This has been a good year for the RV industry, with manufacturers producing and shipping more RVs this year than at any time since 2006. To keep sales moving upward next year, a host of new models are being introduced. Here is a sampling of motorhomes and travel trailers that are either already on dealer lots or soon will be.
EverGreen has revamped and upgraded its flagship Ever-Lite composite travel trailer for 2016 with a new look outside and new décor inside.
The exterior includes an updated gray metallic logo, new graphics, and a clear stone shield on a new high-gloss fiberglass cap. Inside, the ceiling height has been raised two inches, and the new décor includes lighter wood tones, textured wallboard, valances, drapes, wood blinds and rustic wood-grain vinyl flooring. The revamped kitchen features raised panel cabinet doors, designer countertops with backsplash, and a three-burner range with a glass cooktop to enhance functionality and appearance.
“We wanted to bring a sense of elegance and eye-appeal but keep the original Ever-Lite spirit alive,” said Doug Lantz, Ever-Lite product manager. “Our goal was to evaluate our standard features and optional equipment and then reconfigure our packages.” Options like the trifold sofa, hide-a-bed sofa and eight-cubic-foot refrigerator have become standard. Solid-surface countertops and other expensive features have become optional.
New LED lighting brightens the trailer, and the entertainment center has been upgraded. All slideouts are now 90 inches or larger and feature new flush floor slides and fascia for increased living space.
Ever-Lite is unique in the industry for its all-composite construction. The walls, floor and inner roof panels of the trailer are built with composite materials instead of wood, and undergo a vacuum lamination process. EverGreen says the result is a trailer that is up to 20 percent lighter than those built with conventional construction. The Ever-Lite also resists moisture, avoiding rot, mold and mildew. For more information, visit goevergreenrv.com.
Holiday Rambler Endeavor
Introduced in 1993, the Endeavor quickly became Holiday Rambler’s most popular nameplate, and after a short absence from the marketplace, it is coming back in 2016 with a new engine, new styling and new high-end appointments.
Mike Snell, president of the Monaco and Holiday Rambler divisions of Allied Recreation Group, said Endeavor has historically been the most popular Holiday Rambler model. Other Holiday Rambler products sold for less money and some sold for more, but none matched the Endeavor in sales volume. “It’s a great brand,” Snell said.
The last full model run of the Endeavor was in 2013. Both the Monaco and Holiday Rambler brands suffered when their parent company went into bankruptcy several years ago, but now under the ownership of Allied Recreation Group, both brands are coming back with new versions of their most popular models—Holiday Rambler with the Endeavor with Monaco with the Diplomat.
For Holiday Rambler, the strategy to win back customers is to offer more for less. Snell said the 2016 Endeavor has features that are usually available only on coaches costing much more. With an MSRP of $269,000, the Endeavor is powered by a 380-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, and has solid hardwood cabinetry, Corian countertops, porcelain tile floors, a generator slideout and 280 cubic feet of basement storage.
The Endeavor is available in three floor plans, all 40 feet in length. You can learn more about Holiday Rambler products at holidayrambler.com.
What could be better on a toy hauler than a patio deck? The answer from Keystone is a toy hauler with the two patio decks.
The Fuzion fifth-wheel’s new 420 floor plan features one patio at the rear adjoining the garage and another along the side of the trailer to provide the ultimate in outdoor living. Both decks employ the FastTrack2 patio system, which simplifies and speeds the setup by mounting the patio rails so that they swing out and snap into place. Both decks can be accessed from inside the coach or by separate steps leading off the ground. The side deck has a TV so that if you are not entertaining friends, you can just relax and enjoy a sports event or show.
The Fuzion 420 has a 12-foot deep garage and includes a tie-down system that securely holds vehicles or other toys. Each tie-down is welded to the frame and rated with pull strength of 5,000 pounds. The garage includes electrically operated queen bunk beds that can be raised to make room for toys or lowered and converted to a dining or seating area. There is a half bath off the garage and a full bath next to the bedroom, which features a king bed.
Other features of the Fuzion 420 include an 18-cubic-foot refrigerator, solid cherry cabinet doors, recessed LED lighting, residential furniture and a power awning with LED lighting. The Fuzion is available in nearly a dozen floor plans. Typically equipped, the 420 floor plan carries an MSRP of $109,408. For more information, visit keystonerv.com.
Newmar has upgraded its luxurious Ventana diesel coaches for 2016 with new styling and enhanced technology. Among more than a dozen floor plans is the new 4041 model with a full-wall slideout, a bath and a half, and hinged swing-out pantry boxes, among many special features.
The galley and dining area of the Ventana 4041 is especially notable. Instead of putting the microwave above the cooktop, as is common in RVs, the microwave is neatly tucked into a hardwood cabinet. The Whirlpool refrigerator is flanked by two pantries, but you have the option of replacing the second pantry with a larger refrigerator. A large kitchen window is located above a double-bowl sink and adjustable faucet. In the dining area, an LED TV rises up from the buffet on a power lift. The floor is high-polish porcelain tile.
