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September '20

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with the opening of our brand new, state-of-the-art production facility in January of 2020. The challenges of material handling for a large, one-piece floor were solved with the added space the new plant offered." Airstream customers are very conscious about "green" products, so the new flooring will be a big selling point as consumers view the new product. For Airstream, the install process is different, and Humphreys finds advantages beyond sustainability. "The floor comes in as a single piece, routed for that exact floorplan of each unit," he says. "It's also water-resistant. Not only does it inhibit any type of softening that would occur if you had an ongoing leak, but it also reduces any concern for mold or mildew. It is lighter than wood, so it takes a little bit of weight out of every unit as well. Finally, it has more insulating factors than what we had before. It really is a win-win all the way around for the consumer." In addition to all iconic silver bullet units receiving a new floor system, Humphreys says that a few popular brands will be receiving fresh interior looks. The Flying Cloud (the RV maker's No.1-selling product) and International brands are specifically receiving new interior designs. Detailing the Flying Cloud, Humphreys reveals, "It's a completely redesigned interior decor with new laminates and soft goods. It's such a great improvement with a very neutral design. But it's not taking it over the top, where people might get offended because it's such a huge design statement. We think our designers did a great job with it. We keep it as neutral as possible, so people can go in and give it their own touch." The International also stands in the top four of all Airstream brands and is receiving its own stylistic upgrade. "And with the International, we took a design-centric approach, with a more a relaxing and beautiful coastal home theme. It's light and airy with soft aqua colors, natural wood tones, and beautiful graphic details," says Humphreys. Turning attention from towables to motorized, Humphreys says that there aren't a lot of changes for Airstream's Class B's, but that there are some power upgrades. "We are now adding an option for lithium batteries for motorhomes. In addition to the improved charging and storage characteristics that lithium batteries have, we've also put on some additional solar. It really is an improvement in longevity of power," he says. The lithium batteries made by Battle Born are a replacement for the standard house battery and the benefits include much faster charging with more cycles and a five-year replacement warranty. On the rising popularity of the Class B segment (especially with the rise of COVID-19), Humphreys describes them as the "Swiss-Army knife" of the industry. "There are so many more things you can do with this product because of its size," he says. "We have people driving from home to home, where they would normally travel by airplane, and we've got people that just don't want to stop at public restrooms or restaurants. And RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 41 "With the International (pictured below), we took a design-centric approach, with a more a relaxing and beautiful coastal home theme. It's light and airy with soft aqua colors, natural wood tones, and beautiful graphic details," says company Vice President of Sales Justin Humphreys. Meanwhile, Humphreys touts the new custom flooring system, made of composite material that replaces the old plywood substrate, in all iconic Airstream trailers for 2021.

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