RV Use to Soar This Summer, Says Go RVing Survey

RV Use to Soar This Summer, Says Go RVing Survey

RESTON, VA.- More than 5.8 million American RV used their RV during the Memorial Day Weekend, according to Go RVing’s 2018 RV Owners Insights survey, conducted by Go RVing, the RV Industry Association, and Inquisium. As the summer travel season shifts into high gear, 92% of RV owners say they expect to use their RVs as much as or more than they did in 2017. A record 25 million people are expected to vacation in an RV this year.

RVers say they’re going to use their RVs to get outdoors and enjoy nature (65%), take more mini-vacations (64%), and spend more quality time with family (50%).

“The RV lifestyle has come to be embraced by a wide cross-section of Americans who work hard and want to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “RVers enjoy the convenience, comfort and flexibility RVs offer, as well as the savings RVs provide.”

While fuel prices remain unpredictable from year-to-year, 81% of RV owners say this year’s fuel prices will not affect their travel plans. In fact, 80% of survey respondents in this year’s study say RV vacations cost less even when fuel prices are higher, with 77% saying they save 25% or more; and 55% saving 35% or more.

Over the past three years in the US, RV shipments from manufacturers to dealers have spiked to record levels, and consumer purchases from RV dealer lots have risen steadily. According to the survey, recent buyers were motivated by a desire to see America (90%), the travel advantages offered by RVing (83%), and innovative features and designs on new RVs (74%).

Two-thirds of RV owner respondents (67%) said an RV is the “most affordable way to travel.” These findings were echoed by research conducted by CBRE Hotels Advisory, which found savings of 21-64% for a four-person travel party, and 8-53% for a two-person travel party, depending on factors such as the type of RV and the type of vacation.

While 63% of 2018 RV owner respondents cite the “escape of everyday stress and pressure” as a “top benefit of RVing, these same RV owners want to stay connected while on the road — 89% bring their smartphone, 69% their laptop and 62% their tablet PC. The most-used campground amenity is wifi (84%).

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RV owners are staying connected and active. Favorite activities include:

Sightseeing: 72%;
Visiting state and national parks: 71%;
Grilling/cookouts: 69%;
Visiting historic sites: 66%;
Hiking: 58%; and
Fishing: 42%.
More than 70% of RVers say they’re more physically active when vacationing in an RV than on other types of vacations, and 81% say their kids are more active.

Another important benefit of RV travel: bringing the family pet. More than 65% bring a four-legged family member on their RV excursions. Dogs dominate at 93% with cats next at 8%. The 101% total means that some RV owners bring both, yet another reason why RV owners love the “controls” that RVs offer.

The Go RVing 2018 RV Owners Insights survey included 562 respondents and has a 4% margin of error.

 

With offices in Reston, VA and Elkhart, IN, the RV Industry Association is the leading trade voice representing the $50 billion RV industry. RVIA represents approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. As owner of the National RV Tradeshow and California RV Show, the association promotes and protects the RV industry and its members by focusing on government affairs, standards development, technical education, networking events, and industry research and trends. In addition, RVIA partners with leading RV dealers to expand the RV lifestyle through the Go RVing advertising and promotional campaign.

Formed in 1994, Go RVing is a partnership between America’s RV manufacturers, suppliers, dealers and campgrounds to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel, and to cultivate a positive RV experience for all consumers. The multifaceted initiative includes advertising; social media outreach featuring RV owners telling their own stories; “experiential” events sponsorship at concerts music and food festivals, and state fairs; and media relations. The current “AWAY” campaign has helped push RV sales and interest to record highs.

 

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Meet the Masters: US Adventure RV Technicians Offer 50 Years of Experience

At US Adventure RV, we strive to provide the best RV Service possible with the most experienced technicians around. Thanks to Mike Lueth and Jerry Stewart, we proudly offer 50 years of combined experience in our Body Shop.

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Mike Lueth is a recent hire at US Adventure RV and joins us from another local RV Body Shop. Lueth has extensive experience in servicing all RV types from pop-up trailers to luxury Class A coaches. He hopes to continue to work on the RV industry’s most trusted brands while getting more experience with others.

“I’ve worked on all RV types from Winnebago, Keystone, and Starcraft. Now that I’m here, I hope that I get the chance to work on more Airstreams,” Lueth said. “The brand has such a great history, and I love the look of them. It brings back memories of driving down the road as a kid and seeing those beautiful aluminum trailers glistening down the highway,”.

