Riverside Debuts Optional Residential Package

November 25, 2013 by · Comments Off on Riverside Debuts Optional Residential Package 

Riverside's new residential refrigerator

Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. has introduced an optional Residential Package to its lineup of traditionally built travel trailers.

According to a press release, the cornerstone to the Residential Package is the 23-cubic-foot side-by-side refrigerator with ice and water in the door. “The residential features were created at the request of a custom build for a dealer and it turned out so well we decided to offer it across the board to all dealers” said Sales Manager Jerry Sell. “When you consider the standard size of a camper refrigerator is six cubic feet, this gives the customer almost four times the capacity.”

A 1,000-watt Magnum Pure Sine inverter is included in the package so the refrigerator will continue to operate while traveling. Other features of the package include residential style furniture with pocket coil seating on the trifold sofa and swivel rocker recliners. King bed super slides are also part of the package in several floorplans. The residential features are available on travel trailers starting at 27 feet.

Riverside will be showing product in Booth No. 1801 in the West Wing of Kentucky Exposition Center as part of the Dec. 3-5 51st National RV Trade Show. For more information visit or call Sell at (765) 472-3920, ext. 305.

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Riverside Reintroduces Timberlodge Trailer Line

November 20, 2013 by · Comments Off on Riverside Reintroduces Timberlodge Trailer Line 

Timberlodge trailer by Riverside

Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. is reintroducing the Timberlodge brand of towables at the Dec. 3-5 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

According to a press release, the wood-and-aluminum units will feature radius sidewalls that are up to 5 1/2 inches thick for maximum insulation while the windows are recessed with casings in the walls.

“These trailers have a unique look,” said Jerry Sell, sales manager. “They are a departure from the traditional “box” travel trailer. The rounded walls give the Timberlodge an added visual appeal and an upgraded feel.They will definitely be an attraction at the RV shows and on dealer’s lots.”

The initial prototype unit will be on display in Booth No. 1801 in the South Hall. There will be five floorplans offered for the spring market, with additional models released based on dealer input.


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Riverside Trailer Offers Stacked Rear Bedrooms

November 22, 2011 by · Comments Off on Riverside Trailer Offers Stacked Rear Bedrooms 

Kids room in Riverside's travel trailer

Peru, Ind.-based RV manufacturer Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. for 2012 has introduced a double-slide, 36-foot drop-frame travel trailer floorplan (32LOFTRB) with a pair of stacked rear bedrooms — one for kids with 49-inch ceilings and an upper loft with a slideout that has 6 feet of headroom for adults. ”It’s like a backward fifth-wheel,” said Mark Gerber, Riverside vice president of sales and finance. ”You step down to the kids’ room and you step up to the adults’ master suite.” The wood-and-aluminum Riverside travel trailer floorplan features a larger front kitchen and expanded living area, Gerber said, because of the space saved by stacking the two bedrooms. ”You’d have to have a 42-foot trailer to get all the stuff in it that you can by stacking the bedrooms,” Gerber said. ”You could put a 42-inch TV in the rear bedroom for the kids so they could play games or watch TV.” MSRP: $29,000.

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Riverside’s Trailers Target Experienced RVers

August 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Riverside Travel Trailer Inc.’s “stick-and-tin” Riverside- branded travel trailer shouldn’t be confused with entry-level units, says Mark Gerber, vice president of sales and finance for the two-year-old, Peru, Ind., firm.

“We chose that segment of the market (higher-end stick-and-tin) because RVIA wholesale shipments show that it is the largest segment of the RV market,” Gerber said. “Being a small manufacturer, we want to be the RV that experienced campers would purchase. We are not after the first-time buyer. Our features and floorplans lend themselves to repeat buyers.”

Wood-and-aluminum Riverside Travel Trailers are available in 29- to 39-foot floorplans with MSRPs ranging from $22,000 to $28,000, including two 30-foot semi-wedge- shaped “loft” layouts. Standard features include fiberglass sinks, elevated China-bowl toilets, Dreamscape pillowtop mattresses, recessed lighting, upgraded cabinet doors, master bedroom night lights and windows that open on the end of slideouts.

Working out of a 120,000-square-foot plant in rural Peru, Riverside also has taken inspiration from company President Ken Licklider, owner of Von Liche Kennels, an internationally known dog breeder in nearby Denver, Ind., and branched into building trailers designed to transport dogs in portable kennels. So far, the largest one will carry 14 dogs at a time in separate enclosed pens, but plans are in the works to design units to carry more than 20 canines.

The company also recently updated its website ( which allows viewers to compare floorplans, download brochures and take a virtual tour of the factory.

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Riverside President Appears on CNBC Program

August 9, 2011 by · Comments Off on Riverside President Appears on CNBC Program 

Peru, Ind.-based Riverside Travel Trailer Inc.’s President Ken Licklider recently appeared on CNBC’s “How I Made My Millions” featuring his primary business, which is training military, police and search dogs.

