Class A motorhome manufacturer Rexhall Industries Inc. has joined the list manufacturers saying last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville was their best ever.
The Lancaster, Calif.-based company wrote more dealer orders during the 2001 version of the Louisville Show, but that was “an anomaly,” said Mike Bourne, executive vice president and COO. Dealer inventories were unusually low late in 2001 because dealers were worried about the impact of the 9/11 attacks on the RV retail market, and Rexhall also had some expensive dealer incentive programs in place during Louisville 2001, Bourne explained.
Consequently, last week’s Louisville Show was, “comparing apples to apples, the best overall show ever for Rexhall and by far the second-best in terms of orders written,” Bourne said.
“Also, this year, we have the chassis on hand and the people in place to fill these orders more smoothly and timely than we did last year,” he said.
The company’s new 35-foot, triple-slide Aerbus and RexAir floorplan models with the entry door in one of the living-room slides “was the talk of the show as dealers and competing manufacturers spent a considerable amount of time reviewing the product,” Bourne said. “Of course, we concealed the mechanisms to make it difficult to copy, since we are applying for a patent.”
Rexhall’s 40-foot, four-slide RoseAir diesel was “the next biggest hit” at the show as far as Rexhall was concerned, Bourne said.
Other new floorplans unveiled by Rexhall at Louisville included a 36-foot, triple-slide, gas-engine versions of the Aerbus and RexAir with opposing slides in the bedroom and the 34-foot, double-slide, entry-level American Clipper diesel, which is priced to retail for $145,000 to $160,000.