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Jerry Stewart has been with US Adventure RV for many years and has experience in working on all RV types and all service jobs from a rock chip to major body repair.

“I’ve worked on everything from Mini Coopers to Bentleys and even airplanes,” Stewart said. “Without a question, my favorite project ever was working on an Embraer Phenom 300 jet. That is something I’ll never forget,”.

With Lueth, Stewart and the rest of our Service team, US Adventure RV proudly offers the experience and the expertise to get you and your RV back on the road! We use state-of-the-art equipment like our DuPont Paint Matching System, our 64’ x 18’x 20’ paint booth, Duncan’s RV Damage Estimating System and more. Our team consists of true craftsman who take great pride in their work and are ready to help!

 

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Amber Koche and Bryan Kendall Receive Airstream Master Sales Certification

Airstream of Chicago is pleased to announce that Amber Koche and Bryan Kendall have both received Master Sales certification by Airstream.

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Kendall’s Master Sales certification is in Touring Coaches, and Koche’s in Travel Trailers. Due to their efforts, as well as many other Airstream sales representative across North America, Airstream Inc. had the biggest April on record in terms of retail sales.

In recognition of their accomplishments,  both will be awarded a framed certificate, special business cards and commemorative gift from the management team at Airstream.

Congratulations!

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Winnebago Launches All-Electric / Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicle Platform

FOREST CITY, IOWA – Winnebago Industries announced the launch of an all-electric/zero-emission commercial vehicle platform through the Company’s Specialty Vehicles Division.

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In a press release on Tuesday, the company announced its strategic partnership with Motiv Power Systems, Inc., a U.S. market leader in chassis for medium-duty electric vehicles, for the development and supply of electric-powered chassis. As part of the strategic partnership, Winnebago intends to make a financial investment in Motiv, however the terms of which were not disclosed.

“Winnebago Industries is a company that is focused on creating customer value through innovation and technology,” said Ashis Bhattacharya, Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development, and leader of the Specialty Vehicles Division. “We have a rich history of product and feature innovation, and we are continuously evaluating new and emerging technologies to further that legacy. We believe that all-electric vehicle applications continue to evolve to serve numerous end-user needs and this is our first step as a participant in this space.”

For more than 30 years, Winnebago Industries has been a leading supplier of specialty and custom-built vehicles. Each Winnebago commercial vehicle features an interlocking SuperStructure design, creating a barrier-free interior that allows for maximum customization. Custom options range from alternate entrance door locations to wheelchair lifts and cargo doors. Other integrated systems can include: air-conditioning, generators, solar panels, inverters, power back-up systems, leveling systems, toilets, showers, and plumbing.

The all-electric/zero-emission commercial vehicle is based on a Class A RV platform that utilizes Motiv’s Ford F53 all-electric chassis and will be available in 33 and 38-foot lengths. With a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of up to 26,000 pounds, the vehicle is suited for urban and semi-urban commercial uses such as mobile medical clinics, mobile classrooms and outreach vehicles. Significant road testing has been conducted on the vehicle that houses six to eight batteries and delivers an expected range of 85 to 125 miles on a full charge.

“Motiv’s EPIC all-electric chassis, paired with Winnebago Industries’ highly regarded commercial shell, is the perfect fit for end-users who seek reliable performance and functionality,” said Jim Castelaz, Motiv CEO & Founder. “We are excited to collaborate with Winnebago Industries as we work together to grow the electric commercial vehicle market.”

Read the full press release and get more information here.

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The Nest Has Landed…

Introducing the newest member of the Airstream family; the highly-anticipated Nest!

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With its fiberglass shell, the Nest is unlike any other Airstream. Modern, simple and sophisticated, the Nest is designed for today’s modern adventure seeker while still staying true to the Airstream tradition.

The Design Process

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The concept for the Nest was first developed in 2012 by designer and entrepreneur Robert Johans. With years of experience renovating vintage fiberglass trailers, Johans realized he could conceptualize and build a fiberglass trailer unlike anything on the market. In 2013, automotive designer Bryan Thompson was intrigued by Johans’ design. Thompson, who previously worked with Airstream on the Basecamp trailer, styled the exterior, giving the Nest a sleek flair with panoramic windows inspired by ski goggles.

