September '18

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78 • RV PRO • September 2018 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S However, Grymonprez did have this to say about pricing – especially in light of commodity price hikes this year: "It scared me, but our backlogs keep growing. It's almost like nobody (consumers) cares about the price increases. It's not affecting our business at all." Grymonprez says that Champion and Skyline brands have performed well this year in a market that could at best be considered flat. Through June, wholesale shipments totaled 2,112 units, about 5 percent less than a year ago, according to the RVIA, which estimates its 28 members account for 95 per- cent of all wholesale shipments. That being said, Grymonprez suspects that many park model builders are still doing well this year because of a strange phe- nomenon in the marketplace. With the current surge across the manufactured housing business, some companies that build both park models and manufactured homes have temporarily suspended building the former to focus on the easier-to-build manufactured side, he says. That has left many full-time park model builders with new business and huge backlogs. Grymonprez says he is proud that his company has continued to build and sell park models from nine champion and four Skyline plants. Because of this commitment, Skyline Cham- pion is the largest producer of park model RVs in the country. Fairmont Fairmont, a division of Cavco Industries, will be taking five new modern floorplans to Open House, according to Brian Albright, park model sales manager, and Chuck Smith, national sales manager, Canada. The display will feature two Country Manor (U.S.) floorplans, a Country Manor model built to Canadian specs, a new model in the value-packed Cavco 150 series, and one from Fairmont's new Cabin Series. The Country Manor floorplans will feature new cabinetry and wall accent colors and some other tweaks to some of the industry's bestselling floorplans – ideas based on their dealers' input, according to Albright. The 14-wide Canadian Country Manor floorplan will offer a stainless-steel farmers' kitchen sink, new slate gray cabinetry, a new furniture island, a ceramic shower, a modern range hood above the stove and larger spaces for TVs. The show model also features an optional 50-inch linear fireplace that illuminates changing colors. Canadian units feature 2-by-6 exterior walls, OSB sheathing, half-inch vinyl-covered drywall, hardwood cabinets and dove- tail drawers. The Cavco 150 is a two-bedroom, lofted floorplan that features a tray ceiling and "will be packed with value, design and appearance," Albright says. Fairmont will display five new modern floorplans during Open House Week. Among those units will be two Country Manor (U.S.) floorplans and a larger Country Manor model built to Canadian specs.

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