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January '21

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rv-pro.com January 2021 • RV PRO • 33 • All-Terrain Tires • Increased Ground Clearance • Solar Panel with 1000 W Inverter & 10AMP Controller for Off-Grid Camping • 15K A/C for Hot Climates • Enclosed Underbelly • Heated Tank Pads for Cold Climates • Exclusive Rhino Rack System with Hundreds of Customizable Components • JBL Flip 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker • RoadVac Central Vacuum System The all-new Ibex is unsurpassed for adaptability and enjoyment, wherever the road takes you—even when there are no roads! NIMBLE. VERSATILE. STRONG. meet the GO WHERE YOU WANT, WHEN YOU WANT. WWW.FORESTRIVERINC.COM/IBEX However, Schade says that the geographic divide has become far less pronounced now. "We're seeing it come out East, especially as campgrounds fill up," he says. "I camp myself. If you're going to campgrounds these days, a lot of time you've got to plan it out a year in advance." The market for adventure trailers is expanding quickly as new apps like Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome help East Coast consumers find off-grid campsites on private land, according to Schade. "If the industry is going to sell over 500,000 units next year (2021), there have got to be places for folks to camp," he says. "Apps that allow people to camp outside the campground are accelerating the growth of the camping lifestyle." Schade says IBEX has all the features that have come to define the emerging "adventure trailer" category: all-terrain tires; high ground clearance (13 inches or more); enclosed underbelly and termination system; heated tank pads; integrated solar system (standard 100-watt solar panel, 1,000-watt inverter and solar controller); and an advanced storage rack system. Gear racks also have become a hugely important part of the off-road RV experience. Being able to haul kayaks, skis, bikes and surfboards on the outside of an adventure trailer is often as important to consumers as being able to camp inside of them. Recognizing that, Forest River struck an exclusive deal to put inte- grated Rhino-Rack RTV tracks on the exterior of all IBEX units. The tracks allow consumers to install hundreds of customizable aftermarket rack options for toting all manner of outdoor toys. Jayco Jay Feather Micro Takes Flight Jayco jumped with both feet into the off-road segment with the July launch of the Jay Feather Micro. The tough little trailer is equipped with brush guards (also known as nerf bars) to protect the sidewalls, as well as front and rear diamond plating to protect the coach from rocks and road hazards. The rugged 16-inch Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT tires are built for action on unpaved terrain, where the unit's rubber torsion axles also come in handy. With dry weights between 1,500 and 4,500 pounds and lengths between 13 and 20 feet for its debut floorplans, Jay Feather Micro is now Jayco's smallest model. Jay Feather Micro is an evolutionary step forward from the Jayco Hummingbird, which was the smallest trailer in the Jayco lineup until being discontinued after the 2020 model year, according to Fisher, Jayco's director of product development for lightweights. "The Hummingbird had super results right out of the gate when we launched it in 2017, But by 2018 and 2019, we were seeing an overall decline in that segment," he says.

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