Sturgis, Mich.-based Cikira RV has purchased the assets of American Retro Inc., a start-up company based in Elkhart, Ind., that planned to build lightweight trailers.
“This acquisition enables us to expand our current line of lightweight travel trailers,” said Alan Carter, Cikira president and CFO. “American Retro’s RetroLite series travel trailers with ‘Retro’ designed exteriors, and Euro inspired components and amenities, adds a new dimension to our company.”
Carter added, “Now we will have a diversified product mix, zeroing in on travel trailers that can easily be towed by the more fuel efficient, smaller vehicles being designed and marketed by the automotive industry.”
The asset purchase includes RetroLite’s prototype and intellectual property. The Elkhart business had yet to begin production of its unit.
“Our goal for the RetroLite product line is to introduce automotive type manufacturing technology, incorporating plastics for lighter weight, more durable travel trailers. Without using molded fiberglass or aluminum exterior materials, we feel the RetroLite will evolve into the next generations ‘legacy’ travel trailer,” according to Tom Sandford, vice president of manufacturing for both Cikira RV and American Retro.
American Retro’s RetroLite series will be available in 14- to 16-foot lengths, offering ultra-lite travel trailers, self-contained and designed to be towed by 6-cylinder autos, SUVs, trucks and minivans with engines in the 3.0 to 4.0 liter range.
RetroLite 140 and 160 models sleep from two to four people and are equipped with refrigerators, furnaces, fresh water tanks, cooktops, microwaves ovens, TV systems, power roof vents, air conditioners and toilets with holding tanks. The RetroLite 140 and 160 have dry weights of 1,500 pounds and 1,700 pounds, respectively.
The RetroLite series is just one of several new products being introduced by Cikira RV and American Retro at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show Dec. 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Centers (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.