2016 Elkhart Manufacturers’ Open House Dubbed “Best Ever”

img_9194Making the trip to Elkhart Indiana from South Burlington, Vermont, Pete’s RV center arrived to the ninth annual Manufacturers’ Open House event.  Being dubbed, “The best open house event in history,” manufacturers like Thor and Forest River previewed what’s new and exciting for 2017. The following photo album provides a nice mix of everything displayed this year. Enjoy!

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2016 Forest River Cherokee and Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features

2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features
Friday, August 21st 2015 22:19:33

With all the comfort and quality you have come to expect from Cherokee, your family will enjoy a truly enjoyable camping experience with this lineup of travel trailers and fifth wheels. The Grey Wolf by Cherokee is engineered with impeccable quality, distinctive features, superior comfort and remarkable affordability. Escape the ordinary, relax, and enjoy family and friends in a Grey Wolf.

Learn All About Cherokee and Grey Wolf travel trailers on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel.

RV Lifestyle Consultant, Joe Vartuli provides a special multi-unit walk through on the popular features found in Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailers (using a Cherokee 294BH & Grey Wolf 23DBH for the demo) including:

    • Friction Hinge Exterior Doors
    • Solid Wood Bedroom Privacy Doors
    • Prewired for Optional Back-Up Camera
    • Flush Floor Slideouts (Cherokee Models Only)
    • Nightstand on Each Side of Bed
    • Blue LED Interior Lighting
    • Solar Ready

Some additional features that make Cherokee & Grey Wolf travel trailers stand out:

      • High Gloss Seamless Countertops
      • Wooden Blinds
      • Electric Tongue Jack
      • High Rise Kitchen Faucet
      • LED Electric Awning
      • Drawers With Side-Mounted Steel Roller Guides
      • Powder Coated Rust Resistant Frame

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cherokee travel trailers and Grey Wolf travel trailers at PetesRV.com!

Video Transcript | 2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)

Joe: Hi I’m Joe Vartuli, RV Lifestyle Consultant, here at Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vermont. We’re on a nice sunny August day. we’re going to do a video for you today on the Forest River Cherokee and Grey Wolf product. it’s a product that we’ve had this year that it’s been really popular, the price points are terrific. You can get into ’em for, a lot of ’em for under the $20,000.00 range. There’s a few models like this one, that are a little bit over.

Well, me and Josh are in the the 294 2016 Cherokee Limited. this is a double slide model. and you’re gonna see, if you look around to your right Josh a little bit, you’ll see the big U-shaped dinette. Also, the nice baseball stitch, leather sofa that folds out to make a, a scissor sofa, to make another bed for you. once again this table drops down and makes a very large bedding area. two adults, pretty much can use this area as well. now with the bunk beds in the back, you may not have a lot of use for it, but it’s there is you need it.

Some things you’ll notice solid surface counter tops, okay. Nice cherry stain on the woodwork, roller ball bearing drawer glides, full extension that come all the way out. And residential looking faucets even though the price point is lower, once again residential style features lots of storage. Deep cabinets that go all the way back in here through. One thing on the Cherokee as well, it does have what they call climate control. So the air conditioning system is ducted. It goes from one end to the other and you can set the temperature as you want either in a cold climate with your furnace or you know . When it’s hot the air conditioning system will, will you put it on the temperature you want the, it will come and go as it needs to no need to hot, high cool or medium either with your heating system or your air conditioning system because it’s climate controlled [00:02:00] much, much easier to maintain and it will keep a nice, nice even ambient temperature in here.

something new they’re doing with Forest River this year at least with this, with this suburban cook top. It is a glass covered cook top it’s, it’s, it’s all flush mount. And you have your three burner range underneath here so you’re not losing any of that. But yet they put a nice elegant cover over the top. Also, of course, your Magic Chef microwave in this overhead fan to pull the moisture out when you’re cooking. Two-way Norco refrigerators are in these as well. And this unit here has a nice big pantry you can see how deep it really is and you’ll find a this in most of the Cherokee’s their trying to give you as much storage as they can the floor plans that they offer you and once again without stretching your budget the blue accent lighting you can see over the over the top of the slide out just gives it a little nicer look, a little more modern look. U

h if we go around to the front in a little bit before we go to the bunk area. Josh, you have the bedroom area here, you have two shirt-wards you’ll notice they changed the wallboard a little different color back here it’s a little darker on the back part, helps you with your sleeping in the evening. Also, you’re gonna notice cloth shades, cloth made shades that go up and down. your safety window is right there. That might have messed up the camera a little bit. and also hard doors so your entertainment center is up here with the with the faux wall and also you have hard doors here that will shut the room right off so it’s very private. And we’ll show ’em this front entertainment center and there’s a place to clip your TV on these do not come with a flat screen which you can, they’re ready, they come with a mount that will mount right on the wall. Here your cable hook-up and everything is right here. Your bolstered TV antennae too as well am FM DVD player that is built in the limited models.

