March '16

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14 • RV PRO • MARCH 2016 rv-pro.com national sales manager. So far, the results have been rewarding. "We found a lot of customers moving into smaller units were asking for better gas mileage," he says. "Melbourne sales were starting to decline and we were limited to one floorplan. The old Melbourne was get- ting 8 to 10 miles per gallon but now on the Mercedes chassis, it's getting 14 to 16." The Sprinter chassis sports a 170-inch wheelbase and an 11,030-pound GVWR with a V-6 Turbo 188-horsepower fuel- injected diesel engine providing 325 pounds of torque. The smaller chassis (24 feet versus 29 feet) challenged Jayco engi- neers to stuff all the necessary amenities in a tighter space, but Jayco was up to the task, according to Josephthal. Winnebago has chosen to introduce the 2016 Fuse on the Ford Transit diesel chassis. It is available in two floorplans: one features a rear bath with mid-coach twin beds (pictured) and the other features a rear slide with a queen-sized bed and a corner bathroom. The Melbourne is available in two floor- plans: the 24K features a rear, queen-sized, walk-around bed and a driver's side dinette, each contained in a slide-out, while the 24L features a corner queen and driver's side dinette, each in slide-outs. "On the L floorplan, a full-wall slide creates a more sense of openness and gives more interior storage, including a big closet by the bed," Josephthal says. "There is more exterior storage on the K floorplan." The two floorplans give consumers clear options and may sell equally well, Jose- phthal foresees. To offset the loss of space in the "reimagined" Melbourne, Jayco has gone to lighter-colored interior woods, larger frameless windows and lighter linoleum and countertop colors to open up the coach, Josephthal says. The Melbourne comes equipped with many standard features, including a back- up camera with monitor, an 8-cubic- foot refrigerator, a full cab overhead bunk with a 750-pound capacity, pass- through storage compartments upgraded aluminum rims and is available in two full-body paint options. The Melbourne retails for between $99,000 and $118,000 depending on how it is equipped. Josephthal says it will compete well with higher-priced B's and compact C's from the competition. "Within a year or two years, we feel the Melbourne will be No. 1 or No. 2

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