Starcraft’s Launch Hitting Sweet Spot in Market

January 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Starcraft Inc. has updated its inexpensive, lightweight 7-foot-wide Launch travel trailer series designed for towing by minivans and crossover vehicles. With a dry weight of 3,500 pounds, the fiberglass Launch is available in four 15- to 18-foot entry-level floorplans — two of which are equipped with soft-sided rear bed extensions. MSRPs range from $12,000 to $14,000. ”The Launch is designed for tow vehicles that are limited as far as towing capacity,” said Brent Froman, national... Read more

Grand Design to Unveil Solitude at Tampa Show

January 11, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

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,... Read more

Travel-Lite Cobblestone Loads up on Standards

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Travel-Lite Inc. has simplified the buying process for those interested in its 15- to 18-foot Cobblestone by Idea travel trailers because — other than the decor and floorplan — there are no options. ”It just comes completely loaded,” said Dustin Johns, president of the New Paris, Ind., towable builder. ”When a dealer or retail customer buys one, there’s not a single option on my option sheet. They pick the model … (and) decor. That’s it.”... Read more

New Lance Truck Camper Sports Rear Slideout

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. has designed a double-slideout lightweight truck camper floorplan for 2013 that includes a 25-inch rear-extending sofa/pantry extension. The 20-foot 4-inch Lance 1172 — one of 10 in the Lance truck camper series — has a 3,690 pound dry weight due to the extensive use of lightweight Azdel and Liteply panels along with Schwintek lightweight slideouts. New for 2013 across the Lance lineup are a high-gloss fiberglass exterior, one-piece TPO front caps,... Read more

Jayco Adds 5-Slide Floorplan to Pinnacle Fiver

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. has added a 42-foot, five-slide floorplan with a front-lounge living room equipped with a 60-inch HD TV to its Pinnacle fifth-wheel series. The Pinnacle 38FLFS, retailing for $81,500 — one of eight 2013 Pinnacle floorplans — features opposing slides in both the front lounge and rear bedroom in addition to a kitchen extension. ”We are trying to maximize the livability and make the floorplan as open as possible,” said Amy Duthie, director of product development... Read more

Keystone Performs Makeover on Montana Fiver

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone RV Co.’s Montana series, the best-selling fifth-wheel for 11 years running, underwent significant changes for the 2013 model year with all-new interior decors and furniture. Additionally, automotive high-gloss gel coat fiberglass exteriors sport new distinctive front caps with LED lighting built in and new frameless windows. New for 2013 among Montana’s 10 floorplans is the 3900FB, a 39-foot 8-inch bath-and-a-half triple-slide floorplan with a large double-sink front bathroom... Read more

Yellowstone Engineers Front-Bath Canyon Trail

January 4, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Yellowstone RV has designed a large two-person front-bath floorplan with his-and-her vessel sinks along with a full-height linen closest and large wardrobe closet across the front wall in its 2013 Canyon Trail Advanced Profile fifth-wheel series. The mid-profile, 40-foot quad-slide 36FBQS , also featuring a mid-ship half bath and island kitchen, is among 10 floorplans the Gulf Stream Coach Inc. subsidiary is offering for the new model year. Built with laminated vacuum-bonded fiberglass sidewalls... Read more

Triple E Adds Streetside Slide to Free Spirit Van

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Offering an innovative twist on the 11,030-pound GVWR Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, Canada-based Triple E Recreational Vehicles Ltd. has added a streetside slideout to the Class B Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit SS. The slideout in the 22-foot 9-inch Free Spirit SS is mounted behind the drivers’ seat across from the screen-equipped sliding entry door and increases the living space while containing a fold-down memory-foam sofa-bed. A large storage compartment — big enough to hold... Read more

Dynamax Trilogy Boasts Remote-Driven Slides

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc. has upgraded the Trilogy fifth-wheel from its Dynamax division for 2013 with the addition of two new triple-slide floorplans. Featuring radius sidewalls and ceiling, LED lighting, a pullout desk above the fireplace, a remote control that operates the slideouts, awnings, front landing gear and exterior lights, Trilogy is available in four 39- to 42-foot floorplans with a lofty 8 feet, 5 inches of headroom in the living room and 6 feet, 7 inches in the upper deck. With full... Read more

Venture Adds Larger Trailer to SportTrek Line

December 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Venture RV, founded in mid-July, has augmented its lightweight SportTrek travel trailer line with the addition of a 35-foot 6-inch triple-slide floorplan. With limited options, the Venture line features eight 26 to 35-foot 6-inch floorplans, including the SportTrek 320VIK that the company took less than three months to develop after dealers at the Elkhart Open House in September suggested they wanted Venture to create a larger coach with more living space. ”We are reacting to what our... Read more

Dutchmen’s Voltage Boasts Huge Garage Area

December 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen's Voltage fifth-wheel toy hauler In the bigger-is-better category, Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. introduced a 44-foot floorplan with an 18-foot garage in the Voltage fifth-wheel toy hauler series. The garage in the 102-inch wide-body Voltage 3818, separated from the living area by a vapor wall, is one of the largest contained toy storage areas in the industry. Standard features in Voltage’s nine floorplans, with MSRPS ranging from $46,900 to $124,035, include high-gloss... Read more

LIFESTYLE Develops ‘Titan Structure’ Chassis

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LIFESTYLE Luxury RV, Middlebury, Ind., builds its own double box, tubular-steel TITAN Structure chassis for its upscale LIFESTYLE fifth-wheel line, available in seven 34- to 38-foot floorplans. “By building everything within the proximity of our company, we can control it all very closely. For example, all of the steel used in our TITAN Structure is American-made steel,” said Elliott Bond, national sales manager. “Our goal is superior quality and construction.” LIFESTYLE now offers... Read more

Riverside Trailer Floorplan Catering to Parents

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Believing that kids spend most of their time outside when the family is RVing, Riverside Travel Trailer Inc., Peru, Ind., has introduced the single-slide 34 1/2-foot Riverside 29BKSK floorplan that provides a larger bathroom and a more private front bedroom for the parents while minimizing the rear-bunk bedroom. ”The kids come in only to sleep,” said Riverside President Mark Gerber. ”It gives mom and dad more privacy in the front bedroom, making it almost the equivalent of... Read more

EverGreen’s Bay Hill Targets High-End Market

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has entered the high-end fifth-wheel segment with the introduction of the Bay Hill series, offering six floorplans with as many as five slideouts. ”We are looking for first-time at fifth-wheel buyers who want a little higher-end coach,” said Dymon Farrer, Bay Hill production manager for the Shipshewana, Ind.-based manufacturer. Indeed, Bay Hill has little touches that aren’t usually seen in fifth-wheels that retail in the $58,000 range,... Read more

New Ownership Revamps Great West ‘Legend’

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Legend EX from Great West Vans New Great West Vans owner David DeBraga recently relocated from St. Andrews, Manitoba, to nearby Winnipeg after he bought the company in April from Martin H. Guertz, who was retiring. It was a natural move because DeBraga owned another company that built running boards, doors and other fiberglass components for the transportation industry. ”Great West was one of our customers,” DeBraga said, sitting inside an elegant redesigned Legend SE Class B motorhome at the... Read more

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