An Elkhart, Ind., company, Dynamax Corp., plans to introduce a motorhome on a front-end diesel Freightliner chassis.
The new model will be called the Isata Grand Touring Sedan and it will be introduced during the RV industry’s national trade show in late November, according to DeWayne Creighton, president.
The 33-foot unit will be built on the Freightliner FL70 commercial vehicle chassis which has a 25,000-pound gvwr, Creighton said. It includes a 210-hp Caterpillar diesel engine and an Allison 2400 series automatic transmission.
“The entire engine is in front of the firewall, so it is safer (in a head-on collision) and it’s quiet,” Creighton said.
To Creighton’s knowledge, only one other motorhome builder, Elkhart-based Renegade/Kibbi Inc., also uses the Freightliner FL70 for an RV. However, while Renegade uses the complete Freightliner front cab for its motorhome, Dynamax makes significant modifications to the front of the unit.
“It (the Isata) is a hybrid, it could be classified as a Class A (motorhome) or a Class C,” he said. “It won’t have an overhead bunk (as would a Class C), we aren’t known for a conventional look.”
Dynamax has experience using a Workhorse gas engine commercial vehicle chassis for its 23- and 28-foot Isata Touring Sedan and Creighton added that the Isata Grand Touring Sedan is the “big brother” of the unit on the Workhorse chassis.
Both vehicles feature aluminum cage structures with laminated fiberglass radius sidewalls and a one-piece fiberglass roof.
The grand touring sedan includes a sofa/dinette slide-out and a bedroom slide. Pricing has not been set yet.
Creighton believes its market is diesel and high-end gas motorhome owners “who want to come down in size to something that’s more driver-friendly, without giving up the amenities.”