Motorized manufacturer Fleetwood RV Inc., Decatur, Ind., has introduced an entry-level gas-powered Encounter Class A motorhome that the company calls a ”crossover” model. ”The Encounter has the increased sleeping capacity of a Class C and the increased storage and tank capacity of a Class A,” said Fleetwood President John Draheim (shown at left). ”It has the driving benefits of both.” Available in three 28- to 31-foot floorplans, Encounter is mounted on a Ford F-53 SuperDuty chassis with 16,000- or 18,000-pound GVWRs. Options that characterize the Encounter as a ”crossover” include a queen size ”Hide-a-Loft” bed that powers down electronically from over the cockpit. Introduced at the recent Louisville Show, Encounter also has an optional ”Bunk Bed-n-Breakfast” that converts a two-person dinette into bunk beds. Encounter features include pass-through storage, heated holding tanks and luggage compartment, rear-vision camera with monitor and water filtration. MSRPs start at $81,263. Also for 2010, Fleetwood introduced its first 45-foot quad-slide, side-aisle floorplan in the luxury American Tradition diesel pusher along with a 2010 American Heritage with 450 square feet of living space and a 40-foot full wall slide floorplan in the Discovery diesel pusher.
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