10 New RVs

That Are Ready to Roll for 2018

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Contents - BY STEVE FENNELL

Ad­ven­turer LP 89RBS Truck Camper

The Ad­ven­turer 89RBS is the lat­est ad­di­tion to the com­pany’s se­ries for 2018 and joins a set of mod­els to en­hance your out­door ad­ven­tures whether your game is fish­ing, hunt­ing, or sim­ply out­door ex­plor­ing and tour­ing.

With a base weight of 3,072 pounds, the 89RBS can ac­com­mo­date short or long bed trucks and has an in­te­rior floor length of eight feet, nine inches, an in­te­rior height of 78 inches, with a cen­tre of grav­ity of 38 inches. While com­pact for eas­ier, long-dis­tant trav­els, the one-slide de­sign extends liv­ing space with a fac­ing dinette, as well as a fridge. When night falls, steps lead up to a 60 x 80-inch queen bed where there`s an en­ter­tain­ment cen­ter, two night­stands, a small stor­age area, and wardrobe.

Some ad­di­tional high­lights for a truck camper of this size are the wet bath com­plete with a one-piece fi­bre­glass shower, porce­lain-style fresh wa­ter foot-flush toi­let and even a slid­ing bath door for pri­vacy. While gal­leys can be lim­ited in this seg­ment of RV mod­els, Ad­ven­turer up­graded them with new stain­less steel ap­pli­ances to in­clude a seven cu­bic-foot Dometic dou­ble-door re­frig­er­a­tor, and a three-burner cook top with a glass top cover, oven, and range hood. They also added a new mar­ble-look coun­ter­top with a dou­ble bowl stain­less steel sink.

Tank ca­pac­i­ties on the 89RBS in­clude a 44-gal­lon fresh tank, 25-gal­lon grey tank, 22-gal­lon black tank plus a six-gal­lon wa­ter heater. It can also ac­com­mo­date two bat­ter­ies and a pair of 20-pound propane tanks. If you like to dry camp, the RBS is also avail­able with the op­tional 2500W Cum­mins/Onan LPG gen­er­a­tor for ex­tended stays.

“The 89RBS is one of few mod­els that can eas­ily fit both short and long bed trucks with a fac­tory gen­er­a­tor in­stalled,” says Greg Tuck­nies, di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing for Ad­ven­turer LP. “When you add a gen­er­a­tor to other 8.5-foot truck campers, it can only fit on short beds only. The 89RBS can ac­com­mo­date both.”

Other new treat­ments on the 89RBS are up­graded, brushed nickel fix­tures, cab­i­net hard­ware, a low pro­file Dometic A/C sys­tem, mag­netic ex­te­rior bag­gage door catches, plus full ex­ten­sion clos­ing drawer guides (that also fea­ture mag­netic catches to keep the draw­ers se­cure and closed dur­ing travel).

The com­pany also an­nounced a new 2018 Ea­gle Cap 811, which like the Ad­ven­turer 89RBS, is a hard-sided, sin­gle-slide unit de­signed for short- or longbed trucks with a base weight of 3,386 pounds. It has a floor length of eight feet, 11 inches, an in­te­rior height of 78 inches with a cen­ter of grav­ity of 38.6 inches. The wa­ter ca­pac­i­ties are also ideal, in­clud­ing the op­tions for a 44-gal­lon fresh tank, a 34-gal­lon grey tank, and a 34-gal­lon black tank. THE SPECS Floor Length: 8’9” (2.7 M) In­te­rior Height: 78” (1.9 M) Slides: 1 Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 44 gal (166 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 25 gal (94 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 22 gal (83 L) Dry Weight: 3,072 lbs. Base Price: $29,750 www.amlrv.com

With fresh, in­no­va­tive de­signs at price points for nearly ev­ery bud­get, RV man­u­fac­tur­ers north and south of the bor­der are meet­ing the needs of en­thu­si­asts with a range of new mod­els for 2018. From lux­u­ri­ous Class A diesel

push­ers to com­pact fi­bre­glass travel trail­ers, plush ap­point­ments and user-friendly fea­tures com­bine to pro­vide the ut­most func­tion­al­ity for life on the road. SNOW­BIRDS & RV TRAV­EL­ERS MAGAZINE REACHED OUT TO 10 MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS TO SEE WHAT`S NEW SO FAR FOR THE 2018 RVING SEA­SON.

