September '20

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48 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW Engineers modified the Eagle HT fifth-wheel lineup to better fit today's half-ton trucks, which sit up higher and have a deeper bed. "We felt our half-ton fifth wheel should fit the half-ton trucks," Barth says. "We redid the skeleton and the bones of this fifth wheel. The first floorplan the 24RE informed the entire lineup." Designers kept the interior height the same and incorporated a flush floor from front to back. They also increased storage space underneath. Putting all components on the driver's side keeps exhaust away from the campsite and ensures pass through storage without obstruction. The 24RE features a walk-in shower, a bedroom with immense windows letting in plenty of natural light, and a walk-in pantry. The company added a new décor option, called American Craftsman, with maple stain on the wood doors. "It's a nice traditional color," Martin says. Jayco standardized dual Whisper Quiet A/C units for the larger Eagles; added 10-cubic-foot, 12-volt refrigerators; and added a solar package as an option. "We are seeing campers go out earlier and stay out longer," Martin says. "This helps them use their propane for their heat and not to run everything else in the coach." The Eagle HT lineup offers some of the largest holding tanks and freshwater tanks in the industry. The redesigned unit offers an 80-gallon freshwater tank and 43-gallon black and gray water tanks. Auxiliary tanks are available in 32.5 gallons. The 340DROK is an Eagle travel trailer that uses the same slide-boxes and feels like a fifth wheel but is a travel trailer. The 41-foot unit offers two awnings on the door side, an outside kitchen, and a pullout grill. Inside the 340DROK, a den sits where front bedrooms nor- mally sit. Designers swapped out the bed for a trifold sofa and plenty of windows to create a multipurpose room. A Jack-and- Jill style bath sits next to the room while also being accessible from the kitchen. "The buyer we envision for this unit is someone who uses their RV in different ways, like for a home office," Barth says. "But if you want to put a bedroom there, that is an option." SEISMIC, NORTH POINT & PINNACLE Seismic toy haulers promise the comforts and conveniences of home no matter where the journey takes RVers. The 2021 lineup is designed to deliver more creature comforts and gadgets than ever before. Jayco changed every Seismic floorplan to include a large front windshield with blackout shades. All but one has a front wardrobe and a king-size bed slide. "The large window gives you the best of both worlds, you can look at the campsite while sitting inside watching TV or reading a book," says Mike Aplin, general manager of luxury fifth wheels/toy hauler division. "The window adds a nice aesthetic to the outside." The Seismic units also offer a walk-in shower with real wood throughout to give it more of a spa feel. "It's something you'd see in high-end homes and luxury hotels," Aplin says. "That started in the North Point and Pinnacle, and we added it to the Seismic in 2021." The North Point, Pinnacle, and Seismic also offer residential ovens with a four-burner cooktop and 3.7 cubic feet of oven space – deep enough to cook an oversize turkey or ham. All three units also offer temperature sensors inside refrigerators, which send alerts through JAYCOMMAND if the appliance loses temperature. North Point made a walk-in shower standard on all floorplans in 2021. "We had to redesign everything to make that standard on existing floorplans," Aplin says. "2021 could also be described as the year of the gadget," he adds. "We built in a lot of nice features that are camper-friendly and based on customer and dealer feedback." In the North Point's rear living rooms, Jayco installed shelves to set drinks on, and added storage underneath the trifold sofa. In the kitchen, there are pullout drawers under the sink that keep soaps and scrub brushes secure in transit. A 24-inch by 24-inch butcher block countertop extension that stores underneath the bed attaches to the kitchen island to extend the cooking surface. Aplin says he expects the North Point's freshwater drinking PREVIEW Jayco's Seismic toy haulers will offer more creature comforts and features in 2021, including a large front windshield with blackout shades.

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