Mandalay Introduces Tag Axle Diesel Pusher
Four Winds International Corp. and Mandalay Luxury Division, Elkhart, Ind., hosted about 100 dealers June 17-18 in Las Vegas where Mandalay debuted its first tag axle diesel pusher motorhome and Four Winds unveiled a crew-cab version of its Fun Mover SURV minimotorhome.
“Generally, we wanted a higher-end feel for our 2008 models and we attained that,” said Steve Shively, Four Winds Class C manager. “The dealers were very pleased with what they saw.”
Four Winds and Mandalay are subsidiaries of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc., the largest RV manufacturer in the U.S.
Mandalay debuted two 44-foot tag axle floorplans – for a total of five floorplans in the line – built on 44,320-pound GVWR Freightliner XCR raised-rail chassis powered by 425-hp Cummins ISL diesel engines. The triple-slideout Mandalay 43A features a 28-foot passenger-side full-wall slideout, while the quad-slide Mandalay 43B has a more conventional floorplan. Each coach offers more bathroom, kitchen and bedroom space.
“The floorplans were predicated on what Mandalay owners already have in their coach,” said Jon Krider, Mandalay national sales manager. “But these floorplans allow king beds, and the 43A, with the full-wall slideout on the passenger side, allows more patio space.
The MSRP for both tag axle floorplans is $360,750.
Other 2008 Four Winds products include:
• Two new 43 1/2-foot toy hauler floorplans in the Four Winds Fun Mover Class C series built on 53,000-pound GVWR Ford F-750 extended-cab cutaway chassis that allow four people to sit in bucket seats in the cab area. “If you have a family of four, everyone can sit more safely in the cockpit,” said Ron Williams, Four Winds Eastern sales manager. “The crew cab also creates a huge cab-over bed.”
Both new floorplans are equipped with sofa/dinette slideouts and offer 1,600-pound capacity lift gates that access a 13 1/2-foot garage in the Four Winds 42C and a 10-foot garage in the Four Winds 42D.
Full body paint and an observation deck with rails are available as options. MSRPs start at $198,730.
• The redesigned Four Winds Siesta and sister coaches Dutchmen Dorado and Chateau Citation Class C motorhomes with curved exterior and interior walls and new seamless front caps giving the coaches a more aerodynamic, European look.
The three lines are built standard on either 12,300-pound GVWR Ford E-350 or 14,050-pound GVWR Ford E-450 Superduty cutaway chassis in 21- to 31-foot lengths with up to three slideouts. Chevy Workhorse chassis are optional. MSRPs start at $63,500.