January '20

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160 • RV PRO • January 2020 rv-pro.com Breaking news exclusives from RV PRO's website In Case You Missed it RV I N S I G H T S Roadtrek Works to Rebuild Dealer Trust With two very public showings under its belt, the newly reborn Roadtrek is slowly making strides to getting its RVs back on the road and winning the confidence of its smaller dealer base. CEO Dane Found, who took the position in October, said that since French manufacturer Rapido bought the assets and brand, the rebuild has been on track and will not look for any sort of breakneck speed in growth. "Things have been coming along quite nicely," he said during a break during the RV Dealers Association Convention/Expo. "It's essentially a new company. We had to get RV Industry Association-approved, and in order to get RVIA we had to get NHTSA approval and up in Canada we had to get Transport Canada in order to get CSA. Then we had to go through each of the states to acquire licensing to sell product into the states. I think we're more than halfway through with that. We're just doing it as the need arises." That need isn't going to be growing much in the immediate future. Found said the most important thing for Roadtrek right now is to prove to dealers that it can be trusted to meet its production goals and that those goals will be met with a quality product rather than something that is rushed to market. As a result, the company has its production facility in place and functioning but has only opened one of the three poten- tial production lines available. A l t h o u g h t h a t m e a n s Roadtrek will not be able to take on any more dealers in the short term, it also is meant to assure those dealers who have been taken into the Roadtrek family that satisfying their needs and meeting their quality requirements is important to the new company, according to Found. "Our goal is to produce three-and-a-half units per day off of the one assembly line," he said. "As our quality programs develop, then we will assess the ability of going to three lines." Read more: http://rvpro.ly/roadtrek-rebuilds Found nüCamp Stretches Beyond Teardrops Since nüCamp arrived on the spot, the Amish-built, Ohio-based manufacturer has been a leader of the pack in the teardrop category, winning numerous awards along the way. But with the debut of the AVIA at RVX – a 28-foot, European-inspired trailer – nüCamp proves its innovation can't be contained in a teardrop. "We just figured it was time that we build something that has a chance for a bigger part of the market to see," said Jason Miller, an account executive at nüCamp. "Because the teardrop market is such a small part of the industry." The interior vastness is immediately noticeable with the stargazer windows surrounding the dinette in the front of the trailer. The completely separate shower and toilet is made better since the bathroom telescopes out into the center of the unit. It's the type of space-saving ingenuity one might expect from a manufacturer that has had to innovate on a smaller scale. The overall sleek design cannot be overlooked. The cabin- etry, as well as the slat bedsprings for the foldable queen-size bed, have a direct European influence; and little embellishments like a motion-sensor lighted handle breathe life into the shell of the unit made from a Lamilux 4000 fiberglass skin. The bones of the AVIA (MSRP $65,000) are made of aluminum, using Azdel sidewalls. In terms of functionality, an Alde radiant heat and flow system course throughout the unit with a 1,200-watt inverter powering the trailer. As for appliances, the kitchen boasts deluxe spice racks and a Dometic three-burner stove and a convection microwave oven from Contoure. As of Open House, nüCamp had about 40 AVIAs on deal- ership lots. Now, the manufacturer hopes for word to spread that there is a bag of new tricks. "Now it's about helping dealers realize that they can get something that's a lot bigger than a teardrop," said Miller, "but with the same nüCamp quality and assurance that their product is going to hold up." To view a slide show of the nuCamp product, click on this link: http://rvpro.ly/nucamp-avia nuCamp's AVIA trailer features many European-style flourishes, including the Alde radiant heating system.

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