CrossRoads RV Announces Internal Promotions

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV announced the internal promotions of Kurt Alleshouse, Ray Huff and Brian Miller, according to a press release.

In his new position, Huff will oversee manufacturing of the Cruiser, Zinger, Elevation and Sunset production lines as well as CrossRoads’ lamination and complex facilities. “In Ray’s 10 years at CrossRoads, he has proven to be a forward-thinking, dependable individual. His extensive experience will continue to be an asset and contribute to the success of the company,” said Joel Devries, who was recently promoted to COO for the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary.

As manufacturing manager, Alleshouse will supervise manufacturing of the Rushmore product line at CrossRoads along with the production and lamination facilities for sister company Redwood RV in Syracuse. “Kurt has been instrumental in the success of Redwood RV over the past two and a half years,” said Devries. “Kurt’s enthusiasm, coupled with 12 years experience in RV management, has been a great asset to our company and will be instrumental in the ongoing developments of manufacturing at both locations.”

With the promotion of Alleshouse, Miller will take over the role of plant manager at Redwood RV. Miller has over 19 years of experience in the industry and has been with Redwood since its conception in 2010. “With Brian’s leadership and wealth of experience he was a great fit for the position,” stated Alleshouse.

CrossRoads’ President Don Emahiser noted, “All of our recently promoted employees are very impressive in their own right and a very positive statement to the hiring, and, the mentoring we have been doing at CrossRoads. Whenever we have a supervisor position opening, it brings the talented and the creative employees to the front. I can say all three are exactly that.”


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TrailManor Adds Three Models to Trailer Lineup

November 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TrailManor 2922 travel trailer

Jacksboro, Tenn.-based TrailManor Manufacturing Co. LLC has rolled out three new folding hard-wall trailer models, according to a press release.

The TrailManor 2922 models are based on the company’s best selling 2720 line, with the addition of a king-size rear bed. The 29-foot trailers are offered in configurations including front and rear beds; a front slideout model with sofabed; and a front slideout model with a dinette.

“RV buyers have been trending toward larger beds for several years, and TrailManor dealers have received lots of requests for a king bed in smaller models,” noted Cleo Eickhoff, vice president of marketing for TrailManor. “Last year, we addressed this by offering a king bed in our 2417 Sport model. Now, we’re giving dealers three new king bed models at highly desirable price points.”

TrailManor’s entire lineup features hard-wall travel trailers that fold down like tent campers for easy towing. They are lighter than traditional travel trailers due to TrailManor’s laminated construction and can be towed with properly equipped minivans, crossovers and small SUVs. The company said that it takes about one extra gallon of gas to tow a TrailManor trailer 100 miles.

A TrailManor trailer sets up in less than two minutes and owners don’t even have to unhitch. Inside, TrailManors are equipped with the amenities of upscale travel trailers, including a full kitchen, a hard-wall bath with shower and tub, plenty of storage and ample living space.

To learn more about TrailManor’s innovative, super-lightweight trailers, visit


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Dutchmen Names McDougall Regional Manager

November 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Len McDougall

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. has named Len McDougall as regional sales manager for the company’s Dutchmen travel trailer brand.

According to a press release, McDougall has worked in the Canadian and U.S. RV manufacturing sectors, with responsibilities including national sales manager and territory sales representative, as well as extensive participation in product development. McDougall was also a founding member of the Leisure Lifestyle Marketing Group, which evolved into the Go RVing Canada Committee.

“Len brings 20-plus years of valuable RV sales, marketing and management experience, coupled with genuine enthusiasm,” said Dutchmen General Manager Rob Groover. “With Len’s contributions, Dutchmen is looking forward to continued Canadian growth.”

McDougall has served RV dealers across North America, and refers to himself as a member of the ‘50-10 Club’, for having visited all 50 states and 10 provinces. He is married with two children and will serve all provinces from his Canadian-based office.


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Ind.-Based Eterniti Fills Void in English Market

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Eterniti trailer built for English market

When Phil Daniels wanted to buy a roomy recreational vehicle for his family to use camping in the British Isles, he couldn’t find one. So he hopped aboard a jet, flew to a Texas RV show and met Brian Donat of Goshen, Ind.

According to a Goshen News report, the two men hit it off right away and decided what was needed to solve Daniels’ problem was a new line of RVs for European consumers. So they birthed the new company Eterniti Caravans.

The new company is offering two versions of a sleek, lightweight RV that can be towed by small, fuel-sipping automobiles on the narrow roads of Europe.

“We feel we have brought something new and fresh to the market,” Daniels said during a stop in Goshen Thursday.

