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The Coachmen RV Co. subsidiary of Coachmen Industries Inc. introduced two new 2004 Class C motorhome models and revived the Santara Class A as a highline gas model during its national dealer seminar in Dallas.
Coachmen RV (CRV) also introduced its 2004 Sportscoach Elite diesel pusher during the gathering, which began on Saturday (July 12) and concludes today (July 15).
The new Class C models are the entry-level Freelander and the Concord, a B+ model reflecting the recent trend towards Class C’s without overhead bunks styled as a touring vehicle.
The Concord and the Freelander will be among the Class C’s that CRV will build in its new factory, which will be used exclusively for Class C production, which will open in Middlebury, Ind., in two weeks, CRV President Mike Terlep said.
The opening of the new Class C factory allows CRV to dedicate another plant in Middlebury exclusively to gas Class A’s and another exclusively to diesel Class A’s, Terlep said.
Dedicating plants to specific product categories is part of CRV’s restructuring, which includes assigning teams of sales managers and engineers to work on specific RV product categories.
Here are some features of the four new models:
• The Concord comes on a Ford E450 chassis in 24-, 25- and 28-foot single-slide floorplans and is intended for the former full-time Class A user who plans to travel less, Terlep said. Retail prices for a 24-footer start at $66,900.
• The Freelander comes in 24- to 31-foot floorplans, some with one slide, on Ford E350, Ford E450 or Chevy C3500 chassis. One 31-foot floorplan includes at 74-inch-by-78 inch king-size bed. Retail prices for a 24-footer start at $62,200.
• The Santara comes on the 22,000-pound gvwr Workhorse W-22 chassis with standard full body paint. Double- and triple-slide, 36-, 37- and 38-foot floorplans are available, including a triple-slide floorplan on a 38-footer that includes a king-size bed. Among the available options are an electric fireplace and Sony surround-sound system, with speakers that fit flush into the roof of the coach, behind a custom grill, in a rotating holder that allows for perfect audio setups. Retail prices for a 37-foot, triple-slide Santara start at $126,800, full-equipped at $144,000.
• The Sportscoach Elite, positioned between the Sportscoach Cross Country SE and the higline diesel Sportscoach Legend, comes on the 31,000-pound gvwr Freightliner XC raised-rail chassis with a 330-hp Cummins engine in three 40-foot, triple-slide floorplans. The Elite includes full body paint and three pass-through storage compartments with pebble-finish fiberglass lining for easy cleaning. Among the other available features are a safe for storing valuables, in-motion satellite system and the flush-mounted Sony sound system speakers in the rotating holder. Base retail prices start at $191,700, fully-equipped at $200,800.