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Grand Design to Unveil Solitude at Tampa Show

Grand Design's new Solitude fifth-wheel

Fledgling towable manufacturer Grand Design RV Co., Middlebury, Ind., will debut its first model — the 38-foot triple-slide Solitude fifth-wheel — at the 28th Annual Florida RV SuperShow next week at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

An industry preview of some 1,100 units will be Tuesday (Jan. 15) followed by a five-day retail show sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).

The Solitude, retailing in the low- to high-$60,000s, depending on equipment, is a product of a new company launched by former Thor executives Don Clark, and co-owner brothers Ron and Bill Fenech, respectively the former president of Thor Industries Inc., and Thor Motor Coach.

Two Grand Design Solitude fifth-wheels will be on display in Louisville with the company expecting ”to start shipping in earnest in February,” Grand Design President Clark told RVBUSINESS.com.

Solitude offers a spacious interior

The high-profile, extended-stay Solitude features high-gloss beige fiberglass sidewalls with a painted brown front cap and is equipped with 7-foot-tall slideouts. ”The floorplan has a very spacious feel,” Clark said.

Solitude features include a large amount of pass-through storage with slam-latch doors, hydraulic 6-point leveling system, frameless windows, LED puck lighting throughout, solid-surface countertops, two recliner sofas and a 40-inch HD TV sitting atop a radius fireplace.

Two other floorplans will be available by late February, Clark reported.

Also at the Florida SuperShow for the first time: Germany-based HYMER AG, Europe’s largest RV manufacturer, will display its European-built product as it gauges the North American market. Additionally at the show, Ohio-based startup Advanced RV will display its first Class B motorhome, Ocean One, as will Augusta RV, a new company that opened last year in Bristol, Ind., which will exhibit its Flex-brand travel trailer and fifth-wheel series for the first time.

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#1 Comment By Dave McLain On January 20, 2013 @ 11:04 am

I saw the new Solitude at the Tampa Show. Very impressive and should do well. The owners and general manager were on hand and were more than willing to answer any questions. The upgrades to how a 5th wheel should be for the middle of the road people is very well thought out compared to some that were in the 80 90k price range.

#2 Comment By Robert Pennington On January 23, 2013 @ 10:36 am

Loved it floor plan was just what we have ben looking for. Saw it at the Tampa Show. Will hope you make one with same floor plan in a 31 or 30 foot 5th wheel.
Will be waiting, send email when you make it,