There is a 92-inch hide-a-bed sofa in the living area and a king-size bed in the bedroom. The full-glass shower in the rear bathroom measures 36 inches in diameter.
In the cockpit, the dash radio has been upgraded with a Harman JBL 180-watt sound system, with four dual speakers in the ceiling over the driver and passenger seats. The dash area includes a charging mat for your phone.
Exterior improvements in the 2016 Ventana include an increase of two inches in the height of the baggage doors, new graphics and paint colors, and new front and rear caps that are highlighted with stainless steel trim.
Newmar offers the Ventana in floor plans from 34 to 43 feet in length, including a model designed to accommodate wheelchairs. The 43-foot 4041 model carries an MSRP of $305,588. For information, visit newmarcorp.com.
Northwood Snow River
Northwood Manufacturing has redesigned the Snow River Rugged Lite 234 RBS travel trailer with an eye-catching exterior that includes a greystone-colored front cap, dramatic graphics, ebony accents, a Safari Tuff rear rack and ladder, black-out aluminum wheels, a 20-watt trickle-charge solar panel, and an outdoor kitchen with a sink, 110-volt refrigerator and bumper-mounted Aussie Grill.
The interior is equally impressive, with a cathedral arched ceiling and the décor of a high-end mountain resort. The dining room features a large U-shaped dinette, and the kitchen has Hearthstone butcher-block-style laminate countertops, distressed hickory slab cabinet doors with dark face frame accents, and a built-in residential-style oiled cutting board. The living area includes an entertainment center with an AM/FM/CD/DVD player with Bluetooth capabilities and a 28-inch 110/12v LED TV.
The Snow River is designed with Northwood’s strong and durable construction in a lightweight package. High quality features include high-efficiency LED lighting, forward self-adjusting brakes on EZ Lube axles with Equaflex suspension, and a Carefree Travel’R 12v awning with multi-pitch adjustments. There is lots of storage space, both inside and out.
The 234 RBS model has an exterior length just under 27 feet and carries a base MSRP of $35,960. For more information, visit northwoodmfg.com.
Thor Motor Coach Vegas
Not much longer than an SUV, the Vegas and its twin, the Axis, have been upgraded for 2016 with a floor plan that includes a large slideout on the driver’s side, and new interior décor with leatherette furniture and LED lighting in the ceiling.
The new 25.3 floor plan features a walk-around queen bed, and a bathroom with a 32-inch by 32-inch shower. Billed as a Recreational Utility Vehicle, the Vegas is designed to be compact like an SUV, but have all the amenities of an RV, including kitchen, sleeping areas, bathroom and living space.
For 2016, the Vegas is available in three floor plans, from 25 to 26 feet in length. A big windshield and large side windows provide wide-open views in the cockpit. Integrated side view cameras and a backup monitor provide safety while driving or parking. A workstation in the front dash can hold the passenger’s laptop, which can be charged with nearby 110-volt and 12-volt outlets.
Above the cockpit seating is a drop-down overhead bunk that can be lowered with the touch of a button and is equipped with the new Cotton Cloud mattress. In the kitchen, a flip-up countertop provides extra space while cooking, and the pantry features convenient pullouts. A Bluetooth coach radio system can be connected to a smartphone or tablet.
The MSRP for the new 25.3 floor plan is $97,425. For information, visit thormotorcoach.com.
Redesigned for 2016, the Adventurer gas motorhome incorporates upscale amenities, including Ultraleather seats, Corian countertops, glass and mosaic tile backsplashes, woodwork with a glazed finish, and MCD solar/blackout roller shades for control of sunlight and privacy. The revamped exterior, which is available in six full-body color schemes, features stylized aluminum wheels, an aluminum finned-style grille, a modular headlamp design with LED light accents, and a rear fiberglass cap with a distinctive side-wing design.
The cab area has been redesigned with an additional three inches of noise and heat insulation, and the dash now has an Infotainment Center with a Rand McNally RV GPS with dual touchscreen monitors. A CD/DVD player is included, and there is Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and audio streaming. A workstation turns the cab into a mobile office, with USB, 12v and 110v receptacles.
Adventurer is available in four floor plans, from 34 to 38 feet in length, with an MSRP starting at $178,940.
Winnebago has made king beds standard in every Adventurer floor plan. You can choose to make it a powered bed with a digital comfort-control mattress. The living area includes a Blu-Ray home theater sound system with a large HD TV that you can enjoy from the comfort of the InLounge sectional sofa or a Rest Easy sofa.
Other Adventurer features include True Air air conditioning, a Motoraid supplemental hot water and heating system, and a powered patio awning with LED lighting. You can find more information at winnebagoind.com.