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38 • RV PRO • August 2018 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S Make no mistake, these coaches are well within the price range and weight targets Forest River believes are attracting today's buyers. All Arctic Wolfs have dry weights of between 7,600 and 8,700 pounds and minimum advertised prices of between $29,900 and $34,900. "Most models are in the $29,900 range, but due to vendor increases over the past months, some models are going into the $34,900 range," Walczak laments. "We orig- inally wanted all to be in the $29,900 range, but that's not realistic anymore." The industry has been reeling from heavy wholesale price increases this spring, but Walczak was hoping to have firm dealer prices by Open House Week. "A lot of companies were slowing produc- tion this summer (but not at Forest River) by slowing their run rates and cutting certain days of the week due to pricing uncertainty," Walczak says. Canada & the West Hold Promise Walczak took a revealing sales trip to Ontario, Canada, after Memorial Day and discovered that the fifth wheel business "up north" could be much better than it is with The Arctic Wolf 315 TBH8, a triple-slide bunkhouse that sleeps eight, features one-and-a-half baths and offers a huge outside kitchen. The 285 DRL4 floorplan features a double slide rear living room that is designed to sleep four people.

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