Last month our team from Clay’s RV visited the “land of the buggies”, a.k.a. Amish Country, in Indiana to see the latest RV innovations from manufacturers like Forest River and KZ.
Our trip started with a tour of Forest River’s Rockwood plant in Millersburg, IN. Looking through our safety goggles, it was interesting to see many of the employees were wearing traditional Amish attire. The entire assembly line was humming along…. well…not literally, but there were no slackers at this place…everyone was busy either nailing, pounding, or applying decals!
The day of our visit, the line crew was building fifth wheels…about 18 of them; which by the way, Rockwood Ultra Lite Fifth Wheels are great for half-ton truck owners. They also make a lightweight travel trailer called a Rockwood Mini Lite. One of our team favorites is the Rockwood Mini Lite 2506 with theatre seating.
Sandpiper was our first stop after the plant tour. We had a chance to preview the new Sandpiper Fifth Wheel c- class edition they’re rolling out for 2020, which is expected to retail for less than the regular Sandpiper. Sandpiper will also be built with a newly designed Rhino Pin box which increases floor space. at the very front of the chassis.
Next, we checked out the Palomino Puma travel trailers and fell in love with the Puma XLE 22FKC. There’s plenty of room to relax with the TV mounted cattycorner across from the sofa. Of course, we’re still big fans of the Puma 31RLQS that features a rear living room. Puma also has a new light weight for SUV’s and crossover vehicles called a Puma Ultra Lite. You can see a 16QBX Puma Ultra Lite on our lot in the very near future.
Columbus Fifth wheels also got a thumbs up. They’ve made exciting upgrades to their fifth wheels, like teak wood seating in the shower, heated towel bars, and full body paint for their 1492 package just to name a few. Even more exciting, is the new pricing on the Columbus Compass Fifth Wheel. Columbus Compass will be even more affordable for 2020!
Our southern roots were not very enthusiastic about the food up north; however, we did have fun at the concert put on by our host. At the end of the day, we were rocking right up front about ten feet from the famous STYX rock band. These guys still jam like they did in their early years and gave a fantastic performance!
We also visited KZ Sportsmen which has a large variety of bunk house floorplans. One of their recent additions is the Sportsmen 301BHSE. It’s not too heavy at a UVW of 6100, and you still get plenty of room at 32’ 8” and a super slide. After walking through hundreds of RV’s, it’s clear that the KZ Connect travel trailers were still one of the best-looking fiberglass travel trailers in their class. A great thing about Connect trailers are their wide doorways and flush-floor slides.
Durango had great looking rigs as well. You can check out their front living room Durango Gold 385FLF fifth wheel on our lot next month. It’s perfect for the full-time RVer. The designers added a half bath off the kitchen without removing the food pantry which makes it one of the most livable RVs in our opinion! This means that your guests are no longer forced to walk through your bedroom to use the bathroom!
The last day we had a chance to go through the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, IN. It was an intriguing place with vintage campers, some of which go as far back as the 20’s and 30’s!
In conclusion, the trip to Indiana was well worth it…there are good things to come for RVers in 2020!!!