The diminutive T@B travel trailer is being reintroduced to the North American market by Little Guy Worldwide, Massillion, Ohio, which sells, markets and distributes Little Guy and Silver Shadow teardrop trailers built on contract by Pleasant Valley Trailer in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
The T@B, last marketed in the U.S. two years ago by Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., is based on a unit first built in 2001 by Germany’s Tabbert Caravan GmbH.
”We were looking for another model you could stand up in,” said Chris Baum, Little Guy Worldwide COO. ”We thought the T@B would be a natural progression while keeping the look of the teardrop.”
Little Guy, founded in 2002, initially is offering the T@B in a single 15-foot dinette floorplan, and will display the unit at the upcoming 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.
Currently, Little Guy sells its teardrops in about 60 locations, most of which are car dealerships.
”RV dealers are not our typical dealer because teardrops tend to get lost on their lots,” Baum said. ”Now that we have the T@B, that warrants us going to the Louisville Show for the first time to get more involved in the traditional RV market.”
Little Guy purchased Dutchmen’s remaining T@B components and bought more than 15 used T@Bs and disassembled them to understand the engineering and construction methods. ”We took them apart and then put them back together,” Baum said.
With a dry weight of 1,420 pounds and a width of just over 6 feet, Little Guy Worldwide’s T-16 T@B floorplan can be towed by just about any four-wheel vehicle.
Little Guy has made standard many features including a sight-and-sound-package, sink and stove, convertible refrigerator, screen doors and spare-tire mounts that Dutchmen had offered as options.
Production began in June at Pleasant Valley.
”One of the big selling points is that it’s all Amish-built,” Baum said. ”When you start talking about that people get the idea of the quality that goes into the T@B.”
About 50 T@Bs, with a $15,995 MSRP, have been built and production currently is about five units a week, Baum reported. ”Right now, our biggest issues is managing T@B’s growth,” Baum said. ”In today’s marketplace, there is the need for a truly lightweight travel trailer. Our teardrop business is up 35% this year.”
Baum said building 500 T@B’s next year ”is very realistic.”