Officials with Middlebury, Ind.-based Sportscoach, a division of Coachmen Industries Inc., of nearby Elkhart, believe the new entry-level 2005 Sportscoach Encore Class A represents a giant step forward in overall styling, full automotive painted graphics and competitive product positioning.
“It’s a price point coach that we introduced for 2005,” Greg Bishop, district manager for the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Canada said during the product’s rollout at FMCA’s 72nd International Convention, Aug. 16-19 in Redmond, Ore.
“It’s an entry-level, basement storage coach featuring pass-through storage, a 330-hp Cat engine, six-speed Allison transmission and raised rail Freightliner chassis. Everything we manufacture at Sportscoach is on a Freightliner. This hits our entry-level target that competes with several of the more popular lines out in the market today. It’s a price point we did not have in 2004.”
Standard on the Encore, which is available with four different exterior paint design options, are large picture windows, solid surface countertops, real tile floors and sculpted carpet. The $185,000 (MSRP) model on display in Redmond, positioned between the Cross Country SE and higher priced Sportscoach Elite, was a 38-foot, double-slide model. Additional versions, including a triple-slide, are to be unveiled at Louisville.
“Nearly half of all the new Class A motorhomes sold this year have been diesel, and that compares with only about 18 percent just a few years ago,” explained Mike Scheetz, vice president of sales and marketing for Sportscoach. “With the introduction of the Encore, Sportscoach has targeted the fastest-selling price point within the hot diesel market.”