June '16

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14 • RV PRO • JUNE 2016 rv-pro.com optional generator, a 40-gallon fuel tank for toys and a 174-gallon fresh water tank. New for 2016 are a Zero-gravity ramp door system and an automotive-style latching system that allows setup and access of the patio and the ramp from the inside. Base color is now gray only with the Tesla signature blue or orange exteriors. There's a redesigned, more contemporary bedroom and less carpeted areas for easy cleanup throughout. The 3970, featuring a 13-foot garage, three slide-outs and a very user-friendly layout, is emerging as the most popular floorplan this season, McMahon says. After entering the toy hauler fifth wheel market in late 2012, Tesla is still an original in the industry thanks to its construction, according to McMahon. He says using heavier axles and framing, thicker walls and triple insulated floors and ceilings helps to set Tesla apart from the competition. That triple-insulation transforms every Tesla into a four-season luxury fifth wheel, he adds. Meanwhile, what might be considered upgrades in competitors' products – such as a 12-cubic foot double-door refrigerator, a 30-inch microwave with built-in range hood and a three-burner stove with gas oven – are standard in all Teslas, McMahon notes. MSRPs on the Tesla start just under $75,000 with common options adding on average another $5,000 to $10,000, he says. optional generator, a 40-gallon fuel tank for toys and a 174-gallon fresh water tank. Consistent with industr y trends, McMahon finds that RVers are "trading up" to the Tesla, with 80 percent or more of all retail sales involving a trade-in. McMahon contends there are two dis- tinct toy hauler markets: the toy haulers sold east of the Mississippi River tend to be shorter, from 30 feet to 41 feet, pri- marily pulled by half-ton pickup trucks and designed to hold motorcycles. "A generator is a nice feature, but we don't have to have it," customers will say, according to McMahon. "On the West Coast, those people stay out in the desert for weeks, so the toy hauler must accommodate a sand rail and a motor- cycle or a quad, and the unit must be set up to function on its own. A generator is non-negotiable," he says. Today's Tesla is the same size as when it was introduced three years ago, and McMahon doesn't see that changing as long EverGreen RV's Tesla toy hauler brand bridges the gap between heavy-duty utility and luxury living. There are currently four Tesla floorplans that range in length from 37 to more than 43 feet long. All floorplans have a minimum 12-foot garage.

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