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September '18

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rv-pro.com September 2018 • RV PRO • 81 model season, the company has adopted Shaker-style cabinet doors, larger kitchen drawers and clear glass shower surrounds, says National Sales Manager John Soard. These, and other upgrades, come in response to customer requests. Some options, such as upgraded shower surrounds and some storage options for some loft models, also will be shown. The specialty unit features a front porch (not a typical fea- ture on Woodland Park models) and some features unique to the campground. The company is displaying the unit "to show our customers what we have the ability to do," Soard says. Soard says Woodland Park, which sells primarily to the retail market, is enjoying a good year, in this, its 35th year in business: Sales volume and shipments are up, in contrast with the park model industry in general, whose wholesale shipments were down through June. "We seem to be doing better than the traditional rental and community business," he says, based on RVIA figures and anec- dotal accounts he's heard from competitors. Soard says the park model builders (as has everyone else in the RV industry) have faced some extraordinary supply chain hur- dles this year. In addition to supply shortages, commodity price increases have clouded the calendar year's production. Soard, who entered the park model business in 1986, says 2018 "is the worst I have ever seen pricing hit us and everybody else." Woodland Park raised its wholesale prices in the neighborhood of 5 to 7 percent, depending upon the model, in May. "Normally, we'll have a 2 to 3 percent increase," Soard says. "Since last year's Open House, most manufacturers have had two or even more price increases. They'll likely total that same 5 to 7 percent. Nobody is happy about it, but it is what it is," he laments. On top of that, Woodland Park, which does a significant amount of its business with Canadian dealers, is just starting to hear some pushback from dealers over political differences between the two countries' governments. "It's not bad, but we've had more talk about it with dealers than I have ever seen in the past," Soard says. "I hope it does not become an issue." Canterbury RV Canterbury RV, a division of DNA Enterprises, markets its park models under the Parkvue (14 floorplans) and Bayview (three floor- plans) brands and also offers 16 floorplans for its deluxe cabins. As of press time, Goshen, Ind.-based Canterbury was not able to share details on what dealers could expect to see at its display. Manufactured and Serviced in the USA Learn More: www.progressivedyn.com | (269) 781-4241 FEATURES: • Time delay circuit board • Rugged, heavy duty, screw type wiring terminals • Metal enclosure for extra safety • AC Detect option available for auto generator start compatibility • 70 Amp neutral rating • 1 year limited warranty PD52 240 VAC 50-AMP AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH Automatically senses generator power and prevents two power sources from entering the AC Distribution Panel at the same time. THE SMART WAY TO RUN YOUR AIR CONDITIONING

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