By John Golden
Recent statistics show the Class B market is gaining in sales over previous years. The latest numbers are 6.7 percent in April and 18.9 percent for the first four months of 2015. The big players who have contributed to this are Winnebago Industries at 30.6 percent market share, followed by Roadtrek Motorhomes at 29.2 percent), Thor Industries at 23.6 percent and Pleasure-Way Industries at 12.1 percent.
The rest of the industry makes up the remaining 4.5 percent.
Year-to-date numbers for Class A motorhomes show a 7.8 percent climb, and a 14.9 percent increase for Class C motorhomes. This is an indicator that the Class B has gained market share from their big brothers.
Much of the success from the various reports available indicate this is due to the improved vehicles the manufacturers have available on which to build Class B motorhomes. Manufacturers have realized by improving the ride, the electrical systems, adding solar panels and the new improved battery systems, upgrading the quality of materials used in construction, installing the latest electronics and appliances, they have, in essence, created the perfect vehicle for the high-end owners who are getting older to downsize to when that time comes.
This special unit, the “high-end” Class B, also appears to be what many of the new buyers — the last of the baby boomers, the middle of the Generation Xers and the early millennials are demanding for their travels and adventures. It’s no wonder there has been an increased effort by the Class B manufacturers to come up with the “perfect” vehicle to sell to the existing larger Class A and diesel pusher owners who want to downsize, but still want their comfort. To this new group of buyers who have the means to afford a well appointed Class B with all the luxury of the high-end Class As or diesel pushers, these much smaller and more maneuverable units are the answer.
Winnebago has its ERA; RoadTrek has its Sprinter CS, RS and E-Trek; Thor Industries offers the Sprinter Siesta; and Pleasure-Way offers its Plateau and Lexor models. These are all well built Class Bs using the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van as the platform upon which to build the smaller motorhomes. What’s missing in this mix of manufacturers and models — and hidden in the 4.5 percent remaining market share — is Advanced RV and its high-end model, the Ocean One.
Launched in 2013, Advanced RV is a new manufacturer located in Willoughby, Ohio. The Ocean One is fast considered the best built Class B in the marketplace today. What Advanced RV does differently from the others is get their buyers involved from the inception of the buying process through the completion and delivery of the coach. If the buyer wants a special option or a specific enhancement added to the unit, and the design or production departments at Advanced RV can find it and fit it into the coach in a way that it will still perform properly, the company will do it.
The Ocean One is unique as well as elegant in its overall concept, design and construction on the Sprinter chassis. Mike Neundorfer, the owner of Advanced RV carefully monitors all the units being built to make certain the customer is fully integrated throughout the design, assembly and delivery of their unit.
If you want to find a well-built coach to meet your traveling expectations, take the time to look at Advanced RV. Feel free to arrange a factory visit them to see if they meet what your criteria for a company you want to do business with.
For more information, visit www.Advanced-RV.com.
For information on Winnebago’s Class B motorhomes, visit winnebagoind.com/products/class-b/2015/era/overview.
Information on Roadtrek Class Bs can be found by visiting www.roadtrek.com.
Learn about Thor Motor Coach’s B-plus motorhomes at http://siesta-sprinter.com\
Pleasure-Way’s motorhomes can be found at www.pleasureway.com
To learn more about the Class B lifestyle, check out Mike Wendland’s blog as he and his wife travel full-time in a Class B motorhome. You’ll find it at www.roadtreking.com.
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