Airstream Classic Travel Trailer
Airstream doesn’t often alter its Classic travel trailer, but for 2015 it has used customer feedback to make major changes, including a redesigned kitchen and bedroom and new appliances and furnishings.
“We don’t update the Airstream Classic very often, but when the world’s most passionate customers come to you with great ideas, you listen,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream’s president and CEO. Among the customers’ requests were a more “at home” feel in the kitchen. Airstream responded with cherry-wood cabinetry, hardware from Amerock, highly polished Corian countertops, Kohler faucets, a stainless steel oven from Smev, a high-end range hood from Baraldi, and a slideout pantry.
The master bathroom and bath have been redesigned to provide more floor space for a wardrobe change and to incorporate a power-adjustable queen bed. The Classic contains Villa furniture, including a sofa with individually powered reclining seats, LED lighting, a marine-grade Polk stereo system and powered stabilizer jacks.
Wheeler said the upgrades to the 31-foot travel trailer follow the credo of Airstream founder Wally Byam, who always said, “Let’s not make changes; let’s make only improvements.”
The Airstream Classic has an MSRP of $121,720. For information, visit airstream.com.
Arctic Fox Fifth Wheel
Bold graphics, a gray fiberglass front cap and a cathedral arched ceiling are among the upgraded features in the new Silver Fox edition of Arctic Fox fifth-wheels from Northwood Manufacturing of La Grande, Oregon.
The 27-5L model is a wide-body fifth-wheel that is 29 feet, 5 inches long, with a wardrobe slideout in the bedroom and a large slideout that provides extra room in the dining and living areas. The kitchen features solid surface countertops, an eight-cubic-foot refrigerator, an over-the-range convection microwave, a ceiling fan and a skylight with a shade.
The dining area has a freestanding table and chairs, although an optional booth with a Dream Dinette is also available at no extra charge. The bedroom has a 60-inch by 80-inch bed, substantial storage, and an adjoining bathroom with a glass-enclosed shower.
Northwood has begun offering the high-end iRV AM/FM/CD/DVD in-wall stereo system, which includes an MP3 port and is Bluetooth capable, in all of its Silver Fox travel trailers and fifth wheels. The Silver Fox also includes a Vizio Smart TV as standard, with the option of a Vizio sound bar to create a surround-sound audio experience.
Northwood builds its travel trailers and fifth-wheels for four-season comfort, with extensive insulation and fully insulated holding tanks with warm air circulating around them to prevent freezing. The MSRP on the 27-5L is $49,353. For information, visit northwoodmfg.com.
The 34T floor plan includes opposing slideouts, with a dinette and sofa sleeper on one side and the galley on the other. A third slideout expands the bedroom at the rear of the coach.
The 35-foot motorhome is outfitted with Flexsteel furniture and a 40-inch Sony LED TV in the living area. Energy-efficient LED lighting adds to the ambiance, and dual-pane windows help control the temperature. Buyers can add an optional electric fireplace.
Standard features in the well-equipped galley include a three-burner cooktop and 12-cubic-foot refrigerator with an icemaker, but you can upgrade to a three-burner range with an oven, and a residential French-door-style refrigerator.
The bedroom contains a queen bed and 32-inch LED TV. The bathroom has dual sinks and a large one-piece fiberglass shower with an integrated seat.
Fleetwood builds the Bounder on a Ford chassis with a 6.8L Triton V10 engine with 362 horsepower. The Bounder is available in four floor plans with an MSRP starting at $135,205. For information, visit fleetwoodrv.com.
Lance Travel Trailer
Billed as the big brother to Lance’s popular 1685 model, the new 1995 travel trailer is three feet longer and comes with a stylish exterior design and a roomy interior that includes a queen-size walk-around bed. With a length of nearly 24 feet, the 1995 is light enough (a dry weight of 3,700 pounds and GVWR of 5,700 pounds) to be towed by most full-size SUVs and pickups.
The bedroom is at the front of the trailer and contains a queen bed, wardrobes, LED mood lighting, LED reading lights, under-bed storage and a privacy curtain. The living area is dominated by a big U-shaped dinette that is incorporated into a slideout to provide extra room. The galley is equipped with a three-burner range, a six-cubic-foot refrigerator, and extensive storage and counter space. The fully equipped bathroom is at the rear of the trailer across from the entry door.
