Lippert expands into RV tents with TJ Snuggles acquisition

RV components expert Lippert has expanded its repertoire into RV tents with the acquisition of fellow American company, TJ Snuggles Inc – an expert in custom tents for expandable RV trailers.

Bremen, Indiana-based TJ Snuggles has been providing tent and canvas solutions to the RV industry from its 24,000 square foot facility for almost 55 years. Lippert is acquiring the entire company including its highly skilled workforce as part of its overall strategy to stay ahead of the latest RV trends. RV expandable trailers have experienced a renaissance in recent years partly because of their affordability and partly because they are a logical next step from traditional tent camping. Expandable trailers allow the camper the basic luxuries of an RV without sacrificing the feeling of being outdoors. The acquisition also helps Lippert vertically integrate current product lines. Earlier in 2021, Lippert unveiled its Vela pop-up tent for Class B vans, which has been widely adopted in Europe and by several brands in North America. 

Ryan Smith, group president of Lippert North America, said: “We’re excited to expand our sewing capacity and capabilities by adding the industry expertise of TJ Snuggles. We welcome their 60 team members to the Lippert family and look forward to exponential growth ahead as our OEM partners continually add more expandable models to their line-up. Many younger, first-time RV buyers are looking for that bridge between tent camping and RVing, and the current trends in the market reflect this. This acquisition will help Lippert stay on top of these trends and allow us to innovate a better customer experience for expandable RV’s.”