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September '20

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58 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW couch and dinette, which can turn into a chaise lounge, going from 68 inches to 96 inches. Even when in the chaise form, there is still a two-person breakfast nook. Under the coach and each side of the dinette is the stack- and-go storage system, as well as newly added additional storage in the bedroom, including a shoe nook and removable bins. "On all full-length walls, we're using plastic snap-in trim so we can completely eliminate the use of wood trim," says Sare. SURVEYOR Surveyor Product Manager Scott Rhode says this year's Surveyor is the "best-constructed, most turnkey ready to go." The Surveyor brand is returning to its roots, doing away with the Luxury line and becoming the Grand line again. That makes the Grand Surveyor, Surveyor Legend and Surveyor Legend Sub-Four. "The Sub-Fours start below 4,000 pounds and are aimed at the Gen Z and younger Millennial demographics – those who haven't towed before," says Rhode. "Legends target the Millennial and Gen X demographics who want bunkhouses." This year also marks the start of a new branded identity for Surveyor. "We never had a set logo. We have a new, cool logo. The font and look have all been reimagined. It's an 'S' with compass points and a road that goes through the 'S' because Surveyor will go down any road, anywhere, anytime," says Rhode. "We're using the logo on the bottle opener and fascia. We did it to have our own identity and have Surveyor stand on its own. Too often brands are chasing the hottest and latest and it doesn't turn out well. We know who we are." Legends and Sub-Fours now have slow-close shower doors, no more curtains, and standardized 15K-BTU air conditioners. MORryde's new platform step has the Surveyor name lasered into the kick plate. The RV maker also has added a slam latch to the door side baggage in the front with motion light inside and a 3/4-inch stab jack drill bit. Every unit has 15-inch tires, a residential fridge, and an 80-inch solar panel on the roof to accommodate off-grid stays. "We've added things no one has ever done before," says Rhode. "We developed an exclusive piece of furniture, the TSS: trifold, sofa, sleeper." The TSS is a home theater seat that becomes a sofa when users remove the center and turns into a trifold bed when it's time to sleep. "We developed it because sometimes we build a floorplan and one customer wants the theater seat while the next customer wants a bed and then they have to special order," says Rhode. "With the TSS, there's no special order needed. It will be standard in all Grand Surveyors and optional in select Legend floorplans." Every floorplan in the Surveyor lineup will have some config- uration of an outdoor kitchen. Select models will have a griddle, table, sink and refrigerator. All models will have a griddle. The Sub-Fours will have a table with it, a dry sink and a refrigerator. Grand Surveyor Models now include glass shower doors. When it comes to HVAC, all the floor vents have been removed and are now venting through the cabinets. There was already radiant heat to the basement and there is now an added vent to the basement blowing hot air as well. Grand Surveyors will now have 50-inch TVs and fireplaces standard. SHASTA After a year of major changes at last year's Open House Expo, Shasta is staying the course for the 2021 product year. "We're going to warm the inside up a little bit with the flooring and other soft items and color schemes," says Meg Grierson, product manager. "We have a couple new floorplans we're excited about." The first floorplan is the 20RB, a small couples' coach that will have a small slide and be 24 feet long. An L-shaped countertop will allow customers to slide a couple of bar stools underneath. A small outside refrigerator rounds out the offerings. The next floorplan, the 24BH, is a small bunkhouse that has bunks going sideways, a different direction than usual, meaning a length of 8 feet bunks east to west. "It's a little wider to give more space but still keeps the unit shorter," says Grierson. PREVIEW Salem/ Wildwood unit interiors have been updated for 2021 to make the furniture and fabrics looks more residential. Pictured at right is the Salem 27RKS model.

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