Coachmen Chaparral Mid Profile
The Coachmen RV division of Forest River has redesigned the 2010 Chaparral Mid Profile fifth wheel frame and front cap so that it claims the tightest turning radius in the industry, allowing the tow vehicle to pivot 90 degrees.
A new fiberglass front cap has an aerodynamic design, reducing wind drag to improve fuel economy. Extra features have been added for cold weather camping. The Arctic Package includes heated and enclosed holding tanks and valves, astrofoil insulation, insulated baggage doors and optional thermopane windows.
Large pass-through storage compartments provide spaces for coolers and camping equipment, and a Dry Camp Package includes 12-volt lighting, 12-volt stereo and a dedicated space for a generator.
The fifth wheel comes in a variety of floor plans in lengths from 30 feet to more than 39 feet. One plan includes a unique loft room in the rear, which puts a bedroom above a family room. The loft bed, accessed by side steps, provides nearly 30 inches of room between the mattress and the ceiling, and a person 6 feet, 2 inches tall can stand below the loft in a living space that includes a couch and flat screen TV.
The 2010 Chaparral also has an electric awning, Corian countertops, a full-sized queen bed, electric stabilizer jacks and an optional 32-inch LCD flat screen TV.
Suggested retail price for the Chaparral Mid Profile starts at $27,900.
For information contact Coachmen RV by calling (800) 353-7383 or visit www.EasyRVing.com.
By replacing wood with composite materials, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles has created a new lightweight trailer that the company says is remarkably durable and waterproof.
Ever-Lite is the brand name for the trailers, which range from 25 to 33 feet in length and have suggested base retail prices from $23,888 to $30,945.
The trailers are built with EverGreen’s ComposiTek construction process in which composite materials are vacuum laminated onto a structural frame of double-welded aluminum. This results in one-piece walls, floors and ceilings without seams. According to the company, an independent laboratory has found that ComposiTek construction has four times the strength of wood products.
The walls, roof and floor are waterproof, so they will not be damaged by dry rot and mildew or from exposure to water or humidity. Company officials said this is why they are able to offer a 12-year warranty on the roof, a three-year warranty on structural integrity and a two-year bumper-to-hitch warranty.
Ever-Lite trailers are also being sold as “eco-friendly” because they are low in out-gassing of volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde, and their materials are recyclable.
Company officials estimate that Ever-Lite trailers are 1,000 to 1,200 pounds lighter than similar trailers built with standard materials. Unloaded weights range from less than 4,000 pounds for the 25-foot model to 5,611 pounds for the 33-foot, quad-bunk floor plan. Kevin Slater, vice president of sales and marketing, said each trailer is individually weighed as equipped at the factory and the weight is posted in the trailer.
Slater said the comparative lightness of Ever-Lite trailers translates into significant fuel savings. It also means the trailer can be pulled by a wide variety of vehicles.
EverGreen is a new company that began building trailers this year in a former Coachmen RV plant on more than 26 acres in Middlebury, Indiana.
For information on Ever-Lite travel trailers, visit www.goevergreenrv.com or call (574) 825-4298.
Fleetwood Bounder Classic
Fleetwood RV, the new company that took over the motorhome business of bankrupt Fleetwood Enterprises, aims to perpetuate the legacy of Fleetwood founder John Crean with the 2010 Bounder Classic.
Introduced in 1985, the Bounder became one of the most popular products in Fleetwood history because it contained many attractive features at an affordable price. The new gas engine Bounder Classic is similarly designed as a high-value motorhome with wide appeal in the Crean tradition.
The Bounder Classic is available in three floor plans, 30 feet, 34 feet and 35 feet. All have dual slideouts. Retail prices start under $100,000.
The bedroom at the rear of the motorhome includes a queen bed that expands with a slideout. The bedroom has space for an optional 19-inch LCD HDTV.
The interior features raised panel cabinetry, adjustable cabinet shelving, an HDTV in the living area, an eight-cubic-foot refrigerator, a recessed stainless steel galley sink, a three-burner range with an oven, and a microwave. Flexsteel chairs for the driver and passenger come with reclining back and slide controls.
