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OEMs, suppliers roll out new lines in Louisville

OEMs, suppliers roll out new lines in Louisville

This week’s National RV Trade Show is all about selling product as manufacturers and suppliers rolled out several new lines.

The Goshen News reported that Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC had its first entry into the motorhome market on display. The company showed dealers a prototype of its Imperial Class B motorhome constructed on a Mercedes van chassis, at the Elkhart County Open House in September. Now it’s in production.

“The Sprinter (chassis) is a nice product, but this offers us some alternatives to that,” said Doug Lantz, vice president of marketing for EverGreen. “It’s wider and offers us more storage, large storage compartments.”

EverGreen is using the Mercedes chassis and combining it with a custom-made body.

Lantz said EverGreen kept the Skyline work force and is now producing the Imperial at the Skyline complex in Bristol.

“We have 40 different new models here at the show,” Lantz said.

At the other end of the massive Kentucky Exposition Center where the show sets up each year, Jeff Roder was bent over and looking at a Jayco RV’s wheels. Roder doesn’t sell RVs, but he would like to get his company’s new concept to become standard equipment.

Roder is an engineer for automotive supplier Bosch. Recently the company’s staff was talking to some RV people.

“We found out that nobody has trailer ABS,” he said of the standard anti-lock braking systems that have become automotive safety features. “We put a prototype together.”

OEMs, suppliers roll out new lines in Louisville

OEMs, suppliers roll out new lines in Louisville

 

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