Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Sneak Peek
Stuart Bourdon, Editor-In-Chief
February 25, 2013
Filed under RV Blog
Late last year we attended the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky (Nov. 27-29). There were hundreds of new RVs packed into the Louisville Exposition Center, and as we walked the show it appeared as if the place was awash with trailers and motorhomes of all sizes and makes. Trade shows are never open to consumers, but we are going to give you a special sneak peek at some of the new rigs on display that you are soon to see on dealer lots.
There were dozens of exciting new models and brands at the show. Among these were the Heartland Gateway, EverGreen Bay Hill and CrossRoads Rushmore RV fifth-wheels. Keystone’s updated Montana was also on display. On scene as well were new compact travel trailers such as the exciting all-aluminum Livin’ Lite Axxess and the Trail-Lite Cobblestone (a novel concept in that there are no options, however, it’s very well equipped with a full set of standards that many other builders might consider as options).
By far, the star of the show was the Holiday Rambler Presidential. This elegantly engineered new fifth-wheel is a stunner. The regal unit offers a unique Navistar designed chassis built by Lippert that features a custom molded, welded front end that allows for a tighter turning radius. It also sports a striking aerodynamic front cap, and offers an unusually generous amount of outside storage. Aluminum-framed, full-body painted sidewalls are filled all the way through with foam insulation to create a superior thermal barrier. A standard MOR/ryde RE 4000 suspension system is offered underneath the coach; as an option, owners can order the MOR/ryde IS independent system that includes hydraulic disc brakes for the ultimate ride and stopping power.
Inside the well-designed Presidential we found elegance featuring stained maple cabinets, an island kitchen and padded, radius living area ceilings that deliver 8 feet, 11 inches of headroom. Countertops in the huge bathroom are tiered, and the two-person shower is 60 inches tall. The multi-level living area in the Presidential has a 46-inch LED TV and features residential-style Lane furniture for the ultimate in comfort.
For these reasons and many others, we decided to highlight this extraordinary RV. We’re sure you’ll find a new towable that’s just right for you.