Alright, and the flooring you can see it’s got kind of plank wood look [00:04:00] and this is a thick rubberized congoleum so it’s very cold weather crack resistant as well. And stain release carpet. the Cherokee also gives you, you notice how flush floor this n-, this is not built up so there’s no step up into your slide out the system and big drawers that pull out from underneath your dinette and make getting, make getting to your, to the extra stuff that you bring very easy. you’re gonna see wooden mini blinds in the living room here they’re not just using you know a very low-cost mini by-, metal mini blind they’re using nice residential style wooden ones. And hard, hard valances over your window as well.

And we’re going to go back we’re going to go back to the bunk room on this unit ’cause it does have the second slide and you’re gonna see. These two fold out small, small couches or, or seats whatever you want to call ’em they will fold out to make beds. So you could have one, two, three, with your top bunk which does fold up and it will actually stay there so if you have a TV and entertainment center back here there you go they can sit a wanna do a Playstation, your kids can do a Playstation or watch a movie, whatever they want to do on a rainy day.

Also, a big oversized bunk with a skylight over it so you get some natural light back here you have a built in ladder to get to this bunk and also storage you have a place where the TV with the hook-ups here and you also have tons of storage over here as well. So clothes, entertainment center, nice bright windows, nice airy open feel to this 294 Cherokee eh we’ll open up the a the bathroom here for ya and you can see there’s a second door to the outside. Your fluid flush toilet is standard on these [00:06:00] you’ll also have your medicine cabinet that’s actually usable. And nice nickel plated pulls here on all the doors so it’s nice and sturdy (a cough) excuse me. We’ll shut that. Once again the construction underneath this floor underneath the box floor is actually it’s, it’s tongue and groove plywood marine grade so its 5/8 inches it’s very thick. There’s not a lot of giving the trailer will last a long time between your thick floor decking and your nice thick roof decking which is fully walkable it gives you a nice sturdy built … travel trailer.

Inside the Grey Wolf, this is a 2016 23DBH and folks you want to talk about a great value for a young family that’s starting out camping? this unit gives you two large bunks on the back. oversize it gives you a slide out it gives you all the power stuff we pointed to you on outside plus some of the neat features. And you can notice we have a raised up dinette here. It’s all U-shaped wooden blinds here behind it. You still have a place to get underneath your dinette even with the Grey Wolf price point to slide your extra drinks in or whatever you need to clothes. Blankets. whatever you need. Also, the bow style flooring the thick rubberized congoleum. you’ll also notice in the galley here you’re not losing anything with the Grey Wolf you actually have solid surface counter tops you have the flush mount gas Suburban cook top you have your Norcold gas electric refrigerator, your magic chef microwave, the same as the Cherokee with the nickel pulls on it so you’re not losing any of this at this price point. It just these is just a little bit more affordable.

Like I said for the young families [00:08:00] that want to start out camping and have a little bit of extra room. Slide outs and this unit, the larger bunks. Now all the Grey Wolf’s have these features. We just happen to be demonstrating this one today but the woodwork, the flooring, the countertops, the stone in the front by the entertainment center, the bedroom setups with the wardrobes, they all have that stuff. It’s just, we’re in this floor plan today. Okay, so it sho … shows you the double bunks. Also in the bathroom, you have your fluid flush toilet. skylight over your tub as well which you will not see at these price points in almost any other brand. And full medicine cabinet and excuse me.

This Grey Wolf also has ducted a/c and it’s all climate controlled. And here is the here is the control unit right here. You put it on the furnace. you put it on a/c whatever temperature you want it’ll come and go as you need it too. Once again, it makes your camping experience great. not a lot to play around with just enjoy yourself.

