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A key new-model debut for resurgent Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. was the all-new, 32- to 37-foot, gas-fueled 2005 Southwind, introduced during FMCA’s 72nd International Convention, Aug. 16-19 in Redmond, Ore.
A mainstream Fleetwood Class A nameplate for years – priced between the Bounder and Pace Arrow – the Southwind has been given a thorough exterior redesign that projects the familial look of the company’s popular 2-year-old Revolution Class A.
Upgrades for the 2005 model year on the Southwind, carrying base MSRP’s from $103,733 to $124,593, include a restyled grill and headlight placement, higher tailights for better visibility and a full-body paint option, according to John Weber, manager of product planning for motorhomes.
Interior ceilings have been raised to 84 inches on the Southwind, which is mounted on either a Ford or Workhorse chassis. Also, 50-amp service is standard and flat-screen TVs have been added – 27 inches in front, 20 inches in back.
“This new product design has been very well received,” Weber said. “The dealers have just been getting them within the last week, coming out of two plants – Paxinos, Pa., and Riverside, Calif. – both of which have new state-of-the-art, full-body paint facilities. And the dealer comments have been wonderful.”