Airstream At­las Class B+

With a se­ries of new up­grades to its ex­ist­ing mo­tor­ized and tow­able lines, Airstream in­tro­duces its new At­las class B-plus tour­ing coach for 2018. In­spired by its pop­u­lar Class B In­ter­state, the At­las rides smooth thanks to the com­bi­na­tion of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Cut-away Chas­sis, the 170-inch wheel­base, and the com­pany’s proven rear Air-Ride sus­pen­sion sys­tem. You get a lit­tle more mileage with the ad­di­tion of the 3.0L V6 turbo diesel en­gine.

At 24 feet, nine inches, with a width of a lit­tle more than eight feet, the At­las is a good-sized unit in the B mar­ket, and its space is used well. Walk into the At­las, and in an in­stant, you’ll see the in­te­rior re­flects the com­pany’s taste in plush fab­rics, high-gloss lam­i­nate cab­i­netry and ma­rine-grade wo­ven syn­thetic floor­ing. The su­pe­rior Magic Suede is on the trim and win­dow cov­er­ings, and the Oceanair win­dow shades pro­vide that added touch, as well as pri­vacy.

The three-piece bath takes up most of rear and is com­plete with a cor­ner shower (that high­lights a stylish teak in­lay), a mir­rored medicine cab­i­net, Kohler hard­ware, and am­ple stor­age. Trends this year seem to be a rear bath on class B coaches, and this con­cept works for the At­las as it pro­vides more us­able space in the liv­ing area.

The main cabin is the heart of the At­las — Airstream fea­tures the op­tional black or “moon” Ul­traLeather Villa Power Sofa that trans­forms into a large Mur­phy bed, with the added space pro­vided by the one-slide sys­tem. It has the Froli Er­gonomic Bed Sup­port Sys­tem for a good night`s rest and di­rectly faces the 40-inch widescreen HDTV with sound bar. For added con­ve­nience, all set­tings for en­ter­tain­ing are con­trolled on the fea­tured Mul­ti­plex Con­trol Sys­tem. Over­head is a pow­ered sun­roof/sky­light with a screen and shade. The gal­ley, too, is im­pres­sive with its solid sur­face coun­ter­top (with an alu­minum back­splash), alu­minum re­frig­er­a­tor, a pull-out shelf and more Kohler hard­ware at the sink.

While the main fea­tures are ap­par­ent at a quick glance, Airstream is no­table for the lit­tle, fin­ish­ing touches. With fea­tures such as the flush-mounted cab­i­net hard­ware with soft close doors, heated swivel driver/pas­sen­ger seats, rear/side view cam­era mon­i­tors, LED pa­tio light­ing, and stor­age with LED mo­tion lights, your trav­els will be that much more con­ve­nient.

The com­pany also builds on its clas­sic line of trail­ers with the ad­di­tion of the 2018 Airstream Glo­be­trot­ter. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with the UK-based de­sign firm, As­theimer Lim­ited, the Glo­be­trot­ter rep­re­sents some of its deep roots and the trav­el­ing spirit of com­pany founder Wally Byam. It has a length of 27 feet, and four dé­cor choices are avail­able – each based on dark wal­nut and nat­u­ral elm themes. The Glo­be­trot­ter’s Euro-de­sign theme also fea­tures alu­minum walls set with panoramic windows, curved head­board and cab­i­nets, and wrap-around up­hol­stery, for a smooth, clean in­te­rior pro­file. A new ap­point­ment is the slim-fit ra­dius doors for the over­head stor­age locker de­sign, while wo­ven vinyl floor­ing and hand-crafted Ital­ian lite-ply lam­i­nated in­te­rior cab­i­netry are the other crea­ture com­forts. Also in­cluded are some prac­ti­cal fea­tures such as power sta­bi­lizer jacks, a three­way re­frig­er­a­tor, and premium ap­pli­ances.

THE SPECS Over­all Length: 24’9” (7.5 M) Over­all height: 10’6” (in­clud­ing A/C) In­te­rior Height: 6’6” (2 M) Fuel Ca­pac­ity (diesel): 26.4 gal (99 L) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 23 gal (87 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 31 gal (117 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 23 gal (87 L) Sleeps: 2 Base Price: USD 215,900 *no Cana­dian pric­ing www.airstream.com

Er­win Hymer Group North Amer­ica Carado Banff/Ax­ion Class B

Based in South­ern On­tario, Er­win Hymer Group North Amer­ica has been gain­ing even more at­ten­tion in the B van mar­ket, and just re­cently opened a new man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Cam­bridge, On­tario to han­dle ca­pac­ity. For 2018, the com­pany sheds new light in its se­ries of Class B RVs with three new mod­els. There’s the Carado se­ries – fea­tur­ing the Ax­ion and the Banff – and Hymer’s all-new Ak­tiv 2.0.