Also, I didn’t go over the wallboard and the, the floor the, the wallboard and the ceiling board they are both vinyl. You can use Windex or 409 or a good cleaner that’s mild you won’t take any of the colors off on it, okay. Josh show ’em both windows, safety window on the bottom and you have another skylight on top so you get a lot of natural light in on these campers. I’ll go around to the and of course your, your faux stone walls. A place for your TV all your cable and satellite hook-ups are all set to go. You am FM DVD system which comes on the limited models. And of course your bedroom once again with your shirt-wards on each side and nice deep cabinets over the top for more clothes storage hard doors for privacy [00:10:00] all right and they also give you a nice comforter on all the beds and that’s kind of a quick overview inside of the Grey Wolf.

Video Transcript | 2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)

This is 2016, 294, and just some of the quick stuff on the outside. We’ll try to make it, not too, not too boring for you. the outside, you notice it’s got a full aluminum front here, a metal front that’s pull over on the, that’s painted, a big piece of diamond plate on the bottom for stones and rocks that could kick up. Also, your powder-coated, big, I-beam frame down underneath here. Even though this is a lower price point trailer, they actually are built very, very well, and I’ll go over a few things on that.

you’ll notice power tongue jack is standard, and almost all of our Cherokees and Grey Wolf come with a Limited package, so you’re going to get power tongue jack, standard. You’re going to get power awning, standard, with LED lights. you’re gonna have accent LEDs on the inside as well, and we’ll show you, we’ll show you that when we go inside. also they’re solar-ready. The Cherokee is already set up for solar panels. it, you just plug into the outside here and put your, your portable panels up. It’ll recharge your battery system.

also, the tanks on this are enclosed. The, that way for colder weather, it will help you. Your, your tank will not freeze up. Your freshwater tank, and holding tanks will not freeze up, as long as you are running your furnace. It, kind of a, kind of a small, polar package on this. it does have a full, walkable roof. once again, even though the price points are terrific, the roof is fully walkable. You can go up there without putting plywood down and service your roof as you need to and clean it.

a lot of, lot of stuff on this price point is, you cannot do that with. also, 15-inch running gear on these as well, nitrogen-filled radial tires, that will, will be a little more even in, in their pressure. They’ll stay that way longer, and also a nice champagne color to these on the outside. The Cherokees have a nice champagne color. They have nice graphics, you can [00:02:00] see the chrome Limited right here for the package that’s on all of our units as well. Four big BAL stabilizing jacks, one on each corner. They’re very heavy duty, keep your camper from bouncing around when you’re in there.

also, you see a gas hookup here in the front, so our Cherokees do come with an external gas hookup on all of ’em. Now this model, the 294, has an outside, rear kitchen, and we’ll show that to you when we go around to the outside. just some things that I went over earlier when we first started. The aluminum front, front cap on this unit; the powder-coated I-beam steel frame; and, also, the power tongue jack, which is standard on the Cherokee Limited … just to reiterate that stuff. Also, and the diamond plate, that is all still here, (laughs) okay?

you wanna notice the big opening for your storage. All right. So that’s pass-through. It also goes underneath your bed, which lifts up on the inside, so there’s a ton of storage in this, grills, chairs, whatever you need to put in here, tools, whatever you need to bring on your camping trip. also, the solar-ready system, a plugin is right here. You just pull this cover off … which should be easier than that … anyway, it does, it just pops off of there, and you would plo-, your, plug your solar panel right into there.

I’m going to come around to the awning, and you’re gonna see this is a power awning. All right. Just press the button in or out. It has a automatic rain dump on it, so when it’s raining out, you don’t have to worry about it. Also, the, and the blue LEDs out here that give it a nice, a little different look than some of the white ones you’ll see. A friction door, all right, this door, there’s no need to have the small clip that breaks on the outside like a lot of RVs have. The hinges have a tight friction on ’em, and you can see, I gotta put quite a bit of pressure to open this up, but if I open it up, it’ll stay right there. I don’t have to have the little plastic latches that eventually break, and mold away on this unit.

entry assist, large entry-assist grab door handle on all the Cherokees [00:04:00], so to get up into there, you just grab that handle, step, and aw-, away you go, it makes it a lot easier for you. one thing with the Cherokee as well, this is gas and electric hot water tank. This is a Suburban 6-gallon. It’s about 18, 16.2 gallons per hour, quick recovery. you can use this off of propane if you’re at a state park. If you’re at your traditional campground, then you can plug it when you’re plugged into the shore power. you will have your electric element, too, that works. You can also use ’em in tandem. When you’re using a lotta hot water, they’ll recuperate, quite a bit quicker.

