Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company’s Bullet Ultra Lite division has unveiled the new Crossfire series of travel trailers.

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Designed to be towed by smaller vehicles and offer families a full-featured alternative to pop ups or tents, Crossfire is available in both single and double-axle models starting at 3,255 pounds shipping weight, according to a company news release.

“Bullet dealers and retail customers have been asking for a Bullet model with all the bells and whistles at a lighter weight. This new Crossfire was designed to fill that need and exceed expectations,” said Bullet product manager Nick Sweazy.

“For example, Crossfire offers as standard equipment a full sized RV refrigerator, full sized kitchen sink, three burner range, roof air-conditioning, power awning, and an exclusive Murphy-bed design that looks as good open as it does closed. These are some of the areas in which competitors cut corners. Not so with the Bullet Crossfire.”

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Currently available in two floor plans—an 1800RB single axle rear bath and a 2070BH bunk house model—more floor plans are on the drawing board. Specifications are not available at this time.

“Dealers will see the Crossfire models at the Keystone Open House in September, as well as the many upgrades we have made to the Bullet and Premier luxury line,” said Sweazy.

“We stepped up our game across the board and dealers will like what they see.”

The Crossfire builds on Bullet’s string of success. Keystone’s Bullet division has experienced six consecutive years of 20 percent-plus growth. This year the brand is up 23 percent in retail sales to date.

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

“It is our attention to detail that we believe sets us apart,” added Sweazy.

“Starting with the upscale look of our exteriors and interiors to the use of full sized appliances and furnishings. Bullet delivers a high-end look in an ultra lite, easy to tow package.”

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

Worth Pondering…

A time to be Creative

I choose to live by Choice, not by chance; to make Changes, not excuses.

To be motivated, not manipulated; to be useful, not compete.

I choose self-esteem, not self-pity.

I choose to listen to my inner voice, not the random opinions of others.

—author unknown

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Thor Motor Coach Introduces Pet-Friendly Class A Motorhomes

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach introduces the 2016 A.C.E., Hurricane, and Windsport Class A motorhomes.

2016 A.C.E.

2016 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E.
2016 Thor Motor Coach A.C.E.

The A.C.E. continues to evolve this year. Along with the distinctive front brow, which eliminates distracting sunlight and heat, Thor Motor Coach incorporates a new automotive-style front cap and integrated LED driving lights into the coach, according to a company news release.

New inside the cockpit of the A.C.E. is the screen mirroring technology in the touchscreen dash radio that allows you to use your own GPS navigation from your tablet or smart phone.

Luxury interiors are included in all A.C.E. motorhomes featuring the Better Homes and Gardens RV Fabric Collection.

The 2016 A.C.E. is available in six floor plans with the exterior length ranging from 28 feet 8 inches to 31 feet 5 inches.

Specifications common to all models include:

  • Chassis: Ford F-53
  • Engine: 6.8L V10 362 HP 457 lb-ft torque
  • GCWR: 23,000 pounds
  • Exterior Height: 12 feet 2 inches
  • Exterior Width: 99 inches
  • Interior Height: 7 feet
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 gallons
  • LPG Tank Capacity: 88 pounds
  • Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

2016 Hurricane and Windsport

2016 Thor Motor Coach Windsport
2016 Thor Motor Coach Windsport

The 2016 Hurricane and Windsport brands have new standard upgrades adding extra convenience for customers.

Thor Motor Coach knows how important your four-legged friends are and want to keep them safe and close, according to the release. That is why they placed the Pet-Link Multi-Purpose Tie-Down in all Hurricane and Windsport motorhomes. It has always received rave reviews from A.C.E. owners and Thor Motor Coach wanted to expand their pet-friendly philosophy to more brands.

The Pet-Link allows you to keep your pets within plain view while you’re relaxing outside. You can also use it to lock down your bike while you’re away for the day.

Also new this model year is the blank tank flush system, which rinses the blank tank clean prior to dumping the holding tanks.

