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Corralling The Cutaways: Type C Motorhomes Print Email

Type C motorhomes come in all sizes, lengths, and power trains, and most motorhome manufacturers offer one or more models.

By Jim Brightly, F358406
Technical Editor
April 2007

Arguably, some of the very first motorized recreation vehicles were built using a type C motorhome design. The history of the type C literally goes all the way back to the original self-powered “camping” vehicle. In the Roaring '20s, Henry Ford took one of his company’s truck chassis, had it modified, and mounted a custom-built “house” to its frame rails. Thus, known as a "house car" and similar in appearance to the Pullman sleeper cars of the era, Mr. Ford used the vehicle to take friends — among them famed inventor Thomas Edison — fishing and hunting on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

In the 1960s and ‘70s, when the first new type A and bus conversion coaches began making their appearance on dealers’ lots, slide-in camper manufacturers began cutting away the rear walls of pickup trucks and permanently mounting slightly modified versions of their campers directly to the trucks’ frames; these were called chassis mounts. Some of the more daring manufacturers also began cutting off van bodies behind the cab area and adding a “house” to their chassis; however, some of these early van conversions suffered from being overweight and underpowered.

Eventually, the name game was settled and cutaways — whether on the chassis of a pickup, a van, or a semi-truck — became known as Class C or type C motorhomes. That is, any cutaway on which the cab portion of the vehicle is retained in front of the house came under the type C banner, regardless of its size or level of luxury.

Today, most type C motorhomes are built on an automotive-manufactured van frame or truck chassis; in several cases, a traditional truck chassis is used. The chassis includes the cab, frame rails, fuel tank, power train, and, if so equipped, dual rear wheels. The cab’s automotive features are retained, although they are often augmented by the motorhome manufacturer. The coach or house portion of the motorhome is built on the chassis.

A feature that used to be fairly common to most type C motorhomes is the sleeping area or additional storage that’s situated above the cab. Nowadays, many manufacturers use this area for storage and an entertainment package. Although type C motorhomes are usually smaller than type A motorhomes, they often provide more sleeping room. This is achieved through a bedroom, a sofa bed, a bench-style dinette that converts into a bed, the cab-over bed, or some combination of all of these.

The construction of the house portion of a type C is pretty much the same as a type A. It can include laminated or vacuum-laminated walls, roof, and interior floor. Aluminum, steel, welded L-channel or tubular metal, and wood are used to create the infrastructure of the floor, walls, and roof. Type Cs can be insulated with residential-style fiberglass or foam-core insulation, and they usually come with a rubber or fiberglass roof. Exterior storage may or may not be pass-through (coach-wide).

What type C models are available today, and which manufacturers are producing them? This article attempts to answer these questions. It includes many of the type Cs currently on the market. Because type Cs within a manufacturer’s stable often are quite similar, we've highlighted one model from each manufacturer; however, we do list all of the other models available from that manufacturer.

To make this body of information user-friendly, 16 points of comparison have been listed for each highlighted model. These points include dimensions (exterior length and width, interior height, and wheelbase); weight ratings (gross vehicle weight rating and gross combination weight rating); tank capacities (fuel, fresh water, gray water, black water, and LPG); engines available (horsepower and torque); base suggested retail price; and available options.

Keep in mind that standard and optional features vary from coach to coach — and from manufacturer to manufacturer — and what’s considered an option from one manufacturer may be standard for another. These differences will affect the base suggested retail price. And just like buying a new car, the final cost of any motorhome will be affected by options, transportation costs, dealer preparation fees, taxes, licensing fees, and dealer and manufacturer discounts (where applicable).

The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and gross combination weight rating (GCWR) are helpful when determining what size motorhome is best for you. The GVWR is the maximum permissible weight of the fully loaded motorhome, including liquids, passengers, and cargo. The GCWR is the value specified by the motorhome manufacturer as the maximum allowable combined weight of the motorhome and an attached towed vehicle. This and other important weight information is included on all Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) certification labels found on motorhomes built by manufacturers affiliated with RVIA.

Although the RVIA weight certification label will provide helpful and necessary information, it’s recommended that you weigh any motorhome you intend to buy before finalizing your purchase. Make sure that it will have sufficient carrying capacity for your needs and will be safe to operate when fully loaded.
For more information about weights and safety, visit the Motorhome Guide section of www.fmca.com or the Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation Web site at www.rvsafety.org.

The information provided has been verified by each company and is accurate as of press time. Keep in mind, however, that prices, specifications, and options can change at any time.


