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The Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc. will introduce the new Colorado series of travel trailers and fifth-wheels for model year 2003, the company announced.
Work is being done now on Colorado prototypes at Dutchmen’s facilities in Goshen, Ind., and regular production units should be ready for delivery to dealers beginning Aug. 1, said Steve Paul, vice president of sales.
Dealers also will be able to walk through Colorado units during Dutchmen’s open house Aug. 21-23 in nearby Elkhart, Ind. The Dutchmen dealer gathering will take place at its sister company, motorhome manufacturer Four Winds International Corp., in Elkhart.
“We have a sizable backlog of orders” for Colorado units, which will be “a step up model” from the popular Dutchmen Classic brand, said Rich Florea, president. The Colorado will be an all-laminated series of travel trailers and mid- and high-profile fifth-wheels ranging in length from 27 to 36 feet with standard living room slides. Bedroom slides will be available as an option. They will be positioned at the “high end of the mid-price segment,” which means base retail prices will range from $24,000 to $35,000, Paul said.
Dutchmen will form a sales team that will market the Colorado exclusively and the company has plans to build a factory in the Goshen area that would produce the Colorado exclusively, Florea said.
As a result of the introduction of the Colorado, Dutchmen will discontinue production of the Signature brand fifth-wheel. The Colorado will have significantly different features from the Signature, so it will not be a direct substitute, said Joe Hosinski, marketing manager.