The largest model in the Carado se­ries is the Banff, which rides on the Ram Pro­mas­ter 2500 chas­sis and has a 3.6L gas V6 en­gine with a fuel ca­pac­ity of 24 gal­lons. You’re pro­vided with sta­ble, smooth han­dling as it also sports 16-inch wheels and a wheel­base of 159 inches.

With an ex­te­rior length of 19 feet, six inches, an ex­te­rior height of nine feet, five inches, and width of six feet, seven inches, the Banff al­lows plenty of space for a RVing cou­ple or even a large group for day trips.

“The over­all con­cept of the Carado se­ries is a mod­ern, func­tional and af­ford­able unit for a small fam­ily or cou­ple to start their travel ad­ven­tures,” says Lisa Phillips, mar­ket­ing man­ager for Er­win Hymer Group North Amer­ica. “In­cluded with ev­ery Carado is a piece of mind with a bonus of two years road­side as­sis­tance cov­er­age.”

The Banff has six feet, two inches of in­te­rior height and among the many stan­dards, there’s a rear wet-dry bath and a gal­ley with its two-burner propane stove, 700W mi­crowave oven, and 3.1 cu­bic-foot re­frig­er­a­tor. You will find low-en­ergy, high-out­put LED light­ing through­out. Stor­age on the Banff is also im­pres­sive. It’s lo­cated in the full-length wardrobe with the ad­di­tion of deep drawer stor­age, and more space is in the se­ries of cup­boards over of the lounges.

While func­tion­al­ity con­tin­ues on the out­side – thanks to the 11.5-foot man­ual awning and ex­ter­nal propane hook up — some worth­while up­grades are the bike and roof racks, un­der-hood 280-amp gen­er­a­tor, plus a 200-watt so­lar charg­ing sys­tem (with a charge con­troller and 400 lithium power mo­d­ule). You can also en­hance your driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the op­tional blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, lane keep­ing/col­li­sion pre­ven­tion, rearview cam­eras and nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem.

The Ax­ion is an­other model in the Carado se­ries, and while it’s de­signed more for solo RVers, it shares many of the same ap­point­ments and op­tions as the Banff. It has an ex­te­rior length of 17 feet and a width of more than six feet, nine inches, to of­fer great liv­ing space, func­tion­al­ity, and easy ma­neu­ver­abil­ity.

“The added ben­e­fit of the Ax­ion is its smaller size that is per­fect for one or two peo­ple,” says Phillips. “It’s a lower cost al­ter­na­tive while main­tain­ing safety and qual­ity. Its sleek mod­ern styling will at­tract any­one look­ing to get into a camper­van for the first time.”

Round­ing out Hymer’s 2018 mod­els is the all-new Ak­tiv 2.0, a Euro­pean-de­signed class B that’s big on style. Built on a Ram Pro­mas­ter chas­sis, its Euro­pean de­sign flows through­out the liv­ing space, and some high­lights are the king bed, com­pact bath (with a tam­bour door and er­gonomic swivel­ing toi­let) plus an op­tional soft com­pos­ite leather power sofa bed. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 19’6” (5.9 M) Over­all Height: 9’ 5” (2.8 M) In­te­rior Height: 6’3” (1.9 M) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 17.6 U.S. gal. (66.8 L) Black/Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 23.1 U.S. gal. (87.4 L) Sleeps: 2

Base Price: $77,958 CAD www.caradorv.com

Lance 1475/1575 Travel Trail­ers

With a con­tin­ued ef­fort to ap­peal to RVers, ex­pect to see new looks, de­signs, and fea­tures across Lance’s se­ries of travel trail­ers and truck campers for 2018.

With a travel trailer line that in­cludes a range of light­weight mod­els rang­ing from 14 feet up to a lit­tle less than 24 feet, the up­grades start with the 1475 and 1575 trail­ers. This year, Lance placed a strong fo­cus on the ex­te­rior ap­point­ments of th­ese two mod­els. For in­stance, the range of new se­lec­tions in­cludes all-new stan­dard graph­ics, and se­ries of Euro-Ther­mopane windows, in­clud­ing what the com­pany calls its Lance Sky View to of­fer ex­panded views, as well more nat­u­ral light to the in­te­rior. Other new ex­te­rior fea­tures are new alu­minum wheels with colour co­or­di­nated ac­cents, molded LP cov­ers, and pro­tec­tive TPO gravel guards with LED Jewel dock light­ing.

