High Design Marks New Fleetwood Class C
So secret that the endeavor carried a code name – Project Sword – Fleetwood Industries Inc. partnered with BMW Group DesignworksUSA to create the new 2005 Tioga SLX and Jamboree GTX minimotorhomes with optional full-body paint. Unveiled at the 42nd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the highly stylized Class C’s feature a yacht-like interior on Ford E-450 cutaway chassis with floorplans offering a raised platform to provide basement storage. BMW’s European influence is seen in both the exterior and interior of the coach, including curved cabinetry, solid-surface galleys, a distinctive front vista window and indirect and halogen lighting. “The way space was utilized – the storage compartments, the ergonomics of the units – is very European,” said David Warren, Fleetwood vice president of product development. “Europeans have much smaller recreational vehicles, and they’ve had to learn to use storage more efficiently than we have.” The coaches are available in three floorplans from 26-31 feet, all featuring large L-shaped sofas. Retail base prices for the Tioga SLX and Jamboree GTX are $89,740 and $92,960, respectively.