Select models feature an 11-cubic-foot residential refrigerator with an ice-maker and inverter, plus auto-generator start to ensure the batteries will stay charged.

All floor plans have a master bedroom featuring a premium Denver Mattress bed and a new Cotton Cloud mattress in the hide-away overhead bunk.

2016 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane
2016 Thor Motor Coach Hurricane

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Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes. Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), and Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter).

Thor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: www.thormotorcoach.com

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

—Stephen Covey

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Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company introduced the new Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

“You can’t get too much of a good thing” is the thinking behind the new Fuzion model, according to a company news release.

Featuring two patio decks for a combined outdoor living area of over 160 square feet, both the rear and side mounted decks include patio awning, LED lighting, and adjustable aluminum entry steps.

In addition, the Fusion 420 model is the first toy hauler in the industry to incorporate the FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde which virtually eliminates pins as part of the set up process and makes short work of setting up the patio, according to the Keystone announcement.

“Patio decks are an increasingly important selling feature for our toy hauler customers,” says Fuzion product manager Tim Markel.

“Today, well over 95 percent of our customers order their Fuzion with the patio option. Adding a second deck on the door side creates a prime entertainment or relaxing area that can easily be accessed through the sliding glass patio door in the coach or by way of the aluminum steps leading to the ground. Campers love sitting on the deck and watching TV, visiting with friends, or utilizing the deck as an enclosed play area for the kids or family dog.”

Both the rear deck and the side deck on the Fuzion 420 feature the new FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

A Fuzion exclusive, FastTrack2 allows each rail to smoothly slide and then snap in place without pins. There are no rails to lift as both the side and end rails are permanently mounted to the garage wall and simply swing into position. Setting up the Fuzion patio requires minimum effort and can be accomplished in seconds rather than minutes.

“With extra value features like FastTrack2, the MOR/ryde suspension and pin-box system, new exterior full paint options and our Fuzion Chrome edition, we are differentiating Fuzion from other brands in the marketplace,” said Marke.

“Fuzion market share is up 22 percent in April according to Statistical Surveys, Inc. Clearly our dealers have embraced the Fuzion concept and have propelled our sales.”

The new Keystone Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler specs include:

  • Shipping Weight: 15,095 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity: 3,905 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 3,775 pounds
  • External Length: 43 feet
  • External Height: 13 feet 3 inches
  • Fresh Water Carrying Capacity: 112 gallons
  • Gray Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
  • Black Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

Worth Pondering…

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

—Steve Jobs

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Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Building on strong sales and growing market share in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment, Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has broadened its product offerings with the introduction of the Torque Extreme Lite travel trailer series targeting a rapidly growing 1/2-ton pickup market.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

“Heartland has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment,” stated General Manager A.J. Jones, in a company news release.

“However, because of production limitations in the past, we weren’t able to expand into other areas of the market, which continues to branch into new categories.”

As part of a companywide expansion initiative, Heartland moved its toy hauler operations into a dedicated facility, effectively doubling production capacity while significantly reducing turnaround times.

“Heartland has made a huge commitment to toy haulers, allowing us to compete in all-new price points and weights,” Jones stated.

Jones noted that Heartland owns a 22 percent market share in fifth-wheel toy haulers and a nearly 30 percent share of all triple-axle fifth-wheel toy haulers sold.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Combining lightweight construction with aggressive pricing, the Torque offers Heartland’s dealer partners a full-featured toy hauler that addresses the towing needs of 1/2-ton pickup owners.

“The key to the Torque Extreme Lite is to keep the same high-end look and features that our fifth-wheel toy haulers provide, but doing it on a 1/2-ton towable platform,” noted Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing.

“Our dealers have been begging for an affordable, 1/2-ton towable, and A.J. and his team delivered with the Torque Extreme Lite.”

Available in six floor plans, ranging in length from 31- to 38 1/2 feet, the new Torque Lite series features 102-inch wide-body construction, all-aluminum framing and Equa-flex suspension with gas shocks to ensure a stable, comfortable ride.