The in­te­ri­ors in th­ese mod­els have also been given a sight makeover by of­fer­ing a new sofa op­tion paired with two ad­justable ta­bles (avail­able for the 1475) and Euro­pean-style over­head cab­i­nets.

Other up­grades for the 1475 and 1575 – as well for its en­tire travel trailer fleet – are en­try-step well light­ing sys­tems, new, large foot pads on the sta­bi­lizer jacks, and the com­pany’s “So­lar On The Side” pre-wired re­cep­ta­cles for a so­lar power op­tion. Good Year tires are also avail­able on all travel trailer mod­els. What’s more, the gal­leys are given a fresh look with flush-mount stain­less steel ranges (with black glass cov­ers), and flat-bot­tom mi­crowaves, which re­place the turn ta­ble de­sign.

In its truck camper division, Lance has added new en­hance­ments such as de­sign mod­i­fi­ca­tions to fit bet­ter on Ford trucks and the com­pany’s “Keyed-Alike Sys­tem,” which al­lows you to use the same key for the en­try door and stor­age com­part­ments. Select mod­els will also fea­ture strate­gi­cally-placed steps for eas­ier ac­cess to the cab-over area. Lance’s truck camper se­ries ranges from six feet, 10 inches to 11 feet, 11 inches and can ac­com­mo­date short- or long-bed trucks. THE SPECS Floor Length: 14`10 (4.2 M) In­te­rior Height: 78” (1.98 M) Slides: N/A Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 26 gal (98 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 26 (98 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 22 (83 L) Gross Dry Weight: 2560 lbs. (1,161 kg) Base Price: $40,000 CDN (w/o freight). www.lance­cam­per.com

Leisure Travel Vans Won­der FTB Class B+

With a se­ries of up­grades across its three van lines for 2018, the big news from Leisure is its Won­der Front Twin Bed (FTB) Class B-plus. One of two mod­els in this line – the other be­ing the Won­der Mur­phy Bed (MB) – the FTB in­tro­duces a new, stylish floor plan pro­vid­ing a great op­tion to meet per­sonal trav­el­ing styles and pref­er­ences.

The FTB has an ex­te­rior length of 24 feet, nine inches with a width of a lit­tle less than eight feet, mak­ing the FTB tour­ing friendly for a va­ri­ety con­di­tions. Add the proven Ford Tran­sit cut­away chas­sis, 3.2 L I-5 Power Stroke turbo en­gine and the 178-inch wheel­base, and the FTB is ready to roll. Ad­di­tional driv­ing com­fort is pro­vided by the Ford SYNC with MyFordTouch in­fo­tain­ment, GPS nav­i­ga­tion, and a lane-keep­ing safety fea­ture to alert you when the ve­hi­cle drifts out of a lane.

One of the main fo­cuses in­side the FTB is the ver­sa­til­ity of the for­ward sleep­ing area. By day, two fac­ing lounges oc­cupy the for­ward sec­tion of the coach, and when night falls, they serve as two large sin­gle beds (or day beds) by re­mov­ing the back cush­ions. For more com­fort, move the two sin­gle’s to­gether to form a large queen, which mea­sures 64 x 76 inches. There’s size­able over­head stor­age on both sides on the lounges plus two op­pos­ing pic­ture windows for cross ven­ti­la­tion. An open­ing sky­light is also over­head. The flat screen and din­ing ta­ble, which are on swivel mounts can also be en­joyed in this area, and can even ex­tend for use in the gal­ley.

Space in the gal­ley (and the im­me­di­ate area) is well thought out. There’s am­ple stor­age thanks to the large wardrobe, full-ex­ten­sion draw­ers, over­head cup­boards, and ex­tended pantry. The large Co­rian coun­ter­top has a deep sink plus more space for small ap­pli­ances. Leisure also added a two-door, 6.7 cu­bic-foot fridge/freezer, con­vec­tion mi­crowave, two-burner spark-ig­ni­tion stove with a splash guard and a multi-pur­pose track. More sun­light and ven­ti­la­tion is pro­vided by the large pic­ture win­dow over the sink, with pull-down valances.

