Editor’s Note: The Goshen (Ind.) News published this summary of products made by Northern Indiana-based RV firms that were shown at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show.
New and improved were the two popular words at the recent Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) trade show in Louisville, Ky.
Elkhart County companies involved in making recreational vehicles used the show to promote their products to dealers. Here are a few of the new offerings that were at the show.
Newmar Corp. of Nappanee unveiled its Ventana LE.
The Ventana LE will retail for $30,000 less than the company’s Ventana motorhome.
“Yet, we haven’t sacrificed eye appeal or popular features to hit this price point. When customers see the Ventana LE for the first time, the value will be obvious. We anticipate market share growth for our dealers and Newmar with this exciting product introduction,” said Pat Terveer, director of sales.
The Ventana LE features an aluminum-framed sidewall and roof construction on 16-inch centers. The motorhome is powered by a Cummins ISB 340 horsepower engine on a Freightliner chassis. The motorhome comes in 36-foot and 38-foot lengths.
Dometic presented 17 new products at the show, including:
- QuietZone Ducted AC that the company says increases airflow by 26% while decreasing noise and vibration.
- AlumaRoom, a snap-in-place patio room that features flexible windows and water funnels.
- Breathe Easy Air Purification that the company says can reduce volatile organic compounds by 57% and formaldehyde levels by 41% within a six-hour period.
- 9500E Power Lateral Arm Awning, a rafterless, remote-controlled awning with a wind sensor and pitch adjustment and other features.
- The LW3000 Plus portable digital inverter/gasoline generator. The company stated the unit can run for up to 10 hours.
- The SlideTopper cover that automatically rolls out to cover a slideout.
In addition, the company has added the Better Homes & Gardens mattress collection from Serta to its product lineup.
Starcraft of Topeka introduced the AR-ONE travel trailer and the Travel Star Expandable Sport 187TB lightweight travel trailer.
The company said the AR-ONE is an entry-level trailer with three floorplans in 14-, 15- and 16-foot lengths.
The trailers are designed to be towed by most minivans and SUVs and crossover vehicles.
The Travel Star has three tented bunks, laminated roof and sidewalls, microwave oven and large kitchen window.
Another introduction was the 12RT Camping Trailer. It features a sofa, porta-potti and has a 5-by-8 foot cargo deck.
Jayco Inc. of Middlebury introduced 8- and 10-foot Jay Series Sport camping trailers. The trailers come in two floorplans and feature E-Z Lube axles, reversible dinette cushions, an ice box and 10-gallon freshwater system.
Jayco also introduced the Skylark travel trailer with the 21FB floorplan. Upgrades include a fiberglass skin and roof, new graphics, black extrusion and baggage doors and aluminum split rims.
The Eagle 330RLTX travel trailer has been added to the Eagle lineup. The trailer features dual hide-a-beds in opposing slideouts, a side aisle leading to a bedroom and a large bathroom in the front of the unit.
Shasta, based in Middlebury, redesigned all its products that were shown at the RV show.
Shasta’s Revere travel trailer family features a one-piece seamless, fully walkable rubber roof and aluminum exterior skin. The trailers are built on structural steel I-beam frames that include an integrated A-frame.
The Revere trailers have seven-foot interior ceilings and a 5/8-inch tongue-and-groove plywood floor.
The Revere also comes in the LE line, which has a lower price.
Shasta’s new ultra-light lineup carries the Freeport name. The trailer has welded aluminum framing with R-9 insulation and a vapor barrier and heated/enclosed underbelly.
The Class C lineup is labeled Cynara.
The Class C’s feature fiberglass roofs and 2-inch laminated, vacuum-bonded sidewalls with aluminum frames.