The onboard garage is equipped with 5,000-pound tie-downs, Happy-Jac powered bunks beds and can accommodate the largest side-by-sides. MSRP pricing starts at $39,450.

“The introduction of the Torque travel trailer extends Heartland’s laser focus on the toy hauler segment,” said Heartland President Chris Hermon.

“By entering into the 1/2-ton pickup market, we have positioned Heartland to capture even more market share in what we see as a segment that continues to evolve and gain traction. As always we listened to our dealers, bringing to market a product that not only meets a growing demand but also stands out on the sales lot with features traditionally not offered by the competition at this price point.”

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is a leading manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the US. The Company markets over 16 brands of fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, and toy haulers including Landmark, Big Horn, Big Country, ElkRidge, Gateway, Sundance, Greystone, North Trail, Prowler, Cyclone, Road Warrior, Wilderness, Torque, and Trail Runner.

Heartland is number three in market share in fifth wheels and closing in on being among the top five towable manufacturers of fifth wheels and travel trailers combined.

Heartland’s towable RVs are sold through an independent network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

The Company has over 900 employees.

Heartland factory tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46514

Phone: (574) 262-5992 or (888) 262-5992 (toll free)

Website: www.heartlandrvs.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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Heartland Introduces Gateway Luxury Fifth Wheel With Side Patio

Based on one of its most popular floor plans, Heartland Recreational Vehicles is seeing strong consumer response for its newly introduced Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel, sporting four slide rooms, two true queen-size beds, and a 60-square-foot side patio.

Heartland Introduces Gateway Luxury Fifth Wheel With Side Patio
Heartland Introduces Gateway Luxury Fifth Wheel With Side Patio

The latest addition to the Gateway line is breaking new ground in the full-profile fifth-wheel marketplace, according to a company news release.

“The 3750PT is one of just a few units to offer a side patio in a non-toy hauler floor plan,” General Manager Paul Craven said.

“It’s also the only fifth-wheel floor plan that offers two true queen beds—one in the front master bedroom and the other in a rear of the RV.

“We were able to accommodate a 60-inch-by-80-inch queen in the second bedroom by engineering a tilt mechanism that reduces the bed size when the two opposing slides are retracted,” added Craven.

“With the slide outs open, the room is approximately 13 feet wide.”

Craven noted that the Gateway 3750PT was adapted from Heartland’s hot-selling 3650 model, allowing for a quick rollout in time for the heart of the early show season.

“The insight we gained from engineering and building world class toy haulers allowed us to adapt the side patio into a full-profile fifth-wheel,” he said.

Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel
Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel

Targeting growing families with two available bunkhouse slide rooms, the 41-foot fifth-wheel creates a spacious, homelike environment that extends to the outdoors with the side patio area.

“With the two bunk slides, it can sleep up to seven people,” Craven said.

“Essentially, the patio creates an additional room, letting people get off the ground and still enjoy the outdoors.”

Standard patio features include an overhead awning along with a large TV, built-in refrigerator, and safety rails. Sliding glass doors with a built-in screen lead from the patio into the 3750PT’s kitchen that is set off by solid-surface countertops and a “stone-look” base cabinet.

The living area is outfitted for entertaining with spacious seating on a couch equipped with four recliners and a chaise lounge. A 40-inch TV is located in the kitchen for central viewing.

“The 3750PT has been selling extremely well on the consumer show circuit,” said Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing for Heartland.

Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel
Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel

“Our dealer partners are telling us that it creates a new niche in the rapidly growing full-profile segment, adding another value piece to their lineup.”

“The Gateway line continues to excel and deliver unbeatable floor plans that resonate with buyers, said President Chris Hermon.

“It is now the market leader in its segment, which was accomplished in just 2 1/2 years. More good things are coming soon for this brand.”

Other options on the 3750PT include a six-point electric leveling system, residential refrigerator, prep for a generator, dual pane windows, and a king bed in the master suite.