The large bath, po­si­tioned in the rear, extends the width of the FTB to max­i­mize space and com­fort. The en­closed shower mea­sures ap­prox­i­mately 30 inches, has more than six feet of head­room, and the in­te­grated shower head has been up­graded with an on/off switch to con­serve wa­ter. The deep stain­less steel sink area, which is set into a Co­rian coun­ter­top, fea­tures a chrome facet, large mir­ror, and medicine cab­i­net.

Other news from Leisure Travel Vans in­cludes new paint schemes, as well as the avail­able Wine­gard Con­necT WiFi Ex­ten­der for all of its Class B mod­els. The line also in­cludes new stan­dard ac­cent light­ing, redesigned bath­room doors and baths for the Unity IB and TB floor plans, and op­tional Ul­traLeather rear so­fas for the Unity FX floor­plan.

A few up­dates in the Seren­ity se­ries are stan­dard up­per cab­i­net ac­cent light­ing, an up­dated shower with in­te­grated stor­age, and new shelves in the bed­room. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 24’9” (7.5 M) Over­all height: 9’11” (2.7 M) In­te­rior Height: 6’5” (1.9 M) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 34 Gal. (129 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 37 Gal. (140 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 28 Gal. (106 L) Sleeps: 2

Base Price: $131,690 CDN www.leisure­vans.com

New­mar Corp. New Aire Class A

On the other end of the RV spec­trum is New­mar’s 2018 New Aire, a lux­ury Class A diesel pusher fea­tur­ing rich ap­point­ments, plush liv­ing ar­eas, and the ut­most func­tion­al­ity to qual­ify it as a true home-away-from-home.

Pur­chas­ing the New Aire be­gins with your choice of three graph­ics pack­ages, three in­te­rior-themed op­tions, and three in­te­rior wood fin­ish­ing choices — to cus­tom­ize to your lik­ing. Two floor plans are avail­able that in­clude the 3341 with four slides and the 3343 that of­fers three slides, in­clud­ing a full wall ex­pan­sion. No mat­ter which you choose, both share an in­te­rior height of 81.5 inches and width of 95.5 inches.

Func­tion­al­ity on the New Aire starts from the bot­tom up. It has the Freight­liner XCS chas­sis run­ning a 360 hp Cum­mins diesel pusher with IFS Front Sus­pen­sion and the V-Ride Drive Axle Sus­pen­sion for cush­ioned, driv­ing com­fort. Adding to its struc­tural in­tegrity is the base­ment’s cargo liner, 3/8-inch floor deck­ing, 1 ½-inch bead foam, and gal­va­nized sheet­ing to pre­vent dis­tor­tion.

The XCS chas­sis also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion di­rectly to the cab thanks to the Elec­tronic Chas­sis In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter. Other driv­ing-friendly ap­point­ments in­clude the Road­Watch safety pack­age, glass dash in­stru­ment panel, key­less ig­ni­tion, trip travel In­for­ma­tion and Com­fort Drive Steering. Cab seat­ing with its six-way power-lum­bar and footrests pro­vide ul­ti­mate com­fort and a lap­top work­sta­tion is a spe­cial treat for pas­sen­gers.

Board­ing the New Aire is a breeze thanks to the au­to­matic steps, which sit a mere four inches from the ground. Once in­side, it will be hard not to be en­am­oured by the stan­dard porce­lain tile floor, Ber­muda-glazed maple hard­wood cab­i­nets, and Flexs­teel Ul­traFabric sofa.

In the bed­room, the cathe­dral ceil­ing is de­signed to add six inches of head­room, while two night­stands serve as charg­ing sta­tions. There’s also a queen bed with a quilted bed­spread with ac­cent pil­lows, a slid­ing-win­dow head­board, and am­ple stor­age.

While the list of ap­point­ments goes on, this is a tour­ing-friendly and richly-ap­pointed coach. You’ll like the fully-equipped gal­ley with pull-out pantry shelves, 30-inch stain­less steel con­vec­tion mi­crowave, and res­i­den­tial re­frig­er­a­tor. The New Aire is also prepped for a two-piece washer/dryer. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 33’10” (10 M) Over­all Height: 12’03” (3.6 M) In­te­rior Height: 81.5” (2 M) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 75 gal (283 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 60 gal (227 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 40 gal (151 L) Fur­nace: 50,000 BTU Base Price: $354, 467 USD *No CDN pric­ing avail­able www.new­mar­corp.com

North­ern-Lite MFG 8-11EX Dry Bath Spe­cial Edi­tion Truck Camper

While slide-outs are not un­com­mon in the truck camper space, the 8-11EX Dry Bath Spe­cial Edi­tion Truck Camper from North­ern-Lite has a host of fea­tures de­signed in one solid, non-slide unit for 2018.

