.com.