Vern Landey's Dream

Palomino Camping Trailer construction began in 1968 with Vern Landey, a former tent trailer distributor who aimed to design superior quality units. His goal was to create lightweight trailers with convenient floorplans at affordable prices. Production of Palomino pop-up tent trailers started in Savage, Minnesota.

As demand grew, Vanguard Industries, the company behind Palomino, relocated to Colon, Michigan, in 1972 to be closer to manufacturers and suppliers. By 1973, the main production facility was operational, and Palomino tent trailers were being produced. Vanguard Industries continued to expand, adding a Needle Division in 1976 and a Metal Fabrication Plant in 1978. After a fire in 1992, the company quickly rebuilt, resuming production by late August.

Palomino Purchased by Forest River, Inc.

In 1998, a new 75,000 sq. ft. production facility and storage facility were added, enabling the launch of an ultra-lightweight line of travel trailers. Vanguard was acquired by Forest River, Inc. in 2002, leading to rapid growth and the introduction of two new lines: Puma by Palomino and Sabre by Palomino. Two 100,000 sq. ft. facilities in Goshen, Indiana, were built for these lines.

Forest River Acquired by Berkshire Hathaway

In 2005, Forest River, Inc., including its divisions, was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway. Palomino RV now operates as a separate division of Forest River, Inc., and has grown to be one of the top five RV manufacturers in North America, with over 300 dealers representing the brand.

Craftsmanship, Innovation, and Value

Located in Southwestern Michigan, Palomino RV benefits from a region known for craftsmanship and innovation. Extensive quality tests ensure reliable RVs. Leveraging Forest River's buying power, Palomino offers top-quality materials and features at competitive prices, providing excellent value and confidence for customers.

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