Redwood Debuts Blackwood Bunk House Fiver

May 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Blackwood 36BH floorplan from Redwood

Syracuse, Ind.-based upscale fifth-wheel builder Redwood RV unveiled the new Blackwood 36BH, a “family luxury bunk house,” according to a press release.

“At Redwood, we work hard to develop floorplans and features that make sense to the people who use them,” said Product Manager Paul Craven. “This fundamental philosophy helped launch the Redwood brand, and it’s the basic principle behind the Blackwood product line. The new 36BH is what we call a family bunk house because we filled it with family-friendly features and enough sleeping space for up to eight people.”

The unit is set off by  two separate awnings covering over 22 feet of outdoor living space while the interior offers a foyer bench with four coat hooks, residential bead board design and large storage doors.

The kitchen features over 14 feet of solid-surface countertop designed for entertaining family and friends. A private half bath situated near the entry door, and second room makes it easy to entertain and keep the coach clean. Other amenities include solid cherry hardwood cabinets and over 10 feet of usable hang-up space in the bedroom wardrobe.

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Redwood RV Logs Milestone with 1,000th Unit

May 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Redwood management, including (L-R) Don Emahiser, president; Dan Kreider, VP of Operations/COO ; Paul Crave, product manager; and Tom Montague, general manager, stand in front of the company's 1,000th fifth-wheel

Syracuse, Ind.-based fifth-wheel builder Redwood RV marked a production milestone Wednesday (May 9) as the 1,000th unit rolled down the assembly line.

According to a press release, the Redwood brand of high-end, all-season recreational vehicles debuted in August 2010 with 270 units built in the first year. Currently, production levels have risen to six units a day, including special runs of the company’s Blackwood product line introduced at last year’s Louisville Show.

“Redwood RV has been growing since day one. In the past six months alone, we’ve had to increase production four times to meet demand,” notes Tom Montague, general manager for the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary. “We understand what the Baby Boomer market wants, and our robust sales reflect that.”

For the first four months of the company’s existence, not a single unit was produced as the Redwood team gathered market intelligence. “The Redwood RV story is about paying attention to our market and creating a product based on what the consumer wants,” said Montague. “Our consumer demands residential luxuries in a recreational vehicle. Redwood exceeds their expectations.”

“The Redwood RV brand was started with a dedicated handful of people. We’re proud to say that the team we started with is still creating quality Redwood products,” notes President Don Emahiser. “Our team’s customer insights and dedication have been integral in making Redwood successful.”


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Heartland Introduces 2+5 Warranty on Landmark

March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Underscoring the structural integrity of its flagship Landmark fifth-wheel line built for full-time RVing, Heartland RV has instituted an inclusive 2+5 year warranty on all 2013 models.

The warranty, providing two years bumper-to-bumper and five years structural coverage on the roof, sidewalls and floor, represents “one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry,” according to General Manager Kary Katzenberger.

“Full-timers consider their RV as their home,” Katzenberger said in a press release. “One of the biggest selling features is peace of mind – knowing that their RV is not only well constructed but also protected in the long-term. The 2+5 warranty represents a set-apart added value in the luxury fifth-wheel marketplace, both for the consumer and our dealer body.”

The Landmark fifth-wheel represents Heartland’s first entry in the RV market when the Elkhart, Ind.-based company was founded in 2004. Built with an integrated system of laminated fiberglass sidewalls, flooring and roof to increase durability while reducing overall weight, the Landmark is tailored to meet the demands of all-weather conditions and the rigors of full-time use.

“In addition to achieving increased strength and a lighter weight, laminated construction affords superior thermal insulation and noise reduction over wood-framed products,” said Katzenberger.

The Landmark is currently available in four floorplans in lengths of 33 to 41 feet, with two new floorplans coming to market in the next 90 days. In addition to a sturdy foundation, the series also offers a residential environment with attractive decors and high-line amenities.

New features in the 2013 line include a “whisper quiet” dual A/C system, optional 6-point leveling system and a new LCD, touch-screen remote that operates the landing gear, awning and sliderooms. MSRP’s start at $74,900.

