Monaco RV LLC introduced the 33-foot front-engine diesel Holiday Rambler Trip Class A during the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. A companion to the Monaco Vesta introduced last summer, the Trip is outfitted as a family friendly answer to the Vesta with more rugged flooring, cabinets, sofas and booth dinettes materials. ”It’s easy to clean with kids running in and out of the coach,” said Ryan Lee, marketing director for Monaco RV LLC of Coburg, Ore., a subsidiary of Chicago area-based Navistar International Corp. One of the Trip’s key selling points, said Lee, is that its wind tunnel-designed body, along with its chassis and engine, are all built by the same company. ”The Trip is the first vertically integrated product that the Holiday Rambler line has come out with that has been built from the ground up with Navistar’s influence,” he said. The Trip is built on Monaco’s 29,000-pound Roadmaster chassis equipped with four airbags, airbrakes and an air-leveling system powered by a 260-hp International MaxxForce 7 diesel engine. A 35-foot double-slide floorplan debuts in the spring. MSRP: $199,350.
Monaco RV LLC and Navistar International Corp. brought dealers and the industry press together Wednesday and Thursday (July 28 and 29) for the first Monaco Dealer Congress since the Coburg, Ore., motorized and towable RV manufacturer was purchased last year by the nation’s largest truck maker. And with the senior managements of both companies in attendance Thursday at Navistar’s massive Melrose Park, Ill., Engine Plant, the two firms dramatically unveiled the first motorhome developed in a collaborative effort between the two – the 32- and -35-foot 2011 Monaco Vesta Class A. The Vesta – which will also be marketed under the Holiday Rambler Trip nameplate — brings together Monaco’s motorized RV legacy and Navistar’s leading edge truck industry technology. The result is a sleek front engine coach with a low center of gravity, airbag suspension and a tapered rear section that reflects the detailed engineering, ergonomic, fuel-mileage and wind tunnel parameters with which it was developed. The Vesta/Trip will be built on a proprietary 26,000-pound GVWR Monaco Roadmaster chassis equipped with a 260-hp. MaxxForce 7 diesel engine that, according to Monaco, should get 15 to 18 mpg. A single-slide 32-footer, which will be built at Monaco’s Oregon facilities and is due out this fall, will retail for $195,000 to $200,000 with interiors featuring ultraleather furniture and Corian countertops. “It’s just the beginning of what you’re going to see between our two companies,” said Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development for Monaco, calling it “the most aerodynamic, ergonomic, fuel efficient coach ever produced.”