Towables manufacturer Carriage Inc. experienced a 25% increase in orders at its national dealer meeting in Indianapolis June 27-30, according to Kathy Fuller, marketing manager.
“Dealers were very positive about everything,” said Fuller, who added that 165 dealers and dealership employees attended, a total representing 60% of Carriage’s dealer body.
Carriage, a manufacturer of mid- to highline towables based in Millersburg, Ind., had record-setting dealer order volume at the meeting, Fuller added.
Among the highlights of the gathering was the introduction of two new quadruple-slide floorplans to the Carri-Lite fifth-wheel series, according to Dave Lawson, director of sales.
The two Carri-Lite quad-slide floorplans, the 36KSQ and 36KIQ, include two large opposing slides on the lower level and two opposing bedroom slides on the upper level, he said.
“We didn’t just take a 15-foot superslide and chop it in half just for the sake of saying we’ve got four slides. These are very well-thought-out, well-engineered floorplans,” Lawson said.
The quad-slide floorplans use the slideout technology included in the Carri-Lite 36XTRME5 five-slide-out floorplan, which Carriage introduced at the December Louisville show, to create “a tremendous amount of (kitchen) counter space,” said Greg Kitson, director of engineering.
Carriage incorporates slideout systems from RBW Industries Inc., Chino, Calif., into its 100-inch-wide frames in order to create the Carri-Lite floorplans, Kitson said.
Meanwhile, Lawson said Skaggs RV Country of Elizabethtown, Ky., sold five Carri-Lite 36XTRM5 units during last month’s Great North American RV Rally in Louisville. The five-slideout floorplan drew as much interest from consumers at the Louisville rally as did a million-dollar bus conversion displayed at the rally, Lawson said.
“It’s a pacesetter, a showstopper,” Lawson continued. “It’s an apartment on wheels, it’s a tremendous success.”