September '20

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exterior and stunningly beautiful interior design we are confident retail customers will fall in love with." Krol says the Tandara fifth wheel is built with the best construction techniques and components to minimize warranty problems and maximize customer satisfaction. "Customers are overwhelmingly asking for lighter, brighter interiors," says Krol. "On top of that, customers have unanimously asked for no carpet in RV interiors. So, we did full vinyl flooring throughout, even installing marine-grade flooring in our main slide-outs." Another staple of all the floorplans has been an emphasis on windows. "We have specifically designed each floorplan to maximize windows on the door side of the fifth wheel so our customers can see their own campsite instead of looking out windows at their neighbor's campsite," says Krol. He adds, "The entertainment center on every floorplan is positioned for optimal viewing angles from the theater seating." The floorplans are as follows: 285 RL: short, double slide rear lounge; 286 RL-OK: short, double slide rear lounge with outside kitchen; 320 RL: 35-foot triple slide rear lounge; 321 RL-OK: 35-foot triple-slide rear lounge with outside kitchen; 385 MB: mid-bunk room with rear lounge; 386 MB-OK: mid-bunk room with rear lounge with outside kitchen; 375 BH: bath-and-half rear bunkroom; and 380 FL: front living room floorplan. The first six floorplans will be in production before Oct. 1, with the other two floorplans following later this fall. XLR "We're toy hauler centered at XLR," says Brent Stevens, XLR product manager. "From entry level all the way up to our flagship coaches." The entry-level Micro Boost product is a narrow-body travel trailer designed for the young family that wants to get into the toy hauler experience. "It doesn't even have to be motorized toys they want to bring," says Stevens. "It could be a kayak. Right now, we're seeing a lot of people looking for bunk houses. A toy hauler is a bunkhouse but offers a little bit of a longer-term unit. You don't have to trade in if dad decides he wants to buy a four-wheeler. You still have the kids bunk beds in back." The new Micro Boost fifth wheel can be towed by a half-ton pickup. Stevens say the towable fifth wheel narrow body is the only one in its cat- egory that will provide a fifth wheel-style body in a narrow-body lightweight. The product targets the high $20,000 price point. It features an open floorplan concept and is specifically designed for the four-seat side by sides in the marketplace. Stevens says it will be the entry-level product into toy hauler fifth wheels. More Micro-Boost floorplans will be introduced over the course of the next three months, with unique features such as a bigger 10-cubic-foot, 12-volt refrigerators, taller ramp doors, beaver tails, which provide an easier entry into the garage and no wheel wells. In the Boost product, Stevens says the RV maker has added a new L-shaped conversation option. "The biggest issues toy haulers have had are conversation areas in the living room, this new L-shaped conversation option takes the recliner system that goes up against the bathroom wall and instead the slide comes out in front of the seats and becomes L-shaped in conjunction with the slide and seats." RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 53 Members of the XLR management team (from left to right) Kelly Green, Brent Stevens and Rob McCartney have high hopes for the company in 2021, thanks to a number of product updates and upgrades, as well as the launch of a new Micro Boost fifth wheel that can be towed by a half-ton pickup.

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