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September '20

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five-slide unit that will now have a smaller version available, called the 336. "It's a little brother to the 376THS," Goldenberg says, "that's a variation and will also be available in Solitude. It's approximately 38 feet with the same garage space as the 376. It's unique in that no one else has introduced a front lounge of its size – especially with a garage. We're excited about the 336 because we've been asked for years about having a smaller floorplan of the 376 and now we've figured out how to successfully do it." Rob Groover, product manager for Grand Design's fifth wheel Solitude, says the RV maker's Solitude and Solitude S models are rolling out new features for 2021. "Both will have new exteriors with new colors and graphics," he says, "and we've 'touched' everything in the interior." Those changes include new countertops, flooring, hardware, Pendant lights and glass cabinet inserts, among other amenities. "We'll also have Compass Connect, which is an app-based RV system control and monitoring software for slide-outs, leveling systems, awnings and lighting," Groover says. He adds that the Solitude is also moving to an HT, 17.5-inch Cooper tire as a standard feature, which has a heavier load range. "We went from a 4,080-pound load range to 4,805 that's a heavier-duty and beefier tire that no one else is offering at this price point," Groover says. Solitude also will be introducing a new model – the 346FLS – that features a front living room and a front-cap windshield. "It's unique because it's under 38 feet," Groover says. "Most front-living units in the segment are well over 40 feet in length. In addition, the 346FLS has a raised rear end for huge pas- senger storage." Another Solitude new model, the 345GK, is an improved version of the former 344GK. "We flip-flopped the kitchen slide and dinette slide, and we moved the big window for the dinette to the camp-side of the coach so RVers aren't looking at their neighbors. That was done as a result of consumer feedback," Groover says. Also being introduced is Solitude's 378MBS, which is based off of the former 377MBS. "It used to have a loft in the bunk room that we removed, allowing us to have a much taller slide and add three windows, as well as a coat closet by the entry door and a deeper bedroom slide," he says. "The living room TV is also now on a lift with a window behind it." All kitchen slides in all models now feature flush flooring, eliminating a 2-inch lip and a tripping hazard. Wi-Fi prep also has been added to all models. "We're always listening to our customers and investing a lot in social media when we build our products," Groover says. "We're constantly getting feedback and improving all the time." Meanwhile, last year, Grand Design's efforts for its Imagine travel trailer focused on its interior – and the manufacturer is building on its success for 2021. "It's been received unbelievably well and we're having the best turns that the brand has ever had," says Eric Landis, product manager for Imagine. "Our focus now is more on enhancing the floorplans and making tweaks." The Imagine XLS platform runs from 15 feet to 24 feet, while the Imagine can reach up to 37 feet with multiple slides, all of which can be towed by a half-ton pickup or SUV. "We design and implement design changes – not once or twice a year like other manufacturers – but consistently on a weekly and monthly basis," Landis says. "If we feel we can put a better product out into the market, then we won't wait – we'll do it now." Some floorplans have been discontinued and their product spots have been filled with top-turning layouts to get them into the market. The Imagine 3000QB, for example, is being replaced with a 2910BH and there is a 2610ML floorplan that's taking the production slot of a 2450RL. New to the lineup is the 3110BH. "We're really focused this year on increasing our exposure in the bunkhouse world," Landis says. "We had very good bunkhouse floorplans, but now we have great ones and a better variety." PREVIEW 86 • RV PRO • September 2020 RV PRO ➤ NEW MODEL YEAR PREVIEW Nate Goldenberg (above right), general manager for the Solitude and Momentum brands, says Momentum travel trailers have caught on since their launch a few short years ago. The product line will see a number of updates in 2021.

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