RV News: New Ember Toy Hauler, Storyteller Overland Updates Adventure, Vans, Grand Design Adds ABS, and More
Each Friday, we share the biggest news stories coming out of the RV industry over the past week. As usual, there is a lot to share, so let’s dive in.
- Storyteller Overland Shows Off Updated Mode Camper Van: Alabama-based Class B manufacturer Storyteller Overland has shared details on the 2024 editions of its Mode camper vans. The popular vehicles will get significant upgrades in their latest rendition, including a more powerful electrical system courtesy of Lithronics, to help extend the off-grid camping experience. Other changes include using lighter materials to save weight and a redesigned galley kitchen that provides more space. Check out all of the new features on the company’s website.
- Ember Introduces New Off-Road Toy Hauler: Ember RV is unveiling its first-ever toy hauler. The company will take the wraps off of its new Overland Series 240TKR travel trailer at this weekend’s Overland Expo in Arrington, VA. The new model will include a ramp door—which can pull double-duty as a “party deck”—for loading and unloading bikes, kayaks, or ATVs. It will also come with a Curt trailing-arm independent suspension for handling rough terrain and a generous amount of onboard storage. Find out more here.
- Grand Design Adds Lippert Anti-Lock Braking to Imagine Travel Trailers: In a move that will ensure safer towing of its Imagine line of travel trailers, Grand Design has announced it is adding Lippert Anti-Lock braking systems to those RVs. The ABS upgrade provides improved stability, better control on slick surfaces, and improved performance in emergency-stopping situations. The new brakes now ship on Imagine and Imagine XLS towables.
- Hipcamp has an Interactive Map to Help You Find the Best Fall Foliage: Autumn is here, which means it is also leaf-peeping season. To help all of us who are heading out to find the best fall colors, Hipcamp has launched a new interactive map. The online campsite booking service uses artificial intelligence to analyze weather and temperature data, which is then used to predict when the fall colors will begin to change and be at their peak. This could definitely come in handy for seasonal campers looking to find colorful places to park their motorhomes and travel trailers. For more information, click here.
- It’s Fat Bear Week: Speaking of seasonal activities, this is Fat Bear Week in Katmai National Park. That’s the annual event that sees millions of people from around the world watching grizzly bears via webcam as they catch salmon in an attempt to add weight before the harsh Alaskan winter. You a watch the events unfold for yourself here.
- Harvest Hosts and Cruise America are Teaming Up: This week, Harvest Hosts announced that it is partnering with RV rental site Cruise America to help campers find a place to park their rigs. Moving forward, anyone who purchases a preowned RV from Cruise America will receive a one-year subscription to Harvest Hosts, entitling them to discounted stays at more than 4,800 unique locations across the US and Canada, including farms, ranches, wineries, and more. Find out more here.
- Truma Introduces Saphir A/C to North American Market: This week, Truma announced it will bring its Saphir air conditioning unit to North America for the first time in 2024. Powered by 120V AC, the compact device is designed to fit underneath a bench seat, offering 7,000 BTUs of cooling and 6,500 BTUs of heating capacity. The A/C system has been available in several iterations in Europe since 2006 but is finally certified for use in the US and Canada.
- Coleman-Mach Sells 9 Million A/C Units: In other RV air condition news, Coleman-Mach is celebrating a significant milestone. The subsidiary of Airxcel announced via a press release that it has sold over 9 million A/C units, passing that milestone in March of this year. Congrats to the production team on this impressive achievement.
That’s it for this week. Join us next Friday for another round-up of the most important RV news stories.