Keystone RV Co., Goshen, Ind., has added three lighter ”Helium Technology” floorplans to its popular Montana high-profile and Cougar mid-profile fifth-wheel series. ”We looked at roofs, countertops, frames, sidewalls and found new ways to do it with new materials without sacrificing quality and features,” said Aram Koltookian, general manager of Keystone’s Montana/Cougar Group. The ”Helium” construction process removes up to 1,400 pounds from the standard Montana fifth-wheel, the company reports. For instance, the 33-foot four-slide Montana built with ”Helium Technology” featuring Azdel SuperLite sidewalls has a dry weight of 9,400 pounds. Base MSRP’s for the Montana Helium are in the mid-$40,000s. At the recent Louisville Show, Keystone also introduced the redesigned Premier by Bullet ultralight travel trailer in 19- to 35-foot lengths, including a 31BH floorplan with an elaborate outdoor kitchen and entertainment center. MSRPs start at $16,500.
Keystone RV’s flagship Montana brand will be adding another factory and increasing production 60% this winter to keep up with growing sales, according to a news release.
“Getting more units into the marketplace quickly will help satisfy the resurgent RV demand that we are seeing with Montana,” stated Montana and Cougar Group General Manager Aram Koltookian. “As the No. 1 selling fifth-wheel, nine years straight, we are talking about a significant number of additional Montana fifth-wheels that will be available due to this expansion.”
Each year the Montana group has gone to the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., with new features and floorplans that are unique to the industry, he noted. This year is no exception.
“Innovation is the driving force behind the Montana line and one of the reasons we have earned the No. 1 sales position nine consecutive years,” stated Brian Doss, Montana Group product manager.
According to Doss, Montana will showcase more new models and features than ever before, including an all-new “Helium Technology” product line that changes the way RVs are built.
Aram Koltookian, left, general manager of the Montana Division of Keystone RV Co., and Brian Doss, product manager, stand in front of the Montana fifth- wheel, which was ranked No. 1 in retail sales among all fifth-wheel brands in 2008. It was the eighth straight year Montana earned the top ranking, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. Koltookian credited a strong dealer network and loyal customers for Montana’s continued success. According to Koltookian, “Montana dealers are the most professional group of RV dealers in the industry. They are extremely knowledgeable about the Montana product line and excel at customer service. Montana customers expect first-class service and our more than 200 dealers deliver that service year in and year out.” Montana has taken additional steps to continue leadership in the market place. Among the many product improvements incorporated into the 2010 Montana product line are 10 unique floorplans, Max Turn technology utilizing patent-pending frame design and an integrated front cap that delivers a 79-degree truck-to-fifth-wheel turning radius, a “No Touch” waste management system and the Generation II EasySet remote control which operates the slide-outs, electric awning, landing gear, stabilizer jacks and outdoor lights.