Renegade's Ikon motorhome

Bristol, Ind.-based Renegade/Kibbi LLC drew steady traffic at the Good Sam Rally, Mar. 22-25 in Phoenix, with the latest rendition of its flagship Ikon motorhome. A unique upscale coach, it combines the look, feel and amenities of a bus conversion with the rather impressive towing capacities and serviceability of the 57,000-pound GVWR Freightliner Cascadia commercial duty chassis upon which its built. The 45-foot, $640,000 (retail) quad-slide coach on display in Phoenix, powered by a 560-hp Detroit Diesel engine mated to an Allison transmission, featured a bath and a half, heated granite floors throughout, solid wood, high-gloss cherry cabinets and a hydronic heating system. If this sounds like a lot of coach for the typical 2012 buyer, the fact of the matter is that 15-year-old Renegade, which does a lot of custom work and also markets a smaller more mainstream Explorer line, seems to have been weathering the storm pretty well. “Even in the worst of times,” reports Danny Lagunas, national sales manager, “we invested heavily in new product prototypes and fiberglass mold projects, so while a lot of our competitors were sitting on the sidelines, we were preparing for today. As a result, our business was up about 20% in 2011 over 2010, and we already are up 12% this year. We think we are on the upswing. I know the whole industry — the motorized side — is still a little iffy, but people are still buying them. We build a very niche product. People come to us to build what they want. They don’t have to settle for something off the lot.”