Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has rolled out the 32-foot, low-profile Montaj Class A motorhome on the modified 14,050 GVWR Ford E-450 chassis.
In the prototype stage since late 2008, a production version of the Montaj was introduced at December’s Louisville Show. The Montaj was tested and subsequently refined after a 15,000-mile trip last summer to dealers throughout the U.S.
As a result, Montaj floorplans have been extended and a heftier, 362-hp Ford Triton engine has been added standard with a V-10 option.
“People are looking for a motorhome that is a little smaller that gives them all the amenities that they had in their bigger unit,” said Claude Donati, vice president for the Nappanee, Ind., RV manufacturer’s RV division. “That’s where our Montaj design comes in. We went to Europe and looked at how they manage their space and took a couple of keen ideas and implemented them in the Montaj.”
Equipped with either one or two slideouts, the Montaj’s European design applications include an electric lift to raise the bed to reach a storage area beneath, curved cabinets, a twin-sized bed that swings down from over the cockpit, convertible horseshoe couches and seats that swivel and slide back toward to dash to become part of the living area.
“We’ve created a 40-foot motorhome in a 32-foot length vehicle,” Donati said, adding that the Montaj’s low profile, one-piece windshield allows better road vision, he added. MSRP: $114,000.