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14 • RV PRO • July 2020 rv-pro.com radiant-reflective insulation layers that are 97-percent efficient; Nitro-fill radial tires; XLR's vacuum-bonded technology for adhe- sion and durability; and weather-resistant tongue-and-groove plywood in all main living areas. Toy Haulers for Every Need & Want Stevens says XLR takes pride in offering toy haulers for nearly every need and want. Those offerings start with the Boost, which comes in two vari- ations: the Micro Boost, which is a lightweight, narrow-bodied, entry-level trailer; and the Boost, a wide-bodied product that is available in travel trailer and fifth wheel models. It typically caters to consumers ranging in age from 25 to 40 years old. "The Micro Boost and Boost are a great 'bunkhouse' for a younger family," Stevens says. "If they want to buy an off-road toy when they can afford it, then they have the trailer ready for it. And the kids will never outgrow the bunks." Kelly Green, XLR product and sales manager for the Boost, says the MSRP for the Micro Boost trailer begins at $16,000 and the Boost fifth wheel retails for $49,900. Meanwhile, the Hyperlite is a travel trailer series that is a nat- ural progression from the Boost series, although it does offer a few floorplans that lean toward younger families. It comes in 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton versions. In the fifth wheel segment, XLR offers the Nitro, which is a mid-level price point toy hauler and features many of the ameni- ties of the Hyperlite, and the Thunderbolt, which is the brand's flagship product and is designed for the more affluent buyer and that trends toward the 50- to 55-year-old consumer demographic. The Thunderbolt comes equipped with all of the amenities con- sumers would expect in a luxury toy hauler, inside and out, including a Lippert Level Up six-point hydraulic system, a 42,000-BTU furnace, a MORryde Zero Gravity ramp door, dual electric awnings, a 21K Roto-Flex pin box, dual-pane windows, a solar panel with an inverter, a 30,000-BTU A/C system, an electric fireplace, a Dyson cordless vacuum, and LED lighting and crown molding throughout. Optional features include an extreme weather package, LCI's OneControl automation system and the Max-View camera system. The Hyperlite's MSRP begins at $33,000, while the Nitro starts at $53,000 and Thunderbolt's MSRP is $88,000. "When it comes to product design, the old industry adage, 'research and duplicate,' doesn't apply to what we offer," says Rob McCartney, XLR product and sales manager for the Hyperlite, Nitro and Thunderbolt toy haulers. "Today's toy haulers incor- porate the latest trends, but instead of waiting to see what those trends are, we wanted to 'jump the curve' and anticipate what they will be – why wait?" McCartney says he spent months at night researching potential unique design elements with his wife, who has an interior design background, so they could incorporate them into the three products. "We tracked what consumers are doing with their custom RV remodeling on social media. It was amazing to see what they changed to suit their preferences – right down to repainting the cabinetry." Innovations include front kitchens, front automotive windshields for the Hyperlite and Nitro, which provide for a "massive amount" of natural light in the coaches, giving both lines a unique identity. "Our front kitchen floorplans in our Hyperlite is an example of a feature no one has done before in a travel trailer with a garage – it's a first," McCartney says. Stevens adds many on his team are toy hauler enthusiasts and motorsport fanatics, from those who build them, sell them, and service them. "We have weekly service meetings with our plant manufacturing manager, where we review items that are causing issues so we can address them. We're all intimately involved in the process," he says. Production for the Hyperlite, Nitro and Thunderbolt had

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