Check out the upcoming issue of RVBusiness magazine for a complete rundown of “RVB Top 2014 RV Debuts,” a list of 20 new recreational vehicles that caught our staff members’ eyes at this year’s trade and retail shows — from Hershey through Louisville — as being among the most polished, inventive and attractive new towable and motorized RVs on the market.
“We pared down the list this time around to only 20 units on the premise that a more exclusive ‘Top Debut’ selection would carry more weight, but realizing at the same time that there are always plenty of other new models out there that are that close to making the list,” said RVBusiness Editor Bruce Hampson, who oversees the annual selection process.
“In addition to recognizing those who excelled in R&D for a given model year,” he added, “our intent is to help track some of the leaders in product development and a few of the hot product-related trends that are afoot each year for both the industry and for thousands of consumers who will inevitably see those ‘Top Debut’ logos in dealers’ displays at U.S. and Canadian retail shows this winter and spring.”
Topping the list is Thor Motor Coach Inc.’s compact Axis/Vegas Class A Motorhome, already named “RVBusiness 2014 RV of the Year,” as well as three other new RVs previously mentioned as “RV of the Year” contenders; Jayco Inc.’s Euro-style Jay Smart Travel Trailer, Keystone RV Co. Inc.’s eye-catching Big Sky Fifth-Wheel and Winnebago Industries Inc.’s futuristic Trend Class C Motorhome.
That, by process of elimination, left room on our “Top Debuts” listing for 16 other units that RVBusiness considers worthy of special recognition for 2014:
• Augusta RV’s Luxe Fifth-Wheel
• Coachmen RV’s Apex Travel Trailer
• Cruiser RV’s ViewFinder Signature Travel Trailer
• Dutchmen Mfg. Inc.’s Aerolite Travel Trailer
• EverGreen RV LLC’s Element Travel Trailer
• Forest River Inc.’s Vengeance Fifth-Wheel
• Grand Design RV Co.’s Solitude 379 Fifth-Wheel
• Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s Streamlite Travel Trailer
• Heartland RV LLC’s Torque Fifth-Wheel
• KZRV LP’s Durango Gold Rush Fifth-Wheel
• Lance Camper Mfg. Corp.’s Toy Hauler Travel Trailer
• Little Guy Worldwide’s T@G Travel Trailer
• Livin’ Lite RV LLC’s Fifth-Wheel
• ARG’s Monaco Dynasty Class A Motorhome
• Prime Time Mfg.’s Spartan Fifth-Wheel
• Travel-Lite Inc.’s Illusion Truck Camper