“Ken is one of those larger than life personalities who gained success through his hard work and drive,” said Mark Gerber, vice president of sales and finance for Riverside. “You can sit down with Ken and never tire of the stories of heroics and service his dogs have made in the defense of freedom overseas, and in the protection of civilians everywhere.

To view Ken’s video check out Riverside’s new website at and click the blue star.


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Riverside Unveils Trailer with Optional Kennel

November 19, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Riverside trailer with optional dog kennel.

Riverside trailer with optional dog kennel.

Riverside Travel Trailers Inc., Peru, Ind., has introduced an optional dog kennel in its 34-foot 29RLS single-slide Riverside travel trailer. ”It’s really a convenience because your dog can travel in the trailer in comfort while you are towing,” said Mark Gerber, Riverside vice president of sales, who described the 29RLS as a ”couples” floorplan. The all-fiberglass kennel option was inspired by Riverside President Ken Licklider, an internationally known breeder of trained dogs who owns Vohne Liche Kennels in nearby Denver, Ind. ”We made a couple of trailers for him that ultimately we are going to make for the military,” Gerber said. The dog-kennel floorplan will make its debut at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The kennel, which sits below the TV in the rear-living room floorplan, can be accessed from outside the coach or inside through a screen door and is outfitted with a drain for easy cleanup. The floorplan also features a patio-style door and ”a unique walk-through bathroom,” according to Gerber. MSRP: $24,900 with kennel

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Ind. House Speaker Presses State on Job Figures

June 14, 2010 by · Comments Off on Ind. House Speaker Presses State on Job Figures 

Ind. House Speaker Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, has sent a letter to Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob asking for information on whether companies have met their job commitments, according to a Bauer news release. A response from the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says an update on the information request will be provided by June 25.

Several of the companies about which Bauer is seeking information are RV firms which received state incentives to expand or remain in the Hoosier state. The list includes Dometic Elkhart, Earthbound RV LLC in Marion and Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. in Peru.

Letter from House Speaker Pat Bauer to Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob

Director Mitch Roob,

In reports to the media in March of 2010, you were quoted as “believing about 87%” of the jobs promised by companies receiving state incentives have actually been created. This, by your own admission, means 13% of the jobs that were promised were not realized. After inspection of the IEDC incentive compliance reports submitted to the General Assembly as required under IC 5-28-28-5, and published on the internet at, my staff was unable to locate any finding of noncompliance in any IEDC compliance report.

Due to this discrepancy, please consider this letter my formal request, pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act (IC 5-14-3), for copies of any records evidencing the noncompliance you self-reported in March of 2010.

I am aware that your agency has refused to release various records relating to job creation incentives in the past. I am also aware that the IEDC has broad discretion under IC 5-14-3-4.5 to keep records relating to incentive negotiations confidential. As you may know K-12 education has been cut by $300 M. Some estimate that as many as 7,000 teachers will lose their jobs, and the state unemployment rate remains around 10%. In these times, I would urge the IEDC to exercise its discretion in favor of sharing vital information with Hoosier taxpayers about Indiana’s true level of job creation success.

In SEA 23-2010, sec. 14, the General Assembly passed a new statute, IC 5-28-28-9, that requires the IEDC, upon request, to make available information specifying each company’s compliance with its incentive agreement. In light of this new legislation, I would request that the following details be left unredacted in any noncompliance records you provide:

  1. The county where each company is or was expected to be located.
  2. Each company’s promised number of new or retained jobs.
  3. Each company’s actual number of new or retain jobs.
  4. Any state incentives each company received in exchange for the company’s job promises.

I thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.


Speaker B. Patrick Bauer

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Riverside Travel Trailers Offers Loft Floorplan

September 11, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

Riverside loftRiverside Travel Trailers Inc. is offering a 33-foot loft floorplan with a full rear bath in the new Riverside towable line. ”This is for the family buyer who needs the capacity of a 37-footer, but doesn’t want to pull a rig that big,” said Mark Gerber, president of the new Peru, Ind., manufacturer that shipped its first unit July 22. ”We’re basically taking the last six feet of that trailer and putting it on top.” The company now offers six Riverside layouts, including the 30 Loft floorplan, the profile of which resembles a reverse fifth-wheel. The wood-and-aluminum Riverside 30 Loft features 13-foot slideouts, U-shaped dinettes, sofas, solid wood cabinet doors, country-style sinks, china toilet and laminate countertops. MSRP: $23,000.

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Government Incentives Help Riverside to Add Jobs

August 20, 2009 by · Comments Off on Government Incentives Help Riverside to Add Jobs 

The Miami County (Ind.) Council has given initial approval to provide up to $150,000 in incentives over the next five years for Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. to create 85 jobs over the next two years, according to the Kokomo Tribune.

The company currently employs 40 at its Peru, Ind., facility.

Riverside Travel Trailers says the number of new employees is scheduled to reach 60 by March 1, 2010, and 85 new positions will be filled by July 31, 2011.