 

The Nest Is…

Precise
– Semi-monocoque molded fiberglass superstructure
– Hand painted chassis

Innovative
– Solar pre-wire
– Probeless tank monitoring system

Upscale
– Hand-crafted Italian Lite-Ply® laminated interior cabinetry
– Fingerprint and stain resistant soft white laminate

Modern
– Tuft & Needle adaptive foam mattress (16FB)
– LED interior lighting with Bluetooth control

Organized

– Coat and key hooks
– 2 exterior lockable storage compartments


Easy
– Power awning
– Custom aluminum entry step

 

Floorplans

The 2019 Nest offers two floorplans: the 16FB and the 16U.

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It’s Easy Being Green

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Airstream is proud to report that the 2019 Nest has received Emerald Status from its TRA Certification.

TRA Certification Incorporated is an independently owned organization that works with RV and modular/manufactured home producers who voluntarily strive to incorporate green practices into their business models. The organization assesses and assigns points to major manufacturing categories common to all RV makers’ facilities, procedures and practices. Within those categories, applicants can earn points in one of many areas such as:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Resource efficiency
  • Water efficiency
  • Energy efficiency

 

Are You Ready to be a Nester?

Nesters are modern living people who are tech savvy, appreciate smart aesthetics, and are constantly on the lookout for ways to feed their appetite for adventure. They are folks who have refined tastes and like new things, but like Nest itself, are more than happy and eager to get their wheels dirty.

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Download the Nest brochure, contact our dealership for more information, or stop by our Naperville showroom today!

 

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$40 Million Investment to Continue Handcrafting Iconic Travel Trailers in Ohio

$40 Million Investment to Continue Handcrafting Iconic Travel Trailers in Ohio

Original Article posted through Airstream.com

When people see an Airstream rolling down the highway, they may think of our storied past. But at Airstream, while true to our roots, we’re always thinking of the years of adventure and miles of unexplored road ahead.

That’s why we’re excited to announce the expansion of our campus in Jackson Center, Ohio. The new 750,000 square-foot facility is set to break ground in late spring 2018 with completion expected in 2019. Like the rest of Airstream’s campus, this new facility will be completely powered by renewable energy credits.

This is the latest example of Airstream’s long-standing commitment to continuous innovation, quality, and its Made in America philosophy. The expanded Jackson Center facility will support enhanced product testing and quality assurance methods, while also improving experiences for Airstream associates, customers and visitors.

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As a result of this investment, the craftspeople at the heart of Airstream’s assembly process will have more production space to make the world’s most iconic recreational vehicle.

We’ve been crafting Airstreams at our Jackson Center facility since 1952, and as we expand to develop exciting new products – like Nest and Basecamp – our corporate home is growing, too.

Airstream President & CEO Bob Wheeler says, “This new facility will give us the room to build and innovate quality products, all while maintaining the hand-made craftsmanship that makes Airstream an American icon.”

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The current 225,000 square-foot travel trailer plant will be converted to make Airstream’s motorized touring coaches, which will, in turn, free up space to support a growing line of products that appeal to a broad spectrum of customers.

And like every American company, we’re excited about putting more Americans to work. We expect to welcome 280 associates into the Airstream family just outside Dayton, Ohio.

Additionally, a state-of-the-art training center in the new factory will provide Airstream and dealer associates with a hands-on shop floor environment for earning certifications, learning new skills, and mastering new production and maintenance techniques.

Airstream’s current Jackson Center facility has long been a popular destination for Airstream owners and other tourists seeking a glimpse inside the company’s hand-made manufacturing process. (Click here for more information!) A new Heritage Center will enhance those visits with exhibits illustrating the company’s 87-years of inspiring adventure, and help drive regional tourism in nearby communities. Plans call for the display of numerous classic and historic Airstream products, including artifacts from the relationship between Airstream and NASA’s space program.

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Bob Wheeler says, “Airstream has always been a community.” He’s right. Our new, expanded facility will benefit every part of that community: our associates, dealers, Jackson Center neighbors and – most important of all – current and future Airstreamers.

 

 

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Floorplan of the Week: 2018 Winnebago Intent 30R

The Class A Intent is Winnebago’s newest endeavor to better serve its value-conscious customers.

“The Intent is styled smartly, supremely functional and provides tremendous quality,” said Niles Whitehouse, Director of Product Management. “This product is the result of many hours of listening to Winnebago dealers and consumers to see what an ideal RV experience could be. We then collected that input and gathered the best engineers, designers and craftsmen to set a new standard for what a Class A gas motor home should be.”

