A second generation version of a unique motorhome built specifically for transporting horses — the Equine Motorcoach Class A — made its first national show appearance at RVIA’s 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky.
Originally built by a British company in a Hungarian factory, the more moderately priced, reengineered current model results from an exclusive domestic manufacturing agreement involving northern Indiana’s Renegade Custom Coaches and Kibbi LLC as well as southern Indiana-based Equine Motorcoach LLC.
“The four-year-old brand has achieved so much name recognition in North America that the partners in Equine Motorcoach LLC decided to move manufacturing to the U.S. after building a relationship with Kibbi LLC that included extensive engineering and design upgrades,” reports a press release from the company, co-owned by Lafayette, La., public relations agency owner Julie Calzone and Tom and Carolyn Stinnett, of Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, Clarksville, Ind.
The 2012 Equine Motorcoach shown at Louisville, the rear horse transport section of which is built by Bristol, Ind.-based Merhow Industries, is being assembled on a 560-hp, 56,000-pound GVWR, Freightliner Cascadia chassis with an Allison 4000 TRV automatic transmission.
The 44-foot 2012 U.S. version of the four-year-old $499,000 coach, which has a toy hauler-style rear-entryway, comes with four or six-horse configurations plus an air ride suspension and European slant load configuration to provide equestrian-minded motorhome owners’ horses with the best possible ride.
Interiors sport spacious full baths, complete kitchens and multiple sleeping accommodations on what is essentially a luxury-style custom coach. “We’d like to get to the point where we have three floorplans that we offer to get efficiencies and possibly get the price down a little bit,” reports Calzone, who operates Calzone & Associates and also buys, sells and breeds horses.
Now, Equine Motorcoach is looking to establish a small network of U.S. dealerships.
“The dealers we are looking for ideally would have the ability to service larger coaches and have some experience in diesel motorhomes and RVs,” says Stinnett, who also serves as co-chair of the industry’s Go RVing Coalition. “But we’d also like them to have a keen interest in the horse market — maybe some family involvement in horses. Then, they can appreciate what the vehicle can do.”
For more information visit www.equinemotorcoach.com.