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By: On: Tuesday September 16 2014

Prime Time Spartan 300

Prime Time Manufacturing, a division of Forest River Inc., has introduced the all-new Spartan 300 Series toy haulers during the 7th Annual Elkhart County Open House, Sept. 16-18.

The complete 300 Series lineup includes travel trailer floorplans consisting of open garage layouts along with separated garages and a full line of fifth wheels.

By: On: Monday April 14 2014

Tredit Tire Care Program

Prime Time Manufacturing, in partnership with Tredit Tire and Wheel, is providing its customers with two new benefit programs.

Tredit, the exclusive provider of tires to Prime Time Manufacturing, is now offering the new Tredit Care Plus Emergency Roadside Service program as an added benefit when purchasing a Prime Time RV.

By: On: Tuesday March 4 2014

Prime Time Avenger

Prime Time Manufacturing saw huge gains in retail sales and market share for 2013, the young company’s fourth year building towable recreational vehicles.

Final 2013 numbers from Statistical Surveys show that Prime Time’s travel trailer brands increased total retail sales by 47% and Prime Time’s fifth wheel brands increased total retail sales by 62%. Prime Time also says its market share increased by more than 30% for 2013.

By: On: Friday August 2 2013

Prime Time Milestone

Prime Time Manufacturing recently shipped its 10,000th travel trailer produced by its Tracer/LaCrosse manufacturing group.

To celebrate the occasion, company leaders were on hand to serve lunch and thank over 160 employees for their efforts.

“Division 48 was the very first Prime Time plant we started in 2009,” says Jeff Rank, president. “That small group of employees had a commitment to build innovative, high quality products that customers would love to own. Now, that very same commitment to quality has become the foundation with which all of our employees and all of our manufacturing facilities operate. Building 10,000 units is a great accomplishment, but Plant 48’s positive contributions to the culture of Prime Time will always be appreciated.”

By: On: Wednesday April 24 2013

rime Time Crusader Fifth Wheel

Forest River‘s Prime Time brand saw a massive sales spike in February, 2013 – up 55% compared to February, 2012. So impressive were sales that Forest River says Prime Time was the second best selling combined travel trailer and fifth wheel in the United States that month.

“Prime Time is very thankful and appreciative of the tremendous support given to us by our dealers,” says Jeff Rank, president of Prime Time Manufacturing. “We made some bold commitments early on about who we wanted to be as a company and dealers embraced our innovative business model. Over the last three years, the strong partnerships we’ve forged are obviously now paying huge dividends for us and our dealers.”

By: On: Monday August 29 2011

Production of the all-new Sanibel fifth wheel has begun at Prime Time Manufacturing. The new model targets the luxury fifth wheel buyer and is intended to compliment the company’s mid-priced Crusader fifth wheel. Prime Time management recently delivered the first production model to Leisure Time RV in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Upon receiving the new unit, Debora Bingham and Ron Walker, dealer principals at Leisure Time RV, commented that the Sanibel will be another success for the rapidly growing manufacturer,

“Sanibel looks absolutely fantastic and is loaded with lots of easy-to-sell features that high end customers are going to love,” say Leisure Time RV dealer principals Debora Bingham and Ron Walker. “Prime Time represents a big part of our business and we think Sanibel will be another great addition to our dealership.”

By: On: Wednesday August 3 2011

Prime Time Manufacturing has been notified that it will be receiving the prestigious Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers’ Association (RVDA) for the second straight year.

Three Prime Time brands – LaCrosse, Tracer, and Crusader – will be honored during the “Celebrate Excellence: All-Industry Gala” at the RVDA National Convention on October 5, 2011. Each of the brands was recognized for scoring 80 percent or above in overall dealer satisfaction as measured in the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey conducted by RVDA. The DSI survey, which determines the Quality Circle Award winners, rates manufacturers’ performance in eight core areas: vehicle reliability/quality, parts support, dealership warranty support, vehicle design, sales support, sales territory, competitive price/value, and overall dealer communications.

By: On: Wednesday June 15 2011

Prime Time Manufacturing recently built the 1000th Crusader Fifth Wheel at its production facility in Wakarusa, Ind. The milestone unit was sold and delivered to Southern RV Supercenter, a multi-store dealership headquartered in Bossier City, La., who is the largest volume Crusader dealer in North America.

Prime Time President Jeff Rank made the arrangements for the sale of the special 298 BHD Crusader.

“Southern RV was one of the very first Prime Time dealers when we started the company in 2009,” says Rank. “We are thankful for their continued commitment and support of Prime Time Manufacturing. It’s an honor to deliver Crusader number 1000 to Jim and his team in recognition of their outstanding sales success.”

By: On: Thursday October 7 2010

tracer-lg1007Prime Time Manufacturing has expanded its product offering with the introduction of the all new Tracer Micro Series travel trailer targeted toward mini van and small crossover tow vehicles. Industry insiders got their first look at the new Tracer Micro during the just completed Forest River dealer open house in Elkhart, Ind.

“The thinking behind the new Micro is simple,” according to Jeff Rank, president for the Wakarusa, Ind. based manufacturer. “Prime Time wanted a travel trailer that can easily be towed by a mini van with 3,500 lbs of towing capacity. Unfortunately, most of the units in this weight range really compromise livability and function. With Micro we’ve combined great looks, the right features, and many of today’s lightweight composite materials to create a perfect balance between weight, price, features, and eye appeal.”

By: On: Friday August 6 2010

crusader-lg0806Prime Time Manufacturing has expanded its product offering with the introduction of the company’s first fifth wheel, the mid-priced Crusader.  Full production of the new Crusader started in June and Prime Time officials recently delivered the first production model to General RV, in Wixom, Mich.

Loren Baidas, president of General RV, and several members of the dealership’s management and sales team were presented with the 2011 Crusader 270RET fifth wheel by Prime Time president Jeff Rank and Chris Hermon, Prime Time’s VP of sales.

Features on the Crusader include the Super Turn front cap, Slam Latch pass thru baggage doors, Quiet Cool ducted return air conditioning, and solid cherry hardwood cabinet doors and drawers. Additional upgrades include solid surface countertops, an RCA Soundwave entertainment system, bumper-mounted swing arm grill, hitch cover, and 42-inch LCD with electric lift.

“We’ve loaded Crusader with features not normally found on a mid-profile fifth wheel and priced it very aggressively to deliver more value,” says Hermon.

Base MSRP of the new Crusader fifth wheel is $29,500. For more information, visit PrimeTimeRV.com.




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