With a great deal of fanfare, Peterson Industries Inc., Smith Center, Kan., has introduced an entry door within a slideout in its high-end Excel Winslow fifth-wheel line — an innovation made possible by a set of locking exterior steps that fold up against the door.
The new door configuration debuted during a 15-minute live video Friday afternoon on the company’s website hosted by Peterson President Bryan Tillett, who termed the innovation an ”industry-first” and ”a game-changer.”
The coach made its debut at RV Sales, Moriarty, N.M., where the live Internet feed originated. To view the video click here.
”This really creates an open look — very, very open,” Tillett said during the video.
”This will change the floorplans that we have available in the very near future,” said Jill Conaway of Peterson’s human relations department, noting that the new door will be incorporated into other Excel floorplans.
The step-system was designed by Lippert Components Inc. representative Mike Nebel who lives in Smith Center and who owns the rights to the system, according to Conaway. Peterson does not have an exclusive on the slideout steps, she added.
The slideout entry door divides the dining area and the living room in the Excel Winslow 37SDF bath-and-a-half floorplan that retails for $93,750. The steps lock against the slideout when in the travel mode and also lock down in the setup mode so they can’t inadvertently raise up and lock people inside.
A second slideout entry-door floorplan in Peterson’s top-of-the line Excel Limited fifth-wheel will be available in the fall.
Peterson Industries Inc. has introduced its third 31-foot Excel Winslow fifth-wheel floorplan with a design focus on an extra-large bathroom and a true island kitchen. “The strength of the Winslow line is in the 31-foot range,” said Bryan Tillett, president of the Smith Center, Kan., towable manufacturer. ”A lot of our buyers are getting older in years, but they still want to full-time or at least be winter snowbirds. They can have a 31-footer that has almost everything that they had in their bigger coach.” The all-season gel coat fiberglass-and-wood Excel Winslow series offers 12 fifth-wheel and three travel trailer floorplans in 28- to 37-foot lengths. With a $67,130 base MSRP, the triple-slide Winslow D311KE layout has a 32-inch-by-48-inch walk-in shower with a seat and dual kitchen sinks in an island that sits opposite a three-burner range. Features in the Winslow D311KE include heated storage with 1 1/2-inch thick compartment doors, frameless thermopane windows, a bedroom washer/dryer closet, solid surface countertops, custom moldings, 42-inch LCD TV, an etched-glass showcase, swivel rocker-recliners and a hide-a-bed.