Craven said that Heartland will be adding another “industry-first” floor plan in the coming months.

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is a leading manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the U.S. The Company markets over 16 brands of fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, and toy haulers including Landmark, Big Horn, Big Country, ElkRidge, Gateway, Sundance, Greystone, North Trail, Prowler, Cyclone, Road Warrior, Wilderness, Torque, and Trail Runner.

Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel
Heartland RV Gateway 3750PT luxury fifth-wheel

Heartland is number three in market share in fifth wheels and closing in on being among the top five towable manufacturers of fifth wheels and travel trailers combined.

Heartland’s towable RVs are sold through an independent network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

The Company has over 900 employees.

Heartland factory tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46514

Phone: (574) 262-5992 or (888) 262-5992 (toll free)

Website: www.heartlandrvs.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

Topeka, Indiana-based CrossRoads RV, a manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth wheels, has announced the introduction of the Sonoma, their newest floor plan addition to the Elevation lineup.

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

The Sonoma boasts a full profile exterior with a painted fiberglass cap that incorporates the Elevation signature automotive grade front window.

“We continue to receive an enormous amount of positive feedback about our front window models, not only from our dealer body, but mostly from the retail consumer,” said Erick Esch, product manager, in a company news release.

“This concept has allowed us to create our own identity within this extremely competitive environment.”

“The Sonoma king-bed master suite includes opposing slides, which brings to market the largest bedroom of any toy hauler,” Esch added.

“In addition, the Sonoma has a front bedroom sofa area, which absolutely creates a true-to-form master bedroom retreat.”

This wide-body toy hauler also features the first electric induction cook-top. The glass induction cook-top is coupled with a 30-inch residential convection oven, center island kitchen sink, glass patio slider door along with a full and true 13-foot cargo area.

“We continue to see a growing demand for larger cargo capacities without sacrificing much of the living and bedroom areas,” says Esch.

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

“Families are becoming more involved in what I like to call ‘Action-Camping’ which means each person wants their own four-wheeled machine, motorcycle, kayak, or other toy.”

Additional standard features of the Sonoma include:

3-Door Side Power Awnings w/ LED Lighting

Hydraulic 6 Pt. Auto-Leveling

2-30 Gallon Fuel Tanks

Rear Cargo Pull-Down Screen

Dyson Cordless Vacuum

iCool Memory Foam Mattress

12 Cubic-Foot Gas/Electric Refrigerator

32-Inch LED Bedroom TV

Roller Night Shades

15,000 BTU Ducted A/C

40,000 BTU furnace

Wired/Prepped For 2nd & 3rd A/C

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

Upgraded Interior LED Lighting

30-Inch Residential Microwave

USB Charging Station

5.5 Onan Generator w/30 Gallon Fuel Tank

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CrossRoads RV, Inc.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. was established in 1996 in Topeka, Indiana where the company currently has five plant locations and employs over 400 people.

CrossRoads RV manufactures a full line of towable RV products including fifth wheels, travel trailers, ultra-light trailers, and destination trailers under the brand names of Carriage, Cameo, Rushmore, Cruiser Patriot/Provincial, Cruiser, Cruiser Sahara, Cruiser Aire, Zinger, Zinger SE, Z-1, Sunset Trail, Slingshot, Elevation, and Hampton.

CrossRoads RV factory tours are conducted Monday through Thursday at 1:30 p.m. To arrange a tour, please call (888) 226-7496.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1115 W Lake Street, Topeka, Indiana, 46571

Phone: (260) 593-3850 or (888) 226-7496 (toll free)

Website: www.crossroadsrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.

—Rudolph Flesch

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Motorized & Towable RV Sales Soar in 2014

Sales of recreational vehicles in the United States hit a low point during the recession, bottoming out in the spring of 2009 with the bankruptcy of two large motorhome manufacturers—Fleetwood Enterprises and Monaco Coach.

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

Yet these days, RV sales have improved along with the economy. Lower priced towables with price tags that can start at around $10,000, led the recovery. Sales of the more expensive motorized RVs, including motor \homes that can have price tags well over $500,000, caught up later.

