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Thu Nov 16, 2017
Elkhart, Ind.—Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River Inc. has, announced that the Prime Time Manufacturing Crusader fifth wheel line has continued its impressive growth, gaining more than 18 percent in retail sales volume in the U.S. through August 2017.
Crusader Product Manager Paul Morrison detailed several reasons behind the brand’s sustained growth.
“From the beginning, Prime Time has focused on delivering a fifth wheel lineup that looks great aesthetically with lots of features customers love,” Morrison says. “More importantly, though, our business model is extremely dealer-centric and we’ve made sure to remain a company that our dealers appreciate doing business with.”
According to Morrison, the Crusader Lite lineup has been a key area of growth for Prime Time.
“There are a lot of new product offerings in the half-ton towable fifth wheel segment,” he says.
“Crusader Lite has been there and led the way for three years now and is the hottest brand in that arena still today. Our growth isn’t ‘beginner growth.’ We’re growing off of already substantial volume. Our dealer body has embraced the product and really made it a core part of their fifth wheel business.”
The lightweight products are only one portion of Crusader’s successful growth. Crusader is also the fastest growing mainstream fifth wheel brand in the industry in the $35,000 to $45,000 retail price category; up more than 57 percent in the United States, according to a press release.
“In our flagship Crusader line, we’ve added some really impressive features to complement our redesigned contemporary interiors,” Morrison says. “MORryde ‘Zero Gravity’ entry steps and Furrion’s residential cooktop and oven highlight the numerous improvements we’ve recently made to the product.”