September '20

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30 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW THOR Industries THOR Industries is giving dealers plenty to be excited about across its comprehensive product line – from small, lightweight towables to beefy toy haulers and the largest diesel pushers. The same goes for the company's Jayco operation. KEYSTONE RV Keystone's 2021 model year products address the influx of new buyers who want an RV they feel comfortable towing. The new Montana High Country HM281CK delivers a premium full-profile fifth wheel that is 24 inches shorter than any other Montana High Country model. "When the RVIA removed the maximum square footage limitation for fifth wheels, the temptation was to go bigger – but our sales data said something else," says Product Manager Sam Lengerich. "We are seeing strong consumer demand for smaller, lighter models, so we pushed in the opposite direction." Shorter units often require trimming kitchen counter space and locating the TV Anyone who might have assumed that the COVID-19 pandemic – and the resulting absence of an Elkhart Open House Week event this year – would result in manufacturers curtailing their number of new model debuts for 2021 would be sorely mistaken. Representatives for small, medium and large RV manufacturers all told RV PRO they successfully forged ahead with new product development, new floorplans and product upgrades even when the pandemic forced the com- panies to briefly shutter their facil- ities. Reps for a few companies say the down time was actually beneficial, providing them with large amounts of uninterrupted time to brainstorm new product ideas and conceptualize improvements to various models. Read on for more details on what RV manufacturers have planned for 2021. NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW By Darian Armer, Mike Harbor, Holli Koster, Rob Merwin, Ronnie Wendt, Stefanie Galeano-Zalutko and the RV PRO Staff Keystone Product Manager Nick Ebenroth is pictured next to an Outback travel trailer. For 2021, Keystone is launching the Outback 342CG floorplan, which is designed to make camping more accessible for people with physical limitations. Designers reconfigured the floorplan to make it more wheelchair- friendly and installed sliding doors in the bedroom and bathroom. PREVIEW

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