April '19

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rv-pro.com April 2019 • RV PRO • 27 coaches all the features like high-gloss gel-coat sidewalls, power tongue jacks and upgraded appliances that are attractive to con- sumers who are discerning that want more out of their RV than the cheapest price they can get." The towables division is offering new floorplans, including one with a twin bed that can be made into a king bed. The floorplan has gone over well and adding more twin bed floorplans is a possibility, Degnan says. Next up in the family is the Minnie, an 8-foot-wide, single slide, traditional looking trailer with slightly larger floorplans that are aimed at the mainstream consumer. It's offered in seven floorplans (three more are in the planning stages) at an MSRP of $32,824. The division's largest trailer is the Minnie Plus, an 8-foot-wide model with single, double or triple slides, which offers many of the same features as the Minnie, but is larger (30 to 37 feet) with more options, such as dual ACs. MSRPs start at $39,498. The Minnie Plus was introduced in late 2016 and is available in six floorplans. Fifth Wheels Ca p i t a l i z i ng o n t h e s u cce ss a n d industry-leading growth of the 7-foot wide Micro Minnie trailer, Winnebago Towables has expanded its lineup to include the Micro Minnie fifth wheel. Available in five floorplans, the Micro Minnie fifth wheel is equipped with upgraded features such as a flush- mount cooktop with glass cover, a stainless-steel sink, true gel-coat fiberglass sidewalls and large windows, adding to the allure of the compact fifth wheel. Weighing less than 6,000 pounds, the 7-foot-wide unit can be towed by most mid-size trucks and retails for less than $36,000. The division showed its first two floorplans, the 2405RG and 2405RL, at the Tampa Show. The Micro Minnie fifth wheel started as a "concept vehicle" at the Elkhart Open House last September, Degnan says. "Our dealers loved it!" he says. "It's a segment nobody else is in. We're now in full production. We just started production with the second floorplan, and will have a third by April and ultimately have five floorplans. ... It opens up a whole new market." The division started shipping the 2405RG in early January. Several years ago, the Towables Division offered several fifth wheel brands, but it was not a cohesive lineup, Degnan concedes. He and his team started from scratch and launched the Minnie Plus, an 8-foot wide model in 27- to 34-foot lengths featuring single, double and triple slides with MSRPs starting at $43,094. A quadruple slide floorplan, the 29MBH, was introduced at the RVX Show in March. Degnan says the Minnie Plus "is competing very well" in this most competitive segment. Half-ton trucks can easily tow smaller floorplans, while 3/4-ton trucks are more appropriate for the larger floorplans. Toy Haulers Winnebago unveiled its first toy hauler, the Spyder, in a travel trailer format, at the 2014 Louisville Show. The company subsequently halted production because of limited production space and opted to focus on its high-volume travel trailers. When Degnan decided to get back into the toy hauler business under the Minnie brand, he surveyed the Winnebago Dealer Council, which urged retention of the Spyder brand because it had name recognition and equity in the marketplace. So, the Spyder was "reimagined" and reintroduced at the Tampa Show this past January. Spyder is currently available in two floorplans with MSRPs starting at $50,678. Two other floorplans will be added this spring. Winnebago started shipping the new Spyders in mid-December and by Jan- uary dealers were already ordering their second and third models. "We think we've hit the mark," Degnan says. Winnebago expects to intro- duce a Spyder in a fifth wheel format in April or May. Degnan says toy haulers are not a high- volume segment, but a healthy one and a necessary piece to pro- vide a well-rounded lineup.

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