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38 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E Fleetwood RV Discovery LXE The 2020 Discovery LXE was the hidden jewel of Open House. It was created solely for the event to garner dealer reaction. Company reps say people were blown away by the total package. So much so that Discovery manufacturer Fleetwood RV will produce several more for 2020 and make the Enclave décor standard for 2021. The big attention-grabber, however, was its new Class A chassis. "We took what we knew from the Liberty platform and from the Power Bridge platform and brought those concepts together in one bridge platform," says Doug Miller, Fleetwood RV's product sales manager. "The Huckbolts have to fit within one-1000th of an inch in every location for exact precision." That sentiment encompasses the overall marvel of engi- neering that has gone into the Freedom Bridge. The chassis represents the only use of Freightliner Custom Chassis' XCM in this form – a fully integrated bridge and chassis system in the modular concept. For one, the 26-inch- tall, pass-through exterior storage capacity is enormous, with slide rails integrated into the floor. There are features aplenty: aerospace-grade Huckbolts to significantly decrease vibration; dual-sided fuel fill for the 100-gallon tank; premium SACHS shocks found on brands like Mercedes-Benz, as well as V-Ride rear suspension; and double-thick flooring to deaden exterior noise from the road. "We could have done the cookie-cutter chassis, but we chose to go completely outside the box and create something all on our own," Miller says. And then there's the mesmerizing interior. The Enclave décor (limited for 2020) is like stepping in an opulent, oceanside mansion. The 40M floorplan's bright white with hints of blue and instantly calming. Those colors are teamed with Greystone wood cabinets and celestial gray accent walls. Rustic plank flooring with a matte finish is illuminated wonderfully by the ceiling lights seven feet above. All of it is tied perfectly by the new abstract wall art and accent pillows. As for kitchen in bathroom, there's his and hers sinks, as well as a shower with a seat. Other features include a residential Whirlpool refrigerator, an Aqua-Hot 400D system, custom Apex furniture, a dishwasher, and an electric touchpad controller that's dually operated by a phone App. "The intent wasn't to build (these units), just to get feedback on the décor," says Miller. However, the Open House display was sold to the second dealer who walked in, and the orders piled on shortly after. The MSRP for the Discovery LXE is $372,753. What impressed RV PRO: In a year where stylish yet heavily gray interiors can be seen across many brands, the Discovery LXE with the costal retreat interior is stunning. While the 25 units of this limited edition are bound to go quick, the new interior will become a regular option for 2021. Regardless, the Discovery LXE on the Freedom Bridge is destined to marvel in whatever décor option. The Enclave décor's mix of cerulean, whites, and light grays open up the already-large Class A diesel pusher from Fleetwood even more. Although the interior option is limited for 2020, it will become a standard option for Discovery LXE in the future.

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