Editor’s Note: The following product review authored by By Mark Quasius appears in the February issue of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Family Motor Coaching Magazine offering a look at the Grand Sport GT Super C motorhome from Dynamax. For the full article click here.
The Super C class of motorhomes can make a nice alternative to bus-style Type A motorhomes. A Super C utilizes heavy-duty diesel-powered chassis from the medium- or heavy-duty truck category. This gives the Super C greater cargo capacity, increased towing capability, and enhanced road handling in comparison to a typical Type A. Dynamax, a division of Forest River, offers a complete line of Super C motorhomes, with a reputation for quality workmanship and innovative engineering.
Dynamax’s Super C options range from entry-level units built on Freightliner’s medium-duty M2 chassis, with floor plans beginning at 30 feet long, up through 45-foot tandem-axle coaches utilizing Freightliner’s heavy-duty tandem-axle Cascadia chassis. For this review, we’ll cover a 40-foot Grand Sport GT, which is built on the latter.
The Cascadia chassis is commonly used for heavy-duty 18-wheelers. Dynamax custom orders this chassis to meet its motorhome specifications. A 15-liter Cummins ISX diesel engine provides 525 horsepower and 1,850 pound-feet of torque. The unit is ordered with a heavy-duty cooling system that will allow the engine to be chipped to 600 horsepower if desired. An Allison 4000 TRV six-speed automatic transmission passes the power to the 23,000-pound-rated R-series Quiet Ride rear axle.
Dynamax also specifies increased insulation in the engine compartment and firewall areas and 60mm Bilstein shocks to create a smooth yet stable ride. The smoothness is afforded by the Taperleaf front suspension and Airliner rear suspension. The Grand Sport comes standard with a 20,000-pound-rated trailer hitch, but my test coach was equipped with the optional 40,000-pound height-adjustable hitch, which includes air brake connections at the rear of the coach.
A pair of saddle-mounted fuel tanks gives the Grand Sport 140 gallons of fuel capacity. Both the fuel tanks and the 13-gallon driver’s-side DEF tank are hidden behind attractive fiberglass enclosures.
The cab is a driver’s dream. The instrument panel is filled with every possible gauge, and all controls are easily accessible. Overhead LED cab and map lighting can be switched on as white or red, for nighttime driving. A fog-line mirror is included over the passenger’s door, which allows the driver to see how close to the edge of the road the wheels are.
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According to Forest River Inc. General Manager Jeff Babcock, the company’s new Trilogy fifth-wheel is “the only fifth-wheel on the market with radius walls, windows, entry door and roof” — construction techniques that can be sourced to Forest River’s acquisition of Dynamax Corp. earlier this year. “It utilizes the same radius sidewalls and roof that (Dynamax) has used on its motorized product for 15 years,” said Dewayne Creighton, general manager of the Dynamax division. “The construction is basically the same — just on a fifth-wheel frame — so the work force knows how to build it.” The new unit also comes fully equipped. “The only choices are the bed, refrigerator and color you want,” added Babcock. “Everything else is standard.” Currently available in a 38-foot floorplan with two others in the works, the unit offers 8 feet, 5 inches of headroom in the living room and 6 feet, 7 inches in the upper deck. Interior features include hard cherry raised-panel cabinet doors, solid-surface countertops with mosaic tile on backsplashes, walk-in closet, padded ceiling and Forest River-designed sofa and chairs. Additional features include six-point hydraulic levelers, 97-pound LP-gas capacity (under floor with remote fill) and 250 square feet of basement storage. MSRP is expected to be in the mid- to high $70,000 range.
TV viewers watching ”RV 2011” on HGTV New Year’s day generally got glowing cable TV reviews of 20 motorhomes and towable RVs displayed last September at the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show in Hershey, Pa.
Host Chi-Lan Lieu guided two families with children and a third couple through the maze of RVs at the Hershey Show on the grounds of Hersheypark.
Each family had different goals — the Herbst family was looking to upgrade while the Styles family sought their first RV, a high-end motorhome or towable and Lindsay and Chad Drvak were looking to accommodate rescued dogs.
Lieu, in turn, showed different RVs that she thought would meet their goals. Although none committed to buying an RV during the program, each chose one that they thought best suited their needs.
Among the units highlighted were Fleetwood RV Inc.’s high-end American Revolution and Tiffin Motor Home Inc.’s diminutive Allegro diesel pushers, Winnebago Industries Inc.’s Access minimotorhome, Prime Time Manufacturing’s Crusader fifth-wheel and Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.’s SS Ideal van camper.
The Herbsts chose a Dynamax Dynaquest XV Class C motorhome; the Styles, a Dutchmen Voltage high-end sport utility fifth-wheel (SURV); and the Drvaks, an Earthbound travel trailer.
The hour-long program marks the 13th year that HGTV has highlighted new RV products, and will be rebroadcast at unspecified times during the year.
Producers of the program worked with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and its agency, Barton Gilanelli, to put the program together.