The newest manufacturer I added to our Member Management Console (MMC) is Vanleigh RV, with a single model, the Vilano. I typically check out each new manufacturer we add to our system by going to their website, and having a look around. With VanleighRV.com, the only thing I could do is enter my email address to get updates, which I did by the way.
Sherman RV Center is the dealer that asked me to add Vanleigh RV to our MMC. They were the first dealer in the country to get a Vilano on their lot. I thought that was pretty special, so I contacted Sherman RV to find out more about this new RV manufacturer.
In talking with Mark Castor, Sales Manager at Sherman RV Center, I found out that they received the first 2 Vilano units off the line, and expect to get more sometime in September. Mark had nothing but praise for Vanleigh RV, and the Vilano. Per Mark, the Vilano high end features similar to what you would see in a motor home is what sets it apart – high quality solid wood cabinetry, hand-laid backsplash, unique panel for lighting and controls, 3rd A/C on 40’ fifth wheel, tall slide-outs, open space, 6-point leveling system, hydraulic leveling jacks, and more.
Shortly thereafter I got a call from Ryan Ellson at Vanleigh RV, an extremely nice guy that was more than happy to answer all of my questions, and provide me with more details for this blog post.
Here’s my Q&A with Ryan Ellson:
Q: Why did Vanleigh RV choose Sherman RV Center as the 1st dealer to get / sell their Fifth Wheels?
A: Proximity – Sherman RV Center is about 60 miles from our plant, give or take. As we start our dealer network, we feel staying close to home will allow us to get our infrastructure up and running with the best customer service to both dealers and consumers.
Q: Is Vilano your only model?
A: Yes, but as we grow, and get market penetration, one of our goals is to expand our model line-up to include toy haulers, and smaller fifth wheels.
Q: How many floor plans are you offering for the Vilano?
A: We have 1 floor plan right now, and it’s considered our flagship floor plan. We will have another floor plan in September, and then another to present at the RVIA Show in Louisville, KY the first week in December.
Q: What response or feedback have you had so far on the Vilano?
A: I was at the dealership when a couple bought the first Vilano that Sherman RV received from us, and they loved it. They were looking for a high end motor home, but the features incorporated into the Vilano, such as the high end lighting, high quality mattress, nice and open spacing, etc., is what sold them. They thanked me for listening to feedback from RVers like them, and putting in the high end features in our fifth wheel that are typically only seen in a motor home.
When asked more about Vanleigh RV, Ryan let me know that the key individuals in the ownership are well respected in the RV Industry with many, many years of experience. They plan to take it one day at a time, one unit at a time, and focus on producing a high quality product.
Cindy Spencer 🙂
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