Bigfoot Industries
4114 Crozier Road, Armstrong, BC, Canada, V0E 1B6; (250) 546-2177; www.bigfootrv.com

Model(s): 3000 Series and 4000 Series
Highlighted model: The 30MH29SL is constructed with an insulation value of R-12 and enjoys an all-season functionality with heated and insulated holding tanks. It is a basement storage model with all-fiberglass construction.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 29 feet 8 inches
Interior height: 6 feet 6 inches | Exterior width: 100 inches
Wheelbase: 200 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities:
Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 63 gallons
Gray water: 30 gallons | Black water: 32 gallons
LPG: 21 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 3,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $98,415 (USD) including Preferred Option Package and Winter Package
Options: Sliding battery tray; 13,500-Btu air conditioner; bedroom décor package; burled oak dash plate; interior and exterior entertainment centers; Fan-Tastic Vent Fan in bathroom, bedroom, and front bunk area; 4-kw generator; LCD TVs in the bedroom and front bunk; Optima leather command chairs; painted skirts and running boards; raised oak refrigerator insert panels; rear roller bar; rearview camera system; recessed box awning; slide topper awning; solar panel; DVD player with surround-sound stereo; 27-inch flat-screen television; twin beds; liquid propane/120-volt-AC water heater; heated remote mirrors; power windows and door locks; and power driver’s seat. Optional Winter Package: auxiliary rear heater; additional deep-cycle battery; Motoraid water heater; and thermal windows. Preferred Option Package: black tank rinse system; electric step; generator-ready package; TV antenna; microwave oven; rack and ladder; rear axle airbags with air compressor system; skylight with pleated shade; dash AM-FM stereo with CD player; stainless-steel wheel simulators.


Born Free Motorcoach Inc.
Division of Dodgen Industries Inc., 1505 13th Street N., Humboldt, IA 50548; (866) 267-6373; www.bornfreemotorcoach.com

Model(s): 22-foot Built For Two, 24-foot Rear Bath, 26-foot Rear Bath, 26-foot Rear Side Bed, and 32-foot President
Highlighted model: The President offers a Link Ultra-Ride air system, reinforced tubular steel roll bar construction, a molded fiberglass body, solid wood cabinetry, and large cargo and towing capacities. The President is built on a General Motors Kodiak chassis, which provides the necessary weight capacity for the motorhome, which is larger than other Born Free models.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 32 feet 4 inches
Exterior width: 101½: inches | Interior height: 7 feet
Wheelbase: 213 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 19,500 pounds
GCWR: 26,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 60 gallons| Fresh water: 47 gallons
Gray water: 57 gallons | Black water: 37 gallons
LPG: 23 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet Express
Engine(s) available: Chevy Vortec 8.1-liter V-8 (horsepower: 325 @ 4,000 rpm, torque: 450 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm) | Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 300 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 520 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $131,420
Options: Onan 6.5-kw generator; power awning; Bose Wave radio; satellite TV system (in-motion or stationary); color backup monitor; 23-inch or 17-inch LCD TV with DVD; body paint; Casual Elegance interior design package; twin 13,500-Btu roof air conditioners.


Coach House Inc.
3480 Technology Drive, Nokomis, FL 34275; (800) 235-0984; www.coachhouserv.com

Model(s): Platinum
Highlighted model: The Coach House Platinum 232XL features a one-piece molded fiberglass body, two HWH slideouts, a permanent double bed, an entertainment center with surround-sound stereo, a generator, indoor and outdoor showers, a fully self-contained ducted roof air conditioner with heat strip, luxurious decor, Optima leather upholstery, thermal-pane windows, and two Fan-Tastic Vent roof vents.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 23 feet 2 inches
Exterior width: 96 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 3 inches
Wheelbase: 158 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 28 gallons
Gray water: 28 gallons | Black water: 25 gallons
LPG: 17 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,240 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $131,000
Options: Automatic leveling system; power inverter; satellite dish; awning; heated holding tanks; floor safe; built-in coffeemaker.


Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Company
Division of Coachmen Industries Inc. , P.O. Box 30, Middlebury, IN 46540; (800) 881-8765; www.coachmenrv.com

Model(s): Concord, Freelander, and Leprechaun
Highlighted model: The Freelander 3130 IS is an industry-first double-slideout model with an island counter and marine-style barstools in the galley. Across from the island counter is a 140-inch sleeper sofa. The slideouts are opposite each other in the galley/dining area to provide optimum space for entertaining. The Freelander also has more than 100 cubic feet of exterior storage space, including the rear storage bay with access on three sides.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 31 feet 11 inches
Exterior width: 100 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 11 inches
Wheelbase: 208 inches
Weight ratings:
GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 50 gallons
Gray water: 28 gallons | Black water: 27 gallons
LPG: 16 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,240 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm
Base suggested retail price: $78,393
Options: Cab-over entertainment center with 26-inch LCD TV; side entertainment center; dual auxiliary battery upgrade; automatic power entrance steps; stainless-steel wheel inserts; air-assist suspension.