Built on a two-piece, moulded fi­bre­glass shell with one-inch R6 block foam in­su­la­tion, this is a four-sea­son Cana­dian-made camper that has a floor length of nine feet, three inches, a width of eight feet, two inches, and is de­signed for ¾-ton short bed pick-up trucks. One of the high­lights this year is its dry bath de­sign, which ac­cord­ing to the com­pany is the only short-box dry bath truck camper on the mar­ket with­out a slide. It comes with a fresh­wa­ter flush toi­let, stand-up shower, sink plus a des­ig­nated black hold­ing tank.

Truck campers of­ten have lim­ited space, but North­ern-Lite made use of ev­ery inch to pro­vide a func­tional in­te­rior. For in­stance, the gal­ley has a 6.3 cu­bic-foot two-door fridge, deep stain­less steel sink, an At­wood stain­less steel oven, plus a power range hood and glass stove top cover. A fac­ing dinette was also ac­com­mo­dated and is an ideal ap­point­ment for a truck camper of this size. It even dou­bles as a fold-down 37 x 67-inch sleep­ing area. If you need space for kitchen­ware, stor­age is in the cup­boards and draw­ers, which in­cludes smooth roller bear­ing drawer glides for ease of use. You can even up­grade the 8-11 with the op­tional mi­crowave and U-shape dinette.

When own­ers are ready to re­tire for the evening, there’s easy ac­cess to the sleep­ing area fea­tur­ing a 60 x 80-inch bed with two-inch R12 in­su­la­tion un­der­neath. Ad­di­tional stor­age space, a Jensen 12V 19-inch LCD TV, and Ther­mopane sky­light are nice touches. Round­ing out the in­te­rior ap­point­ments are the Dometic Ther­mopane windows, re­mov­able car­pet­ing for easy main­te­nance, and des­ig­nated gen­er­a­tor stor­age for a por­ta­ble Honda gen­er­a­tor.

With a range of fea­tures on the in­side, the 8-11EX has many high­lights on the out­side. In true North­ern-Lite fash­ion, pro­tec­tion from the sun is pro­vided by two Care­free awnings, while the Fat Ladder al­lows easy ac­cess to the roof. The ex­te­rior shower will come in handy for many uses, and the con­ve­nient Rear Bumper Step Sys­tem of­fers smooth, easy en­try in and out of the camper.

In ad­di­tion to the range of stan­dards, some op­tions to con­sider in­clude a 9200 BTU A/C unit, boat rack, camo graph­ics, gas/elec­tric wa­ter heater and Hap­pi­jac du­ally brack­ets. THE SPECS Floor Length: 108” (2.7 M) In­te­rior Height: 6’4” (1.95 M) Slides: N/A Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 33 gal (124 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 24 gal (90 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 12 gal (45 L) Dry Weight: 2650 lbs (1,202 kg) (Ap­prox.) Base Price: $50,400 CDN www.north­ern-lite.com

Tif­fin Mo­torhomes Al­le­gro 37 BA RED

An all-new new floor plan in the Al­le­gro Rear En­gine Diesel (RED) line is a re­li­able in­di­ca­tor that the com­pany is do­ing some­thing right. The 37 BA RED is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion and is set to hit show­rooms for the 2018 model year, if it hasn’t al­ready.

Up­grad­ing to the 37 BA means stepping up in the world of lux­ury tour­ing. At ap­prox­i­mately 39 feet, two inches, the 37 BA rides on a solid rear-en­gine Freight­liner chas­sis, pushed by a turbo-charged Cum­mins ISB 6.7 L Elec­tronic Diesel that of­fers 360 hp at 2600 rpm. With Air-Ride Sus­pen­sion and the com­fort af­forded by the newly de­signed cab, you’ll find the 37 BA as plea­sur­able on the road as it is at a camp­ground.

On the out­side, the 37 BA’s full-body paint scheme of­fers sea­sons of use against the el­e­ments thanks to the use of premium paints and a sealant to re­sist UV rays. There’s even a scratch-re­sis­tant coat­ing to pro­tect the front, stair­well, and en­try door lock. Other ex­te­rior com­po­nents in­clude fiber­glass front and rear caps, a tinted one-piece wind­shield, and a power pa­tio awning. Ad­di­tional awnings are over the auto en­try door and the three slide-outs. Other ex­te­rior fea­tures are sin­gle han­dle lock­able stor­age door latches, a rinse hose/ shower, and a back-up colour mon­i­tor.