After a year of planning, designing and building a new company from the ground up, Eterniti delivered its first RV to a couple in England a week ago. And there will be plenty more such deliveries based on orders received at the NEC show, which is the United Kingdom’s national RV show, according to Daniels.

“The product we have just brought to market has just blown away the show,” Daniels said. “We just took $2 million of business in our opening show.”

The Eterniti travel trailers are offered in 26- and 22-foot models and feature a 13-foot slideout. That slideout is built in Elkhart County and shipped to the company’s plant in Widnes.

Donat said he has been shipping two 40-foot cargo containers of parts from Goshen each month to build up a supply of components for the Eterniti travel trailers.


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EverGreen Reveals Features on Sun Valley Line

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC revealed more details on its all-new line of Sun Valley travel trailers, being introduced during this week’s Elkhart RV Open House at the company’s display near the entrance of the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

According to a press release, Sun Valley is being launched with 13 floorplans including a rear bath, kitchen island, rear lounge, mid bath and private bedroom layout. Seven of the floorplans feature EverGreen’s roomy deep slides. Construction includes a steel I-beam frame with vacuum-laminated sidewalls, roof, and floors inside of a fiberglass reinforced exterior and walk-on crowned roof fully laminated with white reflective TPO material.

Large, dark tinted radius windows with a porch light, exterior speakers, awning, radius entry door, large pass-through storage bins and designer graphics are all standard features. The interior is equipped with padded “no crack” vinyl flooring, screwed-and-glued solid wood cabinetry, plywood drawers with full extension bearing guides, a large kitchen window with blind, and a double door, full-sized refrigerator.

Sun Valley’s bedroom is centered on an 80-inch queen bed with an inner spring mattress on most models and under-bed storage. The bathroom offers either a full tub or neo-angled shower, skylight over the shower or tub, and a power exhaust fan. A value package is available which bundles several popular features together.

“The Sun Valley travel trailer was designed with the input of RV enthusiasts and dealers to be EverGreen’s most exciting travel trailer to date,” said Vice President of Marketing and Sales Doug Lantz. “Like other EverGreen products, Sun Valley is lightweight, easy to tow and utilizes many of the same revolutionary design features that have made EverGreen a leader in innovation.”

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EverGreen RV Launching Sun Valley Trailer Line

September 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC will be launching its new 2013 Sun Valley travel trailer during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.

According to a press release, the Sun Valley trailer line will debut to dealers Sept. 18-20 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. as part of EverGreen’s display on Executive Parkway near the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart.

The Sun Valley travel trailer, designed with the input of RV enthusiasts and dealers, is lightweight, easy-to-tow and utilizes many of the same design features incorporated in other EverGreen brands while featuring many of the most popular floorplans.

In addition to displaying new product, EverGreen will be hosting a “Hog Roast Celebration” on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its exhibit area in Elkhart. For more information visit



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Sundance Trailer Design Features Industry First

September 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Heartland's Sundance travel trailer

Riding the success of its Sundance mid-profile fifth-wheel brand, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC will extend the lineup, rolling out a full-featured, lightweight laminated travel trailer to dealers during the Sept. 18-21 Elkhart County RV Open House.

“The Sundance travel trailer is an extremely important product to our company’s growth plans,” stated Heartland President Chris Hermon in a press release. “With MSRP’s ranging from the low- to mid-$30,000’s, the Sundance trailer fits into that sweet spot of the marketplace while targeting the extremely popular half-ton pickup market.”

Applying the same formula that pushed Sundance to the No. 7 spot among all fifth-wheel brands in June, the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder is bringing the Sundance travel trailer to market sharply priced and featuring several “industry firsts” for the high-volume segment.

“We performed a lot of research on how we could bring more value at this price point,” said Hermon. “During our product design process we came up with several innovative and interesting ideas. Many times you have to step back and challenge yourself to think differently.”

Heartland will debut two 31-foot models at the Open House – a double-slide bunkhouse and rear entertainment floorplan – that will be equipped with hydraulic slideouts and four-point hydraulic leveling jacks. General Manager Jim Hickey noted, “Customers have to step up to a fifth-wheel to get hydraulics. These are features that are really going to distinguish Sundance in the lightweight laminated trailer market.”

Also included as standard are high-gloss fiberglass sidewalls, LG True solid-surface countertops, painted fiberglass caps, aluminum wheels and electric awnings. Hermon noted, “This travel trailer looks awesome inside and out. People are going to be talking a lot about the Sundance brand.”

Hermon said that more models are planned for the Sundance trailer line, all designed to eliminate overlap and intelligently segment the market. “We continue to find that dealers don’t want a lot of floorplans,” he said. “What they want are proven layouts they can stock deeply and turn quickly. That is exactly what the Sundance travel trailer is all about.”

