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rv-pro.com September 2018 • RV PRO • 27 a healthy backlog on its Class B Interstate Nineteen, according to Razo. "It has all the luxuries of the popular 24-foot Interstate EXT but because it's almost 5 feet shorter, it offers more driving maneu- verability, comfort behind the wheel and gives occupants more of an SUV-type feeling," Razo says. "The customer response has been tremendous and we continue to see retail orders coming in." Meanwhile, retail activity for Airstream's new Nest travel trailer, which features a fiberglass body, automotive styling and modern design, has been exceeding expectations. "We're just reaching the point in mid-summer where all dealers have at least one Nest in stock for people to get their hands on," Razo says. Bison Coach Bison Coach – the nation's largest full-line manufacturer of horse trailers with living quarters and a Thor subsidiary since 2013 – will once again display at the Elkhart Open House this year. The Milford, Ind.-based manufacturer will be displaying five 2019 steel or aluminum-framed models at Open House, says Rodney Lung, general manager. Lung says Bison has cut back on the number of floorplans it builds and spread out the price points so as to give dealers and consumers a clearer distinction between lines. MSRPs on Bison trailers range from about $25,000 for the entry-level Trail Hand up to $110,000 for the top-of-the-line Premiere. JAYCO Fresh off its annual dealer showcase in August, Thor subsidiary Jayco and its accompanying brands expect to roll out 135 RVs at the OEMs usual Open House location, on the south side of Executive Parkway leading to the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Dealers can expect to see a diverse offering of travel trailer, fifth wheels, toy haulers and motorhomes from Jayco plus subsidiaries Entegra Coach, Highland Ridge and Starcraft, according to Jayco Communications and Public Relations Manager Doug Moats. Specifically, he says he expects Jayco will display about 50 RVs, while Entegra will exhibit 25 models and Highland Ridge and Entegra will exhibit 30 units each. Jayco plans to keep 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. hours throughout the Open House Week with food trucks nearby during lunch each day, Moats says. Jayco Toy Haulers & Trailers Earlier this year, Jayco leadership appeared to double-down on its toy hauler segment when it introduced a new four-man veteran sales team to canvass the country on its behalf. Since then, senior product developer Brent Hamood and the rest of the toy hauler team has been hard at work trying to make a statement of their own in the 2019 lineup, where Hamood says the team focused on rounding out the company's relatively young lineup of toy haulers. Both the entry-level Octane SL and the larger Seismic product lines will debut two new floorplans each. Among the Octane SL additions is the product line's first slide-out floorplan, while the Seismic pair features an offering with an outside kitchen. "Anytime we're able to introduce an outside kitchen into a toy hauler it's a little bit unique because we're at such a premium for space," Hamood says. Taking a cue from the higher-end segment, and responding to market demands, the RV maker also will debut a mid-bunk floorplan for its toy hauler segment. "Mid-bunks have become increasingly popular over the last four or five years, and they didn't really have a home in toy haulers because of how we had to lay out units," Hamood says. However, after giving the idea some time, the team came up with what Hamood describes as a cross between a Northpoint fifth wheel and a travel trailer. Bison Coach expects to display five of its unique horse trailer models with living quarters at the Thor display for Open House Week.

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