The RV industry had a good year in 2013 and is looking forward to an even better one in 2014. The forecaster for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association predicts that 335,500 RVs will be shipped to customers this year, which would represent a one-year gain of about 6 percent.
As the economy improves, so does the willingness of customers to spend big money on RVs, whether motorhomes or fifth-wheels. Manufacturers are responding with new offerings in the luxury market. Here are three motor coaches at prices ranging from $300,000 to more than $600,000, and the first luxury fifth-wheel to bear the Winnebago name:
American Coach has become the first manufacturer to feature the new Sony 4K Ultra High Definition TV in a luxury motorhome by installing a 55-inch model in its American Eagle 45A model.
The ultra high definition TV is designed to provide a clearer picture by including four times as many pixels as a regular HD TV. The TV is housed in a quiet-lift cabinet as part of a Sony 7.1 home theater system. American Coach has also partnered with JBL by Harman to create a custom audio package for the cockpit to provide a superior listening experience.
The 45A floor plan features a living area with opposing sofas for comfortable entertaining. A bath and a half, a full-tile spa shower and a full-length rear wardrobe are among the luxury features. The 45-foot coach also has an Aqua-Hot heating system, a French door refrigerator with an icemaker in the door, stacked washer/dryer and a central vacuum system among a long list of amenities. The base MSRP is $621,000.
For information, visit fleetwoodrv.com.
Newmar Mountain Aire
Newmar’s Mountain Aire 4369 model is a luxury motor coach with a unique floor plan that puts an 84-inch sofa on one side across from a bar area with two stools. The bar and stools serve as a second dining area to the coach’s table and chairs. When you want to watch television, a “Televator” incorporated into the bar lifts up a 46-inch LCD TV to provide a great viewing position from the sofa.
The Mountain Aire is a full-slide model that includes a bath and a half. The hardwood cabinetry is carmel glazed cherry, and there is polished porcelain floor tile in the kitchen, bathroom and living areas. The kitchen has polished solid-surface countertops, a deep residential-style sink and a full-size refrigerator.
The bedroom has a Sleep Number premier mattress and a Sony 40-inch HD TV entertainment center. You can turn the bedroom suite into a lounge area with a power-adjustable bed that converts to a seating area. Other amenities include an exterior entertainment center, Villa cockpit seats, and the Comfort Drive steering system. The suggested retail price is $443,208.
The Mountain Aire is built on the Freightliner XCR chassis with a Cummins ISL 450-horsepower engine.
For information, visit newmarcorp.com.
Winnebago has given its new full-size luxury fifth-wheel, the Destination, residential interiors and the styling touches of a motorhome. The front cap integrates an aerodynamic design, including an air dam for increased wind deflection, and includes LED light strips. A unique optional rear cap has styling that reflects Winnebago’s motorhome heritage, and the taillights have a sports car look.
Slideouts that are six feet, nine inches tall add to the spaciousness of the interior, with a radius ceiling and extra tall windows adding to that open feeling. The entertainment center includes a 50-inch TV, and there is an optional fireplace. A quiet air system maximizes cooling with minimal noise.
The galley features hardwood cabinets, a 20-cubic-foot refrigerator in either black or stainless steel, a recessed range, and solid-surface countertops. A residential-size dishwasher is optional.
The master suite has a Flex Bed that can be raised to a comfortable angle to read or view television. A special feature of the bedroom is the magic mirror/TV design. The unit acts like a mirror when the TV is off, and frames the television picture when it is on. The bedroom also has a cedar-lined walk-in closet and an eight-door dresser.
The various versions of the Destination carry suggested retail prices ranging from $65,000 to $100,000.
For information, visit Winnebagoind.com.
The Tuscany motor coach has new front and rear caps, frameless windows and new exterior paint designs for 2014. It also has adopted an independent front suspension system that the manufacturer, Thor Motor Coach, describes as similar to that of a Prevost bus.
Also added recently is a 40-foot model, the 40RX, that doesn’t have a tag axle like the bigger Tuscany coaches, but does have many luxury features, including a 450-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, an Aqua-Hot heating system and elegant hardwood cabinetry.
LED lighting, solid-surface countertops and porcelain tile flooring are found throughout the coach. A surround-sound home theater includes a large TV, DVD stereo receiver and stand-alone Blu-ray player. There are 32-inch TVs in the bedroom and the exterior entertainment center, and you have the option of adding one to the cockpit.
The kitchen has a stainless steel residential refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser in the door, an electric induction cooktop, a microwave/convection oven and a dishwasher drawer. There is also another 40-foot Tuscany floor plan, the 40KQ, that includes a peninsula n kitchen.
Tuscany motor coaches have MSRPs starting at $349,033. Thor Motor Coach also builds the Tuscany XTE, which offers luxury in motorhomes from 35 to 40 feet in length. Suggested retail prices for the Tuscany XTE start at $269,101.
For information, visit tuscanyrv.com.