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12 • RV PRO • August 2021 rv-pro.com E lkhart, Ind., has long been dubbed the "RV Capital of the World" for good reason – about 80 percent of all RVs man- ufactured in North America are made there, according to data from the RV Industry Association. Not only are the three RV manufacturers profiled in this article geographically far from northern Indiana, the companies are also philosophically unique when it comes to things such as product design and innovation. Challenges are often turned into oppor- tunity, setting these RV makers apart in terms of the motorhomes and trailers they produce. RV PRO recently spoke with the following manufacturers to find out how they operate and what makes them successful "outside of the hub." Aliner Sees Success with Renewed Focus on A-Frames Aliner is enjoying increased demand for its popular A-frame trailers, proudly manufactured in Mt. Pleasant, Pa. The company's founding family started the business in the early 1970s in Bend, Ore., before eventually moving to its current home in the Keystone state. Private investors acquired the company in 2007. The business experienced some struggles until 2014, after current CEO and President Brett Randall took the helm. "We turned it around," Randall says, adding that he bought out the majority of shareholders in 2019. As COVID-19 took hold, Aliner saw sales boom, as did the vast majority of RV manufacturers. Not only has the pandemic resulted in many first-time buyers, it also brought back many former RVers, according to Randall. "They had enjoyed RVing earlier in their lives and had gotten away from it. Now they're Aliner, Colorado Teardrops and Foretravel Motorcoach have all charted successful courses for themselves far from the RV manufacturing capital of northern Indiana. PHOTOS OF COLORADO TEARDROPS BY ROB MERWIN / ALINER AND FORETRAVEL PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALINER AND FORETRAVEL, RESPECTIVELY Thriving Outside of the Hub' By Rob Merwin ' RV M A N U FA C T U R E R S Aliner CEO Brett Randall is pictured here next to one of the company's popular A-frame campers. Randall said he anticipates the company will double production of A-frame campers this year compared to 2020 based upon strong demand for the product.

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