An­other re­design on the 37 BA floor plan is the Euro­pean-style driver’s cen­tre. All con­trols and gauges are de­signed to be within easy reach or view­ing. Two new Ul­traLeather chairs of­fer great sup­port and an in-dash nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem is avail­able as an op­tion.

In­side the 37 BA, the stylish ap­point­ments mix with com­fort to pro­vide an ideal liv­ing space. Ul­traLeather fur­ni­ture abounds and is set on the ce­ramic tile floor in the liv­ing and bath area. The decor of­fers eas­ier main­te­nance – and also good, clean looks. Some nice added touches are the high-gloss raised panel hard­wood cab­i­net doors, as well as the soft touch vinyl ceil­ing, ac­cented fab­rics, and LED light­ing.

The gal­ley is a space where ev­ery­one com­monly grav­i­tates to­wards – and Tif­fin de­sign­ers made sure ev­ery­one will. The coun­ter­tops and cook­top cover are a solid sur­face, while the three es­sen­tial ap­pli­ances in­clude the res­i­den­tial re­frig­er­a­tor and three-burner cook­top with con­vec­tion mi­crowave. You’ll also ap­pre­ci­ate the dou­ble bowl sink with sin­gle lever satin nickel faucet, plus the pull-out pantry, and lots of stor­age.

At day’s end, the master suite is just as im­pres­sive with its de­signer fab­rics, hand­crafted wardrobe, side windows and queen bed.

The 37 BA is just one model from Tif­fin for 2018 as a hand­ful of other mod­els are in the works, in­clud­ing a redesigned Ze­phyr, a new 33 BR Breeze, 37 BH Phaeton and a new 24 FW Way­farer class C. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 39’ 2” (11.9 M) (Ap­prox­i­mate) Over­all Height: 12’10” (3.6 M) (w/roof air) In­te­rior Height: 84” (2.1 M) Fuel Ca­pac­ity: 100 gal (378 L) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 90 gal (340 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 70 gal (264 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 50 gal (189 L) Fur­nace: 15,000 BTUs (Two low pro­file roof ACs with heat pumps) Base price: $269,352 USD www.tiffin­mo­torhomes.com

Team Tril­lium Trail­ers Man­u­fac­tur­ing The Outback

Fi­bre­glass trail­ers – or ‘eggs” as they are of­ten re­ferred to – have a strong fol­low­ing in the RV com­mu­nity. They come in all shapes, sizes, colours, or with unique graph­ics and their com­pact de­sign make them easy to tow with a va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles.

Team Tril­lium Trail­ers Man­u­fac­tur­ing Ltd. of Rocky View County, Al­berta, builds its Outback Trailer for en­thu­si­asts all across North Amer­ica with its four dif­fer­ent floor plans. If you’re look­ing for some­thing truly unique and cus­tom in the Outback, the com­pany can build and de­sign that, too.

While the stan­dard Outback floor plan may seem com­pact at first glance, it of­fers all of the ne­ces­si­ties – and dura­bil­ity – you need on the road. It’s built with a two-piece aero­dy­namic fiber­glass shell, a heavy-duty steel frame, and a hail-proof and leak-proof roof. It also rides on a tor­sion bar sus­pen­sion to pro­vide smooth, ef­fort­less tow­ing.

In­side the in­su­lated in­te­rior, the dou­ble bed mea­sures nearly 74 x 47 inches and houses all the ideal ap­pli­ances such as a DC fridge, and two -burner flush-mount cook­top stove with sink. It even has a Sub­ur­ban NT16 E fur­nace and 25-amp con­verter with a bat­tery charger.

The stan­dard items con­tinue on the out­side with mud flaps, a 1,000 –pound tongue jack, rear sta­bi­lizer jacks, and a cus­tom wheel pack­age. While the ba­sic floor plan will get you on the road and way be­yond, a bevy of op­tions and three other lay­outs are avail­able to meet your de­sired com­fort level.

The Outback has a se­ries of con­fig­u­ra­tions that are built with ba­sic floor plans, but there’s the choice of an avail­able mini couch and ex­tended coun­ter­tops, a bath­room model, and front dinette model. A bunk bed op­tion is avail­able for ad­di­tional sleep­ing space.

