Forest River Introduces Luxury Aviator Travel Trailer

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River Inc. announced Wednesday (November 23) it will introduce its new luxury Aviator travel trailer, at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, that runs from November 29 to December 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

Forest River reports that its all-new luxury Aviator travel trailer is a culmination of new concepts and design ideas.

“When we sat down to design the Aviator over a year and a half ago, we wanted to bring to market a luxury travel trailer that would revolutionize this industry. Low maintenance, customer friendliness and a unique look were the criteria we used in developing this product,” says Kevin McArt, general manager for the new Aviator.

“Some of the notable exterior features are the aerodynamic front cap with integrated windshield, contoured composite sidewalls, and maintenance free fiberglass roof.”

The Aviator doesn’t include any wood, according to the Forest River news release.

“Not only is the absence of wood material a strong environmental commitment, but the implementation of aluminum and composite materials add higher strength tolerances and are impermeable to moisture,” McArt said.

Aviator is also the first RV unit in any segment to introduce Smart Technology. The base of the system is an incredibly powerful Sony tablet computer.

“We’ve assembled a system of familiar components that, when combined together, deliver unparalleled access to information, entertainment, and ease-of-use for our customers,” said Cody Schade, regional sales manager for the new product.

2012 Forest River Aviator travel trailer exterior. (Credit:

“Mobile Onboard Smart Technology (MOST) allows our customer to share a direct service link not only with the dealer network but also with Forest River. It provides a personal, interactive guide including how-to videos and tutorials, troubleshooting, and any question a customer may encounter on set-up, appliances, and many other unique Aviator features.”

“The result,” the Aviator team said, “is a more confident and educated customer, which results in fewer service situations and less maintenance at the dealer level.”


Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. was founded by Peter Liegl in 1996, which today makes all classes of recreational vehicles, cargo trailers, utility trailer, pontoon boats, light and medium-duty buses (primarily shuttle buses), portable offices, and structures to use for temporary schools.

The company operates 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the Mid West and West Coast and employs 5,400 workers.

Forest River currently manufactures motorhomes (Berkshire, Charleston, Forester, Georgetown, Lexington, Sunseeker, and Tsunami), travel trailers and fifth wheels (Cardinal, Cedar Creek, Cherokee, Day Dreamer, Flagstaff, r-pod, Rockwood, Salem, Sandpiper, Shamrock, Sierra, Surveyor, V-Cross, Wildcat, and Wildwood), park models (Kabana, Quailridge, and Summitt), and modular and hud homes (Sterling and Hart Homes).

Prime Time Manufacturing is a division of Forest River, Inc. and manufactures a full line of towable RV products including travel trailers, fifth wheels, and ultra-light travel trailers in Wakarusa, Indiana. Prime Time offers towable recreation vehicles under the brand names of Avenger, Crusader, LaCrosse, Sanibel, and Tracer. The company was formed in September 2009.

Forest River, Inc. is a Berkshire Hathaway company.


Worth Pondering…

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

—George Bernard Shaw

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