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An Intricate Look at the New Tellaro Class B Motorhome

Hey, I’m Jon Krider from Thor Motorcoach, and we are sitting in the brand new Tellaro motorhome. We’re really excited about this because it’s a new entry into the B van market. Earlier this year, we introduced the Sequence. The Tellaro is the follow-up project. And the Tellaro has a few different features than what the Sequence has. And I think the first thing that you look at, when you look inside of this motorhome, it’s very bright, it’s very cheery. Whether you’re looking at the cab seats, you’re looking at the paneling that we use, whether you’re looking bat the flooring, the countertops, everything is very light and very bright. And I think that’s a huge advantage that Thor Motorcoach has because we have a female designer. And with our female designer, she goes through and she looks at it, and she looks at the trends in the market, but then she also goes back and she figures, how can she take those trends that come out of a large area and put them into a small areablike a motorhome?

So, we’re in this small B van. This floorplan is called the 20AT. It’s pretty exciting because it’s got two captain’s chairs, they flip around, makes it into a living space. And then this dinette that I’m sitting on, this is a two-person booth dinette. And it’s the first B van that we have that has three point seatbelts, so we’re pretty excited about that. And of course, we do all the testing and all the pull testing for the seatbelts, so these are going to be safe for anybody traveling on them. And then when you work your way back through the vehicle, you’re going to see lots of places for storage. 

So, B vans inherently are small, but we try to make them as big as possible on the inside so that you got lots of drawers, lots of cabinets, overhead, below the cabinets. And then, of course, you have a pretty unique bathroom situation, where you have a mid-bath, it’s an all in one bath. And from there, you’ve got a nice tambour door that covers up the entry in and out of it, so you have privacy. And then in the back of the vehicle, you have more or less what is a king size bed. So, you have a very large bed back there. And the bed comes in more or less three pieces, there’s three cushions. So, you could actually flip up the center cushion, and now you’ve got storage. So, if you’ve got something big like a kayak, or fishing poles, or oars for your canoe, you can put all that right down the center.nAnd you’re taking it with you, and then when you get to wherever you’re camping, there you go, you just pop it off the back.

Or you just take the bed, flip it down over the top of it, and you can still keep all your belongings inside. You know, one–some of the other things that we do on this vehicle is this is our first entry into a lithium battery system. We call it the reliable power system by Thor Motorcoach. And we’ve partnered with a company called Mastervolt. And Mastervolt is really large into the industrial space and also the marine space. And we have 11,000 watts of electricity on this. Now, that’s an option, and this option gives you two batteries, it gives you an under hood alternator, it gives you an autostart for the engine. And it is going to be the largest battery pack that there is out there in the market for the ProMaster chassis. The reason we went with Mastervolt is because they have more than 40,000 batteries currently in the market, and so they’ve got a proven track record since 2008 of putting these kind of batteries out into the market that are made for vehicles. They’re not made for in your house or storage areas that don’t move. They’re made for mobile environments. They also have a full- system is all 12-volt. We don’t have to do any converting from 58 or 48 volts like you see in the automotive space. So, the 12-volt is something that consumers in the RV market and also dealers in the RV market understand. So, we think from a reliability standpoint, it’s quite simple, a 12-volt, because there won’t be any conversion that a dealer needs to worry about.

Now, that highlights pretty much the majority of things on the inside. Now, if we move to the outside, the outside has got a ton of features too. So, on top of this vehicle, we have a pop top. Thor Industries purchased Erwin Hymer Group, which is the big motorhome manufacturer in Germany. And obviously, they had some really great ideas for small motorhomes that they do overseas. And we were able to take some of those ideas and add it here to the Tellaro van.

So, there is a queen size sleeping space that’s up above the van. And above the van, you can pop the top up when you get somewhere. It’s tent material, it’s got a fiberglass roof on the top, and it’s got little windows that zip down. So, if you’re on the beach out in California, or you’re headed down to Florida and it’s nice and cool in the spring, you could open that up and kind of enjoy the outdoors on the indoors. We also use all Thule products on the outside, so your awning, your roof ladder, your bike rack on the back are Thule. And of course, that’s a name brand that most people are going to see if they’ve ever been to an REI store, or ever gone, you know, camping out in the northwest. Probably one of the last things is that this coach is completely multiplex’d. When we were coming up with the design, we thought it was a really good idea to make a central panel in this van, where you control everything. So, whether it’s your HVAC, your lights, your awning, anything on this vehicle is controlled from a single panel, which is also compatible with your cell phone. So, you can take the app. And you can control everything in the vehicle from your cell phone from out into the campground, or maybe even just down the– down the beach a little bit further. You want to make sure that you turn all your lights on or turn your lights off before you come back to the vehicle.

So, I think the Tellaro is going to be quite a good seller for us. So far here at the show, it’s been very popular. And we look forward to getting some retail feedback once it gets out in the field.