Dynamax Corporation
2745 Northland Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514; (888) 295-7859; www.dynamaxcorp.com

Model(s): DynaQuest ST, DynaQuest XL, DynaSport UTV, Grand Sport GT, Grand Sport Ultra, Isata E-Series, and Isata F-Series
Highlighted model: The DynaQuest XL DQ340XL is built on a Freightliner chassis and features a Caterpillar 350-horsepower engine. A backup camera and color monitor facilitate backing the coach, especially in tight or poorly lit situations. A 23-inch flat-screen TV and a Bose LS 18 DVD/CD player with surround-sound stereo come standard.
The motorhome also features a booth dinette with a Corian-top table, a spacious living room, and a walk-around bedroom with a queen-size bed. The bathroom is large and roomy with a skylight in the shower. The motorhome has a 14,000-pound towing capacity, Corian countertops, hardwood flooring, Ultraleather upholstery, and hardwood wardrobes. Posi-Lock hardware on the cabinets and drawers prevents doors and drawers from coming open when the motorhome is being driven.
Other standards include a three-burner gas cooktop, a 10-cubic-foot Dometic refrigerator, and hydraulic living room and electric bedroom slideouts with side cross-flow vent windows. Plenty of storage space is available inside and out, including a large rear trunk that holds up to 7.5 cubic feet of cargo. Five full-body paint packages and interior design schemes are available.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 34 feet 6 inches
Exterior width: 101 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 6 inches
Wheelbase: 226 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 33,000 pounds
GCWR: 44,500 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 100 gallons | Fresh water: 95 gallons
Gray water: 36 gallons | Black water: 33 gallons
LPG: 20.3 gallons
Chassis: Freightliner M2
Engine(s) available: Caterpillar diesel (horsepower: 350 @ 2,200 rpm, torque: 860 lb.-ft. @ 1,440 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $248,548
Options: Ceramic tile flooring; Bose LS 28 DVD/CD surround-sound stereo system; sleeper sofa with air mattress; navigation system; CB radio; rear sonar; tire air pressure monitoring system; Onan 7.5-kw generator; 2,000-watt power inverter.


EarthRoamer
2745 Industrial Lane #101, Broomfield, CO 80020; (720) 304-3174; www.earthroamer.com

Model(s): XV-LT
Highlighted model: The EarthRoamer XV-LT combines the luxury of a high-line coach with the mobility of an SUV, accented with a sense of style usually seen in fine automobiles. These attributes make it the ultimate all-purpose, all-conditions expedition vehicle.
Standard features include a king-size bed with a memory foam mattress, a 510-amp-hour AGM battery bank, solar panels totaling 510 watts, granite counters, a 7-cubic-foot refrigerator, a microwave-convection oven, maple cabinetry, dual-pane acrylic windows with integrated bug screens and privacy shades, a 2-foot-by-3-foot skylight in the bunk, LED task lighting, a diesel-fired ceramic cooktop, a diesel-fired forced-air heater and hydronic system, air-conditioning, booth seating that converts to an additional bed, a 10-inch-deep stainless-steel sink, a cedar-lined closet, four-wheel drive, and nitrogen-charged shock absorbers with a remote reservoir.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 25 feet 1 inch
Exterior width: 96 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 5 inches
Wheelbase: 176 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 17,950 pounds
GCWR: 30,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 59 gallons | Fresh water: 85 gallons
Gray water: 26 gallons | Black water: 5-gallon cassette
LPG: N/A
Chassis: Ford F-550 4x4 Crew Cab
Engine(s) available: Ford Power Stroke 6.4-liter diesel (horsepower: 350 @ 3,300 rpm, torque: 650 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $203,000
Options: Front winch; rear winch; HID off-road lights; additional cab-over storage; larger fuel tank (replaces the standard 19-gallon front tank with a 50-gallon tank); Brew Express stainless-steel coffeemaker; removable cot in the cab; 7-cfm @ 100-psi air compressor; removable exterior storage locker; weather station; magazine rack; fully integrated entertainment and navigation package that includes a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth capability, iPod-ready, a 10-gigabyte music hard drive, voice recognition, satellite radio, Navtraffic, a CD player, and a DVD player; upgraded amplifier and speakers in the cab; rear seat headrest DVD players with 7-inch screens and wireless headphones; security system; 15-inch LCD flat-screen TV with DVD player and CD player; AM-FM head unit in the house area; low-profile in-motion satellite TV receiver. Additional options are available upon request.


Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.
3125 Myers Street, Riverside, CA 92513-7638; (800) 444-4905; www.fleetwoodrv.com

Model(s): Jamboree, Jamboree GT, Tioga, and Tioga SL
Highlighted model: Fleetwood created the Tioga SL for families to relax together. And that starts with its wide range of floor plans, designed so everyone has room to sleep, eat, and play comfortably. The slideouts provide even more space to relax, and comfortable furniture and attractive decor choices make occupants feel at home wherever they are. The Tioga SL 30U features pass-through storage, Flexsteel furniture, and homelike interiors.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 30 feet 6 inches
Exterior width: 102 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 7 inches
(6 feet 10 inches for 2008) | Wheelbase: 206 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 17,550 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 30 gallons
Gray water: 35 gallons | Black water: 35 gallons
LPG: 14 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,240 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $85,960
Options: LCD backup monitor; 15,000-Btu air conditioner with heat pump; exterior entertainment center.


Forest River Inc.
58277 State Road 19 S., Elkhart, IN 46517; (574) 296-7700; www.forestriverinc.com

Model(s): Sunseeker, Forester, and Lexington
Highlighted model: The Forester 312IDS boasts a fiberglass roof, gel-coat sidewalls, skirt paint, pass-through storage, and heated remote outside mirrors. Inside you’ll find 7-foot-high ceilings, residential-style light fixtures, and a spacious bathroom featuring a garden shower and porcelain toilet, all in a side-aisle floor plan.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 31 feet 5 inches
Exterior width: 101 inches | Interior height: 7 feet
Wheelbase: 212 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 40 gallons
Gray water: 30 gallons | Black water: 30 gallons
LPG: 9.8 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,240 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $73,000
Options: Electric patio awning; generator; satellite TV system; entertainment center with a 23-inch LCD HDTV with a DVD player and surround-sound stereo system.


Four Winds International Inc.
Division of Thor Industries Inc. , P.O. Box 1486, Elkhart, IN 46515; (574) 266-1111; www.fourwinds-rv.com
Model(s): Four Winds, Four Winds 5000, Four Winds Siesta, and Four Winds Kodiak; Dutchmen, Dutchmen Express, Dutchmen Dorado, and Dutchmen Kodiak; Chateau, Chateau Sport, Chateau Citation, and Chateau Kodiak; and Fun Mover
Highlighted model: The Model 34H is the ultimate family motorhome. This unique floor plan has a 7-foot interior ceiling height and can sleep up to nine people. It offers all the amenities and styling of a type A motorhome with the additional sleeping areas of a type C. The optional Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine combined with the motorhome’s superior towing capability gives owners the ultimate in styling, functionality, and power.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 34 feet 7 inches
Exterior width: 99 inches | Interior height: 7 feet
Wheelbase: 241½ inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 19,500 pounds
GCWR: 26,000 pounds
Tank capacities:
Fuel: 80 gallons | Fresh water: 65 gallons
Gray water: 54 gallons | Black water: 48 gallons
LPG: 19.3 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet Kodiak
Engine(s) available: Chevy Vortec 8.1-liter (horsepower: 325 @ 4,000 rpm, torque: 450 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm)
Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 300 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 605 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $99,330
Options: Backup monitor; 20-inch LCD television; central vacuum system; leather interior; dual air conditioners with 50-amp service; slick fiberglass exterior; 600-watt inverter; automatic electric awning; Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel engine with an Onan RV Marquis Gold 5,500-watt generator.


Georgie Boy Manufacturing
423 Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540; (877) 876-9024; www.georgieboy.com

Model(s):
Maverick
Highlighted model: The Maverick 213 QB is all new for 2008. A state-of-the-art electronics package and a stainless-steel package make this coach stand out. It has more than 100 cubic feet of exterior storage. Five can sleep comfortably in this motorhome, which comes standard with a residential queen-size bed, Welbeck birch cabinetry, designer vinyl flooring, a booth dinette, a skylight over the shower, a double-door refrigerator, driver and passenger air bags, a tilt steering wheel, aluminum running boards, and a patio awning.
Dimensions:
Exterior length: 23 feet 8 inches
Exterior width: 100 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 11 inches
Wheelbase: 159 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 12,300 pounds
GCWR: 16,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 35 gallons | Fresh water: 50 gallons
Gray water: 37 gallons | Black water: 22 gallons
LPG: 9 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet C-3500
Engine(s) available: Chevy 6.0-liter (horsepower: 300 @ 4,400 rpm, torque: 360 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $61,300
Options: Cab-over entertainment center with a 26-inch LCD TV; side entertainment center with a 20-inch LCD TV; stainless-steel wheel inserts; partial-painted skirt; automatic power entrance step.


