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American Retro Inc. has introduced a luan-free, Retro-Lite lightweight travel trailer using a plastic material for substrate developed by Carter Associates Inc., Burr Oak, Mich.
The company is owned by Alan Carter, president of Cikira RV LLC, who also is majority owner of American Retro.
“It impervious to water, ultraviolet radiation and it is flame-retardant,” Carter said of the new construction material.
Although Carter said he will make the so-called “plastic luan replacement (PLR)” available to other RV manufacturers and those in other industries, the product has no commercial name. “It’s just generally an engineered application,” Carter said.
Carter said towable builder Cikira, which will manufacture the trailers, has been using the material on the front ends of its Classic Cruiser, Escape and Lux-Lite travel trailers.
“I acquired Cikira RV in the first place to get PLR in the marketplace and prove it out,” Carter told RVBusiness. “Retro-Lite is the first product we’ve put together to use PLR in its entirety.”
Aluminum-and-fiberglass Retro-Lite trailers in 14- and 16-foot floorplans were introduced at the December Louisville Trade Show where Cikira showed a 16-foot floorplan with a refrigerator, air conditioner, furnace water heater and shower with toilet
The unit has a dry weight of 1,590 pounds, according to Bob Reda, American Retro president, an industry veteran who set out “to build the least expensive, lightest weight trailer in the country.”
MSRPs start at $13,999, said Reda, who sold majority interest in American Retro to Carter in November.