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

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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

December 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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’

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Somerset Popup Lines Go into Full Production

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Columbia Northwest's Evolution off-road camper Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., has gone into full production with its traditional Somerset Grand Tour folding camping trailer and Evolution, the companion off-road version. ”Last year at the Louisville Show we were displaying prototypes,” said Alan Reeping, director of sales and marketing. Somerset Grand Tour, Evolution and luxury Highlander brands offer the most popular floorplans of the former Coleman camping trailers... Read more

Peterson’s Winslow Fiver Targets Older Buyer

December 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Peterson's new Winslow fifth-wheel With an eye toward the older buyer, Peterson Industries Inc., Smith Center, Kan., has added a 31-foot triple-slide fifth-wheel aimed at the full-time RVer to its Winslow by Excel lineup. ”They (typical buyers) are getting up in years and their competencies are dwindling a little bit,” said President Brian Tillett. ”They’ve already gone the 40-foot route and they don’t want to give up the lifestyle.” Boasting a thermal guarantee... Read more

Tiffin 33AA Offers Opposing ‘Flat-Floor’ Slides

December 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. for 2013 has added a 33-foot floorplan with opposing flat-floor slideouts from HWH Corp. to the Class A Allegro RED. Although this is the shortest of five RED (rear engine diesel) floorplans, ”the flat floor give us incredible width and the ability to do different configurations,” said Jerry Williamson, national sales manager for the Red Bay, Ala., motorized manufacturer. ”You could hold a wedding inside.” Tiffin has spiffed up the 2013 RED with... Read more

Livin’ Lite’s Axxess Shines at Louisville Show

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Eye catching is the best way to describe Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicle LLC’s new Axxess toy hauler travel trailer shown recently at the 50th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., that features mirror-like polished aluminum sidewalls. Available in 22- and 26-foot floorplans with a 20-footer on the drawing board, the all-aluminum Axxess’ chrome-look sidewalls are contrasted by black diamond plate on the aerodynamic front end and on the rear. ”It’s... Read more

Pleasure-Way Showcases Pursuit in Louisville

December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A runner-up for RVBusiness magazine’s ”Best of Show” during the recent Louisville Show, the new 22-foot Pursuit B-plus style Class C motorhome from Pleasure-way Industries Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the company’s first offering outside the camper van market. ”This is a new venture,” said Vice President Dean Rumple. ”It’s a big thing for us.” Initially offered with two floorplans — one with a cabover entertainment center, the... Read more

Michigan ARVC Hires New Executive Director

November 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Lori Tews has been appointed executive director of the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MichARVC). ”She’s got quite a bit of membership background,” MichARVC President Tim Wilcox, owner of Gateway Park Campground, Hillsdale, told Woodall’s Campground Management. ”She was the top of five candidates we interviewed from 80-some applicants.” Tews, formerly with Morely Cos. Inc., and an executive assistant with the American Medical Association Foundation, was chosen... Read more

Fenechs and Clark Reveal Plan to RV Audience

November 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is an aerial view of the more than 400,000-square-foot factory complex near Middlebury, Ind., where Grand Design RV Co. has set up shop. The site formerly housed Four Seasons, a manufactured housing builder. Photo courtesy of FM Stone Commercial and the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County. More than 350 people turned out Wednesday morning (Nov. 28) to hear details about Grand Design RV Co., a new RV manufacturer formed by a trio of former Thor Industries Inc. executives that will enter... Read more

Paul Eskritt to Oversee Forest River Ore. Plant

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Eskritt Former Fleetwood Entrprises Inc. executive Paul Eskritt has been named general manager of Forest River Inc.’s towable production facility in Dallas, Ore. ”We are doing a little bit of reorganization,” said Eskritt, 52. Eskritt succeeds Gary Denton, who now heads up sales of Forest River’s Wildcat Maxx travel trailers and fifth-wheels in the Southwest region of the country. ”Gary’s really good on the sales side, so it makes a lot of sense,” Eskritt... Read more

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