b'home comfort when selecting aPMRV. Many are finding that theycan load one of our PMRVs upwith tons of amenities and use itas a second vacation home, heexplained. Keeping an eye on the futureKropfs Island SL-6128 of home electronics is key, Yodersaid, as more and more home-owners begin to incorporate wireless voice technology into their living spaces. Cavco continues to see sales increases in the outdoor hospitality sector. We are always focused on fine tuning what we are doing, he noted. We are constantlykeeping an eye on the housing market and what is popular as far as colors and trends.Cavcos Bear Creek features a wooden interior.Cavco products include park models, Kropfs Island Series continues to sell well, according to Yoder, while it also sells PMRVscabins,lofts,ECO-Cottages andspe- under the Lakesideand Lakeside LEbanners. cialty products, such as tiny houses. The In business since 1946, Yoder said the company continues to focus on staying on top of every-product lines are sold under the Chariot, thing going on in the industry. Cavco, Fleetwoodand Fairmontbrands. That approach has worked out well for us, he explained. Albright said they model a lot of the (574) 533-2171www.kropfind.comcompanys PMRVs off what the housingindustry is doing.Lancaster Log CabinsPMRVs are a luxury item for most Moving out of the cabin kit business has been a smart move for Lancaster Log Cabins, ac-people, he explained. A lot of times cording to Smucker. theyarepickierthanahousebuyer PMRV manufacturing has kept uswhen it comes to amenities and fea- busy since we started building them fivetures. or six years ago, he told WCM. (800) 622-8260www.cavco.com Builtwithrealhardwoodfloors,cathedral ceilings and hardwood cabi-Forest River Park Model Division netry, Smucker explained that the com-Gary Duncan, general manager of Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest Rivers panypushestherusticappeal.ThePark Models Division, said that 2019 was another strong year for the com- company is also focused on the glampingpany.trend, with cabins that feature full-sizedWe saw more retail sales versus direct-to-park sales, but business kitchens and bathrooms. The cabins canon both sides was pretty good in 2019, he explained.range in price from anywhere betweenOn the RV park and campground side of the business Duncan said that $25,000 to $55,000. the company saw more customization requests in 2019.We hang our hat on our real log de-Owners were looking to tweak floorplans basically, he noted. They sign, Smucker explained. No one else Lancaster Log Cabins feature cathedral ceilings.Gary Duncan are always looking for something that is durable, low maintenance and really does a real log cabin on wheels. Itseasy to keep clean. Those are the either fake log siding or some kind of vinyl siding, which is the same as every other park modelthree big factors. RV out there. Ours are built the same exactForest River has designed its way as a real log home and that differentAmericasParkCabinsLodge, mindset separates us from the pack.Premium and KOA Deluxe Cabin He told WCMthat the companys cabinsseries specifically for use as rental are designed to last for 50 years or more.units in parks, Duncan noted. Compared to other park model RVs thatThe companys flagship PMRV might last 10 to 20 years and then start toline is the Quailridge series, with its slowly fall apart, Smucker noted.Summit series catering to entry- He said that while the company doesntlevel customers. The Quailridge Screened porches are popular for Lancaster Log Cabins.offer different lines of PMRVs, the companyand Summit series also are avail- keeps things basic at first and then canable in the Canadian market.perform modifications on its units to match customer preferences. On the design side, Duncan ex- Forest Rivers Quailridge 39ASL features a modern interior. (717) 445-5522www.lancasterlogcabins.complained that the company followscurrenthomedesigntrendsin Pinnacle Park Homeshome dcor and styling when put- Based out of Ochlocknee, Ga., Pinnacleting together new floorplans.Park Homes is continuing to find successWe are seeing our regional behind its Rental Ready line that is gearedcustomers getting a little bit more specificallytowardRVparkandcamp-demanding as far as what they are ground owners, according to Terri Stewart,looking for in our PMRVs, he said. owner of the company. We are seeing customers come Built with a porch, the unit comes with airin and really define the PMRV they conditioning and heat included. Pinnaclewant, rather than looking at a floor- Park also offers bunk beds or the regular full-plan and saying it is good enough. and queen-sized beds. Duncan said he doesnt expect The line is designed to be quick andto see things slow down anytime easy for owners to set up once it reachessoon.Forest Rivers Quailridge 40 MLFD their park, explained Stewart.All indications I have looked at Rental Ready units typically sell in the Pinnacle Parks Rental Ready line is popular with owners.point to another strong year based on conversations I have had with dealers and regional cus- low- to mid-$30,000 range, she noted. tomers at shows, Duncan told WCM.The companys Montanaline also sells extremely well, including the Montana 8, which comes(574) 254-7163www.forestriverinc.com/parkmodels with solid surface countertops, hardwood flooring and an exposed beam ceiling. The pricerange for the Montana series sits in theKropf Industries upper $30,000 range. Kropf Industries Inc. had another record-breaking year in 2019, ac- We finished 2019 off strong and with acordingtoCurt good balance between sales to park own-Yoder, vice pres- ersandindividualbuyers,explainedidentandco- Stewart. Looking to the future, we are justownerofthe going to continue providing the productsGoshen,Ind.- our customers want. We just want to con-basedPMRV tinue building off the success we have hadbuilder.Curt Yoder Quick setup is a feature of Pinnacle Parks Rental here recently.Business Ready line.(229) 574-5159continues to look good for 2020 and we www.pinnacleparkhomes.comhave a healthy backlog at the moment,he said.Rocky Mountain StructuresYoder told WCM that the old way of Crist Stoltzfus, assistant manager of Lykens, Pa.-headquartered Rocky Mountain Structures,Kropfs Island SSL-5033P camping is going out the door, as more said that 2019 wasnt a record-breaking year for the company, but still a really good one. of the companys customers look for at- Park owners continue to be our biggest buyers, he explained to WCM. They are lookingWOODALLSCM.com February 2020-17'