Developed in response to mounting dealer requests over the years, Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. launched the Transcend, an introductory travel trailer line.
The Transcend eventually will have up to eight floorplans, vary in length from 25 feet to 36 feet and offer dry weights from the high 5,000-pound to the mid-6,000-pound range. The MSRP will range from about $20,000 to $30,000.
While many might classify the Transcend as a “stick and tin,” Grand Design officials recoil at the negative stigma attached to that label. Product Manager Peter Kinden said the design team incorporated what he calls the towable company’s “golden thread of consistency” inherent with all its product lines.
“So we focused in on quality and dynamic feature-filled floorplans that’s easy for the customer to buy, easy for the salesman to process, and easy for the dealer. With that approach, we came up with the Transcend,” he said.
Production of the Transcend will start in early spring with one floorplan in a brand new facility. The first available floorplan will be a 32-foot bunkhouse that sleeps 10 and weighs about 6,400 pounds (dry) and sells in the $20,000 to $30,000 price range.
Transcend features a power tongue jack, power awning and aluminum entry steps. On the interior, the trailer offers upgrades like leather sofas and cushions, upgraded bunk mats, seamless thermal-formed countertops, a deep-seated stainless steel kitchen sink along with an upgraded insulation package and standard 15,000 Btu air conditioner.
“We wanted to find another way to build a product that was affordable to that first-time buyer, a product that really appeal to the Millennial breaking into our business without compromising the quality and the features that customers have become accustomed to. The Transcend does that. The Transcend gives Grand Design a full breath of products, and we’re now a full-line manufacturer of total products,” said Grand Design President Don Clark.