In an effort to turn the company’s fortunes around, the National RV Inc. subsidiary of National RV Holdings Inc., has brought back its Tropi-Cal brand in the form of an attractively priced triple-slide diesel, rolled back the price and stepped up the value of its gas-powered Sea Breeze and Sea Breeze LX, and introduced the Surf Side Lite, a new towable line for sport utility vehicle (SUV) enthusiasts attracted to the lifestyle.
The Perris, Calif.-based company’s revamped lineup was unveiled to dealers during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville last month.
The Tropi-Cal, once a gas-powered line, has been brought back as a diesel at a mid-$150,000 price point. Built on the Freightliner raised-rail chassis with a 330-horsepower Caterpillar engine and full air brakes, it comes in 35- and 37-foot triple-slide floorplans, with an electric awning and an exterior entertainment center.
Recognizing the opportunities in the moderately priced gas market, Wayne Mertes, the founder of National RV who recently returned as the company’s president, seeks to bring the Sea Breeze brand “back to the forefront.”
The Sea Breeze offers two double-slide floorplans in 31- and 34-foot lengths. It comes on a Ford Super Duty chassis with the Triton V-10 engine, 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating and 50-amp service. Its stylish contours and suggested retail price of $85,000 also make it very appealing, according to the company.
Meanwhile, the Sea Breeze LX offers many of the same features and more. Built on the Workhorse W-22 Chassis, the LX includes a 340-hp GM Vortec engine, a five-speed Allison automatic transmission, dual pane windows, generous basement storage, and an insulated basement floor and bay doors for a suggested base retail price of $99,000. The new 381 triple-slide floorplan also will be introduced this month, according to the company.
For the towables market, National RV has released the Surf Side Lite, a lightweight travel trailer designed to follow an SUV or light-duty truck. Ranging in length from 23 to 30 feet, the Surf Side offers four floorplans, including slideouts and a choice of seven or eight-foot widths. Starting at $16,100, the Surf Side Lite makes it easy to Go RVing, National RV officials say.