Grand Design Launches Xplor Trailer in Tampa (2/4/2019)

Story by Rick Kessler

Editor’s Note: A number of manufacturers debuted new units at the recent 34th Annual Florida RV SuperShow, which was hosted Jan. 16-20 by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. FRVTA officials reported a record attendance of 74,286. RVBUSINESS.com will present several of the new units over the next several days.

Grand Design RV Xplor Edition

              Transcend Xplor 221RB by Grand Design RV

Grand Design RV, a Middlebury, Ind.-based subsidiary of Winnebago Industries Inc., introduced the Xplor edition as an entry point for its Transcend line of travel trailers during the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. The Xplor slots in at a retail price point just below the stick-and-tin Transcend, yet still offers the same quality in terms of construction, materials and design, said Scott Benjamin, Grand Design’s national sales manager overseeing the Reflection, Imagine and Transcend brands.

“We're taking Grand Design quality and we're putting it in our most popular, but smaller, floorplans,” Benjamin said while seated inside the Transcend Xplor 221RB, the first of what will be a handful of models. The 26-foot, 10-inch long rear-bath 221RB checks in at 5,389 pounds (UVW) and features a dinette and refrigerator set atop a pet drawer for food and water bowls  in the streetside slide. A queen bed up front and campsite galley with stainless steel sink completes the configuration.

Some key differences between the regular Transcend line and its Xplor edition is that the ceiling height is reduced from 82 inches to 72 inches. In addition, certain components, such as the television, are optional. 

Benjamin pointed out that the Xplor still has aluminum entry steps, hardwood cabinet doors and drawers, heated and enclosed underbelly, a fully walkable roof, and “a 288-plus point inspection on every single unit that we build before it gets shipped to the dealer.” 

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