September '20

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66 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW Coachmen What's new for Coachmen in 2021? In a word, plenty. Forest River's largest division is making notable changes across its large motorized and towables lines, including many new floorplans and product updates and upgrades. COACHMEN CLASS A'S This year's Coachmen Class A models have all-new color schemes for a higher-end look. "We're leaning more toward some steel blues and gray combinations," says Mike Kaiser, general manager for Coachmen Class A's. New features include more storage and natural light, with the addition of a skylight on limited models. "We're able to put a skylight on limited models because of how much room we have in the ceiling," says Kaiser. "It will have an electric power shade that extends and retracts from side to side. The first thing people get concerned with is if it's going to leak or not. We invented a gutter system that if it were ever to leak it would drain right down into the gray tank." Another big hit for the brands is the new under-the-bed storage. "When you walk into the bedroom, at the back the bed actually folds up and there's a mirror. You can place shoes on one side of the base and have drawers on the other side. There are cushions to set on underneath and get ready in front of the mirror," says Kaiser. Kaiser says a big move for gas units in the industry is the rollout of the new 2024 Ford chassis, moving from a V10 to a V8 engine. "They've reinvented the rails for Class A's and added more power. It has a different suspension system that makes for a smoother ride," he says. Kaiser says a relatively new product, the Encore, is a unique build with three floorplans. "We've developed a diesel product, as far as look and feel, but on a gas chassis. It really hits that $120,000 retail price point," says Kaiser. "We did the opposite with entry-level diesels. I was able to put some of the gas stuff we do on a diesel and bring the price point down. We can offer diesels at $149,900 at a high-end gas price as well." COACHMEN CLASS B'S Since March 2019, when Ford announced its new all-wheel-drive chassis, demand for the chassis in the Class B market has been through the roof, according to Nick Recchio, general manager of Coachmen Class B products. Recchio says Coachmen began receiving the new chassis in January 2020 and is just now starting to ship products. PREVIEW Leader to the Great Outdoors. Coachmen's Class A motorhomes will see all-new color schemes for a higher-end look in 2021. The Coachmen Encore (pictured above) now comes with a Ford V8 engine featuring ABS braking, upgraded springs for a better ride and fleet telematics, allowing Ford to diagnose engine issues remotely. The V8 engine also offers more horsepower and more torque than the V10 engine in previous models.

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