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At a Glance

Sleeping Capacity: 6

Slides: 2

Length: 30 feet 10 inches

Exterior Height: 12 feet

Chassis: Ford F53

Fresh Water Capacity: 51 gallons

 

The double slide out 30R includes a split bath to set off the rear bedroom, plus a driver’s-side sofa and dinette opposite the full-featured galley. Perfect for larger families or groups, the Intent 30R has room for everyone to comfortable.

Take a step inside and you’ll notice the swivel and recline cab seating, complete with a multi-position cab table. Above is a StudioLoft bed for additional sleeping space.

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The first slide out in the main living area includes a sofa bed and dinette. Both provide two sets of seat belts each, and additional sleeping space if needed. There is a TV along the interior wall for easy viewing from the living and kitchen area.

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When it’s time to cook your favorite meal, the double kitchen sink, three burner range, residential refrigerator, and pantry have you covered.

Continue towards the rear to find a split bath. There is a private toilet and sink room to your right, and a shower to your left.

Slide the rear bedroom door open to find the second slide out queen bed with nightstands along the roadside. On the opposite side you can hang your clothes in the wardrobe, view the TV, and place more items in the additional storage provided.

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Outside there is a tailgate package which includes a refrigerator, storage drawer, pull-out counter, cargo net, bottle opener, paper towel holder, sink/faucet, and a HDTV. You are sure to want all these features on your next work trip, away-game, or family vacation.

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What is your favorite feature in this floorplan? Tell us in the comments below! If you’re interested in learning more about the Winnebago Intent 30R, contact us today or stop by our showroom!

 

 

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The RV Renaissance: How Millennials Are Reviving the Industry

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Numbers don’t lie: the RV industry is thriving. In fact, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), RV sales in 2017 increased by 9.6 percent.

“Our industry is in an era of unprecedented growth,” RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer said. “The recession is in the rearview mirror. This is a new era for the RV industry,”.

This new era is being led by a new majority: Millennials.

While retiring baby boomers continue to support the market, it’s these experience-craving young people who are reviving the RV industry. But why are Millennials buying so many RVs?

Experiences vs. Possessions

Millennials place a higher value on experiences versus older generations. A study conducted by travel company Airbnb found that when asked about their priorities for the next five years, most millennials plan on traveling rather than buying a home or starting a family. But millennials aren’t just seeking a run-of-the-mill cruise or a trip to Disney, they’re seeking something deeper.
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Millennials want adventurous, local, and personal experiences when they travel—something that’s new and unique. Over 80 percent of millennials believe the best way to discover and learn about a place is through local experiences.

RVs are a feasible way for young travelers to have these experiences. Advertisers and marketers rack their brains to appeal to the elusive ‘urban adventurers’ that are most millennials, who also make up 38 percent of campground users. The United States is seeing a revival in camping, but most campers still want the comforts of home while they’re away, so renting or purchasing an RV seems to be the easiest solution.

The Rise of the RV Entrepreneur

For millennials who have a serious case of the travel bug, becoming full-time RVers is the next best thing. After all, 43 percent of American workers spend at least some time working remotely.

“Nearly half of the jobs that can be done remote is no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention, as technology has paved the way for workers to unplug or become location independent. It’s the same reason why millennials are keen to become digital nomads and travel while they work,” Forbes contributor Kaytie Zimmerman wrote.

The culture that surrounds “full-timers” and RV entrepreneurs is nothing short of fascinating. Instagram is a central hub for these vivacious travelers to connect with one-another, their followers and even generate clientele. Newlyweds and business owners Pete and Jordan Jones are a great example of how leaving a “normal life” behind and going RV-ing can be the best decision there is.

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Taking the Plunge

Pete and Jordan went through the motions most post-graduates do. They found good jobs and worked hard at them. Plot twist: It wasn’t enough.

So, they quit their jobs, moved out of their NYC apartment and backpacked across South and Central America after just one year of dating (Seriously, it sounds like a movie. They DID that!).

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After returning from their trip, the duo was trying to come up with their next move. When they couldn’t decide on one place to settle, the idea of living in an RV came up.

“Pete brought up the idea, and I immediately shot him down. It wasn’t until I started doing some research and saw how many people our age are growing businesses on the road and how homey you can make RVs,” Jordan said.

One of Jordan’s biggest inspirations for full-timing was another traveling couple, Heath and Alyssa Padgett. Their Facebook group, The RV Entrepreneur, serves as a place of discussion for these like-minded individuals. The couple have also created a successful podcast, an e-book on all things RV life, and much more.

