Summer has always been the “busy season” for RVs — for a lot of reasons. It’s the prime camping time for enthusiasts who already own an RV, and prime buying time for folks finally finding their way to local RV dealerships. Behind the scenes, it can be just as hectic.
There, in design studios stuffed with wood and fabric samples, and in engineering offices filled with wallboards and sometimes even sections of full-size mockups of proposed models, RV manufacturers finalize designs for the coming year. Unlike the automotive industry, which can take years to bring a new design to market, RV builders are a relatively nimble bunch capable of tapping into trends as they develop or working overtime to capitalize on a new chassis design.
Fleetwood RV’s resurrected Pace Arrow is a perfect example. One of the brands acquired when Allied Recreation Group (ARG) purchased certain assets of Fleetwood Enterprises a half-dozen years ago, the high-end gas coach hadn’t been in production since 2010. When Jim Jacobs assumed the presidency of Decatur, Indiana-based ARG (now REV Recreation Group) last year, however, it quickly became a focus.
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