Elevation at Hershey
Just spent multiple days at the Hershey RV show, an annual event since I live 15 minutes away. The Elevation display had a gorgeous full body paint Las Vegas unit with every option as well as nicely equipped Homestead and Speedway units - and even some Altitude units. I had the good fortune to meet Christian Muffoletto from Crossroads (and here on the forum) as well as Michelle Darrenkamp, Crossroads Regional Sales Manager for Elevation and Altitude. Wife and I were fortunate enough to chat quite a bit with Michelle and learned quite a lot. The Crossroads folks treated us very nicely.
I wish this story had a better ending, but I did not buy an RV at this year's show. We were extremely interested and Tom (Sales Manager at Hitch RV) was very aggressive with his pricing. We initially thought the Las Vegas bedroom with the front window and very spacious was the ticket and it really was a great value for the price. After we wandered around the show for a while, we realized that based on how we use our unit - car show club headquarters, motorcycle events (and we added Sturgis this year), lots of dry camping - that inside living space was more important than a huge bedroom. The Homestead unit would have been a better choice but not quite right, and as I approach retirement we are looking for the perfect RV. The next one may be my last one, and since my 3612 is working perfectly (thanks to John Woodcox and Randy at the factory) it's still ours. Until we find the perfect unit, as if......
Wife and I are like kids in the candy store at the show, and we explored all manufacturers. I did not take any pictures, sorry. Similar models to the Elevation units on display may be found with lots of pictures at hitchrv.com, including 74 pictures of a Las Vegas unit with full body paint. The Elevation models were equipped with the lightweight patio sides that are attached to the door frame instead of the door and set up in moments, and are very handy. A couple other manufacturers are now using the MORryde ramp, with no external springs - springs and cables are in the door frame and the ramp lifts with one finger. Hoping Elevation soon adds this or a similar feature, as long as supplier contracts allow.
Thanks again to the Crossroads folks for a great show experience.
Wandering around the show, I have great respect for all the sales folks that don't cringe when they hear someone say they would buy this RV if it only had this (add your own) feature. I heard it so many times, and said it a couple too.
Denny and Deb Viola
2013 Elevation 3612 (traded on SOB, 2/2016)
2014 RAM Laramie Longhorn 6.7/Aisin/4.10/DRW (new upgrade June 2014)
2012 Can-Am RT Limited
President, Susquehanna Valley Chapter Shelby Dodge Auto Club (SDAC).