Gulf Stream Coach Inc.
503 S. Oakland Ave., P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, IN 46550; (800) 289-8787; www.gulfstreamcoach.com

Model(s): BTouring Cruiser, Conquest, Endura, Independence, SuperNova, Ultra, Vista Cruiser Mini, and Yellowstone
Highlighted model: The SuperNova 6331 is built on a 4000 Series International chassis with superior towing capacity. It is equipped with an International V-8 diesel engine, and a heavy-duty 2500 Series Allison transmission on a 266-inch wheelbase. The clean cab-to-axle frame rail simplifies body and equipment mounting. The wide entry door, three-point entry system, and non-slip tread strep provide easy entry and egress.
The front windshield features more than 2,000 square inches of glass for excellent visibility. The piece design, thicker outer glass, and swept-back angle increases safety and noise control, while helping to deflect road debris. The motorhome also features an aerodynamic design for less paint chipping, and an easy-access hood design. In addition, the one-piece seamless fiberglass Flexroof is designed to resist staining and maintain a quality appearance.
In the interior, the SuperNova's patented Comfort Plus/Dream booth dinette converts easily from a dinette to a bed and back again. The SuperNova has a flush-floor slideout with 7-foot interior ceilings and 6-foot ceilings in the slideout room for a clean, residential look and feel. The residential-style cabinets are constructed from hard rock maple or long-lasting beauty and durability. The 6331 bedroom features a king-size bed with a large wardrobe closet, expansive windows, and a flat-screen TV. A highlight of the bathroom is a residential neo-angle shower with a glass door.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 34 feet 1 inch | Exterior width:
101 inches | Interior height: 7 feet | Wheelbase: 266 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 25,500 pounds
GCWR: 33,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 70 gallons | Fresh water: 94 gallons
Gray water: 52 gallons | Black water: 52 gallons
LPG: 15.2 gallons
Chassis: International 4000 Series
Engine(s) available: International VT365 V-8 diesel (horsepower: 300 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 530 lb.-ft. @ 1,800 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $140,560
Options: Carpet throughout coach; three-speed Fan-Tastic Vent attic fan, Thermopane windows; electric awning; LCD flat-screen TV with remote in rear bedroom; outside entertainment center; backup monitor; AVS-100 video box; side-by-side refrigerator with ice maker; dual Optima J-knife sofas with two Euro chairs and a flip-up table; choice of three different interior fabrics (Santa Fe, Chocolate, Topaz); choice of four full body paint options (Adrenaline Red, Luxury Red, Adrenaline Blue, Luxury Blue).


Holiday Rambler
Holiday Rambler,a Division of Monaco Coach Corporation , 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97405; (877) 466-6226; www.holidayrambler.com

Model(s): Atlantis, Augusta B+, Augusta Sport, and Augusta Touring Sedan
Highlighted model: The Atlantis 31 SL offers a dinette/sofa slideout, three sleeping areas, a large bath, and a full galley, making it the perfect motorhome for family camping or extended travel.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 31 feet
Exterior width: 99 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 7 inches
Wheelbase: 214 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 18,500 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 38 gallons
Gray water: 35 gallons | Black water: 35 gallons
LPG: 10 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450, Chevrolet Express
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Chevy Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 (horsepower: 300 @ 4,400 rpm, torque: 360 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $63,258
Options: Onan Micro-Lite generator; 13,500- or 15,500-Btu ducted air conditioner; lower skirt paint; awning; cab-over entertainment center with a 24-inch TV; gas/electric water heater; large double-door refrigerator; four-point leveling jacks; and more.


Host Industries
20545 Murray Road, Bend, OR 97701; (541) 330-2328; www.hostcampers.com

Model(s): 270, 330 Quad Slide, and 330 Toyhauler
Highlighted model: The 330 Quad Slide combines a crew cab (four-door) Ford pickup truck cab with the luxury of four bucket seats, a walk-through passage into the coach, solid-face frame cabinets, a tile floor, and solid-surface countertops.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 34 feet 8 inches
Exterior width: 96 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 10 inches
Wheelbase: 248 inches
Weight ratings:
GVWR: 17,950 pounds
GCWR: 30,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 40 gallons | Fresh water: 70 gallons
Gray water: 38 gallons | Black water: 38 gallons
LPG: 18 gallons
Chassis: Ford F-550 4x4
Engine(s) available: Ford Power Stroke 6.0-liter diesel (horsepower: 325 @ 3,300 rpm, torque: 570 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $119,500
Options:
Front winch; four-wheel drive; HID off-road lights; stainless-steel coffeemaker; interior stainless-steel package; leveling system; fully integrated navigation system; rearview camera; satellite radio; satellite TV system with auto-locate; 2,500-watt inverter; tent (hard or soft sides); 10-gallon DSI gas/electric water heater; 80-watt or 125-watt solar panel; exterior entertainment center; remote-controlled spotlight; awning (power and manual); barbecue grill. Additional options are available upon request.