All right. We’re gonna go back to the side here. 28,000 BTU Suburban furnace is on these Cherokees. Also, another place for a TV, so you could unclip the one in the living room, bring it out here, and you can clip it right on the outside. They give you w-, GFI outlets, and you might need this by your picnic table if you want to deal with coffee pot, lamps, whatever you’re doing out there, and, also, you have cable TV hookups here as well. So you can have, your satellite or cable TV right on the outside, underneath the awning so good, good features. Also, the speakers are out here, too, as well.

some things I did go over, the radial tires, they are nitrogen filled. Also, they use a gray steel wheel on here, so they will not, they will not show the pitting and rust the way that a white spoke wheel will. They’ll, they’ll hold up quite a bit longer. to the back here, Josh, the second entry door on this model, as well, to the bathroom, and here’s the outside cook station, so they’re giving you more cabinets. They even kept the, the nickel poles on here as well, solid surface out here. They didn’t skimp and put the, the lower-priced Formica out here. Refriger-, electric refrigerator for your, for your drinks or some food that you wanna keep out here while you’re at the campground.

And the best feature is, of course, your two-burner stove, so if you wanna be out here cooking breakfast, if you wanna do different types, types of dishes, you may have [00:06:00] your grill back here somewhere. This model, comes with a built-in rear bike rack, so that folds down. You can put bicycles on there, you could put firewood, you could put coolers, even a small scooter (laughs) if it would fit on there. it’ll take about 200-pounds worth of weight, and that’s another great feature that you see that, that Cherokee does give you.

And you’ll notice the elongated window, and also there’s a, you see the backup camera here. If you wanna purchase the, the, the system itself, through Forest River or through our, our Parts Department, you can actually have a backup camera installed. It’s all wireless. it’s ready to go, you just have to purchase the front part of it that goes in your vehicle. Okay. And what we’re gonna do here, we’re gonna go over to the Grey Wolf and do a few things on that.

Folks, we’re, we’re on to the Grey Wolf now. We just did some stuff on the Cherokee for you. We’re on to the Grey Wolf. We wanna show you some features on this. once again, the price points on these are even lower than what the Cherokees are, even though they have a lotta the same terrific features on ’em. first thing you see is the, the metal front end on this, just like the Cherokee. You’ll see the Limited up there, that means our Limiteds come with a power tongue jack, the power, the powered awning, the AM/FM, DVD system, and a few other features we’ll get to.

also, you’re gonna see the diamond plate. You didn’t lose this on the Grey Wolf. The powder-coated I-beam frame, you didn’t lose. Of course, your power tongue jack that actually has a light on it, so you can see it when you’re back up in the evening, you know, propane tank covers … you still have all that stuff … also, a walkable roof on the Grey Wolf, still. gonna come around to the side. You see the solar-ready panel. It is still here on the Gray Wolf, so you can plug into your, you know, your, portable solar panel, and keep your batteries charged up if you’re at a state park, a great feature that you don’t have to fight with. You just plug it in.

full pass-through storage, once again, on the Grey Wolf, [00:08:00] and you can see they put a felt lining down on the bottom here. go around to the side, you see your outside security lights, the elongated windows and, also, your power awning with an LED light in it as well, and the strip is running right underneath that power awning. this door here, same thing, fric-, friction-hinge door on both the Cherokee and Grey Wolf make it very easy for you. Grab handle-assist when you go in lar-, and extra-large ent-, entry-assist handle.

Also, you have cable hookup. You have power hookups. You’re not losing any of this on the Grey Wolf, even though it’s a little bit less of a price point. you’ll also notice the 3-tier color. You have a, you have a champagne on the top. You have a little bit of white with graphics, and then you have champagne and brown on the bottom. So it’s, not just a white, it’s not just a white trailer sticking out there. you’ll notice your, these have 14-inch radial tires, which are nitrogen filled.

All right. This one has a second entry into the bathroom as well. This is the 23, Grey Wolf, the DBH model with the double-size bunks. You’re also gonna notice the 4 BAL stabilizers are still on this unit. Your built in bike racks stays one the Grey Wolf, and, also, it has the, the, the backup camera system is pre-wired. You just have to buy that separate, all right, but it is here for you. automotive marker lights everywhere for safety, and also these all have, you know, fresh, fresh, fresh water holding tank, black water, gray water, you have all these things in these great price point trailers. hope you enjoyed a little, quick, quick tour of these, and, we’ll see you in the next video. Thank you.