Winnebago Industries Inc. introduced the Forza Class A diesel motorhome for the first time to retail consumers at The Rally, the Camping World/Good Sam event held in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds held last weekend.
According to a press release, thousands of RVers and enthusiasts were on-hand for the event to view the Forza, built on the Freightliner XCS straight-rail chassis with a Cummins 340-hp diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission. Winnebago said the Class A also offers increased storage capacity with its Smart Storage design. Interior amenities include polished Corian galley countertops, coffee glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features and LED lighting.
Arnold and Jean Bye from Waunakee, Wis., were impress with the new Forza, according to the company. “We are looking for a small diesel with a queen bed in the traditional position so we could use it without putting the slides out,” the couple stated. “We love the mid-entry. We have a 40-footer now and we want to downsize – this is perfect for us. We can get eight people around the sectional table. The side swing doors allow easy access to great storage for a small unit. I also love the passenger seat with the table for all my maps and the laptop.
Available in two affordably-priced floorplans – the 34T and 38R – Forza standard features include:
• Powered driver and passenger seats in leatherette.
• Radio/rearview color monitor system with 6-inch touch screen and powered mirrors with defrost/side-view cameras.
• Powered MCD visor shade for the front windshield and MCD blackout shades in the coach area.
• Soft vinyl ceilings, LED ceiling lights and vinyl tile flooring throughout.
• Home theater sound bar with DVD/CD player.
• Full-coach water filtration system, 6,000-watt Cummins Onan diesel generator, 2,000-watt inverter/charger and roof A/C with heat pump.
• Hydraulic leveling jacks, dual-glazed coach windows, heated holding tank compartment and winterization package.
• Powered patio awning with LED lighting and exterior wash station.
• Low profile allows unit to fit through 12-foot door opening while having storage oup to 228 cubic feet (38R).
Options include a fireplace, lounger, powered StudioLoft (34T only), stackable washer/dryer, automatic HDTV satellite antenna system, satellite radio, and Ideal Rest Noveau air sleep system.
Plans call for a mid-May debut of Fleetwood RV Inc.’s restyled 2014 Discovery diesel pusher Class A — the first major upgrade of Fleetwood’s popular Discovery since 2007. Updated inside and out, the 36- to 40-foot 2014 Discovery is available in four floorplans – two with full-wall slideouts – on a 32,000-pound GVWR Freightliner XCM modular chassis adapted to Fleetwood’s PowerBridge platform and equipped with a 380-hp Cummins 8.9L diesel engine. MSRPs range from $270,000 to $286,000. The exterior sports oversized headlights with LED accent lighting in addition to a front slideout generator access door and revised colors and graphics. Inside is a more automotive wraparound dash with faux-wood inlays and soft-touch surfaces while new interior decors and wood options have been added. “Discovery has been Fleetwood’s iconic diesel brand for years and is a mainstay of our product lineup, so the design changes for 2014 are evolutionary,” reports Kyle McCrary, senior vice president of product planning and design for Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood. “Our process began by placing a new focus on appealing to both husband and wife. For him, we started from scratch with a new dash design to make it more driver-centric with the most modern switchgear and premium materials. For her, we kept the traditional interior styling but updated it with warmer fabrics and wall coverings, and new hardwoods. And to add some drama, we’re using massive 24-inch-by-24-inch polished tile plus an updated galley that includes new LG countertops, glass-tile backsplashes, a spice shelf and additional outlets. These updates will put Discovery at the top of its class for 2014.”
The Monaco RV LLC plant in Wakarusa, Ind., is ramping up production of its diesel-powered motorhomes. That means it expects to hire another 125 workers between now and the end of April, according to a report by WSBT TV, South Bend.
Its parent company, Navistar Inc., recently consolidated a diesel motorhome operation from Coburg, Ore., moving that production to Wakarusa. There are currently 175 workers at the plant, which began manufacturing operations in February.
Bill Osborne, vice president of custom products for Navistar’s Monaco and Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC subsidiaries, noted that the company has been preparing the facility since last fall when it announced its consolidation plans.
He noted that with a launch of this size, it was important “that we didn’t ramp up quickly, making sure the quality is right.”
To view an accompanying video from WSBT click here.
Fleetwood RV Inc. has “reinvented its Excursion Class A diesel brand,” rolling out an all-new 33-foot floorplan – the shortest of the builder’s diesel pushers – during this week’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville Ky.
“The 2013 Excursion gives buyers a choice in an emerging Class A diesel market, without compromising on luxury or function,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV, in a press release.
Great for entertaining, Excursion features a spacious galley design with polished volcanic series solid-surface countertops, glass-tile backsplash and enough space for an impressive buffet spread. With contemporary interior décor throughout, this RV features a residential-style sectional transformer sofa and dinette within a large 30-inch deep flush-floor slide. The company’s Hide-A-Loft option is also available for RVers wanting more sleeping capacity without sacrificing additional floor plan space.
The main cabin features a drop-down Sony 40-inch LCD Blu-ray ready TV that can be hidden away or prominently displayed. With a touch of a button, the TV lowers out of an overhead cabinet for a perfect viewing angle. The Excursion bedroom features a full-length mirrored wardrobe, an available washer/dryer, a walk-around island queen bed and an optional 32-inch Sony LCD TV.
Excursion debuts with two contemporary interior decors, Manhattan Ebony and Tuscany Toffee, which both feature a trendy reversible bedspread. Solid-wood cabinetry is available in a rich Classic Cognac and or Pearl White. Exterior graphics include: Copper Java, Cocoa Pearl, Gold Starfire and Platinum Frost.
Building on the success of the A.C.E. motorhome – voted last year’s “Best of Show” by RV Business – Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is displaying the new Palazzo Class A diesel pusher at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
According to a press release, TMC has positioned the Palazzo to “follow in the footsteps of its gas market predecessor the A.C.E. and revolutionize the diesel entry-level motorhome arena.”
The Palazzo is built on 26,000-pound GVWR Freightliner rear diesel chassis providing more than 5,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity. Although the exterior dimensions are less than most mainstream diesel products, the innovative exterior storage is clean, well-lit and easy to access while trumping the competition’s capacity by 30%, according to TMC. In addition, the patio area is completely covered by the awning and sliderooms do not take away from the living area or storage access.
On the interior, TMC said it eliminated the typical diesel cockpit wind noise while providing extra cabinet and wardrobe storage by adding a series of nooks and crannies. From a design standpoint, the Palazzo is laid out so RVers don’t have to cross the full living area to get to the bath.
“Outside-of-the-box thinking, plus an understanding of what will make a dealer successful with today’s diesels, are the reasons we created the Palazzo,” said Dana Simon, vice president of sales for Thor Motor Coach. “The Palazzo is designed to blur the transition from a gas buyer to a diesel. No longer will price or cost of entry distinguish what customers think they can or cannot afford in a diesel.”
The Palazzo is debuting at Thor Motor Coach’s display in the South Wing, Hall 1 of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).