TV viewers watching ”RV 2011” on HGTV New Year’s day generally got glowing cable TV reviews of 20 motorhomes and towable RVs displayed last September at the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey, Pa.
Host Chi-Lan Lieu guided two families with children and a third couple through the maze of RVs at the Hershey Show on the grounds of Hersheypark.
Each family had different goals — the Herbst family was looking to upgrade while the Styles family sought their first RV, a high-end motorhome or towable and Lindsay and Chad Drvak were looking to accommodate rescued dogs.
Lieu, in turn, showed different RVs that she thought would meet their goals. Although none committed to buying an RV during the program, each chose one that they thought best suited their needs.
Among the units highlighted were Fleetwood RV Inc.’s high-end American Revolution and Tiffin Motor Home Inc.’s diminutive Allegro diesel pushers, Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Access minimotorhome, Prime Time Manufacturing’s Crusader fifth-wheel and Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.’s SS Ideal van camper.
The Herbsts chose a Dynamax Dynaquest XV Class C motorhome; the Styles, a Dutchmen Voltage high-end sport utility fifth-wheel (SURV); and the Drvaks, an Earthbound travel trailer.
The hour-long program marks the 13th year that HGTV has highlighted new RV products, and will be rebroadcast at unspecified times during the year.
Producers of the program worked with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and its agency, Barton Gilanelli, to put the program together.
The first new product from Dutchmen Manufacturing Co. Inc., Goshen, Ind., since it’s reorganization and appointment of Don Clark as president is a redesign of the company’s flagship 2010 Grand Junction luxury fifth-wheel that has increased exterior storage by 38%. With a new ”eyesight” front cap that allows a 90-degree turning radius and easier docking with the tow vehicle, Grand Junction is available in 34- to 38-foot lengths with up to five slideouts. ”We’ve got a new process that makes the graphics three dimensional,” Clark said. ”And with the ‘eyesight’ front cap, you just look out your mirror that is angled toward your hitch.” Grand Junction sports solid hickory cabinet doors, Corian countertops, residential-style furniture and cedar-lined walk-in closets. MSRPs from $52,000.