Luxury manufacturer Foretravel Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas, has introduced the custom-built IH-45 motorhome at the top of its diesel-pusher lineup. ”We are targeting the 45-foot model because we think that where this fits,” said Lyle D. Reed, Foretravel executive director, adding that the IH series also is available in 42- and 44-foot lengths and that floorplans will change according to customers’ wishes. ”There’s a gap there that has been vacated by the changes in the industry in recent times,” he said. Built on Foretravel’s proprietary 48,000-pound GVWR TravelRide chassis equipped with 600/650-hp Cummins ISX diesel engines, the IH-45 has been in planning for two years. To increase both interior height and basement storage, IH-45 stands 10 inches taller than Foretravel’s Nimbus and Phenix motorcoaches. The IH-45 also has a newly designed dash and wider entrance doors and up to four flatfloor slideouts. ”We have re-engineered everything from the chassis on up,” said Reed, who noted the IH series is Foretravels first ground-up redesign in 25 years. ”It will have more of a bus feel,” he added. Custom amenities include residential tile, solid surface countertops and all-wood cabinets with choice of custom woods. MSRP: under $1.2 million.
Foretravel Inc., a 42-year manufacturer of luxury motorcoaches, has named Gregory L. Amys as its new president and CEO.
The announcement came following the company’s regularly scheduled quarterly board meeting on Thursday (April 16). Amys succeeds Lyle D. Reed, who will stay on as as chairman and will focus on strategic issues and business development opportunities, according to a news release.
Amys, has been senior vice president and COO of the Nacogdoches, Texas-based company since Feb. 15, 2005, when an investor group acquired the company from the Fore family.
Amys completed a career in the railroad industry, where he first met Reed, and retired in 1996.
He held various supervisory and operating management positions with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and was vice president and COO for the Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad, a 1,000-mile regional railroad operating in the upper Midwest, at the time of his retirement. He and his wife, Sue, have resided in Lufkin, Texas, since 2006.
Foretravel is making plans for the future and preparing for the anticipated recovery of both the motorcoach market and general economy, the statement said.