Buyers have a choice of three interior decors that are designed to be both elegant and functional, with features such as the dinette’s fabric-wrapped storage doors and reversible cushions.
Options include a four-seasons package and a 160-watt solar panel system. Standard are 45-gallon tanks for fresh water, wastewater and gray water.
The Lance 1995 has an MSRP of $27,977. For information, visit lancecamper.com.
Newmar London Aire
Newmar has rethought the London Aire, building it all new from the ground up for 2015, and positioning it as a luxury coach that combines power, comfort and style with some measure of affordability in the ultra high-end market.
The London Aire is available in five 44-foot floor plans built on a Freightliner tag axle chassis powered by a 600 horsepower Cummins ISX diesel engine, and equipped with Newmar’s exclusive Comfort Drive steering system. The distinctive graphics of the exterior are protected in a full-paint Masterpiece finish. Standard amenities include an Onan Quiet Diesel generator and a Girard power side awning with wind sensor and remote control. You have the option of adding an exterior sidewall entertainment system with a 40-inch Sony LED TV and sound bar.
Inside, you have all the amenities of a luxury coach. In the kitchen, for example, are polished solid surface countertops, handmade hardwood cabinetry, brushed nickel hardware, a residential style stainless steel sink, porcelain glass backsplash, and a residential refrigerator with an icemaker and water dispenser.
The Villa Ultra Leather sofa, driver and passenger seats were custom crafted for Newmar. The details include elegant wooden window treatments, herringbone laid porcelain tile and auto-motion power window shades and lambrequins.
The bedroom has a king-size bed, extensive storage and an entertainment system that includes a Sony LED TV and Blue-Ray DVD player. The bathroom contains a dual-sink vanity and a 40-inch by 32-inch shower with patterned walls and a durable glass door. There is also a matching half-bath.
The London Aire has a suggested base retail price of $570,732. For information, visit newmarcorp.com.
The Challenger, Thor Motor Coach’s flagship gas-powered motorhome, has added a bunkhouse floor plan that has a triple slideout and can accommodate the largest of families.
The newest of six floor plans has a king-size bed in the bedroom, bunk beds that transform into a sofa or full-length wardrobe closet when not in use, a sofa that can convert to a bed, a Dream Dinette that converts to a bed, and a drop-down overhead bunk bed.
Besides plenty of sleeping space for a mix of up to 10 adults and children, the 37TB bunkhouse model has numerous upscale features, including leatherette furniture, solid surface countertops, solid wood cabinet doors, and an electric fireplace with remote control. The entertainment center has a 40-inch LED TV, DVD player and sound bar; the bedroom has a 28-inch LED TV; the bunk beds include TVs, and there is an exterior 32-inch LED TV. This 38-foot coach also includes an 18-cubic-foot residential refrigerator, an oversize shower in the bathroom adjoining the master bedroom, and a half bath adjoining the living area.
Thor builds its Challenger motorhomes on a Ford F-53 SuperDuty Class A chassis with a 6.8L Triton V10 engine with 362 horsepower. Floor plans range from 36 to 38 feet, and include double, triple and full wall slideouts.
The Challenger carries suggested retail prices of $160,911 to $167,277, depending on the floor plan, with the 37TB at the top of the range. For information, visit thormotorcoach.com.
The Aspect is available in three floor plans, including the new 27D that contains a front living area, galley and bath, plus a rear lounge for spacious two-zone living during the day and room to sleep six adults at night. A queen-size studio loft bed with an electric lift helps maximize the use of space.
The largest floor plan, the 32-foot 30J, has a newly designed overhead front entertainment center that features a 40-inch HDTV with surround sound and a DVD player. Furnishings can include an Ultraleather sofa/sleeper or an Ultraleather RestEasy sofa in addition to a BenchMark dinette. The 30J has a wardrobe slideout in the bedroom and two slideouts in the living area for added room.
The galley includes a refrigerator/freezer, microwave oven and a three-burner range top with storage below. Available upgrades include Corian range and sink covers, a mosaic backsplash and a stainless steel microwave/convection oven.
Suggested retail prices for the three floor plans range from $103,044 to $110,989. For information, visit gowinnebago.com.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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