January '21

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28 • RV PRO • January 2021 rv-pro.com Adventure-Ready Trailers RV M A N U FA C T U R E R S A dventure-ready, lightweight travel trailers spent the past decade as an up-and-coming segment. In 2020, the future arrived for products such as the new Forest River IBEX, the Winnebago HIKE and the Jayco Jay Feather Micro, which were developed last year for the small but growing off-grid camping market. With off-road tires, rugged construction and advanced solar capabilities, these trail-ready coaches were aimed at adventurous consumers whose idea of camping doesn't involve campgrounds. As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020, a wave of new consumers flooded dealers' sales lots, many of whom were looking to buy something they could take off the beaten path. For these consumers, off-road trailers seemed tailor-made for adventures in social distancing. Adventure trailer manufacturers now find themselves in the novel position of bringing to market the exact right product at Growing consumer interest in off-grid camping is helping fuel the demand for lightweight travel trailers that can travel off the beaten path. By Matt Masich THE RISE OF Above: Winnebago's Adam Christoffersen (left) and Joel Eberlein say the HIKE was designed for adventurous campers of all ages, thanks to the trailer's off-road tires and offset wheels, and its rugged exoskeleton capable of holding bikes, kayaks and other gear. It comes equipped with plenty of creature comforts inside the coach as well. PHOTO BY STEVE TOEPP/ MIDWEST PHOTOGRAPHICS

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