Editor’s note: This is the tenth entry leading up to 2019’s Elkhart Open House. To read the last preview, click here. For the full Open House preview, be sure to check out the September 2019 issue of RV PRO.
Heartland will be unveiling an all new, ultra-aggressive price-point toy hauler travel trailer. This new brand will debut at 28 feet in length; floorplans up to 38 feet are in the planning stages.
The new model, unnamed at press time, will be considered an entry-level product but will “have many of the high-end features found in more expensive products. This new brand will be in addition to its Torque travel trailers, which have quickly become the top-selling laminated toy hauler in the U.S.,” says A.J. Jones, director of sales.
Heartland also will unveil an all-new patent-pending design for its high-end toy haulers, and will be shown specifically in its 4214 Cyclone. Jones was keeping the new feature under wraps until Open House. The patent-pending concept has been in the works for well over a year, he notes. Cyclone has been the top-selling toy hauler in North America for eight years running.
Meanwhile, Heartland’s flagship fifth wheel, Big Horn, has undergone “a huge makeover” with all new interiors.
Jones also touts the growing popularity of Heartland’s full-profile Milestone fifth wheel that debuted at last year’s Open House. Two new floorplans will be shown at this year’s event, including the industry’s first-ever front living room mid bunk that will be sure to grab consumer’s attention.
There are several other surprises Heartland plans to debut to its dealers at the Open House, especially in the division’s fifth wheel lineup. Big Country and Elk Ridge have been staple brands for Heartland for many years and will again be a bright spot inside the Heartland display as they showcase the brand-new Big Country 3895FK, front living room with built-in panoramic windshield.
Heartland’s travel trailer brands will showcase new interior and exterior designs, new models, and they also incorporated several new key standard features adding more value to their lineups for dealers. North Trail and Wilderness also will debut new interior and exterior designs, important key features, and new floor offerings.
DRV Luxury Suites will showcase a number of new floorplans during Open House Week, including the RV maker’s new 36- foot Mobile Suite floorplan (pictured is one of the company’s existing models).
DRV Luxury Suites & Cruiser RV
DRV, a leader in luxury class fifth wheels, will debut its new 36-foot Mobile Suite floorplan that captures all the amenities full-timers require.
The Cruiser RV display will include a very aggressively priced toy hauler model called the 2700TH in the MPG lineup that is loaded with features including a king bed.
“The 2700 allows our MPG dealers to hit another growing segment of the ultra-lite market. We will also be introducing the MPG 2975 and Radiance 26KB at the show. These are very unique designs that we are excited to get out into the marketplace,” says John Jones, general manager of the MPG and Radiance brands.
David Dilworth, general manager of Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder, and Stryker brands for Cruiser RV, will be debuting several new models as well, including a special Stryker 2816 travel trailer toy hauler in the Stryker brand.
“We pride ourselves in keeping the Stryker floorplan offering relevant and ahead of the off-road vehicle industry,” says Dilworth. “Beyond Stryker, our Shadow Cruiser and Fun Finder display will showcase several new bunkhouse and couples’ floorplans, new cabinetry combinations, and several new standard features our dealers have been asking for.”
CrossRoads is introducing the Cruiser Aire ultra-lite travel trailer at Open House. The trailer is notable in part for its panoramic windows near the kitchen.
CrossRoads RV, Thor’s boutique division based in Topeka, Ind., will launch its Cruiser Aire ultra-lite travel trailer at Open House.
An off-shoot from its Cruiser fifth wheel line, the Cruiser Aire will weigh between 4,000 and 7,000 pounds and is “packed with features unmatched by anything available in the mid-line laminated segment,” says Darin Elswick, division president. “We will continue to attack the sweet spot of the laminated market with innovative floorplans, powerful features and a look that’s unlike anything available in the market today.”
CrossRoads also will debut an entry-level lightweight travel trailer by Volante. Over the past 12 months Volante has experienced tremendous growth within the high profile and mid-profile fifth wheel segments, according to Elswick.
“The Volante brand will continue to grow with the addition of new exterior colors, floorplans and features unheard of in the very competitive laminated trailer market,” he says. “Did we mention travel trailers will weigh 1,000 pounds less than the current product?” he adds.
The Volante brand has quickly become a staple for CrossRoads, Elswick says, in explaining the redesign. The new Volante will be available in 26- to 32-foot lengths and weigh between 5,000 and 7,000 pounds.
Meanwhile, all of CrossRoads’ brands will get new exteriors and interiors for 2020. “We will introduce more bath-and-a-half models, painted hardwood interiors,
washer/dryer prep in products not offered previously, 12-volt refrigeration and solar panel opportunities,” Elswick says. “In all, CrossRoads RV will have 29 new floorplans at the show and will feature something new around every corner.”
KZ RV will show more than three-dozen new floorplans spread across its KZ and Venture RV product lines at Open House.
Under the KZ brand, all Sportsmen LE models will feature a king-size bed for 2020, reports Brent Froman, general manager. A special floorplan of note is the 281BHKLE, a double-over-double bunkhouse floorplan with outside kitchen, extra-large kitchen windows, marble “look” shower wall surround, upgraded linoleum, new interior and accent wall boards and a new smooth metal front end.
Froman says the entire Connect travel trailer line has gone through a product enhancement with features not usually seen in a travel trailer, such as a chef ’s appliance package with drop-in, three-burner cooktop and separate oven; king beds; and upgraded ship lap wood accents on some walls, giving a farmhouse feel. On the Connect C261RB floorplan, a big rear bathroom features a large vanity and a 30- by 36-inch shower with marble “look” shower wall surround.
In advance of Open House Week, KZ RV’s Connect entire travel trailer line has gone through a product enhancement with the addition of features such as a chef’s appliance package and king-size beds.
On the fifth wheel side, KZ has transformed the existing top-of-the-line Durango Gold G381REF floorplan with a step-up living area in the back end, thereby creating a basement storage area large enough to store an 11-foot kayak. The front bedroom features a king bed with power tilt, new bedroom fireplace and redesigned walk-in closet. KZ also has added an extra 4 inches to the stand-up height in the bedroom.
In all, KZ will show 23 new and revised floorplans on the travel trailer side and another 10 on the fifth wheel side, according to Froman.
Venture RV, a division of KZ, will debut 12 new floorplans at Open House across its SportTrek, SportTrek Touring, Stratus, Sonic and Sonic Lite brands. Venture RV earned three awards at RVX in Salt Lake City and will highlight these models at Open House.
The most talked-about new Venture product is one of those RVX award winners, the Sonic X lightweight (5,000 pounds), which offers off-the-grid features like solar-powered lithium-ion batteries and an infinity water filtration system that turns water from natural sources such as streams and rivers into potable water. The off-road package includes torsion axles, front and back lightbars, an underbelly protection plate and a foil wrap that makes the unit truly four-seasonal.
Since RVX, Venture has been soliciting public input via its website on what consumers want to see in the Sonic X, which started out life as a humble Venture Sonic 220VRB lightweight travel trailer and a perfect city escape for the ultimate adventurer. Many of the public’s suggestions have been built into the Sonic X, says Dave Boggs, general manager. Venture will show mom- and-pop and bunkhouse floorplans at Open House.
A new SportTrek lightweight travel trailer floorplan will feature an industry-first: two three-panel opaque sliding glass doors separating the living area from the bedroom, making the 30-foot trailer seem much bigger, Boggs says.
A SportTrek Touring luxury travel trailer floorplan will feature two fireplaces, a window seat in the king bed slide-out, double awnings covering the entire entry side and an outside kitchen.
“It’s as nice as most fifth wheels,” Boggs says.