September '20

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42 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW having a small Class B or B+ provides a place to prepare your meals and to use its on-board facilities. It's become a pandemic driven product where people can avoid a lot of the stops while traveling and having to expose themselves. We see people being attracted to this segment who can use it for so many uses outside of the traditional RVer, yet it can do that for them as well." Humphreys also notes that because Airstream opened a huge, brand new travel trailer facility in the past year, the RV maker's new motorhome facility has moved into the old travel trailer one. "Now we have plenty of room to grow our motorhome business significantly over the coming months and years," Humphreys says. He also emphasizes that, in addition to new product features for 2021, Airstream is focusing on helping first-time buyers as much as possible. "In addition to providing good products for them, we're also trying to provide a lot of how-to videos," he says. "So many of them (customers) have never done this before. Because of social distancing guidelines, sometimes the delivery of the unit from dealer to consumer is not ideal. We're trying to provide more resources to make sure that the end user enjoys the ownership of their new Airstream. We think it's very important." The industry veteran sees this as not only a challenge for Airstream, but all segments of the industry. Humphreys issues a challenge for the entire RV industry: "The industry needs to take great care of these new customers we are seeing since the pandemic, many of which are first time RV buyers. I would challenge everyone in the industry to really think of ways to go above and beyond to ensure these new customers, and all customers for that matter, have a great ownership experience. If we take great care of them and they love this lifestyle, then it will expand our customer base for years to come." THOR MOTOR COACH What's in store for the 2021 Thor Motor Coach lineup? Answer: Plenty, based upon the flurry of press releases TMC has issued in the past several months covering nearly the RV manufacturer's entire product line. Presented here are just a few highlights related new model launches and product upgrades. Class B Motorhomes: TMC's Sequence and Tellaro offer new floorplans and upgrades for 2021. The Dodge RAM ProMaster is the chassis of choice for these fuel-efficient and easy-to-drive motorhomes, featuring front- wheel-drive. The layouts are designed to maximize every inch of the 20-foot, 11-inch length motorhomes, which feature a modern cockpit that comes complete with SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation, as well as multiple USB ports. The Sequence is outfitted with TecnoForm S.p.A. Euro-style cabinetry and stylish fabrics. A new 20A floorplan features a booth dinette with three-point seatbelts, a convertible rear bed and multiple areas for storage that increase functionality inside the van. The optional Sky Bunk sleeping area upgrades sleeping capacity to four people, while allowing a taste of the great outdoors while still indoors. Meanwhile, Tellaro introduces the new 20KT floorplan for 2021, featuring an expanding sleeper sofa, Thule accessories and swivel cockpit chairs with a flip-up c-top workspace at the passenger seat. Dander- and scratch-resistant leatherette materials, vinyl flooring and hideaway pet food and water dish make for simple travel with a furry friend. TMC says the 20KT has one of the largest refrigerators in the Class B market. These motorhomes offer a standard 190-watt solar panel, a Truma Combi furnace and water heating system and the optional Re(Li)able lithium power package. TMC RUVs: In the Recreational Utility Vehicle category, TMC is introducing all-wheel-drive versions for its Gemini and Compass motorhomes, which are built exclusively on the Ford Transit chassis and come equipped with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine driving all the wheels and putting down 306 horsepower and 400 pounds per feet of torque. Modern safety features include hill start assist, AdvanceTrac roll stability, side-wind stabilization, lane departure warning and pre-collision assist with emergency braking. PREVIEW Thor Motor Coach's Sequence and Tellaro units offer new floorplans and upgrades for 2021, including an optional Sky Bunk sleeping area, allowing the Class B motorhomes to sleep four people.

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