Southern California toy-hauler manufacturer Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. has acquired Extreme RV’s LLC, a travel-trailer, fifth-wheel and sport-utility trailer (SUT) manufacturer located in Caldwell, Idaho.
The terms of the transaction were not revealed although Warrior reports it was “by stock purchase.”
The acquisition of Extreme RV allows Warrior owner Mark Warmoth to enter “the mainstream travel-trailer and fifth-wheel market,” he said.
“Merging the two companies provides unique opportunities for growth on both ends of the RV spectrum.
“By combining our strengths and integrating the two dealer body networks helps distribution and gains us clout in our manufacturing and purchasing capabilities,” Warmoth added.
Founded in 1988, Warrior has been growing at a rapid rate the last few years after strong effort by Warmoth and his employees to expand the popularity of toy haulers – also called ramp trailers, SUTs and sport utility RVs (SURVs) – along the West Coast.
The firm ranked No. 8 in retail market share among travel-trailer manufacturers during the first two months of this year with a 2.4% market share, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm.
In terms of units, retail sales of Weekend Weekend Warrior travel trailers was up 46% during the first two months of this year compared with the same portion of last year. Retail sales of travel trailers, as a whole, were up 20% during the period, Statistical Surveys reports.
Although still a small player in fifth-wheels, ranking No. 16 with a 1.4% market share, Warrior’s fifth-wheel retail sales volume was up 107% during the first two months of this year, Statistical Surveys also reports.
Warrior and Extreme RV will retain their company names and Warrior will continue producing its Weekend Warrior and Superlite brands of SUTs at its recently expanded facilities in Perris, Calif., east of Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Extreme RV will continue building its Companion, Road Ranger, Sportsmaster, Monterey and Extreme SUT models in Idaho.
Extreme RV formerly was the towable RV division of Kit Manufacturing Co., until Don Day and Jim Homburger bought the division from Kit late in 2002.
Kit was founded in 1945 by Dan Pocapalia, one of the first entrepreneurs to produce RVs.