May '16

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18 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com company's flagship, generating the highest sales volume of Heartland models, and also becoming one of the Top 5 best-selling fifth wheels starting in 2006 and continuing for 10 years running. At year-end 2015, Bighorn was the second best-selling high-profile fifth wheel and trailed only Keystone's Montana and Cougar in all fifth wheel sales, according to Stat Surveys. "We hit a homerun right out of the gate," says Coley Brady, Heartland vice president of sales, whose father, Brian, was one of the founders of the company. The elder Brady and his founding partners crafted a fifth wheel that was chock full of luxury features, such as 88-degree turning radius front cap designs, laminated sidewalls, a universal docking center, hydraulic landing gear and a large, drop-frame exterior storage compartment, thereby instantly appealing to full-timers. Brady touts Bighorn's "game-changer" features, including laminated floors and roofs (which are structurally stronger, lighter in weight and have higher R-values), coffered ceilings, a Dyson vacuum, 16-inch G-rated tires and Dexter axles, suspension and shocks. "The coffered ceiling sets the interior apart and gives Bighorn a 'residential look,'" Brady says. Another unique Bighorn feature is the flat roofline on some floorplans, which allows for a full 7-foot-high slide room. Heartland introduced this feature two years ago and it has been well-received because it gives a more "open feel," Brady says. Bighorn dry weights range from around 11,500 to 13,900 pounds and most of the nine floorplans can be towed by a 3/4-ton truck. Bighorn also offer a four-season "Yeti Package" option, which includes addi- tional insulation in the caps and slides, tank heaters and a heated main water line. Reflection – including the Super-Lite version – accounts for more than half of Grand Design's unit volume in fifth wheel production and about 80 percent of the RV maker's fifth wheel sales in the target $40,000 to $65,000 price range.

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