Grand Design Adds Two Fivers to Reflection Line

October 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Grand Design Reflection 150 Series 295 RL interior Grand Design RV Co., a division of Winnebago Industries Inc., has introduced two new floorplans – the 290BH bunkhouse and the 295RL opposing slide, rear-living coach – in its recently launched Reflection 150-Series line of half-ton towable fifth-wheels. The four configurations range from 27 to 34 feet in length and 6,500 to 8,500 pounds dry weight, with a retail price point of about $30,000-$40,000. General Manager Micah Staley, who oversees... Read more

Keystone Rolls Out 4-Slide, Rear Kitchen Sprinter

October 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone Sprinter 3551 FWMLS exterior It’s not often an innovative new floorplan can catch the industry’s attention, but such might be the case with the Keystone Sprinter Limited 3551 FWMLS, a four-slide fifth-wheel with a fully equipped rear kitchen. Coming in at 39 feet, 3 inches long and a dry weight of about 10,500 pounds, the 3551 features a rear kitchen outfitted with a residential stainless steel range hood over a three-burner Dometic stovetop and oven, flanked by large drawer stacks and... Read more

Alde Introduces ‘Flow’ for Continuous Hot Water

October 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Vancouver, Wash.-based Alde Corp., a supplier of state-of-the-art hydronic heating furnaces for mobile living, recently introduced a new product designed to deliver continuous hot water. According to a press release, the Alde Flow connects to the Alde Compact 3010 heating system that’s currently used by several manufacturers including nüCamp, Airstream Inc., and Erwin Hymer Group NA. It will also connect to the Compact 3020, which is the company’s next generation heating system and due to be... Read more

Jayco Seneca Coach Offers FCCC S2RV Chassis

October 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Seneca 37K Super C exterior Along with other changes to its five-model Seneca — including a new 37K floorplan – Jayco Inc. has upgraded the entire Super C line with the new S2RV chassis from South Carolina-based Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC). The S2RV front-engine diesel cab chassis is designed and built specifically for the RV market, and caters to drivers who want the power and performance of a diesel without the cockpit of a conventional Class A.  Jayco MotorHome... Read more

Dutchmen’s ‘Astoria’ is Lightweight, Feature-Rich

October 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen Astoria 2513 RLF Dutchmen RV, a Goshen, Ind.-based division of Keystone RV Co., launched the Astoria, a mid-profile fifth-wheel under the Aerolite badge. The line also includes more than 20 travel trailers and expandable models. Two floorplans, with more planned, debuted at September’s Elkhart RV Open House: the rear lounge 2513RLF and the 3013BHF double-over-double bunkhouse. The 2513 comes in at 30 feet long and 7,650 pounds unloaded, while the 35-foot, 6-inch 3013 has a dry weight... Read more

BUZZ: Goodyear Gaining Traction with Endurance

October 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

If you believe some of the RVing public’s Internet rants, it’s not a matter of if your travel trailer tires will blow, but when. Of course, these posts almost always leave out excessive speed, improper inflation and other user errors – not to mention road conditions – which are certainly contributing factors in any tire failure. Regardless, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, has enjoyed undeniable success with the launch earlier this year of its Endurance line of trailer tires.... Read more

Jayco Eagle Fiver ‘Maximizes Campground Space’

October 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Living area of Eagle HT 25.5 REOK fifth-wheel Featuring a rear entertainment area and an outside kitchen with a lower than normal height, Jayco Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., unveiled the Eagle HT 25.5 REOK fifth-wheel during September’s Elkhart RV Open House. With a “minimum advertised price” of about $39,900, the 29-foot, 2-inch long unit offers a single-bath configuration and checks in at 7,625 pounds unloaded. The first of two street-side slides houses a... Read more

Solitude ‘373FB’ Fiver Offers Spacious Living Area

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Solitude 373FB by Grand Design First introduced at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., and later at the Elkhart RV Open House, Grand Design Recreation Vehicle Co.’s Solitude 373FB fifth-wheel features a massive front bath and bedroom as well as an innovative L-shaped exterior kitchen option.  The 41-foot long coach comes in at less than 14,000 pounds (dry weight) with an MSRP in the low- to mid-$90,000 range, depending on options. Product Manager Rob Groover said the... Read more

Repositioned Wildcat Introduces ‘Man Cave’ Fiver

October 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River’s Ryan Rebar Ryan Rebar, national sales manager for Wildcat by Forest River Inc. was excited for the Hershey show debut of the Wildcat 375 MC – with the MC standing for “Man Cave.” The majority of the coach is more or less what you might expect in a five-slide fifth-wheel – a front bedroom and full bathroom on the upper level with a living area/kitchen on the lower level. But at the rear of the 42-foot, 4-inch long unit is the “Man Cave,” featuring theater... Read more

Forest River’s ‘No Boundaries’ Gets Adventurous

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Forest River’s No Boundaries trailer With the Open House launch of No Boundaries, a single-axle line of lightweight towables in a variety of sizes, Forest River Inc. General Manager Kevin McArt has taken direct aim at outdoor adventurers who need something to haul their outdoor gear as much as a place to sleep. Indeed, a promotional video for No Boundaries – or “NO•BO” as the bold black and green logo on its side proclaims – shows Millennials using the units for mountain bikes and... Read more

BUZZ: Millennial Couple Checks Out Open House

September 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Kevin and Mandy Holesh Among the 4,000 or so dealer personnel who descended on Elkhart, Ind., last week for the RV Open House were Kevin and Mandy Holesh, a Millennial couple in their late 20s living full-time in a renovated 2002 Keystone Cougar 276 fifth-wheel. The two happened to be in the area and, at the invitation of Keystone RV Co., the Goshen, Ind.-based subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., they decided to peruse a handful of the several thousand RVs on display. They married in 2014 and... Read more

OEMs, Dealers: Packed Open House is ‘Best Ever’

September 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealers relax at Open House (Photos by Shawn Spence)  Neither rainy weather nor sweltering heat could dampen the 10th Annual Elkhart RV Open House, the industry-only show in and around Elkhart, Ind., that featured dozens of manufacturers, thousands of dealers, millions of handshakes and billions of dollars in wholesale business. There’s no way, of course, to quantify in hard numbers much of what goes on at Open House – although some estimates suggest 2,500 products were on display,... Read more

Forest River Relocating Production of XLR Boost

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. announced it will be expanding production of its XLR toy hauler product into a facility located in Butler, Ind. within a month or so. While production of the XLR Thunderbolt, Hyperlite and Nitro models remains unchanged, assembly of the XLR Boost — which currently shares a production facility with Forest River’s Wolfpack and Vengeance models — will be moving to the new northeast Indiana location north of Fort Wayne. Officials said the move would not only... Read more

Hershey Show Closes With Record Attendance

September 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

With a total gate attendance of 64,242 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 57,692 — the 49th Annual America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., hosted by the Pennsylvania RV & Campground Association (PRVCA), was yet another sign the industry is humming along on all cylinders. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Kirk Zutell). “The Hershey Show is usually an indicator for what’s in store for next year,” PRVCA... Read more

Hershey Show Opens With Record Attendance

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hershey Show attendees filled the gates on opening day With a first day attendance of 10,083 — easily surpassing last year’s record of 9,025 —America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., was yet another sign the industry is humming along on all cylinders. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the home page. Photos by Kirk Zutell and Rick Kessler). Not even the day’s weather conditions, which started off with off-and-on showers, kept consumers from coming to the Giant... Read more

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