Dynamax Corp. is branching into towable RVs for the first time with the planned debut of the 36-foot DynaAire fifth-wheel at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show Sept. 8-14 in Hershey, Pa.
The upscale DynaAire will be available in four triple-slideout floorplans retailing in the $70,000 to $75,000 range, with another yet-to-be-named fifth-wheel scheduled for release in December at the Louisville Show.
Dewayne Creighton, president of the Elkhart, Ind., manufacturer said the DynaAire had been in development for “a couple of years,” and is not being introduced in response to the nation’s current economic slowdown.
“It’s a big step for us,” said Creighton. “This isn’t something that we decided to do six months ago. We were riding a pretty good wave on the motorized side with the big Class C’s and wanted to diversify the company a little bit.
“It just took us a little while to position ourselves and get the strategy right,” he added. “We did a lot of research, studied Stat Surveys and went out and talked to dealers.”
Previously known for its unique line of Class C motorhomes, Dynamax also will introduce a 2009 Grand Sport GT on a roomier new Freightliner Cascadia truck chassis at Hershey.
The DynaAire fiver will feature stylish “Dynamax twists,” Creighton said, that will include Dodge LED taillights, recessed lighted license plates and flared wheel wells.
“We’ve really tried to bring it into the Dynamax family,” Creighton said. “We’ve tried real hard to just not slam this thing together. If you came up behind this unit, you’d say it was a Dynamax.”
The new aluminum-and-fiberglass fifth-wheel, available with optional full-body paint, is designed with a large frameless-look rear window and is equipped with Corian countertops, hardwood cabinets, Flexsteel furniture and multiplex lighting systems with rope lights. Other features include island kitchens, Armstrong laminated flooring, dinettes with free-standing chairs, a central vacuum system and Sony Dream Machine surround sound entertainment centers with recessed speakers.
Plans call for Dynamax’s second fifth-wheel model to be built on a “more innovative” M-Tec chassis “that allows us to add pass-through storage, not only in the front, but in the back as well” Creighton said. Front-end storage, he said, will be expansive enough to hold a roofless golf cart.
While Dynamax will expand its fifth-wheel offerings after this introduction, the company intends to continue to play in the high-end niche.
“We don’t have the desire to be all things to all people” Creighton said. “That statement might haunt me later, but it’s not the plan to go into little pop-ups and ultra-lightweight units. We might get there, but that’s not the intention.”
Still, with the RV industry in a cyclical downturn, Creighton said that Dynamax’s move into fifth-wheels is timely.”Obviously, the fifth-wheel market isn’t off as much as the motorized market,” Creighton said.