September '18

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30 • RV PRO • September 2018 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S FOREST RIVER A common theme heard from Forest River GMs and sales/ product managers regarding their new products for Open House is that they are focusing on adding more features and making more items standard that were once available as options – all while maintaining price points in an environment of increased tariffs and a resulting increase in materials prices. As a result, Forest River dealers can get more bang for their bucks at this year's Open House. Forest River Expo hours begin at noon on Monday, Sept. 24. Hours are from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and Wednesday, Sept. 26. Show hours are from 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Sept. 27. Forest River will serve dealers appetizers and dinner the evenings of Sept. 24, 25 and 26, respectively. The company also plans live entertainment for dealers each of those evenings, starting at 6 p.m. and continuing through 10 p.m., but Forest River hasn't divulged specific plans as of yet. In past years, Forest River hosted concerts for dealers featuring musical acts including Trace Adkins, Daughtry and Foreigner. Legacy/Berkshire This year, the Legacy will showcase its two full bath bunk- house model, which National Sales and Product Manager Tim Cunningham says is still very unique for its price point. Meanwhile, the Legacy also is featuring some upgrades to the axles to increase cargo capacity and a facelift in terms of interior décor. There are new valances, pillows and color schemes. "It's starting to resonate on the retail side and with dealers that they're getting more bang for their buck," Cunningham says. "We still consider it to be our price leader from a transi- tional standpoint from the gas world into a diesel motorhome." The Berkshire lineup has continued to dial in on floorplans and offerings. "Historically, we've been known as a bunkhouse manufacturer when it comes to diesel and we now offer a new drop-down bed in the cockpit," Cunningham says. The new 39B floorplan in Berkshire features two full bath- rooms and the drop-down cockpit bed. Cunningham says the RV maker also emphasizes its rear bathroom wardrobe storage in the new model. "We're trying to step outside our comfort Forest River is keeping some details of its dealer event under wraps, but past Expos have featured lavish meals and topnotch live entertainment from the likes of country superstar Trace Adkins (pictured at right). Dealers can expect to see a number of new features in the Berkshire diesel pusher line, including the XL product (pictured), which features a complete interior facelift.

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