Forest River Inc., the second-largest manufacturer of towable RVs, introduced its new Wildcat series of fifth-wheels today (Sept. 14) during its first national dealer meeting.
Over 500 dealers attended Forest River’s meeting at the Twin Mils Camping Resort in Howe, Ind., said Jeff Babcock, general manager of the Goshen, Ind.-based company.
Forest River, a four-year-old company, ranked No. 2 in terms of retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers during the first half of this year, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
The privately owned firm retailed 13,257 towable RV units during the first half of this year to edge out Thor Industries Inc., which retailed 13,253 units, Statistical Surveys reported.
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. was the leading towable RV company, retailing 28,206 units during the first half of this year, according to Statistical Surveys.
The Wildcat is a “mid-price, light-weight unit for the heavy 1/2-ton to light 3/4-ton pickup market,” Babcock said.
It will be built in a refurbished 65,000-square-foot factory in Elkhart, Ind., which has capacity to produce 15 to 20 Wildcat units per day, Babcock said.
The suggested retail price for the Wildcat will be in the “low-to-mid $20,000 range.” Wildcat units will weight “6,000 pounds or less,” he added.
Forest River also unveiled its redesigned Spinnaker series of high-end fifth-wheels and its upgraded All American Sport series of sport utility travel trailers and fifth-wheels.
The redesigned Spinnaker will retail between $40,000 and $65,000. It weights from 9,000 to 15,000 pounds and was designed for the one-ton truck market, Babcock said.
The All American travel trailer comes in 27- or 28-foot lengths while the fifth-wheel version is a 36-footer. In back of the living quarters in 10 feet to space for hauling motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and other equipment for use at a camping designation.
Retail prices for All American units will range from $28,000 to $34,000.