Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., is among the RV manufacturers expected to unveil 2005 motorhomes models this week at the Family Motor Coaching Association’s (FMCA) 71st International Convention, March 16-18 at the Expo New Mexico state fairgrounds in Albuquerque.
Monaco Coach Corp., and Country Coach Inc., also are bringing 2005 models to the year’s first major exhibition of new-model equipment and the first-ever national retail recreational vehicle event to include wireless Internet services for the attendees.
For a $15 access fee, many of the “nearly 5,000 motorhome owners” expected to gather for the Albuquerque event – those encamped in Balloon Fiesta Park – can use Coach Connect’s high-speed wireless Internet service if they have wireless-enabled computers.
Fleetwood is expected to unveil the Caterpillar-powered 2005 Discovery, Excursion and Providence Class A diesel coaches in an effort to build on last year’s diesel-market share gains.
“The newly redesigned 2005 Discovery, Providence and Excursion models demonstrate our commitment to continually explore new innovations in our products,” said Chris Braun, senior vice president of Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood RV. “We have dedicated a lot of research and development to our diesel line over the past few years.”
In addition to new interior and exterior packages, the 2005 Excursion and Providence models feature new automotive-style dashboards with ergonomic switches, 84-inch ceilings and larger windows. All three new models are powered by Caterpillar C7 engines.
“The 2005 Discovery offers unique graphic packages that are not linked to interior options, providing consumers with flexibility and choice,” according to a corporate press release. “The new full-paint exterior also provides tremendous curb appeal and high-line stying that is easy to maintain over time. The Discovery also features an automotive-style dashboard and comes standard with a complete home theater 5.1 surround-sound system with DVD, CD and MP3 player, plus standard AM/FM stereo.”
Showgoers also can expect to see a new 45-foot Wanderlodge 450LXi highline Class A from the Wanderlodge Coachworks Division of Blue Bird Corp.
On the supplier side, exhibits will include cutting-edge VORAD collision warning technology from Eaton Corp. It is being distributed by Elkhart, Ind.-based River Park Inc.