Forest River is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of outdoor recreational vehicles, towable trailers, and buses. It also produces pontoon boats and park models. The company is known for its passion for the outdoors and its dedication to offering options for everyone, no matter the budget.
Since its foundation in 1996, Forest River has sold more than 1.9 million vehicles and owns more than 20 subsidiary companies across its six industries. It employs around 11,000 people and has a presence across much of North America.
Forest River operates more than 86 manufacturing plants and creates a variety of vehicles including pontoon boats, commercial tour buses, cargo trailers, commercial trucks, park models, and RVs. It’s brands include Coachmen RV, Dyhnamax Corporation, Summit, StarTrans Bus, Cargo Mate, Rockport Commercial Vehicles, US Cargo, Qualridge, South Bay Pontoons, and more.
Forest River was founded in 1996 by Peter Liegl. The company initially manufactured tentcampers, travel trailers, park models, fifth wheels, and utility trailers under a variety of brands and model lines including Salem, Sierra, Sandpiper, Wildwood, Summit, and Cargo Mate.
Throughout the early 90s and into the 2000s, the company continued to expand, acquiring more and more related companies in order to better perfect its manufacturing process and offer more vehicles. Forest River began manufacturing Class A motor homes and pontoon boats in 1998 and expanded to manufacturing buses in 2001.
The company was purchased by Berkshire Hathaway in 2005, although the current management stayed with the company. Under the umbrella of Berkshire Hathaway, Forest River continued to expand, offering both luxury buses and motor homes in addition to its pontoon and cargo trailer lines.