November '19

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26 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E Riverside RV Intrepid Dylon Walker, the lead engineer behind the Intrepid, is all but 21 years of age. "He designed it from the ground up," says Chris Daniels, Riverside national sales and product manager. Walker had been working for Riverside RV since high school as a sort of protégé. And the youthful approach, and fresh eyes in the industry, is not lost in the design of the lightweight travel trailer. The unit feels sturdy and there's no exposed framing in the pass-through storage underneath. The master bedroom entrance on the 279BRC model (with an MSRP of $33,000), for instance, has a lintel spanning across the two, floor-to-ceiling cabinets. Combined with the "country chic" residential shiplap behind the bed (which has ample space on both sides), the eyes are instantly pulled in. Add the white interior panels contrasted by the darker cabinetry, large kitchen countertop, and open floorspace of the single slide-out, and the Intrepid easily becomes a no-brainer for entertaining plenty of guests. For flooring, Riverside used tongue-and-groove plywood floor decking, which, Daniels points out, takes longer to lay. But making 12 units a day affords the manufacturer the care and precision it's in no hurry to change. "The biggest thing Riverside offers is our quality of construc- tion," he says. "We run a warranty rate of 1.88 percent, which is well below industry average. We don't have the turnover rate that most manufacturers have because we're about 80 percent Amish-employed." That careful construction continues from the ground up. As opposed to pinch-rolled sidewalls, Riverside takes the time to vacuum-laminate, as well as having a PVC roof membrane. "It's a relatively new product," Daniels says of the membrane, "that was brought to us earlier this year, and we immediately used it because of the 15-year warranty, compared to a 12-year." The quality can be seen across Intrepid's extensive offering of eight different, single slide-out floorplans. Each one features an aerodynamic molded fiberglass front cap and heated and enclosed underbellies utilizing Suburban water heaters, as well as 12-volt, 10.7-cubic-foot refrigerators. Other models will have features like oversized bunks with sliding drawer exterior kitchen cooktops and flat griddles. Additionally, there's prep for solar from WAY Interglobal and observation cameras. The Intrepid has already begun hitting lots of the 30 dealers signed on, spanning from California to Florida. "We're really excited about this product," says Daniels. "We're very easy to deal with in terms of sales and warranty. We're trying to build lasting partnerships." What impressed RV PRO: The wide open, inviting space captivates instantly. The careful design and construction are felt throughout, even utilizing corner spaces in the bathroom for linen triangle shelves. The fully walk-in closet was equally impressive for a price point that's hard to compete with. The lintel spanning the bedroom entryway in the Intrepid helps in defining a larger space. It's one of eight widely different floorplans available, enabling customers to RV the way they want to.

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