November '19

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32 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E Coachmen Expedition by Catalina 192FQS Chad Yotter, product representative for Coachmen Catalina's Expedition lightweight off-road travel trailer, doesn't mince words when it comes to describing the new single-axle 192FQS (front queen with a slide-out), which features a smooth-surface aluminum siding. "It will be a huge game changer," he predicts. Unlike other conventionally built stick-and-tin models in the market, which have ridged aluminum siding, the 192FQS's outer covering is a .040-inch thickness smooth-surface (almost double the .024-inch thickness in traditional aluminum siding). "It's the most appealing to the visual look of the trailer," Yotter says. "The feedback from the dealers has been outstanding. They love the look of that sleek, smooth alu- minum exterior." It appears similar to a laminated unit, so the smooth surface makes it much easier to clean and maintain than standard cor- rugated aluminum, he notes. The 192FQS's exterior isn't just for looks, however. Two months of testing in the field in 100-degree temperatures in Utah this past summer showed the unit could take the heat – literally. "We did this to ensure the new smooth aluminum exterior provided excellent performance and durability in the diversity of climates our customers enjoy adventuring to," Yotter explains. The model's exterior features a new graphics package. "It's a full-package deal as to why we're getting the kind of feedback we're getting on the visual appeal," Yotter adds. The 192FQS has a dry weight of 3,948 pounds on a 21-foot, 6-inch bumper-to-tongue frame and can be towed by most mid- size SUVs or mid-size trucks. MSRPs start around $26,000. The floorplan also features "an exceptional solar package," Yotter says. Features include a 1,000-watt inverter and 40-amp solar controller with a built-in system to monitor battery levels. The controller has the capability to Bluetooth to a smart- phone using Renogy's free BT App to monitor the levels of electric current, watts and amps, record and adjust settings. "It's a very helpful tool to make sure you have an awesome experience when you're out disconnected from everything," Yotter says. "That's one of my favorite components to talk about, just because solar has gotten bigger and bigger in the industry. It provides some opportunities to change the way people have camped for years, and an alternative solution to the often overly crowded campgrounds. We've seen it evolving, but it's gained so much traction the last few years." The model also features all-terrain tires, a 3-inch lift and a torsion axle so that each tire's suspension is independent, also delivering a smoother ride with fewer vibrations. Yotter says the brand remains economical to many campers and is easier to tow and store. Although small, it doesn't sacri- fice comfort and features a comfortable sofa, plenty of counter space, a big 12-volt TV, KING Wi-Fi prep, 12-volt Fantastic Vent fan, a rear cargo rack good for storing up to 200 pounds of gear, a front bike rack, generator prep, a kayak rack prep and a big front window. The 192FQS also features Aqua View's Showermi$er, which redirects cold water before it gets to the showerhead back into the freshwater tank until the water is hot. Not a single drop is released until RVers are ready to step into that warm shower. Showermi$er conserves fresh and gray water tank capac- ities up to 40 percent without changing tanks or adding weight. The warm acceptance at Open House came on the heels of the Hershey Show, the new model's first official exposure. Yotter called it "a great launch for retail." Production on all three floorplans began in September. What impressed RV PRO: The new Expedition's all-terrain tires, 3-inch lift and torsion axle mean this unit can be taken off-road, while its solar package offers off-grid capacity – at an economical price. But perhaps most notable is the smooth alu- minum exterior surface, offering durability in a stylish package. The Coachmen Expedition by Catalina 192FQS wows with its smooth-surface aluminum siding, offering durability and stylishness in one package. The unit's many off- road features also help distinguish this trailer from competitors.

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