Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. has acquired the trailer business assets of National RV Holdings, Inc. in an effort to increase its presence in the conventional travel-trailer and toy-hauler markets.
The National RV brands, which include Splash, Palisades, Rage’n and Blaze’n, will be manufactured and marketed through a new Weekend Warrior affiliate called Rage’n, Inc., said Gary Denton, Weekend Warrior’s vice president of sales and marketing.
National RV plans to focus its resources on its growing motorhome business, though it will continue to service and fulfill the original warranty obligations of its travel-trailer products currently on the road.
“We are very pleased that we were able to reach an agreement on our toy-hauler business with the company that virtually invented that business,” National RV CEO Brad Albrechtsen said in a statement.
Denton said Weekend Warrior would continue to produce Splash and Palisades as conventional travel trailers and fifth-wheels, while keeping Rage’n and Blaze’n as toy-hauler products, though there may be some modifications to the designs.
“We will tweak them and tune them,” he said.
The transaction was logistically convenient for Weekend Warrior and National RV, both of which are based in Perris, Calif. As part of their agreement, Weekend Warrior will lease National RV’s trailer manufacturing facility along with an undetermined number of National RV employees for one year until Weekend Warrior can acquire additional manufacturing space and expand its workforce.
Weekend Warrior already has two manufacturing facilities in Perris, including a 50,000-square foot factory on a 16-acre site and an 86,000-square foot facility on 10-acre site. The company had also opened escrow on an additional 110,000-square-foot facility on a 13-acre site, Denton said.
In terms of human resources, Weekend Warrior employed roughly 700 in Perris prior to acquiring National RV’s trailer business. Denton said the company’s workforce would increase by another 150 to 200 employees during the coming months.
The acquisition was the second major transaction for Weekend Warrior this year.
In May, the company acquired Extreme RV’s LLC, a Caldwell, Idaho travel-trailer, fifth-wheel and sport-utility trailer (SUT) manufacturer with 150 employees.