The company is located in a 90,000-square-foot building, which formerly housed Timber Land RVs and closed in January.

As reported by RVBUSINESS.COM, the first unit manufactured by Riverside Travel Trailers was completed in July. The company says the 25th travel trailer was produced Monday (Aug. 17). Riverside Travel Trailers says it plans to produce six different models of travel trailers and started manufacturing the second model this week.

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Riverside Travel Trailer Inc. Ships First Product

July 23, 2009 by · 2 Comments 


Riverside Travel Trailer Inc.'s Mark Gerber, Ken Licklider and Kean MacOwan

Riverside Travel Trailer Inc.'s Mark Gerber, Ken Licklider and Kean MacOwan

Fledging RV manufacturer Riverside Travel Trailer Inc., Peru, Ind., shipped its first RV, shown at left,  Wednesday (July 22) to Wratten’s RV’s in Adams, N.Y., following a small ceremony that included state and local officials.

The 130,000-square-foot plant in central Indiana — about 85 miles south of Indiana’s Elkhart County RV manufacturing hub — previously housed Adventure Manufacturing Inc. dba Timberland RV, which closed its doors in January.

Two former Adventure principles — President Mark Gerber and Vice President Kean MacOwan — will lead the new company, with the financial backing of Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Liche Kennels, an internationally known breeder of trained dogs in nearby Denver, Ind., who will serve as Riverside president.

”We are not looking to be a large manufacturer, but to build high-quality trailers,” said Gerber, vice president of sales and finance for the new company.

Gerber met with Licklider while liquidating Adventure’s assets as receiver for a local bank.

Licklider said it didn’t take long to decide to back the new venture after hearing Gerber’s proposal. ”It took me about 10 minutes to know that I wanted to do this,” Licklinder told about 50 people who attended an indoor barbecue to mark the event. ”I wanted to see things built, and it helps the community; I made the stipulation that the company stay in Miami County. It all fit.”

The local economic development authority also is assisting Riverside with a $30,000-a-year rent subsidy on the property fronting U.S. 31 for the next five years.

Riverside wood-and-aluminum travel trailers will be available in 26- to 37-foot lengths with up to two slideouts. MSRPs will start at $19,500.

”It appears to be a nice product,” said Jim Wratten, co-owner of Wratten’s RV’s about 60 miles northeast of Syracuse, N.Y. ”It’s a solid, practical and useful travel trailer.”

State Rep. William C. Friend, R-Macy, said the addition of Riverside to the local economy is a good sign. ”It hasn’t been pretty for the last couple of years,” Friend said. ”The county and the state are very fortunate to have the Lickliders here. I congratulate them for their leap of faith, and that’s what this is.”

Gerber said that now is a good time to enter the RV market. ”The market is going to recover; sales are going to improve,” he said.

The company’s target is to sell about 600 trailers in its first year. ”After the Louisville Show, we will see what the market brings us,” Gerber said. ”We have the capacity to build between 5,000 and 6,000 units a year.”

Riverside initially will employ 30 people, all former Adventure workers. “We were able to select the best workers from Adventure,” Gerber said. ”They bring a great deal of energy to this company.”

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Riverside Travel Trailers Inc. to Begin Production

June 18, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

A new RV manufacturer, Riverside Travel Trailers Inc., has begun operations in the former Adventure Manufacturing Inc. (formally Timberland)  factory in Peru, Ind., last utilized for travel trailer production in January.

Two former Adventure executives — President Mark Gerber and Vice President Kean MacOwan — will direct the new company as vice president of finance and sales and vice president of operations, respectively.

Ken Licklider, owner of Vohne Liche Kennels, an internationally known breeder of trained dogs in nearby Denver, Ind., is the new company’s president.

”Through the liquidation process, I talked to a lot of local business people and came across someone who has the heart and soul to fire the company up again,” said Gerber, who had been named receiver by a local bank to liquidate Adventure’s assets. “He (Licklider) feels that the hit the RV industry took this last winter is more of a blip on the radar rather than a change in the business.”

Gerber said he is in the process of contacting suppliers and dealers. ”It will take a couple of weeks to get the parts here that we will need to get into production,” Gerber said.

Wood-and-aluminum Riverside travel trailers in lengths of 30 to 36 feet with single large slideouts are expected to begin rolling off the production line by mid-July, said Gerber. 

Startup production will be 10 units a week at the 130,000-square-foot factory, which has the capacity to build 5,000 units a year.

”We will manage growth in proportion to what the market will give us,” said Gerber, who anticipates having 50 dealers within six months. ”Our business growth will mirror the improvement that is coming in the financial markets. By the time we get our volume up, the banks will be lending.”

The initial work force will be about 30 people, all former Adventure employees laid off when the company finished its production run in January. ”We will have a very motivated and well-trained workforce who will be building high quality units immediately,” Gerber said. ”The goal is to have a modest rate of production though the Louisville Show and then be able to kick it up in the spring.”

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