Coachmen Industries Inc. reports it experienced “robust” dealer order volume during last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, up 31% over the 2001 version of the event.
Additionally, Coachmen received “a significant number of new dealer applications” during the show, which took place Tuesday through Thursday of last week (Dec. 3-5).
“We’re very pleased with this healthy increase is sales at the Louisville show as we continue to receive additional orders,” said Claire Skinner, chairman, president and CEO. “Our newest models have not only been enthusiastically accepted by our dealer body, they’ve been selling briskly at the retail level too.”
Coachmen is increasing its RV production capacity because its wholesale shipments were up 25% during the first 10 months of this year, while RV industry shipments as a whole were up 20% during the same period, Skinner said.
At Louisville, Coachmen introduced the fifth-wheel version of its Spirit of America travel trailer series, and the company’s Georgie Boy subsidiary introduced its new Bellagio diesel pusher at Louisville, which Skinner described as “rich looking far beyond its price point.”
The Bellagio comes in 38- or 39-foot floorplans on a Freightliner XC chassis with a standard Cummins 300-hp engine and five-speed Allison transmission or an optional 330-hp Caterpillar and Allison six-speed. A “typically equipped’ Bellagio with full-body paint and a tile floor will retail for $180,000, said Pat Terveer, Georgie Boy’s president.
Meanwhile, the Coachmen also introduced the new Shasta Capri ultra lightweight travel trailer and its Viking Recreational Vehicles folding camper manufacturing subsidiary unveiled two entry-level models at Louisville.