Exterior highlights include a patio awning, large pass-through storage compartments, insulated, side-swing luggage doors, tinted dual-pane windows, high-gloss fiberglass exterior sidewalls, and a molded fiberglass rear cap.
For information, contact Fleetwood RV at (800) 322-8216 or visit www.fleetwoodrv.com.
Keystone Fuzion Hidden Garage
Keystone Fuzion, which offers toy haulers in fifth wheels and travel trailers, has introduced what it is calling a “hidden garage” fifth wheel. It has a swing-away wall that swings to the side and locks in place when the rear of the fifth wheel is being used as a garage and then swings back when the garage is empty to create a large living space.
The garage portion is large enough to haul bulky items like motorcycles and ATVs. After they are unloaded, the swing-away wall can be positioned across the rear of the fifth wheel. The wall has an entertainment center with hardwood cabinetry and bookshelves. A 40-inch LCD HDTV is in the center, and an AM/FM/CD/DVD sound system is built in. The TV rotates so that it can be viewed either from inside the living room or from outside at the rear of the coach.
Sean Ryan, Keystone Performance Division general manager, said the Fuzion Hidden Garage is a response to demand from RVers who want to haul ATVs or other equipment, but also want a luxury RV. “Dealers tell us they see a growing number of RVers who seek a dual purpose vehicle,” he said. “These people desire all the bulk storage capability of a traditional toy hauler combined with residential luxury and top-quality appointments. This new Hidden Garage model fills that need.”
The Hidden Garage model 383 is just over 39 feet long and includes a bedroom with a residential size queen bed. The living area expands with a slideout that contains a sofa and dinette. Keystone has established $56,235 as the minimum advertised price on this model.
Keystone offers eight fifth wheel floor plans and one travel trailer floor plan in its Fuzion lineup. Lengths range from 29 to 40 feet.
For information, contact Keystone RV by calling (574) 535-2100 or visit www.Keystonerv.com.
Monaco Dynasty Majestic
The luxurious 45-foot Dynasty Majestic has five slideouts and expands the floor space in the living area so much that there is plenty of room for an island in the middle.
The key to the extra space is an innovative telescoping slideout. The telescoping feature pushes the wall out an additional 18 inches, making the slideout 49 inches deep when fully extended. The telescoping slideout, which is on the driver’s side, holds either an 81-inch J-lounge and a dinette, or as an option a huge 153-inch sofa. On the other side of the coach is another big slideout that holds a large kitchen with an extraordinary amount of counter space. In the middle of the room is a dinette island.
With a base price near $500,000, the Dynasty Majestic is loaded with deluxe features. The countertops are solid surface with a mosaic tile backsplash. The kitchen and bathroom floors are ceramic tile. The 12-cubic-foot four-door refrigerator has raised panel doors. And there is a home theater system, a 42-inch LCD TV in the living area and a 32-inch LCD TV in the bedroom.
Among the optional features are a wine chiller with a decanter, an in-motion HD satellite television system, radiant floor heating and cherry glazed cabinetry.
The Monaco Dynasty debuted at the National RV trade show in Louisville last year, but production was delayed when Monaco Coach Corporation went into bankruptcy. Navistar, the maker of International trucks and Workhorse chassis, acquired most of the company’s assets, including production facilities in Indiana and Oregon, and created Monaco RV to continue the Monaco brand. The Monaco Dynasty Majestic is one of the first motorhomes to be produced under the direction of the new company.
For information, contact Monaco RV by calling (541) 686-8011 or visit www.monacocoach.com.
Outdoors RV’s TimberRidge
The TimberRidge is one of four new trailer brands from Outdoors RV Manufacturing, a new company that is building travel trailers that are light enough to be towed by most any half-ton vehicle and rugged enough to handle tough terrain and endure harsh weather.
