September '20

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RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW September 2020 • RV PRO • 69 a diesel pusher RVers will find in a Class C, according to Bear. "This is geared toward the diesel pusher owner. When they walk into the coach they'll think they're walking into a Class A with a big panoramic window that feels really open. In the kitchen, we've done some cool things like wine chillers and dishwashers. In the bedroom, we have good wardrobe storage and a king bed. In the B+ market, you get a smaller coach but a lot less storage then you would in a diesel pusher. We have more than 100 cubic feet of storage. They're not sacrificing nearly what they had to, to be in that B+ type of RV." The Concord has the same characteristics and looks of a Class A product but retains the serviceability of an E450 chassis. Product Manager Nate Saunders describes the Prism product as undergoing a metamorphosis. Available in the Prism Select or Prism Elite, both lines feature a new front cap with injected molded parts in the interior, large windows for lots of light and option bundles. "Our Prism Select will, retail-wise, be about $25,000 less than a similar product," says Saunders. "The changes are everywhere, from width and height to interior changes including front windows with electric shades." The Prism Elite has new window trimmings with quiet day and night shades that makes zero noise. A Truma On-Demand water heater and multiplex wiring from Firefly electronics round out the offerings. Other standards include full-body paint, soft- touch ceiling, upgraded upholstery in the coach area and sol- id-surface countertops. The new Crosstrek utilizes solar power and inverters to go off-grid without a generator, leaving no carbon footprint. It will also have rear garage storage to bring along bikes, small kayaks and other gear. "Whether it's the Transit or E-series, there's more storage and it's adventure driven," says Saunders. "One of the main drivers has been to be generator-free. These customers are fine with that. ... We're really excited to offer something new and exciting in the market. A lot of these customers are first-time buyers. We're seeing an explosion of self-made adventure vans. We're making it easier so they don't have to do it on their own." COACHMEN SPIRIT | APEX Coachmen's Spirit has received a complete makeover for the new 2021 model year. Brand-new interiors complement new standards like a digital level mounted on the side of the unit and a battery disconnect switch. Interiors are lighter with clean, crisp lines and color schemes centered around light gray. Sales Manager Andy Brock says the new 3272BH floorplan features a private bunk room, outside kitchen, dual entry bathroom and swing out pantry to capitalize on space. Meanwhile, Coachmen's Apex has a new sub-brand, Apex Nano, offering all the amenities but in a smaller package. The front cap has a window that's double in size of normal front cap windows, which Brock says looks great. The Apex Ultra-Lite and Apex Nano lines have new fiberglass exteriors with gray fiberglass bottoms and white on top. The units also received a new graphics package. Meanwhile, the entire Apex lineup now has solid steps and friction-hinge doors as standard. The new Apex Ultra-Lite 290BHS has two entry doors, an outside kitchen, two oversize bunks, three closet areas and weighs about 6,000 pounds. The outside kitchen includes a two-burner cooktop. "We went that way for three primary reasons," says Brock. "One: People want interior storage. We have three interior closet areas: two in the kitchen and one in the bedroom. Two: A lot of bunkhouses that size don't have entry into the bathroom other than near the bunks. People like to keep their campers clean, and with two entries to the bathroom it makes it easier. Three: The unit includes a small outside kitchen while still weighing in at 6,000 pounds. That's what shines." The 211RBS has a small rear bath with a large seating area and walk-in pantry. "Most small trailers don't have a walk-in pantry," says Brock. "But this one will." COACHMEN CLIPPER | VIKING When it comes to changes, Product Manager Doug Lantz says its best to think of Viking and Clipper in terms of travel trailers, ultra-lite and cadet saga travel trailers. Coachmen's Apex Ultra-Lite and Nano lines have received new fiberglass exterior for 2021.

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