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Thu Mar 21, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
After a decade of development, Innovator RV recently launched its first travel trailer, the 2125RB.
Innovator builds its trailers from aircraft-grade composites. There is no steel, aluminum or wood in the structure, Innovator RV Vice President of Sales and Marketing Johnny Hernandez says. The construction method is patented, he says.
“We do not have a chassis,” Hernandez says. “It’s a uni-body construction. We incorporate the chassis into the floor and create a platform like an SUV.”
The trailer weighs 4,200 pounds and offers seven-foot, four-inch interior height, eight-foot width and what Hernandez describes as the industry’s deepest slide-out and a paintable interior.
Innovator’s second model is the 1317FK, which the company describes as “the biggest little trailer in the industry.” With a 17-foot exterior length, and a 13-foot interior length, it offers the same bathroom as the 2125B, a 52-inch deep slide and the same appliances, including a 10.2-cubic-foot refrigerator, a residential convection microwave, a Truma tankless water heater and stainless-steel faucets and sinks.
Hernandez says the MSRP for the new 1317FK (pictured left) starts at $21,595.
“There is nothing like it in the industry,” Innovator RV Vice President of Sales and Marketing Johnny Hernandez says. “Nobody uses the material we use. It literally took us 10 years to develop.”
Innovator uses a material called Parma Shield for the exterior siding of the unit. Parma Shield is a trademarked product. Biscan coined the term. The company uses fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) in the framing, the same material used in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Hernandez says the patented method used to construct the unit was developed with Purdue University engineers.
Innovator RV began operation about a year ago. The manufacturer is building its dealer network, which now stands at 11. Hernandez says Innovator will build a total of around 1,000 units this year. He says consumers have given the models a good response at recent RV shows in Oklahoma City, Dallas and South Bend, Ind. It will make its Elkhart Open House debut in September.
Hernandez says the smaller trailer should appeal to millennials “looking for an ultralight trailer that is truly ultralight.”
RV Industry veteran Phillip Biscan and Randy Carr co-founded Innovator. Biscan and Hernandez worked together at Fleetwood during the mid-1990s. Hernandez, who has worked in the RV industry for 44 years, says he had retired from the REV Group when Biscan coaxed him out of retirement last summer.
“The only thing that got me out of retirement was the uniqueness of this product,” Hernandez says. “It is literally an industry-changing product.”