“Why wait when nothing is guaranteed?”

After their wedding in August 2017, Pete and Jordan hit the road full-time with their rescue pup, Russ. They’re currently spending the winter in their fifth wheel at an RV resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

 

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“Crazy enough, our business is doing better than ever. We’ve seen more of this country than we ever could have expected, and we get to start our marriage living with less, but living for more,” Jordan said.

Living for more is what it all comes down to. The American Dream is transforming, thanks to Millennials.

“I think as a generation we’re moving past the mindset of working your whole life and saving so that you can travel later,” Jordan said. “There’s no reason we can’t work hard now, save, and travel at the same time. Why wait when nothing is guaranteed?”.

Pete and Jordan offer marketing consulting services. Learn about how they can help your business succeed at peteandjordan.com and check out their Instagram to follow along with all their adventures!

This post contains no affiliate links and is not sponsored, we’re just big fans of the full-time RV community! 

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February Service Special: Mouse Free

February Service Special: Mouse Free

As we approach the height of winter here in the Midwest, freezing temperatures and heaps of snow can be expected. Another thing you can expect if you’re not prepared? Mice in your RV!

If you store your RV in the winter, you’ve probably dealt with mice before. Discovering damaged electrical wiring and plumbing lines is a major bummer when you bring your RV out of storage. In fact, one of the top five RV insurance claims is damage caused by a rodent infestation. The problems that mice cause are annoying and invasive, but their presence can also be detrimental to your family’s health.

Rodents like deer mice, which are commonly found in RVs, carry diseases that are easily transmitted to humans. Hantavirus, for example, can cause pulmonary disease, which can be fatal. Handling a deer mouse caught in a trap or cleaning up mouse droppings in your RV can put you at risk of contracting HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome).

Conventional methods of removing mice usually involve traps or poisons. While these methods can be effective, they are a temporary solution and are often still unsafe to humans (think of handling a mouse on a trap, or all the toxic ingredients in poisons).
The best way to deal with a rodent infestation is to prevent them from ever entering your RV.

Mouse Free is one of the few products on the market that is made specifically for RVs.

Mouse Free’s unique formula stops mice from entering your RV. Its formula is non-toxic, no mess and no drip. A lubricating coat of 100% natural essential oils is applied to the entire undercarriage of your RV, wheel wells and other possible entry points for mice.

Mice have an acute sense of smell. Mouse Free’s natural essential oils are too much for mice to bear, driving them away. The coating also makes it difficult for mice to travel across, physically making it unable for them to get inside your RV.

From now until April 30, bring your motor home or trailer to US Adventure RV and receive $2 off per foot of Mouse Free application (save up to $80)!

For more information on Mouse Free, go to www.mouse-free.com.

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Floorplan of the Week: Minnie Winnie 31K

As an authorized Winnebago dealer, and a Circle of Excellence winner since 2005, it’s a fact that we love Winnebagos. A reliable brand with Iowa roots, US Adventure RV sell tons of Winnebago units each year. This week’s floorplan is one of Winnebago’s most popular Class C models, the Minnie Winnie 31K.

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At a Glance

Seating Capacity: 7

Slides: 1

Length: 32 ft 9 in

Exterior Height: 11 ft 1 in

Chassis: Ford E450

Fresh Water Capacity: 44 gals

 

The 31K is just one of seven Minnie Winnie floorplans. The Minnie Winnie is perfect for a traveling couple or even a family of four! The light and bright colors in the Inspire décor package makes this unit feel modern while also showcasing its spaciousness.

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The lounge area is perfectly designed for comfortable living. The U-shaped dinette, sofa bed and swivel cab seats make it easy to host game night or a large dinner party. There is also the conveniently placed 32-inch HD TV, so everyone can watch! When it’s time to wind down, the 31K offers extra sleeping space in the bunk above the cab seats and the easily-converted sofa bed.

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Cooking is made easy in the 31K! This model features a three-burner range with a recessed oven, microwave, two-door refrigerator/freezer and a double sink. Preparing and cooking food in the 31K will be easy, fast and enjoyable.

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A good night’s sleep is just a step away in the 31K. The rear master bedroom features a queen-sized foam mattress with a matching headboard and large closet space. Nearby is the bathroom, which includes a 32”x 32” shower with flexible shower head, skylight, powered roof vent, large sink and plenty of counter space.

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Interested in learning more about the Minnie Winnie 31K? Click here for more information, contact our sales team or stop by our showroom!

 

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