They are being built in a plant in eastern Oregon that formerly produced Fleetwood travel trailers. Ron and Sherry North, owners of Northwood Manufacturing, which builds Arctic Fox, Desert Fox, True North and Nash RVs, bought the plant from bankrupt Fleetwood Enterprises in May, and created a new company, Outdoors RV Manufacturing, to produce lightweight trailers for buyers in the Pacific Northwest, mountain states and Western Canada.
The company’s other brands in addition to the TimberRidge are CreekSide, Tamarack Trail and Wind River. All have a gross vehicle weight rating of 8,500 pounds or less.
The trailers are being offered with a four-seasons package that includes a completely enclosed chassis floor that insulates and protects the underside of the RV. Astrofoil insulation is used to protect heated holding tanks, as well as the entire floor, including the slideout floor.
The TimberRidge is available in floor plans that range from 24 to 32 feet. The suggested retail price ranges from $25,000 to $34,000.
The TimberRidge is built on a heavy-duty A-frame chassis with a durable suspension system and comes with Goodyear tires. It has laminated construction and block foam insulation, a one-piece rubber roof that can be walked on, and Beaufloor flooring that is so rugged it won’t crack in 50-below zero weather.
Other features of the TimberRidge include residential height countertops, a 22-inch deep range, bathroom glass shower enclosures, a bath skylight, air conditioning, 30-inch wide entry doors, a 26-inch LCD TV and a DVD/CD/MP3 surround sound system with six speakers.
For information contact Outdoors RV Manufacturing by calling (541) 624-5500 or visit www.outdoorsrvmfg.com.
The 2010 Winnebago Via, the first Class A motorhome to be built on the Sprinter chassis, is loaded with innovative features and offers fuel efficiency estimated at 15 miles per gallon.
Two years in development, the compact Via, with a length of 25 feet, debuted as a concept vehicle at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, last year, and is now in production for 2010, along with its twin, the Itasca Reyo.
The Via has a 3.0-liter, 154 horsepower Mercedes Benz turbocharged V6 diesel engine on the Dodge Sprinter chassis, and has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 11,030 pounds. The towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
The cab area of the Via has several innovations. Built by Flexsteel for the Via, the driver and passenger cab seats have a power mechanism to raise and lower the seats so they can be raised a few inches and swivel to become part of the interior floor area when parked and then be turned and lowered into the cab area when it is time to travel. Rear and side cameras are standard equipment, and their images can be viewed on an LCD screen incorporated in a radio in the automotive-style dash. A powered sun visor eliminates the need to stand to adjust the sunshades. Another handy feature is a 12V outlet in the storage console on the passenger side, so electronic devices can be easily recharged.
Sleeping accommodations in the Via are unique. At the rear of the motorhome, the Via 25T has raised twin beds that can be joined, with the flex bed option, to form a large 59×87-inch bed. In the front of the coach is a drop-down bed integrated into the ceiling of the cab area. In the sleep position, the bed is a low 43.5 inches off the floor for easy access. A privacy shade surrounds the front and sides of the bunk.
The Via has a 19-inch LCD TV in the bedroom and a 26-inch LCD TV mounted in the living area. The galley features a two-burner range top, stainless steel sink with glass covers to expand the counter space and a microwave/convection oven. It is equipped with a Dometic refrigerator with a removable freezer unit. The refrigerator is 6.2 cubic feet with the freezer and 7 cubic feet without.
Another new feature is the Threshold Quiet RV Door, which has interior and exterior handles at different heights for greater convenience, improvements to reduce the intrusion of road noise, and a large window with a built-in screen to maximize ventilation without the need for a screen door.
The Via is being offered in two floor plans, one with a full-wall slideout. The suggested retail price for the Via 25T, which has a slideout in the living area, is $135,132.
For information, visit Winngebago Industries at winnebagoind.com or call (641) 585-3535. The Via can be seen at Roy Robinson RV in Marysville, Washington (866-662-2386; royrobinsonrv.com) and the RV Corral in Eugene, Oregon (800-967-6006; rvcorral.com).