“The Landmark already offered one of the best values in the luxury, full-time fifth-wheel market,” said Katzenberger. “The 2+5 warranty reinforces Heartland’s standing as a leader in the category, providing the luxury and durability that full-timers require along with the peace of mind that they have made a sound investment.”


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McMahon’s to Carry Forest River’s Trilogy Fiver

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River's Trilogy fifth-wheel

Forest River Inc. has contracted with California-based McMahon’s RV to sell the builder’s new Trilogy luxury fifth-wheel.

According to a press release, the 42-foot Trilogy offers a roomy interior with three sildeouts and 6-foot, 7-inch ceilings. Other amenities include a 40-inch HD TV in the living room, a 32-inch HD TV in the bedroom, Frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator, solid-surface countertops and an on-board floor vacuum.

“The Trilogy is a great RV addition to our already wide selection of fifth-wheels,” said Brent McMahon, president of McMahon’s RV. “We know our customers, and this fifth-wheel is something they will want for sure.”

McMahon’s RV is a division of MegaRV Corp. and has been serving Southern California since 2000. The dealership recently expanded into Arizona. For more information visit


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Pacific Coachworks Rolling Out SandSport Fivers

February 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

SandSport fifth-wheel

Pacific Coachworks Inc. recently announced that the Riverside, Calif.-based builder is now shipping its initial order of SandSport fifth-wheels.

“The new fifth-wheels will complement the already successful SandSport toy hauler trailers which were first released in the fall of 2011,” said General Manager Jeff Daily in a press release. “The demand for these new products has far exceeded our highest expectations.”

Dealers carrying the SandSport toy hauler line include All Season’s RV, All Valley RV, DC’s RV, Johnnie Walker RV, Little Dealer Little Prices, Pan Pacific RV, Paul Evert’s RV, Range RV and SST RV.

Brett Bashaw, president and CEO of Pacific Coachworks noted, “The immediate success of the SandSport toy haulers has created numerous other opportunities for each of the Pacific Coachworks products, including the Powerlite toy haulers as well as the model lineup of the Panther and Tango conventional travel trailers.”

The company said that Jimmy Roberts, Len Longo (United States) and Ernie Kish (Canada) are “actively seeking” dealers to handle product lines. For additional information call 951-686-7294.


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Redwood RV Introduces Blackwood Fifth-Wheel

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Redwood RV's new Blackwood fifth-wheel

Redwood RV will introduce the Blackwood fifth-wheel line this year at the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

“The team at Redwood is excited to be expanding our product offering,” said Paul Craven, product manager for Syracuse, Ind.-based Redwood. “With a strong demand from our current dealer base, we are taking the successful components of the Redwood story to the Blackwood fifth-wheel. Large territories, zoned freight, level pricing and MSRP advertising will be the cornerstone of this product.

“Our business philosophy is simple – the dealer is our customer and we’re developing products and programs to ensure their success and profitability.”

Blackwood models range from 31 to 39 feet in length and are initially available in four floorplans, including a bunkhouse model. Starting MSRP is around $60,000 nicely appointed.

“From a product standpoint, Blackwood leads the industry in fit and finish, and innovation,” said Tom Montague, general manager. “Highlighted by the most open user-friendly master bedroom in the industry, Blackwood offers the experienced RV buyer a coach that’s sure to exceed all expectations. From recreational users to weekenders, Blackwood is setting the new standard for excellence.”


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CrossRoads’ Sunset Trail to Debut in Louisville

November 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Sunset Trail fifth-wheel by CrossRoads

Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV Inc. has “redefined the lightweight fifth-wheel market” with its Sunset Trail line featuring an innovative front cap slide-out system, according to a press release.

The new Sunset Trail offers floorplans starting at 25 feet in length and around 7,500 pounds “true weight” with full-depth slideouts. Other standard features include:

• Front cap slideout with patent pending Bi-lateral Operating Slideout System (B.O.S.S.).

• Barreled ceilings in a fifth-wheel with 8 feet 3 inches of interior height.

• Aerodynamic front cap with LED strip lighting.

• 90-degree turning radius.

• 33% larger windows with automotive trim seal.

• Residential interiors with solid-surface countertops.

