Motorhome and park model manufacturer Damon Corp. launched its revamped Intruder and Ultrasport Class A’s during its national dealer meeting Sunday (June 24) in South Bend, Ind.
The Damon meeting concludes today (June 25).
Elkhart, Ind.-based Damon spent “$1 million plus” in R&D to develop its model year 2002 Intruder gas and Ultrasport diesel series, said Gary Groom, RV Division president.
Although the motorhome market has been down sharply this year, Damon is going relatively well and has gained market share, Groom said. The company climbed to 6th place, in terms of Class A motorhome retail sales during the first quarter of this year, up from 8th a year earlier, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. data.
The diesel pusher market is stronger than the gas engine category, and Groom said, “Ultrasport is the star” of the diesel segement as far as Damon is concerned.
For 2002, the Ultrasport comes with a standard 300-horsepower (hp) engine, up from 260-hp or 275-hp during model year 2001, Groom said. It comes on a Freightliner chassis with Cummins engine standard and a Caterpillar available as an option.
The Ultrasport comes in three 38-foot and two 39-foot floorplans, all with a kitchen or living room slide and a bedroom slide. Suggested retail prices start around $140,000.
Damon and other manufacturers found that diesel pusher buyers believe the 260-hp and 275-hp engines introduced in the last few years have inadequate towing capability and do not allow for the inclusion of all the interior amenities that the buyers of more luxurious coaches expect, Groom said.
Meanwhile, the Intruder is a mid-priced gas series available either on the Ford or Workhorse 22,000-pound gross vehicle weight rated (gvwr) chassis, up from 20,500-pounds gvwr in 2001.
The Intruder comes in three 36-foot and two 38-foot floorplans also with a kitchen or living room slide and a bedroom slide. Retail prices range from $95,000 to $100,000.