Jayco Inc.
P.O. Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540; (574) 825-5861; www.jayco.com

Model(s): Greyhawk, Melbourne, Seneca HD, and Seneca ZX
Highlighted model: The Seneca combines type A comfort, appointments, and power plant with type C maneuverability. RVers who are looking for the stylish, comfortable appeal of a diesel motorhome at a reasonable price will want to consider the Seneca.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 36 feet 7 inches
Exterior width:
102 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 8 inches
Wheelbase: 251 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 22,000 pounds
GCWR: 26,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 80 gallons
Fresh water: 63 gallons | Gray water: 41 gallons
Black water: 51 gallons |LPG: 13 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet C5500 Kodiak
Engine(s) available: Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 300 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 605 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $140,943
Options: Premium paint package; 7,500-watt generator; TV in the bedroom and/or cargo area; inverter.


Lazy Daze
4303 Mission Blvd., Montclair, CA 91763; (800) 578-1103; www.lazydaze.com
Model(s): 23.5 feet, 26.5 feet, and 30 feet
Highlighted model: The 26.5RB is designed for maximum road handling with an overall height of only 10 feet 1 inch. The open, roomy floor plan can sleep up to six people. The 1,589 pounds of cargo carrying capacity allows you to “bring it along.” The motorhome boasts high-end standard features such as full-body paint, large thermal-pane windows, molded countertops, and a 20-inch flat-screen LCD TV.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 26 feet 7 inches
Exterior width: 99 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 7 inches
Wheelbase: 176 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 60 gallons
Gray water: 35 gallons | Black water: 24 gallons
LPG: 14 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $76,250
Options: One or two 100-watt solar panels with a charge-boosting controller; DSS antenna; entertainment center with an LCD flat-screen TV and a Bose home entertainment system.


Phoenix USA Inc.
53217 Marina Drive, Elkhart, IN 46507; (574) 266-2020; www.phoenixusarv.com

Model(s): Phoenix Cruiser
Highlighted model: The Phoenix Cruiser 2551 includes an RV Sani-Con waste management system; a 2,000-watt inverter; vacu-bonded walls, roof, and floor; a one-piece fiberglass roof; gel-coated exterior skin; a curved entrance door with a Hide-a-Way screen; dual coach batteries on a slide-out tray; a one-piece rear cap; continuous wiring throughout; solid wood maple or cherry cabinet doors, tables, and counter extensions; Corian countertops; day-night shades; a wet bath; a swivel passenger captains chair; and a tri-fold electric sofa.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 26 feet 5 inches
Exterior width: 9
3 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 4 inches
Wheelbase: 194 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities:
Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 45 gallons
Gray water: 23 gallons | Black water: 35 gallons
LPG: 9.9 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s )available: Ford 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Ford Power Stroke 6.0-liter diesel (horsepower: 235 @ 3,150 rpm, torque: 440 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $71,876
Options: Generator; convenience package; LCD TVs; backup monitor; surround-sound stereo system; leather seating; full or lower body paint with Diamond Shield protection; leveling jacks; box awning; microwave-convection oven.


R-Vision Inc.
2666 Country Club Drive, Warsaw, IN 46580; (574) 268-2111; www.trail-lite.com

Model(s): Trail-Lite B-Plus, Trail-Lite Class C; Town & Country Sport, Town & country Touring Sedan
Highlighted model: The Trail-Lite Class C 31 SL is a single-slideout motorhome that provides owners the best in luxury, value, and enjoyment. The motorhome includes abundant storage, a roomy interior, and home-like furnishings.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 31 feet
Exterior width: 99 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 7 inches
Wheelbase: 214 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 38 gallons
Gray water: 35 gallons | Black water: 35 gallons
LPG: 10 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 4,249 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $66,015
Options: Three-burner range with oven; 13-inch color TV; 13,500-Btu ducted air conditioner; 4.0-kw Onan Micro-Lite generator; day/night shades; double electric entrance step; Fan-Tastic Vent fan in the bedroom; fiberglass running boards; front cab-over window; gas/electric DSI water heater; Half Time microwave oven; heated holding tanks; heated remote-controlled mirrors; hitch and towed vehicle wiring; large double-door refrigerator; spare tire; stainless-steel wheel inserts; TV antenna.