Product Manager John Fisher noted, “We have made large strides in the lightweight towable market and will keep this momentum going in 2012. As we introduce our new Sunset Trail fifth-wheel line, we are excited to see the dealer response to the B.O.S.S. front cap slide system technology which provides more livable space and a roomier interior without the ‘feel’ of towing a larger, heavy unit.”

The Sunset Trail fifth-wheel will make its debut at the Nov. 29-Dec. 1 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. CrossRoads will display product in Booth No. 1001 in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).



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Yellowstone Debuts Fiver for Short-bed Trucks

August 5, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Yellowstone's SB-1500 series Canyon Trail fifth-wheel

Nappanee. Ind.-based Yellowstone RV has introduced the SB-1500 series in its Canyon Trail fifth-wheel lineup that tows, turns and maneuvers perfectly when hitched to today’s extra short-bed pickup trucks – without the need for an expensive slider hitch.

According to a press release, the Canyon Trail XLT SB-1500 offers three highly functional floorplans that use a specially designed front end for excellent turning clearance with pickup truck cargo beds as short as 5½ feet.

Yellowstone said that while the new breed of Crew Cab pickups feature luxurious passenger space, the shorter dimensions of their beds make simple fifth-wheel maneuvers and turns impossible. That’s where the SB-1500 series fits in, with “dimensions and geometry that take the shorter turning radius and restricted clearance of the extra short bed trucks into account.”

The company added that “there’s no shortage of luxury in the SB-1500s.” Like all Canyon Trail fifth-wheels, the new series features premium furnishings, residential-style kitchens, multiple slideouts, state-of-the-art entertainment options, generous lighting and enormous storage spaces. Designs and specifications have been refined with the input of seasoned RVers for easy carefree camping.

Canyon Trail also features the Extreme Weather Protection Package, an advanced combination of foam, fiberglass, urethane, radiant film technology, ventilation and vapor control, providing R38 values in the ceiling, R32 in the floor, and R14 in all four walls. A fully enclosed and heated basement and R38 insulated holding tank compartment contribute to the true four-season capabilities of the Canyon Trail.

The new Aztec Luxury Edition Package, available on all Canyon Trail products including the SB-1500 models, adds a group of sophisticated appearance and performance enhancements particularly popular with Canyon Trail customers.

For more information on Yellowstone RV and its Ridgeway and Canyon Trail fifth-wheels and travel trailers, contact National Sales Manager Mike Spencer at 574-773-7761, ext.5158, or visit


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HGTV RV Program Examines Fifth-Wheel Trailers

May 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Today’s featured video looks at HGTV’s installment on fifth-wheel trailers. This video is part of RV 2010 show hosted by Chi-Lan Lieu .

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Carriage to Debut Luxury Fiver at June Show

May 3, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Carriage Inc. logoHigh-end fifth-wheel manufacturer Carriage Inc. will introduce a new entry-level fiver during its 2011 New Product Show June 21-24 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

But Carriage President and CEO Don Emahiser says it won’t be a big departure from what the Millersburg, Ind., firm has done for years.

”It’s still going to be a luxury fifth-wheel, but it won’t have all the amenities that we have for our ‘resort’ vehicles,” Emahiser said.

Emahiser said the new unit, yet to be named, is designed to appeal more to the weekend and vacation RVer than to the full-timer for whom other Carriage products are designed.

It’s going to allow us to get to the retail customer one generation sooner,” Emahiser said.

The new fifth-wheel becomes Carriage’s least expensive RV behind Cameo, which will still be built. The new unit will retail in the $40,000 to $50,000 range.

Other Carriage products include the Carri-Lite, Domani and top-of-the-line Royals International, the price of which was greatly reduced for the 2010 model year.

”We’ll have two prototype floorplans at our dealer show and six by the Louisville trade show,” Emahiser said. ”We will have improvements in our other lines, but nothing earth-shattering because nothing is broken.”

Between 50 and 60 of Carriage’s approximately 100 dealers are expected to attend the show, which includes a welcoming cocktail party, business meeting, one-on-one sit-downs with regional sales managers and golf at the Dallas Cowboys Golf Club.

Emahiser said it appears the market is improving as the nation recovers from the Great Recession. “Dealers are adding inventory, which is good, and they are selling stuff so they are cautiously optimistic,” Emahiser said.

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