Pacific Coachworks, a startup OEM in Southern California, completed its first trailer Monday (Oct. 2) at its Riverside manufacturing facility.
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, reported that the 28-foot Tango trailer was purchased by California RV, which plans to sell Pacific’s trailers at its stores in Fontana, Colton, San Bernardino and Baldwin Park.
“I haven’t been as excited since my two sons were born,” said Chief Executive Tom Powell, a 30-year RV industry veteran. “To be on time and to see all the things done that had to be done to come to this day is really gratifying.”
Started by Powell and Dane Found, Pacific Coachworks has 80 employees and plans to make six trailers a day. Powell and Found are former executives with Moreno Valley-based Thor California Inc., a subsidiary of Ohio’s Thor Industries Inc.
Located in a newly built, 66,000-square-foot factory Pacific has lined up 20 dealers in 11 Western states and in parts of western Canada. Its line of 20- to 30-foot travel trailers and fifth-wheels range in price from $13,000 to $27,000.
California RV president Fred Donson said it’s always a risk to do business with a new company but that he feels comfortable with Pacific Coachworks.
“It’s the care and the concern that the founders, Dane and Tom, show for their employees, the product and their customers,” he said.
Donson said he will keep the first trailer as a display model in one of his stores.