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Mon May 14, 2018
Author: Jessica Machetta
The results are in, and three grand-prize winners are the happy recipients of new drones for their winning submissions.
About 250 people submitted designs to Triple E RV for the company’s floorplan contest. Company employees picked ten winners from each category: non-slide, slide-out, and wildcard, which was a blank slate. Those 30 designs then went to a vote of the public.
“It kind of gives us an idea of what people are looking for, and really, it confirmed some of the thoughts we already had,” says Josiah Wiebe, marketing coordinator. for Triple E RVs. “It’s nice to see how much care people put into this little living space they’re going to make use of. It could contribute our potential future design and it certainly helps us put a pulse on where our owners and potential owners are interested in.”
Weibe says they were surprised how many people downloaded the templates and then computer generated their designs.
“We expected a lot more hand drawn submissions but people took screenshots, stitched them together, that was cool,” he says.
Triple E hosts a photo contest each year, but the floorplan contest is new.
“This is a new initiative that we’d thought we’d try,” he says. “Winter is a slower time for RVers, they’re at home doing other things, and we thought it would be an interesting way to engage our audience during the off season. It turned out well, we got a lot of entries and a lot of comments. At Triple E, we have a very close following and we can’t engage directly with people all the time, so this really made them feel they were a part of the company… they felt their voice and opinion was heard.”
As with any contest that challenges people creatively, some submissions are bound to beyond the pale.
“I saw a two-story design in there, that was interesting,” Weibe says. “Sometimes I don’t know if they were being serious or not. There were some with crazy amounts of detail, some of the computer renderings were pretty impressive. People paid a lot of attention to detail and it showed.”
Triple E has three basic models, each with varying floorplans. The Serenity has one floorplan, the Unity has five, and the Wonder has two. A new FTB—front twin bed—floorplan was launched for the Wonder model in 2018, and within those there are multiple customization options; Triple E isn’t divulging whether new floorplans will be revealed in 2019.
“We do our model year changeover in summer and we announce changes to existing floorplans usually at an event,” Weibe says. “It used to be at Louisville, but since that’s no more, we’ll see in the coming year.”
Triple E does plan on participating in the RVX Show in Salt Lake next March. Whether new floorplans are unveiled there remains to be seen.
The three grand prize winners and their designs are:
Dave Gebow -- Wonder Duo
Kim McReynolds -- Unity KI-Kitchen Slide Edition
Elizabeth Jacobsen -- Junk in the Trunk