The Keystone RV Co., a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., has formed a new Ultralight Division and the Goshen, Ind.-based company has hired ultralight segment expert Tim Dennig to be the general manager of its new operation.
Previously, Dennig was involved in ultralight towables at R-Vision Inc., Warsaw, Ind., and the Aero Manufacturing unit of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., another Thor subsidiary.
Keystone’s Ultralight Division will build aluminum-frame, laminated fiberglass travel trailers and fifth-wheels that will weigh less than 3,000 pounds so they could be pulled by a front-wheel drive minivan with a 3,500-pound tow rating, Dennig said. Those models will be in the 17- to 21-foot range.
The division also will build units in the 4,000-pound range so they can be pulled by sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and full-size vans with 5,000-pound tow ratings. Those models will be in the 24- to 30 1/2-foot length range.
“We’ll try to be one of the most aerodynamic units out there,” Dennig said.
Keystone assembles its own aluminum frames, but the company is willing to listen to potential suppliers with “new (assembly) techniques,” said Bill Fenech, executive vice president. “We’ll take the blinders off.
“We’ll build the most competitive, feature-packed ultralight,” Fenech said. “We’re not looking to be the cheapest or the most expensive.”
The first prototypes will be completed in 30 to 60 days. The ultralight product launch schedule has not been established yet, Fenech said.
Keystone will dedicate one of its factories in Goshen for building ultralights exclusively, he added.