September '18

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42 • RV PRO • September 2018 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S tomers. We wanted to tailor products for the entry-level buyer that they could tow with minivans and four-cylinder SUVS, but heavy on features and didn't feel stripped down." The Navi floorplan lineup will feature six layouts ranging in length from 20 to 25 feet, many of which are 3,000 pounds or less. Navi travel trailers come equipped with full-size refrigera- tors, power LED lit awnings, a residential Bluetooth sound bar with HDMI, full ceiling height, and standard roof-mounted air conditioning. There also is a place to attach a leash to the exterior of the camper for pets and an exterior bottle opener on all models. Prime Time also will be launching Avenger, a line of con- ventional travel trailers branded "park model hybrids." Smith says there will be two floorplans in the segment. "Traditionally they are big, really rectangular, and obtuse units that aren't aerodynamic or meant to be towed except get- ting to your seasonal site and leaving it indefinitely," he says. "We are rolling out something that has all the comforts of a long-term seasonal type trailer, but is a unit that is easily and comfortably towed so you can go from site to site and you're not married to one campground or lake. "The Avenger will have an aerodynamic front end that's set up a certain way to be towed all over the place. You can tow them and feel good to take a seven- to eight-hour road trip and not feel taxed." Sales Manager Josh Lauck will handle the new Navi and Avenger lines. Sales Manager Shane Miller will handle PTX and Lacrosse, while Mike Herdrich will be the sales manager for Sanibel, Crusader and Impression. The Crusader fifth wheel lineup will feature what Smith says is an industry-first mid-bunk fifth wheel floorplan with electronically raised and lowered bunk beds in the bunk room. "In this industry, mid-bunk fifth wheels have become a viable option," he says. "Usually, if you wanted a larger fifth wheel with bunks you would have to sacrifice a lot of living space. You would give up sofas, diners, you lost a seating area and a lot of living space to have a big bunk room at the rear of the coach. "Six years ago, mid-bunks came out and allowed a living room that was a lot like a non-bunk floorplan. This is the next generation of the mid-bunk," he adds. "We wanted to make it more versatile and functional, so we put in a HappiJac system that allows for the bunk bed in the slide-out to be raised entirely up to the ceiling. You can then use it as an office or den. It really allows you to make that room a separate room when not using the space for a bunk. Our bunk can be raised all the way up and it allows for a really big window in there completely unobstructed." Meanwhile, the Sanibel Luxury fifth wheel has re-launched at a more attainable price point with wide-body construction. As for the luxury profile fifth wheel segment, Smith says every- thing keeps getting more and more expensive. "We feel several brands have priced themselves out of some- thing that's attainable or affordable for fifth wheel buyers," he says. "We took a fresh look and said, 'Where do we position this luxury fifth wheel and let others move up from the middle of the road?'" "No. 1, we needed to have MSRPs in the $50,000s and they can't weigh more than 14,000 to 15,000 pounds. Not everyone who wants one has a 1-ton truck as a daily driver," he adds. "11,000 to 12,000 pounds is perfect for 3/4-ton trucks. They're still getting a unit with big residential refrigerators, quiet cool air conditioners and a big furnace. We made more room in the Sanibel unit by including a wide-body segment. It's now 100 inches wide versus 96 inches, lending to a lot more interior space." As for Lacrosse, there are two new bedroom slide-out models that feature lots of space and less weight. "A lot of customers out there want something in the luxury travel trailer section with a slide-out. They want to be able to get ready in the bedroom and not give up residential comfort. They can walk around the bed and have room for a closet up front," Smith says. "We've positioned it at more aggressive price points and taken weight out of it so more people can tow them with mainstream trucks, but it still has a lot of space." While the Impression fifth wheel is still relatively new, a new floorplan, the 3000RLS, has been added. It still weighs 10,000 pounds or less, it features a slide-out in the front, and a big bedroom closet. Cherokee/Grey Wolf/Wolf Pup Cherokee, Grey Wolf and Wolf Pup units all have undergone big changes to their exterior and interior design, according to Collin Spickler, product manager for the brands. "We've been running tan and brown units for four to five years and it just got old and dated. We wanted to stay fresh," he says. "I got to SEMA and can look at trends and can clearly see the matte finish has really gotten big. We've refreshed the interiors as well, from cabinets to wallboards to linoleums. We try to track what's going on residentially. One of the feature walls this year is made of stacked stone, which is going over huge residentially." In Wolf Pup, there are three new floorplans coming out, which basically doubles the size of that group's lineup. "The big thing is the success on my Black Label line of Wolf Pups," says Spickler. "We're going to expand that offering greatly this year." One of the new floorplans is a couple's coach that has a slide-out and rear bath and rear kitchen type of layout. Called the 16PF, Spickler says it is probably the closest to a rear kitchen product he has. Meanwhile, the Grey Wolf line also has three new floorplans including a couple's coach and a couple bunkhouse units. "We've tried to hit on the smaller, lighter-weight units," Spickler says. The 24JS couple's coach has a rear bath and full outdoor kitchen. It's a 24-foot non-slide unit with an outdoor kitchen that doesn't sacrifice livability.

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