EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has added two 26-foot dual-axle floorplans to its innovative, eco-friendly, Euro-styled Element travel trailer. With dry weights of around 5,000 pound, these longer new single-slide floorplans include dry baths — unlike the original Element shown at last year’s Louisville Show — while the Element continues to raise the bar in terms of styling in today’s popular small-trailer market.
”(The market) says it wanted them bigger and they wanted dry baths, said Doug Lantz, president of the Middlebury, Ind., towable manufacturer.The wood-free Element, designed for towing behind SUVs and small pickups, garnered attention when it debuted in late 2010 with what Lantz terms ”nouveau-retro” styling.
”It’s got retro appeal to it, but it’s got the new technology and a new styling design with a lot of European influence,” Lantz said. ”We put our Americanized touches on it.
”Originally, the concept was the Element would be a more basic unit because if you left some of the options off, you could lower the weight. That’s still a good concept for the international market. But the U.S. market wants all the equipment and with that equipment comes the weight, so you have to make your unit a little bigger.”
Lantz said EverGreen will continue to offer the Element in two 24-foot single-axle floorplans equipped with cassette toilets. MSRPs for the dual-axle 26SRL floorplan: $44,900.
Also for 2012 EverGreen has introduced the more compact, lightweight, 7 1/2-foot wide i-Go Lite travel trailer series with a reinforced fiberglass exterior on an aluminum superstructure and composite interior walls. Four floorplans in 25- to 27-foot lengths are available with a base MSRP of $22,492.