In North America sales were running over 300,000 units a year until 2008, according to report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). In 2009, sales dropped to 206,000 units. By 2013, they went back to 303,000 units. So in four years it came back 47 percent from the bottom, which is very impressive as an economic indicator.

During that time, sales of towable RVs (including folding trailers, truck campers, and travel trailers) rose 46.4 percent while sales of the more expensive motorized motorhomes (Class A, B, and C) gained 51 percent from the 2009 low.

And in 2014 motorized and towable RV sales continued to soar.

December 2014 motorhome retail registrations increased 27.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, driving year-end totals to a 16.4 percent increase.

2015 Tuscany XTE
2015 Tuscany XTE

Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for 2014 with a 24.8 percent market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 24.2 percent share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 20.8 percent share, according to the latest report by SSI.

Sales in the Class A motorhome market grew 23.1 percent for the month while ending the year up 14.8 percent. Thor led the segment with a 23 percent market share followed by Winnebago (20 percent), Forest River (15.4 percent), and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. (15.1 percent).

Class C motorhome registrations saw a 34.7 percent rise in December and posted an 18.3 percent gain for 2014. Forest River was the segment leader for the 12 months with a 35.7 percent market share, followed by Thor (25.6 percent), and Winnebago with 21.7 percent of the market.

Adding further evidence of a banner year for the RV industry, SSI reported that towable retail sales climbed 10.3 percent in 2014, spurred by a 24.4 percent increase during December. All segments showed year-over-year gains for the month.

Towable results by category showed:

Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector shot up 30.5 percent for the month and 12.3 percent year-to-date.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

Fifth-wheel registrations gained 12.9 percent in December and 7.1 percent for the 12 months.

Folding camping trailer sales were up 5.4 percent for the month but dipped 2.8 percent for the year.

Recreational park trailer sales gained 38.7 percent in December and 6.5 percent for the 12 months.

Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader for 2014 with a 36.4 percent market share, edging out Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 36.1 percent share. Jayco Inc. was No. 3 with a 12.9 percent share.

By segment, Forest River was No. 1 in travel trailer sales for the year with a 37.4 percent market share, ahead of Thor (33.6 percent) and Jayco (14.4 percent).

Thor was No. 1 in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 49.1 percent market share, followed by Forest River (30.4 percent), Jayco (8.9 percent) and Grand Design RV Co. (6.3 percent).

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader for the full year with a 64 percent market share while Jayco (14.1 percent) held the No. 2 position followed by Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (11.3 percent).

2015 Jayco Jay Series Sport exterior
2015 Jayco Jay Series Sport exterior

In the park model segment, Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. was No. 1 with a 15.1 percent share, followed by Skyline Corp. (12.7 percent) and Thor (10.8 percent).

Worth Pondering…

RVing is great no matter what the weather. If it’s pleasant outdoors, then you can hike, swim, fish, or just hang around camp and snooze on your lawn chair. If the weather is cold and dreary, or rainy, you can simply hole up inside your little house and be as comfy as can be.

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CrossRoads RV Reintroduces Carriage & Cameo Fifth Wheels

Topeka, Indiana-based CrossRoads RV, a manufacturer of fifth wheels and travel trailers, reintroduced the Carriage and Cameo fifth wheel trailers at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa last month. They also presented the 2015 line of Rushmore fifth wheels.

2015 CameoThe Cameo will reach out to a rapidly growing market segment in this industry, the introduction into luxury fifth wheel camping, according to a company news release.

“We were thrilled with the feedback and support from the past, present, and prospective customers at the show,” said Rudy Boals, CrossRoads national sales manager.

“Whenever you can go into a show like that with new product and be a top seller it really says something.”

Cameo products will range from small to large bunkhouses with outside kitchens as well as extended stay floor plans with front and rear living rooms.

