Cavco to Intro Solar-Powered Park Model at KOA Convention

November 3, 2011 by · Comments Off on Cavco to Intro Solar-Powered Park Model at KOA Convention 

Campground operators attending next week’s KOA Convention and Trade Expo in Las Vegas will be the first in the country to see Cavco’s newest off-grid, solar-powered park model cottage.

“This is the first of a new generation of off-grid, solar powered park models,” Joseph Stegmayer, president and CEO of Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco Industries Inc., stated in a news release. The company’s newest unit is “the most environmentally friendly park model cottage on the market,” he added.

NTA Inc., a Nappanee, Ind.-based company that specializes in certifying “green” manufacturers, said Cavco’s newest off-grid solar-powered park model not only has “Emerald” status, its highest rating, but is the most environmentally friendly park model the company has evaluated to date,

“Cavco is definitely raising the bar for the industry,” said Alan Reder, NTA’s senior project manager.

Built with 2-inch by 6-inch sidewalls, the unit features cork flooring, formaldehyde-free fiberglass wall insulation and phase change insulation in the ceiling, which help maintain relatively stable interior temperatures as outside temperatures rise and fall. Environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings are also used to maximize insulation while also improving indoor air quality.

Other features include composite decking, an instant hot-water heater, a dual flush toilet that uses about 1.2 gallons per flush, Energy Star appliances and energy-saving LED lighting.

The unit features solar panels, but it can also receive electricity from wind turbines and even hydroelectric power. It also comes equipped with a 6-KW Generac battery charging system for backup power. “If there’s no sun, wind or hydroelectric power available and the battery dips below a pre-set voltage level, it sends a signal to the generator to provide electrical backup,” said Bob Cramer, a technical trainer with Waukesha, Wis.-based Generac Power Systems.

Representatives from more than 500 KOA franchisees are expected to see the off-grid unit next week, while it’s on display at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. From there, Cavco literally plans to take its off-grid, solar powered park model on the road.

New Unit Will Go on Tour

Steve Lefler, an Advanced Certified Green Building Professional in California, will be taking the unit to campgrounds, RV parks and resorts throughout California and the West so that they can see first hand what an off-grid, solar powered park model looks like and how they incorporate it into their business.

“We’re going to be pulling this unit up and down California, helping people understand what it is,” said Tim Gage, Cavco’s national vice president of park models, cabins and specialty products.

Cavco is also bringing two of its custom-designed park model rental cabins to the Las Vegas convention, which are built to KOA’s 2012 specifications. The new units have been upgraded to include commercial grade flooring, which is more wear resistant, as well as a special area with multiple outlets so that laptop computers, cell phones and other electronic devices can be conveniently recharged in one place.

More information about Cavco’s off grid, solar-powered park model as well as its last cabin rental products is available at and

Vendor Spotlight: Cavco Industries Inc.

July 20, 2011 by · Comments Off on Vendor Spotlight: Cavco Industries Inc. 

Read this and other stories in the July issue of Woodall’s Campground Management going out this week to more than 13,000 campgrounds in North America.

Cavco Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., is a leading U.S. builder of manufactured and modular homes, park model homes and vacation cabins.

The publicly held company reported for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011, net sales increased 49% to $171.8 million, up from $115.6 million for fiscal 2010. Both years reflect sales from Fleetwood Homes, acquired by Cavco on Aug. 17, 2009.

Net income attributable to Cavco stockholders for fiscal year 2011 was $2.83 million vs. a net loss of $3.37 million the previous year.

On April 23, Fleetwood Homes Inc., a subsidiary owned 50% by Cavco and 50% by Third Avenue Value Fund, purchased substantially all of Palm Harbor Homes Inc.’s assets and certain liabilities. Palm Harbor is a manufacturer and marketer of factory-built housing and a provider of related consumer financing and insurance products.

Cavco continues its “green” manufacturing practices, teaming up with NTA Inc., and their approved green manufacturing materials and processes.

While the company’s management will quickly tell you that Cavco has built its reputation on quality, value and service since 1965, Cavco’s “systems-built” homes are produced under various trade names and in a variety of styles, floorplans and price ranges.

“We build our homes to meet the appropriate building standards such as those of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), International Residential Code (IRC), Uniform Building Code (UBC) and the ANSI 119.5 Building Code,” explained Tim Gage, vice president of park models, cabins and specialty buildings.

Cavco factory map showing where park models are built

Cavco Industries operates 10 factories nationwide ranging in size from 79,000 to 203,000 square feet, each building under various brand names and product types, including Sunburst, Catalina, Desert Rose, Elite, Cavco Creekside Cabins, Cavco Creekside Lofts, Cavco Lofts, KOA Lodges and Solar Lodges.

“We offer park model homes and cabins in most regions of the United States,” Gage said. “Cavco supplies multiple brands from its manufacturing facilities to independent retailers and company-owned retail centers located in the southern and western U.S., Canada and Japan. We also customize styles and specifications to the exclusive brand names of land/lease communities, subdivision developers and large multi-location distributors.”

Cavco's Side Porch Series park model for 2012.

“We recently developed a complete line of wheelchair-friendly floorplans,” Gage added. Also new for 2012 from Cavco Park Models and Cabins is the “Cottage Side Porch Series.”

While Cavco Park Homes and Cabins offer a broad selection in price, style and function, custom-built cabins are available to accommodate the individual needs of the customer. Cavco’s cabins offer a variety of exterior features including wraparound porches, Tahoe dormers and a metal roof coupled with genuine western red cedar siding. Interior items like oil-rubbed bronze fixtures and cedar interior walls give each cabin a rich, rustic feel.

Cavco’s “Creekside Cabin” series, on the other hand, sports bare bones style, wheelchair-friendly plans and multiple sleeping area models.

The “Cabin” or “Cedar Loft” style is popular in a rural mountain, lake or ocean side setting, with rugged cedar and other wood materials inside and out.

For 10 years, Cavco has been building lodges for Montana-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) park operators. Working hand in hand with KOA, Cavco has developed a line of KOA exclusive lodges that fit any need, including front porches, side entrances and handicap-accessible designs.

Cavco Industries, 1366 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85009, (800) 422-8264,,