September '20

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PREVIEW 98 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW Vanleigh RV Vanleigh celebrated a milestone anniversary in 2020, marking five years since the RV maker spun out of Tiffin Motorhomes to enter into the fifth wheel market. As the company looked ahead to the 2021 model year, it decided to make changes to its brands based on what it has been hearing from its dealers, as well as from the customer base it has developed over the past several years. "What's new, what's exciting for us, is that 2021 model change for all three brands is the culmination of genuine cus- tomer feedback over the last several years," says Chase Davis, Vanleigh national sales manager. The fifth wheel manufacturer has three brands: the Vilano, the Beacon and the Pinecrest. The Pinecrest is the newest – and it received the most changes of the three in the 2021 model year; again, based on customer feedback. Davis explains that the Vilano and the Beacon share many similarities; in any given model year about 80 percent of the new feature benefits apply to both models. The Beacon, given its higher price point, always carries a few more standard ame- nities than the Vilano. Many of the changes in the Pinecrest for 2021, Davis says, are intended to enhance the similarities between that fifth wheeler and its two older siblings. For example, Vanleigh – as Tiffin is in the motorhome world – is known for doing its own cabinetry and woodwork, Davis says. Less of that custom woodwork had been found in the company's Pinecrest units, but that will change in the 2021 models. "Previously on Pinecrest, it was not a full hardwood kitchen island," Davis says. "We've since changed that so it's now a com- plete, handcrafted hardwood kitchen island." Another feature that customers of both the Vilano and Beacon always expressed fondness for was the soft-touch vinyl ceiling. That will now be standard in the Pinecrest. Also, on the Pinecrest's two largest floor plans, the 335 and 392, Vanleigh has redesigned the front cap and straight- ened out the front of the coach, which Davis says allows for more headroom and more closet space. The Pinecrest also has a new color option when it comes to the cabinetry. White Linen remains one of the two options while a new choice is Sterling Gray. All three of Vanleigh's brands are being upgraded with smart TVs as a standard feature in 2021. While the Pinecrest received the lion's share of changes in the 2021 model year, customers had plenty of feedback on Vanleigh's Vilano and Beacon brands. "Probably what we're most excited about on those two brands are the new floorplan layouts that we're debuting for 2021." Davis says. For the Beacon, those are the 41FLB and the 41LKB. A third floorplan, the 42RKB, debuted in 2020 just before COVID-19 hit, Davis says, so it will be new to most of the public in 2021. Other new features debuting in the 2021 Vilano and Beacon brands include: soft-close doors and drawers; Winegard Air 360 Plus systems; Insignia four-burner stoves; a reworked pantry configuration to allow for more storage; and for the brands' rear-living floorplans, an entirely new galley slide configuration. Vanleigh RV's Vilano, Pinecrest and Beacon (pictured) fifth wheels all received updates for 2021. The Beacon will feature numerous upgrades on existing models plus two new floorplans.

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