November '18

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32 • RV PRO • November 2018 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E inTech Sol A step up from the introduction of last year's Luna, the beefier, not-a-teardrop Sol takes that distinctive wraparound front windshield and puts it to work illuminating a much larger living space where people will be spending more time. "The whole premise of this is what we call step-forward design," says Rich Schnippel, director of RV operations. "That front end gives you a whole lot more room in a smaller trailer. When you're sitting in that dinette in the front, you're sitting out over the frame. I figure when I grow to be a bigger trailer like this, there's no sense trying to be a teardrop like my com- petition does, because it's not a teardrop-type trailer." Schnippel says that with the Sol, the teardrop shape didn't make sense because often in the sleeping areas of those trailers, the campers feel as if the wall is coming in on them. And he says there was no need for the teardrop shape in the rear of the trailer because there isn't a kitchen in the back of the Sol. Sol not only now has a mid-coach kitchen area, but it also has a small outside kitchen. The interior of Sol features many European features and shiny acrylics that keep the décor light and airy and make the area feel roomier. The front area of Sol is made to function as a seating area or a dinette, but when the table isn't in place, it doesn't feel like a dinette. Still, Schnippel says that seating area is still undergoing some changes leading up to full production to take advantage of the wraparound windshield. "I can come up and just sit here and I've got this awesome window out there," he says. "You just don't have a 180-degree panoramic view out the front of any other RV like this. It's really nice." The bathroom in the Sol is, by necessity, a wet bath, but it is designed to be larger in an effort to not feel like a wet bath. Extra headroom was achieved in the bathroom by lowering the pan slightly. It is the first bathroom inTech has created in the RV industry. The company also has products in the motorsports industry, where it has bathrooms. Sol also includes inTech's first indoor RV kitchen. It has a full fiberglass roof and a composite floor. Sol weighs 3,200 pounds and is built on an all-aluminum, all tube-frame cage. At the entrance to the inTech display, one of the cages for a different inTech product was stood upon its end to demonstrate the strength of the construction. The MSRP is $29,900, fully equipped. What impressed RV PRO: Teardrop trailers, though attrac- tive to a certain segment of the market, are limited in what they can achieve. With Sol, inTech has taken that niche a step in the right direction with plenty of headroom and general space to make it worthwhile to want to just hang out in the RV instead of being forced outside by the limited space. One can imagine spending a rainy day perched in the front seating area looking out over a pristine lake through the wraparound windshield. inTech's Sol takes the innovative concept of the smaller Luna and makes it into slightly larger travel trailer with room for an inside kitchen, a wet bath and a dinette.

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