September '20

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RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 31 on the back wall at an angle that makes it difficult to see. But Lengerich says, "Our goal was to blow up those design limitations to deliver something that is compact but doesn't feel that way." Two opposing slide-outs open up the unit to provide an "amount of countertop space and storage that is off the charts for a unit of this size and sacrificed nothing in livability," says Josh Miller, vice president of sales for Keystone. Designers eliminated the dinette in favor of a U-shaped kitchen with oversized countertop and bar stools and created an L-shaped seating collection with a chaise lounge that sits across from the entertainment center. The unit creates a feel of spaciousness with a bed/bath deck lifted from the Montana High Country 294/295 layout, which features an amply-sized bathroom and combination wardrobe/ bed slide. Other notable features include a layout that maximizes window size and placement, including cross-coach windows for optimal natural lighting, an expanded kitchen storage and food prep area, a trifold sleeper sofa, and an expanded outdoor living area with 16-foot and 11-foot awnings. Keystone also introduced a new Cougar fifth wheel for active campers: the Cougar 345UMR. The 38-foot, 5-inch fifth wheel offers a full-sized utility/mud room in the rear. The unit's walk-in dog shower allows campers and their four-legged companions to rinse off the adventure of the day without tracking dirt or debris into the main living area. An extra-large storage cabinet with washer/ dryer hookups can also stow fishing poles, rifles, or beach gear. The back of the unit provides plenty of countertop space and storage, making it a great location to do crafts or conduct business. The 2021 Outback 342CG makes camping more accessible to those with physical limitations. "More customers asked for a unit that was accessible to people in wheelchairs," Miller says. "We revamped the Outback to create a model that accommodates those with disabilities." The company reviewed guidelines in the Americans with Disabil- ities Act to gain a sense of the dimensions required for wheelchairs to enter and exit and move throughout the coach. Designers then altered the floorplan to make it more wheelchair friendly. The model's 56-inch extended ramp door offers an easy ingress and egress for campers in a wheelchair. "We also took the basic footprint and reconfigured the kitchen counter, slimmed down the wall for the entertainment center, and replaced a hinged door with a sliding bar to create an easy tran- sition for a wheelchair into the living area," says Product Manager Nick Ebenroth. Designers widened the main door to 30 inches to enable it to work with an aftermarket wheelchair lift. A wider and shallower pantry allowed designers to install sliding doors in the bedroom and bathroom. The team replaced door and drawer pulls with handles to make them easier to open. The floorplan also offers a cargo garage with flip-down bunks, a king-size bed with built-in pet kennel, two pantries, a 48-inch fireplace, and a sofa sleeper. "With COVID-19, families are trying to get out to experience the outdoors together," Miller says. "Many people have someone in their family in a wheelchair that they would love to take camping, but until this point they haven't had a good means of doing that." HEARTLAND RV "This is the year of Heartland," says Lesley Melvin, the brand's director of marketing. "And for Heartland, this is the year of the product." With a revamped logo, brand story and website, as well as an expanded parts warehouse and new online catalog, Melvin says the RV maker is "establishing a new way for dealers and customers to do business." Central to this year's product lineup, Heartland will debut an all-new extension of the full-profile Milestone fifth wheel, named M-One. Although most details remain under wraps, Melvin says the unit is 32 feet, 11 inches in length and targets entry-level buyers at an aggressive price point while still offering high-end amenities usually found in more expensive products. For 2021, Heartland will debut an all-new floorplan for the Milestone fifth wheel, dubbed the M-One. Heartland says the M-One is designed to appeal to entry-level buyers at an aggressive price point while still offering high-end amenities.

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