Rexhall Industries Inc.
46147 7th Street W, Lancaster, CA 93534; (661) 726-0565; www.rexhall.com

Model(s): American Clipper
Highlighted model: The American Clipper SL-2800 floor plan features the patented T-Rex full-length slideout (one side only). More and more motorhomers have realized that type Cs are fun to drive, encourage spontaneity, and have plenty of room for the whole family. The American Clipper begins with a 100 percent welded steel Uni-Body superstructure. Floor plans include spacious slideout rooms that make this type C feel like a luxury hotel room, especially the SL-2800 with its T-Rex full-length slideout. The American Clipper can be fitted with your choice of light or dark woods and Sky, Desert, or Ocean interior décor colors.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 28 feet 11 inches
Exterior width: 102 inches | Interior height: 7 feet
Wheelbase: 190 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 16,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 50 gallons | Fresh water: 63 gallons
Gray water: 40 gallons | Black water: 40 gallons
LPG: 32 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet Express
Engine(s) available: Chevy Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 (horsepower: 300 @ 4,400 rpm, torque: 360 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $97,400
Options: Microwave oven; LCD television; generator; leveling jacks; awning; stereo.


Safari Motorcoaches Inc.
Division of Monaco Coach Corporation , 91320 Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408; (877) 466-6226; www.safarimotorcoaches.com

Model(s): Ivory, Damara B+, Damara Sport, and Damara Touring
Highighted model: The Safari Damara B+ is a sleek, automotive-style motorhome that features a sculpted fiberglass front cap and fairings, along with full-body paint. And unlike many of the new B-plus conversions, the Damara B+ offers huge livability. Opposing front dinette and sofa slideouts, combined with the rear bedroom slideout, create ample interior space for extended stays. A 6-foot 10-inch ceiling height also adds to the livability. A well-equipped midcoach galley will satisfy the discriminating chef whether preparing snacks for the tailgate or dinner in the wilds.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 29 feet 3 inches
Exterior width: 99 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 10 inches
Wheelbase: 198 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 18,500 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 34 gallons
Gray water: 27 gallons | Black water: 32 gallons
LPG: 10 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450, Chevrolet Express
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 3,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Chevy Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 (horsepower: 300 @ 4,400 rpm, torque: 360 lb.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $67,934
Options: Full body paint; Onan Micro-Lite generator; 13,500-Btu or 15,500-Btu ducted low-profile air conditioner; five-speaker home theater system; gas/electric water heater; fiberglass running boards; Chevrolet chassis.


Silver Crown Coach LLC
104 Miller Drive, White Pigeon, MI 49099; (866) 497-0339; www.silvercrowncoach.com

Model(s): Pony Xpress Motorhome, Motorhome Garage, and Toterhome; Silver Crown "S" Series
Highlighted model: The Pony Xpress is not your traditional type C motorhome. This vehicle is primarily built for the motor sports market with an emphasis on towing capacity. However, other RVers may find these motorhomes of interest as well. However, mainstream RVers may find these motorhomes of interest as well for their safety and durability, while still presenting a very nice and comfortable motorhome experience. Models are available in 20-foot, 22-foot, 24-foot, and 28-foot box configurations on either a General Motors C5500 or Freightliner M-2 platform.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 29 feet to 38 feet
Exterior width: 96 inches | Interior height: 7 feet to 7 feet 6 inches |
Wheelbase: 224 inches to 302 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 19,500 pounds to 34,300 pounds
GCWR: 26,000 pounds to 49,600 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 60 gallons to 100 gallons
Fresh water: 100 gallons | Gray water: 64 gallons
Black water: 28 gallons | LPG: 5 gallons to 40 gallons
Chassis: Chevrolet C5500, Freightliner M-2
Engine(s) available: Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 300 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 605 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 330 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 620 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
Mercedes-Benz MBE900 7.2-liter diesel (horsepower: 330 @ 2,200 rpm, torque: 1,000 lb.-ft. @ 1,300 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $129,000
Options: Living quarters and bedroom slideouts; microwave-convection oven; LCD TVs; tile flooring; padded walls; choice of hardwoods; satellite TV and radio; premium fabrics; leather furniture; navigation system; backup camera; fully automatic leveling system; graphics/paint; upgrade to a larger generator; CB radio. Many of the options and some standards are specific to the chassis used. The company also manufactures luxurious "S" Series coaches, which are built on Freightliner Columbia and Coronado chassis.


