In a move that could revolutionize the motorhome chassis business, Spartan Motors Inc., Charlotte, Mich., will unveil a ”New Class in RV Platforms” Tuesday (Dec. 1) at the 47th National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center In Louisville, Ky.
”The ‘New Class in RV Platforms’ is a concept that can enable any OEM (Class A, Class C, towable, specialized) or dealer to enter the highly profitable motorized market segment or particular ‘niche’ with little time or money involved,” Spartan Chairman John Sztykiel said in an e-mail to RV Business.
Although few details have been released at this point, Spartan says the new chassis allows quicker model changeover and will enable OEMs to ”compete within the motorized segment with minimal time and money involved.”
The chassis apparently features a rear engine as Spartan says that a front-engine configuration will be available in the 4th quarter of 2010.
”The 2016 CAFE standards of 35 mpg will affect the towable market and could increase the motorized market due to the fact that there could be fewer vehicles available to tow something,” says promotional material obtained by RVBUSINESS.com.
”While 2009 has been a tough year, it is typically under the cloud of adversity when the most productive ideas evolve,” said Sztykiel.
Spartan will unveil the new chassis at 2 p.m. Tuesday in booth No. 2024 at the show.