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Travel-trailer and fifth-wheel manufacturer Pilgrim International Inc., completed its 1,000th unit today after being in production for only about a year, according to Tom Gaither, vice president of sales and marketing for the Middlebury, Ind.company.
Chuck Schwartz, owner of Family RV Center in Statesville, N.C., bought Pilgrim’s first unit in June 2002 and he bought the 1,000th unit completed today, Gaither added.
Pilgrim, a company founded by Dave Hoefer, markets its products under the Open Road brand name. It ranked No. 22 in retail sales of fifth-wheels and No. 32 in the travel-trailer retail market during the first four months of this year, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
The company has 95 dealers in the U.S. and Canada for its midprice range, welded, powder-coated aluminum-frame, laminated fiberglass sidewall models, Gaither said. Pilgrim’s suggested retail prices for its units range from $29,542 for its 27-foot travel trailer to $37,445 for its 36-foot fifth-wheel.
Hoefer also founded travel-trailer and fifth-wheel manufacturer Dutchmen in the 1980s and he sold it to Thor Industries Inc. in 1991. He no longer is affiliated with Dutchmen or Thor.
Gaither estimates Pilgrim will ship its 2,000th unit in March 2004.