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#1 OFFLINE   the tc life

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 06:00 AM

​ We went to the Spokane Washington RV Show last Saturday. We had a good time seeing people we know in the industry and looking at everything that was offered there.

 

​ One thing I did notice was the lack of the larger truck campers at the show. There were far more smaller, 8-9 foot truck campers than the larger 10-11 footers. We talked to a couple different manufacturer reps and they said that the dealerships have been afraid to stock the larger units. Seems sales of truck campers is gearing back to the small units rather then the big multi slide long campers. Sure, you can find one big camper here or there but not like there use to be just a couple years ago.

 

​ I thought it was interesting to see how the trend is going right now. We still are in love with a large unit from Adventurer but it was not represented at the show.


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:13 AM

Arctic Fox has a prototype triple slide that they have not not committed to producing and just pulled their double slide out of production. On the other hand smaller volume manufacturers, like Host, are almost exclusively producing triple slides and slipping smaller units into production only occasionally. The fact is that the larger campers need large trucks and a large amount of money. If a manufacturer is trying to build volume, this is not where they should focus their resources - They need to build affordable campers that can be carried on a SRW.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 05:56 AM

Bedlam:

 

 As you stated, from a business stance it makes since to ditch some of the bigger campers, unless you are a smaller company not based on volume.

 

 I also believe the rethinking and improvements on the designs of the smaller units is helping push the 8-9 foot range campers. Some of the designs, like the Adventurer 89RBS that was TCM reader choice camper of the year...are a far better layout than some of the older designs. Heck, even the same size campers now as mine are a better design and mine is a 2010 vintage.

 

 Still, for us...the bigger unit is what we hope to acquire in the next few years. As most know, we do use our camper a lot and the extra space would be nice, yet still maintain the small footprint is important to us.


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Posted 25 January 2017 - 10:06 AM

I can understand dumping larger units @ 50k+ ver's @ 25k +/- what you think going to sell. Like us we love to get the adventure 116 but the cost keep us away that and retirement soon also.


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