The op­tions are just as im­pres­sive and ex­tend its func­tion­al­ity. In ad­di­tion to be­ing avail­able in more than 100 colour com­bi­na­tions, some stand­outs in­clude a brand new cus­tom screen door, an awning, bike car­ri­ers, an all-wood in­te­rior, and a four-gal­lon wa­ter heater. For en­ter­tain­ing, you can break na­ture’s si­lence with the stereo sys­tem or add the TV an­tenna with booster, dual 6V bat­ter­ies and pair of 20-pound LP tanks. RV150 so­lar pan­els are avail­able for when trav­el­ing off the grid.

If you of­ten trek along back­coun­try roads, per­haps choose the Grav­elGuard pro­tec­tion pack­age, spare tires pack­age, 14-inch cus­tom wheel pack­age and the ex­te­rior shower for easy wash­downs. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 14’2” Over­all Width: 6’3” In­te­rior Height: 6’2” In­te­rior Width: 6’2” Sleep­ing Ca­pac­ity: 1-2 Dry Weight: 1500 lbs. Base Price: $14,900

www.tril­li­um­trail­ers.com

Win­nebago In­dus­tries In­tent Class A

This all-new 2018 Class A is one of the first gas coaches from Win­nebago to be avail­able at an en­try-level price and has been de­signed around user ex­pe­ri­ences – whether you travel with fam­ily or you’re a sea­soned full-timer.

Con­tem­po­rary and sleek, the In­tent is of­fered in four dif­fer­ent floor plans – the 26M, 29L, 30R, and 31 P – rang­ing in length from a lit­tle more than 26 feet to just over 31 feet. De­pend­ing on your life­style, the four plans are di­verse. For in­stance, the 26M and 30R each fea­ture sep­a­rate dual slides, while the 29L and 31 P of­fer full wall slides.

Re­gard­less of which you choose, all floor­plans share many high­lights in­clud­ing ex­te­rior en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres un­der the awning, res­i­den­tial re­frig­er­a­tors, Pow­er­line En­ergy Man­age­ment Sys­tems, Smart Stor­age pass-through stor­age ar­eas, and Versa Cab seat­ing for ex­tra com­fort while you’re on the road or at rest.

When it comes to driv­ing com­fort, the In­tent has a newly de­signed cab of­fer­ing op­ti­mum vis­i­bil­ity and sight­lines thanks to the nar­row cor­ner pil­lars and large wind­shield. You’ll ap­pre­ci­ate the piv­ot­ing com­mand cen­ter with the LCD colour touch­screen, plus the rear view mon­i­tor sys­tem, iPod/MP3 in­puts, and Blue­tooth. The cab seats are large and ad­justable, with easy ac­cess for pas­sen­gers to the dash work­sta­tion.

The gal­ley is the heart of the In­tent. It has a stan­dard three-burner range with oven, touch-con­trolled mi­crowave, lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops with a back­splash, and a road-wor­thy stain­less-steel dou­ble sink. Added ben­e­fits in­clude the pantry and pow­ered roof ven­ti­la­tor fan.

Be­tween the cab and the fully ap­pointed rear master bed­room is a plethora of com­fort and fea­tures. The full-wall or dual slide-out de­signs on the In­tent pro­vide ideal liv­ing space. They pull out to of­fer a dinette (on the 26M) or a dinette and sofa bed, while the dual swivel cab seats and a multi-po­si­tion ta­ble come into play to ex­pand the seat­ing or en­ter­tain­ing op­tions.

Round­ing out the In­tent is the LP tank sys­tem. Rather than hav­ing the fixed, in­dus­try-stan­dard 60-pound LP tank, the In­tent can house two 20 pound LP tanks, with the capability – and space – of adding two more. Ex­tra tanks of­fer added con­ve­nience at a camp­ground, and also means fewer fill-ups dur­ing your trav­els. Other new mod­els from Win­nebago for 2018 in­clude the Hori­zon Class A diesel motorhome, Revel 4x4 Class B and a new Se­ries of Min­nie Plus Fifth-Wheels in the com­pany’s tow­able division. THE SPECS Over­all Length: 26’10” (8 M) Over­all Height: 12’ (3.6 M) In­te­rior Height: 7’ (2.1 M) Fresh Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 48 gal (181 L) Grey Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 45 gal (170 L) Black Wa­ter Ca­pac­ity: 31 gal (117 L) Fur­nace: 30,000 BTU Base Price: $$119,525 CAD www.win­nebagoind.com

Seen here is the 37 PA floor­plan

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