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22 • RV PRO • May 2020 rv-pro.com At the smallest end of the travel trailer brands is the Hike, which seemed to make the biggest splash among dealers in attendance. The Hike is a teardrop trailer that was given a soft introduction during Elkhart Open House Week, but came on strong at the dealer event with five floorplans built for outdoor active lifestyles. The floorplans range from 17 to 22 feet and have a variety of interiors including a bunk model and a pair of couples' coaches, but as much as anything, it's the exterior that catches the eye. Right: Winnebago designer Kim Mann talks with representatives of Campers Inn of Mocksville, N.C. Below: A dealer looks at the rooftop camping deck of a Winnebago Solis Class B. The trailer features a large angled Flying W logo along with the Hike name. It has a patent-pending powder-coated steel exoskeleton designed for climbing on and strapping on whatever equipment grabs the owner's fancy. It features 15-inch off-road tires with a 4½-inch lift kit to promote getting off the beaten path. In addition, there is a standard receiver in the back of the trailer. "This will be great for kayaks and paddleboards as well as bike racks on the standard receiver in the back," said Adam Christoffersen, product sales man- ager, Winnebago towables. "The exte- rior that we're promoting for an active lifestyle doesn't mean they sacrifice any of the features or amenities they want when they come home in the afternoon or the evening." Designers made the most of the avail- able space on the inside using lighter colors to make the space seem larger and brighter. Christoffersen points to European influences in styling the cabinetry and accent pieces above the galley as nice touches for such a small coach. "A l l h a v e t h i s m o d e r n i n t e r i o r styling," he said. "Our design team did a very good job." What's more, the Hike was created in mind with the desires of a new generation of RVers who aren't willing to make some of the sacrifices to comfort of previous generations, according to Christoffersen. For example, designers of each of the small floorplans have made certain to include a dry bath, as the new consumer is not a fan of the wet bath. The MSRP for Hike models begin in the upper $20,000s. Several speakers and product represen- tatives at the event mentioned that this year's models were incorporating a number of changes that came from customer feed- back. Although new to the lineup, the Hike is no exception. Christoffersen said that at Open House, Winnebago representatives not only took one-on-one feedback from dealers on the Hike, but also did an anonymous ques- tionnaire. That feedback was positive and dealers indicated they wanted to see more of it, he said. As a result, much of that styling was brought into the next two sizes of trailer: the Micro Minnie and the Minnie. The Micro Minnie features 11 floor- plans including ones with bunk beds, Murphy beds and twin beds. By adding a center shelf and cushion, the twin beds can be converted into a king bed. "Smaller doesn't mean cheaper," Degnan

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