September '15

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30 • RV PRO • SEPTEMBER 2015 rv-pro.com Estimated highway mileage for the 3 Series turbo diesel engine will be around 17-18 mpg, Clemens says. The full-wall slide on a Sprinter "makes a world of difference and epitomizes the slogan 'Live Big, Drive Small,'" Clemens says. "The market has clearly shifted. We're seeing a lot more Baby Boomer empty nesters. They tend to want a smaller product. We think the 3 Series will appeal more to couples. Everyone is com- fortable driving it and at 24 feet it's easy to park." MSRP for the 3 Series will be in the $110,000 to $115,000 range. The Isata 5 Series will be built on a 5500 Dodge chassis, and the first floorplan will feature a double slide. Features include the user-friendly cab, standard factory stereo, cherry cabinetry, king-size bed, solid-surface countertops, MaxxAir ceiling fan and a 200-watt, roof-mounted solar panel option. The move to solar options is customer-driven, so Clemens says he anticipates a better than 50 percent dealer uptake on the solar option. MSRP on the 5 Series will be in the $150,000 range. Sunseeker/Forester: "Consolidation" is the operative word at Sunseeker/Forester, which has absorbed the former Lexington and Solera brands over the past year. This has allowed Forest River to streamline production and meet dealers' needs faster with the most popular Class C and B models, according to Kary Katzenberger, sales and product manager. Going forward, Sunseeker and Forester will parallel each other's product lines with a slight price separation between the two brands to maintain an upgrade to the Forester line. So, at Open House, the division will be highlighting a new floorplan for the 2430S Grand Touring Series, a gas-powered B+ unit geared for couples. It features a full-wall slide, a more open concept and a low-profile front-end cap. The overhead bed has been eliminated, making the unit more travel-worthy, Katzenberger says. The unit measures 25 feet, 9 inches and has a dry weight of 12,500 pounds. Estimated gas mileage is 8-12 mpg, Katzenberger says. The same floorplan on the Mercedes-Benz diesel (MBS) will get on average 16 mpg. "That being said, we will be showing our new optional 'Trekker Low Profile Front Cap' on our MBS product at the Open House and hope to improve our fuel ratings by a couple of miles per gallon," he says. MSRPs will be $86,000 on the Sunseeker model and $89,000 for the Forester version. Prime Time Manufacturing: Prime Time will unveil a new lightweight travel trailer toy hauler, the Fury. The 29-foot Fury will feature a full-wall slide and a 10-foot garage. National Sales Manager Ken Walters predicts the weight (dry weight under 7,000 pounds) and price (about $40,000) will be a hit. He promises "an aggressive toy hauler look" in the Fury. Meanwhile, Prime Time has made "some major changes" to its full line of Spartan travel trailers and fifth wheel that it intro- duced last year. "We were more high-end residential, but now we're going to a more traditional, aggressive toy hauler look," says Walters. Prime Time will show 12 or 13 Spartan floorplans ranging in lengths from a 30-foot travel trailer up to a 43-foot, massive toy hauler. MSRPs for this brand of products will range from about $42,000 up to a fully loaded fifth wheel for around $80,000. Prime Time also will show major décor changes to its five other brands. Rockwood/Flagstaff: For the first time in its 41-year history, Rockwood and sister company Flagstaff are introducing lightweight bedroom slide fifth wheels. The 32-foot unit will weigh in at around 9,000 pounds, says John Stringer, sales department spokesman. The Signature Series by Rockwood and Classic Series by Flagstaff are among 12 new floorplans being introduced for 2016. By using aluminum-framed dinettes, bed platforms and bathroom floor decks and unique wall and roof construction, the company is able to keep weights down, thus keeping the new model truly towable by half-ton tow vehicles. In addition, all Rockwood and Flagstaff fifth wheels come equipped standard with the Reese Revolution Hitch, allowing short-bed trucks to tow without a special slider hitch. MSRPs on the new product will be in the low $40,000s. Meanwhile, Puma, a 13-year-old full-line manufacturer of entry-level, stick-and-tin towables, will be showing 10 new models across its lineup from 15-foot campers to 39-foot desti- nation trailers. The company has renamed its Canyon Cat line the Puma XLE. The Rockwood ESP pop-up has cargo-carrying versatility thanks to its ProRac Systems permanent cross bars.

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