Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., the RV industry’s market share leader, hopes to turn its financial fortunes around with the new products it introduced Tuesday (Nov. 28) during the RV industry’s national trade show in Louisville.
The company, which was burdened for several quarters by the manufactured housing industry’s weakness, saw its RV business deteriorate badly during the summer, so it re-introduced several of its models in Louisville as model year 2001.5 product.
However, it also introduced two new entry-level priced Class A motorhomes, the Terra and Fiesta, which are classified as model year 2002 units.
The Terra and Fiesta come in 26- and 31-foot lengths and are priced equivalent to a Lincoln Navigator or Lexus LX470 sport utility vehicle (averaging in the low $50,000 range).
The gas engine motorhomes are available on Ford or Workhorse chassis with gross vehicle weight ratings ranging from 15,000 to 15,700 pounds.
Fleetwood also introduced on Tuesday its completely new model year 2002 Avion Platinum and Avion Vintage high-line fifth-wheels. The Platinum comes in 31- to 36-foot floorplans and the Vintage in 33- to 38-foot versions. All models include a bedroom slide and a living room slide.
The Nex-Gen, a concept Class A motorhome, also was unveiled by Fleetwood Tuesday. The low-profile unit with a “bus like” windshield treatment, was designed for outdoor sports enthusiasts who want to take snowboards, surfboards, kayaks or windsurfers along with them.
Fleetwood has no immediate plans to build production models of the Nex-Gen. Instead, the company wants to measure to reaction from dealers at Louisville before deciding whether to build the Nex-Gen, modify it or scrap the project.