In step with the impressive growth of the sport utility RV (SURV) market, the Keystone RV Co., a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., has created a new division to build and market its new widebody Raptor and its existing Tail-Gator sport utility trailers (SUTs).
“We want the Raptor and Tail-Gator to have total focus into the toy-hauler market,” said Don Clark, group vice president and vice president of the new Key Performance Division.
The high-profile Raptor will debut during the 41st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville Dec. 2-4.
Eventually, it will feature six to eight travel-trailer and fifth-wheel floorplans. Initially, Raptor will be offered with one 38-foot double-slideout fifth-wheel floorplan retailing in the high $30,000s to low $40,000s range.
The 38-foot floorplan includes a flat-floor front bedroom and 12 foot step-down “garage” area separated from the main living area by a vapor-resistant wall.
The garage area also contains a loft with a queen-size bed and a hidden storage area that contains an air compressor, 12-volt power center and power washer.
The Raptor will have its own sales staff and will be built in a new 69,000-square-foot factory in Goshen, Ind., that will be in operation by January.
The competitively priced Tail-Gator line, which has been on the market since 1999, features four travel-trailer and two fifth-wheel floorplans in lengths of 22 to 35 feet. Units include home-style interiors and open floorplans that allow up to 19 feet of cargo space for base retail prices ranging from $14,500 to $29,500.