November '19

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46 • RV PRO • November 2019 rv-pro.com O P E N H O U S E C O V E R A G E of the recent classic throwback models that were popular a couple of years ago. Winnebago Showcases Accessible RVs Winnebago has been building custom accessibility-enhanced motorhomes for more than 40 years, but this year it has increased its push to see dealers stock these types of units on their sales lots. "One of the most common questions we get it, 'Where can I see one?'" said Robert Kim, director of specialty vehicles at Winnebago. "And the problem, up until recently, is when dealers would stock (accessibility-enhanced) units, it was a custom order. So, consumers interested in this type of vehicle would have to look at photos or non-modified units. But when you pay this kind of money, you want to be able to see it in person." During Open House, Winnebago displayed its Forza 34T AE model for other dealers to check out and consider in reaching the market for accessibility-enhanced motorhomes. Wheelchair lifts, customized larger bathrooms, roll-in showers, an offset bed with ample room to one side, lower controls, and wider aisleways are only some of the ways Win- nebago has redesigned these already successful models that also include the Intent and Adventurer. There are a few use cases, said Kim. It could be people who require a wheelchair from birth or later in life, or older people who want to continue traveling but that need an easier way of getting around. "Maybe it's not their first RV," he said, "but it's a continu- ation of that lifestyle." Amenities for Family & Fido Open House 2018 showcased some models that had pet- friendly features. However, for 2019, Keystone went all out with its Sprinter 3610 fifth wheel. Sprinter Product Manager Jonathon Gust designed the coach with the idea that the target owners would have their furry best buddy along when they went for the vacation of a lifetime. At the top of the entry steps is a leash hook that also includes a bottle opener that looks like a paw print. The lower portion of the entry screen door is covered with a Screen Defender to protect it from a scratching dog who is looking to get back inside. Beneath the stove and oven area in the kitchen is a pull-out drawer with spots for a food and water dish. And at the foot of the master bed is a fold-out door that includes a large cushion suitable to be used as a dog bed. "We tried to come up with floorplans that break away from the traditional models but are still functional," Gust says. The model comes with plenty of ame- nities for the humans, too, including an innovative Live Edge Table Top that sepa- rates the front kitchen from the living room without creating a solid barrier. The MSRP is about $65,000. Jayco Offers Insights for What's on Tap in 2020 Select Jayco models for 2020 will come with a separate faucet at the kitchen sink that is readily recognizable as set-aside for drinking water. This faucet, however, isn't connected to the clear water tank or even to a separate filtration system. It is connected to a 5-gallon drinking-water jug that is located in the large pass-through storage area at the front of the coaches that include the system. The jugs can either be refilled at home or even just replaced with similar jugs from a local grocery store. The jug also can be connected to the ice maker/dispenser of the refrigerator if the model comes equipped with that option. Above: Winnebago's accessibility- enhanced options got plenty of attention at Open House, as the manufacturer had the Forza 34T AE on display. At right: Over at Thor, the Keystone Sprinter showed what was possible when it comes to pet accommodations.

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