“With an emphasis on quality, uniqueness, and convenience, we have carefully priced the Cameo, to enable our dealers to bring as many customers to the family as possible,” stated Boals.

The 2015 Cameo is available in four floor plans:

  • CM34RL (Exterior Length: 35 feet 3 inches: GVWR: 16,000 pounds)
  • CM36MK (Exterior Length: 38 feet 1 inch; GVWR: 16,000 pounds)
  • CM39FL (External Length: 40 feet 8 inches; GVWR: 16,000 pounds)
  • CM39BH (TBD)
2015 Cameo 36MK floor plan
2015 Cameo 36MK floor plan

The Carriage and Rushmore cater to the needs of high-end residential-style living, with innovative and original master suite designs, complete with one-and two-year residential warranties.

The Carriage with full-body paint, 55-inch TVs and Class A motorhome features will be the pinnacle on a customer’s fifth wheel journey, according to the release.

The 2015 Carriage is available is three floor plans:

  • CG40RE (Exterior Length: 39 feet 3 inches; GVWR: 16,500 pounds)
  • CG40RL (Exterior Length: 39 feet 3 inches; GVWR: 16,500 pounds)
  • CG38SB (TBD)

2015 Carriage2015 Carriage standard features include:

  • 40,000 BTU Furnace
  • 30,000 BTU A/C w/Quiet Residential Return
  • 55-inch LG LED HD TV in Living Room
  • 39-inch LG LED HD TV in Bedroom
  • 16 cubic foot Residential Refrigerator w/800-watt Inverter
  • 22-inch Deluxe Bakers Oven
  • 30 OTR Microwave w/Exhaust Fan
  • Large Residential Pantry w/Coffee and Toast Station
  • 12-gallon Gas/Electric DSI Water Heater
  • 60-inch x 80-inch iCool Memory Foam Mattress
  • An upgraded Full Time Resort Package is available.

The Rushmore will have a unique and industry exclusive front windshield that opens up a floor plan like no other, the release continued.

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CrossRoads RV, Inc.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. was established in 1996 in Topeka, Indiana where the company currently has five plant locations and employs over 400 people.

CrossRoads RV manufactures a full line of towable RV products including fifth wheels, travel trailers, ultra-light trailers, and destination trailers under the brand names of Carriage, Cameo, Rushmore, Cruiser Patriot/Provincial, Cruiser, Cruiser Sahara, Cruiser Aire, Zinger, Zinger SE, Z-1, Sunset Trail, Slingshot, Elevation, and Hampton.

2015 Cameo 36MK floor plan
2015 Cameo 36MK floor plan

CrossRoads RV factory tours are conducted Monday through Thursday at 1:30 p.m. To arrange a tour, please call (888) 226-7496.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1115 W Lake Street, Topeka, Indiana, 46571

Phone: (260) 593-3850 or (888) 226-7496 (toll free)

Website: www.crossroadsrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.

—Rudolph Flesch

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Keystone Montana Awarded 2015 Best RV Debut

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company new Montana 3791RD “rear-den” model has been awarded RV Business magazine’s 2015 Best RV Debut Award.

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

Singled out from dozens of other luxury fifth wheel floor plans debuted during Open House week 2014, the Montana 3791RD offers an industry exclusive elevated Rear Den with a spacious chef-inspired kitchen, front bed/bath suite and touts a category leading 252 cubic feet of exterior storage.

“This unique floor plan has massive eye appeal and exciting standard features, such as an 18 cubic-foot RV or residential refrigerator, exclusive up-lit ceiling crown moulding, back-up camera, and upgrade Mor Ryde suspension, to name just a few,” said Jim Mac, Keystone communications director.

“The new 3791RD floor plan absolutely floored our customers at the Sevierville show; we sold four of this model in the second week of January,” said Billy Yates, owner of Northgate RV in Ringgold, Georgia.

“The 3791RD floor plan isn’t a home run, it’s a grand slam.”