Triple E Recreational Vehicles
P.O. Box 1230, Winkler, MB, Canada R6W 4C4; (204) 325-4361; www.tripleerv.com

Model(s): Regency Grand Touring
Highlighted model: The Regency GT is designed for couples or small families who need a compact motorhome but want to travel in style. The model offers several distinct design features, including finely crafted maple cabinetry and luxurious furnishings. Whether on a short excursion or an extended trip, the Regency GT ensures your next journey will be pleasant and memorable.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 26 feet 4 inches
Exterior width: 95 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 5 inches
Wheelbase: 196 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 14,050 pounds
GCWR: 20,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 55 gallons | Fresh water: 36 gallons
Gray water: 32 gallons | Black water: 32 gallons
LPG: 17.5 gallons
Chassis: Ford E-450
Engine(s) available: Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 (horsepower: 305 @ 3,250 rpm, torque: 420 lb.-ft. @ 3,250 rpm)
Ford Power Stroke 6.0-liter diesel (horsepower: 235 @ 2,000 rpm, torque: 440 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $89,595 (USD)
Options: Rearview camera with 5-inch color monitor; carpeting in living area; satellite dish with electronic elevation sensor; 11.5-inch box awning; 4-kw Onan MicroQuiet generator.


Winnebago Industries Inc.
605 W. Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436; (800) 643-4892; www.winnebagoind.com

Model(s): Winnebago Access, Aspect, Outlook, and View; Itasca Cambria, Impulse, Navion, and Sundancer
Highlighted model: The 2008 Winnebago View 23H> is built on a DaimlerChrysler Sprinter chassis with a powerful Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine, up from the 2.7-liter V-6 diesel included on 2007 models. Additional highlights include a 19-inch LCD TV with stereo and remote; an automotive-style dash; contemporary fabrics and colors; stunning curved cabinetry; new exterior designs; and a fully equipped galley, including a new Biraldi range hood. The View incorporates contemporary styling inside and out, including easy cab-to-living-area access, thanks to the front bunk that lifts up when not in use. The 23H floor plan offers a front slideout room for added space while parked.
Dimensions: Exterior length: 24 feet 6 inches
Exterior width: 90 inches | Interior height: 6 feet 8 inches
Wheelbase: 170 inches
Weight ratings: GVWR: 11,030 pounds
GCWR: 14,530 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 26.4 gallons | Fresh water: 34 gallons (with 6-gallon heater) | Gray water: 27 gallons | Black water: 33 gallons | LPG: 18 gallons
Chassis: DaimlerChrysler Sprinter
Engine(s) available: Mercedes-Benz 3.0-liter V-6 diesel (horsepower: 154 @ 3,400 rpm, torque: 280 lb.-ft. @ 1,200 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $85,701
Options: Rearview monitor system; 3.6-watt Onan MicroQuiet LP or 3.5-watt Onan MicroQuiet diesel generator; patio awning; Sirius Satellite Radio; powered roof vent; exterior wash station with lighted pump switch; air conditioner with heat pump; heated drainage system.


Xplorer Motor Homes
4315 Wyland Drive, Elkhart, IN 46516; (574) 293-1775; www.xplorermotorhome.com

Model(s): Xcursion
Highlighted model: The Xplorer Xcursion features a one-piece fiberglass body. The interior of the body has its support structure built right into the interior walls. The insides of the walls are sprayed twice with liquid ceramics to provide good insulation and sound reduction (road noise). Expanding foam insulation is then sprayed on the interior walls to provide even more insulation. The floor underside is also sprayed with liquid ceramics to insulate and reduce road noise. The main floor has no more than one seam. Even though each Xplorer is custom-built with a one-piece fiberglass body, the following information is for the models built on the Ford F-550 chassis.
Dimensions: Exterior length: Each coach will change with each floor plan | Exterior width: 96 inches
Interior height: 6 feet 4 inches | Wheelbase: Depends on the overall length
Weight ratings: GVWR: 19,000 pounds
GCWR: 33,000 pounds
Tank capacities: Fuel: 69 gallons | Fresh water: Depends on floor plan |
Gray water: Depends on floor plan
Black water: N/A (uses a Biolet or Incinolet toilet) | LPG: N/A
Chassis: Ford F-550, Chevrolet Kodiak, International 4200
Engine(s) available: Ford 6.4-liter diesel (horsepower: 325 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 600 lb.-ft. @ 2,000 rpm)
Chevy Duramax 6.6-liter diesel (horsepower: 330 @ 3,000 rpm, torque: 620 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm)
International Max 47 6.4-liter diesel (horsepower: 330 @ 1,200 rpm, torque: 625 lb.-ft. @ 2,200 rpm)
Base suggested retail price: $200,000
Options: Visit www.xplorermotorhome.com for all available options.

 



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