September '20

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requests," says Found. "We're also offering another interior for sofas and seating." Meanwhile, the new control system is a touch panel where every- thing can be controlled with the option of smartphone connectivity. Found says the updated panels will be an option on all brand lines except for the Play, because of the price point. Initially, the panel will be an optional feature, but he says Roadtrek eventually aims to make it a standard feature. Along with tech and design upgrades, Found says the company also has developed a new screen door system. "Our old system had a bunch of snaps and domes that was a little time-consuming," he says. The new one is "essentially done more with long, magnetic strips, so when you walk through it, it closes behind you and keeps the bugs out." That refined design, he adds, also makes the setup more user-friendly. XTREME OUTDOORS Xtreme Outdoors is excited about two new products it is intro- ducing for the 2021 model year. The first is the newest addition to its Little Guy line of teardrop trailers: The Little Guy Micro Max. This is the third in the "Max" line of Little Guy trailers. As the name indicates, the Micro Max is the smallest of the three – but it's big on amenities, according to Joe Kicos, director of sales for Xtreme Outdoors. (RV industry professionals likely recognize Kicos as the founder of the Little Guy brand some two decades ago.) The Micro Max, which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter, is 16 feet, 3 inches long, 6 foot, 6 inches high and 79 inches wide. The trailer has a large amount of counter space on the inside, wrapping nearly halfway around the interior. It features a deep sink, a two-burner stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a cassette toilet cleverly hidden under a countertop. Features include a dinette area that converts easily into a sleeping area, with storage; hardwood cabinetry with dovetail construction in the galley area; a wall-mounted flat-screen TV; privacy screens on the windows; a charging station offering 12-volt and 110 power options; and a system monitor that controls the water pump, lights and gas. "We're very, very excited about it because it's smaller, it's lighter, it's garage-able, and the floorplan on it is something that we're extremely excited about," Kicos says. "We feel it's going to be very attractive to the Millennial demographic." He estimates the gross weight at somewhere in the 1,500- to 1,700-pound range. Also new in 2021 for Xtreme Outdoors is the MyPod 2.0, an updated version of its popular MyPod trailers. The original line was discontinued when the company lost its fiberglass supplier, Kicos says, but the RV maker has found a new supplier and now the company is bringing a new version of the MyPod back. The MyPod is well-suited for outdoor adventurers who don't have the means to tow a large trailer but still want to take some of the creature comforts with them when they head out to camp. The molded fiberglass body sits on a sturdy frame that weighs less than 600 pounds. It comes with a full-size sleeping area; installed air conditioning; 12-volt and 110 power; an entertainment center; window shades; and what the company calls a three-speed "fantastic fan." The MyPod 2.0 is going into production in early fall, according to Kicos. Aside from new products, this was the company's first full year under the company's new ownership. Kicos says it has been a smooth transition, and the new ownership has made substantial investments into the back end of the business, streamlining oper- ations, implementing new quality control protocols, and, because of the pandemic, tweaking the company's strategies somewhat to better fit the changing business climate. "Because of what's going on in the environment, with shows being cancelled and COVID protocols being put in place, we are spending a lot on the back end on our dealer support, and that's going to be big for us this coming year," Kicos says, adding that Xtreme is making significant investments in its ability to interact with its dealers on a more virtual level. RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 97 PREVIEW New for 2021 is the Xtreme Outdoors MyPod 2.0, which is designed for RVers who don't want to tow a large trailer but still want to take creature comforts with them.

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