According to Montana product manager Jason Gill, “Based on immediate dealer reaction at the open house, we knew this model would be a game changer. We have seen many 3791RD’s retail within hours of hitting dealer’s lots. On top of that, dealers are even more excited about the refreshed look, floor plans, features and price of the new Montana.”

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

“This new model is a testament to the continued innovation and product development Montana dealers have come to expect from the best selling, high-profile fifth wheel for 14 consecutive years,” said Kyle Kwasny, group general manager.

In addition to the RV Business award, Montana also received the coveted RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index Quality Circle Award for 2014.

“We scored at the very top in areas of sales support, vehicle reliability/quality, and perceived brand value. We want to thank our dealer partners and our production and support teams for making this possible,” Kwasny explained.

“Dealers will see more product innovation, more value and great dealer support this upcoming year. I am confident they expect a big year from Montana products.”

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

Features include front to rear interior vaulted ceiling, 6-foot 6-inch tall main slideouts, glazed Zinfandel cherry cabinetry, stainless steel 30-inch over-the-range convection/microwave oven with range hood, residential French door refrigerator with bottom freezer and 1000 watt inverter central vacuum with interior and exterior ports plus toe kick sweep, 35,000 BTU furnace with auto ignition, and high gloss gel coated fiberglass exterior.

Montana is North America’s number one selling luxury fifth wheel for 14 consecutive years.

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel floor plan
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel floor plan

Worth Pondering…

Your road is everything that a road ought to be…

And yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.

—Mark Twain, American author

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Dutchmen Showcases 2015 Denali Towable Product Lines

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing entered the 2015 show season with great anticipation, particularly for its all-new Denali travel trailer and fifth wheel product line.

2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.
2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.

After implementing significant feature changes, Dutchmen Vice President of Sales Troy James said consumers have responded beyond his expectations.

“Since Open House, dealers have been really excited about the new Denali products. Now, with the retail show season in full swing, consumers are finding out exactly why the dealers are so fired up,” James explained in a company news release.

“We’ve seen big sales increases in the majority of shows. Over 70 percent of dealers at the retail shows are seeing significant sales lifts in the Denali products.”

In more detail, the changes start with what Denali Product Manager Carter Yoder has described as a Denali “fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.”

“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I have to say that what we’ve done with this travel trailer is truly unique,” he explained.

“It has the floor plan and storage capacity of a fifth wheel, and with its deep, opposing slideouts and barrel ceiling, it just feels much bigger than it actually is. I call it our ‘fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.’”

2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior

More space is front and center with the 2015 Denali fifth wheels as well.

“In our fifth wheels, we’ve increased storage space by 22 percent, and we’ve added 5 inches of bedroom ceiling height in all floor plans, too,” said Yoder.

“Dutchmen is focused on value—giving customers more bang for the buck—and the 2015 Denali products do just that.”

All Denali products feature painted gel coat fiberglass front-end caps with LED lights, oyster-colored fiberglass exteriors, European-designed furniture with accent stitching, mosaic tile backsplashes, residential window treatments with soft drapes, and a host of other standard amenities.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $23,483 (Denali 2371 RB Lite Travel Trailer).

“As was stated by one observer, there is no shortage of standard features when it comes to Denali. Combine that with the fact that we’re not the most expensive product in our class, and we think consumers are going to pretty quickly discover that Denali has redefined what value is all about,” Yoder added.

2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior

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Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Since 1988, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. has been a leader in the recreation vehicle industry.

Dutchmen RV produces various widely-recognized brands brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada.

Dutchmen RV brands include the Aerolite, Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Coleman, Four Winds, Grand Junction, Lakewood, and Dutchmen brands.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc., a division of Keystone RV Company, is a Thor Industries, Inc. company.

Address: P.O. Box 2164, 2164 Caragana Court, Goshen, IN 46527

Phone: (574) 537-0600

Website: www.dutchmen.com

Worth Pondering…

If you feel bored do something, for there is always something to do, see or explore in this world. Keep in mind that boredom can also cause depression, so get out there and live now.

—Sylvia Browne

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