Heartland will be showing product at the Open House as part of parent Thor Industries Inc.’s massive display area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. For additional information on the Sundance contact Hickey at (574) 303-9200 or


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EverGreen’s Ascend Showcased at Open House

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC will showcase new floorplans along with interior and exterior looks for its 2013 line of Ascend travel trailers during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.

According to a press release, five of the new Ascend travel trailer models will be shown Sept. 18-20 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Evergreen’s display near the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

Newly introduced in 2012, the Ascend is EverGreen’s lightest and most affordable travel trailer. Easy-to-tow with mid-sized SUVs or even full-sized sedans, the Ascend is available in lengths from 17 to 23 feet.

In addition to displaying new product, EverGreen will be hosting a “Hog Roast Celebration” on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its exhibit area in Elkhart. For more information visit


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CrossRoads Adds to Elevation Toy Hauler Team

September 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Topeka, Ind.-based towable builder CrossRoads RV has increased the sales force for its Elevation toy hauler, according to a press release.

“Toy haulers are a growth market as people take back their leisure time activities. We want to ensure our dealers receive the best support we can provide,” said Doug Graham, product manager. “Adding more staff will help us build closer relationships with our current dealers and provide exceptional support to new dealers.”

Personnel moves include:

• Marc Rief has been promoted to regional sales manager. Rief has been part of the Elevation sales team for several months. States included in Reif’s region are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas as well as the Canadian territories of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Reif can be contacted at or (574) 849-9845.

• James Messenger has been hired as regional sales manager for the southeast region that includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Messenger has been involved in the RV industry for over five years. Contact Messenger at or (574) 850-3481.

• Andrew Decker has been brought in as sales support. Decker will be located in the Topeka office, where he will serve as on-site support. Decker can be reached at or through the corporate office (260) 593-3850.


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CrossRoads Breaks Ground on Corporate Office

September 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

CrossRoads RV broke ground today (Sept. 11) on a new 22,330-square-foot corporate office at its 45-acre campus in Topeka, Ind.

“We selected Sept. 11 as the groundbreaking day for CrossRoads RV’s new corporate offices to honor America’s legacy of strength and endurance,” Don Emahiser, president of Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, said in a press release.

The new corporate office, which is scheduled for completion in April of 2003, will house administrative and executive staff. The Town of Topeka annexed the building site into the town and offered a tax phase-in incentive to CrossRoads RV.

“We’re pleased to be able to expand our facilities in Topeka,” said Emahiser. “We currently have our administrative staff split among several different facilities due to space limitations. The new building will create efficiencies in communication by having them all under one roof as well as give us the space to expand.”

Nuway Construction, a design/build general contractor located in Goshen, Ind., was chosen to direct the project. “This facility has been specifically designed to meet CrossRoads RV’s growing staff requirements,” said Randy Huffman, president of Nuway. “It incorporates human resources facilities not currently available and consolidates the sales staff under one roof.”

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Gulf Stream Adding Conquest, Innsbruck Model

September 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has added a new floorplan to its Conquest and Innsbruck travel trailer lines, set to debut during next week’s Elkhart County RV Open House.

According to a press release, the 277DDS is designed for active camping families, featuring two full-size bunks, a private master bedroom with residential solid-panel doors and a walk-around queen bed, and two family-friendly entry doors, including one that opens directly into the bath.

Gulf Stream said that the new floorplan is also “loaded with standards” as part of the company’s “high-content, high-value strategy.”

“When our dealers do a features and benefits walk-through with retail customers, they’re constantly saying, ‘it’s included,’” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for the brands. “That’s an incredibly powerful retail tool. Customers want value, without gimmicks or hidden costs. They want a travel trailer that doesn’t require a long list of extra-cost options to be livable, and the new 277DDS is a perfect example of that idea.”

He added, “Because we are an independent manufacturer, we have the flexibility to respond to direct input from our dealers and provide products and pricing that deliver stunning retail performance.”

The new Conquest and Innsbruck will be showcased in Gulf Stream’s display at County Road 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and at the company’s headquarters in Nappanee, Ind. For more information contact Randy Baskerville at (574) 320-2630 or


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Heartland Rolling Out ‘Elite Edition’ Wilderness

September 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Heartland's Elite Edition Wilderness trailer

Marking a successful first year in the growing lightweight laminated market, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC introduced a new bunkhouse floorplan in its Wilderness travel trailer brand along with an eye-catching Elite Edition exterior package that creates the look of a full-body painted coach.

According to a press release, the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder will officially debut the latest additions to its 2013 Wilderness line as part of the Sept. 18-21 Elkhart County RV Open House Week.

“Heartland was determined to hit a certain price point with the Elite package,” said Heartland President Chris Hermon. “This package has only been offered at price points thousands of dollars more than the Wilderness. Our dealer body will be thrilled not only with the aggressive pricing, but also the weight of the new Wilderness.”

Mike Creech, general manager, reported the all-aluminum Wilderness had successfully gained market share over the past year as consumers, and dealers, recognized the brand as a “true value piece” in the high-volume trailer segment.

“When Heartland brought the Wilderness to market at last year’s Open House, there were three things that really set it apart,” Creech said. “Like all Heartland products, the line was aggressively priced. We also knew that the top-selling units were extremely lightweight, so our design team did a great job of cutting weight without sacrificing quality. But I think the feature that really grabbed people was the 7-foot crowned interior ceiling height. That has been a game-changer.”

The Elite Edition adds a finished look to the exterior, featuring all-tan fiberglass walls, accented by new graphics and “black trimmings,” according to Creech. He added, “It’s pretty dramatic. We’ll be showcasing the Elite package at the Open House, and are anticipating very strong dealer response.”

With the debut of the “mainstream bunkhouse” model, the Wilderness line sports 12 floorplans, ranging in lengths of 21 to 35 feet with dry weights running from 4,000 to 6,500 pounds. “One of the set-apart features with the new bunkhouse model is that it has a deep, 36-inch slideout that really opens up the floorplan,” Creech said.

Other amenities across the entire line include upgraded interior décors, vinyl flooring and accent wallboards in the bedroom and slideroom areas. “Instead of just being plain, the wallboards are a richer, darker color,” Creech said. “It really adds a residential touch.”

MSRPs for the Wilderness line range from $19,000 to $28,000.

Heartland will be showing product at the Open House as part of Thor Industries Inc.’s massive display area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame. For additional information on the Wilderness contact Creech at (574) 210-1976 or










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Gulf Stream to Debut Bath Slide at Open House

September 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has introduced an innovative bath slide in its Gulf Breeze and Streamlite travel trailer brands, according to a press release.

“The new bath slide from Gulf Stream adds significant floor area, storage, counter space and convenience to the baths of several new Gulf Breeze and StreamLite Floor Plans,” says Tim Dennig, national sales manager for the Gulf Stream’s lightweight division.  “Our dealers told us their customers would appreciate a bigger bath, but didn’t want us to compromise the rest of the living area of floorplans they love. When the bathroom wall moves out, owners get a bath that has plenty of elbow-room for full-size adults.”

He added, “The bigger bath can double as a changing room, plus there’s room for a big linen cabinet, four times as much counter space, and at least double the under-counter storage of many traditional RV baths.”

Gulf Stream will debut the bath slide in its Gulf Breeze and Streamlite floorplans Sept. 17-20 as part of the upcoming Elkhart County RV Open House. The company will be hosting displays at the corner of County Road 6 East and Northland Drive in Elkhart and at the Gulf Stream facility in Nappanee.

For more information about the new bath slide contactDennig at (800) 888-8917, ext. 5146 or e-mail


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Echo Hires Phillips; Displaying at Open House

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Echo Manufacturing LLC, a builder of lightweight travel trailers and toy haulers, announced the appointment of Charlie Phillips as national sales manager.

According to a press release, Phillips has more than 20 years experience in both wholesale and retail, most recently in the Midwest with a major manufacturer.

“Working for a small manufacturer like Echo is something that I always wanted to do,” said Phillips. “To get in on the ground floor and grow a company is exciting and challenging. I’m looking forward to the hard work and rewards”

Echo also announced participation in the annual Elkhart Open House slated for September 18-21 in northern Indiana. Echo will be set up at the corner of Beck Drive and County Road 17 on Elkhart’s east side, less than a mile away from the major manufacturers.

Joining Echo RV in its display will be park model builder Elkhart-based HL Enterprises Inc. and Columbia Northwest Inc., headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. The display will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.

For more information on Echo visit or (877) 495-1546.


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EverGreen RV Hosts Hog Roast at Open House

September 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is inviting dealers to a “Hog Roast Celebration” on Sept. 19 in conjunction with Elkhart County RV Open House Week. According to a press release, the event will run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at EverGreen’s display near the entrance to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

The Middlebury, Ind.-based builder will be showing its diverse product line, including the Ever-Lite, i-Go and Ascend brands along with the all new Bay Hill fifth-wheel and Sun Valley travel trailer.

According to the company, the ‘New EverGreen’ provides dealers with more profitable product lines, new competitive pricing, larger territories and no clone products selling against its quality brands.

EverGreen’s Dealer Open House will run Sept. 18-20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to or contact: EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540; Phone: (574) 825-4298; Fax: (574) 825-4299.



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